Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm dropped a 4-2 decision to the Des Moines Buccaneers Sunday at the Viaero Center. The loss was the third consecutive of the weekend for the Storm. Adam Klapka and Matthew Knies scored Tri-City’s goals in the game. Chase Clark made his USHL debut in net for the Storm and recorded the loss after making twenty-five saves on twenty-eight shots. Tri-City returns to action on Wednesday in a road game against the Sioux City Musketeers. 2021 Clark Cup Playoffs go on sale tomorrow at 10:00am. Playoff tickets, and tickets to the Storm’s final regular season home game on Friday against the Omaha Lancers can be purchased by calling the Viaero Center Box Office at 308-338-8144 or by visiting www.StormHockey.com.
Adam Klapka scored his twelfth goal of the season at 6:15 of Sunday’s 1st period to give the Storm a 1-0 lead in the game. Klapka’s goal was assisted by Cole O’Hara and Caden Villegas. The assist for O’Hara was his seventeenth of the season. Villegas recorded his ninth assist of the year on the play. Tri-City outshot Des Moines 14-10 and the Storm carried a one-goal lead into Sunday’s 2nd period.
Tanner Latsch scored his twelfth goal of the season at 13:36 of the 2nd period to bring the game to a 1-1 tie. At 15:24 of the period, Matthew Knies scored his sixteenth goal of the season to put the Storm back in front by one goal. Knies’ goal was assisted by Vinny Borgesi. The assist recorded by Borgesi was his tenth assist of the season. At 17:18 of the period, Sam Renlund netted a power-play goal to tie the game again. Matt Choupani and Scout Truman notched assists on the goal. Tri-City outshot Des Moines 11-9 in the 2nd period.
With less than three minutes to play in Sunday’s game, Killian Kiecker-Olson scored his fifth goal of the season to give the Buccaneers a 3-2 lead over the Storm. Zachary Karpa scored an empty-net goal at 18:40 of the 3rd period to seal the win for Des Moines. Remington Keopple stopped thirty-three of Tri-City’s thirty-five shots on goal to record the victory in goal.
The Tri-City Storm remains one point away from clinching the fourth USHL Western Conference Regular Season Championship in the organization’s history. One point in the standings over the final three games of the regular season will also give Tri-City the #1 seed on the Western Conference side of the 2021 Clark Cup Playoffs.
Tri-City returns to action on Wednesday, April 21st in a road game against the Sioux City Musketeers. For the latest information regarding the Storm, including tickets to home games, visit www.StormHockey.com. #StormAhead