Kearney, NE. –The Tri-City Storm has acquired forward Nick Portz in a transaction with the Minnesota Wilderness (NAHL) in exchange for forward Chikara Hanzawa. Portz was named one of Minnesota’s Alternate Captains last week and joins the Storm as the Wilderness’ leading scorer in the 2019-2020 season. Prior to making his debut last season in the NAHL, Portz was the leading scorer in back to back seasons for St. Cloud High School (MN).
Nick Portz, 19, of St. Cloud, Minnesota scored fourteen goals in fifty-four regular season games last season with Minnesota. He also provided the Wilderness offense with eighteen assists. Through seven games with the team in the 2019-2020 regular season, Portz scored six goals and recorded five assists. His six goals led the Wilderness and were the 2nd most goals scored by any player in the NAHL’s Central Division to this point in the season. In the 2017-2018 season, Portz led St. Cloud High School with twenty-three goals and twenty-six assists in twenty-five games played. He scored twenty-four goals and recorded nineteen assists in twenty-three games in the 2016-2017 season.
“We felt that adding Nick would bring us another player with junior experience at the forward position. He plays hard, plays heavy, has skill, and is a guy with elite character” – GM/Head Coach Anthony Noreen
Kearney. NE – The Tri-City Storm surrendered a last-minute goal Sunday afternoon to the Dubuque Fighting Saints and dropped the contest by a final score of 3-1. The Storm carried a 1-0 lead into the final seven minutes of the game, but gave up three unanswered goals, including the game winning goal with under 30 seconds to play. Tri-City looks ahead to a three-game weekend next week with two home games on Saturday and Sunday. The Storm return to action Friday night in a road matchup with the Sioux City Musketeers. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05pm.
Felix Carenfelt scored his 2nd goal of the season just over halfway into the 1st period to give Tri-City a 1-0 lead on home ice. The goal was scored at 10:58 of the period and was unassisted. Tri-City outshot Dubuque 6-5 in the 1st period and carried a one goal lead into the 2nd period. The Fighting Saints outshot the Storm 7-3 in the 2nd period, but neither team scored a goal, and the game remained 1-0 entering the 3rd period.
Tri-City’s lead was erased at 13:39 of the 3rd period when Ty Jackson netted his 1st goal of the season on the power play. The goal setup a thrilling finish with each team having an opportunity to score a go-ahead goal in the final minutes of the game. Dubuque’s Riese Gaber scored his team leading 4th goal of the season with just over twenty seconds to play to give the Fighting Saints a late game lead. Tri-City pulled goaltender Daniel Allin for an extra attacker in the game’s final seconds but was unsuccessful in finding a game tying goal. Dubuque’s Antonio Venuto scored an empty net goal with one second left in the game to give the Fighting Saints a 3-1 win. Felix Carenfelt was named the game’s 3rd Star for his scoring play in the opening period.
The Storm now prepare for a three game in three-day weekend next week, with the final two games at the Viaero Center. Saturday night, Tri-City will host the defending Clark Cup Champion Sioux Falls Stampede at 7:05pm. The following day, on Sunday, the Storm will host the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders for the only time this season. Tri-City will complete a two game season schedule with a road matchup against the RoughRiders on November 16th, one day after the team finishes its two game season series on the road against the Dubuque Fighting Saints.
Friday’s game is scheduled to begin at 7:05pm CT, and will be streamed live on HockeyTV, and Storm Radio. To purchase tickets to Storm home games at the Viaero Center, visit www.StormHockey.com or call 308-338-8144.
Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm return home this afternoon for a battle against the Dubuque Fighting after a 1-0 road loss to Waterloo last night. On Thursday, the Storm recorded its first win of its 20th Anniversary Season in a 4-1 defeat of the Sioux Falls Stampede. Today’s game against Dubuque is set to begin at 4:05pm. To purchase tickets to today’s game, visit www.StormHockey.com or call the Viaero Center Box Office at 308-338-8144.
Tri-City (1-2-1-1) was held off the scoreboard for the first time this season in last night’s road loss to the Waterloo Black Hawks. Today’s game at the Viaero Center will mark Tri-City’s second consecutive team against an undefeated team. Only the Waterloo Black Hawks (5-0-0-0) and the Dubuque Fighting Saints (3-0-0-0) have yet to drop a game in regular season play this year. Although the team fell short of tying the game at Young Arena, the game marked the second consecutive game that Tri-City has only allowed one goal. Following last night’s performance in net, Storm goaltender Daniel Allin has now made 56 saves on his last 58 shots faced. Tri-City’s penalty kills is 11 for 11 over its last three games. Last season, Tri-City swept the two game season series against the Fighting Saints with back to back road wins at the Mystique Ice Center in Dubuque, IA. Going back to the 2017-2018 season, Tri-City has won its last three games against Dubuque. This afternoon’s game is the only visit to the Viaero Center this season for Dubuque.
