Geneva, IL – The Tri-City Storm dropped a road game tonight to the Chicago Steel by a final score of 3-1. Benji Eckerle scored Tri-City’s only goal in the loss. The Storm have now dropped three games in a row and return to action following the holiday break on December 27th in a battle with the Sioux City Musketeers at the Viaero Center.
Chicago’s scoring started quickly in the 1st period as the Steel netted two goals in the opening four minutes of the game. At the 3:21 mark of the period, Ryan Ufko scored his 1st goal of the year to put Chicago in front by a goal. Seconds later, at 3:46 of the period, Mathieu De St. Phalle scored his 16th goal of the year to increase the Steel lead to two goals. Mackie Samoskevich netted his 5th goal of the year at 7:55 of the 1st period to give Chicago a 3-0 lead in the game. Chicago outshot Tri-City 10-9 in the 1st period and carried a three-goal lead into the 2nd period.
Benji Eckerle scored the only goal of the 2nd period to bring Tri-City back to within two goals of the Chicago lead. Eckerle’s goal bounced in off his skate and was ruled a goal following a lengthy video review. Assisting on Eckerle’s 11th goal of the season was Joe Berg and Asa Kinnear. Berg’s assist was his 7th of the season, and Kinnear’s was his 2nd. Tri-City was outshot 12-8 in the 2nd period but cut the lead to 3-1 entering the 3rd period.
No goals were scored in the 3rd period, and Tri-City fell to Chicago by a final score of 3-1. The Storm outshot the Steel 8-6 in the 3rd period, but Chicago outshot Tri-City 28-25 overall. Daniel Allin made 25 saves on 28 shots in net.
Tonight’s game was the last game the Storm will be without Head Coach Anthony Noreen, forward Matthew Knies, and defensemen Mike Koster and Mitchell Miller, who are all representing USA at the 2019 World Junior A Challenge in Dawson Creek, British Columbia. Earlier today, USA was beaten by Canada-East 2-1 in a shootout and will face either Russia or Czech Republic in tomorrow’s Bronze Medal game. Tomorrow’s USA game will begin at 1:00pm CT and can be viewed online at www.HockeyCanada.ca.
Tri-City now enters a holiday break before returning to action on December 27th to host the Sioux City Musketeers. The Storm’s game against the Musketeers is “First Responders Night” and the team’s annual Teddy Bear Toss Night. Fans are encouraged to bring a teddy bear to donate to local charities by throwing it on the ice after Tri-City scores its first goal of the game. The game is also a $5 Kids Friday at the Viaero Center.
Dec. 27th’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.
Geneva, IL. – The Tri-City Storm prepare to battle the Chicago Steel tonight at the Fox Valley Ice Arena in Geneva, IL after dropping last night’s game by a final score of 2-1 in a shootout. In the loss, Joe Berg scored his 3rd goal of the season for Tri-City. Tonight’s game against the Steel is the Storm’s final game before the upcoming holiday break. After tonight’s game, Tri-City will not play again until it hosts the Sioux City Musketeers on December 27th for “First Responders/Teddy Bear Toss Night”. Puck drop for tonight’s rematch against Chicago is scheduled for 7:05pm.
Tri-City (10-11-2-2) dropped only its second game in a shootout last night by a final score of 2-1. Andrius Kulbis-Marino scored to put Tri-City ahead in the shootout, but two goals by Chicago gave the Steel a 2-1 win. In the loss, Tri-City climbed one spot in the USHL’s Western Conference standings to 5th place. A win tonight over Chicago, and with help on the league scoreboard, Tri-City could rise as high as 3rd place in the conference standings entering the holiday break. The Storm is now 4-4-1-1- in its last ten games and will seek to stop Chicago’s four game winning streak tonight. The game will be the last meeting in the regular season between the two teams. Through the first twenty-five games of the regular season, scoring leaders for Tri-City include; Colby Ambrosio (13), Benji Eckerle (10), Nick Portz (5), Matthew Knies (4), Nick Capone (4), Cole McWard (4), and Felix Carenfelt (4). Tonight’s game will be the final game Tri-City will play without Matthew Knies, Mike Koster, Mitchell Miller, and Coach Anthony Noreen. Knies, Koster, Miller, and Noreen are currently representing the USA at the 2019 World Junior A Challenge in Dawson Creek, British Columbia. USA will battle Canada East in the first Semifinal game of the tournament today at 3pm CT.
