Posted 121 days ago ago by David Fine
Glow stick giveaway and raising awareness for child abuse
Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm (10-12-2-2, 22 pts., T-6th Western) plays its first home game in three weeks against the first-place Sioux City Musketeers (17-6-2-0, 36 pts.) Thursday with a 7:05 puck drop at the Viaero Center.
Thursday’s game is a chance to raise awareness for child abuse; it’s “Light the Night: Shining the Light on Child Abuse”. Presented by Royal Family Kids, there will be a glow stick giveaway plus a free postgame skate after the game.
Last night, Tri-City scored four straight goals to secure a 4-1 win at Lincoln. Dayton Rasmussen stood out with 37 saves in his first game since he won a gold medal with the U.S. Jr. Select Team at the 2016 World Jr. A Challenge. Linus Weissbach, Danny DiGrande, Adam Goodsir and Paul Washe scored.
The Musketeers have had 12 days to prepare for Thursday’s game, last playing December 17 and losing to Sioux Falls, 3-1. Leading scorer Eeli Tolvanen is at the World Jr. Championships with Team Finland and will miss tonight’s game.
The Storm is also home on 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)
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.
Weissbach on a tear
Linus Weissbach scored his sixth goal of the season Wednesday at Lincoln, tying the forward with Alex Limoges for a team-best 21 points.
Over the last eight games, the 18-year-old leads all Storm players with 11 points (3g, 8a). In seven December games, Weissbach has recorded three multi-point efforts.
The Gothenberg, Sweden native led the Storm with five points in four games while Limoges, Paul Washe and Dayton Rasmussen were at the World Jr. A Challenge.
Tri-City has won seven straight home games against Sioux City. The Musketeers last foiled the Storm at the Viaero Center in 2013-14. Since the league earned Tier-1 distinction in 2002-03, Tri-City is 25-16-3-5 against Sioux City.
In contrast, since 2002-03, the Storm is 11-29-2-3 at Sioux City.
Playing to the theme of home dominance, the clubs have split the first two matchups and the home team has won each time.
The Musketeers own the league’s best home record, 13-3-1-0. Sioux City plays 13 of its final 35 games at home. Nine of the next ten Musketeers games are on the road and the team endures trips to Youngstown, Fargo and Chicago. On the road, Sioux City is 4-3-1-0.
Sioux City turnaround
Due in part to a swath of late-season injuries, Sioux City finished 2015-16 last in the league with 41 points, their worst campaign in the Tier-1 history of the USHL. This season, the first-place Musketeers already have 36 points. The club boasts seven returners and 13 players have at least a full season of USHL time. The Storm has nine players with at least one USHL year.
Two seasons ago, the Musketeers earned the top spot in the Western Conference, finishing one point ahead of Tri-City.
Last Time Out
Dayton Rasmussen provided 37 saves and four straight Tri-City Storm goals silenced the Lincoln Stars, 4-1, Wednesday at The Ice Box. The Storm, coming back from an 11-day holiday break, ended the Stars’ six-game win streak.
After allowing a goal late in the first, Rasmussen locked in with 25 consecutive stops in the second and third. Earlier this season, Rasmussen recorded a career-high 40 saves against the Stars on November 11.
Four Storm players scored after Lincoln’s opening goal: Danny DiGrande, Linus Weissbach, Adam Goodsir and Paul Washe. Cayden Primeau took the defeat with 25 saves. Washe played in his 100th USHL game Wednesday.
DiGrande scored early in the second to tie the game and Weissbach potted the game-winning tally with 43 seconds left in the frame.
Scouting the Musketeers
The Musketeers are the stingiest team in the circuit, allowing 2.0 goals per game. First-year netminder Matiss Kivlenieks bested the Storm on November 12 and leads the league with 15 wins and a 1.73 goals against average in 21 games. Backup Ryan Ferland has played in four games, taking a loss at Tri-City on September 30.
Despite losing leading scorer Eeli Tolvanen to the World Jr. Championships, returning forward Phillip Knies is next in line with eight goals and 17 points. The squad also boasts three of the top-ten offensive blue liners in the league; Carson Vance (14 pts.), Captain Jacob Wilson (13 pts.) and Matt Hellickson (13 pts.).
Sioux City is the only team in the league without a regulation loss when leading after the first and second period.
On New Year’s Eve, the Storm is home for 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.