Sunday, January 24, 2010

Post-Game Report: Sioux Falls at Lincoln 1/23

Sioux Falls defeats Lincon 1-0 on a power-play overtime goal by Matt Furlong with 54 seconds left. Yet another disappointing loss at the Ice Box for this team. The Stars blew a stellar performance by Jared Coreau, who made 29 saves on 30 shots.

Lincoln drops to 11-21-4 (26 points) and is now 14 points out of a playoff spot with 24 games to play. Needless to say, this weekend was a big letdown. With the way the team played last Friday and Wednesday, there was a glimmer of hope. The life was really sucked out of the building with that overtime goal. I don't know what else can be said. I'm sure many fans knew what was coming when we took that hooking penalty late in overtime...and we got it.

Now, obviously everyone is upset. Please keep your comments appropriate. You do NOT have to be pumping sunshine to have your posts approved, but you can voice your displeasure in an adult manner like others can do on here. Yeti and I are just as disappointed with our record as the rest of you, but calling out individual players or directly referencing them without naming them will automatically get your post rejected. If you have a problem with the coaching, keep your criticism mature. Anyone can post anonymously on the internet. Thank you everyone.

18 comments:

BellTolls said...

That new player wearing #20 was Austin Handley. We traded Alec Rush to Omaha for Handley, who had only played in six games with the Lancers and five games with Des Moines before that. He'd been with Des Moines for two years prior to that and started this year at Northern Michigan. I assume Omaha was trying to bolster their lineup for a playoff run and that we are trying to acquire draft picks. At least I'd hope so, because Rush was a good player.

Anonymous said...

It is what it is...personally I see no need to rip on players or the coaches. For whatever reason this team has not had much, if any, luck the entire season and that continues. Even the best of the best in any sport, also has some luck on their side. It seems no matter how well they play, one mistake and the other team always seems to capitalize and make us pay. Are there other reasons that allow for this type of situation to continue like it does, probably. I guess I will leave that for others to debate what they are. I thought tonight's game was very entertaining and well played by both teams with lots of scoring opportunities, etc., etc. Coreau played great and deserved a better fate. As fans it is definitely frustrating to see and hear the same ol' "song and dance", yet I certainly believe the team and coaches are tired of it as well. People can question the trades that we have made, the play of of our returning players, the coaches, etc., but you have to take into consideration that with the injury situation that this team started off with and the revolving door of different players in and out of the lineup made for a challenging situation at best. Now it appears the injury bug has reared its ugly head again and who knows how that will affect this team. But I still believe the players that will be playing in the games will continue to give it their best and as long as they do that, I will continue to show up and support this team. I'm doubtful that there is a playoff run in the future for this team, oh well. Of course this would be difficult as fans to accept as it is the ultimate goal and something we have come to expect but one "off year" is not going to make me not continue as a Starz fan. I have left the building more times than not this year scratching my head and wanting to pull my hair out. But there is nothing that I can say or do that will change the results. I'm not trying to be a polly anna or trying to sugar coat this year's trials and tribulations, but just want to point out that even the best teams/organizations in any sport have experienced this type of situation and seem to bounce back. Let's hope that will be the case for the Starz as well.

nutz4puckz said...

If you trade one of your better defenseman to your biggest rival, I think that pretty much signals that it's time to start thinking about next year. I agree Bell that hopefully there was a draft pick involved, becuase regardless of the record there is just no logical way that you give up Rush for alnmost nothing.

NOW it surely can't get any worse can it??

Moody said...

I would have to agree that it was a big "ouch" when that shot went in but........ Boy what a game up until that !! On the tip of your seat or standing like we do never felt so good. Yes, the victory was not ours, but a nail biter none the less. Just couldn't get the puck the puck to go our way. I mean, how many times did the crowd go OOOOOOHHHHHH, after so many shots were so close? Keep the heads up !!

Hockey! said...

If you have 3 coaches on a team. Wouldn't it be great to have one good and Offense and Power play. Another one good at Defense and Penalty Kill. And the last good with goaltending. Not sure we've got anything resembling that. Blocking shots seems to be what these guys hang their hats on. There are other things to the game Coaches.

lincolnfan said...

frustrating end to a game that could have easily been ours. it was really an entertaining game, and we had plenty of opportunites that just didn't work out, which was why it really was a tough loss. a lot of people have been saying it, but i'll say it again: every team has a season like this. very few things have gone our way and it doesn't look like it's changing. if it wasn't obvious before, it should be obvious now that the coaches are ready to look forward to next season and how we can be a better team then... can't say that i really disagree with that idea. i'm very confident that this is just a bad year and a couple seasons down the road, we can sort of just forget about this season since it's really been a bad one. having said that, the playoffs aren't completely out of the question this season.. but we do kind of need a miracle.

Anonymous said...

With our "backs against the wall" in a "must win"weekend, the Stars drop 2 home games to a combined score of 8-0! As far as "luck" and "injuries", every team can make excuses for inferior performances.Bottom Line: You don't score any goals, you have NO CHANCE of winning any games.That is what it is!
The forward lines have been scrambled all year long and consisitency is lacking that is NOT due to injuries. Instead of lame excuses,look where we are lacking.We argueably have some of the best players, but have ma.de boneheaded moves trading top players and screwing up team chemistry.Why is the coach asking his players if they want to stay? What are they supposed to answer?
The problem with the Stars is coaching.How many times do we see plays being drawn up or a plan being executed? We see it from other coaches.They say you can't beat a dead horse yet instead of finding answers or a system that can benifit the team, the boys get "bag skated" as punishment for losing. This is getting old and I am in agreemnet with others including the coaches that things must change. Unfortunately for a losing team it should be them --the coaches--and management should do the right thing by getting rid of them to show the fans they care, give the team of a breath of fresh air and measure the result of how players react to motivation and confidence opposed to intimidation and fear tactics.

