No need to panic, plenty of hockey remains

Members of the Tri-City Storm stand at attention, Sept. 12, 2017, during a practice (KHGI)

It's astonishing how quickly things can change.

Just over two weeks ago, the Tri-City Storm sat atop the Western Conference and boasted the best record in the USHL.

"It's bound to happen at some point," said head coach and general manager Anthony Noreen.

Fast forward to present day and a four game losing streak has pushed Tri–City down to fifth in the West.

"More than anything we just ran into a couple of really good teams," Noreen said. "They were playing good hockey and took advantage of their chances against us. The important thing is where we go from here."

The Storm boys aren't hitting the panic button. They still have 22 games left in the regular season and hope their current four-game skid can ultimately serve as a learning tool for the rest of the year.

"It was a good wake-up call for us," said captain Adam Goodsir. "I think every good team goes through this.

"We just have to keep working, we know we're going to get through it, and be a lot better from it."

Storm forward Jace Foskey received a two–game suspension for boarding and is eligible to return Saturday, Feb. 17 when Tri–City plays at Fargo.

Storm hockey welcomes 1st place Omaha (55 PTS) to the Viaero Center on Wednesday for a 7:35 pm puck drop. The Storm (48 PTS) won their last meeting with the Lancers, 3–2, in Omaha.

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