Gameday Preview: Storm Host Buccaneers for Game #1 of Western Conference Semifinals
Kearney, NE. - The Tri-City Storm host the Des Moines Buccaneers tonight at the Viaero Center in Kearney for Game #1 of the Western Conference Semifinals. Tonight's is the Storm's opening game in the 2019 Clark Cup Playoffs. Tonight's game will be the first Storm playoff game at the Viaero Center since the team captured the 2016 Clark Cup against the Dubuque Fighting Saints on May 20th, 2016. Tickets can be purchased online at www.StormHockey.com, or by calling the Viaero Center Box Office at 308-338-8144. The first 1,000 fans at tonight's game will receive a free Storm rally towel, and tonight's game is also a $5 Kids Friday. Puck drop for Game #1 of the Western Conference Semifinals is scheduled for 7:05pm.
Tri-City (#1 Seed) begins the 2019 Clark Cup Playoffs tonight on home ice after capturing the Anderson Cup for the 2nd time in organization history. The Storm ended the regular season with a 6-1-win last Saturday over Sioux City and finished the year with a team record forty-five wins. Tri-City and Des Moines played a tightly contested seven game series throughout the regular season, with the Buccaneers edging the Storm four games to three. The series deciding game was won in a shootout finish last Friday night at the Viaero Center. Last season, the Storm lost both games in its opening round best of three series against the Fargo Force. Fargo went on to win the 2018 Clark Cup Championship. The Storm missed the playoffs the previous season and will look for its first playoff game victory in nearly three years in tonight's home game at the Viaero Center. Tri-City finished the 2018-2019 regular season with a record of 45-12-3-2. The Storm received a bye through the opening round to advance to the Western Conference Semifinals.
Des Moines (#4 Seed) travels to Kearney tonight for a two-game weekend against the Storm following a two-game sweep of defending Clark Cup Champion Fargo earlier this week at Buccaneer Arena. The Bucs outscored the Force 10-5 in the two games and knocked off the defending Champions with an overtime goal from Michael Mancinelli in a 3-2 win on Tuesday night. Des Moines won the seven game season series against the Storm last Friday night in a 4-3 shootout win at the Viaero Center. This year's Western Conference Semifinals appearance is the Buccaneer's first in the second round of the playoffs since the 2007 Clark Cup Playoffs. Des Moines finished the regular with a record of 35-22-1-4. Des Moines eliminated Fargo in two games in the opening round to advance to the Conference Semifinals.
Today's playoff game is set to begin at 7:05pm CT, and will be streamed on HockeyTV, and Storm Radio. For Clark Cup Playoff tickets, and additional information on the Storm, visit www.StormHockey.com or call 308-338-8144.
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