RALSTON, NE. – The Tri-City Storm returns to action tonight at Ralston Arena in a road battle with the Omaha Lancers. Tonight’s meeting is the second of ten scheduled games this season between the Storm and Lancers. Following tonight’s road battle, Tri-City returns home to the Viaero Center tomorrow for another game against Omaha. Puck drop for tonight’s road game and tomorrow night’s home game is scheduled for 7:05pm CT.
Promotions for tomorrow’s home game at the Viaero Center include a Nebraska Lottery Rivalry Pack. The deal includes four tickets, four hot dogs, four sodas, two Nebraska Lottery Scratch Off Tickets, and two buy-one-get-one passes to the Kearney Children’s Museum all for $40. There will also be a Halloween Costume Contest. Fans are encouraged to come dressed up to win prizes! Following the game, the Viaero Center will host a postgame skate with the team on the ice. Tickets to the game may be purchased online at www.StormHockey.com or by calling the Viaero Center Box Office at 308-338-8144.
Last Saturday, the Tri-City Storm hosted the Sioux Falls Stampede for “McKenna’s Rae of Hope Foundation” night. Fans attending the game helped raise over $16,000 for the foundation in what has become an annual event. The team is currently holding an online auction for the jerseys that were not included in the postgame jersey auction. Fans can bid online for the jerseys beginning at 5pm CT tonight until the online auction closes on Friday, November 5th at 5pm CT. Bids for the jerseys can be made by visiting www.StormHockey.com.
Tri-City (5-2-0-0-) dropped a pair of games last weekend to the Sioux City Musketeers and the Sioux Falls Stampede. The Storm allowed a 3rd period goal in the final seven minutes of Saturday’s home game to fall by a final score of 3-2 to the Stampede. Parker Lindauer and Jeremy Wilmer netted Tri-City’s goals in the loss. Lindauer’s goal was his first of the regular season. Wilmer’s goal was his fourth of the year. On Wednesday, Tri-City executed a mid-week trade with the Muskegon Lumberjacks to acquire multiple picks in the 2023 USHL Draft. In exchange, the Storm traded Lindauer and a late-round pick in the 2023 USHL Draft. In the first matchup between the Storm and Lancers this season, Tri-City recorded a 3-0 shutout victory at the Viaero Center on Saturday, October 9th. Mitchell Miller, Drew Montgomery, and Victor Czerneckianair scored goals for Tri-City in the win. Arsenii Sergeev posted his first career USHL shutout by stopping all 23 Lancers’ shots in the game. Through the opening seven games of the season, goal scorers for the Storm have included Gavin Brindley (5), Jeremy Wilmer (4), Lleyton Roed (3), Cole O’Hara (2), Mitchell Miller (2), Graham Gamache (2), Victor Czerneckianair, Tanner Adams, Dane Dowiak, Kieran Cebrian, and Drew Montgomery.
Omaha (4-3-1-0) enters tonight’s home game directly behind Tri-City in the Western Conference standings. The Lancers have risen to fifth place in the conference standings following a weekend sweep against the Fargo Force. Tonight’s game is the final game of Omaha’s current five-game homestand at Ralston Arena. The Lancers have compiled a 3-1-0-0 record over that stretch of home games. Goal scorers to this point in the season for Omaha include Garret Wright (4), Cade Ahrenholz (3), Alex Bump (2), Cam Mitchell (2), Michael Cameron (2), Daimon Gardner (2), Ryan Gillespie (2), Jared Wright, Hunter McDonald, and Matt Basgall. Kevin Pasche has posted a 2-3-0-0 record in goal for the Lancers in five games played. In three appearances, Mason Kucenski has produced a record of 2-0-1-0. Omaha’s powerplay has scored three goals in eight games this season and currently ranks 15th of 16 USHL teams. The powerplay has converted on 9.7% of its opportunities to this point in the season. The Lancers penalty kill is currently best in the USHL this season with a success rate of 96.6%. The only powerplay goal allowed by Omaha to this point in the season was scored by Mitchell Miller on October 9th. Omaha travels to Scheels Arena for a series against Fargo next weekend.