Monday, February 8, 2010

Pre-Game Report: Sioux Falls at Lincoln Stars 2/9

The Lincoln Stars will try to break out of their current seven game losing streak this Tuesday night at the IceBox, as the Stars host the Sioux Falls Stampede.  The Stars have a record of 11-24-6 (28 points), and are in last place overall in the USHL.  The Stampede are currently 22-8-9 (53 points) and are in third place in the USHL West Division.  The Stars have not won a game since their 6-2 blowout win against the Tri-City Storm on 1/20.  Meanwhile, the Stampede have won four out of their past five games since losing 10-1 to the Cedar Rapids Roughriders on 1/22.

This will be the fourth time this season the Stars and Stampede have faced off against each other.  In their past three meetings, the Stampede have outscored the Stars 8-0.  Yes, that is correct.  The Stars have not scored at all against the Stampede this season.  Stampede goaltender Clay Witt is 2-0 against the Stars this season with two shutouts, while his backup Lino Chimienti is 1-0 against the Stars with one shutout.  Stars goaltenders Matt Green and Jared Coreau both have respectable stats against the Stampede this season, but as we've seen throughout the season, neither goaltender has received any substantial offensive support from their teammates.  The Stampede offense received a shot in the arm this past weekend with the acquisition of forward Mark Anthoine from the Chicago Steel.  Anthoine has scored 39 points (21g, 18a) in 39 games this season.

The USHL trade deadline was this past Sunday, and the Stars continued to make moves to bolster their roster for next season.  Forward David Gerths was traded to the Green Bay Gamblers for forward Sam Alfieri and a first round draft pick (entry draft).  Defenseman Garrett Clement was sent to the Omaha Lancers for defenseman Matt Wahl, who will be attending Brown University in the Fall.  Coach McGroarty mentioned after the Des Moines game Saturday night that there were draft picks coming from Omaha in that Clement-Wahl trade also.  I believe those are futures draft picks, not entry draft picks.  Also, forward Jon Puskar (one of my favorites on the team) was traded to the Waterloo Blackhawks for "future draft picks," whatever that means.  If anyone knows exactly what the Stars received for Puskar, please leave a comment. Coach McGroarty also mentioned that affiliate forward Chris Delmauro would be joining the team for good.  DelMauro has played 3 games for the Stars this season, scoring one goal.

Of the next 10 games for the Stars, 9 will be played at home.  Normally, the Stars would welcome a long home stand, but this season has certainly not been "normal" for anyone associated with the organization.  Lincoln is a surprising 4-11-2 at home this season.  The Stars last won at home on 1/15 against the Indiana Ice.  The last home win before that?  Way back on 11/14/09 against the Waterloo Blackhawks.  

Despite this nightmare season, it's evident to me that this Stars team is not giving up.  They were down 4-1 against the Des Moines Bucs this past Saturday night, yet rallied to take a 5-4 lead before losing in the shootout.  The playoffs may be a distant dream, but the players have shown they will not roll over and stop fighting.  That's encouraging to me, and I hope other Lincoln fans recognize this.  It's important we still sellout the IceBox and show these players that we have their back, regardless of their record.  The Stars still lead the USHL in average attendance per game, which is also encouraging.  I'd hate to see the fans stay away just because the Stars are struggling this season.  I know I sound like a broken record, but the players need our support more than ever.  9 of the next 10 games are at the IceBox.  Let's pack the house.

Go Stars.

Note:  According to the Lincoln Stars website, there will be a "one-night only return of Silly String at the Ice Box and rollback prices on selected concession items for this special weeknight game."  Silly string was banned at the IceBox back in the late 90's, so I'm guessing the Stars management got approval from the USHL to bring it back for just this game.  For those of us who remember silly string during the first few seasons, it was something fun to watch the fans do.  Messy, but fun.  I'm not sure what concession items specifically will have the "rollback prices."

23 comments:

rocks22 said...

Thanks for the confirmation on DelMauro. I had a feeling he was going to head out there.

Yeti said...

Hi rocks22...thanks for stopping by again. I didn't realize DelMauro was a UMASS recruit. Have you heard if they want him for the Fall of '10 or '11?

We have a defenseman (Will Rayner) on the team going to UMASS-Lowell. I get the two schools mixed up sometimes.

