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Storm Open 2021 Clark Cup Playoffs on Home Ice

April 30, 2021 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Tri-City Storm News Release


Kearney, NE. - The Tri-City Storm opens the 2021 Clark Cup Playoffs tonight at the Viaero Center against the Fargo Force in Game #1 of the Western Conference Semifinals. Tickets to tonight's playoff game are still available and can be purchased online at www.StormHockey.com or by calling the Viaero Center Box Office at 308-338-8144. The Storm's Playoff Ticket Package is still available for purchase and includes a ticket to every Storm home game throughout the 2021 Clark Cup Playoffs (Minimum of two games). Prices are $60 for Glass, $40 for Adults, and $20 for Kids. Season Ticket Holders will receive complimentary tickets to every home game in the playoffs.

Tri-City (#1 Seed Western Conference) returns to action tonight following the fourth Western Conference Regular Season Championship in the organization's twenty-one-season history. The Storm finished the 2020-2021 regular season with a final record of 30-18-3-1. Tri-City was 15-8-3-0 in games played at the Viaero Center and 15-10-0-1 in road games. The Storm's penalty kill finished with the best percentage in the USHL for the third consecutive season (88.3%). In the last four seasons in the USHL, a road penalty kill percentage of over 91% has only been recorded twice. The Storm posted a 91.9% road penalty kill in 2019-2020, and a 91.4% road penalty kill in 2020-2021. Tri-City's power-play finished 7th in the league this year (20.6%) and is the highest-ranked power-play of any team who made the playoffs in the Western Conference. Tri-City scored the second-most power-play goals in the league this season (46). After winning a season-high eight consecutive games from March 18th to April 10th, the Storm dropped the final six games of the season and seek to record a victory tonight for the first time in nearly three weeks.

Fargo (#4 Seed Western Conference) travels to the Viaero Center tonight after clinching a playoff spot during the final weekend of the 2020-2021 regular season. The Force finished the season with a final record of 30-21-3-0. The Force posted a 16-11-0-0 record on home ice and a record of 14-10-3-0 in away games. Fargo's power-play finished the season 10th in league standings at 17.7%. The Force has the lowest conversion rate on the power-play of any team who made the playoffs this season. Fargo's penalty kill finished the season 8th best in the USHL (78.5%). Regular season scoring leaders for the Force included; Tristan Broz (19), Aaron Huglen (15), Austin Wong (15), Jeremy Davidson (13), Cody Monds (12), Jacob Braccini (12), Ryan Richardson (12), and Matthew Crasa (11). Last weekend, Fargo dropped the final two games of the regular season in a road series against the Sioux City Musketeers. Fargo allowed the least amount of shots on goal per game of any team in the USHL this season (24.54 average). The Force finished the season with a 2-3-1-0 record in head-to-head matchups against the Storm.

Tonight's game is set to begin at 7:05pm CT and will be streamed on HockeyTV, and Storm Radio. #StormAhead

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