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Storm set to protect home ice against Buccaneers

By Kendall Grayson, 11/19/21, 9:45AM PST

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KEARNEY, NE. – The Tri-City Storm is set to protect home ice and a season-high six-game winning streak tonight against the Des Moines Buccaneers. Tonight’s game is the opening game of a two-game home series this weekend at the Viaero Center for the Storm. Following the battle between the Storm and the Buccaneers, the Viaero Center and the Tri-City Storm will host a postgame skate on the ice. The skate is free for any fan who purchases a ticket and attends tonight’s game. Puck drop for the game is scheduled for 7:05pm CT.

 

Tri-City (11-2-0-0) defends home ice at the Viaero Center tonight as the 1st place team in the USHL’s Western Conference standings. Although Tri-City trails the Chicago Steel by four points in the league standings, the Storm currently has played four fewer games than the defending Clark Cup Champions. The Storm’s points percentage of 0.846 is the best in the league. Last weekend, Tri-City swept the Waterloo Black Hawks in back-to-back homes games at the Viaero Center to post six consecutive wins for the first time this season. Tri-City has now allowed fourteen fewer goals than any other team in the USHL this season. Scoring leaders entering tonight’s home game against Des Moines include Jeremy Wilmer (7), Cole O’Hara (6), Mitchell Miller (5), Gavin Brindley (5), Ilya Nikolaev (4), Graham Gamache (4), Tanner Adams (3), and Lleyton Roed (3). Following tonight’s game, Tri-City will return to action tomorrow night for the final home game at the Viaero Center until the team hosts the Sioux City Musketeers on December 17th, and December 18th. Seven consecutive road games will follow tomorrow’s home game against Des Moines for Tri-City. The Storm is 5-1-0-0 in games played at home this season.

 

Des Moines (6-5-2-0) matches up against Tri-City for the first time this season as the 6th place team in the USHL’s Western Conference standings. The Buccaneers won four of five games played against the Storm in last year’s season series. Des Moines is 11-11-0-0 in head-to-head matchups against Tri-City over the past five seasons. Compared to the Storm’s record of 7-0-0-0, the Buccaneers are only 4-3-0-0 when leading after the 1st period this season. Des Moines is 1-1-2-0 in one-goal games to this point in the 2021-2022 regular season. Des Moines has netted 49 goals through the opening 13 games of the season, the most of any team in the Western Conference. The Buccaneers powerplay is ranked 2nd best in the league based on conversion percentage (26.7). The Buccaneers have netted 16 powerplay goals this year, the most of any team in the Western Conference. Scoring leaders for Des Moines entering this weekend’s road series against Tri-City include Scout Truman (7), Tanner Latsch (7), Killian Kiecker-Olson (6), Davis Burnside (5), Tiernan Shoudy (4), Mitchell Wolfe (3), and Vincent Salice (3). Des Moines was scheduled to play a three-game weekend in Nebraska this weekend, however, Sunday’s road game against the Omaha Lancers has been declared a No Contest by the USHL. For more information on the No Contest, visit www.USHL.com.