November 30, 2005

CJAHL Top 15 Teams

For the week ending November 27th, the following teams find themselves in the Canadian Junior "A" Hockey League's rankings:

Nanaimo Clippers (1)
Alberni Valley Bulldogs (9)
Notre Dame Hounds (HM)
Salmon Arm Silverbacks (HM)

Weekend Recap: 2006 Class

AJHL:

According to the New York Bobcats site, Tony Romano is slightly dinged up and appeared to struggle a little this past weekend. Well, maybe struggle isn't exactly the appropriate word since Tony was able to put up 3 goals and 5 assists in his 3 games.

For the season: 22 games, 28 goals, 23 assists, and 51 points.


BCHL:

Alberni Valley's Joe Scali picked up a 2nd star in Saturday's game against Cowichan Valley. In the game, Joe picked up 12 penalty minutes in the 3rd period, received 2 5 minte penalities for fighting and a 2 minute penalty for instigating. I'm not certain if the star was awarded for his goal or the fighting. In his other game this past weekend, Joe went pointless.

Colin Greening picked up one goal and one assist in his only action on Friday night for Nanaimo.

In 2 games, Brendon Nash picked up 2 assists Friday night, while going pointless on Saturday night.

For the season:
Joe, 29-17-12-29
Colin, 28-13-18-31
Brendon, 21-3-17-20


SJHL:

As one of the younger players in the league, Blake Gallagher continues to slow down his scoring pace. This shouldn't come as a total surprise. What wil be interesting is to see is Blake catchs a second wind as the season goes on. In his 3 games this past week, Blake managed one assist in Tuesday's and Friday's games, while being kept out of the scoring column Saturday.

For the season: 25-16-8-24


USHL:

Justin Milo's tough stretch continued this week as both he and his Indiana Ice struggled. In the week's 3 games the Ice was out-scored 17-6 in their 3 losses. Justin was kept off the scoring board in all 3 games. In Saturday's game, Justing received a double-minor for spearing and a game ejection in the 2nd period.

Justin is putting together an ugly-looking line this year. He currently leads his team in shots with 106 (the 2nd most on the team is 62), while being tied for 7th in goals scored on his team; he is also tied for a team-worse -16 in plus/minus. Look at his team picture, however, what's not to love about this 5'6" soon-to-be-Cornellian?

For the season: 19-4-7-11

Ian Tallet

Chicago Steel defenseman, Ian Tallet (6'2", 187) has selected to attend Harvard, according to a report in the USHR. Tallet, from Topher Scott's former USHL team, choose the Crimson over Cornell, Dartmouth, Princeton, Colorado College, and Michigan State.

November 29, 2005

Lynah Rink Update

Today's Cornell Daily Sun has an article on the progress of Lynah Rink's expansion plans. For all those long-suffering fans on the season ticket waiting list an expansion which includes more seats probably can't happen quickly enough. Personally, I'm also hoping for wider concourses, better concession areas, new & improved bathroom facilities, and enough player-oriented dazzle to attract an ever-increasing list of blue-chip puckheads.

November 28, 2005

CJAHL Roster Update

Brendon Nash and Blake Gallagher have both been selected to the West roster for the Canadian Junior "A" Hockey League Prospects Game. The inaugural game will take place December 7th, in Yorkton, Saskatchewan and feature players from the West (BCHL, AJHL, SJHL, and MJHL) vs the East (OPJAHL, CJHL, NOJHL, and the MarJHL).

November 25, 2005

Romano vs U18

Tony Romano was shut out in the AJHL Select's game vs U18 last Sunday. The NTDP boys beat the AJHLers 7-2 with the junior Juniors getting their 2 goals by Tony's Bobcat mates Justin Porpora and Frank Rizzo.

Simpson off the board

Ryan Simpson, Jr. Monarchs (EJHL), has selected Providence College as his next destination. According to an article on USHR, Simpson selected the Friars over Cornell, Clarkson, and Dartmouth.

