Wednesday, January 28, 2015

B³ Postgame Recap: Lincoln 1, Tri-City 6

The Tri-City Storm scored six unanswered goals in route to a 6-1 thumping of the Lincoln Stars at the Viaero Event Center in Kearney, NE Tuesday night.  The Storm win was their seventh in a row.

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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.


Anonymous said...

I just don't know what to think about these games anymore.

nutz4puckz said...

I think the best way to sum that one up is UGH....

I too thought that we would start to see some improvement as the year went on, but it seems it's the same issues night after night with a good game tossed in. Not sure what the issue is there, but I sure hope they can get them figured out and soon.

Muskie!! said...

Take care of Des Moines this weekend!!

lincolnfan said...

i also am feeling as though i'm not seeing any signs of this team getting any better. i can sincerely accept that the playoffs may not happen this year; i thought that could be the case going in with a new coach and lots of changes. i also thought we had a very young team, and one that we could see together for a couple years in Lincoln with a lot of returning players.. now i am feeling as though that isn't so much the case as players are being traded and people are talking about building for next year. i was expecting to see some improvement by now and seeing us winning some games or at least playing the full 60 minutes. in some ways i feel like we haven't really gotten anywhere since we started this season.. sorry for the negativity, it's just frustrating.

Anonymous said...

nuts4puckz you are so right with the UGH!
This doesn't look or feel like a one year thing to me. The team makes the same mistakes over and over. I'd heard the coach say that he was tired of the same guys making the same mistakes. Is it the players or the coach? Our power play has been awful at times and we run it the exact same way every single time. Honestly the team seems to be getting worse. The GM brings in players from other teams that the he can't say enough good things about, then he trades them away few months later. I don't get it. After cheering through the two horrible years we had with the old coach I didn't think it could get worse. I might have been wrong.