Tuesday, December 04, 2012

UNH Recruits Update: Dec-3-2012

Player of the Week - Jason Kalinowski

Last season, the Salisbury School (in Northwestern Connecticut) was one of, if not the, top team in New England Prep Hockey. They finished the regular season ranked #1 and received the #1 seed in the Elite Eight Tournament. The Crimson Knights were lead by seniors Philip Zielonka (Harvard commit), Zack Pryzbek (Brown), John Stevens (son of LA Kings' assistant coach; Northeastern commit) and captain Marc Biega (Harvard hopeful). In the midst of the fanfare surrounding Salisbury and their top players, junior forward and UNH recruit Jason Kalinowski (DOB: 7/2/1995) quietly compiled an impressive record. Kalinowski finished the regular season with 12 goals and 15 assists in 25 games. That made Kalinowski the 2nd leading goal scorer on the Salisbury squad and the 3rd leading point getter.

In the opening round of the Elite Eight tourney, Kalinowski exploded with 2 goals and an assist in a 6-0 victory over Cushing Academy. However, Salisbury's season ended in disappointment as they lost in the semifinals to Lawrence Academy; who went on to win the NE Prep Championship. Salisbury fans were left wondering whether their team could overcome the loss of so many key seniors and make another run at the championship this season. And, who would emerge as top players? If the first two games of the 2012-13 season are any indication of what's to come, then an answer to this later question is Jason Kalinowski.

In the first game of the season, the Salisbury School blew out Williston-Northampton 7-0. Kalinowski scored a power play goal and assisted on 4 other goals. Two days later, Kalinowski lead the Crimson Knights to a 3-1 victory over Millbrook Academy. Kalinowski assisted on Salisbury's first goal, scored the game winning goal on a power play, and finished the game off with Salisbury's third goal. So far in this very young season, Jason Kalinowski has the second highest points per game (4.0) in New England Prep School hockey.

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 LancersUSHL18461010
Tyler Kelleher  (F)USA U18 TeamUSHL95496
USA U18 TeamNCAA115380
Dylan Maller  (D)Tri-City StormUSHL2000024
Jordan Masters  (F)Jersey HitmenEJHL822423
Andrew Poturalski (F)Cedar RapidsUSHL1446106
2013 or '14 Recruit
Michael McNicholas  (F)Nanaimo ClippersBCHL27919286
2014 Recruits
Dylan Chanter  (D)Merritt CentsBCHL25661213
Adam Clark  (G)Salmon ArmBCHL167W7L2.54.923
Shane Eiserman  (F)USA U18 TeamUSHL833621
USA U18 TeamNCAA113034
Cam Marks  (D)Coquitlam ExpressBCHL192354
2015 Recruits
Charlie Kelleher  (F)Junior Bruins U18USEHL38910198
Jason Kalinowski  (F)Salisbury Prep NEPSHC2 35 8-
Joseph Masonius  (D)Jersey HitmenEmpJHL10291114
2015 or '16 Recruit
Liam Darcy  (D)Berwick Academy NEPSHC3 01 1-
Patrick Grasso (F)Des MoinesUSHL100110
Omaha Lancers U16NAPHL13712194
Brendan van Riemsdyk (F)Jersey Devils U16AYHL181192048
Christian BrothersJersey1112-

News & Notes

British Columbia Hockey League:

~ 2013 or 14 recruit Mike McNicholas continued to rack up assists with the Nanaimo Clippers. In two games last week, McNicholas posted 4 assists. His 19 assists places him in a tie for 6th in the BCHL.

Prep School Hockey:

~ UNH's newest recruit, Brendan van Riemsdyk and his Christian Brothers Academy team opened their season with a 7-1 win over Marlboro. BvR scored the game winning goal and added an assist.

Midget Minor Hockey

~ 2015 or 16 recruit Patrick Grasso splits his playing time between the Omaha Lancers U16 team (NAPHL) and the Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL). Last week, Grasso played 4 games with Omaha and scored 3 goals and 3 assists. He currently has the 3rd highest assists in the North American Prospects Hockey League and is the 6th leading scorer.

Team USA

~ Don't forget, Tyler Kelleher, Shane Eiserman, and the U.S. NTDP U-18 team are coming to New England. This Saturday, Dec. 8th at 4:00 PM, Team USA plays at Merrimack College.
On Sunday, Dec. 9th at 4:00 PM, Team USA plays UNH at the Whittemore Center.


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