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Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Weekly Release, Vol. 16, No. 2    

 The first-place Tri-City Storm will raise its Clark Cup Championship banner on Championship Night, presented by Viaero Wireless, this Friday, September 30 at 7:05 p.m. against Sioux City. Friday’s game is the first of two weekend contests that start the Storm’s home slate at the Viaero Center. 

The home opener is a chance to celebrate the Tri-Cities community and the wonderful Storm fans that have followed the team for 17 seasons. To honor the community, Tri-City will give away championship pennants to the first 1,000 fans, raise the banner during a special pregame ceremony and honor last season’s team throughout the night. 

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Saturday, September 24, 2016
Sioux Falls beats Storm in shootout, 3-2    

 Sioux Falls, S.D. – Matt Quercia and Eric MacAdams scored in the three-round shootout for the Sioux Falls Stampede to defeat the Tri-City Storm, 3-2, Saturday at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center.

Tri-City came back from a pair of one-goal deficits to force overtime; Paul Washe and Wyllum Deveaux scored for the Storm to answer Herd goals.

In the shootout, Sioux Falls scored twice and Tri-City was denied on a pair of chances.

The Storm outshot Sioux Falls, 50-27, the most shots Tri-City has fired in the Bill Muckalt era.

Dayton Rasmussen started for the second straight night and made 25 saves. The Stampede’s Jeremy Swayman made 48 saves.

Tri-City gets ready for a four-game home stand starting with Championship Night next Friday, September 30 at 7:05 p.m. against Sioux City. The Storm will raise its Clark Cup Championship banner and hand out championship pennants to the first 1,000 fans.

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Friday, September 23, 2016
Storm knocks off Lincoln, 3-1, to open regular season    

 Lincoln, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm opened the 2016-17 regular season with a 3-1 win against the Lincoln Stars Friday at the Ice Box. Monte Graham and Joe Cipollone scored for Tri-City in a 59-second span early in the second, putting the Storm up by three.

Linus Weissbach also tallied for Tri-City. Eight Tri-City players had points.

The early lead allowed the Storm to find its groove. Dayton Rasmussen made 20 stops through the first two periods. The returning goalie added nine third-period stops to finish with 26 saves. Cayden Primeau took the loss with 28 stops.

The Storm has won four straight season openers, a streak that started September 28, 2013 against Lincoln. The Storm’s weekend continues at Sioux Falls tomorrow, Saturday, September 24.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016
Storm legend Bob Haller starts 17th season driving team bus    

 David Fine//Kearney, Neb. – 17,775 miles is nearly 3/4ths of the way around the earth. It’s also the number of miles the Tri-City Storm travelled on its Navigator team bus to away rinks during the 2015-16 season, all traversed on the interstates, state roads and local streets of the Midwestern United States. 

“And that doesn’t even include the preseason and all the times we have to go to restaurants and morning skates. Add that in and you’re sitting about 20,000 [miles],” said Storm bus driver Bob Haller.

For all 17 seasons of the Storm’s existence, Haller has been behind the wheel. The first name on his birth certificate, Robert, barely registers to Tri-City supporters; the 74-year-old has been known as “Bobbo” to nearly every Storm player, coach and diehard fan since the team’s inception in 2000. He’s been to more than 1,000 regular season games, 60 playoff contests and every rink the Storm has ever played at.”

He’s a community fixture in Kearney (his vanity license plate: “KRNY BOB”) that has lived exactly half his life in the town. After his favorite team won its first Clark Cup in 2016, there’s no better time to relive memories and share the lasting impact he has had on the Tri-City Storm.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Storm releases Opening Night Roster    

 Kearney, Neb. - The defending Clark Cup Champion Tri-City Storm has released its Opening Night roster for the 2016-17 season, consisting of 15 forwards, eight defenseman and two goalies. The Storm opens the season at Lincoln this Friday, September 23 at 7:35 p.m. and goes to Sioux Falls on September 24 at 7:05 p.m. to face the Stampede. Friday’s game can be heard on The Breeze 94.5 FM and Saturday’s game is on Classic Hits 98.9 FM. 

The roster consists of 25 players from four different countries (USA, Canada, Norway, Sweden) and 11 different states. The Storm boasts nine returning players that won the 2016 Clark Cup. 

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Storm releases 2016-17 Opening Night Roster    

 Kearney, Neb. - The defending Clark Cup Champion Tri-City Storm has released its Opening Night roster for the 2016-17 season, consisting of 15 forwards, eight defenseman and two goalies. The Storm opens the season at Lincoln this Friday, September 23 at 7:35 p.m. and goes to Sioux Falls on September 24 at 7:05 p.m. to face the Stampede. Friday’s game can be heard on The Breeze 94.5 FM and Saturday’s game is on Classic Hits 98.9 FM.

The roster consists of 25 players from four different countries (USA, Canada, Norway, Sweden) and 11 different states. The Storm boasts nine returning players that won the 2016 Clark Cup.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Weekly Release Vol. 17, No. 1    

 The defending Clark Cup Champion Tri-City Storm opens the 2016-17 regular season at Lincoln this Friday, September 23 at 7:35 p.m. Tri-City is at Sioux Falls to take on the Stampede September 24 at 7:05 p.m. Both games can be heard on The Breeze 94.5 FM

After the first two regular season games, the Storm prepares for its home opener, Championship Night, on Friday, September 30 at 7:05 p.m vs. Sioux City.

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The Storm will raise its Clark Cup Championship Banner and give away a special championship pennant to the first 1,000 fans. Presented by Viaero Wireless, Championship Night will include a pregame ceremony to honor last season’s championship team as well as tributes throughout the night. 

On the next night, October 1, Tri-City hosts Lincoln for Nebraska Lottery Night at 7:05 p.m. The Storm gives away magnet schedules and lottery tickets throughout the night!  

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Monday, September 19, 2016
Storm names McNeely Captain - Hawkinson, Limoges, Matthews assistants    

 Kearney, Neb. – Tri-City Storm Head Coach and General Manager Bill Muckalt has named returning defenseman Jack McNeely the Captain of the 2016-17 Tri-City Storm. McNeely, 20, is the second-oldest player on Tri-City. Committed to Minnesota State, McNeely has played 77 games (14 playoff) with the Storm, most on the club. 

Muckalt has also announced that forwards Brian Hawkinson and Alex Limoges and defenseman Joey Matthews have been named assistants. Matthews and McNeely were paired together on defense for all of the Clark Cup Playoffs. The four members of this season’s leadership group won the 2016 Clark Cup.

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Friday, September 16, 2016
Storm gives away free season tickets Thurs., Oct. 6 vs. GB    

 Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm has announced it will give away a free season ticket to four lucky fans during its home game on Thursday, October 6 against the Green Bay Gamblers. 

The giveaway is split up for fans and season ticket holders. Two season ticket holders will win their money back for a 2016-17 Storm season ticket. Additionally, two Storm fans will win a free season ticket for the season. 

Sign up takes place at the season ticket holder table on October 6 and fans must be present during the game to win! The drawing takes place during the third period. 

For tickets to the game, call 308-338-8011, visit Stormhockey.com or follow this link (http://bit.ly/TCStormTix).

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Friday, September 16, 2016
Storm and VEC commence search for new President of Business Operations    

 Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm and Viaero Center are commencing a national search for a new President of Business Operations.  As owner Kirk Brooks reflected, “I have always considered the Viaero Center and Tri-City Storm as part of the fabric and identity of Kearney and the Tri-City area.  Our ownership, staff and players continue to put in their best efforts to deliver a hockey team, facility and events calendar that our community can be proud of.  We are seeking a dynamic and collaborative leader that can help us drive that vision forward.”

The search began as a result of the departure of Monte Dakan from the company.  “Monte and I agreed that our visions for the best way to move the team and Viaero Center forward were not in alignment, and that it was best for both of us to have him step down”, added Brooks.  “I know Monte gave me his best while he worked for us, and I appreciate his time and efforts on behalf of my companies and our community.”

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Saturday, September 10, 2016
Storm completes perfect Fall Classic with 5-2 win against Waterloo    

 Ralston, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm used balanced scoring to complete a perfect Fall Classic, defeating the Waterloo Black Hawks, 5-2, Saturday at Ralston Arena’s Auxiliary Rink. The Storm won all three of its preseason tournament games in Ralston. Five players – Paul Washe, Wyatt Bongiovanni, Charlie Kelleher, Philip Alftberg and Joe Cipollone scored for the Storm. 

The victory technically wraps up a 4-0 preseason for Tri-City. The Storm played two scrimmages against Des Moines last weekend, but those games were not played in a 60-minute format. In the four other games, Tri-City outscored opponents, 21-7. 

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Friday, September 09, 2016
Newcomers shine, Storm defeats Team USA, 3-2    

 Ralston, Neb. – Three first-year Storm players scored, leading the Storm to a 3-2 win against the Team USA U18s Saturday at Ralston Arena.

Wyatt Bongiovanni tallied the game-winning goal early in the second, while Danny DiGrande and Blake Coffey also added their first Storm goals.

Dayton Rasmussen won for the second straight day, making 27 saves and six in the final frame.

The Storm is 2-0 in the Fall Classic entering its final preseason game against Waterloo on Saturday at 8:00 p.m.

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Thursday, September 08, 2016
Kelleher dominates Lancers, Storm wins, 5-3    

 Ralston, Neb. – Charlie Kelleher had four points, helping the Tri-City Storm defeat the Omaha Lancers, 5-3, in its first game of the 2016 Fall Classic Thursday at Ralston Arena. 

The Storm trailed, 2-0, before Kelleher (2g, 2a) went into action midway into the second. The 19-year-old assisted on the first Storm goal and scored Tri-City’s last two goals. Linemates Adam Goodsir (1g, 1a) and Linus Weissbach aided Kelleher’s efforts. 

Dayton Rasmussen had 15 saves for his first preseason win. The Storm goalie outdueled Jacob Acton, who stopped 17 of 21 shots. 

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Wednesday, September 07, 2016
Gordon accepts position at University of Minnesota    

 Kearney, Neb. – Former Storm Assistant Coach Ben Gordon has accepted the Assistant Director of Hockey Operations position at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Gordon, 31, was one of two Storm assistants during the 2015-16 season and coached the team to its first Clark Cup. The native of International Falls, Minnesota played for the university from 2004-08 and led the Golden Gophers in goals during the 2007-08 season. 

The Storm hired 25-year-old Assistant Coach Matt Stewart on August 30. The Storm staff consists of Head Coach and General Manager Bill Muckalt, Assistant Coach Taylor Nelson and Stewart. 

Gordon came to the Storm after serving as Assistant Coach with the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota during 2014-15. He served as Interim Head Coach for part of the season at the NCAA Division III school.

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Monday, September 05, 2016
Storm adds D Carson Vance from Dubuque for draft pick    

 Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm has acquired defenseman Carson Vance from the Dubuque Fighting Saints in exchange for a fifth round pick in Phase II of the 2017 USHL Draft, Head Coach and General Manager Bill Muckalt announced Monday. 

The 20-year-old brings two full seasons of USHL experience to the Storm. Standing 5-foot-10, 178 pounds, Vance played in all 12 playoff games for Dubuque last season and scored in Game 2 of the Clark Cup Finals against Tri-City. The Storm swept the Fighting Saints to win the team’s first Clark Cup.    

Vance started last with Muskegon, playing eight games before Dubuque acquired the two-way defenseman in a deal on November 5, 2015. In 54 regular season games, Vance had two goals and 15 assists.

“We’re excited to add a player with a veteran presence that fits our style of play,” said Muckalt. “We feel Carson will help make us better in transition.”

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Sunday, September 04, 2016
Des Moines bests Storm in two scrimmages    

 Omaha, Neb. – The Des Moines Buccaneers bested the Tri-City Storm in a pair of preseason scrimmages Saturday at Ralston Arena’s Auxiliary Rink. Tri-City fell, 2-0, in the morning contest. In the afternoon session, the Storm scored the first goal but yielded the last four goals and lost, 4-1.

The squads played two games, each with a pair of 25-minute halves and a running clock.

Charlie Kelleher scored the Storm’s goal in the second scrimmage, assisted by Alex Limoges.

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Friday, September 02, 2016
Preseason Game 1 Preview vs Lincoln    

 Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm and the Lincoln Stars clash for a preseason game at the Viaero Center on Friday, September 2 at 7:05 p.m. Friday’s tilt is the Storm’s first game since winning the Clark Cup Championship in May. Tickets at the Viaero Center are $5 for the public and free for season ticket holders.

This is the only chance to see the Storm in the Tri-Cities until the home opener, September 30 vs. Sioux City, for Championship Night, presented by Viaero Wireless. The first 1,000 fans will receive a championship pennant and the Storm will honor last season’s championship team throughout the night. 

Last season, the Storm beat the Stars, 5-2, in Tri-City’s only home preseason game. 

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Friday, September 02, 2016
Storm blows up Stars, 8-0    

 Kearney, Neb. – Adam Goodsir had a hat trick and four points in his debut, David Tomeo delivered a 24-save shutout and the Tri-City Storm trounced the Lincoln Stars, 8-0, to open up the preseason Friday at the Viaero Center. 

The Storm scored three goals in the second and five in the third. Linus Weissbach had four assists in his first Tri-City game, including helpers on the first three Tri-City tallies.

The rout is the highest-scoring game for the Storm since Bill Muckalt became Tri-City Head Coach. The Storm’s record for goals in a game is 11, accomplished January 27, 2001 vs. Rochester. 

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Storm adds Mike Riley to staff    

 Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm has hired Mike Riley as a video producer for the 2016-17 season. Riley will be in charge of creating, producing and editing videos for the Storm’s YouTube Page as well as helping with video elements for the Storm’s in-game production.

“I am so excited for this opportunity to join the defending Clark Cup Champions for the 2016-17 season,” said Riley. “I’m looking forward to continuing the standard of excellence established on the ice in the production studio.”

“He’s going to be instrumental in elevating the entertainment and sales aspect of the Storm and our company,” said Monte Dakan, Executive President of Storm Hockey and the Viaero Center. “He’ll provide the community with a better view of what we do here with during Storm games, concerts, and all other events that happen at our building. [Storm Owner] Mr. Brooks was generous enough to provide us with excellent video equipment and now we have someone to utilize it to its full capacity.” 

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Storm single game tickets on sale Thursday, September 1 at 11:00 a.m.    

 Kearney, Neb. – Single-game tickets for the Tri-City Storm’s regular season home schedule go on sale at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 1 at the Viaero Center Box Office. The home schedule features 30 dates and begins with Championship Night, presented by Viaero Wireless, on Friday, September 30 at 7:05 p.m. against Sioux City. Tri-City also plays traditional rivals Lincoln, Omaha and Sioux City four times each at home.  

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Box Office hours are 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on weekdays. Fans can also stop by any time to purchase tickets for the Storm’s first preseason game, which is the following night on Friday, September 2 at 7:05 p.m. against Lincoln. 

The first 1,000 fans will receive a special championship pennant during opening night festivities on September 30. Championship Night will include a pregame ceremony to honor last season’s championship team as well as tributes throughout the night. 

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Monday, August 29, 2016
Storm hires Matt Stewart as Assistant Coach    

 Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm has hired Matt Stewart as an Assistant Coach for the 2016-17 season. Stewart, 25, comes to the Storm after serving as an assistant in 2015-16 at Lawrence University, a NCAA Division III school in Appleton, Wisconsin that competes in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association.

The Storm coaching staff is comprised of returning Head Coach and General Manager Bill Muckalt, second-year Assistant Taylor Nelson and Stewart. 


“The organization has been great to me,” said Stewart. “Bill and Taylor have been wonderful, as well as President of Hockey Operations Steve Lowe and Owner Kirk Brooks. I’m excited to jump into a top-notch organization and chase another Clark Cup. The USHL has a great tradition of developing and it’s something I’m looking forward to joining. I’m eager and anxious to meet and exceed that expectation.”  

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Thursday, August 25, 2016
Storm releases 2016-17 preseason roster    

 Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm has released its 2016-17 preseason roster, comprised of 29 players looking to make the Opening Night team. The Storm must trim the roster to a 23-man protected list by September 19, four days before the season opener at Lincoln on September 23.  

The defending Clark Cup Champions return ten players – six forwards, three defenseman and goaltender Dayton Rasmussen. For comparison, the Storm had six returning players in 2015-16. At the end of last season, the Storm’s average age was 18.6 years old. Entering this preseason, the Storm has an average age of 18. 

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Storm announces 2016-17 promotional schedule    

 Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm is excited to announce the 2016-17 Promotional Schedule, featuring 30 home dates, great giveaways and a very special home opener.

Coming off a 2016 Clark Cup Championship, Tri-City kicks off the season with Championship Night on September 30 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Sioux City. The Storm will raise its Clark Cup Championship Banner and give away a special championship pennant to the first 1,000 fans. Presented by Viaero Wireless, Championship night will include a pregame ceremony to honor last season’s championship team as well as tributes throughout the night.

The following night, October 1, the Storm hosts Lincoln at 7:05 p.m. The first 1,000 fans receive a commemorative Storm magnet schedule, courtesy of Kearney Ag and Auto Repair. The Saturday night showdown is sponsored by Nebraska Lottery.  

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Friday, August 19, 2016
Storm picks up Bongiovanni from Des Moines for Rutherford, draft pick    

 Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm has acquired forward Wyatt Bongiovanni from the Des Moines Buccaneers in exchange for forward Collin Rutherford and a second round, Phase I draft pick in the 2017 USHL Draft, Head Coach and General Manager Bill Muckalt announced Friday. 

Bongiovanni (pronounced: BON-gee-oh-VAH-nee) skated in 57 games for the Buccaneers last season, contributing three goals and 14 points. The 5-foot-11, 174-lb. forward hails from Birmingham, Michigan and was the third overall pick by Des Moines in Phase I of the 2015 USHL Draft. The 17-year-old scored one goal in six games against Tri-City last season. 

“We think Wyatt is a player that fits the needs of our organization and we’re excited to bring him on board,” said Muckalt. 

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Thursday, August 18, 2016
Storm reveals top play of the 2015-16 season    

Click here to find out who took the top play of the Storm's 2015-16 season! A fan vote came down to Brandon Duhaime and Wade Allison.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016
Free car, vacations up for grabs at Golf Classic    

 Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm and Midway Auto Dealerships have teamed up to bring five prizes, including a free 2016 Jeep Cherokee, to any player that hits a hole in one at the Storm’s 2016 Golf Classic on Friday, August 26 at Awarii Dunes in Axtell, Nebraska.

The Golf Classic gives fans a chance to golf with Storm players, coaches and Owner Kirk Brooks before the Storm’s home preseason game on September 2 vs. Lincoln. Registration includes golf, cart, range balls, lunch from the Oxford Locker and a prime rib dinner provided by Cash-Wa and Dickey’s BBQ.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016
Tri-City Storm looking for Assistant Coach    

 Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm is searching for an Assistant Coach for the 2016-17 season. All interested applicants should email Storm Head Coach and General Manager Bill Muckalt atbillm@stormhockey.com.

The Storm won its first Clark Cup in 2015-16, leading the postseason with the highest-scoring offense (3.82 GF/GM) and stingiest defense (1.82 GA/GM).
 Tri-City ran through the 2016 postseason with a 9-2 record, sweeping Sioux Falls, beating Waterloo in five games and dispatching Dubuque, 3-0, in the Clark Cup Final.

In the 2015-16 regular season, the Storm went 28-15-10-7 (73 points) and clinched the Western Conference regular season title for the second time. Muckalt instituted a balanced team; Tri-City finished seventh in goals for (3.05 GF/GM), seventh in goals against (2.73 GA/GM), third on the power play (20.8%) and sixth on the penalty kill (84.4%). 

Check out the Storm’s full schedule for the 2016-17 season here

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016
#StormTop10: #3 - Jake Kielly records three postseason shutouts    

 Kearney, Neb. – After a fan vote on the Tri-City Storm’s social media, Jake Kielly’s three postseason shutouts has been named #3 on the #StormTop10. Kielly’s shutouts were a Tri-City playoff record; previously, no Storm goalie had more than one in a single playoff run. 

#10. Alex Limoges’ two-goal Game 3  
#9 Nico Sturm deflects puck between his legs for goal 
#8 John Marino helps tie game vs. Madison
#7 Jake Wahlin bats puck in during postseason
#6 Carson Meyer notches hat trick to clinch playoff spot
#5 Brian Hawkinson's spin-o-rama first goal
#4 Jake Kielly’s robbery vs. Fargo

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Monday, August 15, 2016
Fans vote on top three plays of #StormTop10    

 Kearney, Neb. – A fan vote will determine the top three of the #StormTop10, the best Tri-City plays and feats during the 2015-16 Clark Cup Championship season.

The vote lasts through Tuesday, August 16. The plays will be revealed from #3 to #1 starting on Wednesday, August 17. Number 2 and 1 will be released on Thursday, August 18. 
The moments are Brandon Duhaime’s goal from Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals, Jake Kielly’s Storm record three postseason shutouts and Wade Allison’s between-the-legs deke and goal from early April against Fargo. 

Fans are encouraged to vote on the Storm’s Twitter/Facebook/Instagram pages by #StormTop10 on posts. Use the players’ last name to select which play you think is best or order the plays from #3 to #1. 

Here is the list of #StormTop10 plays from #10 to #4.  

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Friday, August 12, 2016
#StormTop10: #4 - Kielly robs Fargo on April Fools' Day    

 Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm has reached #4 on its countdown of the #StormTop10 from the 2015-16 Clark Cup championship season. Jake Kielly makes the list with the first save on our #StormTop10, a sprawling stop vs. Fargo on April 1, 2016 to keep Tri-City ahead by one in the third period. 

#10. Alex Limoges’ two-goal Game 3  
#9 Nico Sturm deflects puck between his legs for goal 
#8 John Marino helps tie game vs. Madison
#7 Jake Wahlin bats puck in during postseason
#6 Carson Meyer notches hat trick to clinch playoff spot
#5 Brian Hawkinson's spin-o-rama first goal

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Thursday, August 11, 2016
#StormTop10: #5 - Hawkinson's spin-o-rama first USHL goal    

 Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm counts down its #StormTop10 from the 2015-16 Clark Cup championship season with #5 – Brian Hawkinson’s first USHL goal, a spin-o-rama tally in the final game of the regular season. 

#10. Alex Limoges’ two-goal Game 3  
#9 Nico Sturm deflects puck between his legs for goal 
#8 John Marino helps tie game vs. Madison
#7 Jake Wahlin bats puck in during postseason
#6 Meyer notches hat trick to clinch playoff spot

Hawkinson became a well-known shot blocker and defensive standout during 2015-16. Frequently on the penalty kill, the Miami University commit had one goal and four points during the regular season. Hawkinson added two postseason assists. 

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016
#StormTop10: #6 - Meyer notches hat trick vs. Sioux City    

 Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm has reached #6 on its #StormTop10 from the 2015-16 Clark Cup championship season. Coming in at #6 is Carson Meyer’s hat trick vs. Sioux City on March 29, 2016. The Storm won, 6-2, to clinch a playoff spot for the second consecutive season.

#10. Alex Limoges’ two-goal Game 3  
#9 Nico Sturm deflects puck between his legs for goal 
#8 John Marino helps tie game vs. Madison
#7 Jake Wahlin bats puck in during playoffs

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Tuesday, August 09, 2016
Tri-City hosts preseason game Sept. 2 vs. LIN    

 Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm has announced it will host a preseason game on Friday, September 2 at 7:05 p.m. against the Lincoln Stars, the first Storm game since Tri-City won the Clark Cup.

Tickets go on sale at the Viaero Center Box Office this Friday, August 12 at 11:00 a.m. The game is free to Storm season ticket holders. Tickets for the general public are $5. The Storm plays six preseason games. The other five will be held at Ralston Arena, home of the Omaha Lancers.

Preseason Schedule
Fri., Sept. 2, 7:05 p.m. vs. Lincoln 
Sun., Sept. 4, 10:30 a.m. vs. Des Moines (Ralston Arena)
Sun., Sept. 4, 3:00 p.m. vs. Des Moines (Ralston Arena)
Thurs., Sept. 8, 8:00 p.m. vs. Omaha (2016 Fall Classic – Ralston Arena)
Fri., Sept. 9, 4:00 p.m. vs. Team USA (2016 Fall Classic – Ralston Arena)
Sun., Sept. 10, 8:00 p.m. vs. Waterloo (2016 Fall Classic – Ralston Arena)

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Tuesday, August 09, 2016
Storm hosts preseason game Sept. 2 vs. Lincoln    

 Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm has announced it will host a preseason game on Friday, September 2 at 7:05 p.m. against the Lincoln Stars, the first Storm game since Tri-City won the Clark Cup.

Tickets go on sale at the Viaero Center Box Office this Friday, August 12 at 10:00 a.m. The game is free to Storm season ticket holders. Tickets for the general public are $5. The Storm plays six preseason games. The other five will be held at Ralston Arena, home of the Omaha Lancers.

Preseason Schedule
Fri., Sept. 2, 7:05 p.m. vs. Lincoln 
Sun., Sept. 4, 10:30 a.m. vs. Des Moines (Ralston Arena)
Sun., Sept. 4, 3:00 p.m. vs. Des Moines (Ralston Arena)
Thurs., Sept. 8, 8:00 p.m. vs. Omaha (2016 Fall Classic – Ralston Arena)
Fri., Sept. 9, 4:00 p.m. vs. Team USA (2016 Fall Classic – Ralston Arena)
Sun., Sept. 10, 8:00 p.m. vs. Waterloo (2016 Fall Classic – Ralston Arena)

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Tuesday, August 09, 2016
#StormTop10: #7 - Jake Wahlin bats puck in for goal    

 Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm is counting down its #StormTop10 from its 2015-16 Clark Cup championship season. In the Storm’s first game of the Clark Cup playoffs against Sioux Falls, Jake Wahlin added to Tri-City’s first-period lead by batting the puck out of the air. 

#10. Alex Limoges’ two-goal Game 3  
#9 Nico Sturm deflects puck between his legs for goal 
#8 John Marino helps tie game vs. Madison

The Storm took Game 1, 4-0, and swept the Stampede out of the playoffs. Wahlin finished the postseason with four goals, nine points and a plus-8 rating. A native of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, Wahlin is preparing for his freshman season at St. Cloud State. 

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Monday, August 08, 2016
#StormTop10: #8 - Storm ties game late vs. Madison    

 Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm is counting down its #StormTop10 from its 2015-16 Clark Cup championship season. At #8, Storm defenseman John Marino shot a puck off Alex Limoges to tie Tri-City and Madison at two with 58 seconds left on February 27, 2016. 

#10. Alex Limoges’ two-goal Game 3  
#9 Nico Sturm deflects puck between his legs for goal 

Though Tri-City fell in a shootout, 3-2, the Storm scored twice in 1:07 to even the game. Marino’s celebration after the goal was one of the regular season’s defining moments. By forcing extra time, the Storm received points in seven straight games, allowing it to eventually earn points in a team-record 13 straight contests.

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Friday, August 05, 2016
Storm sets 2016 Fall Classic Schedule    

 Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm will travel to Ralston Arena, home of the Omaha Lancers, for three preseason games September 8-10, 2016 as part of the 2016 Fall Classic.

The Storm opens the Fall Classic on September 8 at 8:00 p.m. against the Omaha Lancers. Last season, Tri-City defeated Omaha in five of eight games.

On September 9 at 4:00 p.m., the Storm takes on the U.S. National Development Program U18 squad.

To finish, Tri-City matches the Waterloo Black Hawks at 8:00 p.m. on September 10. The game is a rematch of last season’s Western Conference Finals. The Storm bested the Black Hawks in the series-deciding Game 5 of the Conference Finals to advance to the Clark Cup. Tri-City swept Dubuque in the Clark Cup Final, 3-0.

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Friday, August 05, 2016
#StormTop10: #9 - Nico Sturm's between-the-legs deflection goal    

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Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm is counting down its #StormTop10 from its 2015-16 Clark Cup championship season. After Alex Limoges appeared at #10, center Nico Sturm checks in at #9. Sturm’s deflection goal vs. Sioux City on February 23, 2016 gave the Storm an early lead. 

Tri-City won, 4-1, to tie the Lincoln Stars for first place in the Western Conference. The Storm did not trail Lincoln for first after the win. Tri-City clinched the conference on April 2 vs. Fargo. 

The goal was Sturm’s 13th of the season. The Augsburg, Germany native completed the regular season with 14 goals and 39 points. In the playoffs, Sturm had three goals and six points in five games. 

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Thursday, August 04, 2016
#StormTop10: #10 - Alex Limoges's two goal game 3    

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Kearney, Neb. – We begin our #StormTop10 with the deciding Game 3 of the Clark Cup Final. Tri-City Storm forward Alex Limoges scored two goals, including the game winner, to help the Storm sweep Dubuque, 3-0, for its first Clark Cup. 

Limoges centered a line with Dan Labosky and Wade Allison. Labosky led the playoffs with 19 points, Allison was Clark Cup M.V.P. with nine goals and 16 points and Limoges was third with 14 points. 

On Limoges’ first goal, the Storm seized a 1-0 lead with less than four minutes to play in the first. Labosky and Allison earned the assists. 

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Wednesday, August 03, 2016
Learn more about season tickets for 2016-17    

 

We're proud to announce that our season ticket prices will remain the same! Our goal is to continue to provide you a superior game experience for 30-home games at the Viaero Event Center. 
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Wednesday, August 03, 2016
Storm championship gear available online    

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Storm releases 2016-17 regular season schedule    

 Kearney, Neb. – The USHL has announced the Tri-City Storm’s full regular season schedule and the Storm will raise its 2015-16 Clark Cup Champions banner on Friday, September 30 vs. Sioux City at 7:05 p.m. 

Tri-City’s regular season begins on September 23 at Lincoln. Last season, the Storm won the last four games of the season series against the Stars. Tri-City edged Lincoln for first place in the conference to capture its first regular season conference title since 2004. 

The Storm plays the Stars at home on October 1, October 15, December 31 and February 14. Tri-City plays Lincoln eight times during the regular season.  

 

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Storm announces home opener on Sept. 30 vs. Sioux City    

 Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm will raise its 2015-16 Clark Cup Champions banner on Friday, September 30, 2016 vs. Sioux City at 7:05 p.m.

The home opener features special promotions and giveaways that will be announced at a later date. The Storm’s full schedule will be released on Wednesday, July 27 at 10 AM. 

Watch the defending Clark Cup Champions at the Viaero Center in 2016-17 by purchasing season tickets. Packages are on sale now and can be secured by calling the Viaero Center Box Office at 308-338-8011.

Last season, the Storm won the Western Conference regular season title and clinched a playoff berth at home with a 6-2 win against Sioux City on March 29, 2016. 

This season is the 17th in the Storm’s history. Single-game tickets and Tri-City’s promotions schedule will be released at a later time. 

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Friday, July 15, 2016
Foskey named to Five Nations Roster    

 Kearney, Neb. –Tri-City Storm defenseman Jace Foskey has been named to USA Hockey Under-17 Select Team that will compete at the Under-17 Five Nations Tournament August 9-13. 

Foskey, 16, participated in the Storm’s Tryout Camp in June and was the Tri-City’s Phase I first-round pick in the 2016 USHL Draft. He is 6-foot-3, 183 pounds. 

“We are really excited with Jace,” said Storm Head Coach and General Manager Bill Muckalt during Tryout Camp. “He has a really good frame and a good stick. He’s done some excellent things here and we are ready to continue to watch him.” 

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Friday, July 15, 2016
Three Storm alumni sign ECHL deals    

 Kearney, Neb. – Former Tri-City Storm players Kenny Brooks, Simon Denis and Bill Eiserman have signed contracts in the ECHL. The three were teammates on Tri-City in 2010-11.

Brooks has signed with the Atlanta Gladiators, the ECHL affiliate of the Boston Bruins. The 24-year-old forward played for the Storm from 2009-12 and captained Tri-City in 2011-12. Brooks skated for Penn State from 2012-16. He is the son of Storm owner Kirk Brooks.

Denis has inked with the Toledo Walleye, the Detroit Red Wings’ ECHL affiliate. The defenseman is also 24 years old and played for the Storm in 2010-11. Denis spent 2011-16 with Ferris State University and started his pro career in 2016, playing three games for the ECHL’s Fort Wayne Komets.

Eiserman has signed with the Utah Grizzlies, affiliated with the Anaheim Ducks. After playing 54 games with the Storm in 2010-11, the defenseman played one full season at UMass-Lowell. Eiserman returned to the USHL in 2012-13 with the Chicago Steel and completed his NCAA eligibility at Bentley University from 2013-16.  

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Wednesday, July 06, 2016
Washe, McNeely announce college commitments    

 Kearney, Neb. – Tri-City Storm forward Paul Washe has announced his commitment to Western Michigan University and defenseman Jack McNeely has committed to play at Minnesota State University. Each played in the Clark Cup playoffs for the Storm and are expected to return this season.

Washe, 17, was the Storm’s youngest player in 2015-16 and contributed with nine goals and 16 points in 56 games. He appeared in six Storm postseason games. Washe and Clark Cup MVP Wade Allison are committed to Western Michigan. 

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Saturday, June 25, 2016
Wade Allison drafted in 2nd round by Philadelphia Flyers    

 Buffalo, N.Y. – Tri-City Storm forward Wade Allison was selected in the second round, no. 52 overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2016 NHL Draft Saturday at the First Niagara Center. 


The Clark Cup MVP led the USHL with nine playoff goals and was second with 16 postseason points. In three Clark Cup Final games, Allison led the squad with five goals and nine points. The second-year player was second on Tri-City with 25 goals and 47 points during the regular season.

A commit to Western Michigan, Allison is 18 years old, stands 6-foot-2, weighs 206 pounds and is from Myrtle, Manitoba, Canada.

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Saturday, June 25, 2016
Brandon Duhaime selected in 4th round by Minnesota Wild    

 Buffalo, N.Y. – Tri-City Storm forward Brandon Duhaime was selected by the Minnesota Wild in the fourth round, No. 106 overall, at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft Saturday at the First Niagara Center.

A midseason acquisition from the Chicago Steel, Brandon Duhaime quickly established a physical, two-way presence with the Storm. The 6-foot-1, 198-lb. winger played the final 18 games of the regular season with Tri-City and had five goals, ten points, a plus-3 rating and 46 penalty minutes.

Overall, the 19-year-old had 15 goals, 42 points and 143 penalty minutes in 57 games during the regular season.

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Saturday, June 25, 2016
Storm defenseman Clurman selected by Avalanche in 6th round    

 Buffalo, N.Y. – Storm defenseman Nate Clurman was selected in the sixth round, No. 161 overall by the Colorado Avalache in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft Saturday at the First Niagara Center.

Clurman, 18, was a member of the Storm’s affiliate list in 2015-16 and played the last three seasons for the Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana. The native of Boulder, Colorado completed Main Camp with the Storm last weekend. 

The Notre Dame commit stands 6-foot-2, 198 pounds and is a right-handed shot. NHL Central Scouting ranked Clurman as 187th-best North American Skater in its Final Rankings.

Clurman was drafted in the 13th round, 209th overall by the Tri-City Storm in Phase II of the 2015 USHL Entry Draft.  


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Friday, June 24, 2016
A motto helped lift Clark Cup MVP Wade Allison    

 Kearney, Neb. – It’s the first day of the NHL Draft and it’s tough to label how far Storm forward Wade Allison has come in about half a year. 

After an overtime loss to the Sioux Falls Stampede November 14, the right winger had one goal and one assist. Tri-City had won five of its first 15 games and was 7th in the Western Conference.

“It just took me a little bit,” Allison said. “Expectations were so high and things didn’t really go as planned. That’s adversity.

[Head Coach] Bill Muckalt said something that stuck with me and probably will for the rest of my life: ‘get better every day.’” 

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Thursday, June 23, 2016
Alex Limoges ready to lead in second season    

 Kearney, Neb. – Sitting in the chilly Las Vegas Ice Center during Tri-City Storm Main Camp, forward Alex Limoges kept his usual calmness and wore a deep smile. He put on his Storm jersey for the first time in a month, reflecting on the last time he wore number “26”.

 
“Every morning I wake up and say ‘I can’t believe we won the Clark Cup,’” he said. “I’m still trying to replay that win in my head. It’s still surreal.”
 
This year, Limoges has stressed it’s his turn to take a leading role along with the other returners. He said it’s the same role last season’s leadership group of Tory Dello, Dan Labosky, Mattias Goransson, Jake Wahlin played.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Meyer says playoff success prepared him for college    

 Kearney, Neb. – Forward Carson Meyer sets individual goals at the beginning of each season, establishing a number of goals, assists and skill traits he hopes to improve on.

“This year I didn’t only reach them, I did way better I thought I would,” Meyer revealed. “I developed this season far more than any other.”

The list of accomplishments: captured the Clark Cup, tied for fourth in the league with 32 goals, lead the Storm with 51 points, committed to Miami University and represented the United States at the World Jr. A Challenge.

About a month after lifting the Cup, the native of Powell, Ohio is at summer training for Miami University’s hockey team.

“I always wanted to go to Miami and now that I’m actually here, it’s so surreal. I came here at 6 years old and followed camp counselors to [Miami’s home rink] Goggin Ice Center. I looked at the Miami hockey players like heroes.”

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Physical Brandon Duhaime brought needed edge to the Storm    

 Kearney, Neb. – One day before the Storm opened the 2016 Clark Cup Final, Tri-City Storm forward Carson Meyer grinned when asked about linemate and friend Brandon Duhaime.

“He rattles everybody that’s out there on the other team,” Meyer explained. “I know if anybody tries anything with me … he’ll jump right in. He’s not scared of anybody.”

Duhaime brought physical authority to the Storm, one of its many sparks on the path to the Clark Cup. He was traded for the first time in his life on February 6 from the Chicago Steel to Tri-City. His first Storm game was February 12, the start of Tri-City’s team-record 13-game point streak.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Physical Brandon Duhaime brought needed edge to the Storm    

 Kearney, Neb. – One day before the Storm opened the 2016 Clark Cup Final, Tri-City Storm forward Carson Meyer grinned when asked about linemate and friend Brandon Duhaime.

“He rattles everybody that’s out there on the other team,” Meyer explained. “I know if anybody tries anything with me … he’ll jump right in. He’s not scared of anybody.”

Duhaime brought physical authority to the Storm, one of its many sparks on the path to the Clark Cup. He was traded for the first time in his life on February 6 from the Chicago Steel to Tri-City. His first Storm game was February 12, the start of Tri-City’s team-record 13-game point streak.

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Monday, June 20, 2016
Dominant runs defined Kielly's record-setting season    

 Kearney, Neb. – Goaltender Jake Kielly became the Storm’s steady rock in 2015-16, leading Tri-City to its first Clark Cup with arguably two of the greatest goaltending stretches in club history. 

In the first run, from December 29 – March 25, the Clarkson commit did not lose in regulation. Next, Kielly was 9-2 in the postseason, amassing a Storm playoff record 1.64 goals against average and a .950 save percentage.  

Despite the “unforgettable” positive memories that culminated in a championship, Kielly said the harder times prepared him for the glorious ones.

“It was tougher in the beginning not being the number-one guy,” Kielly said, referring to the start of the season when he backed up Matt Greenfield. “I felt like I had something to prove to myself, to my family, to all the people that have helped me along and to all the people that doubted me and didn’t think I belonged.”

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Saturday, June 18, 2016
Balanced scoring leads Team Black in final all-star game    

 Las Vegas, Nev. – A four-goal second period lifted Team Black to a 7-3 win over Team White in its final all-star game at 2016 Main Camp.

Four players scored for Black in the second: Alex Limoges, Charlie Kelleher, Nick Altmann and Ronnie Attard. Brian Hawkinson, James Sotiroff and Attard tallied in the third for Team Black. 

Danny DeBlouw and Bryan Yoon scored for Team White.

The game concludes 2016 Main Camp. Tri-City’s next step is to submit its final 30-man roster to the USHL in July.  

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Friday, June 17, 2016
Storm All-Star rosters set    

 Las Vegas, Nev. – The Tri-City Storm is down to a pair of teams in its 2016 Main Camp heading into its two all-star games. Each team features 20 players. There are 24 forwards, 12 defensemen and four goalies.

