UNH Recruits Update: Nov-24-2015
Player Spotlight - Charlie KelleherSince returning to the lineup after missing the first 5 games of the USPHL season, Junior Bruins' forward Charlie Kelleher has been on a roll. Kelleher has scored at least one point in 15 out of 17 games. He is currently on a 5-game scoring streak with 2 goals and 8 assists over that span. The Junior Bruins have won all five games and are in 2nd place in the USPHL Premiere Division just 1 point behind the league-leading Islanders Hockey Club.
On Sunday, Kelleher lead the Jr. Bruins to a 3-0 shutout of the Springfield Pics. He assisted on the game-winning goal while the team was short-handed. He also scored the team's second goal on a power play. Kelleher has scored 7 goals and 20 assists in 17 games and is tied for 4th in USPHL scoring. He has played in 10 fewer games than the league's leading scorer.
Player Spotlight - Brendan van Riemsdyk2016 UNH commit Brendan van Riemsdyk is in the midst of a USPHL scoring streak of his own. BvR has scored at least one point in his last 6 games. The Islanders Hockey Club forward posted 2 goals and 6 assists in his latest streak. IHC won 5 out of 6 of those games and is in first place in the USPHL Premiere Division.
On Friday, the Islanders HC played their final game before the Thanksgiving break. Van Riemsdyk scored a goal and 2 assists in the 6-4 victory over the Okanagan European Eagles. BvR is tied for 7th in USPHL goal-scoring and is tied for 3rd in power play goals.
At this point last season, van Riemsdyk had posted 16 goals and 5 assists in the first 21 games of his rookie campaign in the USPHL. So far this season, he has more than doubled his assist output to 13. The big left winger has netted 9 goals.
The statistics for the recruits, presented in the following table, are categorized by the projected year they will enroll in UNH. For example, the "2016 Recruits" are projected to begin playing for UNH in the Fall of 2016. I have based these projections on a number of factors including:
~ The year the recruit and UNH coaches originally targeted for enrollment in UNH. ~ How old the recruit would be upon admission.
~ Number of years in junior hockey prior to admission.
~ The recruit's performance in recent seasons as well as injuries.
~ Anticipated date of high school graduation.
~ Number of UNH players leaving the team at the end of the previous season and the position they played.
|Liam Blackburn* (F)||West Kelowna Warriors||BCHL||25||10||20||30||24|
|Justin Fregona* (F)||Langley Rivermen||BCHL||26||18||12||30||23|
|Patrick Grasso* (F)||Des Moines Bucs||USHL||18||8||5||13||2|
|Charlie Kelleher (F)||Junior Bruins||USPHL||17||7||20||27||10|
|Nick Nonis (D)||Powell River Kings||BCHL||25||0||4||4||22|
|Brendan van Riemsdyk* (F)||Islanders Hockey Club||USPHL||22||9||13||22||8|
|Mike Robinson* (G)||Junior Bruins||USPHL||-||-||-||-||-|
|2016 or '17 Recruits|
|Joe Cipollone (F)||Tri-City Storm||USHL||9||2||1||3||2|
|Liam Darcy (D)||Islanders Hockey Club||USPHL||13||0||4||4||0|
|Aaron O'Neill (F)||Tri-City Storm||USHL||6||0||1||1||0|
|Eric MacAdams (F)||Sioux Falls Stampede||USHL||14||3||1||4||25|
|2017 or '18 Recruits|
|Eric Esposito (F)||Youngstown Phantoms||USHL||14||0||3||3||14|
|Jason O'Neill (F)||Langley Rivermen||BCHL||17||1||4||5||0|
|* = National Letter of Intent|
News & NotesUnited States Hockey League:
~ In a November 16th victory by the Des Moines Buccaneers, UNH commit Patrick Grasso scored the game-tying goal on a power play. The Bucs downed the Sioux City Musketeers 3-2. Grasso now has 8 goals in 18 games, is tied for 5th in USHL goal scoring, and tied for 4th in power play goals.
~ 17-year-old UNH commit Eric Esposito contributed 2 assists to a Youngstown Phantoms' victory over the Lincoln Stars on Friday night. Eric's second assist came on brother Alex Esposito's (Vermont commit) 6th goal of the season.
~ UNH's newest commit Eric MacAdams dished out the game-winning assist in a 3-1 Sioux Falls Stampede win over the Tri-City Storm on Saturday. It was MacAdams' first USHL assist.
British Columbia Hockey League:
~ 2016 UNH Commit Liam Blackburn posted 3 assists over the last three West Kelowna Warriors' games. He now has scored 30 points in 25 games and is tied for 9th in BCHL scoring. In 122 games over three seasons with West Kelowna, Blackburn has scored 146 points (49G, 97A). He just became the 4th leading scorer in the Warriors' history. Former UNH star Grayson Downing is the 6th leading Warriors' scorer with 129 points (65G, 64A) in 132 games.
~ Justin Fregona, who signed a National Letter of Intent with UNH, scored 2 goals and 3 assists in the Langley Rivermen's last 4 games. His 18 goals in 26 games are the 5th highest in the BCHL. He is also tied for 9th in scoring.