Tri-City Storm at Team USA
Friday: 7:00 EST (HD)
Saturday: 7:00 EST (HD)
This series marks the first time that these two teams will square off this season. The Storm have been road warriors in January, with six of their 10 games in the first month of 2017 away from Viaero Center. Team USA's U17s dropped a hard-fought game to the Bloomington Thunder last weekend, while the U18 squad is coming off a weekend in which they played two games on the road, including a victory over the USHL-leading Chicago Steel on Saturday night.
Both teams boast skilled offensive threats. For the Storm, Linus Weissbach is averaging almost a point-per-game in his first USHL season and will look to continue his strong offensive play this weekend. Captain Alex Limoges has provided leadership and a well-balanced offensive game to steady the Storm. The U18s is led up front by Evan Barratt, who has three goals in his last two games and has 16 points in 16 games this season. Grant Mismash and Brady Tkachuk have also been major contributors this season. Mismash has found his rhythm in USHL play, and enters the weekend on a five-game point streak. Tkachuk is on a four-game point streak, and has 16 points in 14 games this season. For the U17s, Joel Farabee leads the way with 11 points (6G, 5A) in 18 games.
On the blue line, Quinn Hughes has been a revelation for Team USA's U18 squad. The University of Michigan commit has 18 points in 16 games this season which leads all Team USA skaters. He has tallied eight points in his last six contests and has been a dynamic offensive threat from the back end.
This series will also feature a compelling matchup between the pipes. Dayton Rasmussen looks to be the favorite to start in net for Tri-City. The University of Denver commit recently participated in the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game and stopped every shot he faced. He has 10 wins on the season and sits in the top-10 among USHL goaltenders with a 2.42 GAA. For Team USA, Dylan St. Cyr looks to be the starter in net for the U18s. The University of Notre Dame commit has won seven of his last nine starts and has won USHL Goaltender of the Week twice this season. Keegan Karki and Ryan Ullan have split most of the time between the pipes for the U17s.
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Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 15th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2016-17. 30 or more players from the USHL have been selected in four consecutive NHL Drafts, and more than 400 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.