Saturday, April 4, 2009

Weekend Update

Just wanted to apologize for being MIA the past couple of days. I'm battling a nasty cold/virus, and I've been miserable. Having to work while I'm sick isn't helping either.

The Lincoln Stars finished up the 2008-09 USHL regular season with road games against the Sioux Fall Stampede, and the Fargo Force. On Friday night, the Stars lost 4-2 to the Stampede, as 'Pede forward Victor Anilane scored the final two goals of the game. The Stars were outshot by the 'Pede, 29-24. Scoring for the Stars was Brett Chartier (PP), and Corey Chakeen. Kevin Murdock started in net for the Stars against the 'Pede, and stopped 25 of 29 shots on goal in the loss. In the pregame report, I predicted a gongshow...and the end of the first period certainly got nasty. Michael Sdao and Mike Dalhuisen both received misconducts and were ejected from the game. There were no other fisticuffs after the first period, as both teams settled down. Despite the loss, the Stars won the regular season series against Sioux Falls, 4 games to 3.

On Saturday night, the Stars scored four staight goals, after falling behind 3-0, and beat the Force in Fargo, 4-3. The big "Star" of the night was Eric Meland. The native of nearby Grand Forks, ND scored 2 goals, had 2 assists, and was +2 on the night. Also scoring for the Stars was David Gerths and Kory Kaunisto. Anthony Borelli returned from his one game suspension for fighting, and stopped 24 of 27 shots to record his 15th win of the regular season. The Stars won the regular season series against the Fargo with an impressive record of 6-1. I doubt many other teams could claim that sort of record against the Force this season.

After the dissappointing loss to the Sioux Falls Stampede on Friday night, it was nice to see the Stars fight and claw their way back to beat the Force on Saturday night. I have to admit, I wasn't really optimistic after the Force went up 3-0, but the Stars battled back and played outstanding after the sluggish first period. Great way to end the regular season, with a come from behind road win against a very game Fargo team, and against a goaltender who is one of the best in the USHL. I'd like to point out that defenseman Taylor Kuypers picked up his first USHL point, an assist on Eric Meland's first goal of the game. I've stated this before, but I'm a big fan of Kuypers and I'm very happy to see him playing well as of late.

With the win, the Stars finished the regular season with a record of 37-17-6, and a total of 80 points. I will blog about the last two seasons under Coach McGroarty sometime in the near future.

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