Posted 129 days ago ago by David Fine
Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm allowed two goals in the opening frame and could not recover, falling, 4-1, to the Youngstown Phantoms Saturday at the Viaero Center.
Charlie Kelleher scored for the second straight night, his sixth of the season, to pull Tri-City within two late in the second. Nicolas Werbik tallied twice for Youngstown, including an empty-net goal late in the third, to halt a Storm comeback.
Wyatt Bongiovanni and Alex Limoges assisted on Tri-City’s only goal. Bongiovanni leads the club with ten assists. Limoges leads the team with nine goals and 18 points.
Tri-City’s penalty kill was also strong, going 4-for-4. The Storm has killed off 29 straight power plays over the last six games.
Dayton Rasmussen took the loss with 26 saves, his first regulation loss since October 6 vs. Green Bay. Ivan Kulbakov made 22 saves in the win.
During intermissions, the fans enjoyed Wiener Dog Races! Five-year-old wiener dog “Scooby”, from Kearney, won the first heat and edged “Lola”, “Nygel” and “Wally” in the final.
Quick strikes plagued the Storm in the opening frame, allowing Youngstown to jump in front by two. Sixteen seconds into the game, a center point snap shot from Michael Karow beat Rasmussen through traffic. With 4:51 remaining in the opening frame, Youngstown’s Nicolas Werbik scored for the second straight night, deflecting a slap shot from Brandon Estes past Rasmussen.
Youngstown originated a goal at the point once again on its third strike 8:18 into the second. Eric Esposito stuffed in a rebound at the right point after Ty Farmer shot the puck into Rasmussen’s chest protector.
The Storm’s top line struck for its first goal with 6:57 left in the second; Kelleher stuffed the puck in at the right post, with assists from Bongiovanni and Limoges. Kelleher has been at its best in Kearney; he has four goals and nine points at the Viaero Center.
With 40 seconds remaining in the second, Sam Craggs was assessed a five-minute major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct. Tri-City failed to score on the ensuing power play and was 0-for-5 on the man up.
Werbik scored his second goal of the game, an empty-net tally, to ice the game with 2:12 left in the third.
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The Storm is on the road for three games during Thanksgiving week. On Wednesday, November 23 Tri-City is at Lincoln, a 7:05 p.m. puck drop with the Viaero Wireless Pregame Show at 6:45 p.m. on the Breeze 94.5. Friday, November 25, Tri-City travels to Sioux Falls for the final time this season and drops the puck with the Stampede at 7:05 p.m. The next night, Saturday, November 26, the Storm matches Des Moines for the first time.
Tri-City returns home for a pair of home games on Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3 against Waterloo. Friday’s game is a 7:05 p.m. puck drop for First Responders Night, presented by New West Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery, plus a $5 Kids Friday. Tri-City will honor local first responders throughout the night, paying tribute to the hard work and efforts of so many in the central Nebraska community.
Saturday, December 3 is Boy Scout Day, presented by Cabela’s, and features a special 3:05 p.m. start time and one-game-only specialty jerseys that will be auctioned off after the game.