Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Matt Green: USHL Goaltender of the Week

We haven't had a lot to celebrate about this season, so I wanted to make sure I blogged about this because it's a VERY deserving award.  Stars goaltender Matt Green was named "USHL Goaltender of the Week" for his spectacular performance this past weekend against the Fargo Force, and Team USA U-17.  Here's a quote from the USHL article detailing Green's recent heroics:

"Green posted consecutive shutouts during the weekend for the Stars. He stopped all 29 shots he faced in the 6-0 victory vs. Fargo on Friday and then made 24 saves the next evening during the 2-0 win vs. Team USA. The 19-year-old is now tied for second among USHL goaltenders with four shutouts this season. Including a relief appearance on Wednesday, Green compiled a 0.46 goals-against-average and a .983 save percentage during the week. The native of Buffalo, New York is playing his first USHL season and has won his last three starts."

Congrats to Matt!  An award that is certainly deserved!

35 comments:

Anonymous said...

Congrats Matt!!! Glad you got the recognition that you well deserve!
Starfish

lincolnfan said...

congrats Matt! way to go! was a GREAT weekend and a couple of the best games of this season, home and away. looking forward to ending the season on a good note and finishing strong.

Anonymous said...

Short bench-3 players have been removed from the Stars team this week. Maybe the next poll should be "How many players will Lincoln have on their team for the last game?"

Oops, I forgot, you people don't like to hear it from the annonymous people. Sorry

tzweeb said...

its about time these guys get some props for doing a good job and working hard all year!!!
thanks to the whole team for making this possible!!
keep working hard and then good things will happen for you.

Teej said...

Congrats to Matt, he had a great weekend in net.

I saw the Green Bay/Chicago fight video on Puck Daddy, which had a nice article about it.

dr said...

awesome video. i saw that this happened on pointstreak just never had time to look for it.
thank you for posting

BellTolls said...

Anonymous at 11:07, who are they now?

Jofa said...

Congrats Matt, you guys deserve a weekend like that. Let's keep that streak going.

USHLProspectsBlog said...

The players removed are Peterson, Rayner, and Berge

nutz4puckz said...

What the heck!! Guess that might answer the question about Petey and Berge maybe coming back next season.

That's a bit concerning. I won't even ask why they might have been removed, its another odd twist in a very odd year.

Anonymous said...

as one of the billet family mom's speaking, I would like to say that the rules are so unfair. I know for a fact that the get- together the boys had Mon night had more in attendance than just the 3 listed above. Many guys have broken the rules this season in really bad ways and nothing happened to them. They certainly were not sent home. The only way a coach can gain respect is to have the SAME rules for all the boys. Thanks boys for all your hard work!!!

BellTolls said...

It sounds like if we had the same rules for all the boys we wouldn't be fielding a team the rest of the year. :/ disturbing to say the least.

Anonymous said...

I'M A HOST DAD. THE BOYS WE HAVE SAID THAT THERE WERE AT LEAST 8-10 TEAM MEMBERS THERE. YES CURFEW WAS BROKEN AND IT IS SPRING BREAK FOR THE HIGHSCHOOL BOYS. I KNOW OF MANY MANY TERRIBLE THINGS THAT HAVE GONE ON THIS YEAR AND THE 3 GUYS LISTED WERE NOT INVOLVED IN ANY OF THAT. THE COACH SEEMS TO PROTECT ONLY A CHOSEN FEW. WOW NOT A GOOD MESSAGE TO SEND OUT AT ALL. MAYBE SOME NOT-SO-BRIGHT CHOICES WERE MADE BY TEENAGE BOYS BUT THE RULES AND CONSEQUENCES SHOULD BE THE SAME FOR EVERYONE.

Anonymous said...

Host families shouldn't be on here saying anything. You should be taking it up with the coach!

Anonymous said...

