Posted 165 days ago ago by David Fine
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The Tri-City Storm had a six-game point streak snapped Saturday at Sioux City and looks rebound at home, hosting a pair of games against the Youngstown Phantoms this Friday and Saturday.
Over the course of the season-long point streak, Storm goaltender Dayton Rasmussen won four of five starts and recorded a 1.95 goals against average and a .931 save percentage. Eric Dop made his second appearance Saturday, a 3-2 loss, but has a 2.40 goals against average and .925 save percentage.
Friday’s home game 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. Tri-City finishes up the weekend with a postgame skate.
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Friday, November 11: OTL, LIN 3, TC 2 (Recap, Box Score)
Saturday, November 12: Loss, SC 3, TC 2 (Recap, Box Score, Highlights)
Friday, November 18, 7:05 p.m. vs. Youngstown – UNK Night, $5 Kids Friday
Saturday, November 19, 7:05 p.m. vs. Youngstown – Wiener Dog Races, Postgame Skate.
Western Conference Standings
1. Sioux City – 23 points
2. Waterloo – 21 points
3. Des Moines – 17 points
4. Fargo – 16 points
T-5. Tri-City/Omaha – 15 points
7. Lincoln – 14 points
8. Sioux Falls – 11 points.
Need to Know
Alftberg strikes again
Philip Alftberg leads USHL defensemen four goals and is tied for fourth in the league among blueliners with nine points.
The 19-year-old scored a power-play goal Friday at Lincoln, ripping the puck from the center point. Three of his goals have snuck in on shots from the blue line.
Picked in the ninth round, 146th overall, in the 2016 Phase II USHL Draft, Alftberg is a native of Märsta, Sweden (pronounced: MASH-tah). He is a right-handed shot standing 5-foot-8, 177 pounds.
Dangerous power play
Tri-City scored on the power play in three straight games and is second in the league with a 23.2% conversion rate.
The Storm is 9-for-28 at the Viaero Center on the man up, the best home mark in the league (32.1%). Last season, Tri-City had the third-worst home power play, scoring on just 12.2% of chances.
After starting the season 0-for-14 through the first four games, the Storm has scored 13 power-play goals in 10 games (13-for-42, 30.9%).
Penalty kill progress
The Storm’s penalty kill is perfect over its last four games and has stopped 21 straight opponent chances. Tri-City ranks seventh in the league, killing off 85.2% of opposition power plays.
Friday at Lincoln, the Storm allowed a season-high six power-play chances and stopped them all. In three of the last four games, Tri-City has killed off at least five opponent man ups.
The Storm also did not allow a power-play marker over the first four games of the season. Last season, Tri-City’s longest streak without allowing a man-up goal was six games.
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