Posted 14 days ago ago by David Fine
Netminder makes nine straight saves in shootout
Madison, Wis. – Goalie Eric Dop made 26 saves and blocked all nine shootout shots to key the Tri-City Storm to a 2-1 victory over the Madison Capitols Friday at the Alliant Energy Center. Nicholas Nardella potted the only goal of the skills competition with a wrist shot in the top of the ninth round. Dop denied Madison’s Ryan Bederka at the left post for the win.
Linus Weissbach had Tri-City’s only goal during regulation to tie it at one in the second. The first-year forward has points in three straight games (2g, 3a) and 48 total this season. The Wisconsin commit played less than three miles south of his future rink, the Kohl Center.
After allowing a power-play goal halfway through the first, Dop denied all shots faced. Dryden McKay suffered the defeat despite 24 saves.
Tri-City has won consecutive games and plays the Capitols Saturday at 7:05 p.m.
Madison’s Cole Hults scored the opening goal on the power-play goal at 11:19 of the first. The Storm failed to capitalize on a man-up chance before the end of the frame. Dop and McKay each made nine saves.
The Storm had three power-play chances in the second and scored on the final opportunity. While on the power play, Weissbach received a pass from Monte Graham, backtracked to the left point, deked to the left slot and backhanded it to the top shelf with three minutes to go. Joseph Campolieto garnered the secondary assist.
A native of Gothenburg, Sweden, Weissbach has tallied at least a point in 12 of 16 games (10g, 7a). Graham has three assists in two games.
Dop required six saves in the third to force overtime. McKay also blocked six shots.
Nardella’s shootout game-winning goal secured the Storm’s first skills competition victory since February 14, 2015.
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