With the loss, the Stars dropped to 11-5-1 (23 points) and remain in third place in the USHL Western Conference. Lincoln is now only two points out of fifth place and three points out of sixth place in the wild, wild west. Click here to view the updated USHL standings.
Unfortunately, I paid the $ to watch this game on FASTHockey last night. I'm not sure how detailed I want to get with this recap, so this will be short. There's no sense in piling on and focusing on the negative.
The 7-3 score really doesn't show how close this game was for 50 minutes. With about 10 minutes remaining in this game, the score was actually tied at 3-3. Brent Wold's shorthanded goal scored in the third period tied the game at 3-3, and I figured the Stars would fight to win the game, or at least take it into overtime. That didn't happen.
The Saints scored four goals in he last 10 minutes of this game to roll past the Stars and give them their most lopsided loss of the season. I'm not sure what happened late in the game, but like Stars radio announcer Mike Melbye said, "the wheels have completely fallen off."
Jackson Teichroeb gave up six goals, but I honestly don't think he played that bad. Yes, he did take some undisciplined penalties. He didn't help out his team much in that regard. But he also wasn't getting much help and was hung out to dry a number of times due to turnovers in front of him. I'm sure he was frustrated. I'm sure he wanted to get that first win against his former team.
Stars captain Dominik Shine did not play in this game, and I'm not sure why he didn't play at all this weekend. Is he injured? Or was it an internal suspension handed down by the team? I'm in the dark, so if someone out there knows, please leave a comment below.
The sun came up this morning, so I'm not going be a negative nancy. Lincoln is still a 11-5-1 team, and they still have a ton of talent. You don't win 10 games in a row in this league and not have tons of potential. They've proven they can play and beat some of the best teams in the league. I can't explain why right now they look and play like a different team than the squad that won 10 in a row. I'm sure the players are just as confused. We just have to support this team while they try to turn this around.
It will be interesting to see what changes if any the coaches will make this week in terms of coaching philosophy or changes to the roster. Their PP unit is plain bad. The slow first period starts are becoming more and more frequent. Lately, the defense is allowing numerous odd-man rushes per game. I lost count last night of how many off-man rushes Lincoln gave up. There's certainly room for improvement.
Whatever they've been doing the past few weeks isn't working. Lincoln's next game is Friday night in Ralston, NE against the red-hot Omaha Lancers. I'm sure the Stars don't want to lose two in a row to their arch rivals and fall further in the standings.
I've been slacking a bit with posting pictures from the last couple of home games, so I hope to find time later today to do that. In the meantime, I'd love to hear your comments. You do not need to register to leave a comment below.