Saturday, September 19, 2009

9/20 Exhibition: Tri-City at Lincoln

The 2009-10 Lincoln Stars will begin their exhibition season Sunday night, when the Tri-City Storm come to town to battle the Stars at the Ice Box. The Storm will have a distinct advantage against the Stars, as they have been practicing for weeks now, and have already played two exhibition games, both against the Omaha Lancers. On the other hand, the Stars just began practice this past Thursday (9/17), due to the State Fair occupying the Ice Box well into September. With an ice surface now installed, the Stars will have three days to practice as a team before their first exhibition game.

As previously mentioned, the Storm have played two exhibition games already, both home losses against the Omaha Lancers. On 9/11/09, the Storm gave up three third period goals, and lost 6-3 to the Lancers. On 9/18/09, the Storm were blown out by a score of 10-3. In those two games, the Storm put an impressive 76 shots on goal. However, they appear to still have issues on defense and in net, as the Storm surrendered 16 goals in those two games. It is still way too early to tell how improved this Tri-City team will be compared to last season. It's hard to believe that the Storm will be as bad, or worse, than they were last season.

The Stars are returning seven players from last years team:
Forwards Garrett Peterson, David Gerths, Brett Charter, Jimmy Siers, John McCarron and defensemen Matt Bruneteau and Cory Hibbeler. The Stars will rely on two newcomers between the pipes: goaltenders Steven Racine, and Jared Coreau. Personally, I believe Racine and Coreau will exceed expectations, and the goaltending position will be an early strong point on this Stars team. With the lack of defensemen returning, Racine and Coreau will be tasked with keeping the Stars in games that maybe they shouldn't be in. I expect both netminders to get playing time in this exhibition game.

This game will be a good, early test for the Stars. However, considering how little the Stars have practiced together as a team, I don't expect a well executed game from either squad. It's early, and these types of games are more for the coaches to evaluate the talent they have, than it is for the fans. Regardless, it's Lincoln Stars hockey at the Ice box...and that's all that matters. I'm looking forward to watching all of the players, but I will be paying close attention to the new players suiting up for the Stars for the first time. It will be interesting if players like Matt White, Brodie Reid, and Steve West are actually in uniform for the Stars. There were some rumors that White was quitting hockey, while Reid and West were no-shows at the Stars tryout camp.

Faceoff is at 5pm.

Go Stars.


Anonymous said...

When I went to the Storm/Lancers exhibition game on 9/11, the top talent of the teams were not suited up. They were present, watching from the stands. I believe that their are more players to be cut from the roster. This is the chance for those players on the "bubble" to shine and prove that they got what it takes to be on the team.

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