I think as a host parent we need to treat these kids as our own! We get rule books every year and it is black and white, Yes these are Hockey players but for the most part if we knew of a party and what goes on at the parties we would tell are own kids no. So why do we look the other way when its a hockey player. I don't know the details of Monday night but what I do know is these kids need parents and that is what we are hear for. Stop blaming the coach and as housing PARENTS do a little more parenting. I think if your kid was a few hundred miles away from home you would want there housing parents to watch over your kids. Coachs problem is from 1-5 during practice, our problem before and after that.

Anonymous said...

anonymous above,
Perhaps they would like to remain host parents. These people give up an awful lot of time and money to house these kids. (Can't even imagine what it costs to feed them but heard they receive enough money to pay for what they drink (milk, juice, gatorade, etc.) and that's about it). They probably know more about what's gone on this season than anyone. Take a few minutes and talk to some of them and you'll understand they treat these kids like their own. All I can say is wait two more weeks and let's see what happens after the season is over. Let's give these boys the support they deserve Saturday night and send them home happy to have played in Lincoln

Jofa said...

How do you think those three got nailed? Maybe that's all the host family saw and a call was made. The boys are not going to rat each other out.

Anonymous said...

As a fan and someone old enough to be a host parent I feel that everyone is entitled to their own opion and I thank the blog operator for letting this continue. However as a fan and a parent I don't want to find out from a blog how the host parents and coaching staff are not getting along! So Coaching Staff and host families lets get it together. I expect both sides to clear the air either through a blog, a newspaper or the star site but this is pathetic and maybe you should stop and think of what the kids are thinking. NO one is a Winner.

Anonymous said...

Coach finally stepped to the plate and laid down the law about not putting up with or looking the other way over bad behavior. Should have done this a long time ago. What happens to the kids who are attending school? Are they off the team for good? I know the coach said it was time to stop coddling these kids and teach them life lessons now like the Cornhusker coach does.

StarsHcky said...

Of course it sucks 2 have players sent home and maybe this should have been done @ the beginning of the season 2 keep it from escalating, but I think it is a good thing because coach is sending a message 4 the remainder of the season and for next season that they aren't going to put up with it so hopefully some of these problems can be avoided in the future

BellTolls said...

Ha Yeti, it's been so few and far between that we've had a chance to celebrate a player of the week that we all forgot how to. :) Seriously though, Green had an awesome weekend, and did something only a handful of Lincoln Stars goalies have ever done. That is impressive. I really hope he finishes the season strong, because it'd be nice to have a solid No. 1 goalie for next year before tryout camp even comes.

PeruStarsFan said...

I went back and looked at some stats today. Matt is only the third Stars player to receive an USHL honor this year, unlike past years. You would think that having four shutouts he would have been recognized earlier. The team has worked hard and all have shown great improvement. I am glad to see them comming together, and getting things worked out on the ice.

Congrats to Matt. You were awesome this past weekend.

Congrats Stars. You played well and were rewarded. Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

First the knee jerk reaction with Reid after his team gave up a 4 goal lead and lost 8 - 6 to Waterloo and now 3 more go home. I have never seen this before at any level and the reason why is there is no respect. You punish your players through reduced ice time or benching. You teach your players systems and develop them. You don't yell, belittle, intimidate and bag skate them on game days and expect results. Jimmy maybe suited to be an assistant coach but is in no way capable of being a head coach thus the teams’ record and out of control off ice stuff. The Stars franchise will be in danger of becoming a place players will not want to come no matter how great the fans. I feel sorry for the great bunch of players and Billet families that have had to endure this season and there is no excuse just an unqualified head coach.

lincolnfan said...

for those complaining about Jimmy, this is his 3rd year as head coach... why are we just now hearing about how unqualified he is and how bad he treats the players? and all of this horrible, off ice stuff? it's been a bad season and because the players play hard every game, i think that perhaps we aren't sure who to blame, so we blame the head coach. i just don't understand why people are saying he is so unqualified.. we've had success the other 2 years he was head coach. if you ask me, McGroarty deserves more of a chance.. it was a bad season with injuries, bottom line. i'm not saying the coaches have done nothing wrong, but i get tired of hearing how terrible they are.. give them a chance to learn from their mistakes.. a lot of stuff that happened this season couldn't be helped. and i suppose i should say, i'm just a fan, i get no inside information, so i don't know all of the details, but it still makes no sense that this is the first time we've heard about some of this stuff when we've had the same head coach for three years, and this is the first bad, losing season we've had.

