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Storm defeat Stars 3-2 in preseason opener

Posted 313 days ago ago by Kendall Grayson

Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm opened the 2018-2019 preseason with a 3-2 win over the Lincoln Stars Saturday night at the Viaero Center in Kearney. Storm forward Asa Kinnear scored the game winning goal in the final two minutes of the game to lift Tri-City to a 3-2 victory.


Tri-City opened its 2018-2019 preseason at home on Saturday night in a fast paced contest against top rival Lincoln. The Lincoln Stars got on the board late in the opening period as Wyatt Schlaht scored the game’s first goal at the 16:49 mark of the period. Tri-City’s Ben Almquist provided a quick answer, tying the game eighteen seconds after Schlaht’s goal. The goal scored by Almquist was his first of the preseason, and was assisted by Colton Kalezic, and Elias Rosen. The Storm outshot the Stars 15-12 in the opening period.


Benji Eckerle broke the tie at 18:22 of the 2nd period on a goal assisted by Colby Ambrosio. Tri-City’s 2-1 lead was eventually erased at the 6:33 mark of the 3rd period by Lincoln’s Zach Dubinsky. The two teams took the tie game deep into the 3rd period, before Tri-City’s Asa Kinnear buried the game winner with less than two minutes to play. Kinnear’s goal was assisted by Colby Ambrosio, who collected two points on the night.


Each team gave its two goaltenders playing time, with each player playing half of the game. Storm goaltender Isaiah Saville started the game and made 17 saves on 18 shots. At the halfway point of the game, Saville was replaced by Storm goaltender Justin Evenson, who finished the night with 11 saves on 12 shots. Tri-City outshot Lincoln 31-30.


Tri-City returns to action next weekend in Ralston, Nebraska with game’s on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The three game slate is part of the preseason “I-80 Cup” event hosted by the Omaha Lancers. The Storm face off against the Sioux Falls Stampede Friday at 2:30pm, the Sioux City Musketeers Saturday at 2:30pm, and the host Omaha Lancers Sunday at 4:05pm.


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