Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Zach Aston-Reese moving on to the OHL?

Photo courtesy of Brandon Anderson
I ran across an article tonight about Stars forward Zach Aston-Reese, and the decision he will soon make in regards to where he will play hockey next season.  ZAR played 23 games last season for the Stars, scoring 5 points (2g, 3a) along with 4 penalty minutes.  Zach was the youngest (8/10/94 DOB) player on the roster for Lincoln last season.  Despite his young age, Zach had already committed to play collegiate hockey at Brown University.

A few weeks ago, I posted a link to this article, which stated that ZAR was invited to the tryout camp for the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League.  In my blog article back on 5/15, I mentioned that if ZAR decides to go the major junior (OHL) route, he would forfeit his NCAA collegiate hockey eligibility.  Fast forward to tonight when I stumbled upon this article online, which gives us an update on his playing status for next season.  Here's an excerpt from the article written by Jeff Hicks of TheRecord.com:


The 6-foot-1, 185 pounder could stay on course to play U.S. college hockey for Brown University in the fall of 2012. To do that, he’ll have to rebuff the Rangers and return to the Lincoln Stars of the United States Hockey League this coming season.
The Rangers, who had a look at Aston-Reese during their recent spring camp, want to lure him to the OHL. He wouldn’t report to the Hounds, who made him a 14th-rounder in 2010.
Reese had just two goals and three assists in 25 games for Lincoln, Neb., after spending the first half of the season with New Jersey of the Atlantic junior loop.
“Quiet, yet deceiving,” said Lincoln assistant coach-GM Jimmy McGroarty, rating Aston-Reese. “He doesn’t talk much but he’s a go-getter. And he plays with jam.”
McGroarty says Aston-Reese is smart enough to play centre or wing.
But whether he comes to Kitchener depends on the education package the Rangers can offer his family and representative Darren Ferris. His parents want to know his schooling will be taken care of.
“They said as long as education is covered, I can do what I want.” Aston-Reese said.

So it appears that ZAR and his family have a decision to make.  With the Stars' tryout camp just about one week away, it will be interesting to see if Zach is in attendance. If he is a no-show, it could mean another roster spot available for a forward at tryouts. We'll have to wait and see.

Edit:  Here's another article related to this story.  Click here to read it.

Press release from the Kitchener Rangers website: click here

Second Edit:  I received information today from a very good source close to Zach who stated that he will be in Minneapolis, MN next week for the Stars tryout camp.  He still plans on playing for the Stars next season, and attending Brown University after that.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Frank Misuraca not returning?

Courtesy of Brandon Anderson
I just ran across an article online which states that Stars defenseman Frank Misuraca has signed a tender with the Corpus Christi IceRays of the North American Hockey League (NAHL).  Click here to read the article.  Here's an excerpt:

Corpus Christi IceRays General Manager Pat Dunn announced today that the team has signed their final tender for the 2011-12 season.  The tender signing is defenseman Frank Misuraca, who becomes the team’s ninth and final tender signing.  Misuraca joins forwards Joe Ginley, Dmitry Ermakov, Chistian Elsborg, Eric Purcell; defensemen Chris Taff, Payden Mielke, Matt Wurst; and goaltender Cameron Holland on the final tender list.  To view the team’s tender signings, visit http://goicerays.pointstreaksites.com/view/goicerays/the-icerays/2011-tender-list.

Misuraca is a 5’11” 195 lb. denseman who spent the past two seasons playing for the Lincoln Stars of the United States Hockey League (USHL).  Born in September of 1991, the Clinton Township, MI native will be a 20-year old veteran at the start of the season.  In his first full season of USHL hockey, Misuraca played 46 games with one goal and five assists for six points.  In 2009-10, Misuraca split time between Kent Prep in Connecticut and the Stars, appearing in 10 games late in the season with the USHL squad.

Not sure what to make of this news.  Some players sign tenders to play for NAHL teams, but rarely do you see a player with the kind of USHL experience Misuraca has sign a NAHL tender. Unlike the USHL teams, NAHL teams are granted a specific amount of tenders each season, which they use to sign prospective players.  Think of a tender as an agreement the player signs to play hockey with a specific team.

Misuraca could be a casualty of the overager rule in the USHL.  Each season, every USHL team is only allowed to roster four overagers.  For this upcoming 2011-12 season, players born in 1991 are considered overagers.  From what I know, forward Brent Tate, defensemen Richie Coyne and Frank Misuraca were the three players from last season born in 1991 who could return next season.  Mike Taffe, the former University of Nebraska-Omaha goaltender who was recently selected by the Stars in the 2011 Entry Draft, would also qualify as an overager.

