UNH Recruits Update: Oct-28-2014
|BCHL Leading Scorer |
Player of the Week - Liam BlackburnSince West Kelowna Warriors' forward Liam Blackburn committed to UNH on October 7th, he has played in 7 BCHL games, scored 2 goals and added 10 assists. He now sits atop the BCHL scoring race with 28 points in 14 games. His 20 assists are also the best in the league.
Last weekend, West Kelowna played away games on three consecutive nights, won 2 and tied the other (losing in overtime to Cowichan Valley). On Friday in Nanaimo, Liam Blackburn scored the game-tying goal, the game-winning assist, added another assist, and was awarded the #1 Star of the Game. Blackburn posted 2 more assists the following night in Cowichan Valley and added 2 more, including the game-tying assist, on Sunday in Victoria.
When I interviewed Liam earlier this month, he indicated the target date for enrollment at UNH was either the Fall of 2015 or 2016. In an interview with the local press in Kelowna, he said: "An extra year of junior would be really nice to develop physically but I think I’m ready mentally to make that jump (in Fall 2015)." Blackburn will turn 19 in June. If he continues his torrid scoring throughout this season, he may come to UNH sooner rather than later.
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||4||0||0||0||2|
|Joseph Masonius (D)||USA U18 Team||NCAA||6||1||1||2||4|
|Christopher Miller (F)||Junior Bruins||USPHL||12||3||4||7||6|
|Danny Tirone (G)||Junior Bruins||USPHL||10||7W||3L||2.33||.929|
|Brendan van Riemsdyk (F)||Islanders Hockey Club||USPHL||15||14||4||18||30|
|Marcus Vela (F)||Langley Rivermen||BCHL||13||1||6||7||14|
|2015 or '16 Recruits|
|Liam Blackburn (F)||West Kelowna Warriors||BCHL||14||8||20||28||10|
|Liam Darcy (D)||Berwick Academy||NEPSHC||0||0||0||0||0|
|Patrick Grasso (F)||Des Moines Bucs||USHL||9||2||4||6||6|
|Charlie Kelleher (F)||Junior Bruins||USPHL||15||8||10||18||8|
|Aaron O'Neill (F)||Green Bay Gamblers||USHL||0||0||0||0||0|
|Ara Nazarian (F)||Des Moines Bucs||USHL||9||2||1||3||0|
|Nick Nonis (D)||Powell River Kings||BCHL||15||0||1||1||12|
|Joey Cipollone (F)||Selects Academy 18U||USPHL 18U||7||4||10||14||0|
|CT Wolfpack U16 Full||AYHL||25||15||19||34||24|
|Justin Fregona (F)||St. Andrews College||CISAA||0||0||0||0||0|
|Jake Ryczek (D)||Sioux City Musketeers||USHL||10||1||0||1||2|
|Mike Robinson (G)||Boston Jr Rangers||EHL||6||3W||3L||2.75||.924|
|2017 or '18 Recruits|
|Eric Esposito (F)||CT Wolfpack U16 Split||CT HC||27||14||13||27||34|
|Jason O'Neill (F)||Skipjacks Hockey Club 18U||USPHL 18U||10||5||6||11||9|
News & NotesUnited States Premiere Hockey League:
~ 2015 recruit Brendan van Riemsdyk got a taste of playing on the big sheet of ice at the Whittemore Center in the Beantown Fall Classic last Friday. BvR scored the overtime, game-winning goal as the the Islanders Hockey Club downed the Springfield Pics 4-3. Van Riemsdyk is now tied for 3rd in goal-scoring (14) in the Premiere Division of the USPHL. He has played in 3 fewer games than the other leading scorers.
~ Charlie Kelleher (younger brother of UNH sophomore Tyler Kelleher) nearly doubled his point total last week. He scored 2 goals and 5 assists in 3 games with the Junior Bruins Premiere team. Kelleher is now tied for 9th, along with Brendan van Riemsdyk, in USPHL scoring (18 points)
~ 2017 or '18 recruit Eric Esposito plays fall hockey with the Connecticut Wolfpack U16 Split Season team. Last Saturday, Esposito scored the hat trick and added 2 assists as the Wolfpack downed the MidFairfield Yankees 7-1. On Sunday, Esposito added 2 more goals and an assist to his totals in the Wolfpacks' 7-0 win over West Haven T1. Beginning next month, Eric will play for the Loomis Chaffee School in the New England Prep School Hockey Conference.