Saturday, October 29, 2011

B³ Postgame Recap 10/28: Lincoln 3, Cedar Rapids 4

A Lincoln Stars rally came up just short in Cedar Rapids last night as the hometown Roughriders scored a late third period goal to break a 3-3 tie and win the game by a score of 4-3.  Click here to view the Pointstreak boxscore.

With the loss, the Stars dropped to 4-3-0 (8 points, third place in the USHL Western Conference) on the season.  Lincoln does not play tonight (Saturday), and will not play again until next weekend when they will play back-to-back games at the IceBox against the Fargo Force on 11/4 and 11/5.

I did not get a chance to watch this game, nor listen to the radio broadcast, so this "recap" will be very brief.

Despite outshooting the 'Riders 11-7 in through the first period, the Stars found themselves down 2-0 at the first intermission.  In the second period, Lincoln got on the scoreboard with a Jared Hanson powerplay goal to bring the Stars within one goal at 2-1.

Cedar Rapids increased their lead to 3-1 later in the second period with a goal, but the Stars stormed back with two goals of their own very late in the period to tie the game up at 3-3 going into the second intermission.  Second period goals scored by Lincoln went to Tommy Schutt (even strength), and Kevin Roy (penalty shot).  Stars outshot the 'Riders 13-9 in the second period.

The game winning goal for Cedar Rapids came with only 4:31 remaining in the third period.  From what I heard, the Stars had a controversial "goal" waived off, or just not seen by the officials late in the third period that would have tied the game up at 4-4.  Stars outshot the Roughriders overall 32-23, but lose a close one.

Lincoln goaltender Jackson Teichroeb, starting his fifth straight game for the Stars, stopped 19 of 23 shots on goal in the loss.  The Stars went 1-for-3 on the powerplay, while the Roughriders went 1-for-9 with the man advantage.

Tough loss, but considering that Lincoln was playing without five players in the lineup (Shine, Tate, Saucerman, Johnson, Grebosky), and the fact that Cedar Rapids was awarded three times as many powerplay opportunities to Lincoln (9 to 3), it appears that the Stars played very well last night.  Cedar Rapids is a team that isn't afraid to embellish a penalty, and by looking at the disparity of penalties called, I wouldn't be surprised if that happened last night.

I really hope to hear from some of the fans who either watched the FASTHockey broadcast, or listened to the radio feed.  Please leave a comment below!

Go Stars.

Friday, October 28, 2011

B³ Live Chat - Lincoln Stars vs. Cedar Rapids Roughriders 10/28

Join us as we chat live tonight when the Lincoln Stars travel to Cedar Rapids, IA to take on the Roughriders.  If you aren't familiar with the CoverItLive chat software, it's very simple to use.  Around 6:45pm tonight, I will start the blog window below, allowing fans to chat with one another during the game.  You don't need to register to chat.  Just type in your screen name and post a comment.  I won't be available to host the chat tonight, so Layla has been nice enough to volunteer her time.  Make sure you thank her if you stop by the chat tonight.  See you around 6:45pm!  Go Stars!

Click here to listen to Stars radio announcer Mike Melbye call the game on AM 1480 KLMS (online feed).  The radio feed of the game tonight will be carried on internet only.  Click here to watch the game via FASTHockey, for a fee.

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.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Snapshots of the Game: Indiana vs. Lincoln 10/22

Thanks to Brandon Anderson and Jeff White for letting me post some of their photos from the Indiana game last night.  Check out Brandon's "BA Photos" Facebook page and website, and also check out Jeff's "Depicted Image" Facebook page also.  If you're on Facebook, make sure you "Like" both pages so you can see all of their Stars photos throughout the season.

Click the "Read more" link underneath the photo below to see all of the pictures in this series.

Stars celebrate Kevin Roy's third period empty-net goal

Saturday, October 22, 2011

B³ Postgame Recap 10/22: Indiana 1, Lincoln 3

Click here to view the Pointstreak boxscore.



The game was kicked off by a very well done National Anthem. I love when we have a singer or singers for the National Anthem. Tonight's artist was incredible. Tonight's baritone gave a passionate rendition of our nation's song that set the stage for a passionate game of hockey. Our National Anthem singer also gave an additional emphasis on the second "star" in the anthem.

After the puck dropped to start the game, the tempo was high. Lincoln controlled the first five minutes of the game with the puck remaining largely at the south end of the Ice Box.

At a little over a minute into the game there was a nifty center pass to Tommy Schutt that was placed on gal and gloved down my Jon Gillies. The entire game was marked with numerous break aways from both teams that were shut down by solid goaltending. The pace of the game slowed a bit about 3 -4 minutes in the game.

Lincoln had some chances early in the first power play but Indiana dispatched Lincoln's first power play with well timed clears. Lincoln seemed to go on the defensive a bit after the power play was over. The first period ended without a goal but the chippiness that permeated the game seemed to start late in the first period.

The start of the second period found Lincoln down one man. After Lincoln killed their penalty, the game's pushing and shoving seemed to increase until we had the game's only fight between Woody Hudson and Lauwers.

The next two power plays (one for Lincoln and one for Indiana) found neither team getting into a groove. The pace picked up a bit and there was a lot of movement up and down the ice which is great for fans but not conducive to converting on power plays.

At 10:24, Lincoln scored the first goal of the night. After watching Gillies position himself well for the first half of the game, Lincoln was able to move the puck and found Gillies out of position. The puck moved east to west on the north goal from passes by Luke Johnson and Tommy Schutt. As the puck moved just to the outside of the net, Schutt shot backwards across Gillies for the goal. It was a fun goal to watch happen. All Stars' goals are fun to watch but this one was setup well.

