Posted 241 days ago ago by David Fine
Kearney, Neb. – One night after raising its Clark Cup Banner, The Tri-City Storm (2-0-0-1, 5 pts.) faces off for the second time against the Lincoln Stars (1-1-0-0, 2 pts.) Saturday at the Viaero Center, a 7:05 p.m. puck drop. The game features a magnet schedule and lottery ticket giveaway, presented by the Nebraska Lottery.
The Storm raised its 2016 Clark Cup Championship Banner prior to Friday’s game against Sioux City. The 30-minute ceremony featured a special speech by Storm Owner Mr. Kirk Brooks as well as tribute videos to last season’s championship team.
Tri-City plays the Stars in four of its first 16 games. In the first meeting, the Storm scored the first three goals and triumphed, 3-1.
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Sat., Oct. 1 vs. Lincoln, 7:05 p.m. – Nebraska Lottery Night: Magnet schedule, lottery ticket giveaway
Thurs., Oct. 6 vs. Green Bay, 7:05 p.m. – Season Ticket Giveaway: Two season ticket holders, two fans win
Fri., Oct. 7 vs. Green Bay, 7:05 p.m. – HocktoberFest: $1 Beers, $5 Kids Friday
Sun., Oct. 9 at Omaha, 5:05 p.m.
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The Banner has been raised
During a special pregame ceremony prior to the Storm’s game against Sioux City, Tri-City Owner Mr. Kirk Brooks spoke in-depth to the crowd about how proud he was to help bring a championship to the Tri-Cities. Nine returning Storm players skated the banner to the east end of the ice and helped clipped it to cables before it was lifted to the rafters.
Best in the league (early on)
Though the USHL regular season began eight days ago, the Tri-City Storm is off to a 2-0-0-1 start, best in the 17-team USHL. The Storm is one of five teams without a regulation defeat.
This is the second straight season Tri-City has started the season without a regulation loss in the first three games. Last season, the Storm started off 3-0-0-0, the second best start in club history.
In 2004, the Storm won its first four games, the best start in franchise history. No other Storm club earned points in its first four games.
Scouting the Stars
The Storm opened up the regular season with a 3-1 victory at the Lincoln Stars on September 23. Newcomer Linus Weissbach scored the first goal of the season. Tri-City went up by three goals early in the second period.
Lincoln played on Friday against Des Moines, a 4-3 shootout victory.
In cage, the Stars go with a pair of newcomers, Cayden Primeau and Josef Korenar. In the first match, Dayton Rasmussen made 27 saves and outdueled Primeau, who gave up three goals on 31 shots.
The Stars offense is led by leading returning scorer Ethen Frank, who had 19 points last season. He is one of four Lincoln Stars forwards to score this season.
Last time out
Paul Washe scored twice on assists from Alex Limoges, helping the Tri-City Storm to a 4-2 victory over the Sioux City Musketeers on Championship Night. The Storm raised its 2016 Clark Cup Championship banner prior to the game in a special 30-minute ceremony.
The Storm returning forward Washe, 17, scored the game-winning goal a little more than a minute into the third to move the team ahead by one. Tri-City trailed by a pair of goals twice and overcame the deficits with tallies by Washe, Wyatt Bongiovanni and Linus Weissbach.
Tri-City scored twice in the third to put away Sioux City. Washe trickled the puck through the legs of Ferland at 1:37 of the final frame. The shot was attempted just in front of the attacking blue line. Limoges and Bryan Yoon earned helpers.
The teams each had nine shots in the third. Dayton Rasmussen made all nine stops and 25 in the game for his second win. Ryan Ferland had 23 stops in defeat. Weissbach iced the game with an empty-net tally at 19:16 of the third.
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.
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