Posted 2 years 80 days ago ago by David Fine
The first-place Tri-City Storm will raise its Clark Cup Championship banner on Championship Night, presented by Viaero Wireless, this Friday, September 30 at 7:05 p.m. against Sioux City. Friday’s game is the first of two weekend contests that start the Storm’s home slate at the Viaero Center.
The home opener is a chance to celebrate the Tri-Cities community and the wonderful Storm fans that have followed the team for 17 seasons. To honor the community, Tri-City will give away championship pennants to the first 1,000 fans, raise the banner during a special pregame ceremony and honor last season’s team throughout the night.
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After raising the banner, Tri-City is back at home to face off against rival Lincoln at 7:05 p.m. The Storm gives away magnet schedules and lottery tickets on Nebraska Lottery Night.
On the ice, Tri-City started off the regular season nearly perfectly, earning three of a possible four points to jump to the top of the Western Conference standings. The Storm won its fifth straight regular season game against Lincoln to start the season on Friday.
Friday, September 23 at Lincoln: Win, 3-1
Saturday, September 24 at Sioux Falls: Shootout Loss, 3-2
Championship Night (Viaero Wireless), Friday, September 30 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Sioux City
Nebraska Lottery Night, Saturday, October 1 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Lincoln.
Need to Know
Raise the banner
To help celebrate the Storm’s first Clark Cup, Storm Owner Mr. Kirk Brooks will speak to Tri-City fans in a special pregame ceremony. Players from last season’s club will be honored with videos throughout the night.
Fans will get an all-access look into last season’s team with tributes during the special pregame ceremony. Remember, the first 1,000 fans receive a special championship pennant.
Numbers behind the Clark Cup
The Storm played its first game ever at Lincoln on September 23, 2000, marking 5,718 days from its opening game until it won its first Clark Cup on May 20, 2016 vs. Dubuque.
In between its first game and crowning contest, the Storm has had seven head coaches. More than 200 players committed to NCAA Division I institutions have competed with the Storm. Twenty three players on last season’s club were committed to D-I schools.
Keep on Shooting
The Storm took 50 shots on goal Saturday at Sioux Falls, a high in the Bill Muckalt era and nine short of the franchise record. Tri-City leads the league in shots/game (40.5) through the first weekend, continuing a shot-heavy theme that developed late last season.
During the Clark Cup playoffs, Tri-City averaged 35.8 shots on goal, second among playoff teams. Since last season’s playoffs began, the Storm has had at least 30 shots on goal in 11 of 14 games. Tri-City has eclipsed 40 shots on goal in seven of the 14 contests.
The Storm has not lost in regulation since Game 4 of the 2016 Western Conference Finals. Including the Storm’s 4-0-0-0 preseason, the point streak is at 10 games (9-0-0-1 record).
Last season, Tri-City set a franchise record with a 13-game point streak, also the longest in the USHL.
Ten of the Storm’s 21 skaters recorded points over the weekend.
The Storm utilized 13 forwards and nine found the point sheet. All four Storm forward lines contributed goals.
Monte Graham (1g, 1a) and rookie Wyllum Deveaux (1g, 1a) lead Tri-City with two points.
Deveaux is Tri-City’s youngest player. The 16-year-old was born August 30, 2000. USHL players range between age 16-20. A native of Sackville, Nova Scotia, Canada, Deveaux stands 6-foot-1, 197 pounds.
Game 1 at Lincoln: Storm shuts down Stars in opener, 3-1
The Storm opened its regular season roaring, scoring the first three goals and defeating the Lincoln Stars, 3-1, Friday at the Ice Box.
Storm newcomer Linus Weissbach tallied the first goal of the season, assisted by two other first-year Tri-City players Adam Goodsir and Wyatt Bongiovanni.
Returning pieces helped complete the Storm’s win; Monte Graham and Joe Cipollone tallied one minute apart early in the second period.
Dayton Rasmussen made 27 saves, including ten in the third period.
Game 2 at Sioux Falls: Tri-City opens shooting range, stymied in shootout, 3-2
Despite outshooting the Sioux Falls Stampede, 50-28, the Herd knocked off Tri-City in the skills competition, 3-2, Saturday at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center.
The 50 shots on goal represented a high since Bill Muckalt became Head Coach in July 2015. Paul Washe scored a goal to tie the contest at two midway through the second. The returning 17-year-old forward attempted a team-high seven shots on net.
By earning a point, the Storm has secured an early lead for first in the Western Conference (3 pts).
Dayton Rasmussen was again sharp with 25 saves. Sioux Falls’ Jeremy Swayman made 48 saves.
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