Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm posted a 3-0 shutout against the Omaha Lancers Saturday night at the Viaero Center and improved to 5-0-0-0 in the victory. The win marked only the second time in organization history that Tri-City has won its first five games to open a season. The record was first set by the 2018-2019 Anderson Cup Championship team. Arsenii Sergeev recorded his first career USHL shutout in net for the Storm after stopping all twenty-three shots on goal by the Lancers. Mitchell Miller, Drew Montgomery, and Victor Czerneckianair netted goals for Tri-City in the win. The next Storm home game at the Viaero Center is Saturday, October 23rd against the Sioux Falls Stampede.
After a scoreless opening period, Mitchell Miller scored his second goal of the season on the power play to give Tri-City a 1-0 lead in the game. The goal was scored fifty-eight seconds into the 2nd period and was assisted by Gavin Brindley and Victor Czerneckianair. With one second left to play in the 2nd period, John Druskinis and Daimon Gardner were issued five-minute major penalties and ten-minute misconduct penalties for fighting. Tri-City was outshot 9-7 by Omaha in the 1st period but the Storm battled back to outshoot the Lancers 9-5 in the 2nd period. Tri-City carried a one-goal lead into Saturday’s 3rd period.
Drew Montgomery scored his first goal of the season at 7:28 of the 3rd period to increase Tri-City’s lead to two goals. The goal by Montgomery was assisted by Tanner Adams. The assist recorded by Adams was his first career assist and first career point in the USHL. Omaha lifted goaltender Kevin Pasche for an extra attacker in the final minutes of Saturday’s 3rd period. With one second left in the game, Victor Czerneckianair scored his first goal of the season into an empty net. Omaha outshot Tri-City 9-7 in the 3rd period. Each team recorded twenty-three shots on net during the game. Tri-City entered the game and remains in sole possession of first place in the USHL’s Western Conference standings.
Mitchell Miller was named the 1st Star of the game. Drew Montgomery and Arsenii Sergeev recorded 2nd Star & 3rd Star honors. Saturday’s second home game of the regular season was played in front of a crowd of 1,269.
The Storm hit the ice again on Friday, October 22nd in a road game against the Sioux City Musketeers. Puck drop for the game is scheduled for 7:05pm CT. For the latest information regarding the Tri-City Storm skate to www.StormHockey.com. #StormAhead