Sunday, April 4, 2010

B³ Weekend Recap: Sioux Falls and Sioux City

The 2009-10 Lincoln Stars season came to a close this weekend as the Stars finished 0-2 on their last weekend road trip of the season.  Friday night in Sioux Falls, SD, the Stars lost 4-2 to the Stampede.  On Saturday night in Sioux City, IA, the Stars were tore apart by the Musketeers by a score of 10-3.  The Lincoln Stars finished the season with a four game losing streak, and were outscored 21-8 in those four games.  With the two losses over the weekend, the Stars fell to 16-36-8 (40 points), which is last place overall in the entire USHL.  The expansion Youngstown Phantoms (44 points) finished second to last in the standings.

Friday night, the Stars played well for two periods against the Stampede.  Stars forwards Andrew Ammon and Ben Lynch both scored for Lincoln in the second period of that game, and going into the second intermission it was tied 2-2.  Although they were being outshot by the Stampede 29-15 at that point in the game, the Stars were still in the game.  In the third period, like we've seen so often this season, the Stars just couldn't keep the puck out of their own net.  The Stampede scored two goals in the third, while holding the Stars without, and cruised to the 4-2 victory.  Stars goaltender Jared Coreau stopped 36 of 40 shots in the loss.

On Saturday night, the Stars played their final game of the 2009-10 season against the Sioux City Musketeers.  For those of us who were in attendance Saturday night, this game will be known forever as the "Nightmare on Gordon Street."  Believe it or not, but the Stars were actually up 2-1 at one point in this game.  In the first period, the Stars got out to a quick 2-1 lead with goals by defenseman Steve West, and forward Dominik Shine.  After that, it was all Muskies.  The Muskies scored three times in the first period, two times in the second period, and a whopping five times in the third period to complete the 10-3 shellacking.  Defenseman Steve West scored the final Stars goal of the season, his second of the game, midway through the second period.  The Stars were still in the game, so to speak, going into the third period.  In the third, the nightmare began.  Sioux City scored at will, most often on the powerplay.  The Muskies dismantled the Stars penalty kill unit, scoring 5 powerplay goals in 8 opportunities.  The Stars only managed 2 shots on goal in the third period, and were outshot 35-17 overall.

Needless to say, it was a looooong ride home back to Lincoln for the many Stars fans who were in attendance Saturday night.  To their credit, they stayed until the very end of the game.  I did not see any leave early.  Many of us just sat in our seats that third period and shook our heads.  We were all hoping the players could end this crappy season with a win, a positive note, but it turned out to be one of the most lopsided losses in a season filled with lopsided losses.  It sure would have been nice to see those players celebrate their last game together with a win, but it just didn't happen.  The players deserved a better fate than what they were dealt this season.

I am going to try to type out a 2009-10 season recap sometime this afternoon.  Pretty much sum up the entire season, what to look for in the offseason, and which players from this year's team could return.  Stay tuned for that.

As always, Go Stars.


Anonymous said...

I just wanted to give a big thank you to all the boys who played this year. It may not have been the winningest season, but I still enoyed watching you play. Good luck to those of you who are moving on and a 'see ya next season' to those who are returning. If anyone knows where Hibbs is going to college at please post. Would love to see him on the ice again!

Layla said...

Not sure if anyone has posted about this yet, Colby Cohen has signed an entry level contract with Colorado, more info is on the Stars site.