Tuesday, November 13, 2012

UNH Recruits Update: Nov-12-2012

Player of the Week - Tyler Kelleher

2013 UNH recruit Tyler Kelleher is the leading scorer on the U.S. National Team Development Program U18 team. Over the first 19 games of Team USA's season - which has included games against USHL and NCAA teams plus international competition - Kelleher has posted a team leading 10 goals and 16 points. The last UNH recruit to excel with the US NTDP was James van Riemsdyk. As a member of the U18 Team in the 2006-07 season, JvR posted 38 goals and 40 assists in 51 games.

Last week, Tyler Kelleher and Team USA clinched the 2012 Four Nations Tournament title. Teams from Finland, Switzerland and Sweden travelled to The Ice Cube in Ann Arbor, Michigan, home of the NTDP. In the first game of the tournament against Finland, Kelleher scored a goal as Team USA won 3-1. Next up was a hard-fought battle against Switzerland. During regulation play, Kelleher posted 2 assists as the teams tied 4-4. Following a scoreless overtime period, the teams proceeded to a shootout. Both goalies stopped the first three shots then a Swiss player beat Team USA goalie Hunter Miska. Kelleher kept his team in the hunt by scoring on the next shootout attempt. He was then selected to take the next shot for the victory but was denied by the Swiss goalie. The Swiss team eventually won the shootout 2-1 on the 7th attempt.

The following day, the U.S. faced the team from Sweden. Kelleher lead Team USA to a 5-3 victory scoring a power play goal and assisting on the 3rd goal. The Championship Game was a rematch between Sweden and the U.S. Team USA won 3-1 and Kelleher assisted on the 1st goal which was on a power play. Overall, Kelleher posted 2 goals and 4 assists and was the leading scorer in the tournament. UNH fans will have an opportunity to see Kelleher, 2014 recruit Shane Eiserman, and the rest of the NTDP U18 team when they faceoff against the UNH Wildcats at the Whittemore Center on Sunday, December 9 at 4:00 PM.

Latest Statistics

NOTE: 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 LancersUSHL112462
Tyler Kelleher  (F)USA U18 TeamUSHL33140
USA U18 TeamNCAA83030
Dylan Maller  (D)Tri-City StormUSHL1300020
Jordan Masters  (F)Jersey HitmenEJHL400017
Andrew Poturalski (F)Cedar RapidsUSHL83362
2013 or '14 Recruit
Michael McNicholas  (F)Nanaimo ClippersBCHL20610164
2014 Recruits
Dylan Chanter  (D)Merritt CentsBCHL1954911
Adam Clark  (G)Salmon ArmBCHL104W4L2.42.930
Shane Eiserman  (F)USA U18 TeamUSHL32026
USA U18 TeamNCAA83034
Cam Marks  (D)Coquitlam ExpressBCHL192354
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 MoinesUSHL70000
Omaha Lancers U16NAPHL855102

News & Notes

Team USA:

~ 2014 recruit Shane Eiserman also had a strong performance at the 2012 Four Nations Tournament. In the game against Switzerland, Eiserman scored a short-handed goal and added an assist. Overall, Eiserman generated 14 shots on goal in the 4 games which was the third highest on Team USA.

British Columbia Hockey League:

~ Goaltender Adam Clark, a 2014 recruit, continued his consistent play with Salmon Arm. Although the Silverbacks are in last place in the Interior Division of the BCHL, Clark is keeping them in most games. For example, on Saturday, Clark faced 44 shots on goal against the West Kelowna Warriors and made 42 saves. After double overtime, the game ended in a 2-2 tie. Clark's save percentage of .930 is the third best in the BCHL.

Eastern Junior Hockey League:

~ Over the weekend, 2013 recruit Jordan Masters returned to the Jersey Hitmen lineup for a pair of games against the Bay State Breakers.

Tier I AAA Midget Hockey:

~ 2015 recruit Jason Kalinowski and the Mid Fairfield (CT) Major Midget team won the New England District U18 Championship. Mid Fairfield was undefeated in 5 games against U18 teams from Rhode Island and two other teams from Connecticut. They earned a spot in the USA Hockey National Championships coming up in the spring.

~ Charlie Kelleher and the Boston Junior Bruins U18 team advanced to the semifinals of the Massachusetts District U18 Tournament but lost to the Neponset Valley River Rats, who went on to win the Championship Game.

~ 2015 or 16 recruit Patrick Grasso splits his time between the Des Moines Buccaneers of the USHL and the Omaha AAA Lancers U16 team. While he has yet to score in the USHL, Grasso is excelling on his Midget Minor team. In 8 games against opponents from the North American Prospects Hockey League, Grasso has scored 5 goals and 5 assists. He is tied for 4th place in the NAPHL in goals scored. Over the first weekend in November, Grasso and the Junior Lancers participated in the Bauer World Invite Tournament in Chicago. In their comprehensive coverage of the tournament, the U.S Hockey Report described Grasso's play in one of the games as "absolutely fantastic".


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