Posted 77 days ago ago by David Fine
Urbandale, Ia. – Des Moines Buccaneers forward Matt Jones scored his first USHL goal with 12:33 left in the third and the Tri-City Storm dropped the back end of a home-and-home, 2-1, Saturday at Buccaneer Arena.
Danny DiGrande scored the Storm’s only goal, assisted by Wyllum Deveaux. The tally tied the Storm at one late in the second.
Dayton Rasmussen made 24 saves and gave up two goals. Over the last five games, Rasmussen has allowed just eight goals.
Jan Ruzicka denied 21 Storm shots in victory.
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.
Rasmussen made eight saves in the scoreless first period. The Storm ripped four shots on Ruzicka.
The Storm allowed the first goal to Cam Orchard, unassisted, at 1:47 of the second. The Storm found fortune next; Des Moines’ Ruzicka fell down after a Tri-City forward knocked down Ruzicka behind the cage. With the puck free, Deveaux threw it to a wide-open DiGrande. The Storm forward shoveled in his eighth of the season with 1:55 left in the frame.
DiGrande is tied for second on the club with eight goals. Charlie Kelleher, Paul Washe, Linus Weissbach and Adam Goodsir also have eight.
Deveaux has seven assists in his last seven games. The native of Sackville, Nova Scotia, Canada has ten assists and 13 points.
Tri-City had nine shots in the third, all denied by Ruzicka.
The Storm’s power play went 0-for-4 and stopped Des Moines on two tries. Tri-City is 20-for-21 on the penalty kill over the last eight games.
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Tri-City is on the road January 13-14 at Bloomington, both 7:05 puck drops. Coverage begins 15 minutes before the game on The Breeze 94.5 FM.
On Friday, January 20, Tri-City hosts Sioux City for NE Farm Bureau Night, featuring a $5 Kids Friday, with a 7:05 p.m. puck drop. Saturday, January 21, Tri-City and Omaha tangle at the Viaero Center at 7:05 p.m. for “Taste of Nebraska” Night, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings. Fans will have the chance to sample the best food in central Nebraska from local vendors. Check out a postgame skate after the game.
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