5-Star Performer: Werner wreaking havoc since trade to Storm

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Published: Nov. 30, 2022 at 10:52 PM CST
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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - The last two weeks have been a whirlwind for Evan Werner.

“It was obviously a shock getting traded,” Werner said.

The former Lancer packed his bags for Kearney after being traded for Tri-City Storm forward Drew Montgomery, who went to Omaha in the deal.

“The more you care, the harder it is,” Storm President of Hockey Operations Anthony Noreen said. “It was hard for everyone within our organization. I’m sure it was hard for his billet family. I know it was hard for the people behind the scenes here ... We just felt like we needed to shake a little something up.”

“It’s tough,” Storm assistant coach Shawn Sramek added. “These are young kids, high school-aged kids that you don’t want to move them away from — they’re already moved away from home, now they’re moved away from their second home.”

But the results on the ice have made those challenges easier for all involved.

“Ever since game one I felt comfortable and playing with the guys,” Werner said. “It almost feels like I’ve been here way longer to be honest.”

In just his second week with the Storm, Werner earned recognition as USHL Forward of the Week. He scored four goals and had two assists in three games.

“I think I’d be lying if I said I thought he was going to have as many points as he did in the first five games,” Noreen said. “Obviously, we were hopeful that he would. I certainly think that he’s just scratching the surface of what he’s capable of as a player.”

That potential has been on full display since his arrival. Werner has scored at least one goal in every game he’s played with the Storm.

“I really didn’t do anything different,” Werner said. “We’ve been playing really well as a team, so it’s obviously rewarding when you win and you do well.”

“It’s always nice to see a player to have good success right out of the gates,” Sramek added. “Werner is a big part of why we’ve had some success here as of late.”

But there’s plenty of season left and Werner will play a big role in the Storm’s goals for success.

“I do think there’s more to his game and a higher level that he’s capable of reaching,” Noreen said.