Thursday, September 15, 2011

B³ Postgame Recap 9/15: Lincoln 0, Tri-City 2

The Lincoln Stars dropped their exhibition opener to the Tri-City Storm by a score of 2-0 on Thursday night in Kearney.  Click here to view the Pointstreak boxscore.  Stars out shot the Storm through three periods, 31-25.  Lincoln went 0-2 on the powerplay, while the Storm went 0-3 with the man advantage.

Stars goaltender Charles Williams started the game for Lincoln, and stopped 13 of 14 shots in the first 30 minutes of the game.  Goaltender Sean Healy came into the game in relief of Williams, and stopped 10 of 10 shots for the Stars in the final 30 minutes of the game.  TC scored an empty-net goal with 25 seconds remaining in the third period to seal the victory.  The only even-strength goal came from Tri-City roughly six minutes into the first period.

Healy (wore #35) and two other new players were in the lineup tonight for Lincoln.  The other two players were forward Michal Toman (wore #18), and defenseman Eric Loasby (wore #17).  Healy, Toman, and Loasby were not included in the most recent roster released by the Lincoln Stars.  Goaltender Jackson Teichroeb, who the Stars traded for over the offseason and is on the protected roster, is not in Lincoln due to an injury.  He is supposedly to arrive in Lincoln soon, however.

Scratches tonight for the Stars were defenseman Dax Lauwers, forwards Brent Tate, Jared Hanson, Jon Grebosky, and Teemu Tiitinen.  The Pointstreak boxscore shows Tiitinen wearing #34, but he did not play tonight per TC radio announcer Skip Berry.  Not surprising that the Stars, and the Storm, sat some of their top players for this preseason game tonight.

I spent the $$ and watched this game from home, and the Stars really shouldn't be too down about this game.  Obviously these preseason tilts don't mean much, and from what I saw online, it appeared the Stars got better as the game progressed.  Considering the Stars just had their first practice as a team this past Monday, I thought they played pretty well overall.  The Storm were the better team in the first period, both teams were just about even in the second, and the Stars were pretty dominant in the third period.  However, Storm goaltender  Adam Miller stopped all 31 shots on goal to record the shutout.  Stars out shot the Storm in the third period, 18-7.

Next preseason game for the Lincoln Stars will be this coming Sunday (9/18) against the Omaha Lancers at Tranquility IcePlex in Omaha, NE.  The Lancers are scheduled to play the TC Storm tomorrow (9/16) night in Kearney.  I'll have more about the Stars-Lancers rivalry game coming up in a pregame article sometime on Friday, or Saturday.

I know a lot of Lincoln fans made the trek west to Kearney tonight, so I hope to hear from some of them also.  Please leave a comment!  How did the Stars look?  Which players impressed you?


BellTolls said...

I was unable to watch the game, so I would really like to hear some feedback on those who were there/watched it!

One thing I noticed in the box score, it appears defensemen combined for 20 of our 31 shots. Just an intriguing stat, don't know if there's much else to say about it.

Yeti said...

Good catch, BT. Defensemen Brandon Carlson and Mike McKee both combined for 11 shots on goal. You don't normally see that.

Hockey Fun said...

Is it due to financial costs that the Stars have such a late start in the Ice Box ?

lincolnfan said...

i don't believe it's financial costs, as much as it is that they have a contract that states they cannot put the ice down until a certain date. it was previously due to the state fair being here in Lincoln, but even though the State Fair is no longer here, they still cannot put it down until a later date for some reason. i know though that it is not cheap for them to put the ice down too soon .. the Ice Box is not designed to have year round ice, and it's very expensive for them to keep it cold enough in there for the ice. i'm sure they're pleased about the cooler temps lately, as opposed to trying to put it in when it's 90+ in Lincoln. the air conditioning and cooling system in the Ice Box is outdated from what i've heard, and it's incredibly expensive to keep the ice cold enough early in the season and late in the season when it's warm outside.