Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Parking changes; IceBox renovations

As we patiently wait until the Lincoln Stars release their 25-player protected roster, I wanted to touch on a couple of topics that have some Stars fans talking as of late.  For those fans who are season ticket holders, we received our renewal paperwork this week, or last week.  Included in the paperwork was a pamphlet which contained a ton of really good information about the upcoming changes to the inside/outside of the IceBox, and it all folded out into a Stars poster.  I thought that was pretty cool.  Anyway, one of things mentioned in the renewal paperwork was that UNL will be charging ($3) Stars fans to park next season around the IceBox.  I don't think this was anything that caught people off-guard.  I believe most of us figured that with dollar-hungry UNL taking over the former state fairgrounds, they would eventually start charging people to park there.

The good news for season ticket holders is that they will get to park for free ($90 savings).  For those who have 1-4 season tickets, they will receive one parking pass.  Those who have 5-8 season tickets will receive two parking passes.  The bad news for the casual Stars fan who doesn't have season tickets is that they will have to pay $3 per car to park in the former state fairgrounds area.  Will this parking fee drive away those casual fans?  Personally, I don't believe so.  We're passionate about our Stars hockey here in Lincoln, and I believe even the casual fans will not have a problem with this fee.  I'm guessing the Stars organization is hoping this newly created parking fee will encourage those casual fans to become season ticket holders, and save some hard earned cash on parking. 

Logistically, I have no idea how UNL plans to accomplish the task of checking for passes, and collecting monies.  There are quite a number of entrances into the  state fairgrounds "UNL Innovation Campus" area. Will UNL only allow fans to enter through a couple of entrances?  I can't imagine it will run like an well-oiled machine.  What happens when UNL basketball games at Devaney are played at the same day and time as Stars games?  I'm not optimistic at all.  I really hope the Stars organization and UNL are working together with this, otherwise it could turn into a giant traffic mess.  We'll have to wait and see how it is handled.

The second topic discussed in the renewal paperwork I want to touch on are the renovations currently being planned to the north stage area inside of the IceBox.  I'm going to copy and paste a couple of paragraphs taken right from the Lincoln Stars website, and from the renewal pamphlet:
The Lincoln Stars are excited to announce this upgrade to the stage area. As outlined in the season ticket renewal mailer, this area will include the removal of the bleachers and transformation into a three-level spectator zone. Pricing and benefits are yet to be determined, however an increase in cost compared to both rinkside and mezzanine seating is likely. Seats will be limited and distributed through a lottery system.
The most visible change you'll notice inside the IceBox will be the renovation of the north stage area.  We're currently in the planning and design phase of transforming the north bleacher area into a three level spectator zone.  This renovation will combine improved seating with excellent sight lines, and elevated "social" area for stand room patrons, and convenient bar service.
In the renewal paperwork, there is a drawing which illustrates how this "three-level spectator zone" will look like.  Basically, it looks like two rows of folding chair seats, with two rows of bar-like seating behind that.  Those last two rows appear to allow fans to stand, sit, or move around while they watch the game.  I assume this area will have it's own bar and concessions.  That's my take on it, but I could be off.

I've already heard from a few fans who were bleacher season ticket holders that have been forced to relocate because of this new area.  They don't want to pay more to sit in this new area, and they aren't happy that they need to find a new "home."  It will be interesting to see the amount of interest this new "spectator zone" gets from the fans.  I do not know how many seats will be lost to this renovation.  Last season, the capacity of the IceBox was 4,610.  I'd guess that number will be reduced by 100 to 300.  Just a guess.

So, what say you?  Do you think the parking fees will have a substantial negative impact on attendance next season?  How long will it take fans to enter into the "UNL Innovation Campus" area with the UNL parking clowns running the show?  Are you interested enough in this new "spectator zone" area to switch your present seats?  

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I'm really hoping we hear something soon from the Stars organization in regards to the 25-player protected roster which must be turned into the USHL on, or before, 7/1/10.  Last season, we didn't hear anything until 7/8, and then it was reported by the Lincoln Journal Star's Blueline Blog.  That particular blog is a virtual ghost town now, with the last article written way back in April.  No articles about the two USHL drafts, no articles about the tryout camp, no articles about roster news, nothing.  It seems as if the LJS has given up on the Stars.  I assume this time around, the roster information will probably be posted on the Stars website.  If anyone associated with the Stars organization would like to post that information here (since we're not a ghost town and we support the Stars), they can email me at: lincolnstarshockey@gmail.com

Thanks.  Go Stars.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Congrats to Dominik Shine!

According to the Lincoln Stars Facebook page, Stars forward Dominik Shine has committed to play collegiate hockey for the Ohio State University.  It is unknown to me what year Shine will begin playing for OSU (2011 or 2012).  Shine played in 54 games for the Stars last season, accumulating 29 points (15g, 14a) and 165 penalty minutes.  Shine will join fellow Stars foward Ryan Dzingel at the Ohio State University.  Dzingel had committed to the Buckeyes previously.  Shine and Dzingel are two young promising forwards who will be be counted on to lead the Stars offense next season.

Congrats to Dominik! 

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Tryout All-Star Game Pictures

I promised to do this earlier, so here are some pictures taken by Brandon Anderson at the Stars tryout camp all-star game this past Wednesday.  Thanks to Brandon for allowing me to post them here.

