Sunday, November 16, 2014

B³ Postgame Recap: Lincoln 4, Youngstown 3 OT

Stars forward Biagio Lerario scored the game-winning goal with only 28 seconds remaining in overtime tonight in Youngstown, OH to give Lincoln a 4-3 sudden-death victory over the Phantoms.

The Stars earned three of four possible points this weekend on their long road trip to Youngstown.

Click here to view the Pointstreak boxscore.

With the win and the two points, the Stars improved to 5-6-2 (12 points) on the season, and have moved into 6th place in the USHL western conference.  Click here to view the current league standings.

I was traveling to Colorado this afternoon, and I caught bits and pieces of this game on the 93.7 FM "The Ticket" radio app.  I was hoping to watch a replay of the game tonight, but I have crappy wifi where I am at, so that's not going to happen.  So as a result, this "recap" will be very brief.  I apologize for that.

Each team scored one goal a piece in each of the three periods tonight.  The Phantoms got out to an early 1-0 lead at the 5:11 mark of the first period, however Stars forward Miguel Fidler answered with his second goal of the season much later to knot the game at 1-1.  Shots were even at 12-12 through twenty minutes.

Youngstown took a 2-1 lead at the 7:18 mark of the second period, but once again, the Stars would answer back.  Michael Gillespie scored his team-leading 9th goal of the season at the 12:01 mark of the middle stanza to even the score at 2-2.  Shots were 15-7 in favor of Youngstown in the second period.

The Stars actually took a 3-2 lead at the 4:31 mark of the third period on a Grant Jozefek breakaway.  The Phantoms answered quickly less than a minute later to tie the game at 3-3, where the score would stay through sixty minutes.  Shots were 12-8 in favor of Lincoln in the final period in regulation.

In the five-minute, 4-on-4 overtime period, Stars forward Biagio Lerario scored the game-winning goal with only 28 seconds remaining to win the game for Lincoln.

Stars goaltender Cam Hackett stopped 33 of 36 shots on goal to record his third win of the season.  From what I was told by people who watched the game, Cam played very, very well and was a big reason why the Stars were able to get the two points tonight.

Lincoln went 0-for-1 on the powerplay (only one PP in the entire game?), while the Phantoms went 0-for-4 with the man advantage.

Nice to see the Stars were able to blank the Phantoms on the powerplay tonight as the Phantoms went 0-for-4 with the man advantage.  As I said the other day, once this team starts winning more and more special teams wars during games, they'll start picking up more points.  5-on-5 this team can play with any team in the league.

It's also nice to see forward Miguel Fidler pick up two big points tonight (he had one goal and the primary assist on the Lerario's GWG).  Fidler has struggled at times this season, but it appears he's turning it around and playing with more confidence.  He came into this season with a lot of hype behind his name, being an Ohio State commit and Florida Panthers draft pick.  Fidler started slow, scoring only two points in his first ten games played. but he has three points in his last three games.

The Stars will be back in action this Friday at the IceBox against their rival the Omaha Lancers.  No matter where each team is in the rankings, the Stars and Lancers always battle hard during these rivalry games.  Can't wait for that one.  World War III comes to the IceBox this Friday night.  I can't wait.

Thanks for reading.  Go Stars.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

B³ Postgame Recap: Lincoln 4, Youngstown 5 OT Shootout

The Youngstown Phantoms scored the game-tying goal with only one minute remaining in the third period before winning in the OT shootout Friday evening to beat the visiting Lincoln Stars by a score of 5-4.

Click here to view the Pointstreak boxscore.

With the OT loss, the Stars dropped to 4-6-2 (10 points) on the season.  With the one point the Stars earned, they are now in a tie with the Omaha Lancers for last place in the USHL western conference.  Click here to view the current league standings.

I caught bits and pieces of this game on FASTHockey on Friday night, but I was able to sit down and watch the replay this morning.

There was no scoring in the first period of this game, but overall I thought Lincoln played pretty well.  No slow start for Lincoln either as the Stars outshot the Phantoms 10-7 in the first twenty minutes.  Lincoln's penalty kill unit, and goaltender Peyton Jones, were tested three times in the first period and held the Phantoms off the scoreboard.

Patrick Polino gave the Stars a 1-0 lead early in the first period thanks to some good teamwork between Polino and Grant Jozefek deep in the Phantoms' zone.  Polino forced a Youngstown defender to make a pass sooner than he wanted to, and Grant Jozefek jumped on the turnover.  From along the boards, Jozefek quickly turned and wristed a backdoor pass across the slot to a streaking Polino who one-timed the puck into the net.

After the Polino goal, it seemed like the Phantoms kicked it into a higher gear and really put some heavy pressure on the Stars' defense and Peyton Jones.  Jones really had to make some big sames in the early to mid portion of the second period to keep the Phantoms off the scoreboard.

However, a Youngstown powerplay goal at the 10:16 mark tied this game at 1-1.  On that particular goal, the shot came from just inside the blueline and it appeared that Jones may have been screened.

Just about two minutes after their first goal of the game, Youngstown struck again on a rebound shot past Jones.  On that goal, a quick shot off a faceoff in the Lincoln zone looked looked like it was initially saved by Jones, but the rebound went right to a Youngstown forward who capitalized with the goal.

Youngstown took a 2-1 lead into the second intermission.  Shots were 14-7 in favor of the Phantoms in the second period.

In a wild and crazy third period, both teams combined for five goals scored, including four in the last five minutes of the game.

At the 11:48 mark of the third period, Dominick Sacco scored on an odd-man rush to even the score at 2-2.  After a bit of a slow start to the season, Dom has really exploded as of late.  In the first 6 games of the season, Sacco had 3 points (all assists).  In his last 6 games played, Dominick has scored 8 points (5g, 3a).

Youngstown's third goal of the game, which was shorthanded, was definitely the one goal the Stars would want back.  Lincoln turned the puck over in their own zone when they had numbers, and Phantoms forward Ryan Lomberg somehow got loose with the puck before he backhanded a shot glove-high past Jones.  It was an ugly goal that really shouldn't have happened had the Stars protected the puck better in their own zone.

The shorthanded goal by Lomberg gave the Phantoms a 3-2 lead with just about 5 minutes remaining in the third period.  Rather than roll over and give up the two points to the Phantoms, the Stars dug and and mounted an incredible comeback with two goals scored in a 1:04 stretch late in the third period.

