Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Lincoln Stars USHL Fall Classic Preview

The 2009-10 Lincoln Stars will continue their exhibition season this week, as they travel to the wonderfully scenic town of Sioux City, Iowa to participate in the 2009 USHL Fall Classic. The Stars will play three games total, all against USHL Eastern Division teams. All three teams the Stars will face made the playoffs last season, but with player turnover, it's still way too early to tell how good these teams will be this season. Regardless, this should be a very good test for the Stars, as all three teams the Stars will face traditionally field very good hockey teams.

The USHL Fall Classic games played at the Tyson Events Center will all be broadcast on B2 Networks. Games played at the IBP Ice Center will NOT be broadcast on B2 Networks. That means that the 9/24, and the 9/25 Stars games will be available for purchase. The 9/26 game will not be available to watch, due to that game being played at the IBP Ice Center. Click here for more info on watching these games on B2 Networks. The cost of each game is $7. You can also follow the games online via Poinstreak. I do not believe these game will be available on the radio.

10:00am Thursday, 9/24: Lincoln Stars vs. Indiana Ice
The Indiana Ice are the defending Clark Cup Champions, but one look at their current roster will tell you that they starting over with a number of new players. I took a quick glance at their roster today, and I did not recognize many names. The Ice will look to reload without players like Stanislav Galiev, Mike Cichy, Brandon Richardson, and Brett Bennett on the roster. I believe the Ice might struggle a bit during the first part of the season because of the heavy player turnover. The Ice are 0-2 in the exhibition season, with losses to Chicago (3-6), and Green Bay (1-2).

10:00am Friday, 9/25: Lincoln Stars vs. Green Bay Gamblers
The Green Bay Gamblers are coming off a very impressive "worst to first" season. Two years ago, the Gamblers were the worst team in the USHL. New GB coach Jon Cooper took control last season, and guided the Gamblers to the best regular season record in the USHL, and the Anderson Cup. Cooper likes to play a similar style of hockey that the Stars employ; defensively sound, physical, in-your-face hockey. The Gamblers are 2-0 in the exhibition season, with wins against Indiana (2-1), and Chicago (3-1). Whenever these two teams play each other, the possibility of fireworks is always present.

5:30pm Saturday, 9/26: Lincoln Stars vs. Cedar Rapids Roughriders
The Stars will conclude their stay in Sioux City with a Saturday afternoon game against the Roughriders from Cedar Rapids. The Roughriders always seem to field very disciplined, speedy teams. Cedar Rapids is 2-1 in the exhibition season, with two wins against the Waterloo Blackhawks (6-3, 4-2), and a shutout loss to the Sioux City Musketeers (0-2).

Once the Fall Classic concludes, the Lincoln coaches will have to cut down to 23 players for opening night on 10/2. A lot can happen to the roster from the time the Fall Classic ends, to the roster deadline date before opening night. I expect the Stars will go with seven defensemen to start the season, which means one defenseman currently on the roster will be cut after the Fall Classic. Like I said, a lot can happen to the roster in the next few weeks. I'd hate to even guess at who will, or won't be cut.

Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend any of these three games, so I am hoping some of my readers will be able to provide a postgame report(s). It would be appreciated. Go Stars.

1 comment:

sioux city used cars said...

I'm really surprised such big games are being held in Sioux City. Too bad the Musketeers aren't in the games.