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Tri-City Storm blow away Waterloo in home opener

Published: Oct. 8, 2021 at 11:59 PM CDT
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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - The Tri-City Storm captured a 6-2 home victory over the Waterloo Black Hawks Friday night at the Viaero Center and improved to 4-0-0-0 on the season with the win. Lleyton Roed (2), Kieran Cebrian, Graham Gamache, Dane Dowiak, and Jeremy Wilmer all netted goals in the victory. Chase Clark backstopped Tri-City to the win in goal. Tri-City returns to action tomorrow night in a home game against the Omaha Lancers. Puck drop for tomorrow’s home game at the Viaero Center is scheduled for 7:05pm CT.

Kieran Cebrian opened the scoring for the Storm with a goal scored a 4:12 of the 1st period. The goal was Cebrian’s first of the season and was assisted by Cole O’Hara and John Druskinis. Lleyton Roed scored his second goal of the season and first goal of the game with under five minutes to play in Friday’s 1st period to give the Storm a two-goal lead. Roed’s goal was netted on the power play and was assisted by Mitchell Miller and Victor Czerneckianair. Tri-City outshot Waterloo 14-8 in the 1st period and carried a 2-0 lead into the 2nd period.

The 2nd period began with a powerplay goal from the Black Hawks less than two minutes into the period. James Hong scored his first goal of the year on the power play to cut Tri-City’s lead in half. The goal was scored at 1:56 of the period and was assisted by Cooper Wylie. The Storm answered Waterloo’s goal with three straight goals to take a commanding 5-1 lead in the 2nd period. The first goal of the period for the Storm was scored by Graham Gamache. Gamache’s second goal of the season was netted at 3:22 of the 2nd period and was assisted by Jeremy Wilmer and Victor Czerneckianair. Dane Dowiak was awarded a penalty shot against Black Hawks goaltender Jack Williams at 11:06 of the 2nd period and he converted on the opportunity to give Tri-City a three-goal lead. The goal scored by Dowiak was his first career goal in the USHL. The Storm notched another power play goal at 13:49 of the 2nd period to take a 5-1 lead in the game. The goal was assisted by Cole O’Hara and Gavin Brindley and was scored by Lleyton Roed. The goal was Roed’s second of the game and third of the season. Despite outshooting the Storm 14-9 in the 2nd period, Waterloo entered the 3rd period in a four-goal deficit.

The Black Hawks netted an even-strength goal at 4:01 of the 3rd period to cut into Tri-City’s lead. The goal was scored by Mason McCormick and was assisted by Mason Reiners. The final goal of Friday’s game was scored on the power play by Jeremy Wilmer. Wilmer’s power play goal was scored at 14:38 of the 3rd period and was his third goal of the season. Vinny Borgesi and Ilya Nikolaev assisted on the scoring play. Nikolaev’s assist was his first point recorded in the USHL.

Chase Clark stopped 29 of Waterloo’s 31 shots on net to record the win in goal for Tri-City. Jack Williams recorded the loss in goal for Waterloo after making 26 saves on 32 of Tri-City’s shots on net. Each team posted nine shots on goal in the 3rd period and Tri-City outshot Waterloo 32-31 in the game. Lleyton Roed was named the 1st Star of Friday’s game for his multi-goal performance. Jeremy Wilmer and Cole O’Hara recorded 2nd Star and 3rd Star honors. The attendance for Friday’s Home Opener in Kearney was 1,329.

The Storm hit the ice again on Saturday, October 9th in a home game against the Omaha Lancers. Puck drop for the game is scheduled for 7:05pm CT. For the latest information regarding the Tri-City Storm skate to www.StormHockey.com.

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