We'll have to wait and see what happens with this one.  I always thought Misuraca was a quiet, steady, stay-at-home defensemen for the Stars.  Not overly flashy, but he didn't need to be to get the job done.  I just assumed the Stars had plans for him again in Lincoln next season, but maybe I'm wrong.  The tryout camp is about two weeks away, so I should find out then if we will see him in a Stars uniform next season or not.

Monday, May 23, 2011

B³ USHL Clark Cup Playoff Prediction Contest: Final Update

The 2011 Clark Cup Finals are complete.  Click here to see the playoff bracket from the USHL.com website.  The results from the final round are listed below:

USHL Final:
(2) Dubuque defeated (1) Green Bay  3-1 
A total of 19 goals were scored in the four games.

Here are the final prediction standings:


tzweeb:  19 points
imadragon:  16 points
lincolnfan:  16 points
Yeti:  14 points
Hey Hey Whadda Say:  12 points
starstruck:  11 points
BellTolls:  11 points
StarsNutz:  9 points
Kyle:  8 points
nutz4puckz:  8 points
MacAttack:  6 points
Crazy Carl:  1 point

Congrats to tzweeb!  When just about everyone else was picking the Green Bay Gamblers to win, tzweeb picked Dubuque to win in four games, which gave him the three points needed to jump ahead to the top of the standings.  

Thanks to everyone who participated!  

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Jason Gregoire Turning Pro

Former Lincoln Stars standout Jason Gregoire has decided to forego his senior season of college hockey at North Dakota and enter the NHL Free Agency pool.

An article in the Grand Forks Herald has the details.

Since Gregoire is four years removed from his draft year (2007), he can take advantage of a rule that allows him to sign as a free agent with any NHL team if he is not signed within 30 days by the team that drafted him, the New York Islanders. So Gregoire will sign an NHL contract this summer, but it may or may not be with the Islanders. He won't officially sign with anyone until July.


Gregoire had 25 goals and 18 assists in 35 games in his junior season with the Fighting Sioux. I know Yeti and I, as well as many other Stars fans, consider him to be one of the greatest to ever wear the Black and Blue. He was a fun player to watch play the game and has carried it right into college, and will no doubt be doing the same in the Big Show someday soon. Congrats to Jason and good luck to him wherever he goes!


(Photo from Lincoln Journal Star)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

2011 Lincoln Stars Tryout Camp Schedule Released

The official Lincoln Stars website released the schedule for the 2011 tryout camp today which will be held at Ridder Arena, on the campus of the University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis.  The camp will take place from June 9th-12th.  Pictured to the left is a shot of the inside of Ridder Arena.  Click here to read the press release from the Stars.  Click here to view a .pdf document of the schedule.  I will post the schedule below also:

Thursday, June 9th:
5:00pm - 5:45pm:  Practice Team Royal
6:00pm - 7:15pm:  Game 1 Team Gray vs. Team Red
7:30pm - 8:45pm:  Game 2 Team Black vs. Team Yellow

Friday, June 10th:
8:30am - 9:15am:  Practice Team Gray
9:30am - 10:45am:  Game 3 Team Black vs. Team Royal
11:00am - 12:15pm:  Game 4 Team Yellow vs. Team Red
3:00pm - 3:45pm:  Practice Team Black
4:00pm - 5:15pm:  Game 5 Team Royal vs. Team Red
5:30pm - 6:45pm:  Game 6 Team Yellow vs. Team Gray

Saturday, June 11th:
9:00am - 9:45am:  Practice Team Yellow
10:00am - 11:15am:  Game 7 Team Royal vs. Team Gray
11:30am - 12:45pm:  Game 8 Team Red vs. Team Black
6:30pm - 7:15pm:  Practice Team Red
7:30pm - 8:45pm:  Game 9 Team Royal vs. Team Yellow
9:00pm - 10:15pm:  Game 10 Team Gray vs. Team Black

Sunday, June 12th:
10:30am - 11:45pm:  All-Star Game #1
12:00pm - 2:00pm:  All-Star Game #2

Interesting that there will be two all-star games, when in years past the Stars only held one all-star game at the conclusion of the tryout camp.  Also interesting that the first all-star game is an hour and fifteen minutes long, and the second all-star game is two hours long.  I'm not complaining!  More hockey for me to watch!  Looking forward to it.

