Sioux Falls, SD. – The Tri-City Storm claimed 1st place in the USHL’s Western Conference standings Friday night following a 4-1 road win over the Sioux Falls Stampede. Friday’s victory gave the Storm a season-high five consecutive wins. Cole O’Hara, Matthew Knies, Hunter Strand, and Adam Klapka scored the Storm’s goals in the victory. Todd Scott recorded his nineteenth win of the season in goal after making twenty-eight saves on twenty-nine Stampede shots. Tri-City returns to action tomorrow in another road game against the Sioux Falls Stampede. Puck drop for tomorrow’s game is set for 7:05pm.
Cole O’Hara gave Tri-City a 1-0 lead at 6:29 of Friday’s 1st period. O’Hara’s goal was his tenth of the season and was scored even-strength. With under six minutes to play in the 1st period, Matthew Knies netted his ninth goal of the year to put the Storm ahead by two goals. Carter Mazur recorded an assist on Knies’ shorthanded goal. Less than two minutes after Tri-City grabbed a 2-0 lead in the game, Nate Schweitzer cut into Tri-City’s lead with his seventh goal of the season. The goal was scored at 16:08 of the 1st period. With just over sixteen seconds left to play in Friday’s 1st period, Hunter Strand scored a power-play goal to give the Storm another two-goal lead in the game. Carter Mazur and Matthew Knies recorded assists on the goal. Tri-City outshot Sioux Falls 14-9 in the 1st period and carried a 3-1 lead into the 2nd period.
Adam Klapka scored the only goal of the second period, and the final goal of the game to give Tri-City a 4-1 lead. Klapka’s goal was netted at 3:17 of the 2nd period. Shots on goal were 8-8 in the 2nd period. The game entered the 3rd period with the Storm ahead by three goals. No goals were scored in the 3rd period, and Tri-City improved to 27-13-2-1 in the win.
The Storm is now 19-3-0-0 when now leading after the 1st period, and 23-0-0-0 when leading after the 2nd period this season. Tri-City is also now 4-2-1-0 in head-to-head matchups against the Stampede this season. Tomorrow night’s game will be the eighth and final game in the 2020-2021 regular season between the Stampede and the Storm.
Tri-City returns to action on Saturday, April 3rd in a road game against the Sioux Falls Stampede. For the latest information regarding the Storm, including tickets to home games, visit www.StormHockey.com. #StormAhead