November 23, 2005

Bear Bits

Brendon Nash has been added to NHL Central Scouting's Players to Watch list as a B-rated prospect, revised on November 17th. Brendon joins Blake Gallagher and Tony Romano on the list.

According to NHL Central Scouting, A-rated players are those considered as potential draft picks in the top 3 rounds of the 2006 draft, while B-rated players are considered potential late round picks.

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Monday is the day the final rosters are announced for the CJAHL Prospects Games. The games will be held on December 6th & 7th and may feature to future Big Red players: Brendon Nash and Blake Gallagher. Check back on Monday for the news.

Dupont off the board

Jeremie Dupont, Aurora (OPJHL), whom appeared to be the type of student-athlete well-suited for Cornell has verballed to Nebraska-Omaha. Dupont, a very good student and goalie prospect in the class of 2007, will be pushing his studies ahead in order to join UN-O a year early.

Things are getting very interesting on the recruiting front for goalies. Cornell has lost out on their top choices for 2 years in a row, and though unconfirmed, my gut tells me Dupont would have been one of their top targets next year. The misses in recruiting, coupled with the defection of Troy Davenport last year, could turn a program strength into a potential weakness. When a program is built on defense there is little room for error when recruting goalies. Cornell is becoming very thin at that position, which seems to be somewhat confirmed by Coach Schafer's unwillingness to dress Don DiLeo in light of David McKee's early season play. With most of the glamour goalies gone (the 4 from the NTDP, Cheverie, Jakiel), Cornell may be looking at Plan B for its 2nd year in a row. There are still plenty of names out there, though it's always fewer for Cornell due to its academic profile. Some names that could be of interest (pending their academic qualifications) are Alex Kangas and John Murray, both of Sioux Falls (USHL); Billy Blase, Salmon Arm (BCHL); and Brian Stewart, Alberni Valley (BCHL). Stewart, who is already 20 years old (as is Davenport), currently leads the BCHL in GAA. One also wonders if, given Billy Sauer's brilliant beginning in Ann Arbor, Jakiel might rethink his committment to Michigan. And then there is Bachman...who is anything but a plan B type prospect.

A few other names...
Stephane Cesar, Valleyfield (Quebec AAA)
Ryan Simpson, Jr. Monarchs (EJHL)

Both Cesar & Simpson are B-rated players by NHL Central Scouting.

November 21, 2005

Weekend Recap: 2006 Class

AJHL:

As of this evening the results from Tony Romano's Saturday & Sunday games have not been posted. In Tony's earlier game this weekend he picked up a goal and assist in helping the Bobcats beat the NJ Rockets 6-1.

Season: 17-23-18-41


BCHL:

The weekend saw another matchup between future teammates as Alberni Valley met Salmon Arm on Sunday night, with the Silverbacks beating the Bulldogs 6-1. Brendon Nash was awarded the 3rd star for his goal and 2 assist performance for Salmon Arm. Picking up a goal in the defeat was Joe Scali. Brendon picked up another assist in his only other game this weekend, and now has scored as many points in his first 18 games as he had last year in 59 games, while Joe picked up 2 additional assists in his games on Friday & Saturday nights (including a 1st star on Saturday).

Colin Greening continued his steady play for Nanaimo with a goal and assist in his 3 games. Colin is currently tied for 17th in the league scoring race.

Season:
Brendon, 18-3-14-17
Joe, 27-15-12-27
Colin, 27-12-18-30


SJHL:

Blake Gallagher had a busy week/end playing in 4 games for Notre Dame, adding a goal & 3 assists to season's totals.

Season: 22-16-6-22


USHL:

Indiana began to warm up a little and the Ice's Justin Milo scored one goal & added one assist in his 3 games.

Season: 16-4-7-11

November 17, 2005

Weekend Recap: 2006 Class

AJHL:

Tony Romano came down to earth this weekend. In the Bobcats' 2 games, Tony contributed 2 assists, for a quietly unpoetic weekend. Welcome back, Tony...please don't linger long among us mortals.


