Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Pre-Game Report: Lincoln Stars vs. Tri-City Storm 1/20

The Lincoln Stars will look to get back in the win column this Wednesday evening when they travel west on I-80 to take on the Tri-City Storm in Kearney.  The Stars are coming off a hard fought 4-1 loss to the Omaha Lancers on 1/16.  This will be the fifth time the Stars and the Storm have faced each other this season, with Tri-City winning all four previous contests by a combined score of 17-5.  Ouch.  Needless to say, the Storm have had Lincoln's number this season.  The Stars recently broke a very long losing streak with a 5-1 thumping of the Indiana Ice on 1/15.  Before the win against the Ice, the Stars had lost 9 straight games.  The Stars are in last place in the USHL West Division with a record of 10-20-3 (23 points).

The Storm have lost three of their last four games, and are currently in fourth place in the USHL West Division with a record of 15-14-6 (36 points).  The Storm sport one of the top players in the league in forward Jaden Schwartz.  Schwartz is the second leading scorer in the USHL with 52 points (19g, 33a) in 35 games played.  The native of Wilcox, Saskatchewan Canada is a Colorado College recruit and a highly touted NHL draft prospect.  When the puck is on his stick, good things happen.  Storm goaltender Carsen Chuback is 4-0 against the Stars this season, with a 1.25 goals against average, and a .953 save percentage in those four games.  Double ouch.

The Stars have played a lot better since the 8-2 blowout loss on 1/12 against the Sioux City Musketeers, so I'm hopeful the boys can finally put 60 quality minutes together against a team that has dominated them this season.  These mid-week games can sometimes be hard for players to get motiviated for, especially considering the game will most likely be played in a near empty Viaero Event Center in Kearney.  The team that wants it more will win this one.  Let's hope it's the black and blue who want it more.

Faceoff is at 7:05pm.

We will be blogging/chatting live during this game, so keep an eye out for that article sometime during the day on Wednesday.

Go Stars.

Note:  Congrats to Stars forward Andrew Ammon for winning the USHL Offensive Forward of the Week.  From the USHL article:

"Ammon scored five points (4g, 1a) and registered a plus-six rating for the Stars. He scored a goal in the 8-2 loss to Sioux City on Tuesday. The native of Aldie, Virginia then scored three goals to complete his first USHL hat trick in Friday's 5-1 win vs. Indiana. He also dished out an assist to register a four-point night (3g, 1a). The 19-year-old is playing in his first season in the USHL and has collected 12 points (7g, 5a) in 15 games. Ammon has posted an even-or-better plus/minus rating in each of his last five contests."

It is nice to see Ammon healthy again, and contributing for the Stars.  They have definitely missed his presence on the ice.  Congrats again to Andrew!

1 comment:

tzweeb said...

hey all we have 2 games at hand to catch up to tri city and we can win on wednesday, thats a 6 point swing that we really need to get back into a playoff position.
not sure when i will be home from church, but you can bet i will be saying a prayer or two for the stars.
see you all on the live chat!!