Tuesday, February 12, 2013

UNH Recruits Update: Feb-11-2013

Player of the Week - Andrew Poturalski

It's been a season of ups and downs for Cedar Rapids' forward and UNH recruit Andrew Poturalski. In July, he fractured his fibula during a summer skate and was in a cast until late August. While his teammates were building up their physical conditioning and endurance, Poturalski was on the sidelines. He didn't get cleared to skate again until mid-September. Finally, three months after Poturalski broke his leg, he played in the first game of his rookie USHL season.

Poturalski burst onto the scene scoring the game-winning goal against the Indiana Ice in his first game followed by 2 goals and 2 assists the next night in another Cedar Rapids victory over Indiana. He gained instant notoriety as the USHL named him CCM Forward of the Week on October 22nd. The Rough Riders were also off to a fast start winning 5 out of their first 7 games and losing in overtime twice.

In November and December, both Poturalski and Cedar Rapids markedly cooled off. Over an 18-game stretch, the Rough Riders won 6, lost 11 and had 1 overtime loss. During that time, Poturalski scored 1 goal and 3 assists. He was a healthy scratch in 4 games.

While the Rough Riders have continued to struggle since the holiday break, Poturalski's play has been on the upswing. Over his last 14 games, he has posted 4 goals and 8 assists. Last Saturday, Poturalski scored a power play goal and added an assist in a 3-2 win over the Chicago Steel. He registered 4 shots on goal and was awarded the #1 Star of the Game. On Sunday, he posted another assist as Cedar Rapids tied Green Bay in regulation but lost in overtime.

Thanks to his nearly point-a-game pace in recent weeks, Poturalski has moved up to a tie for 4th in scoring on the Cedar Rapids roster. He is also tied for 2nd in assists.

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 LancersUSHL407192630
Tyler Kelleher  (F)USA U18 TeamUSHL1778158
USA U18 TeamNCAA201181916
Dylan Maller  (D)Tri-City StormUSHL4114537
Jordan Masters  (F)Jersey HitmenEJHL1625732
Andrew Poturalski (F)Cedar RapidsUSHL338142221
2013 or '14 Recruit
Michael McNicholas  (F)Nanaimo ClippersBCHL351022326
2014 Recruits
Dylan Chanter  (D)Merritt CentsBCHL45891725
Adam Clark  (G)Salmon ArmBCHL3215W15L2.70.919
Shane Eiserman  (F)USA U18 TeamUSHL1544823
USA U18 TeamNCAA203366
Cam Marks  (D)Coquitlam ExpressBCHL342468
2014 or '15 Recruit
Jason Kalinowski  (F)Salisbury Prep NEPSHC16 717 24-
2015 Recruits
Charlie Kelleher  (F)Junior Bruins U18USEHL5411142513
Joseph Masonius  (D)Jersey HitmenEmpJHL175121724
Jersey HitmenEJHL30004
2015 or '16 Recruit
Liam Darcy  (D)Berwick Academy NEPSHC22 314 17-
Patrick Grasso (F)Des MoinesUSHL100110
Omaha Lancers U16NAPHL221321348
Brendan van Riemsdyk (F)Jersey Devils U16AYHL2216132950
Christian BrothersJersey Prep21142943-

News & Notes

United States Hockey League:

~ On Saturday afternoon, 2013 recruit Matias Cleland and the Omaha Lancers played in the first ever USHL outdoor game. The Lancers defeated the Lincoln Stars 4-2. Cleland was traded from the Waterloo Black Hawks to Omaha after the second week of the season. In January, Cleland was elected by his new teammates as the Lancers' Captain. With 27 total points so far this season, Cleland is the 2nd leading scorer among all USHL defensemen. Here is a feature article on Matias Cleland from the Omaha World-Herald.

Team USA:

~ 2013 recruit Tyler Kelleher, 2014 recruit Shane Eiserman, and the U.S. National Under-18 Team finished the Five Nations Tournament with a record of 2 wins and 2 loses. Kelleher was the second leading scorer for Team USA posting 2 goals and 2 assists. Eiserman scored a goal in the 5-1 win over the Czech Republic.

Major Midget, Under-18 Hockey:

~ Head Coach Chris Masters of the Junior Bruins U-18 team provided the latest statistics for 2015 recruit Charlie Kelleher. In 54 regular season games, Kelleher has scored 11 goals and 14 assists. He is currently tied for 4th in scoring on the Jr. Bruins U-18 team.


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