RALSTON, NE. – The Tri-City Storm clinched the third Anderson Cup Championship in organizational history Friday night in a 6-2 road win over the Omaha Lancers. The 2021-2022 team joined the 2003-2004 and 2018-2019 teams as the only teams in the organization’s twenty-two year history to capture a regular season title in the USHL. Graham Gamache netted his first career hat trick in Friday’s win. Dane Dowiak, Jeremy Wilmer, and Ilya Nikolaev also scored goals in the game for the Storm. Arsenii Sergeev notched his league-leading 29th win of the season in goal. The 2021-2022 Storm team is now just one win shy of tying the 2018-2019 Anderson Cup Championship team with the most regular season wins during a single season in team history (45).
Graham Gamache netted his 13th goal of the season at 7:24 of Friday’s 1st period to give Tri-City a one-goal lead in the game. The goal was the only scoring play of the 1st period and was assisted by Lleyton Roed and Andrew Strathmann. Omaha outshot Tri-City 9-3 in the 1st period but trailed 1-0 entering the 2nd period.
Dane Dowiak scored a powerplay goal at 8:39 of the 2nd period to give the Storm a 2-0 lead in the game. Dowiak’s goal was his 13th of the year and was assisted by Ilya Nikolaev and Jeremy Wilmer. Wilmer scored his 23rd goal of the season with four minutes remaining in Friday’s 2nd period to put Tri-City ahead by three goals. Mitchell Miller recorded an assist on the scoring play. Evan Werner gave Omaha its first goal of the night forty-nine seconds later to bring the game to a 3-1 score. Tri-City outshot Omaha 7-5 in the 2nd period and carried a two-goal lead into the 3rd period.
Ilya Nikolaev scored his 23rd goal of the season at 1:24 of the 3rd period to give the Storm a 4-1 lead. Jeremy Wilmer and Cole O’Hara each notched an assist on the scoring play. Graham Gamache scored his second goal of the game, and 14th goal of the season, minutes later to put the Storm in front by four goals. Lleyton Roed recorded an assist on the play. Gamache’s hat trick goal was scored at 8:13 of the 3rd period and was his 15th goal of the season. Mitchell Miller recorded an assist on the goal. Evan Werner scored his second goal of the night, and 14th goal of the year, with under four minutes to play in Friday’s 3rd period to bring the game to a 6-2 score. Tri-City captured the four-goal win and improved to 44-10-3-1 on the season. The Storm outshot the Lancers 10-9 in the 3rd period, but was outshot 23-20 overall in the contest.
Arsenii Sergeev turned away 21 of Omaha’s 23 shots on goal to record the win in net for Tri-City. Kevin Pasche made 10 saves on 16 shots and recorded the loss in net for the Lancers. Pasche was replaced in net by Thomas Heaney for the final 11:47 of game time.
Tri-City captured the regular season series against Omaha by winning seven of the ten games played between the two in-state rivals this season. The Storm is now 28-0-2-0 when leading after the 1st period, and 35-1-2-0 when leading after the 2nd period this season.
Tri-City has two home games remaining during the regular season on Tuesday, April 19th, and Friday, April 22nd. The Storm will host the Fargo Force on April 19th, and will play its final home game of the 2021-2022 regular season against the Lincoln Stars on April 22nd. The Tri-City Storm’s Playoff Ticket Package for the 2022 Clark Cup Playoffs is now on sale. Purchasing a Playoff Ticket Package for the 2022 Clark Cup Playoffs will guarantee fans the opportunity to sit in the same seat for each of the Storm’s home games during the postseason. Tickets to the Storm’s final two home games of the regular season, and the team’s playoff ticket package can be purchased online at www.StormHockey.com, or by calling the Viaero Center Box Office during Box Office Hours at 308-338-8144.
Tri-City hits the ice again on Saturday, April 16th, in a road game against the Sioux Falls Stampede. Puck drop is set for 6:05pm CT. For the latest information regarding the Storm skate to www.StormHockey.com. #StormAhead