The Indiana Ice's season-opening winning streak stopped at five tonight, as the Ice fell to the Lincoln Stars 3-1 on the road in a matchup pitting the USHL's top offense against one of the league's top defenses. Lincoln goaltender Jackson Techiroeb made 30 saves in the victory for the Stars. Lincoln used second-period goals from Ralfs Freibergs and Paul Ladue -- the latter coming nine seconds into a penalty to Sean Kuraly -- to get the victory. Kevin Roy added an empty-netter in the final minute.
The Ice goal came as Christian Hilbrich tipped in a shot from Alexander Kuqali midway through the second. It tied the game at 1-1, but Techiroeb was too much to solve after that.
Both teams were 1-for-5 on the power play. Eleven of the Ice's 27 goals this season have come with the man advantage, as the Ice possess the league's most potent power play.
Jon Gillies made 28 saves for the Ice in the losing effort and was the third star.
Lincoln coach Chad Johnson told the Journal-Star that the game had a playoff atmosphere early.
1. Jackson Techroeb (LIN), 30 saves, 1 GA, win in goal
2. Paul Ladue (LIN), GWG, +1, 4 shots
3. Jon Gillies (Ice), 28 saves, 2GA
Lincoln Journal-Star story