Cranberry Township, PA. – The Tri-City Storm dropped its second consecutive game the 2019 DICK’S Sporting Goods Fall Classic Friday afternoon at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex. The Youngstown Phantoms scored the first three goals of the game and added two goals in the 3rd period to defeat the Storm 5-2. Tri-City dropped to 0-1-1-0 in the loss following last night’s overtime loss to Waterloo. Tri-City now returns home for its Home Opener for the 20th Anniversary season Friday night at the Viaero Center in Kearney. Tri-City will play host to in state rival Omaha, puck drop is scheduled for 7:05pm. Tickets are available now and can be purchase via www.StormHockey.com
Tri-City and Youngstown played a scoreless 1st period Friday afternoon at FedEx Rink 1 at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex. In the 2nd period, the Phantoms capitalized on three unanswered goals to go up 3-0. Arsenii Smekhnov, Trevor Kuntar, and Josh Deluca scored goals at 2:35, 5:14, and 9:01 of the 2nd period to give Youngstown a 3-0 lead. Tri-City fought back with goals from Benji Eckerle, and Colby Ambrosio to bring the 2nd period score to 3-2. Eckerle’s goal was scored even strength at 11:04 of the 2nd period and was assisted by Joe Berg. Ambrosio’s goal was scored on the power play at 14:34 of the 2nd period and was assisted by Mitchell Miller. Youngstown held a one goal lead entering the 3rd period.
Trevor Kuntar netted his 2nd goal of the game just over a minute into the 3rd period to push the Phantoms lead back to two goals. Arsenii Smkhnov scored also scored his 2nd goal of the game at 9:11 of the 3rd period to increase the lead to 5-2. Tri-City dropped its second consecutive game in the loss, while Youngstown recorded its first win of the season. Shots on goal were 33-33. Storm goaltender Joe Sharib made 28 saves on 33 shots and recorded the loss in goal.
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