Monday, January 14, 2008

Tri-City Storm Write-up

The Storm write-up comes from John in Kearney. Thanks!

The Tri-City Storm completed the team's first three games in three nights weekend, splitting two games on home ice with Chicago, then dropping a 2-1 decision at Omaha on Sunday.

In Friday's contest with Chicago, Chris Hickey scored twice, as the Storm built a 4-2 lead after two. The Steel then scored twice in the third to force overtime. With no scoring in the extra session, the game progressed to a deciding shoot out. Mike Cichy and Troy Mattila scored in the first two rounds, which was all Tri-City needed, as goaltender Nick Hopper stopped all four shots he faced, in leading the Storm to the 5-4 win.

In Saturday's game, Tri-City scored first, as Mario Lamoureux scored his third short handed goal of the season 11:11 in the contest. The lead last just 45 seconds. Chicago scored twice to lead 2-1 after one, then added a goal in each of the next two periods, to win 4-1.

The Storm traveled to Omaha to close the weekend with a Sunday afternoon contest. Tri-City and the Lancers both threw tough defenses and the game remained scoreless until late in the second period. Storm goaltender Nick Hopper hit Josh Berge at center with a breakout pass to start a quick transition rush. Berge then fed Mike Cichy, who passed back up the slot to Jordan Willert, who scored a power play goal at 18:03, giving the Storm a 1-0 lead through two. Omaha tied the game with a Travis Noval power play goal at 9:23 of the third, then Chris Hepp scored on a mad scramble just before time expired, giving Omaha the 2-1 win.

UP NEXT: The Storm, 13-16-2 on the season, host the Ohio Junior Blue Jackets on Friday and Saturday, January 18th and 19th at the FirsTier Event Center in Kearney, with faceoff both nights at 7:05. Game broadcasts can be heard on 94.5 FM The Breeze and beginning at 6:45p.m.

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