Dominik Shine

Austin Hervey (Black), Richard Coyne (White), Jim Kruger (Grey)

Richard Coyne

Garrett Peterson



Josh Bretner

Garrett Peterson (Black) scraps with Jared Hanson (White)



Kevin Murdock

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Lincoln Stars Tryout Camp - All Star Game

The Lincoln Stars wrapped up their 2010 Tryout Camp with the All-Star Game Wednesday morning at Moylan Tranquility Iceplex. Forty-two players of the original 89 players were selected to compete in the game. The lines are listed below:

Edit: Thanks to Brandon Anderson for the shot of Kevin Murdock (pictured to the left). I will be posting more of Brandon's photos from the tryout camp soon.


Team Black
Forwards
Austin Hervey ('92) - Ryan Dzingel ('92) - Sam Alfieri ('91)
Eric Scheid ('92) - Jake Lynes ('91) - John McCarron ('92)
Gage Hough ('93) - Garrett Peterson ('91) - Thomas Schutt ('93)
Cam Bleck ('94) - Jeff McMinimy ('92) - Luke Johnson ('94)

Defense
Ben Oskroba ('90) - Frank Misuraca ('91)
Matt Prapavessis ('91) - Cole Martin ('94)
Paul Ladue ('92) - Bryan Sinz ('92)
Nick Cecere ('90)

Goalies
Luke Hafner ('92)
Trevor Gutierrez ('93)


Team White
Forwards
Kyle Lapenskie ('91) - Josh Berge ('90) - Brad Wilhelm ('92)
Dominik Shine ('93) - Jared Hanson ('93) - Andrew Schmit ('91)
Nick Cruice ('92) - Tyler Deresky ('92) - Lennie Childs ('91)
Filip Starzynski ('93) - Brad Hawkinson ('94) - Alec Deangelo ('92)

Defense
Josh Bretner ('93) - Chris Casto ('91)
Lucas Whelan ('91) - Richard Coyne ('91)
Kyle Quick ('91) - Kevin Zugec ('93)
Steve Cook ('91)

Goalies
Kevin Murdock ('90)
Jim Kruger ('92)

Team Black defeated Team White, 7-2, in the 60-minute scrimmage. Black scored five goals in the first 30 minutes to claim the 5-0 lead heading into the intermission. John McCarron started the scoring by crashing the net on an Eric Scheid shot. McCarron buried the shot just outside the crease for the 1-0 lead. Gage Hough made it 2-0 on a shot off a nice cross-ice pass from Paul Ladue. Jeff McMinimy then redirected a shot from the point from Bryan Sinz, but goaltender Jim Kruger made the initial save. However, McMinimy buried the rebound for a 3-0 lead. Current Stars then hooked up as Sam Alfieri fed Ryan Dzingel for a 4-0 lead. Ben Oskroba blasted a slapshot off a pass from Matt Prapavessis for the final tally of the period. Oskroba also had a slapshot ricochet off the post earlier in the game. The Black squad fed off its goaltender, Luke Hafner. Hafner was phenomenal when he had to be and pitched the shutout in net. Kruger allowed the five goals in the first period.

Following intermission, Team Black took a 6-0 lead on some very nice teamwork. Gage Hough skated into the zone and found Thomas Schutt, who made a great one-time pass to Garrett Peterson, who scored on White goaltender Kevin Murdock. White finally got on the board when defenseman Chris Casto skated into the zone and crashed the net on his own shot and finished past Black goaltender Trevor Gutierrez to make it 6-1. White scored soon after to make it 6-2 when Jared Hanson slammed home a rebound off Alec Deangelo's shot. White pulled its goaltender for the final five minutes of the game, and Ryan Dzingel scored his second goal of the game on the empty net with less than a minute left. There were two fights in the game. First, Black's Garrett Peterson took the decision against White's Jared Hanson. Then White's Dominik Shine landed some blows on Black's Bryan Sinz and didn't allow him to throw a punch before it ended.

Scoring Summary (we didn't really keep of track of second assists)
Black - McCarron (Scheid) 1-0
Black - Hough (Ladue) 2-0
Black - McMinimy (Sinz) 3-0
Black - Dzingel (Alfieri) 4-0
Black - Oskroba (Prapavessis) - 5-0
Black - Peterson (Schutt, Hough) - 6-0
White - Casto (unassisted) 6-1
White - Hanson (Deresky) 6-2
Black - Dzingel (empty-net) 7-2

Goalies
Hafner (Black) - 0 goals allowed in 30 mins
Kruger (White) - 5 goals allowed in 30 mins
Gutierrez - 2 goals allowed in 30 mins
Murdock - 1 goal allowed in 25 mins

BT's Analysis
There was some great offensive teamwork on display from Team Black in this game. Yeti and I were really impressed with the way some of these players played together. The Hervey-Dzingel-Alfieri line was very good, and it was still very good when McMinimy played with Hervey and Alfieri occasionally. McMinimy was a player who stood out with his hustle and nose for the puck. Hervey is great in front of the net and along the boards. Gage Hough was a player who impressed me a lot. He seems to do a lot of things very well. Dzingel was Dzingel and Peterson was Peterson. Jake Lynes is a talented forward and his size (6'3") is always a plus. Hafner all but secured a spot on the team in my mind with his shutout. He allowed fewer goals than any goalie in camp, and made some great saves when it looked like White should have scored. On defense, I liked Oskroba and Prapavessis. They have some valuable offensive skills.

For Team White, it was tough to tell who stood out offensively because they didn't generate a ton of great scoring chances. Jared Hanson played well enough, in my opinion, to earn a spot. Hanson plays with a lot of energy and will drop the gloves with anyone. Kyle Lapenskie, at 6'5", 230, is a load to handle. He was good along the boards and a big body in front of the net. I won't be surprised if any of the White squad forwards make the team, and I won't be surprised if any of them don't make it (except for Shine and Berge). Kevin Murdock will be on the Stars next year, that's a no-brainer. On defense, Chris Casto is very good with the puck on his stick. I think he's a lock, as is Richard Coyne. I like the speed of Josh Bretner as well. Kyle Quick had a couple goals in tryouts.

