Thursday, June 6, 2013

2013 Lincoln Stars Tryout Camp: Day One

Ridder Arena - Minneapolis, MN
It's been a long day, and it's late, but I want to get a quick article up before I go to bed and get up early for day two of the tryout camp.  A total of 115 players are here, which is about the same from last year.  A huge thanks goes out to BellTolls for posting the rosters earlier today.  I used the camera on my phone to take pictures of each roster sheet, so I hope they turned out ok and are easy enough to read.

One change I'm aware of is that Matthew Ho (defenseman) is wearing #7 for Team Black.  Matthew was mistakenly listed as a forward for Team White, so he was moved to Team Black.

I agree 100% with what BellTolls posted earlier today in regards to the players drafted by Lincoln that aren't here.  No big surprises, in my opinion.  Sure, it would have been nice for all drafted players to report, but that never happens.  It is what it is.  The players who are here are going to be busting their asses the next four days to make this team, so I'd rather concentrate on them than wonder why a certain player isn't here.

First of all, I want to thank the Stars organization for making me feel welcome and providing me with rosters and a camp t-shirt.  I may be the unofficial blogger, but the Stars have always treated me very, very well.  I thank them for that.

Okay, enough rambling.  Let's get to the recaps.  Before I start, I want to emphasize that I'm just a fan, and in all actuality, my opinions mean nothing in the grand scheme of things.  I observe, take notes, and that's about it.  I'm not a coach, I'm not a scout, and I'm not affiliated in any way with the Lincoln Stars.  I'm just a hockey nut who loves the game.

Game #1:  Team Royal vs. Team White
Team White won the first scrimmage of the 2013 tryout camp with a 2-1 shootout win over Team Royal.  The lone White goal in regulation was scored by Colton Fletcher, with the assist coming from August Von Ungern-Sternberg.  The lone Royal goal in regulation was scored by Ethan Solat.  The only player in the shootout to score was Team White forward Steven Mather.  For the most part, I will only keep track of goal scorers, but in some situations I will note the primary assist if it was a good play.  Each games consists of two 25-minute halves (running clock).  There is not overtime, so if a game ends in a tie, it goes straight to a shootout.  In this case, each team had three shooters.

White goaltender Sean Healy started the first half of the game and did not give up any goals.  Goaltender Brandon Wildung, who wears #1 for Team Columbia, started the second half of the game for Team White and gave up only one goal.  Wildung stopped all three shooters he faced in the shootout.  Royal goaltender Ashton Good started the first half and did not give up any goals.  Royal goaltender Joey Staely started the second half of the game and gave up only one goal.  Staely stopped two of three Team White shooters in the shootout.

Players from Team White who stood out to me were Zach Aston-Reese, Jalen Chatfield, Scott Dornbrock, Luke Miller, Colton Fletcher, and Zach Frye.  In his first shift, ZAR put three players on Team Royal right on their backside.  He's a man among boys.  Players from Team Royal who stood out to me were Chris Cobham, Ethan Solat, Jeremy Solat, Nicholas Monfils, Wayland Williams, and Sven Jung.  My MVP of Team White goes to defenseman Scott Dornbrock, who had a very solid, steady game on the blueline.  You can tell he has some USHL and NAHL experience.  My MVP of Team Royal goes to twins Ethan and Jeremy Solat.  They are both on the small size, but man do these kids fly up and down the ice.  Lots of hustle from those two, which was good to see.

Game #2:  Team Columbia (light blue) vs. Team Red
Team Red defeated Team Columbia by a score of 3-1  Scoring for Red was Joshua Owings (point shot), Max Humitz (rebound goal), and Blake Waldersen.  The lone Team Columbia goal was scored by Todd Koritzinsky, with a nice assist coming from Kyle Fargesen on a 2-on-1.  Team Red was probably the best overall squad I saw today.

Red goaltender Jacob Nehama started the first half of the game and did not give up any goals.  Red netminder Michael Tilford started the second half and gave up just one goal.  Columbia goaltender Joshua Stone started the first half and gave up only one goal.  Columbia goaltender Brandon Wildung started the second half of the game and gave up two goals.

Players from Team Red who stood out to me were Tommy Marchin, Taylor Maruya (kid throws his body around like crazy), Max Humitz, David Parrontino, Zack Pittman, and Brandon Parker.  Players from Team Columbia who stood out in my opinion were Todd Koritzinsky, Daniel Willett, Kyle Fargesen, Joshua Stone, and Brenden Dunning.  My MVP from Red goes to Max Humitz who scored the game-winning goal and seemed to always be around the puck.  My MVP from Columbia goes to Todd Koritzinsky who had the lone goal for his team and generated a lot of other scoring chances.  Koritzinsky is a '93 (overager), so he's battling the other '93's in camp for only a few spots on the roster.  He definitely helped himself tonight with his effort.

Game #3:  Team Black vs. Team Yellow
Team Yellow cruised to a 3-1 victory over Team Black in the last game of the night.  Scoring for Yellow was Jake Larson (nice assist from Hunter Anderson), Reid Brown, and Garrett Brossart.  The lone goal by Team Black was scored by Matthew Ho.

Yellow goaltender Nick Schmit started the first half of the game and did not give up any goals.  Yellow netminder Jacob Dittmer started the second half and gave up only one goal.  Red goaltender Michael Tilford started the first half of the scrimmage for Team Black and did not give up any goals.  Black netminder Dylan Parker started the second half and gave up three goals.  There was one fight in the game which pitted Yellow's Hunter Anderson  vs. Black's John Simonson.  It was pretty much a draw.

Players from Team Yellow who stood out to me were Jake Larson, Jared Kolquist, Nate Repensky, Miguel Fidler, and goaltending duo of Nick Schmit/Jacob Dittmer.  Players from Team Black who stood out in my opinion were Luke Voltin, Jared Bethune, Ken Citron (reminds me of former Stars d-man Dax Lauwers), John Simonson, and Dominick Sacco (oodles of speed and skill).  My MVP of Team Yellow goes to the goaltending pair of Nick Schmit and Jacob Dittmer.  Both netminders stood on their head against a very good Black squad.  My MVP of Team Black goes to forward Luke Voltin who generated a good amount of offensive chances, and looked cool, calm, and composed out there.

That's about it!  Time for me to get some sleep and start this all over again in the morning.  If you have any specific questions you'd like to ask, please email me at or leave a comment below.  Thanks for reading.  -Yeti (Tim)


Anonymous said...

Any word on wo someof the assistants coaches/scouts etc. helping in camp. I think in previous years there was often a few former Stars helping out.

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Yeti said...

The only guest coach I saw yesterday was former Stars forward Mick Berge, who is an assistant coach with the Minot Minotauros of the NAHL.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the recaps. Always look forward and enjoy your insights.

Anonymous said...

That Todd Koritzinsky is a solid player. Sandpaper type of player that Stars fans should like. One of those guys you love to have on your team, but hate to play against. Character kid also who was a solid contributor for Youngstown Phantoms but team unloaded him to make some other roster moves.

Anonymous said...

Jared Kohlquist from SC is trying out there? Wonder what was the reason for him going up there.


BellTolls said...


Kolquist was traded from Sioux City to Lincoln following the conclusion of the 2012-13 season. Sioux City got Lincoln's 4th round Entry Draft pick in 2014.