Posted 129 days ago ago by David Fine
Kearney, Neb. –The Dubuque Fighting Saints took a two-goal halfway through the game and the Tri-City Storm fell, 4-2, Saturday at the Mystique Community Ice Center.
Philip Alftberg and Monte Graham provided the Storm’s tallies. The Storm pulled within a goal two times, but Dubuque’s Quinn Preston provided insurance with a pair of goals.
Eric Dop took the loss with 20 saves, while Dubuque’s Jaxon Castor earned his 14th victory with 21 stops.
Tri-City has an 11-day break before returning to action on December 28 at Lincoln. The next Storm home game is Thursday, December 29 against Sioux City at 7:05 p.m. for “Light the Night: Shining the Light on Child Abuse”, presented by Royal Family Kids.
Dubuque opened the scoring at 8:19 of the first, but Tri-City quickly responded. With the Storm on the power play, Linus Weissbach timed a feed for Alftberg. The 19-year-old defenseman rifled the puck to the back bar for the tying tally at 11:32.
Alftberg is second among league defensemen with four goals. Weissbach earned an assist for the second straight night. Charlie Kelleher received the second assist. Weissbach and Kelleher are tied for second on the team with 19 points.
With 1:27 left in the first, Fighting Saints forward Jacob Hamacher was assessed a five-minute major penalty for head contact and a game misconduct. Adam Goodsir stepped in after Wyllum Deveaux was hit and Goodsir took a two-minute minor for cross checking. After two minutes of four skaters aside, Tri-City had a five-on-four edge for three minutes.
In the second, Dubuque scored the first two goals to edge ahead, 3-1.
With less than two minutes remaining, Graham won a face-off in the attacking zone. With linemate Logan Drevitch weaving from a defender, he fed Graham at the slot. The Boston College commit shot it to the bottom right pocket and in to bring the Storm within one. Jack Summers earned the second assist with 1:32 left in the second.
Drevitch has two assists in six games since Tri-City acquired the Merrimack commit.
Preston gave the Saints a 4-2 lead seven minutes into the third.
Get Storm Tickets
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.