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Connor Hopkins named USHL Goaltender of the Week

By Kendall Grayson 03/02/2021, 9:45am PST

Hopkins receives weekly honor for first time in career

Kearney, NE. – For the first time in his USHL career, Storm goaltender Connor Hopkins has been named the USHL’s “Goaltender of the Week”. Hopkins appeared in both of Tri-City’s home wins at the Viaero Center this past weekend. On Saturday, Hopkins made eleven saves on twelve shots in just over six minutes of game time in relief of Todd Scott, who left the game in the 3rd period due to a penalty. Tri-City recorded a 3-1 victory over the Fargo Force to win the head-to-head season series. On Sunday, Hopkins turned away twenty-three of Sioux City’s twenty-four shots on net to record his seventh victory of the season in goal. Hopkins’ Goals Against Average (2.27) is 2nd best among qualified USHL goaltenders this season. Today’s announcement marks the fifth time this year that a Storm goaltender has collected the USHL’s “Goaltender of the Week” honors.

 

Connor Hopkins, 20, of Malden, Massachusetts was selected 124th overall by the Storm in the 8th Round of the 2016 USHL Phase I Draft and appeared in five games with the team as an affiliate list callup during the 2017-2018 season. Hopkins made his USHL debut on March 2nd, 2018 in Tri-City’s 4-1 loss to the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. His first USHL win was recorded the following night in the Storm’s 5-2 road victory over the Des Moines Buccaneers. Following his first stint with the Storm, Hopkins appeared in thirty-seven games with the West Kelowna Warriors (BCHL) during the 2018-2019 season. He produced a record of 16-19-1, a Goals Against Average (GAA) of 3.26, and Save Percentage of .912%. Hopkins spent the 2019-2020 season with the Yale University Bulldogs (ECAC) but did not appear in any games after suffering a season-ending injury prior to the start of the season. Since joining the Storm during the 2020-2021 regular season, Hopkins has posted a 7-3-1-0 record in net. His .904 SV% is currently 3rd best in the USHL. He posted his first career USHL shutout on February 14th in Tri-City’s 2-0 road shut out of the Waterloo Black Hawks. He completed play this past weekend making thirty-four saves on thirty-six shots.  

 

It is definitely an honor to be named the USHL’s Goaltender of the Week. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to come back and play for the Storm this season and we have an awesome group of guys here this season. To get the sweep on “Concrete Cares Weekend” on the painted ice was something special. I thought the team played extremely well this weekend. We knew what we had to do last week during practice with how tight the standings are in this conference, so to come out and get four points against those two teams was huge. The guys were able to let Todd and I see the puck all weekend, so we are grateful to them since it makes our jobs a lot easier. I know my success is a testament to everyone doing the right thing in front of me as well. This week we are back to work, with another three in three this weekend, there are a lot of points on the line during a crucial time in the season. We come to the rink every day ready to compete and know it is another day to get better. We’re hoping to carry this momentum into next weekend on home ice.” - Goaltender Connor Hopkins

 

Connor’s maturity both on the ice and in our locker room has been instrumental to our team’s success so far this season. He provides a calming influence for our group every time he’s in the net.” - Goaltending Coach Matt Zaba

Recap: Storm complete sweep on Concrete Cares Weekend

By Kendall Grayson 02/28/2021, 5:30pm PST

Ben Schoen, Isac Jonsson, Hunter Strand score in Tri-City victory

Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm completed a sweep on “Concrete Cares Weekend” in Sunday’s 3-1 home win over the Sioux City Musketeers. The Storm defeated the Fargo Force by a final score of 5-2 on Saturday night to post back-to-back wins on “Concrete Cares Weekend”. Ben Schoen, Isac Jonsson, and Hunter Strand all scored goals in Sunday’s win over Sioux City. Connor Hopkins recorded the win in net after making twenty-three saves on twenty-four shots. Tri-City returns to action next weekend with three home games at the Viaero Center on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Tickets to each game may be purchased in advance by calling the Viaero Center Box Office at 308-338-8144 or by visiting www.StormHockey.com.

 

Justin Hryckowian scored his ninth goal of the season on the power-play in the 1st period to give Sioux City a 1-0 lead in the game. Hryckowian’s goal was netted at 13:06 of the 1st period and was the only goal scored in the opening twenty minutes. Sioux City outshot Tri-City 8-6 in the 1st period and carried a 1-0 lead into the 2nd period.

