Tuesday, November 06, 2012

UNH Recruits Update: Nov-5-2012

Player of the Week - Matias Cleland

After only 3 games into the USHL season, the Waterloo Black Hawks traded 2013 UNH recruit Matias Cleland to the Omaha Lancers. Since then, the offensive side of the 18-year-old defenseman's game has blossomed. In 9 games with the Lancers, Cleland has generated 32 shots on goal and has scored 2 goals. He has also posted 3 assists. Cleland is currently tied for the lead in scoring on the Lancers' club. These totals stand in stark contrast to Cleland's production in his first season with the Waterloo Black Hawks. In 41 games during the 2011-12 season, Cleland had 1 goal, 9 assists, and 22 SOG.

Cleland's performance in a 3-4 loss to Cedar Rapids last Saturday night is representative of his new flare. Trailing by 2 goals, Cleland brought the Lancers to within one goal by scoring with less than 2 minutes remaining in the game. In addition to the goal, Cleland added an assist and had 3 SOG. He was awarded the #3 Star of the game. I asked longtime Cedar Rapids season ticket holder Scott Herbst (@herbst20) for his impressions of Cleland. This is what he had to say:
"Cleland started last night and saw power play time as the left point guy.....wouldn't say (he was) the quarterback but shows good poise and low hard shot. Very gritty for his size."

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 LancersUSHL92352
Tyler Kelleher  (F)USA U18 TeamUSHL33140
USA U18 TeamNCAA83030
Dylan Maller  (D)Tri-City StormUSHL1200020
Jordan Masters  (F)Jersey HitmenEJHL20000
Andrew Poturalski (F)Cedar RapidsUSHL63362
2013 or '14 Recruit
Michael McNicholas  (F)Nanaimo ClippersBCHL1869154
2014 Recruits
Dylan Chanter  (D)Merritt CentsBCHL1754911
Adam Clark  (G)Salmon ArmBCHL84W3L2.34.925
Shane Eiserman  (F)USA U18 TeamUSHL32026
USA U18 TeamNCAA83034
Cam Marks  (D)Coquitlam ExpressBCHL172244
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 MoinesUSHL60000
Omaha Lancers U16NAPHL44372

News & Notes

British Columbia Hockey League:

~ 2013 or 14 recruit Mike McNicholas added 3 assists to his season totals by posting an assist in each of the Nanaimo Clippers' games last week. McNicholas is tied for 3rd in scoring on the Clippers.


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