Tuesday, January 18, 2011

B³ Pregame Report: Sioux City Musketeers vs. Lincoln Stars 1/19

The Lincoln Stars (14-14-1, 29 points, eighth place in the USHL Western Confernce) will return to action for a rare mid-week game Wednesday night against the Sioux City Musketeers at the IceBox.  The puck will drop at 7:05pm.  This will be the fourth time the Stars and Muskies will play this season, with Lincoln holding a 2-1 lead in the season series thus far.  The last time these two teams faced each other it was 12/17/10 at the IceBox, and the Muskies put a hurting on the Stars by a score of 5-1.  This will be the third game in a four-game homestand for the Stars.   Click here to listen to Stars radio announcer Mike Melbye call the game on AM 1480 KLMS.  If you have money to burn, you can also watch the matchup via B2 Network by clicking here.  If you want to follow the boxscore on Pointstreak, click here.

The Sioux City Musketeers (16-13-2, 34 points, sixth place in the USHL Western Conference) are a team very much like the Stars insofar as they have struggled at times this season with playing consistent, winning hockey.  They'll play great for a three or four-game stretch, then they'll go on a three or four-game losing streak.  At times, you just don't know what to expect from the Muskies.  Against the Stars this season, they lost the first two games, but then came back last month and handed the Stars one of their worst defeats at home.  SC has scored 83 goals, and have given up 83 goals through 31 games.  One positive for the Muskies this season has been their special teams play.  Sioux City is in the top five in both powerplay percentage (18.1%, 5th overall) and penalty kill percentage (87.9%, 4th overall). 

On the other side of the ice, the Stars will be without the services of forward Garrett Peterson in this game as he was given a one-game suspension by the USHL for his actions at the end of the Cedar Rapids game this past Saturday night.  Forward Josh Berge and defenseman Kyle Quick are both still out of the lineup due to concussions.  Quick was recently put on the 45-day injured reserve list, so it could be awhile before he is playing again.  The big news this week roster-wise for the Stars was the acquisition of forward Rasmus Juell from the Cedar Rapids Roughriders.  It is believed the Stars traded a fifth round entry draft pick for the native of Oslo, Norway.  In 24 games for the Roughriders this season, Juell scored 10 points (5g, 5a) with 13 penalty minutes.  Ruell has committed to play collegiate hockey at Northeastern University.  I don't have confirmation if Juell is in Lincoln yet and if he'll be in a Stars uniform Wednesday night against Sioux City.

With the Muskies only five points ahead of Lincoln in the standings, and every team in the western conference fighting for a playoff spot, the Stars can really do themselves a big favor by coming out strong Wednesday night.  Every game against a western conference foe is extremely important at this point in the season.

It sounds like the weather will be crappy on Wednesday, so make sure you leave a little early tomorrow night and drive safe on your way to the IceBox!  

Go Stars.


starsfan1022 said...

It sounds like both Zach and Ruslan(sp) are in town and available to play. We could use a good finish guy to help us get a point out of these close games. Haven't taken too many games to OT this year!

Yeti said...

According to the Lincoln Journal Star, Garrett Peterson will be in the lineup tonight against Sioux City. The Stars appealed the one-game suspension handed down by the USHL, and won.

Kind of surprised at that one. Good news for sure.

Section K Fan said...

Great game tonight! Got off to a pretty slow start, as the Stars just didn't seem to have much motivation in the first period. They picked it up a little in the second and really turned it on in the third. Even though the penalties were pretty much even, there were definitely some very questionable calls against the Stars. Couple of great sniper shots by Papa V. to get us within one in the third and to get the win in OT. Got to love a close one, especially when the Black and Blue come out on top. Get them again on Friday!


Helen Scheid said...

Hope the Stars start out strong tonight and keep it up. They certainly have the talent to win anytime.