A tremendous assist by Blake Christensen to a streaking Cam Lee tied the game at 3-3 with 3:53 remaining in regulation.  Christensen skated the puck into the Phantoms' zone along the boards and waited for Lee who was crashing the net before threading the needle to Cam who one-timed it into the net.

Just about a minute after the Cam Lee goal, the Stars scored again to take a 4-3 lead with only 2:49 remaining in regulation.  An incredible individual effort by Lincoln forward Chris Klack allowed him to score his first goal in a Lincoln Stars uniform.  After receiving a great home-run pass by defenseman Ryan Jones, Klack skated into the Youngstown zone on a partial breakaway.  While being dragged down from behind, Klack somehow got a shot off on his knees that got past the Youngstown goaltender.  This one was a beauty.

It was looking like the Stars were going to ride the momentum of the two quick goal to victory, but that wasn't the case.  Referee Lucas Martin had to be the show all night long, and that didn't change very late in the third period when he called the Stars for a minor penalty with only 1:21 remaining.

The Phantoms pulled their goaltender for the extra attacker during the ensuing powerplay and eventually scored a 6-on-4 PP goal with about a minute left in the third period to knot the score at 4-4.

Shots were 13-10 in favor of Lincoln in the third period.

In the five-minute 4-on-4 overtime period, the Phantoms outshot Lincoln 3-0 but were held scoreless.  In the skill competition (shootout), the Phantoms scored once and the Stars were blanked which gave Youngstown the two points.  Have I mentioned how much I hate the shootout?  It's so silly to end a game with a skills competition.  They don't end basketball games with free-throw shooting contests, do they?

Stars goaltender Peyton Jones stopped 30 of 34 in the loss, however I thought he played very, very well considering the amount of quality shots he faced.  Without some of his big saves in the first and especially second periods, the Stars never would have had the opportunity to lead in this game.

The Stars finished 0-for-5 on the powerplay, while the Phantoms went 2-for-8 with the man advantage and scored one shorthanded goal.

All in all, it was a pretty quality road effort by the Stars last night in Youngstown from what I saw on FASTHockey.  Unfortunately, the Stars lost the special teams war which pretty much lost them the game.  I'm hoping this team can learn to play better on the PP and PK, because 5-on-5 they are a pretty good hockey club.

I normally don't like mentioning this on my blog because it may come across as sour grapes, but I'm not sure I've ever seen a team dive and embellish as much as the Youngstown Phantoms.  It was terrible, especially in the 3rd period and in OT.  I saw Ryan Lomberg, after embellishing a high stick penalty that was called against Stars defenseman Ryan Cook in the OT period, actually smile and laugh to his teammates on the bench afterwards.  He knew exactly what he was doing.  Gutless.

These two teams have Saturday off, but they will get back at it Sunday afternoon for a 4:05pm CST tilt.  After listening to Stars head coach Chris Hartsburg after the Friday game, the Sunday game could be an interesting one to watch.  When interviewed on the radio by Mike Melbye, Hartsburg was very critical of Phantoms head coach Anthony Noreen.  In fact, Hartburg called Noreen a "mockery."  From what I've heard from people who were there, Noreen spent all night yelling and screaming at the refs...begging them for calls.  I guess Hartsburg wasn't a fan of that and called him out during the game, and afterwards.  I love it.

Thanks for reading.  Go Stars.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

B³ Weekend Preview: Youngstown Phantoms

16 hours away in Youngstown, OH, the Lincoln Stars are gearing up for a weekend series against the hometown Phantoms hockey club.  The two teams will play Friday evening, and Sunday afternoon.

Puck drops at 6:05pm CST on Friday, and at 4:05pm CST on Sunday.

If you you'd like to keep track of the Stars this weekend in Youngstown, you can follow the boxscores online via Pointstreak, listen to Stars radio announcer Mike Melbye on 93.7 FM "The Ticket," or watch the games live on FASTHockey for a fee.

The Phantoms enter these two games against Lincoln with a record of 7-5-1 (15 points), and are currently in fifth place in the USHL eastern conference.  The Phantoms are 4-3-0 in seven home games this season, but they've lost their last two games at home.  In those two most recent home games, the Phantoms gave up 12 goals against.

These upcoming two games will be the only times the Stars and Phantoms will face one another during the 2014-15 regular season.  

Youngstown is led by talented '96 forward Kyle Connor, who is thought of by many pundits to be the top forward in the entire USHL.  Through 12 games so far this season, Connor has scored 16 points (6g, 10a).  Last season for the Phantoms, Connor racked up 74 points (31g, 43a) in 56 games played.  The Michigan native will attend the University of Michigan in the fall of 2015, and is considered to be an early first round selection in the 2015 NHL entry draft.


Another talented Phantoms forward to watch for this weekend is Maxim Letunov, who hails from Moscow, Russia.  Through 13 games this season, Letunov has scored 14 points (7g, 7a).  Last season for Youngstown, Letunov potted 43 points (19g, 24a) in 60 games played.  Letunov was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the 2nd round of the 2014 NHL entry draft.  The tall, lanky Russian has committed to play his college hockey at Boston University, starting the fall of 2015.

A somewhat familiar name on the Phantoms' roster is '94 forward Ryan Lomberg, whom the Lincoln Stars traded to Youngstown back in August.  Click here to read more about how the Stars originally acquired Lomberg's USHL rights and some of the issues with his leaving the University of Maine.  Less than a month after he was acquired by the Stars, he was traded to the Youngstown Phantoms for three draft picks.  Lomberg was originally obtained by Lincoln from the Muskegon Lumberjacks for an 11th round Phase II draft pick in 2015.  So basically, the Stars turned that 11th round pick into 3 draft picks (2015 Phase I 3rd, Phase II 2nd, and 2016 Phase II 6th) in the trade with Youngstown.  Heck of a return.

The Stars are coming off what could be their best 60-minute effort of the season, which was a 5-2 drubbing of the Des Moines Buccaneers this past Tuesday evening at the IceBox in Lincoln.  Hopefully the boys can keep the positive momentum rolling this weekend in Youngstown, OH.

In other news....

The Stars announced today that the 11/7/14 game against the Sioux City Musketeers that was postponed has been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 25th.  Click here to read more about that.  Surprisingly, UNL has waived the parking fee for that game.  Honestly, I'm shocked that UNL would turn down the opportunity to collect money.

Anyway, I'll post recaps of the games this weekend here on the blog so come back for those.  

