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Storm defeat Lancers 4-3 in thrilling shootout win

By Kendall Grayson 09/15/2019, 1:45pm PDT

The Tri-City Storm defeated in state rival Omaha 4-3 in a shootout on Sunday afternoon in the team’s final game in the 2019 I-80 Showcase preseason event.

Ralston, NE. – The Tri-City Storm defeated in state rival Omaha 4-3 in a shootout on Sunday afternoon in the team’s final game in the 2019 I-80 Showcase preseason event. The Storm finished the event with a 2-1 record, and improved to a 3-1 record in the 2019-2020 preseason with the win. Goal scorers for Tri-City included; Benji Eckerle, Mark Estapa, and Mitchell Miller. After a 3-3 tie at the end of regulation, and a scoreless overtime period, Storm forward Chikara Hanzawa scored the only goal of the shootout to give Tri-City a 4-3 win. The Storm will play its final two preseason games against the Omaha Lancers next weekend. Friday, the Storm make a return trip to battle the Lancers at Ralston Arena. Saturday, Tri-City concludes preseason play on home ice with a 7:05pm puck drop in Kearney.

 

The first scoring play of Sunday’s game came from Omaha’s Alex Campbell at 13:41 of the 1st period. Jack Randl and Jackson Decker recorded assists on the play. Tri-City responded with a goal to tie the game with less than a minute to play in the period. Benji Eckerle’s goal at 19:12 of the 1st period was his first goal of the preseason. The game tying goal was assisted by Cody Sherman and Nick Capone.

 

Mark Estapa broke a 1-1 tie just over five minutes into the 2nd period on a goal assisted by Felix Carenfelt and Carter Mazur. Estapa’s goal was scored at 5:33 of the period and was his first of the preseason. Alex Campbell netted his second goal of the game at 13:42 of the 2nd period to tie the game again.

 

Just like the first two periods, each team scored one goal in the 3rd period and the game ended tied after regulation. Mitchell Miller gave Tri-City a 3rd period lead at 9:48 of the period on a goal assisted by Chikara Hanzawa. The Lancers tied the game at 12:44 on a goal scored by Rhett Pitlick.

 

Five minutes of scoreless overtime passed and the game would be decided in a shootout after a 3-3 tie through 65 minutes. Chikara Hanzawa scored the only goal of the shootout, and the Storm left Ralston Arena on Sunday with a 4-3 shootout victory over Omaha. Joe Sharib made 44 saves on 47 shots to record the victory in goal for Tri-City.

 

Friday’s game is scheduled to begin at 7:05pm CT, and will be streamed live on HockeyTV, and Storm Radio. To purchase tickets to Storm home games at the Viaero Center, visit www.StormHockey.com or call 308-338-8144. #SeekShelter

Storm ready for matchup against Lancers

By Kendall Grayson 09/15/2019, 4:00am PDT

The Tri-City Storm return to action in the I-80 Showcase preseason event today at 12:00pm in a matchup with in state rival Omaha.

Ralston, NE. – The Tri-City Storm return to action in the I-80 Showcase preseason event today at 12:00pm in a matchup with in state rival Omaha. Last night, Tri-City dropped its first game of the preseason in a 2-1 loss to rival Lincoln. Today’s game will be the Storm’s third and final game at the I-80 Showcase.

 

Tri-City (2-1) is halfway through its six-game exhibition schedule and will look for a bounce back win this afternoon against Omaha following yesterday’s 2-1 loss to Lincoln. The three remaining games in the Storm’s 2019-2020 preseason schedule will feature matchups with the Omaha Lancers. Tri-City’s offense is averaging more than three and a half goals per game in the preseason but was held off the board after the game’s opening 90 seconds in last night’s loss. Colby Ambrosio netted Tri-City’s only goal in the loss. Through the halfway point in the preseason the Storm’s goal leaders include; Asa Kinnear (2), Carter Mazur (2), Cody Sherman (2), Nick Capone (1), John Lundy (1), Colby Ambrosio (1), Tyler Coffey (1), and Andrius Kulbis-Marino (1). One week from today, Tri-City will make final preparations to submit its 23-man roster for the beginning of the regular season. Through three games, Tri-City has outscored opponents 11-9 and the team leads the USHL preseason standings as the only team in the league with 4 points.

