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Storm Host Stars for Annual "Pack It in Purple" Game

January 22, 2021 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Tri-City Storm News Release

Kearney, NE. - The Tri-City Storm return home to the Viaero Center tonight to host its annual "Pack It In Purple" game presented by the United Way of the Kearney Area. Tonight's matchup will feature a rivalry showdown against the Lincoln Stars. A limited number of tickets are still available for the game. Tonight's game is also a $5 Kids Friday. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the Viaero Center Box Office at 308-338-8144. Puck drop for tonight's "Pack It In Purple" game is scheduled for 7:05pm.

Tri-City (10-7-0-1) returns home to the Viaero Center following three consecutive road games last week against the Fargo Force. With a 5-2 win on Thursday, and a 5-2 win on Saturday, Tri-City won the three-game series. The Storm dropped the middle game of the series by a final score of 3-2. In Saturday's road win over Fargo, the Storm improved to 7-0-0-0 when leading after the 1st period and 9-0-0-0 when leading after the 2nd period this season. The Storm got goals in the game from Carter Mazur (2), Gavin Brindley, Adam Klapka and Mark Estapa. Todd Scott made 26 saves on 28 Force shots to record the win in goal for the Storm. Tri-City enters tonight's game against Lincoln in 4th place in the USHL's Western Conference standings. After eighteen completed games, Tri-City is now one-third of the way through its fifty-four-game regular season schedule. Scoring leaders for the Storm to this point in the regular season include; Carter Mazur (9), Rhett Pitlick (7)*, Hunter Strand (5), Mark Estapa (5), Gavin Brindley (4), and Adam Klapka (4). Pitlick was acquired by the Storm through a transaction with the Muskegon Lumberjacks earlier this week and is expected to make his debut with the team tonight. He has scored seven goals and recorded seven assists in seventeen games this season with Muskegon. The Storm also added defenseman Conner Hutchison to the active roster earlier this week from the University of Vermont (NCAA).

Lincoln (6-9-1-0) gave up its three-goal lead against the Sioux City Musketeers Tuesday night at the Tyson Events Center, but battled back to record the victory by a final score of 6-3. James Stefan, Noah Laba, Nikolai Mayorov, Dominic James, Cole Craft, and Jack Horbach all scored for Lincoln in the win. Ryan Ouellette made 34 saves on 37 shots to record the victory in goal for the Stars. Half of Lincoln's wins this season have come in head-to-head matchups against the Storm. Lincoln has recorded wins over Tri-City on December 26th (5-2), December 31st (3-1), and most recently on January 6th (3-2 SO). Following tonight's road game against the Storm, Lincoln returns home to the Ice Box tomorrow night for another rivalry game against Tri-City. Lincoln enters tonight's game in last place in the Western Conference standings with 13 points. Tonight's game is the sixth of ten matchups this season between the Stars and the Storm.

Tonight's game is set to begin at 7:05pm CT and will be streamed live on HockeyTV, and Storm Radio. For tickets to Storm home games at the Viaero Center, call 308-338-8144 or visit

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