Sunday, March 28, 2010

B³ Post-Game Recap 3/27: Tri-City 4, Lincoln 3

I am tired and am going to bed, but wanted to put this up for Stars fans to leave comments on about the last home game of the season. Maybe Yeti can write a recap on Sunday. I will be extremely busy. Stars lose 4-3. Tri-City scored four unanswered after Lincoln took a 2-0 lead. Jarrod Mermis, Dominik Shine and Sam Alfieri scored for Lincoln.

Pretty much a downer home finale to a downer season. That should sum it up.

It went fast, Stars fans. See you at the Ice Box next year, and hopefully at Tranquility Ice Plex in June.

Edit:  This is Yeti, and I'll take over from here.  Thanks to BT for starting this article last night.
  
Yet another heartbreaker last night at the IceBox.  Just when you thought the Stars might pull out a win, Tri-City stormed back to score the four straight unanswered goals and win the home finale at the IceBox.  I thought both teams looked a little flat in the first period.  TC relies on team speed, and I thought they looked very sluggish in the first period.  In the second, the Stars got out to the quick 2-0 lead from goals scored by Jarrod Mermis and Dominick Shine.  At the time, the Stars seemed in control.  Unfortunately for Lincoln, it was all Tri-City after that as the Storm took control of the game.  I think getting down 2-0 woke up the Storm, and they played much better after that. 

The Stars showed some life in the second half of the third period, but by then the damage was already done.  Sam Alfieri scored the final goal this season at the IceBox to pull the Stars within one goal, but Lincoln could not solve Storm goaltender Steven "Don't call me Michael" Bolton in the last few minutes of the game.  Storm forward Jaden Schwartz scored 2 goals in the game, and was named the first star of the game.  Schwartz was in the midst of a four game scoring drought before the game last night.  Schwartz leads the USHL in scoring with 80 points in 58 games played, and will most likely be a first or second round NHL draft pick this Spring.  Former Stars forward Tucker Brockett had two assists last night for the Storm, as he continued to haunt his former team. 

As usual, the Stars powerplay unit looked anemic and lost on the ice last night.  The Stars finished the game 0-for-7 with the man advantage, and rarely generated a good scoring chance.  The Stars outshot the Storm 27-25.  Tri-City finished 1-for-4 on the powerplay.

With the loss last night, the Lincoln Stars finished the season with a home record of 8-18-4.  Only 8 wins at home this season out of 30 games.  That's a sobering stat considering how well the Stars have played in the past at home.  The IceBox did sellout last night, which was great to see.  Probably the one good statistic from this season has been the attendance.  The Stars finished the home season with an average of 4,147 fans per game, which is #1 in the entire USHL.  Despite the subpar season, the Stars faithful still showed why they are the best fans in the USHL.

The Stars will finish up the 2009-10 season next weekend with two road games against divisional foes.  Friday night, the Stars will travel north to Sioux Falls to take on the Stampede.  Saturday night, the Stars will finish the season against the Musketeers in Sioux City.  I know a lot of Lincoln fans (myself included) are planning on going to that Sioux City game Saturday night.  It would be nice to see a good group of Lincoln fans at that game to show the players we appreciate their efforts this season.  More on that later.

Go Stars.

57 comments:

nutz4puckz said...

Thanks to Yeti anf BT for all you did this season to keep this going and giving us a place to check for news, videos etc.

It sure was a downer way to end a year that can be summed up as odd.

Thanks again guys!!

lincolnfan said...

well what can i say? disappointing game last night, and obviously, a very disappointing season overall. it was nice to see a good crowd last night though. i find it interesting, not just last night, but a number of games this year, how long coach waited to pull the goalie, and also that he never called a timeout to bring the team together to re-group and try and score a goal. maybe there's some reasoning behind this, i just found it interesting. it may or may not have made a difference... i know there are still 2 games left up in SF and SC next weekend, but i would also like to thank Yeti and BellTolls for everything this season.. hopefully you guys decide to do it again next season, and maybe even write up a couple articles this summer about try-outs and anything else related to the Stars.

