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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
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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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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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
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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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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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.