Thursday, October 19, 2017

UNH Commits Update: October-19-2017

Angus Crookshank
2018 UNH Commit

Player Spotlight - Angus Crookshank

Resilience in the face of adversity. For the second consecutive year, UNH commit Angus Crookshank missed the beginning of the BCHL season due to injury. He broke his collar bone in the first period of the first game of the Langley Rivermen 2016-17 season and missed 28 games. During training camp this summer, he sustained an upper body injury, missed all 6 exhibition games, and the first 8 games of the regular season. Each time, Crookshank returned to the lineup and made an immediate impact. In his first game back in December, 2016, he tallied a goal and an assist. Over the first 8 games, he contributed 3 goals and 6 assists.

This season, Crookshank didn't score in his first game back but the next night, he thrilled the hometown crowd scoring the game-winner against the Coquitlam Express with only 27 seconds left in the third period. In the next game, the centerman scored a first-period goal against Salmon Arm and tied the game with just 4 seconds left in regulation. Langley won in overtime. Last Saturday, in a home game against the Prince George Spruce Kings, Angus put the Rivermen ahead 2-1 in the first period. At the end of regulation, the teams were tied 4-4. Once again, Crookshank scored the game-winning goal, this time with only 22 seconds left in overtime. Here are the video highlights of these exciting goals:

In the 7 games since his return to action, Angus Crookshank has scored 5 goals and 2 assists. His 1.00 points per game is tied for 16th in the British Columbia Hockey League. Angus signed a National Letter of Intent with UNH last November. He is on track to enroll next fall.

2017-18 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 "2018 Commits" are projected to begin playing for UNH in the Fall of 2018. 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
2018 Commits
Joey Cipollone  (F) Junior Bruins NCDC 12 3 12 15 2
Angus Crookshank*  (F) Langley Rivermen BCHL 7 5 2 7 0
Liam Darcy  (D) Islanders Hockey Club NCDC 9 0 4 4 2
Eric Esposito*  (F) Youngstown Phantoms USHL 4 1 0 1 4
Corson Green  (D) Sioux Falls Stampede USHL 5 1 0 1 12
2018 or '19 Commits
Ryan Verrier  (D) Green Bay Gamblers USHL 3 0 1 1 2
2019 Commits
Lucas Bahn  (D) Sioux City Musketeers USHL 3 0 0 0 0
2019 or '20 Commits
Jackson Pierson  (F) Culver Academy Prep - - - - -
Connor Sweeney  (F) Lawrence Academy NE Prep - - - - -
Marek Wazny  (F) Brookings Blizzard NAHL 7 0 0 0 0
* = Signed National Letter of Intent

News & Notes

United States Hockey League:

~ For the 2017-18 season, 4 UNH Commits are playing in the United States Hockey League. Defenseman Corson Green, in his second season in the USHL, plays for the Sioux Falls Stampede. Forward Eric Esposito is an Alternate Captain in his third season with the Youngstown Phantoms. Defenseman Ryan Verrier is in his first season with the Green Bay Gamblers. Finally, 18-year-old Lucas Bahn is in his first season with the Green Bay Gamblers.

National Collegiate Development Conference

~ 2018 UNH Commit Joey Cipollone has scored 3 goals and 12 assists over the first 12 games of the NCDC season. The Junior Bruin is tied for 3rd in scoring in the league.


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