Friday, June 17 at 9:00 p.m. CDT is the first All-Star game. Saturday, June 18 at noon is the final game of Main Camp. Both all-star games are available to watch at https://www.lasvegasice.com/LIVEVIDEO.aspx
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“We are really excited with where we are at for Main Camp,” said Steve Lowe, the Storm’s President of Hockey Operations. “We have a lot of great young talent that we will feature in the all-star games.”

In July, the Storm will submit a 30-man roster to the USHL.

Tri-City’s Facebook and Twitter pages will post results of games.  

Watch the defending champions at the Viaero Center in 2016-17 by purchasing season tickets. Packages are on sale now and can be secured by calling the Viaero Center Box Office at 308-338-8011.

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Friday, June 17, 2016
Newcomers Deveaux, Kelleher star in first all-star game    

Las Vegas, Nev. – The Tri-City Storm held its first all-star game at 2016 Main Camp and Team Black defeated Team White, 6-2, Friday at the Las Vegas Ice Center. The final game of Main Camp is tomorrow, Saturday, June 18 at noon central.

Charlie Kelleher scored two goals and three points for Team Black. Wyllum Deveaux added a pair of points for Team White.

Newcomers and returning players shared lines and contributed. The clubs combined for five goals in the second and Black led, 3-2, at the end of two. Black added three more in the third.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016
2016 Main Camp rosters set    

 Las Vegas, Nev. – The Tri-City Storm has named its four remaining teams for its 2016 Tryout Camp. Of the 77 players, there are 41 forwards, 24 defensemen and 12 goalies. Ten players currently at camp are returners from last season’s 2016 Clark Cup championship team.

The remainder of Tryout Camp is called Main Camp and has three days of games. There are four games on Thursday, June 16 and three on Friday, June 17. Saturday morning is the final game, featuring two all-star squads.

“This is a great chance for us to evaluate for next year,” said Head Coach and General Manager Bill Muckalt. “It’s kind of like baking a cake. A lot of different ingredients go into a good recipe. There are different roles to fill.”

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Sunday, June 12, 2016
Storm prepares for 2016 Tryout Camp    

 Las Vegas, Nev. – The defending Clark Cup champion Tri-City Storm prepares to evaluate potential players for the 2016-17 season with the team’s annual Tryout Camp from June 12-18 at the Las Vegas Ice Center.

The week-long event consists of returning players, affiliate players from 2015-16, players selected in the 2016 USHL Draft and undrafted skaters and goalies looking to secure a roster spot. 

Head Coach and General Manager Bill Muckalt helps run the camp with assistants Ben Gordon and Taylor Nelson. Muckalt was at last season’s Tryout Camp, albeit in the stands, while serving as an Assistant Coach for Michigan Tech. 

“We are excited to see all our returning players, affiliates, draft picks and new pieces attending camp,” Muckalt said. “It’s going to be a great week to work with our prospects and build our team. This week starts the preparation for the upcoming season.”

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Friday, June 10, 2016
Allison relishes wild month, NHL Combine    

 Kearney, Neb. – Wade Allison’s turbulent month has been filled with joy and irreplaceable experiences.

Exactly one month ago, the Storm eliminated the Waterloo Black Hawks in a do-or-die fifth game of the Western Conference Finals. Ten days later at the Viaero Center, the 18-year-old prospect hoisted the Clark Cup after Tri-City swept the Dubuque Fighting Saints. Allison was named Clark Cup Most Valuable Player; he led the league with nine goals and scored five in the Final.

Allison left Kearney a few days later and attended the NHL Scouting Combine in Buffalo, New York for testing from June 1-6. He finished top-25 in ten categories and said he was happy with his performance. The combine brings together the top-100 eligible prospects prior to the NHL draft.

“It’s been crazy and definitely been an adventure I’ll remember,” Allison said about the last few weeks. For six days at the combine, he shared an office with potential number-one overall pick Auston Matthews and 30 NHL teams at the First Niagara Center, home of the Buffalo Sabres.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016
Click here to watch all our highlights and thank you videos!    

Here is everything you need to know and remember from a special season!

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Monday, May 23, 2016
Weekly Release Vol. 16, No. 33    

 The Tri-City Storm secured its first Clark Cup with a three-game sweep of the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the Clark Cup Final. At 9:47 p.m. on May 20, 2016, the final horn sounded, securing a 4-1 Tri-City victory and sending the sell-out crowd at the Viaero Center into pandemonium. 

Led by Jake Kielly in net, Bill Muckalt’s leadership and a hot offense, the Storm had the best goal differential in the postseason (+22). Tri-City was first in offense (3.8 goals/game) and boasted the stingiest defense (1.8 goals allowed/ game) in the postseason. 

The line of Dan Labosky, Alex Limoges and Wade Allison was on ice for 11 of 13 Storm goals in the Final. Allison won Clark Cup Most Valuable Player, leading all players with nine goals. Dan Labosky had 14 assists and 19 points to lead all postseason scorers. Limoges was third in the league with 14 points. 

Jake Kielly set the Tier-I USHL postseason record with a .950 save percentage. Kielly allowed more than two goals in a game just once. The Clarkson-bound netminder had a 1.64 goals against average, the fourth-best in the Tier-I history of the league. 

The Storm readies for the 2016-17 season with tryout camps at the Las Vegas Ice Center in Las Vegas, Nevada from June 12-18.

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Friday, May 20, 2016
Storm capture first Clark Cup, sweep Saints    

 Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm won its first Clark Cup with a 4-1 win over the Dubuque Fighting Saints in Game 3 of the Clark Cup Final Friday at the Viaero Center. The sellout crowd at the Viaero Center rumbled throughout the night and watched Dan Labosky net three assists and Alex Limoges score twice. 


Wade Allison won the Clark Cup Playoffs Most Valuable Player Award, scoring five goals in the final and leading the league with nine goals. Allison finished the 2016 playoffs with nine goals and 16 points. 

Jake Kielly stood out again in the remarkable run, making 28 saves in Game 5 to finish the playoffs with a 9-2 record, a 1.64 goals against average and a .949 save percentage.

The Storm was founded in the year 2000 and has reached the Final twice, in 2004 and 2016. 

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Thursday, May 19, 2016
Game 3 Clark Cup Final Preview: DUB at TC    

 Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm is home for Game 3 of the Clark Cup Final looking to close out the Dubuque Fighting Saints at the Viaero Center on Friday, May 20 at 7:05 p.m. The Storm leads its best-of-five series, 2-0, and outscored Dubuque, 9-3, in a pair of games at the Mystique Community Ice Center last weekend. 


First-year Head Coach and General Manager Bill Muckalt has guided the Storm to its most wins in a Final series; in 2004, the only other time Tri-City made the Clark Cup, Head Coach Bliss Littler and the Storm fell in four games, 3-1, to Waterloo.

This marks the first time the Clark Cup is in Kearney. The last time the Cup was in Nebraska was 2008, when the Omaha Lancers won the Clark Cup.

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Monday, May 16, 2016
Weekly Release, Vol. 16 No. 32    

 The Tri-City Storm is one win away from capturing its first Clark Cup and readies for a pair of home games leading the Dubuque Fighting Saints, 2-0, in the best-of-five Clark Cup Final.

Over the weekend, Dan Labosky recorded six points to become the Storm’s all-time postseason assists and points leader (13 assists, 20 points). See below under “Need to Know” for a full list of records broken this postseason by Storm players.  

Labosky had one of two explosive offensive performances that keyed the Storm to a weekend sweep in Dubuque. In Game 1 on Friday, Tri-City scored a season-high five goals in the third period and won, 5-1, led by Wade Allison’s four-point effort. On Saturday in Game 2, a 4-2 win, Dan Labosky had a playoff-best four points. 

Prior to this weekend, the Storm only had one four-point game in its playoff history – Bill Thomas on March 31, 2004 against Des Moines. 

Allison has seven points (4g, 3a) in two Clark Cup Final games. Labosky leads the league with 16 points (5g, 11a) in the postseason. Allison leads all players with eight postseason goals and is second in the league with 14 points. 

The Storm looks to capture the Clark Cup in Game 3 on Friday, May 20 at 7:05 p.m. at the Viaero Center. If necessary, Game 4 is Saturday, May 21 at 7:05 p.m. Both games feature $5 kids tickets and $6 student tickets. The Storm will announce more specials throughout the week. Call the Box Office (308-338-8011) for tickets or visit: 
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Besides the on-ice success, Storm Captain Tory Dello earned the USHL’s annual Curt Hammer Award for “outstanding performance skills, pride and determination.”


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Saturday, May 14, 2016
Allison, Labosky dominate and Storm seizes 2-0 series lead    

 Dubuque, Iowa. – Dan Labosky had four points and Wade Allison had three, lifting the Tri-City Storm to a 4-2 win and a 2-0 series edge against the Dubuque Fighting Saints in Game 2 of the Clark Cup Final Saturday at the Mystique Community Ice Center. The Storm is one win away from its first the Clark Cup.  

Prior to Friday, only one Tri-City player had a four-point game in the postseason - Bill Thomas in 2004. In the past two games, Allison and Labosky have each had four-point nights.  

Labosky had two goals and two assists, factoring in on three straight goals to edge the Storm ahead, 3-1, in the second. Allison had two goals and one assist in Game 2 after two goals and four points in Game 1. Labosky has 16 postseason points, tied with Bill Thomas for most by a Storm player in a single postseason. Allison has 14 points, second in the USHL. 

Jake Kielly was reliable with 25 saves and seven stops in the third. Kielly has a 1.71 goals against average and a .948 save percentage, best in the playoffs.

The Storm and Saints match on Friday, May 20 at the Viaero Center for Game 3, featuring $5 kids tickets and $6 student tickets (
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Friday, May 13, 2016
Allison's historic night rams Saints, 5-1, in Game 1 of Clark Cup Final    

 Dubuque, Iowa –Wade Allison tied a Tri-City Storm single-game postseason record with four points and the club ripped five goals in the third period to take a 1-0 series edge over the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the Clark Cup Final, 5-1, Friday at the Mystique Community Ice Center.

Allison’s explosive game (2g, 2a) started one minute into the third, tying the game with a deke and wrist shot past Hunter Miska. With the game even, Tri-City scored the go-ahead goal from Tory Dello four minutes later on the power play. 

Allison received a point on the first four goals of the third, finishing his night with a shorthanded empty-net goal at 17:33. Allison and Bill Thomas are the only two Storm players to score four points in a postseason game. Thomas had two goals and four points in the first round, March 31, 2004, against the Des Moines Buccaneers. 

The 18-year-old winger from Myrtle, Manitoba, Canada leads the USHL with six goals this playoffs. 

Kielly made ten stops in the third period after allowing a goal on the last shot he faced in the second. The 19-year-old netminder has a 7-2 record, a 1.68 goals against average and a .950 save percentage in nine postseason games. 

Also key to the cause, Dan Labosky had a goal and two points. 

The wins sets up Game 2 on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. in Dubuque. 

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Thursday, May 12, 2016
Storm Captain Tory Dello earns Curt Hammer Award    

 Kearney, Neb. – Tri-City Storm Captain Tory Dello has won the Curt Hammer Award for the 2015-16 season, the United States Hockey League announced Friday. 


The award is presented annually to the USHL player “who distinguishes himself both on and off the ice by demonstrating outstanding performance skills, pride and determination”. Awarded first for the 1988-89 season, the recognition is named after the late Curt Hammer, the President of the Des Moines Buccaneers from 1984-87 and a former USHL secretary who succumbed to cancer in 1987.

The USHL established the award “to honor his commitment to the League and the perseverance he displayed in continuing his work through hockey while battling the illness.”


Dello is the third Storm winner of the award, joining Garrett Gamez (2013-14) and Christian Hanson (2004-05).

The Notre Dame commit is from Crystal Lake, Illinois and stands six-foot, 190 pounds. Dello has played in three full seasons with the Storm and 167 USHL games (15 playoff games), totaling eight goals and 40 points. In 2015-16, the defenseman had a plus-19 rating, 12 points and a single-season high four goals. 

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Thursday, May 12, 2016
Clark Cup Final Preview: Defense    

 Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm and Dubuque Fighting Saints boast the two best defenses in the Clark Cup Playoffs and face off in the best-of-five Clark Cup Finals. The Storm is seeking its first Clark Cup and is in the final round for the second time. 


The Storm is allowing 2.0 goals/game, which Dubuque yields 2.11 goals/game.

Game 1 of the Clark Cup Finals is Friday, May 13 at 7:35 p.m. at the Mystique Ice Center in Dubuque. Game 2 is Saturday, May 14 at 7:05 p.m. 

The Storm is home at the Viaero Center for Game 3 on Friday, May 20 at 7:05 p.m. If necessary, Game 4 is Saturday, May 21 at 7:05 p.m. Both games feature $5 kids tickets and $6 student tickets and the Storm will announce more specials within the next few days. Game 5, if necessary, is in Dubuque on Tuesday, May 24 at 7:05 p.m.

Call the box office for tickets (308-338-8011) or visit: 
http://bit.ly/Storm_Tickets

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Thursday, May 12, 2016
Clark Cup Final Preview: Offense    

 Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm and the Dubuque Fighting Saints are the top offensive teams in the USHL playoffs and meet in the best-of-five Clark Cup Finals. The Storm is seeking its first Clark Cup and is in the final round for the second time. 


Game 1 of the Clark Cup Finals is Friday, May 13 at 7:35 p.m. at the Mystique Ice Center in Dubuque. Game 2 is Saturday, May 14 at 7:05 p.m. 

The Storm is home at the Viaero Center for Game 3 on Friday, May 20 at 7:05 p.m. If necessary, Game 4 is Saturday, May 21 at 7:05 p.m. Both games feature $5 kids tickets and $6 student tickets and the Storm will announce more specials within the next few days. Game 5, if necessary, is in Dubuque on Tuesday, May 24 at 7:05 p.m.

Call the box office for tickets (308-338-8011) or visit: 
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Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Clark Cup Final Preview: History    

 Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm and the Dubuque Fighting Saints square off in the best-of-five Clark Cup Finals. The Storm is seeking its first Clark Cup and is in the final round for the second time. 


The series is the first time Tri-City and Dubuque meet in the Clark Cup Playoffs.

Game 1 of the Clark Cup Finals is Friday, May 13 at 7:35 p.m. at the Mystique Ice Center in Dubuque. Game 2 is Saturday, May 14 at 7:05 p.m. 

The Storm is home at the Viaero Center for Game 3 on Friday, May 20 at 7:05 p.m. If necessary, Game 4 is Saturday, May 21 at 7:05 p.m. Both games feature $5 kids tickets and $6 student tickets and the Storm will announce more specials within the next few days. Game 5, if necessary, is in Dubuque on Tuesday, May 24 at 7:05 p.m.

Call the box office for tickets (308-338-8011) or visit: 
http://bit.ly/Storm_Tickets

Storm postseason games can be heard on The Breeze 94.5 FM – kliqfm.com. Game 1 coverage begins at 7:20 with the Viaero Wireless Pregame Show. Game 2 coverage starts at 6:45 p.m.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016
USHL announces 2016 Clark Cup Final Schedule    

 Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm has advanced to the Clark Cup Final for the second time in club history and faces the Eastern Conference’s Dubuque Fighting Saints in a best-of-five series.

The Storm’s run has included a measure of revenge in both series. In the opening round, the Storm swept Sioux Falls. 
Last season, the Stampede eliminated the Storm in the Western Conference Finals. 

In the Conference Finals, Tri-City bested Waterloo in the decisive fifth game. Waterloo beat the Storm in the Clark Cup Finals in 2004. 

Tri-City is the Western Conference’s one-seed with 73 points, but third-seeded Dubuque finished with more regular season points (80) in the Eastern Conference and holds home ice advantage. 

Game 1 of the Clark Cup Final is Friday, May 13 at 7:35 p.m. at the Mystique Ice Center in Dubuque. Game 2 is Saturday, May 14 at 7:05 p.m. 

The Storm is home at the Viaero Center for Game 3 on Friday, May 20 at 7:05 p.m. If necessary, Game 4 is Saturday, May 21 at 7:05 p.m. Both games feature $5 kids tickets and $6 student tickets and the Storm will announce more specials within the next few days. Game 5, if necessary, is in Dubuque on Tuesday, May 24 at 7:05 p.m.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Storm knocks off Waterloo to advance to Clark Cup Final    

 Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm slammed the Waterloo Black Hawks, 5-3, in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals to advance to the Clark Cup Finals for the first time since 2004 on Tuesday at the Viaero Center.


Jake Wahlin had the Storm’s last two goals and Tri-City overcame a 2-1 deficit by scoring four of the last five. Wahlin’s empty-net goal sent the home crowd into a frenzy with one minute remaining. 

Brandon Duhaime finished with a goal and two points for the second straight game. Wade Allison and Max Humitz also scored. Carson Meyer and Alex Limoges each added a pair of assists. 

Jake Kielly had 35 saves in the win, while Cale Morris lost with 31 saves. 

Tri-City is seeking its first Clark Cup, where it matches up against Dubuque in Game 1 on Friday, May 13. The Fighting Saints have won the Clark Cup twice since returning to the USHL in 2010.  

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Monday, May 09, 2016
Game 5 WCF Preview: WAT at TC    

 Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm hosts a do-or-die Game 5 of the Clark Cup Western Conference Finals at the Viaero Center on Tuesday, May 10 at 7:05 p.m. The Storm and Hawks have split the first four games, with each team taking one at home and one on the road. 


Tuesday's winner advances to the Clark Cup Finals. Tickets are available now at the Viaero Center Box Office (call: 308-338-8011) and online at 
http://bit.ly/Storm_Tickets.

The Storm is led by first-year Head Coach Bill Muckalt, who guided Tri-City to its first regular season Western Conference title since 2004. The Black Hawks are coached by 20th-year head man P.K. O'Handley, who owns a USHL-record 606 regular-season wins.

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Saturday, May 07, 2016
Black Hawks defeat Storm, 7-4, to force Game 5    

Kearney, Neb. – Four Tri-City Storm forwards scored, but the Waterloo Black Hawks scored four in the third to defeat the Storm, 7-4, and tie the Western Conference Finals series at two. 

Nick Swaney had a hat trick and four points for Waterloo.

The decisive Game 5 is at the Viaero Center on Tuesday, May 10 at 7:05 p.m. The winner advances to the Clark Cup Finals. 

Down, 2-0, halfway through the first, Tri-City fought back to tie the game twice, but could never take the lead. Waterloo had quick answers after the Storm tied, including a go-ahead goal by Sam McCormick with 7:47 left 47 seconds after Tri-City tied the game at three.  

Jake Kielly took the loss with 33 saves, while Cale Morris won making 25 stops. 

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Friday, May 06, 2016
Kielly dominates Black Hawks, 3-0, in Game 3    

 Kearney, Neb. – Tri-City Storm netminder Jake Kielly made a playoff-best 41 saves for his third postseason shutout and the Storm followed his lead, seizing a 2-1 series lead with a 3-0 win over the Waterloo Black Hawks Friday at Young Arena.  


Kielly’s mastery started early; two of his first three saves came on odd-man rushes. Continuing the theme, the 19-year-old backstopper made 14 stops in the second and 16 in the third. The Storm was outshot, 41-27. 

The 6-foot-3, 190-lb. goalie is the only in Storm playoff history to record multiple postseason shutouts.

Wade Allison scored his third of the postseason six minutes into the first, Max Humitz tallied four minutes into the second and Jake Wahlin added an empty-net goal with six seconds left. Cale Morris made 24 saves in defeat. 

The Storm is one win away from advancing to the Clark Cup Finals. Game 4 is Saturday, May 7 at 7:05 p.m. in Waterloo. 

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Tuesday, May 03, 2016
Storm drafts high-end talent in Phase II    

 Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm has completed the 2016 Phase II USHL Draft, selecting 11 forwards, seven defensemen and two goalies. 

The Storm’s first two picks, Charlie Kelleher and Linus Weissbach, are high-end, skilled talents. With the 12th overall selection, the Storm picked the forward Kelleher in the first round of the 2016 USHL Phase II Draft. Next, in the second round at 28th overall, Tri-City selected the Swedish-born forward Weissbach. 

Kelleher, 19, has played for the Boston Jr. Bruins since 2012. the 5-foot-8, 185-lb. forward led the team with 36 assists and finished second accumulating 53 points.  

“I am definitely so excited about joining the Storm organization and this league,” said Kelleher. “I’ve heard so many great things about Coach Muckalt.”

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Tuesday, May 03, 2016
Storm selects Kelleher in 1st round, Phase II    

 Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm has selected forward Charlie Kelleher in the first round of the 2016 USHL Phase II Draft. 

Kelleher has played for the Boston Jr. Bruins since 2012, playing in the USPHL the past two seasons and totaling 28 goals and 85 points in 75 games. This season, the 5-foot-8, 185-lb. forward led the team with 36 assists and finished second accumulating 53 points.  

“I am definitely so excited about joining the Storm organization and this league,” said Kelleher. “I’ve heard so many great things about Coach Muckalt.”

Born in 1997, Kelleher, 19, is from Longmeadow, Massachusetts and committed to the University of New Hampshire. Tyler, his 21-year-old brother, played for the U.S. National Development Team Program from 2011-2013 and recently completed his junior season at New Hampshire. In 2014-15, Tyler Kelleher led the Wildcats with 42 points and finished second on the team with 46 points this season. 

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Monday, May 02, 2016
Storm takes D Jace Foskey in 1st round, Phase I    

 Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm has selected defenseman Jace Foskey in the first round of the 2016 USHL Phase I Draft. 

A 6-0, 178-lb. defenseman from Southlake, Texas, Foskey completed this season with Dallas Stars Elite 16U, scoring two goals and 11 points in 32 games.

Prior this season, Foskey, 15, played in the NAPHL with Dallas 16U, accumulating one goal and four points in 20 games.

Stormhockey.com and the Storm’s social media pages detail Tri-City’s selections in Phase I.

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Monday, May 02, 2016
Tri-City readies for future in 2016 Phase I USHL Draft    

 Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm has completed 2016 USHL Phase I Draft, selecting six forwards, two defensemen and one goalie. 

With the 12th overall pick in the draft, the Storm selected defenseman Jace Foskey. A 6-foot, 178-lb. defenseman from Southlake, Texas, Foskey completed this season with Dallas Stars Elite 16U, scoring two goals and 11 points in 32 games.

“On behalf of the Storm ownership, management and staff we would like to welcome all players to our organization I’m excited for our fans,” said Bill Muckalt, Head Coach and General Manager of the Tri-City Storm. “I look forward to getting to know each player and help him reach his future goals.” 

With the Storm’s next pick in the third round, Tri-City picked forward Wyllum Deveaux with the 44th overall selection. Deveaux stands 6-foot-1, 174 pounds and is from Sackville, Nova Scotia, Canada. In 2015-16 with Don Mills Flyers Minor Midget AAA, the dangerous talent struck for 27 goals and 68 points in 64 games.   

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Monday, May 02, 2016
Tri-City acquires 4th-round pick from Chicago    

 Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm has acquired a fourth-round pick in Phase II of the 2016 USHL Draft and future considerations from the Chicago Steel in exchange for Reilly Walsh. 

A 17-year-old defenseman from Andover, New Hampshire, Walsh played in two games with the Storm this season, recording two points and a minus-one rating.

The fourth-round pick originally belonged to the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. 

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Monday, May 02, 2016
Weekly Release Vol. 16, No. 31    

 The Tri-City Storm is tied, 1-1, with the Waterloo Black Hawks in the best-of-five Clark Cup Playoffs Western Conference Finals.


On Friday, Jake Kielly blanked Waterloo in Game 1, 4-0, with 32 saves and became the first Storm goalie to record multiple postseason shutouts. Saturday, Carson Meyer scored for the second straight game, but Tri-City fell, 3-1.


The USHL Draft takes place on Monday, May 2 (Phase I) and Tuesday, May 3. (Phase II). In Phase I of the draft, the Storm selects players born in 2000. In Phase II, any junior-eligible player may be selected if not already protected by another USHL club. 

 

Tri-City heads to Waterloo for Game 3 on Friday, May 6 at 7:05 p.m. and Game 4 on Saturday, May 7 at 7:05 p.m. 

 

Come to Fanatics Sports Bar on Central Avenue in Kearney for a free watch party of all Storm road playoff games.

If you're heading to Waterloo for Game 3 and Game 4 of the Clark Cup Western Conference Finals, make sure to say you're with the 'Tri-City Storm Group' for a discounted ticket. Ticket rates are $8 for a blue seat or $10 for a white seat. Call their box office at 319-232-3444 to buy tickets. 

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Monday, May 02, 2016
Storm selects Foskey with 12th overall pick in Phase I    

 Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm has selected defenseman Jace Foskey in the first round of the 2016 USHL Phase I Draft. 

A 6-0, 178-lb. defenseman from Southlake, Texas, Foskey completed this season with Dallas Stars Elite 16U, scoring two goals and 11 points in 32 games.

Prior this season, Foskey, 15, played in the NAPHL with Dallas 16U, accumulating one goal and four points in 20 games.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016
Black Hawks best Storm, 3-1, in Game 2    

 Kearney, Neb. – Carson Meyer scored his fourth goal of the postseason, but the Tri-City Storm yielded a goal late in the second and could not come back, falling, 3-1, in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals Saturday at the Viaero Center.  

Waterloo has tied the best-of-five series, 1-1, entering Games 3 and 4 at Young Arena. 

Yuri Terao scored the game-winning goal for the Hawks with 2:13 left in the second. Nick Swaney added an empty-net goal with seven seconds left in the third to ice the contest.

Goalie Jake Kielly was strong, making 28 saves and yielding a pair of goals. Through the first five games of the postseason, Kielly has allowed five goals, best in the circuit. Cale Morris earned the win with 32 saves. 

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Friday, April 29, 2016
Kielly denies Waterloo, 4-0, in Game 1    

 Kearney, Neb. – Goalie Jake Kielly made 32 saves for his second postseason shutout and became the first Storm goalie to record multiple postseason shutouts in the Tri-City Storm’s 4-0 victory over the Waterloo Black Hawks in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals Friday at the Viaero Center. 


The Storm scored two goals on its first five shots, but Kielly starred the night, making 15 saves in the first to put Tri-City in a position to seize the lead and nab a 1-0 edge in the best-of-five series.

Kielly’s blanking is the Storm’s fourth postseason shutout (Peter Mannino – 2004, Mike Zaccharias - 2005).

Carson Meyer scored the game-winning goal halfway through the first on the power play, while the Storm’s penalty kill moved to 16-for-16 in the postseason by holding Waterloo 0-for-3. Nico Sturm, Dan Labosky and Walker Duehr also scored.

Through the first four games of the playoffs, all wins by Tri-City, the Storm has scored four goals in each game and allowed three total goals. Kielly has a 0.75 goals against average and a .972 save percentage.

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Friday, April 29, 2016
Western Conference Finals Preview: Goalies    

 Kearney, Neb. – The one-seed Tri-City Storm and the three-seed Waterloo Black Hawks open the best-of-five 2016 Clark Cup Western Conference Finals on Friday, April 29, at the Viaero Center. The first 2,000 fans in attendance receive free rally towels and puck drop is at 7:05 p.m. Game 2 is this Saturday, April 30, at 7:05 p.m. 

Kids tickets are $5 and college tickets are $6 for both games.
 http://bit.ly/Storm_Tickets

The Storm is home for Game 5, if necessary, on Tuesday, May 10 at 7:05 p.m.

Our four-part preview highlights notable matchups and history. Our first part examined each club’s playoff history.

Part 2 explained key matchups at forward that could define the series, while Part 3 analyzed the defensemen.

In our final preview, we study each club’s netminders.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016
Western Conference Finals Preview: Defensemen    

 Kearney, Neb. – The one-seed Tri-City Storm and the three-seed Waterloo Black Hawks open the 2016 Clark Cup Western Conference Finals at 7:05 p.m. on Friday, April 29, at the Viaero Center. The first 2,000 fans in attendance receive free rally towels. Game 2 is this Saturday, April 30, at 7:05 p.m. 

Kids tickets are $5 and college tickets are $6 for both games.
http://bit.ly/Storm_Tickets 

The Storm is home for Game 5, if necessary, on Tuesday, May 10 at 7:05 p.m.

Our four-part preview highlights notable matchups and history. Our first part examined each club’s playoff history.

Part 2 explained key matchups at forward that could define the series.  


In this section, we look at how the clubs stack up defensively.  We’ll wrap up Friday with the goaltender duel.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016
Storm affiliate Adam Goodsir named NAHL Rookie of the Year    

 Kearney, Neb. – Tri-City Storm affiliate forward Adam Goodsir has been named NAHL Rookie of the Year with the Wichita Falls Wildcats, the NAHL announced Thursday. 

Drafted by the Storm in the 19th round, 298th overall, in Phase II of the 2014 USHL Draft, the 17-year-old native of Okemos, Michigan led the Wildcats with 28 regular-season goals, second in the league among rookies. Goodsir was selected to the 2016 All-NAHL Rookie 1stTeam and the 2016 All-Rookie South Team. 

The University of Denver commit finished plus-19 in 59 games played. Goodsir stands 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds.

“Congratulations to Adam and his teammates in Wichita Falls,” said Bill Muckalt, Storm Head Coach and General Manager. “Best of luck to him and the rest of his team as they go through the Robertson Cup Playoffs.”

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Western Conference Finals Preview: Forwards    

 Kearney, Neb. – The one-seed Tri-City Storm and the three-seed Waterloo Black Hawks face off in the 2016 Clark Cup Western Conference Finals. The series begins Friday, April 29, at 7:05 p.m. at the Viaero Center. The first 2,000 fans in attendance receive free rally towels. Game 2 is this Saturday, April 30, at 7:05 p.m. 

Kids tickets are $5 and college tickets are $6 for both games. 
http://bit.ly/Storm_Tickets 

The Storm is home for Game 5, if necessary, on Tuesday, May 10 at 7:05 p.m.

The Storm has arranged a four-part preview to highlight different aspects of the series. Ourfirst part examined each club’s playoff history. 

In this section, we look at the forward matchups that could define the series. 

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Western Conference Finals Preview: History    

 Kearney, Neb. – The one-seed Tri-City Storm and the three-seed Waterloo Black Hawks face off in the 2016 Clark Cup Western Conference Finals. The series begins Friday, April 29, at 7:05 p.m. at the Viaero Center. The first 2,000 fans in attendance receive free rally towels. Game 2 is this Saturday, April 30, at 7:05 p.m. 

Kids tickets are $5 and college tickets are $6 for both games. 
http://bit.ly/Storm_Tickets 

The Storm is home for Game 5, if necessary, on Tuesday, May 10 at 7:05 p.m.

The Storm has arranged a four-part preview to highlight different aspects of the series, beginning with each club’s playoff history. This series is the third playoff meeting between Tri-City and Waterloo (2004, 2012) and the Black Hawks have won the first two series. In 2004, the Storm qualified for its only Clark Cup Final and the Black Hawks won its only junior-era Clark Cup. 

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Monday, April 25, 2016
Western Conference Finals Schedule and promotions, released    

 Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm and Waterloo Black Hawks have their schedules set for the 2016 Western Conference Finals. The Storm, the one-seed in the Western Conference, swept the Sioux Falls Stampede in three games, while three-seed Waterloo overcame Lincoln in four games.

Clark Cup Playoff tickets are on sale now. Tri-City hosts Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals on Friday, April 29 at 7:05 p.m., presented by Kearney Clinic PC and Malcolm Roofing and General Contracting. The first 2,000 fans in attendance receive free rally towels. Game 2 is this Saturday, April 30 at 7:05 p.m. Kids tickets are $5 and college tickets are $6. 
http://bit.ly/Storm_Tickets  

Tri-City travels to Waterloo’s Young Arena for Game 3 on Friday, May 6 at 7:05 p.m. If necessary, Game 4 is Saturday, May 7 at 7:05 p.m. in Waterloo. 

The Storm is home for Game 5, if necessary, on Tuesday, May 10 at 7:05 p.m.

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Monday, April 25, 2016
Weekly Release Vol. 16, No. 30    

 The Tri-City Storm has advanced to the Western Conference Finals to face the Waterloo Black Hawks after Tri-City swept the Sioux Falls Stampede in the opening round.

During Friday’s Game 3 in Sioux Falls, the Storm took out the defending Clark Cup Champions by scoring four straight goals for the third straight contest. The sweep was a measure of revenge for Tri-City; last season, Sioux Falls eliminated the Storm in four games during the Western Conference Finals. 

This is the second time Tri-City has gone to the second round in consecutive seasons (2004, 2005).

One of the Storm’s top offensive lines – Dan Labosky (1g, 5a), Alex Limoges (2g, 2a) and Wade Allison (2g, 2a) – continues to catalyze Tri-City’s success. Labosky is tied for the USHL lead in postseason assists, Limoges is on a USHL-best nine-game point streak (4g, 8a) and Allison has tallied at least one point in 34 of the last 41 games. 

Goalie Jake Kielly allowed three goals in three games and sports the top goals against average (1.00) and save percentage (.965) in the postseason. The Storm outscored Sioux Falls, 12-3, in three contests.

Tri-City hosts Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals on Friday, April 29 and Game 2 this Saturday, April 30. Both games are at 7:05 p.m. and tickets are now on sale.

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Friday, April 22, 2016
Storm sweeps Sioux Falls in Game 3, 4-1, advances to Conference Finals    

 Sioux Falls, S.D. – The Tri-City Storm exploded for three goals in the second period and Jake Kielly made 32 saves to sweep the Sioux Falls Stampede out of the playoffs with a 4-1 win in Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals.


Trailing by a goal to begin the middle frame, Tri-City mashed two goals in the first four minutes of the second. Kielly followed the Storm’s lead, making 22 straight saves to end the game. The 19-year-old has allowed three goals in three playoff games. 

Linemates Alex Limoges, Dan Labosky and Wade Allison continued to dominate, combining for two of the Storm’s four goals. The center Limoges is on a season-high nine-game point streak (4g, 8a). Labosky led all players with six points (1g, 5a) in the opening round. Carson Meyer also contributed two assists. 

The win is a measure of revenge of the Storm, knocking out the defending Clark Cup Champions. Last season, the Stampede eliminated the Storm in the Western Conference Finals, 3-1.

Tri-City awaits Lincoln or Waterloo in the Western Conference Finals. Game 1 is next Friday at 7:05 p.m. at the Viaero Center. 

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Monday, April 18, 2016
Weekly Release Vol. 16, No. 29    

 The Tri-City Storm has taken a 2-0 lead in its best-of-five Western Conference Semifinals series, demolishing the Sioux Falls Stampede in a pair of home games Thursday and Friday in Kearney. 


One win away from reaching the Western Conference Finals for the second straight season, a combination of battering offense and stifling defense has dominated the first two games.

Thursday, the Storm scored three goals in the first and cruised, 4-0, led by Jake Kielly’s 27-save shutout. Kielly gave the Tri-City its first postseason shutout since 2005. In Game 2, after giving up two goals in the first, Tri-City scored the next four to ring the Herd, 4-2. Dan Labosky set the Storm’s single-game postseason record with three assists.

Tri-City combined for 85 shots in the two games, the most in consecutive contests this season.

The Storm’s attention turns to Game 3 in Sioux Falls on Friday, April 22, at 7:05 p.m. The Storm hosts a special “watch party” at Fanatics Sports Bar in Kearney for the game.
Storm playoff games can be heard on The Breeze 94.5 FM – kliqfm.com. Coverage begins at 6:45 p.m. for Game 3 with the Viaero Wireless Pregame Show.

If necessary, Game 4 is Sunday, April 24 at 6:05 p.m. and Game 5 is home on Tuesday, April 26 at 7:05 p.m.

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Friday, April 15, 2016
Four straight goals carry Storm, 4-2, past Sioux Falls in Game 2    

 Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm scored four straight goals against the Sioux Falls Stampede to overcome a two-goal deficit, 4-2, and take a 2-0 series lead Friday at the Viaero Center. 

Linemates Wade Allison (1g, 1a), Alex Limoges (1g) and Dan Labosky (3a) engineered the comeback, factoring in on the Storm’s first three goals. Labosky's three assists were the most ever by a Storm player in a postseason game. He has 106 total points, fifth-most by a Tri-City player. 

Captain Tory Dello recorded his first postseason goal, a power-play marker, to tie the game at two early in the second. Nico Sturm scored an insurance goal four minutes into the third to cool Sioux Falls.

Also key, Andrew Peski assisted on the last two Storm goals, giving the defenseman two goals and 20 total points.

The win puts the Storm one win away from reaching the Western Conference Finals. 

After recording Tri-City’s first postseason shutout since 2005 last night, Jake Kielly remained calm after giving up two goals in the first, finishing with 23 saves. For the second straight night, Kielly beat Stefanos Lekkas, who took the loss with 41 saves. 

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Thursday, April 14, 2016
Kielly shuts out Sioux Falls, 4-0, to give Storm 1-0 series lead    

 Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm scored three goals in the first and Jake Kielly made 27 saves to erase the Sioux Falls Stampede, 4-0, in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals Thursday at the Viaero Center.


The Storm seizes a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series and hosts Game Two Friday night at 7:05 p.m. in Kearney.

Tri-City’s momentum flashed once Wade Allison scored the opening goal halfway through the first. Carson Meyer scored twice and Jake Wahlin also tallied. Nico Sturm finished with two assists. 

Sioux Falls burdened Kielly with nine shots in the final half of the third period, all saved by the 19-year-old netminder from Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Western Conference Semifinals Preview: Sioux Falls vs. Tri-City    

 Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm and the Sioux Falls Stampede meet Thursday, April 14, at 7:05 p.m. to open the 2016 Clark Cup Playoffs.


Like last playoffs, Tri-City enters the best-of-five series against Sioux Falls with home-ice advantage. Last season, the Stampede bested the Storm, three-games-to-one, in the Western Conference Finals on its way to a second Clark Cup. 

The Storm enters this postseason as one of the USHL’s best, winning the Western Conference for the first time since 2003-04, when Tri-City advanced to its only Clark Cup Finals. The Storm’s franchise-best 13-game points streak from February 12 – March 19 highlighted the campaign. Tri-City held first or second place the entire second half of the regular season, beating the Lincoln Stars for the conference’s top seed. 

Tri-City won the season series against Sioux Falls, earning points in five of six games (3-1-2-0). 

Like last season, Sioux Falls comes into the playoffs as the fourth seed in the Western Conference. There are inevitable comparison between the last two Herd teams. The Stampede won 32 games last regular season and 31 this season, sneaking into the Clark Cup Playoffs. After starting last season 9-11-3, Sioux Falls won 16 of its next 22 to put itself in playoff positioning. This season, the Herd won six of its last seven, overcoming the Fargo Force on the final weekend of the season for the final spot. 

The Storm opens the Western Conference Semifinals with a pair of home games against the Herd this Thursday, April 14 and Friday, April 15. Both games start at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are now on sale. Kids tickets are $5 for the playoffs. 
http://bit.ly/Storm_Tickets  

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PLAYOFF SCHEDULES

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Monday, April 11, 2016
Former Storm players Poganski, Wilkie win National Championship    

 Kearney, Neb. – Former Storm forwards Chris Wilkie and Austin Poganski helped the University of North Dakota win the NCAA Men’s Hockey National Championship Saturday at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.


The Fighting Hawks finished 34-6-4 and Poganski was the only North Dakota player to compete in all 44 games. In the championship, Poganski scored the team’s final goal halfway through the third, sealing a 5-1 victory over the Quinnipiac Bobcats. 

The sophomore from St. Cloud, Minnesota completed the season with ten goals and 25 points, fourth on the squad. Poganski played in two games for the Storm in 2012-13 before emerging finishing second on the Storm with 19 goals in 2013-14. 

Freshman Chris Wilkie, the Storm’s points leader in consecutive seasons (2013-15), played in 32 games this season, scoring five goals and nine points. Wilkie tied the Storm’s single-season record with 35 goals in 2014-15. This season, Storm forward and Miami University commit Carson Meyer finished with 32 goals, the fifth-most in a Tri-City season. 

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Monday, April 11, 2016
Weekly Release Vol. 16, No. 28    

 The Tri-City Storm prepares for the opening round of the Clark Cup Playoffs against the Sioux Falls Stampede after completing the regular season Saturday.


