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Jan
26
2017

2016-17 Game 36 Preview: Tri-City at Team USA U18s

Posted 179 days ago ago by David Fine

Storm starts back-to-back against NTDP

Plymouth, Mich. – The Tri-City Storm (13-16-4-2, 32 pts., 7th Western) has made its first-ever trip to the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan for a back-to-back set against Team USA (13-18-1-1, 28 pts., 8th Eastern) Friday at 6 p.m., the Storm takes on the NTDP U18s and finishes the weekend Saturday at 6 p.m. against the U17s.

Tri-City is playing its second game this week; the Storm beat up Omaha, 6-1, on Tuesday. For the third time this season, Tri-City won by at least five goals. Dayton Rasmussen lowered his post-holiday-break goals against average (1.67, best in the league) and Odeen Tufto tied a career high with three points. 

Bryan Yoon recorded three assists in a span of 5:37 during the first period, the most helpers ever by a Storm defenseman in the first period.     

After completing the Michigan trip Saturday, the Storm hosts the Lancers at the Viaero Center on Tuesday, January 31 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).
Fri., Jan. 27 at Team USA (U18), 6:00 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 28 at Team USA (U17), 6:00 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 31 vs. Omaha, 7:05 p.m. ($2 Tuesday)
Fri., Feb. 3 at Waterloo, 7:05 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 4 at Waterloo, 7:05 p.m.

Yoon racking on the points
Bryan Yoon’s three first-period assists were the most by a Tri-City defenseman in one period. All primary helpers, Yoon recorded his 11th of the season with 1:28 left.

The Colorado College commit leads Tri-City blueliners with 13 points, one ahead of partner Joseph Campolieto. Prior to the outburst, Yoon had gone five straight games without a point.  The 5-foot-11, 180-lb. native of Parker, Colorado is in his first USHL season. 

Three Storm defenseman have earned four points in a game – Nolan Gluchowski, Chris Nathe and Nick Claren. Gluchowski had four assists, the most by a Storm defenseman in one game, on December 13, 2013 in a 6-5 overtime win over the Youngstown Phantoms. Nathe and Brian Kilburg are the only Storm defensemen to record hat tricks.

Tough stopping Tufto
Since the Storm acquired Odeen Tufto from Fargo on Monday, January 16, the forward has one goal and four points in three games. Tuesday against the Lancers, Tufto tied a Storm season high with three points (1g, 2a).

Tufto’s success continues the fabulous start to the season he had with the Fargo Force; the 20-year-old has six multi-point games this season. His three-point effort tied his career best.

Picked seventh overall by Fargo in the USHL’s 2016 Phase II Draft, Tufto is a native of Chaska, Minnesota. Last season, the Quinnipiac commit played for the BCHL’s Vernon Vipers. 

Team USA U18s report
The U18s feature a collection of some of the best American-born “18-and-under” talent. The Storm has already defeated the U18s once this season, taking them down in the preseason, 3-2, at Ralston Arena during the 2016 Fall Classic. 

The squad is 11-6-0-0 against USHL opponents. Combined with the U17s, the Storm’s Saturday opponent, Team USA is 13-18-1-1 vs. the league. The U18s also play a collection of international and NCAA squads.

In the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, the first seven former USHL players selected in the draft were Team USA alumni, including no. 1 overall pick Auston Matthews.

Recent history
The Storm earned a pair of points against the U18s last season, falling in overtime and a shootout in 2015-16. Tri-City swept the U17s, 2-0, two seasons ago. The Storm has earned points in four straight games against Team USA.

In the matchups last season, Joey Matthews earned an assist and Alex Limoges recorded a goal and two points.

On Deck
After going to face Team USA for a pair of games January 27-28 at 6 p.m. central, 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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