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Mar
24
2017

2016-17 Game 55 Preview: Sioux Falls at Tri-City

Posted 268 days ago ago by David Fine

Car up for grabs, plus concourse games and prizes on Casino Night

Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm (18-28-6-2, 44 pts., 8th Western) and Sioux Falls Stampede (19-27-3-6, 47 pts., 7th Western) jockey for position in the conference standings on Casino Night, presented by Midway Auto Dealerships, Saturday at 7:05 p.m.

The Storm will have 25 concourse games and prizes from local sponsors. During intermission, fans can sign up for a chance to shoot and win a 2016 Jeep Renegade from Midway.

Last night, the Storm fell, 3-2, at Lincoln. Sioux Falls is playing its third game of the week and outlasted Madison in a shootout, 3-2.

Tri-City has points in its first three games against the Herd (1-0-1-1). If the Storm wins Saturday, it would mark the second season Tri-City went without a regulation loss against Sioux Falls (6-0-0-0 in 2003-04). 

Next weekend is the Storm’s final two home games this season. On Friday, March 31, Tri-City presents “Dash 4 Cash”, presented by NebraskaLand National Bank, and begins a weekend home set against Chicago. During intermissions, fans and schools will try to grab as much “cash” as they can in an allotted time frame. Schools will compete for $1,000 during one break and fans will grab up to $250 in the next intermission. It’s also a $5 Kids Friday and all players will be available after the game for autographs. 

The Storm honors the best fans in the USHL on “Fan Appreciation Night”, presented by the Nebraska Lottery, against the Steel on Saturday, March 31 at 7:05 p.m. There will be a special postgame skate.

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Radio: The Breeze 94.5 FM | Listen Live | 
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Remaining Schedule (Download here).
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.

Season series recap
The Storm has earned points in all three season-series matchups (1-0-1-1) and took the last meeting, 4-0, on February 24. Blais Richartz scored in his USHL debut. Eric Dop denied 32 shots for his first shutout and is 1-0-1-0 against the Herd, allowing four goals. Mikhail Berdin

Linus Weissbach bosses the Storm with four points (4a) in the series. Wyllum Deveaux tops Tri-City with two goals. Richartz, Campolieto, Jace Foskey and Adam Goodsir have also tallied.

Jaxon Nelson is the only active Sioux Falls skater to score against Tri-City. Eric MacAdams (traded to Dubuque), Jason O’Neill (Chicago) and Nolan Walker (no longer on active roster) have also scored goals.

Without you
Tri-City and Sioux Falls have both been eliminated from playoff contention, the first time both teams will miss the postseason in the same year.

Recent success
Since Bill Muckalt took the reins in 2015, the Storm is 7-1-3-1 against the Herd, including playoffs. Tri-City’s only regulation loss was November 21, 2015 at the Viaero Center. The Storm is 4-1-0-0 at home against the Stampede under Muckalt.

The Storm swept the Herd out of the 2016 Clark Cup Playoffs, 3-0. The season before, Sioux Falls defeated Tri-City in a four-game Western Conference Final series.

Scouting Sioux Falls
Much like the Storm, the Stampede has made trades aimed at building for the future. Sioux Falls dealt top goal scorer Jack Doremus to Lincoln, points leader Austin Albrecht to Muskegon and Jason O’Neill to Chicago.

The Herd is 3-11-2-3 since January 29. Sioux Falls went on an 11-game losing streak from January 29 – March 3, its second longest drought (19 games in 2003-04). The Stampede has won back-to-back games and is on a four-game point streak. 

Josh Passolt has a club-best 19 goals and 38 points.

Sioux Falls has allowed at least 30 shots on goal in 41 of 55 games (74.5% of games) and gives up a league-worst 36 shots per game. In games allowing at least 40 shots, Sioux Falls is 4-9-1-3. The Storm have given at least 30 shots in 26 of 54 contests and is 0-5-1-0 when allowing at least 40.

The Herd are the only team to surrender more than 50 shots in a game this season, allowing 60 to Muskegon on October 28 (a 2-1 win) and 52 shots in a 3-2 shootout loss against Sioux City on February 12. Jeremy Swayman stopped 48 of 50 shots against Tri-City on September 24 in an overtime win.

On Deck
Next weekend is the Storm’s final two home games this season. On Friday, March 31, Tri-City presents “Dash 4 Cash”, presented by NebraskaLand National Bank, and begins a weekend home set against Chicago. During intermissions, fans and schools will try to grab as much “cash” as they can in an allotted time frame. Schools will compete for $1,000 during one break and fans will grab up to $250 in the next intermission. It’s also a $5 Kids Friday and all players will be available after the game for autographs. 

The Storm honors the best fans in the USHL on “Fan Appreciation Night”, presented by the Nebraska Lottery, against the Steel on Saturday, March 31 at 7:05 p.m. There will be a special postgame skate.

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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