Gameday Preview: Storm Travel to Dubuque for Weekend Series vs. Fighting Saints
Dubuque, IA. - The Tri-City Storm travel to the Mystique Ice Center in Dubuque, IA for a two game weekend series against the Dubuque Fighting Saints. Earlier this week, Tri-City downed in state rival Lincoln 4-2 at the Viaero Center. In the win, the Storm equaled a season long win streak of six games and currently lead the USHL league standings by nine points over 2nd place Muskegon. Tonight's game is the beginning of a six-game road trip for Tri-City. The Storm return home to the Viaero Center for the final two games of the regular season on Friday, April 12th and Saturday, April 13th. Puck drop for tonight's game in Dubuque is scheduled for 7:05pm.
Tri-City (41-10-2-1) has won eight of its last ten games, and travels to the Mystique Ice Center this weekend following a perfect 5-0 record during the teams most recent homestand at the Viaero Center in Kearney. This year's Storm team is two wins away from tying the organization's record for most wins during a regular season. Tri-City's 41 regular season wins are the 2nd most in team history behind the 2003-2004 regular season team, who won 43 games in a 60-game regular season schedule. The 2003-2004 Tri-City Storm won the Anderson Cup following their regular season championship. This year's Storm team is quickly closing in on the 2nd Anderson Cup Championship in organization history. Entering the weekend, Tri-City's Anderson Cup clinching "magic number" is down to seven points. With two wins over Dubuque, and two Muskegon losses to Youngstown and Lincoln this weekend, Tri-City could clinch the Anderson Cup as early as tomorrow night. With a win over Dubuque tonight, Tri-City can shrink the Anderson Cup Championship clinching "magic number" to five points. Tonight's game against the Dubuque Fighting Saints at the Mystique Ice Center is the Storm's 55th regular season game in the 2018-2019 regular season.
Dubuque (25-21-3-4) enters tonight's game in 6th place in the USHL's Eastern Conference standings. The Fighting Saints are battling for the final playoff spot in the conference standings and currently lead the 7th place Central Illinois Flying Aces by eight points. Dubuque's "magic number" to clinch a playoff spot is down to nine points, and the Fighting Saints could get that number down to just one with two wins over Tri-City and two Central Illinois losses to Fargo. Every year since the 2014-2015 season, each team has won one game in the two game season series. The Fighting Saints host the Storm twice this weekend before travelling to Cedar Rapids for a matchup against the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders next Friday night.
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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