Tuesday: Tri-City 4, Lincoln 2.
What went wrong: The Lincoln Stars played most of the second period trailing 2-0 and on the penalty kill Tuesday in Kearney. After a penalty-free first period, the two teams combined for 40 penalty minutes in the second, with 24 given to the Stars. That helped Tri-City to widen the gap to 4-0, including a power-play goal from former Star Shane Pinto. That was Tri-City's only goal in eight power-play opportunities. The teams combined for 73 penalty minutes. Elias Rosen fought through the Stars' defense to give Tri-City a 1-0 lead 4:56 into the first period. Ian Murphy expanded it to 2-0 with 33 seconds remaining in the first period. Just 44 seconds into the second period, Connor McMenamin pushed the lead to 3-0 before Pinto tallied his 24th goal of the season.
What went right: Zach Dubinsky broke the shutout with a power-play goal with just under two minutes remaining in regulation. Michael Colella added the Stars' second power-play goal with just six seconds left on the clock.
Up next: The Stars continue the road trip, facing the Muskegon Lumberjacks at 7:15 p.m. Friday.