KEARNEY, NE. – The Tri-City Storm defeated the Lincoln Stars by a final score of 8-3 on Sunday at the Viaero Center. Mitchell Miller notched the first hat trick of his USHL career in the win. The hat trick was the 35th in the organization’s history. Victor Czerneckianair, Drew Montgomery, Jeremy Wilmer, Dane Dowiak, and Graham Gamache also scored goals for Tri-City in the win. Arsenii Sergeev recorded his 24th victory of the season in goal for the Storm. Tri-City returns to action next weekend at the Viaero Center in back-to-back home games against the Fargo Force. Tickets to each game can be purchased by calling the Viaero Center Box Office at 308-338-8144 during Box Office hours or by visiting www.StormHockey.com. Puck drop for each game is scheduled for 7:05pm CT.
Victor Czerneckianair scored his sixth goal of the season thirty-four seconds into Sunday’s 1st period to give the Storm a 1-0 lead. Czerneckianair’s goal was assisted by Lleyton Roed. Mitchell Miller notched his first goal of the game and 21st goal of the season on the powerplay at 8:03 of the period to give Tri-City a two-goal lead. The goal was assisted by Matt Basgall and Jeremy Wilmer. Miller scored again at 11:34 of the period to increase the Storm’s lead to three goals. Miller’s second goal of the game was scored on the powerplay and was assisted by Matt Basgall. The Storm outshot the Stars 15-7 in the 1st period and carried a 3-0 lead into the 2nd period.
Aidan Thompson scored Lincoln’s first goal of the weekend road series against the Storm fifty-four seconds in the 2nd period. Drew Montgomery notched his fifth goal of the season at 2:40 of the period to give the Storm another three-goal lead in the game. Montgomery’s goal was assisted by Tanner Adams and Vinny Borgesi. Jeremy Wilmer scored his 18th goal of the year at 5:07 of the 2nd period to give the Storm a 5-1 lead. Wilmer’s goal was assisted by Vinny Borgesi. Dane Dowiak scored the Storm’s sixth goal of the game at 12:31 of the 2nd period. Dowiak’s goal was his 11th of the season and was assisted by Jeremy Wilmer and Aiden Dubinsky. Lincoln’s Dalton Norris scored the final goal of Sunday’s 2nd period on the powerplay with 21 seconds left to play. Tri-City outshot Lincoln 13-10 in the 2nd period and led by a 6-2 margin entering the 3rd period.
Graham Gamache scored his seventh goal of the season at 2:30 of the 3rd period to put the Storm ahead by a score of 7-2. Gamache’s goal was assisted by Tanner Adams. Antonio Fernandez scored a powerplay goal at 5:49 of the 3rd period to bring the Stars back within four goals of the Storm’s lead. The final goal of Sunday’s game was scored shorthanded by Mitchell Miller. Miller’s goal was notched at 16:15 of the 3rd period and was assisted by Gavin Brindley. Tri-City was outshot 9-6 in the 3rd period but outshot Lincoln 34-26 overall in the game.
Arsenii Sergeev made 23 saves on 26 shots to record the victory in goal for the Storm. Sergeev improved his personal record to 24-4-1-0 in the victory. Kaidan Mbereko stopped 26 of Tri-City’s 34 shots on net to record the loss in goal for Lincoln. Tri-City is now 7-0-0-0 against Lincoln this season and improved to 34-8-2-0 in the win.
Tri-City hits the ice again on Friday, March 11th, in a home game against the Fargo Force. Puck drop is set for 7:05pm CT. For the latest information regarding the Storm skate to www.StormHockey.com. #StormAhead