Tri-City enters the Clark Cup Playoffs as the number-one seed in the Western Conference, finishing the regular season 28-15-10-7 (73 points), tied for the fewest regulation losses in the league. The Lincoln Stars and Waterloo Black Hawks match up in the other Western Conference opening-round series. There are three rounds in the Clark Cup Playoffs and all are best-of-five series.

The Storm opens the Western Conference Semifinals with a pair of home games against the Herd this Thursday, April 14 and Friday, April 15. Both games start at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are now on sale. Kids tickets are $5 for the playoffs. 
http://bit.ly/Storm_Tickets  

Tri-City is in the postseason for the second straight season and looks for a measure of payback against Sioux Falls; in 2014-15, the Herd bested the Storm in the Western Conference Finals, three-games-to-one. Sioux Falls is the reigning Clark Cup Champions. 

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Storm playoff games can be heard on The Breeze 94.5 FM – kliqfm.com. Coverage begins at 6:45 p.m. with the Viaero Wireless Pregame Show.

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Saturday, April 09, 2016
Storm finishes regular season with 5-4 OTL, set sights on postseason    

 Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm and Omaha Lancers combined for four goals in the final 6:30 of the third before Lancers captain Nick Rivera scored in 4-on-4 overtime with 1:48 left, ending the Storm’s regular season with a 5-4 defeat Saturday in front of a sold out Viaero Center. 

The Storm and Lancers each scored twice in the third; Brian Hawkinson scored his first USHL goal with 6:30 left. Next, with the Storm’s net emptied and trailing by one, Brandon Duhaime deflected a puck to tie the contest, 4-4, with 30.5 seconds left.

Collin Rutherford and Carson Meyer also scored for the Storm, while Duhaime finished with a goal and an assist.

The Storm’s Dayton Rasmussen made multiple sliding stops throughout the third, keeping the Storm in the contest. Rasmussen made 24 saves in defeat. Zack Skog won with 26 saves. 

Tri-City finishes the regular season 28-15-10-7 and opens the Clark Cup Playoffs against the Sioux Falls Stampede next Thursday, April 14 at 7:05 p.m. Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals is Friday, April 15, at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are available now at the Viaero Center Box Office. 
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Friday, April 08, 2016
Goransson sets Storm defenseman assists record in 5-4 loss to Omaha    

 Ralston, Neb. – Jake Wahlin starred for the Storm with a goal and an assist, but the Omaha Lancers scored with five minutes left to break a tie and skirt by the Storm, 5-4, Friday at Ralston Arena.


Also significant to the cause, Mattias Goransson received the second assist on Wahlin’s first-period goal, giving the 21-year-old defenseman 33 assists this season, the Storm’s single-season record. Goransson breaks Bobby Nardella’s record of 32 helpers, set last season. 

Wahlin collected both points in a manic first period; the Lancers held a 3-2 lead after one. After Omaha took a 2-1 lead, Tri-City fought back to tie three times. 

Both power plays also emerged; Tri-City had three power plays goals and the Lancers scored a pair.

Brandon Duhaime, Alex Limoges and Paul Washe also tallied for the Storm.

Tri-City heads into the final game of the regular season with its mind on the postseason; the Storm has locked up the Western Conference’s first seed in the Clark Cup Playoffs.    

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Tuesday, April 05, 2016
"Pay As We Play" plan available for Clark Cup Playoffs    

 Save money by purchasing our Pay As We Play playoff ticket package.  Get your tickets for the 2016 Clark Cup Playoffs at Season Ticket prices by signing up for all post-season games up front.  The Storm could play a maximum 9 home games during the USHL playoffs.

Click here for the Pay As We Play Order Form

By signing up, you are getting tickets to ALL 2016 Clark Cup Playoff games at the Viaero Center.  Your card will be charged one game at a time throughout the playoffs.  Charges will be processed at the conclusion of the playoffs.  

Deadline for Pay As We Play is April 12, 2016

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Monday, April 04, 2016
Weekly Release Vol. 16, No. 27    

 The Tri-City Storm has clinched the Western Conference regular season title, its second in team history, after blowing past the Fargo Force, 4-1, Saturday in front of a packed Viaero Center. 

Bolstered by a three-point night from Wade Allison and two goals by Dan Labosky, Tri-City wrapped up the conference regular season crown, giving the Storm home-ice advantage through the first two rounds of the Clark Cup Playoffs. 

The win capped off a wild week; the Storm clinched a playoff spot on Tuesday and its first conference title since 2003-04 five days later.

Storm players and coaches did not know they had won the conference until after Saturday’s game ended because Tri-City required a win and a Sioux Falls win to clinch. Sioux Falls finalized a 2-0 victory over Lincoln as Tri-City hit the final minute of its game. The win opened the door for the Storm to wrap up first place. 

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Saturday, April 02, 2016
Storm clinches Western Conference regular season crown, tramples Force, 4-1    

 Kearney, Neb. – Wade Allison finished with a team-high three points, Dan Labosky reached 100 points in his USHL career and the Tri-City Storm clinched the Western Conference regular season title with a 4-1 victory over the Fargo Force Saturday at the Viaero Center. 

The regular season conference title is the Storm’s second ever, and first since 2003-04, when the Storm won the Anderson Cup.

The game shifted in the third when Allison scored a shorthanded goal at 5:08 to cap off his trio of points and make it 3-1 Storm. Labosky scored two goals, giving the third-year forward 101 points. 

Jake Kielly made 24 saves to capture the win, while Ryan Wischow lost making 26 saves.

The Storm has 72 points and plays a home-and-home with the Omaha Lancers to wrap up the season. 

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Friday, April 01, 2016
Storm strengthens first-place lead, drops to Fargo, 4-3 (OT)    

 Kearney, Neb. – Jere Astren scored a power-play goal with 3:45 left in overtime for the Fargo Force, pinching it past the Tri-City Storm, 4-3, Friday at the Viaero Center.

With Dan Labosky in the box for a two-minute charging call, Astren pounced with a top-shelf slap shot. 

Wade Allison, Carson Meyer and Nico Sturm scored for Tri-City. The Storm is three points ahead of the Stars for first place in the Western Conference entering the final three games.

The Force’s Niko Hildenbrand scored with 3:29 left to tie the contest at three. 

Jake Kielly took the loss with 19 saves, slightly outdueled by Ryan Wischow, who won with 31 saves.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Clinched! Storm wraps up playoff spot with 6-2 win over Musketeers    

 Kearney, Neb. – Carson Meyer netted his first hat trick, Dan Labosky tied a career best with four points and the Tri-City Storm clinched a spot in the 2016 Clark Cup Playoffs, throttling the Sioux City Musketeers, 6-2, Tuesday at the Viaero Center.  

The home crowd, frenzied by Meyer’s hat trick, watched the Storm score six of the last seven goals. Tri-City forced Sioux City starter David Fessenden out of the contest early in the second.

The win gives Tri-City 69 points, two ahead of Lincoln for first in the conference entering the final four games.

Meyer’s trick gives him a team-leading 30 goals, the seventh time a Storm player has reached the 30-goal plateau. 

Meanwhile, Labosky’s second career four-point game spurted the 20-year-old forward to 95 career points, tied for sixth most by a Tri-City player.  

Jake Kielly was calming in net, earning his 20th win with 20 saves.

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Saturday, March 26, 2016
Storm falls to Buccaneers, 6-3    

 Urbandale, Ia. – After taking a two-goal lead in the second, the Tri-City Storm allowed five straight goals to the Des Moines Buccaneers, dropping, 6-3, Saturday at Buccaneer Arena.

John Marino, Wade Allison and Alex Limoges scored for the Storm. Mattias Goransson (2a), Allison (1g, 1a) and Limoges (1g, 1a) had multi-point games.

Tri-City is tied with Lincoln for first place in the Western Conference at 67 points.

Dayton Rasmussen made 20 saves in defeat. Jan Ruzicka had 16 saves to best the Storm.

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Friday, March 25, 2016
Des Moines shuts out Tri-City, 3-0    

 Kearney, Ne. – Nick MacNab made 45 saves and the Des Moines Buccaneers scored three times in the third, shutting down the Tri-City Storm, 3-0, Friday at the Viaero Center. 

The Storm out shot Des Moines, 45-21. In the third period, Tri-City took 17 shots and limited Des Moines to eight, but the Bucs pounced for the game’s only tallies. 

Tri-City maintains a two-point edge on Lincoln for first in the Western Conference. The loss snaps the Storm’s best point streak ever, 13 games (8-0-2-3). 

Jake Kielly made 18 stops in a tough-luck loss. Tri-City, one win away from a Clark Cup Playoff berth, gets a chance for revenge tomorrow at Des Moines. 

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Thursday, March 24, 2016
Fourteen Storm alumni set for NCAA Tournament    

 Kearney, Ne. – Fourteen former Storm players are set to compete in the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament, beginning Friday, March 25. 

Storm alumni represent nine of 16 schools. Former Tri-City players are on three number-one seeds – Quinnipiac (Soren Jonzzon, Thomas Aldworth), Providence (Trevor Mingoia, Garrett Gamez) and North Dakota (Chris Wilkie, Austin Poganski). Last season, the forward Mingoia (TC: 2012-13) won the National Championship with the Friars. 

The Storm has multiple former players on four schools – Ferris State, Providence, Quinnipiac, and North Dakota.

Ferris State, champions of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, has the most former Tri-City players (Simon Denis, Andrew Dorantes and Andrew Mayer). 

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Monday, March 21, 2016
Weekly Release Vol. 16, No. 26    

 The Storm is on its longest point streak ever (13 games, 8-0-2-3) and is one win away from clinching a berth in the Clark Cup Playoffs after sweeping the weekend against a pair of Western Conference opponents. Tri-City has the fewest regulation losses in the USHL (12) and hasn’t lost in regulation since Feb. 6. The Storm has earned at least a point in 30 of its last 33 games. 

Tri-City is three points ahead of the Lincoln Stars for first place in the Western Conference. 

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Nine players contributed ten goals for the Storm over the weekend, pushing Tri-City to an average of three goals/game, its highest average since the second half began. The Storm’s defense allows 2.60 goals/game, tied for fifth in the league. 

This week, Tri-City looks to clinch a playoff berth for the second straight season, hosting the Des Moines Buccaneers on Friday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m. for Comicon Night, presented by the Troll’s Den. The Storm travels to play the Bucs on Saturday, March 26 at 7:05 p.m. 

Next week, the Storm is at the Viaero Center on Tuesday, March 29 at 7:05 p.m. against the Sioux City Musketeers, a 2fer Tuesday with $2 beers and $2 kids’ tickets, presented by Bud Light.

Groups of 10+ can get discounted group tickets for as low as $11. For information contact the Storm Box Office at 308-338-8144.

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Friday, March 18, 2016
Tri-City matches longest point streak ever, thumping DM, 6-3    

 Urbandale, Ia. – The Tri-City Storm earned points in its 12th straight game, matching its longest point streak ever, in a 6-3 demolition of the Des Moines Buccaneers Friday at Buccaneer Arena. 


Walker Duehr had a career-best three assists, while Paul Washe and Brandon Duhaime had three-point games. Reilly Walsh, 16, scored his first goal and added an assist in his league debut. Ben Taylor also notched his first USHL goal. 

All the while, the Storm’s engine continued to chug, picking up points in its 21st straight conference game. The Storm is in sole possession of first place in the conference with 65 points after the Des Moines loss. 

Jake Kielly has points in 19 straight appearances (13-0-4-2) after making 19 saves. 

Tri-City last had a 12-game point streak in its inaugural season, 2000-01. 

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Friday, March 18, 2016
Storm wins, 4-1, earns point in 13th straight game, longest ever,    

Kearney, Ne. – The Tri-City Storm picked up points in its 13th straight game, its longest point streak ever, with a 4-1 win over the Sioux City Musketeers Saturday at the Viaero Center.

The Storm is 8-0-2-3 over the 13-game streak, eclipsing its previous best of 12 games during its inaugural 2000-01 season. The win places the Storm one win away from clinching a berth in the Clark Cup Playoffs. 

Walker Duehr, Jake Wahlin, Max Humitz and Joe Cipollone tallied for the Storm, giving Tri-City nine different scorers this weekend.

Dayton Rasmussen made 35 saves, the most he has had in a win this season. The native of Eden Prairie, MN earned his fourth USHL win. 

The Storm has points in 30 of its last 33 games and 22 straight conference games. Tri-City has the best record against the Western Conference this season, 19-8-5-3, good for 46 points.  

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Thursday, March 17, 2016
Storm coaches reveal March Madness Brackets    

 Kearney, Ne. – Amidst a chaotic time-rush to submit brackets on time, the Tri-City Storm’s three-man coaching staff has revealed its NCAA March Madness selections for the 2016 Men’s Basketball Tournament. 

Head Coach Bill Muckalt has Kansas winning the championship, while Assistant Coaches Ben Gordon and Taylor Nelson each see Michigan State celebrating in Houston by beating the Jayhawks. 

Surprising in the picks, Muckalt, a two-time national champion with Michigan’s Men’s Hockey Team, has selected arch-rival Michigan State to make it to the championship game against the Jayhawks. Meanwhile, the Storm’s first-year bench boss has his Wolverines bounced in the Round of 32 against West Virginia. 

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Storm hires Moran as Head Scout    

 Kearney, Ne. – The Tri-City Storm has hired Matt Moran as its Head Scout, Head Coach and General Manager Bill Muckalt announced Monday.

Moran, 37, joins an already extensive Storm scouting group that has helped Tri-City become one of the most-successful young clubs in the USHL this season. Tri-City has the most high school players in the league (9) and is tied for first in the Western Conference.

“We are excited to work with Matt and welcome him to the Storm family,” said Muckalt. “With his network and ability to evaluate players, he will continue to enhance our staff.”

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Monday, March 14, 2016
Weekly Release Vol. 16, No. 25    

 Another weekend of close games has kept the Tri-City Storm in a first-place tie with the Lincoln Stars entering the final nine games of the regular season. The Storm forced overtime in two games against Team USA’s U-18s (36-11-1) to pick up two weekend points.

The Storm (24-12-8-7) has been to overtime in its last three games and has gone past regulation in 18 this season, most in the USHL and more than a third of the squad's 51 contests. Teams are awarded two points for a win and one point for an overtime or shootout loss.

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The tight-match theme has allowed Tri-City to pick up points in 11 straight games, the longest streak in the USHL this season. 

This week, Tri-City is on the road in Des Moines Friday, March 18 at 7:05 p.m. before returning home for a game against the Sioux City Musketeers on Saturday, March 19 for I Heart Country and Ag Appreciation Night, presented by G.I. Family Radio.

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Saturday, March 12, 2016
Labosky sets new high in 3-2 SO loss    

 Kearney, Ne. – Dan Labosky scored in the second to set a new season high in goals, Jake Kielly made 28 saves, but Team USA’s Clayton Keller struck in the shootout to edge the Tri-City Storm, 3-2, Saturday at the Viaero Center. 

In the only goal of the skills competition, Keller maneuvered net front and deposited the puck to the left post. 

Before the winner, Labosky tallied his 11th of the season, the best mark in his three-season USHL career. 

The Storm has points in 11 straight games, the longest streak in the league this season. Tri-City enters the final nine games with 63 points, tied with the Lincoln Stars for first in the Western Conference.

Jake Kielly, who took the shootout loss despite making 28 saves, has points in 18 straight appearances (12-0-4-2), the best stretch for a USHL netminder this season.

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Friday, March 11, 2016
Storm gets another point in OT loss, 4-3, to Team USA    

 Kearney, Ne. – The Tri-City Storm scored two goals in the middle period to tie, but Team USA’s Chad Krys scored with 22.5 seconds left in overtime to win it, 4-3, Friday at the Viaero Center.

Krys shot the puck from the left point over Jake Kielly’s glove to the right post, ending the game in three-on-three. Kielly’s 16 saves helped him earn another point. The Clarkson commit has points in 17 straight appearances (12-0-4-1), the longest streak in the league.

Dan Labosky, Collin Rutherford and Alex Limoges scored for Tri-City, engineering a hard-fought effort that ended with a shot edge, 34-20. The Storm allowed just one goal, the overtime winner, after yielding a goal to Kieffer Bellows four minutes into the second.

The Storm picked up points in its 10th straight game, tied for the longest streak in the USHL. Tri-City is in second place with 62 points, one behind the Lincoln Stars for Western Conference supremacy.  

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Tuesday, March 08, 2016
Hottest Ticket in Town: Viaero Center in 2016    

 Kearney, Ne. – The Viaero Center continues to bring fans into the gates, from Tri-City Storm hockey, to exciting concerts and even the television show “So You Think You Can Dance”.

In the first three months of 2016, the Storm has had three sell-out crowds. The Viaero Center also hosted country music sensation Lee Brice, the famous rock group Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Red Dirt on the River for the second straight year.

Still to come in the next few weeks, country music group Rascal Flatts arrives to Kearney with special guest Jana Kramer on Saturday, April 16. Rascal Flatts has sold more than 22.5 million albums since 2000. 

“We’ve started 2016 with an exciting year on and off the ice,” said Monte Dakan, President of the Viaero Center. “From packed Storm games to sold-out concerts, we’re one of the hottest tickets in town.”  

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Monday, March 07, 2016
Weekly Release Vol. 16, No. 24    

 The Tri-City Storm enters the final month of the regular season tied for first in the Western Conference with the Lincoln Stars. Following its second straight three-point weekend, Tri-City has points in nine consecutive games, tied the second-longest feat in the league this season. 

Goaltender Jake Kielly continued his excellent run with his fourth shutout Friday at Omaha in a 4-0 win, his second perfect performance in his last three outings. In addition to the saves, Kielly earned his third assist of the season, the most ever by a Storm goaltender.

On Saturday, Tri-City's Walker Duehr had two goals in a shootout loss, 4-3. The Storm has gone to overtime in 16 of its 49 games, nearly one third of all contests. 

Tri-City has eight home games in its final 11 regular season contests. This weekend, the Storm is home on Friday and Saturday to face Team USA’s Under-18 Team.
  
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Friday at 7:30 p.m. is Hockey Appreciation Night, presented by Applebee’s, plus a Free Kids Friday and a post-game skate. 

Saturday, March 12 at 7:05 p.m., bring the “Entourage” out for a Guys’ Night Out, presented by Kearney Regional Medical Center and Platte Valley Medical Group. Saturday’s game is also a $1 beer night. Pick up a Coca-Cola Family four-pack with four tickets, pops, hot dogs and chips for $44.  

Groups of 10+ can get discounted group tickets for as low as $11. For information contact the Storm Box Office at 308-338-8144.

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Saturday, March 05, 2016
Musketeers force overtime, win in shootout, 4-3    

 Sioux City, Ia. – Walker Duehr scored twice, but the Tri-City Storm surrendered two goals in the final 47 seconds of the third, allowing the Sioux City Musketeers to force overtime and win in the fifth round of the shootout, 4-3, Saturday at the Tyson Events Center. 

Duehr’s effort, his second multi-goal game, culminated with a power-play marker with 1:03 left that put Tri-City in the lead, 3-1. 

Sixteen seconds after Duehr’s goal, Trey Dodd scored his second of the game. Josh Wilkins tallied 23 seconds later to tie. 

Alex Steeves beat Dayton Rasmussen in the fifth round of the shootout for the game winner. The Storm’s Brandon Duhaime and Carson Meyer scored in the skills competition.

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Friday, March 04, 2016
Kielly shuts out Lancers, 4-0    

 Ralston, Ne. – Jake Kielly made 26 saves, four players scored and the Tri-City Storm splashed the Omaha Lancers, 4-0, Friday at Ralston Arena.

After stopping 16 shots through the first two frames, Kielly made ten third-period stops to preserve his fourth shutout of the campaign. The 19-year-old netminder from Eden Prairie, MN has two shutouts in his last three games.  

Tri-City played with a lead for nearly the entire game; Wade Allison scored the opening goal late in the first to give the Storm a lead it would not surrender. Dan Labosky, Brandon Duhaime and Paul Washe also scored to round out the Tri-City’s balanced effort. 

The first-place Storm has 60 points, one ahead of Lincoln in the Western Conference.   

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Monday, February 29, 2016
Weekly Release Vol. 16, No. 23    

 The Tri-City Storm is in sole possession of first place in the Western Conference after a three-point weekend against Madison. The strong weekend included a sell-out crowd that watched Jake Kielly earn his third shutout in a 3-0 win on Friday.

On Saturday, a two-goal comeback in the final two minutes of regulation allowed Tri-City to earn a point in a shootout defeat, driving the Storm one point ahead of Lincoln. Heading into the final 13 regular season games, Tri-City has two games at hand on the Stars and an eight-point edge on Waterloo and Omaha for the final two playoff spots. 

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Kielly started both weekend games and has helped Tri-City get at least a point in 15 straight decisions (11-0-3-1) and 20 of his last 21 games (15-1-3-2).


The Storm is on a seven-game point streak, its second best run of the campaign. 


With a five-game home stand complete, Tri-City heads for a weekend swing Friday at Omaha and Saturday at Sioux City. Both games begin at 7:05 p.m., with the Viaero Wireless Pregame Show at 6:45 p.m. on The Breeze 94.5 F.M. The Storm is next at home March 11 and March 12 against Team USA. 


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Saturday, February 27, 2016
Storm scores two in final minutes to tie, Madison wins, 3-2 (SO)    

 Kearney, Ne. – The Tri-City Storm scored twice in the final 2:05 of the third to overcome a two-goal deficit and force overtime, but the Madison Capitols scored three times in the shootout to knock the Storm, 3-2.

The Storm goals, by Max Humitz and John Marino, came with netminder Jake Kielly pulled, allowing Tri-City to earn a point and move into sole possession of first place in the conference.

Marino’s goal with 58 seconds left sent the crowd into a frenzy on his fourth of the season. 

Jake Kielly took the tough-luck loss in the skills competition with 21 saves. Drew Hotte allowed the two Storm goals separated by 1:07 in a 36-save win. 

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Friday, February 26, 2016
Storm ties for first in conference and shuts down Caps, 3-0    

 Kearney, Ne. – The Storm scored twice in the second, Jake Kielly made 30 saves and the Tri-City Storm beat the Madison Capitols, 3-0, in front of a sell-out crowd Friday at the Viaero Center. 

The win gives the Storm 57 points, tied for first in the Western Conference with the Lincoln Stars. Tri-City has two games at hand on Lincoln.

Alex Limoges (1g, 1a), Wade Allison (0g, 2a) and John Marino (0g, 2a) had multi-point games, giving the Storm points in six straight contests, tied for its second-longest streak this season. 

Kielly backstopped his third shutout of 2015-16. The first-year USHL netminder is 11-0-3-0 in his last 14 decisions.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016
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Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Goransson becomes highest-scoring Storm defenseman in 4-1 win    

 Kearney, Ne. – The Tri-City Storm’s offense scored twice in the opening minutes of the third, breaking a tie to hurl it, 4-1, by the Sioux City Musketeers Tuesday at the Viaero Center.

With the game even at one entering the third, Wade Allison continued his torrent pace by deking to the left post and backhanding a shot by Cam Gornet just 49 seconds into the final frame. Allison has four goals and ten points over his five-game point streak.  

Jake Wahlin scored the final two goals for the Storm, joining Allison (1g, 1a), Nico Sturm (1g, 1a), Mattias Goransson (2a) and John Marino (2a) as Tri-City’s multi-point scorers.

Goransson’s assists give him 62 career points, the highest scoring defenseman in Storm history.

As the offense zoomed, Dayton Rasmussen was steady in victory, making 31 saves and earning his first career assist. Gornet made 32 stops in defeat.    

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Monday, February 22, 2016
Game 45 Preview: Sioux City at Tri-City    

 The Tri-City Storm’s explosive offense goes to work at home against the Sioux City Musketeers Tuesday at 7:05 p.m., a 2fer Tuesday featuring $2 beers, pops and kids tickets.

The Storm matched a season-high six goals Saturday against Omaha, securing a three-point weekend to burst Tri-City to a five-point cushion against the third-place Lancers. 

Second in the conference with 53 points, Tri-City plays three games this week starting with its Tuesday showdown against the Musketeers. Sioux City ranks last in the Western Conference with 39 points. 

Friday and Saturday, the Storm hosts the Madison Capitols for the first time at the Viaero Center. Friday at 7:30 p.m. is Military Appreciation Night, presented by Riddle’s Jewelry, plus a Free Kids Friday and a free postgame skate. Saturday at 7:05 p.m. is the Price is Right Night, presented by New West. 

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Saturday, February 20, 2016
Offense sparks Storm past Lancers, 6-4    

 Kearney, Ne. – The Tri-City Storm’s offense stayed one step ahead of the Omaha Lancers in a back-and-forth, 6-4 victory Saturday at the Viaero Center.

Linemates Wade Allison, Alex Limoges and Dan Labosky each finished with three points, keeping Tri-City in the lead the whole game. Allison led all scorers with two goals, helping Tri-City tie a season-best six-goal output. Carson Meyer and Nico Sturm each added a goal and an assist.

For the second time in the season series, Tri-City forced Omaha to pull its goalie. Zack Skog allowed four goals in the first two periods. His replacement Kris Oldham allowed two goals in the third to take the loss.

Tri-City’s defense responded after giving up three goals in the second period, limiting the Lancers to 27 total shots. With 23 stops and the victory, the Storm’s goalie Jake Kielly helped the Storm earn points in its 17th straight conference game (12-0-3-2). The 19-year-old is 10-0-3-0 in his last 13 decisions. 

The Storm’s three-point weekend places Tri-City five ahead of Omaha for second in the conference.

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Saturday, February 20, 2016
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Friday, February 19, 2016
Watch the Storm's best hits and goals against Sioux Falls    

 

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Friday, February 19, 2016
Duhaime ties game in final minute, Stampede wins, 4-3 (OT)    

 Kearney, Ne. – Tri-City Storm forward Brandon Duhaime tallied with 39 seconds left to force overtime, but Garrett Cecere’s 3-on-3 overtime goal slipped the Sioux Falls Stampede past Tri-City, 4-3, Friday at the Viaero Center.


Cecere wristed a shot past Jake Kielly, the reigning CCM Goaltender of the Week. The 19-year-old made 21 saves and helped the Storm earn points in its 16th straight game against a conference opponent (11-0-3-2). Kielly has points in his last twelve starts (9-0-3-0). 

Meanwhile, Duhaime’s tying goal, his first as a Storm player in his third game, gives the winger 11 tallies this season. The native of Parkland, Florida was acquired Feb. 6 from the Chicago Steel. 

Wade Allison finished with a career-high three assists.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Bill Muckalt joins the Doug and Daddy Show    

 Head Coach Bill Muckalt joined the "Doug and Daddy Show" on ESPN Superstation 1440/1550 AM on Wednesday to discuss the team's offense and how the defense and goaltending has helped the Storm move up the standings.

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Here are a sampling of some quotes from Coach:

"Our forward unit has done a good job... We put strain and stress on the goaltender."

"[Assistant Coach] TaylorNelson29 has done a tremendous job working with the goaltenders."

"Competition breeds success. Guys are pushing each other."

"I tell our young players that there role is continuing to grow."

"I don't call it a fourth line. We have four good lines."

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Monday, February 15, 2016
Weekly Release Vol. 16, No. 22    

 The Tri-City Storm’s weekend sweep over the Sioux Falls Stampede has helped Tri-City earn separation as it drives into the final 18 games of the regular season. The second-place Storm is nine points up on the Herd, the final team out in the conference if the Clark Cup Playoffs began today.

Perhaps more impressive, the Storm wrapped up a season-long six-game road trip by earning points in five of the six contests (4-1-0-1). Tri-City extended its USHL-best conference points streak to fifteen straight games (11-0-2-2), helped by Jake Kielly, who made 60 of 62 saves to take CCM Goaltender of the Week.   

After travelling 3,880 miles over the last three weekends, the Storm gets set for a season-long five-game home stand, beginning Friday with a third straight game against Sioux Falls. Tri-City has played the fewest home games (17) of any team in the league, allowing it to enjoy 13 of its final 18 at home. 

Friday at 7:30 p.m. is Thunderstruck Night, brought to you by Hy-Vee, with the first 1,000 fans in attendance receiving a free pair of Thundersticks, plus a Free Kids Friday. Saturday against the Omaha Lancers is Pack it in Purple Night, presented by the United Way and Kearney Hub, featuring one-night-only specialty United Way jerseys and a 7:05 p.m. puck drop.

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Monday, February 15, 2016
Kielly takes Goaltender of the Week    

 Kearney, Ne. –Tri-City Storm goaltender Jake Kielly has been named CCM Goaltender of the week, the USHL announced Monday.

Kielly, 19, allowed two goals in two weekend starts against the Sioux Falls Stampede, helping Tri-City sweep the weekend and remain second place in the Western Conference. The Clarkson commit made 60 of 62 saves, raising his save percentage to .928, the second-best mark in the league. Kielly’s goals against average is 2.25, third in the USHL. 

“Jake has a professional approach and brings it every day in practice,” said Bill Muckalt, Storm Head Coach and General Manager. “We are happy with his growth over the course of the season.” 

Kielly helped Tri-City stay within reach in each game against Sioux Falls. Friday, the first-year USHL goalie made the last 25 saves flipped on cage after allowing a goal on the Herd’s second shot. Saturday, Kielly allowed the opening goal on the third shot, but shut the door with 32 straight saves to finish with 34 stops.

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Saturday, February 13, 2016
Allison's OT winner captures 2-1 Storm triumph    

 Sioux Falls, SD – Wade Allison ripped a loose puck past Stefanos Lekkas with 46 seconds remaining in overtime, catapulting the Tri-City Storm to a 2-1 victory over the Sioux Falls Stampede Saturday at the PREMIER Center. 

John Marino drove the crease on the right side, creating havoc in three-on-three. Dan Labosky battered the puck off bodies to Allison, who scooped and shot it for his 18th of the season.

Jake Kielly made 34 saves, carving to 9-0-1-0 in the 2016 calendar year. 

The Storm is the first team to beat the Herd at home on consecutive days. The weekend sweep gives Tri-City 50 points, second in the conference and three behind the Lincoln Stars.
  
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Friday, February 12, 2016
Consistent Storm effort downs Stampede, 4-1    

 Sioux Falls, SD – Jake Kielly made 25 saves and the Tri-City Storm scored in every period, opening the weekend with a 4-1 win over the Sioux Falls Stampede Friday at the PREMIER Center.

After allowing a goal on the second shot of the game to Dan Warpecha, Kielly rebounded by making the final 24 stops, giving the goalie an 8-0-1-0 record in the 2016 calendar year. The 19-year-old is second in the league with a .926 save percentage. 

John Marino scored midway through the second on Ales Stezka, giving the Storm a lead it did not surrender. Carson Meyer scored his team-leading 23rd of the season, while Jake Wahlin had two assists. 

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Thursday, February 11, 2016
Weekend Preview: Tri-City at Sioux Falls    

 The Tri-City Storm completes a season-long six-game road trip with a pair of games against the Sioux Falls Stampede this Friday and Saturday. Both games are slated for a 7:05 p.m. puck drop.

This is the first time since Nov. 21 the clubs meet, and for the second time this season, the Storm and Herd match up for three straight games. The Storm has earned points in two of the first three games (1-1-1-0).  

The Storm (18-12-6-4) enters the weekend with 46 points, three behind Lincoln for first and three ahead of Omaha for third. Sioux Falls (19-19-1-1, 40 points) is tied for the fourth and final playoff spot in the conference with Waterloo

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Monday, February 08, 2016
Weekly Release Vol. 16, No. 21    

 The Tri-City Storm earned a weekend split with the Youngstown Phantoms in its longest road trip of the season, including a 2-1 Friday win less than 24 hours after completing a 15-hour drive. Through the first four games of the Storm’s season-long six-game road trip, Tri-City has points in three contests, taking a 2-0-1-0 record to Sioux Falls.     

Heading into a week of practice for the Storm, Tri-City has made a few acquisitions. Defenseman Carver Watson and Max Humitz were acquired last week. Humitz scored on his first shift as a Tri-City Storm player Friday at Youngstown. The Storm has also acquired forward Brandon Duhaime for the Chicago Steel, a deal completed late Saturday night.


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Sunday, February 07, 2016
Storm makes Super Bowl 50 Picks    

 United States - On its way to and from Youngstown, OH, the 29 members of the Tri-City Storm on the team bus had the opportunity to mull over their picks to win Sunday's match between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers.  

Carolina comes in as a heavy favorite, reflected in the Storm's selections; 20 members of the Tri-City crew selected the Panthers to come up victorious. 

"I like [Panthers Quarterback] Cam Newton, so I'm going with Carolina" said Storm forward Monte Graham, before taking his customary seat on the bus.

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Saturday, February 06, 2016
Phantoms score two in last minute to best Storm, 4-2    

 Youngstown, Oh. – Joe Cipollone tied the game with seven minutes left, but Youngstown Phantoms forward Jason Cotton scored the game-winning goal with 21 ticks remaining to best the Tri-City Storm, 4-2, Saturday at Covelli Centre.  

After a turnover, Cotton rifled a shot to the short side and past Dayton Rasmussen, who kept Tri-City in the game with 17 saves. Cam Morrison scored into an empty net with five seconds left to ice the game.

Through the first four games of the Storm’s season-long six-game road trip, Tri-City has points in three contests (2-0-1-0), keeping it second in the conference with 46 points. The regulation loss snapped the Storm’s eight-game point streak on the road, the longest in the league this season.

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Saturday, February 06, 2016
Storm picks up Duhaime, draft pick from Chicago    

 Kearney, Ne. – The Tri-City Storm has acquired forward Brandon Duhaime and a 2017 Phase I 6th round draft pick from the Chicago Steel in exchange for forward Austen Long, a 2017 Phase I 4th round draft pick and future considerations.

The 18-year-old Duhaime was leading the Steel in points and assists at the time of the trade, compiling 32 points and 22 assists through the first 39 games of his USHL career. 

The 6-foot-1, 198-lb. left winger has kept a strong pace since the new year began, with three goals and seven assists in his last 11 games.  

“We are excited to add Brandon to our core group,” said Muckalt. “We feel Brandon will complement our forward unit. With his shooting, skating and physicality, we feel he brings valuable tools as we push towards the playoffs.”

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Friday, February 05, 2016
Storm clamps down on Phantoms, 2-1    

 Youngstown, Oh. – The Tri-City Storm scored the first two goals of the game and used 20 saves by Jake Kielly to open the weekend with a 2-1 victory over the Youngstown Phantoms.

Kielly, who yielded a goal early in the third, recovered while the Storm defense allowed six shots in the final frame. The 19-year-old netminder has helped Tri-City earn points in nine straight contests. 

Max Humitz scored on his first shift as a Storm forward and Wade Allison scored his 17th of the season, giving the winger points in a league-best seven straight games.

The Storm remains hot on the road, garnering points in eight straight away games, the longest stretch in the USHL this season. 

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Tuesday, February 02, 2016
Weekly Release Vol. 16, No. 20    

 The Tri-City Storm collected three points over the weekend at the Fargo Force, continuing to separate itself from the middle of the pack in the Western Conference. The Storm holds a seven-point lead on the fifth-ranked squad in the conference, Sioux City. The top four teams in the Western Conference make the playoffs.   

Following a 5-4 win on Friday, the Storm’s late-game resilience reappeared, scoring with 19.5 seconds left to coax an extra session with Fargo. Tri-City has gone past regulation in 12 games this season, most of any USHL team. Jake Kielly backstopped the Storm, combining for 75 saves in two games, the most he’s made in back-to-back contests. The Storm’s Mattias Goransson finished with four assists and was named USHL/CCM Defenseman of the Week.

Continuing a season-long six-game road trip, Tri-City drives 1,034 miles to Youngstown, OH, its furthest travel of the campaign, for a pair of contests against the Phantoms. The two-game set pits the furthest-west and furthest-east teams in the USHL. The Storm has points in seven straight away games, the best road run in the league this season.

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Tuesday, February 02, 2016
Storm acquires Max Humitz from Muskegon    

Kearney, Ne. – The Tri-City Storm has acquired forward Max Humitz from the Muskegon Lumberjacks in exchange for forward John Sladic, Head Coach and General Manager Bill Muckalt announced Tuesday.

Humitz, 20, brings four seasons and 178 games of USHL experience to the Storm. In the league since 2012-13, the native of Livonia, Michigan helped the Lumberjacks to the Clark Cup Finals last season. In 33 games this season, the Lake Superior State commit has seven goals and 12 points. 

“We are excited to add a veteran presence that brings a lot of energy to the game,” said Muckalt. “He has great passion and it will help our core group.”
 

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Monday, February 01, 2016
Mattias Goransson wins Defenseman of Week for third time    

 Kearney, Ne. – For the third time this season, Tri-City Storm blueliner Mattias Goransson has been named CCM Defenseman of the week, the USHL announced Monday.


The native of Grums, Sweden tallied four assists this weekend, including a season-best three-point effort Friday against Fargo. With the helpers, Goransson reclaims his spot as the top defenseman scorer in the USHL and sits at second on Tri-City with 29 points. The 6-foot-3, 205-lb. assistant captain is tied for the most assists by a USHL defenseman, at 22 helpers.

Excelling: Goransson’s notables

- 1st: Points by a USHL defenseman (29) | Team assists (22) | Team plus/minus (+13)

- T-1st: Assists by a USHL defenseman (22) | Power-play points by a USHL defenseman (14)

- 2nd: Shots by a USHL defenseman (98) | Points on the Storm (29).

- 4th: Power-play assists by a USHL defenseman (10)

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Sunday, January 31, 2016
Storm claims Carver Watson off waivers    

 Kearney, Ne. – The Tri-City Storm has claimed defenseman Carver Watson off waivers from the Madison Capitols, Head Coach and General Manager Bill Muckalt announced Sunday. 

Watson, 17, has played in 19 games this season with Capitols, accruing four penalty minutes. Last season, as a 16 year old, Watson missed two regular season games for the Capitols, scoring one goal, five points and taking two minor penalties. 

“We are happy to bring Carver into the organization,” said Muckalt. “He fits the long-term plan for our team and adds depth to our defense. We are looking forward to helping him develop.”

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Saturday, January 30, 2016
Review gets Storm to OT, Force wins, 3-2    

 Fargo, ND. – An official USHL review judged a good Tri-City goal tied the Storm and the Fargo Force with 19.5 seconds left, forcing overtime before defenseman Jere Astren scored with 1:08 remaining in 3-on-3 to crash the Storm, 3-2, Saturday at Scheels Arena.

With 19.5 seconds left, Meyer tapped the puck at the left post past goalie Ryan Wischow, a goal that inched over the goal line, but play continued after officials signaled no goal. Time ran off the clock before the review ensued.


Fargo fans thought the game had ended initially; time had expired, but referee Robert Lukkason, after watching the video review, judged the puck had fully crossed the line and called the play a good goal. 

The goal restored 19.5 seconds left on the clock on Meyer’s team-leading 21st of the season. 

Before Astren’s overtime goal, Jake Kielly tied a season-high 39 saves, helping Tri-City earn a three-point weekend and stay in sole possession of second in the Western Conference at 44 points.

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Friday, January 29, 2016
Meyer helps Storm weather the Force, 5-4    

 Fargo, ND. – Carson Meyer scored two insurance goals for the Tri-City Storm, giving it enough power to get by the Fargo Force, 5-4, Friday at Scheels Arena.

Meyer’s three-point night, his third of the campaign, included his team-leading 20th goal of the season, which extended Tri-City’s lead to 4-2 halfway through the final period.

Down, 5-2, Fargo scored two goals in the last minute with its net emptied, but was unable to solve Jake Kielly after scoring to get within one in the final 13 seconds. Kielly made 36 saves on 40 shots, moving to 9-0-0-1 when he’s made at least 30 saves. 

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Walker Duehr announces commitment to Minnesota State Mankato    

 Kearney, Ne. – There were times this summer when Tri-City Storm forward Walker Duehr felt like he was in a funk; he knew it was time for the start of another USHL season, but at Duehr’s home in Sioux Falls, SD, the second-year forward had to wait to get back on the ice because of knee surgery in July. 

“I was frustrated,” said Duehr, speaking about the surgery and the five-month recovery process. “I’ve never experienced anything like that.”

