SIOUX CITY - At 6-5, 200 pounds, Jared Coreau is one of the tallest goalkeepers in the United States Hockey League.
The towering Coreau stopped all 25 shots he faced Saturday night for the Lincoln Stars, who evened their season record at 1-1 with a 2-0 victory over the Sioux City Musketeers at the Tyson Events Center.
Coreau, a 17-year-old native of Perth, Ontario, was in the net during Friday night's 5-2 loss to Fargo. The Northern Michigan recruit yielded goals to five players from last year's Clark Cup runner-up squad, including power-play shots by Nate Schmidt and Joe Rehkamp.
Sioux City, playing its season opener, peppered Coreau in the third period. Coach Luke Strand's squad outshot the defending West Division champions 13-5.
"Last night, (Fargo) outworked us," said Coreau. "Tonight, we were a little more disciplined. Sioux City put up a good fight, but we outmuscled them.
"Sioux City put up a good fight. They had a lot of good shots, but we didn't back down. We stayed focused."
Coreau wasn't the only shining Star in the shutout. Steve West, who scored the team's first goal at the 13:30 mark of the second period, played sound defense while his fellow defensemen, Will Rayner, Cory Hibbeler and Nate Baumbick, held the Musketeers in check.
"We didn't get to the net hard enough," said Strand. "Part of that was due to the defense. They did a good job keeping us to the outside. We didn't earn the middle."
The Musketeers have a tall goalie of their own. First-round draft pick Will Yanakeff, a 6-3, 185-pound Michigan State recruit, stopped the first 14 shots he faced before yielding West's goal.
Defenseman Dan Ford, a Sioux City assistant captain, played well at his position. Fellow defensemen Danny Wurden, Chase Drake, Dan DeKeyser and Kevin Gravel also were credited by the team's first-year head coach for their efforts.
"Defensively, we did nice things," said Strand. "We kept Lincoln to the outside and didn't give up any Grade A scoring chances.
"I was proud of our effort in the third period," he added. "We were slow out of the gate, which is what I expected. But as this thing goes on, we have to find offensive contributors. There were pucks out there we didn't bury."
Clinton Bourbonais, a 5-11, 178-pound Musketeeer forward who played last year for the St. Louis Bandits of the NAHL (North American Hockey League), took a team-high seven shots. Three of those came in the first period.
The Musketeers will continue their homestand Friday against Cedar Rapids. Saturday, Sioux Falls visits the Tyson Events Center.
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Lincoln 2, Sioux City 0
First period: No scoring. Penalties: Gibbons, L, tripping, 2:00; Baumbick, L, slashing, 8:00; Siers, L, fighting, 10:26; Wurden, SC, fighting, 10:26; Sinelli, SC, too many men bench minor, 13:19; Sinelli, SC, holding, 16:23; Rayner, L, holding, 19:50; Paape, SC, hooking, 19:50.
Second period: 1, Lincoln - Steve West (Tucker Brockett), 13:30. Penalties: Hibbeler, L, interference, 3:37; Carpenter, SC, hooking, 6:08;Shine, L, too many men bench minor, 16:09; Hibbeler, L, tripping, 19:59.
Third period: 2, Lincoln - Brodie Reid (unassisted), 19:10. Penalties: Angeli, SC, hooking, 9:19.
Score by periods:
Lincoln 0 1 1 -- 2
Sioux City 0 0 0 -- 0
Shots on goal:
Lincoln 7 9 5 -- 21
Sioux City 5 7 13 -- 25
Power play: Lincoln 0 for 4, Sioux City 0 for 5.
Goalkeepers: Jared Coreau, Lincoln, 25 shots, 25 saves; Willie Yanakeff, Sioux City, 21 shots, 19 saves.
Referee: Boone Bruggman. Linesmen: Paul Koskovich, Bob Batcheller.