 

Omaha (1-0) won its opening game of the preseason Friday against the Waterloo Black Hawks by a final score of 6-2. The Lancers play a five-game preseason schedule this year and will matchup against the Storm this afternoon before travelling to Buccaneer Arena to play a road game against the Des Moines Buccaneers on Tuesday. While this is only the second official game of the Lancers 2019-2020 preseason, the team did scrimmage the Topeka Pilots (NAHL) earlier this week. Omaha fell to Topeka 3-2 in a shootout. In the Lancers game on Friday, Omaha saw five different goal scorers produce six goals in a 6-2 defeat of the Waterloo Black Hawks. Jack Jensen led the team with two goals, and the Lancers also got goals from Alex Campbell, Zach Plucinski, Rhett Pitlick, and Ryan Lautenbach. Jakob Dobes recorded the win in net following a 31 save on 33 shot performance.

 

Today’s game is set to begin at 12:00pm CT, and will be streamed live on HockeyTV, and Storm Radio. To purchase tickets to Storm home games at the Viaero Center, visit www.StormHockey.com or call 308-338-8144. #SeekShelter

Storm defeated 2-1 by Stars

By Kendall Grayson 09/14/2019, 9:15pm PDT

The Tri-City Storm dropped its first exhibition game of the preseason Saturday night at Ralston Arena in a 2-1 loss to in state rival Lincoln. Colby Ambrosio scored the Storm’s only goal of the night less than two minutes into the game.

Ralston, NE. – The Tri-City Storm dropped its first exhibition game of the preseason Saturday night at Ralston Arena in a 2-1 loss to in state rival Lincoln. Colby Ambrosio scored the Storm’s only goal of the night less than two minutes into the game. The Stars countered with two 1st period goals to secure the team’s first win of the preseason. Tri-City returns to action tomorrow afternoon in a 12:00pm matchup with the Omaha Lancers at the I-80 Showcase.

 

Colby Ambrosio put Tri-City on the board at 1:30 of the 1st period on a goal assisted by Chikara Hanzawa. The goal was Ambrosio’s first of the preseason. Hanzawa’s assist was his team-leading third of the preseason. Twenty-six seconds after Tri-City’s lone scoring play of the game, the Lincoln Stars provided an offensive answer with a goal by Brock Bremer. Bremer’s goal was assisted by Jake Boltmann. The game remained tied until Lincoln’s Christophe Fillion netted his team-leading 2nd goal of the preseason to give the Stars a one goal advantage. Fillion’s goal was scored at 11:50 of the 1st period and was unassisted. Tri-City outshot Lincoln 10-5 in the 1st period but trialed 2-1 entering the 2nd period.

 

No goals were scored by either team in the 2nd or 3rd period, and Lincoln’s goal at 11:50 of the 1st period proved to be the game winner. Tri-City outshot Lincoln 22-16, but dropped its first preseason game in regulation time since the 2017-2018 preseason. Noah Giesbrecht recorded the loss in goal for Tri-City after stopping 14 of 16 Stars’ shots. Lincoln’s Samuel Vyletelka stopped 21 of Tri-City’s 22 shots to register his 1st win of the preseason.

 

The Storm now looks ahead to tomorrow’s afternoon matchup against the Omaha Lancers. Tri-City will conclude play in the 2019 I-80 Showcase with its third game in three days. Tri-City began the even yesterday with a 4-3 win over the Des Moines Buccaneers. Tonight’s loss dropped the Storm’s record in the event to 1-1 and overall preseason record to 2-1. Tomorrow’s meeting between the two teams will be the first of three consecutive preseason games played against each other. The Storm will visit the Lancers again on Friday, and the Lancers will travel to Kearney to conclude preseason game in a matchup at the Viaero Center on Saturday.

