Middleton, WI. – The Tri-City Storm return to action tonight following a ten-day span with no games. This weekend’s opponent is the Madison Capitols, a team that the Storm have not yet battled this season. After two road games this weekend at Bob Suter’s Capitol Ice Arena in Middleton, Wisconsin, the Storm will return home next weekend for back to back games against the Omaha Lancers at the Viaero Center. The two home games will be the Storm’s only home games in the month of February. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Viaero Center Box Office at 308-338-8144 or by visiting www.StormHockey.com. Puck drop for tonight’s road game is set for 7:05pm.
Tri-City (20-15-3-2) looks to bounce back tonight against the Madison Capitols after dropping a 7-3 road decision to the Sioux Falls Stampede on February 4th. Despite the loss, the Storm have won six of the last ten games. Last season, Tri-City defeated Madison 2-1 in its second game of the season at the 2018 USHL Fall Classic, and again on January 5th by a final score of 4-2. The Storm has won four straight games against the Capitols dating back to the 2017-2018 season. Tri-City has never lost a game at Bob Suter’s Capitol Ice Arena. The Storm have consistently proven to be one of the USHL’s best team in the second half of the 2019-2020 schedule. Since the Christmas break, Tri-City has amassed a record of 10-3-1-0. Matthew Knies saw a thirteen-game point streak come to an end in February 4th’s loss to Sioux Falls. His point streak was four games short of Tri-City’s all-time record for most consecutive games with a point (17) set by Brian Ward during the 2012-2013 season. Only one player has scored more power play goals this season than Colby Ambrosio (11), Madison’s Ryan Kirwan (12). Tri-City enters tonight games with a 4-5-1-1 record against Eastern Conference competition this season.
Madison (8-28-3-1) host Tri-City in back to back games this weekend following a 5-4 shootout loss to the Muskegon Lumberjacks a week ago. The Capitols shutout the Lumberjacks by a final score of 3-0 the previous night to snap an eight-game winless streak. Madison is 1-7-1-1 in its last ten games and is in the midst of a seven-game home stretch. Madison is the league’s only team that has yet to reach the 100 goals scored plateau this season, netting a total of 95 goals in forty games played. The Capitols have yet to defeat a Western Conference opponent this season and are currently 0-9-1-0 against Western Conference competition entering tonight’s home game against Tri-City. Through the first forty games of the 2019-2020 regular season, scoring leaders for the Capitols include; Ryan Kirwan (19), Carson Bantle (16), and Reid Pabich (12). Madison is the only team in the USHL this season to allow more than 1,500 total shots on goal (1543). Following this weekend’s series against the Storm, Madison will play host to the Green Bay Gamblers in back to back games at Bob Suter’s Capitol Ice Arena next weekend.