Monday, January 07, 2013

UNH Recruits Update: Jan-7-2013

Player of the Week - Joe Masonius

2015 UNH recruit Joe Masonius is a month shy of his 16th birthday yet he is excelling in a league made up primarily of 17 and 18-year-old players. Over the weekend, the 6'0", 170 lbs. defenseman for the Jersey Hitmen of the Empire Junior Hockey League posted impressive numbers at the 2013 Winter Showcase in Marlborough, MA. On Friday, Masonius scored a goal and an assist in the Hitmen's 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Juniors. On Saturday, he scored another goal as the Hitmen tied the Atlanta Knights 3-3 in regulation. The Hitmen when on to win the shootout.

In 14 games with the Hitmen's Empire League team, Masonius has scored at a point-a-game pace. He is the team's 5th leading scorer with 4 goals and 10 assists. Masonius has been chosen for the Empire League All-Star Event which will be held on January 20 and 21 at the Tri-Town Ice Arena in Hooksett, NH. It's an opportunity for UNH fans to hop over and watch one of UNH's youngest recruits.

In the press release announcing Masonius' selection to the Empire All-Stars, Jersey Hitmen head coach Chris Barling described his star defenseman:
"Masonius, a ’97 born defenseman from Spring Lake, New Jersey, is the team’s youngest player, and one of the most vital to the team’s success. With a hockey IQ beyond his years the University of New Hampshire recruit has posted a 2-9-11 line in ten games played this season. Defensively solid and offensively gifted, Masonius has established himself as one of the top pro prospects in the area."

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 LancersUSHL285162118
Tyler Kelleher (F)USA U18 TeamUSHL1477148
USA U18 TeamNCAA1586144
Dylan Maller (D)Tri-City StormUSHL3101124
Jordan Masters (F)Jersey HitmenEJHL922423
Andrew Poturalski (F)Cedar RapidsUSHL21591419
2013 or '14 Recruit
Michael McNicholas (F)Nanaimo ClippersBCHL351022326
2014 Recruits
Dylan Chanter (D)Merritt CentsBCHL34681419
Adam Clark (G)Salmon ArmBCHL2312W9L2.40.928
Shane Eiserman (F)USA U18 TeamUSHL1243723
USA U18 TeamNCAA153146
Cam Marks (D)Coquitlam ExpressBCHL202354
2014 or '15 Recruit
Jason Kalinowski (F)Salisbury Prep NEPSHC6 39 12-
2015 Recruits
Charlie Kelleher (F)Junior Bruins U18USEHL38910198
Joseph Masonius (D)Jersey HitmenEmpJHL144101420
2015 or '16 Recruit
Liam Darcy (D)Berwick Academy NEPSHC12 05 5-
Patrick Grasso (F)Des MoinesUSHL100110
Omaha Lancers U16NAPHL171317308
Brendan van Riemsdyk (F)Jersey Devils U16AYHL2012102250
Christian BrothersJersey Prep1031316-

News & Notes

British Columbia Hockey League:

~ 2013 or '14 recruit Michael McNicholas broke a bone in his lower leg in Nanaimo's game against Prince George. Following surgery and rehabilitation, he may return to the Clippers' lineup in as little as 6 weeks. McNicholas has been having an outstanding season posting 32 points in 35 games. Prior to his injury, he was the third leading scorer on the Clippers. His 22 assists put him in 8th place among all BCHL players.

~ 2014 recruit Adam Clark has won his last 3 games with the Salmon Arm SilverBacks allowing a total of only 5 goals. In those games, Clark made 30, 30, and 37 saves. He now has the 6th best goals against average (2.40) among BCHL goalies and is tied for 2nd in save percentage (.928).

United States Hockey League:

~ 2013 recruit Andrew Poturalski played one of his most productive games of the season on Saturday night in a 6-1 win over the Waterloo Black Hawks. Poturalski had a goal and 2 assists.

Team USA:

~ Tyler Kelleher, Shane Eiserman, and the U.S. National Team Development Program U-18 team defeated the Michigan Wolverines 5-3 on Friday night. Both scored an assist in the big victory. The next night, Team USA beat the Milwaukee School of Engineering 7-2. Kelleher scored 2 goals and an assist. In their last 10 games against NCAA Division I and III schools, U.S. Under-18 team has won 7 and tied 3.


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