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Storm defeat Team USA 8-2

Posted 228 days ago ago by Kendall Grayson

Plymouth, MI. – The Tri-City Storm defeated Team USA by a final score of 8-2 on Friday night at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, MI. The Storm won the season series against Team USA by picking up 3 of a possible 4 points in the two-game series. In the win, Tri-City scored a season high eight goals, and recorded its first season series victory against Team USA since winning the season series during the 2014-2015 season. The Storm got goals in the game from Connor McMenamin, Ronnie Attard, Colton Kalezic, Colby Ambrosio, Michael Colella, and Joe Molenaar in the win. Isaiah Saville made 29 saves on 31 shots in the Storm’s 22nd win of the season. Tri-City remains in 1st place in the Western Conference standings and concludes a three-game road stretch tomorrow against Madison.  


Connor McMenamin scored his 8th goal of the season at the 5:41 mark of the 1st period to put the Storm in front 1-0. The goal was assisted by Ruben Rafkin and Cole McWard. Tri-City added another goal at 11:44 of the period to increase the lead to two goals. The Storm’s 2nd goal of the night was scored by Ronnie Attard and was assisted by Khristian Acosta and Zac Jones. Tri-City outshot Team USA 14-7 in the 1st period and carried a 2-0 lead into the 2nd period. Team USA scored a goal at 10:40 of the 2nd period to cut the Storm lead in half. The USA goal was netted by Matthew Beniers and was assisted by Luke Tuch and Eamon Powell. The Storm responded with four unanswered goals to push the lead to 5-1. Colton Kalezic scored an unassisted goal at 14:02 of the 2nd period to give Tri-City a 3-1 lead. The Storm scored another goal with less than 3 minutes to go in the period to take a 4-1 lead. The goal was scored by Connor McMenamin on the power play and was assisted by Keaton Pehrson and Joe Molenaar. Tri-City scored another power play goal at 18:39 of the 2nd period to take a four-goal lead in the game. The Storm’s 2nd power play goal of the game was netted by Colby Ambrosio and was assisted by Ronnie Attard and Brendan Furry. Tri-City outshot Team USA 16-10 in the 2nd period and carried a 5-1 lead into the 3rd period.


Colton Kalezic scored his 8th goal of the season 59 seconds into the 3rd period to give the Storm a 6-1 lead in the game. The goal was assisted by Filip Forsmark and Khristian Acosta. USA netted a shorthanded goal at 6:32 of the 3rd period to cut the Storm lead to 6-2, but Tri-City netted the final two goals of the game to skate away with an 8-2 win. Michael Colella scored his 4th goal of the season at the 9:31 mark of the 3rd period and Joe Molenaar scored the game’s final goal at 17:53 of the 3rd period. Ian Murphy and Brendan Budy recorded assists on Colella’s goal, and Calvin Dybicz picked up an assist on the goal by Joe Molenaar. Tri-City outshot Team USA 40-31 and improved to 22-6-1-1 in the victory. Tri-City completes a three game road stretch tomorrow night against the Madison Capitols.


Tri-City returns to action tomorrow in a road matchup against the Madison Capitols. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05pm, with the broadcast beginning on Hockey TV and Storm Radio at 6:45pm. For home game tickets and more information on the Tri-City Storm, visit  

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