Lincoln, NE – The Tri-Storm dropped a 6-2 decision to the Lincoln Stars Friday night at the Ice Box. Joe Berg and Davis Burnside each scored in the Storm’s weekend opening loss. The Storm return to action tomorrow night in another road matchup against the Stars. Puck drop for tomorrow’s road game is scheduled for 7:05pm.
Lincoln scored three goals in the opening six minutes of the game to jump out to a big lead. Matt Miller scored his 12th goal of the year at 1:02 of the 1st period to give the Stars a 1-0 lead. Seconds later, Brock Bremer scored his 16th goal of the year at 1:53 of the period to give Lincoln a two-goal lead on home ice. At 5:23 of the 1st period, Jordan Power netted an even strength goal to push the lead to 3-0. The goal was his 5th of the year. Tri-City called upon goaltender Ryan Ouellette after Lincoln’s third goal of the 1st period. Todd Scott recorded one save on four shots in his 10th appearance in goal this season. Ouellette made 20 saves on 23 shots in relief. Tri-City scored its first goal of the game just over six minutes into the 1st period to cut the lead to 3-1. Joe Berg’s 5th goal of the year was scored a 6:26 of the 1st period and was assisted by Benji Eckerle. Lincoln outshot Tri-City 10-9 in the 1st period and carried a 3-1 lead into the 2nd period.
The only goal of the 2nd period was scored on a 5 on 3 power play by Lincoln’s Christian Sarlo. The goal was scored at the 5:00 mark of the period and it gave the Stars a 4-1 lead in the game. Each team recorded five shots on net in the 2nd period.
Brock Bremer netted his second goal of the night, and seventeenth goal of the season at 10:41 of the 3rd period to increase the Stars’ lead to four goals. Minutes later, at 12:59 of the 3rd period, Matt Miller scored his second goal of the game, and thirteenth goal of the season to push the lead to 6-1. Tri-City’s Davis Burnside scored the games’ final goal at 19:37 of the 3rd period. Burnside’s goal was his 5th of the season and was assisted by Matthew Knies. The Stars’ outshot the Storm 27-20 and improved to 22-18-3-2 in the 6-2 win.
Tri-City remained the 4th place team in the USHL’s Western Conference standings following the loss. Tri-City set a season high for most penalty minutes in a game this season in tonight’s loss (54). Tri-City is now 22-16-5-2 on the year. Tomorrow night’s rematch at the Ice Box is the final road game the Storm will play against the Stars this season.
Lincoln, NE. – The Tri-City Storm travel to the Ice Box in Lincoln, NE tonight for the first game of a back to back weekend series against the Lincoln Stars. Tri-City has won two of the first three games in the eight game season series. After dropping two overtime decisions to the Omaha Lancers last weekend at the Viaero Center, the Storm enter tonight’s game on a four-game point streak. Puck drop at the Ice Box is scheduled for 7:05pm.
Tri-City (22-15-5-2) dropped to 4th place in the USHL’s Western Conference standings after back to back home losses to rival Omaha last weekend. In both game’s Tri-City trailed entering the 3rd period and mounted comebacks to force overtime. Earlier this week, Mitchell Miller was named the USHL’s Defenseman of the Week for the fourth time this season and the fourth time in his career. This week’s award marks the fourth time in the past six weeks that Miller has been named the USHL’s Defenseman of the Week. He is the first player this season to win a weekly award four times. Last weekend’s goal scorers for the Storm include; Colby Ambrosio (2), Carter Mazur, Chase McLane, Matthew Knies, Adam Klapka, and Mitchell Miller. Both Todd Scott and Ryan Ouellette saw time in net for the Storm. Scott was in the net for 94:24 of game time and made 32 saves on 40 shots. Ouellette played 32:59 of game time in Friday’s game and stopped 9 of the Lancers’ 10 shots on net. Tri-City scored three power play goals last weekend and was five for seven on the penalty kill. Over the past three seasons, Tri-City has won fifteen out of twenty games played against Lincoln. Tomorrow’s matchup will be the Storm’s final trip to the Ice Box this season. The final three games in the season series will be played at the Viaero Center on April 7th, 17th, and 18th. Following this weekend’s road series against the Stars, the Storm return home next weekend for back to back games against the Muskegon Lumberjacks. Next Friday’s game is the team’s annual “Pack it in Purple” game sponsored by the United Way. There will be a post-game jersey auction that follows the Storm’s matchup with the Lumberjacks. Next Saturday’s game is “Dogs Night Out” at the Viaero Center, where fans are encouraged to bring their dogs to the game. There will be a post-game skate with the team following Saturday’s game.
