Ralston, NE. – The Tri-City Storm return to action tonight in a battle with rival Omaha. Tonight’s game is the first of a two game road series for the Storm this weekend at Ralston Arena. Tonight’s matchup is the third game of a nine game season series between Tri-City and Omaha. The Lancers took the first game in the season series 4-3 in a shootout in the Storm’s Home Opener on October 4th. Tri-City defeated the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders 4-2 on Sunday afternoon to improve to 2-5-1-1 in the 2019-2020 regular season. Tonight’s game will begin at 7:05pm.
Tri-City (2-5-1-1) dropped its first two games last weekend against Sioux City and Sioux Falls, but bounced back with a 4-2 defeat of Eastern Conference foe Cedar Rapids on Sunday at the Viaero Center. Colby Ambrosio, Nick Portz, Felix Carenfelt, and Benji Eckerle each netted a goal in the Storm’s win. Daniel Allin made 18 saves on 20 shots to record his second career victory in net. Ambrosio’s goal was his team leading 5th of the season. Portz’s goal was his first goal of his USHL career. The Storm’s specialty teams were on display Sunday afternoon, as Tri-City netted a power play goal and shorthanded goal in the win. The Storm’s penalty kill is now 3rd best in the USHL at 91.4%. Tonight’s game will be the Storm’s first trip to Ralston Arena since the team won two of three games in the 2019 I-80 Showcase preseason event last month. Tri-City will play an additional road game against Omaha tomorrow night before travelling to Fargo, ND to battle the Fargo Force in a two game road series next weekend.
Omaha (3-4-1-0) enters tonight’s game as the 5th place team in the Western Conference standings. Last weekend, the Lancers split a pair of one goal games with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. Omaha lost 2-1 to Cedar Rapids on the road on Friday and returned home to record a last second victory over the RoughRiders 6-5 on Saturday night. Saturday’s win snapped a four-game winless skid for Omaha. Through eight games in the 2019-2020 regular season, scoring leaders for Omaha include; Alexander Campbell (4), Brian Silver (3), Cole Kodsi (2), Rhett Pitlick (2), and Jackson Decker (2). The Lancers will play four of its next five games on the road following this weekend’s home series against the Storm.
Tonight’s game is set 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.