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Recap: Storm comeback falls short in 3-2 loss

By Kendall Grayson 01/15/2021, 8:30pm PST

Cole O'Hara and Carter Mazur score in Storm loss

Fargo, ND. – The Tri-City Storm nearly erased a three-goal 3rd-period deficit but fell short of completing the comeback and dropped a 3-2 road decision to the Fargo Force Friday night at Scheels Arena. Cole O’Hara and Carter Mazur each netted a 3rd-period goal for the Storm in the game. Connor Hopkins recorded the loss in net after making 19 saves on Fargo’s 22 shots on goal. The Storm return to action tomorrow night in another road game against the Fargo Force. Puck drop for tomorrow’s final game of the three-game road series is scheduled for 6:05pm.

 

Hudson Thornton scored the only goal of the 1st period to give Fargo a 1-0 lead Friday night on home ice. Tri-City outshot Fargo 11-6 in the 1st period but trailed by one goal entering the 2nd period. Fargo’s Jacob Braccini scored a goal at 10:54 of the 2nd period to give the Force a 2-0 lead. Tri-City outshot Fargo 11-6 in the 2nd period but entered the 3rd period trailing in the game 2-0.

 

Cody Monds scored a goal at 6:12 of the 3rd period to give Fargo a 3-0 lead. Twenty-nine seconds later, Cole O’Hara gave the Storm its first goal of the night to bring the team back within two goals of Fargo’s lead. O’Hara’s goal was his second of the season and was assisted by Kieran Cebrian and Vinny Borgesi. Cebrian’s assist was his third of the season and Borgesi’s assist was his fourth of the year. With under seven minutes to play, Carter Mazur scored a power-play goal to cut the Force’s lead to 3-2. Mazur’s goal was his team-leading seventh of the season and was assisted by Isac Jonsson and Matthew Knies. Jonsson recorded his eighth assist of the season on the goal and the assist for Knies was his fifth of the season. With the goal, Tri-City’s power-play has scored at least one goal in five of its last six games. Tri-City outshot Fargo 29-22 but fell by a final score of 3-2. The Storm now holds a 9-7-0-1 record through the opening seventeen games of the 2020-2021 regular season.

 

The final game of the three-game series between the Force and Storm will be played at 6:05pm tomorrow. Following tomorrow’s road contest against Fargo, Tri-City returns home to the Viaero Center on Friday for its annual “Pack It In Purple” game presented by the United Way of the Kearney Area. The game will feature an in-state rivalry matchup against the Lincoln Stars. The game will also feature a $5 ticket price for kids. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Viaero Center Box Office at 308-338-8144.

 

The Storm return to action on Saturday, January 16th in an away game against the Fargo Force. For the latest information regarding the Tri-City Storm, including tickets to the next home game, visit www.StormHockey.com.

Preview: Storm set for another road game against Force

By Kendall Grayson 01/15/2021, 10:15am PST

Game will be streamed on HockeyTV & Storm Radio

Fargo, ND. – The Tri-City Storm play another road game tonight against the Fargo Force following last night’s 5-2 road win at Scheels Arena. A win over the Force tonight would give the Storm a season-high third consecutive win. Kyle Aucoin, Adam Klapka, Gavin Brindley, Mark Estapa, and Nick Portz all scored in last night’s road victory. Todd Scott recorded the win in net after making 25 saves on 27 shots. Puck drop for tonight’s game is set for 7:05pm.

 

Tri-City (9-6-0-1) climbed to 3rd place in the Western Conference standings following last night’s road win over the league-leading Fargo Force. With Kyle Aucoin’s 1st period power-play goal last night, Tri-City has now scored at least one power-play goal in four of its last five games. Todd Scott improved to 7-3-0-1 this season following the win in goal. Kyler Kovich, Cole O’Hara, Carter Mazur, Mark Estapa, Nick Portz, Isac Jonsson, Drew Montgomery, Hunter Strand, and Kyle Aucoin all recorded assists during the game. The Storm took a 2-1-0-0 series lead in head-to-head matchups against the Force this season with the win. Tonight’s game is the second game of this week’s three-game series. The Storm and the Force will face off one additional time at the Viaero Center on February 27th to conclude the six-game season series. Scoring leaders after last night’s game for the Storm now include; Carter Mazur (6), Hunter Strand (5), Nick Portz (5), Mark Estapa (4), Gavin Brindley (4), Cole McWard (3), Adam Klapka (3), Victor Czerneckianair (3), and Parker Lindauer (3).

 

Fargo (13-5-2-0) dropped only its second home game of the season last night in the 5-2 loss to Tri-City. Aaron Huglen and Nick Strom scored Fargo’s goals in the loss. Goaltender Brennan Boynton recorded just his second loss in regulation time last night after making 17 saves on 21 shots. The Force’s power-play broke through against Tri-City’s league-leading penalty kill with a goal in the 1st period. Fargo fell to 13-5-2-0 in the loss. Despite outshooting Tri-City 27-22, Fargo allowed the final four goals of the game after taking a 2-1 lead in the 2nd period. Fargo has scored 70 goals this season, the most of any team in the Western Conference. A loss tonight for Fargo would give the team three consecutive losses for the second time this season. Scoring leaders for the Force entering tonight’s game include; Jeremy Davidson (7), Matthew Crasa (7), Mason Salquist (7), Tristan Broz (6), Jacob Braccini (6), Ryan Richardson (5), Austin Wong (5), and Erik Bargholtz (5).  