Lincoln (21-18-3-2) is set to defend home ice this weekend against the Storm following a 5-2 road loss to Omaha on Sunday. The Stars sit four points behind the Storm in 5th place in the USHL’s Western Conference standings entering the weekend. Lincoln’s only win over the Storm this season came at the Ice Box on November 30th. The Stars have dropped ten of their last twelve regular season games against the Storm going back to the beginning of the 2018-2019 season. Through the first forty-four games of the season, scoring leaders for the Stars include; Christian Sarlo (19), Josh Groll (16), Matthew Barbolini (16), Brock Bremer (15), Travis Treloar (14), Josh Lopina (11), and Matthew Miller (11). Tonight’s game is the first game of a stretch where the Stars will play six of its next eight games on home ice. With 726 penalty minutes this season, Lincoln is the 2nd most penalized team in the Western Conference.
Kearney, NE. – Storm Defenseman Mitchell Miller has been named the USHL Defenseman of the Week for the second week in a row and fourth time this season. Miller is the first player in the USHL this season to win a weekly award four times. In Tri-City’s home games against Omaha this past weekend at the Viaero Center, Miller scored one goal and provided the Storm offense with two assists.
Mitchell Miller, 18, of Sylvania, Ohio currently ranks second among USHL defenseman in assists, points, and power play assists this season. Miller has recorded 100 shots on net, the most of any defenseman this season. With today’s announcement, Miller has now been named USHL Defenseman of the Week four times in the past six weeks. Last year’s USHL Defenseman of the Year, Ronnie Attard, was also named the USHL Defenseman of the Week four times during the season. Through forty games played in the 2019-2020 regular season, Miller has now doubled his previous single season highs for goals, assists, points, and plus/minus. He has scored eight goals, recorded twenty-five assists, for thirty-three total points this season. His plus minus rating is currently +10, the highest of any Storm defenseman this season. He has recorded at least one point in eleven of his last twelve games and has amassed twenty-three points during that time. Last week, Miller was named one of six Alternate Captains for this year’s Tri-City team. In its most recent rankings, NHL Central Scouting Bureau ranked Miller the 48th best North American skater prospect for this year’s NHL Draft in Montreal, Quebec. Miller previously announced a commitment to play college hockey at the University of North Dakota.
“Similar to last week, Mitchell’s consistency was on display this weekend, and it’s nice to see him recognized again by the league for his performance. His approach to what he does shows throughout the week, the consistency in his game has been there all year, and I think that’s his biggest strength.” Associate Coach Ethan Goldberg
Kearney, NE – The Tri-City Storm dropped an overtime decision for the second night in a row to the Omaha Lancers Saturday night at the Viaero Center. Adam Klapka, Colby Ambrosio, and Mitchell Miller scored goals for the Storm in the loss. Omaha’s Jack Randl scored with thirty seconds left in overtime to give the Lancers a 4-3 win. Tri-City returns to action Friday in a road matchup with the Lincoln Stars.
Omaha scored twice in the opening five minutes of the game with back to back goals from Matthew Basgall and Chase Bradley. Basgall’s goal was his 2nd of the season and was netted at 4:16 of the 1st period. Bradley’s goal was scored fourteen seconds later at 4:30 of the period. Minutes later, Tri-City’s Adam Klapka scored a power play goal to cut the Lancers’ lead in half. Mitchell Miller and Colby Ambrosio recorded assists on the goal. Tri-City outshot Omaha 15-12 in the 1st period but trailed 2-1 entering the 2nd period.
