FARGO, ND – The Tri-City Storm seeks a weekend sweep of the Fargo Force tonight at Scheels Arena following a 3-2 come-from-behind victory in Friday night’s game. The 2021-2022 edition of the Tri-City Storm joined the 2015-2016 Clark Cup Championship Storm team as the only two teams in the organization’s 22-year history to record a point streak of 13 games. Tri-City has recorded at least one point in the league standings in every game since the team’s 7-1 home victory over the Lincoln Stars on December 31st. A win tonight, or a point of any kind (Overtime or Shootout Loss) will give Tri-City the longest point streak in organizational history. Puck drop is scheduled for 6:05pm CT.
Tri-City (30-5-2-0) became the first team in the USHL this season to reach the 30-win plateau in Friday’s 3-2 victory over the Fargo Force. Mitchell Miller netted his 17th and 18th goals of the season in the Storm’s victory. Miller’s second goal of the game and 18th goal of the year was scored with less than 16 seconds to play in the game to seal the Storm’s win. Tri-City scored three 3rd period goals and erased a two-goal deficit in Friday’s road win over Fargo. Victor Czerneckianair netted his fifth goal of the year on the powerplay in last night’s 3rd period. Storm goaltender Sebastian Wraneschitz improved to 3-0-0-0 on the season after making 21 saves on 23 shots. Tri-City’s powerplay goals scored in last night’s game were the league-leading 47th and 48th powerplay goals of the year. The Storm increased its lead to ten points over the Chicago Steel in the USHL league standings in the win. Scoring leaders for Tri-City entering tonight’s final road game of a six-game road trip include Cole O’Hara (19), Mitchell Miller (18), Jeremy Wilmer (15), Lleyton Roed (15), Gavin Brindley (13), and Ilya Nikolaev (12).
Fargo (15-19-3-1) dropped to a 4-6-0-0 over the last ten games with Friday’s 3-2 home loss to the Storm. Fargo was previously 10-0-0-0 when leading after the 2nd period this season. Trevor Griebel and JP Turner each scored 2nd period goals for the Force in the loss. Matej Marinov dropped to 2-3-0-0 on the season in net for Fargo after making 32 saves on 35 shots. Fargo remains the 6th place team in the Western Conference standings and currently trails the Waterloo Black Hawks by five points for the 5th place spot. The Force finished last night’s game 0/3 on the powerplay and 2/4 on the penalty kill. Fargo is now 10-11-2-0 against the Storm over the last five seasons. The Force has won one game over the Storm in the opening four games of this year’s eight-game season series. Scoring leaders for Fargo entering tonight’s home game against Tri-City include Bret Link (15), Andre Gasseau (12), Cole Knuble (11), Ryan Alexander (11), Charlie Lurie (7), and Felikss Gavars (7). Fargo will host the Sioux City Musketeers in back-to-back home games next weekend.
Tri-City will return home to the Viaero Center for a rivalry matchup against the Omaha Lancers on Friday, February 18th. The game will be “United Way Night” with the Storm wearing specialty jerseys in the game. A Nebraska Lottery Rivalry 4-Pack and $5 Kids’ Tickets will be available for purchase. Tickets to the Storm’s next home game against the Lancers can be purchased online at www.StormHockey.com or by calling the Viaero Center Box Office at 308-338-8144.