Yeti said...

nutz4puckz and lincolnfan,

Thank you both for the kind words. We're still going to be putting articles up throughout the off-season, so I hope you and others keep coming back here.

I don't know how in-depth I am going to cover the USHL playoffs, but I'm sure I'll do something. We are almost in April, and in May the USHL will hold its "Futures" and "Entry" drafts. You can bet BT and I will cover both drafts, and provide tons of good information about Lincoln Stars draft picks. Now that the Stars actually have draft picks this time around, we'll be able to blog about more than just a few picks. :)

Then of course in June, the Stars will hold their tryout camp in Omaha at the Tranquility IcePlex. That four day event is a personal favorite of mine. Like last year at tryouts, we will report on every scrimmage played, which draft picks look good, which players are back, which players aren't, etc. Honestly, I can't wait for June.

So there is still quite a bit over the Spring and Summer months we will be reporting on. The articles will obviously not be as frequent compared to the regular season, but we'll still blog whenever there's a story related to the Stars. You can bet on that. We're not going anywhere. :)

Anonymous said...

I'm really trying hard not to beat this to death but coaching, coaching and more lack of coaching has been the obvious problem since game 30. How long will mangement allow this to carry on as someones head has to roll and it's not any of the players. This is what happens to coaches after a season such as this at any level the buck stops at the top. Lets not forget the players that were sent home for know could reason. Berge, Rainer, Reid, Pedersen and Tate. Good luck to them all the deserved much better. I also don't think it's appropriate to auction these players jersey and then send them home. Apparantly Reid's jersey got $1000.00 sitting on a table as he still leads the team in points. Totally bizzare time to send Jimmy home.

Anonymous said...

"Rainer" "Pedersen"



Are you sure you're a fan? At least spell their names correctly. Also, the four players you mentioned were not sent home for "know could reason."

StarsFan said...

I am planning on going up to both SF & SC. I was able to get tickets for SF on ticketmaster but can not get them for SC. Is it hard to get them? Do they sell out? (They only average 2000 a game) Their website says call, is that the only way?

Anonymous said...

Sorry anonymous spelling teacher but I pay more attention to what's going on on the ice and changed a sentence mid way and forgot to change could to good. So as a fan which I take you are, besides spelling what do think about this season and what happened to Rayner, Petersen (Petie) and the rest of the team.

Yeti said...

StarsFan,

It appears you'll have to call the Musketeers ticket office to order tickets. The number to call is 712-224-7825. I believe the majority of Stars fans will be sitting in Section 114 at the Tyson Events Center.

Layla said...

Anon @ 12:59 if you would have read the paper you would know that it has been mentioned why they went home, maybe not in the detail that you would like but I personally don't think that is any of our business. As for spelling the players names right, that's just common courtesy, they've been on our team all year, and Petey has been with us for 2 yrs.
Starsfan,Yeti, Starstruck and I will be in Sec 114 as well.

Anonymous said...

and fyi Brodies sweater didnt go for a 1000 heck it didnt even come close to that, in fact it was the lowest grossing sweater of the night just goes to show you cant belive everything you hear


BA

USHLProspectsBlog said...

Looking forward to next summer at Tranquility. Those cold days are worth it for hockey.

Anonymous said...

One of the best part of Tranquility Center is how nice and cold it is on a hot smmers day

Starfish

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know how to contact the owners of the Stars? e-mail address or home address?

StarsHcky said...

Speaking of the summer tryouts, why not add the Fall Classic. I have gone the last 2 years and its a lot of fun. I just found a website that says the next 2 years will be in Sioux City again.

http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=3957685

this is another event that is really fun, especially for the all around hockey fans because there is non stop hockey for 3 days! What is better than that? And there are usually quite a few Stars fans there because it is close! Just thought i would share this info with everyone

Yeti said...

Anonymous at 8:41 AM,

I believe your best bet would be to contact someone within the Lincoln Stars management for that information. Copy and paste the link below for a list of people you could contact.

http://www.lincolnstars.com/FrontOffice.htm

Anonymous said...

If I contact the Stars management for the owners address they will probably want to know why and it's none of their business.

Yeti said...

