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2016-17 Game 17 Preview: Tri-City at Lincoln

Posted 2 years 22 days ago ago by David Fine

Thanksgiving appetizer at Ice Box

Lincoln, Neb. – For the second straight season, the Tri-City Storm (7-6-1-2, 17 pts.) and Lincoln Stars (7-8-2-0) play on the night before Thanksgiving, dueling at The Ice Box Wednesday at 7:05 p.m.

The squads have met five times through Tri-City’s first 17 games and the teams have split the first four games of the season series. After Wednesday’s meeting, the Storm plays the Stars just four times over its final 43 games.

The last times these clubs met, November 11, Tri-City forced overtime at Lincoln, but Luka Maver tallied the overtime-winning-goal to defeat the Storm.

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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.

Fri., Dec. 2 vs. Waterloo, 7:05 p.m. – First Responders Night, $5 Kids Friday

Sat., Dec. 3 vs. Waterloo, 3:05 p.m. – Boy Scout Day, Specialty jerseys
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First line revving
Alex Limoges (18 pts.), Charlie Kelleher (13 pts.) and Wyatt Bongiovanni (13 pts.) are the Storm’s top-three point scorers and all play on the same line. Last weekend, at least one member of the unit was on ice for four of the Storm’s five goals. Since Head Coach Bill Muckalt devised the line on October 28 at Fargo, Limoges has eight points in seven games, while Kelleher and Bongiovanni each have six.

Limoges centers the unit and has points in 11 of 12 games, with nine goals and 16 points in that span. He set the Storm’s record for consecutive games with a goal, six, earlier this season.

Kelleher has goals in consecutive games, boosting to six this season. Bongiovanni has recorded five assists since the line’s formation, jumping to a team-high ten.

All were selected in the first round of the USHL Draft. Kelleher (2016) and Limoges (2015) were picked in Phase II, while Bongiovanni was the third overall selection in the 2015 Phase I Draft by Des Moines.

Season series summary
The last three games between Tri-City and Lincoln have been one-goal games and the Stars have won two of the three. Tri-City is 1-0-1-0 at The Ice Box this season, including an opening-night victory, 3-1, on September 23.

Lincoln’s Luka Maver, coming off a three-point game against Tri-City on November 11, leads all players with four points in the season series (2g, 2a).

Five Storm players have notched three points in the season series: Philip Alftberg, Monte Graham, Charlie Kelleher, Alex Limoges and Wyatt Bongiovanni. Tri-City has had eight players score against the Stars and Alftberg leads all with two goals. The Storm has outscored the Stars, 11-10, through four games.

Dayton Rasmussen has played in three of four games, accruing a 2.25 goals against average and .929 save percentage. Last time out on November 11, he made a career-best 40 saves against the Stars in an overtime defeat.

Josef Korenar made 24 saves and allowed two goals in his only meeting against Tri-City, a win on November 11. Cayden Primeau has handled the other three meetings, going 1-2-0-0 with a 3.03 goals against average and a .908 save percentage.

Scouting Lincoln

The Stars rank second-to-last in the league in goal scoring, tallying 2.12 goals for per game. Lincoln has been shut out three times and have scored two or fewer goals in 11 of 17 games. The Stars have reached the three-goal mark in three of four games against Tri-City.

Henry Bowlby leads the team with seven goals and ten points, but has failed to tally a goal in three games. Mike Gillespie is tied for second on the team with nine points and is coming off a career-best three-point game against Des Moines on November 19.

Josef Korenar has the best save percentage (.941%) and the fourth-best goals against average in the league (1.83 GAA) to go along with a 4-4-1-0 record. The first-year netminder has taken the starting reins, starting five of the last six games and accruing a 2.36 goals against average and .926 save percentage in that span. Cayden Primeau allowed five goals in his last appearance November 5 at Sioux Falls, an overtime loss, and has a 3-4-1-0 record, 3.24 goals against average and a .897 save percentage.

Korenar will represent the Czech Republic at the World Jr. A Challenge in Bonnyville, Alberta, Canada from December 11-17. Primeau, Ethen Frank and Alex Green will play for the U.S. Junior Select Team.

On Deck
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 game will be broadcast on Classic Hits.

Saturday, November 26, the Storm matches Des Moines for the first time, with the game on The Breeze 94.5 FM.  

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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