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Jan
13
2017

2016-17 Game 32 Preview: Tri-City at Bloomington

Posted 332 days ago ago by David Fine

Storm finishes road trip Saturday 

Bloomington, Ill. – With a winter storm looming in the Midwest, the Tri-City Storm (12-14-3-2, 29 pts., T-6th Western) completes the weekend and the season series against the Bloomington Thunder (15-12-3-0, 33 pts., 6th Eastern) Saturday at 7:05 p.m.

The Storm has one point in the first two games of the three-game road trip. This trip is tied for the longest stretch away from the Viaero Center this season.

Last night, Linus Weissbach ripped a goal and two points, but Tri-City dropped in overtime to Bloomington, 3-2. Adam Goodsir also pitched in a goal. Dayton Rasmussen made 31 saves in defeat.

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).
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.

Must’ve been a good Thanksgiving

Linus Weissbach recorded one goal and two points Friday, continuing his hot stretch that goes back to Thanksgiving. In 13 games since Turkey Day, Weissbach has six goals and 18 points, most on the Storm over that stretch. Weissbach has recorded at least one point in 11 of those 13 games.

From December 16 – January 6, Weissbach accrued a six-game point streak, the longest of his career.

The squad points leader with 29, the native of Gothenburg, Sweden stands 5-foot-9, 168 pounds.

Series history
Friday’s game between the Storm and Thunder was the fifth time the clubs have met in three seasons and Tri-City is 2-0-2-1 against Bloomington. The Storm won the first two matchups at the then-expansion Thunder in January 2015. That weekend sweep included a stretch where the Storm scored three goals in 1:04 seconds against former Bloomington goalie Hayden Lavigne.

The Storm has dropped three straight games to Bloomington, all past regulation. Last season, the Thunder defeated the Storm in a shootout and overtime on back-to-back nights. 

A lot of upcoming games
The Storm is next at home on Friday, Janaury 20 to begin a stretch of eight games in 15 days, the most Tri-City games in a two-week span this season.

After next weekend’s home games, the Storm plays on January 24 at Omaha and immediately leaves for Plymouth, Michigan for a weekend set against Team USA. After playing Team USA on January 27-28, the Storm hosts Omaha on January 31.

Travel kings
Including this weekend’s trip to Bloomington, Tri-City travels 3,888 miles over the next three weeks. It is roughly 3,600 miles from Kearney to Honolulu, Hawaii.

Last season, the Storm had road trips in three straight weeks to Fargo, Youngstown and Sioux Falls. During that two-week period, Tri-City travelled about 3,700 miles. During that stretch, Tri-City went 4-1-1-0.

On Deck
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. 

Coverage begins 15 minutes before the game on The Breeze 94.5 FM.

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