Offense Opens Up As Storm Ground Ice Flyers

Saturday night in Pensacola the Storm put together their second five-goal performance of the season and defeated the Ice Flyers 5-1.

 

The matchup marked the conclusion of a three-game road trip that started with a frustrating 4-2 loss (ENG) to the Birmingham Bulls and included a 2-1 defeat Friday night to the Ice Flyers in a strange game remembered primarily as the power outage game; with 2:14 remaining in the second period the entire arena lost power and an hour-long delay ensued.

 

The Storm entered Saturday night’s tilt on a seven-game skid that included four one-goal losses and the two-goal defeat to Birmingham that included the empty netter.  The last win was the only win of the season back on opening night and the team new that needed to change.

 

Quad City came out flying in “The Hangar” and scored first.  Off a faceoff in the attacking zone Mitch Mueller tapped the puck into the corner.  Taylor McCloy chased after it, won it, and passed it to Dalton Mills in the high slot who cranked a one-timer passed Pensacola netminder Andrew D’Agostini. 

 

Fifty seconds later Tanner Froese answered the Storm score on the power-play, burying a beautiful no-look backhand pass through the crease form Ryan Marcuz into the back of the net tying the game. 

 

Even after the equalizer the Storm still maintained control of the game, creating quality chances seemingly every other time they entered the offensive zone.  At 14:23 of the first Mitch Mueller recorded his second point of the night with a power-play goal assisted by Austin Hervey and Cody Walsh.  After the three exchanged some pinpoint passes Mueller elected to take the action to the crease and stepped in from just above the goal line to rip a low wrist shot that deflected into the back of the net. 

 

In the early stages of the second period the Storm again found themselves on the attack.  Pensacola began to breakout of the zone but pressure applied at the right-wing hash mark  forced a turnover.  Junior Harris pinched from the point and elected to put a quick shot on net that went through a screen and then through D’Agostini to make it 3-1. 

 

If there had been any doubt the goal firmly placed momentum in the grasp of the visiting Quad City Storm.  Four minutes and four seconds later Austin Hervey blasted home his first goal of the season with assists from Mueller and Taylor McCloy to make it 4-1.

 

Peter Di Salvo saw 21-shots in the third period and stopped every one.  On the night Di Salvo made 41-saves on 42-shots bumping his stat line to a .914 SV% and 2.94 GAA.  There is a strong case to be made he was the Storm’s best player in the game.

 

An empty netter from Taylor McCloy locked in the final score at 5-1 and the Storm loaded the bus with two-points on their first extended road trip in franchise history.

 

Friday November 23rd the Storm see the Ice Flyers at the TaxSlayer Center and then battle the Evansville Thunderbolts Saturday.  Ticketmaster fees are still waived when you order your tickets online at QuadCityStorm.com.

Brian Rothenberger