Storm Defenseman Ballantyne Has Six-Point Night

Toledo defensman Paul Ballantyne scored an ECHL season-high six points in the Storm’s 9-3 win against Wheeling on Saturday. Selected in the sixth round (196th overall) by Detroit in the 2000 National Hockey League Entry Draft, Ballantyne is on an NHL contract with the Red Wings. The 6-3 and 204-pound Ballantyne scored a goal in the first period and a goal in the second period while also tallying three of his four assists in the second as Toledo took a 7-3 lead.

The 21-year-old Ballantyne entered the game with six points (2g-4a) in 11 games, and doubled his season totals in goals, assists and points with his six-point night, giving him a team-leading eight assists and 12 points in 12 games.

In his first professional season in 2002-03, Ballantyne scored 26 points (10g-16a) in 56 regular season games while helping Toledo capture the Brabham Cup, awarded annually to the regular-season point champion of the ECHL, and one point (0g-1a) in seven Kelly Cup Playoff games. He also played in seven games with Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League.

The previous season high was five points by Texas’ Cory Morgan (1g-4a at Greensboro on October 23), Pensacola’s Corey Neilson (0g-5a vs. Mississippi on November 1) and Mississippi’s Steffon Walby (1g-4a at Florence on November 14).