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2016-17 Game 41 Preview: Omaha at Tri-City

Posted 2 years 158 days ago ago by David Fine

Storm and Lancers ... We've seen this before

Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm (15-18-4-2, 36 pts., T-6th Western) matches the Omaha Lancers (15-20-5-1, 36 pts., T-6th Western) for the fourth time in the last eight games Friday at the Viaero Center. Friday is Military Appreciation Night, presented by Riddle’s Jewelry, and the Storm will honor all active members and veterans on a $5 Kids Friday.

Tri-City, Sioux Falls and Omaha are in a three-way tie for sixth place in the Western Conference. The clubs look up at fifth-place Lincoln (47 pts.).

The Storm has played the Lancers in three straight home games and Tri-City won the last one on January 31. Through the first six games of the season series, Tri-City is 3-3-0-0 against Omaha.

The USA Hockey Trade Deadline was Monday and both teams have new looks; the Storm moved five players in exchange mainly for draft picks and prospects and the Lancers traded veterans Austin Alger (Muskegon) and Mitch Perrault (Sioux Falls).

The Storm is on the road Saturday at 7:05 p.m. against the Sioux City Musketeers. Tri-City hosts Lincoln on Tuesday, February 14 for $2 Bud Lights.  

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Upcoming Schedule (Download here).
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)
Fri., Feb. 17 vs. Des Moines, 7:05 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 18 at Omaha, 7:05 p.m.

Pace Ramping Up
Linus Weissbach recorded three goals last weekend, giving him the squad’s goals lead (14) for the first time this season. The 18-year-old is tied for 7th in the league with 36 points.

His pace puts him on track for 54 points. The last Storm player to exceed that total is Chris Wilkie (55 points) in 2014-15. Only ten Storm players have recorded at least 54 points in a season.  

All the moves
The Storm made three trades and one waiver acquisition on Monday, acquiring three players, four draft picks and two players to be named later in exchange for five players.

Highlighting the moves, the Storm acquired goaltender Logan Halladay off of waivers. The third-year netminder is 20 years old and spent 2014-17 with the Bloomington Thunder. This season, Halladay has a 9-10-2-0 record, 2.79 goals against average and .902 save percentage. The Storm also picked up affiliates Caleb Rule and Tyler Borsch.

Season series recap
The Storm’s three wins against Omaha have been one-sided – 4-1, 6-1 and 4-1. In the season series, Tri-City is outscoring Omaha, 18-13.

In the last meeting, Danny DiGrande recorded a pair of assists and four Storm players ripped tallies. Wyatt Bongiovanni leads the Storm with four goals against the Lancers. Defenseman Bryan Yoon has five points (1g, 4a) in the season series.

Eric Dop has made one appearance against Omaha, making 28 saves and allowing four goals on December 9 in a 4-1 defeat. 

Tri-City has outshot Omaha in five of six games. In the series, the Storm averages 33.1 shots/game and allows 21.8/game to the Lancers.

Scouting Omaha
The Lancers managed a point against Sioux City Tuesday and are 1-1-1-0 since falling to Tri-City on January 31. Three of the team’s top five scorers have either been injured (Greg Printz) or traded (Mitch Perrault, Austin Alger). Leading scorer Pierce Crawford paces the group with 13 goals and 27 points. Filip Rydstrom is second on the team with 25 points and second in the league with 133 penalty minutes. Crawford and Rydstrom are the only two teammates to each record more than 100 PIMs.

Tommy Nappier is 7-8-4-1 in 20 games with Omaha, recording a 2.74 goals against average and .903 save percentage. Backup Ryan Keane is 0-2-0-0 in three games, allowing more than six goals an appearance.

On Deck
Tri-City heads to Sioux City on Saturday, February 11 at 7:05 p.m. Listen on the Breeze 94.5 FM with the Viaero Wireless Pregame Show at 6:45 p.m.
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