Really, the roster would be very hard to predict, so I'm not going to try on here. I just want to congratulate the Stars organization on a successful camp and for taking care of the fans that came up (plenty of roster sheets always available). It was another great year at Tranquility and the talent level looks to be better this year. We'd love to hear some comments from those of you that attended one or all of the sessions. Who stood out in your eyes?

Final Goal Leaders
(* = made All-Star Game)
*Ryan Dzingel (F) - 4
*Garrett Peterson (F) - 3
Ian McGilvrey (F) - 3
Maxwell Vallis (F) - 3
*Josh Berge (F) - 2
*Chris Casto (D) - 2
*Gage Hough (F) - 2
*Jake Lynes (F) - 2
*John McCarron (F) - 2
*Ben Oskroba (D) - 2
*Kyle Quick (D) - 2
Joshua Roberts (F) - 2
*Eric Scheid (F) - 2
*Dominik Shine (F) - 2
*Sam Alfieri (F) - 1
Mickey Bastings (F) - 1
Anthony Caruso (F) - 1
*Lennie Childs (F) - 1
*Nick Cruice (F) - 1
*Tyler Deresky (F) - 1
Jake Diamond (F) - 1
Taylor Fraser (F) - 1
*Jared Hanson (F) - 1
*Austin Hervey (F) - 1
Matt Johnson (F) - 1
Tony Koehler (D) - 1
*Kyle Lapenskie (F) - 1
Travis Maxwell (F) - 1
*Jeff McMinimy (F) - 1
William Platt (F) - 1
*Matt Prapavessis (D) - 1
Michael Sardella (F) - 1
*Andrew Schmit (F) - 1
Ilya Silik (F) - 1
Will Suter (F) - 1
Shayne Toohey (D) - 1

Final Goalie Statistics
*Luke Hafner - 3 GA in 130 mins
*Kevin Murdock - 7 GA in 150 mins
*Jim Kruger - 11 GA in 180 mins
*Trevor Gutierrez - 12 GA in 205 mins
Chris Paulin - 4 GA in 125 mins
Jonas Langmann - 8 GA in 150 mins
Peter Traber - 9 GA in 175 mins

Lincoln Stars Tryout Camp - Day 3 (Evening)

The Lincoln Stars wrapped up Tuesday evening with another team practice and two scrimmages.  A good turnout of Stars fans made the trip north on I-80 to get a glimpse of the players who will make up the roster next season for the Black and Blue.  For many, this was the last opportunity to watch live hockey until the Fall Classic in late September.  BT and I will be in attendance today for the camp all-star game.  As soon as we can, we'll report back with the results of the game and the players who made the all-star roster.  With that said, let me ramble on about the Tuesday evening tryout sessions.

First up Tuesday night, the Red squad participated in a team practice, led by the three Lincoln coaches.  The coaches had the players skate some different drills in this practice that I hadn't seen before in the other team practices.  Again, it's just practice, but the Red players who caught my eye were Adrean Copeland (F), William Platt (F), Tyler Deresky (F), and Richard Coyne (D).  I've mentioned Coyne a lot lately the past couple of days, and he certainly deserves the attention.  He's a big kid who moves very well, and has quick feet.  With so many defenseman roster spots available this season, I think Coyne is a lock to make the team.  Goaltenders Kevin Murdock and Trevor Gutierrez also participated in this practice.

The first scrimmage Tuesday night showcased the Blue team vs. the Yellow team.  Going into this scrimmage, both squads had a record of 1-2.  This scrimmage went to overtime with the Blue squad winning 2-1.  Scoring for the Blue team was Jake Lynes (F), and John McCarron (F).  McCarron's goal in OT was the game winner.  The lone Yellow goal came from Kyle Lapenskie (F).  Goaltender Luke Hafner played the first half of the game for the Blue team, and gave up 0 goals.  Goaltender Jim Kruger played the second half of the game for Blue and gave up 1 goal.  Goaltender Jonas Langmann played the entire game for the Yellow squad, and surrendered 2 goals.  There were no fights in this scrimmage.  Players from the Blue team who stood out to me were Zack Smoot (F), Jared Hanson (F), Ian McGilvrey (F), Jake Lynes (F), and Ben Oskroba (D).  Players from the Yellow team who impressed me with their play were Bryan Sinz (D), Cam Bleck (F), Brad Hawkinson (F), and Kyle Lapenskie (F).  I'm going to pick co-MVP's from this game, as I thought Blue forwards Zack Smoot and Jared Hanson both played with a lot of energy.  Smoot and Hanson were on the same line, and the two created a number of chances on offense.

The last scrimmage Tuesday evening featured a matchup between the Grey squad and the Black squad.  Coming into this scrimmage, the Grey team was 1-2, and the Black team was 2-1.  Like the earlier scrimmage, this was another low scoring contest.  The Grey team won this one by a score of 2-1.  Scoring goals for the Grey squad was Mickey Bastings (F), and Joshua Roberts (F).  The goal from Roberts was the game winning goal.  The lone goal scored by Black came from Ryan Dzingel (F).  Goaltender Chris Paulin played the entire scrimmage for the Grey team, giving up the one goal.  Goaltender Peter Traber played the entire scrimmage for the Black team, giving up two goals.  Surprisingly, there were also no fights in this scrimmage either.  Players from the Grey team who caught my eye were Alec Deangelo (F), Michal Imrich (D), Cory Sellers (D), Brad Wilhelm (F), and Eric Scheid (F).  Players from the Black team who stood out were Andrew Schmit (F), Filip Starzynski (F), Matt Prapavessis (F), and Jeremy Finger (F).  Even though he didn't have any goals in this scrimmage, my MVP goes to Grey forward Alec Deangelo (F).  Deangelo is a smaller, speedy forward who plays big despite his size (5'9", 168lbs).  Deangelo played for Team Illinois last season, the same club that has produced some very good Lincoln players in the past like Rick Carden, Chris Forfar, and Garrett Peterson.