 

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

Recap: Storm open three-game road series with 5-2 win over Force

By Kendall Grayson 01/14/2021, 9:15pm PST

Kyle Aucoin, Adam Klapka, Gavin Brindley, Mark Estapa, Nick Portz score in Storm win

Fargo, ND. – The Tri-City Storm opened its three-game road series against the Fargo Force with a 5-2-win Thursday night at Scheels Arena. Kyle Aucoin, Adam Klapka, Gavin Brindley, Mark Estapa, and Nick Portz all scored goals for the Storm in the victory. Todd Scott recorded the win in net after making 25 saves on 27 shots.

 

Kyle Aucoin gave Tri-City a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal in the 1st period. The goal was scored at 9:26 of the 1st period and was assisted by Kyler Kovich and Cole O’Hara. The assist by Kovich was his first point with the Storm and his first career assist in the USHL. With exactly two minutes left to play in the 1st period, Fargo tied the game on a power-play goal from Aaron Huglen. Huglen’s goal was assisted by Ryan Siedem and Tristan Broz. Fargo outshot the Storm 12-10 in the 1st period, and the game entered the 2nd period in a 1-1 tie.

 

Nick Strom scored his second goal of the season to give Fargo a 2-1 lead at the 8:36 mark of the 2nd period. Matt Crasa and Ryan Siedem each recorded assists on the goal. After falling behind for the first time in the game, Adam Klapka tied the game for the Storm at 13:09 of the 2nd period. Klapka’s goal was assisted by Carter Mazur and Mark Estapa. With less than two minutes to play in the 2nd period, Gavin Brindley scored his third goal of the season to give Tri-City a 3-2 lead. Brindley’s goal was scored at 18:05 of the 2nd period and was assisted by Nick Portz and Isac Jonsson. Fargo outshot Tri-City 9-5 in the 2nd period but trailed 3-2 entering the 3rd period.

 

Mark Estapa scored his fourth goal of the season at 11:11 of the 3rd period to give the Storm a two-goal lead. Estapa’s goal was assisted by Drew Montgomery and Hunter Strand. The assist by North Dakota native Montgomery was his first career assist and first career point in the USHL. With just over one minute left to play in the game, Nick Portz scored his fifth goal of the season into an empty net. Portz’s goal was scored at 18:43 of the 3rd period and sealed Tri-City’s 5-2 road win. Gavin Brindley was named the First Star of the game for his game-winning goal scored in the 2nd period. Fargo outshot Tri-City 27-22 but lost on home ice for only the second time this season. In the win, Tri-City improved to 9-6-0-1 through the opening sixteen games of the 2020-2021 regular season.

 

The Storm return to action on Friday, January 15th in an away game against the Fargo Force. For the latest information regarding the Tri-City Storm, including tickets to the next home game, visit www.StormHockey.com.

Preview: Storm set for road series against Force

By Kendall Grayson 01/14/2021, 5:30am PST

Game will be streamed on HockeyTV & Storm Radio

Fargo, ND. – The Tri-City Storm begin a three-game road series tonight against the Fargo Force. Earlier this season, Tri-City split a two-game home series against the Force at the Viaero Center. Following this week’s three-game series, the Storm’s final matchup against the Force this season will be played at the Viaero Center on  February 27th. Puck drop for tonight’s road game at Scheels Arena is scheduled for 7:05pm.

 

Tri-City (8-6-0-1) returns to action tonight following a 2-1 win over the Sioux City Musketeers at the Viaero Center on Saturday. Hunter Strand and Cole McWard each scored the Storm’s goals in the victory. Isac Jonsson (2) and Mark Estapa recorded assists in the game. Connor Hopkins made 17 saves on 18 shots to record the win in net for Tri-City. The win was Hopkins’ second win in three starts this season. The Storm hold a 9-9-0-1 record against the Force in head-to-head matchups over the past five seasons. Tri-City won last season’s series against Fargo, winning three of the five games played between the two teams. Last March, Tri-City was traveling to Fargo for a two-game series against the Force when the 2019-2020 USHL regular season was paused due to COVID-19 concerns. Tonight’s game will be the Storm’s first at Scheels Arena since the team split a road series against Fargo in November of 2019. Through the opening fifteen games of the 2020-2021 regular season, scoring leaders for Tri-City include; Carter Mazur (6), Hunter Strand (5), Nick Portz (4), Cole McWard (3), Victor Czerneckianair (3), Mark Estapa (3) and Parker Lindauer (3).

