In their second matchup of the regular season, the Kansas City Stars varsity squad beat the Jr. Outlaws 8-0 in a blowout win on home ice. 10 different players recorded points for the Stars and senior goaltender Brendon Stinson (33) picked up his second shutout of the season.
The Stars began the scoring with two goals in seventeen seconds midway through first period, followed by a third just fifty seconds later. The early 3-0 lead took the wind out of the sails in what had been an evenly matched first half of the period. Jr. Outlaws head coach John Hosty called a timeout to give his team a moment to regroup, but were unable to stop the Stars’ offense. Two more goals all but ended the game at the conclusion of the first period.
Stars Sophomore Logan Lopicka (36), senior Jake Rohrer (34), senior Tim Ediger (26), and senior Jimmy Joice (6) each tallied a goal and an assist in last night’s matchup. Senior forward Sean Judd (23) lead his team with two goals and two assists, bring his season point total to 16. This is the second time this season Judd has recorded four points in a single game.
The Jr. Outlaws offensive troubles have been haunting them through the first half of the season. They are averaging fewer than 1.5 goals per game and were shut out for the fourth time this season. It would be unfair to say that the Jr. Outlaws didn’t generate any good scoring chances but they were unable to finish, as Stinson played big in net, robbing the Jr. Outlaws on what seemed to be a couple of sure goals.
With seventeen games remaining on the schedule, finding a way to put the puck in the net consistently is an obstacle the Jr. Outlaws will need to overcome if they plan to string some wins together. Taking advantage of their powerplay opportunites will also prove to be important to their offensive success. With only five powerplay goals in their first 15 games, the Jr. Outlaws need to capitalize on their man advantage opportunities.
KC Stars JV squad also won their matchup against the Jr. Outlaws last night, skating to a 4-1 win. Stars sophomore Yale Vandyne (25) scored two goals in the game, including the game-winner. Sophomore Logan Lopicka (36) also added a goal and two assists, bringing his JV total to 17 points on the season. Jr. Outlaws freshman forward Garet Ready (39) scored the only goal for the JV squad that was assisted by freshman Logan McMurphy (41).
Both teams will enjoy a long break for the Christmas holiday before returning to MHSHL action. The Jr. Outlaws will start the second half of their season with three road games, beginning with a January 2nd matchup against the Lincoln Jr. Stars. The following weekend, the Jr. Outlaws will travel to Sioux City to take on the Metros. They will also stop off in Omaha for a game against the Jr. Lancers before heading home.
The Stars will enjoy a longer break than the Jr. Outlaws, playing host to visiting Omaha Jr. Lancers on Friday, January 7th. They will travel to Lincoln afterwards for two games against the Jr. Stars on Saturday and Sunday.