Per Lincoln's Twitter account, the Stars have traded '94 forward Ross Olsson to the Cedar Rapids Roughriders in exchange for '93 forward Phillip Marinaccio.
In 30 USHL games this season, Phillip has scored 17 points (8g, 9a) along with 16 PIM's. Marinaccio started the 2012-13 season with the Chicago Steel before being traded to the Cedar Rapids Roughriders in late November of last year. In 44 games with the Steel during the 2011-12 season, Marinaccio scored 38 points 10g, 28a) along with 18 PIM's. Marinaccio's teammate on that 2011-12 Steel team is current Stars forward Jimmy DeVito.
Marinaccio is a native of Vaughan, Ontario, Canada and is a 2013 commit to Bemidji State University (as is current Stars goaltender Michael Bitzer). Phillip counts as an import since he is from Canada, but the Stars had room for one import after they released Brent Wold last month. The other three imports on the Stars' roster are Jackson Teichroeb, Jake Wood, and Mike McKee.
I think this is a good trade for both teams. Olsson gets to start over with a new team and hopefully gets more playing time. Marinaccio gives Lincoln more scoring depth and is a player with some good USHL experience under his belt. Win, win.
Best of luck to Ross in Cedar Rapids! Sorry to see him go, but hopefully this change of scenery will help his development. We all appreciate his time and effort spent in a Lincoln Stars uniform.
I do not know if Marinaccio will be in Lincoln tonight for the game against the Blackhawks. It would be nice if he was, along with Riley Bourbonnais. We'll find out soon enough.