amn5hol Posted April 30, 2003 Share Posted April 30, 2003 http://www.journalstar.com/sports.php?story_id=43838 Two-goalie plan works for Stars COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa -- The two-quarterback system rarely works in football. It's like going steady with two people in high school. It doesn't work. It can't work. You can't have two lead sled dogs and you can't have two chefs in charge. The two-goalie system in hockey, if anything, has an even worse reputation. But the Lincoln Stars rode the thick leg pads, huge gloves, big sticks and great understanding of two goalies to the Clark Cup on Tuesday night at the Mid-America Center. In Game 4 of the USHL championship series against the River City Lancers, Philippe Lamoureux gloved, blocked, stopped and stymied the home team for all but one of 36 shots on goal. The Lancers scored a short-handed goal to tie the game in the second period, but an instant later the Stars answered on a short-handed goal by David Backes. Lamoureux finished with the best goals against average and the best save percentage of goalies in the playoffs. He barely edged teammate Nate Ziegelmann in both categories. They were that close in the key statistical categories for the season, also. Lamoureux finished 22-7 in the regular season and 3-0 in the playoffs. Ziegelmann finished 15-7 and 5-1. "We got the best of two great goalies," said Stars head coach Steve Johnson. "When one guy got hot, he played. When he cooled off, the other guy got a chance. It worked that way all year and it worked that way in the playoffs." Stars assistant captain Ryan Potulny said the two-goalie system was never a problem. "It might have made them a little crazy, but we knew it was best for the team and it looked like it was best for them," he said. Ziegelmann started the first two games of the championship series. He was the hottest goalie coming out of the earlier rounds. After the Stars posted a victory in the first game, the Lancers roughed up the Stars and got a 2-0 win. That brought in Lamoureux, who was in charge the last two games. "It was my turn and I wanted to make the most of it," said Lamoureux, who played against Ziegelmann in youth hockey and a wild rivalry between their two high schools in Grand Forks, N.D. "Sure, I would have loved to finish out this series, but Philippe played, and he played a great game tonight," said Ziegelmann, who is probably headed to North Dakota for college hockey next year. "I don't know what I would have done; the point is he played great, we won and that's all that matters." You mean no bitterness? No personal rivalry? "We used to play on opposite teams, rival teams, and when we came here, we were on the same team, and that's what mattered," Lamoureux said. "To have both of us playing made me better, and I think it made Nate better." Johnson said there was no doubt the Stars were the beneficiaries of the two-goalie system. "I'm sure one guy wanted to be the guy, but we were better because we had two good goalies and we used them both," he said. "I think it kept them on edge in practice, and I'm sure one of them would have loved to play 45 games. But we had the day-to-day battles to see who would start and nobody got too comfortable. "They can relax now." But only for a little bit. Lamoureux will probably end up at North Dakota, too. Will North Dakota use both goalies equally? "I don't know, but they could be competing for the job for a long time from now," Johnson said. "We found it was a pretty good thing." Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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