Monday, October 22, 2012

UNH Recruits Update: Oct-22-2012

Player of the Week - Andrew Poturalski

Ever since July 13th when he broke his leg, 2013 UNH Recruit Andrew Poturalski has been chomping at the bit to make his 2012 debut with the Cedar Rapids Rough Riders. In an interview with The UNH Men's Hockey Blog last summer, Poturalski laid out his plans for the season:
"I plan to go to Cedar Rapids when their season starts up and as soon as the doctor gives me clearance to start the rehab. They have rehab facilities in Cedar Rapids and doctors on staff that will help me get back and I'm hoping for a fast recovery. I look forward to being around the team even though I will be going through rehab at that point. I've spoken many times with Coach Carlson throughout my time that I've been injured and he wishes me a speedy recovery. I'm going to work hard and plan to contribute to the team as soon as I get back."
Over the weekend, Poturalski was in the Rough Riders' lineup and did he ever contribute. On Friday night against the Indiana Ice, Poturalski centered Cedar Rapids' first line and scored the game winning goal in a 4-3 victory. The very next night up in Indianapolis, Poturalski scored 2 goals, added 2 assists and finished with a +/- rating of +4. For his efforts, Andrew Poturalski has earned "Player of the Week" among all UNH Recruits. Of course, that pales in comparison to the other honor Poturalski received - CCM Forward of the Week in the USHL.

UNH fans who follow the blog may remember that Poturalski played last season with the Buffalo Junior Sabres of the Ontario Junior Hockey League and that he was called up to play 2 games with Cedar Rapids in mid-February. He scored 2 goals and added an assist in the games against the Dubuque Fighting Saints. All together, Poturalski has played in 4 USHL games and has scored 5 goals and 3 assists. Now that's impressive.

The statistics for the recruits, presented in the table, are categorized by the year the player and UNH coaches have targeted for enrollment in UNH. For example, the "2013 Recruits" have a target of the Fall of 2013 to begin playing for UNH.

2013 Recruits
Matias Cleland (D)WaterlooUSHL30227
Omaha LancersUSHL41012
Tyler Kelleher (F)USA U18 TeamUSHL12020
USA U18 TeamNCAA62020
Dylan Maller (D)Tri-City StormUSHL700016
Jordan Masters (F)Jersey HitmenEJHL00000
Andrew Poturalski (F)Cedar RapidsUSHL23250
2013 or '14 Recruit
Michael McNicholas (F)Nanaimo ClippersBCHL1355102
2014 Recruits
Dylan Chanter (D)Merritt CentsBCHL1443711
Adam Clark (G)Salmon ArmBCHL73W3L2.73.925
Shane Eiserman (F)USA U18 TeamUSHL21012
USA U18 TeamNCAA63034
Cam Marks (D)Coquitlam ExpressBCHL122134
2015 Recruits
Charlie Kelleher (F)Junior Bruins U18USEHL2275126
Jason Kalinowski (F)Salisbury Prep NEPSAC0 00 00
Joseph Masonius (D)Jersey HitmenEmpJHL9291110
2015 or '16 Recruit
Liam Darcy (D)Berwick Academy NEPSAC0 00 00
Patrick Grasso (F)Des MoinesUSHL40000
Omaha Lancers U16NAPHL44372

News & Notes

United States Hockey League:

~ 2013 Recruit Tyler Kelleher scored a power play goal and an even strength goal in his first USHL game of the season - a 2-4 loss to Muskegon. Kelleher has been playing center on the first line for Team USA.

~ Since defenseman Matias Cleland was traded to the Omaha Lancers, he has scored his first goal of the season and has 13 shots on goal in 4 games.

~ 2014 Recruit Shane Eiserman scored a goal in each of the NCAA games played over the weekend. In a 2-6 loss to Cornell, Eiserman scored a short-handed goal. The following night against Oswego State (Division III), the US NTDP U18 team won its first college game of the season 2-0. Eiserman scored the second goal.

British Columbia Hockey League:

~ 2013 or 14 Recruit Mike McNicholas had a big night when the Nanaimo Clippers took on the Chilliwack Chiefs. Despite a 4-5 loss, McNicholas scored 2 goals and added an assist. McNicholas has the second most goals on the Nanaimo roster and is tied for 2nd in scoring.

~ 2014 Recruit Dylan Chanter continued to put up points for the Merritt Centennials. In a 4-3 win over Vernon, Chanter scored a goal and an assist and earned the #1 Star.


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