The next goal found Indianapolis taking advantage of a power play. The Ice were able to setup their power play and create nice movement. The Ice were able to put some nice shots on goal. In fact, the Ice had a shot ricochet from the cross bar right before they were able to center and place the next one on goal.

Fortunately, Lincoln was able to return the favor in a similar manner. Following a tripping call, Lincoln went on the man advantage at 14:38. Nine seconds later, the Stars scored on a nifty centering pass from Johnson to Ladue.

The second period ended with the Stars ahead 2 -1. The third period started and had some of the feel of the first period with no team gaining an advantage over the other which worked in Lincoln's favor. With time running out, Indianapolis pulled Gillies. When the opposing team pulls the goaltender it is always one of the most exciting and nervous times. Fortunately for Lincoln and their fans it worked as everyone wanted. After a face off, Indianapolis brought the puck towards the net. The puck crossed over the middle and into the stick of Kevin Roy. Roy was able to place the puck easily in an empty net.

Tonight was one of those fun nights at the Ice Box that featured a gritty team win. It was a great atmosphere with the fans being loud and the Stars working hard.

Friday, October 21, 2011

B³ Postgame Recap 10/21: Lincoln 1, Sioux Falls 2

The Stars saw their two-game winning streak end on the road tonight as the Sioux Falls Stampede beat Lincoln by a score of 2-1 in an epic goaltending battle.  Click here to view the Pointstreak boxscore.  With the loss, the Stars fell to 3-2-0 on the season.  They dropped to fourth place in the USHL Western Conference.

I was only able to listen to the radio broadcast tonight, so this recap will be short.  The Stampede scored on their first shot of the game when Sioux Falls forward Kyle Rankin scored on Stars goaltender Jackson Teichroeb four minutes into the first period.

With the 'Pede up 1-0, the Stars got on the scoreboard later in the first period when forward Tommy Schutt slapped the puck past Sioux Falls goaltender Stephon Williams to tie the game up at 1-1.  Forwards Luke Johnson and Kevin Roy earned the assists on Schutt's first USHL goal of his career.  Luke Johnson has now scored at least one point in every regular season game for the Stars.

With less than a minute remaining in the first period, Sioux Falls scored a controversial goal to pull ahead by a score of 2-1.  Stars radio announcer Mike Melbye was very adamant that the goal was scored by a Stampede high stick.  The officials didn't see it that way and the goal counted.  The Stars outshot the Stampede 12-4 in the first twenty minutes, yet found themselves down a goal.

There would be no further scoring in this game despite the fact that both teams put a ton of shots on goal in the second, and third periods.  The Stampede outshot the Stars 20-12 in the second period, yet neither team could find twine.  In the third period, the Stars outshot 12-8 but could not get a puck past Stephon Williams to tie the game.  Lincoln outshot Sioux Falls overall, 36-32.  Stars goaltender Jackson Teichroeb played very well in the loss, stopping 30 of 32 shots on goal.  Sioux Falls netminder Stephon Williams played just as well, stopping 35 of 36 shots to record the win.

Tough loss for the Stars tonight.  It was a goaltending duel for sure, but head coach Chad Johnson said after the game that he was not happy with the amount of perimeter shots made by the Stars.  He felt that the players did not do a well enough job at crashing the net, and generating those dirty goal chances.

Lincoln will have a chance to rebound tomorrow night at the IceBox when they host the scorching-hot Indiana Ice.  The Ice won again tonight, beating the Tri-City Storm in Kearney by a score of 6-2.  The Ice are the last undefeated team in the USHL with a record of 5-0-0.  They average more than 5 goals scored per game.  No rest for the Stars after this loss.  They'll face a very, very good Saturday night.

I unfortunately will not be able to attend the game tomorrow night, so I hope to hear from all the fans who will be able to make it.  I hope to have a game recap posted by one our new blog writers after the Indiana matchup.  Stay tuned for that.

Go Stars.

B³ Live Chat - Lincoln Stars vs. Sioux Falls Stampede 10/21

Join us as we chat live tonight when the Lincoln Stars travel to Sioux Falls, SD to take on the Stampede.  If you aren't familiar with the CoverItLive chat software, it's very simple to use.  Around 6:45pm tonight, I will start the blog window below, allowing fans to chat with one another during the game.  You don't need to register to chat.  Just type in your screen name and post a comment.  See you around 6:45pm!  Go Stars!

Click here to listen to Stars radio announcer Mike Melbye call the game on AM 1480 KLMS (online feed).  Click here to watch the game via FASTHockey, for a fee.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

B³ Weekend Preview: Sioux Falls and Indiana

The Lincoln Stars will look to build upon their current two-game winning streak this weekend when they play the Sioux Falls Stampede, and the Indiana Ice.  On Friday, the Stars will go on the road to Sioux Falls to face the Stampede.  Faceoff for that game will be at 7:05pm.  On Saturday, the Stars will be back at the comfy confines of the IceBox to host the Indiana Ice.  Faceoff for that game will be at 7:05pm.  If you are unable to make it to any of the games 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.  

First up for the Stars this weekend will be the Sioux Falls Stampede (1-3-0, 2 points, seventh place in the USHL Western Conference).  This will be the second time these two teams will face each other this season.  On 9/30/11 in Lincoln, the Stars shutout the Stampede by a score of 2-0.  In that particular game, the Stars outplayed Sioux Falls for the majority of the game, and outshot them 44-25.  If it wasn't for the heroics of Stampede goaltender Stephon Williams, the Stars would have won by a score of 5-0, or 6-0.  

