Posted 5 days ago ago by David Fine
Tri-City raises money for pediatric cancer research and awareness
Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm surrendered a goal early in the second and were blocked, 2-0, by the Muskegon Lumberjacks on Sammy’s Superheroes Night Saturday at the Viaero Center. Adam Brizgala made 17 saves for his second shutout of the season.
Storm players gave seven kids affected by cancer a game-day experience and auctioned off specialty jerseys after the game to raise money for pediatric cancer research. Tri-City showed tribute videos from players that participated in the experience last season. Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation is named after Sammy Nahorny, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in 2012. The Storm’s Facebook page has pictures of the kids’ game-day experience.
Eric Dop made 13 first-period saves and finished with 34 denials. Five minutes into the second, Andrei Svechnikov scored the game-winning tally. Svechnikov assisted on an insurance goal with fewer than three minutes left in the third.
Dop has made eight straight starts, the most by a Storm goaltender since Justin Quale (TC: 2012-13) made 10 consecutive starts. The 18-year-old from Lewis Center, Ohio is 3-4-1-0 over the eight games.
After traveling to Lincoln next Friday, the Storm hosts Sioux Falls on Saturday, March 25 for Casino Night at 7:05 p.m.
In a scoreless first frame, Tri-City took seven of the last eight shots and killed off two power plays. Muskegon attempted the game’s first 12 shots on Dop.
Svechnikov aimed a top-shelf shot past Dop, unassisted, to jump the Jacks in front, 1-0, at 4:48 of the second. Eric Dop the denied nine more shots in the second. Muskegon held a shots edge, 23-10, after two.
The Storm had seven shots on the goal in third. Tri-City killed off two Muskegon power plays. The Storm was 0-for-2 on the man up.
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Tri-City is at Lincoln for the final time this season on Friday, March 24, with coverage starting on the Viaero Wireless Pregame Show on The Breeze 94.5 FM at 7:15 p.m.
On Saturday, March 25 at 7:05 p.m., the Storm hosts Sioux Falls on Casino Night, featuring concourse games and prizes.
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