Friday, December 18, 2015

UNH Recruits Update: Dec-18-2015

Brendan van Riemsdyk
2 Game-Winning Goals
Liam Blackburn
Short-Handed GWG
Charlie Kelleher
Game-Winning Goal

Player Spotlight - Brendan van Riemsdyk

Last week, three UNH commits scored game-winning goals for their teams. In fact, 2016 Commit Brendan van Riemsdyk scored two game-winners for the Islanders Hockey Club. Last Friday, BvR scored the IHC's third goal in a 5-2 victory over the Jr. Pirates Hockey Club. On Saturday, the same two teams headed into overtime tied 3-3. Van Riemsdyk scored the GWG at the 3:28 mark of OT. BvR has posted 11 goals so far this season and is tied for 8th in goal-scoring in the United States Premiere Hockey League.

Player Spotlight - Liam Blackburn

2016 UNH Commit Liam Blackburn added two more goals to his season total last week. On Sunday, Blackburn scored an unassisted, short-handed goal for the West Kelowna Warriors in a 5-3 win over the Victoria Grizzlies. It turned out to be the game-winner for the Warriors. Blackburn is tied for 1st in short-handed goals (3) in the BCHL. He has scored 8 power play goals and 3 short-handed goals which puts him in 1st place for combined, special teams' goals in the league.

Player Spotlight - Charlie Kelleher

On Wednesday, Charlie Kelleher scored the game-winning goal for the Junior Bruins in a 4-1 win over the Springfield Pics. Charlie extended his scoring streak to 9 games. Kelleher is tied for 4th in USPHL scoring (33 points) and is tied for 2nd in assists (25 assists).

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:
~ If a National Letter of Intent has been signed.
~ 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.

Player Team League GP Goals Asst Pts PIM
2016 Recruits
Liam Blackburn*  (F) West Kelowna Warriors BCHL 34 17 25 42 32
Justin Fregona*  (F) Langley Rivermen BCHL 29 19 14 33 27
Patrick Grasso*  (F) Des Moines Bucs USHL 24 8 5 13 6
Charlie Kelleher  (F) Junior Bruins USPHL 21 8 25 33 14
Nick Nonis  (D) Powell River Kings BCHL 29 1 4 5 24
Brendan van Riemsdyk*   (F) Islanders Hockey Club USPHL 27 11 16 27 12
Mike Robinson*  (G) Junior Bruins USPHL - - - - -
2016 or '17 Recruits
Joe Cipollone  (F) Tri-City Storm USHL 16 3 1 4 8
Vernon Vipers BCHL 12 4 3 7 2
Liam Darcy  (D) Islanders Hockey Club USPHL 19 1 6 7 0
Aaron O'Neill  (F) Chilliwack Chiefs BCHL 1 1 0 1 0
Tri-City Storm USHL 8 0 1 1 2
2017 Recruits
Eric MacAdams  (F) Sioux Falls Stampede USHL 22 5 4 9 60
2017 or '18 Recruits
Eric Esposito  (F) Youngstown Phantoms USHL 22 0 3 3 22
Jason O'Neill  (F) Langley Rivermen BCHL 22 1 6 7 0
* = Signed National
Letter of Intent

News & Notes

British Columbia Hockey League:

~ 2016 UNH Commit Justin Fregona and Canada West have advanced to the Championship Game of the 2015 World Junior A Challenge. Canada West will face off against Russia tomorrow. I'll have a full report in next week's "UNH Recruits Update".

~ Last Friday, defenseman Nick Nonis scored his first goal of this BCHL season. Nonis has scored a goal and 4 assists for the Powell River Kings.

~ 2016 or '17 UNH Commit Aaron O'Neill scored his first BCHL goal in his first game with the Chilliwack Chiefs. The Chiefs downed the Merritt Centennials 5-2 on Sunday.


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