Well, I'd still give it a shot. I don't have that information, nor would I post it here if I did. You could also send a letter in care of the "Lincoln Stars Owners," and address it to the IceBox. Or you could stop by the IceBox and drop it off.

Anonymous said...

Yeti, thanks for the info.

Anonymous said...

Looks like there is a chance that try-outs may not be at Tranquility this year. I guess we will just have to wait until the new coach is announced and see where he plans on hosting the try-outs.

Yeti said...

Anonymous at 12:36 PM,

Everything I've heard on my end points towards the tryouts being held at Tranquility IcePlex once again this June. As far as a new coach is concerned, maybe you have more information you'd like to share? Or is it a wild guess on your part?

starstruck said...

Relating to the poll question - there were a number of exciting NCAA hockey games to watch over the weekend! It is nice to see we have former Stars on 3 of the 4 teams qualifying for the Frozen Four and with Ben Lynch recently committing to RIT, we now have ties to that 4th team as well.

nutz4puckz said...

Huh...new coach huh? Got a link? or just a hunch? Do tell......

Anonymous said...

I've also heard that the tryouts may be somewhere else. Guess Tranquillity wasn't too thrilled with all of the fights last year-maybe a liability issue? I wonder if Fremont is an option? Anywhere within an hour or so would be great. Looking forward to a new group of guys and hope the last one has great success at the college level!!

BellTolls said...

Wow anonymous at 12:36, way to completely open up a bag of worms! Now please don't be one of those people who runs away after saying something like that. :)

BellTolls said...

I don't know how Tranquility would be held liable for any of that? I'm sure the players all sign waivers before tryouts. They may not have been happy with the fighting though. Or maybe they're concerned about the huge number of fans showing up to watch :)

Shawn said...

Where will the stars fans be sitting at in SF and it will be in Sec 114 in SC

Anonymous said...

I heard over the weekend that the Stars organization is not holding their team banquet at the end of the season, boys have to be out of town Sunday. Bring them in and ship them out, but then again isn't that the way the whole season has been.

USHLProspectsBlog said...

The banquet was held two days ago I believe?

Anonymous said...

that was the booster club banquet. The Stars organization usually puts on a banquet at the end of the season, but not this year. These are two separate banquets.

BellTolls said...

it's interesting how the Stars organization has handled this losing season. You expect the fans to do weird things (bags on heads, not show up, bash people). But now the end-of-season banquet is cancelled, Melbye's blog disappeared from the Stars' web site this year, the player interviews mysteriously stopped in about December, Brent Wagner has pretty much been MIA all year and the Journal Star articles have gotten much shorter and less detailed (largely due to the change to a bigger, wider font by the LJS). Lots of mysterious things have taken place this year.

lincolnfan said...

i have no idea why the banquet would be canceled.. i would think that the LJS stuff would largely be due to the new website format and the new blog style (requiring users to register, less user-friendly) on journalstar.com.. not as many people commenting and reading = less demand for articles. he still does one for each game and that's about it. it's possible Melbye just didn't want to do a blog again.. i wonder how many people actually read it considering it was hidden on the website and most people didn't even know it existed. i agree it's been a very weird season. either way, i will be interested to see what happens. if all of these anonymous posts are true, apparently a bunch of stuff is going to surface once the season ends, and maybe even a coaching change??? i DON'T think that is a good idea or what needs to happen.

Hey Hey Whadda Ya Say said...

(spoken sarcastically)
NO BANQUET ???...what an outrage !!!...surely McGroarty is involved with this catering scandal...or that Fouts guy !

Anon @ 9:55 : why do the boys have to be outta town by Sunday ?

LINCOLNSTARS.COM appears to have been abandoned by the organization...

Yeti/BellTolls...thanks for all you've done this year...

Lincoln STARs hockey players...thanks for all you've done this year

LETS GO STARS !!!

Anonymous said...

i hear all this stuff about players being sent home because of getting into trouble with drinking and parties. where are the house parents during all of this? i've heard rumors that some house parents allow these kids to drink alcohol in their own home? how is that the coach's fault? some of these housing parents should be locked up if they are allowing these kids to drink beer in their homes. i know boys will be boys but what about teaching them right from wrong? how is allowing them a place to break the law, right?

this season has been a mess. i think its time for the stars management to do a little spring cleaning starting with some of the housing parents who condone this dangerous and illegal behaviour.