On Wednesday, six months after the surgery that left the 6-foot-2, 190-lb scorer unable to walk for two months, he wore a big smile at the Viaero Center just before the Storm hit the ice for practice. Duehr has announced his commitment to play for Minnesota State Mankato in the Western Collegiate Athletic Conference. 

“It feels great to know the next step in my hockey career,” said Duehr. “It’s nice to know I’ll have a home for four years.” 

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Monday, January 25, 2016
Weekly Release Vol. 16, No. 19    

 The Tri-City Storm continues to challenge for the conference lead after splitting a weekend set with the third-best team in the league, the Dubuque Fighting Saints. Heading into a six-game road trip, its longest of the season, the Storm ranks second in the conference with 41 points, two points behind the Lincoln Stars for the top mark. 

Besides the on-ice success, the Storm drew its second consecutive sell-out of the season Friday and had 7,896 fans pass through the gates in total this weekend, its best drawing set of the season.

Friday on Sammy’s Superheroes Night presented by First National Bank, the Storm sold out against the Fighting Saints and treated the fans to a 4-1 win. The Storm raised money for pediatric cancer research and six children fighting cancer received a “game-day experience” with players and coaches. In addition, special, one-night-only jerseys were auctioned off to raise money for the Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation. 

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Saturday, January 23, 2016
Fighting Saints double up Storm, 4-2    

 Kearney, Ne. – Nathan Sucese scored the last two goals in the final 96 seconds, ripping the Dubuque Fighting Saints past the Tri-City Storm, 4-2, Saturday at the Viaero Center.  

On a short-handed breakaway, Sucese shot the puck left post past Storm goalie Dayton Rasmussen, who made 33 saves on 36 shots. Just 1:09 later, Sucese scored his second of the game into the empty net.

The Storm’s Jake Wahlin and Tory Dello scored for Tri-City, while Wade Allison had a multi-assist game.
 
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Friday, January 22, 2016
Late goals sink the Saints, 4-1, in front of sell-out crowd    

 Kearney, Ne. – The Tri-City Storm scored two goals in the final minute of the second, blitzing the Dubuque Fighting Saints, 4-1, in front of the Storm’s second straight sell-out crowd Friday at the Viaero Center.

Nico Sturm and Carson Meyer struck 36 seconds apart near the end of the middle period to give Tri-City a three-goal lead. The linemates each finished with a pair of points, led by Meyer’s two goals.

The Storm has tied a season-best three-game win streak and remains even with the Lincoln Stars for the Western Conference lead (41 points). 

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Storm, Sammy's Superheroes Foundation fight cancer this Friday    

 Kearney, Ne. – The Tri-City Storm and Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation, a Nebraska-based pediatric cancer research and awareness group, are set to tackle pediatric cancer this Friday, Jan. 22 on “Sammy’s Superheroes Night”, presented by First National Bank, when the Storm takes on the Dubuque Fighting Saints. 

The Storm will wear one-game-only Sammy’s Superheroes jerseys, to be auctioned off after the game, and give six children affected by cancer, including Sammy Nahorny, for whom the foundation is named after, the chance to live the “game day” experience with Tri-City players.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Duehr, Allison named to NHL Central Scouting's midterm rankings    

 Kearney, Ne. – Tri-City Storm forwards Wade Allisonand Walker Duehr have been named to NHL Central Scouting’s 2016 midterm rankings.

The list ranks the top North American and international skaters and goalies eligible for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. The draft is set for June 24-25, 2016, at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York, home of the Buffalo Sabres. 

Out of 210 ranked North American Skaters, Allison checks in at #192 and Duehr is classified as “limited viewing”, reserved for “injured players who have not had sufficient viewings to be categorized”. 

The pairing comprises a group of 38 USHL skaters, 5 USHL goalies and 12 USHL alumni (click here for full list) named to the midterm rankings.

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Monday, January 18, 2016
Weekly Release Vol. 16, No. 18    

 The Tri-City Storm is tied for first in the Western Conference with the Lincoln Stars after besting Lincoln and Des Moines this weekend. The Storm is on a seven-game point streak, its longest of the season, and has garnered points in 13 of its last 14 contests. 

One of the keys to Tri-City’s success is its recent play against the Western Conference. The Storm is 8-0-1-2 in its last eleven conference games, boosting to an overall conference mark of 11-8-3-2.

The Storm prepares for a pair of home games against the second-best team in the USHL, the Dubuque Fighting Saints. Friday is Sammy’s Superheroes Night presented by First National Bank, benefitting pediatric cancer research. Tri-City players will wear special, one-night-only jerseys (available for auction after the game) and give six children affected by cancer a “game-day experience”. 

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Saturday, January 16, 2016
Late explosion catapults Storm over Bucs, 6-3    

 Urbandale, Ia. – The Tri-City Storm erupted for four goals in the third period, toppling the Des Moines Buccaneers, 6-3, Saturday at Buccaneer Arena. The win gives Tri-City 39 points, tied with Lincoln for the Western Conference lead.

Down, 3-2, five minutes into the third, the Storm’s Mattias Goransson started the offensive surge, scoring five minutes into the third to answer an early-period tally by the Bucs. 

Carson Meyer scored twice and had three points, all in the third, to give the Storm points in seven straight games, a season best. Jake Kielly held strong in net, winning his fourth straight decision with 37 saves.

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Friday, January 15, 2016
Storm and crowd rumbles the Stars, 4-2    

 Kearney, Ne. – In front of a sell-out crowd of 4,002, the Tri-City Storm used balanced scoring to rip the Lincoln Stars, 4-2, Friday at the Viaero Center.

Nico Sturm, Jake Wahlin, Paul Washe and Wade Allison scored for Tri-City, giving the Storm the energy to move within two points of Lincoln for first place in the Western Conference. 

Tri-City never trailed, backstopped by a 22-save win by goalie Jake Kielly. The 19-year-old Clarkson commit outdueled Peyton Jones, who allowed four goals on 36 shots. 

The Storm wins the eight-game season series over the Stars, picking up points in five of eight (4-3-0-1).

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Allison wins Team West M.V.P in Top Prospects Game    

 Omaha, Ne. – Tri-City Storm forward Wade Allison won Team West M.V.P., scoring a goal and an assist in the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game as Team West dropped by a 6-2 score to Team East.

Allison had the only multi-point effort for Team West in the game, scoring early in the third to bring the team within a goal. 

After Team East scored to make it 3-1, Allison dished a one-timer pass to Sioux City's C.J. Dodero to get the West on the board again.

The clubs combined for six goals in the third. Carson Meyer lined up next to Allison on a line with Bloomington's Vlad Dzhioshvili.  

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Saturday, January 09, 2016
Furious Storm comeback forces OT, Hawks win, 4-3    

 Waterloo, Ia. – The Tri-City Storm scored two goals in the final 2:50 of the third to tie before the Waterloo Black Hawks’ Shane Bowers scored 2:26 into overtime to win it for the Hawks, 4-3, Saturday at Young Arena. 

Andrew Peski and Alex Limoges scored 34 seconds apart to tie the game with 2:16 left in the final frame, helping Tri-City move into sole possession of second place in the West Division (35 points). 

At four-on-four, Bowers jammed the puck from the left post over Storm netminder Dayton Rasmussen, who made 32 saves. 

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Friday, January 08, 2016
Storm runs-and-guns past Black Hawks, 6-3    

 Waterloo, Ia. – The Tri-City Storm scored three goals in the first, Walker Duehr had the first multi-goal game of his career and the Storm powered past the Waterloo Black Hawks, 6-3, Friday at Young Arena.

Duehr’s goal-scoring dominance started 1:50 into the first and culminated his strong evening with the sixth goal, giving the forward six goals and eight points in his first nine games with Tri-City.

Carson Meyer, Jake Wahlin, Nico Sturm and Joey Matthews pitched in with multi-point efforts, gunning the Storm to a second-place tie with the Sioux Falls Stampede in the West Division (34 pts.).

Jake Kielly played stable net for the Storm, stopping 35 of 38 shots, giving the squad energy to blast Drew Hotte, who stopped 36 of 42 Storm shots. 

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Monday, January 04, 2016
Weekly Release, Vol. 16, No. 17    

 Halfway through the 2015-16 season, the Tri-City Storm ranks third in the division and is on its best ten-game stretch, garnering points in nine of ten after beating Lincoln and forcing a shootout against Des Moines this weekend.

Alex Limoges had his best weekend of the campaign, picking up four points (2g, 2a). Goaltender Jake Kielly savored his second shutout of the season against the Stars in a 4-0 win Friday at the Ice Box.

This Thursday, Storm players and coaches will be at First National Bank in Columbus, NE to hold a meet-and-greet event for Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation, a Nebraska-based pediatric cancer organization.

The Storm faces a crucial mid-season test against the Waterloo Black Hawks this Friday and Saturday. Waterloo trails Tri-City by two points for third place in the West Division. 

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Sunday, January 03, 2016
Buccaneers solve Storm in shootout, 3-2    

 Kearney, Ne. – Wade Allison tied the game with 7:30 remaining, but Des Moines Buccaneers’ forward David Keefer scored a shootout-winning goal in the top of the third round to best the Tri-City Storm in the skills competition, 3-2.

Starting from the red line, Keefer went to the blue line, ragged left, moved right and shot the puck around Dayton Rasmussen. The 17-year-old netminder helped the Storm earn a point to maintain sole possession of third in the West Division with 32 points. 

The Bucs scored two goals in the shootout. Carson Meyer scored the only shootout goal for the Storm in the second round. Wade Allison misfired on Jan Ruzicka in the Storm’s attempt to tie in the bottom of the third.

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Saturday, January 02, 2016
Storm buries Stars, 4-0    

 Lincoln, Ne. – Jake Kielly pitched a 35-save shutout, Alex Limoges tied a season high with three points and the Tri-City Storm exploded for three goals in the second to crush the Lincoln Stars, 4-0, Saturday at the Ice Box.

Joe Cipollone, Wade Allison and Alex Limoges all scored in the middle frame, knocking Stars goalie Patrik Virtanen from the game.

While the offense revved to help the Storm win its third straight against the Stars, Kielly denied 13 shots in the third period to savor his second shutout of the campaign.

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Thursday, December 31, 2015
Weekend Primer: Games 29 + 30    

 The Tri-City Storm returned from Christmas break and showed its ability to come back in a pair of games against the Green Bay Gamblers.


The Storm forced overtime Tuesday after scoring three straight goals in the third to tie the Gamblers at three, eventually falling, 4-3, in overtime.

The night before, down, 3-0, Tri-City rattled off consecutive goals and came within inches of tying the game multiple times.

The Storm travels to Lincoln for a match against the Stars Saturday at 7:05 p.m., the final time the Storm plays at The Ice Box during the regular season.

Sunday, the Storm is home to Des Moines on Princess Night, a 5:05 p.m. puck drop at the Viaero Center. 

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Storm comes back from three to tie GB, falls in OT, 4-3    

 Green Bay, Wi. – The Tri-City Storm waged a three-goal comeback in the third period to tie, but Green Bay Gamblers forward Brett Gruber scored with 2:35 left in overtime at four-on-four to best the Storm, 4-3, Tuesday at the Resch Center.


Starting from the left wing, Gruber accelerated up the boards on a two-on-one before lifting the puck past Jake Kielly, who allowed one goal and made 25 saves in relief of Dayton Rasmussen.

Tory Dello, Walker Duehr and Carson Meyer scored in the first 15 minutes of the third to tie after the Gamblers scored three times in the opening period.

The Storm has 29 points this season, good for an 11-10-4-3 record and fourth place in the Western Division heading into 2016. 

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Monday, December 28, 2015
Storm provides scare, Gamblers holds on, 3-2    

 Green Bay, Wi. – The Tri-City Storm scored the last two goals of the game to nearly complete a three-goal comeback, but the Green Bay Gamblers received the help of posts and early scoring to knock down the Storm, 3-2, Monday from the Resch Center.

Walker Duehr and Carson Meyer scored for the Storm, but Tri-City hit multiple posts in the third trying to tie against Kevin Reich, who made 23 saves in victory. 

The loss snapped the Storm’s season-long six-game point streak.

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Saturday, December 19, 2015
Three-goal run helps Storm to weekend sweep, 3-2    

 Omaha, Ne. – The Storm kept up the pace against the Omaha Lancers, scoring the last three goals to surge to a 3-1 win Saturday from the Ralston Arena.


Walker Duehr scored halfway through the second period to tie the game at one. After the prolific forward’s second of the season, the Lancers did not lead, surrendering a power-play goal to Dan Labosky and an insurance tally to Wade Allison.

Allison’s goal culminated a four-goal weekend after the power forward notched his first USHL hat trick on Friday. 

The Storm has points in six straight games, tied with Bloomington and Dubuque for longest in the league entering the Christmas Break.

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Friday, December 18, 2015
Allison's hat trick, OT winner propels Storm past Muskies, 3-2    

 Sioux City, Ia. – Wade Allison bombed a slap shot past Cam Gornet 29 seconds into overtime, completing his first USHL hat trick and catapulting the Storm to a 3-2 overtime win against the Sioux City Musketeers Friday from the Tyson Events Center.


After intercepting a clearing attempt, Allison drove to the right circle, found space, and unleashed a rip that went bar down, giving the Storm points in five straight games, a season high. 

Allison’s hat trick helped the Storm move over .500 (10-9-3-3, 26 points), good for sole possession of the fourth and final playoff spot in the Western Division. 

The Storm’s Jake Kielly made 29 saves for his team-leading sixth win of the season.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Storm partners with Sammy's Superheroes; tackles pediatric cancer    

 Kearney, Ne. – The Tri-City Storm is pairing with Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation, a Nebraska-based pediatric cancer organization, to help raise awareness and funds in the fight against childhood cancer. 


The Storm will take part in a Sammy’s Superheroes event, sponsored by First National Bank, with players on Thursday, January 7, 2016, at 2:00 p.m., outside of the First National Bank in Columbus, NE, to help raise money for the organization. 

On Friday, January 22 at the Viaero Center, the Storm hosts the Dubuque Fighting Saints on “Sammy’s Superheroes Night”, presented by First National Bank. Tri-City will don specialty jerseys featuring the Sammy’s Superheroes Logo and give six children affected by cancer the chance to live the “gameday” experience with the Storm.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Allison and Meyer named to USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game    

 Kearney, Ne. – Storm forwards Wade Allison and Carson Meyer have been named to the 2016 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, the USHL and NHL Central Scouting announced Tuesday.


The game, set to take place on Jan. 12 at Ralston Arena in Omaha, NE, home of the Omaha Lancers, pits 40 of the top USHL players eligible for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Meyer and Allison are draft eligible for the first time this summer. The draft is set for June 24-25, 2016, at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York, home of the Buffalo Sabres. 

“I’m excited for Wade and Carson and it’s a huge honor for them to represent the Storm,” said Bill Muckalt, Head Coach and General Manager of the Storm. “They would be the first to tell you there are a lot of players in this locker room that have helped them with this achievement and their success.”

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Monday, December 14, 2015
Weekly Release Vol. 16, No. 15    

The Tri-City Storm has tied a season-best point streak (four games) after earning points in back-to-back games against the Bloomington Thunder. Tri-City has gone to overtime or a shootout seven times this season, tied with Bloomington for most in the USHL.


The Storm held on against the Thunder Friday before dropping in a shootout, 4-3. Saturday afternoon, in front of the largest crowd of the season (3,652), Paul Washe scored to helpThe Storm earned points in back-to-back games against the Bloomington Thunder over the weekend. Relive some of the best snipes from the weekend. Tri-City make it to overtime before falling, 2-1.

The next home game for the Storm is January 3, 2016, against Des Moines. Tri-City prepares for a five-game road swing starting this Friday, Dec. 18, at 7:05 against Sioux City.

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Saturday, December 12, 2015
Another point for Storm in OT loss to Thunder, 2-1    

Kearney, Ne. – The Tri-City Storm earned a point for the fourth straight game, dropping in overtime to the Bloomington Thunder, 2-1, on Brogan Rafferty’s overtime goal Saturday at the Viaero Center.

Starting from the right circle, Rafferty pushed the puck towards the net in four-on-four action, ramping it up in the air and over the goaltender Dayton Rasmussen four minutes into the extra session. Rasmussen made 26 saves on 28 shots in his second Storm start. 


Paul Washe scored for the Storm late in the second, helping Tri-City get past regulation for the second straight day against Bloomington. The goal brought 3,652 to its feet, the largest crowd to watch the Storm at the Viaero Center this season.

Logan Halladay denied the Storm after Washe’s goal, making 28 saves for his second win.

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Friday, December 11, 2015
Newcomers shine, Storm drops in shootout, 4-3    

Kearney, Ne. – Walker Duehr and Andrew Zerban scored in their Storm debuts, but the Bloomington Thunder overcame a two-goal deficit to tie before beating the Storm, 4-3, in the shootout Saturday from the Viaero Center.  

Tarek Baker scored in the shootout’s third round to ice the game. Bloomington knocked two goals past Jake Kielly in the skills competition. Kielly made a career-best 39 saves in regulation and overtime, including two diving breakaway saves in 3-on-3 extra session play. 

Former Storm goalie Hayden Lavigne earned the shootout victory, making 22 saves in his return to the Viaero Center.

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Wednesday, December 09, 2015
Storm adds trio; Greenfield, O'Neill transferred    

 Kearney, Ne. – The Tri-City Storm has transferred goaltender Matt Greenfield and forward Aaron O’Neill to the BCHL, General Manager and Head Coach Bill Muckalt announced Friday.

Greenfield has been transferred to the West Kelowna Warriors, while O’Neill has been sent to the Chilliwack Chiefs. 

With John Marino, Carson Meyer and Jake Wahlin in Canada representing the U.S. Jr. Select Team in the World Junior A Challenge, the Storm announced the additions of forwards Ben Freeman and Andrew Zerban, plus defenseman Robbie Roche.

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Monday, December 07, 2015
Weekly Release, Vol. 16, No. 14    

 The Tri-City Storm swept the best team in the USHL, the Lincoln Stars, in a home-and-home set Saturday and Sunday to move into the fourth and final playoff spot in the West Division (22 points). 


First, the Storm used 31 saves by goaltender Jake Kielly on Saturday to shoot down the Stars, 4-3, at the Ice Box. Sunday at the Viaero Center, Carson Meyer scored less than a minute into the game, making the teddy bears fly for the Teddy Bear Toss as part of a dominant 4-1 victory.

Tri-City plays its final two home games of December this Friday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 12, at 7:05 p.m. against the Bloomington Thunder.

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Sunday, December 06, 2015
Bears fly, Storm tackles Stars, 4-1    

 Kearney, Ne. – Carson Meyer scored in the first minute of the game, sending the teddy bears flying and the Stars reeling, 4-1, against the Lincoln Stars Saturday at the Viaero Center.


The goal, Meyer’s team-leading 12th of the season, started an avalanche matched by Tri-City goalie Dayton Rasmussen, who made 29 saves on 30 shots in his Storm debut for his first USHL victory. 

The fans threw teddy bears on the ice as part of the Storm’s Teddy Bear Toss after Meyer’s first goal, with the Marine Corps collecting the bears thrown by Storm fans for charity.

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Saturday, December 05, 2015
Kielly steals show in 3rd, Storm blasts Stars, 4-3    

 Lincoln, Ne. – Jake Kielly stopped 31 shots, Nico Sturm potted the game-winning goal early in the third and the Tri-City Storm held on against the Lincoln Stars in a back-and-forth game, 4-3, Saturday from the Ice Box. 


The 19-year-old netminder Kielly made 11 saves in the final period, denying Lincoln chances after the Stars forced a tie in the last five minutes of the second. Kielly made a full extension, diving save from the left post on Biagio Lerario with seven minutes left in the third to hold the Storm’s one-goal lead.

Sturm’s game-winning goal, his seventh of the season, came at the 2:24 mark of the third on the power play and was assisted by Mattias Goransson and Jake Wahlin to give Tri-City a 4-3 lead.

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Tuesday, December 01, 2015
Wahlin, Marino, Allison shave heads for cancer awareness    

 Kearney, Ne. – Three Storm players, Jake Wahlin, John Marino and Wade Allison, had their heads shaved Tuesday at the Viaero Center to raise cancer awareness as part of the Tri-City Storm’s pairing with the American Cancer Society for No Shave November. 

Throughout the month of November, fans donated money at Storm home games for the players they wanted to see have their head shaved. In a close vote, Wahlin, Marino and Allison all finished within $1 of each other. 

Replay’s Barber Shop in Kearney provided the haircuts.

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Monday, November 30, 2015
Weekly Release Vol. 16, No. 13    

 Timely goal scoring and a sharp defense allowed the Tri-City Storm to earn points in two of three games this week, culminating in a near three-goal comeback Saturday against Muskegon.

As December hits, the Storm sits in a fifth-place tie in the Western Division with 18 points, just two away from the fourth and final playoff spot. 

The Storm has a home-and-home with Lincoln this week, starting at The Ice Box Saturday and 7:05 and then a Sunday matinee at 5:05 p.m. at the Viaero Center.

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Saturday, November 28, 2015
Storm nearly overcomes late deficit, 4-3    

 Muskegon, Mi. – The Tri-City Storm scored two goals in the last two minutes, falling just short of overcoming a three-goal third period deficit, 4-3, against the Muskegon Lumberjacks Saturday from the L.C. Walker Arena. 

Wade Allison scored with 1:37 left on the power play, then Carson Meyer scored with 1:08 left on the man up to cut the lead to one. 


Amidst the rally, the Storm and ‘Jacks entangled in a physical third period; Muskegon took 30 penalty minutes in the third, while the Storm racked up six infractions and 12 penalty minutes.

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Friday, November 27, 2015
Dello shoots Storm over Lumberjacks, 2-1    

 Muskegon, Mi. – Tory Dello’s game-winning goal with eight minutes left in the third sealed a 2-1 Tri-City Storm win over the Muskegon Lumberjacks Friday from the L.C. Walker Arena.

Starting from the neutral zone, the Storm Captain drove the left faceoff circle and unleashed a seeing-eye wrister that went over the glove of Joey Daccord.


Jake Kielly made 32 saves to win the duel with Daccord, nailing down Kielly’s fourth win of the season. All four of the first-year netminder’s victories have been when he’s made at least 30 saves. 


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Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Storm forces shootout, falls to Stars, 2-1    

 Kearney, Ne. – Jake Wahlin tied the game at one with six minutes left in the third, but Ethen Frank scored the shootout-winning goal in the top of the seventh round to beat the Storm, 2-1, Wednesday from the Viaero Center.


The Storm’s offense put consistent pressure on Lincoln netminder Peyton Jones, who made 47 saves. Tri-City outshot the Stars, 48-22, and picked up the point by forcing an extra session. Matt Greenfield took the shootout loss and made 21 saves, plus five extra stops in the skills competition.

In the shootout, Storm forward Dan Labosky answered Will D’Orsi in the fourth round to keep the shootout alive. Frank scored three rounds later for the winner. 

Wahlin’s tying goal, his sixth of the season, tied the forward with defenseman Mattias Goransson for second best on the club.

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Monday, November 23, 2015
Weekly Release Vol. 16, No. 12    

The Tri-City Storm wraps up its three-game homestand Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. against the Lincoln Stars after splitting a weekend series against the Sioux Falls Stampede. 

The Storm played the Herd in each of its last three contests, earning points in two of the three.

After Tri-City hosts "Hunger Games Night" Wednesday, presented by the Nebraska Lottery, the Storm heads to Muskegon for a pair of games on Friday and Saturday to complete a three-games-in-four-days stretch. 

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Saturday, November 21, 2015
Storm narrowly drops to Stampede, 3-1    

 Kearney, Ne. – A.J. Vanderbeck tallied with nine minutes left in the third to break a tie, catapulting the Sioux Falls Stampede past the Tri-City Storm, 3-1, Saturday from the Viaero Center on “Star Wars Night”.

The Storm played close with the Stampede for the whole game; Tri-City was tied or within one goal until 39 seconds left, when Josh Passolt scored an empty-net goal.

Mattias Goransson scored his sixth goal of the season for the Storm and is third on Tri-City with 14 points.

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Friday, November 20, 2015
Wahlin rips Storm past Herd, 5-4    

 Kearney, Ne. – Jake Wahlin tied a career-best four points, Jake Kielly made 32 saves and the Tri-City Storm held on late, busting by the Sioux Falls Stampede, 5-4, Friday at the Viaero Center.

The Storm held two-goal leads on three separate occasions during the contest, but kept the Stampede off the board in the waning stages of the third to edge to a one-goal win. Kielly made 16 saves in the final frame to earn his third win in season.

Wahlin's four points (2g, 2a) matched his most-prolific game, March 10, 2015 against the Lincoln Stars, when the forward had one goal and three assists in a 6-1 Storm win. Wahlin went point-for-point with Sioux Falls forward Parker Tuomie, who had a goal and three assists to lead the Herd.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Meyer, Marino, Wahlin make U.S. Jr. Select Team    

 Storm defenseman John Marino and forwards Carson Meyer and Jake Wahlin have been named to the U.S. Junior Select Team that will compete at the 2015 World Junior A Challenge, USA Hockey announced Tuesday.

The year’s tournament, held in Cobourg and Whitby, Ontario, Canada from Dec. 13-19, pits the best U-20 hockey players from Junior A leagues in the United States, Canada, Russia, Switzerland and the Czech Republic.

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Monday, November 16, 2015
Weekly Release Vol. 16, No. 11    

 The Tri-City Storm returns to the Viaero Center for a pair of games against the Sioux Falls Stampede after completing a four-game road trip. 

The Storm gathered points in two of the four contests away from home. 

At 7:30 p.m. Friday, the Storm host Social Media Night sponsored by Hilltop Mall. 

Saturday at 7:05 p.m. against Sioux Falls is Star Wars Night, with in-game Star Wars entertainment sponsored by the Troll’s Den. 

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Saturday, November 14, 2015
Tuomie's OT tally bests Storm, 2-1    

 Sioux Falls, Sd. – Nico Sturm scored for the Tri-City Storm, but Parker Tuomie scored an overtime winner at the 3:11 mark of overtime, dropping the Storm, 2-1. Tri-City picked up its 13th point of the year by forcing overtime.


Tuomie received a centering pass from Joe Rutkowki after an initial save by Matt Greenfield. Collin Peters earned the secondary assist on the goal.

The match kicked off a stretch of three straight games against the Herd. Next weekend, Tri-City is home for two straight games against Sioux Falls.

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Friday, November 13, 2015
Storm fall to Stars, 4-0    

 The Lincoln Stars scored a pair of goals in the first and second against the Tri-City Storm to win, 4-0, Friday from the Ice Box.  


Peyton Jones recorded his league leading third shutout of the season, stopping all 24 Storm shots.

Tri-City allowed just a pair of shots in the opening ten minutes of the game before Lincoln’s offensive motor flipped on. At the 10:39 mark of the first, Pat Polino opened the scoring with a left circle shot that beat Jake Kielly, who made 24 saves in defeat. 

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Friday, November 13, 2015
Storm acquires G Rasmussen from Waterloo    

 Kearney, Ne. – The Tri-City Storm has acquired goaltender Dayton Rasmussen from the Waterloo Black Hawks in exchange for a pair of draft picks, General Manager and Head Coach Bill Muckalt announced Friday.

Rasmussen, 17, has played in one game this season for Waterloo. The 6-foot-2, 190-lb. netminder is from Eden Prairie, MN, the same hometown as current Storm goalie Jake Kielly. 

In exchange, Tri-City ships its second round, Phase I pick in the 2016 USHL Entry Draft plus its fourth round, Phase II selection in the 2017 USHL Entry Draft to Waterloo.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Storm acquires future considerations    

 Kearney, Ne. – The Tri-City Storm has traded forward Bobby Kaiser to the Muskegon Lumberjacks in exchange for future considerations, General Manager and Head Coach Bill Muckalt announced Tuesday.

Kaiser, 18, played in eight regular season games with the Storm, taking six penalty minutes.

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Monday, November 09, 2015
Goransson and Meyer take USHL Player of Week Honors    

Kearney, Ne. – The Tri-City Storm took two of three weekly honors from the USHL in week seven of the regular season; defenseman Mattias Goransson has been named CCM Defenseman of the Week, while forward Carson Meyer has been honored as the CCM Forward of the Week.
 
Both players had a league-best five points this weekend. Goransson had two goals and three assists to boost to 13 points this season, the most by a USHL defenseman. Meyer led the league with three goals in week seven and is second in the league with nine goals. 
 

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Monday, November 09, 2015
Weekly Release Vol. 16, No. 10    

 The Tri-City Storm excelled over the weekend against two of the top five teams in the USHL, the Lincoln Stars and Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. The Storm accumulated six power-play goals in two games, including four man-up goals in the third period against the Stars.

Mattias Goransson and Carson Meyer had the most-prolific offensive weekends in the USHL with five points each. Goransson leads all USHL defenseman with 13 points, while the forward Meyer is second in the league with nine goals.

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Saturday, November 07, 2015
Game 13 Preview: Storm at RoughRiders    

 The Storm match the RoughRiders for the final time this regular season Saturday at the Stable. 

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The RoughRiders won in a shootout, 2-1, on Oct. 9 at the Viaero Center. Carson Meyer scored for the Storm, but Ryan Larkin made 34 saves on 35 shots. Matt Greenfield matched Larkin shot-for-shot in regulation and overtime, denying 28 shots.

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Saturday, November 07, 2015
Storm power play guts RoughRiders, 4-1    

 Cedar Rapids, Ia. – The Tri-City Storm power play stayed red hot, scoring two man-up goals to spill the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, 4-1, Saturday from The Stable.

Carson Meyer led the way with two third-period tallies and three points, including one power-play goal with 11 minutes left to give the Storm a 3-1 edge. Jake Wahlin had a goals and two assists for a season-best three points. 

Mattias Goransson had two assists to give him 13 points, best for a USHL defenseman.

Jake Kielly made 33 saves to earn the win, the most in a game by a Storm goalie this season.

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Friday, November 06, 2015
Game 12 Preview: Storm at Stars    

 The second of eight games between the Stars and Storm starts a stretch where Tri-City will play Lincoln in five of its next 11 games.  

The first time the teams met, a 2-0 win for the Stars, Matt Greenfield made 19 of 20 stops for the Storm, while Peyton Jones saved all 27 shots he faced.

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Thursday, November 05, 2015
Weekend Preview: Stars and RoughRiders    

 The Tri-City Storm prepares for its weekend set Friday against Lincoln (7:05 p.m.) andSaturday at Cedar Rapids (7:00 p.m.). 

Friday at The Ice Box, the Storm has a chance to beat the best team in the league, the Stars, who are tied with the Omaha Lancers for first (18 points). 

Saturday, Tri-City gears up for its second and final showdown of the season against the RoughRiders. The first game was a shootout thriller between two undefeated teams.

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Wednesday, November 04, 2015
Dan Labosky commits to University of Wisconsin    

 Kearney, Ne. – One year ago, Storm forward Dan Labosky said he made one of the most gut-wrenching decisions of his life. He had achieved his “dream”, to play Division I college hockey, but chose to leave Colorado College.

Late Tuesday, Labosky, 20, made “the most-difficult decision” he said he’s ever faced, committing to the University of Wisconsin.

“I just wanted to make sure it was the right decision,” said Labosky, breathing deeply with eyes wide open. “It helped talking with my family and it was a huge weight lifted off my shoulders.”

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Wednesday, November 04, 2015
Waterloo storms back against Tri-City, 3-2 (OT)    

 Sam Rossini scored with 45 seconds left in overtime, pushing the Waterloo Black Hawks past the Tri-City Storm, 3-2, Thursday from the Viaero Center.

Starting from the right circle, Ronnie Hein directed a feed toward the front of the net that went to Rossini’s tape. The second-year USHL defenseman lifted the puck past Matt Greenfield, who made 24 saves in defeat.

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Tuesday, November 03, 2015
Kielly commits to Clarkson University    

 Kearney, Ne. – Born in Canada and raised in Minnesota, Storm goalie Jake Kielly is travelling east to continue his hockey career, announcing his commitment to play hockey at Clarkson University.

“I always liked New York,” said Kielly. “I’ve been there going to Cooperstown baseball tournaments and New York City. Another thing I like about it is I have family members there and it’s nice to be close to home.”


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Tuesday, November 03, 2015
Weekly Release Vol. 16, No. 9    

 The Tri-City Storm begins a four-game road trip against the division-leading Lincoln Stars Friday, ending a stretch of six of eight games at the Viaero Center.

The Storm’s repressive defense allows the fewest shots a game (25.8) in the USHL and has not allowed a goal on the penalty kill at home (24-for-24).

Tri-City earned a point against Waterloo Thursday, going to overtime. 

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Saint Lawrence at Penn State: The Storm's Version of #TBT    

 Saint Lawrence Men’s Hockey Captain Brian Ward shares a special connection with the Tri-City Storm, the team he captained during 2012-13.

“I learned how to be a leader,” said Ward. “You learn what it’s like to have the eyes of the community on you.”

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Storm completes trade for Collin Rutherford    

 Kearney, Ne. – The Tri-City Storm has acquired forward Collin Rutherford from the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, General Manager and Head Coach Bill Muckalt announced Wednesday.

In return, the Storm have sent forward Sam Sternschein to Cedar Rapids.

“We are very excited to add Collin to our roster,” said Muckalt. “We look forward to helping him in his development.”

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Monday, October 26, 2015
Mattias Goransson named Defenseman of the Week    

 Kearney, Ne. – Storm defenseman Mattias Goransson has been named CCM “Defenseman of the Week” for week five of the regular season, the USHL announced Monday.

Goransson, 20, led USHL defensemen with two goals and four points this weekend, garnering a +4 rating. In two games, the second-year USHL blueliner was on the ice for six of seven Storm goals. 

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Monday, October 26, 2015
Weekly Release Vol. 16, No. 8    

 The Tri-City Storm is back at home for a pair of home games against the Waterloo Black Hawks on Thursday and Friday after winning in overtime against the Omaha Lancers this weekend.


During the Storm’s weekend split with Omaha and Sioux City, Tri-City’s offense asserted itself, combining for seven goals in two games.

The Storm’s defense remains one of the league’s best, allowing the second-fewest shots a game (25.9) and giving up the fourth-fewest goals a game (2.5) in the league.

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Saturday, October 24, 2015
Storm drops back-and-forth game to Musketeers, 5-3    

 Sioux City, Ia. – The Tri-City Storm stayed within striking distance of the Sioux City Musketeers, but fell, 5-3, Saturday from the Tyson Events Center.

The game had a back-and-forth feel; the Storm never trailed by more than two and brought the game within a goal three different times.

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Friday, October 23, 2015
Goransson lifts Storm by Lancers, 4-3 (OT)    

 Ralston, Ne. – Mattias Goransson’s 3-on-3 overtime goal wiped out a third-period comeback by the Omaha Lancers, stashing the Tri-City Storm to a 4-3 win Friday from Ralston Arena.

Starting from the right wing, John Marino pinched a pass to Goransson, who wrapped a forehand shot around the goalie, Kris Oldham, at the 4:38 mark of overtime, ending a four-game losing streak.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Carson Meyer commits to Miami (OH)    

 It’s a family tradition when Carson Meyer talks about Miami University. His sister, Hayley, attends the school. Meyer’s grandparents are also Miami graduates.

Once he arrived in Oxford, OH on Monday, Meyer says he needed 20 minutes to make his mind up that he wanted to spend his collegiate career playing hockey for the RedHawks. Late Monday, he made his commitment official.

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Monday, October 19, 2015
Weekly Release Vol. 16, No. 7    

 The Tri-City Storm’s hot defense continues to rumble after hosting Lincoln and Omaha over the weekend. The Storm has allowed more than three goals in a game once this season. 

Goalies Matt Greenfield and Jake Kielly have combined for a 1.56 goals against average and a .931 save percentage. The Storm allows the fewest shots on goal a game in the league, 23.4.  


This past Friday, the Storm featured Color Out Cancer Night, presented by Midway Auto Dealerships, in its game against Lincoln.


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Monday, October 19, 2015
Storm Color Out Cancer for 2nd year    

 For the second straight year, the Tri-City Storm successfully Colored Out Cancer at the Viaero Center, hosting more than 500 fans for a Paint the Ice event the night on Oct. 15 and taking on the Lincoln Stars on Oct. 16. Tickets sold from the game helped raise money for local organizations fighting against cancer.


Scenes from the event were moving; players and coaches joined with fans to help remember those that have fought against cancer. 

"The thing that strikes me is everyone wanted to tell their story of who they know that has been affected by cancer," said Director of Media Relations and Broadcasting, David Fine. "It was humbling to hear so many stories."

For the remainder of 2015-16, the Storm auctions off game-worn jerseys from Friday's game. 

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Saturday, October 17, 2015
Lancers sting Storm, 3-1    

 Kearney, Ne. – The Tri-City Storm allowed two third-period goals, springing the Omaha Lancers to a 3-1 victory Saturday at the Viaero Center.

For the second straight game, the ice was painted with individual messages written by fans to help remember those that have fought cancer. More than 500 fans painted the ice with rainbow colors Thursday night for Color Out Cancer.

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Friday, October 16, 2015
Stars erase Storm, 2-0, on Color Out Cancer Night    

 Peyton Jones stopped 27 shots, the Tri-City Storm were 0-for-6 on the man advantage and the Lincoln Stars bested the Storm, 2-0, on Color Out Cancer Night Friday at the Viaero Center.


More than 500 fans painted the ice with rainbow colors Thursday night to help remember those that have fought cancer

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Monday, October 12, 2015
Weekly Release Vol. 16, No. 6    

 The Tri-City Storm prepares for two more home games this weekend against division rivals Lincoln and Omaha.


The Storm has lost one game in regulation, accruing one point from this weekend by taking its game to Cedar Rapids to a shootout.

This week is one of the most special of the season for the Storm, featuring 
Color Out Cancer Night on Friday, presented by Midway Auto Dealerships. 

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Saturday, October 10, 2015
Third period sinks Storm, 4-2    

 Alex Gilmour deflected the go-ahead goal past Jake Kielly early in the third, spearheading the Des Moines Buccaneers past the Tri-City Storm, 4-2, Saturday from the Viaero Event Center.

Starting from the right point, James Gobetz ripped a puck from the point and Gilmour reached his stick out, elevating the puck over Kielly at the 5:45 mark of the final frame.

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Friday, October 09, 2015
Roughriders foil Storm, 2-1 (SO)    

 Carson Meyer scored his team-leading fourth goal of the season, but the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders fought back to edge the Storm in a shootout, 2-1, Friday at the Viaero Event Center. 

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Thursday, October 08, 2015
Storm set to Color Out Cancer for second year    

The Tri-City Storm and the Viaero Event Center are partnering with Midway Auto Dealerships for the second "Color Out Cancer" night on Friday, October 16, 2015, when the Storm take on the Lincoln Stars.

The event kicks off a weekend of special events and rivalry matchups for the Storm; Tri-City is also home on Saturday, October 17 to the Omaha Lancers for "Minions Night". 

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Wednesday, October 07, 2015
Kaiser commits to Western Michigan    

 Storm forward Bobby Kaiser was born and raised in Michigan, developing his hockey talents before coming to Tri-City. He is moving back to the Great Lakes State for college.

Kaiser, 18, announced his verbal commitment to play Division I college hockey for Western Michigan University late Monday.

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Monday, October 05, 2015
Kielly named USHL Goaltender of the Week    

 Kearney, Ne. – Storm goalie Jake Kielly has been named CCM “Goaltender of the Week” for week two of the regular season, the USHL announced Monday.

Jake Kielly earned a 31-save shutout in his first USHL start, a 2-0 win over the Chicago Steel. Kielly started strong with eight saves in the first period and made 23 saves over the final two periods to secure the win.

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Monday, October 05, 2015
Weekly Release, Vol. 16, No. 5    

 The Tri-City Storm are off to its best start since 2003-04, beginning the regular season 3-0-0 after a weekend sweep of the Chicago Steel Friday and Saturday.

Dan Labosky had a goal and three assists against the Steel, leading all Storm players over the pair of contests.

Jake Kielly earned a 31-save shutout in his first USHL start, a 2-0 win over the Chicago Steel.

