Lincoln, NE. – The Tri-City Storm returns to the Ice Box in Lincoln tonight for another matchup against the Stars. Tonight’s game will be the fourth consecutive game against the Stars for the Storm. Tonight’s game was originally scheduled for November 28th, 2020 and was rescheduled due to safety protocols regarding COVID-19. On Saturday, Tri-City recorded a 5-1 win road victory over Lincoln to even the season series at two wins for each team. Following tonight’s road game against Lincoln, Tri-City returns home to the Viaero Center for back-to-back games against the Sioux City Musketeers on Friday & Saturday, Tickets can be purchased in advance 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 scheduled for 7:05pm.
Tri-City (7-5-0-0) enters tonight’s game as the 4th place team in the USHL’s Western Conference standings following Saturday’s win over Lincoln. The Storm have four games in hand on 1st place Fargo and 3rd place Omaha, and six games in hand on 2nd place Des Moines. After allowing the opening goal of Saturday’s game in the first minute of the 1st period, Tri-City roared back with five unanswered goals from Cole McWard, Matthew Knies, Carter Mazur, Adam Klapka, and Nick Portz. Cole O’Hara (2), Isac Jonsson, Hunter Strand, Nick Portz, Vinny Borgesi, Carter Mazur, Gavin Brindley, Matthew Knies, and Todd Scott all recorded assists on the Storm’s goals. Todd Scott made 11 saves on 12 shots during the first two periods to record the win in goal for Tri-City. Connor Hopkins stopped all 10 Stars shots during his play in the 3rd period. The Storm improved to 6-0-0-0 when leading after the 1st period and 6-0-0-0 when leading after the 2nd period this season in Saturday’s road win. Tri-City’s specialty teams play was a key component of the victory. Tri-City’s power-play struck four times and the Storm’s penalty kill finished the night seven for seven. Tri-City’s power-play is now 5th best in the Western Conference at 16.1%, and the Storm’s penalty kill remains best in the USHL at 93.8%. Saturday was the first time since Tri-City’s 8-1 home win over the Omaha Lancers on March 16th, 2019 that the team has scored four power-play goals in a single game. The Storm have scored three shorthanded goals this season, the most of any team in the USHL.
Lincoln (3-6-1-0) enters tonight’s home game as the last-place team in the USHL’s Western Conference standings with seven points. Five of those seven points have been produced in head-to-head games against the Storm, including two previous wins on December 26th & December 31st, and an overtime loss on November 14th. Aidan Thompson scored the Stars’ only goal in the most recent matchup against the Storm on Saturday Jack O’Leary and Carter Schade each recorded assists on the goal. Lincoln is now 0-3-0-0 when trailing after the 1st period and 0-5-1-0 when trailing after the 2nd period this season. Lincoln’s power-play has been given forty-four opportunities to this point in the season. The Stars have scored three power-play goals, but also have allowed three shorthanded goals, and currently have a league-worst conversion percentage of 6.8% when on the man advantage. Following tonight’s home game against the Storm, the Stars will complete a home and home series against the Des Moines Buccaneers this weekend at the Ice Box and Wells Fargo Arena.
Tonight’s game is set to begin at 7:05pm CT and will be streamed live on HockeyTV, and Storm Radio. For tickets to Storm home games at the Viaero Center, call 308-338-8144 or visit www.StormHockey.com