The Lincoln Stars will play only one game this weekend and that will take place Saturday evening at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, IA against the Musketeers.
Puck drops at 7:05pm CST.
If you you'd like to keep track of the Stars in Sioux City on Saturday you can follow the boxscore online via Pointstreak, listen to Stars radio announcer Mike Melbye on 93.7 FM "The Ticket," or watch the games live on FASTHockey for a fee.
With a record of 3-3-1 (7 points), the Stars are tied with with two other teams for 5th place in the USHL Western Conference standings. Click here to view the current league standings.
The Muskies will play tonight (Friday) at home against the Des Moines Buccaneers, but as I write this article, Sioux City has a record of 6-1-1 (13 points) and are tied with the Bucs for first place in the West.
Since losing to the Stars in OT at the IceBox on 10/3/14, the Muskies have won five of six games to vault themselves to the top of the western conference standings.
This will be the second of six meetings between the Stars and Musketeers this season. In a bit of an odd scheduling quirk, all six games between these two teams will occur before December 20th.
The Muskies are led by forward and University of Minnesota-Duluth commit Adam Johnson (5g, 5a in 8 games played) and goaltender Collin Olson (5-1-1, 2.03 gaa, .933 save %). Olson stopped 34 of 37 shots on goal in Lincoln's 4-3 OT shootout win against the Muskies on 10/3. Johnson had 2 points (1g, 1a) and 5 shots on goal against the Stars.
It's been relatively quiet with regard to player movement for Lincoln. Defenseman Tony DeVito was recently moved to the BCHL's Powell River Kings. From what I've been told, there is a chance forward Joe Lappin, who is recovering from an injury, could be in the lineup for the Stars against Sioux City on Saturday. Defenseman Dylan Woolf, who missed all of the preseason and the regular season thus far with a lower leg injury, will come off the IR list on 10/30.
Only one game for the good guys this weekend, and it will be a tough one against a surging Muskies squad looking for revenge after losing to the Stars a few weeks ago. If Lincoln can avoid the slow starts they've suffered from as of late, and get good goaltending from either Hackett or Jones, they should be able to hang with the Musketeers. Should be another good test for the Stars.
For those Stars fans out there who'd like to watch this game via FASTHockey, the team recently announced that Twin Peaks restaurant will broadcast all Stars away games. Twin Peaks is located at 800 Q Street, which is in the Haymarket area of downtown Lincoln. Nice to see the Stars finally partner up with a local establishment to simulcast away games.
I'll report back here with a recap, so keep an eye out for that.
Thanks for reading. Go Stars.