Posted 10 days ago ago by David Fine
Sammy's Superheroes Night part of banner weekend at Viaero Center
The Tri-City Storm has come to one of its top home weekends of the season, partying on St. Patrick’s Day this Friday and raising money for pediatric cancer research Saturday in a home set against Muskegon. Friday’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration features $1 Coors Lights, green beer, a koozie giveaway to the first 2,000 fans and a $5 Kids Friday. The next night is the Storm’s second Sammy’s Superheroes Night, presented by First National Bank, with a specialty jersey auction after the game. Last season, Tri-City raised just shy of $24,000 for Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation and pediatric cancer research.
Tri-City will give away capes to the first 1,000 kids. Storm players will “buddy up” with children affected by cancer before the game and give the kids a game-day experience. Fans that purchase tickets online or through the Viaero Center Box Office using the code “SUPERHEROES” will donate $5 from their $14 ticket to Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation. Purchase tickets to the game here. The Box Office is open from 11am-6pm and the phone number is 308-338-8144.
On the ice, the Storm is riding a three-game point streak and defeat Madison in a shootout, 2-1, Friday. The nine-round bout tied Tri-City’s third-longest skills competition. On Saturday, the Storm played without leading scorer Linus Weissbach and the Capitols foiled Tri-City in overtime, 2-1.
The Storm has five home games remaining and sits two points back of Omaha for sixth in the Western Conference.
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Friday, March 10 at Madison: W, TC 2, MAD 1 (SO) (Recap, Box Score)
Saturday, March 11 at Madison: OTL, MAD 2, TC 1 (OT) (Recap, Box Score)
Friday, March 17, 7:05 p.m. vs. Muskegon ($1 Coors Light, green beer, Koozie giveaway, $5 Kids Friday)
Saturday, March 18, 7:05 p.m. vs. Muskegon (Sammy’s Superheroes Night, Cape Giveaway)
Listen to all Storm games on The Breeze 94.5 FM, with Viaero Wireless Pregame Show 15 minutes before puck drop.
Western Conference Standings
1. Sioux City – 73 points
2. Waterloo – 70 points
3. Des Moines – 66 points
4. Fargo – 63 points
5. Lincoln – 59 points
6. Omaha – 46 points
7. Tri-City – 44 points
8. Sioux Falls – 41 points
Need to Know
Tri-City’s nine-round shootout win on Friday tied the Storm’s third-longest skills competition. The Storm has played three nine-round shootouts, one 11-inning shootout and a franchise-long 12-rounder on Feb. 6, 2006 against Des Moines. The Storm’s two-longest shootouts came against the Buccaneers and Tri-City won both.
Eric Dop made all nine stops in Friday’s shootout, the third-most saves recorded by a Storm goalie in a skills competition. In the club’s longest shootout in 2006, netminder Derek Brennan stoned all 12 Buccaneers and Brett Gorman beat Des Moines netminder Brian Foster for the game-winning goal in the 12th. Brennan replaced former Storm goalie Aaron Rock.
One season later, April 13, 2007, Rock came in for Ian Keserich for the final two periods and then made 10 shootout saves in an 11-round bout against the Buccaneers. Tri-City’s all-time leading scorer, Mario Lamoureux, scored the winning goal in the 11th round to best Des Moines’ Matt Dalton, who stopped 42 shots in the contest and nine in the skills competition.
The Storm’s only other shootouts to last at least nine innings came in November 2014, a victory vs. Muskegon (nine rounds) and February 2005, a loss against Lincoln (nine rounds).
Tri-City is 4-1 when shootouts go at least nine rounds.
The new bell cow
Tri-City goaltender Eric Dop has made six straight starts (3-3-0-0), the longest stretch of his career. The Bowling Green State commit has required at least 30 saves in three of the appearances, going 2-1-0-0. The recent efforts include a career-high 36 stops in a 4-3 overtime victory against Fargo.
Dop has made at least 30 saves in seven starts, recording a 2-3-1-1 mark. The native of Lewis Center, Ohio has required at least 25 saves in 15 of 22 appearances (4-7-3-1).
Last regular season, Storm goaltender Jake Kielly never started more than four straight games until the playoffs. The eventual Clark Cup champion started all 11 Clark Cup Playoff Games and went 9-2-0-0.
March Mayhem has come to the Tri-Cities, and the Storm has upgraded its season ticket packages to give fans more games!
1) New season ticket holders will receive FREE tickets to the remaining games of the 2016-17 season if they sign up today. Just call the Box Office (308-338-8144) and ask for the March Mayhem Plan.
2) Fans that renew for a standard seat ($12.50) in March will keep the SAME rate and get two playoff games included in the price! It’s 12.50/seat for 32 guaranteed games, and fans will receive a refund or credit to the 2018-19 season if the Storm does not host two playoff games.
3) The 2017-18 season ticket booklet also includes a ticket to a Storm home preseason game!
Learn more about 2017-18 season tickets right here, including all the benefits you receive by joining the Storm family.
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