Wednesday, October 30, 2013

UNH Recruits Update: Oct-29-2013

Shane Eiserman
2014 UNH Recruit

Player of the Week - Shane Eiserman

In his final season of junior hockey, power forward Shane Eiserman is off to a fast start. As he completes his senior year in high school, Eiserman is competing for the Dubuque Fighting Saints - the defending USHL Champions. Last Friday, Shane assisted on Dubuque's game-winning goal in a 6-2 win over the Chicago Steel. He also assisted on the first goal of the game. On Saturday, Eiserman scored an unassisted goal to put the Fighting Saints ahead 3-1 against the Indiana Ice. He also assisted on the second goal. The Ice stormed back to win 5-3.

Dubuque is also off to a fast start with a record of 7 wins and 1 loss, good enough for the best winning percentage in the USHL. Eiserman's 2 goals and 4 assists in 8 games ties him for the lead in scoring on a talented Fighting Saints' squad.

Last season, Eiserman wore the USA uniform as a member of the U.S. National Team Development Program Under-18 team. Shane is from West Newbury, Massachusetts, just 30 miles south of the UNH campus. Next week, Shane will represent his country once again in the 2013 World Junior A Challenge in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. The Challenge is organized by Hockey Canada. Team USA will compete against two Junior A teams from Canada as well as teams from Russia, the Czech Republic, and Switzerland. The U.S. team won the 2012 World Junior A Challenge.

A number of current and former UNH players have represented their country in previous World Junior A Challenges. Former UNH captain Damon Kipp played for Canada West in 2006, the inaugural year of the tourney, and 2007. Junior Grayson Downing represented Canada West in 2009 and 2010. Former UNH players Blake Kessel and Greg Burke played for Team USA in 2007 and 2008, respectively. Nick Sorkin played in the 2009 event.

In the 2010 World Junior A Challenge, Team USA fell behind 1-4 to Canada East. Current UNH goalie Casey DeSmith, who played for the Indiana Ice of the USHL at the time, replaced the USA's starting goalie 5 minutes into the second period. DeSmith backstopped a come from behind victory as he stopped all 8 shots he faced and Team USA charged back to win 6-4.

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 1 0 0 0 0
Adam Clark  (G) Salmon Arm SilverBacks BCHL 11 5W 4L 3.03 .908
Shane Eiserman  (F) Dubuque Fighting Saints USHL 8 2 4 6 17
John Furgele  (D) Jersey Hitmen USPHL 13 3 7 10 6
Cameron Marks  (D) Coquitlam Express BCHL 17 1 7 8 2
Michael McNicholas  (F) Vernon Vipers BCHL 19 7 12 19 10
Andrew Poturalski  (F) Cedar Rapids RoughRiders USHL 7 5 8 13 4
Jason Salvaggio  (F) Indiana Ice USHL 8 1 1 2 4
2015 Recruits
Rich Boyd  (D) Cushing Academy NEPSHC - - - - -
Warren Foegele  (F) St. Andrews College CISAA/MPHL - - - - -
Jason Kalinowski  (F) Cedar Rapids RoughRiders USHL 7 3 9 12 18
Charlie Kelleher  (F) Junior Bruins 18U USPHL 18U 9 1 1 2 2
Joseph Masonius  (D) USA U17 Team USHL 5 0 0 0 10
Danny Tirone  (G) Cedar Rapids RoughRiders USHL 2 2W 0L 2.00 .927
2015 or '16 Recruit
Liam Darcy  (D) Berwick Academy NEPSHC - - - - -
Patrick Grasso  (F) Des Moines Bucs USHL 10 2 2 4 2
Aaron O'Neill  (F) Green Bay Gamblers USHL 5 0 1 1 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 17 1 2 3 10

2016 UNH Recruit Marcus Vela
(Photo: Garrett James Photography)

News & Notes

British Columbia Hockey League:

~ UNH's newest recruit, Marcus Vela (DOB: 3-3-1997) scored his first BCHL goal last Thursday. Vela scored the 6th goal of the game for the Langley Rivermen in a 12-2 victory over the Coquitlam Express.

United States Hockey League:

~ 2014 UNH recruit Andrew Poturalski scored two goals to lead the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders to a 4-3 victory over the Youngstown Phantoms last Friday. Poturalski is now tied for 5th in scoring in the USHL. His +/- rating of +13 is the best in the USHL.

~ 2015 Recruit Jason Kalinowski added two assists to his totals last week. His 9 assists leads all Cedar Rapids' players and places him in a tie for 4th in the USHL.

~ In the Cedar Rapids' 4-3 win over Youngstown, 2015 recruit Danny Tirone made 32 saves in his second start of the season. Tirone is undefeated so far in his rookie season with a 2.00 goals against average and .927 save percentage.

United States Premiere Hockey League:

~ 2015 UNH recruit Charlie Kelleher is on the Junior Bruins 18U's injured reserve list.


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