Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm will host the Waterloo Black Hawks for the first time this season tonight at the Viaero Center to begin a three-game weekend. Tonight’s promotion at the Viaero Center is “308 Night”. Tonight’s game will feature $3 Kids Tickets, $8 Adult Tickets, and $308 Suite Rental pricing. Tickets for tonight’s game may be purchased online via www.StormHockey.com or by calling the Viaero Center Box Office at 308-338-8144. Puck drop for tonight’s Storm home game against the Waterloo Black Hawks is scheduled for 7:05pm.
Tri-City (19-11-1-1) returns to action at home tonight following a two-game sweep on “Concrete Cares Weekend” last weekend against the Fargo Force and Sioux City Musketeers. The Storm defeated the Force by a final score of 5-2 on Saturday night and defeated the Musketeers Sunday afternoon by a final score of 3-1. Ben Schoen (2), Isac Jonsson (2), Hunter Strand, Rhett Pitlick, Guillaume Richard, and Carter Mazur all scored goals for the Storm over the two-game weekend. Todd Scott and Connor Hopkins each split time in goal and each recorded a victory. Scott turned aside twenty-six of twenty-seven Force shots on goal during Saturday’s game to record his twelfth win of the year in goal. Hopkins made twenty-three saves on twenty-four Musketeers’ shots on Sunday to pick up his seventh victory of the year in goal. After Sunday’s win and Saturday’s eleven save on twelve shot performance, Hopkins was named the USHL’s “Goaltender of the Week” on Tuesday for the first time in his career. Tri-City is 10-4-1-0 in fifteen home games played to this point in the 2020-2021 regular season.
Waterloo (12-19-1-0) travels to Kearney for a two-game series against the Storm for the first time this season after splitting home games against Tri-City on February 13th and February 14th. The Black Hawks have posted a 5-11-0-0 record in road games played to this point in this season. Waterloo is 4-4-0-0 in games played against the Storm at the Viaero Center over the past five seasons. Though the Black Hawks have won only four of their past ten games, the team enters tonight’s game following a wild 7-6 Overtime win over the league-leading Chicago Steel. On Saturday night at Young Arena, Waterloo scored the final four goals of the game, including three 3rd period goals and an overtime game-winning goal by Mason Reiners. Dane Montgomery (2), Max Sasson (2), Alex Gaffney, Ryan O’Hara, and Mason Reiners all scored in the victory. Jack Williams played the first two periods of the game and made eighteen saves on twenty-three shots. Emmet Croteau played the 3rd period and overtime and recorded the victory in net by making nine saves on ten shots. Waterloo is the 7th place team in the Western Conference standings.
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