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Preview - Lancers at Stars

April 13, 2019 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Lincoln Stars News Release

Tonight's Contest:

The Stars (12-42-3-4) close out the 2018-19 season with a home showdown against the Omaha Lancers (26-27-4-4).

Last Game:

Lincoln:

Scoring:

1st:

7:57 LIN Josh Bohlin (2) ASST: Tony Follmer (4), Zach Urdahl (1)

2nd:

9:14 LIN Josh Lopina (12) ASST: Matthew Barbolini (15), Brock Bremer (18)

11:10 OMA Jan Kern (13) ASST: Travis Mitchell (26), Aleksi Peltonen (19) (PP)

3rd:

6:32 LIN Ryan Carmichael (6-GWG) ASST: Samuli Niinisaari (13) (PP)

12:59 OMA Aleksi Peltonen (12) ASST: Jaxon Nelson (20), Jan Kern (18) (PP)

18:36 LIN Brock Bremer (16) ASST: None (EN)

PP: OMA-2/5, LIN 1/4

PK: OMA-3/4, LIN 3/5

Goalies:

W: Jacob Mucitelli (4-11-2-2), 60:00, 28/30, 2 GA

L: Akira Schmid (15-14-2-0) 56:11, 13/16, 3 GA

Head-to-Head:

The Stars improved to 2-4-2-0 against the Lancers this season after last night's win in Omaha.

Team Stats:

GF: OMA-2.49 (15th) to LIN-2.44 (16th)

GA: OMA-3.18 (9th) to LIN-4.25 (17th)

Shots For/G: OMA-27.49 (13th) to LIN-26.85 (16th)

Shots Against/G: OMA-30.52 (13th) to LIN-31.95 (14th)

PP: OMA-37/183, 19.2% (10th) to LIN-33/225, 32/221, 14.7% (16th)

SHGA: OMA-7 (t-10th) to LIN-9 (t-14th)

PK: LIN-181/229, 79.0% (10th) to OMA-161/205, 78.5% (11th)

SHGF: LIN-2 (t-15th) TIED OMA-2 (t-15th)

Leading Scorers:

G: OMA-Jaxon Nelson 18 to LIN-Brock Bremer 16

A: OMA-Travis Mitchell 26 to LIN-Brock Bremer 18

TP: OMA-Jaxon Nelson 38 to LIN-Brock Bremer 34

Goalies:

W: OMA-Akira Schmid 15 to LIN-Jacob Mucitelli 4

GAA: OMA-Akira Schmid 2.19 to LIN-Jacob Mucitelli 3.87

SV%: OMA-Akira Schmid .926 to LIN-Jacob Mucitelli .872

Shutouts: OMA-Akira Schmid 2 to LIN-Jacob Mucitelli 1

MIN: OMA-Akira Schmid 1949 to LIN-Jacob Mucitelli 1332

What to Watch For:

Aiming to Finish Strong:

The Stars are hoping to land their first weekend sweep of the season, and a chance to re-pay the favor after Omaha accomplished the same feat back on March 1st and 2nd.

"To be honest with you, tonight should motivate us into tomorrow night," said Stars head coach Cody Chupp after last night's win. "We got a little taste of how things can go. We've been a product of doing things right at times and maybe not getting rewarded. Tonight there was a little bit of a weird bounce on Lopina's goal. That is the hockey gods, karma, whatever you want to call it, repaying him for doing things right. We got a team win, a gutsy win-that should fuel us into tomorrow night. We need to go into tomorrow with the same expectations. It doesn't get easier tomorrow, but we know what the reward now can be, and we got a taste of that reward with a full group effort of guys committed to winning over individual stuff. Tomorrow night we're going to have a bunch of affiliates in the lineup again. They're gonna bring the energy, our guys that have been here need to match that energy that they bring like they did tonight. They need to lead the way, they need to set the example, the expectations for the old guys are to be leaders and to be those guys that you say 'watch what he does, do it like him.' The young guys are going to bring work ethic, they're going to bring energy, and they're going to work their butts off every shift."

Slow Down Jan Kern:

With a goal and an assist, Czech forward Jan Kern scored his third multi-point game in his last five outings last night, bringing his season total to 13 goals and 18 assists in 49 games. Against the Stars this season, Kern has two goals and four assists in eight games.

Jacob Mucitelli:

After Samuel Hlavaj's departure to prepare to play internationally for his native Slovakia, Jacob Mucitelli has assumed a greater role in the Stars crease. Last weekend was a frustrating one for the '00 netminder, going 0-2 against Central Illinois. Chupp had noted he had been "fighting the puck." Last night Mucitelli was excellent in net, stopping 28 of 30 shots on goal, including several high-grade chances against, helping to secure the Stars 4-2 win.

"I liked everything about him tonight because it was a fantastic response from last weekend" said Chupp. "I've talked a lot about built-in excuses and different things like that, and Moose didn't make any excuses all week. He went back to work, he had a great week of practice and tonight was a big confidence boost for him. I'm proud of his week that he had, his response to last weekend, and mostly I'm just happy for Moose and the performance he put together tonight."


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