 

Ben Schoen scored his eleventh goal of the season on the power-play at 1:19 of the 2nd period to tie the game at 1-1. Schoen’s goal was assisted by Rhett Pitlick and Isac Jonsson. Pitlick’s assist was his eighteenth of the year. The assist by Jonsson was his twelfth of the season. With less than five minutes to play in the 2nd period, the Storm scored an additional power-play goal to take the lead. Isac Jonsson scored his third goal of the season at 15:03 of the 2nd period to give the Storm a 2-1 lead. The goal was assisted by Hunter Strand and Cole McWard. Strand’s assist was his eighteenth of the year. The assist by Cole McWard was his thirteenth assist of the season. The Storm outshot the Musketeers 14-7 in the 2nd period and Tri-City led 2-1 entering the 3rd period.

 

The only goal of the 3rd period was awarded to Hunter Strand at 19:12. With goaltender Akira Schmid lifted for an extra attacker, Sioux City was whistled for a penalty that resulted in an awarded goal to the Storm. Because Strand was in the attacking zone and was fouled with no opposition between him and the opposing goal, he was prevented a reasonable scoring opportunity and was awarded the final goal of the game. Strand’s awarded goal was his tenth of the 2020-2021 regular season. Tri-City outshot Sioux City 10-9 in the 3rd period and 30-24 overall in the game. The Storm defeated the Musketeers 3-1 to improve to 19-11-1-1 on the season. Tri-City climbed to 2nd place in the USHL’s Western Conference standings in the victory.

 

The Storm return to action on Friday, March 5th in a home game against the Waterloo Black Hawks. For the latest information regarding the Tri-City Storm, including tickets to the next home game, visit www.StormHockey.com.

Storm host Musketeers for final game of Concrete Cares Weekend

By Kendall Grayson 02/28/2021, 9:30am PST

Call 308-338-8144 for tickets!

Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm returns to action this afternoon at the Viaero Center in Kearney to conclude “Concrete Cares Weekend” on the painted ice. A limited amount of tickets are still available for today’s game against the Sioux City Musketeers and may be purchased by calling the Viaero Center Box Office at 308-338-8144 or by visiting www.StormHockey.com. Fans who attended last night’s game at the Viaero Center may return this afternoon with a ticket stub from the Storm’s 5-2 win over Fargo to attend today’s game for free. Puck drop for today’s final game of “Concrete Cares Weekend” is scheduled for 4:05pm.

 

On Wednesday night, approximately two-hundred Storm fans, along with several players and staff members, painted the ice at the Viaero Center with messages of support and remembrance for friends and family members who have been affected by cancer. This is the seventh season that the Tri-City Storm has hosted games on the painted ice. “Concrete Cares Weekend” is part of Kearney Concrete’s Concrete Cares of Nebraska initiative. Concrete Cares of Nebraska is a nonprofit group of volunteers in the concrete industry that provides events to help raise money for families and individuals that are stricken by cancer. Like last night, the Storm will wear specialty jerseys again in today’s game that will be auctioned off following the game in a live auction conducted in the arena.

 

Tri-City (18-11-1-1) returns to action this afternoon at the Viaero Center following last night’s 5-2 home win over the Fargo Force. Ben Schoen, Rhett Pitlick, Guillaume Richard, Carter Mazur, and Isac Jonsson all scored in last night’s victory. The Storm improved to 9-4-1-0 on home ice and 6-3-1-0 in the last ten games in last night’s win. Tri-City has won three of four previous head-to-head matchups this season against the Musketeers. Following this afternoon’s game, the Storm complete the current eight-game homestand next weekend with three home games against the Waterloo Black Hawks and Sioux City Musketeers.

 

Sioux City (16-17-1-0) enters today’s game as the 6th place team in the USHL’s Western Conference standings following last night’s 8-2 road win over the Lincoln Stars at the Ice Box. Christian Jimenez (2), Brian Carrabes, Ethan Edwards, Tabor Heaslip, Chase Bradley, Joel Maatta, and Brenden Olson all scored for Sioux City in last night’s win. Alex Tracy recorded the win in net after making twenty-three saves on twenty-five shots. Today’s game is the fifth game of this season’s eight-game season series between the Musketeers and the Storm. Sioux City’s lone win against the Storm to this point in the season came at the Viaero Center on January 8th by a final score of 4-1.

