Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm host the Sioux Falls Stampede tonight at the Viaero Center following a 3-0 loss in last night’s opening game of the Western Conference Final. The Storm will seek to tie the series before it shifts to the Denny Sanford Premiere Center in Sioux Falls, SD this weekend for Game #3 and potentially Game #4. Kids 12 & Under can attend tonight’s game for free, and discounts are also offered for Military, Seniors, and Students! Puck drop for Game #2 of the Western Conference Final is scheduled for 7:05pm tonight at the Viaero Center in Kearney.
Tri-City (3-1, #1 Seed) lost its first game of the 2019 Clark Cup Playoffs last night by a final score of 3-0 in Game #1 of the Western Conference Final. The loss also marked the first time that the Storm have been shutout in four games this postseason. A win tonight by Tri-City would force a Game #4 in Sioux Falls on Saturday night and guarantee two games this weekend at the Denny Sanford Premier Center. In last night’s home loss, Tri-City outshot Sioux Falls 24-19 but was unable to score on Stampede goaltender Jaxson Sauber. The Storm’s postseason power play is ranked 5th at 26.7% through four games played, and the team’s penalty kill is currently 9th best of team’s qualifying for the Clark Cup Playoffs at 76.9%.
Sioux Falls (6-1, #3 Seed) has won its last three Clark Cup playoff games and has outscored opponents 11-3 over that stretch. The Stampede took a 1-0 lead in the best of five Western Conference Final series against Tri-City last night at the Viaero Center in a 3-0 shutout win over the Storm. Sioux Falls got goals in the game from Blake Bride, Andre Lee, and Cade Borchardt. Jaxson Stauber leads all goaltenders this postseason with a Goals Against Average (GAA) of 1.49, and a save percentage of .940. Tonight, Sioux Falls will try to replicate its performance against Sioux City in the opening round by taking a 2-0 series lead over Tri-City. In the Conference Semifinal round against Waterloo, Sioux Falls won the opening game of the series on the road before falling 6-0 in Game #2.
Today’s playoff game is set to begin at 7:05pm CT, and will be streamed on HockeyTV, and Storm Radio. For Clark Cup Playoff tickets, and additional information on the Storm, visit www.StormHockey.com or call 308-338-8144.