Tri-City Storm reschedules home opener due to ice issues

Tri-City Storm reschedules home opener due to ice issues
Published: Sep. 29, 2022 at 6:56 PM CDT
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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - The Tri-City Storm will have to wait until Sunday for their home-opener against the Omaha Lancers.

The United States Hockey League (USHL) announced the postponement Thursday, saying the game originally scheduled for Sept. 30 will now be played on Oct. 2 at 4:05 p.m.

The postponement is due to ice maintenance issues at the Viaero Center, which has also caused the Storm to practice in Lincoln at the Breslow Ice Arena.

The Viaero Center has had its fair share of battles with keeping the ice solid.

In Feb. of 2018, the ‘Jersey Boys’ musical was canceled with patrons at the door, although that was not directly related to ice. In March of this year, the ‘Disney on Ice’ show was also canceled. In July, they canceled the Cody Johnson concert.

Whenever the Storm does hit the ice, they are doing it in front of what they call “the best fans in the league.”

“It’s exciting just to play in front of your fans and on home ice,” said Tanner Adams, Storm right winger. “I think we have the best fans in the league, so anytime we get to play at home with them, it’s awesome.”

Storm coach and President of Hockey Operations Anthony Noreen said it’s special to be able to play in front of their fans.

“The atmosphere is second to none and anything I’ve ever experienced in hockey,” Noreen said. “The support we get, I don’t even call them fans. I call them supporters because whether we win, lose, get knocked out, whatever, it’s the best group of supporters I’ve ever seen that just stand behind a team no matter what. The energy in that building is something we feed off of. I think they feed off of us. We hope to put a team out there again that they can be proud of.”

It’s a rivalry tilt with the Lancers, who the Storm bounced out of the Clark Cup Playoffs just a season ago.