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Storm open regular season at USHL Fall Classic

Posted 326 days ago ago by Kendall Grayson

Cranberry Township, PA. – The Tri-City Storm will begin regular season play today at the 2018 USHL Fall Classic outside of Pittsburgh, PA in a matchup with the defending Eastern Conference Champion Youngstown Phantoms. Today’s game is the first of a sixty-two game regular season, and will mark the beginning of the 19th season of Tri-City Storm hockey. Tri-City swept Youngstown in both games of last year’s regular season series.


Tri-City hits the ice today following a 4-0-2-0 record in a six game preseason. The Storm’s ten points in the 2018-2019 preseason standings were the most of any USHL team during the exhibition schedule. Forwards Joe Molenaar and Jake Crespi led the team with six points during preseason play. Molenaar recorded a hat trick in Tri-City’s 6-2 defeat of Sioux Falls on September 14th, and lead the team in preseason goals scored with three. Jake Crespi registered four assists in five games played during the exhibition schedule, and was tied for the team lead in assists with forward Colby Ambrosio. Forwards Ian Murphy, Joe Berg, Benji Eckerle, and Asa Kinnear skated in all six preseason games. Goaltenders Jake Barczewski and Isaiah Saville shared time in net for Tri-City and each provided impressive results. In three games played, Saville stopped 81 of 86 shots and finished the preseason with a Goals Against Average (GAA) of 1.99, and a save percentage of .938. Barczewski made 80 saves on 84 shots and completed preseason play with a GAA of 2.00, and a save percentage of .950.


Youngstown enters today’s game after capturing last year’s Eastern Conference Championship, before eventually falling to the Fargo Force in the 2018 Clark Cup Final. The Phantoms did not play a preseason game against USHL competition, instead Youngstown faced off in four games against teams from the NAHL (Tier II). Youngstown dropped two regular season games to Tri-City last January at the Covelli Centre, losing 5-1 on Friday, January 19th, and 2-1 in overtime the following day.


Today’s game is set to begin at 4:00pm CT, and 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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