Posted 128 days ago ago by David Fine
The Tri-City Storm embarks a three-game Thanksgiving road trip against Western Conference foes after splitting a weekend home set against Youngstown. Wednesday, Tri-City travels to Lincoln. The Storm will spend Thanksgiving Day in Sioux Falls and match the Stampede on Friday. Tri-City plays Des Moines for the first time this season on Saturday.
Besides an overtime win on Friday, the Storm’s first Wiener Dog Races was a massive hit on Saturday; more than a dozen dogs raced and “Scooby”, from Kearney, won first place.
The Storm’s special teams has continued to carry it; Tri-City ranks second in the league in power-play percentage (21.5%) and kills off 87.1% of opponents’ chances, sixth in the circuit.
Next up at home for the Storm, Tri-City plays the Waterloo Black Hawks on Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3. 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.
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Friday, November 18: Win, TC 3, YNG 3 (OT) (Recap, Box Score, Highlights)
Saturday, November 19: Loss, YNG 4, TC 1 (Recap, Box Score, Highlights)
Wednesday, November 23, 7:05 p.m. at Lincoln – Listen on The Breeze 94.5
Friday, November 25, 7:05 p.m. at Sioux Falls – Listen on Classic Hits 98.9 FM
Saturday, November 26, 7:05 p.m. at Des Moines – Listen on The Breeze 94.5
Western Conference Standings
1. Sioux City – 27 points
2. Waterloo – 23 points
3. Fargo – 20 points
4. Des Moines – 19 points
5. Tri-City – 17 points
6. Lincoln – 16 points
7. Omaha – 15 points
8. Sioux Falls – 11 points
Need to Know
The Storm’s three-game road trip this week is tied for its longest of the season; Tri-City has four away trips lasting three games this season. The 2012-13 season was the last time a three-game road trip was the Storm’s longest of a campaign.
Last season, Tri-City played six consecutive regular season road games, its lengthiest since 2013-14.
Meanwhile, the Storm’s longest road trip ever was a nine-game trip in 2000; Tri-City started its first season in club history with nine games away from the Kearney Events Center while the building was being constructed. The Storm opened up the new building on November 18, 2000 with a win over the Des Moines Buccaneers.
Very special teams
The Storm’s power play has scored in four of five games and the penalty kill has denied 29 straight opponent chances over a seven-game stretch.
The second-ranked power play (21.5%) has tallied 14 man-up goals, second in the league. Tri-City has power-play tallies in 10 of 12 games (14-for-50, 28%) after starting the season 0-for-16.
Tri-City last allowed a power-play goal seven games ago in the first period at Fargo on October 28. Since then, the Storm is 29-for-29 on the kill and is perfect over the last six games. Tri-City’s six-game streak without allowing a power-play goal is its longest since Bill Muckalt became Storm Head Coach. Stopping 87.1% of opponents’ opportunities, the penalty kill has jumped up ten percentage points over the six games.
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