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Monday, October 05, 2015
Kielly named Goaltender of the Week    

 Kearney, Ne. – Storm goalie Jake Kielly has been named CCM “Goaltender of the Week” for week two of the regular season, the USHL announced Monday.

Jake Kielly earned a 31-save shutout in his first USHL start, a 2-0 win over the Chicago Steel. Kielly started strong with eight saves in the first period and made 23 saves over the final two periods to secure the win.

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Sunday, October 04, 2015
Storm acquire pick for Gobetz    

 Kearney, Ne. – The Tri-City Storm have acquired a fifth-round, Phase I draft pick in the 2016 USHL Entry Draft from the Des Moines Buccaneers in exchange for defenseman James Gobetz, Head Coach and General Manager Bill Muckalt announced Sunday.

“We would like to thanks James for his contributions to our organization,” said Muckalt. “We wish him luck in his hockey career and in his future endeavors.”

Gobetz, 19, skated in three Storm preseason games in 2015-16, recording one shot on goal with an even plus-minus rating. The 6-foot-3, 195-lb. defenseman played against the Buccaneers in a Sept. 5 preseason scrimmage.

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Saturday, October 03, 2015
Kielly shines in debut, 2-0    

 Geneva, Il. – Jake Kielly made 31 saves in his USHL debut, spearheading the Storm to a 2-0 win over the Chicago Steel Saturday from the Fox Valley Ice Arena.

While Kielly held strong in net, John Marino scored at 3:12 of the third on the power play for the go-ahead goal.

The Storm are 3-0-0 this season, the best start for the Storm since the team began with four straight wins in 2003-04.

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Friday, October 02, 2015
Storm bend Steel, 6-3    

 Geneva, Il. – The Tri-City Storm battered the Chicago Steel with 36 shots on net, taking the opening game of a weekend set, 6-3, Friday from the Fox Valley Ice Arena. 

Six different Storm players scored goals, helping Tri-City jump out to a 2-0-0 start to its season. The Storm have 11 goals through its first pair of games. 

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Storm add Nicholas Nardella    

 The Tri-City Storm has added forward Nicholas Nardella to the team’s Affiliate List, Head Coach and General Manager Bill Muckalt announced.

Nardella, 16, is the younger brother of former Storm defenseman Bobby Nardella. Nicholas is set to play for the Chicago Mission of the High Performance Hockey League this season.  

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Monday, September 28, 2015
Marino named Defenseman of the Week    

 Storm defenseman John Marino has been named CCM “Defenseman of the Week” for week one of the regular season, the USHL announced Monday. 

Marino netted three assists Friday in the season opener, a 5-1 win against the Omaha Lancers, and is tied with Bloomington’s Jeremy Davies for the most points by a defenseman in the league. The 6-foot-2, 185-lb. blue liner is tied for the league lead in assists. 

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Monday, September 28, 2015
Weekly Release, Vol. 16, No. 4    

 The Tri-City Storm began its regular season with a 5-1 victory against the Omaha Lancers Friday from the Viaero Wireless Center. Tri-City heads to the road for its first trip of the season in week two, travelling to Geneva, IL to take on the Chicago Steel.

John Marino was named CCM Defenseman of the Week after earning three assists against Omaha in the season opener. 

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Friday, September 25, 2015
Storm open season, breeze by Lancers, 5-1    

 The Tri-City Storm started fast, using three first-period goals to best the Omaha Lancers, 5-1, on opening night in front of a raucous Viaero Wireless Center crowd.

Defensemen John Marino had three assists and five different Storm players potted goals in Bill Muckalt’s first game as Storm Head Coach.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015
2015-16 Season Preview    

 The Tri-City Storm begins its 16th USHL season looking to build off its best season in a decade. The Storm made it to the Clark Cup semifinals in 2014-15, the club’s first trip to the USHL’s final four since 2005.

Bill Muckalt steps behind the bench for his first season as Head Coach and General Manager. The 41-year-old native of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada was hired in June, replacing Jim Hulton. 

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Dello named Captain for 2015-16, Muckalt names assistants    

 Storm Head Coach and General Manager Bill Muckalt announced defenseman Tory Dello has been named team captain for the 2015-16 season and Dan Labosky, Jake Wahlin and Mattias Goransson have been tabbed as assistant captains. 

All four players are returners to Tri-City; Dello is beginning his third full season with the Storm and started as an affiliate player in 2012-13. 

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Monday, September 21, 2015
Weekly Release, Vol. 16, No. 3    

 The Tri-City Storm prepares for its regular-season opener after finishing the 2015 preseason with a 3-1-0 record, tied for the most wins of any Western Division team.

For the second straight week, the Storm’s pair of preseason games each came down to the wire; Tri-City fell by a goal Friday against Fargo before scoring four third period goals on Saturday to edge Sioux Falls by two tallies.

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Saturday, September 19, 2015
Explosive third rallies Storm, 4-2    

 The Tri-City Storm knocked in four goals in the third period, erasing a two-goal deficit and dashing past the Sioux Falls Stampede, 4-2, Saturday from the Ice Box.

Down a pair of goals entering the third, Tri-City rallied off four tallies in an 11-minute span, helping the Storm end the preseason with a 3-1-0 record.

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Friday, September 18, 2015
Force edge Storm, 2-1    

 Wade Allison scored in the third period, but the Tri-City Storm could not overcome a two-goal deficit and fell to the Fargo Force, 2-1, Friday from the Ice Box in the Storm’s third preseason game.

Tri-City came within inches of tying the game in the final minute; the goal light came on twice in the final 60 seconds. 


First, Dan Labosky’s shot was ruled a goal by the goal judge, but referee Shawn MacFarlane immediately signaled no goal with 33 seconds remaining. About 15 seconds later, the goal light again went on after a scramble in front of the net, but, after a review, officials ruled the puck did not cross the goal line.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Storm acquire forward Washe from Dubuque    

The Tri-City Storm has acquired forward Paul Washe from the Dubuque Fighting Saints, General Manager and Head Coach Bill Muckalt announced Wednesday.

Born November 27, 1998, Washe is 16 years old, the youngest player on Tri-City’s preseason roster.

In return, the Fighting Saints have acquired a conditional draft pick.

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Saturday, September 12, 2015
Big third period leads Storm past Lincoln, 5-2    

 KEARNEY, Ne. – The Tri-City Storm clicked in the third period, rattling off three goals to break a 2-2 tie and carry Tri-City past the Lincoln Stars, 5-2, Saturday from the Viaero Event Center. 

Alex Limoges, Jake Wahlin and Dan Labosky scored the final-period goals and helped Tri-City beat the Stars for the second straight day, helping the Storm start the preseason 2-0-0.
  

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Friday, September 11, 2015
Labosky carries Storm to 3-2 OT win against Stars    

LINCOLN, Ne. - Dan Labosky’s three-on-three overtime goal secured a 3-2 victory against the Lincoln Stars Friday from The Ice Box. 

Starting from the left wing, Labosky streamed up the ice, gained the blue line, angled to the left circle, and fired past Cayden Primeau for his second goal of the night with 1:50 remaining in the extra session.


Tri-City earned its first win of the preseason and plays the back end of a home-and-home with the Stars at 4:00 p.m. tomorrow at the Viaero Event Center, Tri-City’s only home preseason game.
 

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Tuesday, September 08, 2015
Weekly Release - September 8, 2015    

Kearney, NE - The Tri-City Storm start its second week of preseason games following two scrimmages in Omaha against the Des Moines Buccaneers Saturday. 

Returning forward Austen Long led Tri-City with four points in two games (1 G, 3 A). 

Tri-City plays its only home preseason game on Saturday, September 12 at the Viaero Event Center at 4:00 p.m., featuring $5 tickets for the general public and free tickets for season-ticket holders. 

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Saturday, September 05, 2015
Storm announce 2015-16 promotions schedule    

Click here for a list of all of the Storm’s 2015-16 promotions. The Tri-City Storm has released its promotions schedule for the 2015-16 season, which includes theme nights for each of the Storm’s 30 regular season home contests. 

 

 

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Saturday, September 05, 2015
Long dominates pair of preseason games    

OMAHA, Ne. – Austen Long led the Tri-City Storm with four points over a pair of preseason games, but the Storm dropped two straight games to the Des Moines Buccaneers in Tri-City’s first preseason contests Saturday from Ralston Arena.

The doubleheader featured a pair of 60-minute scrimmages against the Bucs. Long had two helpers in the first contest, a 4-3 defeat, and garnered a goal and an assist in game two before Des Moines rallied to win, 6-4.

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Monday, August 31, 2015
Allison named best-conditioned Storm player    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Tri-City Head Coach Bill Muckalt and assistant coaches Taylor Nelson and Ben Gordon have named Wade Allison the Storm’s “best-conditioned” player after a series of training workouts during preseason camps.

The Storm also hosted its “Black and White Team Scrimmage” Sunday at the Viaero Event Center and Team White won the two-period game, 6-2. Second-year forward Jake Wahlin had a hat trick and added an assist. 

The “Best-Conditioned Award” took several preseason workouts into account: squats, bench press, body-fat percentage, pull-ups, and a shuttle run. Allison finished second in the bench press, at 270 lbs., and was third in squats, at 377 lbs.
 

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Thursday, August 27, 2015
Single-game tickets on sale September 1    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Tri-City Head Coach Bill Muckalt and assistant coaches Taylor Nelson and Ben Gordon have named Wade Allison the Storm’s “best-conditioned” player after a series of training workouts during preseason camps.

The Storm also hosted its “Black and White Team Scrimmage” Sunday at the Viaero Event Center and Team White won the two-period game, 6-2. Second-year forward Jake Wahlin had a hat trick and added an assist. 

The “Best-Conditioned Award” took several preseason workouts into account: squats, bench press, body-fat percentage, pull-ups, and a shuttle run. Allison finished second in the bench press, at 270 lbs., and was third in squats, at 377 lbs.
 

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Storm release training camp roster    

 KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm has released its training camp roster.

The club’s training camp roster features 30 players and eleven returning players who hope to qualify for the Opening Night 23-man roster September 25, 2015 at the Viaero Event Center against the Omaha Lancers.

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Thursday, August 06, 2015
TRI-CITY TRADES FOR DEFENSEMAN JOHN MARINO    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm have completed a trade with the Chicago Steel, acquiring defenseman John Marino in exchange for a third round pick in Phase II of the 2016 USHL Draft.

Marino, who played for the South Shore Kings in the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL) last season, was a 6th round selection of the Edmonton Oilers with pick No. 154 in the 2015 NHL Draft. The defenseman is also committed to play collegiately for Harvard University.

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Wednesday, August 05, 2015
STORM HIRE DAVID FINE AS NEW BROADCASTER    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm has announced the hiring of David Fine as the team’s new Director of Media Relations and Broadcasting.

Fine recently graduated with a broadcast journalism and digital journalism degree from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications. While at school, Fine worked as a Media Relations/Broadcast Assistant with the Syracuse Crunch in the American Hockey League (AHL) for four seasons.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015
SHAFRAN TO BECOME VOICE OF FERRIS STATE HOCKEY    

KEARNEY, Neb. – After three seasons with the team, Tri-City Storm play-by-play broadcaster and Director of Media Relations Jared Shafran has accepted a new position with Ferris State University as an Athletics Communications Associate. In his new role, Shafran will serve as the voice of Ferris State hockey while working in the Athletic Communications office.

“I’m thankful to Kirk Brooks and his family, along with the entire Tri-City Storm organization for allowing me to pursue my dream for the last three years,” said Shafran. “I’ve had an amazing experience working with all the players, coaches, staff and everyone in the USHL.”

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Thursday, July 23, 2015
MUCKALT NAMES GORDON, NELSON AS ASSISTANTS    

KEARNEY, Neb. – After a national search, new Tri-City Storm Head Coach and General Manager Bill Muckalt has chosen his assistants, hiring Ben Gordon and Taylor Nelson to join him behind the bench for the 2015-16 USHL season.

“It was a very extensive process,” said Muckalt. “What I like about Ben and Taylor is that they’ve both played on championship teams at high levels on hockey. They’re both very eager, have attention to detail and are passionate about the game."

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015
STORM TO BEGIN 2015-16 IN KEARNEY VS. OMAHA    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm will open its 2015-16 schedule with a rematch of last spring’s Western Conference Semifinal playoff series, hosting the Omaha Lancers on Friday, Sept. 25 at the Viaero Event Center in Kearney.

The full schedule for the 2015-16 season will be released by the USHL league office on Thursday morning.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015
12 STORM PLAYERS ATTENDING NHL PROSPECT CAMPS    

KEARNEY, Neb. – A total of 12 former Storm players are attending NHL development camps this summer with various teams throughout June and July.

Both of Tri-City’s picks in June’s NHL Draft, Mason Appleton and Chris Wilkie, have already been on the ice, participating with the Winnipeg Jets and Florida Panthers respectively.

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Monday, July 13, 2015
MUCKALT BRINGS HISTORY OF WINNING TO KEARNEY    

KEARNEY, Neb. – At his introductory press conference Monday afternoon, new Tri-City Storm head coach and general manager Bill Muckalt emphasized his role in the development process for junior hockey players, working hard to better themselves each day.

Muckalt is someone who knows the development process well, playing junior hockey for the Merritt Centennials in British Columbia for two seasons before joining the University of Michigan. After scoring over 100 goals and winning two national championships as a Wolverine, Muckalt went right to the NHL with the Vancouver Canucks.

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Thursday, July 02, 2015
WRIGHT PROMOTED TO VP OF BUSINESS OPERATIONS    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm have announced the promotion of Dana Wright to Vice President of Business Operations, effective immediately.

The position will oversee all day-to-day office operations for the hockey team, including marketing, promotions, gameday operations, merchandising and part-time employees.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015
BILL MUCKALT NAMED STORM HEAD COACH    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm announced this morning that Bill Muckalt has been named the seventh head coach and general manager in franchise history, agreeing to a multi-year contract.

Muckalt, a forward in the NHL for five seasons from 1998-2003, comes to Kearney from Michigan Technological University, where he served as an assistant coach for the Huskies for the last four seasons.

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Saturday, June 27, 2015
WILKIE, APPLETON SELECTED IN ROUND 6 OF THE NHL DRAFT    

SUNRISE, Fla. – Tri-City Storm forwards Chris Wilkie and Mason Appleton were both selected in the sixth round of the 2015 NHL Draft Saturday, contributing to a record-setting day for the United States Hockey League (USHL).

Wilkie was picked No. 162 overall by the Florida Panthers, while Appleton was taken just six picks later at No. 168 by the Winnipeg Jets.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015
STORM SET SIGHTS ON NHL DURING DRAFT WEEKEND    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Many players with ties to the Tri-City Storm have hopes of hearing their name called this weekend during the 2015 NHL Draft, which will take place at the home of the Florida Panthers in Sunrise, Fla.

The draft gets underway with round 1 at the BB&T Center on Friday, June 26 at 6 p.m. CST, while rounds 2-7 will be held the following morning at 9 a.m.

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Friday, June 19, 2015
TRYOUT CAMP ALL-STAR TEAMS ANNOUNCED    

LAS VEGAS – The Tri-City Storm have narrowed its player pool to two teams for the annual all-star games at the Las Vegas Ice Center. The first all-star game starts Friday at 4 p.m. PST, while the final game of camp starts on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. PST.

Both games can be viewed live for a fee at LasVegasIce.com with the voice of the Storm, Jared Shafran, calling all the play-by-play.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015
STORM CUT DOWN TRYOUT CAMP TO FOUR TEAMS    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm have narrowed its player pool to just 66 players after the first three days of 2015 Tryout Camp. The remaining skaters have been divided into four teams,  each named after a former Storm standout in Jaden Schwartz, Scott Parse, Kenny Brooks and Adam Wilcox.

Headlining Team Schwartz is returning forward Jake Wahlin, along with first round draft pick Alex Limoges and affiliate forward Austen Long.

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Friday, June 12, 2015
STORM HOST TRYOUT CAMP NEXT WEEK IN LAS VEGAS    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm will take the next step in selecting players for the 2015-16 season next week with the team’s annual Tryout Camp in Las Vegas.

Beginning Monday, the week-long event will consist of players between the ages of 16-20.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015
BITTNER JOINS WISCONSIN AS ASSISTANT COACH    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Tri-City Storm assistant coach JB Bittner has accepted a new position as the assistant coach with the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team. In addition to his on-ice work, Bittner will also be an important part of the team’s scouting and recruiting.

Bittner becomes the first coach in Storm history to go straight from the USHL ranks to a Division I program.

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Friday, May 29, 2015
HULTON NAMED USHL GENERAL MANAGER OF THE YEAR    

CHICAGO, Ill. – The United States Hockey League today announced that Tri-City Storm Head Coach and General Manager Jim Hulton has been named the 2014-15 USHL General Manager of the Year as determined by a vote of league coaches and general managers.

It was the first full season for Hulton with Tri-City after taking over midway through the 2013-14 season. He guided the Storm to a 37-17-6 record (80 points), finishing just one point back of first place in the USHL Western Conference standings. It was the most wins in a season for the Storm since the 2003-04 season (43), and the team qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2012.

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Thursday, May 28, 2015
WILKIE, NARDELLA, DILLON NAMED ALL-USHL    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Storm forward Chris Wilkie, defenseman Bobby Nardella and goaltender Alec Dillon were named to the All-USHL Second Team on Thursday after a vote of the league’s coaches and general managers.

All three had outstanding seasons in Kearney, leading the way at their respective positions. The awards are the first All-USHL recognition for any Storm player since Jaden Schwartz after the 2009-10 season.

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Thursday, May 28, 2015
SHEA STEPS DOWN    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm and Viaero Event Center have announced that President Greg Shea will resign to accept another business opportunity in Kearney. This move will be effective June 18.

Shea has been the President for the hockey team and the event center since 2009, helping to grow the business presence of both in many areas.

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Friday, May 22, 2015
DILLON NAMED TO USHL'S ALL-ROOKIE TEAM    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Tri-City Storm goaltender Alec Dillon was named to the USHL All-Rookie First Team Friday by the league’s office. The netminder led all goalies with a goals against average of 2.27 during the 2014-15 season.

Dillon, who is expected to play Division I college hockey for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, N.Y. next season, played in 41 games as a rookie and had a record of 23-11-4 with three shutouts.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015
STORM END 2014-15 WITH MUCH TO BE THANKFUL FOR    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The 2014-15 season will go down as one of the best in the 15-year history of the Tri-City Storm. After finishing the regular season with an overall mark of 37-17-6 and 80 points, the Storm qualified for the Clark Cup Playoffs as the second seed in the USHL’s Western Conference.

Tri-City finished just one point behind the first-place Sioux City Musketeers in the standings, and swept the third-seeded Omaha Lancers in the opening round of the postseason three games to none.

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Wednesday, May 06, 2015
TRI-CITY TRADES FOR SIOUX CITY FORWARD DUEHR    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm announced the acquisition of forward Walker Duehr from the Sioux City Musketeers Wednesday in exchange for forward Conner Valesano and a sixth round pick in Phase Two of the 2016 USHL Draft.

Duehr played in 49 games during the 2014-15 season with the Musketeers, scoring two goals and five assists. The 17-year-old measures six feet, two inches, weighs 190 lbs., and was in the lineup for all five Sioux City playoff games this spring.

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Tuesday, May 05, 2015
STORM PICK LIMOGES IN 1ST ROUND OF PHASE 2 DRAFT    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm selected 20 players on Tuesday in Phase Two of the 2015 USHL Draft, led by first round selection Alex Limoges of the Selects Academy U18 team.

Tri-City now has 45 names on its Initial Protected List for the 2015-16 USHL season.

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Sunday, May 03, 2015
2015 USHL DRAFT TO TAKE PLACE MONDAY AND TUESDAY    

KEARNEY, Neb. – With the 2014-15 season now in the rearview mirror, the Tri-City Storm will help shape their roster for the upcoming 2015-16 season when they make selections in the 2015 USHL Draft May 4-5.

The two-part draft starts with Phase One on Monday, beginning at 6 p.m. Phase One consists of 10 rounds as USHL teams will select players born in 1999.

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Saturday, May 02, 2015
STORM’S SEASON COMES TO AN END WITH GAME 4 LOSS    

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Sioux Falls Stampede defeated the Tri-City Storm 7-3 in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final on Saturday night at the Denny Sanford Premier Center, putting an end to the Storm’s season by winning the series three games to one.

Storm goals in the loss were scored by Vince Pedrie, Nick Master and Chris Wilkie. Jared Rutledge got the start in net and made 23 saves for Tri-City.

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Friday, May 01, 2015
STAMPEDE WIN GAME 3 ON LATE SCHWALBE GOAL    

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – After the Tri-City Storm overcame a two-goal third period deficit, Ryan Schwalbe gave the Sioux Falls Stampede a 4-3 victory with just 1:33 remaining in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final at the Denny Sanford Premier Center. Sioux Falls now leads the best-of-5 series 2-1.

Chris Wilkie, Mason Appleton and Chase Berger scored for Tri-City in the loss, while Bobby Nardella picked up two assists.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015
STAMPEDE HOLD OFF STORM TO EVEN SERIES 1-1    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Sioux Falls Stampede got two goals and an assist from forward Mikey Eyssimont and stepped up its third period defense to defeat the Tri-City Storm 3-2 on Wednesday in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final at the Viaero Event Center, evening the best-of-five series at 1-1.

Tri-City got goals from Mason Appleton and Bobby Nardella in the loss, while forwards Garrett Gamez and Nick Master each had assists on both Storm goals.

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Sunday, April 26, 2015
GAME 2 RESCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY NIGHT IN KEARNEY    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Game 2 of the USHL Western Conference Final between the Tri-City Storm and Sioux Falls Stampede has been rescheduled for Wednesday night, April 29 in Kearney at the Viaero Event Center at 7:05 p.m.

All tickets originally purchased for Saturday’s Game 2 will be honored on Wednesday.

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Saturday, April 25, 2015
GAME 2 OF WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL POSTPONED    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Game 2 of the Western Conference Final between the Tri-City Storm and the Sioux Falls Stampede has been postponed due to an ice issue at the Viaero Event Center.

No makeup date has been announced. Stay tuned to stormhockey.com, and more details will be announced soon.

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Friday, April 24, 2015
BERGER SCORES TWICE, GIVES TRI-CITY 1-0 SERIES LEAD    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Chase Berger scored his first two USHL playoff goals and led the Tri-City Storm to a 4-2 win over the Sioux Falls Stampede and a 1-0 series lead in the Western Conference Final Friday night at the Viaero Event Center.

Tri-City also got goals from defenseman Bobby Nardella and forward Nick Master in the win, while goaltender Alec Dillon stopped 27 shots to earn his fourth playoff victory.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015
SCHEDULE FOR WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL ANNOUNCED    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The USHL announced the seeding and schedule for the Western Conference Final of the 2015 Clark Cup Playoffs Tuesday night. The second-seeded Tri-City Storm will take on the fourth-seeded Sioux Falls Stampede in a best-of-five series starting on Friday night at the Viaero Event Center.

Tri-City will also host Game 2 on Saturday night and if necessary, Game 5 on Tuesday, May 5. Tickets for Game 1 are on sale now at the Viaero Event Center Box Office.

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Monday, April 20, 2015
STORM TO HOST GAME 1 OF CONFERENCE FINAL FRIDAY    

KEARNEY, Neb. – While the Storm are still waiting to find out its counterpart for the upcoming Western Conference Final series, the team has announced it will host Game 1 of the series on Friday night, regardless of opponent.

The second-seeded Tri-City Storm will take on either first-seeded Sioux City or fourth-seeded Sioux Falls in a best-of-five series starting on Friday at 7:30 p.m at the Viaero Event Center.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015
STORM SWEEP LANCERS, MOVE TO CONFERENCE FINALS    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm completed a sweep of the Omaha Lancers Saturday night at the Viaero Event Center, winning 3-1 in Game 3 to move on to the Western Conference Final.

Storm goals were scored by Dan Labosky, Mason Appleton and Chris Wilkie, while Alec Dillon stopped 28 shots to record his third win of the series.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015
THREE IN FINAL FRAME GIVE STORM 2-0 SERIES LEAD    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The first Clark Cup Playoff game at the Viaero Event Center in five years did not disappoint. The Tri-City Storm scored their only three goals of the night in the third period to erase a deficit and down the Omaha Lancers 3-2, taking a 2-0 series lead in their Western Conference Semifinal Thursday night.

Storm third period goals were scored by Kevin Kerr, Mason Appleton and Dan Labosky. Labosky’s first career playoff tally put Tri-City in front for the first time all night with just 1:05 remaining in the game.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015
VALESANO STRIKES TWICE, LEADS STORM TO GAME 1 WIN    

OMAHA, Neb. – Conner Valesano’s two goals were enough for the Tri-City Storm to defeat the Omaha Lancers 2-1 in Game 1 of the USHL’s Western Conference Semifinal at the Ralston Arena on Tuesday night.

Storm goaltender Alec Dillon made 25 saves to earn the victory in a defensive game between the two in-state rivals. Defensemen Mattias Goransson and Vince Pedrie each had assists on Valesano’s goals.

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Sunday, April 12, 2015
MINGOIA, PROVIDENCE WIN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Former Storm forward Trevor Mingoia helped the Providence College Friars win the school’s first ever national championship on Saturday night in Boston, defeating Boston University by a score of 4-3.

Mingoia had an assist on his team’s second goal of the evening, while putting four shots on net. In four games in the NCAA Tournament, the Fairport, N.Y. native had four points on two goals and two assists.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015
RIVALS FACEOFF IN WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINAL    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The USHL announced the seeding and schedule for the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2015 Clark Cup Playoffs Saturday. The second-seeded Tri-City Storm will take on the third-seeded Omaha Lancers in a best-of-five series starting on Tuesday night at the Ralston Arena.

Tri-City will return home for Games 2 & 3 of the series on Thursday and Saturday. Tickets for those two games are on sale now at the Viaero Event Center Box Office and can be purchased in person, online at stormhockey.com, or over the phone by calling 308.338.8011.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015
TRI-CITY CLOSES REGULAR SEASON WITH 5-2 WIN    

DES MOINES, Ia. – The Tri-City Storm (37-17-6) closed the 2014-15 regular season with a 5-2 win over the Des Moines Buccaneers (21-26-13) on Saturday night at Buccaneer Arena.

Jake Wahlin and Dan Labosky each scored twice in the victory, while affiliate forward Austen Long notched his first USHL goal.

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Friday, April 10, 2015
DUBUQUE SKATES PAST STORM 4-1    

DUBUQUE, Ia. – Three power play goals were enough for the Dubuque Fighting Saints to defeat the Tri-City Storm (36-17-6) 4-1 on Friday night at the Mystique Community Ice Center.

Forward Chris Wilkie scored his USHL league leading 35th goal of the season on the power play, while goaltender Alec Dillon made 28 saves in the loss.

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Thursday, April 09, 2015
STORM RELEASE OPENING ROUND HOME PLAYOFF DATES    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm announced dates Thursday for potential home playoff games in the USHL Western Conference Semifinal scheduled to begin next week. Single game tickets for Games 2 & 3 will go on sale Friday, April 10 at 10:00 a.m. at the Viaero Event Center Box Office.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the box office, online at stormhockey.com, or over the phone by calling 308.338.8011.

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Wednesday, April 08, 2015
THREE STORM ALUMNI TO STEP ON ICE AT FROZEN FOUR    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Three former Tri-City Storm players will be in Boston this weekend, competing for a national championship trophy at the 2015 Frozen Four.

Forward Austin Poganski (2013-14) and defenseman Andrew Panzarella (2009-10) will represent North Dakota, along with forward Trevor Mingoia (2012-13) of Providence College.

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Wednesday, April 08, 2015
STORM FANS RAISE $12,197 WITH JERSEYS FOR A CAUSE    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Tri-City Storm fans raised a total of $12,197 in 27 games during the 2014-15 season for the Jerseys For A Cause program. All proceeds have been donated to cancer related foundations in the central Nebraska region.

Presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska, the 2014-15 JFAC program benefitted eight organizations including Kearney Tackles Cancer, Relay For Life, Make-A-Wish, Team Jack Foundation, Phelps Memorial Hospital, Mary Lanning Hospital, the Stay In The Game Foundation and SAFE Kids.

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Saturday, April 04, 2015
STORM TOP CEDAR RAPIDS IN FRONT OF SELLOUT CROWD    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Wade Allison had a goal and two assists as the Tri-City Storm (36-16-6) closed out the regular season at the Viaero Event Center with a 4-1 win over the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (38-20-0) in front of a sellout crowd of 3,946.

Forward Conner Valesano and defenseman Mattias Goransson each had a goal and an assist in the victory, while goaltender Jared Rutledge made 30 saves.

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Friday, April 03, 2015
STORM HANG ON TO WIN IN 7-6 THRILLER    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm (35-16-6) outlasted a late comeback by the Sioux Falls Stampede (31-21-5) and held on for their first victory in the new Denny Sanford Premier Center, winning 7-6 on Friday night.

Forwards Chris Wilkie and Wade Allison each had two goals for Tri-City, while Jake Wahlin, Bobby Nardella and Mason Appleton also scored in the win.

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Thursday, April 02, 2015
EASTMAN COMMITS TO ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Tri-City Storm assistant captain Kyle Eastman made his decision official Thursday, announcing his commitment to play Division I college hockey for the Robert Morris University Colonials of the Atlantic Hockey conference.

Eastman is in his third USHL season with Tri-City and has played in 133 games with the Storm.

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Thursday, April 02, 2015
POWER PLAY HELPING NARDELLA INTO RECORD BOOKS    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Power play goal scored by Chris Wilkie. Assisted by Bobby Nardella.

Those words have been used by USHL public address announcers to describe a lot of Tri-City Storm goals this season.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
'DASH FOR CASH' HELPS FUND LOCAL SCHOOLS    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Saturday night’s Storm game against the Fargo Force marked the second annual ‘Dash For Cash’ night at the Viaero Event Center, presented by NebraskaLand National Bank. At the conclusion of the dash, a total of $1,000 was collected by six different local schools who participated in the ‘Take School By Storm’ program.

Schools participating included Northeast Elementary (Kearney, $208.50), Emerson Elementary (Kearney, $179.50), Buffalo Hills Elementary (Kearney, $176.75), Windy Hills Elementary (Kearney, $171.50), Lincoln Elementary (Hastings, $136.75), and Elm Creek Schools (Elm Creek, $127.00).

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Saturday, March 28, 2015
FARGO STRIKES LATE TO EDGE STORM 2-1    

KEARNEY, Neb. – A pair of Fargo Force (25-26-6) forwards  scored their first goals of the season to defeat the Tri-City Storm (34-16-6) 2-1 at the Viaero Event Center on Friday night. The Force swept the weekend series with Tri-City, and claimed the season series three games to one.

Chris Wilkie had the lone goal for Tri-City in the loss on the power play, while Alec Dillon was on his toes all night, making 38 saves to keep his team in the game the whole way.

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Friday, March 27, 2015
YON SCORES TWICE AS FARGO EARNS WIN OVER TRI-CITY    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Zach Yon scored twice and the Fargo Force (24-26-6) used a three-goal second period to defeat the Tri-City Storm (34-15-6) 4-2 at the Viaero Event Center on Friday night.

Kevin Kerr had a goal and an assist in the loss for Tri-City, while Garrett Gamez scored a short-handed goal for his 15th tally of the season.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015
ZOOPERSTARS! TO APPEAR AT STORM GAME SATURDAY    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Saturday night’s Storm game against the Fargo Force will have no shortage of entertainment both while the puck is in play and during intermission as the world famous ZOOperstars! will be performing in Kearney for the first time.

ZOOperstars! is a cast of outrageous inflatable characters that perform a combination of hilarious stunts, dances, maneuvers and tricks in huge costumes.

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Monday, March 23, 2015
11 STORM ALUMNI REACH NCAA TOURNAMENT    

KEARNEY, Neb. –11 former Tri-City Storm players will represent eight different schools in the 2015 NCAA men’s ice hockey tournament this weekend, attempting to move on to this year’s Frozen Four in Boston on April 9.

Tri-City is well represented on two of the No. 1 seeds in North Dakota and Miami. Austin Poganski (2013-14) and Andrew Panzarella (2009-10) will be in the lineup for the Fighting Sioux, while Chris Joyaux (2009-11), Cody Murphy (2009-11) and Blake Coleman (2009-10) are on the roster for the RedHawks.

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Saturday, March 21, 2015
STORM SWEEP BUCS WITH 4-2 WIN    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm (34-14-6) finished off a sweep of the Des Moines Buccaneers (21-19-13) with a 4-2 win at the Viaero Event Center on Saturday night.

Alec Dillon made 27 saves to earn the victory, while Tri-City got goals from Bobby Nardella, Vince Pedrie, Jake Wahlin and Cody Milan. Forward Dan Labosky added two assists in the win, and finished as the only Storm skater with a multi-point night.

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Friday, March 20, 2015
BERGER’S OT WINNER GIVES STORM SPOT IN PLAYOFFS    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Chase Berger’s short-handed overtime winning goal gave the Tri-City Storm (33-14-6) a 5-4 win over the Des Moines Buccaneers (21-18-13) and secured the team a berth in the 2015 Clark Cup Playoffs on Friday night at the Viaero Event Center.

Berger’s tally was his 10th of the season, while Mason Appleton, Jake Wahlin and Kevin Kerr each had two point nights for Tri-City.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015
STORM RAISE FUNDS FOR AG SCHOLARSHIP    

KEARNEY, Neb. – During the annual Ag Appreciation Night last Saturday, the Tri-City Storm raised $622 for the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Scholarship Fund.

The KACC Ag Committee scholarship will go to a current high school senior wishing to pursue a career in agriculture.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015
TRI-CITY HOPES TO EARN PLAYOFF SPOT THIS WEEKEND    

KEARNEY, Neb. – With a win in either game this weekend against the Des Moines Buccaneers at the Viaero Event Center, the Tri-City Storm will secure a spot in the 2015 USHL Clark Cup Playoffs.

It would be the team’s first playoff berth since 2012, when they finished in sixth place in the Western Conference before a first round exit at the hands of the Waterloo Black Hawks.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015
STORM TO DON SPECIAL JERSEYS FOR CONCRETE CARES    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm will wear specialty jerseys Saturday against the Des Moines Buccaneers as part of Concrete Cares Night presented by Kearney Concrete.

The uniforms, which will be auctioned on EBay, were designed by Kyle Poff of Kearney Concrete. Proceeds from the auction will go to Concrete Cares of Nebraska, which helps cancer stricken patients in the state of Nebraska who are in need of assistance.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015
GORANSSON COMMITS TO UMASS-LOWELL    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Although he’s still in his first season playing hockey in the United States, Tri-City Storm defenseman Mattias Goransson has made up his mind. He wants to stay.

Goransson has committed to play collegiately at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell with the River Hawks in the Hockey East conference.

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Monday, March 16, 2015
WILKIE, DELLO NAMED USHL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK    

KEARNEY, Neb. – On the heels of Saturday night’s win that moved the team into first place in the Western Conference, Tri-City Storm players Chris Wilkie and Tory Dello have been recognized by the USHL league office as players of the week.

Wilkie was named Forward of the Week after accounting for seven points on two goals and five assists in the team’s three games, while Dello was named Defenseman of the Week after scoring his first two goals of the season, including the game-winning tally against Omaha on Saturday night.

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Saturday, March 14, 2015
STORM MOVE INTO FIRST WITH COME FROM BEHIND WIN    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Three unanswered third period goals helped the Tri-City Storm (32-14-6) defeat the Omaha Lancers (29-15-7) and move into first place in the USHL’s Western Conference with a 5-3 victory on Saturday night at the Viaero Event Center.

Storm captain Garrett Gamez led the way with four assists, while Nick Master scored his third goal of the weekend and Chris Wilkie notched his league leading 31st goal of the season.

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Friday, March 13, 2015
MACTAVISH SCORES TWICE, POWERS STARS OVER STORM    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Sean MacTavish scored his first two career USHL goals and added an assist as the Lincoln Stars (16-29-5) held off the Tri-City Storm (31-14-6) by a score of 4-3 in the teams’ final meeting of the season on Friday night at the Viaero Event Center.

Storm forward Nick Master scored twice in the defeat, while defenseman Bobby Nardella added a goal and an assist and Chris Wilkie picked up helpers on all three Tri-City goals.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015
STORM PARTNER WITH CHS IN HARVEST FOR HUNGER    

KEARNEY, Neb. – This Saturday, as part of Ag Appreciation Night, the Tri-City Storm are partnering with CHS Agri Service Center to host a food drive, collecting donations for the Harvest for Hunger campaign.

Harvest for Hunger gathers funds, food and grain to help fight hunger locally. Contributions are made directly to local food banks or shelves.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015
JERSEYS FOR A CAUSE BENEFITS PHELPS MEMORIAL    

KEARNEY, Neb. –The Tri-City Storm’s Jerseys For a Cause program raised a total of $1,774 in the month of February. All proceeds have been donated to benefit the Phelps Memorial Health Center in Holdrege.

Presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska, the program benefits a different organization each month. At each home Storm game, a limited edition game-worn jersey from Color Out Cancer Night on Oct. 17 is raffled off to fans who donate.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015
WAHLIN SCORES FOUR POINTS IN 6-1 ROUT OF LINCOLN    

LINCOLN, Neb. – Jake Wahlin led the way with a four-point night as the Tri-City Storm (31-13-6) used goals from six different scorers to defeat the Lincoln Stars (15-29-5) 6-1 on Tuesday night at the Ice Box.

Chris Wilkie became the first USHL player to reach the 30-goal plateau this season with a third period tally, while Wahlin and Matthew Freytag each scored and reached the 30-point mark in the victory.

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Monday, March 09, 2015
STORM AFFILIATES TO JOIN TEAM DURING FINAL MONTH    

KEARNEY, Neb. – During the final month of the regular season, the Tri-City Storm will be bringing in some of their high school affiliate players to spend time with the team in Kearney.

Among those will be defenseman Cameron Dineen, the team’s first round pick in the 2014 USHL Phase I Draft, who will be with the team for the remainder of the year.

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Friday, March 06, 2015
3 GOALS IN FIRST PROPEL STORM TO VICTORY    

FARGO, N.D. – The Tri-City Storm (30-13-6) scored three goals in the first period and held off a late comeback by the Fargo Force (20-22-6) to win 3-2 at Scheels Arena on Friday night.

Storm goals were scored by Dan Labosky, Jake Wahlin and Chris Wilkie, while goaltender Jared Rutledge made 22 saves in the victory.

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Thursday, March 05, 2015
FORCE EDGE STORM, 4-3    

FARGO, N.D. – The Fargo Force (20-21-6) got a third period goal from forward Zach Yon and defeated the Tri-City Storm (29-13-6) by a final score of 4-3 at Scheels Arena on Thursday night.

Storm goals were scored by Garrett Gamez, Vince Pedrie and Chris Wilkie in the loss, while forward Mason Appleton had two assists.

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Saturday, February 28, 2015
STORM SWEEP SIOUX CITY WITH 5-1 VICTORY    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Cody Milan scored twice and the Tri-City Storm (29-12-6) defeated the Sioux City Musketeers (31-13-5) 5-1 at the Viaero Event Center on Saturday night to earn a sweep of the weekend and take the six-game regular season series between the top teams in the Western Conference, four games to two.

Also scoring in the victory for Tri-City was Matthew Freytag, Nick Master and Conner Valesano, while goaltender Jared Rutledge earned his third win of the season over Sioux City, making 29 saves.

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Friday, February 27, 2015
MASTER’S OVERTIME WINNER DOWNS SIOUX CITY    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Nick Master scored both the tying goal with under three minutes to go in the third period and the game-winner in overtime as the Tri-City Storm (28-12-6) defeated the Sioux City Musketeers (31-12-5) 4-3 on Friday night at the Viaero Event Center.

In addition to Master’s two tallies, Tri-City got goals from both Mason Appleton and Chris Wilkie, while Bobby Nardella registered three assists. 

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Thursday, February 26, 2015
PACK IT IN PURPLE JERSEY AUCTION RAISES $18,000    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm’s ‘Pack It In Purple’ jersey auction raised $18,000 for the United Way of the Kearney area through the sale of 25 game-worn sweaters at the Viaero Event Center on Saturday night.

