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Most goals by Storm in game since 2002
Kearney, Neb. – Nine Storm players scored, ten recorded multi-point efforts and Tri-City routed the Des Moines Buccaneers, 9-1, Friday at the Viaero Center. It is the most goals the Storm has scored in a game since November 1, 2002, when Tri-City poured ten on Green Bay, 10-1, in Kearney.
Jack Summers and Nicholas Nardella scored their first USHL goals. Monte Graham, Alex Limoges and Wyatt Bongiovanni, Linus Weissbach, Logan Drevitch, Adam Goodsir and Danny DiGrande also scored.
Tri-City ripped a pair of goals late in the first period, followed up with three goals in the second and tagged four in the third.
Fourteen Storm players recorded points. Weissbach and Nardella each had one goal and three points. Nardella quadrupled his points total from one to four. Philip Alftberg had three assists.
The offensive pressure forced Des Moines’ Jan Ruzicka from the game in second; Head Coach Dave Allison pulled the starting netminder after the Storm’s made it 4-1 on the power play. Ruzicka finished with 13 saves. Jake Kucharski relieved and allowed five goals on ten shots.
Dayton Rasmussen took victory with 23 saves on 24 shots.
A late-frame explosion gunned the Storm to a 2-0 edge at first intermission. With 3:20 left, Graham stashed a big rebound at the left post, directing the puck in for his fifth goal. Drevitch’s shot hit off Ruzicka’s right pad and reflected to Graham. Nardella earned the secondary assist.
A stuttered rush led Tri-City to its second goal two minutes later. Charlie Kelleher nearly gave the puck up, but found Weissbach. While being stick-lifted, Weissbach dropped the puck to Summers at the point. The left-handed shot blueliner bombed the puck to the right pocket, beating Ruzicka glove side.
The Buccaneers Isaac Johnson scored at 7:15 of the second to pull Des Moines within a goal, 2-1.
Tri-City quickly responded; Nardella’s laser wrist shot from the right circle gave the Storm a 3-1 edge with 9:45 left in the frame. A pair of power-play goals extended the lead to 5-1 by the end of the second.
In the third period, Drevitch, Goodsir, Weissbach and DiGrande scored. Goodsir scored to make it 7-1 after exiting the penalty box. DiGrande scored with 55 seconds left in the third off a rebound.
The Storm’s power play went 2-for-4 and held Des Moines 0-for-3.
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On Saturday, January 7, Tri-City completes a home-and-home with Des Moines at 7:05 p.m. at Buccaneer Arena, with coverage beginning 15 minutes before the game on The Breeze 94.5 FM. Tri-City is on the road January 13-14 at Bloomington.
On Friday, January 20, Tri-City hosts Sioux City for NE Farm Bureau Night, featuring a $5 Kids Friday, with a 7:05 p.m. puck drop. On Saturday, January 21, Tri-City and Omaha tangle at the Viaero Center at 7:05 p.m. for “Taste of Nebraska” Night, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings. Fans will have the chance to sample the best food in central Nebraska from local vendors. Check out a postgame skate after the game.
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