Tuesday, November 23, 2021

UNH Commits Update 11-23-2021: More Goal Scoring

Cy LeClerc
2022 UNH Commit
Kristaps Skrastins
2022 UNH Commit
Tyler Muszelik
2022 UNH Commit

News & Notes

North American Hockey League

~ Cy LeClerc keeps on scoring goals. He's currently on a 6-game goal-scoring streak with 7 goals, including a game-winner, plus 8 assists. His scoring stats with the Janesville Jets are among the very best in the North American Hockey League. LeClerc is tied for 2nd for most goals (15), tied-3rd in points (28), and T-4th in points per game (1.33).

~ Kristaps Skrastins scored his 5th game-winning goal last Saturday in the Amarillo Wranglers' 4-2 win over the Corpus Christi Ice Rays. Like Cy LeClerc, Skrastins is among the elite scorers in the NAHL. He is tied for 1st for most game-winning goals, tied-3rd in goals (14), T-3rd in power play goals (5), T-4th in points (26), and Tied-2nd in points per game (1.44).

Team USA:

~ Tyler Muszelik and the USA Under-18 team won the 2021 Five Nation/Chablais Hockey Trophy in Switzerland over the second week of November. Muszelik won 3 of the team's 4 games and posted 1.67 goals against average plus a .942 save percentage. When the team returned from Europe, Muszelik signed a National Letter of Intent with UNH. He is on track to enroll next Fall and play as a "true freshman".

British Columbia Hockey League:

~Cade Penney left the Madison Capitols of the USHL and joined the Surrey Eagles of the BCHL on November 12th. He has been the starting defenseman in 3 out of his first 4 games with Surrey and has posted 1 power play assist.

2021-22 Statistics

Player NZ** Stars Team League GP Goals Asst Pts PIM +/-
2022 Commits
Nicolas Ardanaz*
5/30/02 (D)
4.25 West Kelowna Warriors BCHL 15 0 9 9 6 -
Damien Carfagna*
12/12/02 (D)
3.75 Green Bay Gamblers USHL 13 2 13 15 2 +1
John Evans
4/8/02 (F)
4.5 West Kelowna Warriors BCHL 13 4 8 12 0 -
Cy LeClerc
8/17/02 (F)
3.75 Janesville Jets NAHL 21 15 13 28 2 +8
Tyler Muszelik*
7/1/04 (G)
4.0 US National U18 Overall 12 8 1 1 2.87 .895
Team USA U-18 USHL 2 1 0 1 3.94 .857
NCAA Exh. 5 3 1 0 2.95 .906
INTL 3 3 0 0 1.67 .942
Cade Penney*
3/23/01 (D)
3.75 Surrey Eagles BCHL 4 0 1 1 4 -
Madison Capitols USHL 8 0 5 5 8 +3
Stiven Sardarian
2/7/03 (F)
4.25 Youngstown Phantoms USHL 10 1 4 5 6 0
Kristaps Skrastins*
11/20/01 (F)
3.75 Amarillo Wranglers NAHL 18 14 12 26 35 +12
JP Turner*
1/31/03 (F)
4.25 Sioux Falls Stampede USHL 12 0 1 1 18 -6
Morgan Winters*
12/8/01 (F)
3.50 Youngstown Phantoms USHL 11 2 5 7 16 0
2022 or '23 Commits
Jed Baliotti
2/7/02 (G)
3.50 Northeast Generals NAHL 3 1 1 0 2.76 .910
Aberdeen Wings NAHL 2 2 0 0 3.00 .872
Brendan Fitzgerald*
10/26/03 (D)
4.0 Cedar Rapids RoughRiders USHL 14 1 5 6 23 0
2023 Commits
Nick Ring
10/26/03 (F)
3.75 New Jersey Titans NAHL 22 4 9 13 6 -5
2023 or '24 Commits
Sam Court
1/7/04 (D)
3.75 NV River Rats U18 18U AAA 17 1 9 10 - -
Avon Old Farms NE Prep - - - - - -
* = Signed National Letter of Intent
** = Neutral Zone 5-Star Rating
NOTE
The statistics for the commits, presented in the above table, are categorized by the projected year they will enroll in UNH. For example, the "2022 Commits" are projected to begin playing for UNH in the Fall of 2022. I have based these projections on the following factors:
~ Number of UNH players leaving the team at the end of the previous season and the position they played.
~ 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.

