Storm drop high scoring affair to Team USA, 9-5
Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm dropped a high scoring contest to Team USA by a final of 9-5 at the Viaero Center. Tri-City got goals from Adam Goodsir, Bryan Yoon, Jake Crespi, Tyler Madden and Connor McMenamin but ultimately fell to Team USA on Sunday afternoon. The Storm return to action next weekend with two road matchups with the Chicago Steel.
Tri-City opened the scoring 89 seconds into the game when Adam Goodsir scored his 9th goal of the season to give the Storm a 1-0 lead over Team USA. Brian Hawkinson and Ronnie Attard both assisted on Goodsir’s goal. Tri-City held the lead through the first half of the 1st period before Team USA tied the game up at the 11:20 mark of the period. Jonathan Gruden scored his 11th of the season with teammates Alex Turcotte and Gavin Hain getting assists on the goal. Bode Wilde gave Team USA the lead with his 2nd goal of the season at the 17:56 mark of the 1st period. Team USA notched a late period goal with under 10 seconds left in the opening period to take a 3-1 lead into the intermission. The final goal of the period was scored by Gavin Hain and was his 6th goal of the season. Hain’s tally was assisted by Adam Samuelsson and Spencer Stastney. Team USA led 3-1 through the opening twenty minutes despite being outshot 11-10 by Tri-City.
Team USA increased its lead during the 2nd period, adding 4 goals to their total. Jack Hughes scored his 15th goal of the season at 3:46 of the 2nd period to give Team USA a 4-1 lead. Alex Turcotte and Adam Samuelsson assisted on the goal. Trevor Janicke scored another goal for Team USA at the 6:24 mark of the 2nd period to increase the team’s lead to four goals. Ty Emberson and Mattias Samuelsson assisted on the even strength goal. Team USA’s Cam York recorded his 2nd goal of the season on the power play at the period’s 12:14 mark to push the lead to 6-1. The period’s final goal was scored by Oliver Wahlstrom with 5 minutes remaining. Wahlstrom’s power play goal was assisted by Bode Wilde and Jake Wise. Tri-City was held off the scoreboard in the 2nd period and trailed 7-1 entering the 3rd period.
The Storm jumped on the board quickly in the 3rd period with two early period goals. Bryan Yoon scored his 3rd goal of the season on the power play 1:14 seconds into the 3rd period to give the Storm its 2nd goal of the afternoon. Yoon’s power play tally was assisted by Connor McMenamin. Jake Crespi scored quickly after Yoon’s power play with an even strength goal to bring the score to 7-3. Crespi’s goal was scored at the 1:37 mark of the period and was assisted by Johnny McDermott. Team USA responded to Tri-City’s early period scoring barrage with a goal of its own at the 2:10 mark of the period. Cole Caufield recorded his 21st goal of the season with Joel Farabee and Jake Wise picking up assists on the goal. Team USA added another 3rd period goal at the 5:06 mark of the period to increase the lead to 9-3. Mattias Samuelsson scored his 3rd of the year with Oliver Wahlstrom and Jonathan Gruden picking up assists on the goal. The Storm scored the game’s final two goals to outscore Team USA 4-2 in the 3rd period. Tyler Madden scored his team leading 14th goal of the season at the 7:46 mark of the 3rd period and Connor McMenamin scored his 7th of the year at the 16:03 mark of the 3rd period. Madden’s goal was unassisted and McMenamin’s goal was assisted by Tyler Madden. Team USA won the game by a final of 9-5.
Many penalties were called throughout the game as Tri-City was whistled for 13 infractions and Team USA was penalized for 6. Tri-City recorded 50 minutes of penalties in the loss. Team USA goaltender Spencer Knight recorded the win in net, stopping 19 of Tri-City’s 24 shots. Storm goalie Connor Hopkins took the loss in goal and fell to 1-2-0-1 on the season.
Connor McMenamin was named the game’s 1st Star and Tyler Madden picked up 2nd Star honors for Tri-City. Team USA’s Cam York was named the 3rd Star of the game.
Tri-City still sits in 5th place in Western Conference standings with 57 points following Sunday’s loss to Team USA. The Storm are 7th overall in the USHL league standings. With the win, Team USA vaulted to the top of the USHL league standings and remain the 1st place team in the Eastern Conference.
The Storm return to action Saturday night in road matchup with the Chicago Steel. The broadcast will begin at 6:45pm on HockeyTV and the Breeze 94.5FM. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05pm.
Courtesy Tri-City Storm Communications