Monday, May 16, 2011

B³ Draft Coverage - 2011 USHL Entry Draft Results

The 2011 USHL Entry Draft is complete.  Scroll down to read bio's on each of the players drafted by the Lincoln Stars today.  As always, if there are any blog readers who have further information about the players drafted by the Stars, please feel free to leave a comment below, or if you prefer to remain anonymous, you can email me at lincolnstarshockey@gmail.com. Just because the Stars drafted these players doesn't mean that all of them will attend the tryout camp next month in Minneapolis, MN. The Lincoln Stars just own their USHL rights.  It's up to them now if they want to attend camp and compete for a roster spot.  You can click on any of the links below in blue to read more about the players.  Okay, off we go!

Round 1.  Kevin Roy - Forward - 5'10", 175 pounds - 5/20/93
Originally from Lac-Beauport, Quebec, Canada, Kevin played last season for Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts where he lead his team in scoring with 34 points (19g, 15a) as a junior.  Roy became a bit of an internet sensation at the age of 13 when a video of him scoring unbelievable shootout goals surfaced on Youtube.  Click here to watch the video, which has more than 1 million hits.  Click here and here to read articles about Roy.  Kevin has already committed to play collegiate hockey at Brown University (2012).  Former Stars forward Andrew Ammon also played hockey at Deerfield Academy before coming to Lincoln. 

Round 2.  Bob Kinne - Forward - 6'0", 173 pounds - 5/15/92
The native of Apple Valley, Minnesota, Kinne played last season for Cretin-Derham High School where he scored 53 points (22g, 31a) in 27 games as a senior.  Kinne's older brother Ben Kinne played one season for the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL before going on to play for Bemidji State University, the same university where Bob will attend after his junior hockey career, starting the fall of 2013.  Click here to read an article about Bob Kinne and a teammate at Cretin-Derham.

Round 3.  Ryan Cole - Forward - 5'10", 172 pounds - 7/19/92
Cole is originally from Anchorage, Alaska, but played last season for Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, New Hampshire.  As a senior, Cole scored 51 points (29g, 22a).  Cole has committed to play collegiate hockey at Yale University for the fall of 2012.  I really had a hard time finding any more info about Cole online.

Round 5.  Matthew Friese - Forward - 5'10", 175 pounds - 4/17/92  
Friese is another native of Alaska, this time from the city of Wasilla.  Friese has an interesting background, as he has bounced around the USHL and NAHL the past few years.  Click here to view his USHL stats.  Friese started in Tri-City as a Futures draft pick of the Storm before being traded to the Chicago Steel.  Friese played 10 games for the Steel, where he scored 6 points and was an amazing +5 on a team that finished a combined -472 on the season, before going back to Alaska to play for the Avalanche of the NAHL.  Friese put up some impressive numbers last season with the Avalanche, scoring 41 points (23g, 18a) in 32 games played.  Friese committed to play collegiate hockey at the University of Alaska-Anchorage, but he has since decommitted from UAA.

Round 6.  Logan Smith - Forward - 6'4", 200 pounds - 11/11/92
Smith played last season for the Colorado Thunderbirds MM U-18 team where he scored 31 points (12g, 19a) in 40 games played.  The native of Denver, CO was called up by the Topeka Roadrunners of the NAHL for two games during last season also.  Smith finished 3rd overall in scoring on the T-Birds squad, right behind teammate Brad Hawkinson, who is a former Lincoln Stars Futures draft pick.  Both players should have a good shot at making the roster next season.  If it doesn't work out in Lincoln, Smith will head to the Topeka Roadrunners where he signed a tender to play the 2011-12 season.

Round 8.  David Parrottino - Forward - 5'10", 155 pounds - 2/22/94
Parrottino, who is originally from West Bloomfield, Michigan, played last season for Honeybaked Hockey MM U-16 where he scored 33 points (11g, 22a) in 34 games.  Like Ryan Cole, I was unable to find more info about Parrottino online.

Round 9.  Brent Wold - Forward - 5'10", 174 pounds - 2/1/93
Brent played last season for the Portage Terriers of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) where he lead the Terriers in scoring with 68 points (22g, 46a) in 61 games.  Wold is from Lac Du Bonnet, Manitoba, Canada.  Click here to read an article from the Winnipeg Sun about Wold's achievements in the classroom and on the ice.   Click here to view a Youtube video which shows Wold scoring an OT shootout goal to win a game last season.  Wold is also interviewed in the video. 

