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Tri-City Storm stretch win streak to five

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The Tri-City Storm continues their win streak after a shootout victory on the road against the Muskegon Lumberjacks, 3-2, on Friday night, according to a press release by the Storm.

Filip Forsmark and Adam Goodsir scored in the shootout while Filip Larsson denied both Lumberjack shooters for Tri-City’s fifth consecutive win.

After a scoreless first period, Muskegon jumped on the board at 10:51 of the second period with a power play goal from Jachym Kondelik assisted by Matej Pekar and Marc Del Gaizo. The goal gave the Lumberjacks the lead, and they held it through the conclusion of the first 40 minutes of regulation.

Tri-City responded with a power play goal from Michael Maloney at 5:44 of the third period. The goal was the second of the season from Maloney and was assisted by Filip Forsmark and Hugo Blixt. The teams traded blows once more as Muskegon retook the lead off a power play shot from Anthony Del Gaizo with less than four minutes remaining. The goal put the pressure on the Storm to respond and with little time left they elected to lift Filip Larsson for the extra attacker. With the net empty, the extra attacker on the ice, Hugo Blixt blasted one by Lumberjack goalie Adam Brizgala with 27 seconds remaining to tie the game up 2-2. Joey Cipollone recorded the secondary assist and Bryan Yoon picked up the primary assist on the goal for his tape to tape pass to set up Hugo Blixt.

A crowd of 1,658 watched the final few seconds tick away and a scoreless overtime pass by. This left a shootout to decide the game, with both shooters coming up short in the first round. It was then Filip Forsmark who struck for Tri-City to give the Storm a one goal advantage in the shootout. Filip Larsson stopped both Emilio Petterson and Anthony Del Guizo to give Adam Goodsir a chance to burry a shootout goal for the second consecutive game. Goodsir made the most out of his shootout opportunity, firing one past Adam Brizgala to give the Storm their seventh victory in the last eight games.

Tri-City has now won five games in a row and are 3-1 away from the Viaero Center in Kearney. The Storm still hold the best home record in the USHL, a perfect 4-0 at home to start the season.

Hugo Blixt was named the third star of the game, with Storm goaltender Filip Larsson taking home first star honors.

The Storm return to action Saturday night, in another road matchup against the Lumberjacks. Puck drop is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. CT.

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