 

Tomorrow’s game is scheduled to begin at 12:00pm CT, and will be streamed live on HockeyTV, and Storm Radio. To purchase tickets to Storm home games at the Viaero Center, visit www.StormHockey.com or call 308-338-8144. #SeekShelter

Storm faceoff against rival Stars in I-80 Showcase

By Kendall Grayson 09/14/2019, 6:00am PDT

The Tri-City Storm return to action in the I-80 Showcase preseason event tonight at 8:00pm in a matchup against the Lincoln Stars.

Ralston, NE. – The Tri-City Storm return to action in the I-80 Showcase preseason event tonight at 8:00pm in a matchup against the Lincoln Stars. The game will serve as a rematch from the two team’s first preseason meeting one week ago at the Viaero Center. Tri-City defeated Lincoln 6-4 in the opening game of the preseason, and enters tonight’s game with a 2-0 record following yesterday’s 4-3 defeat of the Des Moines Buccaneers. Asa Kinnear scored twice in yesterday’s win, and Daniel Allin recorded the win in goal.

 

Tri-City (2-0) is averaging five goals per game through the opening two games of its six-game exhibition schedule. Preseason goal scorers for the team include; Asa Kinnear, Carter Mazur, Cody Sherman, Nick Capone, John Lundy, Tyler Coffey, and Andrius Kulbis-Marino. Goaltenders Noah Giesbrecht and Daniel Allin have each recorded a win in net. Only the Des Moines Buccaneers (13) have scored more goals than the Storm (10) to this point in the preseason. Last weekend, Tri-City outshot Lincoln 44-32 in the opening game of the preseason. In six preseason games last year, the Storm’s highest shots on goal total for a single game was 32 (Sept. 15, 2018 vs. Sioux Falls). Tomorrow, Tri-City will conclude play at the 2019 I-80 Showcase with a noon matchup against the Omaha Lancers. The Storm will travel to Ralston, NE to battle the Lancers again on Friday, September 20th before playing the final game of the preseason on Saturday, September 21st against Omaha at the Viaero Center.

 

Lincoln (0-1) will look to avenge last Saturday’s preseason opening loss to Tri-City in tonight’s rematch. Brayden Nicholetts, Ty Glover, Dalton Norris, and Christophe Fillion recorded goals for the Stars in the loss. Tonight’s game is the first of two games the Stars will play in this weekend’s I-80 Showcase. Lincoln will battle Sioux Falls tomorrow at 4pm before completing its four-game exhibition schedule Friday night at the Ice Box in Lincoln in a matchup with the Sioux City Musketeers. The Stars power play was held scoreless one week ago at the Viaero Center, going 0/4 in the preseason’s opening game. Tonight’s game is the last head to head matchup against the Storm for the Stars until the team hosts Tri-City at the Ice Box in Lincoln on November 30th in the Storm’s 21st game of the 2019-2020 regular season.

 

Tonight’s game is set to begin at 8:00pm CT, and will be streamed live on HockeyTV, and Storm Radio. To purchase tickets to Storm home games at the Viaero Center, visit www.StormHockey.com or call 308-338-8144. #SeekShelter

Storm defeat Buccaneers 4-3 in 1st game of I-80 Showcase

By Kendall Grayson 09/13/2019, 6:00pm PDT

Ralston, NE. – The Tri-City Storm defeated the Des Moines Buccaneers 4-3 Friday evening in the opening game of the 2019 I-80 Showcase preseason event at Ralston Arena.

Ralston, NE. – The Tri-City Storm defeated the Des Moines Buccaneers 4-3 Friday evening in the opening game of the 2019 I-80 Showcase preseason event at Ralston Arena. Asa Kinnear led the Storm offense with two goals, and Daniel Allin recorded the win in net. Carter Mazur and Tyler Coffey also scored goals in the Tri-City win. The Storm improved to 2-0 in the preseason and will battle rival Lincoln tomorrow night at 8:00pm.

