Monday, January 16, 2012

UNH Recruits Update: Week 15

Player of the Week - Tyler Kelleher

Following a strong finish at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, 17-year-old forward Tyler Kelleher continued his scoring ways as the U.S. Under-17 NTDP team resumed play in the USHL. In back-to-back, away games against Youngstown last weekend, Kelleher scored a goal each night. Team USA won both games against the Phantoms who had the best home-game record in the USHL. In the final period of the 2-1 victory on Friday night, Kelleher gathered a loose puck in the corner, skated behind the Youngstown net, and buried a wrap-around goal. It was Kelleher's second game-winning-goal in his first season in the USHL. On a team loaded with top American players born in 1995, Kelleher is now the second leading scorer.

Last season, Tyler Kelleher was a freshman at Deerfield Academy and scheduled to graduate in the Spring of 2014. Unless he accelerates his schooling, he's on track to enter UNH in the Fall of 2014. If he graduates from high school a year early, he will have played two seasons with the U.S. National Team Development Program. At that point, he would be ready - both academically and in terms of his hockey development - to enroll at UNH in the Fall of 2013.

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 ClippersBCHL82354
Maxim GaudreaultSioux CityUSHL32771422
Jamie HillWaterlooUSHL295121734
Collin MacDonaldJersey HitmenEJHL3222133512
Harry QuastBay StateEJHL317182536
Kyle SmithJunior BruinsEJHL3014314522
2012 or '13 Recruit
Brett PesceJersey HitmenEJHL1715618
2013 Recruit
Jordan MastersMuskegonUSHL24481237
Matias ClelandWaterlooUSHL1903322
Dylan MallerTri-CityUSHL221236
Andrew PoturalskiBuffalo Jr SabresOJHL2312172912
2013 or '14 Recruit
Michael McNicholasMuskegonUSHL152356
2014 Recruits
Shane EisermanCushing AcademyNEPSAC1671825-
Tyler KelleherUSA U17 TeamUSHL16771416
2015 Recruits
Jason KalinowskiSalisbury Prep NEPSAC12 64 10-

News & Notes

Eastern Junior Hockey League:
~ This afternoon (Monday) I had an oppportunity to attend the 2012 EJHL All-Star Game at the Tri-Town Arena in Hooksett, NH. 2012 Recruits Collin MacDonald, and Harry Quast played for the Southern Division Team and Kyle Smith played for the Northern Division. The Southern team won in a shootout. Look for an upcoming post on the details.

~ At the All-Star break, Collin MacDonald is the 4th leading goal scorer in the EJHL. Kyle Smith is 5th in assists and 7th in total points. Among EJHL defensemen, Harry Quast is tied for 1st in total goals and power play goals, and tied for 3rd in points

United States Hockey League:
~ Jordan Masters and Michael McNicholas missed the last two Lumberjack games but are expected to return to the lineup soon.


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