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Mar
17
2017

2016-17 Game 52 Preview: Muskegon at Tri-City

Posted 129 days ago ago by David Fine

$1 Coors Lights, green beer, koozie giveaway on St. Patrick's Day 

Kearney, Neb. – There will be $1 Coors Lights, green beer, koozies and a $5 Kids Friday when the Tri-City Storm (18-25-6-2, 44 pts., 7th Western) and the Muskegon Lumberjacks (31-17-3-1, 66 pts., 3rd Eastern) meet at the Viaero Center on St. Patrick’s Day at 7:05 p.m. The Storm will give away 2,000 koozies. In addition to $5 tickets, all kids 12 and under will receive a voucher for a free taco and soft drink at Kearney Taco Bell.

The Storm is kicking off one of its biggest home weekends of the season; Saturday against Muskegon is Sammy’s Superheroes Night, presented by First National Bank, to help raise money for pediatric cancer awareness and research.

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 phone number is 308-338-8144. 

Tri-City is on a three-game points streak, its longest since October 14–November 11 (six games). Last weekend, the Storm forced overtime at Madison on Friday and Saturday. Tri-City squeaked out a nine-round shootout victory Friday.

Affiliates Ryan Roth and Joey Cipollone have been added to the active roster for the weekend.        

The Storm sits two points behind Omaha for sixth in the conference. Muskegon is third in the Eastern Conference, three points ahead of fourth-place Youngstown and eight clear of Green Bay. The top four teams in each conference qualify for the postseason.


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Upcoming Schedule (Download here).
Sat., March 18 vs. Muskegon, 7:05 p.m. (Sammy’s Superheroes Night, Cape giveaway, special jerseys)
Fri., March 24 at Lincoln, 7:35 p.m.

Sat., March 25 vs. Sioux Falls, 7:05 p.m. (Casino Night, $5 Kids Friday)
Fri., March 31 vs. Chicago, 7:05 p.m. (Dash For Cash, $5 Kids Friday, Postgame Autographs
Sat., April 1 vs. Chicago, 7:05 p.m. (Fan Appreciation Night, postgame skate)
Sun., April 2 at Sioux City, 3:05 p.m.
Fri., April 8 at Cedar Rapids, 7:05 p.m.
Sat., April 9 at Des Moines, 7:05 p.m.

Start streak
Storm goaltender Eric Dop has made six straight starts, Tri-City’s longest streak since Hayden Lavigne got the call in seven straight contests to end the 2013-14 season. Backup goaltender Harrison Feeney has yet to appear since the Storm acquired the 19-year-old on February 27 for Logan Halladay.  

Dop is 3-2-1-0 over the six games with a 2.05 goals against average, .932 save percentage and one shutout. During the final seven games of 2013-14, Lavigne went 3-3-0-1, allowing 2.71 goals per game.

Justin Quale (TC: 2012-13) is the last Storm goaltender to eclipse seven straight, making ten consecutive starts from February 15 – March 15, 2013. That season, Johan Mattson started nine straight games near the start of the season and also had a stretch of ten straight, snapped by Quale, on New Year’s Eve.

Dop has played in 22 games, recording a 6-9-4-1 record, 2.68 goals against average and .912 save percentage. Carson Chubak holds the Storm record for most games played in a season, appearing in 50 during 2009-10. That season, Chubak had a stretch where he appeared in 11 consecutive games and made 10 straight starts (January 23 – February 26, 2010), though he was pulled in three games. Chubak recorded five stretches with at least six straight starts. 

Campolieto’s helping hand
Though without a goal since December 29 (22 straight games), defenseman Joseph Campolieto has pitched in on offense with assists in consecutive contests. It is the third time this season Campolieto has recorded points in consecutive games.

 

The 18-year-old leads Storm defenseman with four goals and 18 points over 42 games this season.

Committed to Union College, Campolieto has missed just two games (Jan. 6-7) since joining the Storm on October 11 from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights (NAHL).

Blais-ing start
Forward Blais Richartz has two points in his first three Storm games, including an assist Friday against Madison. Added as an “unlimited” affiliate player on March 7, Richartz comes to the Storm from Victory Honda U16, where he served as captain and and led the team in goals (16) and points (25).

Richartz scored in his first Storm game on February 24, a 4-0 shutout victory against Sioux Falls that snapped a seven-game losing streak. The 16-year-old native of Menomonie, Wisconsin is 5-foot-10, 185 pounds.

Scouting Muskegon
The Lumberjacks were shutout for the third time in a month last Saturday, 3-0, against the Chicago Steel to snap a three-game win streak. Muskegon has had five stretches with at least three wins in-a-row.

Goaltender Keith Petruzelli is 5-2-0-0 with a 1.86 goals against average and .937 save percentage over his last seven starts. His efforts include scoring an empty-net goal against Madison on February 24, the first in the league since 2010 and (believed) to be the first in the 57-year-history of LC Walker Arena.

The 18-year-old was named Team East MVP at the 2017 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game and rated the No.1 North American Goaltender on the NHL Central Scouting Midterm List.

The Lumberjacks also boast the league’s top rookie scorer, 16-year-old Andrei Svechnikov (24g, 48 pts.). Since the start of the 2017 calendar year, Svechnikov has a team-best 12 goals, 21 points and plus-10 rating.

On Deck
Saturday against Muskegon is Sammy’s Superheroes Night, presented by First National Bank, to help raise money for pediatric cancer awareness and research. It’s also Faith and Family Night, with special group prices for local congregations.

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.

Tri-City is at Lincoln on Friday, March 24 at 7:35 p.m., the Storm’s final showdown against the Stars. The Storm returns home for Casino Night, presented by Midway Auto Dealerships, against Sioux Falls on March 25 at 7:05 p.m. Play fun games on the concourse before and during the game!

Listen to all games on The Breeze 94.5 FM. Coverage starts with the Viaero Wireless Pregame Show 15 minutes before puck drop.

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