Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm in conjunction with the United States Hockey League (USHL) have announced that Mitchell Miller has been named the USHL’s Defenseman of the Week for Week 17 of the 2019-2020 season. Miller scored three goals, recorded four assists, and finished the week with a plus/minus rating of +3 in the Storm’s three road games against Waterloo and Youngstown. Today marks the first time this season that Tri-City has had a player named the USHL Defenseman of the Week, and the second time this season the Storm have had a player awarded Player of the Week Honors. Matthew Knies was named the USHL’s Forward of the Week on December 31st.
Mitchell Miller, 18, of Sylvania, Ohio has appeared in 32 games with Tri-City this season, after beginning his USHL career last year with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. Miller has scored 5 goals this season and notched 13 assists for the Storm offense. In games played this week, Miller set new career highs for offensive production in a single season. His 5 goals, 13 assists, and 18 points notched this season are all new single season career highs for Miller. He scored a goal in all three of Tri-City’s road games this week. Miller is the 48th ranked North American skater in Central Scouting’s Midterm rankings for the 2020 NHL Draft. Earlier this week, Miller competed for Team Gomez in the 2020 BioSteel All-American Game in Plymouth, MI. Before his USHL career with Cedar Rapids and Tri-City, Miller skated for the Honeybaked and Compuware programs in Detroit, Michigan. Miller previously announced a commitment to play college hockey at the University of North Dakota. Today marks the first time in Miller’s USHL Career that he has been awarded USHL Defenseman of the Week honors.
“I was looking to shoot a little more last week, but my teammates were finding me and doing a good job screening the goalie. Being named the Defenseman of the Week is a pretty cool achievement, it definitely helps with my confidence going forward. I’ve been trying to shoot a lot more lately, but my biggest focus right now is improving my skating skills” Defenseman Mitchell Miller
“Mitchell was a big part of the success that we had during last week’s road trip. He has continued to get better over the course of the season, and he’s taken a big step since coming back from the World Junior A Challenge.”- President of Hockey Operations/Head Coach Anthony Noreen
Plymouth, MI. – Tri-City Storm Defenseman Mitchell Miller and Forward Nick Capone will represent the Tri-City Storm in tonight’s 2020 BioSteel All-American Game at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, MI. Tonight’s event is a new event in the USHL exhibition schedule that serves as a replacement to the now defunct USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game and the previously discontinued USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game. Tonight’s event is an exhibition showcase between Team Gomez, a team made up entirely of American-born NHL draft prospects currently competing in the USHL, and Team Knuble, representing the United States National Team Development Program’s Under-18 Team. Tonight’s game will be broadcast on the NHL Network. More information on tonight’s game can be found at www.BiosteelAllAmericanGame.com. Puck drop for tonight’s game is scheduled for 6:00pm CT.
Leading Team Gomez tonight is 2000 & 2003 Stanley Cup Champion Scott Gomez. Gomez appeared in more than 1,000 NHL games from 1999-2016. After being drafted 27th overall in the 1st Round of the 1998 NHL Draft, Gomez notched 756 career points in games with the New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens, San Jose Sharks, Florida Panthers, St. Louis Blues, and Ottawa Senators. Gomez was a member of the United States Olympic Team at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. He most recently served as an Assistant Coach for the New York Islanders during the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 seasons.
Leading Team Knuble tonight is 1998 Stanley Cup Champion Mike Knuble. Knuble appeared in more than 1,000 NHL games from 1996-2012. After being drafted 76th overall in the 4th Round of the 1991 NHL Draft, Knuble recorded 548 career points in games with the Detroit Red Wings, New York Rangers, Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers, and Washington Capitals. Knuble was a member of the United States Olympic Team at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. Knuble has served as the Assistant Coach for the Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL) since 2014.
Mitchell Miller, 18, of Sylvania, Ohio has appeared in 32 games with Tri-City this season, after beginning his USHL career last year with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. Miller has scored 5 goals this season and notched 12 assists for the Storm offense. Miller is the 48th ranked North American skater in Central Scouting’s Midterm rankings for the 2020 NHL Draft. Miller previously announced a commitment to play college hockey at the University of North Dakota. He will wear #6 in tonight’s game for Team Gomez and is expected to play on the third defensive pairing in the lineup.
