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Mar
10
2017

2016-17 Game 51 Preview: Tri-City at Madison

Posted 252 days ago ago by David Fine

Final ten games upon Storm

Madison, Wis. – The Tri-City Storm (18-25-5-2, 43 pts., 7th Western) enters the final ten games of the regular season with its final contest at the Madison Capitols (20-26-1-2, 43 pts., 7th Eastern) Saturday at 7:05 p.m.

Last night, the Storm outlasted Madison with a nine-round shootout victory, 2-1. Nicholas Nardella scored in the top of the ninth round and Eric Dop denied all nine shots in the skills competition. It was the Storm’s first win at Madison (1-1-1-0).

Linus Weissbach scored in regulation for the Storm, his team-best 18th of the season.  

The Storm is in the midst of four straight games against Eastern conference opponents; Tri-City hosts Muskegon for a pair of games next weekend. Six of Tri-City’s final ten games are against the Eastern side.


Tri-City hosts a St. Patrick’s Day party with $1 Coors Lights and a $5 Kids Friday on March 17 against Muskegon. 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, game-day experience. The first 1,000 kids will receive capes.

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Upcoming Schedule (Download here).
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)
Fri., March 24 at Lincoln, 7:35 p.m.

Sat., March 25 vs. Sioux Falls (Casino Night, $5 Kids Friday)

Mr. Consistent
With a goal on Friday, Linus Weissbach has found the scoresheet in three straight games (2g, 3a) and has recorded at least a point in 12 of 16 games (10g, 7a).

Since November 25, Weissbach leads the league with 37 points, tallying at least a point in 24 of those contests.

The Wisconsin commit tops the squad with 19 goals and 47 points. Weissbach has been on ice for six of the last seven Storm goals.

Help me out, Monte

Center Monte Graham has three assists in his last two games. This is the second time in his 106-game career he’s helped out thrice in a pair of games.

Graham has 15 assists this season and had eight in 56 games last year.

The Boston College commit is a game shy of matching his longest point streak (three games).   

Shootout winner

The Storm had dropped ten straight shootouts before beating Madison on Friday. The Storm is 1-2 in shootouts this season and went 0-for-7 last year. In 2014-15, the squad was 6-4 in the skills competition. Its last victory came on February 14, 2015 against Sioux City.

The young vs. the middle

Madison first-year Head Coach Garrett Suter is the youngest Head Coach/General Manager in the USHL, born June 9, 1987 (29 years old). Bill Muckalt turned 42 last July and is the 9th youngest head man in the league.

Both are were captains while at the NCAA ranks; Garrett, a former USHL player from 2004-06, captained Division III University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point in 2010-11. During Muckalt’s senior season at University of Michigan (1997-98), he led the Wolverines to the National Championship. Muckalt won two National Championships at Michigan and played five seasons in the NHL.

Suter is the younger brother of NHL defenseman and Capitols owner Ryan Suter. 

Scouting the Capitols (part two)
Despite dropping on Friday, Madison has been one of the top teams in the league in one-goal games, going 10-5-1-2. Only seven teams in the league have more one-goal victories. Madison is 6-1 in overtime, the best record in the league, but 0-2 in shootouts. Leading goal scorer Mick Messner (11 goals) has tallied three of the overtime winners, best on the team.

The team has often needed to come back to achieve such victories, coming back to force OT four times. Madison has scored the first goal in 16 of its 48 games (2nd fewest in USHL).

The Capitols are 3-8-0-1 against the Western Conference this season.

Go East?

Friday’s game was the Storm’s first cross-conference match since January 14 at Bloomington. Prior to that, Tri-City played 12 straight contests against Western Conference foes.

The Storm is 5-5-2-0 against the Eastern Conference this season. 

Last Time Out

Goalie Eric Dop made 22 saves and blocked all nine shootout shots to key the Tri-City Storm to a 2-1 victory over the Madison Capitols Friday at the Alliant Energy Center. Nicholas Nardella potted the only goal of the skills competition with a wrist shot in the top of the ninth round. Dop denied Madison’s Ryan Bederka at the left post for the win.

Linus Weissbach had Tri-City’s only goal during regulation to tie it at one in the second. The first-year forward has points in three straight games (2g, 3a) and 48 total this season. The Wisconsin commit played less than three miles south of his future rink, the Kohl Center.


After allowing a power-play goal halfway through the first, Dop denied all shots faced. Dryden McKay suffered the defeat despite 28 saves.


On Deck
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. Tri-City will wear special jerseys that will be auctioned off after the game, and give away capes to the first 1,000 kids. Storm players will “buddy up” with children affected by cancer before the game and give the kids a game day experience. Fans that purchase tickets online or through the Viaero Center Box Office using the code “SUPERHEROES” will donate $5 from their $14 ticket to Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation. Purchase tickets to the game here. The Box Office is open from 11am-6pm and the phone number is 308-338-8144.

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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