Anonymous said...

I feel the previous two seasons had more seasoned talent than this years team. This years team is new to the USHL. Sure we have a few returning, but the majority of our team are first year USHL players. Players that need more time on fundamentals and schemes than previous years. These kids play hard, but sometimes you can see them getting beat by the other teams game plans. Overall, we have some really good talent, but i don't feel it being utilized. Last years team I feel was loaded, but we ran into the best coached team in the league and got smoked. This year Lincoln didn't find that diamond in the rough as we have in the past two seasons (Reekie-Hill-Kretzer returning). We need an answer and I have confidence Lincoln will be back. I think my biggest fear, along with other bloggers, is the idea of Lincoln Stars Hockey becoming below average. Lets support the coaches and players and pray for a turn around next season.

Longtime fan

Anonymous said...

The reason is he is having to coach a team of newer players which he has scouted out and placed on the team to replace all the good players he inherited. The players that moved on last year were not really developed by Jimmy and he has failed developing the up and comers and it showed this year. This is a problem that's been coming and if you look at the history of this blog going back months coaching has been a topic. I don't think the real hockey fan is particularly mad at Jimmy, just tired of no one admitting the reality in my opinion. Here is question that I was looking for the answer for 20 games ago, what/who are our lines?

BellTolls said...

Anonymous at 10:41,

according to Brent Wagner of the LJS, the lines for at least the last 3 games have been:

Forwards
Ammon-Mermis-Shine
Alfieri-Lynch-Gibbons
Dzingel-Peterson-Hibbeler
DelMauro-McCarron-Deresky

‘D’
Handley-Rayner
Bruneteau-West
Lauwers-Misuraca

obviously you can scratch out Peterson and Rayner now.

mike0913 said...

The problem with this team this year was not coaching. At the beginning of the year they couldn't play defense at all, couldn't score goals, and got physically manhandled. Over the course of the year the defense got shored up,goaltending improved, and they became a physically imposing team. Unfortunately, the goals never came. That came down to not having a offensive threat at the blue line, and no legitamate 1st line center who could distribute and create offense. At this level hard work isn't enough. You need talent. Also, it is always easier to coach a veteran team. I don't buy the argument that Jimmy doesn't develop talent. Kretzer, Forfar, and Dalhusian were all throw aways from other teams that Jimmy made into leaders on his team. I have read several posts on this blog about Jimmy trading away all of this talent. None of the players he traded away have imroved since leaving. As for the off the ice stuff, that falls on the players. The coach is only in contact with them a couple hours a day. If these kids want to play at the highest level of Juniors in the nation,(100's of miles from home) and earn a college scholarship, they need to have self discipline and keep there priorities straight. Playing for the Stars is a privilege that needs to be earned. If they can't handle coaches coming down hard on them and yelling at them they won't succeed at the higher levels either.

Anonymous said...

Pretty sad state of affairs when a young man commits to college three days ago and there's been barely a bleep about it on anything associated with the Stars except for a sentence at the end of Brent's article in today's paper. Instead there's continued talk about off ice issues, coaching, etc. One of the main purposes of this league is development of players and helping them to move on to the next level. I would personally like to congratulate Ben Lynch on his recent commitment to RIT and wish him the best of luck in his future.

starstruck said...

USHL article on Lynch's committment to RIT:

http://www.ushl.com/news/story.cfm?id=3135

It has been great watching him play hockey for the Stars this season and we look forward to hearing of his future successes! Congrats to Ben!

BellTolls said...

