|Jimmy DeVito scores in the third period|
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The loss dropped the Stars to 29-19-3 (61 points), and they are still tied with the Waterloo Blackhawks for third place in the USHL Western Conference.
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Coming into this game, the Stars had two games in hand over the Omaha Lancers (60 points) and one game in hand over the Fargo Force (65 points). So this particular game was a perfect opportunity for the Stars to earn some extra points to distance themselves from Omaha, and get a little closer to Fargo. That obviously didn't happen.
I really don't have a lot of time to devote to this recap. It was an ugly game all around. In the waning minutes of this game, radio announcer Mike Melbye said, "The Stars are going to lose a game they can't afford to lose." That pretty much says it all.
In many ways, this game played out just the opposite of last week's game between Sioux City and Lincoln. In last Tuesday's 8-5 Stars win at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Lincoln took advantage of some undisciplined play by the Muskies and capitalized with 4 powerplay goals. Yesterday, the Muskies took advantage of the undisciplined Stars and scored 3 powerplay goals in route to the 6-2 win.
Same old song, unfortunately. Undisciplined play, poor special teams, and zero sense of urgency from the Stars. I'd like to think that the team spends time in practice on the PP and the PK, but after watching how bad it has been most of this season, I have to wonder if it's being coached at all.
Regardless, this is one of those games the Stars have to put behind them and focus on what's ahead.
Looking at the schedule, it's not going to be easy for the Stars as they face Muskegon, Fargo (x2), Waterloo, Green Bay, Sioux Falls, and Omaha in the next seven games. Those teams have a combined record of 180-101-23. There are only 13 games left in the regular season, so hopefully the Stars can play with a little more consistency. Improving on the undisciplined play and special teams would help also.