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2016-17 Game 16 Preview: Youngstown at Tri-City

Posted 2 years 26 days ago ago by David Fine

Cross-conference foes clash again, Storm hosts Wiener Dog Races

Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm (7-5-1-2, 17 pts.) hosts Wiener Dog Races during intermission and takes on the Eastern Conference’s Youngstown Phantoms (7-8-1-1, 16 pts.) for the second straight night Saturday at 7:05 p.m.

Tonight’s intermission races are presented by the Fairview Vet Clinic. During intermission, more than a dozen wiener dogs will race on the ice. The Storm has a free postgame skate for fans after the team finishes its game with the Phantoms. Saturday’s contest is the last chance to see the Storm in Kearney this month.

Alex Limoges scored two goals Friday to power the Storm to an overtime win, 4-3, over Youngstown on Friday. Limoges leads the Storm with nine goals and 17 points.

Dayton Rasmussen made 16 saves in the third period, handling the Phantoms with 36 saves, the third time Rasmussen has made 30 or more saves in a game this season.

Saturday’s game is the last time the clubs meet this regular season. 

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Upcoming Schedule (Download here)
Sat., Nov. 19 vs. Youngstown, 7:05 p.m. – Wiener Dog Races, Postgame Skate
Wed., Nov. 23 at Lincoln, 7:05 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 25 at Sioux Falls, 7:05 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 26 at Des Moines, 7:05 p.m.
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A summary of Alex Limoges’ hot streak

-      Alex Limoges leads the Storm with nine goals, tied for fourth in the league. His 17 points are tied for fifth.

-      Limoges has points in ten of 11 games (9g, 15 pts). A week ago against Sioux City, Limoges had a USHL-long nine-game point streak snapped.

-      Limoges has scored seven goals and 13 points in his last eight games.

-      The Cornell commit has five multi-point games and two multi-goal games this season, both tops on the squad.

-      In 69 career USHL games, including playoffs, Limoges has 70 points and 16 multi-point games.

At the Quarter Pole
The Storm is a fourth of the way through the 60-game season and this season quarter mark represents an improvement from last season’s Clark Cup Championship squad. At this point last season, the Storm was 5-7-2-1, good for 13 points and seventh in the conference. This season, Tri-City is 7-5-1-2, fifth in the conference with 17 points.

In particular, the goal scoring has been better; the Storm is averaging 3.1 goals per game, compared to 2.4 per contest at this point last season. Tri-City’s power play ranks second in the league at 23.3%. Last season, it was clicking at 15.9% at the quarter mark. The penalty kill is about the same, denying 86.2% of opponents’ chances compared to 87.9% in 2015-16.

In the second quarter of last season, the Storm jumped up five spots in the conference to a tie for 2nd place after achieving a 7-3-2-3 mark.

The third quarter was the Storm’s best last season, when it outscored opponents by nearly a goal a game (3.6 GF/gm, 2.7 GA/gm).

Last Time Out
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 overtime goal helped Tri-City salvage the extra point after it gave up three straight goals, allowing Youngstown to even the game at three early in the third.

Dayton Rasmussen finished with 36 saves, including 16 in the third period.

Wyatt Bongiovanni added a pair of assists and leads the team with nine. Charlie Kelleher and Adam Goodsir scored goals.

On Deck
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.

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