Posted 22 days ago ago by Kendall Grayson
Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm return home for two games against the Central Illinois Flying Aces as the 1st place team in the USHL standings. Last weekend, the Storm made the longest road trip of any USHL organization this season, travelling to Youngstown, Ohio for a two game series against the Phantoms. Tri-City defeated Youngstown in both games, and vaulted ahead of the Fargo Force for the top spot in the USHL standings.
Opponent: Central Illinois Flying Aces
Tickets: Online or call (308) 338-8144
Game Time: 7:35 PM CT
Broadcast: Watch: HockeyTV Listen: The Breeze 94.5 FM or Online
Tri-City (21-8-1-1) matched last season’s win total Saturday at the Covelli Center in Youngstown, OH. Sam Hentges scored both Storm goals, including the overtime game winner in a 2-1 overtime victory against the Phantoms. The win completed the season sweep of Youngstown following a 5-1 win the previous night. Jake Barczewski recorded both wins on the weekend in goal for Tri-City and improved to 7-4-1-1 on the season. The trip to Youngstown marked a homecoming for Head Coach Anthony Noreen. The 1st year Storm Head Coach spent five seasons behind the Phantoms bench, one as an assistant coach, and four as the Head Coach. Noreen’s Phantoms squad qualified for the playoffs three of his four years as a Head Coach. The 2014-2015 edition of the team won the Anderson Cup as the best regular season team in the USHL. This past weekend marked the first time Noreen had faced off against his former team. Noreen led the Storm to a two game sweep over his former team, picking up four points in the standings, and finishing the weekend as the 1st place team in the USHL.
Central Illinois (11-18-1-13) enters tonight’s matchup as the last place team in the USHL standings. The Flying Aces are 3-11-1-1 on the road and have the 17th ranked power play and 17th ranked penalty kill in the league. Central Illinois has scored three more goals than Tri-City this season, but have also given up 33 more goals than the Storm. The two teams last met last season, with the Storm dropping both games in overtime at U.S Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, IL. The Central Illinois Flying Aces team went through the first brand change in team history this offseason by changing the team name and logo. The organization was previously known as the Bloomington Thunder from 2014-2017. The Flying Aces are led this season in goal scoring by Jakub Lacka, who has tallied 13 goals on the year. Lacka also leads Central Illinois with 23 points. The assists leader for the Flying Aces is currently Max Andreev, who has provided 18 to the Central Illinois offense this season.
The Storm will attempt to eclipse last season’s win total in tonight’s game. Tri-City currently leads the USHL standings with 44 points, and has four games in hand on the 2nd place Fargo Force. Tonight’s game is the first game of a three game weekend for the Storm. Tri-City returns home tomorrow night for another matchup against Central Illinois, before travelling to Omaha on Sunday. This weekend will mark the first time this season that the Storm have played three games in three days.
Tonight is a beach themed party at the Viaero Center! Tonight’s game vs. Central Illinois is “Margaritaville Night”! There will be $4 drink specials on Margaritas, Blue Hawaiians, and Pina Coladas. Season ticket holders attending the game will also be entered into a raffle to win a jersey during the February 9th game against Fargo! Entry into the game will automatically register any season ticket holder to win the jersey. Tonight is also a $5 Kids Friday presented by Funtastic!
Tonight’s broadcast will begin at 7:15pm CT on HockeyTV and the Breeze 94.5FM. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:35pm CT.
- Storm individual game tickets can be purchased online or by calling (308) 338-8144
- Margaritaville vs. Central Illinois is Friday, January 26th Tickets: Online or by calling (308) 338-8144
- Taste of Nebraska vs. Central Illinois is Saturday, January 27th Tickets: Online or by calling (308) 338-8144