Posted 352 days ago ago by David Fine
Rivalry and $1 beers ring in 2017
Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm (11-12-2-2, 22 pts., 6th Western) and Lincoln Stars (14-11-2-1, 31 pts., 5th Western) play the final game of the calendar year at the Viaero Center Saturday at 5:05 p.m., featuring $1 Coors Lights.
All fans 21 and over can wear their J.D.’s Bar wristband to J.D.’s in Kearney to receive two free drink tickets at the bar for New Year’s Eve.
Tri-City has won twice this week, defeating Lincoln, 4-1, Wednesday and first-place Sioux City in overtime, 2-1, on Thursday. This is the seventh of eight games between the Storm and Stars in the series. Each team has won three games and Tri-City is 3-2-1-0 against Lincoln.
Dayton Rasmussen and Linus Weissbach have emerged as the Storm’s primary springs since returning from the holiday break. The 18-year-old Rasmussen has allowed two goals, including a perfect stretch of 100:01. The first-year forward Weissbach has two game-winning goals.
The Storm is at home next Friday, December 6 vs. Des Moines at 7:05 p.m. for Trolls Night, presented by Kearney Cinema and Hilltop Cinema. It’s a $5 Kids Friday and the Storm will giveaway trolls dolls from the movie.
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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.
**Tues., Jan. 10 – USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, Sioux Falls, SD (Five Storm players participating)**
Sound the Weissbach train
Since November 25, no player in the Western Conference has more assists (8) or points (12) than Linus Weissbach, moving the 18-year-old into the squad lead with 22 points.
Weissbach scored the overtime-game-winning goal on the first shot of the extra session Thursday, giving the Storm a victory over conference-best Sioux City. Weissbach scored the first two game-winning goals of his career in slightly more than 24 hours, also tallying the winner vs. Lincoln on Wednesday.
The Storm’s second-round pick in Phase II of the USHL draft, the native of Gothenberg, Sweden stands 5-foot-9, 168 pounds.
New Year’s Eve games
Saturday’s Storm game is its first New Year’s Eve game since 2014, when it fell to Sioux Falls, 3-1. Though Tri-City has had a New Year’s Eve game twice in the last four years, games on December 31 have been a fairly frequent occurrence since the USHL earned Tier-1 distinction prior to 2002-03. From 2006-12, the Storm played seven straight games on New Year’s Eve, winning two of them.
Tri-City has had a December 31st game 11 times since 2002-03, accruing a 3-6-1-0 record. Six of the Storm’s first ten New Year’s Eve games have been at the Viaero Center.
Ras stars vs. Lincoln
Storm goalie Dayton Rasmussen made 37 saves Wednesday at Lincoln, the most saves he’s had in a USHL win. In the last three starts against Lincoln, Rasmussen has had his three-highest career save totals: 40, 36 and 37.
A returning goalie from Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Rasmussen is 3-1-1-0 against Lincoln with a 2.36 goals against average and .932 save percentage.
On the other side, Cayden Primeau, Rasmussen’s teammate at the 2016 World Jr. A Challenge, has played in five games against the Storm, recording a 2-3 record, 3.22 goals against average and .894 save percentage.
Adam Goodsir leads the Storm with three goals against the Stars, one of four Storm players with multiple goals against Lincoln. Alex Limoges and Philip Alftberg each have two goals and four points in the season series. Linus Weissbach also has two goals.
Goodsir and Monte Graham (1g, 4a) lead the team with five points against Lincoln. Graham has scored 11 points this season.
Ethen Frank tops the Stars with five points in the head-to-head meetings. The native of Papillion, Nebraska has three goals vs. Tri-City, tied with Mike Gillespie for most on the squad. Gillespie has scored four goals this season.
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.
The Storm readies for Trolls Night, presented by Kearney Cinema and Hilltop Cinema, on Friday, December 6 vs. Des Moines at 7:05 p.m. Tri-City will give away free troll dolls. Plus, it’s a $5 Kids Friday presented by Kearney Taco Bell, featuring a voucher for a free taco and soft drink.
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