Nick Capone, 18, of East Haven, Connecticut has appeared in 22 games with Tri-City in the 2019-2020 regular season. Capone has scored 5 goals this season and has recorded 7 assists for the Storm offense. Capone was featured as a “Player to Watch” in Central Scouting’s initial list of draft eligible prospects for this season. He previously announced a commitment to play college hockey at the University of Connecticut. Capone will wear #12 in tonight’s game for Team Gomez and is expected to play on the fourth forward line in the lineup.
Youngstown, OH – The Tri-City Storm dropped the final game of the weekend by a final score of 5-3 Saturday night at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown, OH. Matthew Knies, Cole McWard, and Mitchell Miller scored goals in Tri-City’s loss. The Storm return home to the Viaero Center Saturday night against the Fargo Force. Tickets are available for a discounted price of $10 and can be purchase at www.StormHockey.com or by calling 308-338-8144.
Matthew Knies gave Tri-City a 1-0 lead at 11:30 of the 1st period. Knies’ goal was his 9th of the season and was assisted by Chase McLane and Carter Mazur. With under 30 seconds to play in the period, Cole McWard netted his 6th goal of the year on the power play to increase the Storm’s lead to 2-0. McWard’s goal was scored at 19:34 of the 1st period and was by Mitchell Miller and Ryan Ouellette. Tri-City outshot Youngstown 9-4 and carried a 2-0 lead into the 2nd period.
Youngstown scored three unanswered goals to take the lead in the 2nd period. The Phantom’s 1st goal of the game was netted by Yusako Ando at 3:14 of the period. With less than 6 minutes to play in the period, Youngstown scored two additional goals to take a 3-2 lead in the game. Matthew Cassidy scored his 8th goal of the season at 14:10 to tie the game at 2-2. The goal was scored shorthanded. Georgi Merkulov netted his 5th goal of the year at 15:52 of the period to give the Phantoms a 3-2 lead. Tri-City outshot Youngstown 11-8 in the 2nd period but trailed 3-2 entering the 3rd.
Mitchell Miller scored his 6th goal of the season to tie the game at 3-3 with less than 7 minutes to play. Miller’s goal was scored at 13:28 of the 3rd period and was assisted by Colby Ambrosio and Chase McLane. At 15:35 of the 3rd period, Youngstown’s Josh DeLuca scored his 4th goal of the year to give Youngstown another lead in the game. With 31 seconds left, the Phantoms added an empty net goal to seal the win.
Tri-City returns to action next weekend at the Viaero Center with back to back home games against the Omaha Lancers and Fargo Force. On Saturday, Tri-City will play host to the Fargo Force at 7:05pm, and the team will host the Omaha Lancers at 4:05pm on Sunday. Both home games at the Viaero Center will feature $10 Tickets, $2 Busch Light Cans, and $1 Soda Cans. Sunday’s game will feature a Family 4-Pack of 4 Tickets, 4 Drinks, and 4 Hot Dogs for $40. Sunday’s game will also give fans the chance to meet their favorite Storm players as the team will host a post-game autograph session. Tickets can be purchased through www.StormHockey.com or by calling 308-338-8144.
Saturday’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.
Youngstown, OH. – The Tri-City Storm seek a weekend sweep of the Youngstown Phantoms tonight at the Covelli Centre after defeating the Phantoms by a final score of 4-1 last night. Ohio native Mitchell Miller notched his 4th and 5th goals of the season in last night’s win. Colby Ambrosio moved to 2nd in USHL league scoring this season with his 20th goal of the year. Only Trevor Kuntar of Youngstown has scored more goals than Ambrosio this season (23). Joe Berg notched his 4th goal of the year on a breakaway in the 3rd period. Todd Scott stopped 18 of 19 shots to record the win in net. Tri-City improved to 17-13-3-2 and remained the 2nd place team in the Western Conference standings. With one win per team in the first two games of the season series, tonight’s winner will capture the three game regular season series between the Storm and Phantoms. Puck drop at the Covelli Centre is scheduled for 6:05pm CT.
