Thursday, October 20, 2016

UNH Commits Update: October-20-2016

Goalie Mike Robinson
First USHL Win

Player Spotlight - Mike Robinson

UNH's "Goalie of the Future", Mike Robinson, secured his first victory in the United States Hockey League in his first appearance last Friday. The Dubuque Fighting Saints traveled to Sioux Falls, South Dakota hoping to end a three-game losing streak. The 6'3", 196 lbs. Robinson, who was drafted by Dubuque in the 2nd Round of the 2016 USHL Entry Draft (30th overall pick), made a number of pivotal saves as the Fighting Saints downed the Sioux Falls Stampede 5-3.

One of Robinson's 21 saves was spectacular. With 5 minutes remaining in the 2nd period and Sioux Falls ahead 3-2, Austin Albrecht (UMass Amherst commit) swooped across the low slot and Robinson tracked him preventing a shot on goal. Albrecht wristed the puck toward the goal and Jason O'Neill, another UNH Commit, gathered the puck and snapped a shot on goal. Robinson sprawled and made the save with the back of his left leg, then smothered the puck with his glove. Here's a video of what the USHL twitter account called a "save of the year candidate".

Eventually, the Fighting Saints tied the score and went ahead by a goal. In the last half-minute of regulation, Robinson came up big again making a save on a point-blank shot then knocked the loose puck away. Here's the video highlight:

Mike Robinson was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the 3rd Round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. He has already signed a National Letter of Intent with UNH and is on track to enroll next Fall.

2016-17 Statistics

The statistics for the commits, presented in the following table, are categorized by the projected year they will enroll in UNH. For example, the "2017 Commits" are projected to begin playing for UNH in the Fall of 2017. I have based these projections on a number of factors including:
~ If a National Letter of Intent has been signed.
~ The year the commit and UNH coaches originally targeted for enrollment in UNH. ~ How old the commit would be upon admission.
~ Number of years in junior hockey prior to admission.
~ The commit'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
2017 Commits
Joseph Cipollone  (F) Tri-City Storm USHL 9 1 0 1 2
Liam Darcy  (D) Islanders Hockey Club USPHL 13 0 4 4 0
Charlie Kelleher*  (F) Tri-City Storm USHL 9 2 5 7 2
Eric MacAdams  (F) Sioux Falls Stampede USHL 7 4 4 8 10
James Miller  (D) Penticton Vees BCHL 6 0 1 1 6
Mike Robinson*  (G) Dubuque Fighting Saints USHL 1 1W 0L 3.00 .875
2017 or '18 Commits
Eric Esposito  (F) Youngstown Phantoms USHL 5 0 0 0 42
Jason O'Neill  (F) Sioux Falls Stampede USHL 7 4 2 6 0
2018 Commits
Angus Crookshank  (F) Langley Rivermen BCHL 1 0 1 1 0
Corson Green  (D) Chicago Steel USHL 4 0 0 0 2
2018 or '19 Commits
Lucas Bahn  (D) Skipjacks 18U USPHL 13 5 10 15 2
Ryan Verrier  (D) Salisbury School NE Prep - - - - -
* = Signed National Letter of Intent

News & Notes

United States Hockey League:

~ Two UNH commits - Jason O'Neill and Eric MacAdams - play on the same line for the Sioux Falls Stampede and they are the team's 2nd and 3rd leading scorers. MacAdams' 4 goals and 8 points puts him in a tie for 4th and a tie for 6th in the USHL respectively. O'Neill has also scored 4 goals in just 7 games and is tied for 4th in USHL goal-scoring.

~ 2017 UNH Commit Charlie Kelleher is off to a fast start in his first 9 games in the USHL. He has tallied 2 goals and 5 assists and is tied for 4th in USHL assists and tied for 7th in scoring.

United States Premiere Hockey League:

~ 2018 or '19 commit Lucas Bahn, has continued to score at a point-a-game pace for the Skipjacks Hockey Club 18U team in the USPHL. The defenseman has scored 5 goals and 10 assists in 13 games. He is currently the 5th leading scorer in the USPHL 18U League and tied for 2nd in assists.


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