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Storm improve to 4-0 after shutout of Des Moines

Posted 310 days ago ago by Kendall Grayson

Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm have won four consecutive games to begin a season for the first time since the 2003-2004 year. Friday night at the Viaero Center, Tri-City blanked Western Conference foe Des Moines by a final score of 3-0. Asa Kinnear, Ronnie Attard, and Ruben Rafkin scored the goals for Tri-City, and Isaiah Saville stopped all 25 Buccaneer shots to record his first career USHL shutout. The game served as the home opener at the Viaero Center for Tri-City, who maintained its first place spot in the Western Conference standings with the victory.


Tri-City opened the scoring in the game’s first five minutes as forward Asa Kinnear fired a puck by Des Moines goaltender Roman Durny for his 2nd goal of the season. The goal was scored at the 4:32 mark of the 1st period and was assisted by Filip Forsmark and Ronnie Attard. The tally from Kinnear was the lone goal of the opening period, and Tri-City carried a one goal lead into the 2nd period. Each team posted 10 shots on goal in the first twenty minutes.


A goal in the first five minutes of the 1st period gave Tri-City a 1-0 lead, and a goal in the last five minutes of the 2nd period stretch the Storm lead to 2-0. Ronnie Attard scored his first goal of the season with Filip Forsmark and Khristian Acosta picking up assists on the goal. 17:24 was the time of the Attard goal, and the Storm outshot the Bucs by a margin of 12-5 in the 2nd period. Tri-City carried a two goal lead into the 3rd period.


The final period of regulation saw one goal from Tri-City, and the Storm skated away with a 3-0 win over Des Moines. The Storm offense scored the only goal of each period, with Ruben Rafkin picking up his 1st career goal in the 3rd period. Rafkin’s goal at 12:13 of the 3rd period was assisted by Brad Morrissey. Despite being outshot 10-8 in the final period, Tri-City finished the game with a 30-25 shots on goal advantage. Isaiah Saville improved to 3-0 in the Storm win as he stopped all 25 shots to record his first career shutout.


Tri-City now looks ahead to next week’s game against the Lincoln Stars. The matchup will take place at the Viaero Center in Kearney, NE on Tuesday. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05pm CT.


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