Posted 288 days ago ago by David Fine
Kearney, Neb. – Tri-City Storm alumni have returned to the ice at the collegiate and professional levels over the last few weeks and many from last season’s Clark Cup team made their NCAA debuts last weekend.
Among some of the funnier moments, last season’s Clark Cup MVP Wade Allison broke the glass with a hit at Ferris State and scored in his collegiate debut. Ironically, former Storm broadcaster Jared Shafran was on the call for Allison’s goal.
Meanwhile, the North American professional ranks have wrapped up the preseason and the ECHL and AHL start their regular seasons begin on Friday, October 14. Former Storm forward Kenny Brooks prepares for his professional debut with the Boston Bruins organization this weekend.
Here’s a look at some other notable performances.
Notre Dame defensemen Tory Dello (TC 2012-16) and Bobby Nardella (2014-15) explode at the blue line
Former Storm Captain Tory Dello tallied two assists in his collegiate debut and Bobby Nardella accumulated two goals and four points.
Dello was on the Storm for three full seasons and captained the Storm to its only Clark Cup in 2016. Nardella is the Storm’s single-season points leader for a defenseman (42).
The Fighting Irish outscored Arizona State, 13-4, in two weekend wins. Notre Dame is ranked #5 in the country and squares up for a pair of non-conference games at #4 Minnesota-Duluth this weekend.
Wisconsin Forward Dan Labosky (2013-16): First collegiate assist
Labosky is the Storm’s all-time postseason assists and points leader and played his first two games for Wisconsin. Labosky added his first NCAA assist in a 6-5 victory over Northern Michigan on Saturday, October 8. The Badgers host #6 Boston College this weekend.
Clarkson Goaltender Jake Kielly (2015-16): First collegiate win
Kielly made 23 saves, allowed two goals and picked up his first collegiate victory on October 8 against Vermont. The 20-year-old helped lead the Storm to the Clark Cup last season by recording a Tier-I USHL record .950 postseason save percentage. The Saturday win helped Kielly rebound after allowing five goals the night before vs. Vermont.
His roommate in Kearney, Nico Sturm, played his first two games for the Golden Knights.
Other notables: Carson Meyer (Miami) and Mattias Goransson (UMass-Lowell)
Former Storm forward Carson Meyer and defenseman Mattias Goransson each recorded their first collegiate goals. Meyer scored Saturday in a 2-1 victory over #10 Providence. Friars forward Brandon Duhaime (TC, 2016) made his collegiate debut and Garrett Gamez (2012-15) scored his first goal of the season on Friday.
Goransson, an assistant captain on last season’s Storm club, tallied a goal and an assist for #8 UMass-Lowell in his collegiate debut on Friday against Minnesota-Duluth.
This Thursday from 5-9 p.m., Tri-City invites all fans to “Paint the Ice” to remember those affected by cancer. The Storm will wear specialty jerseys and play on the painted ice against Cedar Rapids on Friday, October 14 at 7:05 p.m. for Color Out Cancer Night presented by Midway Auto Dealerships.
Just 24 hours later, the Storm and Kearney Concrete team up for Concrete Cares Night on Saturday, October 15 at 7:05 p.m. Both Storm games will feature specialty jerseys.
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