Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm opened play in the 2020 Corn Cup preseason event with a 4-2 home win over the Lincoln Stars. Defenseman Guillaume Richard netted two goals in the 1st period and took home 1st Star of the Game honors. Ryan Ouellette recorded the win in goal with a 21 save on 23 shot performance. Tri-City continues exhibition play on Wednesday in a home game against the Omaha Lancers. Puck drop for Wednesday’s game is set for 7:05pm.
Guillaume Richard scored the first goal of the Storm’s preseason less than three minutes into the opening period. Richard’s goal was netted at even strength at 2:53 of the 1st period and was assisted by Morgan Winters and Drew Montgomery. Richard scored a power play goal at 11:09 to increase the Tri-City lead to two goals. Richard’s second goal of the game was assisted by Nikolai Mayorov and Adam Klapka. The Storm outshot the Stars 13-7 in the 1st period and carried a 2-0 lead into the 2nd period.
The only goal of the 2nd period was scored at 2:25 of the period by Morgan Winters. Winters’ goal was assisted by Isac Jonsson and Steven Bellini. In the 2nd period, the Storm outshot the Stars 21-8 and led the game 3-0 entering the 3rd period.
Lincoln netted two power play goals in the opening six minutes of the 3rd period to cut the Storm’s lead down to a single goal. Forty-three seconds into the 3rd period, Will Margel scored his first goal of the preseason on the power play. At 5:57 of the period, Spencer Smith scored an additional power play goal to bring the score to 3-2. With less than four minutes to play in the game, Tri-City’s Caden Villegas scored an even strength goal to increase Tri-City’s lead to 4-2. The goal was assisted by Drew Montgomery and Nikolai Mayorov. Shots on goal were 8-8 in the 3rd period and the Storm recorded its first win of the preseason.
The 4-2 win by Tri-City gives the team a lead in the 2020 Corn Cup standings.
The Storm return to action on Wednesday, October 21st in a home game against the Omaha Lancers. For the latest information regarding the Tri-City Storm, visit www.StormHockey.com
Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm opens the 2020 preseason schedule at the Viaero Center tonight in a matchup against the Lincoln Stars. Tonight’s matchup for the Storm will be the first against a USHL opponent in 224 days. The game is the first battle of the 2020 Corn Cup preseason event between the Storm, Stars, and Omaha Lancers. As previously announced, the matchup tonight will be closed to the public due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Tonight’s game is the first of six scheduled preseason games for the Storm. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05pm.
Tri-City (0-0-0-0) held a free scrimmage for its fans last weekend at the Viaero Center and the team now begins play in the 2020 Corn Cup tonight. The inaugural Corn Cup preseason event will feature all three Nebraska-based USHL teams and will use the final preseason standings to determine a winner. The Storm posted the most wins of any USHL organization during the 2019-2020 preseason with a final record of 5-1. Tri-City finished the 2019-2020 regular season with a record of 24-17-5-2. For the second consecutive season, Tri-City completed the year with the league’s top penalty kill (87.8%). The Storm’s power play in 2019-2020 scored more goals than any other team in the USHL’s Western Conference (44). In head to head battles between the Storm and Stars last season, Tri-City posted a record of 3-2-0-0. Last season, the Storm began preseason play with a 6-4 win over the Lincoln Stars at the Viaero Center. Following tonight’s contest, Tri-City will play additional home games in the 2020 Corn Cup on Wednesday, October 21st & Sunday, October 25th against the Omaha Lancers. The Storm’s final game of the preseason Corn Cup schedule will take place on Halloween in a Saturday, October 31st contest against the Lincoln Stars at the Viaero Center. Under Head Coach Anthony Noreen, Tri-City holds a combined three-year preseason record of 11-5-2.
Lincoln (0-0-0-0) travels to the Viaero Center tonight to open its preseason schedule. The Stars finished the 2019-2020 preseason with a record of 2-2-0-0 and produced 2019-2020 regular season record of 23-20-3-2. Last season, Lincoln’s penalty kill finished last among USHL teams (76.0%). The Stars’ power play finished behind only the Chicago Steel and Tri-City Storm at (20.9%). Chris Michael enters his 4th season in the Stars organization (previously served as Assistant Coach & Associate Head Coach) and he is set to make is debut as the Head Coach of the Lincoln Stars in tonight’s road game against the Storm. Following tonight’s game, Lincoln returns home tomorrow for an afternoon matchup against the Omaha Lancers at the Ice Box in Lincoln. The Stars will host the Storm on Friday, October 23rd in the team’s only home matchup against the Storm in the 2020 Corn Cup. The Lincoln Stars were the only team to defeat the Tri-City Storm in the 2019-2020 preseason. The Stars lone win over the Storm in last year’s exhibition schedule was a 2-1 victory on September 14th in the I-80 Showcase at Ralston Arena.
