Gameday Preview: Storm Seek Back to Back Wins against Flying Aces
Bloomington, IL. - The Tri-City Storm seek back to back victories over the Central Illinois Flying Aces following a 5-2 road win at Grossinger Motors Arena last night. After falling behind in the first five minutes of the game, the Storm rallied back with five unanswered goals, four of which were scored in the 2nd period. In last night's win, Tri-City got goals from Joe Molenaar, Zac Jones, Chase McLane, Shane Pinto, and Connor McMenamin. Jake Barczewski recorded his 16th win of the season in net for the Storm. Puck drop for tonight's game is slated for 7:07pm. Tomorrow, Tri-City will travel to Waterloo for the final game of a three-game weekend.
Tri-City (32-9-1-1) increased its lead to three points in the USHL league standings in last night's 5-2 road win over Central Illinois. The Storm have won three consecutive games and seven out of the last ten. The team's power play improved to 19.2% on the year with 2 power play goals in last night's game, and the league's top ranked penalty kill (87.9%) held the Central Illinois power play off the board with five successful kills in the game. Tri-City improved to 10-1-0-1 against Eastern Conference teams last night and has the chance to complete a two-game sweep of the Central Illinois Flying Aces tonight. The Storm have swept Youngstown, Madison, and Green Bay from the Eastern Conference this season. Tri-City improved to 25-0-0-0 when leading after 2 periods last night. Tri-City will face off against the Waterloo Black Hawks tomorrow afternoon at Young Arena in Waterloo, IA to complete the three-game weekend. The Storm return home next weekend for two games against the Chicago Steel on Friday and Saturday.
Central Illinois (17-22-2-1) fell out of the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference in last night's 5-2 home loss to Tri-City. The Flying Aces jumped on the board early, with a goal in the opening five minutes of the game but could not overcome the Storm's offensive onslaught in the 2nd period. Central Illinois has lost three consecutive games, and now are just 2-8 over the last ten. The Flying Aces had won three of their last four home games before last night's loss to Tri-City. Following tonight's game against the Storm, Central Illinois will host the Muskegon Lumberjacks on Thursday night. With a win tonight over Tri-City, the Flying Aces could vault back into the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference standings.
Tonight's game is set to begin at 7:07pm CT, and will be streamed live on HockeyTV, and Storm Radio. For home game tickets, and additional information on the Tri-City Storm, visit www.StormHockey.com or call 308-338-8144.
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