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GAMEDAY PREVIEW: 10-8-21 VS. SIOUX FALLS

By Lincoln Stars Staff, 10/08/21, 11:45AM CDT

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GAMEDAY PREVIEW IS PRESENTED BY CULLIGAN WATER

STARS VS. STORM

When: Friday, October 8th at 7:05 p.m.
Where: The Ice Box
Watch: HockeyTV (hockeytv.com/game/956566)
Listen: Mixlr (mixlr.com/lincoln-stars)
 
Gameday Preview presented by Culligan Water
 

LINCOLN (1-1-1)

The Stars are looking for some offense following a 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Tri-City Storm last Friday night during their home opener. In their past two games, Lincoln has failed to score an even-strength goal. Jack Silich’s power-play goal in the first period was the lone marker against Tri-City. 
 
Kaidan Mbereko stopped 32 shots last Friday in the loss. The Stars were 1-for-5 on the power play and 3-for-5 on the penalty kill. Last year, Lincoln took six of eight games against the Stampede, including three straight wins in the season series to end 2020-21.
 

SIOUX FALLS (1-2)

Sioux Falls has dropped two consecutive games following their season-opening shootout win over the Muskegon Lumberjacks. The Stampede fell 6-1 against the Chicago Steel in late September and lost 5-2 against the Sioux City Musketeers last Saturday on the road. 
 
Isak Posch made 26 saves in the loss against the Muskies. The Stampede are 2-for-9 on the power play this season; they've also allowed three goals on 13 penalty-kill opportunities. Following tonight’s game, Sioux Falls will host Lincoln in their home opener on Saturday night at Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in South Dakota.
 

THINGS TO WATCH FOR

Garrett Pinoniemi put up 11 points (three goals, eight assists) against Lincoln last season … He leads the Stampede with three goals and one assist this season … Yu Sato scored three times and added six helpers against the Herd in 2020-21 … Mbereko has made one career start against Sioux Falls, stopping 30 shots as a 16-year-old with Team USA on January 3rd, 2020 … Posch is 1-1 this season with a 3.39 GAA and an .881 save percentage.
 

LAST WORDS

Stars head coach Rocky Russo: They’re big and heavy. If you allow them to get on top of you and swarm, you’re going to be in a lot of trouble. I think they’re well-coached. We’re playing a very talented opponent with a top line that’s very dangerous. We want to try to take advantage of our speed, turn their defense as much as possible and play in their end. 
 
Stars forward Griffin Jurecki: Sustained zone time is what we’re looking for. If we keep pucks in, we’ll have success below the dots. We need to get our defense involved and recover rebounds. If we do all that, we’ll be set up to have a good night.