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Mar
10
2017

2016-17 Game 50 Preview: Tri-City at Madison

Posted 50 days ago ago by David Fine

Storm's second-ever trip to Madison

Madison, Wis. – The Tri-City Storm (17-25-5-2, 41 pts., 7th Western) has made its second-ever trip to Madison and takes on the Capitols (20-26-1-1, 42 pts., 7th Eastern) Friday at 7:05 p.m.

The Storm has won two of its last four games. In Tri-City’s last contest, it scored with 12 seconds left in overtime to spoil Fargo, 4-3.

Balance has aided Tri-City through the last four games; 15 Storm players have recorded at least one point. 

On the road trip to Madison, the Storm stopped in Columbus, Nebraska to kick off activities with the Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation.

Tri-City players met children affected by cancer and members of the Foundation. Saturday, March 18 is Tri-City’s second Sammy’s Superheroes Night and the team will wear special jerseys auctioned off after the game to raise money for pediatric cancer research and awareness. Storm players will “buddy up” with children affected by cancer before the game and give the kids an all-access tour. The first 1,000 kids will receive capes.

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Upcoming Schedule (Download here).
Fri. March 10 at Madison, 7:05 p.m.
Sat., March 11 at Madison, 7:05 p.m.
Fri., March 17 vs. Muskegon, 7:05 p.m. (St. Patrick’s Day, $1 Coors, $5 Kids Friday)
Sat., March 18 vs. Muskegon, 7:05 p.m. (Sammy’s Superheroes Night, Cape giveaway to 1,000 kids, special jerseys)

The game winners
Regarded for his superior foot speed, Linus Weissbach has four points (1g, 3a) in two March games, including the overtime-winning goal last Saturday against Fargo. Weissbach has two overtime goals this season, both on breakaways. 

Weissbach leads the Storm with four game-winning tallies, meaning he has scored the winner in about one-quarter of Tri-City’s 17 victories. The rest of the Storm’s active players have accounted for nine winners.

Since the start of 2017, Weissbach leads the Storm with 11 goals and 23 points in 21 games. The next closest Tri-City player, Wyatt Bongiovanni, has 11 points in the calendar year.

Triple the Monte
By recording a pair of assists Saturday against Fargo, forward Monte Graham increased his points total to 21, nearly triple what the returning forward had last season (8 pts.).

In 2015-16, Graham played in 56 games and had three goals and five assists. The Boston College commit equaled that total in November (13 games). Additionally, the 18-year-old native of Hanover, Massachusetts has four multi-point games this season (0 in 2015-16).

Considered one of the Storm’s top face-off men, Graham assisted Linus Weissbach’s overtime goal last Saturday by winning a draw and passing directly to Weissbach for a breakaway. 

The last time we were here
In fall 2014, the Storm dropped a pair of games at Madison (0-1-0-1), falling on Halloween and November 1. Last season, Tri-City earned points in both games against the Capitols at home (1-0-0-1).

No active players have recorded a point in the previous four season-series matchups.

Scouting the Capitols
Sitting 19 points out of an Eastern Conference playoff spot, the Capitols are a long shot to secure its first-ever playoff appearance with 12 games remaining. The Capitols were founded in 2014-15. The Capitols also existed in the USHL from 1984-95.

Like the Storm, the Capitols have split the last four games. The squad was shut out for the fourth time this season last Sunday against Sioux City and the Capitols have netted one goal over the last two games.

Madison ranks second-to-last in the USHL in goals/game (2.35), penalty kill percentage (77.4), shots for/game (25.5) and shots against/game (33.8).

Returning forward Eugene Fadyeyev leads the team with 21 assists and 27 points in 46 games. Mick Messner, a native of Madison, is tops on the team with 11 goals.

In cage, Dryden McKay has seen the lion’s share of the work (32 GP), going 17-13-0-1 with a 2.68 goals against average and .912 save percentage. Daniel Lebedeff is 3-13-1-0 with a 3.64 goals against average and .895 save percentage in 19 games. 

On Deck
The Storm completes the weekend against the Capitols on Saturday at 7:05 p.m.

Spend your St. Patrick’s Day with the Storm as its hosts the Muskegon Lumberjacks on Friday, March 17 with $1 Coors Lights and a $5 Kids Friday.

The Storm is home on Friday, March 18 for “Sammy’s Superheroes Night”, presented by First National Bank, against the Lumberjacks at 7:05 p.m. The Storm will giveaway capes to the first 1,000 kids and Tri-City will wear one-night only specialty jerseys that will be auctioned off after the game to benefit pediatric cancer research. This is the second year the Storm has partnered with Sammy’s Superheroes and children affected by cancer will “buddy up” with Storm players and receive an all-access tour before the game.

Listen to all games on The Breeze 94.5 FM. Coverage starts with the Viaero Wireless Pregame Show at 6:45 p.m.

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