Posted 355 days ago ago by David Fine
Kearney, Neb. – Eric Dop recorded his first USHL win, three Storm skaters recorded their first USHL points and Logan Drevitch scored his first Tri-City goal, gunning the Storm to a 5-2 win over the Waterloo Black Hawks Saturday at the Viaero Center.
Ronnie Attard notched his first USHL point and goal 2:30 into the third to give the Storm a 4-2 lead. Jack Summers earned an assist in his USHL debut. Nicholas Nardella also recorded his first USHL point, assisting on Drevitch’s goal.
Meanwhile, Dop stepped up with 14 saves in the third period, preserving the Storm’s edge. The 18-year-old from Lewis Center, Ohio completed his first victory with 28 saves. Black Hawks netminder Severi Isokangas gave up five goals and recorded 20 saves.
Linus Weissbach and Charlie Kelleher each finished with a goal and an assist. Danny DiGrande also tallied for Tri-City.
The run of Storm “firsts” started late in the first, giving Tri-City a 2-1 edge. Tied at one with under a minute to play in the first, Summers knocked a feed to Bryan Yoon. DiGrande finished off the play with a slap shot goal from the right circle, his fifth of the season. Summers’ secondary assist gave him his first USHL point in less than a period.
Waterloo scored on the power play at 11:07 of the second to tie the game at two, but Drevitch responded 42 seconds later to move the Storm in front, 3-2. After Nardella wristed the puck wide of Isokangas, Drevitch followed up with a wrap-around goal. In one swoop, Nardella took home his first USHL point and Drevitch potted his first Storm goal.
Acquired Monday from the Muskegon for former Captain Jack McNeely, Drevitch has five goals and ten points this season.
At 2:31 of the third, Attard bombed a slap shot from the point that beat Isokangas, knocking the Storm in front by two.
Kelleher finished off the scoring with his seventh of the season, trickling the puck in at the right post with 3:09 and giving Tri-City a 5-2 lead.
Before all the Tri-City offense, the Storm went down, 1-0, at 9:30 of the first. Three minutes after Swaney’s goal, Alex Limoges chased the puck to the left circle and fed Linus Weissbach behind the defense. The 18-year-old Weissbach snapped it in to the bottom right pocket at 12:39 of the first.
Originally from Gothenburg, Sweden, Weissbach’s best work has come at the Viaero Center, where he has three of his four goals and 11 of his 14 points.
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