Tonight’s game is set to begin at 7:05pm CT, and will be streamed live on HockeyTV, and Storm Radio. For more broadcast information, visit StormHockey.com/broadcast.
Kearney, NE. – With the recent increase of reported cases of COVID-19 in our local community, the Tri-City Storm is limiting access to the Viaero Center and will not have fans in attendance on Saturday, October 17th for the first scheduled pre-season game against the Lincoln Stars. We are working with the Two Rivers Health Department and mutually feel it is in the best interest of the fans and Kearney community to not have fans at the first game. For those that have purchased single-game tickets to Saturday’s contest, we will be in contact with you in the next few days. Season ticket holders will be receiving a flex voucher for this game as well.
It is the goal of the organization to welcome fans in some capacity to the Viaero Center on Wednesday, October 21st when the Storm host Omaha at 7:05 p.m. The Storm organization will keep a close eye on recent activity surrounding COVID-19 in our community and stay in contact with the Two Rivers Health Department.
Saturday’s game will be broadcast on HockeyTV and Storm Radio. As in previous year’s every preseason, regular season, and post-season game will be featured on HockeyTV and a free audio broadcast will be available on Storm Radio through Mixlr. Puck drop for Saturday’s game is set for 7:05pm.
Kearney, NE. – Tickets to all four Storm home games in the inaugural “Corn Cup” preseason event are now available for purchase at StormHockey.com and by calling the Viaero Center Box Office at 308-338-8144. In addition to tickets now being available for the event, the Storm and Omaha Lancers have made an adjustment in each team’s preseason schedule. The Storm’s game against the Lancers on Friday, October 16th has been moved to Wednesday, October 21st. Tri-City will now open preseason play in the 2020 Corn Cup at home against the Lincoln Stars on Saturday, October 17th. Tickets for Saturday’s first preseason game are $5 and puck drop is scheduled for 7:05pm.
With today’s announcement of a schedule adjustment, the Storm’s home games in the 2020 Corn Cup preseason event will now be played on October 17th, October 21st, October 25th and October 31st. Tri-City will also play road games in the preseason on October 23rd and October 29th. Following the conclusion of preseason play, the Storm will play its first three games of the 2020-2021 regular season on the road before playing its regular season home opener at the Viaero Center on Saturday, November 14th against the Lincoln Stars. Tickets to the Storm’s regular season games, including its home opener, are also now available for purchase.
2020 Tri-City Storm Corn Cup Schedule (Preseason)
Saturday, October 17th vs. Lincoln Stars (7:05pm)
Wednesday, October 21st vs. Omaha Lancers (7:05pm)
Friday, October 23rd @ Lincoln Stars (7:05pm)
Sunday, October 25th vs. Omaha Lancers (4:05pm)
Thursday, October 29th @ Omaha Lancers (7:05pm)
Saturday, October 31st vs. Lincoln Stars (7:05pm)
Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm produced six NHL draft picks at the 2020 NHL Draft, tying a team record for the most players with ties to the organization being drafted at a single NHL Draft. Today marks the second consecutive year that the Tri-City Storm has seen five of its recent players selected in an NHL Draft. Mitchell Miller, Colby Ambrosio, Kyle Aucoin, Nick Capone, and Chase McLane were chosen at today’s NHL Draft after suiting up for the Storm this past season. One former player, Ole Julian Bjorgvik-Holm, who played two games for the team during the 2018-2019 season, was also selected in today’s draft. Mitchell Miller was drafted by the Arizona Coyotes, Colby Ambrosio was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche, Kyle Aucoin was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings, Nick Capone was drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning, Chase McLane was drafted by the Nashville Predators, and Ole Julian Bjorgvik-Holm was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Mitchell Miller, 18, of Sylvania, Ohio was selected 111th overall in the 4th Round by the Arizona Coyotes. In a breakout 2019-2020 season, Miller scored eight goals, recorded twenty-five assists, and was named to the All-USHL First Team at the conclusion of the season. He was also named the USHL’s “Defenseman of the Week” four times during the 2019-2020 season, the most of any USHL player. Miller represented the Storm at the 2019 World Junior A Challenge and the 2020 BioSteel All-American Game. After being acquired by Tri-City from the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders in May of 2019, Miller scored eight goals and recorded twenty-five assists in the shortened 2019-2020 season. Miller previously announced a commitment to play college hockey at the University of North Dakota and will skate for the Fighting Hawks in the 2020-2021 season.