Great action, once again.  I know I probably sound like a broken record by now, but the talent level at this years camp has been really impressive, in my opinion.  Regarding the goaltenders in attendance, the Lincoln coaches will have a hard decision to make in regards to who is selected along with Kevin Murdock.  Honestly, I think you could make a case for any of the other 6 goaltenders in camp.  I'd hate to even guess at who will be selected.  Maybe the coaches will surprise me and protect three goaltenders, and bring all of them to the Fall Classic in Sioux City.  We'll have to wait and see.

Keep an eye out for BT's all-star recap later today.  Thanks.

Final Team Standings
Red 3-1
Black 2-2
Blue 2-2Grey 2-2
Yellow 1-3


Goals Scored
Ian McGilvrey (F) - 3
Maxwell Vallis (F) - 3
Josh Berge (F) - 2
Ryan Dzingel (F) - 2
Jake Lynes (F) - 2
Garrett Peterson (F) - 2
Kyle Quick (D) - 2
Joshua Roberts (F) - 2
Eric Scheid (F) - 2
Dominik Shine (F) - 2
Sam Alfieri (F) - 1
Mickey Bastings (F) - 1
Chris Casto (D) - 1
Anthony Caruso (F) - 1
Lawrence Childs (F) - 1
Nick Cruice (F) - 1
Tyler Deresky (F) - 1
Jake Diamond (F) - 1
Taylor Fraser (F) - 1
Austin Hervey (F) - 1
Gage Hough (F) - 1
Matt Johnson (F) - 1
Tony Koehler (D) - 1
Kyle Lapenskie (F) - 1
Travis Maxwell (F) - 1
John  McCarron (F) - 1
Ben Oskroba (D) - 1
William Platt (F) - 1
Matt Prapavessis (D) - 1
Michael Sardella (F) - 1
Andrew Schmit (F) - 1
Ilya Silik (F) - 1
Will Suter (F) - 1
Shayne Toohey (D) - 1


Goalie Statistics

Luke Hafner - 3 GA in 100 mins
Kevin Murdock - 6 GA in 125 mins
Chris Paulin - 4 GA in 125 mins
Jim Kruger - 6 GA in 150 mins
Jonas Langmann - 8 GA in 150 mins
Trevor Gutierrez - 10 GA in 175 mins
Peter Traber - 9 GA in 175 mins

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Lincoln Stars Tryout Camp - Day 3 (morning)

Thanks to BT for posting the tryout roster pictured on the left.  You can view the roster by clicking on the image. When the page loads, the print will be small. You can zoom in on the page by holding down "Ctrl" and pressing the "+" key. 

****I want to give a big thanks to "Steven," who volunteered the following Tuesday morning recap.  I really appreciate his help.  Great recap!  I see a lot of the same players highlighted that BT and I have noticed.  That said, here is Steven's article!


The first game of Tuesday morning's session had the Grey squad take on the Blue squad. It was an exciting game with a lot of offensive action. Blue came away with the 3-2 overtime win. Scoring goals for the Blue squad were Ian McGilvrey (F), Ilya Silik (F) and Maxwell Vallis (F). Vallis got the game-winner with about 17 seconds remaining in overtime, the Grey squad had pulled their goalie and Vallis broke loose on a break-away and was tripped from behind. A penalty shot was awarded to Vallis and he put the game-winner past Grey's goalie Kevin Murdock. The Blue squad used two goalies, Jonas Langmann played the first half of the game and allowed one goal, Trevor Gutierrez also allowed one goal in the second half of the game. Scoring goals for the Grey squad were Michael Sardella (F) and Eric Scheid (F). In goal for the Grey squad was Kevin Murdock, although he gave up three goals, I felt he had a real good showing. The Blue squad peppered him with shots early and often and he was up to the task and made a lot of big saves. Some Blue players that caught my eye were John McCarron (F), Jake Lynes (F), Zack Smoot (F), Ian McGilvrey (F), and Trevor Gutierrez (G). On the Grey squad players that impressed me were Eric Scheid (F), and Matt Prapavessis (D).  There was one fight in the game, it had Grey's Mike Miller (6'2", 212lbs) take on Blue's Ross McMullan (6'4", 195lbs).  I personally would call it a draw. McMullan had an early explosion of punches, but Miller came back and landed his fair share towards the end. It was a good fight and pretty close. If I had to pick an MVP, I would have to go with Kevin Murdock, like I said before, even though he surrendered three goals he faced a bunch of shots and came up with huge saves.

