Tuesday, March 26, 2013

UNH Recruits Update: March-25-2013

News Release

Joe Masonius has made the USA Hockey National Team Development Program. More details to follow.

Playoff Edition I

British Columbia Hockey League
Four UNH Recruits recently completed their seasons in the BCHL. Three played for teams that advanced to the BCHL Playoffs.
Michael McNicholas
Prior to breaking a bone in his lower leg on January 7th, McNicholas was the third leading scorer on the Nanaimo Clippers. In 35 games, he had posted 32 points including 10 goals. His 22 assists put him in 8th place among all BCHL players.

Nearly 9 weeks after breaking his leg, McNicholas returned to the Clippers' lineup for the first game of the playoffs against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. Nanaimo won Game 1 and McNicholas assisted on the game-winning goal. After winning the first two games, the Clippers lost three in a row and were eliminated from the playoffs by Alberni Valley. McNicholas played in 4 games.

Dylan Chanter.
In his second season in the BCHL, 2014 recruit Dylan Chanter scored 9 goals, an increase of 7 over his rookie year. The 17-year-old defenseman finished the regular season with 20 points, including 3 power play goals.

Chanter and the Merritt Centennials played the West Kelowna Warriors in the opening round of the playoffs. Chanter scored a power play goal in Merritt's only win of the series. West Kelowna won 4 games and advanced to the next round.

Adam Clark.
2014 recruit Adam Clark became the starting goaltender for the Salmon Arm SilverBacks in his second season in the league. In 37 games, Clark won 18, lost 16, and helped the SilverBacks return to the playoffs after missing them in the 2011-12 season. Clark's save percentage of .914 was the 8th best among all BCHL goalies.

In the opening round of the playoffs, Salmon Arm faced the Penticton Vees - a team which earned 17 more points than the SilverBacks during the regular season (75 pts vs. 58). The Vees swept the playoff series in 4 games. Adam Clark played the first two periods of Game 1 and all of Game 4. Over the 5 periods of play, Clark faced 52 shots on goal and allowed 9 goals. Angus Redmond, the SilverBacks' backup goalie, did not fair much better, giving up 7 goals on 63 SOG.

Cam Marks
In his rookie season with the Coquitlam Express, 17-year-old defenseman Cam Marks scored 2 goals and added 4 assists in 40 games. Midseason, Marks missed 15 games with a broken bone in his foot. Coquitlam did not qualify for the BCHL playoffs.

Eastern Junior Hockey League
The Jersey Hitmen won the 2013 EJHL Championship on March 15th defeating the Islanders Hockey Club in the best of 3 championship round. It was the third time in 5 years that the Hitmen have won the Dineen Cup. The last time the Hitmen were EJHL Champions was the 2010-11 season when current UNH sophomore Matt Willows was the team's and the league's leading scorer.

Defenseman Joe Masonius, who just turned 16 on Feb. 17th, played the final 10 games of the EJHL Hitmen's regular season and scored a goal and 2 assists. Masonius also played in the deciding game of the EJHL playoffs with the victorious Hitmen. Forward Jordan Masters has fully recovered from a lower body injury which limited his playing time with the Hitmen during the regular season. He was a healthy scratch in the EJHL playoffs.

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 LancersUSHL549263539
Tyler Kelleher  (F)USA U18 TeamUSHL2811102112
USA U18 TeamNCAA211192016
Dylan Maller  (D)Tri-City StormUSHL5614557
Jordan Masters  (F)Jersey HitmenEJHL1835834
Andrew Poturalski (F)Cedar RapidsUSHL4611193041
2013 or '14 Recruit
Michael McNicholas  (F)Nanaimo ClippersBCHL351022326
2014 Recruits
Dylan Chanter  (D)Merritt CentsBCHL569112031
Adam Clark  (G)Salmon ArmBCHL3718W16L2.89.914
Shane Eiserman  (F)USA U18 TeamUSHL22561127
USA U18 TeamNCAA213368
Cam Marks  (D)Coquitlam ExpressBCHL402468
2014 or '15 Recruit
Jason Kalinowski  (F)Salisbury Prep NEPSHC23 918 27-
2015 Recruits
Warren Foegele  (F)St. Andrews CollegeCISAA/MPHL2816203632
Charlie Kelleher  (F)Junior Bruins U18USEHL5411142513
Joseph Masonius  (D)Jersey HitmenEmpJHL175121724
Jersey HitmenEJHL1012335
U18 PlayoffsUSEHL21012
Danny Tirone  (G)Loomis ChaffeeNEPSHC2412W11L1T.914
2015 or '16 Recruit
Liam Darcy  (D)Berwick Academy NEPSHC27 715 22-
Patrick Grasso (F)Des MoinesUSHL111010
Omaha Lancers U16NAPHL221321348
Brendan van Riemsdyk (F)Jersey Devils U16AYHL2418133154
Christian BrothersJersey Prep23163046-
PlayoffsJersey Prep3516-

News & Notes

United States Hockey League:

~ The USHL teams have only 6 or 7 games remaining in the regular season. The top 4 teams in the Eastern and Western Conferences qualify for the USHL Playoffs. Here's how the teams with UNH recruits stand:
Western Conference:
Omaha Lancers (Matias Cleland) - 5th place, 16 points ahead of 7th place team.
Tri-City Storm (Dylan Maller) - 6th place, 2 points ahead of 7th place team.
Eastern Conference:
Cedar Rapids Rough Riders (Andrew Poturalski) - 6th place, 4 points ahead of 7th place team.
Team USA* (Tyler Kelleher & Shane Eiserman) - 8th place, 6 points behind of 6th place team.
* The Team USA games in the USHL are divided between the US NTDP U18 and U17 teams. The U18 team, who Kelleher and Eiserman play for, have only 2 USHL games remaining in the regular season, while the U17 team has 6 games left.

~ On March 22nd, 16-year-old Patrick Grasso scored his first USHL goal as the Des Moines Buccaneers dropped a 5-6 decision to the Tri-City Storm. Grasso has played 11 games with the Bucs this season as an affiliate player.

USA Hockey National Team Development Program

~ Over the last several days, the US NTDP held its evaluation camp for the top American players born in 1997. 2015 UNH recruits Charlie Kelleher and Joe Masonius participated in the camp. Look for a report on their play in a future "UNH Recruits Update".


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