Posted 46 days ago ago by David Fine
Storm looks for season-series edge against Musketeers
Sioux City, Ia. – The Tri-City Storm (15-19-5-2, 36 pts., 7th Western) and Sioux City Musketeers (24-9-5-2, 55 pts., T-1st Western) collide at the Tyson Events Center Saturday for the first time since November.
Through the first four games of the season series, the Storm has staked out a 2-2-0-0 record against the conference’s top squad. The teams have alternated wins and Sioux City defeated the Storm, 2-1, in the last matchup on January 20.
Last night, the Storm’s Monte Graham and Linus Weissbach scored in a 3-2 overtime loss against Omaha. Weissbach has goals in four straight games and a team-best 15 this season.
The Storm has just eight road games left of its final 19 games. After Saturday, Tri-City plays six of seven at home, all against conference foes.
Tri-City’s next home game is Tuesday, February 14 at 7:05 p.m. against the Lincoln Stars for $2 Coors Lights.
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Sat., Feb. 11 at Sioux City, 7:05 p.m.
Tues., Feb. 14 vs. Lincoln, 7:05 p.m. ($2 Tuesday + Valentine’s Day package)
Fri., Feb. 17 vs. Des Moines, 7:05 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 18 at Omaha, 7:05 p.m.
Seeing you again
The Storm dealt Charlie Kelleher, Odeen Tufto and Joey Matthews to Sioux City on Monday for three draft picks and player to be named later. The trio debuted the next night at Omaha after leaving Kearney five hours before puck drop. Kelleher and Tufto each earned one assist in their debuts.
Kelleher has 34 points this season, one ahead of linemate Eeli Tolvanen for most on the Musketeers. Tufto is third on the squad with 29 points. The 20-year-old has played for three teams this season (Fargo, Tri-City, Sioux City). Matthews won the 2016 Clark Cup with the Storm and has ten points this season.
Defenseman Bryan Yoon and forward Monte Graham have played in all 41 Storm regular season games. The last Tri-City players to compete in all 60 regular season games are defensemen Kevin Kerr and Cody Milan in 2014-15.
Like Kerr and Milan, the current “Iron Men” have been prime contributors. Yoon has 16 points, tied with partner Joseph Campolieto for most among Storm defensemen. Graham has seven goals and 19 points, more than double his production from last season.
Last season, defensemen Jack McNeely and Andrew Peski each played in 59 games, each taking one maintenance day in the middle of the season.
Season series recap
Three of the four games have been one-goal contests and neither team has led by more than a goal heading into the final minute of all the contests.
Tri-City beat Sioux City, 2-1, in overtime on December 29. Sioux City is 12-4-5-2 in one-goal games.
Wyatt Bongiovanni leads Tri-City with three points (1g, 2a) in the season series. Linus Weissbach has two goals.
Despite 26 saves, Eric Dop took the loss (3 GA) November 12 at the Tyson Events Center. Matiss Kivlenieks is 2-0-0-0 against Tri-City this season, allowing three goals on 56 shots.
Scouting the Muskies
The Musketeers had a six-game point streak snapped Friday against Chicago in a 2-1 loss. The recent success has kept Sioux City neck-and-neck with Waterloo for the conference’s top slot. Eight of the Muskies’ last ten games have been one-goal contests and the Muskies are 3-2-2-1 over that span.
Sioux City has only scored four goals of more once in the calendar year, often relying on Matiss Kivlenieks to keep the squad in games. The netminder has a league-best 22 wins, 1.79 goals against average and .938 save percentage.
Eeli Tolvanen leads the group with 17 goals. The draft-eligible 17-year-old was listed as the #7 North American skater on NHL Central Scouting’s Midterm Rankings for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Kristian Pospisil is riding a nine-game point streak for the Musketeers. Like Tri-City’s Weissbach, Pospisil has goals in four straight games.
Tri-City starts a stretch where it will play six of the next seven at home on Tuesday, February 14 against Lincoln at 7:05 p.m. Check out $2 Bud Lights. Listen on the Breeze 94.5 FM with the Viaero Wireless Pregame Show at 6:45 p.m.
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