Kearney, NE – The Tri-City Storm dropped an overtime decision tonight at the Viaero Center to the Waterloo Black Hawks by a final score of 3-2. Colby Ambrosio and Chase McLane scored Tri-City’s goals in the game. Ryan Ouellette made 22 saves on 25 shots in his USHL debut in net for the Storm. Tri-City and Waterloo face off again tomorrow night at the Viaero Center. “Throwback Weekend” pricing features $10 tickets, $2 Buch Light Cans, and $1 Soda Cans. Tickets can be purchased at www.StormHockey.com or by calling 308-338-8144. Puck drop for tomorrow’s battle between the Storm and Black Hawks is set for 7:05pm.
Waterloo netted the opening goal of the game at the 7:52 mark of the 1st period. Patrick Guzzo scored his 8th goal of the year on the play to give the Black Hawks a 1-0 lead. Colby Ambrosio scored his team-leading 16th goal of the year at 11:44 of the period to tie the game. Carter Mazur and Matthew Knies recorded assists on the goal. Each team registered nine shots on goal in the 1st period.
Griffin Ness scored his seventh goal of the year to give Waterloo a 2-1 lead with under five minutes to play in the 2nd period. Tri-City’s Chase McLane provided an answer as he scored his first goal of the season with three second left to go in the period. The power play goal, scored at 19:57 of the 2nd period was assisted by Matthew Knies and Colby Ambrosio. Tri-City outshot Waterloo 10-7 in the 2nd period, and the game entered the 3rd period in a 2-2 tie.
No scoring in the 3rd period sent the game to overtime tied at 2-2. Each team recorded two shots on goal in the overtime period, but it was Waterloo’s Patrick Guzzo who scored his 9th goal of the year and second goal of the night to end the game. Tri-City outshot Waterloo 38-25 but fell by a final score of 3-2. With two games remaining in the five game season series between the two opponents, Waterloo holds a 3-0 series lead.
The Storm’s five game winning streak was snapped in the loss, but Tri-City has now recorded points in the standings in its last six games. The Storm ended the night with 35 points in the Western Conference standings, only one point behind 2nd place Fargo. With a win over Waterloo tomorrow night, Tri-City has the opportunity to climb to 2nd place in the USHL’s Western Conference standings. Tomorrow night’s game will be Tri-City’s final home game until it hosts Fargo on January 25th.
Tomorrow’s game is scheduled 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.