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Jan
21
2017

2016-17 Game 34 Preview: Omaha at Tri-City

Posted 268 days ago ago by David Fine

Rivals will become well-acquainted over next month

Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm (12-15-4-2, 30 pts., 7th Western) plays the first game of a back-to-back against the Omaha Lancers (12-16-4-1, 29 pts., 8th Western) Saturday at 7:05 p.m. on Taste of Nebraska Night, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings. Fans will sample the best food in central Nebraska courtesy of local vendors, plus have a free postgame skate after the game. 

Over the next four weeks, the Storm and Lancers will play five times to conclude the eight-game season series. Omaha leads the season series, 2-1. The Storm is 1-0 at home against Omaha, winning, 4-1, on November 4.

Friday, Alex Limoges scored the Storm’s lone goal in a 2-1 defeat against Sioux City. Limoges, the Captain, has a team-best 13 goals and is second on the club with 26 points. Linus Weissbach has 30 points to lead the bunch. Sioux City broke a tie game with less than six minutes left in the third. Dayton Rasmussen allowed two goals on 31 shots and is second in the league with a 1.71 goals against average since returning from the World Jr. A Challenge.

The Storm takes on Omaha in its next game on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at Ralston Arena. Immediately after the game, Tri-City travels to Plymouth, Michigan for a weekend set against Team USA on Friday, January 27 and Saturday, January 28.

Tuesday, January 31, the Storm hosts the Lancers at the Viaero Center with a 7:05 p.m. puck drop. It’s a $2 Tuesday, with $2 Coors Lights, $2 soft drinks and $2 kids tickets.

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Upcoming Schedule (Download here).
Sat., Jan. 21 vs. Omaha, 7:05 p.m. (Taste of Nebraska Night)
Tues., Jan. 24 at Omaha, 7:05 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 27 at Team USA, 7:05 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 28 at Team USA, 7:05 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 31 vs. Omaha, 7:05 p.m. ($2 Tuesday)

All these games against Omaha
The Storm plays the Lancers more frequently (five times) over the next month than any other USHL opponent this season. The squads only met three times through the Storm’s first 33 games.

Tri-City hosts Omaha for three straight home games: January 21, January 31 and February 10. The Storm has five of its next eight games against Omaha. Tri-City only plays Lincoln (nine games), Sioux City (seven) and Des Moines (six) more over the course of the entire season. 

The only other comparison to Tri-City’s frequent meetings against Omaha are its early-season contests against Lincoln; seven of the Storm’s first 28 games were against the Stars. Tri-City is 3-3-1-0 against Lincoln this season.

Season series recap
The Storm has taken one of the first three games of the season series, but tied a franchise record by only allowing 12 shots on goal in a 3-2 defeat on October 9. Tri-City has scored a power-play goal (3-for-12) in each of the first three games and is 12-for-14 killing penalties.

Dayton Rasmussen has allowed one goal in four periods to the Lancers, making 23 saves. Three Omaha goalies – Jacob Acton, Peter Thome and Tommy Nappier – have squared off against the Storm. Nappier, acquired in a November trade from Omaha, is the only remaining on the active roster and beat Tri-City with 25 saves in a 4-1 win December 9.

Linus Weissbach leads Tri-City with three points (1g, 2a) against Omaha. Adam Goodsir has scored one goal in the last two matchups. Charlie Kelleher (1g, 1a), Alex Limoges (1g, 1a) and Joseph Campolieto (2a) all have multiple points in the series. Omaha Captain Filip Rydstrom has three goals against the Storm and Austin Alger leads all players with four points, all assists.

Scouting the Lancers
Ranked last in the Western Conference, Omaha has dropped five straight games (0-3-1-1) and has been outscored 22-10 in those contests. Last night, Omaha allowed the tying goal with .3 seconds left in the third and fell in a shootout, 3-2, to Des Moines.

The Lancers have allowed a league-worst 11 short-handed goals; no other team has given up more than six. Omaha allows 3.70 goals per game – only Cedar Rapids allows more (4.06).

Greg Printz has four goals and seven points over the last eight games. Pierce Crawford and Austin Alger are tied for a team-best 11 goals. Alger, Crawford and Captain Filip Rydstrom lead the squad with 23 points.

Since joining Omaha, Tommy Nappier has played in 12 games, going 4-5-3-1 with a 2.97 goals against average and an .891 save percentage. Before being dealt from Chicago in November, Nappier posted an 8-1-1-0 mark, 1.87 goals against average and .929 save percentage with the Steel. Backup netminder Ryan Keane allowed seven goals on 36 shots and suffered a loss in his only USHL game January 7 at Lincoln.

On Deck
The Storm and Omaha rematch at Ralston Arena on Tuesday, January 24 at 7:05 p.m. Coverage begins 15 minutes before the game on The Breeze 94.5 FM with the Viaero Wireless Pregame Show.

After going to face Team USA for a pair of games January 27-28, the Storm hosts Omaha on Tuesday, January 31 for a $2 Tuesday – Coors Lights, soft drinks and kids tickets are all $2.

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