Posted 299 days ago ago by David Fine
Plymouth, Mich. – Odeen Tufto and Monte Graham scored 32 seconds apart in the third period to gun the Tri-City Storm to a 4-3 victory over the Team USA U17s Saturday at USA Hockey Arena.
Down by one early in the frame, Tufto’s goal at 6:37 of the third, a five-hole shot, tied the game. Just 32 seconds later and on the next shift, Ryan Roth assisted Graham for the game-winning goal. Roth earned a point in his USHL debut.
Charlie Kelleher scored two goals, the Storm forward’s first multi-goal game. Alex Limoges garnered two assists, his 18th career multi-point effort.
Eric Dop made five saves in the third, finishing with a 16-save victory. Keegan Karki made 21 saves but suffered the loss.
Tri-City takes on Omaha at the Viaero Center this Tuesday, January 31. All kids tickets, soft drinks and Coors Lights will be $2 on a $2 Tuesday.
The comeback started after Jake Wise scored a power-play goal about four minutes into the third, placing the U17s ahead, 3-2.
Tufto’s goal 2:32 later, directly through Karki’s wickets, tied Tri-City at three. Danny DiGrande and Wyatt Bongiovanni assisted.
With momentum favoring Tri-City Graham slammed the puck in at the left post, taking a perfectly time pass from Roth. Josiah Slavin also assisted, the forward’s third straight game with a point (2g, 1a). Graham has six goals this season.
Kelleher and Limoges combined early and late in the first frame to carry the Storm to a 2-1 edge at intermission. At 1:04 of the first, the 19-year-old Kelleher stuffed the puck in at the left post, assisted by Limoges and Bryan Yoon. Limoges then devised another play to Kelleher, centering a feed to the slot for a power-play goal at 17:22 of the first. Joseph Campolieto also assisted.
The Storm’s power play was 1-for-4 and its penalty kill was 3-for-4.
The Storm’s 2016 Phase II first-round selection, Kelleher has 11 goals and 29 points in his first season. Limoges has a team-best 13 goals and 28 points this season.
Kelleher has two goals and three points in the last two games. He has not gone more than two games without recording at least a point.
Tri-City continued to lead by one through the majority of the second. Bode Wilde tied the game at two with 1:19 remaining on a wrist shot that snuck through Dop.
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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 and $2 kids tickets.
Tri-City is at Waterloo for a weekend set on February 3-4, both 7:05 p.m. puck drops.
Join the Storm at the Viaero Center on Friday, February 10 for Military Appreciation Night against the Omaha Lancers at 7:05 p.m., presented by Riddle’s Jewelry. Tri-City will honor veterans and active service members on a $5 Kids Friday.
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