Friday, November 19, 2021

Clips from UNH Men's Hockey Weekly Press Conference 11-17-2021

Mike Souza
UNH Head Coach
David Fessenden
UNH Goalie
Nikolai Jenson
UNH Defenseman

The video, shown below, includes excerpts from the UNH men's hockey press conference held on November 17, 2021. The team was coming off a 4 point weekend in which they defeated the University of Vermont 2-1 on Friday night then tied them 3-3 on Saturday, but lost the shootout.

~ UNH Head Coach Mike Souza talked about changes in the forward lines that helped contribute to more goal-scoring. He mentioned Jackson Pierson, Robert Cronin, Will Margel, Liam Devlin, Harry Blaisdell, Tyler Ward, Eric MacAdams, and Connor Sweeney.

~ Junior goalie David Fessenden discussed his experience with shootouts at the NCAA level.

~ Sophomore defenseman Nikolai Jenson talked about how Assistant Coach Jeff Guiliano has helped him improve.



Here are video highlights of the shootout game with UVM on Saturday night presented by UNH Wildcats Productions. It includes freshman forward Robert Cronin's third goal of the season and senior forward Jackson Pierson's third and fourth goals. It also includes all 6 shots of the shootout.



UNH faces 8th-ranked UMass-Amherst in a home-and-home series this weekend. Tonight's game is at the Mullins Center in Amherst, MA and the Saturday game is at the Whittemore Center in Durham, NH. Faceoff for both games is at 7:00 PM.

Friday, November 12, 2021

UNH Commits Update 11-12-2021: The Need for Goal Scorers

Kristaps Skrastins
2022 UNH Commit
Cy LeClerc
2022 UNH Commit
Stiven Sardarian
2022 UNH Commit

News & Notes

The Need for Goal Scorers:
The first quarter of the 2021-22 season is in the books for the UNH men's hockey team and they are struggling to score goals. In the highly competitive Hockey East Conference, the Wildcats are last in goals per game. They are averaging only 1.00 goal per game over 5 Hockey East games and 1.56 GPG over the first 9 games.

Clearly, the UNH men's hockey program needs more goal scorers. Are there any young players currently committed to UNH who have the potential to be productive goal scorers when they enroll at UNH? There are three forwards on track to enroll next season who are making a pretty good case:

~ Kristaps Skrastins (DOB: 11/20/01) committed to UNH on October 18th. The 5'11", 180 lbs., right-shot forward from Riga, Latvia has tallied 11 goals in 14 games (0.78 goals per game) and is tied for 3rd in goal-scoring in the North American Hockey League. His 4 game-winning goals is tied for first in the league. He's also contributed 10 assists to the Amarillo Wranglers and his 1.50 points per game is tied for 3rd in the NAHL. Skrastins was named NAHL Forward of the Month for September.

Skrastins scored 2 goals and a shootout goal over his last 6 games. This highlight reel shows him scoring goals in a variety of ways - a slap shot on a power play, banging home a rebound on the doorstep of the crease, and a toe drag move in a shootout:



~ Cy LeClerc (DOB: 8/17/02) averaged 0.42 goals per game for the Islanders Hockey Club (National Collegiate Development Conference) in his first two seasons of junior hockey. This season, the 5'9", 175 lbs., left-shot center/winger from Brentwood, New Hampshire is playing for the Janesville Jets in the North American Hockey League. Over the first 17 games, LeClerc has increased his goal-scoring production to 0.58 goals per game. His 10 goals ties him for 4th in goal-scoring in the NAHL.

LeClerc scored 3 goals and 4 assists over his last 4 games. He was named NAHL Midwest Division Star of the Week for the first week in November. This highlight reel shows LeClerc's last 3 goals. It's impressive how strong he skates to the net on all of them:



~ Stiven Sardarian (DOB: 2/7/03), a native of St. Petersburg, Russia, waited a long time to come to the United States to advance his hockey career. When he committed to UNH last May, he was hoping to join the Youngstown Phantoms (USHL) for their summer training camp. In June, Sardarian was drafted in the third round (88th Overall) by the Buffalo Sabres. However, due to COVID restrictions on non-citizen travel, he was not able to come to the US and join the Phantoms until late October.