Chicago (18-4-1-0) looks to stay hot and extend its winning streak tonight against Tri-City. John Spetz scored Chicago’s only goal of regulation time last night, and Mackie Samoskevich and Mathieu De St. Phalle both netted shootout goals in the win. Chicago has won nine of its last ten games, and another win tonight over Tri-City will give the Steel sole possession of 1st place in the Eastern Conference standings heading into the holiday break. With 301 penalty minutes on the year, Chicago is currently one of the three least penalized teams in the USHL. The Steel’s power play was held off the scoreboard last night, but it remains the league’s most prolific power play at 26.6% this year. The Steel’s 29 power play goals are the most of any team this season, and Chicago has also netted six shorthanded goals this year on the penalty kill. Ian Shane’s goaltending was a highlight of last night’s win, as he stopped 26 of Tri-City’s 27 shots to record his 6th win of the year in net. Shane’s personal record this season now stands at 6-1-1-0.
Geneva, IL – The Tri-City Storm dropped a 2-1 shootout decision tonight to the Chicago Steel. Joe Berg scored Tri-City’s only goal of the game in the 1st period and Andrius Kulbis-Marino scored the Storm’s only goal in the shootout. Tri-City returns to action tomorrow in another road game against the Chicago Steel. Tomorrow’s game is Tri-City’s final game before the upcoming holiday break. Puck drop for tomorrow’s game is scheduled for 7:05pm.
Chicago’s John Spetz netted the opening goal of the game just over four minutes into the 1st period to give the Steel a 1-0 advantage over the Storm on home ice. At 18:21 of the 1st period, Tri-City’s Joe Berg scored his third goal of the year to tie the game. Andrius Kulbis-Marino and Asa Kinnear assisted on Berg’s game tying goal. Chicago outshot Tri-City 10-9 in the 1st period, and the 2nd period began in a 1-1 tie.
No goals were scored in the 2nd period, and each team registered five shots on net. In the 3rd period, Tri-City outshot Chicago 12-7 but another period without goals led to an overtime period. Chicago outshot Tri-City 2-1 in overtime, but the 1-1 game would need a shootout to decide a winner.
Andrius Kulbis-Marino shot first in the shootout and gave Tri-City a 1-0 lead. Mackie Samoskevich scored to tie the shootout, and after Davis Burnside, Owen Power, and Colby Ambrosio failed to convert in the shootout, Mathieu De St. Phalle scored to give Chicago a 2-1 win.
Daniel Allin made 23 saves on 24 shots and recorded the shootout loss in net for Tri-City. Ian Shane stopped 26 of Tri-City’s 27 shots and recorded the win in net for Chicago. The Storm climbed one spot to 5th place in the Western Conference standings by picking up one point in the shootout loss. Tri-City is now 10-11-2-2 through 25 games played in the 2019-2020 regular season.
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.
Geneva, IL. – The Tri-City Storm prepare for back to back battles against the Chicago Steel this weekend at the Fox Valley Ice Arena in Geneva, IL. Last weekend, Tri-City split home games with the Fargo Force. Tonight’s game is the first meeting of the season between the Storm and the Steel. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05pm.
