Posted 327 days ago ago by David Fine
Kearney, Neb. – Despite 11 shots in the third period, the Tri-City Storm suffered a 3-2 defeat to the Lincoln Stars Saturday at the Viaero Center.
After going 14 minutes without a shot, the Storm turned it on in the third but failed to convert. Lincoln goalie Josef Korenar replaced Cayden Primeau with seven minutes remaining in the second after Primeau left due to an apparent injury. Korenar finished the final 27 minutes with 11 stops for his fifth win of the season.
Dayton Rasmussen made 24 saves in defeat and the Stars snapped the Storm’s two-game winning streak.
Jace Foskey scored his first USHL goal with one minute left in the first. Charlie Kelleher also tallied. Storm forward Linus Weissbach assisted on Kelleher’s goal to boost to a team-best 16 helpers and 23 points.
Lincoln struck first for the third straight game against the Storm. Dominick Mersch tapped the puck in at the left post with five minutes left in the first.
Tri-City’s offense came to the forefront and a “tally of firsts” tied it at one with 1:05 left. A right-point shot from Foskey flew in for his first goal. Logan Drevitch and Ronnie Attard each earned their first Storm assists on the tally.
A 16-year-old from Southlake, Texas, Foskey is a product of the Dallas Stars Elite program, the same institution that produced former No. 4 overall NHL pick Seth Jones.
Charlie Kelleher was next; his eighth of the season at 8:14 of the second gave Tri-City a 2-1 edge. With the extra attacker on during a delayed penalty, a point shot from Jack Summers was left in front and Kelleher jammed home the rebound at the right post. Weissbach took the secondary assist.
Summers has four assists in his first six USHL games. Kelleher is tied for second on the squad in goals.
Three minutes later, Sam Sternschein scored a short-handed goal to tie the game, 2-2.
Jake Nielsen followed up with a strike three minutes later to break the tie and give the Stars a 3-2 lead going into the third.
The Storm penalty kill was 5-for-5, making it a perfect 10-for-10 in its last four games. Tri-City’s power play went 0-for-6.
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