Thursday, September 19, 2013

B³ Pregame Report: Lincoln Stars vs. Tri-City Storm 9/19 (preseason)

The Lincoln Stars will wrap up the 2013 preseason this Thursday evening with a road game in Kearney, NE at the Viaero Event Center against the Tri-City Storm.  Puck drops at 7:00pm CST.

If you can't make it to Kearney on Thurday night, you can watch the game online via FASTHockey ($).  You can also follow the boxscore online via Pointstreak.

You can listen to a live audio stream of the game here, courtesy of the Tri-City Storm.

The Stars have a preseason record of 2-2-0, having gotten out to a 2-0-0 start before losing their last two games, both played at the USHL Fall Classic.  In their last game, the Stars gave up 3 third period goals and lost to the Omaha Lancers by a score of 5-3.

For the Storm, they have a 1-3-0 preseason record with their lone win coming against the Waterloo Blackhawks (5-3) on the second day of the USHL Fall Classic last week.  In their last game, played this past Friday in Des Moines against the Bucs, the Storm were waxed by a score of 7-1.  In that particular matchup, both teams combined for a whopping 269 penalty minutes.  What a gongshow.

Tri-City has been a team that the Stars have had a lot of success against the past season or so.  In fact, the Stars have won the last 10 meetings between these two teams, dating all the way back to April 6th, 2012.  The last time Lincoln lost to Tri-City was Saturday, February 25th, 2012, when the Storm beat the Stars 3-2 in OT, despite being outshot 45-24.  Lincoln went 9-0-0 in nine regular season games against Tri-City during the 2012-13 regular season.

It will be interesting to see who is, and who isn't in the lineup for Lincoln in this game against Tri-City.  Per the USHL, all teams had to cut down to 23 players by 11:59pm today (Wednesday).  Per this tweet, the USHL will post the 23-player rosters of all teams on Thursday, at 3:00pm CST.  So I would assume that the Stars will not be able to bring their full training camp roster to the game against the Storm in Kearney.  But we'll have to wait and see how that works out.

With Chad Johnson's resignation today, I would guess it will be Jimmy McGroarty and trainer Corey Courtney behind the bench for the Stars against the Storm.

Wishing I could make the trek out to Kearney on Thursday night, but I won't be able to make it.  I doubt I will watch it on FASTHockey, either.  Hopefully there will be a radio stream to follow.  If not, I will follow the Poinstreak boxscore and will report back here with a recap afterwards.

Go Stars.

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