Kearney, NE. – Last night the Tri-City Storm faced their most recent trade partners, the Des Moines Buccaneers. A day after the 2018 USHL/NHL Top Prospects game (1/10/18), The Storm traded defenseman Nate Clurman, forward Wyllum Deveaux, a 7th round pick in the 2018 Phase II USHL Draft, and a conditional 4th round pick to The Buccaneers in exchange for Sam Hentges.
Des Moines would take an early lead 5:57 into the game on Nicolas Werbik’s 11th goal of the season with an assist from Mike Hardman. Werbik’s goal was the only one scored in an otherwise very even, back-and-forth style 1st period.
The 2nd period very quickly turned into Tyler time. Just 1:54 into the period, The Buccaneers’ Kaden Bohlsen was sent to the box for slashing. Tyler Ward made him pay 23 seconds later with his 9th goal of the season, on the power play. In on the assists were Chase McLane and Sam Hentges (scoring his 1st point in a Storm sweater). Des Moines’ Scooter Brickey gifted Tri-City a late period power play that would turn out to be the game winning goal. Scoring said game winner was none other than Tyler Madden (11th of the season) with 14 seconds remaining on the power play. Assists were credited to Adam Goodsir and Hugo Blixt. Storm finished the period with a 2-1 lead over the Buccaneers.
Tri-City snuck one through in what would be a heavily reviewed goal at the 3:37 mark of the 3rd period. Jake Crespi was given his 3rd goal of the season on a pass from Noah Weber (assist) that ended up going off his skate and into the net. Later on in the period, Des Moines attempted to pull their goalie for the extra attacker, but would accidentally send out 7 skaters. The result of the play was a penalty, sealing the game for a 3-1 Tri-City Storm victory.