Saturday, March 6, 2010

B³ Post-Game Report 3/6: Lincoln 1, Sioux City 2

Costly penalties doomed the Lincoln Stars Saturday at the Ice Box, as the Sioux City Musketeers coasted to probably the most stress-free 2-1 victory in hockey history.

Lincoln's John McCarron committed a slashing penalty on the opening faceoff, starting the Muskies off on a power-play. Stephan Vigier scored 58 seconds into the game on goaltender Matt Green, and the Stars immediately were playing from behind.

Sioux City controlled the rest of the first period, outshooting the Stars 16-8 before the intermission. The Stars came out a little bit more energized in the second period, but the Black and Blue turned it over in its own zone, handing Ryan Carpenter an unassisted goal that went in off the right pipe 10:18 in. Green never saw it because of traffic in front of the net.

While some fans may have left at that point or wanted to leave, the Stars soon picked up a two-man advantage. Kyle Gibbons ripped a slapshot from the point past goalie Matt Skoff, pulling the Stars back within one and providing a glimmer of hope with 7:27 left in the second. One of the lone bright spots on the night was the play of forwards Kyle Gibbons and Sam Alfieri at the point on the power-play, even though the Stars only had three opportunities.

Lincoln outshot Sioux City 12-7 in the second, though only a couple tested Skoff. Andrew Ammon hit the post on a breakaway late in the second.

They say the first few minutes and last few minutes of each period are where hockey games are won and lost. And so any chance the Stars had of coming out blazing to start the third period were killed when they took another slashing penalty 24 seconds in, putting Lincoln back on the penalty kill.

The teams played pretty much a sleeper for most of the third period. Lincoln only put four shots on goal in the last 20 minutes, while the Muskies just muscled Lincoln off the puck and held it in the north end of the Ice Box. With five minutes left, Sioux City called a timeout and the crowd began to try and will Lincoln to score, but once again, a cross-checking penalty with 3:50 left severely hampered a comeback chance. Lincoln was unable to get close to a goal in the final minute, and now are 22 points behind fourth-place Tri-City with only 10 games to play, meaning the Stars are officially eliminated from playoff contention.

So, I know we've all been expecting it for a long time now, but how does it feel to be officially eliminated from playoff contention? The Stars hadn't missed the playoffs since 2003-04.

33 comments:

countdown begins said...

My prediction was right again. What a great way to waste my weekend. Only 6 more nights to blow.

Anonymous said...

Wow! If you feel its a waste if your time, don't show up. Very disappointing to hear more fools were there with bags on their heads. Glad to hear they were put in their place. Just like the ass who yelled stars suck at the end of the game, stay home, you are no fan. All real fans know the issue is not the players on the ice.

BellTolls said...

Where were people with bags? I didn't see any tonight. I looked in Section J but didn't see any. What happened?

That's low if someone yelled Stars suck. However, there are a lot of drunk idiots by the end of Stars games. Some people usually have no clue what they're doing/saying anyway. Hopefully they aren't the ones posting on here :)

Crazy Carl said...

I'm just gonna say it even though I'm sure people aren't gonna wanna hear it. We need a coach that does something more than put his leg up on the boards and yell. Maybe he should just stay home and let the Asst. Coach and Trainer do the coaching. I went and behind the bench tonight and it looked like Nick was the one who was actually trying to coach, not... the coach.

Anonymous said...

Against the glass over a about two sections from j. Three of them

BellTolls said...

Not surprising at all if it was Section M. Awful section.

USHLProspectsBlog said...

There was a fan with a bag on their head by the tunnel that said "Fire Jimmy" on it. Classless fans. Glad to hear that "someone", not naming names, put him in his place.

Oh, and his reason for having the right to wear the bag is that he's been a season ticket holder since the start. Well, so have I. But you don't see me going around and blatantly disrespecting the players right by the glass where the can that. Yeah, that's you too guy in section C. You never really get to see the horrible fair weather fans until we have one bad season.

