Posted 163 days ago ago by David Fine
Lincoln, Neb. – Dayton Rasmussen made a career-best 40 saves, but Luka Maver scored with 55 seconds left in overtime to defeat the Tri-City Storm, 3-2, Friday at The Ice Box.
After nearly five minutes without a stoppage, Maver flipped his second goal of the night from the left circle. The four-on-four tally snapped a four-game Lincoln losing streak.
Rasmussen’s stops helped the Storm earn points in its sixth straight game. In the second period, Rasmussen made 18 saves and the Storm scored twice. Josef Korenar took the overtime victory with 24 saves on 26 shots.
Tri-City’s Philip Alftberg collected a power-play goal and leads USHL defensemen with four goals. Brian Hawkinson scored a short-handed goal. Alex Limoges had an assist, giving the forward points in a career-best nine straight games.
The Storm special teams success in the middle frame kept the score tied at two after the second.
First, Hawkinson one-timed a slap shot from the left circle for a short-handed tally, assisted by Limoges and Nick Azar at 1:35 of the second. Hawkinson, a returning forward from Aurora, Colorado, has two career USHL goals.
Lincoln struck back 1:25 later, an even strength tally from Chayse Primeau on a left-circle wrist shot.
The Storm’s power play clicked at 7:41 of the second and gave Tri-City a 2-1 edge. Setting up at the point, Philip Alftberg teed up another one-timer that deflected past Korenar. Linus Weissbach took the assist after setting up Alftberg.
A 19-year-old from Marsta, Sweden, Alftberg leads USHL defenseman with four goals this season. He’s also contributed five assists and leads Storm blueliners with nine points.
The Stars capitalized at 12:43 of the second to tie the game at two, a snipe by Luka Maver that bested Rasmussen.
Tri-City killed off six Lincoln power plays, keeping the Storm perfect down a man over the last three games (16-for-16). The Storm power play finished 1-for-3.
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