Thursday, October 30, 2014

B³ Pregame Report: Waterloo Blackhawks vs. Lincoln Stars

It's another single-game weekend for the Lincoln Stars as they will host the Waterloo Blackhawks this Friday (Halloween!) night at the IceBox.

Puck drops at 7:05pm CST.

If you can't make it to the game, 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.

With a record of 3-4-1 (7 points), the Stars are tied with the Sioux Falls Stampede for 6th place in the USHL Western Conference standings.  Click here to view the current league standings.

Lincoln's opponent on Halloween night, the Waterloo Blackhawks, are in fifth place in the USHL western conference with a record of 3-3-2 (8 points).  The Blackhawks are winless (0-1-2)  in their last three games played coming into their tilt against the Stars.

This will be the second of four meetings between these two teams.  Back on Sunday, October, 5th at the IceBox, the Blackhawks embarrassed the Stars by a score of 4-1.  Waterloo outshot Lincoln 36-20 in that particular game.  After the loss, Lincoln head coach Chris Hartsburg was definitely not happy with his teams performance.  Click here to listen to his comments.

The Stars will be without the services of defenseman Connor Frantti for the next two games due to suspension.  That's a big loss for Lincoln, considering the minutes Connor eats up every game and his role as a captain, and leader, on and off the ice.

Defenseman Dylan Woolf, who has missed all of the preseason and the 8 regular season games so far due to injury, came off the injured reserve list on 10/30, so I suppose there is a chance he could play Friday night against Waterloo.  Having him in the lineup would certainly help offset the loss of Frantti.  Woolf is a big kid, and plays a physical, shutdown role similar to Frantti.

It's becoming very apparent that there are no easy games in the USHL western conference this season, so this will be another good test for the Stars.  I'm hoping the players remember the disappointing 10/5/14 loss to the Blackhawks and respond with a much better effort this time around.

Really looking forward to getting back to the IceBox on Friday night.  For some reason, it seems like it has been forever since the last home game.  Should be a very rowdy, loud crowd considering it is Halloween night as well.  Can't wait.

Thanks for reading.  Go Stars.

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