Also, whether you want to believe it or not, the coach will most likely come back next year. The front office's job is to become financially successful and field a good hockey team, IN THAT ORDER. Buying out Jimmy's contract for a year in this economy and without a significant dip in attentance is not frugal at all.

Jofa said...

I hear he has an in with the GM.

Anonymous said...

It was a one goal game! Obviously these idiot fans are drinking fans with a hockey problem! Ha! You like to come out ahead, but a 1 goal game usually means it was a good one

Anonymous said...

The Stars have been outscored the past two weekends 16 - 2 !
I don't care if we fight again or lead the league in penalties, I want to win!!
Jimmy said he doesn't condone the fight at the end of Friday night's game, yet we come back, slash a player on the next night's opening face-off and we are down 1-0! Are these teams beating us or are we beating ourselves night after night?
I noticed the Stars are always doing a lot of hitting out there and that is because we NEVER have the puck!
Dump and chase! Isn't that the reason the Europeans surpassed the Canadians with skill?
Credos to the fan with enough guts to show his disgust with a bag and FIRE JIMMY message on it. He has every right to do so as a paying customer. I want my money back after such a wasted weekend watching the Stars go through the motions. I'm not going to any more games until the coach is fired! I am so sick of his excuses--Team USA has NHL future players----we are the best last place team--maybe our goalie can play forward since we may have not have enough guys to suit up---wait until the player I have never seen arrives!
No more excuses! SC was a team we should have beat. Chicago was not that good.
I do not blame the players. It is the coach and the style of play he promotes and allows to happen. Without consequences ( benched a shift) or sat a period---he is accepting and condoning the type of play that is costing us games.
He is a NA coach at best and the whole coaching philosophy needs a major rehaul!

USHLProspectsBlog said...

Anonymous above me, the idiot in the bag has absolutely NO RIGHT to disrespect the players, and I'm very glad that he got put in his place by that certain someone. And anonymous, if that's the way you feel, I'm glad your not coming back. I wish that all the fair weather fans that quit coming to games don't come back. I guess I'm done ranting for now...

Bill in Section C said...

Anonymous @ 9:45AM,

It takes "guts" to put a paper bag on your head? Funny, I thought only childish, fair-weather fans did that. If that person is so disgusted with what he/she sees, don't show up to the games! Simple concept, eh? That goes for anyone else who thinks they are entitled to something just because they have tickets. Everyone is an expert! Everyone thinks they know how to fix things. The only thing these fair-weather fans know how to do well is drink beer, and stuff nacho's in their face. But suddenly, they think they can do a better job than the head coach! Amazing, isn't it?

Say what you will about the coaching, but it's disrespectful to the players to wear a bag on your head. It's juvenile, and classless. What do you think the players thought when they saw that? Is that what we do here in Lincoln? That was embarrassing! If you think it's your right to act like an idiot, be ready for someone like me to call you out.

Give your tickets to someone who appreciates the game of hockey, and will support those young men regardless of the outcome. I'm sick of this "Husker Mentality" creeping its way into our fan base this season. You fair-weather fans should be ashamed of yourselves. Stay at home. We don't need you.

BA Photos said...

Anonymous @ 9:45AM

I for one am glad your not coming to any more games we as a team do not need your types at the games anyways. I cant agree with you more Bill and USHL Prospects.... well my little rant that I would post on here Yeti would have to severely censor it. I for one know what the players were thinking and saying when the seen that.... It went something like "Look at those 3 fat BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEEP I should go kick their BEEP BEEP right BEEP now!!!" and I for one agree with them and I had the guts to say something to them.

Anonymous said...