The 'Pede haven't had a great start to the 2011-12 season, having lost three of four games.  They are riding a two game losing streak coming into this weekend after back-to-back home losses to the Green Bay Gamblers and the Muskegon Lumberjacks.  In fact, the Stampede have given up a total of 11 goals in their last two games.  Not so good.  I expect that Stephon Williams will get the nod once again against the Stars this Friday night, as backup goaltender Charlie Lindgren has struggled in net for the the 'Pede both in the preseason and regular season.

Saturday night at the IceBox, the Stars will knock heads with the red-hot Indiana Ice (4-0-0, 8 points, first place in the USHL Eastern Conference).  This will be the only time the Stars and Ice face each other in the regular season.  Although we're only a few weeks into the 2011-12 USHL season, it would be safe to say that the Ice are performing as well as any team in the league right now.  They lead the entire league in offense, with an average of 5 goals scored per game.  Their powerplay unit is downright scary.  In 20 PP opportunities, the Ice have score 9 goals.  Their PP percentage is clicking at 45%, which is tops in the league.  

Leading the Ice on offense is uber-talented  forward Daniil Tarasov.  The '91 native of Moscow, Russia leads the USHL in scoring with 9 points scored (4g, 5a) in four games played.  Last year for the Ice, Tarasov scored 75 points (37g, 38) in 57 games played, and finished second overall in league scoring.  Put it simply, Tarasov is the real deal.  To be honest, I'm not sure why he's still in the USHL.  Most Russian players in the USHL don't go on to college, so I would have expected Tarasov to bolt to major juniors (CHL) by now.  Tarasov was a free agent invite to the Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) rookie camp this past summer.  Keep an eye on #79 this Saturday night at the IceBox.  He's a special player.

The Ice have what in my opinion is the best young goaltender in the league in Jon Gillies.  The '94 native of South Portland, ME stands at 6'5", and weighs 215 pounds.  This goes back a few years, but Gillies reminds me of another Ice goaltender in Scott Darling.  Darling had a memorable battle against former Stars goaltender David Reekie back a few seasons ago at the IceBox.  In that game on 2/15/08, Darling stopped 40 of 41 shots in the overtime loss, while Reekie stopped 30 of 31 shots in the win.  It was one of the best goaltender battles I've ever seen at the IceBox.  Speaking of the IceBox, Gillies is no stranger to winning in Lincoln.  Back on 1/28/11, Gillies stopped 33 of 34 shots on goal to beat the Stars at the IceBox by a score of 3-1.  Gillies another player to watch Saturday night.

The Stars are coming off a productive weekend that saw them go 2-0 with a home win against the Chicago Steel, and a road win against the Sioux City Musketeers.  Goaltender Jackson Teichroeb earned the win in both of those games, stopping 40 of 44 shots over the weekend.  Forward Kevin Roy, who was a bit quiet in his first three games in a Stars uniform, exploded for a natural hat trick plus one assist in Lincoln's 4-1 win against the Muskies on 10/15/11.  In that game, Brent Tate dropped the gloves with SC forward Nikita Sirotkin after a questionable hit on Dominik Shine.  Due to their actions during the fight, both Tate and Sirotkin were suspended one game by the USHL.  That means Tate will be out of the lineup this Friday against the Stampede, but he should be back in the lineup on Saturday night against the Ice.

As I mentioned yesterday, Stars forward Dominik Shine injured his knee badly against the Musketeers last weekend, and he will be out of the lineup for an indefinite amount of time.  From what I was told, Shine will have surgery this Friday.  While this is a huge loss for the Stars, it will be a good opportunity for another forward on the team to step up and take a larger role on offense.

There are no easy games in this league, and that is evident with the schedule this weekend.  The 'Pede will be looking for some payback against the Stars for their loss a few weeks ago.  I'm sure the Ice will want to continue their hot streak with two wins this weekend also.  Although the Stampede and Ice have different records, both teams should be very good tests for the black and blue.

I will have another chat session running Friday night during the Sioux Falls game, so stop by if you can. 

Go Stars.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Dominik Shine out indefinitely with knee injury

This afternoon on radio station 93.7 FM "The Ticket," Stars head coach Chad Johnson gave us the news that we were dreading.

Alternate captain and forward Dominik Shine, who was injured this past Saturday in the game against the Sioux City Musketeers, tore the MCL and damaged the PCL ligaments in his knee.  This will require surgery, which will take place this Friday, according to Johnson.

Johnson mentioned on air that Shine would be lost for 8 weeks, but I have a feeling it could be for a lot longer than that.  I have been told by someone close to Dominik that he expects to make a 100% recovery.

Just last month, I tore my MCL and PCL ligaments in my left knee, so I have a pretty good idea of what Dom is going through right now.  My ortho doc has yet to decide if I need surgery, so I may luck out there.  In the meantime I've been doing a lot of physical therapy.

Regardless, it will be a long road back for Dominik.  Lots of physical therapy.  The leg will get atrophied and lose most of its strength.  A month and five days after my injury, I'm still using a leg brace, but down to one crutch.  I've broken my ankle playing hockey, and fractured my kneecap, but the pain I experienced with a torn MCL and PCL was ten times as bad as anything else I've done.  It's not something I'd wish on anyone.

Wishing Dominik a speedy recovery.

Vote for Kevin Roy for USHL Play of the Week

This doesn't happen very often it seems, but a Lincoln Stars player was nominated for the "USHL Play of the Week" today. Specifically, forward Kevin Roy was nominated for one of his three goals scored against the Sioux City Musketeers on 10/15/11. Click play below to watch all of the plays of the week. Roy's goal starts at about the :37 mark.

