Monday, February 20, 2012

B³ Pregame Report: Tri-City Storm vs. Lincoln Stars 2/21

Payback and two points will be on the minds of the Lincoln Stars Tuesday night when they host the Tri-City Storm at the Icebox.  The puck will drop at 7:05pm CST.

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.  

The Stars are in sole possession of  second place in the USHL Western Conference with a record of 24-14-3 (51 points), four points behind the first place Omaha Lancers.  Click here to view the current USHL standings.

The Tri-City Storm enter this game with a record of 18-25-0 (36 points), and are in seventh place in the USHL Western Conference.  This will be the sixth time the Stars and Storm will face one another in the regular season.  In their five previous meetings, the Stars have a 3-1-1 record and have outscored the Storm 22-18.

As I mentioned above, the Stars will be looking for some revenge Tuesday night against Tri-City.  Just a few days ago, the Storm put a butt-kicking on the Stars in Kearney by a score of 8-3 on Saturday, February 18th.  In that particular game, Tri-City forward Kenny Brooks scored three goals and the Storm chased Stars goaltender Jackson Teichroeb after four goals against.

The last time these two teams faced each other at the IceBox, the Stars won convincingly by a score of 7-0 on January 17th, which happened to be a Tuesday night game as well.  Stars forward Matt Friese, who played played six games for the Storm over the course of two seasons, scored two goals against his former team in that 7-0 shutout win for Lincoln.

Not surprisingly, Lincoln forward Kevin Roy has put up some amazing numbers against the Tri-City Storm this season.  In five games, Roy has scored 12 points (4g, 8a) against the Storm, while defenseman Ralfs Freibergs has accumulated 7 points (3g, 4a) in those same five games.

This should be a very interesting game.  After the 8-3 drubbing, I'm sure everyone on the Stars' roster were very eager to get right back on the ice.  They only had to wait a few games and even better, they get to play the very team that put a hurting on them.  I guarantee the Stars will come out tomorrow night with their hair on fire and play very aggressive.  I thought the Stars got away from their game last Saturday in Kearney, and didn't play the "in your face" style that has worked previously against the Storm this season.  I also didn't think they crashed the net enough and spent too much time on the perimeter and not down low in front of Storm goaltender Adam Wilcox.

After the game tomorrow night against the Storm, the Stars will be back at the IceBox this Friday night against the Youngstown Phantoms, and then yet another game against the Tri-City Storm on Saturday in Kearney.

Go Stars.

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