Saturday’s game was attended by 3,385 fans as the Storm defeated the Lincoln Stars, 3-1.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015
STORM ALUMNI UPDATE: FEBRUARY    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm are recognizing former forwards Trevor Moore, Soren Jonzzon and Matt Johnson as their alumni of the month in February. Each month during the season, the team has selected a group of former players based on their contributions on the ice at the next level.

Moore, who is in his sophomore season at Denver University, has scored points in each of his team’s games during February, including five goals in his past four games.

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Monday, February 23, 2015
TRI-CITY ACQUIRES GREEN BAY’S BROWN IN TRADE    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Tri-City Storm Head Coach Jim Hulton announced the acquisition of forward Christopher Brown from the Green Bay Gamblers Monday along with a sixth round pick in Phase II of the 2015 USHL Phase II Draft in exchange for defenseman Gordi Myer and a player to be named later.

Brown, a sixth round draft pick of the Buffalo Sabres in the 2014 NHL Draft last summer, is committed to play college hockey at Boston College and was the leading scorer on the Gamblers’ roster with 13 goals and 19 assists in 43 games.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015
CARPENTER’S THIRD PERIOD GOAL SINKS STORM    

SIOUX CITY, Ia. – The Tri-City Storm (27-12-6) overcame an early deficit but fell short 4-3 to the Sioux City Musketeers (30-12-4) on Sunday afternoon at the Tyson Events Center.

Storm goals were scored by forwards Jake Wahlin, Chris Wilkie and Matthew Freytag, while Nolan Aibel had two assists.

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Saturday, February 21, 2015
PEDRIE’S FIRST GIVES TRI-CITY WIN OVER LINCOLN    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm (27-11-6) got their revenge on the Lincoln Stars (14-24-5) after Friday night’s shootout loss with a 3-1 win on Saturday night at the Viaero Event Center.

Vince Pedrie’s first Storm goal turned out to be the game-winner, while defenseman Kevin Kerr and forward Nick Master also contributed with tallies in the victory.

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Friday, February 20, 2015
STORM EARN POINT IN SHOOTOUT LOSS TO LINCOLN    

LINCOLN, Neb. – A late comeback by the Lincoln Stars (14-23-5) resulted in a 3-2 shootout loss for the Tri-City Storm (26-11-6) at the Ice Box on Friday night.

Storm forwards Nick Master and Jake Wahlin scored for Tri-City, while Jared Rutledge made 25 saves and both Chris Wilkie and Cody Milan scored in the shootout.

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Monday, February 16, 2015
NARDELLA NAMED USHL DEFENSEMAN OF THE WEEK    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Tri-City Storm defenseman Bobby Nardella was named the USHL’s Defenseman of the Week by the league office Monday after assisting on four goals in the Storm’s victories over Omaha and Sioux City over the weekend.

The Rosemont, Ill. native had three assists in the first period of Friday night’s 5-1 win against the Lancers, and added another helper on the first goal of the game during the second period on Saturday.

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Saturday, February 14, 2015
TRI-CITY EARNS SHOOTOUT WIN IN SIOUX CITY    

SIOUX CITY, Ia. – The shootout tandem of Chris Wilkie and Cody Milan propelled the Tri-City Storm (26-11-5) to a 3-2 win over the Sioux City Musketeers (28-11-4) on Saturday night at the Tyson Events Center.

Wilkie also scored his 24th goal of the season in the second period, while Garrett Gamez had a power play tally for his 11th of the year.

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Friday, February 13, 2015
STORM WIN BIG IN FRONT OF SELL OUT CROWD    

KEARNEY, Neb. – In front of a sell out crowd of 4,256, the Tri-City Storm (25-11-5) scored three goals in the opening period and held on to defeat the Omaha Lancers (22-13-5) by a score of 5-1 on Friday night at the Viaero Event Center.

Forward Nick Master scored twice in the win, while captain Garrett Gamez had a goal and an assist and defenseman Bobby Nardella had three helpers.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015
STORM PARTNER WITH CHILDREN’S HEART FOUNDATION    

KEARNEY, Neb. – On Friday night, the Children’s Heart Foundation and the Tri-City Storm are coming together to be part of Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week.

Many families in the Tri-Cities have been affected by Congenital Heart Defects (CHD). The Children’s Heart Foundation is a non-profit organization solely focused on funding research for CHD.

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Sunday, February 08, 2015
WATERLOO SHUTS DOWN TRI-CITY, ENDS STREAK    

WATERLOO, Ia. – Cale Morris stopped all 34 shots that came his way at Young Arena on Sunday afternoon and the Waterloo Black Hawks (15-21-4) defeated the Tri-City Storm (24-11-5) 3-0 to stop the team’s winning streak at 10 games.

Storm netminder Alec Dillon made 21 stops for his squad in defeat, while Tri-City outshot the Black Hawks 34-24 in the contest.

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Saturday, February 07, 2015
WILKIE DOWNS WATERLOO WITH OT GOAL    

WATERLOO, Ia. – After 62 minutes of scoreless hockey, Chris Wilkie gave the Tri-City Storm (24-10-5) their tenth consecutive victory with an overtime-winning goal at 2:13 of the extra frame. The 1-0 win over the Waterloo Black Hawks (14-21-4) was Tri-City’s first overtime win of the season and their first win at Young Arena since Feb. 18, 2008.

Storm goaltender Jared Rutledge earned his first shutout of the season, making 32 saves in the win. Wilkie’s tally was his 23rd of the year, and came with assists from Mason Appleton and Mattias Goransson.

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Friday, February 06, 2015
STORM EXTEND STREAK TO 9 WITH 3-1 WIN IN LINCOLN    

LINCOLN, Neb. – Three second period goals propelled the Tri-City Storm (23-10-5) to a 3-1 win over the Lincoln Stars (13-20-5) on Friday night at the Ice Box for their ninth straight victory.

Storm captain Garrett Gamez had a goal and an assist in the win, while forward Matthew Freytag scored his 12th tally of the season to extend his current point streak to nine games.

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Wednesday, February 04, 2015
STORM RAISE OVER $16,000 FOR TEAM JACK FOUNDATION    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Tri-City Storm fans raised over $16,000 for the Team Jack Foundation in the month of January.

Funds were collected through t-shirt sales, a silent auction of specialty game-word jerseys and January’s Jersey
s For A Cause program.

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Sunday, February 01, 2015
STORM TRADE FOR DEFENSEMAN PEDRIE    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Tri-City Storm Head Coach Jim Hulton announced the acquisition of defenseman Vince Pedrie from the Bloomington Thunder Sunday.

The blueliner has had a breakout season with the Thunder, scoring nine goals and assisting on 13 others in 39 games. Pedrie is one of the most veteran players in the league, having played in 171 regular season games over four USHL seasons with the Omaha Lancers, Indiana Ice and Thunder.

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Saturday, January 31, 2015
STORM HOLD ON FOR 5-4 SHOOTOUT WIN    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Despite losing a four-goal lead, the Tri-City Storm (22-10-5) prevailed in a shootout and defeated the Sioux Falls Stampede (18-15-5) for their eighth consecutive victory in front of 3,551 fans at the Viaero Event Center on Saturday night.

Storm forwards Garrett Gamez and Nick Master each had a goal and an assist in regulation, before both Chris Wilkie and Cody Milan converted in the shootout to help claim the extra point.

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Friday, January 30, 2015
STORM ALUMNI UPDATE: JANUARY    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm are recognizing former forwards Nick Lappin and Ryan McMurphy as well as defenseman Cutler Martin as their alumni of the month in January. Each month during the season, the team selects a group of former players based on their contributions on the ice at the next level.

Lappin, who is in his junior season at Brown University, has four points in his past five games including a goal and an assist in a win over crosstown rival Providence College on Jan. 10.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015
13 STORM SKATERS SCORE POINTS IN 6-1 WIN    

KEARNEY, Neb. – 13 different skaters registered a point for the Tri-City Storm (21-10-5) and the team put a total of 50 shots on net in a 6-1 rout of the Lincoln Stars (12-18-5) at the Viaero Event Center on Tuesday night.

Matthew Freytag led the way with two goals in the first period that were both assisted by captain Garrett Gamez, while Jake Wahlin, Mattias Goransson, Mason Appleton and Conner Valesano added tallies to put the game out of reach.

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Saturday, January 24, 2015
MASTER’S TWO GOALS GIVE STORM SIXTH STRAIGHT WIN    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Nick Master scored twice and the Tri-City Storm (20-10-5) got their first win of the season against the Sioux Falls Stampede (18-14-4) by a score of 4-2 at the Viaero Event Center on Saturday night.

The victory was the sixth straight win for Tri-City, which is now the longest winning streak for the club since March of 2005.

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Friday, January 23, 2015
STORM STIFLE OMAHA 5-1, RUN WIN STREAK TO FIVE    

KEARNEY, Neb. – For the second consecutive game, the Tri-City Storm (19-10-5) scored four goals in the first period to open up a big lead and never looked back. Friday night’s performance finished with a 5-1 win over the Omaha Lancers (19-10-5) at the Viaero Event Center, the Storm’s fifth consecutive victory.

The five goals were each scored by different forwards, led by Cody Milan and Mason Appleton, who each had two points on the night. Team captain Garrett Gamez also factored into the scoring, recording two assists in the win.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015
JACK HOFFMAN TO DROP FIRST PUCK AT STORM GAME    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm will have a special guest at their game against Sioux Falls on Saturday night. Jack Hoffman and his father Andy will make the trip to Kearney from Atkinson, Neb. to watch Tri-City in action at 7:05 p.m.

The Hoffman family will be on the ice for a pre-game ceremony in which Jack will drop the game’s ceremonial first puck.

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Monday, January 19, 2015
DILLON EARNS GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK HONORS    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Tri-City Storm goalie Alec Dillon was named the USHL’s Goaltender of the Week by the league office Monday after recording his third shutout of the season on Saturday night in a 1-0 victory over the Bloomington Thunder.

The Victoria, B.C. native made a total of 25 saves in the game while keeping the Thunder off the board in the Storm’s first ever contest against Bloomington.

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Sunday, January 18, 2015
STORM GET SIX GOAL OUTPUT TO SWEEP THUNDER    

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The Tri-City Storm (18-10-5) got their highest offensive output of the season on Sunday afternoon to defeat the Bloomington Thunder (12-16-5) 6-2 at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum.

Nick Master led the way with two goals, while Tri-City also got tallies from Kevin Kerr, Mason Appleton, Jake Wahlin and Bobby Nardella.

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Saturday, January 17, 2015
DILLON’S THIRD SHUTOUT PACES STORM TO 1-0 WIN    

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – A third period goal from Matthew Freytag was all the Tri-City Storm (17-10-5) needed on Saturday night, defeating the Bloomington Thunder (12-15-5) 1-0 in the teams’ first ever meeting at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum.

Storm netminder Alec Dillon stopped all 25 shots that came his way, recording his third shutout of the season.

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Monday, January 12, 2015
FASTHOCKEY TO PROVIDE FREE LIVE BROADCAST OF 2015 USHL TOP PROSPECTS GAME    

DUBUQUE, Ia. – The 2015 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on Jan. 13 at 7:00 p.m. will be streamed live and free of charge by FASTHockey, the league’s online broadcast partner.

Storm broadcaster Jared Shafran will appear as part of the live coverage during the broadcast, acting as a rinkside reporter throughout the night.

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Saturday, January 10, 2015
STORM SWEEP WATERLOO WITH 3-2 WIN    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm (16-10-5) completed a weekend sweep of the Waterloo Black Hakws (9-19-3) on Saturday night with a 3-2 win in front of 3,021 fans at the Viaero Event Center.

Wade Allison scored the game-winning goal for Tri-City in the third period, while Chase Berger and Jake Wahlin added tallies in the first period. Storm goaltender Jared Rutledge made 33 saves in the game to earn his third win in a Tri-City sweater.

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Friday, January 09, 2015
WILKIE’S HAT TRICK PROPELS STORM TO 5-3 WIN    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Chris Wilkie scored three times to record his first USHL hat trick and break a three game regulation losing streak in a 5-3 Tri-City Storm (15-10-5) victory over the Waterloo Black Hawks (9-18-3) on Friday night at the Viaero Event Center.

Wilkie now has 20 goals on the season, which leads the USHL. Two of his tallies came on the power play, and he now has 11 power play goals, which is tied for the league lead. The hat trick was the 24th in team history.

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Monday, January 05, 2015
STORM TO SKATE IN HASTINGS, AID SALVATION ARMY    

KEARNEY, Neb. – This week the Tri-City Storm will be helping the Salvation Army food pantry in Hastings collect donations, and have planned an outdoor skating event to take place in Libs Park from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 7.

Various Storm players will partake in a hockey exhibition during the first part of the skate, before opening things up for a public skate.

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Saturday, January 03, 2015
TWO GOALS ENOUGH FOR LANCERS TO HOLD OFF STORM    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Omaha Lancers (16-8-4) were able to hold off a late charge and defeat the Tri-City Storm (14-10-5) 2-1 in front of a crowd of 4,041 at the Viaero Event Center on Saturday night.

Storm defenseman Mattias Goransson scored the lone tally of the contest for Tri-City, while netminder Alec Dillon made 16 saves to keep his team in the game the whole way.

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Friday, January 02, 2015
EARLY HOLE DOOMS STORM IN SIOUX FALLS    

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Tri-City Storm (14-9-5) worked their way back from a big deficit but couldn’t finish the comeback and fell to the Sioux Falls Stampede (15-12-2) by a score of 6-4 on Friday night at the Denny Sanford Premier Center.

Chris Wilkie had two power play goals for the Storm in the loss, while Bobby Nardella had a goal and an assist and Mattias Goransson had three assists of his own.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014
STAMPEDE HOLD OFF STORM, 3-1    

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Tri-City Storm (14-8-5) ended the year on the short end of a 3-1 game at the hands of the Sioux Falls Stampede (14-12-2) on Wednesday night in their first ever game at the Denny Sanford Premier Center.

Chase Berger had the lone Storm goal of the game, while Tri-City netminder Jared Rutledge made 18 saves in his third start with the team.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014
DELLO, FREYTAG, WILKIE SELECTED FOR PROSPECT GAME    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The United States Hockey League has announced the rosters for the 2015 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, which will be held on Jan. 13 at the Mystique Community Ice Center in Dubuque, Ia.

Three Tri-City Storm skaters were among the 40 players chosen, including defenseman Tory Dello and forwards Matthew Freytag and Chris Wilkie. All three will play for “Team West” in the game.

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Sunday, December 28, 2014
STORM GRAB ONE POINT IN 3-2 SHOOTOUT LOSS    

OMAHA, Neb. – Cody Milan scored a tying goal late in the third period to send the game to overtime, but the Tri-City Storm (14-7-5) fell to the Omaha Lancers (13-8-4) by a score of 3-2 in a shootout at the Ralston Arena on Sunday afternoon.

Bobby Nardella had the first Storm goal of the evening, before assisting on Milan’s tally in the third. Tri-City netminder Alec Dillon made 27 saves.

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Saturday, December 27, 2014
ALLISON’S WINNER SENDS STORM PAST SIOUX CITY    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Second period goals from forwards Chris Wilkie and Wade Allison pushed the Tri-City Storm (14-7-4) to a 3-1 victory over the Sioux City Musketeers (16-9-1) on Saturday afternoon at the Viaero Event Center.

The matchup featured the top two teams in the USHL’s Western Conference. With the victory, Tri-City has now won five straight games at home, and has secured points in nine straight contests in Kearney.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014
STORM RESUME SCHEDULE WITH 1 VS. 2 MATCHUP SAT    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Currently at the USHL’s holiday break, the Tri-City Storm have an overall record of 13-7-4 with 30 points and sit in second place in the league’s Western Conference through 24 games.

When the team returns to Kearney to resume its schedule this weekend, Tri-City will welcome in the No. 1 team in the West, the Sioux City Musketeers on Saturday afternoon at 3:05 p.m., before traveling to Omaha to face the Lancers on Sunday afternoon.

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Friday, December 19, 2014
LANCERS TOP STORM IN OT DESPITE WILKIE’S LATE GOAL    

KEARNEY, Neb. – A late goal from Chris Wilkie forced overtime, but the Tri-City Storm (13-7-4) fell to the Omaha Lancers (11-8-4) 4-3 when Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson netted his second goal of the game in the extra session at the Ralson Arena on Friday night.

Prior to Wilkie’s late equalizer, Storm goals were scored by defenseman Jalen Schulz and Jake Wahlin.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014
STORM ALUMNI UPDATE: DECEMBER    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm are recognizing former forwards Trevor Mingoia, Cody Murphy and Brad Schierhorn as their alumni of the month in December. Each month during the season, the team will select a group of former players based on their contributions on the ice at the next level.

Mingoia, who was recognized by the Hockey East as its Player of the Week on Nov. 17, has been having a breakout season at Providence College. Through 16 games, Mingoia leads the Friars in scoring with nine goals and seven assists. He also leads the team in shots on goal (53), plus-minus (+6), power play goals (3), and game-winning goals (4).

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Monday, December 15, 2014
STORM TO PARTICIPATE IN SLUMBERLAND’S MAKING HOMES FOR HOLIDAYS PROGRAM THIS WEEK    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Tri-City Storm players and staff will donate their time this week to participate in Slumberland Furniture’s annual Making Homes For Holidays donation event this week in Columbus, Grand Island and Kearney.

Slumberland will be giving new beds to families in need in Central Nebraska this holiday season. Since 1993, the furniture company has donated more than 20,000 beds to families who would otherwise be sleeping on the floor.

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Saturday, December 13, 2014
STORM HANG ON TO SWEEP YOUNGSTOWN IN SHOOTOUT    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Unable to hold a two-goal lead in the third, the Tri-City Storm (13-7-3) needed a shootout to complete a 3-2 win and sweep the Youngstown Phantoms (12-7-5), on Saturday afternoon at the Viaero Event Center.

Storm goals were scored by defenseman Kevin Kerr and forward Jake Wahlin, while Dan Labosky and Mason Appleton converted in the shootout.

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Friday, December 12, 2014
MASTER’S HAT TRICK GIVES STORM 5-3 WIN    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm’s first line of Nick Master, Dan Labosky and Chris Wilkie combined for 10 points and were the difference on Friday night in a 5-3 victory over the Youngstown Phantoms at the Viaero Event Center.

Master led the way with a hat trick, while Labosky had a goal and assists on all of Master’s tallies. Wilkie had a goal in the second period, as well as two assists.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014
DEC. 27 STORM GAME TO BEGIN AT 3:05 PM    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm have moved up their scheduled game with the Sioux City Musketeers on Dec. 27 to a matinee start of 3:05 p.m.

The game, which was originally scheduled to start in the evening, will begin earlier to allow for fans to watch the University of Nebraska football team play in the Holiday Bowl.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014
SCHULZ TO STAY IN STATE, COMMITS TO UNO    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Tri-City Storm defenseman Jalen Schulz is playing his third season of hockey in Nebraska, having spent time both in Kearney and Omaha with the AAA program.

Now the Cambridge, Minn. native will call the state home for four more years after committing to play collegiately at the University of Nebraska-Omaha Thursday.

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Tuesday, December 09, 2014
TRI-CITY ACQUIRES GOALTENDER RUTLEDGE    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Tri-City Storm Head Coach Jim Hulton announced the acquisition of goaltender Jared Rutledge from the Janesville Jets of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) Tuesday in exchange for goaltender Blake Weyrick.

Rutledge is no stranger to the USHL, having played in a total of 81 contests over four seasons with both Team USA and the Green Bay Gamblers.

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Tuesday, December 09, 2014
ALLISON’S FIRST USHL GOAL PROPELS STORM TO WIN    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Wade Allison’s first USHL goal turned out to be the game-winner for the Tri-City Storm (11-7-3) on Tuesday night in a 2-1 victory over the Lincoln Stars (6-11-3) at the Viaero Event Center.

Defenseman Bobby Nardella factored in both of the Tri-City goals, scoring the first at 10:19 of the second period before assisting on Allison’s winning tally less than two minutes later.

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Monday, December 08, 2014
STORM RETURN HOME FOR 3-GAME WEEK    

KEARNEY, Neb. – After wrapping up a four-game road stretch with their first win in Dubuque since the 2000-01 season, the Tri-City Storm are back in Kearney and will host three home games during the upcoming week.

Tri-City will see division-rival Lincoln on Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m., before the Youngstown Phantoms come to town for a weekend series on Friday and Saturday.

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Saturday, December 06, 2014
DILLON’S 42 SAVES POWER STORM OVER DUBUQUE    

DUBUQUE, Ia. – Alec Dillon’s 42 saves kept the Tri-City Storm (10-7-3) ahead in a scoreless third period for a 2-1 win over the Dubuque Fighting Saints (13-7-1) on Saturday night at the Mystique Community Ice Center.

Storm forwards Matthew Freytag and Chris Wilkie each scored a power play goal, helping the top power play in the USHL to continue producing with the man-advantage.

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Thursday, December 04, 2014
LABOSKY REJOINS STORM    

Tri-City Storm Head Coach Jim Hulton announced a roster move Thursday, adding forward Dan Labosky, who has decided to return to the USHL for the remainder of the 2014-15 season.

The forward played in 59 games for Tri-City last season and finished third on the team in scoring with 10 goals and 22 assists. Labosky also had 10 power play points and two game-winning goals.

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Saturday, November 29, 2014
SLOW START DOOMS STORM IN OMAHA    

OMAHA, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm (9-7-3) failed to dig themselves out of an early hole and fell 4-2 to the Omaha Lancers (7-7-3) on Saturday night at the Ralston Arena.

Joel Herbert and Chris Wilkie each scored in the third period for Tri-City, while goaltender Alec Dillon returned to the lineup and made 18 saves.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014
BUCS HOLD OFF STORM ON THANKSGIVING EVE    

DES MOINES, Ia. – A slow start came back to haunt the Tri-City Storm (9-6-3) on Wednesday night at Buccaneer Arena, as the Des Moines Buccaneers (10-6-2) hung on to win 4-3 and move back into second place in the Western Conference standings.

Storm forward Mason Appleton had a goal and an assist in the loss, while captain Garrett Gamez scored his seventh tally of the season and defenseman Mattias Goransson had his fourth of the year.

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Saturday, November 22, 2014
LATE COMEBACK FALLS SHORT FOR TRI-CITY    

SIOUX CITY, Ia. – The Sioux City Musketeers (13-4-1) came out ahead after a wild game, defeating the Tri-City Storm (9-5-3) 7-5 in a battle of the top two teams in the Western Conference at the Tyson Events Center on Saturday night.

Storm forward Cody Milan scored twice in the first period, while captain Garrett Gamez, defenseman Kevin Kerr and forward Nick Master all found the back of the net later in the game for Tri-City.

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Friday, November 21, 2014
TRI-CITY TOPS DES MOINES, MOVES INTO SECOND PLACE    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Five goals from five different players propelled the Tri-City Storm (9-4-3) to a 5-2 win over the Des Moines Buccaneers (9-6-2) and into second place in the USHL’s Western Conference on Friday night at the Viaero Event Center.

Storm captain Garrett Gamez tallied a goal and an assist for his team in the victory, while defenseman Mattias Goransson recorded two assists and Kevin Kerr scored his first of the season.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014
STORM CAPTAIN GAMEZ COMMITS TO PROVIDENCE    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Tri-City Storm captain Garrett Gamez has signed a National Letter of Intent to play Division I College Hockey with the Providence College Friars next season.

Gamez, who has appeared in a total of 116 games with the Storm over the past three seasons, currently ranks 18th all-time among Storm skaters with 42 assists. Through 13 games this season, the Chino Hills, Calif. native has four goals and four assists.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014
TRI-CITY TO FACE BEST IN THE WEST THIS WEEKEND    

KEARNEY, Neb. – With 15 games down and 45 to go, there’s still a long road ahead in the 2014-15 USHL season. Through the first quarter of the year, the Tri-City Storm have an overall record of 8-4-3 and 19 points which is good for third place in the Western Conference.

During the upcoming weekend, Tri-City will face the two teams ahead of them in the standings, Des Moines and Sioux City.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014
STORM PREVAIL WITH 2-1 SHOOTOUT WIN IN OMAHA    

OMAHA, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm (8-4-3) got their eighth victory of the season in shootout fashion over the Omaha Lancers (4-7-3) on Saturday night, earning two points with a 2-1 victory at the Ralston Arena.

Chase Berger scored early in the first, and both Chris Wilkie and Cody Milan found the back of the net in the skills competition, while goaltender Alec Dillon made 28 saves to pick up the victory.

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Friday, November 14, 2014
FRONK’S HAT TRICK LEADS RIDERS OVER STORM    

CEDAR RAPIDS, Ia. – The Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (13-1-0) earned their tenth straight victory, defeating the Tri-City Storm (7-4-3) 7-2 in their first meeting of the season at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena on Friday night.

Forward Chris Wilkie scored his ninth goal of the season for the Storm in the loss, while forward Matthew Freytag picked up his fourth tally with a power play goal.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014
STORM ALUMNI UPDATE: NOVEMBER    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm are recognizing forwards Mike Vecchione and Mario Lamoureux, as well as defenseman Johnny Hrabovsky as their alumni of the month in November. Each month during the season, the team will select a group of former players based on their contributions on the ice at the next level.

Vecchione, a sophomore at Union College and fresh off a National Championship title as a freshman, has started the season on a tear and was named ECAC Hockey Player of the Month in October.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014
NARDELLA SELECTED FOR WORLD JUNIOR A CHALLENGE    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Tri-City Storm defenseman Bobby Nardella was named to USA Hockey’s roster for the 2014 World Junior A Challenge in Kindersley, Saskatchewan Wednesday morning.

Nardella, along with 20 other USHL players, will make up a roster that competes Dec. 14-20 against teams from Canada, Denmark, Russia and Switzerland. For the complete USA roster, click here.

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Monday, November 10, 2014
GORANSSON NAMED USHL DEFENSEMAN OF THE WEEK    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Tri-City Storm defenseman Mattias Goransson was named the USHL’s CCM Defenseman of the Week by the league office Monday afternoon.

The Grums, Sweden native scored a goal in both games during the weekend, as Tri-City earned three points from their two-game series with the Muskegon Lumberjacks at the Viaero Event Center.

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Saturday, November 08, 2014
MUSKEGON GETS SHOOTOUT REVENGE WITH 3-2 WIN    

KEARNEY, Neb. – A second straight shootout went the way of the Muskegon Lumberjacks (9-4-1) Saturday night, as they knocked off the Tri-City Storm (7-3-3) 3-2 in the second meeting of the weekend for the two teams at the Viaero Event Center.

Defenseman Mattias Goransson found the back of the net for the second time during the weekend series for Tri-City, while Jake Wahlin notched his second goal of the season for the Storm in the loss.

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Friday, November 07, 2014
STORM EARN COMEBACK WIN IN 9-ROUND SHOOTOUT    

KEARNEY, Neb. – It took two different two-goal comebacks and a nine-round shootout, but the Tri-City Storm (7-3-2) defeated the Muskegon Lumberjacks (8-4-1) by a final score of 5-4 in their first meeting of the season at the Viaero Event Center on Friday night.

Tri-City got power play goals from defenseman Mattias Goransson and forward Chris Wilkie to tie the game in the second, and tallies from forward Conner Valesano and Bobby Nardella to complete their second comeback in the third.

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Wednesday, November 05, 2014
JERSEYS FOR A CAUSE PROGRAM UNDERWAY    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm’s Jerseys For a Cause program is off and running for the 2014-15 campaign after the team wore this season’s specialty jersey in a 4-0 shutout win over Green Bay on Oct. 17.

During two home games in the month of October, Storm fans raised over $1,500 through two jersey raffles and Color Out Cancer Night. All proceeds have been donated to the Kearney Tackles Cancer organization.

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Saturday, November 01, 2014
MCCORMICK’S OT GOAL GIVES CAPS WIN OVER STORM    

MADISON, Wis. – An overtime-winning goal by forward Sam McCormick sent the Madison Capitols fans home happy on Saturday night with a 4-3 defeat of the Tri-City Storm (6-3-2) at the Alliant Energy Center.

Storm forward Mason Appleton, a Green Bay, Wis. native, scored twice for Tri-City in the loss, while forward Chris Wilkie added a power play goal. The Storm have now scored power play goals in seven consecutive games.

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Friday, October 31, 2014
CAPITOLS EDGE STORM IN FIRST EVER MEETING    

MADISON, Wis. – The Tri-City Storm (6-3-1) played catch-up for most of the night and fell short, losing 5-4 to the Madison Capitols (2-5-2) in the teams’ first ever meeting at the Alliant Energy Center on Friday night.

Four different Storm forwards scored in the loss, including Nick Master, Nolan Aibel, Chris Wilkie and Chase Berger. For Aibel, the tally was his first of the season, while Wilkie got his team-leading sixth of the year.

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Saturday, October 25, 2014
STORM SCORE FIVE TO FINISH SWEEP OF TEAM USA    

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Tri-City Storm (6-2-1) overcame an early deficit and scored five straight goals to complete a sweep of Team USA (2-7-0) with a 5-1 win at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube on Saturday night.

Five different skaters notched tallies for Tri-City in the victory, including defensemen Mattias Goransson and Jason Krych, who got their first USHL goals. Forwards Cody Milan, Chris Wilkie and Chase Hatcher also scored for the Storm, who got their highest offensive output of the season.

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Friday, October 24, 2014
FREYTAG SCORES TWICE AS STORM TOP TEAM USA    

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Matthew Freytag scored his second and third goals of the season to help the Tri-City Storm (5-2-1) defeat Team USA (2-6-0) 4-2 at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube on Friday night.

Tri-City continued to convert on the power play, scoring twice with the man advantage in the win. The special teams unit has produced plenty early on in the season, and is the top-ranked group in the USHL after the team’s first eight games, at a rate of 32.26%.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014
PAWLOSKI SHUTS DOOR ON STORM    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Despite recording 57 shots on net through three periods and overtime, the Tri-City Storm (4-2-1) came up short to the Green Bay Gamblers (3-3-0), losing 4-3 in a six-round shootout at the Viaero Event Center Saturday afternoon.

Forward Nick Master scored a power play goal for Tri-City, while defenseman Bobby Nardella and forward Jake Wahlin each picked up their first goals of the season in the loss.

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Friday, October 17, 2014
DILLON COLORS OUT GREEN BAY IN 4-0 WIN    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Tri-City Storm (4-2-0) goaltender Alec Dillon made it two Friday night shutouts in a row, defeating the Green Bay Gamblers (2-3-0) 4-0 on Color Out Cancer Night at the Viaero Event Center Friday.

On an ice surface painted by fans, Dillon stopped all 25 shots that came his way to record his second shutout of the season. Tri-City got goals from four different players, including three power play tallies. 

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014
SATURDAY'S STORM GAME TO BEGIN AT 3:05 PM    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm will host their Eastern Conference opponent, the Green Bay Gamblers in a two-game series this weekend. Saturday’s game will be played at 3:05 p.m.

The game, which was originally scheduled to start in the evening, will be moved up to allow for fans to watch the Nebraska football game at 6:30.

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Saturday, October 11, 2014
STEEL USE POWER PLAY TO SLIP PAST STORM    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Two power play goals in the third period propelled the Chicago Steel (2-2-1) to a 2-1 win over the Tri-City Storm (3-2-0) at the Viaero Event Center on Saturday night.

The lone Tri-City goal was scored by forward Joel Herbert in the second period. For Herbert, the tally was his first in USHL play, and his first point in a Storm uniform.

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Friday, October 10, 2014
DILLON, STORM SHUT OUT STEEL 4-0    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Alec Dillon stopped everything that came his way Friday night, leading the Tri-City Storm (3-1-0) to a 4-0 shutout win over the Chicago Steel (1-2-1) at the Viaero Event Center.

The Storm got goals from Cameron Spicer, Garrett Gamez, Chris Wilkie and Mason Appleton in the win. Dillon had 39 saves, picking up his first USHL shutout. In four appearances this season, Dillon has allowed just four goals.

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Tuesday, October 07, 2014
STARS OF ABC’S THE BACHELOR TO TAKE IN STORM GAME    

KEARNEY, Neb. – As the Tri-City Storm get ready to battle the Chicago Steel in a two-game series this weekend, the organization is also preparing for a special appearance from Sean and Catherine Lowe of ABC’s The Bachelor Season 17.

As ‘The Bachelor’, Sean won the hearts of fans during the show’s early 2013 run. He and Catherine were married in January of 2014.

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Saturday, October 04, 2014
DILLON BACKS STORM TO SHOOTOUT WIN OVER BUCS    

DES MOINES, Ia. – Behind a 34-save night from goaltender Alec Dillon, the Tri-City Storm (2-1-0) held off the Des Moines Buccaneers (2-0-1) 2-1 in a shootout at Buccaneer Arena on Saturday night.

Nick Master got his first goal in a Tri-City sweater during the first period, while forward Chris Wilkie and defenseman Bobby Nardella both scored in the shootout to finish the win.

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Friday, October 03, 2014
STORM FALL TO SIOUX FALLS IN HOME OPENER    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm (1-1-0) fell behind in the second period and couldn’t complete a late comeback, taking a 5-3 loss to the Sioux Falls Stampede (1-0-1) on opening night at the Viaero Event Center Friday night.

The Storm got goals in the game from Matthew Freytag, Chris Wilkie and Chase Berger. For Wilkie, it was his second tally in as many games to start the season.

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Friday, September 26, 2014
STORM OVERCOME EARLY DEFICIT WITH COMEBACK WIN    

LINCOLN, Neb. – Chris Wilkie’s third period goal with seven minutes to go gave the Tri-City Storm (1-0-0) a 4-3 win over the Lincoln Stars (0-1-0) on opening night of the USHL season at the Ice Box Friday night.

Alec Dillon made 21 saves for his first USHL victory, while Mason Appleton notched his first USHL goal for Tri-City in the win. Forwards Garrett Gamez and Kyle Eastman also scored their first tallies of the season in the second period.

 

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Saturday, September 20, 2014
TRI-CITY TRUMPS FARGO IN PRESEASON FINALE    

SIOUX CITY, Ia. – In their final contest of the 2014 preseason, the Tri-City Storm defeated the Fargo Force 3-1 at the Tyson Events Center in the Fall Classic West. Jim Hulton’s squad finishes the exhibition season with a record of 6-0-1.

The Storm got goals from Mark Petaccio, Bobby Nardella and an empty net tally from Jake Wahlin, while goaltender Alec Dillon got his second win of the preseason, making 23 saves.

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Friday, September 19, 2014
STORM ROUT BUCS 7-2 BEHIND 3 GOALS FROM GAMEZ    

SIOUX CITY, Ia. – Garrett Gamez had six points on three goals and three assists and the Tri-City Storm continued their dominant preseason, defeating the Des Moines Buccaneers 7-2 during the Fall Classic West at the Tyson Events Center on Friday afternoon.

In addition to Gamez’s offensive dominance, the Storm also got goals from defenseman Bobby Nardella, and forwards Nick Master, Joel Herbert, and Mark Petaccio.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014
3 GOALS IN FIRST GIVE STORM WIN IN OMAHA    

OMAHA, Neb. – Three goals in the first period was enough for the Tri-City Storm on Sunday afternoon as they defeated the Omaha Lancers 3-1 in a preseason game at the Ralston Auxiliary Arena.

Chase Hatcher, Matt Freytag and Conner Valesano each found the back of the net for the Storm, while goaltender Alec Dillon made 34 saves and picked up a win in his first action of the preseason.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014
WILKIE SCORES TWICE AS STORM BEAT LINCOLN    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Chris Wilkie scored twice, including the game winner and the Tri-City Storm got past the Lincoln Stars 4-3 on Saturday night at the Viaero Event Center.

Also contributing on the offensive end for Tri-City was forward Joel Herbert, who had a goal and an assist, and forward Nick Master, who assisted on two different goals. Storm goaltender Blake Weyrick got the win, making 27 saves in the victory.

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Friday, September 12, 2014
LINCOLN TOPS STORM IN PRESEASON OT    

LINCOLN, Neb. – Ludvig Hoff scored a breakaway goal in overtime for the Lincoln Stars to defeat the Tri-City Storm 4-3 at the Ice Box on Friday night.

Storm forwards Mark Petaccio, Aleksi Ainali and Chase Berger each scored goals in the loss, while goaltender Blake Weyrick made 33 saves.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014
STORM FANS WILL PAINT ICE TO COLOR OUT CANCER    

KEARNEY, Neb. – In place of the annual ‘Pink In The Rink’ promotion which traditionally benefitted breast cancer awareness, the Tri-City Storm will host ‘Color Out Cancer’ night on Oct. 17 to support those who have been affected by cancer in Central Nebraska.

Color Out Cancer night will showcase a painted ice surface with memorials and well wishes from Storm fans.

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Sunday, September 07, 2014
STORM SWEEP DES MOINES IN PRESEASON OPENER    

OMAHA, Neb. – In a preseason opening day-night doubleheader, the Tri-City Storm swept the Des Moines Buccaneers, winning 5-2 in the afternoon and finishing the day with a 3-2 shootout victory in the nightcap.

Forward Cody Milan scored two goals for Tri-City in Game 1, while forward Chris Wilkie had goals in regulation and the shootout during Game 2.

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Wednesday, September 03, 2014
TRI-CITY ACQUIRES HATCHER IN DEAL WITH MUSKEGON    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Storm general manager Jim Hulton announced an addition to the team’s preseason roster Wednesday, acquiring forward Chase Hatcher from the Muskegon Lumberjacks in exchange for a 10th round pick in the USHL’s 2015 Phase II Draft.

A native of Haddonfield, N.J., Hatcher played in 24 USHL games during the 2013-14 season with Muskegon, scoring two goals and adding five assists.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014
STORM ANNOUNCE STAFF PROMOTIONS    

KEARNEY, Neb. – In continuing preparations for the Tri-City Storm’s 15th Anniversary season which begins one month from Tuesday in Lincoln, the Storm have announced changes to their staff.

Dana Wright has been promoted to a new role as the Vice President of Marketing. In addition to his new duties, Wright will continue his graphic design work, as well as acting manager of the Storm Store.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014
STORM ANNOUNCE PROMOTIONS FOR 2014-15    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm announced their promotions schedule for the 2014-15 season Thursday. Once again, the Storm will bring back popular nights such as Social Media Night, Casino Night and Pack-It-In-Purple, as well as new additions.

Throughout the upcoming season, the Storm will be celebrating their 15th Anniversary as a USHL franchise, and the party kicks off on opening night, Oct. 3 vs. Sioux Falls. Viaero Wireless will be giving away 1000 youth Storm jerseys to kids 12-and-under. In addition, all fans in attendance will be treated to a fireworks show at the conclusion of the game, also presented by Viaero Wireless.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014
TRI-CITY ANNOUNCES TRAINING CAMP ROSTER    

KEARNEY, Neb. – As the 2014-15 season approaches, the Tri-City Storm coaching staff have taken the next step towards putting together their opening night roster.

Storm Head Coach and General Manager Jim Hulton announced the team’s training camp roster Wednesday, consisting of players who will make the trip to Kearney and battle for a spot on the roster during the preseason in September.

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Monday, August 18, 2014
STORM ANNOUNCE PRESEASON SCHEDULE    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Tri-City Storm Head Coach Jim Hulton announced his team’s 2014 preseason schedule on Monday. The slate will consist of seven games against other Western Conference teams, including the annual Fall Classic West at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Ia. Sept. 19-20.

The Storm will host one preseason game on Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Viaero Event Center against the Lincoln Stars at 7:05 p.m.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014
TRI-CITY FILLS STAFF, HIRES BREEN AS ASSISTANT    

KEARNEY, Neb. – As the 2014-15 season inches closer, Tri-City Storm Head Coach Jim Hulton has added another name to his staff, hiring Neil Breen as an assistant coach.

Breen won a Clark Cup Championship with the Omaha Lancers in 1998 before playing collegiately at Quinnipiac University from 1998-2002. Most recently, he had an assistant coaching role with the Springfield Jr. Blues in the North American Hockey League (NAHL).

