Posted 77 days ago ago by David Fine
Second straight Storm player to win Team West MVP
Sioux Falls, S.D. – Tri-City Storm forward Paul Washe scored two goals and was awarded Team West Most Valuable Player at the 2017 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Tuesday at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center. Storm goalie Dayton Rasmussen played the first half of the game and made 14 saves to help guide the squad to a 4-0 victory. The Storm had five representatives in the game – Washe, Rasmussen, Adam Goodsir, Wyatt Bongiovanni and Alex Limoges.
Washe scored early in the first period to give Team West a two-goal lead. Next, he fired one in from the slot for a 3-0 lead midway through the second. The Western Michigan commit is tied for second on the Storm with eight goals and is the second straight Storm player to win Team West MVP. Former Storm forward Wade Allison, now a freshman at Western Michigan, won the 2016 Team West MVP. The 18-year-old stands 6-foot-1, 190 pounds and is a native of Clarkston, Michigan.
Limoges, Rasmussen and Washe won the 2016 Clark Cup with the Storm. Wyatt Bongiovanni is also a returning USHL player, spending 2015-16 with Des Moines.
The game was at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, home of the Sioux Falls Stampede. At the 2016 Top Prospects Game, former Storm forward and 2016 Clark Cup MVP Wade Allison won Team West MVP.
Rasmussen, Limoges and Washe won the 2016 Clark Cup and a gold medal representing the U.S. Jr. Select Team at the 2016 World Jr. A Challenge.
NHL Central Scouting ranked Washe, Rasmussen, Bongiovanni and Goodsir on its November “Players to Watch” List for the 2017 NHL Draft. Rasmussen achieved a “B” rating, indicating the potential for a 2nd or 3rd round draft pick. The other three prospects were given “C” rankings (4th-6th round potential).
The Storm Captain Limoges leads Tri-City with 12 goals and is third on the team with 23 points. The 6-foot, 197-lb. native of Winchester, Virginia is 19 years old and committed to Cornell University.
Goodsir ranks third among USHL rookies with eight goals (8g, 14 pts.) Committed to Denver, Goodsir stands 6-foot, 183 pounds.
Bongiovanni has scored five goals and 17 points this season. The 17-year-old is 5-foot-11, 193 pounds.
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