In the second game of the morning session the Red squad shut out the Black squad by a score of 2-0. Goal scorers for the Red team were Gage Hough (F) and Jake Diamond (F), I did not get a good look at Hough's goal, but the 2nd goal for Red was on a nice 2-on-0, Diamond took a pass and put it in the net. Both goalies in this one played the entire game. Getting the shutout for the Red squad was Peter Traber and for the Black squad it was Jim Kruger (2 Goals allowed). I thought both goalies had good games, obviously Traber's shutout speaks for itself, but Kruger did a lot of good things as well. He made a few good up-ice passes to catch the Red squad in line changes. For the Red team I came away impressed with Garrett Moore (F) he didn't register a goal but he was a great skater and moved the puck well, no one could touch him. Also, Garrett Peterson (F), Tyler Deresky (F), Gage Hough (F), and Peter Traber (G). Players on the Black team that impressed me were Andrew Schmit (F) who is a big physical forward but has pretty good skill and speed for a big body, Dominik Shine (F), Filip Starzynki (F), Shayne Toohey (D), and Peter Traber (G). In this game there were two fights. The first fight had Black's Andrew Schmit (6'4", 220lbs) take on Red's Tyler Dereskey (6'0", 185lbs), an obvious advantage went to Schmit due to his size, but there were really no punches landed by either guys, they were pretty much tangled up from the beginning, with Schmit getting a take down to end it. The second fight had Black's Ryan Dzingel (5'11", 170lbs) take on Red's Jake Diamond (5'10", 205lbs). I'd again have to say this was a draw. Diamond came out fast and locked up Dzingel, but again not many punches were thrown or landed by either guy. For this game, the MVP goes to Peter Traber, hard to deny a goalie who posts a shutout the MVP spot. 

Team Standings
Red 3-1
Black 2-1
Grey 1-2
Yellow 1-2
Blue 1-2

Goals Scored
Ian McGilvrey (F) - 3
Maxwell Vallis (F) - 3
Josh Berge (F) - 2
Garrett Peterson (F) - 2
Kyle Quick (D) - 2
Eric Scheid (F) - 2
Dominik Shine (F) - 2
Sam Alfieri (F) - 1
Chris Casto (D) - 1
Anthony Caruso (F) - 1
Lawrence Childs (F) - 1
Nick Cruice (F) - 1
Tyler Deresky (F) - 1
Jake Diamond (F) - 1
Ryan Dzingel (F) - 1
Taylor Fraser (F) - 1
Austin Hervey (F) - 1
Gage Hough (F) - 1
Matt Johnson (F) - 1
Tony Koehler (D) - 1
Jake Lynes (F) -1
Travis Maxwell (F) - 1
Ben Oskroba (D) - 1
William Platt (F) - 1
Matt Prapavessis (D) - 1
Joshua Roberts (F) - 1
Michael Sardella (F) - 1
Andrew Schmit (F) - 1
Ilya Silik (F) - 1
Will Suter (F) - 1
Shayne Toohey (D) - 1

Goalie Statistics

Luke Hafner - 3 GA in 75 mins
Chris Paulin - 3 GA in 75 mins
Jonas Langmann - 6 GA in 100 mins
Jim Kruger - 5 GA in 125 mins
Kevin Murdock - 6 GA in 125 mins
Peter Traber - 7 GA in 125 mins
Trevor Gutierrez - 10 GA in 175 mins

Monday, June 14, 2010

Lincoln Stars Tryout Camp - Day Two (Evening)

The Lincoln Stars' tryout rosters are now available at left. You can view the roster by clicking on the image. When the page loads, the print will be small. You can zoom in on the page by holding down "Ctrl" and pressing the "+" key. Note a couple of changes. #4 Black is now #2 Grey and vice versa. #5 Black is now #5 Grey and vice versa.

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The Lincoln Stars' tryout camp resumed Monday evening with the third of six tryout sessions at Moylan Tranquility Iceplex in Omaha. Another strong contingent of Stars fans, players' families and college scouts was on hand. The Black team practiced beforehand, and the Red played Blue first, and then Yellow played Grey to cap the night off. I will fill in for Yeti on this recap, as he has earned a well deserved break after two detailed recaps Sunday night and Monday morning. Yeti and I conferred after Monday night's tryout to go over who we thought stood out, and thankfully we agreed on a lot of the same players. The coaches will have some tough decisions to make for the all-star selections come Wednesday.

I was unable to see the Black team practice, so maybe some of our Black and Blue readers could comment and fill in with some information. It's always appreciated. The Black squad (2-0) is full of good players, including Stars' players Ryan Dzingel and Dominik Shine.

First up, the Red squad took on the Blue squad. Red won this close battle 3-2. Red improved to 2-1, while Blue dropped to 0-2. Scoring goals for the Red squad were Kyle Quick (D) (2 goals) and Tyler Deresky (F). Scoring for the Blue was Ian McGilvrey (F) (2 goals). Goaltender Luke Hafner played the entire game for the winning Red team, surrendering two goals. Goaltender Chris Paulin played the first half of the game for the Blue team and allowed one goal, while goaltender Kevin Murdock came in for the second half and allowed two goals. There was one tilt, as Blue's Jared Hanson (F) (5'11", 185) went up against Red's Steve Cook (D) (6'5", 210). Cook took the decision, but props go to Hanson for fighting an opponent six inches taller and 25 pounds heavier. Some players who stood out to me on the Red squad were Richard Coyne (D), Kyle Quick (D), Garrett Peterson (F), Adrian Copeland (F) and Tyler Deresky (F). Coyne is a very solid player who has played well every game so far, according to Yeti. Copeland made the all-star game at the Stars camp last year, and he brings energy and speed to the ice. He had a nice assist on Quick's first goal and generally created havoc throughout the game in the Blue zone. Some players who stood out for the Blue team were: Ben Oskroba (D), Jake Lynes (F), Ian McGilvrey (F), Jeff McMinimy (F) and Maxwell Vallis (F). These are a lot of the same players Yeti has already mentioned before, but they show up around the puck often. Oskroba moves well for a 6'6" defenseman. My MVP of this game was Kyle Quick with his two goals.

