Along with the news of AM 1480 being the home of Lincoln Stars hockey once against next season , the organization today released some information about two preseason games the team will play in September, before the USHL Fall Classic.
Click here to read the official release from the Stars. Here's an excerpt:
The Lincoln Stars have announced their preseason schedule which includes two games leading up to the USHL Fall Classic in Sioux City:
Thursday, September 15th: Stars vs. the Tri City Storm at the Viaero Event Center in Kearney. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 26th, and can be purchased by calling the Storm ticket office at (308) 338-8011. Tickets will be $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for youth (12 & under), students, seniors and military. Game time is scheduled for 7:05pm.
Sunday, September 18th: Stars vs. the Omaha Lancers at Moylan Ice Plex in Omaha (12550 West Maple Road). No advance tickets will be sold. All tickets for the game will be $7.00. All tickets will be general admission and seating is limited to 1,000 patrons. Tickets will only be sold the day of the game and no advance ticket orders will be accepted. Cash payment is required for all purchases. Ticket sales will begin at 2:00pm with doors to the arena opening at 3:00pm. Game time is scheduled for 4:05pm.
Exact same preseason schedule as last year. Two games, both on the road, both against in-state rivals: Tri-City, and Omaha. I guess we should be happy that the Stars will be playing two preseason games relatively close to Lincoln in September before the USHL Fall Classic, but it would be nice one of these years to have a home preseason game at the IceBox. I'd have to go back and do some research, but I believe it's been about three to four years since the Stars have hosted a preseason game at the IceBox.
Last week on 104.1 The Blaze, Chad Johnson mentioned that all of the players will report on September 11th to begin practice, and that by September 16th, ice should be down at the IceBox. Looking at the schedule above, it appears that the Stars could be playing a preseason game against Tri-City before they get a chance to practice as a team on the ice at the IceBox.
I could be incorrect, but it seems like the Stars are later than any other team in the USHL in terms of beginning practice, and putting ice down in their home rink. In my daily rounds on the internet at different USHL message boards and blogs, I've run across info that most if not all USHL teams are beginning practice earlier than September 11th.
Maybe it's just me, but does anyone else think that the late start to both practice and ice being put down be contributed to the lackluster regular season starts the Stars are notorious for?