Despite the long layoff, Sardarian has had an immediate impact on the Phantoms offense. In his first 7 games, he has scored 1 goal in regulation, 1 shootout goal, and 2 assists. This highlight reel shows his goals and a pinpoint, cross ice pass for a primary assist:



NHL Central Scouting Players to Watch List:

~ Two UNH commits made the NHL Central Scouting Services' "Preliminary Players to Watch" list for the 2022 NHL Draft. 2022 Commit Tyler Muszelik, goalie for the Under-18 team of the USA Hockey National Team Development Program and 2023 Commit Nick Ring, a forward with the New Jersey Titans (NAHL) were identified as 'C' prospects. NHL CSS views them as candidates for being drafted in 4th, 5th, or 6th Rounds in the next NHL Draft.

National Letter of Intent:

~ The signing period of the National Letter of Intent (NLI) program began November 10th and ends August 1st. Some of the key provisions of the NLI are:
~ The NLI is a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and an NLI member institution.
~ The prospective student-athlete agrees to attend the institution full-time for one academic year.
~ The institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid to the student-athlete for one academic year, provided he/she is admitted to the institution and is eligible for financial aid under NCAA rules.
~ A recruiting prohibition is applied after a prospective student-athlete signs the NLI. This prohibition requires member institutions to cease recruitment of the prospective student-athlete once an NLI is signed with another institution.
~ If the student-athlete does not fulfill the NLI agreement, he/she has to serve one year in residence at the next NLI member institution and lose one season of competition in all sports.

In the last two days, defenseman Brendan Fitzgerald and forward Morgan Winters signed an NLI with the University of New Hampshire. Fitzgerald is a senior in high school so has the potential to enroll as a "true freshman" at UNH next Fall. Winters is in his final year of eligibility for junior hockey and is set to enroll next Fall.

2021-22 Statistics

Player NZ** Stars Team League GP Goals Asst Pts PIM +/-
2022 Commits
Nicolas Ardanaz*
5/30/02 (D)
4.25 West Kelowna Warriors BCHL 10 0 6 6 6 -
Jed Baliotti
2/7/02 (G)
3.75 Northeast Generals NAHL 3 1 1 0 2.76 .910
Aberdeen Wings NAHL 2 2 0 0 3.00 .872
Damien Carfagna*
12/12/02 (D)
3.75 Green Bay Gamblers USHL 10 2 10 12 2 +1
John Evans
4/8/02 (F)
4.5 West Kelowna Warriors BCHL 9 3 6 9 0 -
Cy LeClerc
8/17/02 (F)
3.75 Janesville Jets NAHL 17 10 8 18 0 +4
Tyler Muszelik
7/1/04 (G)
4.0 US National U18 Overall 8 5 1 1 3.38 .892
Team USA U-18 USHL 2 1 0 1 3.94 .857
NCAA Exh. 5 3 1 0 2.95 .906
Cade Penney*
3/23/01 (D)
3.75 Madison Capitols USHL 8 0 5 5 8 +3
Stiven Sardarian
2/7/03 (F)
- Youngstown Phantoms USHL 7 1 2 3 6 0
Kristaps Skrastins
11/20/01 (F)
3.75 Amarillo Wranglers NAHL 14 11 10 21 35 +8
JP Turner*
1/31/03 (F)
4.25 Sioux Falls Stampede USHL 8 0 0 0 18 -4
Morgan Winters*
12/8/01 (F)
3.5 Youngstown Phantoms USHL 7 0 4 4 12 -1
2023 Commits
Brendan Fitzgerald*
10/26/03 (D)
4.0 Cedar Rapids RoughRiders USHL 11 0 4 4 21 0
Nick Ring
10/26/03 (F)
3.75 New Jersey Titans NAHL 18 4 6 10 2 -3
2023 or'24 Commits
Sam Court
1/7/04 (D)
3.75 NV River Rats U18 18U AAA 17 1 9 10 - -
Avon Old Farms NE Prep - - - - - -
* = Signed National Letter of Intent
** = Neutral Zone 5-Star Rating
NOTE
The statistics for the commits, presented in the above table, are categorized by the projected year they will enroll in UNH. For example, the "2022 Commits" are projected to begin playing for UNH in the Fall of 2022. I have based these projections on the following factors:
~ Number of UNH players leaving the team at the end of the previous season and the position they played.
~ 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.

