LINCOLN, Neb. - The Stars will hit the road this weekend for their first (and only) taste of preseason action in 2021-22.
Lincoln’s 27-man roster will travel to Sioux City, IA for a pair of afternoon games against the Sioux Falls Stampede and the Tri-City Storm as part of the USHL West Preseason Shootout. Both games will be broadcasted on HockeyTV and Mixlr.
- SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11TH VS. SIOUX FALLS (IN SIOUX CITY) AT 1:00 P.M.
- SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12TH VS. TRI-CITY (IN SIOUX CITY) AT 12:00 P.M.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR:
The Stars boast eleven returning players from 2020-21, including five on the back-end. Defenseman Dalton Norris returns for his third USHL season after recovering from a lower-body injury that forced him to miss the final 26 games of last year. The Bowling Green State University commit is expected to appear in his first game since February 20th, 2021. He’s made 74 regular-season appearances for Lincoln in his USHL career.
Forward Aidan Thompson is looking to build off his successful first full season which saw him put up a team-leading 23 assists along with ten goals. In 52 games, Thompson ranked second on the Stars in points (33). The future Denver Pioneer broke out in March of 2021, registering 22 points over his next 18 games.
Goaltender Kaidan Mbereko spearheads the fresh faces on the Stars roster following his first-round selection in the 2021 USHL Phase II Draft. The West Bloomfield, MI native has shined throughout training camp, posting a perfect first half in Lincoln’s scrimmage earlier this week. Before joining the Stars, Mbereko appeared in 28 games with Team USA over the past two seasons.
Defenseman Jo Lemay was limited to only 15 games in the BCHL last season but was still able to showcase his offensive instincts from the blue line. The 2021 Washington Capitals draft pick (No. 119 overall) racked up ten assists in 15 games with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. He's certainly someone to zero in on as Lincoln gets going this weekend.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
"We want to see how quickly our group, especially with a new staff, is able to absorb and execute the things we’ve taught over the last four or five days. I don’t expect us to be perfect but guys that are able to learn systems in a short period of time and go out and work within the parameters of those to have success are going to be guys that have a distinct advantage after the weekend’s over."
— STARS HEAD COACH ROCKY RUSSO