Make sure you go to the USHL website and vote for Kevin! Once the USHL main page opens up, scroll down and you'll see a place to vote on the bottom right hand portion of the page. 

Monday, October 17, 2011

The B³ wants you!

Do you love hockey?  Do you attend a lot of Stars games?  Do you enjoying writing?  Are you passionate about Lincoln Stars hockey?  If so, the B³ blog may be looking for you.

I've been thinking about doing this for awhile, and now seemed like a good time to bring it up.  BT and myself are looking for anyone out there who would be interested in helping us out with articles, game previews, recaps, etc.

This blog is continually growing, and adding more blog writers is something I really want to do.  People get tired of reading my inane babbling anyway.  Some new blood would be good.

Candidates should have good writing skills, and a solid hockey knowledge base.  Unfortunately, there is no monetary compensation.  I've been doing this for almost three years now, and I'm still trying to figure out a way to get paid. :)

So if this is something you think you'd be interested in, and you want to become a part of the B³ Team, please send me an email at lincolnstarshockey@gmail.com.  I will respond to any any email that comes my way.  Thanks for reading the blog, and Go Stars!

-Yeti (Tim)

Kevin Roy named USHL Offensive Player of the Week

Lincoln Stars forward Kevin Roy was named "CCM USHL Offensive Player of the Week" by the USHL this afternoon.  Click here to read the official USHL press release.  Here's an excerpt from the article:

Roy scored four points (3g, 1a) as the Stars picked up a pair of weekend victories.  After being held scoreless through his first three USHL games, Roy contributed to all four goals in the 4-1 victory vs. Sioux City on Saturday.  The 18-year-old assisted on a first-period goal for the Stars before taking over in the third period with three consecutive goals to record the “natural hat trick”.  His first goal of the period was the first USHL goal for the native of Lac Beauport, Quebec and proved to be the game-winner.  Roy also recorded a game high seven shots on goal.  The rookie forward was selected by the Stars in the first round (8th overall) of the 2011 USHL Entry Draft.  He is committed to play collegiate hockey at Brown University.

Congrats to Kevin!  After going pointless in the first three games of the season, Roy broke out in a big way this past Saturday night to help the Stars win their second game in a row.  Hopefully this is the first of many offensive awards for Kevin.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

B³ Postgame Recap 10/15: Lincoln 4, Sioux City 1

Scoreboard!
In Sioux City tonight, it was the Kevin Roy show as the rookie forward scored a natural hat trick in the third period to propel the visiting Lincoln Stars to an impressive 4-1 victory over the Musketeers.   Click here to view the Pointstreak boxscore.



With the win and the four points this weekend, the Stars are now 3-1-0 (6 points), and in second place in the USHL Western Conference.  The Sioux City Musketeers fell to 1-4-0 (2 points) on the season.

I was only able to listen to the game tonight on the radio, so this recap will be short.  If there were any fans who made the trip up to Sioux City tonight, I'd love to get their opinions on the game.  Please leave a comment below if you'd like.

The Muskies sported pink jerseys, and the Tyson Events Center had pink ice for Sioux City's "Pink the Rink" game to benefit breast cancer awareness.  A crowd of nearly 4,000 watched as the hometown Musketeers got out to a quick 1-0 lead three minutes into the first period when Brad Robbins scored for Sioux City.  Little did the Muskie fans know that Robbins' goal would be the only one scored by Sioux City that night.

Later in the first period, the Stars got on the board when forward Bob Kinne scored his first USHL goal of his career on the powerplay at the 12:03 mark.  The lone assist on Kinne's goal went to forward Tommy Schutt.  The score would remain tied up at 1-1 at the first intermission.  Sioux City outshot the Stars 11-7 in the first twenty minutes.

After a questionable cheap-shot on Stars forward Dominik Shine, there was a mini line brawl in the first period.  Shine went down after a Sioux City player hit Shine low near his knees, and Dominik had to be helped to the locker room afterwards.  Shine did not return to the game, and it is unknown how serious his injury is.  There was no call made on the play, but the Stars defended their teammate by mixing it up with a number of Sioux City players afterwards.  Due to their actions during the line brawl, Stars forward Brent Tate and Muskies forward Nikita Sirotkin were both ejected from the game.

Despite having two of their top forwards missing from the game, the Stars dominated both the second and third periods.  Even though the Stars were not able to score in the second period, they outshot the Muskies 15-6 in the second stanza.

It was the "Kevin Roy Show" in the third period as the native of Lac Beauport, Quebec took control of the game and scored a natural hat trick.  Roy's first goal of the period came at the 3:39 mark, with assists going to forward Luke Johnson and defenseman Ralfs Freibergs.  Luke Johnson has now scored at least one point in each of the four games the Stars have played this season.

At the 11:22 mark of the third, Roy stripped Sioux City Musketeers "all-star" defenseman Jordan Schmaltz of the puck and scored his second goal of the game to give Lincoln the 3-1 lead.  Not to be undone, Roy would score his third and final goal of the period with only 40 seconds remaining to give the Stars the eventual 4-1 win.  Roy's final goal was of the empty-net variety, and defenseman Paul Ladue earned the lone assist.  As BellTolls mentioned in our chat tonight, it was a Roy (Wah) Trick.

