Kearney, NE – The Tri-City Storm took a 1-0 series lead over the Des Moines Buccaneers after winning Game #1 of the 2019 Western Conference Semifinals Friday night at the Viaero Center in Kearney. Brendan Furry led the team offensively, netting a hat trick in the first two periods of the game. Tri-City also got goals in the game from Brendan Budy, Filip Forsmark, Connor McMenamin, Shane Pinto, and Ian Murphy. Isaiah Saville recorded his 1st career postseason win after stopping fifteen of Des Moines’ eighteen shots. Game #2 of the Western Conference Semifinals will be hosted by the Tri-City Storm at the Viaero Center tomorrow night. Tickets to tomorrow’s game can be purchased via www.StormHockey.com, by visiting the Viaero Center Box Office, or by calling 308-338-8144. Puck drop for tomorrow’s Storm playoff game at the Viaero Center is scheduled for 7:05pm.
Brendan Budy opened the scoring for the Storm in this year’s playoffs with a power play goal just two minutes into the game. Budy’s goal was scored at 2:34 of the 1st period and was assisted by Zac Jones and Shane Pinto. Minutes later, Brendan Furry scored the Storm’s 2nd goal of the game at 4:52 of the period. The goal was assisted by Keaton Pehrson. Filip Forsmark scored the Storm’s third goal of the game on a goal assisted by Brendan Budy and Connor McMenamin at 5:55 of the 1st period. Tri-City increased its lead to 4-0 on a goal scored by Connor McMenamin at 11:36 of the 1st period. McMenamin’s first goal of the playoffs was assisted by Filip Forsmark and Shane Pinto. The final goal of the 1st period was scored by Brendan Furry at the 12:05 mark of the period. Furry’s 2nd goal of the period was assisted by Shane Pinto and Cole McWard. Tri-City outshot Des Moines 9-5 and carried a five-goal lead in the 2nd period.
Des Moines scored forty-four seconds into the 2nd period to cut the Tri-City lead to four goals. The goal was scored by TJ Walsh on the power play. The Storm responded with three unanswered goals in the 2nd period to push the lead to 8-1. Following Des Moines’ power play goal, Shane Pinto scored his 1st playoff goal of the season at 11:05 of the 2nd period to put the Storm back up by five goals. Pinto’s goal was assisted by Ian Murphy. Ian Murphy scored another Storm goal at 17:45 of the 2nd period on a goal assisted by Chase McLane and Keaton Pehrson. The final goal of the 2nd period was Brendan Furry’s third goal of the night, and it gave the Storm an 8-1 lead entering the 3rd period. Furry’s hat trick goal was assisted by Brendan Budy. Tri-City outshot Des Moines 11-6 in the 2nd period and carried a seven-goal lead into the 3rd period.
The final two goals of the game were scored shorthanded by Des Moines at 4:23 and 5:45 of the 3rdperiod. Tri-City outshot Des Moines 9-7 in the 3rd period and 29-18 overall. Brendan Furry was named the game’s 1st Star after his three-goal performance. Tri-City won the game 8-3, and took a 1-0 lead in the series.
Tri-City returns to action tomorrow in Game #2 of the Western Conference Semifinals at the Viaero Center. For 2019 Clark Cup playoff tickets, and more information on the Tri-City Storm, visit www.stormhockey.com.