Kearney, NE – The Tri-City Storm captured a thrilling overtime victory over the Muskegon Lumberjacks by a final score of 3-2 Saturday night at the Viaero Center in Kearney. Khristian Acosta and Connor McMenamin scored goals in regulation time, and Filip Forsmark netted his 7thgoal of the season in overtime to give the Storm a 3-2 win over the Eastern Conference leading Muskegon Lumberjacks. Tri-City returns home Friday night to host the Youngstown Phantoms, puck drop is set for 7:05pm.
Tri-City’s Khristian Acosta gave the Storm a lead just over three minutes into the opening period. Acosta’s goal was assisted by Benji Eckerle and was scored at the 3:25 mark of the 1st period. The Lumberjacks answered back with goals from Zack Nazzarett and Max Ellis at 16:56 and 18:56 of the 1st period. Despite being outshot 17-10 in the 1st period, Muskegon carried a 2-1 lead into the 2nd period.
No goals were scored in a penalty filled 2nd period, and the Storm trailed 2-1 entering the 3rd period. During the 2nd period, Storm goaltender Isaiah Saville left the game due to injury and was replaced by Jake Barczewski. Barczewski played the final 39:39 of the game and stopped all 11 Lumberjacks shots.
Connor McMenamin tipped a puck behind Muskegon goaltender Brandon Bussi to tie the game 2-2 with under five minutes to play in regulation. Zac Jones and Ronnie Attard recorded assists on McMenamin’s goal scored at 15:27 of the 3rd period. Tri-City outshot Muskegon 13-6 in the 3rd period and forced overtime on McMenamin’s late goal. In overtime, each team traded chances, but it was Tri-City’s Filip Forsmark who netted the game winning goal. Keaton Pehrson set up Forsmark’s game winning goal at 1:58 of the overtime period. Tri-City outshot Muskegon 43-23 and skated away with a 3-2 overtime win in one of the season’s most thrilling games.
La JUNTA, Colo. – The McCook Community College Lady Indians opened up Region IX play Friday with an 85-73 road win over Otero Junior College.
“Tonight was another test for us and a gut check moment as Otero came out on their home floor and really started hot, scoring 22 points in the first quarter but my team responded so well,” MCC Coach Kellen Fernetti said.
The Lady Indians were able to get things going in the second and third period before getting up by 20 points in the fourth quarter and finishing off the Rattlers for the win.
“We outscored Otero 54-26 in the middle two quarters and that was huge.” Fernetti said. “I’m very proud of the team and now we have another tough one tomorrow at Trinidad State.”
Sophomore Sam Hinkle, (Rifle Colo.) led MCC with 27 points.
Freshman Lena Goerke (Hamburg, Germany) scored 14 points and grabbed six rebounds. Sophomore Anna Sanjuan, (Reus, Spain) scored 13 points and sophomore Hailey Tiles (Rogers, Ark.) chipped in 12.
Fernetti said freshman Makenna Bodette (Colorado Springs) had a big night on the boards although she was only credited with eight rebounds.
The Lady Indians also got things going from the 3-point line making 11 shots from distance.
“This is a tough trip and OJC is a tough place to play and getting a win here is big for us,” Fernetti said.
Otero falls to 9-7 on the season.
The Lady Indians, improve to 12-5 and continue with the second of a four-game road swing through Region IX taking on Trinidad State Saturday. The road-swing continues Tuesday at Scottsbluff against Western Nebraska and on Friday at Sterling, Colo., against Northeastern Junior College before returning home Jan. 28 to host North Platte.
La JUNTA, Colo. – The McCook Community College men dropped their Region IX opener Friday 85-78 to Otero Junior College.
The Rattlers led 38-35 at the half but the Indians fought back to take the lead at 43-40, 52-50, and 68-67 before OJC scored seven straight points and took over the game in the final stages of the second half.
“It was a four-point game with two minutes left, Otero just made big plays down the stretch,” MCC Coach Brandon Lenhart said.
The Indians missed the front end of a one-and-one free throw that could have cut the deficit to two points, but after the miss, OJC made a layup on the other end to lead 76-70 and never trailed.
“We fought to the very end tonight, we really did,” Lenhart said. “We played really hard and had the will to win. We just didn’t make enough plays down the stretch.”
