Posted 349 days ago ago by David Fine
Restarting against a rival
Lincoln, Neb. – Following an 11-day holiday break, the Tri-City Storm (9-12-2-2, 22 pts., 8th Western) takes on the Lincoln Stars (14-9-2-1, 31 pts., T-2nd Western) in the first of two season series matchups this week. The squads also play on New Year’s Eve at the Viaero Center.
The teams played five times before the holidays and the Storm is 2-2-1-0 against Lincoln.
The Storm expects three of its top contributors back in the lineup; goaltender Dayton Rasmussen and forwards Paul Washe and Alex Limoges have returned from the U.S. Jr. Select Team after winning gold at World Jr. A Challenge in Bonnyville, Alberta, Canada. The trio missed the previous four Storm games. Equipment Manager Dan Bouska is also back after serving the U.S. team.
Lincoln forward Ethen Frank and goalies Cayden Primeau and Josef Korenar have returned from the World Jr. A Challenge. Chris Hartsburg was as an Assistant Coach for the U.S. club.
Tonight’s game is the first of a back-to-back; 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 glow stick giveaway plus 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 Coors Light. Party with the Storm against its rivals before the ball drops.
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Upcoming Schedule (Download here)
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.
Fri., Jan. 6 vs. Des Moines, 7:05 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 7 at Des Moines, 7:05 p.m.
Storm Captain Alex Limoges leads the squad with 11 goals and 21 points. The Cornell commit tops the group with seven power-play points and a plus-eight rating.
With Limoges at the World Jr. A Challenge, Linus Weissbach (5 pts.) and Charlie Kelleher (3 pts.) carried the offensive load for four games. The wingers are tied for second on the team with 20 points and Weissbach leads the team with 15 assists.
Philip Alftberg leads the team’s blueliners with 12 points. The 19-year-old ranks second among USHL defenseman with four goals.
Season series retrospective
Four of the five games between Lincoln and Tri-City have been decided by a goal and each team has scored 14 goals.
In the most-recent matchup, November 23 at Lincoln, Dayton Rasmussen made 36 saves in a 4-3 defeat. Rasmussen has played in four games against the Stars, notching a 2-1-1-0 record. The 18-year-old made a career-best 40 saves in the November 11 game.
Stars leading scorer Henry Bowlby has tallied one assist in the series. The returning forward has two points in 12 career games against the Storm. Tri-City’s leading scorer Alex Limoges has two goals and four points against the Stars this season and seven points (4g, 3a) vs. Lincoln in eight games.
Early season Lincoln
After Saturday’s New Year’s Eve game, the Storm and Stars will have played seven times through Tri-City’s first 28 games.
Last season, Tri-City matched the Stars in six of its first 28 games.
The teams play nine games this season, tied for the most times the two have met in a regular season.
Scouting the Stars
Lincoln rides a league-best six-game winning streak despite losing both of its goalies to the World Jr. A Challenge from December 9-17.
Replacement goalie Derek Schaedig went 4-0-0-0 with a 1.74 goals against and .942 save percentage while Cayden Primeau and Josef Korenar represented their countries in Bonnyville, Alberta. Schaedig won CCM/USHL Co-Goaltender of the Week December 20 and is back in the NAHL with the Janesville Jets.
Lincoln averaged 4.25 goals per game with its normal netminders away. The Stars are tied with Waterloo for 12th in the circuit, putting up 2.69 goals/contest. Prior to the six-game stretch, Lincoln was averaging 2.35 goals/game.
Primeau played in four of five games at the World Jr. A Challenge (Dayton Rasmussen won the other), earning three victories and two shutouts. In the gold medal game, the Northeastern commit stopped 14 shots in a shutout over Canada East. This USHL season, Primeau is 6-5-1-1 with a 3.13 goals against average and a .893 save percentage. Korenar has a 4-4-1-0 record, leads the league with a .940 save percentage and is fourth with a 1.85 goals against average.
Henry Bowlby leads the team with 11 goals and 18 points. Captain Dylan Woolf has three goals and six points in his last four games.
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 glow stick giveaway plus a free postgame skate after the game.
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