Lincoln outshot the Muskies 14-4 in the third period, and 36-21 overall.  What more can you say, it was a dominating, gutsy effort on the road tonight against a team that was angry after losing 10-2 to the Cedar Rapids Roughriders the night before.  It seemed like the Stars used the loss of Shine and Tate as inspiration, and controlled play for a majority of the game afterwards.  Stars goaltender Jackson Teichroeb in his second straight start, stopped 20 of 21 shots to record his second win of the season.  Back-to-back quality starts for Teichroeb.

A blog reader was kind enough to take a few pictures at the game with their phone, so I'm going to include those below.  The picture above also came from the same fan.  I really appreciate them sharing their pics for everyone!

Pic 1 - Pregame
Pic 2 - Line brawl
Pic 3 - Stars on the PP
Pic 4 - Pink ice
Pic 5 - In the defensive zone
Pic 6 - Getting chippy
Pic 7 - Break in the action

The Stars will return to the ice next Friday night in Sioux Falls, SD against the Stampede.  On Saturday night, the Stars will be back at the IceBox to take on the red hot Indiana Ice.  More on those two games later in the week.  In the meantime, let's hope the lower body injury to Dominik Shine is not severe and he is able to return to the lineup soon.

Go Stars.

Edit:  Click here to view pictures from the game taken by the Sioux City Journal online newspaper.

B³ Live Chat - Lincoln Stars vs. Sioux City Musketeers 10/15

Join us as we chat live tonight during the first road game of the regular season for the Lincoln Stars.  If you aren't familiar with the CoverItLive software, it's very simple to use.  Around 6:45pm tonight, I will start the blog window below, allowing fans to chat with one another during the game.  You don't need to register to chat.  Just type in your screen name and post a comment.  See you around 6:45pm!  Go Stars!

Click here to listen to Stars radio announcer Mike Melbye call the game on AM 1480 KLMS (online feed).  Click here to watch the game via FASTHockey, for a fee.

Snapshots of the Game: Chicago vs. Lincoln 10/14

Thanks to Carl Kavinsky and Jeff White for letting me post some of their photos from the Chicago game last night.  Check out Carl's website here, and also check out Jeff's "Depicted Image" Facebook page also.  If you're on Facebook, make sure you "Like" the Depicted Image page so you can see all of their Stars photos throughout the season.

Click the "Read more" link underneath the photo below to see all of the pictures in this series.


Friday, October 14, 2011

B³ Postgame Recap 10/14: Chicago, 3, Lincoln 4

Courtesy of CK Photography
Choo Choo! The Lincoln Stars improved to 2-1 on the young season with a back-and-forth 4-3 win over the Chicago Steel on Friday night at the Ice Box.  Click here to view the Pointstreak boxscore.



With the win, the Stars moved up to 3rd place in the USHL's Western Conference standings. Chicago dropped to 2-2 on the year. Jackson Teichroeb earned his first start in net for the Stars since recovering from a summer injury. Teichroeb made 20 saves on 23 shots faced.

The Stars dominated early on, scoring two first period goals. Luke Johnson opened the scoring at the 4:09 mark on a give-and-go with Jared Hanson. Hanson and Ralfs Friebergs picked up the assists on Johnson's first USHL goal.


Dominik Shine tallied the second goal 10:15 into the game on a 4-on-4. Shine played the puck off the back of the goaltender for his first goal of the season. Mike McKee and Paul Ladue recorded the apples. For McKee, it was the first of three goals he would help set up.

At the 15:52 mark, Chris Joyaux scored on the powerplay to pull a goal back for Chicago. That ended the period with the score Lincoln 2, Chicago 1. The Stars outshot the Steel 15-7 in the first.

In the second period, the only goal came at the 15:11 mark when Michael Fallon notched a powerplay goal, the second of the game for Chicago. Shots were even at 9-9 in the second period.

In a crazy third period, Chicago gained the lead on a goal by Christian Heil 2:43 into the period. The Stars didn't fold though. New guy Markus McCrea answered 1:21 later in a scrum around the net for his first goal as a Lincoln Star in his very first game.

Locked in a 3-3 battle, Zachary Aston-Reese broke the tie on a redirect with 8:25 remaining. Shine and McKee had the assists on the game-winning goal.

Lincoln finished with a 39-23 advantage in shots on goal. Chad Johnson said after the game that he felt Chicago deserved a better result than they got, to be honest. They are a much improved team from the awful one they had last year.

McKee got the second star with his three assists, and Shine earned the first star of the game with one goal and one assist.

I (BellTolls) was unable to attend the game, so I'm sure Yeti can chime in with his thoughts on the game. Go Stars!
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This is Yeti now.  I've posted my opinions of the game below in the comments section.  Thanks again to BT for posting this game recap last night.  We'd love to hear from all of you!  Please leave a comment!

Zach Aston-Reese switches commitment to Northeastern University

I've been told by a very good source that Lincoln Stars forward Zach Aston-Reese has recently switched his college commitment from Brown University to Northeastern University.

Zach ('94) is a 6'1", 185lbs center from Staten Island, NY.  I have been told that he will start his college career at Northeastern University in the fall of 2013.

Congrats to Zach!  We've seen a number of Stars commit and attend Northeastern in the past few years.  The list includes former Stars defenseman Jake Newton, forward Brodie Reid, forward Garrett Vermeersch, defenseman Ben Oskroba, and now Zach Aston-Reese.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

B³ Weekend Preview: Chicago and Sioux City

After two straight weekends with only one game scheduled, the Lincoln Stars will play finally play back-to-back games this Friday and Saturday evening against the Chicago Steel, and the Sioux City Musketeers.  On Friday night at the IceBox in Lincoln, the Stars will look to temper the Chicago Steel.  On Saturday, the Stars will travel north to Sioux City, IA to take on the Musketeers at the Tyson Events Center.  The game against the Muskies on Saturday night will be Lincoln's first road game of the season after three straight home games.  Faceoff for the game Friday night will be at 7:05pm CST.  On Saturday night in Sioux City, the puck will drop at 7:00pm CST.  If you are unable to make it to any of the games 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.  

