KEARNEY, NE. – The Tri-City Storm’s comeback efforts fell short in Saturday’s 4-3 home loss to the Sioux City Musketeers. The Storm scored the final three goals of the game after falling behind 4-0 in the 1st period. Jeremy Wilmer, Drew Montgomery, and Ilya Nikolaev scored Tri-City's goals in the game. The Storm dropped back-to-back home games this weekend, and now must win Game #3 on Tuesday to continue play in the Western Conference Finals.
Sioux City netted four 1st period goals to take a 4-0 lead in Saturday’s second game of the 2022 Western Conference Final. The team’s first goal was scored by Nick Pierre at 6:12 of the 1st period. The goal was Pierre’s second of the postseason and was scored unassisted. Dylan James netted his second goal of the playoffs at 9:51 to give the Musketeers a 2-0 advantage. James’ goal was assisted by Ben Doran. Ben Steeves scored two goals during Saturday’s 1st period. His first was netted at 16:13 of the period, and was his fifth of the postseason. The second goal netted by Steeves in Saturday’s 1st period was scored with two seconds left to play. Damien Carfagna notched an assist on the goal. The final goal of the 1st period was scored on the powerplay. Sioux City outshot Tri-City 11-6 in the 1st period, and the Musketeers carried a 4-0 lead into the 2nd period.
Arsenii Sergeev replaced Sebastian Wraneschitz in net for Tri-City to begin the 2nd period. The Storm scored the only goal of the 2nd period with less than four minutes to play to bring the game to a 4-1 score. Jeremy Wilmer netted his first goal of the postseason at 16:32, and Tri-City trailed by three goals. Wilmer’s goal was assisted by Cole O’Hara. Tri-City outshot Sioux City 10-6 in the 2nd period.
Drew Montgomery scored the Storm’s second goal of the game at 3:40 of the final period. Montgomery’s goal was his first of the playoffs, and was assisted by Victor Czerneckianair. Ilya Nikolaev scored his team-leading fifth goal of the postseason at 10:57 of the 3rd period to bring the Storm within a single goal of the Musketeers’ lead. Jeremy Wilmer and Mitchell Miller each notched an assist on the scoring play. Tri-City lifted goaltender Arsenii Sergeev from the next for an extra attacker with just over one minute to play in the game, but the team was unable to score a game-tying goal. Tri-City outshot Sioux City 8-4 in the 3rd period, and 24-21 overall in the matchup.
Sebastian Wraneschitz recorded the loss in goal for the Storm after making 7 saves on 11 shots in the opening twenty minutes of play. Arsenii Sergeev finished the game in net for Tri-City, and stopped all 10 of Sioux City’s shots. Alex Tracy captured the win in goal for the Musketeers after turning away 21 of the Storm’s 24 shots on net. Saturday’s game was played in front of a crowd of 2,542 at the Viaero Center.
The series now shifts to the Tyson Events Center for the third game of the 2022 Western Conference Finals. Puck drop for Tuesday’s third game of the series is scheduled for 7:05pm CT.
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