Posted 103 days ago ago by David Fine
Storm's second-ever trip to face Thunder
Bloomington, Ill. – The Tri-City Storm (12-14-2-2, 26 pts., T-7th Western) begins the second half of the season against the Bloomington Thunder (14-12-3-0, 31 pts., 6th Eastern) Friday at 7:05 p.m. The Storm has a pair of games against Bloomington this season.
Friday’s showdown is the Storm’s first game since the 2017 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, where Paul Washe captured Team West MVP in a 4-0 win. The 18-year-old forward scored two goals. Dayton Rasmussen did not allow a goal and made 14 saves in 32 minutes of action.
Tri-City has only played at Bloomington in 2014, sweeping the Thunder during its first season. Last season, Tri-City lost in overtime and a shootout at the Viaero Center.
The Storm’s next home game is 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. 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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Upcoming Schedule (Download here).
Fri., Jan. 13 at Bloomington, 7:05 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 14 at Bloomington, 7:05 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 20 vs. Sioux City, 7:05 p.m. (NE Farm Bureau Night)
Sat., Jan. 21 vs. Omaha, 7:05 p.m. (Taste of Nebraska Night)
Tues., Jan. 24 at Omaha, 7:05 p.m.
Storm shows up at the Top Prospects Game
Paul Washe won the Storm’s second straight Team West MVP at Tuesday’s USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. Wade Allison took home Team West MVP at the 2016 game.
Washe and Allison, who won the 2016 Clark Cup, both have Western Michigan ties. Allison, now a Broncos freshman, has 15 points in 18 games this season. Washe is coofmmitted to Western Michigan.
Dayton Rasmussen made 14 saves, combining for a shutout with Lincoln Stars goaltender Cayden Primeau. Alex Limoges and Wyatt Bongiovanni were on ice for the first goal by Team West.
Adam Goodsir, second on the Storm with eight goals, also played in the game.
Forward Wyllum Deveaux had three assists in two games last weekend, moving the 16-year-old to ten helpers this season.
The Storm’s youngest player, Deveaux has seven assists in his last seven games. Three of those outings have been multi-assist games.
A third-round pick in Phase I of the 2016 USHL Draft, Deveaux is 6-foot-1, 195 pounds. The Harvard commit is from Sackville, Nova Scotia, the Storm’s only Canadian.
Ras continues to stand out
Storm goalie Dayton Rasmussen has surrendered eight goals and made five straight starts, dropping his goals against average to 2.44.
Rasmussen won the 2016 Clark Cup, serving as a backup to Jake Kielly. In the second half and playoffs last season, Kielly went 23-4-4-2 with a 2.09 goals against average, .928 save percentage and five shutouts.
Prior to the recent hot stretch, Rasmussen had allowed 12 goals in his previous three outings. Committed to Denver, Rasmussen made 14 saves in 32 minutes at the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.
Scouting the Thunder
Bloomington is six points out of a playoff spot and sixth in the Eastern Conference, struggling to beat teams in front of it in the standings. Against the top-four of the Eastern Conference, the Thunder is 3-7-3-0. Against the rest of the conference, Bloomington is 7-3-0-0.
Defensemen Wyatt Kalynuk (1g, 5a) and Daniel Willett (5a) have been primary offensive sources over the last five games. The returner Kalynuk is third among defensemen with 15 assists and 18 points, tied for the most points on the Thunder.
Leading goal scorer Vlad Dzhioshvili (10g) has two goals and three points over his last eight games.
Goaltenders Logan Halladay (18 GP) and Gabriel Mollot-Hill (17 GP) have split time in cage. The returner Halladay is 8-7-2-0 with a 2.62 goals against average and .911 save percentage. Mollot-Hill is 6-5-1-0 with two shutouts, a 2.23 and .922 save percentage. Halladay has been pulled five times this season. Mollot-Hill has been yanked once.
Tri-City finishes the weekend January 14 at Bloomington with a 7:05 puck drop. Coverage begins 15 minutes before the game on The Breeze 94.5 FM.
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. 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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