Storm Fall in Shootout to Team USA 5-4
Plymouth, MI. - The Tri-City Storm fell in a shootout Thursday night to Team USA by a final score of 5-4. Tri-City got goals in the game from Brendan Furry, Colton Kalezic, Khristian Acosta, and Colby Ambrosio. The Storm will look to even up the season series against Team USA in tomorrow's matchup. Tri-City recorded one point in the standings in the loss and remains the 1st place team in the Western Conference standings.
Brendan Furry gave the Storm the lead with under 10 seconds to play in the 1st period on a goal assisted by Connor McMenamin and Brendan Budy. Tri-City outshot Team USA 12-9 in the 1st period and carried a one goal lead into the 2nd period after Brendan Furry's team leading 10th goal of the season.
Team USA netted three unanswered goals in the first nine minutes of the 2nd period to take a 3-1 lead in the game. Thomas Bordeleau scored shorthanded at 3:01 and scored again even strength at 7:53 to give Team USA the lead. Luke Tuch added an unassisted goal at 8:46 of the period to put Team USA up by two goals. Tri-City fought back with back to back goals at 13:19 and 19:23 of the period to tie the game at 3-3. The Storm's 2nd goal of the game was netted by Colton Kalezic at the 13:19 mark of the period. The goal was Kalezic's 6th goal of the year and was assisted by Khristian Acosta and Filip Forsmark. Khristian Acosta scored with less than half a minute left in the period to tie the game at 3-3. Acosta's goal was scored at 19:23 of the 2nd period and was assisted by Filip Forsmark. Team USA outshot Tri-City 10-9 in the 2nd period.
The 3rd period began with a go-ahead goal from Colby Ambrosio less than two minutes into the period. Ambrosio netted his 9th goal of the season at 1:54 of the 3rd period with Joe Molenaar and Keaton Pehrson recording assists on the goal. Later in the period, Team USA forward Hunter Strand scored his 1st goal of the year to bring the game to another tie. The goal by Strand brought the score to 4-4 with under 8 minutes to play. The 3rd period finished without any additional scoring plays, and Tri-City and Team USA battled through a scoreless three on three overtime period. The game was decided in a shootout, with Matthew Beniers scoring the game winning shootout goal for Team USA. Team USA defeated the Storm 5-4 and hosts Tri-City tomorrow in the final game of the season series.
Tri-City returns to action tomorrow in a road matchup against Team USA. Puck drop is scheduled for 6:00pm, with the broadcast beginning on Hockey TV and Storm Radio at 5:40pm. For home game tickets and more information on the Tri-City Storm, visit www.stormhockey.com.
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