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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 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 13 5 10 2 15
J. Spezza 13 5 8 0 13
C. Eakin 13 1 7 -4 8
A. Goligoski 13 4 3 -6 7
P. Sharp 13 4 2 -4 6
P. Eaves 9 3 3 3 6
R. Faksa 13 3 2 2 5
M. Janmark 12 2 3 -3 5
C. Sceviour 11 2 3 1 5
J. Klingberg 13 1 3 -5 4
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 6 3 0 .899 2.81
A. Niemi 1 3 2 .865 3.29
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