Saturday, December 14, 2013

B³ Postgame Recap: Lincoln 2, Sioux Falls 7

It wasn't a pretty sight at Sioux Falls Arena on Friday night as the hometown Stampede scored four powerplay goals in route to a 7-2 blowout win over the Lincoln Stars.

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The loss dropped the Stars to 5-13-5 (15 points), and with Tri-City's win last night, Lincoln is now in seventh place in the USHL western conference.  Click here to view the current USHL standings.

This recap will be brief for a variety of reasons.  First of all, I don't want to waste any time on trying to recap this sort of loss.  Secondly, I only caught part of the radio broadcast and did not watch it on FASTHockey.

In the first period, the Sioux Falls scored three goals (two were on the powerplay), and outshot the Stars 19-8.  Two of the three goals scored in the first period by the Stampede came from forward Griffen Molino.

In the second period, it was more of the same as the Stampede outscored the Stars 2-1 and outshot them 15-11.  Griffen Molino potted his third goal of the game in the second period on a powerplay.  The lone Stars goal in the middle stanza was scored by forward Dominick Sacco, his fourth of the season.

The Stampede outscored the Stars 2-1 in the third period as well, and outshot them 12-8.  Griffen Molino scored his fourth goal of the game in the final period, again on the powerplay.  So three of the four goals Molino scored against the Stars last night came on the powerplay.

In his past 24 games for the Sioux Falls Stampede, forward Griffen Molino had a total of 3 goals.  Last night he scored four goals in sixty minutes.  He probably wishes he could play the Stars every game.

The lone Stars goal in the third period was scored by Daniel Willett, on the powerplay.  It was Willett's first goal of the season.

Michael Bitzer, who was appearing in his 23rd straight game for the Stars, was pulled from this game after surrendering the third Stampede goal.  Lincoln backup goaltender Jacob Nehama, who had zero USHL experience coming into this game, relieved Bitzer for the rest of the contest.  What a way to make your USHL debut: down 0-3 on the road on the small ice surface of Sioux Falls arena.  Gotta feel for the kid on that one.

Bitzer stopped 12 of 15 before he was pulled, and Nehama stopped 27 of 31 for the remainder of the game.  Stampede goaltender Arthur Brey stopped 25 of 27 in the win.  Sioux Falls outshot Lincoln overall, 46-27.

The Stampede went 4-for-7 on the powerplay while the Stars finished 1-for-6.

I'm not sure where to start with this one.  I've mentioned it before, but we've seen these kind of losses all season long.  The Stars start out slow, get behind early, play undisciplined hockey, and lose the special teams war.  It's a broken record that needs fixed.  But how do you fix it?

Let's take a look at the Chicago Steel.  Much like the Stars, they began this season with only a few returning players from the 2012-13 season.  In their first ten games of the 2013-14 season, the Steel struggled mightily.  They lost each of those ten games to start the season 0-10-0.

I'm not sure what the Steel did after that tenth game, but since then they are 10-5-1.  They have climbed out of the eastern conference cellar and are beating teams above them in the standings.  They are 8 points out of a playoff spot in the east.  Meanwhile, the Stars are 18 points out of a playoff spot in the west.

The Steel are a great example of turning a season around and coming together as a team.  I'm not sure what's going on with the Stars, but it almost seems they are regressing, not improving.  

Regardless, I'll continue to support the players and hope they can find a way to turn this around.  It starts tonight at the IceBox against the first-place Omaha Lancers.  The Lancers will be a salty bunch tonight after losing a rare home game Friday night against the Waterloo Blackhawks.

Go Stars.


Concerned Fan said...

Yeti, the "fix" you talk about is simple. You make a change at the top with the head coach. I can't believe the new owner hasn't figured this out yet. Is he waiting for attendance to hit rock bottom first?

This team and organization deserve so much more. Spend the money and bring in an experienced, reputable head coach. Simple as that.

12yr season ticket holder said...

I couldn't agree more, time for a change. I hope the new owner agrees.

Yeti said...

Apparently there is someone on Twitter named Kent who thinks I'm not posting certain comments, especially those that are pro-Jimmy McGroarty.

I post every comment that follows the guidelines. I don't edit anything. I have no dog in this fight. If someone wants to post a comment stating their support for Jimmy McGroarty, go for it.

What I don't care for are people such as Kent who resort to name-calling. Apparently I'm a "slug." I don't need that crap. If you don't like what is on this blog, just don't read it. I've been called every name in the book because of this stupid blog and I'm getting tired of it all.

cranky farmer said...

here it is the 6th time today,ok you fire the coach you fire the coach and you still have a team that was picked by everyone to finish last,check the roster how many players are back from last year how many goals are back.theses kids and they ARE KIDS are playing their hearts out.The top of this league is loaded and you are not going to bring in a whole new team and light them all up. these kids have gone toe to toe with some of the best teams and haven't got the bounces that they need to get over that hump. If anyone thinks the players and coaches are not working their tails off to get better they are wrong.the wrong thing is a bunch of spoiled fans just wanting the big WIN. these players and coaches need the fans support more than ever not a bunch of whiners there isn't enough wins. By the way nice win tonight boys and have a merry Christmas with your families.

Yeti said...

Thanks for the comment, Kent. I'm not sure what you were doing before, but your comments never got to the dashboard of this blog for me to approve.

I appreciate your viewpoint. I could do without the name-calling on Twitter, but that's your prerogative.