The Aftermath: Storm Drops Opening Game of Conference Finals 5-4
KEARNEY, NE. - The Tri-City Storm dropped the opening game of the 2022 Western Conference Finals series against the Sioux City Musketeers by a final score of 5-4 Friday night at the Viaero Center. The Storm surrendered the game-winning goal in the final five seconds of the 3rd period to fall behind 1-0 in the best-of-five series. Cole O'Hara, Gavin Brindley, Graham Gamache, and Mitchell Miller scored the Storm's goals in the loss. The Storm will host Game #2 of the 2022 Western Conference Finals at the Viaero Center tomorrow. Puck drop is set for 7:05pm CT.
Cole O'Hara scored his second goal of the postseason just over three minutes into Friday's game. The goal was netted at 3:06 of the period, and was assisted by Jeremy Wilmer. Ben Steeves scored his fourth goal of the playoffs for Sioux City with under five minutes to play in Friday's 1st period to bring the game to a 1-1 score. Ralfs Bergmanis notched an assist on the scoring play. The Storm outshot the Musketeers 13-10 in the 1st period, and the 2nd period began in a 1-1 tie.
Gavin Brindley scored shorthanded for Tri-City less than a minute in Friday's 2nd period to give the Storm a one-goal lead. Graham Gamache scored his first goal of the playoffs at 7:42 of the period to put Tri-City ahead by two goals. The goal netted by Gamache was assisted by Gavin Brindley and Dane Dowiak. Mitchell Miller scored his second goal of the playoffs at 9:20 of the period to give the Storm a 4-1 lead. Miller's goal was assisted by Drew Montgomery and Ilya Nikolaev. Dylan James scored his first goal of the postseason for Sioux City twenty-one seconds later to bring the score to 4-2. Charlie Schoen added a goal for Sioux City at 11:08 of the period to bring the Musketeers back within one goal of the Storm's lead. Schoen's goal was scored five-on-three and was assisted by Dylan James and Ben Steeves. Tri-City outshot Sioux City 15-5 in the 2nd period, and carried a one-goal lead into the 3rd period.
Nick Pierre scored his first goal of the playoffs at 3:22 of the 3rd period to bring the game to a 4-4 tie. The goal was assisted by Charlie Schoen and Kirklan Irey. The final goal of the game was netted by Bennett Schimek with five seconds left to play. Schimek's goal was assisted by Dylan James, and gave Sioux City a 5-4 victory. Tri-City outshot Sioux City 11-10 in the 3rd period, and 39-25 overall in the game.
Arsenii Sergeev recorded the loss in net for the Storm after making 20 saves on 25 shots. Alex Tracy picked up the win in net for the Musketeers after making 35 saves on 39 shots. Attendance for the game was 2,422.
Tickets for tomorrow's home playoff game in Kearney are available to purchase at www.StormHockey.com, or by calling the Viaero Center Box Office during Box Office Hours at 308-338-8144. Puck drop for Game #2 of the 2022 Western Conference Finals between the Sioux City Musketeers and the Tri-City Storm is set for 7:05pm CT.
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