UNH Recruits Update: Oct-21-2014
|UNH Recruit Patrick Grasso|
Player of the Week - Patrick GrassoLast season was a disappointment to fans of the Des Moines Buccaneers. The team only managed 20 wins in the 60-game regular season and failed to make the USHL Playoffs. What a difference a year makes. Almost a month into the 2014-15 season, the Bucs are the only undefeated team in the USHL. They've won 6 games and tied in a 7th game (losing in the shootout).
A key element in Des Moines' resurgence is right-shot center Patrick Grasso. In his second full season in the USHL, Grasso plays on the Bucs' first power play and penalty kill units. Last week, he posted 2 goals and an assist as the Bucs won three more games.
In a 5-3 victory over the Omaha Lancers, Grasso scored the Bucs' first goal redirecting a pass on a backdoor play. On Saturday night, Grasso scored a power play goal and added an assist as Des Moines defeated the US National Team Development Program U17 team 5-3. This season, Grasso has been playing on the right point of the Bucs' power play and quarterbacks the play at the top of the umbrella setup. Both of these goals are shown in the highlight video. Grasso now has 2 goals and 4 assists in 7 games. He also was the only Buc to score a goal in the shootout against the Tri-City Storm earlier this month. The 18-year-old is on target to enroll at UNH in either the Fall of 2015 or 2016.
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 "2015 Recruits" have a target of the Fall of 2015 to begin playing for UNH.
|Jason Kalinowski (F)||Cedar Rapids RoughRiders||USHL||2||0||0||0||0|
|Joseph Masonius (D)||USA U18 Team||NCAA||4||0||1||1||0|
|Christopher Miller (F)||Junior Bruins||USPHL||11||3||4||7||6|
|Danny Tirone (G)||Junior Bruins||USPHL||8||6W||2L||2.16||.936|
|Brendan van Riemsdyk (F)||Islanders Hockey Club||USPHL||13||13||3||16||30|
|Marcus Vela (F)||Langley Rivermen||BCHL||11||1||6||7||12|
|2015 or '16 Recruits|
|Liam Blackburn (F)||West Kelowna Warriors||BCHL||11||8||14||22||6|
|Liam Darcy (D)||Berwick Academy||NEPSHC||0||0||0||0||0|
|Patrick Grasso (F)||Des Moines Bucs||USHL||7||2||4||6||6|
|Charlie Kelleher (F)||Junior Bruins||USPHL||12||6||5||11||8|
|Aaron O'Neill (F)||Green Bay Gamblers||USHL||0||0||0||0||0|
|Ara Nazarian (F)||Des Moines Bucs||USHL||7||2||1||3||0|
|Nick Nonis (D)||Powell River Kings||BCHL||12||0||1||1||8|
|Joey Cipollone (F)||Selects Academy 18U||USPHL 18U||5||4||10||14||0|
|Justin Fregona (F)||St. Andrews College||CISAA||0||0||0||0||0|
|Jake Ryczek (D)||Sioux City Musketeers||USHL||8||1||0||1||2|
|Mike Robinson (G)||Boston Jr Rangers||EHL||5||3||2||3.37||.921|
|2017 or '18 Recruits|
|Eric Esposito (F)||CT Jr Wolfpack||CT HC||25||9||10||19||30|
|Jason O'Neill (F)||Skipjacks Hockey Club 18U||USPHL 18U||8||5||6||11||9|
News & NotesBritish Columbia Hockey League:
~ 2015 or 16 UNH recruit Liam Blackburn continues to put up big numbers for the West Kelowna Warriors. In two games last week, Blackburn scored 2 goals and 3 assists. Blackburn is tied for 1st in BCHL scoring (22 points in 11 games) and is tied for 2nd in assists (14).
United States Premiere Hockey League:
~ 2015 recruit Brendan van Riemsdyk netted another 3 goals last week in the Premiere Division of the USPHL. Over the first 13 games of the season, BvR is scoring at a goal-a-game clip. He is 2nd in the league in goals (13) and tied for 1st in power play goals (4).
~ Jason O'Neill, UNH's newest recruit, plays for the Skipjacks Hockey Club 18U team in the USPHL's 18U Division. He is currently tied for 7th in scoring in the league with 5 goals and 6 assists in 8 games. Look for a "Recruit Profile" of Jason in the coming days.