Tuesday, December 17, 2013

UNH Recruits Update: Dec-17-2013

2015 UNH Recruit Rich Boyd Directs
Traffic on Cushing Academy Penalty Kill

Player of the Week - Rich Boyd

Last season, in his junior year at Cushing Academy, co-captain Rich Boyd helped lead the Penguins to the New England Prep Large School Championship. Boyd was the top-scoring defenseman on the Cushing squad and his 9 goals were the 5th highest among all New England Prep defenders.

Although Boyd was drafted by the Omaha Lancers of the USHL last April, he chose to return to Cushing for his senior year. So far, both Boyd and the Penguins are off to fast starts. Cushing's overall record is 6-1-0 and they were ranked #3 in the most recent U.S. Hockey Report Prep Hockey Poll. Boyd is scoring at a point-a-game pace with 2 goals and 5 assists in 7 games.

On Wednesday, I had an opportunity to watch Cushing play at Williston-Northampton. As a senior captain, Rich Boyd is a key player for Coach Rob Gagnon's team. Boyd is a starting defenseman and plays on Cushing's first power play and penalty kill units. About 7 minutes into the first period with the scored tied 1-1, Boyd carried the puck, with speed, through the neutral zone. As he crossed the blueline, he unloaded a slap shop, cleanly beating the Williston-Northampton goalie. He also added an assist on Cushing's 5th goal on a power play in the third period. Cushing pulled away with a 7-3 victory.

As an 18-year-old (DOB: 6/7/1995), the 6'3", 185 lb. Boyd is a talented, mobile defensemen. A number of skills were on display in the Cushing win over Williston-Northampton including:
~ Skating and stickwork - On two occasions, Boyd was the only defender backchecking on a 2-on-1 break. While skating backward, he stayed in front of the rushing forwards and managed to poke the puck away.
~ Bomb of a shot - Boyd's slap shot is booming and his wrist shot is quick. Both are accurate and tend to travel just inches off the ice (not rising and missing the net high or wide).
~ On breakouts, Boyd sees the ice extremely well, finds the open man, and makes accurate passes.
~ Piloting the power play - Cushing utilizes a umbrella set up on the power play with Boyd the sole player positioned near the middle of the blueline. From this position, Boyd moves the puck smartly to the wings and players advancing to the net. His accurate shot comes into play when he sees an open seam.

In an interview with the blog when he committed to UNH, Boyd indicated he is likely to play a year in the USHL after graduating from Cushing and before he enrolls at UNH. It will be interesting to follow his progress as Cushing makes another bid for a New England Prep crown.

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 14 1 1 2 21
Adam Clark  (G) Salmon Arm SilverBacks BCHL 23 11W 10L 2.92 .909
Shane Eiserman  (F) Dubuque Fighting Saints USHL 18 6 7 13 36
John Furgele  (D) Jersey Hitmen USPHL 23 6 16 22 8
Cameron Marks  (D) Coquitlam Express BCHL 33 2 14 16 6
Michael McNicholas  (F) Vernon Vipers BCHL 35 18 30 48 14
Andrew Poturalski  (F) Cedar Rapids RoughRiders USHL 23 9 16 25 10
Jason Salvaggio  (F) Indiana Ice USHL 20 6 6 12 12
2015 Recruits
Rich Boyd  (D) Cushing Academy NEPSHC 7 2 5 7 -
Warren Foegele  (F) St. Andrews College CISAA 4 3 1 4 7
St. Andrews College MPHL 9 6 15 21 12
Jason Kalinowski  (F) Cedar Rapids RoughRiders USHL 23 4 14 18 40
Charlie Kelleher  (F) Junior Bruins 18U USPHL 18U 14 3 6 9 2
Joseph Masonius  (D) USA U17 Team USHL 12 0 0 0 20
Chris Miller  (F) Junior Bruins USPHL 22 5 5 10 8
Danny Tirone  (G) Cedar Rapids RoughRiders USHL 12 8W 4L 2.55 .918
2015 or '16 Recruits
Liam Darcy  (D) Berwick Academy NEPSHC 5 1 3 4 -
Patrick Grasso  (F) Des Moines Bucs USHL 24 5 3 8 4
Aaron O'Neill  (F) Green Bay Gamblers USHL 15 0 1 1 0
Ara Nazarian  (F) Malden Catholic Mass HS - - - - -
Nick Nonis  (D) Governor's Academy NEPSHC 5 1 0 1 -
Marcus Vela  (F) Langley Rivermen BCHL 36 8 6 14 27
2016 or '17 Recruits
Brendan van Riemsdyk   (F) Jersey Hitmen 18U USPHL 18U 7 5 8 13 2
Christian Brothers Jersey Prep 2 5 3 8 -

News & Notes

British Columbia Hockey League:

~ 18-year-old defenseman Cameron Marks is in his second season with the Coquitlam Express. He has already increased his number of assists from 4 last year to 14 so far this season. On Sunday night, the Express battled the Surrey Eagles to a 4-4 tie in regulation. Marks was a standout on special teams scoring a power play goal and a short-handed assist. Cameron is on target to enroll at UNH next fall.

~ 2014 UNH Recruit Michael McNicholas added another goal and 2 assists to his scoring totals in two games last week. He is now tied for second in scoring in the BCHL.

United States Premiere Hockey League:

~ The Junior Bruins 18U team returned to USPHL action last week. 2015 UNH recruit Charlie Kelleher scored the game-winning goal in a 3-0 victory over the Rochester Junior Americans on Saturday. He added an assist in the Junior Bruins' 6-1 drubbing of the Bay State Breakers on Sunday.


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