Gameday Preview: Storm Look for Bounce Back Win against Lumberjacks
Kearney, NE. - The Tri-City Storm will host the Muskegon Lumberjacks tonight at the Viaero Center in a battle of the top two teams in the USHL league standings. Last night, Muskegon defeated Tri-City by a final score of 3-2. In tonight's game, the Storm will look for a bounce back victory to tie the regular season series against the Lumberjacks. Tickets for tonight's game at the Viaero Center in Kearney are still available and can be purchased online, or by calling the Viaero Center Box Office at 308-338-8144. Puck drop for tonight's matchup is set for 7:05pm.
Tri-City (25-8-1-1) dropped a home game to Muskegon last night by a final score of 3-2. The Storm got goals in the game from Brendan Budy and Connor McMenamin and recorded only its eighth regulation loss of the season in the game. Despite the loss, Tri-City still holds a four-point advantage over the Des Moines Buccaneers for 1st place in the Western Conference standings. With a regulation win tonight, Tri-City would regain the top spot in the USHL league standings over Muskegon. Tri-City is now 7-2-0-1 in it's last 10 games, and has won 9 of its last 11 games played at the Viaero Center. Through the first 35 games of the regular season, Brendan Furry (12), Ronnie Attard (11), Connor McMenamin (11) lead the Storm in goals scored. Zac Jones (21), Brendan Furry (19), Filip Forsmark (18) lead the Storm in assists.
Muskegon (26-7-1-0) took control of 1st place in the USHL league standings in last night's 3-2 road win over Tri-City. The Lumberjacks got goals in the game from Cam McDonald, Alex Gaffney, and Alex Yakovenko. Muskegon's 144 goals scored this season are the most among all USHL teams. Lumberjacks goaltender Brandon Bussi made 29 saves on 31 shots to record his USHL leading 24th win in goal. Bussi has appeared in 30 of Muskegon's 34 games played this season, and trails only the Storm's Isaiah Saville for the league best in Goals Against Average (2.27), and Save Percentage (.920). In last night's game, the Lumberjacks improved to 4-0-1-0 against Western Conference competition this season.
Today's game is set to begin at 7:05pm CT, and will be streamed live on HockeyTV, and Storm Radio. For home game tickets, and more information on the Tri-City Storm, visit www.StormHockey.com.
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