Sunday, October 31, 2021

UNH OT Win Over #8 Providence: Clips from Post Game Press Conference

This video includes excerpts from the UNH men's hockey post game press conference following their overtime 2-1 victory over 8th-ranked Providence College:
~ UNH Head Coach Mike Souza talks about freshman defenseman Alex Gagne.
~ OT Goal Scorer Jackson Pierson discusses game strategy.
~ Game-winning Goalie David Fessenden reflects on his transfer to UNH from the University of Alabama-Huntsville.



Here are video highlights of UNH's first Hockey East win of the 2021-22 season presented by UNH Wildcats Productions. It includes goals by senior forwards Tyler Ward and Jackson Pierson, and multiple saves by junior goalie David Fessenden.



UNH continues it's slate of Hockey East games next weekend with a home-and-home series against Northeastern University. The Friday, November 5th game is at the Whittemore Center in Durham, NH and the Saturday game is at Matthews Arena in Boston. Faceoff for both games is at 7:00 PM.

Friday, October 29, 2021

UNH Commits Statistics: Oct. 29, 2021

2021-22 Statistics

Player NZ** Stars Team League GP Goals Asst Pts PIM +/-
2022 Commits
Nicolas Ardanaz*
5/30/02 (D)
4.25 West Kelowna Warriors BCHL 6 0 3 3 6 -
Jed Baliotti
2/7/02 (G)
3.75 Northeast Generals NAHL 3 1 1 0 2.76 .910
Aberdeen Wings NAHL 2 2 0 0 3.00 .872
Damien Carfagna*
12/12/02 (D)
3.75 Green Bay Gamblers USHL 7 2 8 10 0 +1
John Evans
4/8/02 (F)
4.5 West Kelowna Warriors BCHL 4 2 1 3 0 -
Cy LeClerc
8/17/02 (F)
3.75 Janesville Jets NAHL 12 7 4 11 0 0
Tyler Muszelik
7/1/04 (G)
4.0 US National U18 Overall 8 4 1 1 3.44 .894
Team USA U-18 USHL 2 1 0 1 3.94 .857
NCAA Exh. 4 2 1 0 2.93 .913
Cade Penney*
3/23/01 (D)
3.75 Madison Capitols USHL 8 0 5 5 8 +3
Stiven Sardaryan
2/7/03 (F)
- Youngstown Phantoms USHL 2 1 0 1 4 -1
Kristaps Skrastins
11/20/01 (F)
3.75 Amarillo Wranglers NAHL 11 11 8 19 33 +9
JP Turner*
1/31/03 (F)
4.25 Sioux Falls Stampede USHL 6 0 0 0 18 -3
Morgan Winters
12/8/01 (F)
3.5 Youngstown Phantoms USHL 2 0 2 2 0 0
2023 Commits
Brendan Fitzgerald
10/26/03 (D)
4.0 Cedar Rapids RoughRiders USHL 7 0 4 4 19 +2
Nick Ring
10/26/03 (F)
3.75 New Jersey Titans NAHL 14 2 4 6 2 -6
2023 or'24 Commits
Sam Court
1/7/04 (D)
3.75 NV River Rats U18 18U AAA 17 1 9 10 - -
Avon Old Farms NE Prep - - - - - -
* = Signed National Letter of Intent
** = Neutral Zone 5-Star Rating
NOTE
The statistics for the commits, presented in the above table, are categorized by the projected year they will enroll in UNH. For example, the "2022 Commits" are projected to begin playing for UNH in the Fall of 2022. I have based these projections on the following factors:
~ Number of UNH players leaving the team at the end of the previous season and the position they played.
~ 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.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Clips from UNH Men's Hockey Press Conference 10-20-2021

This video includes excerpts from the UNH men's hockey press conference held on October 20, 2021. UNH Head Coach Mike Souza, and senior forwards Tyler Ward and Filip EngarĂ¥s addressed questions about the first four games of the 2021-22 season. The Wildcats defeated Union College 4-1 and 3-2 at the Whittemore Center on October 8th and 9th and were swept by Arizona State University last weekend 5-1 on both nights. UNH begins play against Hockey East opponents on Sunday, October 24th at 5 PM when they face 12th-ranked Providence College at the Whittemore Center.



