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Preview: Tri-City seeks weekend sweep over Team USA

By Kendall Grayson, 11/23/19, 4:15AM PST


Call 308-338-8144 for tickets!

Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm return to action tonight at the Viaero Center following a 4-2 defeat of Team USA last night. Cole McWard, Nick Portz, Davis Burnside, and Benji Eckerle all scored in last night’s home win. Joe Sharib made 14 saves on 16 shots to record his 1st Career USHL win in net for the Storm. Tonight’s home game promotion at the Viaero Center is “Girls Night Out”. $10 tickets are available for all ladies wishing to attend tonight’s game, and there will be a ladies only chalk talk with Coach Noreen prior to tonight’s game at 6pm. Drink specials and raffle prizes also highlight tonight’s promotion. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting, or by calling the Viaero Center Box Office at 308-338-8144. Puck drop is set for 7:05pm.


Tri-City (8-7-2-1) climbed to 3rd place in the USHL’s Western Conference standings in last night’s weekend opening win over Team USA. The Storm now own the best record in the conference over the past ten regular season games (7-2-1-). Davis Burnsides’ power play goal at 6:37 of last night’s 3rd period gave Tri-City a power play goal in its sixth consecutive game. Tri-City is now ranked 2nd in the USHL in most power play goals scored this season (16), and only the Chicago Steel have scored more (23). Tri-City has surrendered a power play goal in three of its last four games, but the team’s penalty kill remains the ranked 2nd in the USHL this season (90.1%). Through the first eighteen games of the 2019-2020 regular season, scoring leaders for the Storm include; Colby Ambrosio (9), Benji Eckerle (8), Matthew Knies (4), Felix Carenfelt (4), Nick Portz (3), Joe Molenaar (3), Ian Murphy (3), and Cole McWard (3). Following tonight’s game at the Viaero Center against Team USA, Tri-City will conclude its three-game home stand on Wednesday against in state rival Omaha.


Team USA (9-7-0-0) got goals from Eamon Powell and Jacob Truscott in last night’s road loss to Tri-City. After dropping a 6-3 decision to the Youngstown Phantoms last weekend, Team USA (U18s) has now dropped back to back league games for the first time this season. Noah Grannan’s loss in net marked the first time this season than he has lost a game to USHL competition (3-1-0-0). Following tonight’s road game at the Viaero Center, Team USA will face Eastern Conference foe Youngstown in three consecutive games (Nov. 27th, Dec. 6th, Dec. 7th). Scoring leaders for the U18s squad include; Thomas Bordeleau (7), Brett Berard (6), Luke Tuch (3), Tanner Latsch (3), Ty Smilanic (2), Matthew Beniers (2), and Landon Slaggert (2). Team USA has not been swept in a regular season series against the Storm since the 2014-2015 season.


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 or call 308-338-8144.