Kearney, NE – The Tri-City Storm improved to 29-19-1-2 after defeating The Sioux Falls Stampede (29-15-4-4) 2-1 on Friday night at The Viaero Center. Storm goalie Jake Barczewski was on his game, stopping 15/16 shots for a .938 save percentage. Adam Goodsir and Keaton Pehrson scored the goals that propelled Tri-City to victory. The Storm now sit 5th in The West, one point above the Lincoln Stars.
Last night’s game was electric. The Storm played possessed, fans were having a great time on the big screen, and The Viaero Center was rocking. Shout out to the sound guy, you killed it last night. A+ for keeping the fans rocking all game long.
The 1st period was filled with heavy hits and back-and-forth play. Perhaps the biggest story of the 1st was a cheap hit by Sioux Falls’ Artem Ivanyuzhenkov, who hit and upended Brian Hawkinson of Tri-City, resulting in a 2 minute minor. Both Mikhail Berdin (Sioux Falls) and Jake Barczewski stayed perfect through the 1st 20 minutes. With bagels on the board at the end of the period, The Storm would take an 8-4 shot advantage to the locker room.
Storm Captain, Adam Goodsir opened the scoring 10:24 into the 2nd period. Goodsir’s goal was his 10th of the season and came on the power play. Assists were credited to Hugo Blixt and Bryan Yoon. Just over a minute later, Keaton Pehrson scored his 5th of the season, which stuck as the game winner. Jack Summers was credited with the assist. Sioux Falls’ Artem Ivanyuzhenkov registered his 20th of the season and lone goal of the night for The Stampede at the 14:22 mark in the 2nd period. A harmless looking shot snuck its way five hole on Storm goalie Jake Barczewski. Kevin Conley was given the single assist on Ivanyuzhenkov’s power play goal. Tri-City nearly quadrupled Sioux Falls’ shots in the 2nd period, out shooting them 19-5. The Storm carried a 2-1 lead into the final period.
The Stampede put 7 shots on goal in the 3rd, but failed to get one past Barczewski. The did however, out shoot the storm 7-1 through the period. One last scrum while Barczewski was looking for game-winning hockey hugs ended with Artem Ivanyuzhenkov receiving a 2 minute minor for slashing at the 20 minute mark. The final from Kearney, Stampede 1 – 2 Storm.
Overall, The Storm looked great. They excelled on the man advantage, keeping the puck away from Stampede players on delayed penalties while getting pucks on net. Players were making moves, slipping checks, and blowing past defenders in the neutral zone. Tri-City had several odd man rushes chances thanks to great passing all night. Storm play The Stampede tonight (Saturday) at The Viaero Center in Kearney. Puck drops at 7:35pm.
⭐ Keaton Pehrson (G:1 / A:0) – Tri-City Storm
⭐⭐ Adam Goodsir (G:1 / A:0) – Tri-City Storm
⭐⭐⭐ Bryan Yoon (G:0 / A:1) – Tri-City Storm
3/24 – vs Sioux Falls Stampede
3/25 – @ Omaha Lancers
3/30 – @ Sioux City Musketeers
4/4 – vs Omaha Lancers
4/6 – vs Lincoln Stars