Posted 2 years 17 days ago ago by David Fine
Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm scored the first three goals and Dayton Rasmussen made 28 saves to steer the Storm to a 4-1 win over the Omaha Lancers Tuesday at the Viaero Center.
Rasmussen made his first 19 saves and stopped 14 in the third, yielding just once to Omaha’s Emilio Pettersen with 8:20 left. Other than the minor blip, Rasmussen earned his 12th victory of the season. The Storm (15-17-4-2, 36 pts.) is tied with Sioux Falls for sixth in the Western Conference.
First star Odeen Tufto (1g, 1a) and third star Danny DiGrande (2a) had multi-point efforts. Since coming to the Storm, Tufto has three goals and seven points in six games. In three Tri-City games against Omaha, Tufto has six points (2g, 4a).
Team points leader Linus Weissbach gave the Storm a 2-0 lead late in the second and recorded his team-leading 33rd point of the season.
The Storm has won two straight games and three of four. Omaha and Tri-City are even, 3-3, in the eight-game series.
In a scoreless first period, both Tommy Nappier (Loss, 27 saves) and Rasmussen made ten saves. Rasmussen made four stops in the second.
As Rasmussen provided steady netminding, the Storm struck twice in the second. Tufto set up Wyatt Bongiovanni for the opening goal; throwing a pass to the right post for Bongiovanni’s goal at 2:16 of the second. Danny DiGrande took the second assist.
Bongiovanni has four goals and five points over his last five games.
Weissbach’s 11th goal of the season came with 5:02 left in the second. After an Omaha turnover in front of the Storm bench, Weissbach skated onto it and wired it in from the slot. Charlie Kelleher took the only helper.
Nine minutes into the third, Tufto struck with a backhander off a rebound. DiGrande took his second assist. Joey Matthews’ empty-net goal with three seconds left iced the game.
The Storm was 3-for-3 penalty killing and 0-for-2 on the power play.
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