Storm Set for Three-Game Series against Lancers
Kearney, NE. - The Tri-City Storm return home to the Viaero Center tonight for the first game of a three-game weekend series against in-state rival Omaha. Tonight's game is sold out; however, tickets can still be purchased for Sunday's "Boy Scout Night" game. Tickets to Sunday's game can be purchased by calling the Viaero Center Box Office at 308-338-8144 or by visiting www.StormHockey.com. Puck drop for tonight's game is set for 7:05pm.
Tri-City (11-8-0-1) opens weekend play against Omaha tonight following a series split against the Lincoln Stars last weekend. After defeating the Stars 5-0 in the Storm's annual "Pack It In Purple" game on Friday, Tri-City gave up a goal in the final two minutes of Saturday's road game and dropped a 2-1 decision to the Stars. Hunter Strand (3), Gavin Brindley, Cole McWard, and Cole O'Hara all scored goals for Tri-City last weekend. Todd Scott provided the team with exceptional goaltending, finishing the weekend with a Goals Against Average (GAA) of 1.01, and a Save Percentage (SV%) of .947%. Tri-City's power-play is ranked 10th best in the USHL entering tonight's game with a conversion percentage of 17.2%. Tri-City's penalty kill continues to lead the league at 93.3% this season. Including last Friday's win over Lincoln at the Viaero Center, the Storm is now 5-3-0-0 in home games played in the 2020-2021 regular season. Tri-City holds a 2-1-0-0 record in head-to-head matchups against the Lancers this season. Following tonight's home game, the Storm travels to Ralston Arena tomorrow night for another matchup against Omaha. Tomorrow night's game will begin at 6:05pm. On Sunday, Tri-City returns home to the Viaero Center for a third consecutive game against Omaha. Sunday's game is also scheduled to begin at 6:05pm.
Omaha (13-9-0-0) enters tonight's game against Tri-City as the second-place team in the USHL's Western Conference standings. Omaha currently leads third place Des Moines by one point and fourth place Tri-City by three points. Omaha has also played two more games than Tri-City to this point in the season. After opening the ten-game season series against the Storm with a 5-1 home victory on November 13th, Omaha has dropped its last two contests against Tri-City. The Lancers dropped a 4-1 road decision to the Storm on December 11th and lost 5-1 to the Storm at Ralston Arena on December 19th. Scoring leaders for Omaha entering tonight's game include; Ryan Lautenbach (8), Tyler Carpenter (8), Kyle Bettens (5), Nolan Renwick (5), and Liam Devlin (5). Goaltender Jakub Dobes currently leads the USHL in wins (12), GAA (1.92), and SV% (.924%). Following this three-game series against the Storm, Omaha will face off against the Sioux City Musketeers and the Lincoln Stars in back-to-back games next weekend.
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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