Thursday, January 1, 2015

B³ Postgame Recap: Lincoln 0, Waterloo 5

2014 ended with a whimper for the Lincoln Stars as they were blanked by the Waterloo Blackhawks at Young Arena in Waterloo, IA on New Year's Eve by the score of 5-0.

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With the loss the Stars dropped to 8-13-4 (20 points) and are now in last place in the USHL western conference, one point behind the Waterloo Blackhawks.  However, Lincoln does have two games in hand over Waterloo.

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Lincoln is now 0-3-0 in the last three New Year's Eve games which have all taken place in Waterloo.  The Stars were outscored 19-3 in those three games.  I think it's time to either not schedule a NYE game in the future, or try to schedule one at the IceBox.  And if you're going to schedule a NYE game, avoid any against Waterloo.

I wasted a good couple of hours watching this game on FASTHockey last night, so I'll quickly try to recap it below.

Waterloo scored two goals in the first period, one goal in the second period, and two more goals in the third period to complete the scoring.  Two of the five goals scored by the Blackhawks in this game came on 5-on-3 powerplay opportunities.  Waterloo went 2-for-6 on the powerplay while Lincoln went 0-for-3.  

Seems like an occurring bad dream, but the Stars once again let penalties kill them on the road against Waterloo on New Year's Eve.  It happens every year.

There were moments of this game where I thought Lincoln was the better team, but Waterloo was clearly the dominant team through the majority of the sixty minutes.  Lincoln's best opportunities in the game offensively came in the latter half of the second period.  The Blackhawks outshot Lincoln in every period and 43-28 overall.

Stars goaltender Peyton Jones stopped 38 of 43 shots on goal in the loss, while Blackhawks goaltender Trevor Gorsuch recorded his first shutout of the season as he stopped all 28 shots he faced.

This was the the third time this season that the Stars were shutout, and the first time the Waterloo Blackhawks recorded a shutout.

Honestly, there isn't a whole lot of positives to take away from this game from what I saw.  Stars head coach Chris Hartsburg mentioned this after the game when talking to radio announcer Mike Melbye, but it was disappointing to see some players put it on autopilot in the third period when the game was winding down.  Seemed like a few players just stopped trying.

The Stars will have an opportunity to bounce back quickly when they face the two new USHL expansion teams this weekend at the IceBox.  The Bloomington Thunder will visit on Friday, and then the Madison Capitols on Saturday.  I'll try to post a weekend preview article later today for those two games.

Thanks for reading.  Go Stars.


Bill in Section C said...

I haven't seen much improvement from this team. It's almost like they are getting worse. Disappointing.

Aaron Impens said...

Its getting hard to watch. Definitely a Stars fan but come on guys. Last place is not where we are supposed to be. What will it take to get the winning back?? light the fire under the players

lincolnfan said...

i'm not sure what to think anymore. attendance has been way down and just seems like the organization isn't quite what it used to be. win or lose, i'm always a Stars fan, but they were playing better at the beginning of the season than they have been lately. let's get this figured out and bring some winning hockey back to Lincoln. sorry to say, but i don't think people are as likely to come out to the Ice Box when the Stars aren't winning games. let's at least try to make a run for the playoffs...

Anonymous said...

The slow slide towards irrelevancy. I remember when this team competed for championships every season. Those days are long gone and I'm not sure they're coming any time soon.

Go Stars said...

So much for "midwest hospitality" from these blog comments. You people sound like you live in NYC? Many don't seem to be looking at the numbers, 9 of Lincoln losses were by 1 goal, 4 losses by 2 goals. If half those games go our way, we have 33 points, good for 2nd place tie in West with Tri-City, 2 points out of 1st. Most are sounding like this team doesn't compete on a nightly basis? Prior to last game, team captured 5-of-6 possible points in 3 games, best performance this year. Since Stars inception (1996), Stars have captured 5 (Andersen/Clark) Cup Championships compared with 3 National Championships from Cornhusker Football. The "slow slide towards irrelevancy" seems to tilt more toward Memorial Stadium than the Ice Box based on the numbers comparison...

Anonymous said...

Go Stars.