Thanks for reading.  Go Stars.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

B³ Postgame Recap: Des Moines 2, Lincoln 5

Chris Klack shows off the military themed jerseys worn by the Stars
Courtesy of Brandon Anderson Photography
The Lincoln Stars got out to a quick 3-0 lead and cruised to a 5-2 victory over the Des Moines Buccaneers Tuesday evening at the IceBox.  The win snapped Lincoln's three-game losing streak.

Click here to view the Pointstreak boxscore.

The win improved Lincoln's record to 4-6-1 (9 points), good enough for 8th place in the USHL western conference. 

 Click here to view the current league standings.


Through the prior 10 games this season, the Stars were plagued a bit by slow starts, but that certainly wasn't the case Tuesday night against the Bucs.  I thought the Stars came out strong and played with a sense of urgency that I hadn't seen in a long time.  They seemed to forecheck more aggressively (especially in the first period) than what I've seen in the past, which was refreshing.  The Stars didn't give the Bucs a chance to think before they had a body on them, separating them from the puck.

Michael Gillespie got the party started with his 8th of the season (leads the Stars) on a 3-on-0 with just under five minutes remaining in the first period to give Lincoln a 1-0 lead.  Stars took that 1-0 lead into the first intermission, leading on shots as well, 14-10.

It was a relatively quiet first period (1 goal, 1 minor penalty), but that all changed in the second period with five total goals scored (four of which were on the powerplay), and 46 penalty minutes whistled.

Biagio Lerario made sure the Stars wouldn't start slow in the second period with his fifth goal of the season scored exactly one minute in.  The next four goals scored in the middle stanza were all on the powerplay.  Both teams were getting a little chippy with their play, so the refs really got whistle happy at this point.

Joe Lappin scored his first as a member of the Lincoln Stars (his first official USHL goal as well) at the 3:34 mark of the second period with a nice, quick PP wrister to give his team a commanding 3-0 lead.  Lappin's goal proved to be the eventual game-winner, also.

At this point in the second period, the Stars were clicking on all cylinders.  However, the Bucs stopped the bleeding (temporarily) at the 8:17 mark with a 5-on-3 powerplay goal to pull within two goals at 3-1.

Ryan Jones answered just a few minutes later for the Stars with his first goal in a Lincoln Stars uniform which gave Lincoln a 4-1 lead.  Jones' powerplay goal came on a blast from just inside the blueline, which beat Des Moines goaltender Ryland Pashovitz.  Immediately after the Jones goal, Pashovitz was pulled by the Des Moines coaches in favor of goaltender Ryan Ruck.

With just over two minutes remaining in the wild and crazy second period, the Bucs scored a PP goal to pull back to within two goals.  Stars took the 4-2 lead into the second intermission.  Shots were 10-7 in favor of Des Moines in the herky-jerky, whistle-filled second period.

The lone third period goal came on a nice odd-man rush by Stars forwards Michael Gillespie and Max Humitz.  Gillespie brought the puck into the offensive zone and showed tremendous patience before threading the puck at the last second to Humitz who was able to tap it into the open net.  Stars lead 5-2 at this point and would carry that score until the final buzzer.

The Stars went 2-for-5 on the powerplay, while the Bucs went 2-for-6 with the man advantage.  In regards to the powerplay, I thought Lincoln did a much better job being mobile while in the offensive zone.  I didn't see a lot of standing around.  Being more mobile created some quick odd-man opportunities in which the Stars were able to manufacture goals.

Stars goaltender Peyton Jones was solid between the pipes, stopping 30 of 32 to notch his 2nd win of the season.  A quality performance by Peyton last night.  Apart from the two PP goals against (and one was a 5-on-3 goal), he shut the door on the Bucs at even-strength.

The Stars wore military-themed jerseys last night in honor of Veteran's Day.  Proceeds from the jersey auction (the Stars reported $7000 was raised) went to the Student Veteran Organization at University of Nebraska.

The Stars will go on their longest (in miles) road trip of the season this weekend when they take a 16-hour bus ride to Youngstown, OH to battle the Phantoms.  In another weird scheduling quirk, the Stars and Phantoms will play Friday night in Youngstown, and then on Sunday.  No game on Saturday.  More on that long road trip later in the week.

Thanks for reading.  Go Stars.

Monday, November 10, 2014

B³ Pregame Report: Des Moines Buccaneers vs. Lincoln Stars

On Veteran's Day at the IceBox on Tuesday, the Lincoln Stars will be looking to snap their three-game losing streak with a tilt against the visiting Des Moines Buccaneers.

Puck drops at 7:05pm CST.

If you can't make it to the game, you can follow the boxscore online via Pointstreak, listen to Stars radio announcer Mike Melbye on 93.7 FM "The Ticket," or watch the game live on FASTHockey for a fee.

With a record of 3-6-1 (7 points) the Lincoln Stars are in last place in the USHL western conference, three points behind the seventh place Omaha Lancers.  Click here to view the current league standings.

Lincoln's opponent Tuesday evening, the Des Moines Buccaneers, are a familiar one for the Stars.  This past Saturday night in Des Moines, the Bucs beat the Stars by a score of 5-3.  Coming into Veteran's Day game, the Buccaneers have a record of 9-3-1 (19 points) and are in a two-way tie for first place in the USHL western conference with the Sioux City Musketeers.

The Stars will be honoring veterans with tickets specials Tuesday night along with a silent auction for the military themed jerseys the team will be wearing during the game.  Click here to read more about that.

To the left you'll see more particulars of the silent jersey auction, which the Stars tweeted earlier today.  If it's hard to read the text on the image you can click on it to enlarge it.

A $400 starting point is a little too rich for my blood, but it's going to a good cause.  As someone who grew up in a military household, I'm happy to see the Stars do this for veterans.

I've seen other USHL/college/NHL teams do this, and I've always wondered why the Stars didn't do the same especially considering how rabid our fans base is.  Seemed like a slam dunk to put a Stars logo on a digitized camouflage jersey and sell them after the game to benefit a veterans group.  I'm hoping this will now be an annual thing for the Stars.

Hopefully we'll see a good crowd for this game and a 60 minute effort from the Stars on the ice.  I'm sure there are a lot of Stars fans eager to get their live hockey fix after the postponement of the Friday night game last week.  Let's pack the IceBox and help the Stars get back into the winning column.

