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2016-17 Game 38 Preview: Omaha at Tri-City

Posted 2 years 168 days ago ago by David Fine

Storm seeks to even season series

Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm (14-17-4-2, 34 pts., 7th Western) returns home for a Tuesday game and looks to stay ahead of the Omaha Lancers in the Western Conference (14-18-4-1, 33 pts., 8th Western) at 7:05 p.m. It’s a $2 Tuesday, with $2 Coors Lights and $2 kids tickets.

Through the first five games of the eight-game season set, Tri-City is 2-3-0-0. The Storm crushed the Lancers, 6-1, in the last match on January 24 at Ralston Arena. Tri-City is 1-1-0-0 at home this season against Omaha.

The Storm is dealing with a quick turnaround; for the second straight week, Tri-City is playing a Tuesday game. On Friday and Saturday, the Storm endured its longest-distance trip (more than 900 miles) to face Team USA in Plymouth, Michigan. Tri-City split the weekend with Team USA, coming back in the third period for a 4-3 win over the U17s on Saturday.

Following Tuesday’s game, the Storm prepares for more travel; Tri-City is at Waterloo on February 3-4 for a pair of 7:05 p.m. showdowns.

The Storm is at home to face the Lancers on Friday, February 10 at 7:05 p.m. for Military Appreciation Night, presented by Riddle’s Jewelry. Also, make sure to check out the Storm’s Valentine’s Day Package for its home game on Tuesday, February 14 at 7:05 p.m. against Lincoln, featuring a prime rib dinner, roses delivery, two tickets and Diamond Dig.

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Upcoming Schedule (Download here).
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.
Fri., Feb. 10 vs. Omaha, 7:05 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 11 at Sioux City, 7:05 p.m.
Tues., Feb. 14 vs. Lincoln, 7:05 p.m. ($2 Tuesday + Valentine’s Day package)

Consistent Kells
Storm forward Charlie Kelleher scored two goals Friday and has three points (2g, 1a) over his last two games. Kelleher’s goals snapped a four-game streak without a tally.

Despite enduring the rough spot without a goal, Kelleher has never gone more than two games without recording at least a point. The 5-foot-8, 165-lb. forward is second on the team with 11 goals and 29 points. 

Kelleher’s consistency mirrors his linemates’ success. Alex Limoges snapped out of a three-game scoreless drought with a pair of assists Saturday. Linus Weissbach, the team’s points leader (32), has never gone more than a pair of games without tallying a point.

Season series recap
The Storm has a pair of hefty wins against Omaha, winning 4-1 on November 4 and 6-1 last Tuesday. Tri-City has scored 14 goals and allowed 12.

In the last matchup, 11 Tri-City players recorded points. Bryan Yoon established a Storm record with three assists in the first period, the most a Storm defenseman has ever had in a frame. The former Omaha AAA youth player leads Tri-City with four assists and five points in the series.

Adam Goodsir and Wyatt Bongiovanni each scored in the last matchup and have three goals in series, most on Tri-City. In ten periods, Dayton Rasmussen has allowed four goals (1.22 GAA, .934 sv%) and a 2-1-0-0 record against Omaha.

Tri-City stung Tommy Nappier for five goals on 33 shots Tuesday and the netminder was yanked for the first time with Omaha. Prior to the defeat, the former Lincoln draft pick had stopped 59 of the first 61 Storm shots faced. Austin Alger leads Omaha with four assists. Captain Filip Rydstrom leads the Lancers with three goals against the Storm.

No shots for you
The Storm have allowed 19 shots to the Lancers in each of the last two games, out-attempting Omaha 81-38. Through five season series games, the Storm is taking 33.6 shots a game and allowing 20.8 shots a contest. 

At one point during the second period of the last matchup, the Storm was quintupling Omaha in shots, 31-6. Tri-City tied a team record by surrendering 12 shots on goal in the October 9 game, a 3-2 Storm loss.

Tri-City has outshot Omaha in four of the five matchups.

Scouting Omaha
Since winning three straight games December 3-10, Omaha has dropped 11 of 14 games (3-8-2-1) and has been nearly doubled in goals, 56-29, over that stretch. Tommy Nappier has been present in cage for most of it, enduring a 3-6-2-1 mark, 3.12 goals against average, and .891 save percentage. The former Chicago netminder is 14-7-4-1 overall with a 2.46 GAA and .911 sv.%. With Omaha, the 19-year-old is 6-6-3-1 and allowing slightly less than three goals a game.

The Lancers have had four players be suspended for actions taking place in games against the Storm, Filip Rydstrom (twice), Pierce Crawford and Derek Hamelin.

Crawford has one game-winning goal against the Storm this season and leads Omaha with 12 goals and 24 points.

On Deck
Tri-City is at Waterloo for a pair of games, completing a stretch of eight games in 15 days. Listen on the Breeze 94.5 FM the Viaero Wireless Pregame Show on February 3-4 at 6:45 p.m.
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