Round 10.  Matthew Purmal - Defense - 6'3", 185 pounds - 5/26/94
Purmal played last season for the Marquette Electricians of the Northern Lakes Hockey League  (NLHL).  In 59 games, Purmal scored 17 points (4g, 13a) and added 52 penalty minutes.  The season before as a sophmore at Merrill (WI) High School, Purmal scored 22 points (6g, 16a) in 20 games played. 

Round 13:  Justin Woods - Defense - 6'1", 200 pounds - 2/12/94
The third player drafted by the Stars today from the state of Alaska, Woods played last season for the California Titans U-18 team of the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL).  In 24 games played for the Titans, Woods scored 17 points (8g, 9a) and added 47 penalty minutes.  Woods has signed a NAHL tender with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs if it doesn't work out in the USHL.  Click here to view a short Youtube video of Woods produced by the USHL.  Good sized kid for being so young.

Round 14.  Liam Stewart - Forward - 6'1", 170 pounds - 9/5/94
The youngest player drafted by the Stars today, Stewart is a native of Hermosa Beach, California and played last season for the Los Angeles Jr. Kings Midget AAA U-16.  In 34 games for the Jr. Kings, Stewart lead his team in scoring with 37 points (24g, 13a).  Stewart was previously drafted by the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League (WHL).  Believe it or not, but from what I could gather online, I believe Liam is the son of rock and roll star Rod Stewart and super-model Rachel Hunter.

Round 15.  Shane Omdahl - Forward - 5'11", 195 pounds - 9/27/92
The native of Roseau, Minnesota, Omdahl played last season for the Roseau Rams High School team.  In 29 games for the Rams, Omdahl led his team in scoring with 59 points (33g, 26a) as a senior.  Click here to read an article about Omdahl.  Click here to watch a Youtube video which has an interview with Omdahl.   

Round 16.  Mike Taffe - Goaltender - 6'0", 191 pounds - 5/18/91
The only goaltender drafted by the Stars today, Taffe played last season for the University of Nebraska-Omaha.  Taffe played in only two games for the Mavericks, going 1-1-0 with a miniscule 0.87 goals against average and a .967 save percentage.  From what I have been told by some UNO fans in the know, Taffe has decided to go back to juniors for a season get more playing time and then work back to the collegiate level  (ala Kevin Murdock).  As a '91, Taffe would count as an overager next season on the Stars.  Each USHL team can only roster four players born in 1991 next season.  This is just my opinion, but I don't think the Stars would have drafted Taffe if they didn't have plans for him in a Lincoln uniform next season.  Before attending UNO, Taffe played one season for the Fairbanks Ice Dogs of the NAHL, going 20-6-1 with a 2.67 goals against average and a .909 save percentage.  Very, very interesting pick.  With Lukas Hafner coming back next season, Taffe and Hafner appear to be the two goaltenders the coaches will rely on in 2011-12.

Round 17.  Trevor Cope - Forward - 5'11", 175 pounds - 6/15/94
Cope, who is originally from Commerce, Michigan, played last season for the Victory Honda MM U-18 squad.  In 40 games, Cope scored 22 points (11g, 11a).  The season before last in 2009-10, Cope played for the Atlanta Knights of the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League (MJHL) where he scored 88 points (31g, 57a) in 35 games played.  

Round 18.  Vincent Muto - Defense - 6'2", 195 pounds - 3/13/93
Muto was a junior last season playing for the Trinity-Pawling School located in Pawling, New York.  Vincent is originally from Niagara Falls, NY.  Click here to read an article from the Niagara Gazette about Muto after he was drafted by the Stars.  Very little information about Muto online from what I could find.  Another big, young defenseman.

Round 19.  Derek O'Flynn - Defense - 6'3", 195 pounds - 1/23/94
O'Flynn was the last pick made by the Stars in the draft today.  The native of Canton, Michigan played last season for the Honeybaked Hockey MM U-18 squad.  O'Flynn scored 11 points (4g, 7a) in 40 games played for Honeybaked last year.  Like many other draft picks made today, O'Flynn has signed a tender to play for the Michigan Warriors of the NAHL if he doesn't catch on in the USHL.

Whew!  That's it.  More than you ever wanted to know about the draft picks made by the Lincoln Stars today.  Sorry for the length, but I wanted to get as much information out there for all the fans.  The next step is hopefully seeing all of the players above at the Stars' tryout camp next month at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis, MN.

 If I was incorrect in any of my statistics, or if there is anything I should add, please feel free to leave a comment or email me at lincolnstarshockey@gmail.com.  Thanks, and Go Stars!