Tuesday, October 05, 2021

UNH Commits Update 10-5-2021: Muszelik Earns Win at Notre Dame

Tyler Muszelik
2022 UNH Commit

News & Notes

Team USA:

17-year-old Tyler Muszelik (DOB: 7/1/04) faced an NCAA Division I hockey team for the first time last Sunday. The Under-18 team of the USA Hockey National Team Development Program travelled to the Compton Family Ice Arena on the campus of Notre Dame University for an exhibition game. The Fighting Irish were ranked #18 in the USCHO preseason poll.

Muszelik, the 6'3", 193 lbs. goalie from Long Valley, New Jersey, faced 42 shots on goal and made 39 saves. Two saves came during Notre Dame power plays. Trailing by a goal, the Irish pulled their goalie with 1:33 remaining in regulation. Muszelik made another save with 43 seconds left and Team USA Under-18 came away with a 4-3 victory.

During the 2021-22 season, the NTDP U-18 team is scheduled to play 14 games against NCAA Division I teams including 7 ranked in the top-20 preseason poll. The schedule includes two Hockey East games; at Boston University on December 12th and Providence on March 4th. At this point in the season, Muszelik and fellow Team USA goalie Dylan Silverstein (uncommitted) are alternating games. Silverstein earned a shutout win against Michigan State on Saturday.

British Columbia Hockey League:

The BCHL Exhibition Season is complete and the 2021-22 regular season begins this Friday. 2022 Commit John Evans scored a goal and 2 assists in 3 exhibition games with the West Kelowna Warriors and Nick Ardanaz picked up an assist in his only preseason game.

2021-22 Statistics

Player NZ** Stars Team League GP Goals Asst Pts PIM +/-
2022 Commits
Nicolas Ardanaz*
5/30/02 (D)
4.25 West Kelowna Warriors BCHLPre 1 0 1 1 0 -
Jed Baliotti
2/7/02 (G)
3.75 Northeast Generals NAHL 0 - - - - -
Aberdeen Wings NAHL 2 2 0 0 3.00 .872
Damien Carfagna*
12/12/02 (D)
3.75 Green Bay Gamblers USHL 3 2 3 5 0 -4
John Evans
4/8/02 (F)
4.5 West Kelowna Warriors BCHLPre 3 1 2 3 0 -
Cy LeClerc
8/17/02 (F)
3.75 Janesville Jets NAHL 8 5 3 8 0 +1
Tyler Muszelik
7/1/04 (G)
4.0 US National U18 Overall 5 2 0 1 3.96 .882
Team USA U-18 USHL 1 0 0 1 4.85 .868
NCAA Exh. 1 0 0 0 3.00 .929
Cade Penney*
3/23/01 (D)
3.75 Madison Capitols USHL 3 0 0 0 4 -2
Stiven Sardaryan
2/7/03 (F)
- Youngstown Phantoms USHL 0 - - - - -
JP Turner*
1/31/03 (F)
4.25 Sioux Falls Stampede USHL 2 0 0 0 2 +1
Morgan Winters
12/8/01 (F)
3.5 Youngstown Phantoms USHL 0 - - - - -
2023 Commits
Brendan Fitzgerald
10/26/03 (D)
4.0 Cedar Rapids RoughRiders USHL 3 0 1 1 0 0
Nick Ring
10/26/03 (F)
3.75 New Jersey Titans NAHL 8 0 4 4 2 -2
* = Signed National Letter of Intent
** = Neutral Zone 5-Star Rating
NOTE
The statistics for the commits, presented in the above table, are categorized by the projected year they will enroll in UNH. For example, the "2022 Commits" are projected to begin playing for UNH in the Fall of 2022. I have based these projections on the following factors:
~ Number of UNH players leaving the team at the end of the previous season and the position they played.
~ 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.
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