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Storm posts weekend sweep of Force in 6-1 win

By Kendall Grayson, 03/12/22, 9:00PM PST


Ilya Nikolaev records 36th hat trick in team history

KEARNEY, NE. – The Tri-City Storm posted a two-game weekend sweep of the Fargo Force in a 6-1 win Saturday night at the Viaero Center. Ilya Nikolaev recorded the 37th hat trick in team history in the victory. Jeremy Wilmer, Mitchell Miller, and Graham Gamache also netted goals for Tri-City in Saturday’s game. Wilmer also tied Jaden Schwartz’s organizational record for most assists in a single season (50) during the game. Sebastian Wraneschitz recorded the win in net for the Storm. Tri-City will play its next three games on the road before returning home to the Viaero Center for back-to-back games against the Omaha Lancers on Friday, March 25th, and Saturday, March 26th.


Bret Link scored Fargo’s only goal of the game with less than seven minutes to play in Saturday’s opening period. Link’s goal was assisted by Cole Knuble and Andre Gasseau. Ilya Nikolaev scored his first goal of the game, and 15th goal of the season, less than two minutes later to bring the score to a 1-1 tie. Nikolaev’s goal was assisted by Matt Basgall and Cole O’Hara. ­Jeremy Wilmer scored his 20th goal of the season at 18:17 of the 1st period to give the Storm a 2-1 lead in the game. Wilmer’s goal was assisted by Cole O’Hara. Tri-City outshot Fargo 15-4 in the 1st period and carried a one-goal lead into the 2nd period.


Tri-City outscored Fargo 4-0 in the 2nd period to take a commanding 6-1 lead in the contest. The first goal of the 2nd period was netted by Ilya Nikolaev on the powerplay. Nikolaev’s goal was scored at 3:41 of the 2nd period and was his 16th of the season. Mitchell Miller recorded an assist on the goal. Mitchell Miller scored his 27th goal of the season on the powerplay at 5:25 of the 2nd period to give the Storm a three-goal lead in the game. Jeremy Wilmer and Dane Dowiak each assisted on the scoring play. Tri-City’s third powerplay goal of the evening was netted by Graham Gamache at 14:55 of the 2nd period. The goal was Gamache’s eighth of the season and was assisted by Cole O’Hara and Vinny Borgesi. The final goal of the game was netted by Ilya Nikolaev at 17:24 of the 2nd period. The goal was Nikolaev’s third of the night and 17th of the season. Matt Basgall registered an assist on the play. The Storm outshot the Force 12-5 in the 2nd period.


A scoreless 3rd period sealed the five-goal victory for the Storm. Tri-City outshot Fargo 8-4 in the 3rd period and 35-13 overall in the game. Sebastian Wraneschitz made 12 saves on 13 shots on goal to record the win in net for the Storm. Louden Hogg stopped 29 of the Storm’s 35 shots on net and picked up the loss in goal for the Force.


Tri-City hits the ice again on Friday, March 18th, in a road game against the Waterloo Black Hawks. Puck drop is set for 7:05pm CT. For the latest information regarding the Storm skate to #StormAhead