B³ Draft Coverage - 2011 USHL Entry Draft

The 2011 USHL Entry Draft will take place this morning, starting at 10:00am CST.  Players born in 1991 or younger are eligible to be drafted today. You can follow the Entry Draft live as it happens by clicking this link.  The live draft page appears to be up and operational now.  The Stars will be picking 8th overall in the first round.  You can read a FAQ about the Entry Draft by clicking this link.  If you have any questions or comments about the draft, please leave a comment or email me at lincolnstarshockey@gmail.com.


I will try to update this blog article the best I can as the Stars selections are made. Be patient as this draft will go many, many rounds and can sometimes last for hours.  

Round 1:  Kevin Roy - Forward - Born in 1993 - 5'10", 175 pounds - originally from Lac-Beauport Quebec, Canada - Played last season as a junior for Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts.  Already committed to Brown University.  

Round 2:  Bob Kinne - Forward - Born in 1992 - 6'0", 173 pounds - from Apple Valley, MN - played last season for Cretin-Durham High School - Scored 53 points in 27 games last season as a senior - Committed to Bemidji State University.

Round 3:  Ryan Cole - Forward - Born in 1992 - 5'10", 172 pounds - from Anchorage, Alaska - played last season for Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire - Scored 51 points last season as a senior - Committed to Yale University.

Round 4:  Pick previously traded to the Fargo Force

Round 5:  Matthew Friese - Forward - Born in 1992 - 5'10", 175 pounds - from Wasilla, Alaska -played last season for the Tri-City Storm and Chicago Steel of the USHL and the Alaska Avalanche of the NAHL - Scored 41 points in 32 games for the Avalanche - Scored 6 points in 10 games with the Steel.

Round 6:  Logan Smith - Forward - Born in 1992 - 6'4", 200 pounds - played last season for the Colorado Thunderbirds MM U-18 - Scored 31 points in 41 games for the T-Birds - Also played two games for the Topeka Roadrunners of the NAHL last season.

Round 7:  Pick previously traded to the Chicago Steel

Round 8:  David Parrottino - Forward - Born in 1994 - 5'10", 155 pounds - from West Bloomfield, Michigan - played last season for Honeybaked Hockey MM U-16 - Scored 33 points in 34 games.

Round 9:  Brent Wold - Forward - Born in 1993 - 5'10", 174 pounds -from Lac du Bonnet Manitoba, Canada - played last season for the Portage Terriers of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League - Scored 68 points in 61 games last season for the Terriers.

Round 10:  Matthew Purmal - Defenseman - Born in 1994 - 6'2", 170 pounds - from Merrill, Wisconsin - played last season for the Merril High School team and the Marquette Electricians MM - Scored 6 points in 20 games with the Electricians.

Round 13:  Justin Woods - Defenseman - Born in 1994 - 6'1", 200 pounds - from Fairbanks, Alaska - played last season for the California Titans U-18 of the North American Prospects Hockey League - Scored 17 points in 24 games played last season for the Titans.  

Round 14:  Liam Stewart - Forward - Born in 1994 - 6'1", 170 pounds - from Hermosa Beach, California - played last season for the Los Angeles Jr. Kings Midget AAA U-16 -  Scored 37 points in 34 games played for the Jr. Kings. 

Round 15:  Shane Omdahl - Forward - Born in 1992 - 5'11", 195 pounds - from Roseau, Minnesota - played last season for Roseau High School (MN) - Scored 51 points in 27 games as a senior for the Roseau Rams.

Round 16:  Mike Taffe - Goaltender - Born in 1991 - 6'0", 191 pounds - from Maple Grove, Minnesota - played last season for the University of Nebraska-Omaha of the WCHA - Played in two games for the UNO Mavericks where he posted a 1-1-0 record, a 0.87 goals against average, and a .967 save percentage.  Before arriving at UNO, Taffe played for the Fairbanks Ice Dogs of the NAHL.      

Round 17:  Trevor Cope - Forward - Born in 1994 - 5'11", 175 pounds - from Commerce, Michigan - played last season for Victory Honda MM U-18 - Scored 22 points in 40 games for Victory Honda.

Round 18:  Vincent Muto - Defenseman - Born in 1993 - 6'2", 195 pounds - from Niagra Falls, New York - played last season as a junior for Trinity-Pawling School located in Pawling, NY.

Round 19:  Derek O'Flynn - Defenceman - Born in 1994 - 6'3", 195 pounds - from Canton, Michigan - played last season for Honeybaked Hockey MM U-18 - Scored 11 points in 40 games played.

