Posted 349 days ago ago by David Fine
Three-point night for Wisconsin commit
Kearney, Neb. – Tri-City Storm forward Linus Weissbach scored a on a breakaway with 12 seconds left in overtime to puncture the Fargo Force, 4-3, Saturday at the Viaero Center on “Teddy Bear Toss” Night.
Monte Graham (2a) executed a set play off the face-off, dragging it between Shane McMahan’s legs and feeding Weissbach up the middle in three-on-three overtime. The Wisconsin commit deked and finished at the left post, beating Ryan Bischel.
Weissbach tied a career high with three points (1g, 2a) and helped the Storm stave off a Force comeback; Fargo tied the game at three with consecutive goals in the third. The Storm scored three straight goals to take a 3-1 lead into the third.
Garrett Hall scored his first Storm goal and Adam Goodsir also tallied in the second.
Wyatt Bongiovanni made the teddy bears fly by ripping the Storm’s first goal in the final minute of the first. The bears were collected and donated to local charities in central Nebraska.
Eric Dop secured victory with a career-best 37 saves. Matt Murray made 12 saves and was pulled after the second, taking the no decision. Ryan Bischel blocked nine shots before allowing the overtime goal.
Weissbach leads the Storm with 46 points. The 18-year-old has a team-high 13 multi-point games.
Bongiovanni tied the game with the bear-throwing goal at 19:42 of the first period. He beat Murray with a right-circle snipe to the top shelf. Weissbach passed to Bongiovanni across the ice to the right circle.
Over the last 15 games, Weissbach bosses Tri-City with nine goals and 16 points. Bongiovanni is third on the team with ten goals. Because the goal happened with fewer than three minutes left in the first, the teams went to locker room for first intermission and played 20:18 in the second period.
Tri-City continued its energy with a pair of second-frame tallies. First, Hall received a pass from Graham and wristed it to the far post for his first of the season. The Storm acquired Hall from Youngstown on January 13. Nick Azar received the secondary assist. The 20-year-old doubled his points total from two to four with a pair of weekend assists.
Goodsir scored his 14th of the season with 59 seconds left. Weissbach flipped the puck to the slot and Goodsir trickled it off of Murray’s stick and in at the left post. Bischel replaced Murray (12 saves) at the start of the third. The Force scored two goals in 43 seconds to tie the game at three with 9:53 left.
Weissbach’s overtime goal helped the Storm defeat the Force for the first time past regulation (1-8).
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