Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm play host to the Waterloo Black Hawks tonight at the Viaero Center in Kearney following an overtime loss to Waterloo last night. Tickets to tonight’s game are only $10 and can be purchased through www.StormHockey.com, or by calling the Viaero Center Box Office at 308-338-8144. In addition to the discounted price of $10 for a ticket, $2 Busch Light Cans, and $1 Soda Cans will also be available at tonight’s game. Puck drop for tonight’s battle between the Storm and the Western Conference leading Black Hawks is set for 7:05pm.
Tri-City (15-12-3-2) dropped its first game of the 2020 calendar year last night in a 3-2 overtime loss against Waterloo at the Viaero Center. Tri-City has now recorded points in the standings in seven of its last eight games. In last night’s game, Ryan Ouellette made his USHL debut in net for the Storm and stopped 22 of Waterloo’s 25 shots. Colby Ambrosio scored his team-leading 16th goal of the season, and Chase McLane netted his 1st goal of the year. Matthew Knies notched his 17th and 18th assists of the year, recording an assist on both of Tri-City’s goals. Ambrosio registered his 15th assist of the year and Carter Mazur notched his 5th assist of the season on Chase McLane’s power play goal. Tri-City is now 7-6-1-1 on home ice this season following last night’s overtime loss. A win over Waterloo, and a Fargo loss in regulation against Omaha would move the Storm in 2nd place in the Western Conference standings at the end of the night. Tonight’s game is Tri-City’s final home game at the Viaero Center until it hosts the Fargo Force on Saturday, January 25th. The Storm play three consecutive games on the road after tonight’s home game.
Waterloo (23-6-1-0) has won eight of its last ten games after last night’s 3-2 overtime defeat of Tri-City. In the game, Patrick Guzzo netted his 8th and 9th goals of the season, including the overtime game winning goal. Waterloo now holds a perfect 3-0-0-0 record against the Storm through the first three games of the five game season series. After battling Tri-City on the road tonight, the Black Hawks will return home to host Tri-City at Young Arena on Tuesday. Gabriel Carriere improved to 13-2-1-0 on the season after making 36 saves on 38 shots in net last night. Griffin Ness scores his 7th goal of the season in the 2nd period last night. Waterloo currently holds and eleven-point lead over 2nd place Fargo in the Western Conference standings. The team trails league leading Chicago by only two points. Tonight’s game is the 31st game of the season for the Black Hawks, marking the official halfway point in Waterloo’s 2019-2020 regular season campaign. All three games in the season series against the Storm have been one goal games, and two of the three meetings have required overtime.