The Lincoln Stars have taken a calm approach to its preparations for an upcoming 62-game schedule, which begins Thursday in Pittsburgh.
The Lincoln Stars U18 AAA program is still looking for billet families for the upcoming season, and no one knows what being a billet is like more than Gene Cotter.
Aidan Thompson's phone didn't ring, but his name flashed across the screen during the NHL Draft, a "surreal" moment that several past and present Stars felt this weekend.
Nebraska native Rutger McGroarty hoped to hear his name called in the NHL Draft's first round Thursday in Montreal. He didn't have to wait long.
Rutger McGroarty was born in Omaha but if you ask him, “I'm a kid from Lincoln, Nebraska.” Being around the Lincoln Stars at a young age started the journey.
The Stars took three defensive players in Lincoln's first four selections Tuesday.
After last week's first-round exit in the USHL Playoffs, the Lincoln Stars on Monday got to work on building next season's team.
Lincoln was up 3-0 in the first period and 4-2 with less than three minutes remaining in regulation.
Waterloo evened the series 1-1 despite getting outshot 37-18. Black Hawk goalie Emmett Croteau made 35 saves, including 15 in the third period.
Lincoln outshot Waterloo 21-9 in the first period that helped take a one-game lead over the Black Hawks in the best-of-three game series.
Lincoln started its quest for the Clark Cup on the right foot with a 5-2 win against Waterloo on Monday at the Ice Box. Journal Star photos by Jaiden Tripi.
The last time the Lincoln Stars made a legit playoff run towards a Clark Cup, Lincoln made a key hire in the 2015-16 season — a full-time goalie coach.
Despite the loss, Lincoln failed to capitalize on a cakewalk of a finale as Tri-City had 11 scratched players, including top goaltender Arsenii Sergeev.
The Force took the lead with a scoring flurry in the first four minutes of the second period to snap Lincoln's three-game winning streak.
The Stars raced out to a 2-0 lead in the first period behind goals from Aidan Thompson and Lucas Wahlin.
Lincoln scored four goals in the second period Friday at the Ice Box.
Lucas Wahlin scored nearly four minutes into the extra session to lift the Lincoln Stars to a much-needed win at the Ice Box.
Sioux City scored goals on two power plays and a short-handed goal, while adding two empty-net goals, while the Stars hit the post multiple times.
Friday: Sioux City 7, Lincoln 4.
With nine games left for the Stars in the regular season, Lincoln has a chance to jump into second place in the USHL Western Conference.
The Stars erupted in the third period, scoring four straight goals, including one from Noah Laba and two from Lucas Wahlin.
Aidan Thompson got his 100th career point with five assists and Lucas Wahlin had a hat trick for the second consecutive night.
Trailing 2-1 in the second period, Lincoln scored four short-handed goals, including goals from Lucas Wahlin and Noah Laba on the same penalty-kill.
The Lincoln Stars are not taking it easy after locking up a USHL playoff berth with 12 regular-season games still left on the schedule.