Posted 356 days ago ago by David Fine
Storm readies for home weekend of the season
Coming off a Saturday victory against Sioux Falls, the Tri-City Storm rides into its final home weekend of the season and opposes the Chicago Steel this Friday and Saturday at 7:05 p.m. The Storm plays three games this weekend, capped off by a showdown at Sioux City Sunday at 3:05 p.m.
Tri-City ripped a pair of goals in the second and third period to overcome Sioux Falls, 5-3, Saturday. Eric Dop took the win in his 10th straight start, becoming the seventh Storm goalie to get the call at least 10 consecutive times. Josiah Slavin recorded a career-high three points.
In alumni news, three former Storm players – John Marino (Harvard), Tory Dello (Notre Dame) and Bobby Nardella (Notre Dame) – have qualified for college hockey’s Frozen Four.
On Friday, March 31, Tri-City presents “Dash 4 Cash”, presented by NebraskaLand National Bank. 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, April 1 at 7:05 p.m. There will be a special postgame skate.
This weekend is also the final chance for Storm fans to take advantage of the team’s March Mayhem season ticket offer (details here).
Tri-City has five games left in the season and is one point behind Sioux Falls for seventh in the conference. Sixth-place Omaha leads the Storm by three points.
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Friday, March 24 at Lincoln: L, LIN 3, TC 2 (Recap, Box Score)
Saturday, March 25 vs. Sioux Falls: W, TC 5, SF 3 (Recap, Box Score, Highlights)
Fri., March 31 vs. Chicago, 7:05 p.m. (Dash For Cash, $5 Kids Friday, Postgame Autographs)
Sat., April 1 vs. Chicago, 7:05 p.m. (Fan Appreciation Night, postgame skate)
Sun., April 2 at Sioux City, 3:05 p.m.
Fri., April 8 at Cedar Rapids, 7:05 p.m.
Sat., April 9 at Des Moines, 7:05 p.m.
Listen to all Storm games on The Breeze 94.5 FM, with Viaero Wireless Pregame Show 15 minutes before puck drop.
Western Conference Standings
x 1. Sioux City – 83 points
x 2. Waterloo – 78 points
3. Fargo – 69 points
4. Des Moines – 68 points
5. Lincoln – 65 points
6. Omaha – 49 points
7. Sioux Falls – 47 points
8. Tri-City – 46 points
x- clinched playoff berth
Need to Know
Eric Dop is the first Storm goalie to make 10 straight starts since the 2012-13 season, when Justin Quale and Johan Mattson accomplished the feat.
Over the ten games, Dop is 4-5-1-0 with a 2.56 goals against average, .914 save percentage and shutout. The Bowling Green State commit is second in saves (277) and minutes played (608) in the league since the streak began. Dop last sat out February 18 at Omaha.
Dop is the seventh Storm netminder to start at least ten-in-a-row. The feat has been accomplished nine times, thrice by Aaron Rock (TC: 2005-08). Tri-City’s career wins leader (43), Rock had stretches of 10, 12 and 14 straight starts in 2005-06. Mike Zacharias started a Storm-record 19 straight games in 2004-05.
If Dop starts Friday, he becomes the first Storm goalie to appear in 11 straight games since Carson Chubak in 2010-11.
Penalty minute update
The Storm has taken the league’s fewest penalty minutes (659), and is on pace to break last season’s record for its least-disciplined season.
In 2015-16, Tri-City accumulated a season-low 726 penalty minutes, or 12.1 per game. This season, the Storm has toned down to 11.98 PIMs/game.
With five games left, Tri-City must average fewer than 13.4 penalty minutes per game to set a new team record. Four of its remaining five games come against the most-disciplined clubs in the league. Chicago, Sioux City and Des Moines all average fewer than 14 penalty minutes per game.
Bendy on the board
Forward Jon Bendorf earned his first mulit-assist game (2a) vs. Sioux Falls Saturday, tripling his points total to three.
His final assist, on Josiah Slavin’s empty-net goal, came in painful fashion; Bendorf elevated to grab the puck and was checked to the ice. While jumping, he ricocheted the puck to Wyatt Bongiovanni, who started the break out.
All three of his points have come against Sioux Falls. A native of Yardville, New Jersey, Bendorf is committed to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
This is the final weekend to take advantage of the Storm’s March Mayhem package.
1) New season ticket holders will receive FREE tickets to the remaining games of the 2016-17 season if they sign up today. Just call the Box Office (308-338-8144) and ask for the March Mayhem Plan.
2) Fans that renew for a standard seat ($12.50) in March will keep the SAME rate and get two playoff games included in the price! It’s 12.50/seat for 32 guaranteed games, and fans will receive a refund or credit to the 2018-19 season if the Storm does not host two playoff games.
3) The 2017-18 season ticket booklet also includes a ticket to a Storm home preseason game!
Learn more about 2017-18 season tickets right here, including all the benefits you receive by joining the Storm family.
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