Geneva, IL. – The Tri-City Storm prepare for back to back battles against the Chicago Steel this weekend at the Fox Valley Ice Arena in Geneva, IL. Last weekend, Tri-City split home games with the Fargo Force. Tonight’s game is the first meeting of the season between the Storm and the Steel. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05pm.
Tri-City (10-11-2-1) returns to action tonight in a road matchup against the Chicago Steel after dropping Saturday’s home game to the Fargo Force by a final score of 5-3. Nick Capone, Joe Berg, and Nick Portz netted goals in Tri-City’s loss. Nick Capone was given a four-game suspension that resulted from a first period hit during Saturday’s game. Through the first twenty four games of the 2019-2020 regular season schedule, scoring leaders for the Storm include; Colby Ambrosio (13), Benji Eckerle (10), Nick Portz (5), Matthew Knies (4), Nick Capone (4), Cole McWard (4), and Felix Carenfelt (4). This weekend’s road games will mark the final two games missed by Head Coach Anthony Noreen, Forward Matthew Knies, and Defensemen Mike Koster and Mitchell Miller due to the 2019 World Junior A Challenge in Dawson Creek, British Columbia. Currently, USA is undefeated in pool play in the event (3-0). Following tonight’s road game, Tri-City will play one additional game tomorrow night against the Chicago Steel before entering the holiday break.
Chicago (17-4-1-0) returns home to the Fox Valley Ice Arena tonight following a 4-3 road win Saturday against the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. Chicago has won three consecutive games and has wins in nine of its last ten games. The Steel enter tonight’s game in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference standings and have the opportunity to rise to 1st place with a win on home ice tonight. The Steel have five players competing in the 2019 World Junior A Challenge, including USHL points leader Sean Farrell. Last season, Chicago was swept in back to back road games in its two game season series against Tri-City. The Steel’s last win over Tri-City came in a 5-2 home win on March 17th, 2018. Chicago won the 2017 Clark Cup Championship and won last year’s Eastern Conference Championship before falling to the Sioux Falls Stampede in the 2019 Clark Cup Final.