Posted 290 days ago ago by Kendall Grayson
Urbandale, IA – The Tri-City Storm seek three wins in a row tonight in Urbandale, IA in a battle with the Des Moines Buccaneers. The Storm has split the first four games in the season series with the Buccaneers. Tri-City enters tonight’s matchup following a 1-0 road shutout of Cedar Rapids last night. Filip Forsmark scored the game winning goal and Filip Larsson posted the shutout in goal in the Tri-City victory.
Opponent: Des Moines Buccaneers
Game Time: 7:05 PM CT
Broadcast: Watch: HockeyTV Listen: The Breeze 94.5 FM or Online
Tri-City (25-15-1-1) seeks a third straight win tonight in Urbandale, IA. After dropping six straight games, Tri-City has recently rebounded with a 2-1 overtime victory in Fargo and a 1-0 shutout victory over Cedar Rapids. If the Storm are able to collect their 3rd consecutive victory tonight, it would mark the first time since early December that Tri-City has won 3 games in a row. With back to back victories, Tri-City is now in a position to climb the USHL standings with a win tonight against Des Moines. The Storm remain in 5th place in the Western Conference standings, but now only trail Fargo by 1 point, and trail Sioux Falls and Waterloo by 2 points with one game in hand on each. Tri-City has two games in hand on the Fargo Force. The Storm now have 18 games remaining in the regular season, with 9 road games and 9 home games left on the schedule. 4 of the last 5 games in the regular season for the Storm will be played at the Viaero Center. Tri-City is in the midst of playing 6 of 7 games on the road, with the only home game during that stretch falling on March 2nd. Tri-City continues to be led in goals by forward Tyler Madden, who has netted 11 goals on the season. Defenseman Bryan Yoon leads Tri-City with 23 assists on the year. Madden and Yoon are tied for the team lead in points, each having notched 24 during the regular season. Filip Larsson recorded his 18th victory in goal in last night’s 1-0 win over Cedar Rapids. The 7 shutouts recorded by Larsson this season are the most of any goaltender in the USHL. Going back to last weekend, Larsson has now stopped 73 of his last 74 shots faced. Larsson also continues to lead the USHL in Goals Against Average (1.68) and Save Percentage (.942).
Des Moines (17-21-2-2) enters tonight’s game as the last place team in the Western Conference standings. The Buccaneers trail the Storm by 14 points and are currently 6 points back of the final playoff spot in the conference held by Sioux City. Des Moines is 16th of 17 USHL teams in the overall league standings. The Buccaneers are 8-10-2-1 on home ice, and won the only game at Buccaneer arena between the two teams back on November 18th by a final scored of 4-1. Des Moines lost last night at home to Waterloo 2-1. Roman Durny recorded the loss in net, stopping 27 of 29 shots faced. Four different goalies have seen action in goal this season for Des Moines, but Durny and teammate Jake Kuharski have played in the majority of the games. Durny’s loss last night dropped his individual record to 6-5-1-1 on the year. He has a GAA of 1.77 and .939 save percentage on the season. Jake Kucharski has played 20 games in goal this season for Des Moines and has posted an overall record of 7-10-1-0. Nicolas Werbik leads the Bucs in goals and points, netting 19 goals and notching 33 points during the 2017-2018 campaign. Brian Halonen is the Des Moines assists leader with 17 on the year. Des Moines will host Tri-City one week from tonight in the final game of the season series.
Tonight’s broadcast will begin at 6:45pm CT on HockeyTV and the Breeze 94.5FM. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05pm CT.
- Storm individual game tickets can be purchased online or by calling (308) 338-8144