Stars set to open the 2016 Clark Cup Playoffs

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The Stars will open Round 1 of the 2016 Clark Cup playoffs against the Waterloo Black Hawks this weekend at the Ice Box. Puck drop is set for 7:05 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Lincoln returns to the postseason for the first time since 2012 and will host Games 1, 2 and 5 (if necessary).

The Stars and Black Hawks split their season series, 2-2-0, scoring 11 goals each.

Sam McCormick and Ryan Lohin led the Black Hawks with 57 points each in the regular season. Tanner Laczynski leads the Stars, finishing the regular season fourth in USHL scoring with 63 points.

Stars Lately – The Stars finished second in the Western Conference with 69 points. Tanner Laczynski led the team with 63 points. Peyton Jones had the fourth-best save percentage in the USHL (.922) and a 2.34 GAA.

Scouting Waterloo – The Black Hawks finished third in the West with 67 points. They scored the most goals in the conference. Trade deadline acquisitions Ryan Lohin and Sam McCormick finished with 57 points each.


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Stars vs. Black Hawks – The Stars went 2-2-0 against the Black Hawks, winning 3-2 in the Ice Box on Dec. 29 and 2-1 in Waterloo on Feb. 13. Grant Jozefek has 3 goals and 2 assists against the Black Hawks this season.

Back for the Cup – The Stars are in the Clark Cup playoffs for the first time since 2012. They have made the Clark Cup playoffs in 16 of their 20 seasons. Lincoln won in 1997 and 2003.

Playoff Experience – Collin Peters (Sioux Falls) and Trevor Hamilton (Muskegon) played against each other in the 2016 Clark Cup playoffs. Stars assistant coach Mick Berge won the Clark Cup with the Stars in 2003. Head coach Chris Hartsburg won a Clark Cup as a member of the Omaha Lancers in 1998.

Stonewall Jones – Peyton Jones finished 19-11-3 in the regular season with the fourth-best save percentage in the USHL (.922) and a 2.34 GAA.

Future Teammates

-LIN Joachim Weberg, WAT Michael Davies – Denver

-LIN Ludvig Hoff, LIN Christian Evers, WAT Zach Yon – North Dakota

-LIN Ethen Frank, WAT Cam Orchard – Western Michigan

-LIN Grant Jozefek, LIN Biagio Lerario, WAT Liam Pecararo, WAT Brandon Schultz – Northeastern

-LIN Tanner Laczynski, WAT Sam McCormick – Ohio State

Stonewall Jones – Peyton Jones finished the regular season 19-11-3 with the fourth-best save percentage (.922) and a 2.34 GAA.

Frozen Four – The Stars had 13 players compete in the Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship Tournament. Five players remain in the Frozen Four: Tommy Schutt (Quinnipiac), Luke Shiplo (Quinnipiac), Brad Hawkinson (Denver), Chris Wilkie (North Dakota), Luke Johnson (North Dakota), Paul LaDue (North Dakota) and John Simonson (North Dakota).

Going Pro – Six Stars alumni finished their college careers and signed professional contracts within the last month: Eric Scheid (Portland Pirates – AHL), Nick Cecere (Alaska Aces – ECHL), Colton Saucerman (South Carolina Stingrays), Lukas Hafner (Alaska Aces – ECHL), Frank Misuraca (Peoria Rivermen – SPHL) and Richard Coyne (Mississippi RiverKings – SPHL).

Good Feels – The Stars raised more than $21,000 for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in their second jersey auction of the season on Saturday, April 2. The team’s first jersey auction raised more than $20,000 for Make-A-Wish Nebraska.

Stick With Us – The Stars wear helmet sticks to commemorate forward Adam Brady who was injured in a car accident and Tim Wyse, the father of Anthony, who passed away in March.

Heavy Hockey – Biagio Lerario led the USHL with 167 penalty minutes and was tied for first in the league with five major penalties.

Home Cookin’ – The Stars went 19-11-0 at home this season. They finished behind Sioux Falls (20) for most home wins in the Western Conference.

NHL CSS Rankings – Peyton Jones (No. 23), Tanner Laczynski (No. 99) and affiliate Carter Long (No. 205) were listed on the NHL CSS FINAL rankings released in April.

Rock the Box – The Stars have sold out three home games with packed crowds on Jan. 30, Feb. 19 and March 5. The team has the third-best in attendance in the USHL.

Oh Captain, My Captain – Biagio Lerario was named team captain for the 2015-2016 season. Ludvig Hoff, Ryan Jones and Dylan Woolf were named alternates. The Stars seven-man leadership group includes those four players along with Adam Brady, Sam Kauppila and Christian Evers.

Loose Pucks

-The Stars have 21 NCAA committed players

-ECAC (6), NCHC (6), WCHA (2), Hockey East (3), Big Ten (4)