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014
APPLETON COMMITS TO MICHIGAN STATE    

KEARNEY, Neb. – While still preparing for his first USHL season with the Tri-City Storm, Mason Appleton has already made up his mind on where he’ll spend his college years.

Appleton, the third overall pick in Phase 2 of the 2014 USHL Draft back in May, has announced his commitment to play at Michigan State University in the Big Ten Conference.

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Friday, July 11, 2014
STORM INTRODUCE PREMIUM SEASON TICKET OPTION    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm have introduced a new premium season ticket option for fans who wish to receive an added value as a season subscriber.

The premium option includes an all-inclusive meal plan that will not be available in the Viaero Event Center’s public concessions. The meal will be served in an exclusive area that is only open to premium subscribers.

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Tuesday, July 08, 2014
STORM ANNOUNCE 2014-15 SCHEDULE    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm and United States Hockey League (USHL) announced its 60-game regular season schedule for the 2014-15 season Tuesday. Throughout the upcoming season, the Storm will be celebrating their 15th Anniversary as a USHL franchise.

The new campaign will be Storm Head Coach and General Manager Jim Hulton’s first full season behind the bench, and the league will welcome two new franchises in the Madison Capitols and Bloomington Thunder.

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Monday, July 07, 2014
14 STORM PLAYERS ATTENDING NHL PROSPECT CAMPS    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Storm are well represented among this summer’s NHL development camps with 14 total players, past and present, receiving invites to play among other elite prospects.

All three of Tri-City’s picks in June’s NHL Draft will participate with their respective teams. Austin Poganski will be with the St. Louis Blues, while Sam Lafferty will be in Pittsburgh with the Penguins and Alec Dillon in Los Angeles with the Kings.

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Monday, June 30, 2014
MEANS EXITS THE STORM    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm and Viaero Event Center have announced that Kyle Means, the Vice President of Marketing & Game Operations, will resign to become the Director of Marketing for the University of Nebraska-Kearney. This move will be effective July 7.

Means has been with the Storm and Event Center for eight years and is one of the longest tenured staff members. He was initially hired to run the Storm’s video production efforts in 2006.

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Saturday, June 28, 2014
THREE WITH STORM TIES SELECTED IN NHL DRAFT    

PHILADELPHIA – The Tri-City Storm had a total of three players with ties to the organization selected on the second day of the 2014 NHL Draft Saturday.

The selections included forwards Austin Poganski and Sam Lafferty, as well as goaltender Alec Dillon.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014
STORM PLAYERS HOPEFUL DURING NHL DRAFT WEEKEND    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The 2014 NHL Draft will take place this weekend in Philadelphia and there are many Storm players, past and present, that are hoping to hear their name called.

A total of eight players with ties to the organization were listed on the NHL’s Central Scouting Final Rankings in April.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014
KEARNEY’S LOWE GETS TASTE OF OPEN CAMP    

LAS VEGAS – For the second consecutive year, the Storm have a Tri-City native participating in the team’s tryout camp.

Forward Garrison Lowe, who attends Kearney Catholic High School, played locally with the Tri-City High School Hockey Team last season and led the league in scoring.

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Friday, June 13, 2014
TRYOUT HOPEFULS DECEND ON LAS VEGAS NEXT WEEK    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm will take the next step in selecting players for the 2014-15 season with the team’s annual tryout camp that starts Monday afternoon in Las Vegas.

The week-long camp will consist of two parts titled open camp and main camp. Open camp begins Monday afternoon and consists of undrafted players between the ages of 16-20.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014
GAMEZ DEVELOPS UNIQUE BOND WITH STORM STAFF    

KEARNEY, Neb. – When Storm forward Garrett Gamez got a call telling him he’d won a USHL award last week, he was more excited for the voice on the other end of the line.

Gamez was being honored with the league’s Curt Hammer Award for the 2013-14 season. The award is presented annually to recognize the USHL player who distinguishes himself both on and off the ice by demonstrating outstanding performance skills, leadership, pride, and determination.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014
STORM WELCOME NEW STAFF, PROMOTE KORTE    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm have announced changes in the team’s front office, adding three Corporate Ambassadors and promoting staff member Alicia Korte.

The team’s newest full-time Corporate Ambassador is Andrew Snyderman, who comes to Kearney after earning his degree in sports administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati.

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Thursday, June 05, 2014
GARRETT GAMEZ EARNS USHL CURT HAMMER AWARD    

CHICAGO, IL – The United States Hockey League today announced that Tri-City Storm forward Garrett Gamez has been named the 2013-14 recipient of the USHL Curt Hammer Award.

The Curt Hammer Award has been presented annually since the 1988-89 season and recognizes the USHL player who distinguishes himself both on and off the ice by demonstrating outstanding performance skills, leadership, pride, and determination.  The award is given in memory of the late Curt Hammer, who served as President of the Des Moines Buccaneers for three seasons (1984-87) and also held the role of Secretary for the USHL.

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Monday, June 02, 2014
USHL NAMES BOB FALLEN AS PRESIDENT AND COMMISSIONER    

CHICAGO, IL – The United States Hockey League today announced the appointment of Bob Fallen as President and Commissioner. Fallen follows Skip Prince who led the USHL for six momentous years during which the League experienced significant growth in business and hockey operations, along with achieving record numbers in player development. Fallen is being formally introduced today during a media teleconference.**

With professional experience spanning nearly three decades in sports marketing, publishing, sales, media relations, and management, Fallen assumed the League’s leadership position on June 1st. He is just the third Commissioner for the USHL in the past 20 years.  

 

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Tuesday, May 06, 2014
STORM SELECT APPLETON THIRD OVERALL IN PHASE 2    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm used their third overall pick in Phase 2 of the 2014 USHL Draft to select forward Mason Appleton of Notre Dame Academy on Tuesday morning, highlighting a day in which 23 names were added to the team’s Initial Protected List for the 2014-15 season.

Appleton, who hails from Green Bay, Wis., is coming off a big year in which he scored 30 goals and 40 assists in 28 games. Tri-City is hoping he’ll fill a big hole in the middle of the ice, as a big six-foot, two-inch center.

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Monday, May 05, 2014
TRI-CITY LOOKS TO FUTURE, DRAFTS 9 IN PHASE 1    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm were able to add talent on both sides of the puck during Phase 1 of the 2014 USHL Draft on Monday night, selecting nine players born in 1998.

With the third overall pick in the draft, the Storm selected forward Cameron Dineen from the New Jersey Rockets program. Dineen, a Toms River, N.J. native, is committed to Yale University.

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Monday, May 05, 2014
STORM TRADE FOR TENDER, SIGN ALLISON    

KEARNEY, Neb. – As the USHL prepares for its annual draft this week, the Storm have announced a trade with the Bloomington Thunder, the league’s newest expansion franchise.

As part of the expansion process, Bloomington, as well as the Madison Capitols, each had the opportunity to sign any five players born between the years of 1994 to 1997 to a “tender”, meaning they can add them to their protected list in advance of the draft.

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Thursday, May 01, 2014
STORM PREPARING FOR UPCOMING 2014 USHL DRAFT    

KEARNEY, Neb. – With the regular season behind them, the Tri-City Storm have been busy preparing for 2014-15 and will help shape their team when they make selections in the 2014 USHL Draft on May 5-6.

The two-part draft starts with Phase 1 on Monday, beginning at 5 p.m. Phase 1 consists of eight rounds as USHL teams will select players born in 1998.

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Thursday, April 24, 2014
BAER TO BE INDUCTED IN OMAHA SPORTS HALL OF FAME    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The man who brought hockey to the heartland will be enshrined in the Omaha Sports Hall of Fame Thursday night.

Ted Baer, the original owner of the Tri-City Storm from 2000-06, will be a member of the eighth class of inductees. Baer is credited with starting the Storm franchise, and maintaining ownership for seven years.

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Friday, April 18, 2014
WAHLIN COMMITS TO ST. CLOUD STATE    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Storm affiliate player Jake Wahlin has announced his commitment to play college hockey at St. Cloud State in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.

Wahlin, who played in the Storm’s final 10 games last season, is expected to be with Tri-City full-time during the 2014-15 campaign.

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Friday, April 18, 2014
STORM END 2013-14, SET SIGHTS ON NEXT SEASON    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm finished the 2013-14 regular season in seventh place in the USHL’s Western Conference with an overall record of 21-35-4, failing to qualify for the 2014 Clark Cup Playoffs.

The conclusion of the 60-game regular season schedule now allows Storm head coach and general manager Jim Hulton to continue to mold the roster and create the identity he believes will lead to success. Hours before the final weekend of the regular season, Hulton signed a contract extension that will keep him at the helm through next season.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014
JOHANSSON TO PLAY PROFESSIONALLY IN SWEDEN    

KEARNEY, Neb. – After spending his final year of junior eligibility with the Tri-City Storm, goaltender Jacob Johansson has decided to return to Sweden to pursue a professional career, signing a two-year deal with Linköping HC of the Swedish Hockey League.

The netminder, who originally hails from Stockholm, Sweden, appeared in 42 games for the Storm during the 2013-14 season. Johansson racked up over 2,000 minutes in between the pipes, seventh most in the league.

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Monday, April 14, 2014
VECCHIONE, UNION CAPTURE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Former Storm forward Mike Vecchione helped the Union Dutchmen capture the school’s first ever national championship on Saturday night in Philadelphia, defeating the University of Minnesota by a score of 7-4.

Vecchione scored a goal in the game, while putting a team-high seven shots on net and finishing with a plus-one rating.

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Tuesday, April 08, 2014
STORM FANS RAISE $9,718 WITH JERSEYS FOR A CAUSE    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm raised $1,056 during three games in February and April with its Jerseys For A Cause program. All proceeds have been donated to the Susan G. Komen foundation.

During 29 games of the Jerseys For A Cause raffle in the 2013-14 season, Storm fans raised a total of $9,718.

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Friday, April 04, 2014
SEASON FINALE WITH LINCOLN SOLD OUT    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm’s final home game vs. Lincoln on Saturday night at the Viaero Event Center has been declared a sellout.

The Viaero Event Center box office has sold all seats in the inner bowl area as well as available standing room only tickets.

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Friday, April 04, 2014
ELSER SCORES FOUR IN DES MOINES VICTORY    

DES MOINES, Ia. – Danial Elser scored four goals, leading the Des Moines Buccaneers (20-32-7) to a 5-2 victory over the Tri-City Storm (21-35-3) on Friday night at Buccaneer Arena.

Dan Labosky and Cody Milan each scored for Tri-City, while affiliate Josh Gabriel notched his first career USHL point.

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Thursday, April 03, 2014
HULTON INKS CONTRACT EXTENSION    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Hours before the final weekend of the regular season, Tri-City Storm head coach and general manager Jim Hulton has agreed in principle to an extension which will keep him at the helm through next season. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Hulton, 45, took over on Nov. 19, 15 games into the regular season. In January, the general manager made the decision to make trades to position the franchise better for the future.

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Monday, March 31, 2014
VAN GUILDER MAKES NHL DEBUT WITH NASHVILLE    

KEARNEY, Neb. – At 30 years young, former Storm forward Mark Van Guilder made his National Hockey League debut on Sunday night with the Nashville Predators and helped the team to a 4-3 overtime victory over the Washington Capitals.

Van Guilder, who donned a Storm sweater for two seasons from 2002-04, became the ninth Tri-City player to make it all the way to the NHL.

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Sunday, March 30, 2014
CURRY, MCMURPHY TALLY GOAL AND ASSIST IN WIN    

SIOUX CITY, Ia. – The Tri-City Storm (21-34-3) picked up their first victory of the year over the Sioux City Musketeers (37-18-3) in their sixth and final meeting of the season at the Tyson Events Center on Sunday evening, pulling out a 3-2 win.

Patrick Curry and Ryan McMurphy each scored a goal and an assist, while Hayden Lavigne stopped 29 shots to backstop the Storm to a win in their third game in three nights.

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Saturday, March 29, 2014
FORCE BLANK STORM 4-0    

FARGO, N.D. – The Fargo Force (13-39-6) scored three goals in the first period and held on to defeat the Tri-City Storm (20-34-3) 4-0 at Scheels Arena on Saturday night.

Hayden Lavigne made 31 stops for the Storm in defeat, while Mathias Israelsson also turned aside 31 shots to earn the shutout and the win for Fargo.

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Friday, March 28, 2014
BERGER SCORES TWICE AS STORM TOP FORCE    

FARGO, N.D. – The Tri-City Storm (20-33-3) got two goals from Chase Berger and defeated the Fargo Force (12-39-6) 4-1 at Scheels Arena on Friday night.

Storm netminder Hayden Lavigne made 38 saves in the win, while Jake Wahlin and Ryan McMurphy also scored goals for Tri-City.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
10 STORM ALUMNI TO BATTLE IN NCAA TOURNAMENT    

KEARNEY, Neb. – When the 2014 NCAA men’s hockey tournament kicks off on Friday afternoon across the family of ESPN networks, 10 former Storm players will represent eight different teams attempting to capture this year’s national championship.

The No. 1 overall seed in the tournament, Minnesota, led by Big Ten player and goaltender of the year Adam Wilcox, will be in the West Regional.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
MARY LANNING BENEFITS FROM STORM PARTNERSHIP    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm’s Jerseys For a Cause program raised a total of $1,965 in the month of March. All proceeds have been donated to Mary Lanning Healthcare in Hastings, Neb.

Presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, the program benefits a different organization each month. At each home Tri-City Storm game, a limited edition pink jersey worn by the team during Pink In The Rink night on Oct. 4 against Sioux City is raffled off to fans who donate.

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Saturday, March 22, 2014
GAMBLERS SCORE FOUR IN FIRST, HOLD OFF STORM    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Four first period goals gave the Green Bay Gamblers (26-22-6) an early lead to knock off the Tri-City Storm (19-33-3) 5-2 at the Viaero Event Center on Saturday night.

Both Storm goals were USHL firsts, as affiliate player Jake Wahlin scored in the opening period and defenseman Grant Hutton was credited with a tally in the second.

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Friday, March 21, 2014
LABOSKY SCORES LATE WINNER FOR STORM    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm (19-32-3) got a goal in the final two minutes from Dan Labosky and held on to defeat the Green Bay Gamblers (25-22-6) by a final score of 2-1 at the Viaero Event Center on Friday night.

Storm goaltender Hayden Lavigne secured his fifth win of the season by making 36 stops. The saves included some late-game chances for Green Bay in the third that gave Tri-City the win in the first of a weekend two-game series.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014
POGANSKI'S GROWTH SOARING TO NEW HEIGHTS    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Consistency hasn’t been one of the Tri-City Storm’s strong points during the 2013-14 season.

The team has had their share of winning and losing stretches, November brought about a coaching change and the roster has had its share of turnover.

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Saturday, March 15, 2014
MUSKETEERS SKATE PAST STORM    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Two goals from Austin Poganski weren’t enough as the Sioux City Musketeers (34-16-3) came to Kearney and knocked off the Tri-City Storm (18-32-3) by a score of 5-2 at the Viaero Event Center on Saturday night.

Poganski scored once on the power play and one shorthanded for Tri-City and now has 18 total goals on the year which leads the team.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014
STORM ALUMNI UPDATE: MARCH    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm are recognizing three forwards, including Brad Schierhorn, Kenny Brooks and Tim Bonner as their alumni of the month in March.

Schierhorn, currently in his sophomore season at Dartmouth College, notched the game-winning goal in last weekend’s ECAC opening round playoff series against Rensselaer in Troy, N.Y.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
MCMURPHY COMMITS TO PLAY AT BENTLEY THIS FALL    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm announced Wednesday that forward Ryan McMurphy has committed to play Division I college hockey next season at Bentley University in the Atlantic Hockey conference.

“Once I was there it felt like home,” McMurphy said after his visit to the campus earlier this week. “I would like to thank my family and all of my past coaches for all of their support throughout the years.”

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Saturday, March 08, 2014
JACKS USE COMEBACK TO SWEEP STORM    

KEARNEY, Neb. – A night after a third period comeback, the Muskegon Lumberjacks (24-22-4) completed a repeat performance, scoring three straight goals to erase an early deficit and win 4-3 over the Tri-City Storm (18-31-3) on Saturday night at the Viaero Event Center.

Storm forwards Austin Poganski and Dan Labosky each had a goal and an assist in the defeat for Tri-City, while defenseman Jalen Schulz scored his second goal of the season on a power play in the second period.

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Friday, March 07, 2014
LUMBERJACKS COMPLETE COMEBACK, TOP TRI-CITY    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Muskegon Lumberjacks (23-22-4) used a three-goal third period to defeat the Tri-City Storm (18-30-3) by a score of 4-3 in the first of a two-game weekend series on Friday night at the Viaero Event Center.

Storm defenseman Daniel Fritz scored his first USHL goal in his 35th career game, while forwards Dan Labosky and Conner Valesano each netted tallies in the loss for Tri-City.

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Thursday, March 06, 2014
WILKIE’S GAME TURNING HEADS UNDER NEW COACH    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Chris Wilkie is one of four homegrown Nebraska boys in the United States Hockey League.  The Omaha native is a popular player for the Tri-City Storm, leading his team with 15 goals and 31 points in his first season in Kearney.

Scouts have followed Wilkie through his junior hockey career, and have ranked him 111th out of all North American skaters eligible for the upcoming NHL Draft.

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Wednesday, March 05, 2014
STORM FANS TO SEE TASTE OF FUTURE IN FINAL MONTH    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Storm fans will have a chance to get a look at the team’s future during March as Tri-City will be bringing in some of their high school affiliate players in to play games.

In the USHL, affiliate players are selected during the USHL Draft, but play elsewhere the following season. USHL teams maintain the rights to their affiliate players and use them to play on a part-time basis until they are ready to be placed on the roster full-time.

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Sunday, March 02, 2014
STORM FALL SHORT TO FARGO    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm (18-29-3) lost their third straight Sunday afternoon at the Viaero Event Center 4-3 to the Fargo Force (9-35-5). With the win, Fargo swept the weekend series between the two teams in Kearney.

Chris Wilkie notched three points, scoring a goal and two assists to add to his team leading scoring total of 31, while Cody Milan scored his second goal in as many nights.

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Saturday, March 01, 2014
EARLY LEAD NOT ENOUGH AS STORM FALL TO FORCE    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Fargo Force (8-35-5) erased a two-goal deficit in the third period and defeated the Tri-City Storm (18-28-3) in a shootout 5-4 at the Viaero Event Center on Saturday night.

Storm forward Austin Poganski had a goal and an assist, while Conner Valesano netted a power play goal for Tri-City in the defeat.

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Friday, February 28, 2014
STORM FALL IN LINCOLN, 5-3    

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm (18-28-2) took a one-goal lead into the third period, but allowed three consecutive scores in the final frame and fell 5-3 to the Lincoln Stars (17-22-7) at the Ice Box on Friday night.

Austin Poganski and Nick Hutchison each scored shorthanded goals for Tri-City in the loss, while Dan Labosky scored his sixth goal of the season.

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Saturday, February 22, 2014
STARS OUTLAST STORM IN FRONT OF SOLD OUT CROWD    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm (18-27-2) battled hard but ultimately fell short, losing 5-4 to the Lincoln Stars (16-22-7) in front of a sold out crowd of 4,025 on ‘Pack It In Purple’ night at the Viaero Event Center on Saturday.

Storm forward Chase Berger had two power play goals and an assist in the loss, while Chris Wilkie had a goal and an assist and Conner Valesano scored his first goal in a Tri-City uniform.

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Friday, February 21, 2014
STORM RIDE POGANSKI TO WIN IN LINCOLN    

LINCOLN, Neb. – Austin Poganski scored twice to lead the Tri-City Storm (18-26-2) to a 4-2 victory over the Lincoln Stars (15-22-7) at the Ice Box on Friday night.

Forward Garrett Gamez had a goal and an assist, while Storm goaltender Jacob Johansson stopped 34 shots and picked up his 14th win of the season.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014
STORM ALUMNI UPDATE: FEBRUARY    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm are recognizing forwards Mario Puskarich and Mark Van Guilder, along with goaltender Adam Wilcox as their alumni of the month for February.

Puskarich has been having a big season in his freshman year at the University of Vermont, averaging a point per game through 28 contests. His 14 goals and 14 assists make him the second leading scorer on the Catamounts, and put him fifth in all of Division I among freshman.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014
STORM RAISE FUNDS FOR PHELPS MEMORIAL    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm’s Jerseys For a Cause program raised a total of $2,243 in the month of January. All of the proceeds have been donated to benefit the Phelps Memorial Health Center in Holdrege, Neb.

The hospital is going to redirect the proceeds as a pay it forward gesture and donate the money to the Phelps County Christian Charity Fund, which helps residents of the county with financial needs.

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Sunday, February 16, 2014
NELL STOPS 42 AS STEEL HOLD OFF STORM    

BENSENVILLE, Ill. – Chicago Steel (22-19-3) goaltender Chris Nell kept the Tri-City Storm (17-26-2) at bay for most of the afternoon, making 42 saves and backstopping his team to a 4-2 win on Sunday at The Edge Ice Arena.

Tri-City got goals from forwards Chase Berger and Garrett Gamez in defeat, and goaltender Jacob Johansson made 23 saves in the final 45 minutes after replacing starter Hayden Lavigne.

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Saturday, February 15, 2014
ICE SCORE FIVE IN SECOND TO SWEEP STORM    

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Indiana Ice (28-7-6) controlled the second period, scoring five goals, and completed a sweep of the Tri-City Storm (17-25-2) with a 6-0 win at the Pan Am Arena on Saturday night.

Storm goaltender Jacob Johansson made 22 saves in the loss, while Indiana’s Jason Pawloski stopped all 15 shots that came his way to pick up his third shutout of the season.

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Friday, February 14, 2014
ICE SKATE PAST STORM, 4-1    

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Indiana Ice (27-7-6) took an early lead and never looked back, defeating the Tri-City Storm (17-24-2) by a score of 4-1 at the Pan Am Arena on Friday night.

Storm defenseman Kevin Kerr scored his first USHL goal, while Tri-City goalie Hayden Lavigne played well in relief of starter Jacob Johansson, making 23 saves in 47 minutes of play.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014
LEADERSHIP KEARNEY HELPS CREATE SUNDAY FUNDAY    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Leadership Kearney program is helping to bring more fun to the Viaero Event Center on Mar. 2 when the Storm battle the Fargo Force on a Sunday afternoon in Kearney.

The group will help provide kid friendly activities in an attempt to create a fun and friendly atmosphere to a game that will start at 3:05 p.m.

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Saturday, February 08, 2014
HAWKINS SCORES TWICE AS SIOUX CITY TOPS STORM    

SIOUX CITY, Ia. – The Tri-City Storm (17-23-2) surrendered a two goal lead, allowing four straight tallies to lose 5-3 to the Sioux City Musketeers (25-13-2) on Saturday night at the Tyson Events Center.

Three different players scored goals for the Storm in the loss, including Ryan McMurphy, who has now reached double figures in goals with 10 on the season.

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Friday, February 07, 2014
BLACK HAWKS DEFEAT STORM, END TRI-CITY STREAK    

WATERLOO, Ia. – The Waterloo Black Hawks (32-5-1) ran their historic winning streak to 16 games Friday night, defeating the Tri-City Storm (17-22-2) 6-1 in front of their home fans at Young Arena.

Patrick Curry scored the only goal for the Storm in the loss, while goaltender Hayden Lavigne made 37 saves.

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Thursday, February 06, 2014
STORM TRADE FOR DEFENSEMEN AT DEADLINE    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Recent injuries to defensemen forced the Tri-City Storm to be active at the trading deadline Thursday, acquiring two defensemen from the North American Hockey League in Donovan Gardiner from the Lone Star Brahmas and Grant Hutton from the Corpus Christi IceRays.

In exchange for Gardiner, Tri-City sent forward Thomas Aldworth to Lone Star, while Hutton was acquired in exchange for future considerations.

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Saturday, February 01, 2014
JOHANSSON BACKSTOPS STORM TO SHOOTOUT WIN    

After 65 minutes of scoreless hockey between the Tri-City Storm (17-21-2) and the Des Moines Buccaneers (14-20-4) on Saturday night at the Viaero Event Center, unlikely hero Cody Milan scored in the fourth round of the shootout to give his new team a 1-0 victory.

Storm goaltender Jacob Johansson stopped all 30 shots that came his way, recording his third shutout of the season and his second against Des Moines.

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Friday, January 31, 2014
COMEBACK KIDS STRIKE AGAIN    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm (16-21-2) won in comeback fashion again Friday night at the Viaero Event Center, capturing game one of a weekend series with the Des Moines Buccaneers (14-20-3) 5-3.

Chris Wilkie stayed hot, scoring a goal to extend his point-streak to nine games, while Dan Labosky converted a penalty shot late in the third period to seal the victory.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014
STORM TRADE HORN TO STAMPEDE    

KEARNEY, Neb. – For the second consecutive day, Tri-City Storm head coach and general manager Jim Hulton has announced a trade with the Sioux Falls Stampede.

Tuesday’s deal sends Christian Horn to the Stampede along with affiliate forward Will Harrison and a 3rd round pick in the 2014 Phase II Draft, in exchange for affiliate defenseman Gordi Myer and draft picks in the 2nd and 5th round of the 2014 Phase II Draft.

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Monday, January 27, 2014
WILKIE NAMED FORWARD OF THE WEEK    

KEARNEY, Neb. – After a 3-0-0 week which included wins over Lincoln and Sioux Falls, Tri-City Storm forward Chris Wilkie has been named the USHL’s Forward of the Week.

Wilkie had three goals and an assist in the three victories, and extended his point streak to eight games.

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Monday, January 27, 2014
STORM SEND GLUCHOWSKI TO SIOUX FALLS    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Tri-City Storm head coach and general manager Jim Hulton has announced an agreement with Sioux Falls to trade defenseman Nolan Gluchowski to the Stampede.

In return, Tri-City will acquire forward Cody Milan, defenseman Daniel Fritz and a 5th round draft pick in the 2014 Phase I Draft.

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Saturday, January 25, 2014
STORM SCORE THREE GOALS IN COMEBACK WIN    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm (15-21-2) won in comeback fashion Saturday night, defeating the Sioux Falls Stampede (21-12-4) 4-3 at the Viaero Event Center. With the victory, the Storm finished the season series against the Stampede, winning five of the seven games against their Western Conference foe.

Tri-City has now won three straight games, defeating Lincoln on Tuesday night before the weekend sweep of Sioux Falls.

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Friday, January 24, 2014
WILKIE SCORES TWICE IN SHOOTOUT VICTORY    

KEARNEY, Neb. – For the second consecutive game, the Tri-City Storm (14-21-2) were on the winning end of a five-round shootout, defeating the Sioux Falls Stampede (21-12-4) by a score of 3-2 at the Viaero Event Center on Friday night.

Forward Chris Wilkie scored twice in the third period for Tri-City, while Hayden Lavigne stopped 28 shots to get his second straight win in his third consecutive start.

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Monday, January 20, 2014
STORM MAKE TRADES, BRING IN VALESANO    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Tri-City Storm head coach and general manager Jim Hulton announced two trades Monday afternoon which will position his team for the future.

The Storm will acquire forward Conner Valesano from the Sioux Falls Stampede, along with a second round pick in the 2014 Phase I Draft in exchange for Storm defenseman Garrett Cecere and an eighth round pick in the 2014 Phase I Draft.

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Saturday, January 18, 2014
L'ESPERANCE'S TWO GOALS NOT ENOUGH FOR STORM    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Joel L’Esperance scored his 20th and 21st goals of the season for the Tri-City Storm (12-21-2) but it wasn’t enough as the Dubuque Fighting Saints (21-10-1) pulled out a 5-3 victory on Saturday night at the Viaero Event Center.

Storm goaltender Hayden Lavigne made 40 saves, keeping Tri-City in the game, while defenseman Garrett Cecere recorded two assists.

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Friday, January 17, 2014
LANCERS TOP STORM IN RIVALS' FINALE    

OMAHA, Neb. – The Omaha Lancers (26-6-4) defeated the Tri-City Storm (12-20-2) 4-1 in the finale of the teams’ nine-game season series on Friday night at the Ralston Arena.

Garrett Gamez scored the lone goal for Tri-City in the loss, while goaltender Jacob Johansson made 30 saves in a losing effort.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014
STORM ALUMNI UPDATE: JANUARY    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm are recognizing St. Louis Blues forward Jaden Schwartz along with the University of Denver’s Trevor Moore and Ferris State’s Jason Binkley as their alumni of the month.

Schwartz is having a breakout season for St. Louis, with 15 goals and 17 assists in 43 games. The forward has the third-best goal total on his team, which includes one game-winning strike.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014
STORM TO HIT THE ICE IN HASTINGS    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm will be skating outdoors at Libs Park from 6-7:30 p.m. on Jan. 30 in advance of their home games with Des Moines at the Viaero Event Center on Jan. 31 and Feb 1.

Various Storm players will partake in a hockey exhibition, demonstrating their hockey skills on the outdoor rink before skating with fans in attendance.

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Monday, January 13, 2014
JERSEYS FOR A CAUSE BENEFITS MAKE-A-WISH    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm’s Jerseys For a Cause program raised a total of $1,326 in the month of December. All of the proceeds have been donated to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Central Nebraska.

Presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, the program benefits a different organization each month. At each home Tri-City Storm game, a limited edition pink jersey which was worn by the team on Oct. 4 against Sioux City is raffled off to fans who donate.

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Sunday, January 12, 2014
STORM ACQUIRE LARSSON FROM YOUNGSTOWN    

KEARNEY, Neb. – After injuries left Tri-City with just four healthy members of their defense for Saturday’s game with Sioux Falls, the Storm have traded for Fredric Larsson of the Youngstown Phantoms.

Larsson, who was selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in the fourth round of the 2012 NHL Draft (111th overall), has appeared in 26 games for the Phantoms this season, registering a goal and four assists.

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Saturday, January 11, 2014
STAMPEDE SURVIVE LATE COMEBACK FROM STORM    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Sioux Falls Stampede (21-11-2) withstood a late comeback from the Tri-City Storm (12-19-2) and held on to win 6-4 at the Viaero Event Center on Saturday night.

Nolan Aibel scored his first career USHL goal, while Dan Labosky, Chris Wilkie and Garrett Gamez each recorded two assists for the Storm in the loss.

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Friday, January 10, 2014
LANCERS HOLD OFF TRI-CITY 5-3    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Omaha Lancers (24-6-4) got revenge on Friday night, defeating the Tri-City Storm (12-18-2) 5-3. The Lancers suffered a 2-1 loss on Wednesday at the hands of the Storm, their in-state rivals.

Storm forward Joel L’Esperance scored his team leading 18th goal, while also assisting on a tally by linemate Garrett Gamez. The third member of Tri-City’s top line, Chris Wilkie, made the most of a promotion in the lineup, picking up two assists.

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Thursday, January 09, 2014
MCMURPHY PURSUES ROAD LESS TRAVELED    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Growing up in Broken Arrow, Okla., a suburb of Tulsa, Tri-City Storm forward Ryan McMurphy took a different path to Kearney.

Admittedly, he had some different interests than some of the other kids his age.

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Wednesday, January 08, 2014
SECOND PERIOD PROPELS STORM TO 4TH STRAIGHT WIN    

OMAHA, Neb. – Two second period goals were all the Tri-City Storm (12-17-2) needed on Wednesday night to defeat the Omaha Lancers (23-6-4) 2-1 and get their first victory against their in-state rivals this season.

Forward Chase Berger picked up the first assist on both of his teams’ goals in the win, while Chris Wilkie converted on a breakaway in his hometown and goaltender Jacob Johansson made 17 saves in his sixth consecutive victory.

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Monday, January 06, 2014
MCMURPHY NAMED FORWARD OF THE WEEK    

KEARNEY, Neb. – After two road wins over Sioux Falls, veteran Storm forward Ryan McMurphy was named forward of the week by the USHL league office on Monday afternoon.

McMurphy scored three goals and added an assist over the weekend, as Tri-City ran their win streak to three over the Stampede.

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Saturday, January 04, 2014
STORM WIN 6-4, SWEEP STAMPEDE    

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Tri-City Storm (11-17-2) scored three goals in the second period and held on to win their third consecutive game over the Sioux Falls Stampede (20-9-2) by a final score of 6-4 on Saturday night at the Sioux Falls Arena.

Austin Poganski led the charge, scoring twice, and the Storm got four other goals from Ryan McMurphy, Chase Berger, Dan Labosky and Christian Horn.

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Friday, January 03, 2014
TRI-CITY OUTWORKS STAMPEDE FOR 5-1 WIN    

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Tri-City Storm (10-17-2) took an early lead and never let up, defeating the Sioux Falls Stampede (20-8-2) 5-1 at the Sioux Falls Arena on Friday night.

Ryan McMurphy scored the Storm’s first and fifth goals to up his season total to five, while Kyle Eastman notched his first goal of the season and goaltender Jacob Johansson made 31 saves in the win.

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Wednesday, January 01, 2014
LARGEN HEADED TO JANESVILLE    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Tri-City Storm assistant coach Erik Largen has accepted a new position as the number one assistant coach with the Janesville Jets of the North American Hockey League.

Largen, who was in his first season with the Storm after coming to Kearney in June, will get a chance to move into a role as a number one assistant after spending time in the number two role with Tri-City.

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Saturday, December 28, 2013
STORM STOP STAMPEDE, WIN 3-1    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm (9-17-2) made it three wins in a row at home, defeating the Sioux Falls Stampede (18-7-2) 3-1 behind another outstanding performance by goaltender Jacob Johansson on Saturday night at the Viaero Event Center.

Christian Horn scored the game-winning goal in the second period, while forward Patrick Curry and defenseman Nolan Gluchowski each got their first goals of the season in the victory.

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Friday, December 27, 2013
LANCERS SCORE FIVE POWER PLAY GOALS IN WIN    

OMAHA, Neb. – The USHL’s best Omaha Lancers (21-4-3) scored five power play goals en route to an 8-3 win over the Tri-City Storm (8-17-2) at the Ralston Arena on Friday night.

Tri-City was led by forward Christian Horn, who scored two power play goals and picked up an assist in the loss. Forward Joel L’Esperance and defenseman Nolan Gluchowski each had two assists apiece for the Storm.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
STORM HELP SUPPORT RELAY FOR LIFE IN NOVEMBER    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm raised a total of $2,478 during the month of November through both their Jerseys for a Cause and No Shave November campaigns. 100 percent of the proceeds have been donated to Relay For Life in Central Nebraska.

The Jersys For a Cause program presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska raised a total of $1,388 from jersey auctions at each of the four games during the month. 

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Monday, December 16, 2013
L'ESPERANCE DEFENDS FORWARD OF THE WEEK TITLE    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm have won three of their last four games, including a sweep of the Youngstown Phantoms thanks to the help of forward Joel L’Esperance, who has led the way with nine goals over the past two weeks. After his tremendous efforts, the forward has been awarded the league’s Forward of the Week honor for the second consecutive week.

L’Esperance scored a total of five goals for the second straight week during the team’s three games, including an overtime winning goal on Friday night.

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Saturday, December 14, 2013
STORM DEFEAT PHANTOMS IN MATINEE, 3-1    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm (8-16-2) used two goals from red hot forward Joel L’Esperance to defeat the Youngstown Phantoms (7-13-5) on Saturday afternoon at the Viaero Event Center by a score of 3-1.

L’Esperance is now second in the USHL with 18 tallies and has scored nine times in his last four games. His streaky play has helped Tri-City to wins in three of their last four games.

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Friday, December 13, 2013
L'ESPERANCE'S HAT TRICK WINS GAME IN OVERTIME    

KEARNEY, Neb. – An overtime winner by the USHL’s reigning Player of the Week Joel L’Esperance sent the Viaero Event Center fans home happy on Friday night, as the Tri-City Storm (7-16-2) defeated the Youngstown Phantoms (7-12-5) 6-5.

L’Esperance’s winning goal completed a hat trick on the night. The center now has 16 tallies on the season, eight of them coming in his last five games.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
TRI-CITY FALLS SHORT IN OMAHA, 3-1    

OMAHA, Neb. – An early power play goal put the Omaha Lancers (20-3-2) in front for good as they defeated the Tri-City Storm (6-16-2) 3-1 at the Ralston Arena on Wednesday night.

The Storm got a tally late in the second period from Chris Wilkie, a native of Omaha, and 22 saves from goaltender Jacob Johansson to keep them alive in the until a late empty net goal.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
STORM TRADE FOR SPRINGFIELD'S CURRY    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm have announced a trade with the Springfield Jr. Blues of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) for forward Patrick Curry on Tuesday afternoon. A native of Schaumburg, Ill., Curry will join the team and will be eligible to play in Wednesday night’s game against the Omaha Lancers.

Curry was the leading scorer for Springfield at the time of the trade with 12 goals and 14 assists for 26 points in 25 games. Three of his goals were game-winners and he had a plus-nine rating.

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Monday, December 09, 2013
L'ESPERANCE NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Storm forward Joel L’Esperance was named forward of the week by the USHL league office on Monday afternoon after scoring five goals and an assist over the weekend, including a four-goal game in a 6-3 win over Cedar Rapids on Saturday night.

The performance against the RoughRiders cemented his name in the team’s record books, becoming the first Tri-City Storm player to ever score four goals in a single game.

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Monday, December 09, 2013
GLUCHOWSKI CHOSEN AS TEAM CAPTAIN    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Storm head coach Jim Hulton announced the leaders of the Tri-City Storm team for the 2013-14 season on Monday morning, choosing defenseman Nolan Gluchowski as the team’s captain and defenseman Garrett Cecere along with forwards Christian Horn and Drew Mayer as assistant captains.

The four players combine for experience at multiple levels of junior hockey, along with experience at the collegiate level.

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Saturday, December 07, 2013
L’ESPERANCE NOTCHES FOUR TO DEFEAT CEDAR RAPIDS    

CEDAR RAPIDS, Ia. – Led by forward Joel L’Esperance who scored four times, the Tri-City Storm (6-15-2) defeated the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (13-7-1) 6-3 in a wild, back and forth game at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena on Saturday night.

Forward Garrett Gamez recorded four assists, while Christian Horn notched a goal and an assist and goalie Jacob Johansson made 29 saves to pick up the win.

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Friday, December 06, 2013
BUCS GOALIE RUCK HOLDS OFF LATE STORM RALLY    

DES MOINES, Ia. – Des Moines Buccaneers (8-12-1) goaltender Ryan Ruck made 53 saves and kept the Tri-City Storm (5-15-2) off the board until the final minutes, backstopping his team to a 3-2 win at Buccaneer Arena on Friday night.

The Storm got back in the game with two late goals in the final five minutes from forwards Garrett Gamez and Chris Wilkie, but they couldn’t find the equalizer.

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Thursday, December 05, 2013
WATERLOO SCORES THREE IN SECOND, BEAT STORM    

WATERLOO, Ia. – The Waterloo Black Hawks (16-5-0) scored three straight goals in the second period and never looked back, defeating the Tri-City Storm (5-14-2) 4-1 in the teams’ third meeting of the season at Young Arena on Thursday night.

Joel L’Esperance scored a late power play goal for the Storm’s only tally of the night, while goaltender Jacob Johansson was stellar in between the pipes, making 37 saves.

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Wednesday, December 04, 2013
STORM ALUMNI UPDATE: DECEMBER    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Three former Storm forwards had exceptional months during November and have been key contributors to their teams. For the month of December the Storm recognize Mario Lamoureux, Konrad Reeder and Torin Snydeman as their alumni of the month.

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Tuesday, December 03, 2013
STORM ADD AIBEL, TRADE HAYDON    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Tri-City Storm head coach and general manager Jim Hulton announced roster moves on Tuesday afternoon, which included the addition of forward Nolan Aibel to the active roster.

Aibel was selected by Tri-City in the third round in Phase I of the 2013 USHL Draft. He spent the beginning of his season with the New Jersey Rockets of the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) and is expected to join the Storm for the remainder of the 2013-14 season.

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Saturday, November 30, 2013
STORM FALL SHORT TO OMAHA IN LAST MINUTE    

KEARNEY, Neb. – A goal in the final minute by defenseman Connor Light sent the Omaha Lancers (17-3-2) home with a 2-1 win over the Tri-City Storm (5-13-2) on Saturday night at the Viaero Event Center.

