Posted 75 days ago ago by David Fine
Two preseason games left before Oct. 6 opener
Cranberry Township, Pa. – The Tri-City Storm allowed a pair of goals early in the second period and dropped its Fall Classic Opener to the Green Bay Gamblers, 4-1, Friday at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex. Green Bay denied Tri-City on seven power-play chances.
The Gamblers scored twice in the first seven minutes of the second. Adam Goodsir sandwiched a Storm goal between Green Bay’s rapid strikes, but Mac Welsher scored the game-winning goal at 6:42 of the frame. The teams combined for three goals in a span of 3:56.
Goodsir was the Storm’s captain last season and is the team’s leading returning goal scorer (16 goals in 2016-17). He has two goals this preseason.
Jackson Charlesworth added an insurance marker for Green Bay five minutes into the third. The Gamblers staved off two Storm man-up chances in the final frame.
Tri-City is 2-3-0-0 in the preseason and has a pair preseason games remaining – Saturday and Sunday – before returning to Nebraska for the season opener on Fri., Oct. 6 at Omaha.
Harrison Feeney (14 saves) suffered the loss facing Vegas Golden Knights’ 4th-round pick Maksim Zhukov (24 saves).
The Storm killed off two Green Bay power plays in a scoreless first frame. The Gamblers bit the Storm on the man advantage early in the second. Nicholas Nardella capitalized on Green Bay’s third power-play chance to open the scoring at 2:46.
A Gamblers turnover allowed the Storm to tie the game, 1-1, a minute later. Tony Malinowski intercepted the puck at the center blue line and fed Goodsir alone net front. Goodsir head faked and stowed it in. The 19-year-old native of Okemos, Michigan is committed to Denver.
Just three minutes later, the seesaw continued with a Green Bay goal from Mac Welsher to give the Gamblers a 2-1 lead. Tri-City had four man-up chances in the second, but failed to convert.
At 5:13 of the third, Charlesworth scored Green Bay’s third goal on a slap shot through traffic to extend the Gamblers’ edge to two. Tri-City pulled Harrison Feeney in the final three minutes looking for a comeback. Noah Prokop scored an empty-net goal with 1:51 left.
Tri-City killed off three of Green Bay’s four chances.
The Storm has two more games left in the preseason at the 2017 Fall Classic. Tri-City plays Muskegon on Sat., Sept. 30 at 3:45 p.m. and Central Illinois at 9:45 a.m. on Oct. 1. All preseason games are broadcast at ushl.hockeytv.com.
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Season Opener: Oct. 6 at Omaha, 7:05 p.m.
Home Opener: Oct. 13 vs. Sioux City, presented by Viaero Wireless.
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