Posted 298 days ago ago by David Fine
Ralston, Neb. – Linus Weissbach had had a goal and two points for the Tri-City Storm in a 6-2 loss to the Omaha Lancers Saturday at Ralston Arena. Lancers forward Cole Gallant recorded his first career hat trick.
Weissbach is the first Storm player to reach 40 points and leads Tri-City with 17 goals. Logan Drevitch also scored for the Storm.
Omaha scored three times in the first period on 20 shots. Logan Halladay took the loss despite 39 saves. Tommy Nappier beat the Storm for the third time this season, making 14 denials. Omaha won the eight-game season series, 5-3.
The Lancers scored four straight goals after Weissbach scored at 1:40 of the first frame. Ryan Roth assisted on the goal, giving the Storm affiliate two helpers in three USHL games.
Weissbach sparked the Storm with the opening goal. Striding up the left wing after getting a bank pass from Roth, the talented Swedish-born forward shot it in from the left circle. Weissbach committed to Wisconsin on Monday.
Omaha scored three goals in the first and took a two-goal edge into first break. Filip Suchy capped off the tallying with 4.9 seconds left.
With the Storm down three halfway through the game, Weissbach set up Drevitch at the right slot to bring Tri-City within two. Drevitch, a Merrimack commit has a goal and two points over his last two games.
Weissbach’s assist gave the forward a team-best 11 multi-point games this season. Last season, Carson Meyer and Nico Sturm led the Storm with 10 multi-point games in the regular season.
Cole Gallant scored his second of the game with 15:28 left to grow the Storm’s deficit to 5-2. Gallant finished the hat trick with 6:20 left.
After combining for 14 penalty minutes in the first, the Storm took just one minor over the final 40. Both power plays were 0-for-2.
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