Storm Win Season Series against Force in 5-2 Victory
Kearney, NE. - The Tri-City Storm won the six-game season series against the Fargo Force in a thrilling 5-2 victory at the Viaero Center on Saturday night. Ben Schoen, Rhett Pitlick, Guillaume Richard, Carter Mazur, and Isac Jonsson all scored goals in the Storm's win. Tri-City concludes "Concrete Cares Weekend" at the Viaero Center tomorrow in a home game against the Sioux City Musketeers. Fans who attended Saturday night's game at the Viaero Center may return on Sunday with a ticket stub from the Storm's 5-2 win over Fargo to attend Sunday's game for free. Puck drop for tomorrow's home game against the Sioux City Musketeers is scheduled for 4:05pm.
Ben Schoen netted his tenth goal of the season at 4:13 of the 1st period to give Tri-City a 1-0 lead. Schoen's goal was assisted by Matthew Knies. Knies recorded his twelfth assist on the season on the scoring play. With under three minutes to play in the 1st period, Rhett Pitlick scored his eighth goal of the year to increase Tri-City's lead to two goals. Pitlick's goal was scored at 17:06 of the 1st period and was assisted by Gavin Brindley. Brindley's assist was his ninth of the season. Tri-City was outshot 12-9 in the 1st period but carried a 2-0 lead into the 2nd period.
Guillaume Richard scored his second goal of the season at 6:32 of the 2nd period to give the Storm a 3-0 lead in the game. Richard's goal was assisted by Rhett Pitlick and was the only goal scored in Saturday's 2nd period. Pitlick's assist was his seventeenth of the 2020-2021 season. The Storm outshot the Force 11-5 in the 2nd period and entered the 3rd period leading by three goals.
Kyle Smolen netted a shorthanded goal at 3:13 of the 3rd period to cut into Tri-City's lead. The goal was assisted by Tyler Rollwagen. Carter Mazur netted a power-play goal minutes later to give the Storm another three-goal lead in the game. Mazur's goal was his twelfth of the year and was assisted by Hunter Strand. Strand recorded his seventeenth assist of the season on the play. With just over six minutes left to play in the game, Storm starting goaltender Todd Scott was involved in an altercation with Fargo's Ryan Richardson that led to a match penalty. Todd Scott made twenty-six saves on twenty-seven shots in nearly fifty-four minutes of playing time. Connor Hopkins replaced Scott in goal and finished the game with eleven saves on twelve shots.
Fargo scored a six on three goal with two minutes remaining in Saturday's game to bring the Storm's lead back to two goals. Cody Monds scored his sixth goal of the year on the play. Ryan Siedem recorded the assist. With the Force electing to use an extra attacker and leave the goal unoccupied, Isac Jonsson scored his second goal of the season to seal the victory for Tri-City. The empty-net goal was scored at the 19:21 mark of the 3rd period. Tri-City defeated Fargo for the fourth time this season and won the game by a final score of 5-2.
Fargo outshot the Storm 22-7 in the 3rd period and 39-27 overall but dropped to 21-12-2-0 in the loss. Tri-City improved to 18-11-1-1 overall and 9-4-1-0 when playing on home ice this season in the victory. Todd Scott recorded his twelfth win on the season in net for the Storm after making twenty-six saves on twenty-seven shots. Rhett Pitlick was named the 1st Star of the Game, Guillaume Richard was named the 2nd Star of the Game, and Carter Mazur recorded 3rd Star honors. Tri-City improved to 13-2-0-0 when leading after the 1st period and 16-0-0-0 when leading after the 2nd period in games played this season.
"Concrete Cares Weekend" is part of Kearney Concrete's Concrete Cares of Nebraska initiative. Concrete Cares of Nebraska is a nonprofit group of volunteers in the concrete industry that provides events to help raise money for families and individuals that are stricken by cancer. The Storm will wear specialty jerseys again tomorrow afternoon that will be auctioned off following the game in a live auction conducted in the arena. Following tonight's sold-out game at the Viaero Center, tickets for tomorrow's game may be purchased in advance at www.StormHockey.com or by calling the Viaero Center Box Office tomorrow at 308-338-8144.
The Storm return to action on Sunday, February 28th in a home game against the Sioux City Musketeers. For the latest information regarding the Tri-City Storm, including tickets to the next home game, visit www.StormHockey.com.
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