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Gameday Preview: Tri-City Battles Dubuque for Final Time this Season

March 23, 2019 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Tri-City Storm News Release

Dubuque, IA. - The Tri-City Storm complete a two game season series against the Dubuque Fighting Saints tonight at the Mystique Ice Center following a thrilling overtime victory last night. Mike Koster scored his 1st goal of the season to give Tri-City a 4-3 overtime win, and its 42nd win of the 2018-2019 season. A win tonight would tie a team record for most wins in a regular season in organization history. Puck drop for tonight's game is set for 7:05pm.

Tri-City (42-10-2-1) seeks a season sweep of the Fighting Saints and its eighth consecutive win in tonight's game. Connor McMenamin, Brendan Furry, Shane Pinto, and Mike Koster scored last night in Tri-City's 42nd win of the season. Jake Barczewski picked up his 20th win of the year in goal after making 25 saves on 28 shots. Tri-City continues to close in on its pursuit of the Anderson Cup, and now can win the regular season championship with two additional wins. Through 55 games played in the regular season, defenseman Ronnie Attard continues to lead the team with 26 goals on the season. Shane Pinto and Connor McMenamin each have netted 25 goals this season and trail Attard's team lead by just one. No defenseman has led his team in goals in the Tier I history of the USHL (2002-Present). After assists on all four Storm goals in last night's 4-3 overtime win, Zac Jones has now recorded 40 assists this season. Last weekend, Jones passed former Storm defenseman Mattias Goransson for most assists in a single season in team history.

Dubuque (25-21-4-4) increased its lead for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference last night by picking up a point in its overtime loss to the Storm. The Fighting Saints are now just six points away from clinching a playoff berth. With a win over Tri-City and a Central Illinois loss to Fargo, Dubuque's playoff clinching number could shrinks to just two by the end of the night. The Fighting Saints are now 4-5-1-0 over the past ten games following last night's home loss to Tri-City. Following tonight's home game against the Storm, Dubuque will travel to Cedar Rapids, IA for a matchup against the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders on Friday. Tri-City will continue its road trip with two games next weekend at the Tyson Even Centers in Sioux City, IA against the Sioux City Musketeers.

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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