Posted 231 days ago ago by David Fine
The Tri-City Storm begins Storm Fights Cancer Weekend on Thursday by painting the Viaero Center ice and hosts two home games against the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders and Lincoln Stars.
This Thursday from 5-9 p.m., Tri-City invites all fans to “Paint the Ice” to remember those affected by cancer. The Storm will wear specialty jerseys and play on the painted ice against Cedar Rapids on Friday, October 14 at 7:05 p.m. for Color Out Cancer Night presented by Midway Auto Dealerships.
Just 24 hours later, the Storm and Kearney Concrete team up for Concrete Cares Night on Saturday, October 15 at 7:05 p.m. Both Storm games will feature specialty jerseys.
The Storm (2-4-0-1, 5 pts.) is tied for sixth in the conference and looks to beat Lincoln for the second time this season on Saturday. Tri-City tied a franchise record for fewest shots against on Sunday, yielding just 12 to Omaha in a 3-2 defeat.
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Thursday, October 6 vs. Green Bay: Loss, 4-2
Friday, October 7 vs. Green Bay: Loss, 5-3
Sunday, October 9 at Omaha: Loss, 3-2
Paint The Ice: Thursday, October 13, 5-9 p.m.
Color Out Cancer Night (pres. by Midway): Friday, October 14 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Cedar Rapids (specialty jerseys, $5 Kids Friday)
Concrete Cares Night (pres. by Kearney Concrete): Saturday, October 15 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Lincoln (specialty jerseys)
Need to Know
Stingy Team Record
The Storm allowed 12 shots on Sunday to Omaha, matching a team record for fewest allowed. Tri-City has achieved the mark six times.
In particular, the Storm allowed a season-low two shots on goal in the third, out-attempting Omaha, 10-2.
Omaha’s lack of shots continued a consistent Tri-City theme: outshooting opponents. The Storm has outshot opponents in five of six games has taken the most shots on goal in the league (223).
Tri-City yields 25.1 shots per game, second-best in the circuit.
Campolieto joins Storm
The Storm added defenseman Joseph Campolieto from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights (NAHL) on Tuesday. Through 11 games, the 18-year-old led the Knights with 11 points, tied for the second-most by a blueliner in the NAHL this season.
The move gives Tri-City nine defenseman. The Storm boasts three defenseman with at least one season of USHL experience; Captain Jack McNeely, Assistant Captain Joey Matthews, and third-year blueliner Carson Vance.
Returning Storm forward Paul Washe leads the Storm with six points after a two-assist game on Sunday at Omaha.
The native of Clarkston, Michigan is also tops on Tri-City with two multi-point games. Last season, Washe had multiple points four times.
The 17-year-old is ten points away from matching last season’s total; the Western Michigan commit had nine goals and seven assists in 56 games.
Graham equals goals
By scoring two power-play goals Friday vs. Green Bay, Storm forward Monte Graham lifted his goal total to three, tied with Paul Washe for best on the squad.
Graham equaled his goal total from last season in six games. The Boston College commit had three goals and eight points in 56 games. In the postseason, the two-way force netted a goal in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals against Waterloo.
Give me five
Five Storm players (Paul Washe, Charlie Kelleher, Monte Graham, Alex Limoges, Wyatt Bongiovanni) have at least five points, one of two teams (Des Moines) to have such top-level consistency.
Paul Washe leads the team with six points. Monte Graham and Washe are tied for the squad lead with three goals. Bongiovanni is best on the Storm with four assists.
Alex Limoges has goals in consecutive games, boosting to two goals and five points.
Sunday at Omaha, Washe centered Limoges and Bongiovanni. The 17-year-old Bongiovanni was the third overall pick in Phase I of the 2015 USHL Draft by the Des Moines Buccaneers. He netted three goals and 14 points in his rookie season with Des Moines before being acquired by the Storm this August.
Man Up Matters
The Storm has scored five power-play goals in its last three games, one short of a three-game high since Bill Muckalt became Storm Head Coach.
Tri-City’s man up has helped it stay afloat; Tri-City has scored seven goals over its last three contests. Monte Graham leads the team with two power-play goals. Both came in the first period on Friday vs. Green Bay, tying a club record for most man-up goals in a period.
The Storm was 0-for-14 to begin the season on the man up before its recent three-game run (5-for-11).
Game 5 vs. Green Bay: Gamblers run away from Storm in third, 4-2
Game 6 vs. Green Bay: Hot Storm power play falls short, 5-3
Game 7 at Omaha: Storm yields team-low 12 shots, Omaha outlasts Storm, 3-2
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