Dubuque (3-0-0-0) hits the ice today at the Viaero Center for its battle with the Storm following a full week without games. Today’s game is the Fighting Saints only game of the weekend, and its first true road game of the season. Dubuque plays its next four games on the road, before returning home to play six consecutive home games in November. Dubuque began its winning streak by defeating the Muskegon Lumberjacks 4-1 in its opening game of the Fall Classic. The Fighting Saints also defeated Madison 4-3 at the Fall Classic and won its home opener over Madison 3-2 last Saturday night. Through the first three games of the season, scoring leaders for the Fighting Saints include; Riese Gaber (3), Mark Cheremeta (2), Dylan Jackson (2), Matt Kopperud (1), Ryan Beck (1), Ben Schultheis (1), and Antonio Venuto (1). Mark Cheremeta leads all Dubuque skaters with 4 assists in the 2019-2020 regular season.
Today’s game is set to begin at 4:05pm CT, and will be streamed live on HockeyTV, and Storm Radio. To purchase tickets to Storm home games at the Viaero Center, visit www.StormHockey.com or call 308-338-8144.
Waterloo. IA – The Tri-City Storm were shutout Saturday night at Young Arena in a 1-0 road loss to the Waterloo Black Hawks. Daniel Allin made 29 saves on 30 shots in the loss. Tri-City returns home tomorrow afternoon to battle the Dubuque Fighting Saints. Puck drop is scheduled for 4:05pm.
Tri-City outshot Waterloo 13-11 in a scoreless 1st period on Saturday night. The period included 14 combined penalty minutes, multiple power plays, but yielded no goals. Connor Caponi scored his 3rd goal of the season 20 seconds into the 2nd period to give the Black Hawks a 1-0 lead. Caponi’s goal was scored shorthanded and was assisted by Patrick Guzzo and Mason Reiners. Shots in the 2nd period were 7-7 and Waterloo carried a 1-0 lead into the 3rd period.
No team would score in the 3rd period, and the Black Hawks recorded a 1-0 win over Tri-City. The Storm dropped to 1-2-1-1 in the loss. Tri-City returns home tomorrow to host the Eastern Conference’s Dubuque Fighting Saints. Through the first five games of the regular season, scoring leaders for the Storm include; Colby Ambrosio (3), Benji Eckerle (2), Joe Molenaar (1), Felix Carenfelt (1), Kyle Aucoin (1), Matt Knies (1), and Ian Murphy (1). Mitchell Miller and Joe Molenaar lead the team with 3 assists each.
Tomorrow’s game is scheduled to begin at 4:05pm CT, and will be streamed live on HockeyTV, and Storm Radio. To purchase tickets to Storm home games at the Viaero Center, visit www.StormHockey.com or call 308-338-8144.
Waterloo, IA. – The Tri-City Storm travel to Young Arena tonight in Waterloo, IA for a matchup against the Waterloo Black Hawks in the USHL Game of the Week on HockeyTV. On Thursday, the Storm picked up its first win of the season in a 4-1 defeat of the Sioux Falls Stampede at the Viaero Center. Tonight’s game will begin at 7:05pm and can be streamed for free on HockeyTV. Tomorrow afternoon Tri-City returns home to battle the Dubuque Fighting Saints.
Tri-City (1-1-1-1) won its first game of the season Thursday night at the Viaero Center after dropping three consecutive games to open the regular season. The Storm got goals from Kyle Aucoin, Benji Eckerle, Colby Ambrosio, and Matt Knies in the victory. Daniel Allin recorded his first career win in net after stopping 27 of the Stampede’s 28 shots on net. Tri-City dropped its opening game of the season to Waterloo 2-1 in overtime at the USHL Fall Classic. Going back to last season, the Storm have won four of its last five games against the Black Hawks and have picked up at least one point in the standings in all five games. Tonight’s matchup is the Storm’s first game at Young Arena since defeating the Black Hawks 6-3 on February 17th, 2018. The Storm complete a three-game week in a 4:05pm matchup against the Dubuque Fighting Saints tomorrow at the Viaero Center.
Waterloo (4-0-0-0) returns home tonight to battle Tri-City in its home opener at Young Arena following a 4-3 road win last night against the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. Trailing 3-1 entering the 3rd period, the Black Hawks scored three unanswered goals to keep its winning streak alive. Waterloo got goals from Connor Caponi, Xander Lamppa, Ryan Drkulec, and Kyle Haskins in the win. Tonight’s game will be the last matchup between the Black Hawks and Storm until January 10th when Tri-City hosts Waterloo in back to back games at the Viaero Center. Waterloo enters tonight’s game as the 1st place team in the USHL league standings following wins over Tri-City, Fargo, Green Bay, and Cedar Rapids to begin the season. The Black Hawks have lost five of its past six home openers at Young Arena.
Tonight’s game is set to begin at 7:05pm CT, and will be streamed live on HockeyTV, and Storm Radio. To purchase tickets to Storm home games at the Viaero Center, visit www.StormHockey.com or call 308-338-8144.
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