Ralston, NE. – The Tri-City Storm defeated in state rival Omaha 4-3 in a shootout on Sunday afternoon in the team’s final game in the 2019 I-80 Showcase preseason event. The Storm finished the event with a 2-1 record, and improved to a 3-1 record in the 2019-2020 preseason with the win. Goal scorers for Tri-City included; Benji Eckerle, Mark Estapa, and Mitchell Miller. After a 3-3 tie at the end of regulation, and a scoreless overtime period, Storm forward Chikara Hanzawa scored the only goal of the shootout to give Tri-City a 4-3 win. The Storm will play its final two preseason games against the Omaha Lancers next weekend. Friday, the Storm make a return trip to battle the Lancers at Ralston Arena. Saturday, Tri-City concludes preseason play on home ice with a 7:05pm puck drop in Kearney.
The first scoring play of Sunday’s game came from Omaha’s Alex Campbell at 13:41 of the 1st period. Jack Randl and Jackson Decker recorded assists on the play. Tri-City responded with a goal to tie the game with less than a minute to play in the period. Benji Eckerle’s goal at 19:12 of the 1st period was his first goal of the preseason. The game tying goal was assisted by Cody Sherman and Nick Capone.
Mark Estapa broke a 1-1 tie just over five minutes into the 2nd period on a goal assisted by Felix Carenfelt and Carter Mazur. Estapa’s goal was scored at 5:33 of the period and was his first of the preseason. Alex Campbell netted his second goal of the game at 13:42 of the 2nd period to tie the game again.
Just like the first two periods, each team scored one goal in the 3rd period and the game ended tied after regulation. Mitchell Miller gave Tri-City a 3rd period lead at 9:48 of the period on a goal assisted by Chikara Hanzawa. The Lancers tied the game at 12:44 on a goal scored by Rhett Pitlick.
Five minutes of scoreless overtime passed and the game would be decided in a shootout after a 3-3 tie through 65 minutes. Chikara Hanzawa scored the only goal of the shootout, and the Storm left Ralston Arena on Sunday with a 4-3 shootout victory over Omaha. Joe Sharib made 44 saves on 47 shots to record the victory in goal for Tri-City.
Friday’s game is scheduled to begin at 7:05pm 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