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Tri-City defeated by Des Moines 8-4

By Kendall Grayson 11/09/2019, 8:30pm PST

Tri-City drops high scoring affair to Des Moines

Kearney, NE – The Tri-City Storm dropped a high scoring affair Saturday night at the Viaero Center to the Des Moines Buccaneers. Des Moines forwarded Joey Strada netted four of the Buccaneers’ eight goals in the game. Tri-City got goals in the game from Benji Eckerle, Colby Ambrosio, Mike Koster, and Joe Molenaar. The Storm travel to Iowa for road games against the Dubuque Fighting Saints and the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders next weekend. Tri-City returns home for two games against the United States National Team Development Program (Team USA) on November 22nd and November 23rd. Tickets for the games against Team USA are available for purchase at www.StormHockey.com or by calling the Viaero Center Box Office at 308-338-8144.

 

Benji Eckerle’s 6th goal of the year gave Tri-City a 1-0 lead on home ice in the 1st period. Eckerle’s goal was scored on the power play at the 7:09 mark of the period and was assisted by Nick Capone and Colby Ambrosio. Tri-City outshot Des Moines 15-7 in the 1st period and carried a one goal lead into the 2nd period. Joey Strada scored his first goal of the night and 7th goal of the year just over four minutes into the 2nd period to tie the game at 1-1. Mason Nevers netted a goal at 9:45 of the 2nd period to give the Buccaneers a one goal lead. Colby Ambrosio scored Tri-City’s second goal of the night on the power play at 10:37 of the 2nd period. Ambrosio’s goal was his 9th of the season and was assisted by Nick Capone and Matthew Knies. Joey Strada provided the Bucs offense with an answer just over one minute later to give Des Moines another lead in the game. Strada’s second goal of the game was scored at 11:39 of the 2nd period and was assisted by Nicklas Andrews. Mike Koster tied the game for Tri-City at 16:38 of the period. Koster’s goal was his first goal of the season, and was assisted by Matthew Knies. Des Moines netted an additional goal with less than two minutes to go in the period to carry a one goal lead into the 3rd period. Michael Mancinelli’s goal gave Des Moines a 4-3 lead after the 2nd period. Tri-City outshot Des Moines 15-5 in the 2nd period, but trailed by one goal entering the 3rd period.

 

Michael Mancinelli netted a power play goal forty six seconds into the 3rd period to increase Des Moine’s lead to two goals. A third goal of the night from Joey Strada pushed the Buccaneers lead to 6-3 minutes later. Joe Moelnaar netted his third goal of the season at the 13:16 mark of the 3rd period to bring Tri-City’s deficit back to only two goals. Molenaar’s goal was assisted by Felix Carenfelt. An empty net goal from Yaroslav Alexeyev with under two minutes to play sealed the Des Moines victory. At 18:32 of the 3rd period, Joey Strada netted his fourth goal of the night, tenth goal of the year, to bring the final score to 8-4. Cameron Rowe recorded the win in net for the Des Moines.

 

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.

Storm set to host Military Appreciation Night at Viaero Center

By Kendall Grayson 11/09/2019, 5:00am PST

Call 308-338-8144 for tickets!

Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm battle the Des Moines Buccaneers tonight at the Viaero Center in the team’s annual “Military Appreciation Night” game. Tickets to tonight’s home game are available for purchase at www.StormHockey.com, or by calling the Viaero Center Box Office at 308-338-8144. Tri-City will wear specialty jerseys for tonight’s game, and a pregame ceremony will take place prior to warmups. Free tickets are available for active and former military personnel. Puck drop for tonight’s game is scheduled for 7:05pm.

 

Tri-City (6-6-1-1) enters tonight’s game as the 3rd place team in the USHL’s Western Conference standings. Last night at the Viaero Center, the Storm put together an emphatic come from behind victory in the 3rd period that included four unanswered goals. Carter Mazur scored his 1st career USHL goal in the 1st period, but Tri-City trailed 2-1 entering the 3rd period. The Storm scored two power play goals and outshot the Buccaneers 18-0 in the 3rd period en route to a 5-2 victory on home ice. Colby Ambrosio scored two goals in last night’s home win and was named the 1st Star of the Game. Tri-City has now won five of its last six games and plays its final game of the weekend at home tonight against Des Moines. Through the first fourteen games of the 2019-2020 regular season, scoring leaders for Tri-City include; Colby Ambrosio (8), Benji Eckerle (5), Matthew Knies (4), Felix Carenfelt (4), Ian Murphy (3), Joe Molenaar (2), and Kyle Aucoin (2). Tonight’s game at the Viaero Center is Tri-City’s last home game until the team hosts Team USA on Friday, November 22nd.

