With the loss, the Stars dropped to 11-2-0 (22 points) and are once again tied with the Waterloo Blackhawks for first place in the USHL Western Conference. The Sioux Falls Stampede are now only two points behind the Stars and the Blackhawks in the standings. Click here to view the updated USHL standings.
This is going to be a short recap. The video feed on FASTHockey from Sioux Falls Arena was pretty bad, and the game itself wasn't the most fun to watch. I don't really want to spend a lot of time on this recap because of that.
Sioux Falls scored the only goal in the first period and never trailed after that. The Stars scored both of their goals in the second period with tallies from Tommy Schutt (PP), and Vinni Lettieri.
The shots through three periods was almost even at 28-27 in favor of Lincoln, but the Stampede dominated this game from beginning to end. I'm surprised the shots weren't more in Sioux Falls' favor.
The Stars did not play with the sense of urgency that I saw from the Stampede. It's not often that the Stars get pushed around and outscored in the same game, but that's what happened last night. Sioux Falls definitely played like they wanted it more.
I don't think Jackson Teichroeb played that bad considering he gave up five goals. His teammates left him out to dry all game long. It could have been a lot worse if it wasn't for Teichroeb.
Stars leading scorer Eric Scheid did not dress for this game. I've been told that he suffered a shoulder injury late in the game Friday night against Cedar Rapids. I do not know how long Scheid will be out of the lineup.
It was an ugly effort, but it's one game. No sense in hitting the panic button. The Stars were without a number of key players last night, and played a red-hot team that is now 8-1-0 at home. Learn from the mistakes, have a great week of practice, and get ready to play the Dubuque Fighting Saints at the IceBox next Friday. The Saints are 12-1-1 and are the top team in the USHL Eastern Conference. Big test for both teams.
Note: Luke Johnson, Justin Woods, Michael Bitzer, and the rest of Team USA will play for the gold medal later today against Canada West in the 2012 World Junior A Challenge. The puck will drop at 5:30pm CST and will be broadcast for free via FASTHockey.com. Go USA!