Ward's Late Tally Helps Tri-City over IndianaSeptember 20, 2012 - United States Hockey League (USHL) Tri-City Storm
After surrendering two goals in the final three minutes of the first period, Tri-City shut Indiana down, keeping the Ice off the scoreboard for the final 40 minutes.
The Storm got the first goal of the game to take the early lead halfway through the first when Trevor Moore found Garrett Gamez open in front of the net. Gamez backhanded the puck over Ice goaltender Dalton Izyk and into the net, making it 1-0.
After Indiana scored their two goals at the end of the first, Tri-City evened the game nine minutes into the second when Joel L'Esperance banged home a rebound from his own shot.
The game stayed tied until Ward's tally late in the third period. With under five minutes to play, Gamez found the Haverhill native in front of the net for the game winner. All three linemates had two points in the game. Moore's two assists continued his streaky play after scoring two goals on Wednesday in the game with Dubuque.
Christian Frye picked up the win in net, shutting down Indiana in the second half of the game after replacing Michael Santaguida, who played the first 30 minutes.
Tri-City will conclude their preseason schedule when they take on Cedar Rapids in their final game of the Fall Classic Friday at 2 p.m. The Storm kick off the regular season in Dubuque on September 28. Tri-City will host Sioux City at the Viaero Event Center for the home opener on October 5.
Notes: The Storm scratched forwards Grant Opperman, Tayler Munson, Jared Linnell, and Tim Bonner. Defensive scratches included Josh McArdle and Ryan Ivey. Goaltenders Markus Due-Boje and Johan Mattsson also did not dress for the game.The Storm penalty kill has held opponents scoreless (0-21) in all three preseason games.
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