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Feb
02
2017

2016-17 Game 39 Preview: Tri-City at Waterloo

Posted 314 days ago ago by David Fine

Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm (15-17-4-2, 36 pts., T-6th Western) looks for its third straight win against the Waterloo Black Hawks (23-12-1-2, 49 pts., 2nd Western) Friday at 7:05 p.m. The Storm plays back-to-back games against Waterloo, the final two of the season series.

The Storm has taken three of its last four games, outscoring opponents, 16-9. On Tuesday, the Storm tooook   down the Lancers, 4-1, and four Tri-City skaters scored. Dayton Rasmussen made 26 saves for his 12th win of the season.

Tri-City has already played Waterloo at the Viaero Center this season, splitting a weekend set December 2-3.

This weekend wraps up a stretch of eight games in 15 days. Tri-City is 3-3-0-0 through the first six games.  

The next Storm home game is against 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).
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)

Tufto provides spark

Since the Storm acquired forward Odeen Tufto on January 16 from Fargo, the 20-year-old has three goals and seven points in six Tri-City games. Two of the efforts have been multi-point games, each against the Lancers; after recording three points on January 24 at Omaha, Tufto had a goal and two points in Tuesday’s victory.

Tufto has six of his seven Storm points against Omaha this season. In 36 games, the 5-foot-8, 170-lb. center has eight goals, 28 points and seven multi-point games.

Tufto has goals in consecutive games (2g, 1a).

“Dig”ging the helpers
Danny DiGrande recorded two assists Tuesday against Omaha, the forward’s first multi-assist effort of the campaign. The 19-year-old has six helpers and 15 points this season.

DiGrande has three assists in his last two games after he did not record an assist in the previous 20 contests. The right winger’s three recent helpers have been distributed on goals by his linesmates, Odeen Tufto and Wyatt Bongiovanni.

During the last four games, at least one member of the line has been out for 11 of the Storm’s 14 goals. The line has combined for seven goals and 14 points over that stretch. DiGrande has one goal and four points in four games. Bongiovanni has three goals and four points. Tufto leads the group with three goals and six points over the last four.

Rasmussen’s post-holiday numbers
Since returning from the World Jr. A Challenge on December 28, Dayton Rasmussen has played the most minutes of any goaltender (692) and owns a .935 save percentage. Only three other goalies have a better goals against average than Rasmussen (1.73 GAA), but only one has played at least three games (Nick McNab, Des Moines).

Rasmussen has surrendered three or fewer goals in 11 games since the holiday break and recorded a 5-5-1-0 record. Rasmussen has given up one goal in five games and two or fewer in eight of the 11. Tuesday against the Lancers, Rasmussen made 26 saves and allowed one goal.

The 18-year-old from Eden Prairie, Minnesota was ranked the #6 North American goaltender on NHL Central Scouting’s January Midterm Rankings.

In 27 games, Rasmussen is 12-11-2-1 with a 2.34 goals against average (10th in USHL) and .916 save percentage.

Scouting the Black Hawks
Waterloo has played overtime a league-high 12 times this season and is 9-3 past regulation. The Black Hawks have seven overtime wins and no other team has more than four (Sioux Falls).

Ranked second in the Western Conference, the Black Hawks have won three straight games and are on a season-long six-game point streak, outscoring opponents, 22-12, during that stretch. Waterloo is a conference-best 14-6-1-0 against the West and plays 12 of its final 22 games against the conference. Tri-City has 11 straight games against the conference and plays 15 more games against the West.

Robbie Beydoun went 3-0-0-0 last weekend and has made 17 straight starts dating back to December 9. The last time Beydoun did not play was December 3, when Severi Isokangas (no longer on the active roster) lost against the Storm. Beydoun is 10-4-1-1 since taking the reins in early December with a 2.81 goals against average and .905 save percentage. The second-year goalie is tied for a league-high four shutouts.

Nick Swaney is six in the league with 35 points and bosses the squad with 15 goals. Shane Bowers is second on the team with 14 goals and 30 points.

On Deck
Tri-City wraps up the season series with the Black Hawks Saturday, February 4 at 7:05 p.m. Listen on the Breeze 94.5 FM the Viaero Wireless Pregame Show at 6:45 p.m.
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