Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm completed a two-game weekend sweep of the Sioux Falls Stampede in a 7-4 win at the Viaero Center on Saturday. Including the Storm’s 5-3 win over the Waterloo Black Hawks on Thursday, Tri-City won all three sellout games at the Viaero Center this week. Carter Mazur scored his first career USHL hat trick in the victory. Goaltender Todd Scott also netted his first career USHL goal in the win. Adam Klapka, Cole O’Hara, Matthew Knies, and Hunter Strand also scored goals for the Storm in the win. Todd Scott recorded his seventeenth win of the season in net. Tri-City returns to action on Friday at the Viaero Center against the Omaha Lancers for “Puck N’ Paws Night”. Tickets to the game are still available and may be purchased in advance by visiting www.StormHockey.com or by calling the Viaero Center Box Office at 308-338-8144. Puck drop is set for 7:05pm.
Adam Klapka scored his ninth goal of the season just over five minutes into Saturday’s 1st period to give Tri-City a 1-0 lead on home ice. Klapka’s goal was assisted by Cole McWard. Michael Citara provided a game-tying goal for Sioux Falls on the power-play at 10:05 of the 1st period. Tri-City outshot Sioux Falls 11-10 in the 1st period and the game entered the 2nd period in a 1-1 tie.
Carter Mazur scored twice in the opening three minutes of the 2nd period to give Tri-City a 3-1 lead over Sioux Falls. Mazur’s opening goal of the game was netted thirty-five seconds into the period and was assisted by Matthew Knies. Mazur added a power-play goal for the Storm at 2:06 of the period to give Tri-City a two-goal lead. Mazur’s second goal of the game, and eighteenth goal of the season, was assisted by Hunter Strand and Matthew Knies. Michael Citara scored his second goal of the game at 9:56 of the 2nd period to cut into the Storm’s lead. Citara’s second goal of the game, and sixteenth goal of the season, was assisted by Garrett Pinoniemi. After back-to-back goals from the Stampede, Saturday’s game at the Viaero Center entered the 3rd period in a 3-3 tie. Tri-City outshot Sioux Falls 11-6 in the 2nd period.
Cole O’Hara gave Tri-City a 4-3 lead at 7:36 of the 3rd period on a power-play goal assisted by Conner Hutchison. The goal was O’Hara’s ninth scoring play of the season. Carter Mazur netted his third goal of the game, and nineteenth goal of the season, at 8:45 of the 3rd period to give Tri-City a two-goal lead. Sioux Falls cut the Tri-City lead down to only one goal with less than five minutes remaining in the game on a goal from Daniel Russell. Russell scored his twelfth goal of the season at 15:20 of the 3rd period to bring the game to a 5-4 score. Hunter Strand scored his sixteenth goal of the season into an empty net at 18:34 of the 3rd period to give Tri-City a 6-4 lead in the game.
The final goal of Saturday’s game was scored into an empty net by Storm goaltender Todd Scott. The goal was his first career goal in the USHL. Scott’s goal was scored at 19:32 of the 3rd period and sealed a 7-4 victory for Tri-City. The Storm outshot the Stampede 10-7 in the 3rd period and 32-23 in the game. Tri-City improved to 25-13-2-1 on the season and currently trails the Fargo Force by one point for first place in the Western Conference standings.
Tri-City returns to action on Friday, March 26th in a home game against the Omaha Lancers. For the latest information regarding the Storm, including tickets to home games, visit www.StormHockey.com. #StormAhead