Thursday, January 31, 2013
What's better than a full weekend of Stars hockey at the IceBox? Lincoln will host the Sioux Falls Stampede on Friday night, and then the Des Moines Buccaneers on Saturday evening. The puck will drop at 7:05pm CST each night.
If you aren't able to make it to the IceBox this weekend, you can follow the boxscores online via Pointstreak, listen to Stars radio announcer Mike Melbye on 93.7 FM "The Ticket," or watch the games live on FASTHockey for a fee.
The Stars are currently 22-13-3 (47 points), and are in fourth place in the USHL Western Conference, one point ahead of the fifth place Omaha Lancers. Click here to view the updated USHL standings.
Up first for the Stars this weekend will be the aforementioned first-place Sioux Falls Stampede, who have a very impressive 28-10-1 (57 points) record. This will be the fifth time the Stars and Stampede will face off against one another this season. The Stars have a respectable 2-1-1 record in the four prior games against Sioux Falls. These two teams will meet a total of 8 times during the 2012-13 regular season.
The Stampede are coming off a 5-3 road loss to the Omaha Lancers yesterday (Wed) which saw SF surrender five goals in the second period. Despite the recent loss, the Stampede are an incredible 15-3-0 in their last eighteen games played. I would have to believe the Stampede will be a very motivated group Friday night at the IceBox coming off the recent loss to Omaha.
The last time the Stars and Stampede locked horns, Sioux Falls stormed back from a 3-1 deficit in Lincoln to win in an overtime shootout by a score of 4-3. In that particular game, I thought Lincoln was the best team in the first period, but Sioux Falls used a very strong effort in the second and third periods to mount the comeback.
On Saturday, the Stars will play a familiar foe in the Des Moines Buccaneers, who sport a record of 19-20-2 (40 points) and are in sixth place in the USHL Western Conference. Like Friday's opponent, this will be the fifth time the Stars play the Bucs this season. In their four previous matchups, the Stars have a 3-1-0 record and have outscored the Buccaneers 18-9. These two teams will meet a total of 6 times this season.
Lincoln is just a few days removed from beating the Bucs in Des Moines by a score of 5-0. In that game, Luke Johnson scored a hat trick, and Jackson Teichroeb stopped all 19 shots he faced to record the shutout. The Bucs did not play well at all in that contest, so I'm sure they also will be very motivated this weekend to play the Stars again. Like Omaha, the Bucs are fighting to stay in playoff contention in the western conference.
The Stars will begin a 3 game homestand this weekend before participating in the big outdoor game on Saturday, February 9th at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. Lincoln does not play a game outside of Nebraska until February 15th when they go back to Des Moines to face the Bucs. Big opportunity this weekend, and next, to put more points between themselves the Omaha Lancers. As mentioned above, the Stars are only one point ahead of the Lancers in the race for fourth place in the west, and a final spot in the Clark Cup playoffs.
A reminder, the UNL mens basketball team has a game Saturday night at the Devaney Center starting at 6pm. Plan accordingly. The good news is the BB game starts an hour earlier than the Stars game, so hopefully that helps the potential traffic nightmare. Thankfully, this will be the last time this season a Husker basketball game falls on the same day/time as a Stars home game.
Let's pack the IceBox this weekend!
Posted by Yeti at 9:38 PM