Posted 148 days ago ago by David Fine
Lappin records first NHL point, Schwartz scores, impressive AHL goalies
Kearney, Neb. – Former Tri-City Storm forward Nick Lappin became the 12th former Storm talent to play in an NHL game Friday for the New Jersey Devils. In his second game Saturday, Lappin recorded his first point, making a beautiful backhanded pass through traffic to Devante Smith-Pelly in a Devils’ win against Tampa Bay.
Lappin and St. Louis Blues forward Jaden Schwartz are the Storm’s two active NHL players. Schwartz scored his first goal of the season, a game-winner, Friday for the Blues against the Los Angeles Kings.
At the college level, Storm alum and Union Captain Michael Vecchione followed up a six-goal, eight point week with two goals and three points in weekend victories against Rensselaer. Vecchione leads the NCAA with ten goals and is tied for the Division I lead with 16 points.
Here’s a look at some other top performances by Storm alumni over the past week.
Goaltender Power: Wilcox and Copley win at AHL level
Adam Wilcox and Pheonix Copley split goaltending duties in 2011-12 before Copley was traded to Des Moines in February 2012. Each have made it to the AHL, the level below the NHL, and earned weekend wins for their respective clubs.
Wilcox, a goaltender for the Syracuse Crunch, won back-to-back appearances on Friday and Saturday. The 23-year-old has a 3-2-0-0 record, 2.60 goals against average and .897 save percentage.
Copley, who made his NHL debut with St. Louis in 2016, won his first game of 2016-17 for the Chicago Wolves, denying 26 shots in a 7-3 win Saturday against in-state rival Rockford.
Mingoia leads ECHL Atlanta
The Atlanta Gladiators, ECHL affiliate of the Boston Bruins, cruised to a pair of wins this weekend and forward Trevor Mingoia (TC: 2012-13) factored in with two goals and three points in three games.
Saturday in an 8-2 rout against Orlando, the former Providence National Champion scored a career-high two goals. Mingoia leads Gladiators rookies in goals and is tied for first among ECHL rookies with two power-play goals.
The Gladiators boast two former Storm players, Trevor Mingoia and former Storm Captain Kenny Brooks.
John Marino on the board for Harvard
Harvard swept its first two games of the season at Arizona State and defenseman John Marino (TC 2015-16) scored a goal in his first NCAA game for the Crimson. A 2015 sixth-round pick of the Edmonton Oilers, Marino had five goals and 30 points for the Storm in 56 regular season games. He skated in all 11 Clark Cup Playoff games, collecting two assists.
Marino paired on the blue line with current UMass-Lowell freshman Mattias Goransson for most of last season. Goransson had an assist for UMass-Lowell Saturday in a victory against Nebraska-Omaha.
Gamez brings helping hand
Former Storm Captain Garrett Gamez (TC: 2012-15) led Providence with a career-high three assists in a 6-0 win against cross-city rival Brown Sunday. He has one goal and four points in seven games for the 15th-ranked Friars.
The sophomore and has joined forces with 2016 Clark Cup Champion and Minnesota Wild draft pick Brandon Duhaime.
The Storm is back at home against Omaha this Friday, November 4 for Social Media Night, presented by the Nebraska Lottery. Friday is also 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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