Posted 353 days ago ago by David Fine
Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm’s power play struck twice, but the Green Bay Gamblers scored three in the third to slip by the Storm, 4-2, Thursday at the Viaero Center.
Charlie Kelleher and Joey Matthews scored the first two power-play goals for the Storm. Tri-City led, 2-1, entering the third before Casey Mittelstadt scored twice in the third for Green Bay. Mittelstadt potted the game-winning tally with about seven minutes left. Josh Kosack scored the empty-net goal to stop the Storm’s comeback attempt.
In cage, Dayton Rasmussen made 27 saves. The Storm outshot the Gamblers, 35-31, but David Hrenak earned his first USHL win with 33 stops.
The Storm wraps up a four-game homestand on $1 Beer Night, presented by Bud Light, tomorrow against Green Bay at 7:05 p.m.
After Green Bay killed an early first-period penalty, Brody Stevens was called for head contact and the Storm went to the man up. Thirty seconds into the power play, Linus Weissbach controlled at the right point. Striding to the circle, Weissbach slipped a feed to Charlie Kelleher. Uncovered at the left circle, Kelleher cradled and wristed the puck in for the opening goal at 5:22.
Both players earned their third point on the goal. Kelleher, the Storm’s first-round pick in Phase II of the 2016 Draft, has two goals and three points in his last three games. Weissbach earned his first helper.
Special teams continued to be key. The Storm allowed a power-play goal at 6:13 of the second to Josh Kosack.
Tri-City started its third man up and struck off the face-off 2:21 later. Alex Limoges won the puck to Wyatt Bongiovanni and it was tapped to the right point. Matthews wristed it through traffic and in for his first of the season.
Limoges and Bongiovanni each have three assists, best on the squad. The Storm power play finished 2-for-3. Tri-City killed two of three Green Bay power plays.
Mittelstadt potted consecutive goals for Green Bay to give it a 3-2 lead. First, the Minnesota-born forward tallied one minute into the frame. Next, with seven minutes left, he snuck the puck by Rasmussen on a left-circle attempt.
The Storm hosts Green Bay again on Friday, October 7. Join us for $1 beers, presented by Bud Light. It’s also a $5 Kids Friday. Tickets for kids 12 and under are $5 and all kids receive a voucher for a free taco and soft drink from Taco Bell in Kearney.
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The Storm is a week away from its Storm Fight Cancer Weekend October 13-15, featuring a pair of home games. On Thursday, October 13 from 5-9 p.m., Tri-City invites all fans to “Paint the Ice” and 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.
To continue the weekend theme, the Storm and Kearney Concrete team up for Concrete Cares Night on Saturday, October 15 at 7:05 p.m. Tri-City will play Lincoln on the painted ice and the Storm will wear new and different specialty jerseys.