Storm Win The Final Battle Of 2018

The Storm defeated the Peoria Rivermen in impressive fashion on New Year’s Eve at the TaxSlayer Center by a final score of 4-1.

Quad City controlled the majority of a scoreless first period and the special teams went to work in the second and third.

Mitch Mueller got Quad City on the board two minutes and thirty-three seconds into the second period with the first power play score of the night.  Vincent Beaudry picked up his first point as a member of the Storm on the goal which Mueller wristed through traffic over the shoulder of Peoria netminder Stephen Klein.  Tommy Tsicos picked up the secondary assist.

Joe McKeown buried his first gino of the evening twelve minutes and ten seconds later.  McKeown sped passed the Peoria blue line and went in all alone on Klein to make it 2-0.

Peoria’s Austin Vieth was awarded a penalty shot after Pete Di Salvo skated out of his net to try and cut off a would-be breakaway.  Di Salvo shut the door on the PS and continued a phenomenal performance in which he finished with 37 saves on 38 shots.

A 2-0 second period would have been nice, but Joe McKeown decided 3-0 would be better and scored his second goal of the night off a spectacular feed form Patrick Harrison out of the corner during an extended four on four.  For McKeown it is his team leading eighth goal of the year.

Mitch Mueller finished his second score of the night for a little insurance at 9:45 of the third on the power play.  Tommy Tsicos and Shane Bennett recorded assists.

The game finished with a bang when John Scully got the better of Dean Yakura in a tilt off a center ice faceoff.  With the crowd behind them the whole way, Quad City sailed to a 4-1 victory.

The Storm hit the road to Evansville Friday and are back at the TaxSlayer Center on Saturday for 80’s Night versus the Huntsville Havoc!  Get your tickets at QuadCityStorm.com.

Brian Rothenberger