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2016-17 Game 14 Preview TC at SC

Posted 2 years 220 days ago ago by David Fine

Storm looks to halt sizzling Musketeers

Sioux City, Ia. – The Tri-City Storm (6-4-1-2, 15 pts.) plays its first game of the season in Sioux City against the Musketeers (10-3-1-0, 21 pts.) Saturday at 7:05 p.m.

The last time these teams played, the Storm raised its Clark Cup Championship Banner on September 30 and knocked off the Musketeers, 4-2. Sioux City enters Saturday’s contest on a six-game winning streak and with the best home record in the league (9-1-1-0). Tri-City is 2-1-1-2 on the road.

The Musketeers are tied for first in the conference with Waterloo. Meanwhile, Tri-City is riding a season-long six-game point streak and is tied with Omaha for fourth in the conference.

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)
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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Scouting Sioux City
The Musketeers’ home success has been primarily due to its offense; in 11 home games, the club is outscoring opponents, 35-22.

Leading scorer Eeli Tolvanen leads the USHL with 83 shots on goal. Ranked an “A” prospect (first-round potential) by NHL Central Scouting in its Preliminary Players to Watch List for the 2017 NHL Draft, Tolvanen is tied for second in the league with nine goals and third in the USHL with 16 points. The 17-year-old scored a goal and an assist against Tri-City in the only season series meeting.

Latvian-born netminder Matiss Kivlenieks has taken over the workload, playing in 12 games and compiling a 9-2-1-0 record, 1.79 goals against average and .935 save percentage. In the first meeting, the Storm scored three goals on backup Ryan Ferland, who has made just one other appearance this season.

Limoges update
Assistant Captain Alex Limoges has points in nine straight games, tied for the longest streak in the USHL this season (Johnny Walker, Chicago). Omaha stopped Limoges’ team-record six-game goal scoring streak on Friday, Nov. 4.

Season series
In the only meeting of the season series, Tri-City honored its 2016 Clark Cup Championship team by raising the championship banner and went on to slay the Muskeeters, 4-2.

Paul Washe, Linus Weissbach and Wyatt Bongiovanni scored goals and eight Tri-City players recorded points. Alex Limoges (2a) and Washe (2g) are tied with Sioux City’s Eeli Tolvanen (1g, 1a) for points in the series.

Dayton Rasmussen made 25 saves to outduel Ryan Ferland, who allowed three goals on 26 shots.

The Storm plays the Musketeers seven times this season and three times at the Tyson Events Center.

Recent success
Since 2014-15, Tri-City is 9-3-0-1 against Sioux City. In the last five season series, the Storm has taken three, split one and dropped the other, compiling a record of 19-13-1-2.

Interestingly, in the previous five seasons (2006-11), the Storm lost all five series against the Musketeers, winning just seven of 27 games (7-20-4-3).

In the Tier-I regular season history of the USHL (since 2002-03), the Storm is 25-16-3-5 at home against Sioux City and 11-28-2-3 on the road.

Last Time Out
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.

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. Linus Weissbach also collected a helper, his third point in the last two games.

On Deck
Tri-City is at 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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