Hard work paying off for Storm’s Fries

By Bobby Metcalfe, Quad-City Times (Photo by Sean Flynn)

Connor Fries knew it was only a matter of time until things started clicking.

OK, maybe the Quad City Storm forward wasn’t expecting exactly last week’s breakout performance — six goals, including his first career hat trick against Peoria, two assists and a player of the week honor from the Southern Professional Hockey League — but Fries felt he was figuring things out midway through his rookie season.

“I’ve just been feeling good, definitely have a lot of confidence going right now, and every guy in (the locker room) helps that out,” Fries said. “I’m a big believer in you’ve got to earn what you get. It doesn’t just come to you, it’s not just placed there, you’ve got to work for it.”

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