Showing posts with label Lincoln Stars. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lincoln Stars. Show all posts

Friday, November 22, 2013

Classy Move by the Lincoln Stars

Classy move by the Lincoln Stars to honor their former coach Chad Johnson who passed away this week.

Monday, April 22, 2013

UND Recruit: Paul Ladue's goal against Sioux Falls

The Lincoln Stars and the Sioux Falls Stampede are currently tied 2-2 in their USHL quarterfinal series. Lincoln is the team that future UND defenseman Paul Ladue currently plays for, and this past season, Paul became the highest scoring defenseman in Lincoln Stars history.

In the loss on Saturday night, Paul scored the only Stars goal and they face the Stampede in a deciding game five tomorrow night in Sioux Falls. The Stampede are coached by former Fighting Sioux associate head coach Carey Eades.

You can see the Ladue goal on the video include, it's the third goal on the video at about the 1:20 mark of the video.

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Friday, February 08, 2013

Paul Ladue practices at the TD Ameritrade Park

Future UND defenseman and former Grand Forks Central Star Paul Ladue (players in the black uni on the right) practices at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska. Ladue is currently with the Lincoln Stars of the USHL.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Welsh, Murphy and Johnson make their respective teams for 2012 Junior "A" challenge

2012 WORLD JUNIOR A CHALLENGE is from 5-11 November in Warmouth, N.S. and there are a few players of interest taking place in this tourney.

Former PSU recruit Thomas Welch has made the Canada East squad for the 2012 World Junior "A" Challenge. Welsh is a recruit that I have profiled on three separate occasions for INSIDE HOCKEY. Congrats to Welsh for making the Eastern Team.

Former Grand Forks Central High star, future UND and current Lincoln Stars forward Luke Johnson has made the United States team for the 2012 WORLD JUNIOR "A" CHALLENGE.

Future UND recruit forward Wade Murphy Penticton (BCHL)has made Canada West squad for the 2012 WORLD JUNIOR A CHALLENGE. Congrats to all the players that have been selected to represent their countries teams for the Junior "A" Challenge.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Paul Ladue scores shootout winner against Fargo Force

Here is a UND recruit update. In USHL action on October 19th, 2012 the Lincoln Stars played the Fargo Force at Lincoln Icebox Arena.

Future UND defenseman Paul Ladue scored the game winning goal in the fourth round of the shootout to give the Lincoln Stars the win over the Fargo Force 4-3. Through six games this season the former Grand Forks Central star Ladue has (0g-a6—6pts) and is a +8.
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Saturday, March 03, 2012

Barnstorming and a Hat Trick

It has been a tumultuous season for the USHL's Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, even more so on the road. Plagued with injuries, the team found themselves with a 19-18-8 overall record, 6-14-3 on the road, headed into their game last night in Lincoln. After ending the regular season on top last year, it is difficult to stomach being buried in 5th in the league. Yet something lit these guys on fire last night as they took on the 27-14-4 Lincoln Stars at the Ice Box, led by 19 year old forward Davey Middleton, in what can only be called an exhibition of well-executed play.

Gerald Mayhew led the attack with a goal in the 1st period that was answered in the second by Stars forward Markus McCrea. It was Davey Middleton who came out swinging in the third, kicking it off with an early goal. When Stars forward and Grand Forks native Luke Johnson responded in kind, Davey lit it up two more times to complete his hat trick, rounding out his night with an assist to Ryan McGrath on an empty net goal.

Middleton started his season with the Tri-City Storm having an almost silent single goal and single assist record in his 10 games played. Since coming to the RoughRiders, Davey has played 23 games scoring 7 goals and 7 assists. He has been a quiet, but effective force for the RoughRiders to date. He does not have an announced college commitment.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

TD Ameritrade to host UNO, Lancer games

I have to be honest with you that I think the Outdoor Hockey games are a bit over done and I think that we have way too many of them, but I guess we shouldn’t look a gifted horse in the mouth eh? Looks like UND is finally going to be part of one of them… It will be interesting to see how many fans this will draw.
Rob White, WORLD-HERALD --- Outdoor hockey is coming to TD Ameritrade Park next winter.

UNO and the Omaha Lancers are set to play outdoor hockey games next season, against North Dakota and the Lincoln Stars, respectively, according to sources.

A press conference to announce "a unique winter sporting event to be held at TD Ameritrade Park during 2013" is set for 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the downtown stadium.

The 24,000-seat TD Ameritrade Park serves as the home of baseball's College World Series.

Tuesday's press conference will feature representatives from the Omaha Sports Commission, Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority, UNO, the Lancers and the Stars.

North Dakota and UNO are rivals in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
From the article here is the list of all of the outdoor college hockey games. There seems to have been a few of them over the years.
Other outdoor men’s college hockey games of note
Oct. 6, 2001: Michigan-Michigan St.
Spartan Stadium, Lansing, Mich., Att: 74,554

Feb. 11, 2006: Ohio St.-Wisconsin
Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wis., Att: 40,890

Jan. 8, 2010: Boston U.-Boston College
Fenway Park, Boston, Att: 38,472

Feb. 6, 2010: Michigan-Wisconsin
Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, Wis., Att: 55,031

Dec. 11, 2010: Michigan St.-Michigan
Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, Mich., Att: 113,411

Jan. 7, 2012: Massachusetts-Vermont
Fenway Park, Boston

Jan. 7, 2012: Maine-New Hampshire
Fenway Park, Boston, Att: 38,456

Jan. 14, 2012: Northeastern-Boston College
Fenway Park, Boston, Att: 29,601

Jan. 15, 2012: Michigan-Ohio St.
Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio, Att: 25,864
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Saturday, January 21, 2012

And Now for Something Completely Different (RW77)

Ok, it's not often that I go off on a tangent... ok, that's a lie, but still...

