Posted 78 days ago ago by David Fine
Cranberry Township, Pa. – Adam Goodsir scored three power-play goals and the Tri-City Storm scored four straight power-play goals to surge to a 6-3 win over the Muskegon Lumberjacks Saturday at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex. Goodsir scored all three of his markers while at a 5-on-3 man advantage. The Storm overcame a two-goal deficit with a pair of goals in the final minute of the second. Tri-City went 4-for-7 on the man up and killed six of seven Muskegon chances.
Goodsir has two hat tricks in his Storm career, both in the preseason. His first goal initiated the comeback with 34 seconds left in the middle frame. Tyler Ward sniped 29 seconds later to tie the score with five seconds left in the frame. Early in the third, Goodsir potted another 5-on-3 goal to give the Storm its first lead, 4-3. He completed the trick with nine minutes to go in the third.
Defenseman Michael Koster earned an assist in his first Storm contest, assisting on Connor McMenamin’s first-period goal. Koster is committed to Minnesota and was selected second overall in the 2017 Phase I Draft. Another Storm first-round selection, Tyler Ward, had two points (1g, 1a).
Filip Larsson earned his second preseason victory (25 saves) and outdueled Muskegon’s combination of Matthew Vernon and Zach Borgiel.
Muskegon’s brotherly tandem, Marc and Anthony Del Gaizo scored all of the Lumberjacks’ goals. Younger brother Marc, scored two-in-a-row to give Muskegon a 3-1 edge late in the second.
McMenamin’s redirection goal tricked Vernon and tied the game at one with nine minutes to go in the opening frame. Muskegon restored a one-goal lead with 3:14 to go in the first. The Lumberjacks added an insurance marker with 3:46 left in the second on a tally from Marc Del Gaizo.
The Storm entered its first 5-on-3 advantage late in the second and mashed back-to-back goals. Setting up net-front, Goodsir slid it past Vernon to pull within a goal with 34 seconds left. Ward beat the clock and scored with five seconds left on a wrist shot from the right circle that beat Vernon to the top right pocket of the net. Ben Almquist and Jake Crespi netted assists.
Goodsir made Muskegon pay again with a slot snipe to the top shelf at 7:27 of the third. Three minutes later, Goodsir sent it through Lumberjacks goalie Zach Borgiel to give the Storm a 5-3 edge. Tri-City's Jack Summers added an empty-net goal to seal the win.
The Storm’s final preseason game is Oct. 1 at 9:45 a.m. against Central Illinois at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex. It will be broadcast at ushl.hockeytv.com.
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