 

Fargo (13-4-2-0) enters tonight’s game as the 1st place team in the USHL’s league standings. The Force hold a six-point lead over the Des Moines Buccaneers for 1st place in the Western Conference. The Force had a four-game winning streak snapped on Sunday afternoon in a 6-2 road loss to the Sioux City Musketeers. Sunday’s game was the last road game for Fargo until the team returns to the Tyson Events Center on January 29th for another matchup against the Musketeers. Tonight’s game is the opening game of a five-game homestand for Fargo. Scoring leaders for Fargo entering this week’s home series against the Storm include; Jeremy Davidson (7), Matthew Crasa (7), Mason Salquist (7) Tyler Rollwagen (7), Tristan Broz (6), and Jacob Braccini (6). Brennan Boynton has posted a 10-1-1-0 record in net for Fargo in fourteen appearances this season. He currently has a Goals Against Average (GAA) of 2.13 and a Save Percentage (SV%) of .919. Andrew Miller has appeared in seven games in goal this year for Fargo and has a record of 3-3-1-0. His GAA is 2.85 and his SV% is .885 entering tonight’s game.

 

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

Storm add forward Kyler Kovich to active roster

By Kendall Grayson 01/13/2021, 4:00pm PST

Kovich joins Storm from Nanaimo Clippers (BCHL)

Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm has added forward Kyler Kovich to the active roster ahead of this week’s three-game road series against the Fargo Force. Kovich last skated for the Nanaimo Clippers (BCHL).  

 

Kyler Kovich, 18, of Coquitlam, British Columbia joins the Storm following two seasons with Nanaimo Clippers of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). Kovich was named Captain of the Clippers on March 23rd, 2020 and scored eighteen goals last season for the organization. He also recorded twenty-one assists for thirty-nine total points in fifty-one regular season games played. During the 2018-2019 regular season, Kovich netted seven goals and recorded seven assists for the Clippers. He appeared in two games for the Powell River Kings (BCHL) and in thirty-seven games with the Vancouver NE Chiefs U18 AAA organization in Burnaby, British Columbia during the 2017-2018 season. Prior to his time with the Chiefs, Kings, and Clippers, Kovich skated for the Burnaby Winter Club AAA program. Kovich appeared in four games for Team Canada West at the 2019 World Junior A Challenge in Dawson Creek, British Columbia. Kovich previously announced a commitment to play college hockey at Cornell University.

 

I’m super grateful to have this opportunity. Tri-City is the best organization to be a part of, and the Storm play in one of the best junior leagues in the world. I see myself as a 200-foot player that can see the ice well, and I love the physical aspect of the game. I will be able to bring an atmosphere of focus, commitment, and determination to win games. After being the Captain of the Nanaimo Clippers, I know firsthand what it takes to be a good teammate on and off the ice. As a player at this level, I feel it is important to work on all aspects of your game. I’ll never stop trying to improve myself for the future.” Forward Kyler Kovich

 

Kyler is a guy who I got to see firsthand while he played for Team Canada West at the World Junior A Challenge. He is a 200-foot power forward with some scoring touch. Just as importantly, he was a Captain for his previous team and he’s a guy who brings an extremely high level of character and work ethic to our organization.-  President of Hockey Operations/Head Coach Anthony Noreen

 

"We're excited to add a player like Kyler into our club at this stage of the season. Last year heading into our May draft we felt that he was a top forward out of the western Canadian region and to insert him into our lineup today is a boost for our organization as we look towards the playoffs. He's a former captain, leader, complete player, power forward, and simply someone you want on your club and that you win with in the playoffs and in those tight tough games."- General Manager Jason Koehler

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Preview: Storm return to action tonight at Viaero Center

By Kendall Grayson 12/27/2019, 8:45am PST

Call 308-338-8144 for tickets!

Tri-City drops road game to Chicago 3-1

By Kendall Grayson 12/14/2019, 7:45pm PST

Benji Eckerle scores only Storm goal in loss

Storm battle Steel in final game before holiday break

By Kendall Grayson 12/14/2019, 4:00am PST

Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05pm.

Tri-City falls 2-1 in shootout to Chicago

By Kendall Grayson 12/13/2019, 8:45pm PST

Joe Berg scores Storm's only goal in loss

Storm set for road game against Chicago

By Kendall Grayson 12/13/2019, 4:00am PST

Storm prepare for back to back battles against Steel

Tri-City splits weekend series with Fargo

By Kendall Grayson 12/07/2019, 8:45pm PST

Tri-City drops final game of weekend

Storm set to host Fargo for Boy Scout Night

By Kendall Grayson 12/07/2019, 10:15am PST

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Game vs. Fargo postponed, will be completed tomorrow

By Kendall Grayson 12/06/2019, 8:45pm PST

Tonight's game has been postponed

Storm set for Concrete Cares Night on painted ice

By Kendall Grayson 12/06/2019, 4:45am PST

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Tri-City defeats rival Lincoln 6-3

By Kendall Grayson 12/01/2019, 3:15pm PST

Sam Rhodes scores two goals in Storm win

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