Thursday, February 16, 2012

B³ Weekend Preview: Sioux City and Tri-City

It will be a "Tale of Two Cities" for the Lincoln Stars this weekend when the take on the Sioux City and Tri-City.  On Friday night at the IceBox in Lincoln, the Stars will host the Sioux City Musketeers.  On Saturday evening, the Stars will travel west to Kearney, NE to play the Tri-City Storm.  The puck will drop at 7:05pm CST each night.

If you can't make to the games this weekend in Lincoln and/or Kearney, you can follow the boxscores online via Pointstreak, listen to Stars radio announcer Mike Melbye on KLMS 1480 AM, or watch the games on FASTHockey for a fee.

Lincoln enters this weekend with a record of 23-13-3 (49 points), and are in second place in the USHL Western Conference.  Click here to see the current USHL standings.

First up for the Stars will be the Sioux City Musketeers who have a record of 18-22-1 (37 points) and are in fifth place in the USHL Western Conference.  This will be the sixth time the Stars and Muskies will play each other this season.  In their previous five games, the Stars hold a 3-2-0 record against Sioux City.  In their last matchup, the Stars crushed the Muskies at the IceBox by a score of 6-2 on 1/13/12.  In that particular game, Stars defenseman Paul LaDue and forward Kevin Roy both scored two goals and added one assist each.

On Saturday evening, the Stars will battle the Tri-City Storm who have a record of 16-25-0 (32 points) and are in seventh place in the USHL Western Conference.  This will be the fifth time Lincoln and Tri-City will play each other this season.  The Stars are 3-0-1 in four games against the Storm this season and have outscored them 19 to 10.  Lincoln and Tri-City will become very familiar with one another in the next week.  Both teams will play each other three times in seven days starting on Saturday, February 18th in Kearney.  On Tuesday, February 21st the Stars will host the Storm at the IceBox for a rare mid-week game. Finally, on Saturday February 25th, Lincoln will once knock heads with Tri-City in Kearney.

As of late, the Stars are on a bit of a hot streak at home.  In their last five home games at the IceBox, the Stars are 4-1-0 and have outscored their opponents 27 to 5.  Lincoln has not given up a goal at home in their last two consecutive games.  The Stars' home record of 13-6-1 is tops in the USHL Western Conference.

On the injury front, the Stars will be without the services of forward Teemu for at least a month, and there is a possibility he may not return to the lineup at all this season.  Last weekend in Omaha on 2/10/12, Teemu was hit from behind by Lancers forward Ken Babinski.  The cheapshot by Babinski earned him a six-game suspension.  Teemu underwent facial reconstructive surgery this week to repair the damage done.  The Lancers and Stars don't play one another until March 30th (at the IceBox).  That could be a very interesting game if Babinski is in the Omaha lineup.

Sorry for the abbreviated weekend preview article, folks.  Just ran out of time tonight to get it up on the blog.  I hope to see yet another sellout crowd at the IceBox tomorrow night.  Lets hope the home cookin' continues with a big win against the Muskies Friday night.  I know a lot of Stars fans are planning on making the trek to Kearney for the game on Saturday, so I hope to get some game reports from those who made the trip.  Lets get four points!

Go Stars.


nutz4puckz said...

That's rough news with Teemu. Hopefully he heals up quickly and is ready for the post season. Pretty safe bet someone will have their head on a swivel when they come back to the Ice Box, but then would anyone be shocked if they scratched him. Oh well.

Get four this weekend boys!! See y'all at the box tonight. Its GAME DAY!!

MacAttack said...

6 games is not enough in my opinion. the USHL and NHL keep talking about policing the checks along the boards from behind. maybe they should implement a penalty of suspending the offending player for as long as the injured player is out of action. in this case, young master Babinski would be out for at least 4 weeks, maybe the season, just like Teemu. then maybe the players would think long and hard before slamming an opponent into the boards from behind. won't happen of course but it is something to think on.