Cranberry Township, PA. – The Tri-City Storm look to bounce back after last night’s season opening loss in today’s game against the Youngstown Phantoms. Last night, Joe Molenaar netted the Storm’s only goal in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Waterloo Black Hawks. Today’s game will be the Storm’s final at the 2019 DICK’s Sporting Goods USHL Fall Classic, and its final game until the 20th Anniversary Season Home Opener at the Viaero Center next Friday. Puck drop for today’s game against Eastern Conference foe Youngstown is set for 1:00pm.
Tri-City (0-0-1-0) was limited to just one goal in last night’s loss to Waterloo after averaging 3.5 goals per game during the six-game exhibition schedule. Joe Molenaar’s goal in last night’s game was the 16th goal of his USHL career. Daniel Allin, who making his USHL regular season debut in goal, made 25 saves on 27 shots and recorded the loss in net for Tri-City. Last night’s loss was the first opening game loss for Tri-City since the 2012-2013 season. The Tri-City power play finished last night’s game 0/8, while the Storm’s penalty kill was a perfect 6/6. Tri-City defeated Youngstown twice last season, outscoring the Phantoms 12-7 in the two game regular season series. Following today’s matchup, Tri-City will faceoff against Youngstown two additional times during the 2019-2020 regular season. Both games will be played in January at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown, Ohio. Dating back to the 2012-2013 season, Tri-City has won ten of its last thirteen games against the Phantoms.
Youngstown (0-1-0-0) hits the ice today in search of its first win of the season following a 6-2 loss in yesterday’s season opening game to the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. Youngstown was the only team in the USHL to not play any preseason games against league opponents. Yusaku Ando and Trevor Kuntar scored the Phantom’s goals in yesterday’s loss. Goaltender Dominic Basse made 36 saves on 42 shots and recorded the loss in goal. The Phantom’s are in the middle game of a three game in three day stretch. Tomorrow’s game is Youngstown’s home opener, and the beginning of a five game homestand at the Covelli Centre.
Today’s game is set to begin at 1:00pm 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