Storm forward Garrett Gamez scored his first goal of the season, while goaltender Jacob Johansson made 35 saves and was on his game all night between the pipes for Tri-City.

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Friday, November 29, 2013
VESEL SCORES IN FINAL MINUTE TO BEST STORM    

KEARNEY, Neb. – For the second straight game the Storm fell short after scoring a tying goal in the final period. Friday night’s game with the visiting Omaha Lancers (16-3-2) had late drama but the Tri-City Storm (5-12-2) came out on the losing end of a tight game, falling 5-3 at the Viaero Event Center after Omaha’s Tyler Vesel scored the game winner with 30 seconds remaining. 

Storm forwards Nick Hutchison, Christian Horn and Drew Mayer all had goals in the loss, keeping their team in the game until the final minute.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013
HULTON EXCITED TO BEGIN NEW CHAPTER IN KEARNEY    

KEARNEY, Neb. – When he arrived in Kearney, Jim Hulton was reminded of home. 

“I walked out of the hotel the first day and there were two tractors by the road with a for-sale sign on it,” said the newest head coach of the Tri-City Storm. “I broke out into a big smile because my dad restores old tractors; it was right up my alley.”

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Monday, November 25, 2013
JERSEYS FOR A CAUSE RAISES $1,743 IN OCTOBER    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm raised $1,743 in their Jerseys For A Cause campaign during the month of October. All of those funds will be donated to the Kearney Tackles Cancer fund, the organization’s October beneficiary.

KTC is a local organization in Kearney that raises money to help those that are struggling financially while fighting cancer.

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Sunday, November 24, 2013
USA OUTLASTS TRI-CITY 3-2    

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – A tying third period tally wasn’t enough for the Tri-City Storm (5-11-2) as Team USA (14-6-0) got the final goal from Jeremy Bracco and won 3-2 at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube on Sunday afternoon.

The Storm got goals from forwards Joel L’Esperance and Chris Wilkie and goaltender Jacob Johansson made 31 saves in the loss.

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Saturday, November 23, 2013
LAVIGNE BACKSTOPS STORM TO WIN    

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Hayden Lavigne made 36 saves and Joel L’Esperance scored twice as the Tri-City Storm (5-10-2) earned their first win under new head coach Jim Hulton, defeating Team USA (13-6-0) by a final score of 5-2 at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube on Saturday night. 

Storm forwards Christian Horn and Thomas Aldworth also scored goals for Tri-City in the win, and Chris Wilkie added an empty netter against his former team to seal the victory in the closing minutes.

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Friday, November 22, 2013
MORRIS SHUTS OUT STORM IN HULTON DEBUT    

BENSENVILLE, Ill. – Chicago Steel (6-12-0) goaltender Cale Morris held the Tri-City Storm (4-10-2) at bay on Friday night at The Edge, shutting them out in a 2-0 win for the Steel.

Storm goaltender Jacob Johansson also put on a show at the other end of the ice in the loss, making 35 saves on 36 shots.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013
STORM HIRE JIM HULTON AS NEW HEAD COACH    

KEARNEY, Neb. – On Tuesday afternoon the Tri-City Storm began a new era, announcing Jim Hulton as the sixth head coach in the franchise’s history at a press conference in front of local media and fellow staff members at the Viaero Event Center. 

Hulton has a wealth of coaching experience at many levels, including his most recent position as an Assistant Coach with the Florida Panthers in the National Hockey League from 2008-2011.

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Saturday, November 16, 2013
11.16.13 -- STAMPEDE OUTPLAY STORM IN SHUTOUT    

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Sioux Falls Stampede (11-5-2) took an early lead, scoring three goals in the first period and controlled the entire game, shutting out the Tri-City Storm (4-9-2) 6-0 at the Sioux Falls Arena on Saturday night.

Storm goaltender Hayden Lavigne came on in relief for Jacob Johansson and made 24 saves while playing 48 minutes.

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Friday, November 15, 2013
DUBUQUE PREVAILS IN BACK-AND-FORTH CONTEST    

DUBUQUE, Ia. – In a back and forth affair that saw both teams lose leads, the Dubuque Fighting Saints (10-3-1) scored two goals in the final half of the third period and defeated the Tri-City Storm (4-8-2) 6-4 on Friday night at the Mystique Community Ice Center. 

The Storm got goals from Chris Wilkie, Cutler Martin, Chase Berger and Christian Horn in defeat, while Kevin Kerr scored his first USHL point, picking up an assist.

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Thursday, November 14, 2013
FOUR PLAYERS SIGN LETTERS OF INTENT    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Four Tri-City Storm players signed on the dotted line Wednesday afternoon, making their collegiate commitments official during the first day of the fall NCAA national letter of intent period.

The players included defensemen Nolan Gluchowski and Cutler Martin, forward Drew Mayer and goaltender Hayden Lavigne.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013
POGANSKI HELPS USA WIN GOLD    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Tri-City Storm forward Austin Poganski and Team USA defeated Russia 4-1 to earn a gold medal in the World Junior A Challenge on Sunday in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

It is the fifth gold medal in the last six years for USA, a team that consists entirely of United States Hockey League talent.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013
STORM ANNOUNCE ADDITIONAL THEME NIGHTS    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm announced additions to the 2013-14 promotions schedule Tuesday, adding four new theme nights which will increase added value for fans who attend the selected games.

The four new themes include Seinfeld Night on Jan. 10, Taste of Nebraska on Jan. 24, Olympic Night on Jan. 31 and I Love Country Night on Mar. 1.

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Friday, November 08, 2013
LANCERS CONTROL PLAY TO DEFEAT STORM    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Omaha Lancers (11-2-1) got ahead early and stayed in front, defeating the Tri-City Storm (4-7-2) 5-2 on Friday night at the Viaero Event Center.

Joel L’Esperance and Chris Wilkie each scored late goals to keep the Storm in the game. For L’Esperance, it was his team-leading fifth tally, while Wilkie notched his second of the year.

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Wednesday, November 06, 2013
STORM AND CCC PLEDGE TO END BULLYING    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm organization has teamed up with Central Community College in a pledge to stand up and prevent bullying across central Nebraska.

The campaign, which kicked off at the CCC campus in Hastings on Oct. 28, will continue at the Viaero Event Center during the Storm game on Friday Nov. 8, where a bullying prevention pledge banner will be on display for fans to sign.

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Monday, November 04, 2013
STORM ALUMNI UPDATE: NOVEMBER    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Each month during the season the Tri-City Storm will be selecting a group of former players to recognize for their contributions on the ice at the next level.

For the first month, the selections are Cole Gunner, Dan Kolomatis and Scott Diebold, all three of whom have had great starts for their schools in the collegiate ranks.

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Saturday, November 02, 2013
MUSKETEERS SCORE TWO IN EACH FRAME, TOP STORM    

SIOUX CITY, Ia. – The Sioux City Musketeers (9-2-1) scored two goals in each period and defeated the Tri-City Storm (4-6-2) 6-1 at the Tyson Events Center on Saturday night.

Forward Ross Olsson scored his first goal of the season for Tri-City in the loss, while defenseman Jalen Schulz got his first point of the year, picking up an assist on the lone Storm goal of the night.

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Friday, November 01, 2013
JOHANSSON SHUTS OUT STARS    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm (4-5-2) took care of business Friday night at the Viaero Event Center, shutting out the Lincoln Stars (2-4-4) 3-0. Thomas Aldworth, Chase Berger and Tory Dello all scored goals in the Storm’s second win over Lincoln this season.

Storm goaltender Jacob Johansson made 33 saves in the winning effort, recording his second shutout of the 2013-14 season.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013
STORM SCORE FOUR, END LOSING SKID    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Christian Horn tallied four points, while his center Joel L’Esperance scored his third and fourth goals of the season as the Tri-City Storm (3-5-2) ended their six-game losing streak, defeating the Waterloo Black Hawks (7-3-0) 4-2 on Wednesday night at the Viaero Event Center.

Storm goaltender Jacob Johansson was magnificent once again for the Storm, making 34 saves on a Waterloo team that continued to throw the puck that the net.

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Saturday, October 26, 2013
LANCERS' HAWKEY SHUTS OUT STORM    

OMAHA, Neb. – Omaha Lancers (8-1-1) goaltender Hayden Hawkey stopped all 22 shots that came his way to defeat the Tri-City Storm (2-5-2) 2-0 at the Ralston Arena on Saturday night.

Jacob Johansson was strong in net for Tri-City, making 26 saves and keeping Omaha off the board late to allow the Storm a chance at a comeback.

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Friday, October 25, 2013
LINCOLN SKATES BY STORM, EVENS SEASON SERIES    

LINCOLN, Neb. – After the Tri-City Storm (2-4-2) defeated the Lincoln Stars (2-2-4) on opening night back on Sept. 28 in Kearney, Lincoln got the revenge they were seeking in the teams’ second battle of the season, knocking off Tri-City 6-1 at the Ice Box on Friday night.

Storm forward Joel L’Esperance scored his second goal of the season in defeat for Tri-City. The Brighton, Mich. native’s second goal in as many games was set up by Drew Mayer and Cutler Martin.

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Thursday, October 24, 2013
STORM ADD HORN, ANNOUNCE TRADES    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Tri-City Storm head coach and general manager Josh Hauge announced the club will add forward Christian Horn to the roster for the remainder of the 2013-14 season on Thursday. 

Horn started his season as a redshirt freshman at the University of Minnesota but decided to leave the team to play in the USHL. He will give the Storm added depth and talent as a forward with collegiate hockey experience.

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Saturday, October 19, 2013
CEDAR RAPIDS USES OFFENSE TO GET PAST STORM    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm (2-3-2) fell short on Duck Dynasty night at the Viaero Event Center, taking a tie game into the third period but losing 7-4 to the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (4-1-0).

Joel L’Esperance and Steven Haydon scored their first goals of the season for Tri-City in the loss, while Chase Berger and Austin Poganski also added tallies in the Storm’s highest offensive output of the season to date.

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Friday, October 18, 2013
BUCS SKATE PAST STORM, WIN SECOND OF SEASON    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Des Moines Buccaneers (2-4-1) scored six goals en route to their second win of the season on Friday night at the Viaero Event Center, defeating the Tri-City Storm (2-2-2) by a final score of 6-2.

Storm forward Austin Poganski scored both Tri-City goals on power plays in defeat. Poganski now has three goals in his last two games and leads the team in scoring with four total points in five games.

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Thursday, October 17, 2013
POGANSKI CHOSEN FOR WORLD JUNIOR A CHALLENGE    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Tri-City Storm forward Austin Poganski continues to pile up the accolades during his draft year. Poganski has been named to USA Hockey’s roster for the 2013 World Junior A Challenge next month in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

The 17-year-old will be part of a roster made up of 22 USHL players from various teams throughout the league. The team will compete from November 2-10 against teams from Canada, Czech Republic, Switzerland, and Russia.

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Saturday, October 12, 2013
STORM FALL TO BLACK HAWKS IN SHOOTOUT    

KEARNEY, Neb. – It took a shootout to decide a winner once again at the Viaero Event Center on Saturday night, as the Waterloo Black Hawks (4-1-0) squeaked past the Tri-City Storm (2-1-2) by a final score of 3-2.

Tri-City got goals from forwards Austin Poganski and Thomas Aldworth, while goaltender Jacob Johansson had another outstanding night between the pipes, making 53 saves.

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Friday, October 11, 2013
MUSKETEERS TOP STORM 6-1    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Sioux City (2-2-1) got goals from six different forwards on their way to their second win of the season at the Viaero Event Center, defeating the Tri-City Storm  (2-1-1) 6-1 on Friday night.

The lone Tri-City tally was scored by forward Chris Wilkie, who collected his first goal in a Storm sweater.

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Wednesday, October 09, 2013
STORM BOND WITH LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENT    

KEARNEY, Neb. – This season the Tri-City Storm have teamed up with the Kearney Volunteer Fire Department to honor an unsung hero after each win.

The department has donated an authentic fire helmet, detailed in purple by Bobby Turner with Turner Body Shop, for the team’s locker room. After a Storm win the helmet will be presented to a player who made a big contribution to the team’s success, but may not have been recognized in the box score.

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Saturday, October 05, 2013
JOHANSSON EARNS SHUTOUT, STORM WIN 1-0    

URBANDALE, Ia. – Tri-City Storm goaltender Jacob Johansson continued his early season brilliance Saturday night, shutting down the Des Moines Buccaneers in a 1-0 Storm win at Buccaneer Arena.

Forward Ryan McMurphy netted his second goal in as many games and that was all Tri-City needed to pick up two points and stay undefeated in regulation.

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Friday, October 04, 2013
MUSKETEERS DROP STORM IN SHOOTOUT    

KEARNEY, Neb. – In a game that was similar to the Storm’s home opener last Saturday, Tri-City couldn’t find their way through a shootout, picking up a point, but losing to the Sioux City Musketeers 2-1 at the Viaero Event Center on Friday night.

Storm goaltender Jacob Johansson came up big for the second consecutive game, keeping his team in the game with 44 saves, including two when Tri-City was shorthanded in overtime.

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Tuesday, October 01, 2013
PINK IN THE RINK KICKS OFF JERSEYS FOR A CAUSE    

KEARNEY, Neb. – For the third consecutive year, the Tri-City Storm is partnering with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska to present the Jerseys For A Cause program, which begins with Pink In The Rink night this Friday, Oct. 4.

Storm players will don limited edition pink jerseys during Friday’s game against Sioux City, and the ice surface will be painted pink in honor of the program.

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Saturday, September 28, 2013
JOHANSSON SHINES IN OPENING NIGHT WIN    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Swedish goaltender Jacob Johansson didn’t disappoint in his first game for the Tri-City Storm, making 37 saves and coming up big late in the contest, a 2-1 shootout win at the Viaero Event Center on Saturday night.

Newcomers Robbie Payne and Chris Wilkie scored for the Storm in the shootout, sending the Kearney fans home happy with a win in their first game of the season.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013
VIAERO WIRELESS EXTENDS PARTNERSHIP WITH STORM    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm and Viaero Wireless are proud to announce they have agreed to an extension on the presenting sponsorship rights for Storm Hockey.

Viaero originally signed on in 2007 and six years later, they still believe in Storm Hockey.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013
STORM SHUTOUT LINCOLN IN PRESEASON VICTORY    

KEARNEY, Neb. – In their penultimate preseason contest, the Tri-City Storm dominated from start to finish, shutting out the Lincoln Stars 4-0 in front of their home fans at the Viaero Event Center on Thursday night.

Goaltenders Hayden Lavigne and Jacob Johansson combined for a 35 save shutout while Robbie Payne led the way offensively with a goal and an assist.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013
STORM SHUTOUT LINCOLN IN PRESEASON VICTORY    

KEARNEY, Neb. – In their penultimate preseason contest, the Tri-City Storm dominated from start to finish, shutting out the Lincoln Stars 4-0 in front of their home fans at the Viaero Event Center on Thursday night.

Goaltenders Hayden Lavigne and Jacob Johansson combined for a 35 save shutout while Robbie Payne led the way offensively with a goal and an assist.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013
TRI-CITY ANNOUNCES ROSTER    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm made the final changes to their roster this week and announced the group of players who are ready to lead the team into the 2013-14 season.

While the Storm’s season doesn’t begin until Sept. 28, the United States Hockey League will have their first set of regular season contests this coming weekend.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013
STORM RALLY AROUND TEAMMATE'S MOTHER    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Usually when the Storm have a Sunday off, players are using it to rest up, playing video games and watching football.

But last Sunday morning the entire Tri-City Storm roster made the trip to Kramer, Neb., to support a benefit for Lisa Nitzel Dello, mother of defenseman Tory Dello.

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Friday, September 13, 2013
DES MOINES DEFEATS STORM IN BRAWL-MARRED GAME    

DES MOINES, Ia. – In a preseason game that will be remembered more for its fights than goals, the Des Moines Buccaneers defeated the Tri-City Storm by a final score of 7-1 at Buccaneer Arena on Friday night.

The game got out of hand in the latter stages, as there were seven fights and 239 total penalty minutes between the two sides.

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Thursday, September 12, 2013
STORM BOMBARD BLACK HAWKS    

SIOUX CITY, Ia. – The Tri-City Storm earned their first victory of the preseason Thursday afternoon, coming back to defeat the Waterloo Black Hawks by  a final score of 5-3 in the Fall Classic West at the Tyson Events Center.

Tri-City got goals from five different forwards in the win, including three consecutive tallies in the third period. Goaltender Hayden Lavigne picked up his first victory in his first start, making 31 saves on 34 shots.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013
STORM SUBDUED BY FORCE IN FALL CLASSIC OPENER    

KEARNEY, Neb. – A late comeback attempt wasn’t enough as the Tri-City Storm dropped their second preseason game of the year to the Fargo Force by a final score of 3-2 on Wednesday in the Fall Classic West at the Tyson Events Center.

Tri-City got goals from returning forward Ryan McMurphy and newcomer right wing Thomas Aldworth. Goaltender Jacob Johansson suited up in a Storm uniform for the first time and made 20 saves on 23 shots.

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Saturday, September 07, 2013
BUCS TOP STORM IN PRESEASON OPENER    

KEARNEY, Neb. – In their first preseason test of the new 2013-14 season, the Tri-City Storm fell to the Des Moines Buccaneers by a final score of 4-1 on Saturday afternoon at the Viaero Event Center.

First-year Storm forward Drew Mayer had the lone goal for Tri-City in the loss.

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Friday, September 06, 2013
STORM TO PARTNER WITH PLATTE VALLEY STATE BANK    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm and Platte Valley State Bank have teamed up to honor an active or veteran military individual during each Storm home game this season in what will be known as the ‘Patriotic Salute’.

The presentation will occur during the first media timeout of the first period at the Viaero Event Center.

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Tuesday, September 03, 2013
STORM HIRE STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACH    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The offseason has brought many changes to Storm head coach Josh Hauge’s preparations for the upcoming 2013-14 campaign.

Most recently, Hauge and his new staff have hired Alex Weaver of the Kearney YMCA as the team’s strength and conditioning coach. Weaver has devised a plan to develop the players core strength, as well as injury prevention techniques.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013
TRI-CITY ANNOUNCES PRESEASON SCHEDULE    

KEARNEY, Neb. – In addition to playing two contests at the annual Fall Classic West in Sioux City, the Tri-City Storm have added four more matchups to their preseason schedule as tune-ups before the regular season gets underway.

Two of those games will be in Kearney at the Viaero Event Center on Sept. 7 and 19 against the Des Moines Buccaneers and the Lincoln Stars respectively.

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Monday, August 19, 2013
DELLO SHINES AT FIVE NATIONS TOURNAMENT    

 

KEARNEY, Neb. - Tri-City Storm defenseman Tory Dello had a big week while representing the United States U17 Select Team at the annual Five Nations Tournament in Slovakia.

First, the 16-year-old Dello was named captain of his country’s team before their opening contest against on Aug. 12. He then proceeded to lead the squad to an undefeated 4-0-0 record, defeating each of the other four nations and claiming a gold medal.

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Monday, August 12, 2013
STORM ANNOUNCE PROMOTIONS SCHEDULE    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm have announced their annual promotions schedule for the 2013-14 season. The list includes many traditional staples like Pink in the Rink and Pack It In Purple, as well as some new additions.

The Storm open their schedule in Kearney at the Viaero Event Center against Lincoln on Sept. 28 and all fans in attendance will be treated to a free barbeque before the game, as well as a fireworks show at the conclusion of the contest, presented by Viaero Wireless.

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Thursday, August 08, 2013
STORM ADD BLASE TO COACHING STAFF    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Tri-City Storm head coach and GM Josh Hauge has added another member to his coaching staff for the 2013-14 season, choosing St. Louis native Erik Blase to assist with the team’s video and scouting needs.

The 34-year-old has previous experience coaching junior hockey in multiple leagues and is actively involved in the managing of Flexxcoach, a service that helps other hockey coaches stay organized.

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Friday, August 02, 2013
FUNDRAISING UP A STORM    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm are once again helping local non-profit organizations in their fundraising efforts this season.

The fundraising program is designed to help groups raise money while enjoying a fun night out with friends and family at a Tri-City Storm game.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013
POGANSKI TO REPRESENT USA IN CZECH REPUBLIC    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Most people consider hockey to be a winter sport. That may be true for some players, but not for Tri-City Storm forward Austin Poganski.

After participating in USA Hockey’s Select Festival in Buffalo, N.Y. last month, Poganski was named to the roster for the US Under-18 Select Team that will compete at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Tournament in Braclav, Czech Republic Aug. 5-10.

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Monday, July 22, 2013
STORM ANNOUNCE 2013-14 SCHEDULE    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm announced its 60-game regular season schedule for the upcoming 2013-14 season Monday afternoon. Head coach and GM Josh Hauge will be at the helm for his second full season with a new schedule format.

Highlighting the slate is an opening night matchup with the Lincoln Stars on Sept. 28 at the Viaero Event Center in Kearney, as well as home matchups with Eastern Conference foes Cedar Rapids, Youngstown, Dubuque, Muskegon and Green Bay.

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Friday, July 19, 2013
MATTSSON PLAYING PROFESSIONALLY IN SWEDEN    

KEARNEY, Neb. Former Storm goaltender Johan Mattsson is preparing for a full season of professional hockey in Sweden after signing a professional contract to play with Djurgarden IF, a team in the second-tier Swedish league called HockeyAllsvenskan.

Mattsson, who is now 21-years-old, aged out of junior hockey after this past season with Tri-City. After previously playing in professional leagues, including a full season in the Ontario Hockey League with the Sudbury Wolves in 2011-12, he was ineligible to play at the collegiate level.

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Thursday, July 11, 2013
TRI-CITY FINALIZES PROTECTED LIST    

KEARNEY, Neb. – After a competitive tryout camp in Las Vegas last month, the Tri-City Storm coaching staff have decided on their initial protected list, bringing them one step closer to determining which players will wear Storm sweaters on opening night this fall.

Storm Head Coach and General Manager Josh Hauge made the announcement Thursday.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013
WARD, MOORE HIGHLIGHT NHL CAMP INVITES    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Storm are well represented in NHL summer development camps with six total players, past and present, receiving invites to play among other elite prospects.

Two players from the 2012-13 roster, Brian Ward and Trevor Moore, accepted invites to showcase their skills.

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Tuesday, July 09, 2013
STORM RENEW RADIO DEAL FOR 2013-14    

KEARNEY, Neb. – It will be a breeze to listen to Storm hockey games during the 2013-14 season.

That’s because the Tri-City Storm have renewed their agreement with Platte River Radio and will broadcast all 60 regular season games and any potential playoff games on The Breeze 94.5 FM KLIQ.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013
STORM TAB BITTNER, LARGEN AS NEW ASSISTANTS    

KEARNEY, Neb. – After a national search, the Tri-City Storm have chosen two coaches, J.B. Bittner and Erik Largen, to complement head coach Josh Hauge as assistants.

Combined, the two new members of the staff have almost a decade of experience at both the professional and collegiate levels of hockey.

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Monday, June 10, 2013
SEASON TICKET HOLDERS GET SURPRISE BENEFIT    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm announced the winners of their “Early Bird Season Ticket Renewal Program” drawing on Monday afternoon.

Prizes were awarded to individuals and businesses that have committed to become Storm season subscribers for the upcoming hockey season. The “Early Bird” prizes are an incentive to renew in advance and another way for the Storm organization to bring extra value to their most invested fans.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013
LIEDES SIGNS PRO DEAL IN FINLAND    

KEARNEY, Neb. – One of the Storm’s leaders is living out a dream this summer.

Assistant captain Heikki Liedes has signed a two-year professional contract to play for Kalevan Pallo (KalPa) of the SM-liiga in Finland.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013
MARTIN TURNS BLUE AND MAIZE, COMMITS TO MICHIGAN    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Storm defenseman Cutler Martin decided to make it easy on his family and friends, choosing to stay in his home state of Michigan and play college hockey as a member of the University of Michigan Wolverines in the fall of 2014.

Martin said there was no hesitation once he was offered a spot on the team.

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Monday, May 06, 2013
STORM ADD SCORING PROWESS IN PHASE 1 OF USHL DRAFT    

KEARNEY, Neb. – To say that Tri-City Storm head coach and general manager Josh Hauge was happy with the way Phase 1 of the 2013 USHL Draft turned out Monday night would be an understatement.

“I’m extemely excited,” Hauge said. “We got some talented guys that we think can come in and compete for spots next year, but we still built ourselves for the future.”

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Thursday, May 02, 2013
STORM EYE NO. 2 PICK IN USHL DRAFT    

KEARNEY, Neb. – With the 2013 USHL Draft just days away, Tri-City Storm head coach and general manager Josh Hauge and his staff are busy preparing to bring new players to Kearney who reflect the organization’s standards on and off the ice.

“We’re looking for guys that want to come in and be a good citizen in our community,” Hauge said. “They’re pretty young kids, so we try to make sure they understand what they’re getting into and educate them on our town and league.”

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Thursday, April 25, 2013
GROWTH, DEVELOPMENT MARK END TO 2012-13 SEASON    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm wrapped up the 2012-13 regular season with an overall record of 22-35-7, failing to qualify for the United States Hockey League playoffs.

The conclusion of the 64-game regular season schedule also put a cap on Storm head coach Josh Hauge’s first full season behind the bench. Hauge’s season will be remembered for the ever-changing lineup he was forced to put on the ice due to constant injuries.

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Monday, April 22, 2013
A LETTER FROM STORM PRESIDENT GREG SHEA    

I write to you today to thank you for your tremendous support this season and to share my thoughts on the 2012-13 season.

We have two consistent goals each year in making the playoffs and being a provider of quality entertainment. Qualifying for the playoffs and competing for a Clark Cup is something that we desire for you, our dedicated fanbase.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013
STORM ANNOUNCE STAFF CHANGES    
KEARNEY – Tri-City Storm assistant coaches Eric Fink and Lenny Hofmann were relieved of their duties Wednesday but have been offered consulting positions with the team through the USHL’s May drafts. Head Coach and General Manager Josh Hauge remains in his current role.
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Monday, April 15, 2013
STARS HOLD OFF STORM IN SEASON FINALE    

KEARNEY, Neb. – In the final game of the season, the Tri-City Storm (22-35-7) staged a late rally but ultimately fell to the Lincoln Stars (39-22-3) 4-3 in front of a sold out crowd of 4,147 on Saturday night at the Viaero Event Center.

Michael Vecchione finished his season on a four-game goal scoring streak, scoring his 26th of the season on a power play in the first period. Brian Ward also finished the season on a 17-game point scoring streak, notching two assists in his final game with the team.

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Friday, April 12, 2013
TRI-CITY COMES UP SHORT IN LINCOLN    

LINCOLN, Neb. – Michael Vecchione scored his 25th goal of the season and Brian Ward extended his point streak to 16 games, but the Tri-City Storm (22-34-7) fell to the Lincoln Stars (38-22-3) by a final score of 5-2 on Friday night at the IceBox.

Storm forward Ben Foster also scored a goal in the third period. The tally was his eighth as a member of the Tri-City squad and his 22nd on the season.

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Thursday, April 11, 2013
STORM HAND OUT ANNUAL AWARDS    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm handed out their annual awards for the 2012-13 season on Thursday night at their end of season banquet at the Viaero Event Center. 

Brian Ward headlined the awards, being named the most valuable player. Ward has scored 51 points in 40 games on 22 goals and 29 assists.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013
PLENTY ON THE LINE AS STORM ENTER FINAL WEEKEND    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The 2012-13 USHL season will come to an end for the Tri-City Storm this weekend, but not before they do battle with the Lincoln Stars in a home-and-home series on Friday and Saturday night.

Tri-City hasn’t fared too well with the Stars this season, but will have a chance to end their campaign on a high note. Friday’s matchup will be at the IceBox in Lincoln and the Storm will complete their 64-game schedule in Kearney on Saturday night.

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Saturday, April 06, 2013
WARD RETURN NOT ENOUGH AS STORM FALL TO BUCS    

KEARNEY, Neb. – In a back and forth affair Saturday night at the Viaero Event Center, the Des Moines Buccaneers (25-32-4) prevailed, scoring two late third period goals and defeated the Tri-City Storm (22-33-7) by a score of 4-3.

The Storm’s top line of Trevor Moore, Michael Vecchione and Brian Ward each picked up two points in defeat, while defenseman Nolan Gluchowski added a power play goal.

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Friday, April 05, 2013
SIOUX CITY KNOCKS OFF SHORTHANDED STORM    

SIOUX CITY, Ia. – The Sioux City Musketeers (18-27-11) got two goals from three different players on their way to an 8-1 win over the Tri-City Storm at the Tyson Events Center on Friday night.

Storm forward Michael Vecchione scored his team leading twenty-third goal in the first period and also picked up his first fighting major of the season, dropping the gloves in the third.

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Saturday, March 30, 2013
DES MOINES USES THREE-GOAL THIRD TO TOP STORM    

DES MOINES, Ia. – Using a three goal effort in the third period, the Des Moines Buccaneers defeated the Tri-City Storm for the first time this season by a score of 4-1.

The only Storm goal was scored on the power play in the second period by Joel L’Esperance. The forward who was formerly property of the Buccaneers, had his tenth of the season assisted by forwards Michael Vecchione and Trevor Moore.

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Friday, March 29, 2013
BLACK HAWKS DEFEAT STORM, WIN SEASON SERIES    

WATERLOO, Ia. – The Waterloo Black Hawks (32-21-4) got ahead early and didn’t let up, defeating the Tri-City Storm (22-30-7) by a final score of 7-0 on Friday night at Young Arena.

Tri-City goaltender Justin Quale saw 46 shots and made 39 saves for the Storm in defeat.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013
CHUBAK, WILCOX LEAD TEAMS INTO NCAA TOURNAMENT    

KEARNEY, Neb. – This weekend is the beginning of tournament time in the college hockey world and there are plenty of Storm alumni represented.

Eleven former Tri-City Storm players will represent nine different schools in the NCAA Tournament which begins on Friday and Saturday at regional sites in Providence, R.I., Manchester, N.H., Toledo, Ohio, and Grand Rapids, Mich. 

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Saturday, March 23, 2013
SIIRO'S HAT TRICK DOOMS STORM    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The first place Sioux Falls Stampede (42-14-2) got a three-goal performance from Ryan Siiro and held on to their lead, defeating the Tri-City Storm (22-29-7) 6-3 on Saturday night at the Viaero Event Center.

The Storm got contributions from assistant captain Michael Vecchione, who had a power play goal late in the first, along with goals by Eli May and Kyle Eastman.

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Friday, March 22, 2013
MCMURPHY GETS GAME WINNER IN COMEBACK WIN    

KEARNEY, Neb. – After being down by two goals at the end of the first period, the Tri-City Storm (22-28-7) came back in the second and got a game-winning goal late in the third from Ryan McMurphy to defeat the Des Moines Buccaneers (22-31-3) on Friday night at the Viaero Event Center. 

Storm forwards Ben Foster and Joel L’Esperance both scored twice and Heikki Liedes added a goal in the victory for Tri-City. 

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
SIOUX FALLS OUTLASTS SHORTHANDED STORM    

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Tri-City Storm (21-27-7) were without some of their top scorers but used a team effort to hang in against the Western Conference leading Sioux Falls Stampede (40-14-2), ultimately falling by a score of 2-1 at the Sioux Falls Arena on Wednesday night.

Storm affiliate player Nick Hutchison scored his first career USHL goal, the only Tri-City tally of the night, in the middle of the second period on the power play. Justin Quale was also good in net, making 36 saves to keep the Storm in contention late.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
MUSKETEERS HOLD OFF STORM    

SIOUX CITY, Ia. – The Sioux City Musketeers (18-27-11) scored five goals in the second period to take the lead and held off the Tri-City Storm (21-27-7) in the third period, winning by a final score of 7-4 at on Tuesday night at the Tyson Events Center.

Storm forward Ben Foster had a goal and two assists in the loss, while Jason Cotton scored his first career USHL goal and Brian Ward had a goal and an assist.

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Monday, March 18, 2013
MOORE MAKING THE MOST OF HIS TIME IN KEARNEY    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Tri-City Storm forward Trevor Moore has really elevated his game during his second season in Kearney. Moore is currently leading the team in scoring with 54 points on 19 goals and 35 assists this season. He ranks thirteenth in the USHL in overall scoring and his 35 assists are ninth best in the league.

His 55 career assists and 86 career points are fifth and eighth-best respectively in team history.

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Friday, March 15, 2013
FRANKLIN NETS HAT TRICK IN WIN OVER STORM    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Sioux Falls Stampede (38-14-2) got a hat trick from leading goal scorer C.J. Franklin and defeated the Tri-City Storm by a score of 5-1 at the Viaero Event Center on Friday night. 

Tri-City got their lone goal from forward Grant Opperman, who now has 12 tallies on the season. With an assist on the goal, forward Brian Ward extended his point streak to 13 games. Ward has also scored at least once in 24 of his last 25 games.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013
OMAHA DEFEATS STORM IN SHOOTOUT    

RALSTON, Neb. – In the final battle of the season between the two in-state rivals, the Tri-City Storm (21-25-7) took a third period lead on a goal by Trevor Mingoia, but ultimately fell to the Omaha Lancers (32-23-0) in a shootout by a final score of 4-3.

The Storm got goals from Brian Ward, Jared Linnell and Mingoia in the loss, while Grant Opperman had two assists and Michael Vecchione picked up his fiftieth point of the season.

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Monday, March 11, 2013
MINGOIA COMMITS TO PROVIDENCE, REUNITES WITH LEAMAN    

KEARNEY, Neb. – It’s been a long journey, but Tri-City Storm forward Trevor Mingoia is headed back to the college ranks, committing to play at Providence College this coming fall. 

Mingoia, who spent one year at Union College, will be reunited with the coach he’s always wanted to play for, Nate Leaman.

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Saturday, March 09, 2013
LUMBERJACKS TOPPLE STORM, 6-3    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The Muskegon Lumberjacks (28-16-10) scored four consecutive goals in the second period and held on to defeat the Tri-City Storm (21-25-6) by a score of 6-3 at the Viaero Event Center on Saturday night.

Affiliate player Austin Poganski had his first USHL points, a goal and an assist, in his second game for Tri-City. The Storm also got goals from Michael Vecchione and Grant Opperman in the loss.

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Friday, March 08, 2013
MINGOIA'S TRICK PROPELS STORM PAST LANCERS    

KEARNEY, Neb. – The reigning USHL player of the week put on a show at the Viaero Event Center on Friday night. Tri-City Storm (21-24-6) forward Trevor Mingoia scored a natural hat trick in the second half of the game and brought his team from behind to defeat the Omaha Lancers (30-23-0) 6-3.

The win was the sixth consecutive victory for the Storm over Omaha this season. Other goal scorers for the Storm included Trevor Moore, Ben Foster and Heikki Liedes.

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Thursday, March 07, 2013
GOOD LIFE CUP STILL UP FOR GRABS    

KEARNEY, Neb. – As the 2012-13 USHL season begins to wind down, the playoffs are not the only thing on the mind of the three junior hockey teams in the state of Nebraska. 

Although each team has played one another many times already this season, nothing has been settled in the race for the first annual Good Life Cup.

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Wednesday, March 06, 2013
HRABOVSKY COMMITS TO AIR FORCE    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Tri-City Storm defenseman Johnny Hrabovsky announced Wednesday he has committed to attend school and play hockey at the United States Air Force Academy.

Hrabovsky, who is in his second season with the Storm, will join the team in Colorado Springs, Colo. this fall.

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Monday, March 04, 2013
MINGOIA MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR STORM    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Sometimes a second chance is all you need.

That’s what Tri-City Storm forward Trevor Mingoia has after leaving Union College early in his sophomore season to join the team in late October. Mingoia wasted no time making a big impact with his new team in his first USHL experience and is getting ready to join another collegiate program next fall.

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Monday, March 04, 2013
MINGOIA NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Tri-City Storm forward Trevor Mingoia was named a co-USHL forward of the week by the league office Monday afternoon.

The Fairport, N.Y. native scored four goals and added two assists in the Storm’s three games over the weekend in Waterloo, Indianapolis and Youngstown.

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Saturday, March 02, 2013
PHANTOMS EDGE STORM 5-4 IN OT    

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Youngstown Phantoms (28-20-0) erased a three-goal deficit in the third period and got an overtime winner from Sam Anas to defeat the Tri-City Storm (20-24-6) 5-4 on Saturday night at the Covelli Center.

The Storm got goals from four different players including Trevor Mingoia and Ben Foster, who both had multi-point performances. Joel L’Esperance also added two assists for Tri-City.

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Friday, March 01, 2013
STORM SCORE THREE TIMES DURING SECOND IN ROUT    

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Tri-City Storm (20-24-5) scored three unanswered goals in the second period to take control of the game and held on for a 6-4 victory over the Indiana Ice (17-28-4) at Pan Am Arena in Indianapolis on Friday night.

Trevor Mingoia and Joel L’Esperance had big offensive nights, each registering three points in the Storm victory. Jared Linnell also scored two goals in the first period and Trevor Moore had a goal and an assist.

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Thursday, February 28, 2013
TRI-CITY COMEBACK FALLS SHORT IN WATERLOO    

KEARNEY, Neb. – In their first trip to Waterloo this season the Tri-City Storm staged a valiant comeback attempt but fell short and lost to the Black Hawks by a final score of 6-4.

Storm forward Michael Vecchione was a big part of the late surge, scoring two goals in the third period, while Jared Linnell and Trevor Mingoia also contributed with goals in the loss.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
UNITED WAY JERSEY AUCTION BRINGS IN $15,289    

KEARNEY - The Tri-City Storm brought in $15,389 through its auction of 27 game-worn player and team jerseys Saturday, with all proceeds going to the United Way of the Kearney Area.  Trevor Moore’s No. 8 jersey went for the highest price at $1,250 during the live auction following the Storm’s Pack-It-In-Purple game against Green Bay.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
THURSDAY'S STORM GAME MOVED TO ESPN RADIO    

KEARNEY, Neb. – Thursday’s game broadcast of the Storm and Waterloo Black Hawks will air on the ESPN Radio Superstation 1460 AM and 1550 AM.

The Viaero Wireless Pre-Game Show will get underway at 6:45 p.m. and the puck will drop at 7:05.

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Saturday, February 23, 2013
GAMBLERS PREVAIL AFTER LATE STORM RALLY    

KEARNEY, Neb. – A furious late rally by the Tri-City Storm (19-23-5) wasn’t enough as a late goal gave the Green Bay Gamblers (29-14-3) a 4-3 win on Friday night in front of a crowd of 4,099 at the Viaero Event Center. 

Storm forwards Brian Ward and Trevor Mingoia each scored a goal and an assist in a three-goal third period in which Tri-City erased a 3-0 deficit.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
MICHALKE JOINS STORM COACHING STAFF    

KEARNEY, Neb. – With the stretch run and the final months of the season approaching, the Tri-City Storm have added current Air Force forward George Michalke to their staff as an assistant coach.

Michalke, who is a junior english major at the United States Air Force Academy, sustained an injury last October and is on medical leave from the university for the remainder of the season.

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Saturday, February 16, 2013
STORM WIN FIFTH STRAIGHT OVER LANCERS    

RALSTON, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm used a late second period goal from Tim Bonner to get ahead of the Omaha Lancers and held on, winning 2-1 at a sold out Ralston Arena on Saturday night. 

Brian Ward also scored his team-leading nineteenth goal in the second period and Justin Quale stopped 28 shots to pick up the win.

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Friday, February 15, 2013
SIOUX CITY DOWNS STORM, 5-3    

SIOUX CITY, Ia. – The Tri-City Storm fell behind early and couldn’t catch up, dropping a Western Conference battle with the Sioux City Musketeers by a score of 5-3 on Friday night at the Tyson Events Center.

The three Storm tallies were scored by Cutler Martin, Garrett Gamez and Tim Bonner, while Trevor Mingoia added two assists in the loss.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013
2.14.13 -- STORM HOCKEY, BD TEAM UP FOR MARCH 8 EMPLOYEE NIGHT    

KEARNEY - BD manufacturing plants in Holdrege and Broken Bow always are looking for new ways to bring their employees together outside of work.