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Tri-City Storm

MADISON, WISC. – The Tri-City Storm’s longest road trip of the 2023-2024 regular season continues this weekend at the Bob Suter Capitol Ice Arena with back-to-back games against the Eastern Conference’s Madison Capitols. Despite being on a seven-game road trip, the Storm has pushed its point streak to a season-high seven games following last weekend’s results against the Fargo Force and Sioux City Musketeers. Puck drop for tonight’s showdown is set for 7:05pm CT.

Tri-City (16-11-2-4) extended its season-long point streak to seven games in its 3-2 shootout loss to the Sioux City Musketeers last Saturday at the Tyson Events Center. The Storm’s seven-game point streak is now the longest active point streak in the league entering this weekend’s slate of games. Dallas Vieau and Cam Briere each netted a goal for Tri-City in the team’s road loss to Sioux City last Saturday night. Tonight’s away game for the Storm is the fifth in a stretch of seven consecutive road games for the team. Tri-City will travel more than 3,200 miles, and play five different opponents during its current span of road games. The Storm’s current seven-game road trip will conclude Tuesday night at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in a matchup against the Sioux Falls Stampede. Tri-City will play its first home games in nearly a month next weekend at the Viaero Center with matchups against the Des Moines Buccaneers and Omaha Lancers. The Storm will host the Buccaneers on Friday, and Saturday, before concluding play in its three-game weekend on Sunday afternoon against the Lancers. The Storm last battled the Capitols on Thursday, September 22nd, 2022, in the team’s opening game of the 2022-2023 regular season at the 2022 DICK’S Sporting Goods USHL Fall Classic at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania. Tri-City posted a season-opening 4-1 victory over Madison in the matchup. The Storm also defeated the Capitols 2-1 in overtime to open its 2021-2022 Anderson Cup Championship season in the previous year’s version of the event. Tri-City’s last trip to the Bob Suter Capitol Ice Arena resulted in back-to-back victories for the Storm on February 15th, and February 16th, 2020. The games served as Tri-City’s last games played out of state during the 2019-2020 regular season before the schedule abruptly ended three weeks later due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Storm has won its last eight games against the Capitols, and is undefeated against the team during Head Coach Anthony Noreen’s tenure with the organization. Tri-City last recorded a loss against Madison on March 11th, 2017, when Madison played at the Alliant Energy Center (formerly Dane County Coliseum). Since entering the league in 2014, the Capitols lone regulation-time victory over the Storm came in the first-ever battle between the two teams 3,374 days ago, on October 31st, 2014. Scoring leaders for Tri-City entering this weekend’s road series against Madison include Ryan Smith (14), Trevor Connelly (12), August Falloon (11), Cam Briere (11), Owen Beckner (10), Artemi Nizameyev (8), and Jake Rozzi (7).

Madison (16-10-4-2) has collected wins in six of its past ten games played, and enters tonight’s contest against Tri-City as the 5th place team in the USHL’s Eastern Conference standings. The Capitols have posted a 7-6-0-1 record in fourteen games played this season at the Bob Suter Capitol Ice Arena. Madison’s powerplay has netted 10 goals on 52 attempts this season (19.2%), and is currently ranked 11th in the USHL entering tonight’s home game against Tri-City. The Capitols penalty kill is ranked 14th in the league with a success rate of 74.5%. Madison has scored the first goal of the game 13 times this season, and has a record of 8-5-0-0 when taking a 1-0 lead. The Capitols enter this weekend’s two-game home series against the Storm with a record of 6-3-1-1 in cross-conference competition this year. Madison has been outshot by a 295-345 margin during the 1st period, but has outshot its opponents by a 324-308, and a 322-279 margin during the 2nd and 3rd periods this season. Madison’s goals per game average of 3.59 is ranked 10th in the USHL, but the Capitols’ goals allowed per game margin of 3.09 leads all Eastern Conference teams this season. Following the Storm’s 4-3 overtime victory over the Force last Thursday, the Capitols became the first team in the USHL this season to defeat the Fargo Force on the road in regulation time in the team’s 3-2 victory at Scheels Arena. Madison split road games against Fargo last weekend, and will return to action next weekend with a road game against the Waterloo Black Hawks on Friday, a road game against the Green Bay Gamblers on Saturday, and a home game against the Muskegon Lumberjacks on Sunday. Scoring leaders for the Capitols entering this weekend’s home series against the Storm include Austin Burnevik (23), Max Nagel (14), James Hong (12), Andrew Kuzma (12), and Christopher Delaney (12).

Tonight’s game is set to begin at 7:05pm CT and will be streamed on FloHockey and Storm Radio. Tickets to home games at the Viaero Center may be purchased online by skating to www.StormHockey.com, or by calling the Viaero Center Box Office during Box Office hours at 308-338-8144. The Tri-City Storm is presented by Viaero Wireless.

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