In the nightcap, the Yellow staved off a Grey comeback to win 4-3 in a shootout. Yellow improved to 1-2, while Grey fell to 1-1. Scoring for the Yellow squad were Chris Casto (D), Sam Alfieri (F) and Anthony Caruso (F). Scoring for the Grey team were Eric Scheid (F), Josh Berge (F) and Matt Prapavessis (D) (who is listed on Black's roster but was switched to the Grey team in exchange for Max Ross). In the shootout, Yellow's Kyle Lapenski (F) was the only shooter for either team to score. Goaltender Jim Kruger played the entire game for the Yellow team and allowed three goals. Goaltender Trevor Gutierrez also played the entire game for the Grey team, also allowing three goals. Some players from the winning Yellow team who stood out in my eyes: Chris Casto (D), Bryan Sinz (D) and Sam Alfieri (F). Casto scored on a great individual effort by walking through the entire Grey team. For the Grey, I liked: Matt Prapavessis (D), Josh Berge (F), Alec DeAngelo (F) and Eric Scheid (F). Berge was a beast on the ice, as I've heard he has been all week so far. He is an excellent playmaker with his vision, and he scored a really nice goal on a spin move between the circles. Scheid always seemed to be around the puck in the offensive zone for the Grey squad. Alec DeAngelo is a name that hasn't been mentioned before, but he played with a lot of energy and was hitting anything that moved. Prapavessis was the best defenseman in this game in my eyes, and that was before he scored the game-tying goal. He was very solid with the puck, composed in his zone and was pinpoint on some long passes down ice. My MVP of this game was Josh Berge. Even though his team lost, he showed a lot of things that Stars fans can be excited about come October.

Neither Yeti nor I will be in attendance Tuesday morning, so we would really appreciate lots of feedback from those who do attend. This is your chance to make your voice heard and say something different than what Yeti and I always say :) Thanks.

Team Standings
Black 2-0
Red 2-1
Grey 1-1
Yellow 1-2
Blue 0-2

Goals Scored
Josh Berge (F) - 2
Ian McGilvrey (F) - 2
Garrett Peterson (F) - 2
Kyle Quick (D) - 2
Dominik Shine (F) - 2
Maxwell Vallis (F) - 2
Sam Alfieri (F) - 1
Chris Casto (D) - 1
Anthony Caruso (F) - 1
Lawrence Childs (F) - 1
Nick Cruice (F) - 1
Tyler Deresky (F) - 1
Ryan Dzingel (F) - 1
Taylor Fraser (F) - 1
Austin Hervey (F) - 1
Matt Johnson (F) - 1
Tony Koehler (D) - 1
Jake Lynes (F) -1
Travis Maxwell (F) - 1
Ben Oskroba (D) - 1
William Platt (F) - 1
Matt Prapavessis (D) - 1
Joshua Roberts (F) - 1
Eric Scheid (F) - 1
Andrew Schmit (F) - 1
Will Suter (F) - 1
Shayne Toohey (D) - 1

Goalie Statistics

Luke Hafner - 3 GA in 75 mins
Jim Kruger - 3 GA in 75 mins
Kevin Murdock - 3 GA in 75 mins
Chris Paulin - 3 GA in 75 mins
Jonas Langmann - 5 GA in 75 mins
Peter Traber - 7 GA in 75 mins
Trevor Gutierrez - 9 GA in 150 mins

Lincoln Stars Tryout Camp - Day 2 (Morning)


Bright and early Monday morning, the Stars resumed their 2010 tryout camp at the Moylan Tranquility Iceplex in Omaha, NE.  Although the fan turnout wasn't as heavy as it was Sunday night, there was still a good number of folks who were treated to some early morning hockey.  I know it's early, but I do have to mention that I have pleasantly impressed with the level of hockey so far.  Last year at tryouts, I really wasn't blown away.  There are some very good players in camp this year, and I am very excited to see some of these players in a Lincoln Stars uniform this fall.


First up Monday morning was a team practice for the players on the Grey squad.  Again, all three of the Lincoln coaches were on the ice instructing the players through numerous drills.  The players were not allowed much rest in between drills, so this was another fast-paced practice.  Players on the Grey squad who impressed me during the practice were Nick Cruice (F), Josh Berge (F), Michal Imrich (D), Lucas Whelan (D), and Brad Wilhelm (F).  Josh Berge really was hustling on the ice, and considering he is just coming off a very major injury, I was really impressed with his speed and maneuverability.  He was going all out in practice, which shows very good leadership, in my opinion.  Goaltenders Luke Hafner and Jim Kruger participated in the practice.

The first scrimmage held Monday morning was between the Black and Blue squads.  Good colors.  Anyway, this was a very exciting scrimmage with plenty of action.  The Black squad got off to a sluggish start in the scrimmage, which isn't surprising because they played the last scrimmage late Sunday night.  The Black squad won this game in OT shootout, 5-4.  Scoring goals in regulation for Blue was Maxwell Vallis (F) (2 goals), Jake Lynes (F), and Ben Oskroba (D).  Scoring goals in regulation for Black was Dominik Shine (F), Lawrence Childs (F), Shayne Toohey (D), and Austin Hervey (F).  After a scoreless 5 minute overtime period, this scrimmage went to a shootout.  Scoring goals in the overtime shootout for Blue was Ilya Silik (F).  Scoring goals in the overtime shootout for Black was Lawrence Childs (F), and Filip Starzynski (F)Goaltender Trevor Gutierrez played the entire scrimmage, and gave up 4 goals for the Blue squad.  Goaltender Jonas Langmann played the first half of the scrimmage, and gave up 2 goals for the Black team.  Goaltender Peter Traber played the second half of the scrimmage and also gave up 2 goals for the Black team.  Players on the Blue squad who impressed me were Maxwell Vallis (F), Jake Lynes (F), Ian McGilvrey (F), Ilya Silik (F), and Josh Bretner (D).  Players on the Black squad who impressed me were Dominik Shine (F), Nick Cecere (D), Lawrence Childs (F), Trevor Gutierrez (G), and Sacha Guimond (D).  There were no fights in this game.  I know it's early, but I believe these are the top two teams in the Stars tryout camp.  Black forward Maxwell Vallis scored two goals, and had many other opportunities to score goals, so I picked him to be my MVP of this scrimmage.   