Colby Ambrosio, 18, of Welland, Ontario was selected 118th overall in the 4th Round by the Colorado Avalanche. Ambrosio led the Storm in scoring in the 2019-2020 season with twenty-six goals and fifty-points. He also recorded twenty-four assists for the Tri-City offense last season. In fifty-eight games with the Storm in the 2018-2019 season, Ambrosio netted twelve goals and posted twelve assists for twenty-four points. Ambrosio was a member of Tri-City’s 2018-2019 Anderson Cup Championship team. Ambrosio posted six multi-goal games in his Storm career, including a hat trick against the Lincoln Stars on November 21st, 2018. He previously announced a commitment to play college hockey at Boston College and will skate for the Eagles in the 2020-2021 season.
Ole Julian Bjorgvik-Holm, 18, of Oslo, Norway was selected 145th overall in the 5th Round by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Holm appeared in two games for the Storm on February 2nd and March 5th, 2019 as an affiliate list callup during Tri-City’s 2018-2019 Anderson Cup Championship season. He was drafted by Tri-City in the 18th Round of the 2018 USHL Phase II Draft and skated for the Mississauga Steelheads (OHL) following his brief time with the Storm.
Kyle Aucoin, 18, of Hinsdale, Illinois was selected 156th overall in the 6th Round by the Detroit Red Wings. He made his debut for the Storm in the 2019-2020 season and was the only selected player at today’s NHL Draft who will return to the Storm for the 2020-2021 season. Aucoin was named the 2019-2020 USHL Scholar Athlete of the Year and was also named to the USHL’s All-Academic Team at the conclusion of last season. Aucoin was drafted by Tri-City 35th Overall in the 3rd Round of the 2018 USHL Phase I Draft. He appeared in seven games as an affiliate list callup during the Storm’s 2018-2019 Anderson Cup Championship season. Aucoin skated in all forty-eight regular season games during the 2019-2020 season. Last season, he scored two goals and recorded eleven assists for the Storm offense. Aucoin previously announced a commitment to play college hockey at Harvard University.
Nick Capone, 18, of East Haven, Connecticut was selected 157th overall in the 6th Round by the Tampa Bay Lightning. Capone appeared in five regular season games and two playoff games as an affiliate list callup during the Storm’s 2018-2019 Anderson Cup Championship season. He scored his first career USHL goal in his debut with the Storm in Tri-City’s 4-2 road win over the Dubuque Fighting Saints on March 23rd, 2019. He skated in thirty-four games during the 2019-2020 season and scored seven goals. He also provided the Storm offense with twelve assists for a total of nineteen points. Capone represented the Storm at the 2020 BioSteel All-American Game. Capone previously announced a commitment to play college hockey at the University of Connecticut and will skate for the Huskies in the 2020-2021 season.
Chase McLane, 20, of Trenton, Michigan was selected 209th overall in the 7th Round by the Nashville Predators. McLane served as one of the Storm’s two Captains in the 2019-2020 season and scored five goals in eighteen games played. He played for the team in each of the last three seasons and made his USHL debut on October 20th, 2017 and he notched his first career USHL goal on February 10th, 2018. McLane was a member of Tri-City’s historic 2018-2019 Anderson Cup Championship team. In total, McLane appeared in one hundred regular season games and six career post season games for Tri-City. He recorded thirteen goals, and thirty-seven assists for fifty-career points. McLane previously announced a commitment to play college hockey at Penn State University and will skate for the Nittany Lions in the 2020-2021 season.
“It’s a really proud day for our organization and a really special day for the guys who got drafted and their families. We’re excited to see these players achieve a lifelong dream and we hope that they were all able to enjoy the moment today with their families, who have sacrificed so much time, energy, and money in order to help them all achieve their goals. Today’s events speak to the opportunity that the USHL and a place like the Tri-City Storm provides for a young hockey player to develop and reach their goals.” President of Hockey Operations/Head Coach Anthony Noreen
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