Posted 78 days ago ago by David Fine
Storm looks to end first half on high note after dominating Friday victory
Urbandale, Ia. – Less than 24 hours after an eight-goal margin of victory, the Tri-City Storm (12-13-2-2, 28 pts., T-6th Western) completes the USHL’s first half and finishes a home-and-home at the Des Moines Buccaneers (16-9-1-2, 35 pts., T-2nd Western) Saturday at 7:05 p.m.
On Friday, Tri-City slammed the Buccaneers, 9-1, the most goals the Storm has had in a game since it scored ten against Green Bay on November 1, 2002. Nine Storm players recorded goals and Nicholas Nardella (1g, 2a), Linus Weissbach (1g, 2a) and Philip Alftberg (3a) led the way with three points.
After Saturday’s contest five Storm players – Wyatt Bongiovanni, Adam Goodsir, Alex Limoges, Dayton Rasmussen and Paul Washe – will travel to Sioux Falls, South Dakota and represent Tri-City at the 2017 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on Tuesday, January 10. Former Storm forward Wade Allison won 2016 Team West M.V.P. at the game and was selected in the second round by the Philadelphia Flyers at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
The Storm is on the road for a pair of games next weekend, January 13-14, at the Bloomington Thunder, both 7:05 puck drops with coverage on the Breeze 94.5 FM.
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Sat., Jan. 7 at Des Moines, 7:05 p.m.
**Tues., Jan. 10 – USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, Sioux Falls, SD (Five Storm players participating)**
Fri., Jan. 13 at Bloomington, 7:05 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 14 at Bloomington, 7:05 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 20 vs. Sioux City, 7:05 p.m. (NE Farm Bureau Night)
Sat., Jan. 21 vs. Omaha, 7:05 p.m. (Taste of Nebraska Night)
Nardella and Summers
Storm players Nicholas Nardella and Jack Summers scored their first USHL goals in the 9-1 win Friday. Nardella, with three points, moved to four total in 11 USHL games. Prior to Friday, Nardella had not scored a point since December 3 against Waterloo.
Summers, who earned his first USHL point December 3, has five points (1g, 4a) in seven USHL games. The Storm acquired the 17-year-old from the Springfield Jr. Blues on November 29.
Limoges bursts out of “drought”
Storm Captain Alex Limoges recorded a goal and two points Friday, ending a stretch of three straight games without points.
Limoges, who threw an imaginary “monkey” off his back in celebration after tallying in the second, ended the second-longest drought of his career without a point. In October 2015, his first season, Limoges went four straight games without a point. The 19-year-old leads Tri-City with 12 goals and is third with 23 points.
Linus Weissbach is on a six-game point streak (4g, 6a during stretch) and leads the Storm with 26 points. He has recorded five goals and 16 points over his last 11 games.
All the goals
Friday’s nine-goal effort was the third-highest scoring game in Storm history. On January 28, 2001, the Storm set a team record by scoring 11 goals against now-defunct Rochester. The Storm’s most-lopsided victory in the USHL’s Tier-1 history is 10-1, accomplished November 1, 2002 vs. Green Bay, the second-most in team history.
Top Prospects Game Primer
The Storm will send five representatives - Wyatt Bongiovanni, Adam Goodsir, Alex Limoges, Dayton Rasmussen and Paul Washe - to the 2017 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Tuesday, matching Green Bay for the most players. The Gamblers’ John Leonard was added this week as an injury replacement.
Rasmussen, Limoges and Washe all won the gold medal for the U.S. Junior Select Team at the 2016 World Jr. A Challenge this December in Bonnyville, Alberta. Limoges tied for the team lead with five points.
Limoges is the Storm’s leading goal scorer (11), Washe is tied for second on the squad with eight goals and Goodsir is the top-ten of rookie scoring with seven goals. Bongiovanni, a former Buccaneers forward, is third on Tri-City with 11 assists.
Isaac Johnson is the lone Buccaneers representative at the game.
This weekend is the only time this season the Storm plays a home-and-home series on back-to-back nights. A home-and-home is a series that alternates home and away games.
Last season, Tri-City had three home-and-home series on back-to-back nights, facing Lincoln, Des Moines and Omaha. The Storm swept the Stars in December and went 2-4 overall.
The Storm has another home-and-home against Omaha in January, but the games are on January 21 and January 24.
Last Time Out
Nine Storm players scored, ten recorded multi-point efforts and Tri-City routed the Des Moines Buccaneers, 9-1, Friday at the Viaero Center. It is the most goals the Storm has scored in a game since November 1, 2002, when Tri-City poured ten on Green Bay, 10-1, in Kearney.
Jack Summers and Nicholas Nardella scored their first USHL goals. Monte Graham, Alex Limoges and Wyatt Bongiovanni, Linus Weissbach, Logan Drevitch, Adam Goodsir and Danny DiGrande also scored.
Tri-City ripped a pair of goals late in the first period, followed up with three goals in the second and tagged four in the third.
Fourteen Storm players recorded points. Weissbach and Nardella each had one goal and three points. Nardella quadrupled his points total from one to four. Philip Alftberg had three assists.
The offensive pressure forced Des Moines’ Jan Ruzicka from the game in second; Head Coach Dave Allison pulled the starting netminder after the Storm’s made it 4-1 on the power play. Ruzicka finished with 13 saves. Jake Kucharski relieved and allowed five goals on ten shots.
Dayton Rasmussen took victory with 23 saves on 24 shots.