Monday, June 13, 2011

2011 Lincoln Stars Tryout Camp - All-Star Game (Second)

<----Click the picture to the left to view the roster from the second all-star game today.  If you have any problems viewing the picture, send me a note at, and I can email you the roster sheet.

You can see that there are some names hand-written (my sloppy chicken scratch) on the roster sheet to the left.  The coaches left open two forwards slots on Team White, and three forward slots on Team Black.  The coaches filled these slots with players from the first all-star game.  I can only assume that these players impressed the coaches enough that they wanted to get another look at them.  The difficult part was that only the coaches knew who these selected players were.  Only numbers on the jerseys, no names.  It was difficult to guess who the five players were.  I'm confident that White #20 was Alex Schoenborn, and Black #26 was Will Suter.

I believe White #19 was Brent Wold, and Black #27 was Tommy Schutt, but I'm not 100% sure about that.  I have no clue who Black #28 was.  I received an email that Black #28 was forward Sean Malone.  If anyone out there knows for sure who these players were, please leave a comment or email me at  Thanks.

This final all-star game showcased a lot of the older players from the tryout camp, and many more draft picks and returning Stars players from last season.  If the first all-star game was the up and coming young guns, this second all-star game was the experienced vets and some of the players we could see on the Stars roster in the next few seasons.  This final all-star game was split up into three, 18 minute periods.  Each team had two goaltenders, six defensemen, and twelve forwards.

Final:  Team Black 3, Team White 1

Team Black got out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first period of this game thanks to goals from forward Will Suter, and forward Kevin Roy.  Black goaltender Pheonix Copley did not give up any goals in the first period.  White goaltender Lukas Hafner gave up two goals in the first period.  The pace of this game was a little quicker than the first all-star game, and the physical play was much more apparent.

The second period saw both teams exchange a number of quality offensive chances, but neither team could find the back of the net.  Team Black goaltender Charles Williams played the second period and did not give up any goals.  Team White goaltender Lukas Halfner played the first half of the second period and did not give up any goals.  White goaltender Jim Kruger played the second half of the second period and did not give up any goals either.

In the third period, Team White would finally get on the scoreboard when forward Brad Hawkinson received a very nice pass from White defenseman Kyle Halladay and buried a shot past Black goaltender Phoenix Copley to bring White to within one goal at 2-1.  Hawkinson's goal came on the powerplay.  Team Black finished out the scoring in the third period when forward Kevin Roy scored his second goal of the game to put his team up by a score of 3-1.  Roy picked up a loose puck and deked out a few players before wristing the puck past White goaltender Jim Kruger.  It was a very nice goal.

Team White put a lot of pressure on Black goaltender Charles Williams, but Williams (who played the second half of the third period) stood tall.  In my opinion, Williams was the best goaltender at camp.  In over 150 minutes between the pipes at the tryout camp, Williams only gave up one goal.

There were two fights in this game.  Right off the opening first period faceoff, White defenseman Dax Lauwers (6'2, 200 pounds) dropped the mitts with Black defenseman Mike McKee (6'5", 235 pounds).  These two giants battled it out for awhile, and I would give Dax the eventual decision, although both players landed some big bombs.  I was able to get video of the fight, so I hope to post that here on the blog in the next couple of days.  The second fight involved Black defenseman Richard Coyne and White goaltender Colten Saucerman.  Despite giving up 5 inches and 30 pounds to Coyne, I thought Saucerman did pretty well.  I'd call that tussle a draw.

My team MVP from Black went to defenseman Richard Coyne.  I thought Coyne had a extremely good camp, and he finished strong today with a quality effort in the all-star game.  Coyne is big, fast, and physical.  Very good first pass out of the defensive zone, also.  My team MVP from White went to forward Matt Friese.  I don't believe Friese had any points, but he generated a lot of offensive opportunities on his own.  Very fast player, with or without the puck.  

Well, that's it.  It's late, and it's been a long day, so I'm signing off.  In the next few days I hope to include some photos from the two all-star games, maybe a video of the Lauwers-McKee tilt, and talk about what is next in terms of the protected roster that the Lincoln coaches will have to decide on in the upcoming weeks.

Thanks again for reading.

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