Thanks for reading.  Go Stars.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

B³ Postgame Recap: Lincoln 3, Des Moines 5

The Des Moines Buccaneers got out to a 3-0 start and withstood a third period rally by Lincoln to beat the Stars in Des Moines, IA by a score of 5-3.  The loss was Lincoln's third in a row.

Click here to view the Pointstreak boxscore.

With the loss, the Stars fell to 3-6-1 (7 points) on the season and are still in last place in the USHL western conference, three points behind the 7th place Omaha Lancers.  Click here to view the current league standings.

Another slow start for the Stars allowed the Bucs to jump out to a 1-0 lead less than three minutes into the first period thanks to a powerplay goal by forward Mark Petaccio.  That lead increased to 2-0 at the halfway point of the first period after an even-strength goal from Bucs forward Joe Widmar.

Bucs took that 2-0 lead into the first intermission.  Shots were even at 13-13 through twenty minutes.

In the middle stanza, the Bucs added one more goal to take a 3-0 lead going into the second intermission.  Shots were 16-11 in favor of Des Moines in the second period.  Through forty minutes, I thought the Bucs were the more aggressive team with and without the puck.  The Stars had some good offensive chances, but overall I thought Des Moines was the stronger team.

As we've seen quite a bit this season, the Stars wait until they are down a few goals before they wake up, and that was the case in the third period.  Lincoln goals from Michael Gillespie, Patrick Polino (PP), and Dominick Sacco actually brought the Stars to within one goal with 4:54 remaining in the game.  Bucs led 4-3 at the time and the Stars seemed to have all of the momentum.

However, with less than a minute remaining, the Stars were unable to get the puck out of their own zone and it cost them.  Des Moines scored with 35 seconds remaining to complete the scoring and shut the door on Lincoln's comeback attempt.

Buccaneers forward Mark Petaccio finished the game as the #1 star with 4 points (2g, 2a).  Petaccio was a player I noticed immediately at the 2014 USHL Fall Classic in Sioux City.  At the time, he was playing for the Tri-City Storm.  He's a big kid who plays with an edge and was putting up points at the Fall Classic.  At the time I remember thinking to myself, "this kid is going to wreak havoc in the western conference.  I wish we had him in a Stars uniform."  Surprisingly, the Storm traded Petaccio to the Bucs before the regular season started.  Petaccio is a '94 (overager), so I'm assuming the Storm just didn't have room for him.

Stars goaltender Cam Hackett stopped 42 of 47 shots in the loss, while Bucs netminder Ryan Ruck stopped 36 of 39 for the win.

Lincoln finished 1-for-5 on the powerplay while Des Moines went 2-for-4.  Special teams certainly hasn't been "special" for the Stars so far this season.  Patrick Polino's powerplay goal in this game broke a 0-for-21 snap on the PP for Lincoln.  No where to go but up in terms of productivity from the PP and PK units.

I mentioned this on Twitter last night in the waning moments of the third period, but I'm not sure why this Stars team waits until they are down 2-3 goals before they start playing at the level they are capable of.  They are a better team than their record indicates, I'm pretty certain of that.

Defensively, this team can play a whole lot better.  You aren't going to win too many games when you give up 47 shots on goal, and average 36 shots against per game.  Lincoln has given up at least 5 goals in four of their last five games played.

It will be interesting to see how this team responds this upcoming Tuesday when they face the Bucs again, this time at the IceBox.  We'll know a lot about their character, for sure.  I would expect them to play a 60 minute effort and get a little payback.

Don't forget that the game against Des Moines this Tuesday at the IceBox is Military Appreciation Night.  The Stars will be wearing special jerseys designed by trainer Corey Courtney to commemorate the event, and a silent auction will be held during the game for the jerseys.  Click here to read more about that.

Thanks for reading.  Go Stars.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Sioux City Musketeers vs. Lincoln Stars: POSTPONED

Friday night's matchup between the Sioux City Musketeers and the Lincoln Stars at the IceBox was postponed due to an on ice issue.

Click here to read the official response to the postponement by the Lincoln Stars.

I wasn't at the game (battling a cold), but a friend who was there told me that it appeared a staff member accidentally nicked one of the glycol coolant lines underneath the ice (and concrete) when drilling a hole for one of the goalpost pegs.

The IceBox rink staff had to first chip through the ice, and then chip through a layer of concrete below the ice before they could get to the glycol coolant line to repair that.  Once that leak was repaired, they had to fill in the concrete hole and then try to get the ice to build up again.

For those of you who attended the "Battles on Ice" outdoor games last year between the Stars-Lancers and UND-UNO, you'll remember that the same thing (sort of) happened up there.  During the first intermission of the UND-UNO game, someone nicked the glycol line under the ice, which caused a long delay (picture of the leak below).  That repair was much easier to fix because there wasn't a layer of concrete below the ice.


Try as they might, the ice rink staff at the IceBox just weren't able to get the patch of ice above the leak solid enough to safely play a game.  At around 7:30pm, the announcement was made inside the arena that the game would be cancelled and played at a later date.  That date has yet to be announced.

I'm sure the Stars feel terrible about this, but accidents happen.  From what I was told by people in attendance, the ice rink staff really worked hard to get it fixed.

If you were there last night, I hope you kept your ticket stub because you'll likely need it for when this game is eventually played.  I would assume this game will be rescheduled for a Sunday, or weekday night (not a Friday) sometime in the future.

Unfortunately, this means the Stars will only play one game for the third straight weekend.  Tonight the good guys will be in Des Moines to face the Buccaneers.  Last night, the Bucs beat Fargo 4-2 to move into a first place tie with Sioux City in the USHL western conference.  The Bucs and Stars will play again next Tuesday, November 11th at the IceBox.

Thanks for reading.  Go Stars.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

B³ Weekend Preview: Sioux City and Des Moines


The Lincoln Stars will face off against the top two teams in the USHL western conference this weekend when they take on the Sioux City Musketeers at home on Friday, and the Buccaneers in Des Moines, IA on Saturday.

Puck drops at 7:05pm CST for each game.

If you are unable to make it to any of the games this weekend, you can follow the boxscores online via Pointstreak, listen to Stars radio announcer Mike Melbye on 93.7 FM "The Ticket," or watch the games live on FASTHockey for a fee.

The Stars enter the weekend with a record or 3-5-1 (7 points) and are in last place in the USHL western conference.  Click here to view the current league standings.

