Posted 174 days ago ago by David Fine
Kearney, Neb. – Despite a heavy shot advantage, the Tri-City Storm allowed a goal halfway through the third and the Lincoln Stars bested Tri-City, 3-2, Saturday at the Viaero Center.
The Storm outshot the Stars, 36-22, and Tri-City had 12 shots in the final frame. Stars goalie Cayden Primeau made 34 stops for his first USHL win. David Tomeo made 19 stops in defeat.
Tri-City’s Carson Vance tied the game at two eight minutes into the final frame, but the Storm yielded the go-ahead goal to Dominick Mersch two minutes later. Charlie Kelleher knotted his first USHL goal near the end of the first.
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The Storm began pounding the Stars in shots early in the first and Tri-City was rewarded late in the period. At four-on-four, Kelleher forced a turnover in the Storm end. He drove the puck to the Lincoln zone and dropped for Monte Graham. The center dished back to Kelleher and the left post and the forward backhanded it through Primeau with 30.6 seconds left in the first.
The Storm outshot the Stars, 17-7, in the first.
The shot momentum turned midway through the second and the Stars scored twice in the middle frame. With 10:28 left in the second, Christian Evers flung a wrist shot from the left circle that beat Tomeo.
With 1:30 remaining in the second, Mike Gillespie tallied on a partial breakaway. Feeling pressure from behind, the third-year Star slapped the puck from just inside the right circle that went through the five hole.
Tri-City’s Carson Vance, playing in his 131st career USHL game, scored his first Storm goal at 7:51 of the third to help the Storm tie the contest at two. The unassisted goal dribbled in from the point after striking a body in front.
Off a face-off two minutes later, Lincoln’s Mersch scored the game winner.
Two Storm players received game misconducts. Adam Goodsir was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct and game misconduct after time expired in the second. Ben Taylor was given a game misconduct after taking a five-minute major penalty for head contact with 1:13 left. Lincoln ran out the clock on the ensuing five-minute major.
The Storm hosts Green Bay on Thursday, October 6 and Friday, October 7. On Thursday, Tri-City gives away season tickets to four lucky fans! Friday is Hocktoberfest, with $1 beers, presented by Bud Light. Listen to Storm games on The Breeze 94.5 FM.