MOLINE, IL – The Quad City Storm opened their 2022 training camp on Saturday, with 16 skaters and three goaltenders taking the ice. Training camp will continue for a few more days, concluding on Wednesday before the Storm take on the Peoria Rivermen Friday. The veterans and rookies look to come out of the gate strong when they open the season against their closest rival.
As camp began, Storm head coach Dave Pszenyczny spoke on the character of his squad.
“I thought as a whole the character of the team stood out,” he said. “We really competed in every draw. We weren’t out there very long, don’t need to be because we’re getting work out of it, you know. But as a whole I think that’s what stood out to me.”
Defenseman Matt Stoia has returned for his second year with the Storm, and Saturday that the local community played a big role into his return.
“Oh you know, it’s a great community, love our fans, it’s an awesome place to play; best place in the league I’ve ever played,” Stoia said. “So I just want to come back and get a fresh start.”
“I like to shoot the puck and lay the body, you know,” added Stoia, “stick up for my brothers in the locker room there. And you know, we’re a team so we all revolve around one. I would like to, you know, obviously coming into Camp here but get in better shape, and you know faster foot speed, and just make smart plays consistently and be a consistent player in and out every night.”
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Forward Taylor Pryce is also among the familiar faces back for 2022-23.
“I think I’m a power forward that really sets the tone for the game,” said Pryce said. “I like to throw a big hit and lead by example, and that usually translates into other guys pulling their weight.”
Among goals for the Storm this season?
“Just being consistent,” Pryce said. “I think there’s a level of excellence that we’re gonna pride ourselves on. And every weekend we’re looking for four points, and if it’s three games we’re looking for six points.”
The Storm will open their season on Friday at home against the Peoria Rivermen.
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