URBANDALE IA – The Tri-City Storm opened a three-game road trip with a 5-1 win over Des Moines Thursday at Buccaneer Arena. Hunter Strand (2), Matthew Knies, Carter Mazur, and Gavin Brindley all scored for the Storm in the victory. Todd Scott recorded the win in goal after making twenty saves on twenty-one shots. Tri-City travels to Sioux Falls for back-to-back matchups against the Stampede tomorrow and Saturday. Puck drops at 7:05pm.
Matthew Knies netted his eighth goal of the season at 2:29 of Thursday's 1st period to give Tri-City a 1-0 lead. The goal was assisted by Hunter Strand and Carter Mazur. With less than five minutes to play in the 1st period, Hunter Strand scored his seventeenth goal of the year to put the Storm ahead by two goals. Strand's goal was scored at 15:07 of the period and was assisted by Carter Mazur and Matthew Knies. Tri-City outshot Des Moines 10-2 in the 1st period and the game entered the 2nd period with the Storm leading the Buccaneers 2-0.
Carter Mazur scored thirty-two seconds into the 2nd period to give Tri-City a 3-0 lead. The goal was Mazur's nineteenth of the season and was assisted by Cole McWard and Guillaume Richard. Hunter Strand scored his second goal of the game, and eighteenth goal of the season at 13:45 of the 2nd period to give Tri-City a 4-0 lead in the game. Matthew Knies recorded his second assist of the game on the scoring play. Des Moines outshot Tri-City 11-7 in the 2nd period, but trailed by four goals entering the 3rd period.
Davis Burnside scored his third goal of the season for Des Moines at 2:10 of the 3rd period to cut into Tri-City's lead. The score remained 4-1 for much of the 3rd period until Gavin Brindley scored his ninth goal of the season into an empty net with only twenty-eight seconds left in the game. Brindley's goal sealed Tri-City's 5-1 road win. The Storm improved to 26-13-2-1 in the win. Todd Scott recorded his eighteenth win of the year in net.
Tri-City returns to action on Friday, April 2nd in a road game against the Sioux Falls Stampede. For the latest information regarding the Storm, including tickets to home games, visit www.StormHockey.com. #StormAhead