Posted 353 days ago ago by David Fine
Lincoln, Neb. – 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.
The Storm hosts Sioux City Thursday and Lincoln on Saturday for a New Year’s Eve showdown.
Rasmussen finished with 11 saves in the first, but yielded the period’s only goal to Ethen Frank with seven seconds left.
The Lincoln lead didn’t stand for long; Tri-City’s Danny DiGrande tied the game with a glove-side shot that fooled Primeau. After getting a pass from Matthews, DiGrande potted his sixth of the season on a rush chance. DiGrande had three goals in 37 games with Muskegon last season.
Linus Weissbach scored perhaps his prettiest goal of the season for the last minute of the second, giving Tri-City a 2-1 edge going into the third. The 18-year-old hit the jets at the red line, dragged the puck with speed past a Stars defender, drove net front and roofed the puck glove side for his fifth of the campaign.
Originally from Gothenburg, Sweden, Weissbach has six goals and 21 points this season, tied with Limoges for best on the squad. Weissbach has three goals and 11 points in his last eight games.
Goodsir’s goal at 1:24 of the third provided the Storm with insurance. Wyllum Deveaux set up the goal by passing to Goodsir for a one-timer. With 43 seconds remaining, Washe iced the game with a power-play goal to give Tri-City a 4-1 lead.
The Storm’s man up went 1-for-3 and Tri-City killed off two Lincoln power plays. The Stars are 1-for-23 on the power play against the Storm this season.
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