Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm play host to the Western Conference leading Waterloo Black Hawks tonight at the Viaero Center. Tonight’s game will include $10 tickets, $2 Busch Light Cans, and $1 Soda Cans as part of the Storm’s “Throwback Weekend” promotion. Tonight’s game is also a $5 Kids Friday. Tickets to the game can be purchased at the Viaero Center Box Office, online at www.StormHockey.com, or by calling 308-338-8144. Tri-City enters tonight’s game on a season-high five game winning streak. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05pm.
Tri-City (15-12-2-2) completed a three-game week last week with a 6-3 home win over Lincoln on New Years Eve, and back to back road victories over the Des Moines Buccaneers. Tri-City finished the four game regular season series with three wins over the Buccaneers. Nick Portz notched four goals in the team’s three wins last week. Tri-City has now won seven of its last ten games and can finish the weekend as high as 2nd place in the Western Conference standings. Earlier this season, Tri-City dropped two games against the Waterloo Black Hawks, including the season opening game at the 2019 DICKS Sporting Goods USHL Fall Classic in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania. The two losses to Waterloo have each been by one goal and the Storm seeks to even up the five game regular season series with two wins this weekend. Following back to back games against Waterloo at the Viaero Center this weekend, the Storm will travel to Young Arena in Waterloo, Iowa on Tuesday for one final matchup against the Black Hawks this season. A win tonight over Waterloo would give the Storm its sixth consecutive win, and third straight on home ice.
Waterloo (22-6-1-0) travels to the Viaero Center this weekend for back to back road games against the Storm following an 8-2 home loss against Dubuque on Saturday. The loss snapped the Black Hawks’ six game winning streak and was the teams first loss at home since a December 7th loss to the Lincoln Stars. Waterloo currently holds an eleven-point lead over second place Fargo in the USHL’s Western Conference standings. The team trails league-leading Chicago in the USHL’s League Standings by only two points. With a natural site game at the Fall Classic, and two home games against the Storm on this year’s schedule, this weekend’s series will be Waterloo’s only trip to the Viaero Center in the 2019-2020 regular season. Entering the weekend, scoring leaders for the conference leading Black Hawks include; Ryder Rolston (13), Xander Lamppa (11), Connor Caponi (11), Wyatt Schingoethe (9), Kyle Haskins (8), and Patrick Guzzo (7). Last season, the Black Hawks were swept in the regular season series by Tri-City.