Meet the new starting goalie for the Tri-City Storm

Down to their third string goalie, Connor Hopkins.

Plagued with multiple injuries over the last several weeks the Tri–City Storm find themselves falling down to fifth in Western Conference standings, after losing eight of their last 12 games.

The latest blow comes in the goal, where the Storm are without both their top two goalies, including the league's best goalkeeper.

Now the Storm turn to affiliate player Connor Hopkins, who joins the Storm mid–season from Belmont Hill.

Appearing in three games so far, Hopkins has allowed seven goals scored, with only one win. But despite the rocky start, the new netkeeper expects to see growth this weekend.

"Guys are a lot faster, a lot stronger, and shoot a lot harder," Hopkins said. "So just having those two games last weekend, two games and a period, it will help going forward a lot."

"Be lying if I said I've been in a situation as a coach where your top two goalies are out," head coach Anthony Noreen said. "But that's a reason why you have organizational depth, and you have a player like Connor Hopkins on your affiliate list," Noreen continued. "Fortunately we were able to get him to come in here and he's been great since he's been here. I think he's done an unbelievable job in a very tough situation."

Despite falling to fifth, the Storm still hold the lowest spot for a playoff berth, only trailing number one Omaha by seven points.

The teams next chance to bounce back will be this Saturday at home against Team USA. Puck–Drops at 7:35 p.m.

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