Tri-City (10-11-2-1) returns to action tonight in a road matchup against the Chicago Steel after dropping Saturday’s home game to the Fargo Force by a final score of 5-3. Nick Capone, Joe Berg, and Nick Portz netted goals in Tri-City’s loss. Nick Capone was given a four-game suspension that resulted from a first period hit during Saturday’s game. Through the first twenty four games of the 2019-2020 regular season schedule, scoring leaders for the Storm include; Colby Ambrosio (13), Benji Eckerle (10), Nick Portz (5), Matthew Knies (4), Nick Capone (4), Cole McWard (4), and Felix Carenfelt (4). This weekend’s road games will mark the final two games missed by Head Coach Anthony Noreen, Forward Matthew Knies, and Defensemen Mike Koster and Mitchell Miller due to the 2019 World Junior A Challenge in Dawson Creek, British Columbia. Currently, USA is undefeated in pool play in the event (3-0). Following tonight’s road game, Tri-City will play one additional game tomorrow night against the Chicago Steel before entering the holiday break.
Chicago (17-4-1-0) returns home to the Fox Valley Ice Arena tonight following a 4-3 road win Saturday against the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. Chicago has won three consecutive games and has wins in nine of its last ten games. The Steel enter tonight’s game in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference standings and have the opportunity to rise to 1st place with a win on home ice tonight. The Steel have five players competing in the 2019 World Junior A Challenge, including USHL points leader Sean Farrell. Last season, Chicago was swept in back to back road games in its two game season series against Tri-City. The Steel’s last win over Tri-City came in a 5-2 home win on March 17th, 2018. Chicago won the 2017 Clark Cup Championship and won last year’s Eastern Conference Championship before falling to the Sioux Falls Stampede in the 2019 Clark Cup Final.
Kearney, NE – The Tri-City Storm split a two game weekend series against the Fargo Force with a 2-1 win in the first game, and most recently, a 5-3 loss on Saturday night at the Viaero Center. The action began at 6:00pm on Saturday night with Tri-City and Fargo completing the final period of a previously scheduled game that had been postponed due to poor ice conditions the previous night. Following the competition of the Storm’s 23rd regular season game of the year, Fargo battled back to defeat Tri-City 5-3. In the two games, Tri-City got goals from Colby Ambrosio, Benji Eckerle, Nick Capone, Joe Berg, and Nick Portz. The Storm now prepare for a two game road series against the Chicago Steel next weekend to close out play prior to the holiday break. Tri-City will be back home again on December 27th for “First Responders Night/Teddy Bear Toss” against the Sioux City Musketeers. The Storm return to action on Friday in a road matchup against the Eastern Conference leading Chicago Steel.
After sitting on a 2-1 lead for roughly twenty hours, Tri-City held Fargo off the board in Saturday night’s 3rd period to win the game by a final sore of 2-1. The win marked the second of the season for Tri-City against the Fargo Force. After trailing 1-0 after the 1st period on Friday night, Colby Ambrosio and Benji Eckerle netted second period goals for the Storm. The second game of the night began approximately twenty minutes after the conclusion of the first.
Fargo jumped on the board first on Saturday night on a goal from Mason Salquist. Salquist’s goal was scored at 3:38 of the 1st period and preceded a goal scored minutes later by teammate Lynden Breen. Breen’s goal, scored at the 5:27 mark of the 1st period, gave the Force a 2-0 lead in the game. Nick Capone provided an answer for Tri-City, netting his 4th goal of the year on the power play at 9:19 of the 1st period to cut Fargo’s lead in half. Capone’s goal was assisted by Colby Ambrosio, and Cal Dybicz. Tri-City outshot Fargo 7-6 in the 1st period but trailed by one goal. Fargo’s Lynden Breen scored his second goal of the night and eighth goal of the season with less than two minutes to play in the 2nd period to give Fargo a 3-1 lead. Tri-City outshot Fargo 11-10 in the 2nd period but trailed by two goals entering the 3rd period. Just over a minute into the 3rd period, Joe Berg scored his second goal of the year to give Tri-City its second goal of the night. Berg’s goal was netted at 1:05 of the 3rd period and was assisted by Benji Eckerle. At 10:29 of the 3rd period, Nick Portz tied the game on a goal assisted by Sam Rhodes. With less than two minutes to go in the game, Fargo’s Alex Nordstrom scored his fourth goal of the year to give the Force a 4-3 lead. With fifteen seconds left in the game, Nordstrom scored an empty net goal to give Fargo a 5-3 road win over 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.
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