Monday, March 11, 2013

UNH Recruits Update: March-11-2013

Co-Players of the Week - Charlie Kelleher and Warren Foegele

The UNH recruits who are 16 or 17 years old have been competing in their playoff seasons over the last few weeks. Whether they play for prep schools, high schools or midget teams, this is the time of year they look forward to all season. Over the past week, two players who plan to enroll at UNH in the fall of 2015 - Charlie Kelleher and Warren Foegele - helped their teams win a league championship.

Charlie Kelleher
Charlie Kelleher
Last September, a new league known as the United States Elite Hockey League was formed. The USEHL is the first AAA Midget league based in the East. It includes an Under-18 Midget Major division and an Under-16 Midget Minor division.

Over the weekend, the USEHL held its first annual playoffs at the Capital One Bank Ice Vault in Wayne, New Jersey - home of the Jersey Hitmen organization. A round-robin tournament was held in both the U16 and U18 divisions. The top six U18 teams and top five U16 teams participated.

16-year-old Charlie Kelleher (DOB: 2/4/97) and the Boston Junior Bruins U18 team competed against the Jersey Hitmen, Connecticut Yankees, Islanders Hockey Club, Selects Adacemy, and Hill Academy. The Jr. Bruins advanced to the semifinals and faced Hill Academy (Vaughan, Ontario). The teams tied 2-2 in regulation then played 4-on-4 in a 5-minute, sudden death overtime. With 1:20 remaining in OT, Kelleher scored the game-winning goal.

In the Championship Game against the Selects Academy team (South Kent, CT), the Jr. Bruins took a 1-0 lead midway through the 2nd period on a goal by Hamilton Whyte and assisted by Charlie Kelleher. The Selects team tied it up in the waning seconds of the period. With 14:16 left in the third period, the Jr. Bruins went on a 5-on-3 power play. Charlie Kelleher, a right-shot forward, plays left wing on the power play unit. At 13:46, Zachary Malatesta scored the game-winning goal, assisted by Kelleher and Whyte. Kelleher finished the USEHL Tournament with a goal and 2 assists in 5 games. He tied for 5th in scoring.

So what's next for Charlie Kelleher? The U.S. Hockey Report recently predicted that Kelleher will be invited to the U.S. National Team Development Program's evaluation camp later this month. If he is invited and is fortunate enough to earn a spot on the NTDP Under-17 team, he will be following in the footsteps of his brother, Tyler Kelleher. Tyler has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for UNH beginning next fall.

Warren Foegele
Warren Foegele
By any measure, Warren Foegele's junior year with the St. Andrews College (Ontario) hockey team has been a big success. The left-shot forward, who turns 17 on April 1st, and his teammates compete in two prep school leagues: The Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association and the Midwest Prep Hockey League. In the CISAA regular season, Foegele scored 9 goals and 10 assists in 15 games, tying him for second in scoring in the league. He tied for the lead in scoring during the MPHL regular season scoring 7 goals and 10 assists in 13 games.

St. Andrews advanced to the Championship Game of the MPHL Tournament defeating St. Francis School (Outside Buffalo, NY) and Stanstead College (Quebec). They lost the Championship Game 2-1 on a goal late in the third period by the Edge School (Calgary, Alberta). Foegele finished the MPHL Playoffs as the leading scorer with 2 goals and 5 assists.

In late February, St. Andrews swept the semifinal round of the CISAA Playoffs defeating Appleby College (Oakville, Ontario) 4-0 and 4-3. Foegele scored the game-winning goal in the first game and scored the first goal in the second game.

In the best-of-three Championship Round, St. Andrews faced Nichols School (Buffalo, NY). St. Andrews won the first game 2-1 and Foegele assisted on the first goal. Nichols won the second game 4-2, setting up the rubber game for the CISAA Championship. Last Wednesday, the two teams battled to a 2-2 tie by the end of regulation. 1:49 into overtime, Warren Foegele scored the game-winning goal. Foegele finished the CISAA Playoffs with 3 goals and 2 assists in 5 games, placing him in a tie for 3rd in scoring. He plans on returning to play his senior year at St. Andrews.

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 LancersUSHL508243239
Tyler Kelleher  (F)USA U18 TeamUSHL2389178
USA U18 TeamNCAA211192016
Dylan Maller  (D)Tri-City StormUSHL5014543
Jordan Masters  (F)Jersey HitmenEJHL1835834
Andrew Poturalski (F)Cedar RapidsUSHL4111172841
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 TeamUSHL1945923
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
2015 or '16 Recruit
Liam Darcy  (D)Berwick Academy NEPSHC27 715 22-
Patrick Grasso (F)Des MoinesUSHL100110
Omaha Lancers U16NAPHL221321348
Brendan van Riemsdyk (F)Jersey Devils U16AYHL2418133154
Christian BrothersJersey Prep23163046-
PlayoffsJersey Prep3516-

News & Notes

British Columbia Hockey League:

~ 2013 or '14 recruit Michael McNicholas will rejoin the Nanaimo Clippers' lineup on Friday in the first round of the BCHL Playoffs. The Clippers will face the Alberni Valley Bulldogs in a best-of-five series. McNicholas has been out of the Nanaimo Clippers' lineup since January 6th when he broke a bone in his lower leg.

~ Dylan Chanter and the Merritt Centennials finished the regular season with the 5th highest points in the BCHL. They will play the West Kelowna Warriors in the first round of the playoffs.

~ 2014 recruit Adam Clark helped the Salmon Arm SilverBacks clinch a playoff spot by defeating the Merritt Cents 5-4. Clark made 37 saves in the victory. The SilverBacks will play the Penticton Vees in the first round of the playoffs.

Prep School Hockey:

~ Jason Kalinowski and the Salisbury Prep Crimson Knights won the NE Prep Elite 8 Tournament defeating the Kent School 4-1.

~ Brendan van Riemsdyk and the Christian Brothers Academy advanced to the Semifinals of the New Jersey Non-Public School Tournament by defeating Seton Hall Prep 9-0 and Morristown-Beard 3-2. BvR scored 4 goals in the victory over Seton Hall. However, CBA's bid to win the State Championship fell short as they lost to Don Bosco 3-5 in the semifinals. In the three playoff games, BvR scored 5 goals and added an assist.

Eastern Junior Hockey League:

~ The Jersey Hitmen have advanced to the EJHL Finals scheduled for Wednesday through Friday at New England Sports Center in Marlborough, MA. Jordan Masters has fully recovered from a lower body injury which limited his playing time during the regular season. He has been a healthy scratch in the early rounds of the playoffs.


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