Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Future 'Cat-O-Rama *UPDATES*

I think the the biggest gain in stock among our current Future 'Cats is the great boost in production of '09 recruit, Matt White.

So we'll cover the USHL first.

Through his first 19 games in the USHL playing for the Omaha Lancers, Matt had just one goal and two assists.

Through his last 13 games - 4 goals and 6 assists. Wow.

Keep up the good work Matt!

*Now for the bad news. NCAA Watcher from the USCHO message boards has informed me that Matt has been sidelined with a lacerated spleen. He is expected to return in 6-8 weeks. Can't a guy get a break! Get well Matt!

Still leading his Waterloo Blackhawks in scoring - from the blueline - is Blake Kessel. With 11 goals and 18 assists through 32 games, Blake has been playing like a man possessed ever since his incredible performance in the World Junior A Challenge.

Unfortunately, teammate and Future Wildcat netminder, Matt DiGirolamo, has been having a tough go of it lately. After a rough start Matt played incredibly through the middle part of the first half of the season - raising his numbers significantly. But rough outings lately that have seen him gain wins but allowing a couple goals on a very small number of shots causing his numbers to decline. He currently possesses a 2.60 GAA (not bad at all) and a .896 save percentage (could definitely be better) - then again, Matt's numbers are very similar to another UNH goalie - Ty Conklin (you may have heard of him).

Even more unlucky is Future 'Cat, Mike Borisenok, who has been committed to the University of New Hampshire Men's Hockey Team since 2004. After really coming on strong toward the end of the first half of the season, Mike suffered an injury (I haven't contacted the team to discern the nature of the injury yet), that has kept him out of the line-up since December 14th. Mike has 6 goals and 10 assists through 22 games. Get well, Mike!

*Mike has been recovering from a separated shoulder. He will be out for another week or two. Also courtesy of NCAA Watcher. Thanks Watcher!

Now the EJHL.

Steve Moses and teammate John Henrion of the Jr. Bruins and the New Hampshire Jr. Monarch's Greg Burke have all played extremely well this year.

Moses, arriving this fall, has 30 points, 9 goals and 21 assists in 31 games this season and is second on his team only to fellow Future 'Cat, John Henrion, who has 23 goals and 12 assists in those same 31 games - good for 17th in EJHL scoring.

Burke, who struggled to overcome early season injuries, has posted 9 goals and 11 assists in 27 games.

Both Burke and Henrion are expected to commence their studies in the fall of 2009.

Last but not least are our recruits from the USNTDP, Kevin McCarey and Ryan Bourque, and our, currently, lone Canadian recruit, Damon Kipp.

Kevin McCarey has tallied 4 goals and 6 assists in 30 contests. Currently with the Under-17 Team since the start of the new year he has 3 goals in 4 games. Kevin does not turn 18 until March.

Ryan Bourque has 15 goals and 12 assists in 38 games for those same Under-17s and one goal in one game with the Under-18s.

Damon Kipp is keeping his production steady with 6 goals and 32 assists in 42 games. Five of his six goals have come on the powerplay.

Way to go guys! Keep up the great work and keep your studies going as well as your play!

Go 'Cats!


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