Posted 121 days ago ago by David Fine
Final trip of the regular season to Sioux Falls
Sioux Falls, S.D. – After spending Thanksgiving Day as a team in Sioux Falls, the Tri-City Storm (7-7-1-2, 17 pts., 6th Western) gears up for its last road game at the Stampede (5-10-0-1, 11 pts., 8th Western) this regular season, Friday at 7:05 p.m. on Classic Hits 98.9.
The Storm and Sioux Falls play four times this season, and this is the second meeting. The Stampede beat the Storm in a shootout, 3-2, in front of 9,014 fans on the Herd’s home opener Sioux Falls on September 24.
On Wednesday at Lincoln, Tri-City fell, 4-3, despite scoring three power-play goals. The Storm’s special teams have been Tri-City’s driving force, clicking at 24.3 percent on the power play (2nd in the league) and 87.7 percent on the penalty kill (T-5th).
Alex Limoges tallied a power-play goal last game and the Cornell commit has collected at least a point in 12 of his last 13 games. Joseph Campolieto and Adam Goodsir each pitched a goal and two points in defeat.
The final two games against Sioux Falls will be at the Viaero Center on February 24 and March 25.
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Fri., Nov. 25 at Sioux Falls, 7:05 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 26 at Des Moines, 7:05 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 2 vs. Waterloo, 7:05 p.m. – First Responders Night, $5 Kids Friday
Sat., Dec. 3 vs. Waterloo, 3:05 p.m. – Boy Scout Day, Specialty jerseys
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In the Black on Friday
Tri-City is 6-1-1-0 in the opening game of a weekend, mostly Fridays and the first game of a back-to-back. Last season, Head Coach Bill Muckalt’s first at the helm, Tri-City was 16-6-4-2 in the opening game of a back-to-back.
In the second game of consecutive contests, the Storm is 1-4-0-2.
Wish we could hang out more
The Storm plays the Stampede four times this season, the fewest the Storm has matched Sioux Falls since the USHL received Tier-I distinction in 2002-03. The Stampede were founded in 1999, the season before the Storm entered the USHL.
Prior to this season, the fewest games between the clubs in a regular season was five, during 2009-10. From 2010-13, Tri-City and Sioux Falls played eight times a season. Since the start of 2013-14, the Storm is 11-6-2-1 against the Herd.
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The Storm’s shootout loss to Sioux Falls on September 24 was Tri-City’s first skills competition loss to the Herd. Tri-City is 10-1 against Sioux Falls in shootouts in the Tier-I history of the league.
Scouting Sioux Falls
The Storm and Stampede have each had “bye weekends” this season and Sioux Falls ended a 12-day break with a 3-1 loss at Fargo on Wednesday.
Ranked last in the conference with 11 points, Sioux Falls is allowing 4.1 goals a game, second to last in the league.
In the only matchup between the clubs, goaltender Jeremy Swayman earned the shootout win with 48 saves on 50 shots. The Herd have allowed 50 or more shots in two games and Sioux Falls gives up a league-worst 39.2 per contest.
Swayman (2-5-0-1, 3.86 GAA, .897 sv.%) pairs with Mikhail Berdin (3-5-0-0, 3.64 GAA, .908 sv%) in net.
Austin Albrecht leads the club with 13 assists and 18 points. Jack Doremus and Jason O’Neill are tied for the club lead with seven goals.
Saturday, November 26, the Storm matches Des Moines for the first time, with the game on The Breeze 94.5 FM.
The Storm 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.
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