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Storm brewing in Western Conference

Members of the Tri-City Storm celebrate after scoring a goal in a game at the Viaero Center in Kearney, Neb. (KHGI)

There's still two and a half months remaining in the USHL regular season, but the race for the Western Conference has already tightened up with the top five teams only four points apart in the standings.

Still sitting at the top of the list, the Tri–City Storm have managed to build a three–point lead on the second place Omaha Lancers.

"I think we're going to find out a lot about ourselves," head coach and general manager Anthony Noreen said. ."We said in Omaha on Sunday that you want to be playing the best teams this time of the year."

But their place in the hierarchy could get tossed into a blender with the Storm's next seven games coming against the next three highest rated teams from the west.

"You need to find out what you need to get better at, what you need to evaluate come trade deadline, you know what you can get better at every day in practice," said Noreen. "So I thought it was great we played Omaha, I think it's great we're going into Waterloo this weekend. These are places that if you want to do what we want to do these are places that you have to go and you have to win. So I think we're going to learn a lot about ourselves and what we need to do moving forward."

The Storms next two games are on the road against the Waterloo Blackhawks, a team currently third in the Western Conference at 20–11–3–1.

They split their first series at the Viaero Center on Nov. 10 and Nov. 11 by a 1–0 final both nights.

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