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2016-17 Game 53 Preview: Muskegon at Tri-City

Posted 2 years 156 days ago ago by David Fine

Sammy's Superheroes Night raises money for pediatric cancer awareness, research

Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm (18-26-6-2, 44 pts., 7th Western) will give seven kids affected by cancer a game-day experience and raise money for pediatric cancer research as its hosts the Muskegon Lumberjacks (32-17-3-1, 68 pts., 3rd Eastern) on Sammy’s Superheroes Night Saturday at 7:05 p.m. It’s also “Faith and Family” Night; enjoy a night out with your congregation using special group ticket prices.

The Storm and Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation are raising money and awareness for pediatric cancer in a variety of ways.

  1. Tri-City will wear one-night-only Sammy’s Superheroes jerseys that will be auctioned off after the game, with all proceeds going to Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation.
  2. 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. 
  3. The Storm and Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation will sell t-shirts and teddy bears at the game on the concourse and in the Storm Store to raise money. All proceeds go to Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation.

The seven kids that will receive a game-day experience are from central Nebraska. The Storm will also show tribute videos from players that participated in the experience last season. The foundation is named after Sammy Nahorny, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in 2012.

On the ice, Tri-City hosted the Lumberjacks Friday and lost, 9-1. There are four home games left in the Storm’s season. Harrison Feeney and Joey Cipollone both made their Storm debuts. Nicholas Nardella scored his second USHL goal.

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Upcoming Schedule (Download here).
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, 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.

History against the Jacks
The Storm and Lumberjacks have matched 11 times and Tri-City is 4-6-0-1 against Muskegon. The Lumberjacks entered the USHL in 2010-11. Tri-City won the first meeting on December 17, 2010 and Storm defenseman Rick Pinkston (now in the AHL) scored two goals.

From 2011-14, the Storm dropped four straight meetings against Muskegon. Tri-City won the next three matchups. Last season, the Storm split a pair of games.

Friday’s contest was the first time since 2014-15 that the Storm hosted Muskegon. Tri-City has earned points in two of three home games against Muskegon (1-1-0-1) and is 2-4-0-1 all-time at the Viaero Center.

LaFontaine connection
Muskegon’s first-year Head Coach John LaFontaine took the Wichita Falls Wildcats (NAHL) to the 2016 Robertson Cup Final and coached current Storm forward Adam Goodsir. Tri-City’s Captain led the Wildcats with 28 goals and was named NAHL Rookie of the Year. Last year’s Wildcats team also featured former Storm goaltender Justin Kapelmaster, who made the Storm’s training camp roster in 2015-16.

The 53-year-old has coached seven current or former Storm players over the last four seasons. While with Shattuck-St. Mary’s Prep School in 2013-14, he drilled Tri-City forward Charlie Dovorany, affiliate forward Caleb Rule and former netminder David Tomeo.

Earlier this season, Lafontaine traded Logan Drevitch to the Storm in exchange for Jack McNeely.

A turning-point in 2015-16
Prior to Friday, the Storm last played Muskegon on November 28, 2015, dropping, 4-3. Tri-City was 7-9-2-2 (18 points) and tied for 5th in the Western Conference after the loss. 

Tri-City went 21-6-8-5 over the remaining 40 regular season games. Including the playoffs, the Storm was 30-8-8-5 after facing Muskegon.

In the loss, the Storm flashed numerous strengths that would became staples on its run to the 2016 Clark Cup. Tri-City showed comeback ability, scoring two goals in the final two minutes to pull within one. In the final minute, Storm Assistant Captain Jake Wahlin rang a shot off the post that would have completed a three-goal comeback in less than a minute.

Storm goaltender Matt Greenfield was pulled with 12:27 left in the game, his final Storm game. Dayton Rasmussen replaced Greenfield and made five saves in his Tri-City debut. At the time, the Storm was carrying three goaltenders on its roster.

Rasmussen teamed up with Jake Kielly for the remainder of the season. The Storm allowed the fewest goals per game in the 2016 Clark Cup Playoffs.

Scouting Muskegon (part two)
Muskegon has been to overtime the most of any USHL team (14 games) and escaped with a league-high ten wins past regulation. The Lumberjacks’ last two wins have been past regulation, both against Bloomington.

Playing to the theme, Muskegon is 14-4-3-1 in one-goal games, the best record of any Eastern Conference team. The Lumberjacks are unblemished in regulation when leading after the first period (14-0-1-0) and are 21-3-2-0 when scoring the first goal.

After Saturday’s game, the Lumberjacks play four straight at home.

On Deck
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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