The problem this year has never been with the kids. These kids play their hearts out. Granted the last few games they've gone through the motions at times but who can blame them. The problem is with the coach. Anyone at tryout camp this year saw that it was more important to fight than score to earn a spot. I have to agree with one poster above. Let's just play the game and score some goals. We have too many kids out on the ice chirping and not enough trying to put the puck in the net cause that's what they are taught. Take a few minutes and talk to some of the parents and you'll see a very disturbing trend going on with this team!
I'd be very surprised if we have many kids come back after the treatment they've received and the poor coaching. Time to loosen the wallet owners and find a coach that can teach the game. A team full of bangers and fighters will never win in this league. We have some very talented players here. Some with some great speed-petey and ammon-but they aren't used in a system that allows them to be productive. Bring the puck down, shoot and crash the net philosophy is obviously not working. Way too good of goalies is this league for that. I love watching the kids play and will always be a fan but watch their faces after a game. Nobody feels worse about losing than these kids. They deserve a coach that can develop them into a team! Sorry about the long rant but just feel like these players deserve better

Hey Hey Whadda Ya Say said...

Anon...

Don't you have anything better to do than bash on this blog ?

Why don't you start up your own blog...I personnaly am tired of your rants on this "fan site"

I sit in Section C...and am aware of only 1 bald *deleted* thats been yelling at McGroarty...and probably not realizing that Lil McGroarty (his son) has been sitting right behind the visitors bench...ya he is a class act...NOT

I am not a "since the start" fan...for me, its only been a couple of years...I go for entertainment and good Jr Hockey...got both.

Leave the bags at home...support your team no matter the outcome...keep the Icebox "The best place to play in the USHL"

and even though we're officially eliminated from the playoffs...

LETS GO STARS !!!

Layla said...

have any of the people who are saying the players dont want to come back actually asked any of them or are you just assuming they hate it based on some anon poster on a message board? And it doesn't take guts to wear a bag on your head. grow some and how about you tell him to his face. I'd guess that most dont have the guts.

Anonymous said...

When the Team Is down and almost out, that is when you find out who the Real Fans are.

Anonymous said...

It looks like some people here are trying to "Mangino" the coach out of here. When we are winning he is great, but when we lose he is to tough and mean with his players. I saw an interview with Alex Rush and they asked him what the difference was between Omaha and Lincoln and he said that Omaha's staff was way more intense and pushed the kids harder.

Anonymous said...

I weep for Stars Nation...

Anonymous said...

Just so everyone knows, one a D-bag in the front of section M had a bag on. He sits in the middle of the section. He took it off when the game started but wore it all during warm ups. Pretty gutless.

MacAttack said...

I sit in Section M and I was on the glass to take some photos of the boys when the 3, yes 3, gentlemen, and I use that term very loosely, put the bags on for warmups. I tried to get security to ask them to take the bags off but nothing was done. Another man went up to them and he said they are upset with the coach and that was their reason for the action they took. Ok, fine but the coach is nowhere around when the warmups are going on. 2 of the men did take their bags off after the players went into the locker room, the 3rd kept his on for awhile longer.

I also spoke with Steve Zoucha, vice president of the Stars and while he agreed with me that while it might be ok to wear bags at a professional game (NFL. NBA, ....)it is totally disrespecting the kids who don't get paid. But as an organization, the Stars management couldn't do anything to the 3 "fans".

I have only been a fan of hockey and the Stars for 4 years now, but I have been in and around sports nearly my whole adult life, playing football, basketball and track in high school and football in college. I had a coach who said as long as he cared about me, he would yell when I made mistakes. If I made a mistake and he didn't yell at me, then he didn't care anymore. That man had the most influence on me except for my dad and I always had great respect for him and still do.

For those of you who think the coach has got to go, then make your feelings known to the Stars management. But do it properly. They have the management listed on the Stars website along with their email addresses and phone numbers. Do your complaining to them and leave the kids who are playing to the best of their ability out of your demonstration.

I am also in agreement that for those who feel going to the games is a waste of their time, then don't come back. As for me, I can't think of anywhere I would want to be on a Friday or Saturday night. I have made many friends at the Icebox. The wait last summer for the season to start was way too long and I am not looking forward to the end of this season.

Yeti said...

MacAttack,

I don't think I could say it any better. Well said, sir. Thanks for posting that.

New Hockey Fan said...