On Friday night, the Stars will play host to the visiting Chicago Steel (2-1-0, 4 points, third place in the USHL Eastern Conference).  This will be the only time these two teams will face each other in 2011-12 USHL regular season schedule.  In years past, the Stars would normally face each of the eastern conference teams twice in a season, but not this year.  The Stars did face the Steel this preseason at the Fall Classic in Sioux City on 9/21/11.  Lincoln won that game by a score of 3-1.  If you are interested in watching that preseason tilt between the Stars and Steel, I found the entire game on YouTube.com.  Click here to view the video.

The 2011-12 Chicago Steel squad is looking to rebound from an utterly nightmarish 2010-11 season.  What could go wrong last year inevitably went wrong for the Steel.  After the 60 game season was over, Chicago had a league-worst record of 9-43-8.  Yup, you read that correct.  Only 9 wins in a 60 game season.  Just three games into this new season, the Steel already have two wins.  One of the big reasons why the Steel are out to a good start, and I emphasize "big," is the play of forward Zach Saar.  The 6'5", 200 pound '93 forward already has four goals in three games played.  Last year for the Steel, Saar only scored a total of four goals in 32 games played, so the youngster is out to a very quick start.  Each of Saar's four goals have come on the powerplay.

The Stars will play their first road game of the season this Saturday night when they face off against the Sioux City Musketeers (1-2-0, 2 points, seventh place in the USHL Western Conference).  The Muskies are 1-0 at home so far this season, after an impressive 5-2 victory on 10/8/11 against the Fargo Force.  On the road, however, the Muskies are 0-2 and have only scored a total of one goal in those two games.  Sioux City will be playing a road game Friday night in Cedar Rapids against the Roughriders, so let's hope the C.R. Olympic Diving Team tires the Muskies out for the game against the Stars the next night.

Lincoln is coming off a home loss to the Waterloo Blackhawks last Friday night by a score of 4-3.  The Stars played very well at times in that game, and not so great at other times.  Against what could turn out to be one of the better teams in the USHL, the Stars outplayed the Blackhawks for most of the game, but Waterloo took advantage of the early opportunities given up by Lincoln.  Both games this weekend should be a good test for the Stars.  Chicago is a team that Lincoln cannot afford to overlook.  Last year, most USHL teams would see the Steel coming up on their schedule and automatically pencil in the win.  Not this year.  With respect to the Muskies, they always seem to play Lincoln hard in their home rink, so that will be no picnic either.


I heard through the grapevine this week that the Stars have a new player in town, and that player is forward Markus McCrea ('92).  The 6'2", 195 pound native of Canyon Lake, CA spent the last three seasons in the WHL playing for the Everett Silvertips.  In 64 games last season with the 'Tips, McCrea scored 6 points (2g, 4a) and accumulated 56 penalty minutes.  Judging by the amount of fight videos on YouTube of McCrea, he seems to have no problems dropping the mitts.  In fact, last season McCrea had more fights (8) than points (6).  Stars trainer Corey Courtney mentioned McCrea on the radio last weekend as a player the team had in town for an informal tryout.   

Hoping for a good turnout Friday night at the IceBox, and a quality effort on the ice by the Stars.  I'm not 100% certain, but I believe we'll have our first in-game chat for the Sioux City game on Saturday night.  Stay tuned for that.  Also, if you are planning on attending the game Saturday night in Sioux City, and you intend on taking some photos, please let me know.  My usual list of photog friends will not be attending the game, so I'd like to find someone who would be willing to share some of their photos.  Send me an email at lincolnstarshockey@gmail.com if you wouldn't mind sharing.

Go Stars.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Stars vs. Lancers outdoors in 2013?

In my daily rounds online this morning, I ran across a thread on the MavPuck (UNO ice hockey) message board that I thought was VERY interesting.  Click here to read the thread.

You'll see that the admin of MavPuck stated that the UNO Mavericks hockey team will play an outdoors game sometime in early February of 2013 against the University of North Dakota at the new TD Ameritrade baseball park (pictures to the left), located near downtown Omaha, NE.


The admin of MavPuck also stated that the Omaha Lancers will play on the outdoor rink in the afternoon on the same day of the UNO-UND game.  An opponent for the Lancers hasn't been mentioned, but you would assume the Omaha Lancers organization would want to schedule the Lincoln Stars so that they can attract as many fans as possible to the game. 

A poster on the MavPuck message board has since said that UNO Dean Blais stated at a UNO booster club meeting that the Stars and the Lancers would play at 4:00pm.  February 8th had been mentioned as a possible date, but nothing has been officially released by UNO, UND, or the Lancers.  Until then, take this with a grain of salt.

It's been a few years back, but I remember some talk of an outdoor game between the Stars and the Lancers.  It was just talk back then, and I'm not sure too many hockey fans took it seriously.  We'll have to wait and see if this latest rumor holds true.  Just my opinion, but I really hopes this comes to fruition!  It would be nice if they could play both games on the same day.  Drive up to Omaha and spend the whole day watching outdoor hockey!  Sounds like fun to me (depending on the weather).  I'll keep my ear to the ground and post any new information as it comes up.

Your thoughts?  Would you attend an outdoors game in Omaha?

