Tuesday, January 06, 2015

UNH Recruits Update: Jan-6-2015

2016 UNH Recruit
Justin Fregona

Player Spotlight - Justin Fregona

Although Canada has relatively few prep school hockey programs, as compared to the United States, one has emerged as a top prep team on both sides of the border. Over the last decade, St. Andrew's College, a university-preparatory school in Aurora, Ontario, won six championship titles in the Midwest Prep Hockey League. For three years in a row, St. Andrew's has defeated prep teams from New England and New York en route to winning the St. Sebastian's Holiday Hockey Tournament outside of Boston.

Last year, St. Andrew's travelled to Minnesota to play a weekend series against Shattuck-St. Mary's, one of the premiere prep hockey programs in the US. Although they lost both games, the first was a tight 5-4 battle. In late February, Shattuck-St. Mary's will travel to St. Andrew's for a pair of games in the brand new, La Brier Family Arena.

At the St. Sebastian's Holiday Tournament the weekend before Christmas, St. Andrew's senior Justin Fregona and the Saints defeated Williston-Northampton, Thayer Academy, and St. Sebastian's. Fregona scored a hat trick in the 6-2 win over Williston, including the game-winning goal. Over the three games, Fregona posted 4 goals and 2 assists.

This past weekend, St. Andrew's played two more New England Prep School teams in the New Hampshire Showcase at UNH's Whittemore Center. In a 6-1 win over the New Hampton School on Saturday, Justin Fregona posted 2 goals and 3 assists, including the game-winning assist. In the Sunday matchup against Proctor Academy, St. Andrew's lost in overtime 3-4. Although, Fregona did not score, he was the Saints' starting right winger as well as a prime player on the penalty kill and power play units. Here are some highlights of his play in the offensive zone:

Justin Fregona is now the leading scorer on the St. Andrew's squad. In 28 games, Fregona has scored 22 goals and added 17 assists. He is also the leading scorer in the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA), a league of 4 Ontario-based prep schools plus one from Buffalo. Current UNH freshman Warren Foegele was the leading scorer in the CISAA last season when he posted 23 points in 14 games with St. Andrew's. Fregona and the Saints return to CISAA action when they play St. Michael's College this Saturday.

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.

Player Team League GP Goals Asst Pts PIM
2015 Recruits
Jason Kalinowski  (F) Bloomington Thunder USHL 17 0 2 2 30
Cedar Rapids RoughRiders USHL 5 0 0 0 4
Joseph Masonius  (D) USA U18 Team NCAA 15 5 5 10 14
USHL 9 0 3 3 18
NAHL 1 0 0 0 0
Int'l. 4 0 1 1 14
Christopher Miller  (F) Junior Bruins USPHL 15 3 4 7 6
2015 or '16 Recruits
Liam Blackburn  (F) West Kelowna Warriors BCHL 39 14 38 52 22
Liam Darcy  (D) Berwick Academy NEPSHC 10 1 3 4 -
Islanders Hockey Club 18U USPHL 18U 4 0 0 0 0
Patrick Grasso  (F) Des Moines Bucs USHL 30 7 12 19 8
Ara Nazarian  (F) Des Moines Bucs USHL 30 4 8 12 8
Nick Nonis  (D) Powell River Kings BCHL 40 0 3 3 32
Brendan van Riemsdyk   (F) Islanders Hockey Club USPHL 29 18 7 25 44
Marcus Vela  (F) Langley Rivermen BCHL 31 5 22 27 34
2016 Recruits
Joey Cipollone  (F) Selects Academy 18U USPHL 18U 10 5 11 16 6
Non-League 6 2 4 6 -
Justin Fregona  (F) St. Andrews College CISAA 5 4 1 5 4
Non-Conf 23 18 16 34 20
Charlie Kelleher  (F) Junior Bruins USPHL 21 8 14 22 8
Aaron O'Neill  (F) Green Bay Gamblers USHL 16 0 1 1 4
Jake Ryczek  (D) Sioux City Musketeers USHL 30 2 4 6 6
2017 Recruits
Mike Robinson  (G) Lawrence Academy NEPSHC 10 2W 7L/1T 3.30 .907
Boston Jr Rangers EHL 8 4W 4L 2.35 .937
2017 or '18 Recruits
Eric Esposito  (F) Loomis Chaffee NEPSHC 9 4 8 12 -
CT Wolfpack U16 Split CT HC 34 17 15 32 44
Jason O'Neill  (F) Skipjacks Hockey Club 18U USPHL 18U 15 10 10 20 21
Non-League 5 4 2 6 -
2018 Recruits
Joel Farabee  (F) Selects Academy 16U USPHL 16U 12 3 10 13 6

News & Notes

US National Team Development Program:

~ 2015 UNH recruit Joseph Masonius and the NTDP U18 team have played 4 games against NCAA teams since Christmas. They tied Colorado College 4-4 on Dec. 27th but lost to them 4-8 the next night. Masonius scored a goal in the second CC game. On New Years Eve, the U18's beat Division III Adrian College 6-1 in an outdoor game in Toledo and Masonius scored a goal and an assist. North Dakota downed the NTDP 7-2 on Saturday. Joseph Masonius will play in the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on January 13th. Current UNH freshman Shane Eiserman played in this game last winter.

British Columbia Hockey League:

~ 2015 or '16 UNH recruit Liam Blackburn was recently featured in an interview on CKPG-TV from Prince George, British Columbia. Blackburn talks about his career in the BCHL and his commitment to UNH.

New England Prep School Hockey:

~ 2017 or '18 recruit Eric Esposito and the Loomis-Chaffee School have maintained their undefeated record. They are currently 9-0-0 and were ranked #1 in the most recent US Hockey Report Prep Hockey Poll. The sophomore Esposito continues to be the second leading scorer on the Loomis-Chaffee squad with 4 goals and 8 assists in 9 games.


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