Wednesday, October 09, 2013

UNH Recruit Updates: 2013-14 Edition

The vast majority of young players who commit to play hockey for the University of New Hampshire spend at least one season in one of three junior hockey leagues - the United States Hockey League, British Columbia Hockey League, or the new, United States Premiere Hockey League. Now that all three have begun the 2013-14 season, it's time, once again, to begin the "UNH Recruits Updates".

This marks the third season for the the "UNH Recruits Update" series on The UNH Men's Hockey Blog. Fans will be able to follow the progress of the young players who have verbally committed to play for UNH in the future.

UNH has the unique distinction of having the most recruits of any NCAA Division 1 hockey program. As of today, there are 21 players committed to play for UNH either next season or in subsequent seasons. By comparison, other top Hockey East programs such as Notre Dame, Boston University and Boston College have 18, 9, and 7 committed recruits, respectively.

The player statistics for all 21 UNH recruits (shown in the table below) will be updated on a regular basis in the "UNH Recruits Updates". In addition, outstanding individual performances will be reported on in depth.

Fans interested in game-by-game statistics for an individual player or stats from previous seasons can click on the player's name in the left hand column of the table. This will connect you to the player's profile on their team's website.

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 "2014 Recruits" have a target of the Fall of 2014 to begin playing for UNH.

Player Team League GP Goals Asst Pts PIM
2014 Recruits
Dylan Chanter  (D) Dubuque Fighting Saints USHL 0 0 0 0 0
Adam Clark  (G) Salmon Arm SilverBacks BCHL 7 3W 3L 3.13 .904
Shane Eiserman  (F) Dubuque Fighting Saints USHL 3 1 0 1 13
John Furgele  (D) Jersey Hitmen USPHL 5 1 2 3 2
Cameron Marks  (D) Coquitlam Express BCHL 10 1 2 3 0
Michael McNicholas  (F) Vernon Vipers BCHL 11 3 7 10 6
Andrew Poturalski  (F) Cedar Rapids RoughRiders USHL 3 2 4 6 0
Jason Salvaggio  (F) Indiana Ice USHL 4 0 1 1 4
2015 Recruits
Rich Boyd  (D) Cushing Academy NEPSHC - - - - -
Warren Foegele  (F) St. Andrews College CISAA/MPHL - - - - -
Jason Kalinowski  (F) Cedar Rapids RoughRiders USHL 3 2 3 5 7
Charlie Kelleher  (F) Junior Bruins 18U USPHL 18U 6 1 1 2 2
Joseph Masonius  (D) USA U17 Team USHL 1 0 0 0 2
Danny Tirone  (G) Cedar Rapids RoughRiders USHL 0 0W 0L 0 0
2015 or '16 Recruit
Liam Darcy  (D) Berwick Academy NEPSHC - - - - -
Patrick Grasso  (F) Des Moines Bucs USHL 4 1 2 3 0
Aaron O'Neill  (F) Green Bay Gamblers USHL 3 0 0 0 0
Ara Nazarian  (F) Malden Catholic Mass HS - - - - -
Nick Nonis  (D) Governor's Academy NEPSHC - - - - -
Brendan van Riemsdyk   (F) Jersey Hitmen 18U USPHL 18U 1 0 1 1 0
2016 Recruits
Marcus Vela  (F) Langley Rivermen BCHL 10 0 0 0 6

Player of the Week - Andrew Poturalski

2014 UNH Recruit
Andrew Poturalski
In a recent Cedar Rapids Gazette article by Jeff Johnson, RoughRiders' forward Andrew Poturalski explained his decision to postpone enrollment at UNH for one year:
"I just knew coming back (to Cedar Rapids) would help me as a player. Coach (Mark) Carlson develops guys so much, and I knew one more year would help me even more. I want to go into college and be an impact player. So I figured ‘Let’s play one more year here.’ Plus, I love it here.”
Poturalski's express goal for the 2013-14 campaign was to be a "go to" player for the RoughRiders - a player to "get points and help the team win." If the first few games of the season are any indication, then Andrew is right on track.

In a 4-3 victory over the Youngstown Phantoms last Friday night, Poturalski scored the game-winning goal and added 2 assists. His 2 goals and 4 assists in the first 3 games puts him in a tie for 5th in scoring in the USHL, with a few games in hand.

The video highlights below (courtesy of RidertownUSA and sent along to me by long-time RoughRider fan Scott Herbst) include Poturalski's game winner with less than 2 minutes left in the game. Also, you can see his nifty assist on the goal by another UNH recruit - Jason Kalinowski. In his rookie season in the USHL, Kalinowski is also off to a fast start with 2 goals and 3 asssists in 3 games.


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