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Storm defeat Stampede in shootout 3-2

By Kendall Grayson, 12/12/21, 12:30AM PST

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Cole O'Hara and Lleyton Roed score in Storm win

SIOUX FALLS, SD. – The Tri-City Storm defeated the Sioux Falls Stampede by a final score of 3-2 in a shootout Saturday night at the Denny Sanford Premier Center. Cole O’Hara and Lleyton Roed each netted goals for the Storm in the victory. Cole O’Hara and Gavin Brindley scored Tri-City’s goals during the shootout to give the Storm a 3-2 road victory. Chase Clark turned away 21 of Sioux Falls’ 23 shots on net to record the victory in goal for Tri-City. Clark stopped all five of the Stampede’s shots in overtime and each of the team’s shots in the shootout to post his fourth victory of the season in goal. Tri-City improved to 16-4-1-0 in the win and returns to action Sunday in a road game against the Stampede. Puck drop is scheduled for 4:05pm CT.

 

Cole O’Hara scored his ninth goal of the season at 13:58 of Saturday’s 1st period to give Tri-City a 1-0 lead in the game. The goal was scored on the powerplay and was assisted by Ilya Nikolaev and Mitchell Miller. Nikolaev’s assist was his fifth of the season. The assist for Miller was his first of the game and 11th of the year, Tri-City outshot Sioux Falls 9-2 in the opening period and carried a 1-0 lead in the 2nd period.

 

Sioux Falls netted back-to-back powerplay goals during Saturday’s 2nd period to take a 2-1 lead in the game. Sam Harris scored his third goal of the year at 10:52 of the 2nd period to tie the game at 1-1. Harris’ goal was scored on the powerplay and was assisted by Cal Thomas and Maddox Fleming. Minutes later, at 13:59 of the period, Garrett Pinoniemi netted his seventh goal of the season to give the Stampede a 2-1 lead in the game. Cal Thomas recorded the lone assist on the powerplay goal. Sioux Falls outshot Tri-City 10-8 in the 2nd period and the 3rd period began with the Stampede leading the Storm by one goal.

 

With just over one minute left to play in Saturday’s 3rd period, Tri-City elected to lift goaltender Chase Clark for an extra attacker with the hopes of tying the game. Lleyton Roed scored his eighth goal of the season at 18:51 of the 3rd period to bring the game to a 2-2 tie. Mitchell Miller and Jeremy Wilmer each notched an assist on the scoring play. Miller’s assist was his second of the game and 12th of the season. The assist for Wilmer was his 17th of the year.

 

Saturday’s game required an overtime period and a shootout to decide a winner, Chase Clark made several sensational saves in the overtime session to force a shootout finish to the game. Sioux Falls outshot Tri-City 5-0 in the overtime period. Cole O’Hara scored during the shootout to give the Storm a 1-0 advantage in the second round. After Chase Clark forced misses from both Garret Pinoniemi and Sam Harris, Gavin Brindley had an opportunity to give Tri-City a win with a goal in the third shootout round. Brindley snapped a shot behind Stampede netminder  Noah Grannan. The Storm outshot the Stampede 31-23 and improved to 16-4-1-0 in the victory.

 

Chase Clark stopped 21 of Sioux Falls’ 23 shots on net to improve to 4-2-1-0 on the season. Noah Grannan recorded the loss in goal for the Stampede after making 28 saves on the Storm’s 30 shots on net. Tri-City continues to boast the best winning percentage in the USHL (.786%).

 

Tri-City hits the ice again on Sunday, December 12th in a road game against the Sioux Falls Stampede. Puck drop for the game is scheduled for 4:05pm CT. For the latest information regarding the Tri-City Storm skate to www.StormHockey.com. #StormAhead