Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm completed a sweep on “Concrete Cares Weekend” in Sunday’s 3-1 home win over the Sioux City Musketeers. The Storm defeated the Fargo Force by a final score of 5-2 on Saturday night to post back-to-back wins on “Concrete Cares Weekend”. Ben Schoen, Isac Jonsson, and Hunter Strand all scored goals in Sunday’s win over Sioux City. Connor Hopkins recorded the win in net after making twenty-three saves on twenty-four shots. Tri-City returns to action next weekend with three home games at the Viaero Center on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Tickets to each game may be purchased in advance by calling the Viaero Center Box Office at 308-338-8144 or by visiting www.StormHockey.com.
Justin Hryckowian scored his ninth goal of the season on the power-play in the 1st period to give Sioux City a 1-0 lead in the game. Hryckowian’s goal was netted at 13:06 of the 1st period and was the only goal scored in the opening twenty minutes. Sioux City outshot Tri-City 8-6 in the 1st period and carried a 1-0 lead into the 2nd period.
Ben Schoen scored his eleventh goal of the season on the power-play at 1:19 of the 2nd period to tie the game at 1-1. Schoen’s goal was assisted by Rhett Pitlick and Isac Jonsson. Pitlick’s assist was his eighteenth of the year. The assist by Jonsson was his twelfth of the season. With less than five minutes to play in the 2nd period, the Storm scored an additional power-play goal to take the lead. Isac Jonsson scored his third goal of the season at 15:03 of the 2nd period to give the Storm a 2-1 lead. The goal was assisted by Hunter Strand and Cole McWard. Strand’s assist was his eighteenth of the year. The assist by Cole McWard was his thirteenth assist of the season. The Storm outshot the Musketeers 14-7 in the 2nd period and Tri-City led 2-1 entering the 3rd period.
The only goal of the 3rd period was awarded to Hunter Strand at 19:12. With goaltender Akira Schmid lifted for an extra attacker, Sioux City was whistled for a penalty that resulted in an awarded goal to the Storm. Because Strand was in the attacking zone and was fouled with no opposition between him and the opposing goal, he was prevented a reasonable scoring opportunity and was awarded the final goal of the game. Strand’s awarded goal was his tenth of the 2020-2021 regular season. Tri-City outshot Sioux City 10-9 in the 3rd period and 30-24 overall in the game. The Storm defeated the Musketeers 3-1 to improve to 19-11-1-1 on the season. Tri-City climbed to 2nd place in the USHL’s Western Conference standings in the victory.
The Storm return to action on Friday, March 5th in a home game against the Waterloo Black Hawks. For the latest information regarding the Tri-City Storm, including tickets to the next home game, visit www.StormHockey.com.