The second scrimmage of the morning featured the Red squad against the Yellow squad.  This scrimmage wasn't as faced paced as the earlier scrimamge, and each team had issues generating chances on offense.  This was the third straight scrimmage that went into overtime, with the Red team winning 2-1 over Yellow.  Scoring goals for the Red squad was Garrett Peterson (F), and William Platt (F).  The lone Yellow goal was scored by Will Suter (F)Goaltender Kevin Murdock played the entire scrimmage for the Red team, and he surrendered one goal.  Goaltender Chris Paulin played the entire scrimmage for the Yellow team, and he surrendered two goals.  Players from the Red team who impressed me were Jake Diamond (F), Richard Coyne (D), Garrett Peterson (F), and Kevin Murdock (G).  Players from the Yellow team who impressed me were Sam Alfieri (F), Will Suter (F), and Chris Casto (D).  There were no fights in this scrimmage.  The Red and Yellow squad have each scored 3 goals in two scrimmages thus far, so both teams haven't really been able to do much on offense.  My MVP of this game was forward Garrett Peterson.  Petey was all over the ice, hitting anything that moved, and added one goal. 

I will be attending the Monday evening sessions, so I will try to summarize those events later tonight or tomorrow morning.  Again, if you were at any of these tryout sessions, feel free to give us your thoughts.  Thanks.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Lincoln Stars Tryout Camp - Day 1

I just got back from the first sessions of the Stars tryout camp, so I want to get as much typed up as I can before I go to bed. I do not have access to a scanner, so I will not be able to scan the rosters and upload them to the blog. I thought about typing each of the players out, but that would take forever. Hopefully someone who was at the tryouts tonight can scan them, and send them to me. If not, I will try to scan them when I get back to Lincoln late Monday night.


After initially looking at the rosters, the only Stars player that I didn't see from last season was forward Chris DelMauro. I heard from a couple of folks tonight that DelMauro has decided to quit hockey and stay home in New Jersey. Returning Stars players at camp are: Josh Berge, Garrett Peterson, Dominik Shine, Ryan Dzingel, Tyler Deresky, Sam Alfieri, and Frank Misuraca. John McCarron was not in attendance tonight, but I heard that he had to miss the first day due to a graduation function, so he should be in attendance the next three days. Brent Tate was in attendance, but he was in street clothes. I heard he is recovering from surgery.

Three out of the six players chosen in the Stars futures draft were in attendance, which included Luke Johnson, Bradley Hawkinson, and Cole Martin. Missing were Zach Frye, Max Coatta, and Dylan Blujus. Of the 17 players picked by the Stars in the entry draft, only three were not in attendance (Mark MacMillan, Joshua Thorimbert, and Michael McKee). Only 7 goaltenders were invited to the Stars tryout camp this year, down from 10 goaltenders last year. I was very happy to see a majority of players drafted by the Stars in the recent USHL Futures and Entry drafts on the tryout roster. Defenseman Richard Coyne and forward Andrew Schmit, who were acquired from the Chicago Steel by Lincoln, were also in attendance.

First up Sunday night was a team practice for the Blue squad. This was held from 6pm until 6:45pm. It was a VERY up-tempo practice session with head coach Chad Johnson instructing from the ice. Associate head coach Jimmy McGroarty and assistant coach Nick Fouts also were on the ice during the practice session. Although it was just a practice, the players that stood out to me were Jake Lynes (F), Ian McGilvrey (F), Steven Duda (D), Zack Smoot (F), and Jeff McMinimy (F). Goaltender Kevin Murdock participated in the practice also. It was great to see Doc back on the ice.

The first scrimmage Sunday night was held at 7pm between the Grey squad and the Red squad. Grey won the scrimmage, 5-1. Scoring goals for Grey were Taylor Fraser (F), Josh Berge (F), Joshua Roberts (F), Nick Cruice (F), and Tony Koehler (D). Tony Koehler is the younger brother of former Stars forward JJ Koehler. Scoring the lone goal for the Red team was Garrett Peterson. Players on the Grey team that stood out to me were Michal Imrich (D), Eric Sheid (F), Michael Sardella (F), Josh Berge (F), Taylor Fraser (F), and Nick Cruice (F). Players on the Red team that stood out to me were Garrett Peterson (F), Richard Coyne (D), and Tyler Deresky (F). Red goaltender Peter Traber played the whole game for his team, and surrendered all five goals. Grey goaltender Jim Kruger played the first half of the scrimmage and gave up 0 goals. Blue goaltender Luke Haffner played the second half of the game and gave up one goal. There was one fight in this scrimmage between Grey forward Cory Sellers and Red forward Richard Young. Richard Young played last season for the Youngstown Phantoms, and is a good sized kid who is not afraid to drop the mitts. In this tilt, Young seemed to slip as Sellers threw a punch and this fight ended very quick. My MVP of this scrimmage was Grey forward Michael Sardella. Sardella is a big kid (6'4", 218 pounds) who showed very good speed and quickness for his size.

