Lincoln, NE. – The Tri-City Storm returns to action tonight at the Ice Box in Lincoln, NE following a mid-week loss to the Omaha Lancers on Wednesday. Tonight’s game is the middle game in Tri-City’s three game week. Tomorrow, the Storm will conclude play this week with another road matchup against the Lincoln Stars. Tri-City split two games with the Stars in two preseason meetings this year. Tonight’s game is the first meeting in the eight game season series. Puck drop for tonight’s rivalry game is scheduled for 7:05pm.
Tri-City (8-9-2-1) enters the weekend in 6th place in the USHL’s Western Conference standings. After a 2-0 loss to Team USA last Saturday, and a 1-0 loss to Omaha on Wednesday, Tri-City has now been shutout in back to back games for the first time all season. Tonight’s matchup features the top two most penalized teams in the Western Conference (Tri-City: 302, Lincoln 355). Through the first twenty games in the 2019-2020 regular season, scoring leaders for Tri-City include; Colby Ambrosio (9), Benji Eckerle (8), Matthew Knies (4), Felix Carenfelt (4), Nick Portz (3), Cole McWard (3), and Ian Murphy (3). Tri-City’s power play is currently ranked 13th best in the USHL (13.9%), and the penalty kill is currently ranked 2nd (89.9%). After playing back to back road games against Lincoln this weekend, Tri-City will return home to the Viaero Center in Kearney for a two game weekend next weekend against the Fargo Force.
Lincoln (9-7-1-1) returns to the Ice Box tonight following a 6-4 road victory over Sioux City on Wednesday. After dropping four games over a five game stretch the Stars have now won back to back games entering tonight’s battle against the Storm. Through the first eighteen games of the year for Lincoln, scoring leaders for the Stars include; Josh Groll (11), Matthew Barbolini (9), Christian Sarlo (7), Travis Treloar (5), Matthew Miller (5), and Zach Urdahl (5). Entering tonight’s matchup, Lincoln’s power play is ranked 3rd best in the league (21.5%), and its penalty kill is ranked 16th (76.6%). Though neither team’s power play in tonight’s matchup is ranked in the Top 10 in the league based on percentage, both teams have scored more power play goals than twelve teams in the league (Tri-City: 16, Lincoln: 17). After hosting Tri-City tomorrow afternoon, Lincoln hits the road again for back to back games against Waterloo next weekend.