The Stars Weekly is a new weekly recap and preview of Stars news, games, and more. The Stars Weekly will be released every Monday during the 2017-18 season.
Friday, April 13: Stars 1, Omaha Lancers 4
Shots: Stars 36, Lancers 29
PP: Stars 0-for-2, Lancers 0-for-2
The Lincoln Stars (34-23-1-1) fell 4-1 to the Omaha Lancers (38-16-2-3) on Friday night at Ralston Arena.
Lancers forward Ryan Savage (9:10 1st) scored the game's first goal and the only tally of the first two periods. Lancers forwards Cole Gallant (6:16 3rd) and Christian O'Neill (6:51 3rd) tripled the lead, 3-0, before Stars forward Devlin McCabe (11:01 3rd) answered back for the road side. Lancers defenseman Jesper Peltonen (EN, 19:51 3rd) sealed the 4-1 win.
Lancers goaltender Zach Driscoll (22-9-2) stopped 35 of 36 shots in the win, while Stars netminder Tomá Vomá?ka (24-19-0) saved 25 of 28 shots in the loss.
Sunday, April 15: Stars 5, Tri-City Storm 0Shots: Stars 21, Storm 37
PP: Stars 1-for-3, Storm 0-for-7
The Lincoln Stars (34-22-1-1) closed the 2017-18 regular season with a 5-0 win over the Tri-City Storm (29-27-2-2) on Sunday afternoon at Viaero Center.
Stars forward Tristan Ashbrook (13:02 1st) opened the contest with the eventual game-winning goal to take a 1-0 lead. The Stars added three more in the second period from forwards Austin Magera (5:24 2nd), Logan Jenuwine (PP, 11:29 2nd) and Philippe Lapointe (SH, 14:16 2nd) to quadruple the lead, 4-0. Magera (11:55 3rd) added one more tally, leaving the final score at 5-0.
Stars netminder Derek Schaedig (10-4-2) stopped all 37 shots in his second -straight shutout win, while Storm goaltender Jake Barczewski (10-15-3) saved 16 of 21 shots in the loss.
Western Conference First Round
Tuesday, April 17 @ Sioux Falls Stampede - 7:05 p.m.
Wednesday, April 18 @ Sioux Falls Stampede - 7:05 p.m.
*Thursday, April 19 @ Sioux Falls Stampede ?" 7:05 p.m. (if necessary)
The Lincoln Stars open the 2018 Clark Cup Playoffs in the Western Conference First Round against the Sioux Falls Stampede from Denny Sanford Premier Center. The Stars met the Stampede four times this season, winning three of four games though splitting their two road meetings. The Stars met the Stampede in the 2013 Clark Cup Playoffs, falling 3-2 in the best-of-five series while falling in two of three road games. The Stars are 9-10-1 against the Stampede in the Clark Cup Playoffs since 2002-03 while holding a 2-3 record in five series.
The Sioux Falls Stampede enters the Clark Cup Playoffs for the fifth time in six seasons after missing the postseason last year. The Stampede lost their opening series to the eventual Clark Cup Champions, Tri-City Storm, in their last appearance in 2016. The Stampede won the Clark Cup in 2015, joining their only other championship in 2007. This season, the Stampede finished the season with five-straight losses and one point above their first round opponent.
Western Conference Outlook:
The Waterloo Black Hawks won their third Anderson Cup with a pair of wins last week, just edging out the Omaha Lancers and Team USA. The Black Hawks and Lancers earned a first-round bye into the Western Conference Semifinals. The Fargo Force made a push for that opening week bye with a pair of wins over the Sioux Falls Stampede, who spread their loss streak to five games. The Lincoln Stars split their final weekend, the Tri-City Storm have now fallen in nine-straight games, the Sioux City Musketeers finished strong despite missing the playoffs by two points, and the Des Moines Buccaneers slipped in their final two games.
WESTERN CONFERENCE FIRST ROUND...
#1 Waterloo Black Hawks - first-round bye
#2 Omaha Lancers - first-round bye
#3 Fargo Force vs. #6 Tri-City Storm (Best-of-Three)
Game 1: Tuesday, Apr. 17 - 7:05 p.m. - Scheels Arena
Game 2: Wednesday, Apr. 18 - 7:05 p.m. - Scheels Arena
*Game 3: Thursday, Apr. 19 - 7:05 p.m. - Scheels Arena (if necessary)
#4 Sioux Falls Stampede vs. #5 Lincoln Stars (Best-of-Three)
Game 1: Tuesday, Apr. 17 - 7:05 p.m. - Denny Sanford Premier Center
Game 2: Wednesday, Apr. 18 - 7:05 p.m. - Denny Sanford Premier Center
*Game 3: Thursday, Apr. 19 - 7:05 p.m. - Denny Sanford Premier Center
The Stars return to the Clark Cup Playoffs for the second time in three seasons and the first under Head Coach Cody Chupp. The Stars were eliminated 3-1 in a best-of-five series against the Waterloo Black Hawks during the 2016 Western Conference Semifinals, falling the last game 4-3 in double overtime. The Stars organization makes its 17th appearance in the Clark Cup Playoffs in 22 seasons. The Stars won the Clark Cup twice: 1996 (inaugural season) and 2003.
The Stars completed the 2017-18 regular season with a 35-23-1-1 record and 72 points. Their record is the best since 2012-13 both in points and win percentage (.600). The Stars made one of their most impressive runs in team history during the second half of the season, posting a 21-5-1-0 record since January 27 while tabbing a share of their best win streak (10 games) as well as their best point streak (12 games) in the Tier I Era (2002-pres.). The Stars finished one point behind Sioux Falls for fourth place in the Western Conference.
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