The second scrimmage Sunday night was held at 8:40pm between the Black squad and the Yellow squad. The Black team won this game in overtime, 3-2. Scoring goals for the Black squad was Andrew Schmit (F), Dominik Shine (F), and Ryan Dzingel (F). Dzingel scored the winning goal in the OT period on a very nice individual effort. Scoring goals for the Yellow squad was Matt Johnson (F), and Travis Maxwell (F). Players on the Black squad that stood out were Dominik Shine (F), Andrew Schmit (F), Lawrence Childs (F), and Bryan Fiol (F). Players on the Yellow team that stood out were Chris Casto (D), Sam Alfieri (F), Will Suter (F), and Matt Johnson (F). This scrimmage had a much quicker pace than the earlier scrimmage, in my opinion. I was told that the coaches weren't too happy with the pace of the first scrimmage, so they let the players know before this scrimmage that they had better pick up the pace. Red goaltender Jonas Langmann played in net for the Yellow team in this scrimmage, and gave up three goals. Black goaltender Trevor Gutierrez gave up two late goals to allow the Yellow squad to tie the game late in the last period. Team Black had a 2-0 lead for most of this scrimmage until the Yellow squad stormed back to score two quick goals in the final minute. There was one fight in this scrimmage between Yellow forward Kyle Lapenski and Black forward Andrew Schmit. This was a heck of a scrap, with Schmit getting the decision. My MVP of this scrimmage was Black forward Andrew Schmit. Schmit is another big kid (6'4", 220 pounds) who showed soft hands around the net, and was very physical along the boards.

Well, that's it for the first day. There was a very good turnout of Stars fans Sunday night, which was great to see. I will be in attendance all day Monday, so I hope to post an update during the break in the afternoon. Stay tuned for that.

If you were at tryouts Sunday night, I'd like to hear from you! Please leave a comment, and tell us which players impressed you. Thanks.

Friday, June 11, 2010

2010 Lincoln Stars Tryout Camp


We are only a few days away from the start of the 2010 Lincoln Stars tryout camp.  This will be our last blog article before the camp begins, so I want to touch on a couple of topics related to the tryouts.  The Stars tryout camp will be held at the Moylan Tranquility Iceplex in Omaha, NE.  All of the tryout sessions are free to the public.

Click here to view the tryout camp schedule.


Last year, a ton of Lincoln fans made the trek north to watch tryouts, so I hope to see the same this year.  A reminder for those who have not been to the Moylan Iceplex before, dress warm.  Don't wear shorts, or sandals. Don't wear short sleeve shirts. It is very cold inside, so dress appropriately. Even though the temperature outside may be in the 80's or 90's, you'll probably need a coat inside. Also, if you plan on sitting on the cold, metal bleachers...bring a blanket to sit on.  There is a snack bar inside of the rink, so you'll be able to buy snacks and drinks if needed.

I will be in attendance for the Sunday night session, all day Monday, and the evening session on Tuesday.  I will be my normal spot, on the top row of the tall bleachers. I always enjoy meeting readers of this blog, so please introduce yourself if you see me. I'm a tall, skinny guy in my 30's. Beard. Glasses. I'll probably be taking notes. I will most likely be wearing my gray "North Face" jacket. 

See you there!

Click here for Google Maps page for the Tranquility Iceplex

Friday, June 4, 2010

Lincoln Stars Tryout Camp Schedule Released


The Lincoln Stars official website just posted the schedule for the 2010 tryout camp, which will be held at the Moylan Tranquility Iceplex in Omaha, NE from June 13-16.

Click here to see the schedule.

I'd like to hear from the blog readers out there.  Will you be attending some, or all of the sessions?


It appears that BT and I will need some help with the Tuesday morning scrimmages.  If you know you will be able to attend that morning, and are willing to help out with a written summary for each scrimmage game, please send me an email at the address below.  BT and I will be in attendance for all of the other sessions, except the Tuesday morning session.  Take a few notes during the sessions, keep track of the score, note which players impressed you the most, and type it all up.  If this is something you think you'd be interested in, please let me know.

Email:  lincolnstarshockey@gmail.com

Thanks.

Stars draft pick Josh Thorimbert to Colorado College

Goaltender Josh Thorimbert, a recent draft pick of the Lincoln Stars, has recently committed to play hockey at Colorado College, starting this fall.  Thorimbert was selected by Lincoln in the 18th round of the 2010 USHL Entry Draft.  Like former Stars goaltender David Reekie, Thorimbert is a native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  Thorimbert played for the Kindersley Klippers of the SJHL last season, compiling an impressive 26-14-4 record, 2.66 goals against, and .917 save percentage in 58 games. 

I believe Thorimbert was a long shot to attend the Stars tryouts before this news, so at least we know not to expect him at camp on June 13th.   Thorimbert exploded on the hockey scene last season and attracted a ton of attention from scouts with his efforts in the SJHL.  Colorado College has a very good hockey program, and apparently they didn't want to wait to get him on campus.

The Stars drafted three goaltenders in the USHL Entry draft last month, so that leaves Lukas Hafner (7th round pick) and Trevor Gutierrez (21st round pick) remaining.  Kevin Murdock is all but guaranteed the starting goaltender position for the Stars next season, but there is a need for a backup.  Hopefully we'll see Hafner and Gutierrez at tryouts here in 9 days, but you just never know who will show up.  Just because they were drafted by the Stars doesn't mean they have to attend tryouts.  The Stars will invite a number of other goaltenders to the tryout camp, so they will all compete against each other for that lone goaltending spot on the roster.

Just 9 days until tryouts, folks!