Gameday Preview: Storm Set to Close out Rivalry Weekend against Omaha
Kearney, NE. - The Tri-City Storm conclude "Rivalry Weekend" at the Viaero Center tonight following a 4-2-win last night over the Lincoln Stars. Tonight's game is the final game in the regular season series against in state rival Omaha. With a win tonight, Tri-City could reach 40 wins in the regular season for the first time since the 2003-2004 Anderson Cup Championship season. Puck drop for tonight's game at the Viaero Center is scheduled for 7:05pm. Tickets are still available and can be purchased online through the team's official website www.StormHockey.com, or by calling the Viaero Center Box Office at 308-338-8144.
Tri-City (39-10-2-1) maintained its five-point advantage over the Muskegon Lumberjacks for 1st place in the USHL league standings in last night's 4-2 home defeat of in state rival Lincoln. The Storm also increased its lead in the Western Conference standings to eleven points over 2nd place Sioux Falls. Last night at the Viaero Center, Tri-City outshot Lincoln 37-17 and picked up its seventh win over the Stars this season. The ninth and final game in the season series between the Stars and Storm will take place on Tuesday night at the Viaero Center. Tonight's game against Omaha is the ninth meeting of the season, Tri-City has won five of the previous eight games. Two of the eight games in the season series have gone to overtime or a shootout, and seven of the eight games have been decided by three goals or less. Omaha and Des Moines are the only two teams in the USHL to defeat the Storm three times this year. Despite the three losses to the Lancers, Tri-City has already clinched the season series against Omaha entering tonight's game at the Viaero Center. In last night's win over Lincoln, former Star Shane Pinto netted his 21st & 22nd goals of the year and was named the 1st Star of the Game. Ronnie Attard continued to build on his USHL record for most goals scored in a single season by a defenseman in the Tier I era (2002-Present) with his 25th goal of the year less than four minutes into the game. Jake Barczewski made 15 saves on 17 shots and improved to 19-6 on the season in net.
Omaha (23-21-4-4) travels to the Viaero Center in Kearney tonight as the 6th place team in the Western Conference standings. Omaha is 7-2-1-0 in its last ten games and seeks its fourth win over the Storm this season in tonight's rivalry game. Last night at Ralston Arena, Jaxson Nelson netted his 14th goal of the season to give the Lancers a 3-2 overtime win over the Sioux Falls Stampede. The Lancers have won five consecutive games and three straight games on the road. Jaxon Nelson leads all Lancers with 14 goals on the year and Travis Mitchell is the teams assists leader with 21 on the season. The current goaltending duo of Jon Moor and Akira Schmid have combined for 21 of Omaha's 23 wins this season. Schmid is the USHL's league leader in save percentage (.930%), and trails only the Storm's Isaiah Saville with a Goals Against Average (GAA) of 2.03. Saville is the only goaltender in the USHL this season with a sub 2.00 GAA (1.95). Omaha enters tonight's game three points clear of 7th place Sioux City in the conference standings.
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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