Lincoln's first opponent this weekend, the Sioux City Musketeers, sport a record of 8-3-1 (17 points) and are in first place in the USHL western conference.  The Muskies have the 2nd best record in the entire USHL, behind only the eastern conference leading Cedar Rapids Roughriders (9-1-0).

This will be the third time the Stars and Muskies will face another this season.  The Stars are 1-1-0 against Sioux City in those previous two games, including a 4-3 OT shootout victory at the IceBox on 10/3/14.  In their last meeting on 10/25/14 in Sioux City, the Stars lost by a score of 5-3.  Since winning that game against the Stars on 10/25, the Muskies are 0-2-0 and have been outscored 9-3.

Lincoln's second opponent this weekend, the Des Moines Buccaneers, are the surprise team of the USHL, by far.  They currently occupy second place in the USHL western conference with a record of 7-3-1 (15 points).  This will be the first of eight meetings between the two clubs.  These same two teams will play each other next Tuesday, October 11th at the IceBox.

Coming into this season, the Bucs hired a new head coach (Dave Allison) after a disappointing 2013-14 season in which they finished in sixth place in the west, and out of the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season.

Many hockey pundits who follow the USHL expected this Bucs team to struggle out of the gate.  When I saw them play at the 2014 USHL Fall Classic this past September in Sioux City, they looked like hot garbage.  Seriously, this team looked incredibly bad.  So bad, they gave up 16 goals against in only two games played at the Fall Classic.  I had them pegged for last place in the western conference, without a doubt.

However, once the games actually counted, the Bucs turned it around quickly.  In their first seven games of the 2014-15 regular season, Des Moines bolted out to an impressive record of 6-0-1.  To be honest, I wasn't sure if their hot start was just luck at first.  However, this team is for real and other USHL clubs cannot take them for granted.

The Bucs' goaltending duo of Ryan Ruck (4-3-0, 3.01 gaa, .912 save %) and Ryland Pashovitz (3-0-1, 1.71 gaa, .924 save %) have certainly been a big part of their hot start.  

Don't forget that the Stars' home game on Friday night against the Sioux City Musketeers will be their annual jersey auction to benefit the American Cancer Society.  So make you stick around after the game and help donate to a great cause.

Sorry for the abbreviated weekend preview.  I've been sick this week, so I haven't had a lot of energy to devote to the blog.  I doubt I'll be healthy enough to watch the Friday night game in person, but I'll be watching on FASTHockey.

Thanks for reading.  Go Stars.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

B³ Postgame Recap: Waterloo 6, Lincoln 4

Grant Jozefek celebrates after his 1st period goal
Courtesy of Shooting Star Photos
The IceBox in Lincoln, NE turned into a haunted house for the Stars on Halloween night as the visiting Waterloo Blackhawks scored five of the first six goals scored to cruise to a 6-4 victory.

Click here to view the Pointstreak boxscore.

With the loss, the Stars dropped to 3-5-1 (7 points) and are now tied with the Sioux Falls Stampede for last place in the USHL western conference.  Click here to view the current league standings.



Waterloo improved to 4-3-2 (10 points) with the win, which was their sixth in a row against the Stars dating back to last season.  The Blackhawks outscored the Stars 28-9 in those six games.  I knew Waterloo had Lincoln's number as of late, but I didn't think it was that bad.  It's always a bad matchup for Lincoln.

The Stars found themselves behind the 8 ball very early on in this game as the Blackhawks scored on their first shot just 34 seconds in.

However, the Stars answered quickly when forward Grant Jozefek scored his first USHL goal on an incredible shot about four minutes after the first Waterloo goal.  Grant skated into the Waterloo zone on the left wing before ripping a beautiful shot that beat Blackhawks goaltender Hayden Lavigne high, glove side.

Waterloo added another goal halfway through the first period to take a 2-1 lead.  Some miscommunication behind the Lincoln goal allowed Waterloo to take advantage of a Stars turnover.  That score would last to the first intermission.  The Blackhawks outshot the Stars 8-6 in first twenty minutes.  For the most part, I thought both teams were evenly matched in the first period. 

I hate to sound like I'm a negative nancy, but the first 10 minutes of the second period was as bad as I've seen the Stars play at the IceBox in a long, long time.  Defensively, it was a train wreck.  They couldn't get the puck out of their own zone, and when they did finally get posession of the puck, the immediately gave it up.  It was just ugly hockey, and Waterloo scored three straight goals to start the second period to take a commanding 5-1 lead.

Stars goaltender Cam Hackett, who started the game for Lincoln, was pulled after the fourth Waterloo goal.  Peyton Jones played the rest of the game in relief of Hackett.

As bad as Lincoln played in the first half of the middle period, I thought they played pretty well in the last half.  

Dominick Sacco scored Lincoln's first shorthanded goal of the season on a breakaway to make the score 5-2,  Ludvig Hoff scored later in the period to give the Stars some life, down only two goals at this point.

Heading into the second intermission, the Stars trailed the Blackhawks by a score of 5-3.  Shots were 17-6 in favor of Waterloo in the second period.

For the most part, I thought Lincoln was the better team in the third period.  They outshot the Blackhawks 15-6, but were only able to get one of those 15 shots past Lavigne.  Waterloo added a shorthanded goal in the third period to complete their scoring.  Waterloo's sixth goal of the game was scored by forward Brock Boeser, who had a hat trick (and 1 assist) against the Stars. 

Michael Gillespie's third period goal at the 5:32 mark completed the scoring for both teams.  Gillespie now leads the Stars in goal-scoring with 6 in 9 games.  

Take away the first 10 minutes of the second period, this was a pretty even game.  But those 10 minutes were so, so bad....Lincoln could not recover.

Total shots were 31-27 in favor of Waterloo.  Both teams were not very successful at all on the powerplay.  Waterloo went 1-for-7, while the Stars went 0-for-7.  Good and bad special teams for Lincoln in this game.  The PK looked great, and is improving compared to earlier this season.  The PP unit, however, is a mess.  Stars are better off playing 5-on-5 than playing a man up.

Cam Hackett stopped 20 of 24 before he was pulled in the second period.  In relief, Peyton Jones stopped 5 of 7 and picked up the loss.

Great to see defenseman Dylan Woolf back in the lineup last night after missing all of the preseason and 8 games of the regular season due to injury.  He's a big kid who loves to throw his weight around.  The boarding call called against him by referee Todd Lacina in the second period was a joke.  It was a very clean hit.  See the photo below of the hit in question, taken by Brandon Anderson.

