SIOUX FALLS, SD. – The Tri-City Storm is set to battle the Sioux Falls Stampede for the second time this season following a 2-1 road loss last night to the Omaha Lancers. Tri-City dropped the opening game of the year’s nine-game season series against Sioux Falls by a final score of 3-2 at the Viaero Center on October 23rd. Puck drop for tonight’s game is set for 6:05pm CT.
Tri-City (15-4-1-0) visits the Denny Sanford Premier Center tonight for the first time this season after winning five of last year’s eight-game season series against Sioux Falls. Tri-City has posted a 10-9-1-0 record against Sioux Falls in head-to-head matchups over the past five seasons. The Storm has produced a 4-5-0-0 record in games played at the Denny Sanford Premier Center during that span. After last night’s result at Ralston Arena, Tri-City is now 4-3-0-0 this season when tied after the 2nd period. The Storm is also now 5-2-1-0 in one-goal games this season. With roughly one-third of the regular season completed, scoring leaders for Tri-City include Mitchell Miller (10), Gavin Brindley (10), Jeremy Wilmer (9), Cole O’Hara (8), Lleyton Roed (7), Ilya Nikolaev (5), and Tanner Adams (5). After finishing last night’s game 0/3, Tri-City’s powerplay is now ranked 3rd in the USHL entering tonight’s road matchup against the Stampede (25.7%). The Storm’s penalty kill remains best in the USHL after killing off all three of Omaha’s powerplay opportunities in last night’s game (87.9%). Tri-City is currently the only team in the USHL’s Western Conference with more than 12 wins this season (15) and enters tonight’s road game with the best winning percentage in the league (.775%). After tonight’s battle against the Stampede, the Storm will hit the ice tomorrow at 4:05pm for one final road game in the team’s current seven-game road trip. Tri-City will return home to the Viaero Center next weekend for back-to-back games against the Sioux Falls Stampede.
Sioux Falls (8-11-0-0) is set to protect home ice against the Storm for the first time this season in tonight’s matchup. After winning the opening contest of this year’s nine-game season series at the Viaero Center on October 23rd, Sioux Falls is one of three teams in the USHL to record a regulation win against Tri-City this season (Omaha, Sioux City, Sioux Falls). The Stampede currently sits at the bottom of the USHL’s Western Conference standings with 16 points on the season. The Stampede’s powerplay currently has the worst conversion percentage of any team in the league this season (7.6%). Sioux Falls’ penalty kill is ranked seventh in the USHL entering tonight’s home game against the Storm (83.3%). Sioux Falls has produced a 5-3-1-0 record in games played against Tri-City at the Denny Sanford Premier Center over the past five seasons. Scoring leaders for the Stampede entering this weekend’s home series against the Storm include Garrett Pinoniemi (6), Blake Humphrey (6), Daniel Russell (4), Ray Fust (3), and Clint Levens (3). Isak Posch has seen most of the net time this season for the Stampede and has posted a 5-8-0-0 record. Noah Grannan has appeared in six games this season for the Stampede and is 3-2-0-0. Sioux Falls has scored the least number of goals of any team in the USHL this season (39). The Stampede offense is averaging 2.05 goals per game through the opening 19 games of the 2021-2022 regular season campaign. With 281 total penalty minutes this season, Sioux Falls is currently the least penalized team in the Western Conference. The Stampede’s game against the Sioux City Musketeers was postponed last night due to inclement weather and will now be played on Sunday, January 16th, 2022.