Posted 319 days ago ago by David Fine
Final game of the regular season
Urbandale, Ia. – The Tri-City Storm (21-30-6-2, 50 pts., 7th Western) matches the Western Conference foe Des Moines Buccaneers (35-20-1-3, 74 pts., 4th Western) and concludes the regular season Saturday at 7:05 p.m.
The Storm is playing its third straight game in Iowa; the three-game swing began Sunday, April 2 at Sioux City. Tri-City is 1-1-0-0 in the first two games and knocked off Cedar Rapids, 4-1, last night. Harrison Feeney had his first USHL win with 27 saves.
The Buccaneers clinched their first playoff berth in ten seasons with a 4-3 overtime win against Lincoln on Tuesday. Sioux City, Waterloo, Fargo and Des Moines will represent the Western Conference. The Buccaneers are one point behind Fargo for third in the conference and will get the three seed if they win Saturday to tie or surpass Fargo in points.
The Storm is looking for its second victory in the six-game season series (1-4-0-0 vs. Des Moines).
Tri-City has won at least 20 games for the sixth straight season. The Storm has a chance to establish a team record for fewest penalty minutes in a single season if it takes fewer than 16 PIMs Saturday.
Listen to the Storm’s last game on The Breeze 94.5 FM. Coverage starts at 6:45 p.m. with the Viaero Wireless Pregame Show.
Season tickets are available for the 2017-18 season and more information is at Stormhockey.com or the Viaero Center Box Office at 308-338-8144. Normal box office hours run from 11–6 on Monday-Friday.
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Sat., April 9 at Des Moines, 7:05 p.m.
Last Time Out
Ronnie Attard, Chase Pilawski and Logan Drevtich helped the Tri-City Storm rattle off three unanswered goals in the second period to topple the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, 4-1, Friday in Cedar Rapids.
Three Storm players had multi-point games: Pilawski (1g, 1a), Goodsir (1g, 1a) and Deveaux (2a). Deveaux and Pilawski had both of their points in the second.
Opposing his former team, Harrison Feeney earned his first USHL win with 27 saves and denied 12 shots in the third.
Linus Weissbach will finish the regular season as the Storm’s leader in goals (19), assists (28) and points (47). The Wisconsin commit has missed the last nine games. From November 24 – March 10, the native of Gothenburg, Sweden was tied for a league-best 37 points in 32 games.
After recording three goals and 14 points as a rookie with Des Moines, Wyatt Bongiovanni has increased to 12 goals and 30 points. Bongiovanni is second among active Storm players in points.
Adam Goodsir has ripped 16 goals, 3rd among rookies, and 25 points. The Denver commit leads Tri-City with 80 penalty minutes.
Eric Dop has led Tri-City in net and sports a 8-14-4-1 record, 2.84 goals against average and .908 save percentage in 29 games.
Des Moines playoffs
The Buccaneers are playoff bound for the first time since 2007 (nine straight seasons without playoffs). Head Coach Regg Simon led the team to the 2007 Clark Cup Final. Des Moines has won the Clark Cup four times (1992, 1995, 1999, 2006).
The USHL’s two longest playoff droughts in the league’s Tier I history have ended this season. Chicago went eight straight seasons without making the playoffs and are the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
Season Series Recap
The Storm is 1-4-0-0 against the Buccaneers and its only win was a 9-1 rout on January 6. Des Moines has outscored Tri-City, 14-13, in five games.
Eric Dop is 0-2-0-0 against Des Moines and has given up six goals on 54 shots. Jan Ruzicka is 2-1-0-0 against the Storm and has given up seven goals. In his career, Ruzicka is 5-3-0-0 and has surrendered 24 goals. Nick MacNab is 2-0-0-0 against the Storm this season and 3-0-0-0 in his career, allowing one goal on 83 shots over 180 minutes. MacNab has two career shutouts vs. Tri-City.
Logan Drevitch, Wyllum Deveaux, Linus Weissbach and Nicholas Nardella lead active Storm players with three points in the series. Des Moines’ Isaac Johnson recorded a hat trick in the last meeting and has four goals and five points in three games. Defenseman Mario Ferraro has one goal and a team-high six points.
Scouting the Buccaneers
Kobe Roth’s overtime winner clinched Des Moines’ Clark Cup playoff berth Tuesday at Lincoln. The Minnesota Duluth commit has two goals and four points over his last four games. David Keefer leads the team with 19 goals and 46 points. Eleven Buccaneers have at least 20 points this season and eight have at least ten goals.
Des Moines’ Jan Ruzicka has started six straight games and helped the squad clinch a playoff berth Tuesday. The 2016 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game selection has five shutouts, a 25-12-1-1 record, 2.35 goals against average and .916 save percentage in 40 games. Last season, Ruzicka had 12 wins in 34 appearances and a 3.39 goals against average.
Defenseman Mario Ferraro is the league’s second-best defenseman scorer, accruing 40 points. He leads all rookies with 32 assists.
Season tickets are available for the 2017-18 at the Viaero Center Box Office. Call 308-338-8144 or visit the Box Office from 11-6 on Monday-Friday.