Speaking of Todd Lacina, I doubt he'll be getting a Christmas card from Stars head coach Chris Hartsburg this year.  Hartsburg called out the officiating after the game when talking to Stars radio announcer Mike Melbye.  

Stars are back in action this upcoming Friday at the IceBox against the Sioux City Musketeers.  The following day on Saturday, the Stars will be in Des Moines, IA to battle the Bucs.  Another big test for Lincoln next weekend as the Muskies and Buccaneers are the top two teams in the USHL western conference right now.

Thanks for reading.  Go Stars.


Edit:  Check out the video below from Brandon Anderson that has video highlights of the game and post-game comments from head coach Chris Hartsburg.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

B³ Pregame Report: Waterloo Blackhawks vs. Lincoln Stars

It's another single-game weekend for the Lincoln Stars as they will host the Waterloo Blackhawks this Friday (Halloween!) night at the IceBox.

Puck drops at 7:05pm CST.

If you can't make it to the game, you can follow the boxscore online via Pointstreak, listen to Stars radio announcer Mike Melbye on 93.7 FM "The Ticket," or watch the game live on FASTHockey for a fee.

With a record of 3-4-1 (7 points), the Stars are tied with the Sioux Falls Stampede for 6th place in the USHL Western Conference standings.  Click here to view the current league standings.

Lincoln's opponent on Halloween night, the Waterloo Blackhawks, are in fifth place in the USHL western conference with a record of 3-3-2 (8 points).  The Blackhawks are winless (0-1-2)  in their last three games played coming into their tilt against the Stars.

This will be the second of four meetings between these two teams.  Back on Sunday, October, 5th at the IceBox, the Blackhawks embarrassed the Stars by a score of 4-1.  Waterloo outshot Lincoln 36-20 in that particular game.  After the loss, Lincoln head coach Chris Hartsburg was definitely not happy with his teams performance.  Click here to listen to his comments.

The Stars will be without the services of defenseman Connor Frantti for the next two games due to suspension.  That's a big loss for Lincoln, considering the minutes Connor eats up every game and his role as a captain, and leader, on and off the ice.

Defenseman Dylan Woolf, who has missed all of the preseason and the 8 regular season games so far due to injury, came off the injured reserve list on 10/30, so I suppose there is a chance he could play Friday night against Waterloo.  Having him in the lineup would certainly help offset the loss of Frantti.  Woolf is a big kid, and plays a physical, shutdown role similar to Frantti.

It's becoming very apparent that there are no easy games in the USHL western conference this season, so this will be another good test for the Stars.  I'm hoping the players remember the disappointing 10/5/14 loss to the Blackhawks and respond with a much better effort this time around.

Really looking forward to getting back to the IceBox on Friday night.  For some reason, it seems like it has been forever since the last home game.  Should be a very rowdy, loud crowd considering it is Halloween night as well.  Can't wait.

Thanks for reading.  Go Stars.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

B³ Postgame Recap: Lincoln 3, Sioux City 5

At the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, IA on Saturday evening, the Musketeers won their fifth straight game with a convincing 5-3 victory over the visiting Lincoln Stars.

Click here to view the Pointstreak boxscore.

With the loss, the Stars dropped to 3-4-1 (7 points) and are in a two-way tie for seventh place in the USHL western conference.  Click here to view the current USHL standings.

Lincoln has been plagued so far this season with slow starts, and although they didn't play that bad in the first 5-10 minutes in this game, I thought Sioux City was definitely the better team and held the puck in the Stars' zone for the majority of the first period.

Muskies outscored Lincoln 1-0 in the first period, but without some huge saves by Stars goaltender Peyton Jones, the score could have easily been 3-0.  Sioux City outshot Lincoln 12-7 in the first period.

Lincoln spent a good chunk (9 minutes) of the second period shorthanded, and were outscored 2-0, with one of the two goals coming on the powerplay.  Due to having to kill a large amount of penalty minutes, it was hard for the Stars to really find their rhythm offensively in the middle period, I thought.  Also, it takes a lot out of a team to kill 7 straight penalty minutes, which is what happened after defenseman Connor Frantti's instigating minor, and fighting major, 29 seconds into the second period.

Going into the second intermission, the Musketeers led 3-0 over the Stars.  Sioux City outshot Lincoln 14-5 in the second period.

Gotta give some credit to the Stars in the third period.  They could have rolled over and let Sioux City continue to rack up the goals, but they responded with their best period of the game and scored three goals.

Third period goals for the Stars were scored by forwards Michael Gillespie, Dominick Sacco, and Biagio Lerario.  The tally from Lerario actually brought the Stars to within one goal with less than four minutes remaining in the third period.

Try as they might, the good guys were unable to score the game-tying goal and the Muskies added an empty-net goal with 1 second remaining to complete the scoring.

Shots were 38-25 in favor of the Musketeers (more on shots totals here in a bit).  Stars goaltender Peyton Jones stopped 33 of 37 in the loss, while Sioux City goaltender Collin Olson stopped 22 of 25 for the win.  Stars went 0-for-3 on the powerplay, while the Muskies went 1-for-4 with the man advantage.

Stars announcer Mile Melbye mentioned some stats early in the first period in this game on air that I thought I'd mention here.  Lincoln averages 25 shots on goal per game, which is dead last in the USHL.  On the other end of the rink, Lincoln gives up an average of  36 shots on goal which is third most in the league.  Stating the obvious, but those numbers will have to change big time if the Star want to compete in the west for one of the four playoff spots.

Lincoln's next opportunity for a win comes this Friday (Halloween) at the IceBox against the Waterloo Blackhawks.  Just like this weekend, next weekend will only feature one game for the Stars.  That has to be a bit frustrating for the Lincoln coaches.  After you lose a game like the one against Sioux City, I'm sure the coaches wanted to come right back the next day to battle for two points.

Thanks for reading.  Go Stars.

Friday, October 24, 2014

B³ Pregame Report: Lincoln Stars vs. Sioux City Musketeers

The Lincoln Stars will play only one game this weekend and that will take place Saturday evening at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, IA against the Musketeers.  

Puck drops at 7:05pm CST.

If you you'd like to keep track of the Stars in Sioux City on Saturday you can follow the boxscore online via Pointstreak, listen to Stars radio announcer Mike Melbye on 93.7 FM "The Ticket," or watch the games live on FASTHockey for a fee.

