Madison vs. Lincoln Stars, 1/5/18

Madison Capitols’ goalie Dryden McKay (30) looks on as the Lincoln Stars mob teammate, forward Collin Peters, after he scored the game-tying goal in the first period on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, at the Ice Box.

FRANCIS GARDLER, JOURNAL STAR FILE PHOTO

After sweeping the Team USA U-17 team last weekend and currently riding a three-game winning streak, the Lincoln Stars look to continue to do the little things during one of their hottest stretches of the season and a tough road schedule.

In the past three games, including two wins over Team USA and Sioux City, the Stars have piled up 16 goals.

“We have to understand to do the little things; rebound goals and stuff like that,” Stars captain Dominick Mersch said after a 2-1 loss to the Omaha Lancers in January.

Since that loss, the Stars have rebounded, averaging more than five goals per contest with some first-year players starting to find their groove.

Tristan Ashbook was named the USHL forward of the week, recording six points in three games last week, scoring twice and dishing out four assists. In Ashbrook's last nine games, the RPI commit has recorded nine points with four goals and five assists.

After moving from forward to defenseman in a desperate time of need for the Stars, rookie Zach Dubinsky picked up his first two goals of the season over the course of the week and teammate Devlin McCabe broke out of a scoring slump with a pair of goals against Team USA.

As hot as the Stars are, they will have to continue the success in a road trip-packed February with six of their nine games coming away from home, starting with Friday's 7 p.m. puck drop at Sioux Falls.

The Stars won't play on home ice until Feb. 16 when they host Western Conference-leading Omaha.

Lincoln continues the road trip at 7 p.m. Saturday at Des Moines.

Stars add forward in deal with Steel

The Lincoln Stars acquired Chicago Steel forward Austin Magera Wednesday, trading away a 2018 Phase II 11th round pick.

With only 22 players on the active roster, the Stars were able to add Magera without giving up a player. USHL teams are allowed 23 active players.

“We think Aust's skill set and experience will be a good addition to our club,” Stars' general manager Jon Hull said.

Magera played 28 games with Chicago, scoring four goals and added five assists.

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