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Preview: Storm set for three-game weekend on road

By Kendall Grayson, 03/12/21, 5:30AM PST

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Game will be streamed on HockeyTV & Storm Radio

Ralston, NE. – The Tri-City Storm open play in a three-game weekend on the road tonight against the Omaha Lancers. Tri-City will play its next three games over three days in three different cities. Following tonight’s road matchup against the Lancers at Ralston Arena, the Storm will travel to play the Sioux City Musketeers tomorrow night at the Tyson Events Center before completing the three-game weekend on Sunday afternoon at Young Arena in a contest against the Waterloo Black Hawks. Tonight’s road game against Omaha is scheduled to begin at 7:05pm.

 

Tri-City (20-12-2-1) collected three of a possible six points in the standings last weekend following games at the Viaero Center against the Waterloo Black Hawks and Sioux City Musketeers. Tri-City enters tonight’s game following a 6-3 home loss to Sioux City on Sunday. Adam Klapka scored the opening goal of the game in the 1st period and Carter Mazur scored twice in Sunday’s loss. With four goals on the weekend, Carter Mazur is now Tri-City’s leading scorer on the season with sixteen goals through thirty-five games played. Tonight’s matchup will feature two of the top three teams in the USHL’s Western Conference standings. The Storm travel to Ralston tonight as the 3rd place team in the Western Conference standings with forty-three points. Tri-City is currently trailing 2nd place Omaha by four points, but the Storm has four games in hand on the Lancers and four games remaining in the ten-game season series. Tri-City has defeated Omaha in five of six head-to-head matchups to this point in the season. Through the opening thirty-five games of the season, scoring leaders for the Storm include; Carter Mazur (16), Cole McWard (12), Ben Schoen (11), Hunter Strand (10), Rhett Pitlick (10) and Mark Estapa (8). Tonight’s game will be the opening game of a six-game in a nine-day stretch for Tri-City.

 

Omaha (23-15-0-1) enters tonight’s home game against Tri-City as the hottest team in the USHL. Omaha is the only team in the league to win eight of its last ten games and also currently holds a four-game winning streak, the longest active winning streak in the USHL. Earlier this week, Omaha defeated the Waterloo Black Hawks by a final score of 4-3 on Young Arena. On Tuesday, the Lancers scored four goals in the 2nd period to take a commanding lead in the game entering the 3rd period. Waterloo scored the final three goals of the game but fell short of completing the comeback. Ayrton Martino, Zach Dubinsky, Owen Fowler, and Nolan Renwick all scored goals in the road victory. Jakub Dobes made twenty-seven saves on thirty Waterloo shots to record his tenth victory of the season in net for the Lancers. Omaha has not battled the Storm in over a month, with the last meeting between the two teams on January 31st resulting in a 7-2 road loss for the Lancers at the Viaero Center. Omaha’s only victory over the Storm in the opening six meetings of the ten-game season series came on November 13th in the Lancers’ opening game of the 2020-2021 regular season. Following tonight’s game, Omaha will host the Fargo Force tomorrow at Ralston Arena.

 

While the Storm battle the Lancers tonight at Ralston Arena, the Viaero Center will host “Red Dirt on the River 7”. The show features Parker McCollum with special guests Chancey Williams & James Lee Band. A singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and dedicated road warrior, Parker McCollum began building a following in his native Texas with 2015's The Limestone Kid. The album track "Meet You in The Middle" became a hit on Texas' regional radio chart — no small feat for an independent, 22-year-old musician — but it was the album's widely-acclaimed follow-up, Probably Wrong, that helped Parker find national success. Compared to John Mayer and Jason Isbell by Rolling Stone, Parker supported the album with a string of sold-out shows, bringing record-breaking crowds to venues like San Angelo's RiverStage and two sold-out Billy Bob’s along the way. Born in Conroe, TX, and currently based in Austin, the 28-year-old entrepreneurially spirited artist bridges the gap between Texas' homegrown music scene and Nashville's country-industry headquarters. His songwriting, which has been hailed by The Austin Chronicle for "carrying on the traditions of Texas music without pretension or referring to pickup trucks," earned him a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Nashville in May 2018 and a recording deal with Universal Music Group Nashville in June 2019. Parker just released his new EP, Hollywood Gold, which is named after a horse his grandfather owned decades ago. Hollywood Gold includes Parker’s debut single “Pretty Heart” which has already cracked Top 10 on the country radio chart averaging almost 4 Million streams a week and was recently certified Gold. 

 

Tickets to tonight’s concert at the Viaero Center are still available and may be purchased by calling the Viaero Center Box Office at 308-338-8011 or by visiting www.KearneyEvents.net. The show is scheduled to begin at 7:00pm.

 

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