Friday, November 03, 2017

UNH Commits Update: November-3-2017

Angus Crookshank
BCHL Goals/Game Leader

Player Spotlight - Angus Crookshank

2018 UNH commit Angus Crookshank continues his torrid goal-scoring. After missing the exhibition season and first 8 games of the BCHL regular season with an injury, he has scored at least one goal in 7 of 11 games. Since the last "UNH Commits Update" two weeks ago, Crookshank has scored a goal-a-game during a 4-game win streak by the Langley Rivermen. Here are the video highlights of his 6th thru 9th goals of the season:

The first two goals shown in the highlights illustrate Crookshank's ability as a pure goal scorer. In each case, he essentially generated the score on his own. The Langley Rivermen announcers described Crookshank's goal against the Cowichan Valley Capitals as a candidate for best of the year.

The top 6 goal scorers in the BCHL have played 5-8 more games than Crookshank. Still, he is tied for 5th in total goals. With 9 goals in 11 games, Crookshank leads the league in goals per game (.82). His 4 game-winning goals are the most in the BCHL and he's tied for 3rd in power play goals (3). The centerman has also distributed 5 assists for a total of 14 points in 11 games (T-9th).

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 18 4 13 17 6
Angus Crookshank*  (F) Langley Rivermen BCHL 11 9 5 14 4
Liam Darcy  (D) Islanders Hockey Club NCDC 12 0 5 5 2
Eric Esposito*  (F) Youngstown Phantoms USHL 8 2 2 4 40
Corson Green  (D) Sioux Falls Stampede USHL 9 1 0 1 12
2018 or '19 Commits
Ryan Verrier  (D) Green Bay Gamblers USHL 8 1 1 2 2
2019 Commits
Lucas Bahn  (D) Sioux City Musketeers USHL 7 1 1 2 0
Chase Stevenson  (F) West Kelowna Warriors BCHL 18 3 6 9 10
2019 or '20 Commits
Jackson Pierson  (F) Culver Academy Prep 2 - - - -
Green Bay Gamblers USHL 2 0 0 0 0
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:

~ 2018 Commit Eric Esposito, an Alternate Captain in his third season with the Youngstown Phantoms, scored his first short-handed goal of his USHL career:

~ 2018 or '19 Commit Ryan Verrier scored his first USHL goal in his 7th game. The Green Bay Gamblers defenseman turns 19 in a couple weeks.

~ 18-year-old defenseman Lucas Bahn scored his first USHL goal in his 5th game with the Sioux City Musketeers.

~ 2019 or '20 Commit Jackson Pierson was called up from the Green Bay Gamblers' affiliate list to play his first two USHL games two weekends ago. He began his senior season with Culver Academy last weekend.


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