URBANDALE, IA. – The Tri-City Storm dropped the final game of a three-game road weekend to the Des Moines Buccaneers by a final score of 5-2 on Sunday. Lleyton Roed and Ilya Nikolaev scored the Storm’s goals in the loss.
Andrew Kuzma scored the opening goal of the game at 14:02 of the 1st period to give Des Moines a 1-0 lead. The scoring play was Kuzma’s 3rd of the season. Shots on goal were 11-11 in the opening period, and the Storm trailed by one goal entering the 2nd period.
Lleyton Roed scored his 17th goal of the season less than one minute into Sunday’s 2nd period to bring the game to a 1-1 score. Tanner Adams and Gavin Brindley each notched an assist on the play. Michael Rubin scored his second goal of the season at 6:38 of the 2nd period to give Des Moines another lead in the game. Connor Pelc notched his second goal of the year at 13:59 of the period to put the Buccaneers ahead by two goals. Des Moines outshot Tri-City 8-6 in Sunday’s 2nd period. The Storm trailed 3-1 entering the 3rd period.
Ilya Nikolaev scored his 18th goal of the year just seventeen seconds into the 3rd period to bring Tri-City back within one goal of the Buccaneers’ lead. Nikolaev’s goal was assisted by Cole O’Hara and Jeremy Wilmer. Lubomir Kupco scored a powerplay goal less than three minutes to give Des Moines another two-goal lead in the game. Kupco’s goal was his fourth of the season. The final goal of Sunday’s game was scored into an empty net by Christian Kocsis. Tri-City outshot Des Moines 10-6 in the 3rd period and 27-25 overall in the game. The 5-2 loss for Tri-City was the Storm’s first three-goal loss of the season.
Arsenii Sergeev dropped to 25-6-1-0 on the season after making 20 saves on 24 shots in goal for the Storm. Lucas Szyszka recorded the win in goal for Des Moines after stopping 25 of Tri-City’s 27 shots on net during the game.
Tri-City fell to 37-10-2-0 on the season in the loss. The team remains the top team in the USHL’s standings.
Tri-City hits the ice again on Friday, March 25th, in a home game against the Omaha Lancers. Puck drop is set for 7:05pm CT. For the latest information regarding the Storm skate to www.StormHockey.com. #StormAhead