March 20, 2017 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Tri-City Storm
Kearney, Neb. - Eighteen former Tri-City Storm players have qualified for the NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament that begins Friday, March 24.
Storm alumni represent 11 of the 16 schools. Tri-City has multiple players on five rosters - Penn State (3), North Dakota (3), Notre Dame (2), Providence (2) and UMass-Lowell (2). Seven of the eight first-round matchups feature former Storm players.
Six 2016 Clark Cup Champions are in the tournament - Wade Allison (Western Michigan), Tory Dello (Notre Dame), Brandon Duhaime (Providence), Mattias Goransson (UMass-Lowell), John Marino (Harvard) and Andrew Peski (North Dakota). Fourteen Storm alumni from the past two seasons are in the tournament. Tri-City made the 2015 Western Conference Final.
North Dakota senior Austin Poganski and sophomore Chris Wilkie won the 2016 NCAA Championship. The freshman Peski joins the group.
Penn State sophomores Chase Berger, Kevin Kerr and Vince Pedrie helped the Nittany Lions clinch their first trip to the NCAA Tournament by winning the 2017 Big Ten Championship game.
The Nittany Lions face Hobey Baker Award finalist and Union Captain Mike Vecchione (TC: 2011-13) in the opening round. Vecchione won the 2014 NCAA Championship.
John Marino is a freshman defenseman on Harvard, the East's region's top-seed.
Five former Tri-City skaters are NHL Draft picks - Marino, Allison, Duhaime, Poganski and Wilkie.
Last season, 14 former Storm players made the NCAA Tournament.
Here is a full list of Storm alumni in the tournament: North Dakota (3): Andrew Peski, Austin Poganski, Chris Wilkie Penn State (3): Chase Berger, Kevin Kerr, Vince Pedrie Notre Dame (2): Tory Dello, Bobby Nardella Providence (2): Brandon Duhaime, Garrett Gamez UMass-Lowell (2): Mattias Goransson, Nick Master Air Force (1): John Hrabovsky Boston University (1): John McDermott Harvard (1): John Marino Michigan Tech (1): Joel L'Esperance Union (1): Mike Vecchione Western Michigan (1): Wade Allison
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