Posted 68 days ago ago by David Fine
Storm starts busy two weeks
Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm (12-14-4-2, 30 pts., 7th Western) begins its busiest two-week stretch of the season Friday at 7:05 p.m. vs. the Sioux City Musketeers (20-8-4-1, 45 pts., 1st Western) on NE Bureau Farm Night. Tonight is also a $5 Kids Friday, featuring $5 tickets plus a voucher for a free taco and soft drink at Kearney Taco Bell.
Tri-City will play eight games over the next 15 days, concluding the heavy slate on Saturday, February 4 at Waterloo. The Storm has a pair of Tuesday games against Omaha over the next two weeks. The demanding schedule coincides with one of Tri-City’s best runs of the season; the Storm has earned points in five of seven games since returning from the holidays.
Through the first three games of the season series, Tri-City is 2-1-0-0 against the conference’s top team. Last time the clubs met on December 29, Linus Weissbach scored in overtime to secure a 2-1 Storm victory.
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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Upcoming Schedule (Download here).
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)
Tues., Jan. 24 at Omaha, 7:05 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 27 at Team USA, 7:05 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 28 at Team USA, 7:05 p.m.
Three new forwards - #17 Charlie Dovorany, #21 Odeen Tufto and #27 Garrett Hall – have arrived in Kearney since Tri-City’s last game. The Storm acquired Hall from waivers. Tri-City picked up Tufto, Dovorany and a fourth-round Phase I pick in the 2017 USHL Draft for Paul Washe, Philip Alftberg, and an eight-round Phse I pick in 2017.
Tufto, also in his first USHL season, ranked fourth on Fargo in assists (16) and points (21) at the time of the trade. Last season, the 20-year-old led the BCHL’s Vernon Vipers in assists (40) and points (65). The 5-foot-8, 170-lb. native of Chaska, Minnesota is committed to Quinnipiac.
Dovorany, a participant in the 2107 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, has two goals in 12 games since returning from injury in December. He is committed to Minnesota Duluth and attended the prestigious Shattuck-St. Mary’s Prep School from 2013-16.
Hall played in 55 games for Youngstown in 2015-16, scoring four goals and 14 points.
Storm goaltender Dayton Rasmussen (#6 North American goalie) and former Storm forward Carson Meyer (#116 NA Skater) were listed by NHL Central Scouting on its Midterm Rankings for the 2017 NHL Draft.
In 22 games, Rasmussen has a 10-8-2-1 record, 2.45 goals against average and .913 save percentage. Meyer led Tri-City with 32 goals and 51 points in 2015-16. Now a Miami University freshmen, Meyer has six goals and 19 points in 18 games for the Redhawks.
Since returning from the holiday break on December 28, five of the Storm’s seven games have been decided by one goal. Tri-City has earned points in three of the five games (1-2-2-0).
This season, Sioux City has a league-best ten wins in one-goal games, while the Storm is 3-7-4-2. Two of the first three games against the Musketeers have been decided by a goal and Tri-City is 1-1-0-0 in those contests.
Last season, Tri-City went 8-3-10-7 in one-goal games.
Scouting the Musketeers
Boston College commit Eeli Tolvanen leads the Musketeers with 16 goals and 29 points in 26 games. The talented Finnish-born forward recently returned from the 2017 IIHF World Jr. Championships and has two assists in three games since returning. The Musketeers have scored one goal in each of their last two games, dropping both (0-1-1-0).
Matiss Kivlenieks is Sioux City’s bell cow in cage, competing in 27 of 33 games. He leads the league in wins (18), saves (711) and goals against average (1.85). His .933 save percentage is second in the league.
Kivlenieks success has helped the squad separate itself defensively, giving up a league-best 2.09 goals per game. Youngstown ranks second, allowing 2.26 goals a game.
Season series recap
The teams have alternated wins and losses and the Storm is 2-1-0-0 against Sioux City. At the Storm’s home opener, Championship Night, Tri-City defeated the Musketeers, 4-2.
Tri-City also defeated Sioux City, 2-1, in the last matchup. The Musketeers were without leading scorer Eeli Tolvanen, who leads all Musketeers with three points (1g, 2a) in the season series.
The Storm’s active leading scorers are Linus Weissbach (2g), Wyatt Bongiovanni (1g, 1a) and Alex Limoges (2a).
Dayton Rasmussen is 2-0-0-0 against Sioux City, recording a 1.48 goals against average and .940 save percentage. Matiss Kivlenieks beat Tri-City, 3-2, on November 11 with 25 saves on 27 shots.
The Storm and Musketeers meet three more times after tonight’s meeting. The next match is February 11 at Sioux City.
Tomorrow’s home game, Saturday, January 21, is “Taste of Nebraska” Night, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings. The Storm takes on Omaha and fans will sample the best food in central Nebraska from local vendors. Check out a postgame skate after the game.
Coverage begins 15 minutes before the game on The Breeze 94.5 FM.
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