Sioux Falls, SD. – Following a 4-1 road win last night over the Sioux Falls Stampede, Tri-City returns to action tonight for the final matchup this season against Sioux Falls. The Storm enters tonight’s game at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center as the 1st place team in the USHL’s Western Conference standings after recording five consecutive victories. Tri-City is 4-2-1-0 in head-to-head matchups against Sioux Falls this season. Puck drop is set for 7:05pm.
Tri-City (27-13-2-1) has won back-to-back games this week and five games in a row after posting a 5-1 road win over Des Moines on Thursday and a 4-1 road win over Sioux Falls last night. Goal scorers so far this week for Tri-City have included; Hunter Strand (3), Matthew Knies (2), Cole O’Hara, Carter Mazur, Gavin Brindley, and Adam Klapka. Todd Scott has stopped forty-eight of fifty shots faced in goal through the opening two games of the week. The Storm improved to 8-5-0-0 in three-goal games this season in last night’s win. Tri-City is also now 19-3-0-0 when leading after the 1st period and 23-0-0-0 when leading after the 2nd period this season. The Storm holds an 11-8-2-1 record against the Stampede in head-to-head matchups over the past five seasons. Carter Mazur leads all Storm players with ten points against Sioux Falls this season (3 Goals, 7 Assists). Matthew Knies and Cole McWard have each scored four goals against the Stampede over the first seven games of this year’s eight-game season series. Tri-City’s seven goals scored against Sioux Falls on March 20th tied a season-high for most goals scored by the team in a single game. Tri-City also tied a season-high with nine minor penalties called against the team in last night’s game. Following tonight’s road game, Tri-City will return to action next week in a home and home series against the Lincoln Stars. The Storm will battle the Stars at the Ice Box on Friday before returning home to host the Stars at the Viaero Center on Saturday, April 10th. Tickets to home games can be purchased at www.StormHockey.com.
Sioux Falls (18-25-3-1) enters tonight’s home game against the Storm eleven points out of the 4th and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Stampede have won two of the last ten games played, including three losses to the Storm. Sioux Falls has now allowed one hundred and eighty-two goals this season, the most of any team in the Western Conference. Nate Schweitzer scored the Stampede’s only goal in last night’s 4-1 home loss. Trent Burnham made twenty-five saves on twenty-nine shots to record the loss in net. Sioux Falls is 10-11-2-1 in home games this season after last night’s game. The Stampede dropped to 2-13-2-0 when trailing after the 1st period and 4-18-1-0 when trailing after the 2nd period this season in last night’s home loss to the Storm. Following tonight’s home game against Tri-City, Sioux Falls returns to action on Friday, April 9th for the first game in a two-game road series against the Waterloo Black Hawks.
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 #StormAhead