Posted 2 years 23 days ago ago by David Fine
Kearney, Neb. – John Marino (Harvard), Bobby Nardella (Notre Dame) and former Storm Captain Tory Dello (Notre Dame) have qualified for the 2017 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Frozen Four. Dello and Marino won the 2016 Clark Cup.
In the semifinals on April 6, Harvard matches Minnesota-Duluth and Notre Dame takes on top-seeded Denver. The Frozen Four is at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, less than two miles away from the USHL’s league office.
Marino pitched in an assist against Air Force in the NCAA Quarterfinals and has nine points (1g, 8a) over the last 11 games. Harvard is in its first Frozen Four since 1994 and seeks its second championship.
The Fighting Irish defeated Minnesota and UMass-Lowell on back-to-back days to make its third Frozen Four. Dello has missed just one game this season and Nardella is second among squad blueliners with seven goals.
At least one former Storm player has won the championship in four straight seasons. Last year, Austin Poganski and Chris Wilkie took home the trophy with North Dakota.
Eighteen former Tri-City Storm players qualified for the tournament. The Storm boasted alumni on 11 of 16 schools.
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Tri-City begins its final home weekend of the season on Friday, March 31, with “Dash 4 Cash”, presented by NebraskaLand National Bank, at 7:05 p.m. against Chicago. During intermissions, fans and schools will try to grab as much “cash” as they can in an allotted time frame. Schools will compete for $1,000 during one break and fans will grab up to $250 in the next intermission. It’s also a $5 Kids Friday and all players will be available after the game for autographs.
The Storm honors the best fans in the USHL on “Fan Appreciation Night”, presented by the Nebraska Lottery, against the Steel on Saturday, April 1 at 7:05 p.m. There will be a special postgame skate.
Tri-City completes a three-in-three weekend on Sunday, April 2 at 3:05 p.m. at Sioux City. Listen to all games on The Breeze 94.5 FM with the Viaero Wireless Pregame Show starting 15 minutes before puck drop.