Fargo, ND. – The Tri-City Storm opened its three-game road series against the Fargo Force with a 5-2-win Thursday night at Scheels Arena. Kyle Aucoin, Adam Klapka, Gavin Brindley, Mark Estapa, and Nick Portz all scored goals for the Storm in the victory. Todd Scott recorded the win in net after making 25 saves on 27 shots.
Kyle Aucoin gave Tri-City a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal in the 1st period. The goal was scored at 9:26 of the 1st period and was assisted by Kyler Kovich and Cole O’Hara. The assist by Kovich was his first point with the Storm and his first career assist in the USHL. With exactly two minutes left to play in the 1st period, Fargo tied the game on a power-play goal from Aaron Huglen. Huglen’s goal was assisted by Ryan Siedem and Tristan Broz. Fargo outshot the Storm 12-10 in the 1st period, and the game entered the 2nd period in a 1-1 tie.
Nick Strom scored his second goal of the season to give Fargo a 2-1 lead at the 8:36 mark of the 2nd period. Matt Crasa and Ryan Siedem each recorded assists on the goal. After falling behind for the first time in the game, Adam Klapka tied the game for the Storm at 13:09 of the 2nd period. Klapka’s goal was assisted by Carter Mazur and Mark Estapa. With less than two minutes to play in the 2nd period, Gavin Brindley scored his third goal of the season to give Tri-City a 3-2 lead. Brindley’s goal was scored at 18:05 of the 2nd period and was assisted by Nick Portz and Isac Jonsson. Fargo outshot Tri-City 9-5 in the 2nd period but trailed 3-2 entering the 3rd period.
Mark Estapa scored his fourth goal of the season at 11:11 of the 3rd period to give the Storm a two-goal lead. Estapa’s goal was assisted by Drew Montgomery and Hunter Strand. The assist by North Dakota native Montgomery was his first career assist and first career point in the USHL. With just over one minute left to play in the game, Nick Portz scored his fifth goal of the season into an empty net. Portz’s goal was scored at 18:43 of the 3rd period and sealed Tri-City’s 5-2 road win. Gavin Brindley was named the First Star of the game for his game-winning goal scored in the 2nd period. Fargo outshot Tri-City 27-22 but lost on home ice for only the second time this season. In the win, Tri-City improved to 9-6-0-1 through the opening sixteen games of the 2020-2021 regular season.
The Storm return to action on Friday, January 15th in an away game against the Fargo Force. For the latest information regarding the Tri-City Storm, including tickets to the next home game, visit www.StormHockey.com.