 

Today’s game is set to begin at 4:05pm 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 win season series against Force in 5-2 victory

By Kendall Grayson 02/27/2021, 8:30pm PST

Ben Schoen, Rhett Pitlick, Guillaume Richard, Carter Mazur, Isac Jonsson score in win

Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm won the six-game season series against the Fargo Force in a thrilling 5-2 victory at the Viaero Center on Saturday night. Ben Schoen, Rhett Pitlick, Guillaume Richard, Carter Mazur, and Isac Jonsson all scored goals in the Storm’s win. Tri-City concludes “Concrete Cares Weekend” at the Viaero Center tomorrow in a home game against the Sioux City Musketeers. Fans who attended Saturday night’s game at the Viaero Center may return on Sunday with a ticket stub from the Storm’s 5-2 win over Fargo to attend Sunday’s game for free. Puck drop for tomorrow’s home game against the Sioux City Musketeers is scheduled for 4:05pm.

 

Ben Schoen netted his tenth goal of the season at 4:13 of the 1st period to give Tri-City a 1-0 lead. Schoen’s goal was assisted by Matthew Knies. Knies recorded his twelfth assist on the season on the scoring play. With under three minutes to play in the 1st period, Rhett Pitlick scored his eighth goal of the year to increase Tri-City’s lead to two goals. Pitlick’s goal was scored at 17:06 of the 1st period and was assisted by Gavin Brindley. Brindley’s assist was his ninth of the season. Tri-City was outshot 12-9 in the 1st period but carried a 2-0 lead into the 2nd period.

 

Guillaume Richard scored his second goal of the season at 6:32 of the 2nd period to give the Storm a 3-0 lead in the game. Richard’s goal was assisted by Rhett Pitlick and was the only goal scored in Saturday’s 2nd period. Pitlick’s assist was his seventeenth of the 2020-2021 season. The Storm outshot the Force 11-5 in the 2nd period and entered the 3rd period leading by three goals.

 

Kyle Smolen netted a shorthanded goal at 3:13 of the 3rd period to cut into Tri-City’s lead. The goal was assisted by Tyler Rollwagen. Carter Mazur netted a power-play goal minutes later to give the Storm another three-goal lead in the game. Mazur’s goal was his twelfth of the year and was assisted by Hunter Strand. Strand recorded his seventeenth assist of the season on the play. With just over six minutes left to play in the game, Storm starting goaltender Todd Scott was involved in an altercation with Fargo’s Ryan Richardson that led to a match penalty. Todd Scott made twenty-six saves on twenty-seven shots in nearly fifty-four minutes of playing time. Connor Hopkins replaced Scott in goal and finished the game with eleven saves on twelve shots.

 

Fargo scored a six-on-three goal with two minutes remaining in Saturday’s game to bring the Storm’s lead back to two goals. Cody Monds scored his sixth goal of the year on the play. Ryan Siedem recorded the assist. With the Force electing to use an extra attacker and leave the goal unoccupied, Isac Jonsson scored his second goal of the season to seal the victory for Tri-City. The empty-net goal was scored at the 19:21 mark of the 3rd period. Tri-City defeated Fargo for the fourth time this season and won the game by a final score of 5-2.

 

Fargo outshot the Storm 22-7 in the 3rd period and 39-27 overall but dropped to 21-12-2-0 in the loss. Tri-City improved to 18-11-1-1 overall and 9-4-1-0 when playing on home ice this season in the victory. Todd Scott recorded his twelfth win on the season in net for the Storm after making twenty-six saves on twenty-seven shots. Rhett Pitlick was named the 1st Star of the Game, Guillaume Richard was named the 2nd Star of the Game, and Carter Mazur recorded 3rd Star honors. Tri-City improved to 13-2-0-0 when leading after the 1st period and 16-0-0-0 when leading after the 2nd period in games played this season.

 

“Concrete Cares Weekend” is part of Kearney Concrete’s Concrete Cares of Nebraska initiative. Concrete Cares of Nebraska is a nonprofit group of volunteers in the concrete industry that provides events to help raise money for families and individuals that are stricken by cancer. The Storm will wear specialty jerseys again tomorrow afternoon that will be auctioned off following the game in a live auction conducted in the arena. Following tonight’s sold-out game at the Viaero Center, tickets for tomorrow’s game may be purchased in advance at www.StormHockey.com or by calling the Viaero Center Box Office tomorrow at 308-338-8144.

 

The Storm return to action on Sunday, February 28th in a home game against the Sioux City Musketeers. For the latest information regarding the Tri-City Storm, including tickets to the next home game, visit www.StormHockey.com.

