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2016-17 Game 25 Preview: Tri-City at Dubuque

Posted 2 years 157 days ago ago by David Fine

Last Storm game before holiday break

Dubuque, Ia. – To finish up the USHL’s pre-holiday slate, the Tri-City Storm (9-11-2-2, 22 pts., 7th Western) is at the Mystique Community Ice Center to match the Dubuque Fighting Saints (15-8-1-1, 32 pts., 2nd Eastern) Saturday at 7:05 p.m.

After Saturday’s game, the Storm enjoys an 11-day break. It is Tri-City’s second-longest respite of the campaign; the club did not play in a 13-day stretch from October 15-28. 

Last night, Tri-City erupted for a 5-1 win in the clubs’ first meeting since the Storm swept Dubuque in the 2016 Clark Cup Final. The clubs combined for a Storm season-high 80 penalty minutes. 

The Storm is back from its holiday break to take on Lincoln at The Ice Box on Wednesday, December 28 at 7:05 p.m. Tri-City hosts Sioux City for “Light the Night: Shining the Light on Child Abuse” on Thursday, December 29 at 7:05 p.m. Presented by Royal Family Kids, there will be a free postgame skate after the game.

On December 31, the Storm hosts an early New Year’s Eve Game, a 5:05 puck drop, against the Lincoln Stars on $1 Beer Night, presented by Bud Light. Party with the Storm against its rivals before the ball drops. 

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Upcoming Schedule (Download here)
Sat., Dec. 17 at Dubuque, 7:05 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 28 at Lincoln, 7:05 p.m.
Thurs., Dec. 29 vs. Sioux City, 7:05 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 31 vs. Lincoln, 5:05 p.m.

World Jr. A Challenge update
Three Storm regulars - Alex Limoges, Paul Washe and Dayton Rasmussen - and Dubuque's Zach Solow will play in the Gold Medal game of the 2016 World Jr. A Challenge against Canada East Saturday at 6 p.m. central in Bonnyville, Alberta, Canada.

Tri-City's Limoges is tied for the U.S. lead with three assists. The Storm Captain, Solow and Waterloo's Jack Ryczek are tied for second on the team with four points.

Team USA defeated Canada East, 3-1, on December 13 and Rasmussen allowed one goal on 25 shots. Washe has one assist in four games.

Dubuque’s regular-season edge
The Storm and Saints have met 13 times in the regular season since the USHL earned Tier-I distinction (2002-03) and Dubuque has taken ten of the 13 meetings.

In the regular season, Tri-City is 2-5 at the Mystique Community Ice Center, with its only other victories coming Friday and in December 2014. The Storm went 2-0 in Dubuque during the 2016 Clark Cup Final.

Dubuque returned the USHL in 2010-11 and won the first seven matches against Tri-City by a combined score of 35-15.

“Youth” vs. “Experience”
The Storm is the second-youngest team in the USHL (average age: 17.88 years old) and the Fighting Saints are the second-oldest (18.48).

Tri-City is the only team without any players born in 1996, the earliest birth year permitted this season in the league. Dubuque has four players born in 1996, the maximum number the USHL allows.

The Storm has seven players 19 or older, while the Fighting Saints have 14.

Dubuque’s average age is 1/1000th behind the Fargo Force, who boast the oldest roster with an average age of 18.481. After roster moves two weeks ago, the Omaha Lancers have the youngest roster in the league, with an average age of 17.65.    

Last Time Out
Five Storm players scored, Eric Dop made 20 saves and the Tri-City Storm opened the weekend with a 5-1 victory against the Dubuque Fighting Saints Friday at the Mystique Community Ice Center.

Joseph Campolieto, Linus Weissbach, Adam Goodsir, Wyatt Bongiovanni and Joey Matthews scored. Bryan Yoon (2a) had his second multi-point game.

Tri-City jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the third period; with Dubuque looking for momentum, Head Coach Jason Lammers removed goalie Evan Fear for an extra attacker multiple times in the third. Bongiovanni scored an empty-net goal with 14 minutes remaining. Matthews also scored an empty-net tally with about five minutes left for the Storm’s fifth goal.

The Storm took a season-high 38 penalty minutes and squads combined for 80 PIMs.

On Deck
Tri-City finishes off its pre-holiday-break slate Saturday, December 17 at 7:05 p.m against Dubuque. After Saturday, the Storm enjoys an 11-day break before playing at Lincoln on Wednesday, December 28. 

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