Tirone, 24, got his first taste of the pro game at the end of this past season, when he appeared in two games with the Nailers, following his four-year collegiate career at the University of New Hampshire. He made 17 saves in his debut against the Reading Royals, then came up with 22 stops on the road against the Toledo Walleye.
The Trumbull, Connecticut native was the starting goaltender in three of his four seasons with the UNH Wildcats, appearing in a school record 125 games. Tirone collected 48 wins over the course of the four years, topping out with 15 as a junior. He also maintained a goals against average under 3.00 in three of four seasons, as well as a save percentage of at least .910 in three of four campaigns. In addition to games played, Tirone also set the school record for most saves in a career, turning away 3,637 opposition attempts.