Kearney, NE. – The United States Hockey League (USHL) recently announced the regular season schedule for all sixteen member clubs for the 2021-2022 regular season. Following two shortened seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021-2022 regular season schedule will return to a full sixty-two game format. The Home Opener at the Viaero Center is set for Friday, October 8th. Tri-City captured the fourth Regular Season Western Conference Championship in organization history during the 2020-2021 season. The 2021-2022 season will be the twenty-second season in the history of the Tri-City Storm. Season Tickets for the upcoming season are on sale and can be purchased by calling the Viaero Center Box Office at 308-338-8144. For more information visit www.StormHockey.com.
Tri-City’s regular season will open at the 2021 DICK’S Sporting Good USHL Fall Classic at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania on Thursday, September 23rd in a matchup against the Dubuque Fighting Saints. The Saints finished the 2020-2021 regular season with a 24-23-4-1 record and fell to the eventual Clark Cup Champion Chicago Steel in the Eastern Conference Semifinal Round of the 2021 Clark Cup Playoffs. The Storm will face the Madison Capitols in the second and final game of the Fall Classic on Friday, September 24th. The Capitols finished at the bottom of the standings with a 12-34-3-1 record during the shortened 2019-2020 regular season and did not participate on ice last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Madison will seek a postseason berth for the first time in organization history next season. Tri-City’s opening game of the 2021-2022 regular season against Dubuque will be played on FedEx Rink #1 at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex and will begin at 1:00pm CT. The Storm’s second game of the 2021-2022 regular season against the Madison Capitols will be played on Covestro Innovation Rink #2 at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex and will begin at 9:00am CT.
The Storm will travel to Dallas, TX for two matchups against the Lincoln Stars on January 28th, and January 29th, 2022, for the second edition of the USHL’s Frosty Cup hosted by the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League (NHL). The first edition of the Frosty Cup was contested between the Green Bay Gamblers and Youngstown Phantoms on January 2nd and January 3rd, 2020. The Frosty Cup was not held last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More information on the 2022 Frosty Cup will be released at a later date.
With four neutral site games on the 2021-2022 regular season schedule (Fall Classic & Frosty Cup) Tri-City will play twenty-nine home games at the Viaero Center. The Storm finished the 2020-2021 season with a 15-8-3-0 record on home and led the USHL in average home game attendance in both the regular season and the 2021 Clark Cup Playoffs. The Home Opener for the 2021-2022 regular season will feature a matchup between the Storm and Western Conference foe Waterloo Black Hawks. The game is scheduled for Friday, October 8th and puck drop is set for 7:05pm CT. Ticket Information and the Storm’s 2021-2022 Promotional Schedule for home games at the Viaero Center will be released at a later date.
The Storm’s regular season schedule will feature fifty-eight games against Western Conference competition. In addition to playing Eastern Conference teams at the 2021 Fall Classic (Dubuque & Madison), Tri-City will travel to the Fox Valley Ice Arena in Geneva, Illinois on February 5th, and February 6th, 2022, for games against the defending Anderson Cup Champion and Clark Cup Champion Chicago Steel. The matchup will be only the third and fourth games in team history where Tri-City has battled a two-time defending Anderson Cup Champion. The Storm dropped both games against the Green Bay Gamblers during the 2010-2011 season following Green Bay’s back-to-back Anderson Cup Championship seasons in 2008-2009 and 2009-2010. After the Storm captured the Anderson Cup during the 2018-2019 season, the matchup will also feature each of the USHL’s Anderson Cup Champions for the past three seasons.
Like recent years, Lincoln and Omaha will be Tri-City’s most common opponents in the 2021-2022 regular season. The Storm will face the Stars and the Lancers ten times each this upcoming season. Tri-City finished the 2020-2021 regular season with a combined record of 12-6-0-1. Roughly thirty-two percent of Tri-City’s regular season schedule is comprised of matchups against its in-state rivals.
The Storm will battle the Sioux City Musketeers and the Sioux Falls Stampede nine times each this upcoming season. Tri-City has previously never faced Sioux Falls or Sioux City more than eight times in a single regular season in the team’s twenty-one-year history. The Storm finished the 2020-2021 regular season with a combined record of 10-5-1-0 against the Musketeers and Stampede. Sioux City advanced to the 2021 Western Conference Final before falling to the eventual Western Conference Champion Fargo Force. Sioux Falls dropped the last nine games of the regular season and finished in last place in the USHL’s Western Conference standings with an 18-32-3-1 record.
A rematch of the 2021 Western Conference Semifinal will take place eight times during this year’s regular season as the Storm and the Fargo Force face off. Tri-City faced the Force nine times during the 2012-2013 season and finished with a head-to-head record of 2-6-0-1. The Storm also battled the Force eight times during the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 seasons. After capturing the opening game of the 2021 Western Conference Semifinal by a final score of 3-2 at the Viaero Center, the Storm dropped the next two games of the series. Tri-City won the regular season series against the Force with a final record of 4-2-0-0.
Finally, Tri-City will face the Des Moines Buccaneers and the Waterloo Black Hawks six times each in the regular season. Des Moines was the only team in the USHL to post a winning record against the Storm during the regular season last year. Tri-City finished the 2020-2021 season with a combined record of 4-5-1-0 against the Black Hawks and Buccaneers. Des Moines and Waterloo each missed out on qualifying for the 2021 Clark Cup Playoffs. The Black Hawks will serve as the opponent for the Storm in the 2021 Home Opener at the Viaero Center on Friday, October 8th.
Tri-City completed the 2020-2021 season as the least penalized team in the USHL’s Western Conference. The Storm also led the league in penalty kill percentage for the third consecutive season. Tri-City led the USHL’s Western Conference with forty-six goals scored on the power-play. Tri-City has posted a combined record of 128-74-13-7 in 222 regular season games in the first four seasons under Head Coach Anthony Noreen. During that span, the team has captured two Western Conference Regular Season Championships, one Anderson Cup Championship and has appeared in every contested USHL postseason.
“On behalf of the Tri-City Storm organization, we are all excited for the Storm to return to action and welcome the best fans in the USHL back to the Viaero Center. The support we received last season was unbelievable. We have a lot planned for next season and hope to see everyone very soon.” Tri-City Storm Vice President of Business Operations/Viaero Center General Manager Mike Lucas