Monday, January 02, 2012

UNH Recruits Update: Week 13

Player of the Week - Shane Eiserman

When 16-year-old forward Shane Eiserman (DOB 10/10/95) verbally accepted an offer to play for UNH last August, he had just completed a successful summer season with the U.S. National Team. As a 15-year-old, Eiserman was invited to the USA Hockey Select 16 Player Development Camp in June. His outstanding play earned him a spot on the US Under-17 Select Team that went on to win the Five Nations Tournament in early August. Now, as a sophomore at Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, MA, Eiserman has quickly become a top player in the New England Prep School Hockey Conference.

Last week, Shane Eiserman and the Cushing Academy Penguins won the annual Watkins Boys' Invitational Hockey Tournament by beating Canterbury, Lawrence, Northfield-Mt. Hermon, and Culver Academy. Eiserman scored the game-winning-goal in three of the games, one of which was an overtime goal against Canterbury. In the four games, Eiserman scored 5 goals and 4 assists. He is currently the second leading scorer for Cushing behind Garrett Hehir, a junior from Auburn, MA who has not yet committed to a Division I program. Eiserman will be eligible for the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. UNH fans from Western Massachusetts interested in seeing Shane Eiserman play can catch Cushing vs. the Berkshire School this Wednesday, 3:30 at Amherst College.

The statistics for the recruits, presented in the table, are categorized by the projected year they will enroll in UNH. For example, the "2012 Recruits" are projected to begin playing for UNH in the Fall of 2012. I have based these projections on a number of factors including:
~ How old the player would be upon admission.
~ Number of years in junior hockey prior to admission.
~ Anticipated date of high school graduation.
~ Number of seniors leaving the team at the end of the previous season.
~ The player's performance in the current season.

2012 Recruits
Dan CorrealeNanaimo ClippersBCHL41012
Maxim GaudreaultSioux CityUSHL28761318
Jamie HillWaterlooUSHL255111634
Collin MacDonaldJersey HitmenEJHL3020133312
Harry QuastBay StateEJHL297182534
Kyle SmithJunior BruinsEJHL261227396
2012 or '13 Recruit
Brett PesceJersey HitmenEJHL1715618
2013 Recruit
Jordan MastersMuskegonUSHL21371035
Matias ClelandWaterlooUSHL1503317
Dylan MallerTri-CityUSHL181232
Andrew PoturalskiBuffalo Jr SabresOJHL2112172912
2013 or '14 Recruit
Michael McNicholasMuskegonUSHL122350
2014 Recruits
Shane EisermanCushing AcademyNEPSAC1271219-
Tyler KelleherUSA U17 TeamUSHL14571214
2015 Recruits
Jason KalinowskiSalisbury Prep NEPSAC9 42 6-

News & Notes

United States Hockey League:
~ 2012 Recruit Maxim Gaudreault scored the game-winning-goal and added an assist in Sioux City's win over Lincoln on New Year's Eve. At this point in his second season with the Musketeers, Gaudreault (6'0", 193 lbs.) plays left wing on the 1st line and logs substantial minutes on Sioux City's penalty kill and power play units.
~ 2012 Recruit Jamie Hill has scored a goal and 3 assists in his last two games with the Waterloo BlackHawks. Hill is currently the right winger on Waterloo's 2nd line and plays on their 1st penalty kill unit.
~ 2013 Recruit Dylan Maller, a defenseman in his first season in the USHL scored his first goal for the Tri-City Storm in a 4-3 win over Sioux City.
~ Tyler Kelleher is a member of the U.S. Under-17 National Team currently playing in the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Ontario. The NTDP U-17 team returns to USHL action on January 13th.
Eastern Junior Hockey League:
~ 2012 or 2013 Recruit Brett Pesce played in two college hockey games last week as a member of the U.S. NTDP U-18 Team. On New Year's Eve, Pesce started against the University of Wisconsin.
~ Teams in the EJHL have resumed their schedule after a 10-day holiday break.


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