Posted 105 days ago ago by David Fine
Ugly Sweaters, $1 Beers at Viaero Center
Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm (8-10-2-2, 20 pts., 7th Western) plays it final home game before the USHL’s holiday break against the Des Moines Buccaneers (12-7-1-1, 26 pts., 3rd Western) on Ugly Sweater Night Saturday at 7:05 p.m.
One of the Storm’s most-popular nights of the season, Midway Auto Dealerships and Bud Light team up to bring $1 beers and soft drinks along with the ugly sweaters. The Storm will have holiday-themed music all night long at the Viaero Center.
In the only meeting this season between the clubs, Des Moines defeated Tri-City, 5-2.
Friday at Omaha, the Lancers scored the first three goals and bested Tri-City, 4-1. The Storm’s Adam Goodsir provided a momentary spark with his fifth of the season halfway through the game, moving Tri-City within two. Eric Dop made 28 saves.
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Upcoming Schedule (Download here)
Sat., Dec. 10 vs. Des Moines, 7:05 p.m. – Ugly Sweater Night + $1 Beers
Fri., Dec. 16 at Dubuque, 7:35 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 17 at Dubuque, 7:05 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 28 at Lincoln, 7:05 p.m.
Thurs., Dec. 29 vs. Sioux City, 7:05 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 31 vs. Lincoln, 5:05 p.m.
A lot of new faces
Because of international tournaments like the 2016 World Jr. A Challenge, the Storm and Buccaneers have made roster moves to fill the void. Last week, the Storm added goalie Parker Swanson and forward Donovan Ott. The 19-year-old Ott made his USHL debut Friday against the Lancers. The duo has helped Tri-City bandage the loss of Dayton Rasmussen, Paul Washe and Alex Limoges to the U.S. Junior Select Team.
Des Moines has had four players leave for international tournaments. Chris Berger and Isaac Johnson are with the U.S. Jr. Select Team. Goaltender Jan Ruzicka (Czech Republic) is also away at the World Jr. A Challenge. Meanwhile, Julian Napravnik is with Team Germany at the U20 WJC Division 1 Championships. Des Moines has brought three new players aboard – forwards Tim Nicksic and Brenden Stanko, plus goalie Jake Kucharski.
Scouting Des Moines
Des Moines had a three-game point streak snapped with a 2-0 loss at Sioux Falls Friday, the second time the Buccaneers have been shut out this season. Friday’s defeat marked the first time Des Moines has dropped back-to-back games.
The Buccaneers have been one of the league’s top teams early in games, recording an 8-2-0-0 record when leading after the first. Only Sioux City has more wins (10) when leading after one. Des Moines has also run away from opponents quite frequently; the squad is 7-0-0-0 in games decided by three or more.
Returning forward David Keefer and Kobe Roth are tied for the squad points lead (16) and nine Bucs players have at least ten points.
In cage, despite losing Jan Ruzicka to the World Jr. A Challenge, Nick MacNab provides quality experience; the returning netminder is 4-2-0-0 with a 2.50 goals against average and .914 save percentage in six games. Jake Kucharski played last night and fell in his USHL debut, making 14 saves.
Last Time Out
Under an early barrage, the Tri-City Storm allowed the first three goals and fell to the Omaha Lancers, 4-1, Friday at Ralston Arena.
Omaha’s Filip Rydstrom struck for the first two goals in the opening 18 minutes. Adam Goodsir scored for the Storm in the second on the power play to provide life, but Omaha regained a three-goal lead before the end of the frame.
Despite yielding four goals, Eric Dop made 28 saves and stopped 12 Lancers shots in the third period. Omaha’s Tommy Nappier made 25 saves.
The Storm readies for a 2016 Clark Cup Final rematch at Dubuque on Friday, December 16 (7:35 p.m.) and Saturday, December 17 (7:05 p.m.). Last playoffs, the Storm swept Dubuque out of the Final, 3-0, capped off by a victory in front of a sell-out crowd May 20 at the Viaero Center.
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