Tuesday, January 29, 2013

UNH Recruits Update: Jan-28-2013

Tyler Kelleher (Photo: USA Hockey)

Player of the Week - Tyler Kelleher

Last week, 2013 UNH recruit Tyler Kelleher and the Under-18 team from the U.S. National Team Development Program continued their rigorous schedule of NCAA Division I and III games. So far this season, the NTDP team has been competitive, and then some, against some of the top college programs. They've tied Notre Dame, Minnesota, and UNH and defeated Michigan.

On Tuesday, Team USA visited Munn Ice Arena on the campus of Michigan State and shut the Spartans out 3-0. Tyler Kelleher and his linemates Evan Allen on left wing and Mike McCarron on right wing were on the ice for the game-winning goal. On Saturday, the U-18 NTDP team battled 2011 National Champions Minnesota Duluth. In the second period, Kelleher got the primary assist on a power play goal by McCarron, tying the game at 1-1. The Bulldogs pulled away in the third period winning 3-1. Kelleher had 2 shots on goal in the game.

So far this season, Team USA has played 15 games against Division I teams and has a record of 5 wins, 6 losses, and 4 ties. In these games, Tyler Kelleher has posted 4 goals and 4 assists.

Team USA has dominated the matchups against Division III teams winning 5 and losing none. On Sunday, Kelleher scored a hat trick as Team USA drubbed the University of Wisconsin-Superior 7-1. 2014 UNH recruit Shane Eiserman assisted on Team USA's final goal. In the 5 games against Division III teams, Kelleher has scored 7 goals and 4 assists.

Tyler Kelleher, who will enroll at UNH next fall, leads the U.S. National U-18 team in goals, assists, and points. In 39 games - 20 NCAA, 16 games against United States Hockey League teams, and 3 games in the Four Nations Tournament - Kelleher has scored at a point-a-game pace. He has posted 20 goals and 19 assists.

In USHL competition, Kelleher and his U-18 teammates have won 10 games and lost 6. Kelleher leads the team in scoring in the USHL games with 7 goals and 7 assists. Last season, Kelleher played on the U.S. National Under-17 team. The U-17 team plays half of Team USA's games against USHL teams while the U-18 plays the other half. In 36 USHL games, Tyler Kelleher was the leading goal scorer (17 goals) and scorer (30 points) on the NTDP U-17 team.

The last UNH player to lead a U.S. NTDP team in scoring was James van Riemsdyk. In the 2006-07 season, JvR scored 33 goals and 33 assists in 42 games for the U-18 team. UNH fans will recall that JvR was the second player drafted in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Although Tyler Kelleher is the leading scorer on a team loaded with players projected to be drafted into the NHL this June, he is not currently on the NHL Central Scouting Service mid-term rankings. If not for Kelleher's below average height (5'6"), he, in all likelihood, would be a top round draft pick in the upcoming NHL 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 LancersUSHL355182328
Tyler Kelleher (F)USA U18 TeamUSHL1677148
USA U18 TeamNCAA201181916
Dylan Maller (D)Tri-City StormUSHL3713433
Jordan Masters (F)Jersey HitmenEJHL1525727
Andrew Poturalski (F)Cedar RapidsUSHL286121821
2013 or '14 Recruit
Michael McNicholas (F)Nanaimo ClippersBCHL351022326
2014 Recruits
Dylan Chanter (D)Merritt CentsBCHL41891721
Adam Clark (G)Salmon ArmBCHL2713W12L2.57.925
Shane Eiserman (F)USA U18 TeamUSHL1444823
USA U18 TeamNCAA203366
Cam Marks (D)Coquitlam ExpressBCHL292466
2014 or '15 Recruit
Jason Kalinowski (F)Salisbury Prep NEPSHC13 715 22-
2015 Recruits
Charlie Kelleher (F)Junior Bruins U18USEHL38910198
Joseph Masonius (D)Jersey HitmenEmpJHL175121724
Jersey HitmenEJHL30004
2015 or '16 Recruit
Liam Darcy (D)Berwick Academy NEPSHC18 111 12-
Patrick Grasso (F)Des MoinesUSHL100110
Omaha Lancers U16NAPHL221321348
Brendan van Riemsdyk (F)Jersey Devils U16AYHL2113112450
Christian BrothersJersey Prep17112334-

News & Notes

British Columbia Hockey League:

~ UNH's top goalie prospect, Adam Clark, continued his steady play for the Salmon Arm team in the BCHL. On Saturday, Clark stopped 33 out of 34 shots as the SilverBacks defeated the Chilliwack Chiefs 5-1. Clark earned the #2 Star of the Game. Adam Clark has the 4th best save percentage - .925 - among all BCHL goalies.

Eastern Junior Hockey League:

~ Last week, 15-year-old UNH recruit Joe Masonius played two more games with the Jersey Hitmen's EJHL team. Masonius turns 16 on February 17th. I'll post a "Recruit Profile" on the talented defenseman in the coming days.

Prep School Hockey:

~ 2015 or '16 recruit Liam Darcy added 3 assists to his scoring totals for Berwick Academy (8W-8L-1T) last week. In a 9-5 victory over Procter Academy, the future UNH defenseman posted 2 assists including one on the game-winning goal.

~ Last week, Brendan van Riemsdyk and the Christian Brothers Academy blitzed Howell 12-0 and Middletown South 11-1. BvR racked up 2 more goals and 5 more assists. He is now the 2nd leading scorer on CBA and has the most assists. CBA is currently in second place in the New Jersey Non-Public School Division.


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