 

The Storm jumped on the Buccaneers early in the 1st period after scoring a goal just thirty-nine seconds into the game. Asa Kinnear netted his 1st goal of the preseason on the 1st shot of the game to give the Storm an early lead. Mark Estapa recorded the lone assist on the goal. Minutes later, at 7:10 of the period, Carter Mazur scored his 2nd goal of the preseason to increase the Storm’s lead to two goals. Tri-City held a 2-0 lead until under five minutes to play when Matt Choupani scored a power play goal for Des Moines to cut the lead to 2-1. Tri-City was outshot 8-7 in the 1st period but carried a one goal lead into the 2nd period.

 

The only goal of the 2nd period came off a deflection from the Storm’s Tyler Coffey. Calvin Dybicz recorded an assist on the play after Coffey tipped his shot into the net. Tri-City outshot Des Moines 7-5 in the 2nd period and led 3-1 entering the 3rd period. Asa Kinnear scored his 2nd goal of the night at 6:37 of the 3rd period to increase the Tri-City lead to three goals. Kinnear’s goal was assisted by Donte Lawson and was the game winning goal. Shortly after, at 11:01 of the 3rd period, Des Moines’ Frederick Paine notched his 1st goal of the preseason to bring the Bucs’ to within two goals of the Storm’s lead. Ryan Robinson provided the Des Moines offense with another goal with under five minutes to play in the game to bring the score to 4-3. Tri-City held off a late game extra attacker surge from the Buccaneers to improve to 2-0 in the preseason. Daniel Allin made 24 saves on 27 shots to record his 1st win of the preseason in goal for the Storm.

 

Tri-City now looks ahead to a matchup against in state rival Lincoln tomorrow night at Ralston Arena in its second game of the three-game weekend. Last Saturday night at the Viaero Center, Tri-City defeated Lincoln 6-4 to open the 2019-2020 preseason. Tomorrow night’s game is the final between the two teams until the preseason, as Tri-City’s final three games of the six-game exhibition schedule will be against its other in state rival, the Omaha Lancers.

 

Tomorrow’s game is scheduled to begin at 8:00pm CT, and will be streamed live on HockeyTV, and Storm Radio. To purchase tickets to Storm home games at the Viaero Center, visit www.StormHockey.com or call 308-338-8144. #SeekShelter

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Storm set for road battle in Game #3 of Western Conference Semifinal

By Kendall Grayson 04/22/2019, 8:30am PDT

Recap: Storm take 2-0 series lead in 2-0 home win over Des Moines

By Kendall Grayson 04/20/2019, 8:45am PDT

The Tri-City Storm downed the Des Moines Buccaneers by a final score of 2-0 Saturday night at the Viaero Center in Kearney to take a 2-0 series lead in the 2019 Western Conference Semifinal.

Preview: Tri-City hosts Game #2 of Western Conference Semifinal

By Kendall Grayson 04/20/2019, 1:15am PDT

Recap: Storm open Clark Cup Playoffs with 8-3 win over Des Moines

By Kendall Grayson 04/19/2019, 8:45am PDT

The Tri-City Storm took a 1-0 series lead over the Des Moines Buccaneers after winning Game #1 of the 2019 Western Conference Semifinals Friday night at the Viaero Center in Kearney.

Preview: Storm host Bucs for Game #1 of Conference Semifinals

By Kendall Grayson 04/19/2019, 6:15am PDT

The Tri-City Storm host the Des Moines Buccaneers tonight at the Viaero Center in Kearney for Game #1 of the Western Conference Semifinals.

Storm finalize historic regular season with emphatic win over Sioux City

By Kendall Grayson 04/13/2019, 7:30am PDT

The Tri-City Storm capped off a historic regular season on Saturday night at the Viaero Center with an emphatic victory against the Sioux City Musketeers.

Storm sign forward Davis Burnside to tender agreement

By Kendall Grayson 04/13/2019, 7:30am PDT

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