FRISCO, TX – The Tri-City Storm opens play in the 2022 USHL Frosty Cup tonight in a battle against the Lincoln Stars as the first place team in the USHL’s standings. Tri-City has won eight consecutive games for the second time this season and seeks to tie a season-high streak of nine consecutive wins in tonight’s battle against in-state rival Lincoln. The matchup will be played at the Comerica Center in Frisco, Texas. Puck drop is set for 7:30pm CT.
Tri-City (26-5-1-0) has won all three previous games played against Lincoln this season and hits the ice tonight following a 7-4 victory over the Des Moines Buccaneers at the Viaero Center on Sunday. Cole O’Hara netted three goals to record the 34th hat trick in organization history in the win. John Druskinis scored his first goal as a member of the Storm, and Jeremy Wilmer, Gavin Brindley, and Lleyton Roed also netted goals in the game. Sebastian Wraneschitz made 17 saves on 21 shots to record his second victory of the season in goal for the Storm. Tri-City holds a 25-9-0-1 record against the Stars in head-to-head matchups over the last five seasons. The Storm won last year’s ten-game season series with a record of 6-3-0-1. Tri-City has outscored Lincoln by a margin of 17-5 in the three previous meetings this season. The Storm improved to 18-0-1-0 when leading after the 1st period and 20-0-1-0 when leading after the 2nd period in Sunday’s home win over the Buccaneers. Tri-City’s powerplay is ranked 3rd in the league entering tonight’s game (25.0%). The Storm’s penalty kill is also currently third-best in the league (86.6%). Scoring leaders for Tri-City through 32 games played include Cole O’Hara (17), Lleyton Roed (15), Jeremy Wilmer (14), Mitchell Miller (13), Gavin Brindley (12), and Ilya Nikolaev (9). Following tonight’s opening game of the Frosty Cup, Tri-City will return to action tomorrow night in another battle against Lincoln in the second and final game of the event. The Storm currently holds a 13 point lead over the Sioux City Musketeers for first place in the Western Conference standings and a 7 point lead over the Chicago Steel in the overall league standings.
Lincoln (18-11-1-1) enters tonight’s matchup with Tri-City on a four-game winning streak. The Stars’ most recent loss came on January 8th in a 5-2 home defeat to the Sioux Falls Stampede. Lincoln posted back-to-back home wins last weekend over the Waterloo Black Hawks and Des Moines Buccaneers. The Stars currently hold fourth place positioning in the USHL’s Western Conference standings. Lincoln has not defeated Tri-City in the regular season in over 365 days. The Stars’ last regular season win against the Storm was on January 23rd, 2021, by a final score of 2-1. Lincoln’s powerplay is ranked 9th in the league entering tonight’s game (18.8%). The Stars’ penalty kill is currently fifth-best in the USHL (83.1%). Scoring leaders for the Stars include Dalton Norris (13), Lucas Wahlin (9), Griffin Jurecki (9), Aidan Thompson (8), Luke Johnson (8), Gleb Veremyev (6), and Antonio Fernandez (6). Goaltenders Cameron Whitehead and Kaidan Mbereko have each split time in goal this season for the Stars. Mbereko has posted an 8-7-0-1 record in 17 appearances in goal this year. Whitehead is 9-3-1-0 in 14 appearances in net this season. Lincoln has outscored its opponents by a 99-92 margin this season and has won six of the last ten games played. Following this week’s series against Tri-City, Lincoln will return to action next weekend with three games in three days against the Sioux City Musketeers and Omaha Lancers.
KEARNEY, NE. – The Tri-City Storm has won eight consecutive games for the second time this season following Sunday’s 7-4 home win over the Des Moines Buccaneers. Cole O’Hara netted three goals to record the 34th hat trick in the organization’s history. Jeremy Wilmer, Gavin Brindley, John Druskinis, and Lleyton Roed also scored goals for the Storm in the victory. Tri-City returns to action on Thursday in Game #1 of the 2022 USHL Frosty Cup at the Comerica Center in Frisco, Texas in a battle against rival Lincoln. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30pm CT.
Cole O’Hara netted his first goal of the afternoon and 15th goal of the season in the opening minute of Sunday’s 1st period to give the Storm a 1-0 lead. Mitchell Miller notched an assist on the goal. Des Moines forward Killian Kiecker-Olson netted his first goal of the game and 13th goal of the season at 9:12 of the 1st period to tie the game at 1-1. Jeremy Wilmer scored his 14th goal of the year on the powerplay with less than four minutes to play in Sunday’s 1st period to give the Storm a 2-1 lead in the game. Cole O’Hara notched an assist on the scoring play. Cole O’Hara scored his second goal of the period, and 16th goal of the season, to put Tri-City ahead by a 3-1 margin. Tri-City outshot Des Moines 11-9 in the 1st period and carried a two-goal lead into the 2nd period.