OmahaHockeyTalk said...

The Omaha/Lincoln trade was voided last night as Clement has apparently given up hockey. So Wahl will be staying in Omaha.

BellTolls said...

wow, thanks for the note OmahaHockeyTalk. Very interesting. I wish the best for Clement.

MacAttack said...

just in case no one saw this on ESPN Chris Kreider had the number 1 highlight for Monday's Top 10 Highlights on Sportcenter. as we all remember, Kreider was a Stars draft pick but chose to go to Boston College this year instead of the Stars.

rocks22 said...

DelMauro just committed to UMass in the last couple months.

I haven't heard anything official but I'm willing to bet money that they'll probably want him to arrive on campus in 2011.

Here are my various posts on Delmauro if you're interested:
http://en.wordpress.com/tag/chris-delmauro/

Yeti said...

OmahaHockeyTalk,

Thanks for the information. Much appreciated. With Clement quitting hockey, and Wahl not coming to Lincoln...I suppose that still leave one more roster spot open. I'd assume McGroarty would fill it with a defenseman.

rocks22,

Thanks for the info and the link on DelMauro.

Yeti said...

I got to thinking about something in regards to the Silly String. Not to sound like a negative nancy, but what if the Stars don't score any goals tonight? Traditionally, Silly String was used when the Stars scored a goal. If no goals are scored tonight by the Stars, does that mean we can bring Silly String to the next home game, which is Saturday night against Youngstown?

Hey Hey Whadda Ya Say said...

Who sells Silly String ?

LETS GO STARS !!!

silly string canon said...

We could shoot silly string when the stampede score. That would be almost guaranteed to happen.

Anonymous said...

I know the Dollar Tree stores sells Silly String. Not for sure about the Dollar General stores though. Maybe even Factory Card Outlet or a similar store.

Anonymous said...

6 games with 0 goals, 9 games with 1 goal and 11 games with only 2 goals, my vote is don't waste your money. Hope the beer prices have been lowered. Hope I'm wrong but let the numbers talk.

BellTolls said...

I don't know how long this night has been in the works, but I wonder if the Stars organization purposely planned it on SF night, since, you know, we....haven't scored well on them this year...

lincolnfan said...

BellTolls,

it does seem kind of odd that they would plan a night like this for a Tuesday game.. you would think they would do it on a Friday or Saturday when attendance would be higher. but i guess they are hoping that this special 'throwback' night will draw more people to the game. who knows.

MacAttack said...

todays Journal Star had an article about tonights game. yes, they planned this so they could try for more fans during the middle of the week. the article also mentioned beer, pop and hot dogs as some of the items being reduced in price. WalMart also has silly string in their party section and on the checkcout stands

Skribes43 said...

That win was for all you "anonymous" fairweather fans.

Jofa said...

Nice job tonight boys. Good win against a quality team.

StarsHcky said...

Good win tonight boys! Lets keep this train rolling!

Anonymous said...

HA 5 goals who said we wouldn't get any again heck I went threw 3 cans of Silly String!!!

tzweeb said...

kudos time..
first to the team for sticking to their plan and finally getting a good win.
next to the pipes... we heard them in our favor tonight!!
to KLMS for playing the celebrate song after coaches comments..
to the clean up crew for having to take care of all that silly string..
to all the people who showed up with the silly string..
again to the team for letting us have a reason to use the silly string.. yes i was worried..
to yeti for giving up his hat!!!
to swede for bringing a case of party poppers and sharing them with section H..
to BA for taking great pictures and sharing them with all of us...
to DA for using the best bumper music tonight..
and to the over 3,000 of the best fans for showing up on a tuesday night!!!
to the new players for keeping the choo-choo dance alive!!!

more to come....

Hey Hey Whadda Ya Say said...

CHOO-CHOO !!!!!
Congrats Dominik...

LETS GO STARS !!!

nutz4puckz said...

Interesting notes in the paper this morning about the Clement situation. I had wondered what was going on when I did not see Wahl on the bench and we only had two scratches for the game. Hopefully things work out for him.

Feels good to have be talking about a win for a change!!

Anonymous said...

Did anyone notice our buddy McCreary last night? I thought we would be in for a long night when I saw him, but he reffed a decent game (for him). He did look a little overweight. Must be hitting the doughnuts hard.