Saturday, June 6, 2009

Lincoln Stars Tryout Camp - Day 1

Day 1 of the 2009-10 Lincoln Stars tryouts was held Friday night at the Moylan IcePlex in Omaha. Two scrimmages were held, with the first scrimmage beginning at 7pm. I have the rosters of all the teams, which I hope to scan and put online as soon as I can. Missing from the tryouts was Corey Chakeen, Brett Chartier, and Jimmy Siers. All three are injured, from what I understand. Other notable players missing from the tryouts were Chris Kreider (F), Luke Curadi (D), Steve West (D) and Brodie Reed (F). West and Reed were the first two players selected by the Stars in the most recent USHL Entry Draft. Full roster links posted at the end of this article.

Game 1: Team Red vs. Team White

Notable Players on Team Red: Taylor Kuypers (D), David Gerths (F), Jarrod Mermis (F) - played for Sioux City last season, Matt White (F) - played for Des Moines last season, and was acquired by Lincoln in a trade.

Notable players on Team White: Cory Hibbeler (D), Jon Puskar (F) - played 30 games for the Stars last season.

Team Red won the scrimmage over Team White, 4-3. Overall it was a decent scrimmage. With these first games, I expect a lot of sloppy play, and I saw a lot of it. Nerves have a lot to do with that. The talent is there, but you can tell the players are uptight. No fights. To be honest, not a lot of hitting either. Not the amount you would expect, I suppose.

Players on Team Red that stood out positively to me: #3 Ryan Cole ('90-D), #33 Matt White ('91-F), #17 Guan Wang ('92-F), #16 Maxwell Vallis ('90-F), #8 Dominic Chiapelli ('89-F), #1 Bryan Jones ('92-G)

Players on Team White that stood out positively to me: #15 Brent Tate ('91-F), #4 Dax Lauwers ('91-D), #14 Jon Puskar ('89-F), #7 Cory Hibbeler ('89-D), #8 Adrean Copeland ('92-F), #19 Bradley Duwe ('92-F)

My MVP of this game: Brent Tate (F)

Game 2: Team Black vs. Team Yellow

Notable Players on Team Black: Garrett Peterson (F), Steve Racine (G) - Stars draft pick, Kevin Zugec ('93-D) - Stars draft pick

Notable Players on Team Yellow: Matt Bruneteau (D), Mike Montagna (F) - Stars draft pick, Andrew Ammon (F) - Stars draft pick

Team Yellow won the scrimmage over Team Black, 3-1. Team Black scored the first goal of the game, and Team Yellow score three unanswered goals after that. This scrimmage was very similar to the earlier one. I thought the players were more conscious defensively in this game, compared to the first game. Goaltenders Steve Racine (Black) and Jared Coreau (Yellow) played very well, as both netminders did not give up a goal during their 30 minutes between the pipes. Again, no fights in this game. This game was a bit more physical, but again it was very sloppy at times.

Players on Team Black that stood out positively to me: #6 Peter Stoykewych ('92-D), #9 Cody Dion ('90-F), #12 Ryan Dzingel ('92-F), #14 Austin Wuthrich ('93-F), #18 Garrett Peterson ('91-F), #33 Steve Racine ('91-G)

Players on Team Yellow that stood out positively to me: #3 Matt Bruneteau ('90-D), #8 Jake Diamond ('91-F), #9 Cody Boyle ('91-F), #12 Jeff McMinimy ('92-F), #18 Andrew Ammon ('90-F), #1 Jared Coreau ('91-G)

My MVP of this game: Goaltender Jared Coreau

Does it get any better than watching hockey in June? The weather was hot outside, but it was the usual frigid environment inside Moylan IcePlex. Overall, the scrimmages were to be expected. No one player stood out a lot, unlike last year when Garrett Peterson was by far the best player on the ice. The play was sloppy at times, but I figured it would be. I was expecting a bit more scoring, but I'm sure we'll see more goals scored as the players become more comfortable with their surroundings and relax a bit. The highlight of the night for me was having two different fathers of players trying out come up to me and say 'Hi.' Both read the blog, and had some very nice things to say about my work here. It really made my night. Both gentlemen were very gracious, and it was a pleasure chatting with them both.

It appears that I might not be able to make it up to Omaha at all on Saturday, so I hope one of my readers can give a quick synopsis if they attend. It would be appreciated.

Here are the team rosters. Much thanks to the anonymous poster who took the time to upload these. It is much appreciated.

Team Black roster here

Team Blue roster here

Team Red roster here

Team White Roster here

Team Yellow roster here


Anonymous said...

Went to the Saturday morning tryout session.

Team Yellow (2-0) defeated Team Red (1-1), 4-2.

Jared Coreau (6'4", 200) had his second straight shutout in net for the Yellow team. Matt Green did not give up any goals in the 2nd half of the game for Team Red.

Players that stood out positively to me for Red: (D) #2 Evan Accetura (goal), (D) #3 Ryan Cole, (D) #6 Taylor Kuypers; (F) #8 Dominic Chiapelli (an 89, but did some good things around the net), #10 Gerths, (F) #15 Kyle Sharkey (goal on a very nice shot)

Players that stood out positively for the Yellow: (G) #1 Coreau, (D) #3 Bruneteau, (F) #9 Cody Boyle, (F) #13 Mike Montagna (goal), (F) #18 Andrew Ammon (very fast and pysical)

Team Black (1-1) defeated Team Blue (0-1), 5-3 I think, in the second game. It was the Blue Team's first time on the ice and they had some good forwards. Corey Morbeck gave up 0 goals for the Blue team in his time in net. He's 6'2" and from Team Illinois.

Players that stood out positively for Team Black: (D) #3 Jack Callahan (don't know why he is at our tryout camp, did the Phantoms cut him? He played ok)(D) #5 Kevin Zugech, (D) #6 Peter Stoykewych, (F) #12 Ryan Dzingel, (F) #14 Austin Wuthrich, (F) #18 Petey

Players that stood out positively for Team Blue: (G) #33 Corey Morbeck, (D) #4 Will Rayner, (D) #5 Colton Saucerman (great name, very quick and elusive skating the puck up ice), (F) #8 Michael Ambrosia, (F) #10 Rui Encarnacao, (F) #11 Kyle Gibbons, (F) #15 John McCarron, (F) #16 Blake Matejcek, (F) #17 Dominic Shine

Overall, Dominic Shine, Kyle Gibbons and Michael Ambrosia were some of the best players I saw this morning. The Ambrosia-Gibbons-McCarron line was very good and controlled the puck most of the time they were in. I was surprised to see Jack Callahan trying out, and not as surprised to see that Chris Volonnino wasn't trying out. That should create a spot for Puskar to fill an '89 spot. I thought he was a good USHL player.

Anonymous said...


Team Black

Team Blue

Team Red

Team White

Team Yellow

Yeti said...

Just wanted the thank the last two anonymous posters (unless they are the same person) for all the great info. I hope you don't mind, but I am going to post your Day 2 morning recap in my next blog article. Very informative read. I appreciate it a lot.

Also, thanks a bunch for hosting the roster pages. I just never had the time to get that done Saturday. Much appreciated!