Mingoia Making a Difference for Storm
Tuesday March 5, 2013
Trevor Mingoia was playing college hockey but was seeking a different opportunity and is taking advantage of his time in the USHL with the Tri-City Storm. (photo courtesy of Tri-City Storm)
Trevor Mingoia is taking advantage of a second chance while playing in the USHL
by Jared Shafran, Tri-City Storm
Sometimes a second chance is all you need.
That’s what Tri-City Storm forward Trevor Mingoia has after leaving Union College early in his sophomore season to join the team in late October. Mingoia wasted no time making a big impact with his new team in his first USHL experience and is getting ready to join another collegiate program next fall.
The Fairport, N.Y. native is fifth on the team in scoring with nine goals and 26 assists in 39 games. Most recently, Mingoia has scored a goal in four straight contests, and has at least one point in six straight games.
The 21-year-old said he has enjoyed his time in Kearney and couldn’t be happier.
“It’s a lot of fun,” Mingoia said. “They’ve treated me really well here and it’s a great group of guys and coaching staff. It’s a lot different than prep school. I get to hang out with the guys, go out to lunch, and it’s been a great experience.”
In addition to helping out offensively, Mingoia also had the unique experience of playing on defense for a few games when the team needed to fill holes due to injuries.
“Coach Fink just came into the locker room one day and asked if anyone had played defense before,” Mingoia said. “I raised my hand and he made a little joke but I was like ‘Hey, I played it before and if you need someone, I’ll do it for you’. I think I ended up playing about six or seven full games on defense.”
The forward said that his defensive experience may have even helped his overall vision on the ice.
“I was able to come out of the zone with a lot of time and space and I was able to see everything a lot better,” Mingoia said. “It kind of enhanced my offensive ability and gave me more time.”
Although his decision to leave Union was a tough one, Mingoia said he realized he needed to make the best choice for his hockey career.
“I didn’t see myself being very happy there,” Mingoia said. “I just thought long term and if I was serious about hockey then I wanted to try and thrive somewhere else. That was a long process but it’s worked out so far.”
That isn’t to say he didn’t have great experiences in college, as he was with the team for their run to the Frozen Four in Tampa last April.
“It was incredible,” Mingoia said. “It’s so much fun being on a team that’s winning, especially in college. Lucky for me [the Frozen Four] was in Tampa so it was a nice little vacation at the same time. We came on a private plane we had chartered and Tampa was waiting for us with the red carpet. It was a real special experience and I couldn’t be more thankful to be part of it.”
Now Mingoia has a chance to go through the search for a college for the second time.
“Coming through the process a second time, you know what you’re in for,” Mingoia said. “When you’re making your choice you have to find a place where the coaching staff wants you to make a difference and sees you as an impact player right away. That’s very important because I want to come in and play and help the team have a lot of success.”
That isn’t to say Mingoia won’t miss Kearney once the season ends.
“Everybody in Kearney is super nice and it’s a great community to be a part of,” Mingoia said. It’s just a plus to be with a group of 25 guys that are unbelievable to be around. To have that chance to spend this time with them and make new friends here, it’s been awesome and I’ve had a great time.”
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