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Storm complete preseason sweep of Lancers

Posted 332 days ago ago by Kendall Grayson

Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm completed a two game preseason sweep of the Omaha Lancers tonight with a 4-2 road win on the auxiliary rink at Ralston Arena. Tri-City’s Jake Crespi scored the game winning goal with under eight minutes to play in the 3rd period. Blais Richartz, Artyom Borshyov, and Filip Forsmark also scored goals in the Storm’s win. Jake Barczewski made 39 saves on 41 shots to pick up his 2nd victory of the preseason in goal.


The Omaha Lancers got out to an early lead just over minutes into the 1st period. Logan Will scored his 1st of the preseason at 5:25 of the period with assists going to Travis Mitchell and Grant Anderson. Tri-City quickly answered less than a minute later as Blais Richartz scored his 1st goal of the preseason. The goal was assisted by forward Ian Murphy. The Storm killed off a 5 on 3 attack from the Lancers near the end of the 1st period and skated to the locker room with the game tied a 1-1. Tri-City and Omaha would each trade a goal in the 2nd period with the Storm scoring first to take the lead. Defenseman Artyom Borshyov netted his 1st goal of the preseason at 10:32 of the 2nd period. The goal was assisted by Colton Kalezic and Tyler Borsch and gave Tri-City a 2-1 lead. The Lancers tied the game minutes later with a goal from Yan Kern and the teams entered the 3rd period in a 2-2 tie.


Tri-City’s Jake Crespi scored the go ahead goal at the 8:25 mark of the 3rd period after a great assist from Joe Molenaar and Brad Morrissey. The final goal of the game was scored into an empty net as Omaha lifted goaltender Zach Borgiel for an extra attacker. Combined with a previous powerplay, the extra attacker gave the Lancers a 6 on 4 advantage. Tri-City’s Filip Forsmark lifted the puck down the ice into the empty goal to seal the win for the Storm. The goal was officially scored shorthanded and was assisted by Elias Rosen.


Jake Barczewski showcased his talents throughout the night, stopping 39 shots in the win. Barczewski improved to 2-0 in the preseason and now has stopped 80 of 84 total shots faced. Of the goalies who have played 100 minutes or more in the preseason throughout the USHL, Barczewski is ranked 1st in both Goals Against Average (2.00) and save percentage (.950).


Tri-City plays its last preseason game of the year tomorrow night in Lincoln in a matchup with the Lincoln Stars. The Storm began the preseason with a 3-2 home win over Lincoln on September 8th.

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