Sunday, March 13, 2011

B³ Postgame Recap 3/12: Lincoln 4, Fargo 7

The Lincoln Stars split the weekend series against the Fargo Force with a 7-4 loss Saturday night at the Scheels Arena in Fargo, ND.  Click here to view the Pointstreak boxscore.  With the loss, the Stars are now 25-20-5 (55 points) and are in fifth place in the USHL Western Conference.  Lincoln is now seven points behind fourth place Fargo (62 points), and four points ahead of sixth place Des Moines (51 points).  The Stars have only 10 games remaining in the 2010-11 regular season, and four of those games will be at home.

I'm not going to spend a lot of time with this recap because I don't want to drone on and on about how bad a screw-job the Stars got Saturday night.  Unfortunately, the Stars had two opponents last night....the Force, and referee Kevin Curtis.  After only calling two penalties in the first period of this game, Curtis decided he wasn't getting enough attention so he whistled anything and everything against the Stars.  There's nothing worse in the game of hockey than an inconsistent referee who thinks he's the show, instead of the kids on the ice busting their butts.  Curtis wanted the spotlight all on him, and not the game itself.  The USHL is a developmental league for officials as well, and it was obvious last night that Curtis is clearly in need of a lot of "development."

I guess some will say this is sour grapes because the Stars lost, and those people are entitled to that opinion.  However, this isn't the first time this season that Curtis has had his hand in the outcome of a Stars game.  Back on 10/29/10 in Sioux Falls, Curtis gave the Stampede a whopping 12 powerplays, to Lincoln's 2.  12-2, folks.  Last night in Fargo, Curtis awarded the Force 12 powerplay opportunities, many of which were 5-on-3 PP's.  I'm normally not the guy who rails on referees, because I understand how difficult their job can be.  But I have no sympathy for a guy who affects the outcome of a game because he's not getting the attention he thinks he deserves.  The game and the players should be the show, not the zebras.  Enough of my rambling.  I just hope the Stars approach the USHL over Curtis' "performance" last night, and request that he not officiate any Lincoln games the remainder of the season.

The Pointstreak boxscore from last night is still screwed up, and is missing the correct goal-scorers and certain penalties I believe.  I'm pretty sure that Frank Misuraca scored late in the game, shorthanded if I recall correctly, but that goal does not appear on the boxscore.  Goaltender Lukas Hafner came into the game in the third period in relief of Kevin Murdock, and that isn't noted either.  Normally, I'd review the boxscore and list the goal scores and who got the assists, but I can't trust what's on there now.  I give the Stars a lot of props for continuing to fight in this game, despite the obstacles in front of them.  They never quit.  Take away the two Fargo empty-net goals and all the powerplays, I believe the Stars would have been in this game. 

Time to move on from the Fargo debacle an concentrate on the three games this week.  The Stars earned four out of six points this past week with a win over Omaha and the series split with Fargo.  Getting another four or five points out of six this week would be great in order to gain some ground on fourth-place Fargo.  The Stars go on the road this Tuesday night to face the Tri-City Storm in Kearney, and then back home for two games this weekend.  Friday night the Stars will host the Omaha Lancers, and then the Des Moines Buccaneers on Saturday night.  

I'll have a preview article up for the Tri-City game sometime tomorrow (Monday) night.  

Go Stars.

1 comment:

mark said...

Yeah that box score is mess up bad, Dzingel had 3 assists and the spearing penally was on Hanson not McCarron.