Lubomir Kupco opened the scoring in Sunday’s 2nd period to bring the Buccaneers within one goal of the Storm’s lead. Kupco’s goal was his first of the season and was netted on the power play at 6:25 of the period. Tri-City answered with three consecutive goals to take a 6-2 lead in the game. Cole O’Hara scored his third goal of the game at 8:20 of the period to give the Storm a two-goal lead. O’Hara’s goal was netted on the powerplay and was assisted by Ilya Nikolaev. Gavin Brindley scored his 12th goal of the season less than a minute later to bring the game to a 5-2 score. Brindley’s goal was scored at 9:07 of the 2nd period and was assisted by Lleyton Roed and Victor Czerneckianair. John Druskinis scored his first goal as a member of the Storm at 9:41 of the 2nd period to give Tri-City a 6-2 lead. Lleyton Roed notched an assist on the scoring play. The Buccaneers’ starting goaltender Lucas Szyszka was replaced in net by Remington Keopple following Druskinis’ goal. Cade DeStefani scored the final goal of Sunday’s 2nd period at 17:57 of the period. Tri-City was outshot by an 8-5 margin in the 2nd period but led 6-3 entering the 3rd period.
Lleyton Roed scored his 15th goal of the season at 2:40 of the 3rd period to give Tri-City a 7-3 lead in the game. Roed’s goal was assisted by Gavin Brindley and Vinny Borgesi. Killian Kiecker-Olson scored his second goal of the game and 14th goal of the season with under four minutes to play to bring the Buccaneers back within three goals of the Storm’s lead. Kiecker-Olson’s goal was the final scoring play of the game. Tri-City collected its eighth consecutive win. Tri-City outshot Des Moines 12-4 in the 3rd period and 28-21 overall in the game.
Sebastian Wraneschitz made 17 saves on 21 shots to record his second victory of the weekend in goal for Tri-City. Lucas Szyszka stopped 9 of 15 shots and recorded the loss in goal for the Buccaneers. Cole O’Hara was named the 1st Star of the Game, with teammates Lleyton Roed and Jeremy Wilmer collecting 2nd Star and 3rd Star honors, respectively. Sunday’s home game at the Viaero Center was played in front of a crowd of 2,230.
Tri-City hits the ice again on Thursday, January 27th, in a neutral site game against the Lincoln Stars in the 2022 USHL Frosty Cup. Puck drop for the game is set for 7:30pm CT. For the latest information regarding the Storm skate to www.StormHockey.com. #StormAhead
KEARNEY, NE – The Tri-City Storm returns home to the Viaero Center this afternoon for the organization’s annual “Scout Night” game against the Des Moines Buccaneers. The Storm has won seven consecutive games for the second time this season and seeks a weekend sweep following a 5-1 road victory over the Sioux Falls Stampede on Friday night. Tickets to today’s game are still available and may be purchased by calling the Viaero Center Box Office at 308-338-8144 or by visiting www.StormHockey.com. Puck drop is scheduled for 3:05pm CT.
Tri-City (25-5-1-0) became the first team in the USHL this season to reach the 25 win plateau in Friday’s road win over the Sioux Falls Stampede. Tri-City currently holds a five-point lead with two games in hand over the Chicago Steel for first place in the USHL’s league standings. The Storm has won nine of the last ten games played. Dane Dowiak (2), Jeremy Wilmer (2), and Tanner Adams each netted goals for Tri-City in Friday’s win. Sebastian Wraneschitz made his USHL debut in goal for Tri-City and recorded the first victory of his USHL career. Wraneschitz stopped 22 of the Stampede’s 23 shots on goal during the game. Tri-City has dominated in the first three games of this year’s six-game season series against Des Moines. The Storm has posted a perfect 3-0-0-0 record in head-to-head matchups against the Buccaneers this season and has outscored Des Moines by a combined margin of 18-3. The Storm is 14-8-2-1 in games against the Buccaneers over the past five seasons. Tri-City also holds a 7-3-2-1 record against Des Moines in games played at the Viaero Center during that span. Scoring leaders for the Storm entering this afternoon’s home game include Cole O’Hara (14), Lleyton Roed (14), Jeremy Wilmer (13), Mitchell Miller (13), and Gavin Brindley (11). Following today’s home game at the Viaero Center, Tri-City will return to action on Thursday in the opening game of the 2022 USHL Frosty Cup against the Lincoln Stars at the Comerica Center in Frisco, Texas.
Des Moines (11-17-2-1) is set to complete play in a three-game weekend this afternoon in Kearney after splitting road games with the Omaha Lancers and Lincoln Stars on Friday and Saturday. The Buccaneers posted three unanswered goals in Friday’s 3rd period to post a 3-1 road victory over the Lancers at the Liberty First Credit Union Arena. Des Moines fell to Lincoln at the Ice Box last night by a final score of 4-2. The Buccaneers surrendered the final two goals of the game in the 2nd period to record the loss. Des Moines enters today’s game in 7th place in the USHL’s Western Conference standings. The Buccaneers have won four of the last ten games played. Scoring leaders for Des Moines entering this afternoon’s road game at the Viaero Center include Scout Truman (14), Killian Kiecker-Olson (12), Tanner Latsch (11), Davis Burnside (10), Tiernan Shoudy (5), and Paul Davey (5). Following today’s game against the Storm, Des Moines will return to action next weekend in back-to-back road games against the Fargo Force.
