Ralston, NE. – The Tri-City Storm dropped its first exhibition game of the preseason Saturday night at Ralston Arena in a 2-1 loss to in state rival Lincoln. Colby Ambrosio scored the Storm’s only goal of the night less than two minutes into the game. The Stars countered with two 1st period goals to secure the team’s first win of the preseason. Tri-City returns to action tomorrow afternoon in a 12:00pm matchup with the Omaha Lancers at the I-80 Showcase.
Colby Ambrosio put Tri-City on the board at 1:30 of the 1st period on a goal assisted by Chikara Hanzawa. The goal was Ambrosio’s first of the preseason. Hanzawa’s assist was his team-leading third of the preseason. Twenty-six seconds after Tri-City’s lone scoring play of the game, the Lincoln Stars provided an offensive answer with a goal by Brock Bremer. Bremer’s goal was assisted by Jake Boltmann. The game remained tied until Lincoln’s Christophe Fillion netted his team-leading 2nd goal of the preseason to give the Stars a one goal advantage. Fillion’s goal was scored at 11:50 of the 1st period and was unassisted. Tri-City outshot Lincoln 10-5 in the 1st period but trialed 2-1 entering the 2nd period.
No goals were scored by either team in the 2nd or 3rd period, and Lincoln’s goal at 11:50 of the 1st period proved to be the game winner. Tri-City outshot Lincoln 22-16, but dropped its first preseason game in regulation time since the 2017-2018 preseason. Noah Giesbrecht recorded the loss in goal for Tri-City after stopping 14 of 16 Stars’ shots. Lincoln’s Samuel Vyletelka stopped 21 of Tri-City’s 22 shots to register his 1st win of the preseason.
The Storm now looks ahead to tomorrow’s afternoon matchup against the Omaha Lancers. Tri-City will conclude play in the 2019 I-80 Showcase with its third game in three days. Tri-City began the even yesterday with a 4-3 win over the Des Moines Buccaneers. Tonight’s loss dropped the Storm’s record in the event to 1-1 and overall preseason record to 2-1. Tomorrow’s meeting between the two teams will be the first of three consecutive preseason games played against each other. The Storm will visit the Lancers again on Friday, and the Lancers will travel to Kearney to conclude preseason game in a matchup at the Viaero Center on Saturday.
Tomorrow’s game is scheduled to begin at 12:00pm CT, and will be streamed live on HockeyTV, and Storm Radio. To purchase tickets to Storm home games at the Viaero Center, visit www.StormHockey.com or call 308-338-8144. #SeekShelter