Posted 174 days ago ago by David Fine
The Tri-City Storm looks to continue its momentum after raising its first Clark Cup Championship Banner Friday. Tri-City split the weekend against a pair of Western Conference foes and the Storm squares off against the Green Bay Gamblers at home on Thursday and Friday.
During Friday’s special pregame ceremony, Storm Owner Mr. Kirk Brooks spoke in-depth to the crowd about how proud he was to help bring a championship to the Tri-Cities. Nine returning Storm players skated the banner to the east end of the ice and helped clipped it to cables before it was lifted to the rafters.
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The Storm (2-1-0-1, 5 pts.) is tied for first place in the conference and Tri-City plays three games this week. After home games Thursday and Friday vs. Green Bay at 7:05 p.m., Tri-City travels to play Omaha on Sunday at 5:05 p.m.
On Thursday, the Storm will give away four free season tickets. Two new fans will win 2016-17 tickets and two season ticket holders will get their money back for the rest of the season. Friday against the Gamblers, it’s Hocktoberfest, presented by Bud Light, with $1 beers. All kids 12 and under get $5 kids tickets, plus a voucher for a free taco and a soda at Taco Bell of Kearney on our $5 Kids Friday!
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Friday, September 30 vs. Sioux City: Win, 3-1
Saturday, October 1 vs. Lincoln: Loss, 3-2
Season Ticket Giveaway: Thursday, October 6 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Green Bay
Hocktoberfest with $1 Bud Lights: Friday, October 7 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Green Bay
Tuesday: Storm players and Storm mascot Stormy visit Kenwood Elementary school
Need to Know
The banner has been raised
Friday’s banner raising gave the Tri-City community a chance to celebrate the Storm’s first Clark Cup Championship.
The fans greeted new and returning Storm players to the ice and watched Storm Owner Mr. Kirk Brooks deliver a message about his commitment to the community. In particular, Mr. Brooks has been involved in numerous arena improvements.
VC’s new look
The Viaero Center has added a few new features to help its fan have one of the best experiences in the USHL.
On Friday, Tri-City unveiled two new high definition video boards that help provide fans with premier views of the game.
The Storm also has a new ticketing scanner system that allows the Storm faithful a quicker way to get through the gates.
At the concession stands, a new iPad-based serving system has helped fans get served quickly and efficiently!
The Storm will give away prize packs to three winners from our summer #StorminTheWorld promotion this week. #StorminTheWorld asked fans to take pictures of themselves traveling the globe in Storm gear.
There will be one winner selected from each of the following categories: furthest away location (Tuesday), best picture (Wednesday) and most original picture (Thursday).
Prize packs can be picked up at the Viaero Center and more details will be forthcoming.
Two returning forwards are tied for the team’s points lead; Paul Washe and Monte Graham each have three. Washe has three goals, tied for third in the USHL. The Western Michigan commit scored twice on Friday, his first multi-goal game in the USHL.
The native of Clarkston, Michigan is 17 years old and scored nine goals and 16 points in 2015-16. In 2014-15 at age 16, Washe skated in 22 total games, 20 for Team USA and two with Dubuque, compiling one point.
Graham, an 18-year-old center committed to Boston College, has one goal and two assists. Last season, he scored three goals and eight points and skated in all 11 Clark Cup playoff games.
In cage, returning goalie Dayton Rasmussen is tied for the league lead with two wins. The 17-year-old has a 1.60 goals against average (sixth in USHL) and .939 save percentage (fourth in league).
Game 3 vs. Sioux City: Banner raised and Storm rallies to beat Sioux City, 4-2
The Storm raised its 2016 Clark Cup Championship banner and erased a pair of one-goal deficits to defeat the Sioux City Musketeers, 4-2, Friday in Tri-City’s home opener.
Paul Washe scored a pair of goals, giving the forward three in four games. Alex Limoges earned the primary assists on both of Washe’s goals, the first multi-point efforts Storm players have notched this season.
Wyatt Bongiovanni, a second-year USHL forward, scored a tying goal with six seconds left in the second to tie the game. In the third, Washe and Linus Weissbach scored to put away Sioux City.
Dayton Rasmussen made his third straight start and had 25 saves for second win. The Storm has points in all three games Rasmussen has started
Game 4 vs. Lincoln: Stars quick strike sinks Storm, 3-2
Carson Vance and Charlie Kelleher each scored their first Storm goals, but Lincoln tallied the game-winner midway through the third and outlasted Tri-City, 3-2.
Vance’s goal, a groundball through traffic that snuck in, tied the Storm with 12 minutes left. Off a face-off two minutes later, Lincoln’s Dom Mersch snuck the puck in. The win helped Lincoln end a five-game losing skid to the Storm.
Kelleher’s late first period goal was the first of his USHL career. The Storm’s 2016 Phase II first-round pick has two points in four games.
Storm goalie David Tomeo made 18 saves in his USHL debut. Tri-City outshot Lincoln, 36-21.
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