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Preview: Storm set to host “Teddy Bear Toss” against Black Hawks

By Kendall Grayson, 03/06/21, 10:30AM PST


Tonight's game is sold out. Game will be streamed on HockeyTV & Storm Radio

Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm will host the Waterloo Black Hawks for its annual “Teddy Bear Toss” tonight at the Viaero Center. Fans attending tonight’s game are encouraged to bring a Teddy Bear to throw onto the ice following the Storm’s opening goal of the game. All Teddy Bears will be donated following the game. A limited amount of tickets are still available for tonight’s game and can be purchased by calling the Viaero Center Box Office at 308-338-8144 or by visiting Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05pm.


Tri-City (19-11-2-1) fell to 1-1-1-0 in head-to-head matchups against Waterloo this season following last night’s 3-2 overtime loss at the Viaero Center. Conner Hutchison scored his second goal of the season and Rhett Pitlick netted his ninth goal of the year in the game. Last night’s game was only the ninth time this season that the Storm has been outshot in a game. Tri-City is now 6-2-1-0 when outshot by an opponent in games played in the 2020-2021 regular season. The Storm enters tonight’s game as the 3rd place team in the USHL’s Western Conference standings. Tonight’s game is Tri-City’s seventh consecutive game played at the Viaero Center and the fourth game in the game-game season series between the Storm and the Black Hawks. The Storm is now 10-4-2-0 in home games played at the Viaero Center this year following last night’s overtime loss. Scoring leaders entering tonight’s game include; Carter Mazur (12), Cole McWard (11), Ben Schoen (11), Hunter Strand (10), Rhett Pitlick (9), and Mark Estapa (8). Following tonight’s “Teddy Bear Toss” game against Waterloo, Tri-City returns to action tomorrow afternoon in another home game against the Sioux City Musketeers.


Waterloo (13-19-1-0) improved to 6-11-0-0 in road games played this season in last night’s overtime win over the Storm at the Viaero Center. Matthew Argentina, Alex Gaffney, and Owen Ozar scored Waterloo’s goals in the game. Ozar’s goal was his tenth goal of the season and was the game-winning goal in last night’s overtime. Three of Waterloo’s last four games have required overtime or a shootout to decide a winner. The Black Hawks have won all three of those games (Feb. 21 vs. OMA 4-3 SO, Feb. 27 vs. CHI 7-6 OT, Mar. 5 @ TC 3-2 OT). Waterloo has not dropped a game at the Viaero Center in seven hundred and eighty-five days. Waterloo’s last loss at the Viaero Center came on January 12th, 2019 in a 5-2 loss during the Storm’s 2018-2019 Anderson Cup Championship season. Tonight’s game is the final game of a two-game weekend for Waterloo. The Black Hawks will return to action again on Tuesday in a home game against the Omaha Lancers.


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