Posted 250 days ago ago by Kendall Grayson
Kearney, NE. – The Tri-City Storm will be represented by five former players and two former coaches in this year’s NCAA Frozen Four in St. Paul, MN. Former Storm players Hayden Lavigne, Cutler Martin, Tory Dello, Bobby Nardella, and Gordi Myer will all compete in this year’s Frozen Four. In addition to these five players, Former Head Coach Bill Muckult and former Assistant Coach J.B. Bittner will also be coaching in the event.
National Semifinal #1: #3 Minnesota Duluth vs. #1 Ohio State (Thursday 5:00pm ESPN2)
Minnesota-Duluth is one of four teams qualifying for this year’s NCAA Tournament with no Tri-City Storm alumni on the roster or behind the bench. The Bulldogs are also the only team in this year’s tournament to reach the Frozen Four with no Tri-City Storm alumni on the roster. Minnesota-Duluth defeated Minnesota State 3-2 in overtime in the West Regional Semifinal on March 23rd to advance to the Regional Finals against Air Force. Minnesota-Duluth downed the Falcons by a final score of 2-1 on March 24th to advance to tonight’s Frozen Four matchup against Ohio State. The Bulldogs are the 2011 National Champions and will appearing in the Frozen Four for the 6th time in school history.
Ohio State sophomore and former Tri-City Storm defenseman Gordi Myer has skated in thirty eight of the Buckeye’s forty games played this season. Myer has netted one goal and has a career high eleven assists this season for Ohio State. He recorded an assist on the first goal of the Big Ten Championship game against Notre Dame on March 17th. The Buckeye’s reached the Frozen Four after defeating Princeton and Denver in the NCAA Tournament. Ohio State dropped Princeton 4-2 in the Midwest Regional Semifinals on March 24th. The Buckeye’s then took out the defending National Champion Denver Pioneers the following day by a final score of 5-1 to advance to the program’s 2nd Frozen Four. Myer skated with the Storm in 32 games during the 2014-2015 season before being acquired by the Green Bay Gamblers midway through the year. Former Tri-City Storm Assistant Coach J.B. Bittner will be behind the bench for the Buckeye’s in the Frozen Four. Bittner served as the Storm’s Assistant Coach during the 2013-2014 & 2014-2015 seasons. He had a four year career as a player at Ohio State from 2001-2005 and is in his first season as an Assistant Coach with the Buckeyes.
National Semifinal #2: #2 Michigan vs. #1 Notre Dame (Thursday 8:30pm ESPN2)
The Michigan Wolverines enter the Frozen Four with former Storm players Cutler Martin and Hayden Lavigne on the roster. Michigan Associate Head Coach Bill Muckult is also an alumni of the Storm and previously served as Tri-City’s Head Coach from 2015-2017. Muckult was the Head Coach of the Storm’s 2016 Clark Cup Championship team and is currently in his first season with Michigan. Cutler Martin played in 88 games with Tri-City from 2011-2014 and scored five goals during his Storm career. Martin has skated in 16 of Michigan’s 39 games this season and scored his lone goal of the season on January 2nd in the Wolverines 6-4 defeat of rival Michigan State. Martin is in his senior season with the Wolverines. Goaltender Hayden Lavigne has appeared in 32 games this year during his sophomore season for Michigan. Lavigne has an overall record of 18-10-3 and has won 9 of his last 10 games in goal. Lavigne has led Michigan to its 25th Frozen Four appearance this season. Lavigne appeared in 27 games with the Storm during the 2013-2014 season and won 5 games. He was acquired by Waterloo during the 2014-2015 regular season and finished his USHL career with the Youngstown Phantoms. Michigan advanced to this year’s Frozen Four after defeating Northeastern and Boston in the prior two rounds of the NCAA Tournament.
Notre Dame has two former Storm players on this year’s roster and will be seeking its 1st National Championship at this year’s Frozen Four. 2016 Clark Cup Champion Tory Dello is currently in his sophomore season with the Fighting Irish and has one goal on the year. Dello’s goal vs. Minnesota on November 25th helped the Irish to a 5-2 victory over the Gophers. Dello played a total of 152 games with the Storm from 2013-2016 and finished his Tri-City career with 9 goals and 32 assists. Junior defenseman Bobby Nardella played 56 regular season and 7 playoff games during the 2014-2015 season with Tri-City. Nardella finished his Storm career with 12 goals and netted 5 goals this season with Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish defeated Michigan Tech and Providence to advance to this year’s Frozen Four.
National Championship Game: (Saturday 7:30pm ESPN)