Posted 224 days ago ago by David Fine
Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm’s ECHL and AHL alumni took to the ice for the opening weekend of the professional season. Making his first appearance of the season, former Storm goalie Adam Wilcox (TC: 2011-12) backstopped the Syracuse Crunch (AHL) to a 6-3 win Sunday in Rochester, pushing Syracuse to a 2-0-0-0 start. Wilcox is one of six former Tri-City players in the AHL, the level below the NHL.
Here’s a look at some of the other top performances by Storm alumni over the last week.
Kenny Brooks - first professional game (Atlanta, ECHL)
Former Storm Captain Kenny Brooks (TC: 2009-12) played in his first professional game Saturday for the Atlanta Gladiators against the Toledo Walleye. Brooks is the son of Storm Owner Mr. Kirk Brooks.
Former Providence National Champion Trevor Mingoia (TC: 2012-13) skated in his first ECHL game for Atlanta and scored in his second game against Toledo. The 24-year-old is starting his first full professional season after playing four games for the AHL’s Albany Devils in 2016. The Gladiators earned a weekend split with Toledo.
Brian Ward – first professional goal (Adirondack, ECHL)
Skating in his first game for the Adirondack Thunder, former Storm Captain Brian Ward tallied his first goal and the Thunder squeaked out a 4-3 overtime win over Manchester. Ward (TC: 2011-13) played three seasons for St. Lawrence University from 2013-16. Adirondack is the ECHL affiliate of the Calgary Flames.
Ward played one game with the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers last season.
Radoslav Illo – (Missouri, ECHL)
Illo scored two goals Saturday against Allen, but the Missouri Mavericks fell, 6-3. Illo was on the Storm from 2008-10 and scored 45 goals and 76 points.
Nick Lappin – (Albany, AHL)
The Brown University graduate and Storm forward from 2010-12 earned an assist on the game-winning goal for the Albany Devils Friday against the Providence Bruins.
Wade Allison’s birthday “hat trick” – Western Michigan
Wade Allison won NCHC Rookie of the Week, recording two goals and two assists over the weekend. Friday against Bowling Green, Allison (TC: 2014-16) celebrated his 19th birthday and scored two goals in regulation plus another on a breakaway in 3-on-3 overtime to technically complete his first collegiate hat trick. However, Western Michigan is a member of the NCHC and the conference does not officially record stats garnered in the 3-on-3 overtime. The game was a 4-4 tie and Allison was finished with two goals.
The next day, the 2016 Clark Cup MVP earned two assists and the Broncos ran over Bowling Green, 8-2. The Broncos are 3-0-1 and Allison leads the team with three goals. He is tied for a team-best five points.
Mattias Goransson – #5 UMass Lowell
The freshman Goransson scored a pair of goals over the weekend for UMass-Lowell and the Riverhawks swept a weekend set at Colorado College. Goransson is tied for first on the club with three goals and ranks third on UMass-Lowell with four points. The 21-year-old from Grums, Sweden is the Storm’s all-time defenseman points leader (69). This weekend, UMass-Lowell is home to host St. Lawrence and Clarkson.
Goransson will see former Storm teammates Jake Kielly and Nico Sturm on Saturday during the game against Clarkson. Sturm earned his first two collegiate assists last weekend.
Chase Berger – Penn State
In Penn State’s 7-0 win against Mercyhurst, Berger tallied two goals and an assist. The sophomore from St. Louis, Missouri leads the club with four assists and five points.
Berger played for the Storm from 2013-15 and is teammates with former Storm players Vince Pedrie (1g, 1a) and Kevin Kerr (0g, 2a).
Tri-City is next in action on Friday, October 28 at Fargo. After matching the Force for a pair of weekend games, the Storm returns home on Friday, November 4 for Social Media Night, presented by the Nebraska Lottery. Friday is a $5 Kids Friday; all kids 12 and under receive a voucher for a free soft taco and soft drink at Kearney Taco Bell.
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