Lincoln Stars General Manager Nick Fabrizio has announced today the Stars have acquired forwards Jack Larrigan, Jack Silich and Mason Marcellus from the Youngstown Phantoms in exchange for Chase Pietila, Evan Werner and a 2022 Phase II 5th Round pick.
“We are very excited to add Jack, Marcus, and Jack to the Stars,” Fabrizio said. “We had to make a very difficult decision to trade Chase and Evan. This trade strengthens our forward group, which is an area that we felt needed to be addressed coming out of our main camp.”
Larrigan, 17, appeared in 41 regular-season games with the Phantoms during the 2020-21 campaign, scoring three goals and adding eight assists. The St. Louis, MO native is a product of Shattuck St. Mary's, where the forward led the program in points (75) in 2019-20. He is committed to the University of Notre Dame, joining fellow Stars Michael Mastrodomenico and Henry Nelson as future Fighting Irish.
Silich, 18, tacked on 17 points (six goals, 11 assists) in 49 games for Youngstown this past season. He made his USHL debut two seasons ago, suiting up for two games with the Phantoms as an affiliate. His path to the league included stints with the Chicago Mission and Boston Jr. Bruins programs. The Long Grove, IL native was also selected to the 2019 U.S. Under-17 Men’s Select Team roster, competing in the Five Nations tournament. He is projected to join Quinnipiac University in 2022-23.
Marcellus, 19, spent 2020-21 in the Alberta Junior Hockey League. He led his Drayton Valley Thunder in scoring with six goals and 16 assists in 16 games. While playing for Rice Memorial Prep School in South Burlington, VT, Marcellus exploded offensively, racking up a whopping 107 points in 47 games in 2019-20. The University of Alaska-Fairbanks commit was also the school’s captain. He was selected in the fifth round (66th overall) by the Phantoms in this year’s Phase II draft.
“Jack Larrigan and Jack Silich will be able to step in immediately and be impactful as league veterans,” Stars head coach Rocky Russo said. “Mason will have a smooth transition to the league after a very successful year in Alberta. More importantly, all three young men are high-character individuals that will fit right in with our group and help us to grow the culture of our team. With that being said, we wish Chase and Evan the best of luck in their future and thank them for being a part of the Stars organization.”
In his rookie season, Pietila notched three assists in 48 games with Lincoln this past year. The Michigan Tech commit was tenured by the Stars in April of 2020, taking the place of Lincoln’s first-round pick in that year's Phase I draft. He was the franchise’s first tender since 2016 (Christian Krygier).
Werner played in one game with Lincoln towards the end of the 2019-20 season following his selection in the 2019 USHL Phase I Draft. He most recently played with the New Jersey Junior Titans of the North America Hockey League.