Monday, January 14, 2008

Lincoln Stars Write-up

The Lincoln Stars write-up comes from Nate in Lincoln. Thanks for the work!

The Lincoln Stars extended their winning streak to 6 games with a weekend sweep of the Sioux City Musketeers. Jason Gregoire had two goals and David Reekie stopped 30-of-31 shots to lead Lincoln to a 6-1 win on Friday night at the Ice Box. The teams traveled to Sioux City for Saturday's game. Gregoire scored a power-play goal in the second period to give Lincoln the 1-0 victory, marking the second straight game Sioux City has been shutout at home. Reekie was stellar again in net, stopping all 38 Musketeer shots. For his efforts, Reekie was named USHL Goaltender of the Week for the second straight week and third time in his short career in Lincoln. His 1.21 goals against average and .963 save percentage are best in the USHL. In addition to the improvement in goaltending, the Stars have relied on improved play from their defensemen, not just in the defensive zone, but in the offensive end as well. The Stars D-men have combined for 6 goals during the win streak, while they only combined for 7 goals in the previous 26 games. Leading the way is Jake Newton, who has recorded 7 points (4 goals, 3 assists) since Christmas break. The Stars' schedule is favorable to continue their winning streak this week, as they play 3 games at home against two of the worst records in the USHL. The Stars host Des Moines, losers of four straight, on Tuesday and host Green Bay for a pair of games this weekend. Lincoln is 2-2 vs. Des Moines this year, with the Stars taking the last game 4-1 at Des Moines, the start of the Stars' current winning streak. If Reekie is in net against Des Moines, it will pit the league¢s worst offense against the league's best goaltender, which may not bode well for the Buccaneers. Perhaps backup goaltender Kevin Murdock may see some playing time this week. Murdock hasn't played since December 14th because of Reekie's spectacular play.

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