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January 11, 2014

Nagri emerges as star for red-hot Salem

After transfering to Salem, Nagri leading Blue Devils to 9-0 start and top spot in state

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Once he enrolled at Salem in the fall, Nagri couldn’t wait to hit the ice for the Blue Devils.

“I really felt like I could have success at Salem,” he said.

“I may not be the most skilled player out there, but I will keep working until the job is done. I work, that is what I do. And the team brought me in like I had been there since my freshman year.”

It may have been in the hit in Game 1 that began to ease his nerves, but his first career varsity goal in a Game 2 victory over Bishop Guertin sealed the deal.

“That was so exciting,” he said. “It was a rebound off a shot from a defenseman. Scoring my first goal at the varsity level really brought me a lot of joy and excitement.”

Since that score he has been lighting the lamp with regularity. That BG score kicking off a run of five straight games in which he scored at least one goal, including a two-score game against in a victory over Londonderry, when Salem fell behind 2-0 and Nagri led the rally by scoring the first goal then the game-winner in the third.

“That was probably my favorite game so far,” he said.

“We were losing that game to a good team, and we rallied back to win. That was great.”

Skating as a winger on the Blue Devils’ top line, he has developed an excellent bond with linemates Chris Lemay and Brian Frazier, making up for the loss of Eagle-Tribune All-Star Jake Pappalardo (15 goals), who transferred to Proctor Academy.

“It’s been great,” said Nagri. “Brian is a very skilled player and Chris is such a hard-working kid who loves to battle. I love playing with them, and the whole team. We have great chemistry.”

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