Today I went to my first ever USHL game. It was between Omaha and Lincoln. It was a fun time and it featured all kinds of hockey. Good hockey, Bad hockey, stupid hockey, questionable hockey, and two fat guys carrying flags running (ok, waddling) around the arena (ok, 4 or 5 sections worth before they got tired and gave up) after a goal.

I went because it would be a fun time, but I also got to see two future UND players in Luke Johnson (Lincoln's #27) and Paul Ladue (Lincoln's #6). But let's go with what I saw before I run down those two.

The First Period was a period of great goaltending by Lincoln and Omaha, great forechecking by Omaha, and pretty solid defense on both sides. Lincoln's Goaltender was better than Omaha's in the first period based upon the fact that Lincoln had to stop 2 clean breakaways and a 2 on 1 in the last 10 minutes of the first period. Omaha was tested but not to the extent that Lincoln was.

The second period featured ALL but one of the goals, all but 1 of the goals in the second period came on the powerplay, and some of the worst hockey I've ever seen in my life (and I've watched some pretty bad hockey). I love the fact that fighting is allowed and I love the fact that the USHL uses the half shield (something I'm growing more and more in favor of for DI hockey). The officiating was pretty heavily in favor of Omaha, but that being said: 1. Lincoln played like crap discipline-wise from the second period on to the end of the game and 2. It still was better than WCHA officiating.

However, Lincoln ends up drawing a cross check or roughing or charging penalty against Omaha... or so it seemed.. .because what happens? An all out brawl capped by a goaltender fight at center ice. Most of the fights were just hugging and tug o war matches. The goaltender fight was actually very VERY good. Lincoln's goaltender "won" the fight and, unlike the skaters, there was actually no animosity between goaltenders after the fight (they fist bumped after it was broken up). However, after a nearly 15 minute delay while the penalties were assessed, Lincoln not only ended up NOT getting a short 5 second 4 on 4 and then a 1:55 PP out of it, OMAHA ended up getting the powerplay (a 5 second 5 on 3)! To make matters more interesting: In the scrum, both goaltenders were given 5 minute majors and a game misconduct. Omaha had 3 players get 5 min. majors and game misconducts and 2 plain 5 minute fighting majors. Lincoln ended up getting ALL FOUR SKATERS getting 5 minute majors and game misconducts. The Omaha roughing penalty was assessed ON LINCOLN and Lincoln ended up getting called for instigating. Luckily, Lincoln killed it off.

Nevertheless, Lincoln was still in the game down 2 to 1. The period ended after Lincoln tried to push too hard and gave up a 3 on 1 goal.

Well, that awful period aside, Lincoln could still claw its way back from 3-1 to make it interesting right? Well, almost. You see, the Lincoln backup was pretty shakey but the Omaha backup was actually pretty solid. Add into the fact that things got RIDICULOUSLY STUPID for Lincoln in the 3rd period.

You see, midway or so through the 3rd period, Lincoln's #16 and Omaha's #15 were assessed 2 minutes for delay of game. Offsetting penalties no doubt right? Nope. #16 ends up pushing and shoving the ref! WHAT A MORON! Then, to make matters worse, as he was ejected from the game, he started egging on and taunting the fans! Who is this guy? I hope Chad Johnson sits him down immediately post game and reams him a new arsehole. In fact, I'd make the whole team skate.

As a random note: Omaha wants to shut down the Omaha Civic Auditorium due to the fact that it would take about $29 million to make it not a suckhole. After tonight: I agree. That place is a dump.

Now to the UND recruits:

Paul Ladue - He played pretty solid...until he participated in that line brawl and got kicked out of the game. He didn't instigate or anything and I don't think he was one of the lippy Lincoln Stars, but he didn't do Lincoln any favors by getting kicked out. He played a lot of minutes up until then including on the 5 on 3s.

Luke Johnson - I hope he's 16 because he played like a 16 year old. He was pretty invisible for most of the game. He did have one pretty good chance late in the 3rd period but missed.

All in all, Omaha wasn't saints on the ice. They were yappy and could have gotten called a lot more than they actually did, but it didn't matter because Lincoln played far more undisciplined. So I got it all.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Where are they now? Paul Ladue

NAHL.COM picture
 Former Central Knight defenseman and Grand Forks resident Paul Ladue is currently playing with the Lincoln Stars of the USHL and making an impact in the line up for the Stars. The Lincoln Stars are coached by former Fighting Sioux player Chad Johnson. Johnson is also the General Manager of the Stars as well.
Brent C. Wagner; Journal --- Paul Ladue, a 19-year old defenseman, has shown he belongs with the Lincoln Stars after playing one season with Alexandria (Minn.) in the NAHL.

He scored the game-winning goal in the Stars' 3-1 win against Indiana last week. The power-play goal, on a shot through traffic, was a memorable first USHL goal.

"That was exciting," Ladue said this week. "I always like playing those hyped-up teams. I feel like we're one of the best in the league if we play our best. It was fun upsetting them.

"I had a few chances the night before against Sioux Falls I should have put in, but to get that goal one game after was exciting and a huge relief."

Ladue is in the top six in scoring for the Stars (4-2) with one goal and two assists. He's one of the top defensemen on the power play, and has played in all six games.
Also it would appear that Fighting Sioux recruit Luke Johnson is currently out of the line up with an undisclosed injury.
*The Stars will be short-handed because of injuries for their game at Cedar Rapids (4-1-2) on Friday. Those injured include Luke Johnson, Brent Tate, Colton Saucerman and Dominik Shine.