 

Des Moines (6-5-0-1) began its five-game road trip with a three-goal loss last night to Tri-City. The Bucs have just one win away from Buccaneer Arena this season, and the team has now been outscored 14-3 in its last two road games. Last night’s loss snapped the team’s three game win streak that dated back to a 4-1 defeat of Waterloo on October 26th. Joey Strada and Logan Anderson netted goals in last night’s road defeat to Tri-City. Following this weekend’s games at the Viaero Center, Des Moines will play three road games next weekend against Team USA, Muskegon, and Youngstown. Last night’s 10 shots on goal marked a new season low for least shots on goal in a game by the Bucs. Des Moines has been outscored 45-42 to this point in the season. Scoring leaders for Des Moines through the first twelve games of the 2019-2020 regular season include; Alex Laferriere (8), Joey Strada (5), Mason Nevers (5), Matt Choupani (5), Michael Mancinelli (4), Noah Ellis (3), Vincent Salice (2), and Blaine Warnert (2).

 

Tonight’s game is set 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.

Colby Ambrosio nets two goals, Carter Mazur scores 1st Career Goal

Kearney, NE – The Tri-City Storm scored four unanswered 3rd period goals to defeat the Des Moines Buccaneers by a final score of 5-2 Friday night at the Viaero Center. Tri-City Storm leading scorer Colby Ambrosio netted two of the Storm’s 3rd period goals to secure the win on home ice. Carter Mazur scored his 1st Career USHL goal in the 1st period. The Storm return to action tomorrow night, hosting Military Appreciation Night against Des Moines at the Viaero Center. Puck drop for tomorrow’s home game is scheduled for 7:05pm. Tickets can be purchased through www.StormHockey.com or by calling the Viaero Center Box Office at 308-338-8144.

 

Joey Strada gave the Buccaneers its first lead of the game just over four minutes into the 1st period. Strada’s goal was his 6th of the season and was scored at the 4:13 mark of the period. Less than one minute later, Tri-City tied the game on a goal from Carter Mazur. Mazur’s goal was his first career goal in the USHL and was assisted by Calvin Dybicz. After tying the game in the 1st period, Tri-City surrendered another goal to the Bucs.  Logan Anderson scored his first goal of the season at 8:15 of the 1st period to give Des Moines its second lead of the game. Tri-City outshot Des Moines 10-7 in the 1st period but trailed by one goal entering the 2nd period. The Storm again outshot Des Moines 6-3 in the 2nd period, but neither team found an additional goal in the game. Des Moines carried a 2-1 lead into the 3rd period. Tri-City had not won a game this season when trailing after two periods, and Des Moines had not lost a game this season when leading after the 2nd period.

 

Joe Molenaar started the Storm scoring outburst just over three minutes into the 3rd period. Molenaar’s goal was his second of the season and was scored on the power play. The goal was netted at 3:09 of the 3rd period and was assisted by Mike Koster and Ian Murphy. Colby Ambrosio gave Tri-City its first lead of the game minutes later on another power play goal. Ambrosio’s goal was his 7th of the season and was assisted by Matthew Knies and Nick Capone. The goal was scored at 6:43 of the period and was Ambrosio’s league leading 5th power play goal of the year. With less than five minutes to play, Ambrosio scored his second goal of the night and team leading eighth goal of the year to give Tri-City a two-goal lead. The goal was assisted by Matthew Knies and Cole McWard. Finally, with less than three minutes to go in the game, Ian Murphy sealed Tri-City’s win with his third goal of the year. Nick Capone recorded his second assist of the night on the empty net scoring play. Tri-City outshot Des Moines 18-0 in the 3rd period, and completed the comeback with a 5-2 win on home ice at the Viaero Center. Daniel Allin stopped eight of ten Buccaneer shots to record the victory in net.  

 

Tomorrow’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.

Storm to host Buccaneers for “College Night” at Viaero Center

By Kendall Grayson 11/08/2019, 4:30am PST

$5 Student Tickets, $5 Kids Tickets, and More!

Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm return to action tonight in a matchup against Western Conference foe Des Moines at the Viaero Center. Tonight’s battle between the Storm and the Buccaneers will be the first meeting between the two teams this season. Tri-City eliminated Des Moines in the Conference Semifinal Round of last year’s Clark Cup Playoffs. Student tickets are available for $5 tonight with a valid ID. Drink specials include $2 Bud Light Cans and $1 Natural Light Seltzers. Tonight’s game is also a “$5 Kids Friday”. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05pm.

 

Tri-City (5-6-1-1) enters tonight’s home game at the Viaero Center after splitting a road series with the Fargo Force last weekend at Scheels Arena. The Storm won Friday night’s game by a final score of 3-1 behind two goals from Matthew Knies. After getting two goals from Benji Eckerle on Saturday, Tri-City surrendered a goal in the final minute of the game to drop the contest by a final score of 3-2. Saturday’s loss ended the Storm’s four game win streak. Tri-City enters tonight’s game as the 4th place team in the USHL’s Western Conference standings. Tonight’s game will be the Storm’s first at the Viaero Center since the team defeated the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders 4-2 on October 20th. Tri-City returns home tonight after going 3-1-0-0 on its most recent four game road trip. Scoring leaders through the season’s first 13 games include; Colby Ambrosio (6), Benji Eckerle (5), Matthew Knies (4), Felix Carenfelt (4), Kyle Aucoin (2), and Ian Murphy (2). Friday’s game was the first multi goal game in Matthew Knies’ USHL career. Saturday’s two goal performance by Benji Eckerle was the his first multi goal game since last season’s opening game against Youngstown. After playing its last four games on the road, the Storm now enters a stretch where it will play five of its next seven games at the Viaero Center.

