Monday, November 07, 2011

UNH Recruits Update: Week 6

Player of the Week - Jordan Masters

In his second season with the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the USHL, 17-year-old Jordan Masters has begun to pick up the scoring pace. Over the last three games, Masters has scored 2 goals and an assist to bring his season total up to 5 points. The two recent goals came in the Lumberjacks' third and fourth victories of the season. Masters has also generated more shots on goal with 4-3-3 SOG over the last three games. He is on track to easily exceed the 4 goals and 7 assists he accumulated last season when, at the age of 16, he was one of the youngest players in the USHL. With the early departure of Casey Thrush to UNH, the Lumberjacks need Masters to emerge as a key player and he is doing just that. Masters has committed to play for UNH in either the 2012 or 2013 season.

2012 Recruits
Dan CorrealeGrande PrairieAJHLInjured0000
Maxim GaudreaultSioux CityUSHL102246
Jamie HillWaterlooUSHL1122412
Collin MacDonaldJersey HitmenEJHL 15126186
Kyle SmithJunior BruinsEJHL16916250
Mike VecchioneTri-CityUSHL103364
2012 or '13 Recruit
Jordan MastersMuskegonUSHL 1023516
2013 Recruits
Matias ClelandWaterlooUSHL600011
Dylan MallerTri-CityUSHL20110
Brett PesceJersey HitmenEJHL40002
Andrew PoturalskiBuffalo Jr SabresOJHL1911172812
2013 or '14 Recruit
Michael McNicholasMuskegonUSHL30000
2014 Recruits
Shane EisermanCushing AcademyNEPSAC00000
Tyler KelleherUSA U17 TeamUSHL74264
2015 Recruits
Jason KalinowskiSalisbury Prep NEPSAC0 00 00

News & Notes

~ Jason Kalinowski and the Mid Fairfield Midget Minor 1 team played over the weekend in the New England Yankee Hockey Conference's Regional Championship Tournament played at the Berkshire School. On Saturday, I took the picturesque drive out to the bucolic town of Sheffield, MA to catch their game against the New Hampshire Pro Ambition team from Nashua. The tournament was played on the NHL and Olympic rinks of the very impressive Jackman L. Stewart Athletic Center. The Mid Fairfield Blues won the game easily 9-0 and coasted into the Championship Game on Sunday. However, Mid Fairfield did not repeat as the New England District Midget Minor Champions losing to the Rhode Island Saints 4-3. Unfortunately, this means that Jason Kalinowski and the Mid Fairfield Midget Minor team will not represent the New England District in the USA Hockey U16 National Championship next spring.
In the opening-round game I saw, Jason Kalinowski scored a goal and was a strong physical presence on the ice. Watching him skate in open ice and banging in the corners, he reminds me of Paul Thompson. He skates with an upright posture with his head held high. Of particular note was how strong he was with the puck - on several occasions, players attempted to either knock him off the puck or steal the puck from him without success. Also, in the offensive zone, he readily went to the front of the net, with or without the puck, and stood his ground in front of the goalie. On his goal, Kalinowski was camped at the side of the net, picked up a loose puck, and stuffed it home.
Kalinowski now moves on to play with the Salisbury School in the New England Prep School League and their first regular season game is at home on December 3rd.

~ In his first ever USHL game, 2013 Recruit Dylan Maller scored a power play assist for the Tri-City Storm. Maller, a 6'2", 180-pound defenseman, missed the preseason and first 8 games of the regular season with a hip injury. He plays on the Storm with 2012 Recruit Mike Vecchione.

~ Tyler Kelleher and the US National Under 17 Team are headed to Balashikha, Russia for the 2011 U-17 Four Nations Cup. The NTDP team will play against teams from Russia, Switzerland and Slovakia from Nov. 9-13.


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