With a record of 3-3-1 (7 points), the Stars are tied with with two other teams for 5th place in the USHL Western Conference standings.  Click here to view the current league standings.

The Muskies will play tonight (Friday) at home against the Des Moines Buccaneers, but as I write this article, Sioux City has a record of 6-1-1 (13 points) and are tied with the Bucs for first place in the West.  

Since losing to the Stars in OT at the IceBox on 10/3/14, the Muskies have won five of six games to vault themselves to the top of the western conference standings.

This will be the second of six meetings between the Stars and Musketeers this season.  In a bit of an odd scheduling quirk, all six games between these two teams will occur before December 20th.  

The Muskies are led by forward and University of Minnesota-Duluth commit Adam Johnson (5g, 5a in 8 games played) and goaltender Collin Olson (5-1-1, 2.03 gaa, .933 save %).  Olson stopped 34 of 37 shots on goal in Lincoln's 4-3 OT shootout win against the Muskies on 10/3.  Johnson had 2 points (1g, 1a) and 5 shots on goal against the Stars.

It's been relatively quiet with regard to player movement for Lincoln.  Defenseman Tony DeVito was recently moved to the BCHL's Powell River Kings.  From what I've been told, there is a chance forward Joe Lappin, who is recovering from an injury, could be in the lineup for the Stars against Sioux City on Saturday.  Defenseman Dylan Woolf, who missed all of the preseason and the regular season thus far with a lower leg injury, will come off the IR list on 10/30.

Only one game for the good guys this weekend, and it will be a tough one against a surging Muskies squad looking for revenge after losing to the Stars a few weeks ago.  If Lincoln can avoid the slow starts they've suffered from as of late, and get good goaltending from either Hackett or Jones, they should be able to hang with the Musketeers.  Should be another good test for the Stars.

For those Stars fans out there who'd like to watch this game via FASTHockey, the team recently announced that Twin Peaks restaurant will broadcast all Stars away games.  Twin Peaks is located at 800 Q Street, which is in the Haymarket area of downtown Lincoln.  Nice to see the Stars finally partner up with a local establishment to simulcast away games.

I'll report back here with a recap, so keep an eye out for that.

Thanks for reading.  Go Stars.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

B³ Weekend Recap: Stars earn 3 of 4 points in Fargo

Blake Christensen scores Thursday night against Fargo
Courtesy of mjoy photography
The Lincoln Stars earned 3 of 4 possible points in their road series against the Fargo Force this past Thursday and Friday.

On Thursday, Lincoln fell to Fargo in OT by a score of 5-4.  Click here to view the Pointstreak boxscore from that game.

Friday evening, the Stars rebounded with a quality effort to beat the Force in OT by a score of 2-1.  Click here to view the Pointstreak boscore from that game.



With the OT loss and the OT win, the Stars improved their regular season record to 3-3-1 (7 points), and are in fifth place in the USHL western conference standings.  Click here to see the current USHL standings.

The Stars started very, very slow against the Force Thursday evening at Scheels Arena in Fargo, ND.  I'm hoping this isn't a trend, but it seems like the Stars have a bit of a problem with slow starts as of late.  The Force took advantage of Lincoln's bus legs and took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.  Fargo outshot Lincoln 12-5 in the first period.

Another slow start in the second period put Lincoln down two goals, but the team responded with two straight goals of their own to knot the game at 2-2 heading into the second intermission.  Through two periods of the game on Thursday, I'm not sure I've ever seen the Stars play that badly.  I'm not piling on here, just stating what I saw watching on FASTHockey.  The Force absolutely dominated every aspect of the Thursday evening game through forty minutes.

However, when Lincoln did have the rare scoring opportunity, they seemed to make them all count.  Lincoln's first goal in this game, scored by forward Miguel Fidler, was assisted by an incredible pass from forward August Von Ungern-Sternberg.  You can check it out below:



Lincoln's second goal in the middle period was scored by forward Blake Christensen on an odd man rush with a great assist from forward Grant Jozefek.  The picture at the top of this article, courtesy of mjoy photography, shows Christensen scoring that goal.

So despite being outshot 33-10 through two periods Thursday evening, the Stars were tied with the Force at 2-2.  Lincoln goaltender Cam Hackett was certainly Lincoln's MVP that night, and the next night for that matter.

In the third, both teams scored two goals a piece with Lincoln goals coming from forwards Michael Gillespie and Blake Christensen (his second of the night).  Christensen's second goal of the game incredibly gave the Stars a 4-3 lead, but Fargo answered later in the period to tie it up at 4-4.  Stars outshot the Force 16-8 in the third period.

In the OT period, Stars had a great opportunity early on with a 4-on-3 powerplay to end it, but they were not able to get the puck past Force goaltender Mathias Israelsson.  A make up penalty called on the Stars later in the OT period allowed Fargo to score the game winner.

I'm not sure the Stars had any business getting the game Thursday evening to overtime, but I like how they played in the third period and for the most part in OT.  Cam Hackett stopped 38 of 43 shots on goal, but without his stellar play, the Stars don't get the point.

Stars d-man Wyatt Kalynuk had some fan support in Fargo
Courtesy of mjoy photography
On Friday evening, the Stars performed quite a bit better I thought compared to the Thursday OT loss with goaltender Cam Hackett leading the way once again.

In the scoreless first period, both teams played very cautious and combined for only 10 shots on goal (five a piece).

I thought Lincoln played much better defensively to start the Friday night game, which was good to see considering what I saw from the Thursday opening period.


In the second, the shot total went up but goaltenders Mathias Israelsson and Cam Hackett stood tall.  Fargo outshot Lincoln 15-8 in the middle stanza, but the majority of those 15 shots fired by the Force were thrown on net from bad angles.

The Stars got on the scoreboard first thanks to Blake Christensen's third goal in two games. On that particular play, Christensen worked incredibly hard along the far boards to keep possession of the puck before spinning away from two Fargo players and then firing a laser past Israelsson that beat him high stick side.  Just a great individual play by Christensen who was one of Lincoln's best forwards in the series against Fargo.

The 1-0 third period lead by the Stars wouldn't last more than a minute as the Force answered with a goal of their own to knot the game at 1-1.  A Fargo shot from the point could not be controlled by Hackett and the Stars, which turned out to be the only goal Hackett would allow in this game.

Just like the Thursday night tilt, the Friday evening game went to an extra OT period.  However, this time around the Stars got the game winner thanks to some great teamwork from Stars forwards Miguel Fidler and Dominick Sacco.

