Posted 1 years 5 days ago ago by David Fine
Kearney, Neb. – Alex Limoges scored two goals, including the overtime game-winning tally on the power play, to sail the Tri-City Storm to a 4-3 win against the Youngstown Phantoms Friday at the Viaero Center.
With the Storm on a four-on-three man advantage, Limoges picked up a rebound at the left post and stuffed it in with 3:04 remaining in sudden death. Tri-City’s leading scorer also scored a short-handed goal in the first. The Assistant Captain has nine goals and 17 points this season.
The overtime goal helped Tri-City salvage the extra point after it gave up three straight goals in a span of 4:37. Youngstown tied the game early in the third at three, but could not solve Dayton Rasmussen after equaling the score.
Rasmussen finished with 36 saves, including 16 in the third period. Ivan Kulbakov took the overtime loss after denying 23 shots.
Tri-City remains fifth in the Western Conference with a 7-5-1-2 record, good for 17 points.
Limoges scored his first career short-handed goal exactly halfway through the first to give Tri-City a 1-0 edge. The forward entered the zone at the right wing. After momentarily losing the puck, Wyatt Bongiovanni freed the puck to Limoges with a kick pass to the right slot. Limoges shot the puck to the top right pocket for his team-best eighth goal.
The Cornell commit Limoges has points in nine of ten games (8g, 6a). Bongiovanni has eight assists, tied for the team lead with Limoges.
The Storm has scored the most first-period goals (22) of any USHL team and has the best opening-frame goal differential (+13).
The momentum continued to roll early in the second, providing the Storm with a three-goal lead. Charlie Kelleher stashed the puck in on a two-on-one at the right post, assisted by Linus Weissbach, 47 seconds into the frame. Kelleher is tied for second on the squad with 12 points.
One hundred seconds later, Adam Goodsir scored his third goal of the season with a deke to the right post and backhanded shot in. Josiah Slavin received the helper.
On consecutive shots separated by 16 seconds, Youngstown pulled within one, 3-2. First with 1:46 left, Curtis Hall beat Rasmussen with a net-front tip. Next, Nicolas Werbik scored on a left-circle shot. Coale Norris ripped the tying goal in at 2:51 of the third.
Philip Alftberg assisted on the overtime-winner, giving the 19-year-old defenseman six assists and ten points. Tri-City’s power-play marker helped it finish 1-for-4 in the game. Youngstown was 0-for-4 and the Storm has killed off 25 straight opponent power plays.
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Tri-City is at home again to take on Youngstown on Saturday, November 19 for Wiener Dog Races, presented by the Fairview Vet Clinic. During intermission, a dozen wiener dogs will race on the ice. The Storm has a postgame skate for fans after the team finishes its game with the Phantoms.
The Storm is on the road for three games during Thanksgiving week. On Wednesday, November 23 Tri-City is at Lincoln, a 7:05 p.m. puck drop with the Viaero Wireless Pregame Show at 6:45 p.m. on the Breeze 94.5. Friday, November 25, Tri-City travels to Sioux Falls for the final time this season and drops the puck with the Stampede at 7:05 p.m. The next night, Saturday, November 26, the Storm matches Des Moines for the first time.
The Storm returns home for a pair of home games on Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3 against Waterloo. Friday’s game is a 7:05 p.m. puck drop for First Responders Night, presented by New West Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery, plus a $5 Kids Friday. Tri-City will honor local first responders throughout the night, paying tribute to the hard work and efforts of so many in the central Nebraska community.
Saturday, December 3 is Boy Scout Day, presented by Cabela’s, and features a special 3:05 p.m. start time and one-game-only specialty jerseys that will be auctioned off after the game.