KEARNEY, NE. – The Tri-City Storm has won eight consecutive games for the second time this season following Sunday’s 7-4 home win over the Des Moines Buccaneers. Cole O’Hara netted three goals to record the 34th hat trick in the organization’s history. Jeremy Wilmer, Gavin Brindley, John Druskinis, and Lleyton Roed also scored goals for the Storm in the victory. Tri-City returns to action on Thursday in Game #1 of the 2022 USHL Frosty Cup at the Comerica Center in Frisco, Texas in a battle against rival Lincoln. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30pm CT.
Cole O’Hara netted his first goal of the afternoon and 15th goal of the season in the opening minute of Sunday’s 1st period to give the Storm a 1-0 lead. Mitchell Miller notched an assist on the goal. Des Moines forward Killian Kiecker-Olson netted his first goal of the game and 13th goal of the season at 9:12 of the 1st period to tie the game at 1-1. Jeremy Wilmer scored his 14th goal of the year on the powerplay with less than four minutes to play in Sunday’s 1st period to give the Storm a 2-1 lead in the game. Cole O’Hara notched an assist on the scoring play. Cole O’Hara scored his second goal of the period, and 16th goal of the season, to put Tri-City ahead by a 3-1 margin. Tri-City outshot Des Moines 11-9 in the 1st period and carried a two-goal lead into the 2nd period.
Lubomir Kupco opened the scoring in Sunday’s 2nd period to bring the Buccaneers within one goal of the Storm’s lead. Kupco’s goal was his first of the season and was netted on the power play at 6:25 of the period. Tri-City answered with three consecutive goals to take a 6-2 lead in the game. Cole O’Hara scored his third goal of the game at 8:20 of the period to give the Storm a two-goal lead. O’Hara’s goal was netted on the powerplay and was assisted by Ilya Nikolaev. Gavin Brindley scored his 12th goal of the season less than a minute later to bring the game to a 5-2 score. Brindley’s goal was scored at 9:07 of the 2nd period and was assisted by Lleyton Roed and Victor Czerneckianair. John Druskinis scored his first goal as a member of the Storm at 9:41 of the 2nd period to give Tri-City a 6-2 lead. Lleyton Roed notched an assist on the scoring play. The Buccaneers’ starting goaltender Lucas Szyszka was replaced in net by Remington Keopple following Druskinis’ goal. Cade DeStefani scored the final goal of Sunday’s 2nd period at 17:57 of the period. Tri-City was outshot by an 8-5 margin in the 2nd period but led 6-3 entering the 3rd period.
Lleyton Roed scored his 15th goal of the season at 2:40 of the 3rd period to give Tri-City a 7-3 lead in the game. Roed’s goal was assisted by Gavin Brindley and Vinny Borgesi. Killian Kiecker-Olson scored his second goal of the game and 14th goal of the season with under four minutes to play to bring the Buccaneers back within three goals of the Storm’s lead. Kiecker-Olson’s goal was the final scoring play of the game. Tri-City collected its eighth consecutive win. Tri-City outshot Des Moines 12-4 in the 3rd period and 28-21 overall in the game.
Sebastian Wraneschitz made 17 saves on 21 shots to record his second victory of the weekend in goal for Tri-City. Lucas Szyszka stopped 9 of 15 shots and recorded the loss in goal for the Buccaneers. Cole O’Hara was named the 1st Star of the Game, with teammates Lleyton Roed and Jeremy Wilmer collecting 2nd Star and 3rd Star honors, respectively. Sunday’s home game at the Viaero Center was played in front of a crowd of 2,230.
Tri-City hits the ice again on Thursday, January 27th, in a neutral site game against the Lincoln Stars in the 2022 USHL Frosty Cup. Puck drop for the game is set for 7:30pm CT. For the latest information regarding the Storm skate to www.StormHockey.com. #StormAhead