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Snapshots of the Game: Waterloo vs. Lincoln 10/7

Thanks to Brandon Anderson and Jeff White for letting me post some of their photos from the Waterloo game last night.  Check out Brandon's "BA Photos" Facebook page and website, and also check out Jeff's "Depicted Image" Facebook page also.  If you're on Facebook, make sure you "Like" both pages so you can see all of their Stars photos throughout the season.

Click the "Read more" link underneath the photo below to see all of the pictures in this series.

Stars goaltender Charles Williams during the pregame light show

Friday, October 7, 2011

B³ Postgame Recap 10/7: Waterloo 4, Lincoln 3

Courtesy of Brandon Anderson
It was a back and forth battle tonight at the IceBox in Lincoln which saw the visiting Waterloo Blackhawks take advantage of a PP late in the third period to score the go-ahead goal and beat the Stars by a score of 4-3.  Click here to view the boxscore.

With the loss, the Stars dropped to 1-1-0 (2 points), and are tied for third place in the USHL Western Conference.  With the win, the Blackhawks improved to 2-0-0 (4 points), and are tied for first place in the west.



The B'hawks came out very strong in the first twenty minutes of the game tonight and they were rewarded for their hard work very early with the first goal.  Just 41 seconds into the first period, 'Loo forward Taylor Cammarata collected a lose puck at the blue line, went in alone on Stars goaltender Charles Williams, and roofed a shot to give Waterloo the 1-0 lead.  Before the Blackhawks could fully celebrate the goal, Stars forward Jared Hanson sniped a shot high stick side past 'Loo goaltender Jay Williams to even the score at 1-1.  Hanson's goal came just 56 seconds into the period.  The game wasn't a minute old, yet two pucks had found the back of the net.  Luke Johnson and Brent Tate earned the assists on Hanson's first goal of the season.  Johnson set up Hanson with a really pretty pass on the goal.

The Blackhawks would silence the crowd with two goals later in the first half of the period to increase their lead to 3-1.  Waterloo took advantage of the scoring chances they had in the first period, and they made the Stars pay.  B'Hawks took 3-1 lead into the first intermission.  I thought both teams had their moments in the first period, but it was Waterloo who took advantage of the opportunities given.  The Blackhawks outshot the Stars 12-11 in the first period.

The Stars came out for the second period and dominated play, outshooting the Blackhawks 15-5 in the second stanza.  I'm not sure what the coaches told the players in the locker room during the first intermission, but it worked.  However, the Stars could only get one puck past Jay Williams in the second period despite peppering him with shot after shot.  With less than a minute remaining in the second, Stars defenseman Mike McKee crashed the Waterloo net and jammed the puck past Jay Williams to pull the Stars within one goal at 3-2.  Stars forwards Ryan Cole and Tommy Schutt earned the assists on McKee's first ever USHL goal.

Down 3-2 going into the third, the Stars came out again strong and outplayed the B'hawks for the majority of the period.  At the 4:19 mark of the third, the Stars scored a controversial goal to even the score at 3-3.  I had a very good look at the "goal" from my seat in Section J, and there is no way it should have counted. I plainly saw a Stars player glove the puck and push it over the goal line into the back of the net.  Apparently neither of the on-ice officials saw it, because it was ruled a good goal.  The Waterloo players on the ice immediately protested to lead referee Andrew Wilk that the puck was pushed across by a Lincoln glove, but the officials gave it to the Stars.  Jared Hanson was given credit for the goal (his second of the night), and the assists went to d-man Ralfs Freibergs and forward Luke Johnson.

Call it karma for the third Lincoln "goal," but the Blackhawks were able to get back on the PP late in the third period thanks to a ticky-tack penalty called against Stars defenseman Mike McKee with less than four minutes remaining in the period.  With only 2:38 left in the game, Waterloo capitalized and scored on the powerplay to regain the lead at 4-3.  The Stars would pull goaltender Charles Williams with a little over a minute left in the third period, but Lincoln was not able to get any pucks past 'Loo goaltender Jay Williams.

Kind of a strange game tonight.  Both teams played very well at times, and not so good at other times.  I thought Waterloo outplayed Lincoln in the first period, but I thought the Stars outplayed the B'hawks for the most part in both the second and third periods.  Coach Johnson mentioned this after the game when talking with radio announcer Mike Melbye, but it's going to be hard to beat any team in the USHL when you are on the penalty kill 8 times per game.  Waterloo went 2-for-8 on the PP, while the Stars went 0-for-3.   There may have been some questionable calls made tonight, but you have to work through that.  It's a developmental league for officials as well, so sometimes you have to deal with inadequate officiating at times.

I'm not blaming this loss at all on Wilk, by the way.  The Stars had their chances to win this game, but they couldn't put it together for a whole 60 minutes.  Lincoln slept a bit in the first period and allowed the upstart Blackhawks to jump out to a 3-1 lead.  The Stars fought their way out of that hole, thanks to some hard work and the phantom goal, but in the end it was a Waterloo PP goal late in the game that won it for the visitors.  Hockey is a game of inches at times, and we saw it tonight as the Stars hit at least four posts tonight by my count.  Also, and this was mentioned by head coach Chad Johnson after the game, the Stars had a lot of shots go high and wide tonight.  Get those pucks on net, and it might have been a different score.  Learn from a game like this, and move on.

The Stars will take another week off and return to the IceBox next Friday night to face the Chicago Steel.  Plenty of time this week to practice, figure out the roster moves that need to be made, and prepare for the Steel.  More on that matchup later next week.

