With the loss, the Stars fell to 26-16-3 (55 points) and remain in fifth place in the USHL Western Conference. If there is any good news, the two teams (Omaha, Waterloo) directly ahead of Lincoln in the standings also lost last night. Click here to view the current USHL standings.
I did not follow this game at all, so this recap will be very brief. If you listened to the radio broadcast, or watched on FASTHockey, or were there in person, please leave a comment below with your thoughts. I apparently picked a good night to go out with the wife and ignore the game. I got home late last night and was surprised to see the final score.
Looking around on Twitter and on Facebook, it appears that some fans were a little upset at referee Kenny Anderson. From what I've read, it sounds like Stars radio announcer Mike Melbye was pretty fired up at the calls being whistled against Lincoln last night. I can't comment on that since I didn't watch the game.
Having said that, it's hard to imagine that the refs were entirely responsible for the 6-1 loss. At some point, you've got to take responsibility for losing a game that bad, despite the questionable calls. I've always been of the opinion that good teams will overcome bad calls. But I know Anderson has called some brutal games in the past, also.
Click here to read a recap from the Sioux Falls Stampede website.
Michael Bitzer started the game but was pulled after the second period for Jackson Teichroeb. Bitzer got the loss with 22 saves on 27 Stampede shots. Teichroeb stopped 6 of 6 shots in the third period. Brad Hawkinson scored Lincoln's only goal on the night.
Jake Wood and Mike McKee were both ejected from this game, so I'm sure the league will be looking at those plays and doling out suspensions.
One call in particular is very strange when looking at the boxscore. Thomas Forgione of Sioux Falls was called for a dive at the 15:26 mark of the second period. Apparently, he was awarded a penalty shot on the same play. Huh? I'm not sure I've ever seen or heard of that in a hockey game before. If Forgione was whistled for a diving minor, how in the hell did he get a penalty shot out of it? Yes, he scored on the penalty shot.
I've seen where a referee will whistle a diving penalty on one team, and a hooking or tripping penalty on the other team to offset the penalties. Put them both in the box with coincidental minors and continue play. But if Forgione was whistled for a dive, how does Anderson award him a penalty shot? Logically, it makes absolutely no sense to me. If he dove, he dove. End of story.
I noticed that Paul LaDue, Dominik Shine, and Jimmy DeVito were scratched last night. Were they injured? Since I didn't listen or watch the game, I'm in the dark here. Speaking of scratches, does anyone know why forward Max Humitz never plays? I feel sorry for the kid. He is scratched even in games that the Stars play shorthanded. Why is he even here if he never gets an opportunity to play in a game? I've been impressed with him the little bit that I've seen of him this season. Get the kid in the kid in the lineup and coach him!
Anyway, I'll wrap this article up here. Looking back, getting four of six points is a positive. But I'm sure the Stars were hoping to play better against the Stampede. Please leave a comment below if you followed the game last night.