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Kearney, Neb. – Linus Weissbach scored on the first shot of overtime, helping the Tri-City Storm overcome the conference-best Sioux City Musketeers, 2-1, Thursday at the Viaero Center. The Storm allowed the tying goal to Kristian Pospisil with six seconds left in regulation.
Coming in up the middle, Weissbach received a pass from Joey Matthews, maneuvered to the left circle, drove the post, deked and finished with a tap at the left bar 1:14 into the extra session. Weissbach has scored game-winning goals in consecutive games, the first two of his career. The 18-year-old leads the squad with 22 points (7g, 15a).
Dayton Rasmussen earned the overtime victory, making 22 saves. Before allowing the goal with six ticks left, Rasmussen had made 47 straight saves over his previous 100:01. Ryan Ferland blocked 17 shots in the overtime loss.
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In a defensively-minded first frame, Sioux City limited the Storm to three shots. Rasmussen made six saves.
The Storm’s offense strung together quick shots early in the second and Tri-City scored the opening goal. Joseph Campolieto trickled a far-range groundball shot through Ferland’s five-hole. Adam Goodsir and Bryan Yoon earned the assists at 1:06 of the second.
Campolieto, 18, has points in consecutive games and five (2g, 3a) over the last four contests. Goodsir has a goal and three points in the last two games.
Rasmussen remained sharp in the second, adding on nine saves to give Tri-City a 1-0 lead after two. Sioux City held the shots advantage, 15-12, after 40 minutes.
With the defensive mindset continuing, the Musketeers broke through on Pospisil’s goal at 19:54 to force overtime.
With Weissbach’s overtime winner, the Storm moved to fifth in the conference at 11-12-2-2 (26 pts.). Tri-City is 2-2 in overtime this season.
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