Tuesday, March 16, 2010

B³ Pre-Game Report: Des Moines Buccaneers vs. Lincoln Stars 3/17

St. Patrick's Day Edition!

"The Luck of the Irish" will hopefully be on the side of the Stars this Wednesday night as Lincoln hosts the Des Moines Buccaneers at the IceBox for a mid-week game on St. Patrick's Day.  The Stars are coming off a two game road series against the Fargo Force in which the Stars won one game in overtime, and lost the other game in the last two minutes of the game.  With only 7 games remaining in the regular season, and the playoffs a distant memory, the Stars still sit in last place in the USHL West Division with a record of 14-31-8 (36 points).  The Stars are also in last place in the USHL with the expansion Youngstown Phantoms only a point ahead (37) of Lincoln in the overall standings.  The Stars will play three games at the IceBox this week with games this Wednesday (Des Moines), Friday (Fargo), and Saturday (Team USA U-17).

Like the Stars, the Des Moines Buccaneers are on the outside looking in this season in regards to the playoffs.  The Bucs have a record of 18-29-5 (41 points) and are in sixth place in the USHL West Division, only 5 points ahead of the Stars in the standings.  The Bucs have oodles of young, talented forwards, but they have not been able to stop the puck from finding the back of their own net.  The Bucs have surrendered 222 goals this season in 52 games played (4.27 goals against per game), which is tops in the USHL.

As mentioned, the Des Moines Buccaneers are led on offense by some very talented youngsters.  Leading the pack for the Bucs is T.J. Tynan.  A 5'9" 170 pound forward from Orland Park, IL, Tynan has turned a lot of heads this season, his first in the USHL.  The Notre Dame recruit is also NHL draft eligible this season, and is predicted by many to be an early round selection this Spring.  The diminutive rookie is third overall in scoring this season in the USHL with 67 points (17g, 50a) in 52 games played.  Playing on the same line as Tynan is another young gun, forward Connor Brickley.  Also a '92, Brickley possesses the size (6'2" 195 pounds) and speed that has scouts drooling.  Brickley is a rookie this season also, and has produced 37 points (18g, 19a) in 44 games played.  The University of Vermont recruit is NHL draft eligible this Spring and should be another high draft pick to come out of the USHL this season.

The Bucs have struggled away from home this season as they have a 5-16-3 road record, the worst in the USHL.  This will fifth and final time this season the Stars and Bucs faceoff against each other.  In their four previous games, the Bucs are 3-1 against the Stars, although three of the four games have been decided by one goal.  In their last meeting at the IceBox on 11/3/09, the Bucs romped all over the Stars by a score of 8-4.  In that game, Bucs forwards T.J Tynan and Connor Brickley combine for 7 points (3g, 4a) in the blowout win.

It should be a very entertaining mid-week game Wednesday night, especially with it being St. Patrick's Day.  Remember to wear green because everyone is Irish on St. Patty's Day!  The IceBox will serve $1 green beer and $2 hot dogs from 6:00pm-7:05pm, so arrive early and take part in the festivities.  It should be a good time as always.  Remember the old Irish saying as you buy your $1 green beer Wednesday night:  "In Heaven there is no beer.  That’s why we drink it here!"

Go Stars.

Note:  We've had a couple of people mention this on the blog, so I thought I'd pass it along.  Former Stars defenseman Jake Newton is rumored to be "on the verge of" signing a professional contract with the Anaheim Ducks of the NHL.  Newton just finished his freshman season at Northeastern University where he scored 22 points (9g, 13a) in 34 games.  Quote from the article linked above:
"The Anaheim Ducks are on the verge of signing Northeastern University defenceman Jake Newton. The six-foot-three, 205-pound freshman is 21 and from San Jancinto, Calif."
Congrats to Newt!


USHLProspectsBlog said...

Tynan and Brickley are two amazingly talented forwards and playing on the same line, don't be suprised to see these guys light it up. That said, I sure hope the Stars can ride the momentum of a solid weekend back into the Ice Box and get us fans a win!

Anonymous said...

Anyone read the article in the LJS this morning. Maybe coach should have started the suspension and cracked down on the boys early in the season - just think we could be playing for the Clark Cup!! but no he starts now after things have gotten so out of hand, I'm sure there was some pressure from the owners to get it stopped NOW!!!

Jofa said...

I'm going to have to try that with my kids. Ground them for something they did two weeks ago. To say that the internal problems are not a reflection of the bad season is bull. It may not be all of it, but it's a good percentage. He did suspend more kids last year because he did'nt have to hide anybody. I hope the Stars have a good Spin Doctor.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous: The LJS only reports what they are being told. I know for a fact that one of the suspensions was unjust. Don't believe everything you read.

tzweeb said...

here we go again with the annon comments..
i dont know the whole story and i bet us fans will never know just why things happen.
i wasnt at the game tonight, but i wanted to know why green got pulled after being sent into a game?
any ideas... was he hurt and could not go back in?

StarsHcky said...

Some Newton News!
"Ducks Sign Free Agent Defenseman Jake Newton"



yeah right said...

Ann 9:46 says "don't believe everything you read", good advice, I don't believe everything I read, especially all of the "I know for a fact" stuff coming from annonymous posters.

Anonymous said...

If anyone knows why Green was pulled please post. Looks like coach is playing head games with these players and remember most of these players are still kids trying to survive in the big league but to survive you need to be given a fair shake at it.

USHLProspectsBlog said...

I don't know for a fact why Green was pulled but I think it might have been along the lines of what Pelini did to Lee this year in football. If Zac Lee was playing bad, they would send in Cody Green for a few series to show Lee that he wasn't guaranteed his spot. That's the only reason I could think of for coach to do this, that is, show Coreau that he's not guaranteed the starting spot.

nutz4puckz said...

Anyone know if the Shine fight was recorded last night? I'd say he did pretty good in that scrap. Not the two biggest guys in the world going at.

Anonymous said...

Someone should interview Reid and find out his side of the story and perhaps any speculations about suspensions earlier in the season will cease. We, as Lincoln fans know he was a model player and assistant captain and that should be the end of it. We all wish him great success at Northeastern in the fall, maybe the Ducks will sign him next!