Storm Seek Weekend Sweep of Stars
Lincoln, NE. - The Tri-City Storm seek a weekend sweep of the Lincoln Stars tonight at the Ice Box following last night's 5-0 shutout victory over the Stars at the Viaero Center. Hunter Strand scored the 29th Hat Trick in team history and Todd Scott turned away all 17 Lincoln shots in the victory. Gavin Brindley and Cole McWard also scored in the win. Tonight's game is part of the Stars' "Tigers, Mullets, and Stars" promotional night. The Storm will wear corresponding specialty sweaters that will be available for purchase via online auction through Dash Auctions at http://bit.ly/TriCityStormAuctions. Puck drop for tonight's rivalry game is scheduled for 7:05pm.
Tri-City (11-7-0-1) shut out an opponent for the first time this season in last night's 5-0 home win over the Stars on "Pack It In Purple" night presented by the United Way of the Kearney Area. Last night's game was played in front of a sold-out crowd (Capacity limitations and social distancing guidelines in place) and was the Storm's fifth win on home ice this season. Tonight's game is the 20th game of the Storm's 2020-2021 regular season. Tri-City currently holds a four-point lead over Sioux City for 4th place in the Western Conference standings. The Storm trail 1st place Fargo by seven points but have four games in hand over the Force. Tri-City's power-play climbed to 10th best in the USHL in last night's win. The power-play converted during the 1st period of last night's game and has now scored at least one goal in seven of the Storm's last eight games. Tri-City's power-play enters tonight's game with a conversion rate of 18.1%. Tri-City's penalty kill finished last night's game seven for seven and leads the league with a success rate of 94.4% this season. The Storm's top-ranked penalty kill has scored four shorthanded goals and has only allowed four power-play goals this year in seventy-one times being shorthanded. The Storm improved to 3-2-0-1 in six head-to-head matchups against the Stars in last night's win.
Lincoln (6-10-1-0) fell to 4-6-0-0 in its last ten games after last night's shut out loss to the Storm. The loss marked only the second time this season that the Stars have been held off the scoreboard in a game. Lincoln dropped a 4-0 decision to the Fargo Force at Scheels Arena on December 3rd. Lincoln has now lost three of its last four games. The Stars had six different players score goals in Tuesday's road win over Sioux City (James Stefan, Noah Laba, Nikolai Mayorov, Dominic James, Cole Craft, Jack Horbach). Last time Lincoln matched up against Tri-City at the Ice Box the Stars prevailed in a 3-2 shootout win on January 6th. The victory was one of three the Stars have recorded against the Storm this season. The Stars have been outscored by a 41-67 margin through seventeen games played this season.
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 www.StormHockey.com.
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