SIOUX FALLS, SD. – The Tri-City Storm defeated the Sioux Falls Stampede by a final score of 5-1 Friday night at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center to win seven consecutive games. Dane Dowiak (2), Jeremy Wilmer (2), and Tanner Adams scored the Storm’s goals in the victory. Sebastian Wraneschitz made 22 saves on 23 shots to record his first career USHL win in goal for Tri-City in his debut for the team. With exactly half of the regular season now completed, Tri-City holds a record 25-5-1-0 and leads in the USHL’s league standings by five points. Tri-City now returns home for the organization’s annual “Scout Night” game on Sunday afternoon.
Dane Dowiak netted his fifth goal of the season at 6:46 of the 1st period to give the Storm a 1-0 lead in the game. Dowiak’s goal was assisted by Mitchell Miller and Kieran Cebrian. Jeremy Wilmer notched his 12th goal of the year at 8:50 of the 1st period give Tri-City a two-goal lead in the game. Wilmer’s goal was assisted by Ilya Nikolaev and Shaun McEwen. McEwen’s assist was his first career point in the USHL. Tanner Adams scored his eighth goal of the season with less than four minutes to play in the 1st period to put Tri-City ahead by three goals. Nate Benoit and Graham Gamache each recorded an assist on the scoring play. The final goal of Friday’s 1st period was scored by Jeremy Wilmer. Wilmer’s goal was netted at 17:43 of the period and was his second goal of the game and 13th goal of the season. Tri-City outshot Sioux Falls 12-6 in the 1st period and led the game by a four-goal margin entering the 2nd period.
The opening goal of Friday’s 2nd period was scored on the powerplay by Dane Dowiak. Dowiak’s goal was netted at 9:25 of the period and gave Tri-City a 5-0 lead in the game. Ilya Nikolaev and Jeremy Wilmer each recorded an assist on the scoring play. The goal was Dowiak’s second of the game and sixth of the season. With seven seconds left to play in the 2nd period, Karsen Dorwart was taken down to the ice on a shorthanded breakaway and was awarded a penalty shot. Dorwart scored his third goal of the season on the penalty shot opportunity to cut into the Storm’s lead. Each team recorded seven shots on net during Friday’s 2nd period and the Storm carried a 5-1 lead into the 3rd period.
Tri-City was outshot 10-8 in the 3rd period but outshot Sioux Falls 27-23 overall in the game and won by the final score of 5-1. Sebastian Wraneschitz recorded the victory in goal for the Storm and Isak Posch recorded the loss in net for the Stampede. Posch made 22 saves on 27 shots and dropped to 5-14-0-0 on the season. Jeremy Wilmer was named the 1st Star of the Game, with Sebastian Wraneschitz and Ilya Nikolaev collecting 2nd Star and 3rd Star honors, respectively.
Tri-City hits the ice again on Sunday, January 23rd, in a home game against the Des Moines Buccaneers. Puck drop for the game is set for 3:05pm CT. For the latest information regarding the Storm skate to www.StormHockey.com. #StormAhead
KEARNEY, NE. – The Tri-City Storm has added goaltender Sebastian Wraneschitz to the organization’s 25-man roster ahead of tonight’s road game against the Sioux Falls Stampede.
Sebastian Wraneschitz, 19, of Vienna, Austria, joins the Storm after appearing in games this season with the Vienna Capitals (AlpsHL), Victoria Royals (WHL), and the Austrian Men’s Junior National Team (2022 IIHF U20 World Juniors). Wraneschitz appeared in 12 games in net for the Vienna Capitals (ICEHL) during the 2020-2021 regular season. The ICE Hockey League serves as the top professional hockey league in Austria. He posted a record of 5-7-0 and recorded a Goals Against Average (GAA) of 3.18 for the Capitals. His save percentage during his time with Vienna was .886%. Wraneschitz made his North American junior hockey debut on October 2nd, 2021, during Victoria’s home game against the Vancouver Giants. He played in three tournament games for Austria at the 2021 IIHF U20 World Junior Championships against the United States, Russia, and Sweden. Wraneschitz also appeared in goal during one of Austria’s two games at the 2022 IIHF U20 World Junior Championship. He made his debut with the Austria Men’s National Team on April 16th, 2021, in an international game against Belarus.
“I am really happy to join the Tri-City Storm this season! The USHL is one of the best U20 hockey leagues in the world. I am really grateful for the opportunity to play for the Storm organization. The team and coaching staff have been amazing so far and I am excited to get the ball rolling here.”- Goaltender Sebastian Wraneschitz
“Sebastian is a goalie who we followed closely leading up to last year’s USHL Phase II Draft. He is an extremely hard worker with a high attention to detail that will fit into the culture of our team.” – Goaltending Coach Matt Zaba
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