Posted 66 days ago ago by David Fine
Kearney, Neb. – Wyatt Bongiovanni scored fewer than two minutes into the third to tie the game, but the Omaha Lancers connected for the last two goals to defeat the Tri-City Storm, 3-1, Saturday at the Viaero Center.
Bongiovanni’s sixth goal of the season, a slap shot from the high slot, beat Tommy Nappier after the goalie made his first 25 saves. Nappier cleaned up the final nine shots while his team provided offense. Tri-City out shot Omaha, 35-19. Dayton Rasmussen stopped sixteen shots for the Storm.
Pierce Crawford scored the go-ahead goal, his team-leading 12th of the season, at 3:56 of the third to place the Lancers ahead, 2-1. Ben Lown’s empty-net goal secured victory in the game’s final two minutes.
Storm forward Odeen Tufto recorded his first Tri-City point by assisting on Bongiovanni’s goal. Charlie Kelleher earned the other helper.
Tri-City completes a back-to-back set at Omaha on Tuesday, January 24 at 7:05 p.m.
Tri-City surrendered two shots on goal in the first, matching a season best. The Storm also allowed two shots to Omaha on October 9. The game was scoreless after one.
Twenty-eight seconds into the second, Cole Gallant scored the first goal of the game short-handed, beating Rasmussen with a wrist shot to the left post. Tri-City had 11 more shots in the second.
With shot momentum favoring the Storm, Bongiovanni capitalized by wiring a shot that beat Nappier 90 seconds into the third. The 17-year-old has points (1g, 1a) in consecutive games. Kelleher and Tufto earned helpers and are tied for second on the Storm with 17 assists. Tri-City acquired Tufto, Charlie Dovorany and a draft pick on Monday, January 16 from Fargo in exchange for Paul Washe and Philip Alftberg.
Omaha’s Crawford intercepted the puck at center ice 2:26 later and beat Rasmussen for the game-winning goal.
The Storm’s power play went 0-for-6. Tri-City killed off five Lancers chances and has successfully fought off 30 of its last 31 short-handed situations.
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After the rematch Omaha on Tuesday, January 24 at 7:05 p.m., Tri-City travels to Plymouth, Michigan for a weekend set against Team USA on Friday, January 27 and Saturday, January 28.
Tuesday, January 31, the Storm hosts the Lancers at the Viaero Center with a 7:05 p.m. puck drop. It’s a $2 Tuesday, with $2 Coors Lights, $2 soft drinks and $2 kids tickets.
Coverage begins 15 minutes before the game on The Breeze 94.5 FM.