-concerned fan

PeruStarsFan said...

Anon

I have read throught his entire thread, and have come to one conclusion. You sir, or madam, ar an *deleted*. You are one of those people who love to stir the pot, and have no facts to back up what you say.

If all you want to do is stir up decension, I would invite you to find a UFO conspiracy blog to join.

I once learned that if you believed in something you stood behind it. Yes the blog lets us us screen names, which do not truly identify us, and yet you still hide behind an anonymous posting.

Anonymous said...

It seems to me that the Stars organization needs to looks at some of the things that go on behind the scenes more carefully as some of the things mentioned and have been implied on this blog are very concerning with the finger(s) pointing many different directions. I know if I were a current or prospective parent reading this message board, I would, at a minimum, have a lot of serious questions to ask before I sent my son to play in Lincoln. Yes, Lincoln has the best fans in the league and it’s still the best place to be on a Friday or Saturday night. But people need to look at the fact that these are young men who are providing your entertainment and are here to be developed as hockey players and as individuals. It seems to me the Stars organization needs to have more systems and people in place to monitor and oversee the daily operations of this organization. I know other teams have a Housing Coordinator and I can see where that would be very beneficial to have that serves as a contact for parents as well as the liaison with the coaching staff about team/player situations. Housing parents have a huge responsibility and should fully understand what their role is. There should be strict rules in place that everyone understands and adheres to from the start of the season. Housing parents that allow players to drink is absolutely unacceptable and as a parent I would take serious issue with people who are supposedly responsible for my son to allow this type of thing.

I do think that people who are choosing to air these type of things on message boards should really think twice about it. I realize that it is something that needs to be made known, but I personally believe that it’s better addressed privately with the Stars management and housing parents. It does not reflect well on the organization as a whole and could impact the Stars future in many different ways. What a sad way for this season to end…and I don’t mean the win/loss record of this team. I truly feel bad for the players that have endured the season and have done their best to entertain the fans in the league.

Anonymous said...

Tranquility - not sure if you heard down there about two issues. One, the manager of the facility was fired and is accused of embezzlement, so the Moylan family is runing the place temporarily. My kids play for Gladiators, so we mostly just hear talk, but I guess things are a bigger mess than what the public knows. Add to that the fact that one of the Omaha ice arenas is currently closed because the roof caved in this winter. Rumors abound over whether it will ever be fixed and back in operation again. In the meantime,
scheduling any ice time for anyone has been a nightmare. With two youth organizations in town and three adult leagues, plus all the figure skaters (two clubs), being down a rink has been rough. THOSE would be my best gusses about why tryouts may not be able to be held at Tranquility. I'm not in the know enough over whether the Lancers will have use of the Civic after the season, but my guess is not. There has been talk with the figure skating and youth organizations that we may have to resort to renting ice at the MAC. Fremont is great, but they are on shaky ground, as well. That's a whole other story. Word is that that place will be bulldozed for soccer fields in the next year. That's not a joke There are some serious issues up there.

I haven't seen anyone making a point about how much colleges call the shots. I know for a fact that if a kid has a college commitment and that coach/advisor wants them to have more ice time, a phone call, and it is done. Sooooooo, theoretically, this may be a long shot, but maybe some players were pulled because their coaches at the college level were concerned.

3. No banquet? That is new. Leads me to think there's more to it even than anyone even suspects. However, there is a rule that players have to be home a certain number of hours after the final game, so Sunday would be impossible. The only ones allowed to stay are those still attending high school.

~Lancer Fan Who Cares

PeruStarsFan said...