I also agree with MacAttack. Some of us spoke to the security officers and were told the men had a 1st Amendment right to express themselves. We then spoke with Steve Zoucha and were told the same as MacAttck. I told him to let the players know that the majority of Stars fans wholeheartedly support them-he thanked me and shook my hand. We then heard the best news of the night. Apparently the coach's wife sits in M and she went down and dumped a beer on the head of one of the 'bag men', telling them it was from Jimmy. We didn't see the bags the rest of the night.

All of the fair weather fans are welcome to stay home, the rest of us will be there the rest of this season, and will be looking forward to next year.

Go Stars!

Anonymous said...

We also heard that story about jimmys wife, then were told it wasn't true. Would be hilarious if it was, anyone know if this did happen?

USHLProspectsBlog said...

The story about Jimmy's wife isn't completely true. I was told by a VERY reliable source that she actually went down and handed the fan with the bag and gave him the beer and said "This is from Jimmy, thank you for the support."

mike0913 said...

Jimmy's wife and children sits in section G right behind the goal, so I don't believe that she did anything to anyone in section M

BellTolls said...

The McGroarty's do sit in G, but it's not like the Ice Box is too big of a big place to wander around. Whatever happened, hopefully we don't see any more bags at games.

nopuckluck said...

I just don't understand how you can call yourself a "fan" and then proceed to put a bag over your head?!? It just doesn't make any sense.

When there is a player in town on a recruiting trip and he comes to the ice box, sees the great light show, butts in the seats and an energetic fan base, then sees the morons with the bags on their heads, what do you think is going through that young man's head? Bet he is ready to come to tryout camp next year!

James said...

I knew the truth would come out about that story sooner or later...I am a big fan of Judge Judy and she always says "If it don't make sense then its most likely not true." The second version of the story sounds more classy and what I would expect from the coach's wife. The first while a great script appropriate for a movie just would not make sense...Funny stuff though. -James

Ken K said...

Not that my opinion will matter much here but as a longtime fan and booster of your rival up the road, the Omaha Lancers, I too would agree with those chastising the few who feel the need to wear the paper bags on their heads at home games. For that matter, wearing paper bags at any games where junior athletes are participating anywhere in any sport really shows poor taste.

While that kind of stuff would play out at a professional sporting event during a down season, I also feel it is pretty classless at a junior sporting event and I know that it does not reflect the majority of Stars fans who, by most accounts, are some of the better and more knowledgeable fans in the USHL. However, the Stars management has their hands tied on this one and cannot do anything to those fans. As long as they buy a ticket and don't disrupt others, they can boo or wear paper bags or whatever else they feel like in fair taste just like any other fan attending a game.

In reality, those fans use that creative energy towards something else like saving those opinions for blogs like this one and the LJS editorial page. Your players really deserve a good showing from their home fans regardless of what the final record is in any season. Just my two cents here. The Stars are playing their best every game and deserve their fans' best as well.

Yeti said...

Ken K,

Thanks for the note. Much appreciated.

Anonymous said...

I feel bad that the players would have to hear that some classless guys would treat them in that way. I feel there is defintely talent on the ice but the coaching is unable to get the best out of them. They are not working on systems like other teams in the USHL they are simply told to "go out and skate hard." The power plays are practiced the same way. No plays set up , just go out and play hard. Maybe that will work for rat hockey on a Sat night but not in this league. The players have no self-confidence left in them. So sad to see. I feel very bad for the players.

tzweeb said...

WOW, ken k is a real hockey fan.... wasnt it US that were making fun of the lancers last year as they were having a down year???
and he can come on here and put things into perspective?
true hockey fans will note that this year is just a footnote on the total performance of our stars as a group.
i am glad that we have a place to come and post our feelings as to how the teams is performing and how much we want it to get better.
i will be renewing fo rnext year as i like to watch live hockey.
i think thats what its all about!!
"you put your right hand in" !!!!!!
and you support the team and then shake it all about!!!
c'mon people, lets have some fun at the end of this season.