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2016-17 Game 13 Preview TC at LIN

Posted 2 years 34 days ago ago by David Fine

Storm looks to extend season series edge

Lincoln, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm (6-4-0-2, 14 pts.) looks to win its third game this season against the Lincoln Stars (5-7-2-0, 12 pts.) Friday at 7:35 p.m.

Holding the season series advantage, 2-1, Tri-City has alternated wins and losses with Lincoln. The Storm opened the season with a 3-1 win at Lincoln. Two of the three games in the series have been decided by a goal.

Tri-City is on a season-long five-game point streak and tied for fourth in the Western Conference with Fargo. Though just two points behind the Storm, Lincoln is seventh in the conference. The Stars have dropped four straight games.  

After facing the Stars, Tri-City is at Sioux City tomorrow at 7:05 p.m. The next Storm home game is UNK Night, presented by the Hilltop Mall, on Friday, November 18 vs. Youngstown.

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Upcoming Schedule (Download here)
Fri., Nov. 11 at Lincoln, 7:35 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 12 at Sioux City, 7:05 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 18 vs. Youngstown, 7:05 p.m. – UNK Night, $5 Kids Friday
Sat., Nov. 19 vs. Youngstown, 7:05 p.m. – Wiener Dog Races, Postgame Skate
Wed., Nov. 23 at Lincoln, 7:05 p.m.

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A lot of long point streaks
Alex Limoges has points in eight straight games, the second-longest streak in the USHL this season. If the Cornell commit records a point Friday, he matches Chicago’s Johnny Walker for the longest point streak in 2016-17. 

Last season, Limoges earned points in the last six regular season games and the first three games of the Clark Cup Playoffs, technically a nine-game streak. He finished up the Clark Cup Playoffs with points in the last six games.

In his career, Limoges has had four point streaks last at least five games. Including postseason, the Assistant Captain has 67 points in 66 career USHL games.

Scouting Lincoln
After traveling about 3,500 miles over a seven-game road trip, the Stars host the Storm for their first road trip since October 14 vs. Des Moines. Lincoln went 1-4-2-0 (4 pts.) on the trip and began its road trip by falling at Tri-City on Oct. 15.

Mired in a four-game losing streak, the Stars are tied for 6th in the Western Conference.

Leading scorer Henry Bowlby (7g), a returning Stars forward, is tied for a squad-best nine points with Brandon Schultz. Only four other USHL teams are without a ten-point scorer.

Josef Korenar has split time with Cayden Primeau. Korenar is fifth in the league with a 1.77 goals against average and third with a .945 save percentage. Primeau is out for Friday’s game and emergency goaltender AJ Hawryluk will replace Primeau.

Season series
The last two games between the Stars and Storm have been decided by one goal. In the last meeting, Tri-City scored two in the third to knock off Lincoln, 4-3, on October 15.

Dayton Rasmussen has won both games he’s started against the Stars, making 51 saves on 55 shots (.927 sv%). Lincoln’s Cayden Primeau is allowing three goals a game to the Storm in three starts.

Philip Alftberg leads all Storm players with two goals in the series. Charlie Kelleher (1g, 2a) and Wyatt Bongiovanni (3a) are Tri-City’s series points leaders.

Lincoln’s Mike Gillespie has two goals this season, both against the Storm. Justin Richards had three points (1g, 2a) in the last meeting between the clubs.

On Deck
On Saturday, November 12, the Storm is in Sioux City for a 7:05 p.m. puck drop.

Tri-City is home on Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19 vs. Youngstown. Friday is UNK Night, presented by the Hilltop Mall and features a $5 Kids Friday (voucher for a free taco and soft drink at Kearney Taco Bell). Saturday’s game brings on the Wiener Dog Races at intermission, presented by Fariview Vet Clinic.

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