That's it, folks!  I will try to work on a new article tonight with more in-depth info on all of the draft picks you see above.  Thanks for reading!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

2011 USHL Entry draft primer; B³ Grab Bag

Yes, the B³ is alive! :)

I know it's been very quiet here as of late, but it will start to get a little more busy in the next few days.  On Monday, May 16th, the USHL will hold the 2011 Entry Draft.  The draft will start at 10:00am CST, and I will be following along and posting updates here on the blog with the most recent draft picks made by the Stars.  Here are some links related to the draft if you are interested:


Click here to read a FAQ about the Entry Draft from the official USHL website.  Lots of good information.

Click here to follow along live while the draft is in progress on Monday, May 16th.

Click here to review the entry draft picks made last year by the Lincoln Stars.

So make sure you stop by here on Monday to follow along with the picks made by the Stars.  I will have an article up highlighting the draft and will update that article as the picks are made.  Later in the day I will have a different article up where I will go more in depth with each of the selections made by Lincoln.

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Stars forward Jared Hanson was recently mentioned in a article on the USHL website in regards to his efforts in the classroom.  Click here to read more.  Here's an excerpt from the article:

Other players nominated for the 2010-11 USHL Scholar Athlete Award were Cedar Rapids RoughRiders defenseman Josiah Didier, who maintained a 3.81 GPA while attending Washington High School in Cedar Rapids; Omaha Lancers forward Jonathan Liau, a Princeton University commit, who enrolled in Advanced Placement courses in both English and biology and maintained a cumulative 3.97 GPA at Millard North High School; Lincoln Stars forward Jared Hanson, who has cumulative GPA over 3.7 and took AP courses in psychology, calculus, and literature/composition at Lincoln Southeast High School this year; and Green Bay Gamblers goaltender Adam Wilcox, who maintained a 3.6 GPA at Ashwaubenon High School in Green Bay and ranked 37 out of 272 students.

I stumbled upon this article online about Stars forward Zach Aston-Reese trying out for the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).  The article states that ZAR was given permission by the Soo Greyhounds, who own his OHL rights, to participate in the Kitchener Rangers' tryout camp.  Zach has previously committed to play hockey for the ivy league school Brown University, but it appears he's contemplating making the move to major junior hockey.  If he decides to go that route, he will lose his NCAA eligibility and will not be able to play collegiate hockey.  It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

It's hard to believe, but less than a month from now the Lincoln Stars will hold their 2011 tryout camp at Ridder Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.  Click here and here to read more about the camp.  I will be in attendance for all four days of the tryout camp, and I'm really looking forward to it.  The camp will be held from June 9th-12th.  I hope to receive more information from the Stars soon about the times of the scrimmages.  Right now we know dates, but not times.

If there is any other off-season news you'd like to see on the blog, please let me know!  Send me an email at lincolnstarshockey@gmail.com.

Monday, May 9, 2011

B³ USHL Clark Cup Playoff Prediction Contest: Updated

The semi-final round of the 2011 USHL Clark Cup playoffs is complete.  The 2011 USHL Clark Cup Finals are here!  Click here to see the playoff bracket from the USHL.com website:  The results from the semi-final round are listed below:

Western Conference:
(1) Dubuque defeated (3) Sioux Falls 3-1 = 20 goals scored

Eastern Conference:
(2) Green Bay defeated (1) Cedar Rapids  3-1 = 17 total goals scored


Here are the updated prediction standings after round three:

lincolnfan:  16 points
tzweeb:  16 points
imadragon:  15 points
starstruck:  11 points
Yeti:  10 points
StarsNutz:  9 points
BellTolls:  8 points
Kyle:  8 points
nutz4puckz:  8 points
Hey Hey Whadda Say:  7 points
MacAttack:  6 points
Crazy Carl:  1 point

The USHL Finals are a best-of-five series, meaning the first team to win three games wins the series and the Clark Cup.  The deadline for predictions is this Friday, May 13th at 7:00pm CST.

Like the round before, we will also be predicting the total amount of goals scored in each series.  If by chance you happen to correctly guess the total amount of goals scored in a series, you will be awarded 4 points.

USHL Clark Cup Finals:
(1) Green Bay Gamblers vs. (2) Dubuque Fighting Saints 

Games 1 and 2 will be held in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  Games 3 and 4 will be held in Dubuque, Iowa.  If there needs to be a Game 5, it will be held in Green Bay.  Click here to read more about how both teams fared against each other in the regular season.

Good luck!