Thursday, March 5, 2015

B³ Weekend Preview: Des Moines Buccaneers

The Lincoln Stars will head east on Interstate 80 this weekend for a weekend series in Des Moines, IA against the Buccaneers.

Both games begin at 7:05pm CST.

Unless you're planning on being in Des Moines to watch the two games this weekend, you can follow the boxscores 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.

The Bucs enter these two games against Lincoln with a record of 19-17-11 (49 points), and are currently in fifth place in the USHL western conference.

The Stars are 16 points behind the Buccaneers with a record of record of 14-27-5 (33 points).  Lincoln has lost four in a row.  Click here to view the current league standings.

This will be the seventh and eighth  meetings between these two teams so far this season.  The Stars are 2-4-0 in the six prior matchups with the Bucs.  These two upcoming games will be the last time the two teams meet this regular season.

The Bucs have really struggled in the last half of the regular season after red-hot start.  Des Moines raced out to a 9-3-1 start, but they are 10-14-10 since then.  In their last 13 games, the Bucs only have two wins, and both of those wins came against the Stars.

The Bucs are six points behind the fourth place Sioux Falls Stampede in the western conference, so they are desperately fighting to stay relevant in the playoff race.  However, Des Moines made a big trade this past week which on the surface seems to indicate they are playing for next season, and don't anticipate making a playoff run this season.

Speaking of trades, the Stars made a move at the USHL trade deadline this week when the team sent forward Miguel Fidler to the Madison Capitols for '94 forward Sean MacTavish and a 3rd round pick in the 2015 USHL Futures Draft.  

Fidler will attend Ohio State this fall, so this move by the Stars was to trade an asset that wasn't returning next season for basically the 3rd round futures pick.  Sean MacTavish was born in 1994, so he cannot play junior hockey next season.  Sean MacTavish is the son of current Edmonton Oilers GM, and longtime NHL center, Craig MacTavish.

Sorry for the abbreviated weekend preview.  It's been a busy week.

Thanks for reading.  Go Stars.

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