Lincoln, NE. – The Tri-City Storm seek a bounce back win over in state rival Lincoln tonight at the Ice Box following last night’s 6-2 defeat. Joe Berg and Davis Burnside each recorded goals in last night’s loss. Tonight’s game is the final regular season game at the Ice Box between the Storm and Stars. Tri-City will host the Stars at the Viaero Center on April 7th, 17th, and 18th. Following tonight’s road game against Lincoln, the Storm return home for back to back games next weekend against the Muskegon Lumberjacks. Puck drop for tonight’s game set for 7:05pm.
Tri-City (22-16-5-2) set a new season high for most penalty minutes in a game in last night’s 6-2 loss to the Lincoln Stars. The Storm amassed 54 penalty minutes and finished the game 0/5 on the power play in last night’s matchup against the Stars. Through the opening four games of the eight game season series each team has recorded two wins. The eight goals scored in last night’s game were the least amount of goals scored in a Storm vs. Stars matchup this season. Each game has been high scoring, and the Stars have outscored the Storm in those four games by a total margin of 20-19. Despite last night’s result, Tri-City has won ten of its last thirteen regular season meetings against the Stars dating back to the 2017-2018 season. Through forty-five games in the regular season, scoring leaders for the Storm include; Colby Ambrosio (26), Nick Portz (14), Benji Eckerle (14), Matthew Knies (12), Mitchell Miller (8), Cole McWard (8), and Nick Capone (7). Tri-City returns home for its annual “Pack It In Purple” game presented by the United Way on Friday following tonight’s road game against Lincoln.
Lincoln (22-18-3-2) can overtake Tri-City for 4th place in the USHL’s Western Conference standings with a win in tonight’s game. Last night, the Stars got goals from Matt Miller (2), Brock Bremer (2), Jordan Power, and Christian Sarlo. Goaltender Jacob Mucitelli improved to 14-8-3-1 after turning away 18 of the Storm’s 20 shots on net. The Stars continue play tonight in a stretch where the team is playing six of eight games on home ice. Tonight’s game is the Stars’ final game against Western Conference competition until Match 20th when it plays host the Waterloo Black Hawks. Lincoln travels to Green Bay, WI for back to back games at the Resch Center against the Green Bay Gamblers next weekend before returning home to host the Madison Capitols in a weekend series at the Ice Box.