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Tri-City defeats Cedar Rapids 4-2 at Viaero Center

By Kendall Grayson, 10/20/19, 5:15PM PDT


Colby Ambrosio, Nick Portz, Felix Carenfelt, Benji Eckerle score in win

Kearney, NE – The Tri-City Storm defeated the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders 4-2 Sunday afternoon at the Viaero Center to record its second win of the 2019-2020 regular season. Colby Ambrosio, Nick Portz, Felix Carenfelt, and Benji Eckerle scored goals in the Tri-City win, and Daniel Allin recorded the victory in net. Tri-City now hits the road for four consecutive games, before returning home for its next contest at the Viaero Center against the Des Moines Buccaneers on November 8th. Friday’s road game against Omaha is scheduled to begin at 7:05pm.


Cedar Rapids scored the game’s opening goal less than two minutes into the game to quickly take a 1-0 lead. The goal was netted by Darian Gotz at 1:54 of the period and was assisted by Nikolai Mayorov. Tri-City answered minutes later with an even strength goal from Colby Ambrosio. The goal was his 5th of the year and was assisted by Nick Portz. Less than two minutes later, Cedar Rapids took its second lead of the game with a shorthanded goal scored by Mack Byers. Byers’ goal was his 2nd of the season and was assisted by Robby Newton. The RoughRiders outshot the Storm 8-3 in the opening period and led 2-1 entering the 2nd period.


Tri-City took control of the game in the 2nd period, netting back to back goals to take the lead. The Storm’s game tying goal was scored by Nick Portz at 10:37 of the period. The goal was assisted by Matthew Knies and Colby Ambrosio and was the first of Portz’s career. With less than three minutes to play in the 2nd period, Felix Carenfelt netted a power play goal to give Tri-City its first lead of the game. Carenfelt’s goal was the 3rd of his career and was assisted by Mike Koster. Tri-City outshot Cedar Rapids by a 19-5 margin in the 2nd period and carried a one goal lead into the 3rd period.


With Cedar Rapids on a power play, attempting to tie the game with under two minutes to play, Tri-City’s Benji Eckerle scored a shorthanded goal to give the Storm a two-goal lead. Eckerle’s goal was his 3rd of the season and was assisted by Ian Murphy. The goal was the only scoring play in the 3rd period, and Tri-City defeated Cedar Rapids 4-2. Daniel Allin made 18 saves on 20 shots to record his 2nd career win in net for the Storm. Colby Ambrosio was named the games 3rd Star after scoring his 5th goal of the season and recording an assist on Portz’s 2nd period goal. Nick Portz was named the 2nd Star of the game after assisting on Colby Ambrosio’s 1st period goal and scoring his 1st career goal in the 2nd period. Felix Carenfelt was name 1st Star of the game after scoring the game winning goal, his 3rd goal of the season, with less than three minutes to play in the 2nd period.


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 or call 308-338-8144.