Posted 139 days ago ago by David Fine
Kearney, Neb. – Des Moines Buccaneers forward Kobe Roth tallied with 3:46 left and Nick MacNab made 18 saves to shut out the Tri-City Storm, 1-0, Saturday at the Viaero Center.
Standing at the left doorstep, Roth found a rebound and stuffed it home after David Keefer took the initial try at the high slot.
Eric Dop made 26 saves, the sixth straight start he’s had at least 25 saves. MacNab made eight stops in the third period.
The defeat marked the first time the Storm has been shut out this season.
The Storm killed off two Buccaneers power plays in a scoreless first period. In the second, Tri-City failed to score on its first power play. Tri-City went 0-for-3 on the man up. Des Moines finished 0-for-4, the first time in six games the Storm did not yield a power-play tally.
Des Moines limited Tri-City to four shots in the first and six in the second. For the first time this season, the Storm entered the third period scoreless against an opponent.
The Buccaneers killed off a penalty with about five minutes left and scored 1:15 later to secure victory.
Eric Dop made nine saves on ten shots in the third.
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