Kearney, NE. – Twenty-four former Tri-City Storm players will represent the organization in this year’s NCAA Hockey Tournament. The 2019 Frozen Four will be held April 11th & April 13th at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York. The 2019 edition of the NCAA Hockey Tournament begins this afternoon.
#1 St. Cloud State vs. American International, Friday, March 29th 6:30pm (ESPN3)
Jake Wahlin is a member of the Storm’s 2016 Clark Cup Championship team and is currently in his 3rd season with the Huskies of St. Cloud State. He has scored one goal and registered four assists in twenty-seven games played this season. Sam Hentges played for the Storm last season and was drafted by the Minnesota Wild in the 7th Round of the 2018 NHL Draft. Hentges has scored ten goals and netted ten assists in thirty-six games played during his freshman season. Last year with Tri-City, Hentges scored four goals and registered two assists in seven games played with the team.
American International is one of four teams in this year’s tournament with no Tri-City Storm alumni on the roster.
Ohio State vs. Denver, Friday, March 29th 3pm (ESPNU)
Carson Meyer his enjoying success in his 3rd collegiate season, 1st following a transfer from Miami. Meyer has scored nine goals this season for the Buckeyes and has also provided the Ohio State offense with thirteen assists. Meyer scored thirty-two goals during the 2015-2016 regular season with the Storm and also netted five goals during the team’s Clark Cup Championship run in the playoffs. Junior defenseman Gordi Myer has scored one goal in thirty-five games played for Ohio State this season. He has also registered eight assists. Myer played thirty-two career games with the Storm during the 2014-2015 season. Former Storm Assistant Coach J.B. Bittner will also be behind the bench as an Assistant Coach for Ohio State.
Tyler Ward has scored five goals and notched nine assists in his freshman season with the Denver Pioneers. Ward scored ten goals during last year’s regular season for the Storm and scored a goal in the playoffs. Filip Larsson is also in his freshman season with Denver and is 11-5-3 in nineteen appearances in goal this year. Larsson is coming off a record-breaking season with Tri-City last year. Larsson was named the 2018 USHL Goaltender of the Year after making seven hundred and thirty-six saves in thirty games, leading the USHL with a 1.65 GAA, and posting the best save percentage (.941%) in the history of the league.
#4 Massachusetts vs. Harvard, Friday, March 29th 2pm (ESPN2)
Bobby Kaiser scored two goals in seven games during his freshman season with UMass before being ruled out for the rest of the season due to injury. Kaiser played in eight games with the Storm during the 2015-2016 season.
John Marino has scored three goals and recorded eight assists in his junior season with the Crimson. Marino is a Clark Cup Champion from his lone season with the Tri-City Storm. During the 2015-2016 regular season, Marino scored five goals and provided the Storm offense with twenty-five assists. He also registered two assists during the team’s eleven playoff games. Wyllum Deveaux has scored three goals in twenty-five games during his freshman season with Harvard. Last season, Deveaux scored one goal in fifteen games with the Storm. He notched four goals and provided the Tri-City offense with nineteen assists during the 2016-2017 season. Nick Azar has not appeared in a game this season for Harvard. Azar scored two goals and registered three assists in forty-eight games played during the 2016-2017 season for the Storm. Reilly Walsh has scored twelve goals and recorded nineteen assists in thirty-two games played for Harvard this season. Walsh is in his sophomore season with the team and scored one goal in two games with Tri-City during the 2015-2016 season.
Notre Dame vs. Clarkson, Friday, March 29th 5:30pm (ESPNU)
2016 Clark Cup Champion Tory Dello is in his junior season with the Fighting Irish and has scored two goals in thirty-eight games played this season. Dello was the Captain of the 2015-2016 Clark Cup Championship Tri-City Storm team. He played three seasons for the organization, one hundred sixty-seven games in total across three regular seasons and two post seasons. Senior Bobby Nardella is an Alternate Captain on this year’s Notre Dame team. He has tied a career high with seven goals scored his season. Nardella appeared in fifty-six regular season and seven playoff games with the Storm during the 2014-2015 season. He scored twelve goals and registered thirty-nine assists during his Storm career. Nate Clurman is in his freshman season with the team and has recorded two assists in thirty-seven games played this season. Clurman recorded three assists in twenty-three games with the Storm last season.
