The Tri-City Storm announced that forward Jake Wahlin has committed to play collegiate hockey at St. Cloud State University following his USHL career.
“When I met coach [Bob] Motzko at St. Cloud, we had a long visit,” Wahlin said. “He showed me around campus, the rink, and offered me the scholarship. I felt it was an offer I couldn’t pass up. I wanted to play closer to home and the campus is like an hour and 15 minutes from my house which is perfect. My family will be able to see me play and I have a lot of friends that go to St. Cloud.”
Wahlin was on the affiliate list for the Storm this season, but joined the team late in the season and appeared in 10 games. He recorded three points (2g, 1a), netting his first USHL career goal in a 5-2 loss to the Green Bay Gamblers on March 22nd. The 17-year-old followed up with another goal in the next game, a 4-1 victory over the Fargo Force.
The St. Paul, Minnesota native was one of the top scorers in Minnesota high school hockey this season with 70 points (39g, 31a) over 25 games. He was sixth overall in scoring and second in the state with 39 goals. He will be a full-time member of the Tri-City Storm for the 2014-15 USHL season.
Wahlin made his USHL debut last season, appearing in three games for the Des Moines Buccaneers and dishing out two assists.
Eight other players that competed in the USHL this season are also committed to play hockey at St. Cloud State University; Clark Kuster (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Judd Peterson (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Jacob Benson (Dubuque Fighting Saints), Mikey Eyssimont (Fargo Force), Patrick Newell (Indiana Ice), Jimmy Schuldt (Omaha Lancers), Michael Buonincontri (Sioux Falls Stampede), and Blake Winiecki (Waterloo Black Hawks).
St. Cloud State University recently completed its first season in the newly-formed National Collegiate Hockey Conference and had 14 USHL alumni on the roster; Jarrod Rabey (Indiana Ice), Kevin Gravel (Sioux City Musketeers), Ryan Papa (Waterloo Black Hawks), Ethan Prow (Des Moines Buccaneers), Niklas Nevalainen (Dubuque Fighting Saints), Jimmy Murray (Omaha/Fargo), Ben Storm (Muskegon Lumberjacks), Brooks Bertsch (Dubuque Fighting Saints), Jonny Brodzinski (Fargo Force), Nic Dowd (Indiana Ice), Nick Oliver (Fargo Force), Andrew Prochno (Sioux Falls/Waterloo), Charlie Lindgren (Sioux Falls Stampede), and Joe Rehkamp (Waterloo/Fargo).
In addition, head coach Bob Motzko spent seven seasons as a head coach in the USHL (North Iowa Huskies, 1987-91 and Sioux Falls Stampede, 1999-2001).
USHL stats – Jake Wahlin
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