Anonymous said...

Great game-bummer results. Enough said.

Great post Anonymous 4:43!!!

Anonymous said...

perhaps the Rush/Handley trade was a a win/win asked for by both players. Rush gets the chance for more visibility for college, and Handley gets more playing time.

Anonymous said...

I know for a fact that Rush didn't ask to be traded. I talked to him during the game. I have no idea if Handley wanted to be traded either. Sometimes it's best for both players, even if they don't realize it at the time. I wish the best of luck to Rush in his hockey future.

Anonymous said...

Handley looked good last night.Looked like a good trade to me. Also it is so easy to kick the team and the coaches when things are down but 3 years ago the fans couldn't wait to see Johnson go. There are things I don't agree with but face it it's not due to the lack of effert on all sides. It is easy to be an arm chair coach but in real life it is very hard getting 23 KIDS working on the same page keeping parents, players, owners and of coarse fans happy. Jimmy and his family are the nicest people you would ever want to meet and Fouts was always a fan hero so let them do there job and as fans our job is to suport not coach. If this is the worst thing going on in your life then you need to feel blessed. Just my ideas

Anonymous said...

nice guys finish last

Anonymous said...

Keep up the effort Stars. Playoff chances are pretty slim because we would need some help from 3 other teams to falter. I just hope that the players looking for scholarships get noticed and recruited as they deserve. Lots of bad breaks this season as everyone has pointed out. One thing for sure this season, Omaha is a really really good team and their goaltender Teglia is a difference maker. Just remember what it was like when we had Backes, Potulny, Lamareoux, etc. You just never know how some players will develop and mesh. Remember like we all keep saying these are 16-21 year olds. If I was expected to play at a top level, go to school, live away from my family, and deal with all the other things teenagers deal with I sure wouldn't have held it together like these guys do. I think a lot of credit should go to the coach for that if nothing else. I'm not an expert but I would imagine coaching elite amateur teams takes a completely different mindset than high school, college or professional. Also the host parents must be awesome. Anyway, Lets go Stars finish the year strong and get recognized or your efforts. The other teams and coaches in the league know we are a good team capable of winning anytime it just simply hasn't happened for whatever reason(s). Keep it up all of SECTION L loves ya.

Anonymous said...

All the best to Austin, he Played well when he did play for the Lancers, a good D man, he will fit in well and get more ice time.
Stars Fans, dont give up yet, win or lose stay till the end, show your support. Hang in there, Jimmy Is a Good Coach (You did win the division last year)It can turn around.......

Anonymous said...

I do wish the Stars would play as hard against other teams and stop worrying about Omaha. Year in and year out Omaha will have a strong team, stop worrying and stop comparing. Go Stars

MacAttack said...

ok after such a great game last night, the result was definitely not what I wanted. but what a great effort by all the Stars.
I am relatively new to the game of hockey and to the Stars but here if my take on things. I think some poeple forget that just because the team is run like a professional one that they are entitled to complain like they would for the Penguins, Red Wings and so on. But these boys are not being paid for their play. They go to school or work jobs when they aren't practicing or playing. And yes they are 16 to 20 years old as has been pointed out many times. I think back on my time playing high school football, basketball and running track. If I had had this much pressure from the people of my home town, I am not so sure I would have wanted to continue to play. Because it wouldn't have been fun anymore and after all people, this is still just a game and it should be fun to play. But most people have become so spoiled by success that when things aren't going the way they expect it to, well then, something is definitely wrong and things need to change. So fingers start getting pointed saying that they, the fan, know more than the coach and that the coach should be fired. Well, guess what people? Life is not always fair and our favorite team is not always going to win every game, no matter how much we would enjoy that. We will have seasons like this, where injuries and luck doesn't seem to help matters. All we can do as fans is go to the game and enjoy watching the best junior hockey players in America.
And as for fixating on Omaha, well, Omaha is the main rival for Lincoln, very similar to Nebraska and Oklahoma in college football. Or going back to my high school days, Hebron and Deshler. Every team needs that main rival to feed off of. That is also something for the fans to get into. Maybe some fans take it too far but I think for the most part, we realize that without Omaha to compare to, Lincoln might not be as good as they have been.
Ok I will step down from my soapbox now.

Anonymous said...

I still believe in this team!! Probally a good chance that they are not going to make it to the play-offs at this point in the season. Just hope they can turn it around and start getting some W's!
For the love of the game - starfish

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to stop by and chime in as a fan from SF that was at the Ice Box for my first game on Saturday. I was so impressed by the fan support that was shown for the Stars and met a lot of great people and had a fun time. The Lincoln organization is a model organization that other teams aspire to and the fan support is a big part of that. I hope you will continue to support your boys. They have as much talent and work ethic as any team in the league but the breaks just don't seem to be going their way this season. It has to be pretty discouraging for everyone when you are constantly dealing with disappointment. I was even upset when the official called the penalty in the overtime because I didn't want to see the game end with that way. The playoffs will not be the same without the Stars in the mix - but here's hoping that things can still turn around and the Stars can make a final push. I look forward to making another trip to the Ice Box!