Posted 71 days ago ago by David Fine
Cranberry Township, Pa. – The Tri-City Storm scored three straight goals to tie the game at three, but three goals in the third period led the Central Illinois Flying Aces to a 6-3 win Sunday at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex. Tri-City was 1-2-0-0 at the Fall Classic and completed the exhibition schedule with a 3-4-0-0 mark.
Jack Summers and Blais Richartz scored for the Storm in the second period, putting the Storm in position to tie after Tri-City allowed three first-period goals. Tyler Ward evened the score with a power-play marker four minutes into the third. Central Illinois’ Cory Babichuk scored at 9:08 of the third to regain a one-goal edge. Lucas McGregor added insurance to make it 5-3 with four minutes to go. Central Illinois added an empty-net goal in the final minute.
For the second straight game, the Storm tied the game after facing a multi-goal deficit. Tri-City scored the last five goals Saturday to beat Muskegon, 6-3.
The Storm is set to open the regular season at the Omaha Lancers on Fri., Oct. 6 at 7:05 p.m. Games can be heard on The Breeze 94.5 FM and video streamed on ushl.hockeytv.com. The home opener is Fri., Oct. 13 vs. Sioux City at 7:35 p.m.
Jake Barczewski settled down after the quick strikes and finished with 27 stops. Central Illinois’ Kris Carlson had 17 saves.
Blake Evennou (7:17, 1st), Tyler Madden (10:12, 1st) and Lucas McGregor (PP, 14:26, 1st) punished the Storm in a seven-minute span to give the Flying Aces a 3-0 lead at first intermission.
Jack Summers pulled the Storm within two with a left-circle shot that eluded Carlson at 3:48 of the second. Jace Foskey dished to Summers and earned the assist. Summers scored in the Storm’s last two preseason games.
The Tri-City momentum continued. Barczewski made a save on a breakaway and followed it up with a 2-on-1 stop during the middle portions of the second. The first-year netminder made 17 saves in the second. Next, Richartz jammed home a rebound to make it 3-2 with 4:15 to go in the second, assisted by Johnny McDermott and Kieran Durgan.
A power-play rush up the right side of the ice allowed Ward to tie the game, 3-3, at 3:40 of the third. Skating across the right blue line, Jake Crespi whisked a pass to Joey Cipollone at the right circle. Cipollone shot it off Carlson’s pads and the rebound stayed loose at the right post for Ward to slam it in. Ward had two goals and three points at the Fall Classic. Tri-City’s power play was 1-for-4 and the Storm went 4-for-5 on the penalty kill.
Matt Gosiewski assisted Babichuk’s go-ahead goal for the Flying Aces halfway through the third. McGregor struck with 3:41 to go to end the Storm’s best chance at another tie.
Need to Know – Upcoming Games
Season Opener: Oct. 6 at Omaha, 7:05 p.m.
Home Opener: Oct. 13 vs. Sioux City, presented by Viaero Wireless.
- The first 2,000 fans in attendance at the home opener will receive a Friday the 13th Jason mask.
- The first 500 fans will receive $2 off concessions.
- Tri-City hosts 30 regular season games at the Viaero Center in 2017-18.
- Friday and Saturday home games begin at 7:35 p.m. Call 308-338-8144 for more information.
- Purchase Storm tickets here: http://bit.ly/StormTix78
Storm game broadcast coverage: listen on The Breeze 94.5 FM, watch on ushl.hockeytv.com.