Storm Post 6-0 Shutout Win over Omaha
Kearney, NE. - The Tri-City Storm posted a 6-0 shutout win over rival Omaha Friday night in front of a sold-out crowd at the Viaero Center. Caden Villegas scored twice in the Storm's win. Guillaume Richard, Josh Eernisse, and Drew Montgomery all scored their first career USHL goal's in the victory. Cole O'Hara also scored a goal in the victory. Reigning USHL Goaltender of the Week Todd Scott posted his second shutout in his last three games in the win. Scott turned away all 15 Lancers shots to record his 10th victory in goal this season. Tri-City returns to action tomorrow in a road game against the Lancers. Following tomorrow's game, the Storm play another home game at the Viaero Center on Sunday. Puck drop for both tomorrow's road game and Sunday's home game is scheduled for 6:05pm.
After a scoreless 1st period, Tri-City's offense converted five times in the 2nd period to take a commanding lead in the game. Shots on goal in the 1st period favored the Storm 12-4. At 6:03 of the 2nd period, Caden Villegas scored his second goal of the year to give Tri-City a 1-0 advantage. Less than a minute later, at 6:49 of the 2nd period, Guillaume Richard scored his 1st career USHL goal to give Tri-City a two-goal lead. Richard's goal was assisted by Gavin Brindley. Brindley's assist was his sixth of the season. At 14:09 of the 2nd period, Cole O'Hara scored his fourth goal of the year to boost Tri-City's lead to 3-0. O'Hara's goal was assisted by Kyler Kovich, who recorded his second assist of the season on the scoring play. At 17:12 of the 2nd period, Caden Villegas netted his third goal of the year, and second goal of the game, to give Tri-City a 4-0 lead. Villegas' goal was assisted by Conner Hutchison and Hunter Strand. Hutchison's assist was his second career assist in the USHL and his first point since joining the Storm prior to last weekend's two-game series against the Lincoln Stars. Finally, with twenty-five seconds left to play in the 2nd period, Josh Eernisse scored his first career USHL goal to give Tri-City a five-goal lead. Matthew Knies registered his seventh assist of the season on the scoring play. Tri-City outshot Omaha 17-7 in the 2nd period and entered the 3rd period leading 5-0.
After making 24 saves on 29 shots, Omaha goaltender Jakub Dobes was replaced by Grant Riley for the 3rd period. Drew Montgomery scored his first career USHL goal at the 15:49 mark of the 3rd period to give Tri-City a 6-0 lead in the game. Montgomery was the third Storm player to score his first career USHL goal in Friday's game. Cole McWard recorded his eleventh assist of the season on Tri-City's final scoring play. Tri-City outshot Omaha 38-15 in the game and improved to 12-8-0-1 on the season. Tri-City holds a 3-1-0-0 record against the Lancers entering tomorrow night's road game at Ralston Arena. Todd Scott improved his personal record to 10-4-0-1 in the shutout win. Caden Villegas was named the 1st Star of the game. Josh Eernisse and Guillaume Richard recorded 2nd Star and 3rd Star honors.
The Storm return to action on Saturday, January 30th in a road game against the Omaha Lancers. For the latest information regarding the Tri-City Storm, including tickets to the next home game, visit www.StormHockey.com.
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