Gameday Preview: Storm Seek to Clinch Playoff Spot Tonight in Sioux Falls
Sioux Falls, SD. - The Tri-City Storm begin a two-game road trip tonight at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, SD following an overtime loss to the Chicago Steel Saturday night at the Viaero Center. The Storm enter tonight's game as the 1st place team in the USHL league standings and have an opportunity to clinch a spot in the 2019 Clark Cup Playoffs tonight. A Storm win, or overtime/shootout loss, tonight against the Sioux Falls Stampede will give the team a playoff berth in back to back seasons. Tri-City can also clinch a playoff spot tonight if the Omaha Lancers drop their home game against the Lincoln Stars. The Storm have won both previous games this season against the Sioux Falls Stampede and will look to bounce back from Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to Chicago. Puck drop tonight at the Denny Sanford Premier Center is scheduled for 7:05pm.
Tri-City (35-9-2-0) begins a two-game weekend in Sioux Falls tonight with a nine-point lead over the Waterloo Black Hawks for 1st place in the USHL's Western Conference standings. Tonight's game is the team's first trip to Sioux Falls this season following wins over the Stampede at the Viaero Center on November 10th and November 30th. The Storm finished the month of February with an impressive 6-1-1-0 record in eight games played. Tri-City is 8-1-1-0 over the past ten games and following two road loses to Sioux Falls in the past two seasons, the Storm seek a road win against the Stampede tonight for the first time since a 2-1 victory on February 13th, 2016. Tri-City has also picked up points in the standings in each of the last seven games and have outscored opponents 34-15 during that stretch. A quick start on the road could be key in tonight's game for the Storm. During the 2018-2019 regular season, Tri-City holds an 11-0-1-0 record when tied after the 1st period and a record of 28-0-0-0 when leading after the 1st.
Sioux Falls (29-12-3-1) hosts the Storm tonight following a 5-4 overtime win over Omaha last Saturday night on home ice. The Stampede currently trail the Storm by eleven points in the Western Conference standings and enter tonight's game as the 3rd place team in the Conference standings. With a win over Tri-City tonight and a Waterloo Black Hawks regulation loss on the road against Fargo, the Stampede would jump to 2nd place in Western Conference standings. With a home record of 17-3-1-1, only Tri-City holds a better record on home ice this season than the Stampede. Sioux Falls has won 13 of its last 14 homes games and is currently riding an eight-game home winning streak entering the final two games of the regular season series against the Storm this weekend.
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 additional information on the Tri-City Storm, visit www.StormHockey.com or call 308-338-8144.
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