Sioux Falls, SD. – The Tri-City Storm completed a weekend sweep of the Sioux Falls Stampede Saturday night in a 5-1 road victory. Rhett Pitlick (2), Cole O’Hara, Victor Czerneckianair, and Mathew Knies all scored in the win. Todd Scott recorded the win in goal after making twenty-four saves on twenty-five shots. The conference-leading Tri-City Storm has now won a season-high six consecutive games.
After posting a 5-1 win over the Des Moines Buccaneers on Thursday, Tri-City recorded a 4-1 win over Sioux Falls on Friday and a 5-1 victory on Saturday night. The Storm captured the season series against the Stampede, winning five of eight games played this year. The Storm outscored its opponents by a 14-3 margin this week.
Cole O’Hara gave Tri-City a 1-0 lead at 12:59 of Saturday’s 1st period. O’Hara’s goal was his eleventh of the season and was assisted by Cole McWard and Parker Lindauer. With less than six minutes to play in the 1st period, Cole Sillinger scored his team-leading twenty second goal of the season for Sioux Falls to tie the game at 1-1. Three minutes later, Rhett Pitlick scored his first goal of the game and twelfth goal of the season to put the Storm back ahead by one goal. Pitlick’s goal was assisted by Ben Schoen. Victor Czerneckianair scored his fourth goal of the season at 18:34 of the 1st period to give Tri-City a 3-1 lead. Each team recorded eleven shots on net in the 1st period and the game entered the 2nd period with the Storm ahead by two goals. No goals were scored in the 2nd period and the Storm outshot the Stampede 18-6.
Rhett Pitlick scored his second goal of the game and thirteenth goal of the season at 1:45 of the 3rd period to give Tri-City a 4-1 lead in the game. Gavin Brindley assisted on the goal. At 10:54 of the period, Matthew Knies netted his tenth goal of the season to give the Storm a 5-1 lead in the game. Carter Mazur and Guillaume Richard each recorded an assist on the goal. Tri-City outshot Sioux Falls 10-8 in the 3rd period and 39-25 in the game.
Todd Scott improved to 20-8-1-1 in net for Tri-City in the win. Klayton Knapp made his USHL debut for the Storm in Saturday’s win, playing roughly the final minute of the game. The Storm improved to 28-13-2-1 in the victory. Tri-City now holds sole possession of 1st place in the USHL’s Western Conference standings.
Tri-City returns to action on Friday, April 9th in a road game against the Lincoln Stars. For the latest information regarding the Storm, including tickets to home games, visit www.StormHockey.com. #StormAhead