Monday, January 14, 2013

B³ Pregame Report: Waterloo Blackhawks vs. Lincoln Stars

The Lincoln Stars will be looking for some payback Tuesday night at the IceBox when they host the Waterloo Blackhawks.  The puck will drop at 7:05pm.

If you can't make it to the game Tuesday evening at the IceBox, You can follow the boxscore online via Pointstreaklisten to Stars radio announcer Mike Melbye on 93.7 FM "The Ticket," or watch the game on FASTHockey for a fee.

The Stars are currently 19-10-3 (37 points), and are in fourth place in the USHL Western Conference.  Lincoln is only six points our of second place, but just seven points out of seventh place in the wild, wild western conference.  Click here to view the updated USHL standings.

This will be a short recap article.  I ran out of time tonight to get this done.

The Blackhawks are in third place in the USHL Western Conference with a 22-12-0 record (44 points).  This will be the second of four meetings between these two teams this season.  Just a few weeks ago on New Year's eve, the Blackhawks scored 8 powerplay goals in route to a 10-2 blowout over the Stars in Waterloo, IA.  It was an ugly game, for sure. 

Waterloo will be without two of their top forwards in this game due to injury.  Justin Kloos (44 points in 27 games) and Zach Stepan (43 points in 27 games) were both injured in a 1/5/13 game against Cedar Rapids. That's the good news if you're a Lincoln Stars fan.  The bad news is the Blackhawks still have plenty of offensive weapons in Taylor Cammarata (53 points in 29 games), Vincent Hinostroza (43 points in 29 games), and J.T. Stenglein (33 points in 28 games).  Stenglein was just acquired by the Blackhawks last week in a trade with the Sioux City Musketeers.

The Stars will have a number of key players missing from their lineup also for the game against Waterloo.  Mike McKee and Jimmy DeVito will be out due to suspension.  DeVito was given a one-game suspension for picking up his sixth fighting major of the season this past Saturday against Youngstown.  McKee will be serving the fourth of his five-game suspension that he picked up because of actions in Lincoln's 10-2 loss to Waterloo last month.

Lincoln could also be without forwards Luke Johnson and Dominik Shine due to injury.  I don't want to go into too much detail, but if what I heard is correct, both could be out of the lineup for more than a few games.  I'd rather not talk about injuries until the Stars release that information themselves.  Will Suter missed both games last weekend due to illness, so hopefully he's back in the lineup against Waterloo.

The big news this week was the acquisition of forward Riley Bourbonnais from the Sioux City Musketeers.  Click here to read more about that trade.  Considering the amount of players that could be out of the lineup for the Stars, lets hope Riley is in the lineup Tuesday night.

See you all at the IceBox.  Go Stars.

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