Deep in the Fargo zone, Sacco did a good job digging the puck out behind the net before passing it to Fidler.  Sacco smartly used himself to screen a Fargo player from getting to Fidler, who was able to fire a shot on net.  The shot was save by Israelsson, but the rebound went right to Sacco who had beaten his man to the net.  Dom quickly batted the puck into the net and the Stars were victorious.  Check it out below:



Stars goaltender Cam Hackett stopped 39 of 40 shots on goal to rightfully earn the win.  Hackett made some incredible saves in the third period to keep this game tied.  Without his play against Fargo, I very much doubt the Stars get 3 points.

Overall, I like how the Stars responded after the lackluster first two periods on Thursday evening.  The played much better defensively and for the most part outplayed Fargo on Friday.

Friday's 2-1 OT win was the first game this season in which the Stars did not surrender a powerplay goal against.  There's plenty of room to improve the penalty kill, but it was nice to see the Stars blank the Force on the PP.

Stars are back in action on Saturday, October 25th in Sioux City against the Musketeers.  The next home game is on Halloween at the IceBox against the Waterloo Blackhawks.  In a bit of a scheduling quirk, the Stars only play two games in the next 20 days.

Thanks for reading.  Go Stars.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

B³ Weekend Preview: Fargo Force

For the first time in the 2014-15 USHL regular season, the Lincoln Stars will venture away from the IceBox to play two road games at Scheels Arena in Fargo, ND against the Fargo Force.

The two teams will play the rare Thursday night tilt, and then also on Friday evening.

Puck drops at 7:05pm CST for both games.


If you you'd like to keep track of the Stars this weekend in Fargo, you can follow the boxscores online via Pointstreak, listen to Stars radio announcer Mike Melbye on 93.7 FM "The Ticket," or watch the games live on FASTHockey for a fee.

The Force enter these two games against Lincoln with a record of 4-1-0 (8 points) in five games played, and are currently in second place in the USHL western conference.  The Force are 2-0-0 in two home games this season, both coming against the expansion Madison Capitols.

Fargo is led by talented '97 forward Denis Smirnov, who has scored 5 points (1g, 4a) in five games so far this season for the Force.  Smirnov was originally acquired by Fargo in the 2014 Indiana Ice dispersal draft.  Last year for the Ice, Smirnov racked up 41 points (15g, 26a) in 47 games as one of the younger players in the USHL.  Smirnov is definitely a player the Stars will want to keep tabs on in these two upcoming games.  He's deceptively quick, has great vision, and silky smooth hands.

As good as Smirnov is, the MVP of the Force through five games is undoubtedly goaltender Mathias Israelsson.  The overager ('94) from Sweden, Israelsson has played every minute for the Force and has posted a record of 4-1-0, a goals against average of 2.56, and a save percentage of .918%.  It would not surprise me at all if Israelsson starts both games against Lincoln this week.

I watched the Force play two preseason games at the 2014 USHL Fall Classic in Sioux City, and they really struggled offensively at times.  I believe most pundits thought the Force might struggle a bit this season, but they have certainly played very well so far, thanks to Israelsson.  In my opinion, the Force are going to live or die with Israelsson in net.  He's an incredible talent, and will be a workhorse for the Force this season, but I think Fargo lacks scoring depth at the forward position.

Regardless, this should be yet another good test for a Lincoln Stars team looking to play more consistent hockey and potentially get their first two road wins of the season.  I'll be watching both games on FASTHockey and will report back here with recaps.

Switching gears....

My good friend BellTolls looked at the first five games of this season and compared them to the first five games of last season.  Here's what BT shared with me that I thought I'd share with all of you:

Last Year:
0-2-3 record
2.2 goals per game
4.2 goals allowed per game
20.4 PIM per game
Bitzer: .882 save pct.
Goalies combined: .867 save pct.

This Year:
2-3 record
2.8 goals per game
3.4 goals allowed per game
20.0 PIM per game
Hackett: .900 save pct.
Goalies combined: .897 save pct.

So, the Stars are off to a better start than last year by nearly every metric. Also, Lincoln's four opponents this year have a combined 14-8-1 record and all of them (Tri-City, Sioux City, Waterloo, Muskegon) are likely playoff teams this season.

In other news....

Earlier this week, the Stars traded forward Keegan Ward to the Muskegon Lumberjacks for forward Chris Dodero.  Dodero ('96) hails from Bloomingdale, IL and tips the scale at 5'9", 177 pounds.  In 102 games played in the past three seasons with the Lumberjacks and the Chicago Steel, Dodero scored 30 points (13g, 17a) along with 66 penalty minutes.  Chris has committed to play college hockey at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, CO.

During his time with the Steel, Chris was teammates with current Stars Biagio Lerario and Patrick Polino.  I'm a big fan of this trade.  Stars add more USHL experience and depth at the forward position with the acquisition of Dodero.  Click here to follow Chris on Twitter.

Also, per the Stars' official website, the team has signed Corey Courtney (Athletic Trainer/Equipment Manager/Strength Coach) to a four-year extension.  Anyone who has been a Stars fan for any length of time knows how important Corey has been to this team since he started in 1999.

Congrats to Corey!  He really deserves a lot of attention for what he has contributed over the years.  Here's to many more years with the Lincoln Stars.

Thanks for reading.  Go Stars.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Cam Lee named USHL Defenseman of the Week

Photo courtesy of Brandon Anderson Photography
Congrats to Lincoln Stars defenseman Cam Lee who was named the USHL CCM Defenseman of the Week today by the league.  

Click here to read the official USHL press release.  Here's an excerpt from the article:

The defenseman scored a goal in both contests and posted a plus-four rating as the Stars split a weekend set against the Muskegon Lumberjacks.  

He netted a goal in the first period of Friday’s 3-2 loss and equaled a game high plus-two rating.  



The 17-year-old then netted his second goal of the weekend in Saturday’s 4-3 victory and again tied a game high plus-two rating.  

Lee has now scored a goal in three straight games for the Stars and has tallied those three goals on just four shots.  

The Ferguson’s Cove, Nova Scotia native is playing his first USHL season and is committed to play NCAA hockey at Providence College.

Nice for the Stars (and Cam) to get some recognition so soon after the season started.  Cam had a big weekend and will be counted on to have many more this upcoming season as one of the top offensive defensemen on the Stars. 

Congrats again to Cam!  Well deserved.