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Madden named MVP of Top Prospects Game

Posted 1 years 221 days ago ago by Kendall Grayson

Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm hosted the 2018 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on Tuesday night at the Viaero Center in Kearney. Storm forward Tyler Madden led Team East to victory, scoring two goals, including the game winning goal in a 4-3 win. This was the third year in a row that a Tri-City Storm player was named an MVP and awarded the 1st star of the game in the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.


Michael Callahan (Central Illinois) started the scoring on Tuesday night and gave Team East the first lead of the game. Callahan scored at the 7:04 mark of the opening period, with Marc Del Gaizo (Muskegon) and Blake McLaughlin (Chicago) picking up assists on the goal. The tally from Callahan was the only goal scored during the 1st period.


Team East added another goal at the 9:07 mark of the 2nd period when Tyler Madden (Tri-City) found the back of the net. Madden’s goal was assisted by Alexander Steeves (Dubuque) and Ben Copeland (Waterloo). Team West came storming back and put up three unanswered goals following the Madden’s tally. Ryan Savage (Fargo) cut the Team East lead in half when he buried one in behind goaltender Ivan Prosvetov (Youngstown) at the 17:04 mark of the 2nd period. His goal was assisted by Samuel Salonen (Sioux City). Team East held the lead by one goal after the opening two periods.


Matej Blumel (Waterloo) tallied the first goal of the 3rd period, striking at 1:11 of the final period. His goal was assisted by Phillipe Lapointe (Lincoln) and Cole Krygier (Lincoln) and came on the power play. The goal tied the game at 2-2. The tie would not last for long, as minutes later Paul Cotter (Lincoln) put Team West on top for the first time in the game. Cotter’s tally came at 9:34 of the 3rd period and was assited by Phillipe Lapointe and Travis Mitchell (Omaha). Curtis Hall (Youngstown) gave Team East the lead with less than eight minutes remaining in the game. Graham Lillibridge (Chicago) assisted on the game tying goal.


The final goal of the game would be scored late in the 3rd period by Tyler Madden. The goal at 15:52 of the 3rd period was Madden’s 2nd of the night and was assisted by Ben Copeland (Waterloo). In the win, Madden became the 3rd consecutive Storm player to be awarded the MVP in the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. Wade Allison was named the MVP of Team West in 2016, and Paul Washe was named MVP in 2017. Fargo’s Ryan Savage was named Team West MVP. Philippe Lapointe was named the 3rd Star of the game, with Ben Copeland picking up 2nd Star honors. Tri-City’s Tyler Madden was the only player to score multiple goals and was named 1st Star for his efforts.


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