Jake Kielly is up for the Mike Richter Award (Goaltender of the Year) after another stellar season with Clarkson. Through thirty-eight games played for the Golden Knights so far this year, Kielly has a record of 26-10-2, a goals against average of 1.89 and a save percentage of .929&%. Kielly won a Clark Cup Championship with Tri-City in 2016, appearing in forty-eight games with the Storm during the team’s Championship season. Kielly was sensational in the playoffs, posting a goals against average of 1.64, and a save percentage of .950. Nico Sturm is up for the 2019 Hobey Baker Award (Top NCAA Player) and looks to continue his great play in the NCAA Tournament. Sturm has tied a career high with fourteen goals on the year. He has also recorded thirty-one assists this season and is the Captain of this year’s Clarkson team. Former Storm Head Coach Josh Hauge will also be behind the bench for Clarkson as an Assistant Coach.
#3 Minnesota State vs. Providence, Saturday, March 30th Noon (ESPNews)
Walker Duehr is currently in his sophomore season with Minnesota State and has scored ten goals in thirty-three games played. During the 2015-2016 season, Duehr scored ten goals in thirty-eight regular season games and netted a goal during the 2016 Clark Cup Playoffs. Jack McNeely is also in his sophomore season with the Mavericks and has one goal in forty-one games played. McNeely has also provided the Minnesota State offense with nine goals. McNeely served as Captain of the Tri-City Storm during the 2016-2017 season. He registered eleven assists in ninety-one games with the organization from the 2014-2015 to 2016-2017 season.
Brandon Duhaime has scored a career high ten goals in his junior season with the Providence Friars. Duhaime joined the Storm during the 2015-2016 and helped the team capture the 2016 Clark Cup. Duhaime scored five goals and registered five assists during the regular season and added four more goals and four additional assists during the team’s run in the playoffs. John McDermott skated in all sixty regular season games and both of the Storm’s playoff games during the 2018 Clark Cup Playoffs. McDermott scored seven goals and provided the Storm offense with fourteen assists during the 2017-2018 regular season.
Cornell vs. Northeastern, Saturday, March 30th 3:30pm (ESPNews)
Cornell is one of four teams in this year’s tournament with no Tri-City Storm alumni on the roster.
Tyler Madden has netted twelve goals and provided the Huskies offense with sixteen assists during his freshman season. Madden skated in thirty-two games with the Storm last season, scoring nine goals and registering eleven assists. He was named the MVP of Team East at the 2018 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game played at the Viaero Center in Kearney. Madden was drafted 68th overall in the 3rd Round of the 2018 NHL Draft by the Vancouver Canucks.
#2 Minnesota Duluth vs. Bowling Green, Saturday, March 30th 3:00pm (ESPNU)
Minnesota Duluth is one of four teams in this year’s tournament with no Tri-City Storm alumni on the roster.
Eric Dop has appeared in nine games during his junior season with Bowling Green. Dop currently has a goals against average of 1.34, and a save percentage of .948%. During the 2016-2017 season, Dop appeared in thirty games with the Storm, posting a goals against average of 2.92 and a save percentage of .906.
Arizona State vs. Quinnipiac, Saturday, March 30th 6:30pm (ESPN3)
Arizona State is one of four teams in this year’s tournament with no Tri-City Storm alumni on the roster.
Wyatt Bongiovanni is in his freshman season with the Quinnipiac Bobcats, and has scored fourteen goals and recorded nine assists in thirty-six games played. Bongiovanni played fifty-nine games for the Storm during the 2016-2017 season, scoring twelve goals and providing the Storm offense with eighteen assists. Odeen Tufto is in his sophomore season with Quinnipiac and has scored fifteen goals. Tufto has also recorded twenty-seven assists. He appeared in eight games with the Storm during the 2016-2017 season, scoring three goals and registering four assists.
Tri-City Storm Alumni in 2019 NCAA Hockey Tournament
Jake Wahlin- St. Cloud State
Sam Hentges- St. Cloud State