Posted 1 years 40 days ago ago by David Fine
The Tri-City Storm rides a season-long five-game point streak into a pair of weekend games at Lincoln and Sioux City.
Coming off a 4-1 win Friday against Omaha, Tri-City continued to capitalize on its strengths: early dominance, late defense and top-six contributions.
Early Dominance: The Storm scored two goals in the first period, giving it a USHL-best 20 goals in the opening frame. Tri-City has allowed seven goals in 12 first periods.
Late Defense: Tri-City’s Dayton Rasmussen clamped down with nine third-period saves for his fourth straight win. Rasmussen earned a 21-save victory on his 18th birthday.
Top-Six Contributions: Team points leader Alex Limoges (14 pts.) extended his point streak to a career-best eight games. Linemate Charlie Kelleher had his third goal of the season and is tied for second on the squad with ten points.
After the weekend road games, the Storm is home for a pair of contests against Youngstown on Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19. Friday is UNK Night, presented by Hilltop Mall, plus a $5 Kids Friday for kids 12 and under, brought to you by Kearney Taco Bell. Saturday’s game features special intermission Wiener Dog Races, presented by Fairview Vet Clinic. Finish up the weekend with a postgame skate.
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Western Conference Standings
1. Waterloo – 21 points
2. Sioux City – 19 points
3. Des Moines – 15 points
4. Tri-City – 14 points
5. Omaha – 13 points
T-6. Fargo/Lincoln – 12 points
8. Sioux Falls – 11 points.
Need to Know
Storm goalie Dayton Rasmussen has more wins this season (6) than all of last season (4) after collecting victories in his last four games. The 18-year-old from Eden Prairie, Minnesota has a 1.75 goals against average over the last four contests (7GA), fourth in the league over that span, plus a .931 save percentage. Overall, he is 6-2-0-1 with a 2.16 goals against average and a .917 save percentage.
Along with Eric Dop, the duo has allowed nine goals during the Storm’s five-game point streak, moving Tri-City to 8th in the league (2.58 goals against/game).
Rasmussen earned points in nine of 15 appearances with Tri-City in 2015-16, notching a 4-3-3-2 record, 2.52 goals against average and a .913 save percentage.
Linus loves home
Linus Weissbach has points in his last five home games (1g, 6a), the longest home streak in the USHL this season. The forward earned his second multi-point game (1g, 1a) Friday vs. Omaha to snap an eight-game goal drought.
A second-round pick in the 2016 Phase II Draft, Weissbach is in his first season playing in North America. A native of Gothenburg, Sweden, Weissbach has three goals and nine points.
Assistant Captain Alex Limoges has points in a career-high eight straight games, one away from matching the longest streak in the USHL this season (Johnny Walker, Chicago). Omaha stopped Limoges’ team-record six-game goal scoring streak on Friday.
Avoiding the “Sin Bin”
The Storm has taken a USHL-low 131 penalty minutes and 48 minor penalties in 12 games this season. Tri-City has taken ten of fewer PIMs in eight games and averages the fewest penalty minutes per game in the league (10.9/game). Green Bay is second stingiest, accruing an average of 13.1 PIMs/game
The Storm has also drawn the fewest opponent penalty minutes (105) of any team.
Tri-City’s discipline picks up on last season’s theme, when the Storm took its fewest regular season penalty minutes in club history (726 PIMs, 12.1 PIMs/game).
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