Sophomore Peanut Cunningham (Louisville, Kent.) led MCC in scoring with 17 points. Freshman Mardrez McBride (Augusta, Ga.) scored 15. Freshman Tyrek Battle-Holley (Jersey City, N.J.) scored 14 points and freshman Miles Black (Jonesboro, Ga.) added 10 points.
Sophomore Ron Rice (New York, N.Y.) led the Indians on the boards with six and added nine points. The Indians edged the Rattlers in rebounds 33-32
The Indians shot 44.0 percent from the floor in the first half and 52.8 percent for the second half but after making seven of 13 first-half shots from beyond the 3-point arc (53.8 percent) cooled off to four of 16 (25 percent) in the second half.
Otero matched the Indians from the floor in the first half (11 of 25 field goals for 44.0 percent) then heated up to 14 of 25 in the second half (56 percent). The Rattlers made it to the free-throw line 37 times compared to 15 for MCC and made 30 (for 81.1) while the Indians made seven (46.7 percent) and only took two second half foul shots.
Otero improves to 13-3 overall, 6-1 at home and 1-1 in conference play.
“Otero is a good team, but I’m proud of our team, having two days after Air Force Prep, we really came out tough,” Lenhart said. “We have a lot to build on moving forward.”
The Indians fall to 7-9 and continue with the second of a four-game road swing through Region IX at Trinidad Saturday, then at Western Nebraska Tuesday and at Northeastern Junior College Friday.
“I saw the eye of some tigers tonight and I hadn’t seen this type of intensity out of this group like I saw tonight,” Lenhart said. “If we can keep that we will have a chance to succeed in this league.”
Kearney, NE – The Tri-City Storm dropped the first game of a two game season series to the Muskegon Lumberjacks tonight at the Viaero Center by a final score of 3-2. After falling behind 3-0 in the 2nd period, Tri-City netted two 3rd period goals but was unable to tie the game to forcer overtime. Brendan Budy and Connor McMenamin scored the Storm’s goals in Friday’s home loss to Muskegon. In the loss, Tri-City dropped to 2nd place in the USHL league standings and will host league leading Muskegon again tomorrow night at the Viaero Center. With a win tomorrow, Tri-City would retake Muskegon for the top spot in the league standings. Puck drop for tomorrow’s Storm home game is set for 7:05pm. Tickets can be purchased online at www.stormhockey.com or by calling 308-338-8144.
Muskegon got on the board halfway through the 1st period on a goal from Cam McDonald at the 9:32 mark of the period. McDonalds goal was unassisted and put the Lumberjacks out in front 1-0. Muskegon outshot Tri-City 12-9 in the 1st period and carried a 1-0 lead into the 2ndperiod. Muskegon scored its 2nd goal of the game less than four minutes into the 2nd period to increase the lead to two goals. Alex Gaffney’s goal scored at 3:43 of the 2nd period was his 9th of the year and was assisted by Owen Farris. Alex Yakovenko netted his 11thgoal of the season in the final minute of the period to push the Muskegon lead to three goals. Yakovenko’s goal at 19:13 of the 2nd period was assisted by Egor Afanasyev, and gave the Lumberjacks a 3-0 lead. Muskegon outshot Tri-City 9 to 8 in the 2nd period.
The Storm got on the board at 11:52 of the 3rd period on Brendan Budy’s 3rd career goal. Budy’s 3rd period goal marked his 3rd consecutive game soring a goal, and the even strength marker brought the Storm back within two goals of the Lumberjacks lead. Zac Jones recorded his 21st assist of the 2018-2019 regular season on the goal. Tri-City added an additional goal at 18:35 of the 3rd period to cut the Muskegon lead to only one. Captain Connor McMenamin scored his 11th goal of the season off of a faceoff win from Brendan Budy and a shot from Ronnie Attard that created a rebound and scoring chance in front of Lumberjacks goaltender Brandon Bussi. The Storm outshout the Lumberjacks 14-2 in the 3rd period but fell by a final score of 3-2. Isaiah Saville made 20 saves on 23 shots in net for Tri-City. Tonight’s game marked only the 2nd time this season Tri-City has dropped back to back games.