Thursday, October 27, 2011

B³ Pregame Report: Lincoln Stars vs. Cedar Rapids Roughriders 10/28

The Lincoln Stars will go on the road this Friday night to take on the Roughriders in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Faceoff for the game will occur at 7:05pm CST.  This will be the only game the Stars play this weekend.  

You can follow the boxscore online via Pointstreak, listen to Stars radio announcer Mike Melbye on KLMS 1480 AM, or watch the game live on FASTHockey for a fee.  Edit:  Per the Stars' Facebook page, the game against the Roughriders "will only be available via streaming at lincolnstars.com."  KLMS 1480 AM will be broadcasting Game 7 of the World Series, so the only way you'll be able to listen to the game is to stream it from the Lincoln Stars website.  Internet only.

The Cedar Rapids Roughriders enter the game this Friday night with a record of 4-1-2 (10 points, tied for first place in the USHL Eastern Conference).  The 'Riders are in the midst of a two-game winning streak, after victories last week over the Chicago Steel (4-2) and the Green Bay Gamblers (5-2).  The will be the first of two regular season games the Stars and Roughriders will play against each other.

Over the last few seasons, the Roughriders have been a team that the Stars have struggled against.  Going back to the start of the 2006-07 season, these two teams have played a combined 16 regular season games against each other.  The Stars have a record of 5-10-1 in those 16 games.  Surprisingly, the Stars have a better record in Cedar Rapids than they do at the IceBox.  At the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena, the Stars are 3-5-0 in eight games.  In Lincoln, the Stars are 2-5-1 at the IceBox against the Roughriders. 

Cedar Rapids head coach Mark Carlson plays a very different style of hockey that most of us are used to here in Lincoln.  I call it euro-hockey, but it is effective and has worked for Carlson and the Roughriders.  Instead of size and physicality, the 'Riders focus more on smaller, faster players.  They aren't afraid to dive to draw a penalty either, thus the "Cedar Rapids Olympic Diving Team" moniker we have given them here previously.  Love or loathe that style of hockey, Carlson has his team prepared and ready to play every game.  Year in and year out they have one of the fastest teams in the USHL.

After beating the last undefeated team (Indiana Ice) in the USHL last weekend, the Stars are riding high with a record of 4-2-0 (8 points, second place in the USHL Western Conference).  Leading the way for the Stars has been the play of goaltender Jackson Teichroeb.  The native of London, Ontario, Canada has a record of 3-1-0 for the Stars this season with an impressive 1.76 goals against average and a .935 save percentage.  Teichroeb's goals against average and save percentage are in the top three overall in the USHL.

The bad news for the Stars is that the injury bug has appeared out of nowhere.  After going through the preseason and most of the few few weeks of the regular season without any major injuries, the Stars find themselves down a few players, including two of their captains.  Stars head coach Chad Johnson was on the 93.7 FM "The Ticket" radio show this past Wednesday afternoon, and he mentioned that Dominik Shine, Brent Tate, Luke Johnson, and Colten Saucerman will be out of the lineup for the game this weekend.  We all know Shine is out for an indefinite amount of time due to an knee injury, but I don't know the extent of injuries to Tate, Johnson, and Saucerman.  Forward Jon Grebosky was put on the 45-day injured reserve list last month, so he is also out of the lineup.

The lone game this weekend for the Stars is another good test, against a team that has traditionally played very well against them.  And with a number of Stars on the sideline nursing injuries, some players who have previously been scratched will be called upon to step up and eat up some minutes.  

We should have a live chat running during the game tomorrow night, so check back here around 6:45pm CST on Friday for that.  Hope to see you there.

Go Stars.

2 comments:

Yeti said...

According to Pointstreak, Brent Tate was suspended for 3 games due to his fight against Nikita Sirotkin in the Stars' game against the Sioux City Musketeers on 10/15/11.

That suspension was originally for only one game, but the USHL must have increased the penalty for some reason. I've heard a few SC fans say it was because of a head butt, but I'm not sure.

Chad Johnson said on the radio that Tate was injured, but even if Tate was healthy he would be forced to miss the game tonight against Cedar Rapids.

The three-game suspension ends on 10/29, so I assume if Tate is healthy enough, he'll be back in the lineup next weekend.

Yeti said...

Thanks to the twitter follower who sent me this information.

Cedar Rapids forward Preston Hodge is a native of Lincoln, NE. He's a '92 defenseman. I don't know if he's related to former Stars forward Brendon Hodge who played two seasons for Lincoln in the late 90's.