Gameday Preview: Tri-City Hosts Waterloo Tonight at Viaero Center
Kearney, NE. - The Tri-City Storm hosts the Waterloo Black Hawks for the first time this season tonight at the Viaero Center in Kearney. The game is the first of a three-game weekend for the Storm, who can take control of 1st place in the USHL league standings with a win on home ice tonight. Tri-City won the only previous meeting between the two teams by a final score of 2-1 on November 16th at Young Arena in Waterloo, IA. Discounted Kids tickets are available for tonight's game for $5. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05pm at the Viaero Center.
Tri-City (23-6-1-1) begins the 2nd half of the 2018-2019 regular season with a home game tonight against Waterloo. Through the first 31 games in the 62-game regular season schedule, Tri-City has recorded 48 points in the standings and currently sits atop the Western Conference standings. The Storm enter the three-game weekend leading 2nd place Des Moines by three points. Tri-City is also a single point back of Eastern Conference leading Muskegon, who lead the Storm by one point in the USHL league standings. A Tri-City win at the Viaero Center tonight would put the Storm in solo possession of 1st place in the USHL league standings for the first time this season. Last week, Tri-City registered five of a possible six points in the standings with wins over Team USA, Madison, and a shootout loss against Team USA. Though the Storm's five game win streak was snapped in last Thursday's 5-4 shootout loss to Team USA, Tri-City will carry a point streak of six games into tonight's game. Tri-City enters tonight's game following a 4-2 road win over the Madison Capitols on Saturday night at the Bob Suter Ice Arena in Middleton, WI.
Waterloo (19-8-3-1) travels to the Viaero Center tonight for the first time in more than a year, with its last visit ending in a 1-0 shutout loss to the Storm on November 11th, 2017. A pair of current University of Denver teammates led Tri-City in the low scoring game, with Tyler Ward scoring the game's only goal, and Filip Larsson stopping all 29 Black Hawks shots in goal. The win was the lone victory for the Storm over Waterloo in last season's four game season series. Waterloo enters tonight's game following a 7-4 home loss to Lincoln on Saturday night. The Black Hawks currently have the top ranked power play in the USHL, and are 10-5-1-1 in road games this season.
Today's game is set to begin at 7:05pm CT, and will be streamed live on HockeyTV, and Storm Radio. HockeyTV is a subscription based service that carries all Storm home and away games throughout the season. Storm Radio is the audio broadcast home for Tri-City Storm hockey, and can be accessed through Mixlr, StormHockey.com, or by downloading the official Tri-City Storm Mobile App. The broadcast will begin twenty minutes prior to the advertised game start time. For home game tickets, and more information on the Tri-City Storm, visit www.StormHockey.com.
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