With the loss, the Stars fell to 17-36-5 (39 points) on the season with two more games to be played. The 36 losses by the 2014-15 team is now tied for the most losses in one season with the 2009-10 Stars team that finished 16-36-8. Click here to view the current league standings.
For obvious reasons this recap will be brief. I listened to the radio broadcast, but I did not watch it on FASTHockey.
As I mentioned above, this game went south early for the Stars as the Stampede outscored Lincoln 4-0 in the opening period. Uber-talented '98 forward Kieffer Bellows, who has feasted on the Stars this season, had 3 points (2g, 1a) in the first period alone in this game.
Stars goaltender Cam Hackett got the start in this contest and played the first period before he was pulled. Hackett stopped 13 of 17 shots on goal in the opening twenty minutes. Lincoln netminder Peyton Jones played the last two periods and stopped 13 of 16 shots on goal.
Lincoln actually outshot Sioux Falls 17-16 in the final forty minutes, but the Stampede goaltending tandem of Stefanos Lekkas and Arthur Brey combined to pitch the shutout. Maybe I missed something mentioned on the radio broadcast, but I'm not sure why both Stampede goaltenders played in this game. I'm pretty sure Lekkas got the start, but maybe he was injured in the 2nd period? I'm not sure. Or maybe the Stampede knew this was an easy win and wanted to get both goaltenders some playing time.
Sioux Falls outscored Lincoln 3-0 in the second, and third periods to finish out the scoring. Shots on goal were 33-21 in favor of the 'Pede. Sioux Falls went 1-for-2 on the powerplay while the Stars went 0-for-5.
Stampede forward Kieffer Bellows finished with a hat trick and one assist for a total of 4 points against the Stars. In four games against Lincoln this season, Bellows racked up 11 points (7g, 4a).
I hate to sound apathetic, but I've never felt this "happy" the season is about to end. For a fan, it's been rough. I can't imagine what these kids are going through, especially since the head coach continues to throw them under the bus at every opportunity during the postgame radio show. I normally don't listen to the postgame coach's comments, but I did last night. I was quickly reminded why I don't listen. As a fan, it's hard to feel excited for the future at this point.
The final two games of the season will be played this weekend against the Omaha Lancers. Friday's game against Omaha will be played at the IceBox, and the final game of the season for the Stars will take place at the Ralston Arena in Ralston, NE on Saturday. More on those two games later in the week.