Preview: Storm Seek to Extend Series vs. Fargo
Fargo, ND - The Tri-City Storm looks to extend its playoff series vs. the Fargo Force after dropping the opening game of the best of three series by a final score of 5-1 last night at Scheels Arena in Fargo, ND. The Storm can force a decisive game three with a win tonight. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05pm.
Opponent: Fargo Force
Game Time: 7:05 PM CT
Broadcast: Watch: HockeyTV (Watch party at Buffalo Wild Wings Kearney) Listen: The Breeze 94.5 FM or Online
Tri-City dropped its opening round playoff game last night and faces elimination in tonight's matchup with Fargo. Tyler Ward scored the Storm's only goal late in the 2nd period in the 5-1 loss. Ward's goal was assisted by Brian Hawkinson and Mike Koster. Jake Barczewski recorded the loss in net for Tri-City, making 16 saves on 21 shots. The Storm power play went 0/7 in the game with the penalty kill finishing the night at 4/5. The Storm outshot the period in each period last night and finished with a 33-21 shots on goal advantage. Tonight, Tri-City will seek to win its first playoff game since defeating Dubuque 4-1 on May 20th, 2016 in the final game of the 2016 Clark Cup Final. Brian Hawkinson is the only remaining Storm player in the lineup from Tri-City's 2016 Clark Cup Championship team.
Fargo will attempt to eliminate the Storm and advance to the Western Conference Semifinals in tonight's game. The Force opened up the playoffs with a 5-1 defeat of Tri-City on home ice. Fargo got goals from Carter Randklev, Robbie Stucker, Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup, and AJ Drobot. Randklev netted two goals in the game and was named the 1st Star in last night's playoff opening game for Fargo. Goaltender Strauss Mann stopped 32 of Tri-City's 33 shots and recorded the win in net for the Force. With the win in last night's game, Fargo has now won six games in a row going back to the regular season. Fargo has also now won 15 of its last 17 games overall.
The Tri-City Storm will host an official playoff game watch party at Buffalo Wild Wings in Kearney during tonight's game. Fans are invited to join Stormy and other Storm fans for tonight's official Game #2 watch party. There will be giveaways and tonight's Storm game will be featured on several TV's. The game can also be seen online through a subscription with HockeyTV. Storm fans can watch tonight's Storm playoff game for free at Buffalo Wild Wings!
Tonight's playoff broadcast will begin at 6:45pm CT on HockeyTV and the Breeze 94.5FM. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05pm CT. The broadcast can also be heard via the Tri-City Storm Mobile App.
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