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Stoever traded to Youngstown Phantoms

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Merrimack recruit Christian Stoever, a goaltender who TMR projects as a 2019 arrival, was traded to the Youngstown Phantoms on Wednesday in exchange for future considerations.

The 6’2 175 lbs. goaltender is originally from Northville, Michigan and has started one game this season in the USHL with Cedar Rapids – a 5-2 loss to Dubuque on October 17th.

“As an accomplished U16 AAA and NAHL junior experienced goaltender, we have tracked Christian’s career the last four seasons and have been impressed with his development,” said Phantoms’ General Manager Jason Koehler. “Christian has all the tools to be a very successful goaltender at the junior, college, and pro levels in the future and we hope that this move and change of scenery for Christian is something that helps spring him to a level he’s shown the potential of over the last few seasons. His performance in last spring’s NAHL playoffs was very impressive – he helped his club upset two quality opponents in the first two rounds and he helped drive his team to NAHL championship finals, which is always an impressive feat for a clutch goaltender that time of the year.”

Last season in his first year of junior hockey with the Wilkes Barre–Scranton Knights of the NAHL, Stoever played 34 regular season games, had 15 wins, a 3.26 goals against average to go along with a .902 save percentage. In the playoffs last season – Stover was one of the best in the NAHL at crunch time – playing 9 games and winning 6 of them while sporting a 1.89 goals against average and a .989 save percentage while knocking out the New Jersey Titans and Philadelphia Rebels before falling to the eventual NAHL champion Shreveport Mudbugs in the NAHL Robertson Cup Finals. Stoever was also named to the NAHL East Division All-Rookie Team last spring.

Christian Stoever was originally drafted in 2016 by the Des Moines Buccaneers in the USHL Phase I Draft for 2000 born prospects in the 3rd round (34th overall). Stoever was then acquired via trade by Cedar Rapids from Des Moines back in May in exchange for two-year USHL veteran forward TJ Walsh.

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Mike McMahon is in his 13th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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