Gameday Preview: Storm Set for Battle with Flying Aces
Bloomington, IL. - The Tri-City Storm begin a three-game road trip tonight in Bloomington, IL at Grossinger Motors Arena in a matchup with the Central Illinois Flying Aces. Tri-City will face off against the Flying Aces again tomorrow night before travelling to Waterloo, IA for a Sunday afternoon game against the Waterloo Black Hawks to complete a three game in three-day weekend. Tri-City enters tonight's game following a two-game sweep of the Green Bay Gamblers last weekend at the Viaero Center. Storm fans are invited to cheer on the team tonight from Fanatics Sports Bar in Kearney, where the team will be holding an official watch party for tonight's game against Central Illinois. Puck drop between the Storm and Flying Aces is scheduled for 7:07pm.
Tri-City (31-9-1-1) is set to begin a two game season series against Central Illinois tonight. The Storm enter the game as the 1st place team in the USHL league standings, one point ahead of the Muskegon Lumberjacks. Tri-City has won seven of its last ten games and holds a 9-1-0-1 record in games against Eastern Conference opponents this season. The Storm's last win in Bloomington came on January 18th, 2015 in a 6-2 defeat of the Blooming Thunder. This weekend's trip to Grossinger Motors Arena will be the Storm's first since the Thunder rebranded as the Central Illinois Flying Aces on September 4th, 2017. Last season, Tri-City and Central Illinois split a two game season series at the Viaero Center, with each team recording shutout victories. The Flying Aces defeated the Storm 2-0 on January 26th, 2018, and Tri-City responded with a 4-0 win over Central Illinois the following night.
Central Illinois (17-21-2-1) currently hold a tiebreaker over Team USA for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Flying Aces enter tonight's game against Tri-City following two road losses to the Muskegon Lumberjacks last weekend at L.C. Walker Arena in Muskegon, MI. The Flying Aces have played ten of their last eleven games on the road and return home tonight seeking a win at Grossinger Motors Arena for the first time since a 6-4 defeat of the Chicago Steel on January 5th. The Flying Aces have a home record of 10-9-1-0 this season, and a 4-3-1-0 record against Western Conference opponents. After a long road stretch, Central Illinois will play six of its next seven games on home ice.
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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