Sep 11, 2023

Last-minute goal lifts Storm to victory over Force

Posted Sep 11, 2023 3:20 PM

Story by Tri-City Communications

The Tri-City Storm’s Carmelo Crandell netted a goal in the final minute of Sunday’s exhibition game against the Fargo Force to lift the team to a 3-2 victory. Luke Posthumus and Owen Beckner also netted goals during the matchup for Tri-City. Goaltenders Cameron Korpi and Daniel Heroux split time in net, with each player guarding the goal for roughly half of the game. The Storm’s next preseason contest will be played Wednesday night at Liberty First Credit Union Arena against the Omaha Lancers. Puck drop for the rivalry game is set for 7:05pm CT.

Each team recorded six shots on net during Sunday’s opening period, but the 2nd period began in a scoreless tie. Luke Posthumus netted his first goal of the preseason at 9:17 of the middle period to give the Storm a 1-0 lead in the matchup. Owen Beckner scored his first goal of the preseason with less than four minutes remaining in the period to boost Tri-City’s lead to two goals. A.J. Lacroix and Seth Constance each notched an assist on the scoring play. The final goal of Sunday’s 2nd period was netted by Fargo’s Gavin Kor. The goal was scored with thirty-two seconds left to play in the period, and was assisted by Garrett Drotts, and Masun Fleece. Tri-City heavily outshot Fargo by a 15-4 margin during the middle period.

Gavin Kor scored another goal for the Force at 13:10 of the 3rd period to bring the game to a 2-2 tie. Tanner Walos collected the lone assist on the scoring play. Carmelo Crandell netted his second goal of the exhibition season with twenty-eight seconds remaining in Sunday’s game to seal the victory for Tri-City. Owen Beckner and A.J. Lacroix each recorded an assist on the play. The Storm was outshot 15-7 during the 3rd period, but outshot the Force by an overall margin of 28-25 during the game. Tri-City improved to 2-1-0-0 during the preseason in the victory.

Cameron Korpi turned away all six shots faced in goal for Tri-City during the first half of the game. Daniel Heroux made 17 saves on 19 shots in the final 30:43 of game time, and recorded the victory in goal for the Storm. Fargo’s Eric Olsson stopped 12 of 13 shots faced during the first half of the game in net. Hampton Slukynsky made 13 saves on 15 shots, and recorded the loss in goal for the Force.

Tri-City hits the ice again on Wednesday, September 13th, in a road game against the Omaha Lancers. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05pm CT. Skate to for individual game tickets and more information regarding the Tri-City Storm organization.