In looking at this blog, it appears some people are trying to be positive, but there is a lot of negative here. I would like to add some positive for balance.
First, it has been said that there was no coaching. This is not true. We had 4 or 5 returning players. The rest were new guys (yes even the ones from other teams.) Of the first 16 games someone was injured or sick. This makes it difficult for the team to build any cohesion or on ice working relationship. Over the last 30 + weeks, I have seen the passes get crisper, the teamwork build. Everyone has gotten better, the forwards, the defense and the goalies. This comes from coaching and practice. It does not happen because fans complain. If the ownership wants to make a change they will. It is not up to us. We should concentrate of the positive we can do, not the negative we cannot.
Powerplay comments: WOW. What a fickle bunch we are. There are two ways to approach the powerplay. The first is to bombard the goalie, and hope for a sloppy goal. We did this at the beginning of the season. There is a risk here and that is that the rebound can go to the other team. When it does, it gets cleared out of the zone. While this was the Stars approach I heard, “Set up the shot.” The second way is to use the 2 minutes and set up the perfect shot. Collapse the Defense, open the lanes, and score the goal. The last few games we have seen this. What do I hear from the crown now, “Shoot the puck.” OK what do you want? For all I know it is Shaffer’s that caused the problem. Before they were the sponsor, things were great. OK, yes that is ridiculous, but Hockey is a game of superstition.
This was a bad year, yes. It happens. It is time to get over it. The players can and do read this so do their parents. The constant complaining does not help their morale or make the team stronger. Lincoln Stars fans should take a lesson from the Chicago Cubs Fans. Fans are fans through the good years and the bad. We had a not so good year. Let’s move on.
They guys faces adversity, and played great all year. Yes they lost 34 games. Most of those losses were by one point. The difference could have been a bounce, a post, or a bad call. Any of those change we win. In Kearney we go to a shoot-out because of an early whistle. That is hockey. It happens. We are all gloomy because we didn’t catch a break. Cheer up. The team was strong, they played hard, they kept fighting. We have to potential of having 14 guys who have played together come back next year. That is an AWESOME thought. Fans look forward. To steal a line from Melby, we did have the BEST LAST place team the USHL will ever see.

Yeti said...

Anonymous at 4:31 PM,

I think a lot of folks here should read your second paragraph before posting. I agree with you 100%. Some of the comments made here really shouldn't be talked about in a public "forum," in my opinion. People are obviously passionate about the Stars, but some things (like you said) should be addressed to the Stars coaches and/or management...not on this blog. This is a fan blog. Nothing more.


Lancer Fan Who Cares,

Thank you very much for the information on Tranquility. I appreciate it. I wasn't aware of the internal problems occurring there. I guess we'll have to wait and see if the Stars will have to move their tryout camp somewhere else.

Layla said...

As of today the Stars look like they are planning having camp at Tranquility-
Lincoln Stars Tryout Dates Announced
The 2010 Lincoln Stars tryout camp will be held from June 13th-16th at Moylan Tranquility Ice Plex in Omaha. Player invitations will be mailed following the USHL drafts, which takes place May 18th and 19th. The scheduled times for the tryout are as follows:

Sun., 6/13 6:00pm-10:00pm;
Mon., 6/14 8:00am-12:00pm and 4:00pm-8:00pm;
Tue., 6/15 8:00am-12:00pm and 6:15pm-10:15pm;
Wed., 6/16 11:30am-1:00pm.
Times are tentative so check back to www.lincolnstars.com for the latest tryout information.
taken from Lincolnstars.com

BellTolls said...

Thanks for the post, Layla. I can't wait. Four days of tryouts, I think it was only three last year, am I right on that? I could be wrong. Regardless, should be a fun week of hockey.

Yeti said...

There were four days of tryouts last season, BT. I was hoping they'd hold the tryouts Friday-Monday like last season. I'm obviously happy they'll be in Omaha, but the turnout won't be as good as last year because the majority of the games will be held during the week, when people are at work. Looking at the schedule, I doubt I'll be able to attend any of the morning sessions. Oh well.

BT and I might need some help from some of the readers if we cannot attend. Jot a few notes down during the scrimmages, and report back to the blog.

Tammy said...

