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Preview: Storm open I-80 Cup vs. Sioux Falls

Posted 308 days ago ago by Kendall Grayson

Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm open play in the 2018 I-80 Cup preseason event today at 2:30pm against the Sioux Falls Stampede. The Storm will play three preseason games over the next three days at Ralston Arena in Ralston, NE, home of the Omaha Lancers. Today’s game will serve as the second preseason game of the season for Tri-City. Last Saturday night at the Viaero Center, the Storm defeated the Lincoln Stars by a final score of 3-2 in the opening game of the preseason.


Tri-City enters today’s game looking to improve to 2-0 in the preseason after last weekend’s one goal defeat of the Lincoln Stars. Ben Almquist, Benji Eckerle, and Asa Kinnear scored the three goals for Tri-City, as goaltenders Isaiah Saville and Justin Evenson split time in net. Kinnear broke the 2-2 tie with just over one minute remaining in the game to seal the victory for the Storm. Isaiah Saville made 17 saves on 18 shots, and fellow Storm goaltender Justin Evenson stopped 11 of 12 Stars shots in the win. Colby Ambrosio led the team with 2 points, picking up assists on both the Storm’s game tying and game winning goals.


Sioux Falls will open its preseason schedule this afternoon in a 2:30pm matchup with Tri-City. The Stampede finished the 2017-2018 regular season as the 4th place team in the Western Conference, and fell to the Lincoln Stars in the opening round of the 2018 Clark Cup Playoffs. Sioux Falls will play one additional game in the I-80 Cup on Saturday against the Omaha Lancers, before playing the final three games of its five game exhibition schedule.


The 2018 I-80 Cup preseason event hosted by the Omaha Lancers features five teams in six games across three days. Today’s Storm vs. Stampede matchup is the opening game of the event. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the entrances of Ralston Arena. Seating is general admission, and available on a first come first serve basis. A $5 ticket is good for both games featured at the arena for the day.


Today’s game will be streamed live on HockeyTV, and Storm Radio. HockeyTV is a subscription based service that carries all Storm home and away games throughout the season. Storm Radio is the new audio broadcast home for Tri-City Storm hockey and can be accessed through Mixlr,, or by downloading the official Tri-City Storm Mobile App. The broadcast will begin twenty minutes prior to the advertised game start time.

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