Wednesday, February 05, 2014

UNH Recruits Update: Feb-4-2014

Danny Tirone Named USHL
Goaltender of the Week

Player of the Week - Danny Tirone

Last year, in his senior season at Loomis Chaffee School, Danny Tirone was named Prep School Player of the Year by U.S. Hockey Report. In 24 games, Tirone allowed only 1 goal in 9 games and 2 or fewer goals in 12 and finished the season with an impressive .933 save percentage.

When Tirone committed to UNH last March, he told The UNH Men's Hockey Blog that he planned to play two years of junior hockey and come to UNH in the Fall of 2015. In May, the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders selected Tirone with the 34th overall pick in the USHL Draft and he earned a spot on their 2013-14 roster.

As this USHL season began, it was not a foregone conclusion that Tirone would succeed in his rookie year. Excelling at the New England Prep School level does not always translate into success in the top junior league in the United States. In addition, the RoughRiders already had an established goalie in the person of Chris Birdsall, a Boston College recruit.

By any measure, Tirone has excelled in his rookie season in the USHL. Last week, he was named the USHL Reebok Goaltender of the Week. On Wednesday night, Tirone made 18 saves as the RoughRiders shut out the Des Moines Buccaneers 1-0. On Saturday, he posted 32 saves enroute to his second consecutive shutout as Cedar Rapids downed the Green Bay Gamblers 5-0.

So far, Danny Tirone's record is 16 wins and 8 loses. He currently has the 5th-best save percentage - .919 - in the USHL. His 2.53 goals against average is 7th in the league. Birdsall has been in the RoughRider net for 15 games and has a .895 save percentage and 3.15 GAA.

Since the summer of 2010, Tirone has trained with Mike Buckley and Goalie Development Services (GDS) . Buckley, the former goalie coach for UNH, is now the goaltending development coach for the Pittsburgh Penguins. UNH's current goalie coach, Dan Lupi, is the Head Instructor at GDS.

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) Vernon Vipers BCHL 10 0 0 0 6
Dubuque Fighting Saints USHL 14 1 1 2 21
Adam Clark  (G) Salmon Arm SilverBacks BCHL 30 14W 14L 2.87 .911
Shane Eiserman  (F) Dubuque Fighting Saints USHL 30 9 14 23 61
Warren Foegele  (F) St. Andrews College CISAA 9 11 2 13 13
St. Andrews College MPHL 13 12 17 29 14
John Furgele  (D) Jersey Hitmen USPHL 35 6 25 31 12
Cameron Marks  (D) Coquitlam Express BCHL 49 4 19 23 12
Michael McNicholas  (F) Vernon Vipers BCHL 48 21 40 61 14
Andrew Poturalski  (F) Cedar Rapids RoughRiders USHL 38 12 25 37 12
Jason Salvaggio  (F) Indiana Ice USHL 33 12 8 20 18
2015 Recruits
Rich Boyd  (D) Cushing Academy NEPSHC 24 9 22 31 -
Jason Kalinowski  (F) Cedar Rapids RoughRiders USHL 36 5 18 23 50
Charlie Kelleher  (F) Junior Bruins 18U USPHL 18U 15 3 6 9 2
Junior Bruins Premiere USPHL Premiere 2 2 2 4 0
Joseph Masonius  (D) USA U17 Team USHL 17 0 0 0 26
Chris Miller  (F) Junior Bruins USPHL 24 5 7 12 8
Danny Tirone  (G) Cedar Rapids RoughRiders USHL 25 16W 8L 2.53 .919
Marcus Vela  (F) Langley Rivermen BCHL 47 9 10 19 35
2015 or '16 Recruits
Liam Darcy  (D) Berwick Academy NEPSHC 19 6 17 23 -
Patrick Grasso  (F) Des Moines Bucs USHL 37 6 5 11 4
Aaron O'Neill  (F) Green Bay Gamblers USHL 21 0 1 1 0
Ara Nazarian  (F) Malden Catholic Mass HS 14 15 19 34 -
Nick Nonis  (D) Governor's Academy NEPSHC 19 5 0 5 -
2016 or '17 Recruits
Brendan van Riemsdyk   (F) Jersey Hitmen 18U USPHL 18U 8 5 8 13 2
Christian Brothers Jersey Prep 8 10 11 21 -

News & Notes

Prep School Hockey:

~ Over the weekend, Warren Foegele and St. Andrew's College hosted the 31st Annual MacPherson Tournament in Aurora, Ontario. The Saints qualified for the Championship Game with wins over St. Francis High School (Athol Springs, NY), Cegep de Sainte-Foy (Quebec City, QC), Upper Canada College (Toronto, ON), and Northwood School (Lake Placid, NY). St. Andrew's won the Championship with a 5-3 victory over Cegep de Sainte-Foy. Foegele scored the game-winning goal and earned The Robin Fraser Plaque for Leadership and Sportsmanship. In the 5 games, Foegele scored a goal and 4 assists.

United States Premier Hockey League:

~ 2015 Recruit Charlie Kelleher was moved up the Junior Bruins' Premiere team for a pair of games. On Saturday, Kelleher lead the Jr. Bruins to a 8-1 win over the Portland Jr. Pirates. Charlie scored 2 goals, including an unassisted one, and 2 assists.


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