Anonymous at 9:11, as always, Yeti and I do our best to keep our ears to the ground and publish something as soon as we hear of a commitment. Neither one of us heard anything until I saw it on USHL.com this morning, so that's why the delay in posting it. As Yeti always says, neither one of us really has inside information, so we appreciate e-mails from fans who can tip us off to things like college commitments so a story can be published. The address is lincolnstarshockey@gmail.com.

Believe me, we want to talk about the good stuff much more than the bad, but that can't be done until we actually know about the good stuff first :) Thanks and congrats to Ben!

The story on Ben and a weekend preview is now up, so please direct your comments there. Go Stars!

Yeti said...

Anonymous @ 9:11 AM,

I want to echo BT's comments in regards to Lynch. The first news I had heard about Lynch's commitment came this morning when I read your comment. I often rely on readers when it comes to information like player commitments. For example, I received emails from readers pointing out the Dax Lauwers and Jarrod Mermis commitments. I posted that news here immediately. If I recall correctly, in both instances, we were the first place to report the two commitments. In regards to Lynch, I never got a "heads-up" from a reader, so it was never noticed. Like BT mentioned, we're just two fans. We don't have any connections to the players, the Stars personnel, or the Stars management. We're pretty much in the dark unless we get an email from someone.

I agree that too often, some fans focus on the negative and don't really comment on the positive. With all the off-ice drama this week, I believe some of our fans glossed over the fact that the Stars won two straight at home, Matt Green won USHL Goaltender of the Week, and now Ben Lynch committing to RIT. I can't control how people comment, but I really wish the positive news coming out of Stars camp would generate the number of comments that we see when something negative happens.

Anyway, I don't want to ramble on, so I hope that makes sense. I'm not sure if you were specifically calling us out, and if you weren't, my apologies. I just wanted to clarify that BT and I are often in the dark with news such as this. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Yeti,
Not sure they were calling you out as much as wanting the old ljs blog back. It was more user friendly and it seemed like we got news like Lynch's quicker. I sure hope we can convince some of our great young talent to return next year-Shine, McCarron, Dzingle, Petey and on down the line. We'd certainly have some great forwards if we can just shore up the blue line. We all saw how tough it was replacing veteran defensemen last year and this coming year will be no different. Everyone cheer loud Saturday and make these kids realize that we're behind them 100%

Anonymous said...

Yeti,

We would agree with the previous poster in that the earlier poster was probably not calling you out but maybe trying to make a point that people in general are focusing too much on the negative while there are still positive things happening with the team, like Matt Green's recent performance/award and Ben Lynch's college commitment. The many thankless hours you provide with maintaining this great website is commendable and we appreciate you being the "voice" of Stars hockey. It's even more impressive considering that you do this on a volunteer basis and go well beyond what other teams and organizations do on a paid/professional basis. I know we look forward to your weekly postings and always appreciate what you have to say. If anything, you should be on the Stars payroll! It probably does bear mentioning that the Stars organization and the local media as a whole could do a better job with its communication about the team as other teams do on a regular basis - but that is certainly not your job or a knock on what you do with your site. You are providing a volunteer service and one that it very well read and appreciated by many! Keep up the great work and thank you!

Yeti said...

Anonymous at 2:08 PM,

I feel sorry for Brent because it isn't his fault the LJS did an overhaul of its website. I've never met him in person, but we've exchanged emails, and he's a very nice guy. Like you mentioned, the new blog format on the LJS isn't user friendly at all, and unfortunately the Blueline Blog has suffered because of it. Whereas we provide more of a fans perspective, and rely totally on reader tips...Brent has all the insider connections to the team, coaches, and personnel.

Anonymous at 1:51 AM,

Thank you very much for the kind words. BT and I appreciate it. I'm not so sure we're the "voice" of Stars hockey, but we do what we can to keep all the other die-hard hockey fans out there informed about what is going on with the team. I've said this a million times, but without all the support we get from the blog readers, BT and I would still be here just talking to ourselves. We are appreciative of all the support. Next season, I hope to provide more insider information in regards to the team, but we'll see how that goes. I'd love to be able to interview players/coaches/personnel, but again we'll see how that pans out. Thanks again.