Kearney, NE – The Tri-City Storm (29-24-2-2) played host to The Lincoln Stars (33-22-1-1) on Friday night at The Viaero Center. The Storm stuck with The Stars for two periods, but ultimately fell 6-2 after allowing three goals unanswered goals in the third. Lincoln holds a 6 point lead over Tri-City for the 5th place in The West with only 3 games remaining in the regular season. The Storm can clinch a playoff spot by getting a point tonight in Lincoln, or if Sioux City loses to Cedar rapids.
Connor McMenamin struck first for Tri-City. Chase McLane had a breakaway chance that was stuffed by Stars goalie, Tomas Vomacka. McLane got his own rebound, wrapped around the net, hit McMenamin with the pass, and Connor buried it. The opening goal was McMenamin’s 8th of the season. Assists were credited to Jack Summers and Chase McLane. Lincoln answered a couple minutes later on a two-on-one. Blais Richartz laid out in an attempt to block the centering pass by Gustaf Westlund that found it’s way to Josiah Slavin, who chipped it short side past Barczewski. The 1st ended with both teams tied at 1. Stars out shot The Storm 15-6.
The Storm opened the scoring once again in the 2nd period. Adam Goodsir was able to find the back of the net at the 5:19 mark for his 11th of the season. Bryan Yoon was credited with the lone assist. That was the last goal of the game for Tri-City. Logan Jenuwine cleaned up a juicy rebound off a shot by Cole Krygier that left the net wide open. Lincoln’s tying goal was Jenuwine’s 5th of the season and scored just 43 seconds after Goodsir. Dominick Mersch scored the game winner for The Stars with 1:05 remaining in the 2nd period. Mersch’s goal was his 22nd of the season. Philippe Lapointe was credited with the assist. Lincoln carried a 3-2 lead into the 3rd period, out shooting Tri-City 29-15.
Lincoln came out on fire in the third. Casey Dornbach put one right where mom keeps the peanut butter to make it 4-2 Stars, only 1:38 into the period. Dornbach’s goal was his 21st of the season. Assists were credited to Cole Krygier and Christian Krygier. The Stars scored less than a minute later to make it 5-2. Josiah Slavin ripped one glove side, past Barczewski, for his 22nd of the season and 2nd of the night. Gustaf Westlund was credited with the assist. Devlin McCabe capitalized on a breakaway chance where he faked the shot in front of Barczewski on the right side, went left around the crease, and backhanded it into the net just past Jake’s outstretched leg. McCabe’s goal was his 15th of the season. Assists were credited to Collin Peters and Mason Klee.
The Lincoln Stars were able to out last The Tri-City Storm. They scored four unanswered goals and out shot The Storm 42 -21. Connor McMenamin and Adam Goodsir were able to keep The Storm afloat during the first half of the game, each scoring a goal. Jake Barczewski finished the game with 36 saves on 42 shots for a .857 save percentage. Tri-City went 0-5 on the power play. Lincoln went 0-2 on the power play. The Stars will play host to The Storm tonight at The Ice Box where a big announcement is looming.
⭐ Josiah Slavin (G:2 / A:0) – Lincoln Stars
⭐⭐ Gustaf Westlund (G:0 / A:2) – Lincoln Stars
⭐⭐⭐ Connor McMenamin (G:1 / A:0) –Tri-City Storm
4/7 – @ Lincoln Stars
4/13 – vs Sioux City Musketeers
4/14 – vs Lincoln Stars