KEARNEY, NE. – The Tri-City Storm smashed the Lincoln Stars by a final score of 8-0 Saturday night at the Viaero Center in Head Coach Anthony Noreen’s 300th career victory behind the bench in the USHL. Sebastian Wraneschitz recorded the first shutout of his USHL career in goal for Tri-City. Mitchell Miller (2), Cole O’Hara, Andrew Strathmann, Dane Dowiak, Josh Eernisse, Tanner Adams, and Christian Fitzgerald all scored goals in one of the Storm’s most dominating performances of the season. The Storm and the Stars will hit the ice again tomorrow night in a rematch of tonight’s game. Puck drop at the Viaero Center is scheduled for 6:05pm CT.
Mitchell Miller notched his 19th goal of the season at 5:29 of the 1st period to give the Storm a 1-0 lead. The goal was assisted by Matt Basgall and Jeremy Wilmer and was scored on the powerplay. Cole O’Hara was awarded a penalty shot opportunity at 9:41 of the period after being denied an opportunity to score on a breakaway. O’Hara converted on his penalty shot opportunity to give the Storm a 2-0 lead in the game. O’Hara’s goal was his team-leading 21st of the season. Andrew Strathmann scored his third goal of the season at 12:48 of the 1st period to increase Tri-City’s lead to three goals. The Storm outshot the Stars 25-4 in the 1st period and carried a 3-0 lead into the 2nd period.
Dane Dowiak netted a powerplay goal at 4:42 of Saturday’s 2nd period to give Tri-City a four-goal lead. Dowiak’s goal was his 10th of the season and was assisted by Mitchell Miller. Josh Eernisse scored his league-leading fourth shorthanded goal of the season at 7:18 of the period to give the Storm a 5-0 lead. Eernisse’s goal was his sixth of the season. Tri-City outshot Lincoln 9-8 in the 2nd period and the 3rd period began with the Storm leading by five goals.
Tanner Adams scored his 11th goal of the year on the powerplay at 9:16 of the 3rd period to give Tri-City a 6-0 lead. Adams’ goal was assisted by Ilya Nikolaev. Christian Fitzgerald notched his eighth goal of the season at 12:25 of the 3rd period to give the Storm a seven-goal lead in the game. The final goal of the game was scored by Mitchell Miller at 13:20 of the 3rd period. Miller’s goal was his second of the game and 20th of the season. Tri-City was outshot 14-12 in the 3rd period but outshot Lincoln 46-26 overall in the game.
Sebastian Wraneschitz turned in a strong performance in net for the Storm to record his first career shutout in the USHL. Wraneschitz stopped all 26 of Lincoln’s shots on net during the game. Cameron Whitehead recorded the loss in goal for the Stars after stopping 38 of the Storm’s 46 shots during the game. Saturday’s game was played in front of a crowd of 3,203.
Tri-City hits the ice again on Sunday, March 6th, in a home game against the Lincoln Stars. Puck drop is set for 6:05pm CT. For the latest information regarding the Storm skate to www.StormHockey.com. #StormAhead