Wednesday, September 19, 2007

We're Waiting...

Well, the Unofficial UNH Hockey Homepage (title-linked) is pretty much back up to snuff so we know that the season has to be close now! By my count just 23 days away until they drop the puck in the exhibition game versus New Brunswick!

Meanwhile the Hockey East Blogger keeps us guessing as to what his predictions for our 'Cats will be this year, so far covering BC, BU & Maine. As for his talk of Karson Gillespie backstopping the Terriers he needs to read my analysis on that front from the USCHO fan forum. And don't forget to vote in the HE Blogger's polls and my own here if you haven't already.

Also waiting on Maine, Providence, Lowell, and Merrimack to join the rest of the Hockey East schools on the USNews' Top 125 American Colleges and Universities.

Now for a little rumor mill.

It is being tossed around that New Hampshire natives - defenseman, Cody Healey, and goaltender Connor Shannon could be considered for our Wildcats in '09. Cody hails from Bedford and Connor from Stratham who was a 2007 New England Select 17 Team member. Cody was last with the Coburg Cougars of the OPJHL, and I've yet to locate him this year. Connor is with the NH Monarchs Empire Junior club and recently popped up as the back-up goaltender for the Omaha Lancers in their successful battle against the QMJHL, according to NCAA Watcher over at the USHCHO Fan Forum. (See the Border Wars post).

It is also worth noting that, Jay Pietrasiak, (brother to Jeff?) who led the NH Monarchs' Empire Junior squad, and that league, in scoring last year has stayed on with the Monarchs, joining their EJHL team alongside Future 'Cat, Greg Burke - for whom I can clear up any rumors that his dad, Tim Burke, is NOT the UNH All-American Defenseman from the 70's (as sweet as that would be) - even though his parents are both UNH alums from later years. Thank you very much to my source who I phoned this morning!

*A little late reporting update*

Future 'Cat, Kevin McCarey, picked up an assist in the the USNTDP U-18s' first game of the season this past Saturday versus the Chicago Steel of the USHL. Kevin was a +1 and had 3 shots in the U-18's 3-2 victory - his assist came on their first goal of the game just after the midpoint, setting off their comeback from a 0-2 deficit. See the Pointstreak boxscore.

Go 'Cats!


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