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Iowa Stars Drop Game 5 in OT

Friday, 04.27.2007 / 11:00 PM CT / News
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Iowa Stars Drop Game 5 in OT

The Iowa Stars traveled to Omaha last night with a 3-1 lead in their Calder Cup Playoff series with the Ak-Sar-Ben Knights, and were looking to close out the series with a victory. The club will have to wait for its advancement the next round however, as Omaha posted a 3-2 overtime victory to force Game Six tonight in Des Moines.

Iowa took a 2-1 lead into the third period and outshot Omaha 8-3 in the third stanza, but the Knights' Chris Lee tied the game at two with a little more than two minutes remaining in regulation. Then, 10 minutes into the extra frame, Omaha's Tomi Maki beat Iowa goaltender Dan Ellis to keep the Knights' hopes alive.

"The fourth win is always the hardest of the series," Ellis told the Des Moines Register, after stopping 22 of the 25 shots he faced. "They were able to capitalize on their opportunity and it was a great game both ways. We have to pick our game up a notch more, and we will feed off our home crowd tomorrow night."

Omaha opened the scoring for the fourth time in the series, as Warren Peters put the Knights ahead 1-0 five minutes into the contest. As was the case in Game Four, Ellis kept Iowa in the game with some stellar goaltending until the club's scorers could get on track.

Iowa evened the game one midway through the second period, as Loui Eriksson pounced on a rebound off the stick of Joel Lundqvist and fired a wrist-shot past Omaha goaltender Curtis McElhinney. It was the third goal that Eriksson and Lundqvist have combined to score in two games since being assigned to Iowa just days after finishing Dallas' grueling, seven-game Western Conference Quarterfinals series with Vancouver.

The Stars took a 2-1 lead four minutes later, as Konstantin Pushkarev deflected a Mario Scalzo shot past McElhinney. Pushkarev was acquired by the Dallas Stars in the deal that brought defenseman Mattias Norstrom from Los Angeles to the Lone Star State at the trade deadline, February 27.

Following Lee's tying goal for Omaha and with just seconds remaining in regularion, Iowa defenseman Matt Niskanen had a glorious scoring chance, only to see his attempt deflect off McElhinney's pads.

Game Six of the American Hockey League's West Division Semifinal series will take place at 7 p.m. tonight at Des Moines' Wells Fargo Arena.

 

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 58 36 18 4 160 134 76
2 DAL 55 35 15 5 178 147 75
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 53 32 18 3 146 124 67
5 SJS 53 28 20 5 154 143 61
6 ANA 53 26 19 8 120 125 60
7 COL 57 28 25 4 153 158 60
8 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
9 MIN 54 23 21 10 133 134 56
10 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
11 ARI 53 24 23 6 139 163 54
12 CGY 53 25 25 3 143 156 53
13 WPG 54 24 27 3 139 157 51
14 EDM 56 22 29 5 138 168 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 55 28 34 16 62
T. Seguin 55 28 32 11 60
J. Klingberg 55 10 36 14 46
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 55 16 24 -2 40
A. Goligoski 55 4 20 16 24
C. Eakin 55 10 13 0 23
M. Janmark 55 10 10 14 20
J. Demers 48 7 12 16 19
V. Nichushkin 52 6 13 7 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 15 5 0 .912 2.79
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