Tri-City (17-13-3-2) won its second consecutive game this week in last night’s 4-1 road defeat of the Youngstown Phantoms. Colby Ambrosio’s 2nd period goal was Tri-City’s 100th goal scored in the 2019-2020 regular season. Tri-City has now won seven of its last ten games and returns home next weekend for back to back games against the Fargo Force and Omaha Lancers. Tri-City’s three goal road win last night tied its season high for largest margin of victory in a game. The Storm also had three goal wins earlier this season over Sioux Falls (October 10th), Des Moines (November 8th), Lincoln (December 1st), Sioux City (December 27th), and Lincoln (December 31st). Tri-City improved to 14-7-3-1 when outshooting its opponents, and 4-2-2-1 when leading after the 2nd period. The Storm is now 7-3-0-0 against Youngstown in the last five seasons, and 4-1-0-0 in its last five games played at the Covelli Centre. Tonight’s game is the final meeting between the two teams in the 2019-2020 regular season.
Youngstown (13-15-4-1) slipped to 6th place in the USHL’s Eastern Conference standings in last night’s home loss to Tri-City. Jason Dobay netted the Phantom’s only goal of the game at 4:45 of the 1st period. Both Colin Purcell and Dominic Basse saw time in goal in last night’s loss, with Basse replacing Purcell in net for the 3rd period. Purcell made 24 saves on 27 shots in the first two periods, and Basse stopped 5 of Tri-City’s 6 shots in the 3rd period. It is expected that Phantoms leading scorer Trevor Kuntar will return to the lineup tonight following last night’s one game suspension. Kuntar currently leads the USHL with 23 goals scored this season. Tonight’s matchup is the 3rd game in the Phantoms current 6 game homestand. Following tonight’s game against Tri-City, Youngstown will host the Green Bay Gamblers next weekend on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Youngstown, OH – The Tri-City Storm opened its weekend road series against Youngstown with a 4-1 win over the Phantoms at the Covelli Centre. In the win, Tri-City got goals from Mitchell Miller (2), Colby Ambrosio, and Joe Berg. Todd Scott recorded 18 saves on 19 shots to pick up the win in net for the Storm. Tri-City returns to action tomorrow in another road game against the Phantoms before returning home to host Fargo and Omaha next weekend. Both home games at the Viaero Center will feature $10 Tickets, $2 Busch Light Cans, and $1 Soda Cans. Sunday’s game will feature a Family 4-Pack of 4 Tickets, 4 Drinks, and 4 Hot Dogs for $40. Sunday’s game will also give fans the chance to meet their favorite Storm players as the team will host a post-game autograph session. Puck drop for tomorrow’s road game at the Covelli Centre is scheduled for 6:05pm CT.
Mitchell Miller gave Tri-City an early lead less than two minutes into the game. Miller’s goal was netted at 1:35 of the 1st period and was assisted by Nick Portz. Minutes later, at 4:45 of the period, Youngstown tied the game on a goal from Jason Dobay. Tri-City outshot Youngstown 14-7 in the 1st period, and the game entered the 2nd period in a 1-1 tie.
With less than three minutes to play in the 2nd period, Colby Ambrosio gave Tri-City its 2nd lead of the game. Ambrosio’s team leading 20th goal of the year was assisted by Mitchell Miller and Chase McLane. With 13 seconds left in the period, Mitchell Miller scored his 2nd goal of the night to increase the Storm’s lead to 3-1. Chase McLane and Cole McWard assisted on the goal. Tri-City outshot Youngstown 13-6 in the 2nd period and carried a two-goal lead into the 3rd period.
Joe Berg scored the 3rd period’s only goal to give Tri-City a 4-1 road win over Eastern Conference foe Youngstown. Berg’s goal was his 4th of the season and was assisted by Mike Koster. Todd Scott improved to 2-1-0-0 on the year in goal after stopping 18 of Youngstown’s 19 shots.
Mitchell Miller was named the 1st Star of the Game, Chase McLane was named the 2nd Star of the Game, and Colby Ambrosio picked up 3rd Star of the Game honors. Tri-City improved to 17-13-3-2 in the win and remained the 2nd place team in the USHL’s Western Conference standings. The Storm have now won seven out of the last nine games.
Tomorrow’s game is scheduled to begin at 6:05pm 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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