Sunday, September 20, 2009

Exhibition Postgame Report - Tri-City at Lincoln

Final Score: Tri-City 2, Lincoln 3 OT Shootout

The Lincoln Stars survived a late comeback by the Tri-City Storm to win their first exhibition game of the season, 3-2 in overtime shootout. The Stars got out to a 2-0 lead in the first period with goals from forwards Brodie Reid, and Kyle Gibbons. The goal by Gibbons was an incredible individual effort, and was one of the better goals I've seen scored at the Ice Box in a looooong time. It was that good. Gibbons also added one goal in the overtime shootout. Stars forward Tucker Brockett scored the game winning goal in the overtime shootout to seal the victory for the Stars.

Considering the Stars just started practicing together as a team a few days ago, I thought they played pretty well. It was sloppy, but I expected that. TC seemed to play the entire game on the powerplay, and I thought the PK unit for the Stars did very well to not allow a Storm PP goal. Goaltenders Jared Coreau and Steven Racine played very well for Lincoln. Coreau stopped all 17 shots he faced, while Racine stopped 17 of 19 shots in regulation and 4 of 5 shooters in the overtime shootout. Despite giving up the two goals, I thought Racine played very steady in net. Coreau didn't have to work as hard for his saves, but he also looked very calm and in control between the pipes.

I'm not going to go too in depth with this writeup. I've mentioned this previously, but these exhibition games are more for the coaches than they are the fans. I was just happy to get my Stars hockey fix. I thought newcomers like Brodie Reid, Kyle Gibbons, Tucker Brockett, Will Rayner, Steven Racine, and Jared Coreau all played very well in the their Stars debut.

1ST STAR: Gibbons, Kyle (LIN)
2ND STAR: Brockett, Tucker (LIN)
3RD STAR: Reid, Brodie (LIN)

The Stars will travel to Sioux City, Iowa later this week to play in the USHL Fall City Classic. The Stars will face the Indiana Ice on Thursday (9/24), the Green Bay Gamblers on Friday (9/25), and will finish up the tournament Saturday evening (9/26) against the Cedar Rapids Roughriders.

Matt White was not in uniform for the Stars, and it appears the rumors of him quitting hockey could be true. It's a shame, because I really thought Matt had a bright future with the Stars this upcoming season.


Anonymous said...

That was a great game indeed. Only a few ays of practice thus far? I am giddy to see what the future holds! -X

StarsNutz said...

Was very good to see both Brodie Reid and Steve West in uniform last night...I agree that Coreau and Racine both impressed me last night...I can't wait for October 9th...Looks like Dominick Shine took Matt White's place on the roster...Any idea what 1 or 2 players that were there last night that might not make it to the final 23 man roster?

Yeti said...


I hate to guess at who is the odd man out. From what I understand, there are currently 24 players on the Stars roster, with White out. McGroarty will have to cut down to 23 players AFTER the Fall Classic. I'm guessing that he will release one defenseman, but that's just a guess. Currently there are eight defensemen on the roster, and I believe McGroarty will want to only have seven on opening night. I'd hate to guess right now as to who that defenseman will be.

A lot can happen between now and 10/2. Chris Forfar and Ryan Krezter were picked up after the Fall Classic from Waterloo, if I recall correctly. No one is safe from being cut. If the coaches see players they really like on other USHL teams at the Fall Classic, and if they are cut by their respective teams, McGroarty could acquire them. You just never know. McGaroarty could also find another WHL overager to add to the team, ala Reekie and Hill. There still is one overager spot open on the team.

I was surprised that Shine wasn't in the lineup last night. I believe Brett Chartier was the other healthy scratch also.

Anonymous said...

Good job by the former Barons :)


Yeti said...

Fangers! Good to see you here. Yes, your former Barons did very well this past Sunday. A friend of mine commented that Brockett reminded him of Ryan Kretzer, which is a huge compliment. Gibbons has a very quick release, and I know he will be one of the top offensive players for the Stars this next season. I hope Coach McGroarty will keep then together on the same line, but I'm not sure that will happen for the whole season. Coach likes to switch up lines quite often.

Hope to see you posting here more often! Thanks for stopping by.