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2016-17 Game 37 Preview: Tri-City at Team USA U17s

Posted 2 years 171 days ago ago by David Fine

Plymouth, Mich. – The Tri-City Storm (13-17-4-2, 32 pts., 7th Western) completes its weekend against Team USA’s U17 squad (14-18-1-1, 30 pts., 8th Eastern) Saturday at 6 p.m. before taking a 900-mile journey back to Kearney. Tri-City is seeking its sixth road victory of the season.

Friday against the Team USA’s U18s, Tri-City scored a pair of power-play goals in the third period, but fell, 4-2. Josiah Slavin and Linus Weissbach powered the goals.  

The Storm began a stretch of eight games in 15 days on Friday, January 20. Four games through the heavy slate, Tri-City is 1-3-0-0. After journeying back to Nebraska, the Storm hosts the Lancers on Tuesday before embarking on a seven-hour drive to Waterloo, Iowa to face the Black Hawks February 3-4. 

Tuesday’s home game against the Lancers is a 7:05 p.m. puck drop and a $2 Tuesday, with $2 Coors Lights, $2 soft drinks and $2 kids tickets.

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Upcoming Schedule (Download here).
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.

Josiah’s mitts
Storm forward Josiah Slavin has goals in consecutive games, the first two of his career. Slavin’s goals have come in different areas, scoring one from the outside of the right circle and the other on a wrist shot from the slot. The 18-year-old forward spent the first 23 games of his career without a goal. He is one of 24 players to score a goal for the Storm this season.

The 6-foot-2, 181-lb. forward has five points this season and has skated in three straight games.

A native of Erie, Colorado, Slavin is the younger brother of Carolina Hurricanes forward Jaccob Slavin.

Buzzing man up
The Storm had a season-high nine power-play chances Friday and scored a pair of goals, the ninth time Tri-City has generated at least two man-up tallies.

Scoring at a conversion rate of 20.1%, third in the league, the Storm has scored six power-play goals over its last five games. Over the last six games, the Storm has been to the power play 37 times, slightly more than six per game (7-for-37, 18.9%).

Storm Debuts
Forward Ryan Roth is expected to make his USHL debut Saturday against the U17s. Jonathan Bendorf, acquired Wednesday, has yet to play his first game.

The Storm acquired Bendorf, 17, from the Wichita Falls Wildcats on Wednesday in exchange for future considerations. Committed to R.P.I., the forward was tied for third on the Wildcats with 13 goals at the time of the move.

Roth, Tri-City’s fifth-round selection in Phase I of the 2016 USHL Draft, leads his Honeybaked U16 youth team with 39 goals and 80 points in 51 games. The 16-year-old is committed to St. Lawrence University.

Scouting the U17s
The NTDP’s U17 squad has gone 3-15-1 against the USHL and 10-5-1 against all other opponents, compiling a combined record of 13-20-2. The U17s have defeated Muskegon, Bloomington and Youngstown, but has lost all five games against the Western Conference. The team has lost nine of its last ten games against the USHL, defeating Youngstown on January 7.

Joel Farabee leads the squad with 16 goals and 27 points in 35 games. Against USHL opponents, the Boston University commit has a team-best six goals and 11 points.

The U17s average 2.6 goals per game and allow 3.5 goals a contest.

On Deck
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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