Storm host Force on Painted Ice to begin Concrete Cares Weekend

By Kendall Grayson 02/27/2021, 5:30am PST

Tonight's game is sold out. Game will be streamed on HockeyTV & Storm Radio

Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm returns to action tonight at the Viaero Center in Kearney to begin “Concrete Cares Weekend” on the painted ice. A limited amount of tickets are still available for tonight’s game against the Fargo Force. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Viaero Center Box Office at 308-338-8144 or by visiting www.StormHockey.com. Puck drop for tonight’s first game of “Concrete Cares Weekend” is scheduled for 7:05pm.

 

On Wednesday night, approximately two-hundred Storm fans, along with several players and staff members, painted the ice at the Viaero Center with messages of support and remembrance for friends and family members who have been affected by cancer. This is the seventh season that the Tri-City Storm has hosted games on the painted ice. “Concrete Cares Weekend” is part of Kearney Concrete’s Concrete Cares of Nebraska initiative. Concrete Cares of Nebraska is a nonprofit group of volunteers in the concrete industry that provides events to help raise money for families and individuals that are stricken by cancer. The Storm will wear specialty jersey’s this weekend that will be auctioned off following tomorrow’s game in a live auction conducted in the arena.

 

Tri-City (17-11-1-1) returns to action tonight after picking up three of a possible six points in the standings last weekend in home games against the Lincoln Stars and Sioux Falls Stampede. The Storm defeated the Stars 4-1 last Friday night before dropping back-to-back games against the Stampede on Saturday and Sunday. Scoring leaders for the Storm entering tonight’s home game against the Fargo Force include; Carter Mazur (11), Cole McWard (11), Hunter Strand (9), Ben Schoen (9), Mark Estapa (8), Rhett Pitlick (7), Cole O’Hara (7), and Gavin Brindley (7). The Storm has posted a 3-2-0-0 record against the Force in five previous meetings this season. Tonight’s game is the final head-to-head matchup between the Storm and the Force in the 2020-2021 regular season. Tri-City hosts the Sioux City Musketeers tomorrow afternoon at 4:05pm for its second and final game of “Concrete Cares Weekend”.

 

Fargo (21-11-2-0) enters tonight’s game at the Viaero Center as the 1st place team in the USHL’s Western Conference standings. The Force swept the Sioux City Musketeers in back-to-back home games at Scheels Arena last weekend. Fargo is currently on a four-game-road winning streak and has not lost an away game since the team was shutout by the Lincoln Stars at the Ice Box on January 30th. Scoring leaders for Fargo entering tonight’s game include; Tristan Broz (14), Austin Wong (11), Jeremy Davidson (9), Jacob Braccini (9), Aaron Huglen (8), and Matthew Crasa (8). Following tonight’s road game against the Storm, Fargo returns to action tomorrow night in another road game against the Lincoln Stars to complete a two-game weekend.

 

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

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Todd Scott named USHL Goaltender of the Week

By Kendall Grayson 01/29/2021, 1:45pm PST

Storm goaltender honored for third time this season

Multiple Storm players named to latest NHL Draft Rankings

By Kendall Grayson 01/29/2021, 12:00pm PST

Storm place seven players on updated NHL Draft Rankings list

Preview: Storm set for three-game series against Lancers

By Kendall Grayson 01/29/2021, 10:00am PST

Tonight's game is sold out. Game will be streamed on HockeyTV & Storm Radio

Carter Mazur announces commitment to Denver

By Kendall Grayson 01/26/2021, 10:00am PST

Storm leading scorer announces commitment

Recap: Storm split weekend series with Stars

By Kendall Grayson 01/23/2021, 7:45pm PST

Cole O'Hara scores Storm's only goal in loss

Preview: Storm seek weekend sweep of Stars

By Kendall Grayson 01/23/2021, 10:15am PST

Game will be streamed on HockeyTV & Storm Radio

Recap: Storm shut out Stars in 5-0 win

By Kendall Grayson 01/22/2021, 8:30pm PST

Todd Scott shuts out Stars. Hunter Strand (3), Gavin Brindley, Cole McWard score

Preview: Storm host Stars for “Pack It In Purple” game

By Kendall Grayson 01/22/2021, 9:45am PST

Call 308-338-8144 for tickets!

Storm announce multiple roster changes ahead of series against Stars

By Kendall Grayson 01/19/2021, 8:15am PST

Storm welcome F Rhett Pitlick, D Conner Hutchison to organization

Recap: Storm win series in 5-2 defeat of Force

By Kendall Grayson 01/16/2021, 8:15pm PST

Carter Mazur (2), Gavin Brindley, Adam Klapka, and Mark Estapa score in win

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