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Slavin posts career-high three points
Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm scored a pair of breakaway goals in the second period and knocked off the Sioux Falls Stampede, 5-3, Saturday at the Viaero Center.
Defenseman Joseph Campolieto (1g, 1a) ripped a five-hole shot on a breakaway early in the second to give the Storm its first lead. Logan Drevitch scored the second breakaway tally of the period while short-handed to break a tie. Drevitch finished the weekend with three points (1g, 2a).
In the third, the Storm scored twice to stay ahead of Sioux Falls. Josiah Slavin (1g, 2a) posted a career high three points and scored an empty-net goal in the final minute.
Wyatt Bongiovanni (1g, 1a) found the scoresheet for the second straight game. The 17-year-old tallied two goals and three points this weekend and is second on the team with 30 points. Wyllum Deveaux notched a pair of assists.
Eric Dop denied 22 saves in his 10th straight start. He is the seventh Storm goalie to get the call at least 10 consecutive times. Berdin took the loss with 28 saves.
The Storm plays three games in three days next week. Tri-City is home on Friday and Saturday against Chicago for its final two home games of the season.
Bongiovanni tied the game at one with his 12th of the season at 9:21 of the first. On a two-on-one, Jonathan Bendorf directed it rink-wide to the right circle and Bongiovanni quickly cradled and flung it through Berdin’s five-hole. Slavin received the secondary assist.
Bongiovanni has three goals and five points in eight games this month. Bendorf has two assists this season, both against Sioux Falls.
The Storm’s run continued at :42 of the second. Thrust into a forward role with only ten healthy forwards, Campolieto sprung up the middle for a breakaway and threw it through the legs to give Tri-City a 2-1 lead. The Union College commit is best among Tri-City defensemen with five goals.
Sioux Falls’ Jack Becker scored eight minutes later to tie it, 2-2.
The breakaway theme resumed. Sioux Falls fumbled the puck at the point, leaving Drevitch all alone up the ice for a short-handed breakaway. The left-handed shot tossed it to the top-right pocket for his 10th of the season. Since coming to Tri-City in November, Drevitch has six goals and 11 points. Slavin and Campolieto received the assists.
In the third, Monte Graham scored his eight of the season by pinballing the puck in at 6:32 of the frame, assisted by Deveaux. Sioux Falls responded to pull back within one, but an empty-net goal from Slavin gave Tri-City necessary insurance with 59 seconds left.
The Storm killed off three Sioux Falls power plays. Tri-City was 0-for-2 on the man up.
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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.
Tri-City completes the three-in-three against Sioux City Sunday at 3:05 p.m.
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