Posted 362 days ago ago by David Fine
Urbandale, Ia. – Tri-City Storm forward Alex Limoges scored his team-leading 11th goal of the season, but three second-period goals by the Des Moines Buccaneers foiled the Storm, 5-2, Saturday at Buccaneer Arena.
Limoges’ goal pulled Tri-City to a 3-1 deficit midway through the second. Des Moines halted the Storm’s momentum quickly; Tommy Parrottino answered back two minutes later with his second tally to restore the Buccaneers’ three goal lead.
Joe Cipollone moved Tri-City within two, 4-2, five minutes into the third. David Keefer’s empty-net goal in the final minute ended the Storm’s chance at a comeback.
Tri-City outshot Des Moines, 27-17. Dayton Rasmussen allowed four goals on 16 shots. Jan Ruzicka denied 25 shots in victory.
Des Moines took a 3-0 lead with one goal in the first and two in the second. On the first goal, Mario Ferraro picked off a neutral-ice pass, skated into the zone, deked from the right post to the left side and backhanded in the game’s first goal at 4:33 of the first. David Keefer scored Des Moines’ second goal on the power play at 1:28 of the second.
After the Buccaneers went up by three, Limoges answered with 7:49 left in the second to cut the lead to 3-1. Joseph Campolieto trickled the puck on net with a left point shot. Limoges collected the loose puck at the right post and slammed it in for his team-best 20th point of the season.
Limoges has points in 13 of the last 15 games (11g, 6a). Earlier this season, the Cornell commit has also set the Storm’s record for consecutive games with a goal (6).
Tommy Parrottino scored his second goal of the game on a breakaway with 5:24 remaining in the second, extending Des Moines’ edge, 4-1.
Cipollone’s tally, his first since opening night, dragged the Storm within two at 4:52 of the third. A power-play goal, Paul Washe engineered the play by spinning at the left post and feeding it across the slot to Cipollone.
Tri-City has scored on the man up in 12 of 15 games. The Storm went 1-for-5 on the power play. Des Moines finished 2-for-3.
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Tri-City 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.