Posted 59 days ago ago by David Fine
Kearney, Neb. – A whacky goal and a 36-save effort by Eric Dop were not enough to catapult the Tri-City Storm past the Sioux City Musketeers in a 5-1 loss Saturday at the Viaero Center.
Josiah Slavin tied the Storm at one with Sioux City two minutes into the second. After shooting it off of goalie Todd Scott’s glove (win, 21 saves), the puck bounded off the back wall and jettisoned off Scott’s back. The puck snuck through in the scramble for Slavin’s third of the season.
Aapeli Rasanen potted the game-winning goal with four minutes left in the second. Eeli Tolvanen scored a pair of breakaway goals in the third. Charlie Kelleher scored an empty-net goal.
Dop made more than 30 stops for the second straight game and the sixth time this season. The Bowling Green State commit denied 68 of a possible 72 shots this weekend.
After making 13 saves to open the game, Dop allowed the opening goal to Connor McMenamin with seven seconds left in the first, assisted by Brian Rigali.
Slavin evened the game at one on the zany bounce at 2:14 of the second. Nicholas Nardella passed it to Slavin on the rush and earned the assist.
An 18-year-old from Erie, Colorado, Slavin is the younger brother of Carolina Hurricanes forward Jaccob Slavin. Nardella is the younger brother of former Storm defenseman, Bobby, and the son of former hockey Olympian, Bob. The youngest Nardella has points in consecutive games (2a).
Sioux City’s Rasanen broke the tie with a power-play goal at 16:02 of the second. McMenamin and Hellickson assisted. The Storm was 1-for-2 on the penalty kill and 0-for-3 on the power play.
The Musketeers scored three more times in the third. Sioux City out-attempted the Storm, 40-22.
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