Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm dropped a 5-4 overtime decision Saturday night to the Des Moines Buccaneers at the Viaero Center. Matthew Knies (2), Adam Klapka, and Hunter Strand all scored for the Storm in the loss. Tri-City returns to action tomorrow afternoon for “Fan Appreciation Night” at the Viaero Center. With the overtime loss, Tri-City is now only one point away from clinching a Western Conference Regular Season Championship and the #1 seed in the Western Conference side of the 2021 Clark Cup Playoffs. Tickets for tomorrow’s game can be purchased by calling the Viaero Center Box Office at 308-338-8144. Puck drop for tomorrow’s game is scheduled for 4:05pm.
Adam Klapka scored his eleventh goal of the season at 4:08 of Saturday’s 1st period to give Tri-City a 1-0 lead. Matthew Knies netted his fourteenth goal of the season at 10:06 of the period to give the Storm a two-goal advantage in the game. Tri-City outshot Des Moines 9-8 and carried a 2-0 lead into the 2nd period.
Matthew Knies netted a shorthanded goal at 2:43 of the 2nd period to give Tri-City a 3-0 lead. Knies’ goal was his second of the game and fifteenth of the year. Hunter Strand recorded the assist on the scoring play. Hunter Strand scored his twentieth goal of the season at 8:14 of the 2nd period to increase Tri-City’s lead to four goals. Strand’s goal was scored on the power-play and was assisted by Matthew Knies and Cole McWard. With less than seven minutes to play in Saturday’s 2nd period, Des Moines’ Matt Choupani netted his eighteenth goal of the season to cut into the Storm’s lead. The Buccaneers outshot the Storm 11-6 in the 2nd period and Tri-City entered the 3rd period leading 4-1.
Killian Kiecker-Olson, Alex Laferriere, and Sam Renlund all scored 3rd period goals to force overtime. Killian Kiecker-Olson scored his fourth goal of the year at 7:21, Alex Laferriere scored his twenty-fifth goal of the year at 13:02, and Sam Renlund netted his sixth goal of the season at 18:24 of the 3rd period. Des Moines outshot Tri-City 11-5 in the 3rd period.
Matt Choupani scored his nineteenth goal of the season at 3:23 of the overtime period to give Des Moines a 5-4 victory. Todd Scott made twenty-seven saves on thirty-two shots and recorded the loss in net for the Storm. Derek Mullahy made seven saves on ten shots in nearly twenty-three minutes of time in goal. Remington Keopple finished the game with ten saves on eleven shots in over forty minutes of time in net.
Tri-City returns to action on Sunday, April 18th in a home game against the Des Moines Buccaneers. For the latest information regarding the Storm, including tickets to home games, visit www.StormHockey.com. #StormAhead