Posted 43 days ago ago by David Fine
Foes match on Valentine's Day
Kearney, Neb. – Cupid’s arrow has struck two Western Conference rivals; the Tri-City Storm (15-20-5-2, 37 pts., 8th Western) hosts the Lincoln Stars (22-14-4-1, 49 pts., 5th Western) in the eighth game of the season set Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. on Valentine’s Day. The Storm will have $2 Bud Lights.
The squads matched seven times in the Storm’s first 28 games but have not played since New Year’s Eve, a 3-2 Lincoln victory.
In Tri-City’s last game, Eric Dop recorded 34 saves, but Sioux City shut out Tri-City, 2-0.
Tuesday’s game begins a stretch where the Storm will play six of seven games at home, all against conference foes. Tri-City has played conference opponents in the last five games.
The Storm hosts Des Moines on Friday, February 17 at 7:05 p.m. for Friday Night Hockey, presented by Taco John’s. Saturday, the Storm is on the road at Omaha at 7:05 p.m.
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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.
Fri., Feb. 24 vs. Sioux Falls, 7:05 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 25 vs. Sioux City, 7:05 p.m.
Weissbach to Wisconsin
Tri-City Storm leading scorer Linus Weissbach announced his verbal commitment to the University of Wisconsin on Monday.
The native of Gothenburg, Sweden is in his first season playing in North America, racking up a Storm-best 15 goals and 22 assists. Weissbach’s 37 points are tied for seventh in the league.
Since Thanksgiving, Weissbach is fourth in the league with 27 points in 24 games (12g, 15a). The Kearney High School senior is best on the team with 10 multi-point games and three game-winning goals. He has never gone more than two games without recording at least a point.
Season series recap
The Storm is 3-3-1-0 against Lincoln this season and 1-2-0-0 at the Viaero Center. Tri-City has outscored the Stars, 20-18. Five of the seven games have been decided by one goal and the Stars are 4-1-0-0 in those decisions. The one-goal wins play into Lincoln’s major theme this season; the squad boasts a league-best 15 wins (15-5-4-1) in games decided by one.
Adam Goodsir has a team-high three goals against the Stars. Monte Graham and Goodsir are tied for the team lead with five points. Linus Weissbach has two goals and four points. Former Tri-City player Sam Sternschein (TC: 2015) has points in three straight games against the Storm (2g, 1a).
Ethen Frank tops the Stars with six points (3g, 3a) in the head-to-head meetings. The native of Papillion, Nebraska has three goals vs. Tri-City, tied with Mike Gillespie for most on the team.
Eric Dop has not faced Lincoln this season; Dayton Rasmussen made six starts and David Tomeo had one appearance. Logan Halladay, is 1-0-0-0 in his three-season career against the Stars, denying 28 of 30 shots on March 18, 2016 in a 6-2 Bloomington victory.
Cayden Primeau has appeared in six games against Tri-City, allowing 18 goals and recording a 2-3-0-0 record, 3.27 goals against average and .894 save percentage. Josef Korenar is 2-0-0-0 and has allowed two goals in 94 minutes.
Good Life Cup
Lincoln leads the race for the Good Life Cup, awarded yearly to Nebraska’s top USHL team in head-to-head matchups. The Stars are 9-3-1-0 (19 points), the Storm is 6-6-2-0 (14 points) and Omaha is 5-8-0-0 (10 points). In order for Tri-City to take the Good Life Cup, it must win the final three games against Lincoln and Omaha and have the Stars lose their final two to Omaha.
Scouting the Stars
Lincoln has not dropped consecutive games in the 2017 calendar year and is 6-3-2-1 in the new year. Ethen Frank, a native of Papillion, Nebraska, leads the Stars since January 1 with seven goals and 15 points in 12 games. The squad’s leading returning scorer entering the season, Frank has had points in eight straight home games (12 pts) and tops the team with 31 points. Frank is tied with Sam Sternschein for a team-leading 15 goals. Sternschein is the only player Lincoln has added through a trade this season.
The Stars have alternated wins and losses since January 13 (5-3-2-0).
Josef Korenar has tended four of the last five games and allowed ten goals. Ranked the 15th-best North American goalie by NHL Central Scouting on its Midterm List, the 18-year-old is second in the league with a .930 save percentage, fifth with a 2.15 goals against average and 7-6-3-0 in 19 games. Cayden Primeau has a 11-8-1-1 record, 3.18 goals against average and .894 save percentage in 22 games.
Tri-City hosts Des Moines Friday, February 17 at 7:05 p.m. for Friday Night Hockey, presented by Taco John’s. Saturday in Omaha, the Storm drops the puck for the final time this season against the Lancers. Listen on the Breeze 94.5 FM with the Viaero Wireless Pregame Show at 6:45 p.m.
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