The month of January was a good one for the Stars. Lincoln went 8-1, losing the final game of the month at Waterloo. The Stars recorded a season-best 10-game win streak before falling to Waterloo. The Stars were led by the consistently-strong goaltending of David Reekie, a midseason acquisition. Reekie’s four shutouts, 1.27 GAA and .96 save percentage all lead the USHL. Ryan Kretzer and Jason Gregoire were the top forwards for the Stars during their win streak. Kretzer had 7 goals and 10 assists to take over the league lead in points and Gregoire carries an 11-game point streak (11 goals, 7 assists) into the Feb. 1st match-up with Omaha.
February will be a key month for the Stars if they want to continue their ascent up the standings. Lincoln is in third place in the West division, four points behind the Sioux City Musketeers, but the Muskies have three games in hand on the Stars. The Stars face division-leading Omaha twice in the first week of February. The Stars also have a chance to avenge their last two defeats to Waterloo when the Blackhawks come to Lincoln on Feb. 2nd. Lincoln will be tested in three key road games against divisional opponents Sioux City, Sioux Falls and Tri-City. In addition to Waterloo, Lincoln will also face the top two teams in the East division, Indiana and Cedar Rapids.