Luke Mobley scored his 17th goal of the year at 6:29 of the 2nd period to increase the Lancers’ lead to 3-1 At 12:19 of the period, Colby Ambrosio scored his team-leading 26th goal of the year to bring the Storm back within one goal of the Omaha lead. Ambrosio’s goal was assisted by Nick Portz. Omaha outshot Tri-City 10-9 in the 2nd period and led by one entering the 3rd period.
For the consecutive night, Tri-City erased a 3rd period deficit to force overtime against the Lancers. At 7:19 of the 3rd period, Mitchell Miller scored his 8th goal of the year to tie the game at 3-3. Nick Capone recorded the lone assist on the goal. Tri-City outshot Omaha 7-2 in the 3rd period.
At 4:30 of overtime, Jack Randl scored his 11th goal of the year to extend Omaha’s winning streak to nine consecutive games. Tri-City outshot Omaha 35-26 and dropped to 22-15-5-2 in the loss. Todd Scott made 22 saves on 26 shots in net for the Storm. Tri-City dropped from 3rd place to 4th place in the Western Conference standings in the loss.
Following back to back road games next weekend against rival Lincoln, Tri-City returns home to the Viaero Center for games against the Muskegon Lumberjacks on March 6th and 7th. Tickets for both of the Storm’s upcoming home games can be purchased by calling 308-338-8144 or by visiting www.StormHockey.com
Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm returns to action tonight at the Viaero Center following a thrilling game last night that ended in a 5-4 overtime win for the Omaha Lancers. The Storm seek to snap the Lancers’ eight game winning streak in tonight’s matchup. Tonight’s game is “Miracle on Ice Night” at the Viaero Center. The Storm will wear specialty red, white, and blue sweaters in tonight’s battle against rival Omaha. The game worn jerseys will be auctioned off following the game, and the Viaero Center will also host a post-game skate following the matchup. Tonight’s game features two of the top three teams in the USHL’s Western Conference standings. Tickets for the game can be purchased by calling 308-338-8144 or by visiting www.StormHockey.com. Puck drop is set for 7:05pm.
Tri-City (22-15-4-2) scored two goals in the final two minutes of last night’s game to force overtime after trailing by three goals during the 2nd period. Carter Mazur scored his 4th goal of the year in the 2nd period, Matthew Knies scored his 12th goal of the year in the 2nd period, Colby Ambrosio scored his 25th goal of the season in the 3rd period, and with only eight seconds left in the 3rd period, Chase McLane scored his 4th goal of the season to force at overtime finish. Todd Scott started the game in net for the Storm but was pulled from the game after making 10 saves on 14 shots in 29:54 of game time. Ryan Ouellette recorded the loss in net for Tri-City after making 9 saves on 10 shots in the final 32:59 of the game. Despite the loss, Tri-City has won seven of its past ten games and has recorded a point in the standings in five of its last six games played. Following tonight’s battle with the Omaha Lancers, the Storm will travel to Lincoln next weekend for back to back road games at The Ice Box against the Lincoln Stars.
Omaha (24-12-6-1) remained the hottest team in the USHL after surviving a wild finish in last night’s game to win its eighth consecutive game. Omaha has a league best record of 9-1-0-0 over the past ten games. Jack Randl, Michael Cameron, Grant Anderson, Logan Will, and Luke Mobley all netted goals in last night’s road win over Tri-City. Kyle McClellan stopped 33 of the Storm’s 37 shots on net to record the win in goal. The Lancers finished last night’s game 2 for 3 on the power play and 0 for 2 on the penalty kill. Omaha improved to 11-3-1-0 when leading after the 1st period and 17-1-0-0 when leading after 2nd period. The Lancers are now within striking distance of the top spot in the USHL’s Western Conference standings. Omaha enters tonight’s game only five points back of the conference-leading Waterloo Black Hawks. Following tonight’s matchup against the Storm, the Lancers return home tomorrow afternoon for another rivalry game against the Lincoln Stars.
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