Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm sunk the Des Moines Buccaneers in a 3-1 home victory on Friday night at the Viaero Center. 2018 USHL/NHL Top Prospect Game Team East MVP Tyler Madden scored the game winning goal and Jake Barczewski backstopped the Storm to victory number nineteen on the year. Tri-City has now won 11 of 15 home games on the season.
Des Moines opened the scoring on Friday with a goal less than six minutes into the first period. Nicolas Werbik netted his 11th of the season of a Tri-City turnover in the defensive zone out in front of netminder Barczewski. The goal at 5:57 was assisted by Mike Hardman and came even strength. The tally would prove to be the lone goal of the night for the Bucs, who held a 1-0 lead following the 1st period.
Tri-City got on the board less than three minutes into the 2nd period as Tyler Ward tied the game with a power play goal. The goal from Ward was his 9th of the season and was assisted by Chase McLane and Sam Hentges. The Storm would add another goal in the period at 18:56 to take the lead. Tyler Madden scored his team leading 11th of the season on the power play with the assists going to Adam Goodsir and Hugo Blixt. The Storm skated into the 3rd period with a 2-1 lead.
Jake Crespi scored his 3rd goal of the game a 3:39 of the 3rd period to put the game away for Tri-City. Noah Weber added an assist on the goal for his 2nd point of the season in his 6th game with the Storm. Jake Barczewski made 21 saves on 22 shots in the win. The victory was the 5th for Barczewski on the season as he played in his 8th consecutive game. The Tri-City goalie is expected to start his 9th straight game for the Storm tomorrow night.
Tyler Madden was the games 1st Star, with 2nd and 3rd Star honors going to Tyler Ward and Jake Crespi respectively.
The Storm return to action at home Saturday night to face off against the Des Moines Buccaneers. Puck drop is at 7:35PM on “Get Active Night” at the Viaero Center! It is a family night, and a postgame skate night. The Tri-City Storm players will join the fans on the ice after the game for the skate.