One team will leave the IceBox with their first win of the season this Friday night when the Lincoln Stars (0-1-1) host the Des Moines Buccaneers (0-2-0). Puck drops at 7:05pm CST. The Stars will play the lone Friday night matchup this weekend, with no game on Saturday or Sunday.
If you are unable to make it to the game on Friday evening, you can follow the boxscore online via Pointstreak, listen to Stars radio announcer Mike Melbye on 93.7 FM "The Ticket," or watch the game live on FASTHockey for a fee.
This preview is going to be very short. I've been battling a cold all week and I can't seem to shake it. I'm not sure if I'll be up to going to the game Friday night, but we'll see.
As noted above, the Bucs are off to a little bit of a slow start having lost two games at home the last two Saturdays. On 9/21, the Sioux Falls Stampede ruined Des Moines' home opener with a 6-4 trouncing. The next Saturday, on 9/28, the Omaha Lancers blanked the Bucs by a score of 4-0. So through their first two games of the season, the Bucs have given up 10 goals. Not good.
However, the Buccaneers were without some key players in those two games and played very shorthanded. From what I've ready online, it sounds like Des Moines will get a lot of those players back this weekend, so I anticipate them playing much better against Lincoln than what they've shown the last two Saturdays.
I had a chance to watch the Bucs play at the preseason USHL Fall Classic tournament, and I was very impressed with how they played. They have a good group of young, talented forwards like Willem Nong-Lambert, Ryan Galt, and Patrick Grasso. They have a goaltender (Christopoulos) with some good USHL experience. and good group of defensemen in front of him. I heard a lot of scouts talking about how improved the Bucs looked at the Fall Classic compared to last season when they finished in second to last place in the Western Conference with a 25-35-4 record.
Three current members of the Stars played for the Des Moines Bucs last season: forwards Christian Lampasso, Luke Voltin, and defenseman Luke Shiplo. I'm sure those three are pretty excited to face their former teams and prove it was a wrong decision to trade them away.
A reminder for every fan planning on going to this game....leave early. The Huskers volleyball team plays at the Devaney Center at the same time, so traffic in and out of the area will be a mess. I heard from a lot of Stars fans that parking was a nightmare last week, so I'm sure it will be a lot worse on Friday. Plan ahead.