Posted 2 years 7 days ago ago by David Fine
Pro Success + Clark Cup Rematches
Kearney, Neb. – Former Storm Captain Brian Ward (TC: 2010-13) continues to light up the ECHL after scoring his team-best 11th goal for the Adirondack Thunder last week. Ward leads all ECHL rookies in goals and the Thunder is tied for first in the North Division with the Manchester Monarchs.
Also impressing in the ECHL, Radoslav Illo (TC: 2008-10), in his third professional campaign, has four goals and nine points for the Missouri Mavericks. He faced off against Fort Wayne Komets defenseman Jason Binkley (TC: 2010-11) Friday and Binkley assisted on the game-winning goal in a 6-5 overtime win. Binkley has two goals and ten points for the Komets.
Here’s a look at some other top performances by Storm alumni over the past week.
NHL: Nick Lappin and Jaden Schwartz
Rookie forward Nick Lappin earned an assist Saturday for the New Jersey Devils and the team scored four unanswered goals to defeat the Nashville Predators, 5-4, in overtime. The former Brown University standout has played in 18 games for the New Jersey Devils, compiling four goals and seven points. Lappin is playing an average of about 13 minutes a game.
After returning from injury in October and starting the season somewhat slowly, Jaden Schwartz has erupted for seven goals and 12 points over the last 13 games. The former first-round pick has eight goals and 14 points in 21 games. Schwartz is seven assists away from 100 in his career.
NCAA: Clark Cup Rematches + Bobby Nardella
Nardella leads Notre Dame
Notre Dame sophomore defenseman Bobby Nardella tied a season-high with three points at Massachusetts Friday and the Fighting Irish split the weekend with the Minutemen. Nardella leads Notre Dame defensemen with four goals and 12 assists in 16 games. Last season, the 5-foot-9, 178-lb. blueliner had four goals and 24 points in 35 games.
Nardella’s younger brother, Nicholas, 17, joined the Storm’s active roster last weekend.
2015-16 Storm Alumni: Marino vs. Kielly
Freshman defenseman John Marino and the Harvard Crimson defeated Jake Kielly and Clarkson, 7-3, Saturday in Potsdam, New York. In his first collegiate season, Kielly has started 15 of 18 games and is 8-5-3 with one shutout, a 2.53 goals against average and a .918 save percentage.
Marino, a 2015 sixth round pick of the Edmonton Oilers has one goal and three assists in 12 games.
2015-16 Storm Alumni: Allison vs. Wahlin
#17 St. Cloud State and #18 Western Michigan squared up for a two-game set over the weekend. Jake Wahlin, a first-year St. Cloud forward, watched his team defeat Western Michigan, 3-0, Friday and tie the Broncos, 5-5, Saturday.
Freshman Wade Allison scored his seventh of the season for Western Michigan on Saturday. The 2016 Clark Cup MVP ranks second on the squad in points and goals.
Tri-City is on the road at 7:05 p.m. on Friday, December 9 before hosting the Des Moines Buccaneers for Ugly Sweater Night + $1 Beers on Saturday, December 10 at 7:05 p.m. One of the most popular nights of the season, enjoy the fun by wearing your favorite ugly sweater and enjoying $1 beers and soft drinks.
Coverage begins 15 minutes before puck drop with the Viaero Wireless Pregame Show on The Breeze 94.5 FM.
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