Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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With the loss, which was their third straight, the Stars dropped to 12-18-5 (29 points) and still occupy seventh place in the USHL western conference.
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For obvious reasons, I'm not going to spend a lot of time on this recap. I wasted a Tuesday evening (and $$) watching this game, and I don't want to spend a lot of time reliving it. It was that bad.
I actually thought Lincoln played pretty well for the first 8-10 minutes of the first period before the wheels came completely of. Ludvig Hoff gave the Stars a 1-0 lead 8 minutes into the first period after collecting a rebound from a Michael Gillespie shot on goal. For a little while there, I thought the Stars would be in this game and maybe even have an opportunity to pull out a road win.
The Storm responded with three goals in the first period to pretty much end this game before it ever got to the second period. TC added one goal in the second, and two more in the third period to finish out the scoring.
Shots on goal were 50-21 in favor of the Storm. Yup, you read that correct. Cam Hackett was once again left out to dry as he stopped 44 of 50. As I said on Twitter last night, Hackett saw more rubber in this game than a dead skunk on the highway. He must feel like a human pin cushion most nights. Without a number of big saves from Cam in this game, the Storm would have won 10-1.
Best thing to do after this game is forget about it and move on. Unfortunately, we have seen too many of these "forget it and move on" types of games this season.
I'm not seeing a lot of improvement on either end of the ice. I've never seen a Lincoln Stars team have so much trouble getting the puck out of their own zone. It's something I noticed in the preseason and early in the regular season, but I chalked it up to a young team learning a new system from a new head coach. Unfortunately, 30+ games later, I still see the same issues with not getting the puck out of their own zone, turning the puck over, which leads to goals against.
The Stars finished their four-game road trip with a record of 1-3-0. Lincoln now begins a seven-game homestand with the first two contests this Friday-Saturday at the IceBox against the Des Moines Buccaneers. The Stars will play the Bucs five times in their next 13 games.
Thanks for reading. Go Stars.
Posted by Yeti at 7:21 PM