I'll post some pictures from this game sometime tomorrow.  Stay tuned for that.  Please leave a comment below if you wish!  I'd love to hear from you.

Go Stars.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

B³ Pregame Report: Waterloo Blackhawks vs. Lincoln Stars 10/7

The Lincoln Stars will return to the ice this Friday night when they will face off against the Waterloo Blackhawks at the IceBox.  Faceoff is at 7:05pm CST.  The Stars are 1-0-0 on the young season, and are currently tied for first place with three other teams in the USHL Western Conference.  If you can't make it to the friendly confines of the IceBox this Friday evening, 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.  For the second straight weekend, the Stars will only play the lone Friday night game, and will not play on Saturday (10/8).

Like the Lincoln Stars, the Waterloo Blackhawks also started the 2011-12 USHL regular season with a win last Friday night.  In Omaha against the Lancers on 9/30, the Blackhawks spanked the skating pumpkins by a score of 3-1.  Waterloo outshot Omaha 38-26 overall in that game also.  It's still a little early to tell how teams are going to play this season, but many USHL pundits are picking the Blackhawks to finish near, or at the top, of the western conference.  Waterloo traditionally is a franchise that does very well each and every year, much like the Stars.  However, last season the B'hawks finished below .500 for the first time in five seasons, and were bounced from the USHL playoffs in the first round.

One of the reasons that so many people think Waterloo will rebound this season is the fact that they are loaded with young talented players, especially on offense.  The past few seasons the B'hawks have drafted very well, in both the USHL entry and futures drafts.  Leading the way on offense for Waterloo is Taylor Cammarata, who just happens to be the youngest player on the team (DOB 5/13/95).  Cammarata was picked #1 overall by Waterloo in the 2011 Futures Draft after he scored 139 points (71g, 68a) in only 54 games last season for the Shattuck-St. Mary's U-16 prep hockey team.  In his first USHL game last weekend against Omaha, Cammarata had two points (both assists) and was +2 on the night.

Along with Cammarata, there are a number of other young forwards on the Waterloo team who should compliment scoring.  Forwards Tony Cameranesi ('93 - Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth recruit), AJ Michaelson ('94 - Univ. of Minnesota commit), and Vinnie Hinostroza ('94 - Univ. of Notre Dame commit) are just three other Waterloo young guns who will join Cammarata up front and lead the charge on offense.  On the other side of the rink, the Blackhawks have a very good group of big, skilled defenseman, and one of the top young goaltenders in the league in Jay Williams ('93 - Miami University).

Starting this year, and for the first time in 13 straight seasons, the Waterloo Blackhawks will play in the USHL Western Conference instead of the Eastern Conference.  The league decided to have Waterloo and the Dubuque Fighting Saints swap conferences, so the Stars will play the Blackhawks a total of four times this season, instead of two times like in years past.  

As for the good guys, the Lincoln Stars are coming off an impressive 2-0 shutout win over the Sioux Falls Stampede this past Friday night at the IceBox.  Goaltender Charles Williams stopped 25 shots to record his first shutout of the season, and for his efforts he shared the USHL Goaltender of the Week award.  I thought the team played very well that night, and although it's still very early, I thought the fans were shown that this team could win a lot of games this season.  Roster-wise, the team will need to make some cuts coming up next week, from what I have been told.  There could be 3-4 players currently on the roster who will need to be moved by the coaches.  I can't imagine having to make that decision.  In my worthless opinion, there isn't one player on this team who doesn't deserve to be here.

Well, this should be a very good litmus test for the Stars this Friday.  Even though it was only one game, we all got a glimpse at how good this Stars team can play when they put it all together for 60 minutes.  The game last Friday could have easily been 6-0 Stars if it wasn't for the heroics of the Sioux Falls goaltender.  It's a little early to predict how good these teams will be, but I believe the Blackhawks are a much more talented team than the squad the Stars faced this past Friday night.  

Hoping for another crazy, sellout crowd tomorrow night!  See you all there.

Go Stars.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Charles Williams named USHL Goaltender of the Week

Not a bad start for the netminder from Canton, MI.  In his first start with the Stars this past Friday, Williams recorded the shutout, was named the #1 star of the game, and now named USHL Goaltender of the Week.  Williams shared the weekly award with Tri-City netminder Pheonix Copley, who also recorded a shutout in his first start for his team.  Click here to read the article.  Here's an excerpt from the article:

"Williams also posted a shutout in his team’s season opener.  He stopped 25 shots as the Lincoln Stars earned a 2-0 win vs. Sioux Falls on Friday.  It was the first career USHL shutout for the 19-year-old from Canton, Michigan who appeared in 26 games during the 2009-10 USHL season with Des Moines."

I really can't say I'm surprised at what Charles Williams has been able to do so far.  He was outstanding at the Stars' tryout camp this past June in Minneapolis.  I was there for all of the tryout scrimmages, and Williams was by far the best goaltender in camp.  In a little over 150 minutes of play, Williams only gave up one goal at the tryout camp.  I had a good feeling about him then, and that feeling certainly hasn't changed.

Congrats to Charles!  Well deserved.  I hope this is the first of many awards he wins this season.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Snapshots of the Game: Sioux Falls vs. Lincoln 9/30

Thanks to Brandon Anderson and Jeff White for letting me post some of their photos from the big game last night.  Check out Brandon's "BA Photos" Facebook page and website, and also check out Jeff's "Depicted Image" Facebook page also.  If you're on Facebook, make sure you "Like" both pages so you can see all of their Stars photos throughout the season.

Click the "Read more" link underneath the photo below to see all of the pictures in this series.

Pregame festivities at the IceBox