 

Des Moines (6-4-0-1) travels to Kearney tonight for the first regular season game against the Storm in the four game season series. After dropping a 9-1 decision to Waterloo on October 26th, the Bucs have bounced back to win two of its last three games. Des Moines enters tonight’s game one position ahead of Tri-City in the Western Conference standings, and three points behind second place Lincoln. The Buccaneers bring two USHL weekly award winners to the Viaero Center tonight in reigning Defenseman of the Week Noah Ellis and reigning Goaltender of the Week Christian Stoever. The Bucs are led by first year Head Coach and former Storm goaltender Peter Manino. Manino played a key role in Tri-City’s first Anderson Cup Championship in team history during the 2003-2004 season. He appeared in 37 regular season games, and 7 playoff games, backstopping the Storm to its first regular season championship. Tonight’s game is the first of five consecutive road games for the Buccaneers.

 

Tonight’s game is set 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.

Storm forward Nick Portz announces commitment to North Dakota

By Kendall Grayson 11/04/2019, 3:30pm PST

Portz is set to become the ninth former Storm player to skate for the Fighting Hawks.

Kearney, NE. – Tri-City Storm forward Nick Portz has announced a commitment to play college hockey at the University of North Dakota. Portz was acquired in a trade with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders on October 16th and has skated in all seven games with the Storm in the time following the transaction. Portz was selected 223rd overall in the 15th round of the 2019 USHL Phase II draft by the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. He scored his 1st Career USHL Goal on October 20th in Tri-City’s 4-2 over Cedar Rapids at the Viaero Center.

 

Nick Portz, 19, of St. Cloud, Minnesota is currently providing the Tri-City offense with a point per game through the first seven games of his career. Portz has one goal and six assists since his debut with the team on October 18th. Prior his debut in the USHL this season, Portz spent time with the Minnesota Wilderness in the NAHL and St. Cloud High School in St. Cloud, Minnesota. He served as the Alternate Captain in his seven games with the Wilderness prior to joining the Storm. Portz netted six goals and registered five assists in his time with the Wild this season after netting fourteen goals and recording eighteen assists with the team during the 2018-2019 regular season. During the 2017-2018 season, Portz scored twenty-three goals and recorded twenty-six assists in twenty-five games played with St. Cloud High School.

 

“The coaches at North Dakota are awesome, the tradition of the program is highly respected, and their facilities are top notch. Committing to play college hockey at the University of North Dakota was a pretty easy decision for me. After all the hard work, and the ups and downs, this is something very special for my family and I, and it hasn’t really sunk in yet. Making the jump to the USHL has shown me how good everyone in this league is. You have to compete every night, and I look forward to continuing to do that” Nick Portz

 

“Nick is an honest, two-way winger, that makes plays and who’s teammates love playing with. His story is kind of what this league is about. For him to go from where he was a few weeks ago to committing to North Dakota speaks volumes about our league. I give a ton of credit to the Minnesota Wilderness for allowing him to come here, and credit to him for taking full advantage of the opportunity.” GM/Head Coach Anthony Noreen

 

Portz is set to become the ninth former Storm player to skate for the Fighting Hawks. Alumni of the Tri-City Storm program to play college hockey at the University of North Dakota include; Scott Foyt, Ratislav Spirko, Mario Lamoureaux, Mike Cichy, Austin Poganski, Chris Wilkie, Andrew Peski, and Shane Pinto.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Gameday Preview: Bucs vs. Storm

By Kendall Grayson 09/12/2019, 11:00pm PDT

The Tri-City Storm look to build off last week’s preseason opening win over the Lincoln Stars this weekend at the I-80 Showcase preseason event at Ralston Arena.

Recap: Storm win high scoring game to open preseason

By Kendall Grayson 09/08/2019, 7:45am PDT

The Tri-City Storm scored six goals Saturday night at the Viaero Center in Kearney to defeat rival Lincoln by a final score of 6-4 in a high scoring affair to open the 2019-2020 preseason.

Gameday Preview: Stars vs. Storm

By Kendall Grayson 09/07/2019, 7:00am PDT

The Tri-City Storm host the Lincoln Stars tonight at the Viaero Center to open the 2019-2020 preseason. Tonight’s game is free to attend.

Storm release promotional schedule for 19-20 season

By Kendall Grayson 09/06/2019, 2:00pm PDT

The Tri-City Storm has released its promotional schedule for the 2019-2020 season. Individual Game Tickets for the Storm’s 20th Anniversary season go on sale Monday.

Tri-City Storm Release 30 Man Roster

By Kendall Grayson 09/01/2019, 7:30am PDT

The Tri-City Storm has announced is 30-man roster for the six game 2019-2020 preseason. Tri-City will battle in state rival Lincoln to open the preseason this Saturday at the Viaero Center.

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