Monday, November 26, 2012

UNH Recruits Update: Nov-26-2012

Player of the Week - Adam Clark

In his second season in the BCHL, 6'5", 210 lbs goalie Adam Clark has become the go to goalie for the Salmon Arm SilverBacks. Last weekend, the 2014 UNH recruit rejected 69 out of 71 shots on goal over 2 games and won both of them. The SilverBacks' 4-0 victory over the Trail Smoke Eaters on Friday marked Adam Clark's first shutout in the British Columbia Hockey League. For his efforts, Clark earned the #2 Star of the Game.

The following day, both teams made the 5-hour trek from Trail to Salmon Arm, BC for the second game of the weekend. Once again, Adam Clark came up big with 41 saves as Salmon Arm defeated the Smoke Eaters 5-2. Clark was even credited with an assist on the SilverBacks first goal. Scott Campbell, radio voice of the SilverBacks and blogmaster for Welcome to the Jungle described Clark's performance:
"Adam Clark was outstanding with 41 saves, keeping his team in the contest early - before the offense found its stride in the latter parts of the game...Despite the final score of the game, the 1st period favoured Trail as they had the better scoring chances but couldn't beat Clark, who looked great coming off his first BCHL shutout on Friday."
With the two weekend victories, Adam Clark's goals against average improved to 2.31. That's the 5th best average in the BCHL. Likewise, his save percentage improved to .931. Clark now has the 3rd best save percentage among all BCHL goalies. Clark has strung together 3 wins in a row and the SilverBacks have won 4 in a row. Salmon Arm is now 4 points behind the second place Merritt Centennials in the Interior Division of the BCHL.

Adam Clark is also beginning to receive recognition from the NHL Central Scouting Service. In the recently released "Players to Watch List", Clark was identified as a goalie with the potential to be drafted in Round 4 thru 6 in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

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 LancersUSHL1646108
Tyler Kelleher  (F)USA U18 TeamUSHL53366
USA U18 TeamNCAA94370
Dylan Maller  (D)Tri-City StormUSHL1800024
Jordan Masters  (F)Jersey HitmenEJHL722419
Andrew Poturalski (F)Cedar RapidsUSHL1246104
2013 or '14 Recruit
Michael McNicholas  (F)Nanaimo ClippersBCHL25915244
2014 Recruits
Dylan Chanter  (D)Merritt CentsBCHL24661213
Adam Clark  (G)Salmon ArmBCHL147W5L2.31.931
Shane Eiserman  (F)USA U18 TeamUSHL420221
USA U18 TeamNCAA93034
Cam Marks  (D)Coquitlam ExpressBCHL192354
2015 Recruits
Charlie Kelleher  (F)Junior Bruins U18USEHL38910198
Jason Kalinowski  (F)Salisbury Prep NEPSHC0 00 00
Joseph Masonius  (D)Jersey HitmenEmpJHL10291114
2015 or '16 Recruit
Liam Darcy  (D)Berwick Academy NEPSHC0 00 00
Patrick Grasso (F)Des MoinesUSHL100110
Omaha Lancers U16NAPHL849132
Brendan van Riemsdyk (F)Jersey Devils U16AYHL161192028
Christian BrothersJersey00000

News & Notes

British Columbia Hockey League:

~ Defenseman Dylan Chanter continued to bolster his offensive numbers last week posting a goal and an assist in two games. Chanter is now the leading scorer among the Merritt Centennials' defensemen.

~ 2014 recruit Cam Marks will be out of the Coquitlam Express lineup for the next 4-6 weeks with a broken bone in his foot. Mark's injury occurred about a month ago when the defenseman blocked a shot with his skate. Initial examinations did not reveal any broken bones so Marks continued to play through the pain. A subsequent CT scan revealed the fractured bone.

Team USA:

~ 2013 recruit Tyler Kelleher announced on Twitter that he has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for UNH next season. Yesterday, Kelleher, Shane Eiserman, and the U.S. National Team Development Program U-18 team played against St. Mary's University, a Division III NCAA team. Team USA won 10-4 and Kelleher scored a goal and 3 assists.

~ Next weekend, the U-18 team begins a stretch of 4 NCAA games in two weekends. They will play 2 games against the University of Alabama - Huntsville on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. The following weekend, Team USA comes to New England for games against Merrimack on Saturday, Dec. 8th and the UNH Wildcats on Sunday, Dec. 9th.

United States Hockey League:

~ On Saturday, 2013 recruit Matias Cleland scored two goals, including a power play goal, as the Omaha Lancers defeated the Sioux City Musketeers 5-4 in a shootout. Cleland earned the #3 Star of the Game.

~ 2015 or 16 recruit Patrick Grasso posted his first assist in the USHL in a 1-5 loss against the Tri-City Storm. Grasso also fired 6 shots on goal. The 16-year-old has centered the Des Moines Buccaneers' 4th line over the last 3 games.


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