Posted 246 days ago ago by David Fine
Urbandale, Ia. – Brian Hawkinson scored, but the Tri-City Storm allowed four straight goals and ended the 2016-17 regular season with a 5-1 loss to the Des Moines Buccaneers Saturday at Buccaneer Arena.
Assisted by Jace Foskey and Josiah Slavin, Hawkinson’s goal tied the contest, 1-1, with six minutes left in the first. The Buccaneers scored with one minute remaining in the first and then tallied three more in the second. Matt Hudie led Des Moines with three points (1g, 2a).
Tri-City completed the regular season with a 21-31-6-2 record, good for 50 points.
Eric Dop made 30 saves. Jan Ruzicka stopped nine in the first and Nick MacNab replaced Ruzicka for the start of the second. MacNab took the win with 16 denials.
Linus Weissbach finished the regular season as the Storm’s leader in goals (19), assists (28) and points (47).
Next up for the Storm, it reloads in the 2017 USHL Draft on May 1-2. Storm Main Camp is June 11-16 at the Las Vegas Ice Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Under siege for the majority of the first, Dop blocked 16 shots and the Storm trailed, 2-1, after one. Hawkinson deflected a center-point shot to even the game, 1-1, with 5:41 left in the first. Foskey earned his 11th point of the season with the primary helper. Slavin garnered the secondary assist to end the campaign with assists in consecutive contests and 13 points (6g, 7a) in his rookie season.
Hawkinson completed his second full Storm season with three goals and six points. In 106 career games, the defensively-minded forward has four goals and ten points.
Julian Napravnik scored, assisted by Hudie, with 1:17 left in the first. Brian Halonen, Eric Otto and Michael Rounds beat Dop in the second period, gunning the Buccaneers to a 5-1 edge.
Tri-City finished the season with eight straight successful penalties kills and limited the Buccaneers to 0-for-1 on the man up. The Storm was 0-for-1 on the power play.
Season tickets are available for the 2017-18 season through the Viaero Center Box Office at 308-338-8144. Office hours are Monday-Friday from 11-6.