Friday, February 5, 2010

Post-Game Report: Lincoln Stars 2, Team USA 5

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I don't have a lot of time today to write up an article for this game, so this recap will be brief.  The Stars lost their fifth straight game as Team USA U-17 took advantage of Lincoln turnovers and skated to a 5-2 victory.  Scoring goals for Lincoln was Ryan Dzingel and Garrett Peterson.  Due to injuries on the U-17 squad, six players from the U-18 team played for the U-17 squad last night.  Despite outshooting Team USA U-17 43-33, the Stars could only put two pucks past U-17 goaltender Matt McNeely.  In their past five games, the Stars have been outscord by the opposition 17-5.  With the loss, the Stars fell to 11-23-5 (27 points).

This one was a surprise to me.  Considering how the U-17 team has struggled against USHL competition this season, I really thought the Stars would win this game.  Again, the Stars put a ton of shots on goal, but can only put two past goaltender Matt McNeely.  The U-17 did have some help with the six U-18 players in the lineup, but Lincoln turnovers resulted in too many odd-man rushes for Team USA.  The Stars will play the U-18 team this afternoon at 2pm central.  The U-18 team is much better than the U-17 team, so it will be interesting to see how the Stars respond.

**Roster News:  According to Pointstreak, Stars defenseman Nate Baumbick was traded to Witchita Falls of the NAHL.

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