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Storm shake off losing streak as last seed in West

The Tri-City Storm are recognized during an April 12, 2018 practice by the Viaero Center video board in Kearney, Neb. (KHGI)

Losing nine consecutive times is not the way anyone wants to enter a postseason.

Remember; Tri–City once led the USHL standings, but have fallen on hard times. It's a tough pill to swallow for the program, but their playoff goals are still intact, earning the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference.

"There's nothing else like playoff hockey, it's a whole new season, you put what you did in the regular season behind you," said head coach Anthony Noreen. "Let's put our best foot forward and let's go chase it."

Fargo up first for Tri–City in the opening round, a team Tri–City lost to in three of four games during a nine–day stretch in mid–February.

What's the old saying?

"In any sport, especially hockey, the seeds go out the window," Noreen said. "I mean you look at last year, I don't think anyone in the world expected gave Nashville a chance against the Chicago Blackhawks as the eight seed vs. the one seed in round one and they sweep them. So in this game and this league it all goes out the window, there's a ton of parity, and everybody wants it."

Tri–City is at Fargo for the first round and a best–of–three series starting Tuesday night at Scheels Arena with a 7:05 p.m. CT start.

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