Lincoln, NE – The Tri-Storm dropped a 6-2 decision to the Lincoln Stars Friday night at the Ice Box. Joe Berg and Davis Burnside each scored in the Storm’s weekend opening loss. The Storm return to action tomorrow night in another road matchup against the Stars. Puck drop for tomorrow’s road game is scheduled for 7:05pm.
Lincoln scored three goals in the opening six minutes of the game to jump out to a big lead. Matt Miller scored his 12th goal of the year at 1:02 of the 1st period to give the Stars a 1-0 lead. Seconds later, Brock Bremer scored his 16th goal of the year at 1:53 of the period to give Lincoln a two-goal lead on home ice. At 5:23 of the 1st period, Jordan Power netted an even strength goal to push the lead to 3-0. The goal was his 5th of the year. Tri-City called upon goaltender Ryan Ouellette after Lincoln’s third goal of the 1st period. Todd Scott recorded one save on four shots in his 10th appearance in goal this season. Ouellette made 20 saves on 23 shots in relief. Tri-City scored its first goal of the game just over six minutes into the 1st period to cut the lead to 3-1. Joe Berg’s 5th goal of the year was scored a 6:26 of the 1st period and was assisted by Benji Eckerle. Lincoln outshot Tri-City 10-9 in the 1st period and carried a 3-1 lead into the 2nd period.
The only goal of the 2nd period was scored on a 5 on 3 power play by Lincoln’s Christian Sarlo. The goal was scored at the 5:00 mark of the period and it gave the Stars a 4-1 lead in the game. Each team recorded five shots on net in the 2nd period.
Brock Bremer netted his second goal of the night, and seventeenth goal of the season at 10:41 of the 3rd period to increase the Stars’ lead to four goals. Minutes later, at 12:59 of the 3rd period, Matt Miller scored his second goal of the game, and thirteenth goal of the season to push the lead to 6-1. Tri-City’s Davis Burnside scored the games’ final goal at 19:37 of the 3rd period. Burnside’s goal was his 5th of the season and was assisted by Matthew Knies. The Stars’ outshot the Storm 27-20 and improved to 22-18-3-2 in the 6-2 win.
Tri-City remained the 4th place team in the USHL’s Western Conference standings following the loss. Tri-City set a season high for most penalty minutes in a game this season in tonight’s loss (54). Tri-City is now 22-16-5-2 on the year. Tomorrow night’s rematch at the Ice Box is the final road game the Storm will play against the Stars this season.