As a housing parent of two fine Lincoln Stars players, I would like to help out some of you annonymous posters. First off, we have made a decision to house these guys for 8 months in our home. In doing so, we are given a set of rules that we will follow as well as the guys. If at any time we have an issue, we know exactly whom we need to contact, and it's not this blog! Our family has an unbelievably great relationship with these 2 guys and they have become a special part of our family. As anyone with children knows, life is not flawless, and discipline is a must.
I guess I'm suggesting that you don't put down the housing families nor blame us for the results that we all saw on the ice this year. I truly believe that every housing family has supported their players through this tough season and continue to treat them like family.

We may or may not know why the very player living in our home is a scratch on a game night, but guess what, it doesn't really matter-we still support them through the good and the bad!

.....because of these two guys, I now have the toughest 3 year old hockey player that drops the gloves every night to fight with them!

MacAttack said...

don't know how many of you stuck around Saturday night after the game for the autograph/photo session with the players but for me, it was the highlight of the season. I only had 3 photos to be signed but made a point to go to several of the players and let them know how much I enjoyed watching them this season and how much I appreciated them coming to Lincoln. while they had just lost another game by one goal, they still had smiles on their faces as they met with the fans. watching them with the little kids was a real treat.
considering all the posts made here about the coach and his treatment of the players, I made a point of asking the players eligible to come back next year if they were coming back. ALL of them said yes and that they were looking forward to next season.
sure we all like to win, but the character these kids showed me was something you learn from adversity. I am proud to be a Stars fan and can hardly wait til next season. GO STARS!

PeruStarsFan said...

MacAttack

Like you, my wife and I stayed after the game. We talked with every player about their plans. All of those that can return are hoping to. I let them know how I felt they played hard and that it was just one of those seasons. You could see that they were glad that someone understood. Last year the final home game was also a loss. You could see on the players faces that there were places they would rather be than on the ice with the fans. This year, there were no sad faces, just smiles. Next year cannot come fast enough. I think everyone will be surprised at what happens.

Jofa said...

Welcome back Petey, you deserved better.

Anonymous said...

All this after the game stuff brings a tear to my eye and I can't wait for the new coach to take control of these kids if in fact they were not just paying lip service about coming back Hope it's not too late. Group hug on the weekend.

Anonymous said...

Petey is only back to finish high school. He will not play any more games this year.

Jofa said...

You would'nt want to bet on that would you?

Crazy Carl said...

anon 8:22,

if you're going to make a claim like that you should make sure you're correct. None of us really know for sure what Petey is going to do, and if he definitely wasn't going to play anymore this season, why has he been practicing with the team since he's been back?

Anonymous said...

Petey has been in town practicing and he IS playing this weekend.

Anonymous said...

Coach must have had a change of heart. I was just going by Coach's clarification in Saturday's paper re Peterson. I guess you can't even believe what Coach says. See below.

CLARIFICATION: On Friday, coach Jimmy McGroarty clarified statements he made to the Journal Star on Thursday regarding the Stars' roster. Defenseman Will Rayner has been suspended for the season, McGroarty said. Forward Garrett Peterson will not play the final four games, but has not been suspended. That was a mutual decision between the Peterson family and McGroarty, who said it was best that Peterson not have to concentrate on hockey at this time. Two others, forwards Brent Tate and Josh Berge, have been "sent home" but are not suspended, McGroarty said. Neither has played since injuries suffered in January, but were on the active roster and with the team rehabbing until this week. Barring any other changes, Lincoln will have 16 skaters instead of the allowed 18 for the remaining games.

Layla said...

but coach never said he was off the team just that he needed to concentrate on things other than hockey so maybe what ever issues were going on have been resolved.

Anonymous said...

Coach said in his clarification "Peterson will not play the final four games, but has not been suspended".

Layla said...

so maybe he changed his mind he is human and is allowed to do so. I 'm actually waiting for an "APRIL FOOL'S" from our friends " anon".

Anonymous said...

Peterson's case very well could be a family issue if it was actually a mutual decision between the parents and coach.

and, none of the housing parents allow drinking in their houses, there are plenty of college students willing to have a party.
2009-10 Lincoln Star

Jofa said...

Anon @ 12:34, I have some beautiful swampland in Florida I would love to show you.

Anonymous said...

any Raynor sightings?