Posted 12 days ago ago by Kendall Grayson
Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm were victorious for the 7th time this season at home in a 5-2 win over Madison on Friday night. The Storm have now won 7 of 8 games played at the Viaero Center this season, and now stand at 13-4 through 17 games overall. Five of the game’s seven goals were scored in the 3rd period as Tri-City outlasted Madison. The meeting was the first of the season between the two teams. The final matchup between the Storm and the Capitols is set for tomorrow afternoon.
A two goal first period by the Storm would be all of the offense scored by either team through the first forty minutes. Charlie Dovorany scored his third goal of the season at 8:48 of the first period to give the Storm a 1-0 lead. The goal was assisted by Adam Goodsir and Jace Foskey. Joey Cipollone recorded his fourth goal of the season later on during the opening frame to increase the Storm lead to two goals. The goal from Cipollone was assisted by Tyler Ward and Hugo Blixt. No goals would be registered by either team in the 2nd period and the Storm led 2-0 entering the 3rd period.
Scoring ramped up in the 3rd period and would be the story of the final twenty minutes. Hugo Blixt scored his fourth goal of the season just over a minute into the period. The goal was assisted by Joey Cipollone and gave the Storm a 3-0 advantage. Madison would begin the comeback efforts just a few minutes later when Ryan O’Reilly notched his team leading eleventh goal of the season. Less than a minute later, the Capitols would bury another one behind Filip Larsson to bring the game to 3-2. Kamil Sadlocha scored goal number three for him on the season and set things up for a great finish between the two teams. Only a few seconds after Madison brought the game to within one goal, Jake Crespi increased the Storm lead back to two goals with a great tip play out in front of netminder Dryden McKay. The goal for Crespi was his second of the year, and was assisted by Keaton Pehrson. The story would carry a two goal lead deep into the game until Johnny McDermott scored an empty net goal with only ten seconds remaining to secure the Storm victory. The final goal of the game was the third of the season by McDermott and was assisted by Joey Cipollone.
Madison’s Colin Felix and Tri-City’s Adam Goodsir dropped the gloves during the 2nd period and were each given misconducts. Goodsir recorded 19 penalty minutes during the contest, including 17 during the exchange with Felix.
The three stars of the game were all from the Tri-City Storm. Third Star honors went to Jake Crespi (1 G). The 2nd Star of the game was Joey Cipollone (1 G, 2 A). The 1st Star of the game went to Hugo Blixt (1 GWG, 1 A).
Filip Larsson recorded the win and improved to 12-3 on the season. Dryden McKay took the loss for Madison and dropped to 5-7-0-1.
Puck drop against Madison in tomorrow’s rematch is set for 3:05pm.
Tomorrow’s game can be heard on The Breeze 94.5 FM and seen live online via HockeyTV. Puck drop is at 3:05 PM. The Viaero Wireless pregame show will begin at 2:45 PM.
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