Monday, December 21, 2009

Postgame Report - Lincoln at Sioux Falls 12/19

Final Score: Lincoln 0, Sioux Falls 3

The Lincoln Stars were shutout yet again in Sioux Falls, as the Stampede scored one goal in the first, and two goals in the third period to record their second straight shutout victory over the Stars. In their two games against the Sioux Falls Stampede this season, the Stars are 0-2 and have been outscored 7-0. The Stars put 27 shots on goal against Stampede goaltender Clay Witt, but Witt stopped them all to record his third shutout of the season. The Stars went 0-1 with the man advantage, while Sioux Falls went 0-9 on the powerplay. I'm not sure how to think about that last stat. The fact that the Stars penalty kill unit stopped all 9 chances, or the fact that the Stars put themselves shorthanded nine times.

With the loss, the Stars dropped to 9-15-1 (19 points) in the USHL West Division. With Team USA winning Saturday night, the Stars and Team USA are now tied (.380) with the worst record in the USHL. Stars radio announcer Mike Melbye mentioned during the Sioux Falls broadcast Saturday night that at the current 25 game mark, the Stars have the worst record in franchise history. Nowhere to go but up, right?

I didn't get a chance to watch this game on B2, and I was late listening to the game on the radio, so I really don't have a lot so say in regards to how I think they played. I wonder if some of the players were already on x-mas break, and that the last couple of games were played on autopilot by some. I sure hope the players and coaches can come back from this break with intensity, consistency, and a promise to play the best hockey they can for the remainder of the season. The lack of scoring has to be addressed, but there are many other issues that require attention than just scoring. Coach McGroarty has shown in the past that he can turn bad seasons into playoff seasons, so it's important we continue to stay supportive and positive through these tough times.

Coming back from the x-mas break, the Stars go on a three game road trip, with one game in Waterloo against the Blackhawks, and two games in Chicago against the Steel. Getting three or four points out of a possible six would be nice start. After that three game road swing, the Stars play their next 8 of 10 games at the IceBox.

Go Stars.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

R.Dzingle joining the team in Chicago for the rest of the season...should help the scoring! He was a leading scorer in the MWEHL.