Posted 357 days ago ago by David Fine
Kearney, Neb. – Josiah Slavin scored the Tri-City Storm’s lone goal in a 4-1 loss to the Chicago Steel Saturday at the Viaero Center.
Tri-City tied the game at one midway through the second. Chicago’s Eduards Tralmaks scored five minutes later to break the tie. The Steel scored twice in the first six minutes of the third period. Tralmaks finished with two goals and three points.
Eric Dop stopped his first 21 shots and completed the game with 32 blocks. Ales Stezka beat the Storm with 29 saves.
Dop denied 12 Steel chances in the first to keep the game scoreless.
The clubs combined for three goals in the second. Josiah Slavin tied the game, 1-1, after Chicago’s opening power-play goal. Monte Graham shot the puck from the right circle and the rebound jarred off Slavin’s body with 9:59 left. Slavin has six goals and 12 points in his first USHL season.
An 18-year-old from Erie, Colorado, Slavin has four points (2g, 2a) in his last three games.
Chicago’s Eduards Tralmaks scored with 5:08 left in the second to pull the Steel ahead, 2-1.
The after-whistle action also increased; the teams collected 34 penalty minutes in the second. Jack Summers and the Steel’s Corson Green were assessed five-minute match penalties for removing an opponent’s helmet.
Jack Badini scored 15 seconds into the third and Tralmaks extended the edge to three at 5:10 of the frame.
Chicago was 1-for-3 on the power play. The Storm was 0-for-2.
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