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Appleton, Meyer leading way at NCAA level
Kearney, Neb. – NCAA leading scorer and Union College Captain Michael Vecchione scored four goals and seven points over the weekend, including a hat trick against Yale on Friday. The former two-season Storm player (2011-13) has accumulated 14 goals, five more than the next closest Division I player. With 24 points, Vecchione is six ahead of the second-best Division I scorer, his teammate Spencer Foo.
Here’s a look at some other top performances by Storm alumni over the past week.
NHL: Schwartz producing
Since returning from injury, St. Louis Blues forward Jaden Schwartz (TC: 2009-10) has two goals and three points in nine games. Sunday, Schwartz scored a power-play goal and the Blues defeated the Colorado Avalanche, 5-1.
The former USHL All-Star is averaging about 19 minutes a game this season. In 249 regular season games, Schwartz has 72 goals and 160 points.
Appleton sparks Spartans
Michigan State Sophomore Mason Appleton (TC: 2014-15) scored in overtime Friday to lift the Spartans to a 3-2 win against Michigan Tech.
In a two-goal, three-point effort, Appleton took the team lead in assists (5) and points (8). The 20-year-old is teammates with former Storm forward and Spartans sophomore Dan Milan (TC: 2013-15).
Michigan Tech’s Joel L’Esperance (TC: 2011-14) had a goal and an assist in two weekend games. The Huskies salvaged a weekend split with their in-state foes.
Meyer vs. Allison
Freshmen Wade Allison (Western Michigan) and Carson Meyer (Miami University) faced off in a pair of weekend games and each found the scoresheet, but Western Michigan earned a weekend sweep over Miami.
The 19-year-old Meyer started the weekend with a pair of assists Friday. The next night, Allison scored his fourth goal of the season, giving the freshman six points.
Meyer’s scoreless Saturday ended a five-game point streak (0g, 8a). The native of Powell, Ohio is tied for a school-best eight assists and third on the team with 10 points.
Nico Sturm provides offense
2016 Clark Cup Champion Nico Sturm (TC: 2015-16) has assists in back-to-back games for Clarkson and the Golden Knights earned a weekend split vs. Quinnipiac and Princeton. The 21-year-old freshman is tied for third on the squad with five assists.
Sturm is teammates with Jake Kielly (TC: 2015-16), who has led the charge in net with a team-high seven starts. Kielly is 3-4-1 with a 2.99 goals against average and a .904 save percentage.
The Storm is on the road Friday at 7:35 p.m. to face the Lincoln Stars. The following night, Tri-City matches Sioux City at 7:05 p.m. Coverage starts with the Viaero Wireless Pregame Show 20 minutes before puck drop.
After the weekend road games, the Storm is home for a pair of contests against Youngstown on Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19. Friday is UNK Night, presented by Hilltop Mall, plus a $5 Kids Friday for kids 12 and under, brought to you by Kearney Taco Bell. Saturday’s game features special intermission Wiener Dog Races, presented by Fairview Vet Clinic. Finish up the weekend with a postgame skate.
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