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Kearney, Neb. – Goaltender Eric Dop denied 14 shots in the third period and the Tri-City Storm bounced the Chicago Steel, 3-2, Friday at the Viaero Center.
The Storm scored the first three goals. The Steel scored in the second to narrow the edge. After allowing a tally halfway through the third to Chicago’s Reggie Lutz, Dop shut the door to finish with 29 saves. Dop has made 11 straight starts, the third Storm goalie to make more than 10 consecutive.
Former Storm goalie Dayton Rasmussen took the loss with 20 saves.
Defensemen Ronnie Attard and Nick Azar scored their second goals of the season in a middle-frame burst that put the Storm up by three.
In a span of 1:31, Attard recorded a pair of points. After assisting on Azar’s tally, Attard blasted the Storm to a 3-0 edge with his first goal since December 3 (34 games). Azar’s goal was his first since October 9 against Omaha (37 games).
Logan Drevitch scored for the second straight game, giving the Merrimack commit 11 this season.
The Storm’s final home game is Saturday at 7:05 p.m.
Drevitch kicked off the scoring, almost literally, at 9:02 of the first. After throwing it to the right post, the puck ramped up off a Chicago defender’s leg and hopped in. Blais Richartz and Wyllum Deveaux earned the assists.
The middle frame turned out to be a “period of seconds”, the Storm tallied twice and all three scorers recorded their second of the season. Tri-City scored the opening two of the frame. Azar’s point shot snuck through at 6:05. Attard took his first point with the assist.
On Attard’s next shift, he bombed a straightaway slap shot, giving him a pair of points in 1:31. Prior to the explosion, the 17-year-old had gone 27 straight games without a point.
Ben Mirageas scored a short-handed goal with 6:43 left in the second to cut the Storm’s lead to two. Lutz was next up, scoring with 9:50 left in the third. In a late-period flurry, Dop denied five shots in a two-minute span.
The Storm was 0-for-4 on the power play. Chicago went 0-for-2.
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