Madden trade pays off almost immediately
Forwards Michael Maloney and Caleb Rule combined for five goals and two assists in their time with the Storm this season.
Despite the good start the team decided to part ways, trading them to Central Illinois, along with a second round phase II draft pick.
"It was the hardest move I ever had to make in my coaching career, getting rid of two quality players who did everything we asked, in Michael and Caleb," said Tri-City head coach and general manager Anthony Noreen. "So that was not easy by any stretch in the imagination, but that being said we knew that we needed to add some scoring and put more pucks in the net."
So what did the Storm get in return? Well, the Flying Aces Tyler Madden, who scored the game winner in the Storm's 3–2 final at Lincoln on Dec. 28 and a couple more two nights later at Green Bay.
"I was actually in Nova Scotia and he was coaching the USA team I was on when he told me, it was exciting and obviously this is a great team with great guys and I expected to come in here and start off strong," Madden says.
Brought in to up the Storm scoring, it looks like Noreen made a good choice.
"That's why we brought Tyler here and so far he's done that and I think this is just the tip of the iceberg," said Noreen.
This weekend marks his first game played in the Viaero Center for the Storm when Sioux City visits Friday night at 7:35 and Omaha does the same thing at the same time on Saturday.