BCHL:

The weekend's highlight was clearly the match up between Nanaimo and Alberni Valley in the Island Division, well at least for Cornell fans...and Nanaimo fans...and Alberni Valley fans. The game was won by the Bulldogs 7-4, with Alberni Valley's Joe Scali winning the personal battle with future teammate, Colin Greening. Joe scored one goal and picked up 2 assists (good for the game's 2nd star), while Colin netted one of his weekend's 2 goals in the game.

Salmon Arm's Brendon Nash assisted on one goal in his only action.


SJHL:

Blake Gallagher began to howl a little louder for the Hounds of Notre Dame, with 2 goals and one assist in his 2 games.


USHL:

The Indiana Ice continue their struggles over the weekend. Justin Milo seems to go as the Ice go. Justin was pointless for the Ice in their only game played.

Viking Cup Update

Justin Milo and Tony Romano have been selected to the 2006 Junior Select U18 team that will represent the USA in this year's Viking Cup. The games will take place from December 26 - January 2 in Camrose, Alberta.

November 16, 2005

Romano selected to AJHL Selects

Tony Romano has been selected to the AJHL all-star team, which will face the USA U18 team on November 20th in Biddeford, Maine. Tony is one of only 4 1988s chosen for the squad.

November 14, 2005

McKeen's Looks At Brendon Nash

Ron Jones takes a brief look at some Salmon Arm players this week, including Cornell-bound Brendon Nash. Jones writes (and believe me I'm paraphrasing) that he likes Brendon's size (6'3", 205), though he feels he'll be more of a presence as he matures and adds some weight. He notes Brendon is cool under pressure, very heady and aware, a sharp passer, sturdy skater with good positioning and stick skills on defense.

November 10, 2005

Brendon Nash Update

After missing the past 2 games due to an injury, Brendon Nash is expected back in the Salmon Arm lineup this weekend.

November 9, 2005

Blake, Again...

Just a quick note on Blake Gallagher, who after going scoreless for his last 3 games, scored both goals in Notre Dame's 2-1 win over Weyburn on Tuesday night. Obviously all players go through dry spells, but after Blake's brilliant start one began to think he could score at will...well, at least this one.

November 8, 2005

Weekend Recap: 2006 Class

AJHL:

Tony Romano played two games for the NY Bobcats, who are currently in 2nd place in the AJHL, and continued his torrid pace with a 7 point weekend (4 goals, 3 assists). For the season, Tony has 22 goals and 15 assists in his 14 league games.


BCHL:

The Nanaimo Clippers, 1st place in the Island Division, have done a lot of things right thus far in their season. A big reason why has been the play of Colin Greening who leads the Clippers in scoring (21-9-17-26) after picking up 4 goals and one assist in his 3 games this weekend. Colin also leads the Clippers with 6 powerplay goals.

Right behind the Clippers in the Island Division is Alberni Valley. In the Bulldogs 3 games this weekend, Joe Scali picked up a goal and an assist. Joe is currently 4th on the team in scoring (22-13-8-21), though he leads all Bulldogs with 2 short-handed goals.

Brendon Nash played in 2 of Salmon Arm's 3 games this weekend, picking up one assist. Brendon (15-2-10-12) has cooled somewhat after a strong start, in part due to a shoulder injury suffered a few weeks ago.


SJHL:

Blake Gallagher continues to cool down after his prolific start. Blake went scoreless in his 2 games, one for the Notre Dame Hounds and one for the Hounds AAA team in the SMAAAHL. Blake is still at 13 goals and 2 assists in his 16 games with the Hounds, who are in 2nd place in the SJHL's Sherwood Division.


USHL:

Justin Milo also continues to struggle with the Indiana Ice. Justin went scoreless in the Ice's 2 games and is currently tied for 3rd on the team in scoring (12-3-6-9). Justin has certainly been getting off his shots, putting up another 9 this weekend.

Cheverie off the board

According to a report in USHR, goalie prospect Marc Cheverie has committed to Denver. Cheverie would have been a nice pick up for the Big Red, but assuming David McKee returns for his senior year this may not be the worst news on the recruiting front (foe example, say Chad Morin selcts H****** over the Big Red). On a brighter note, Richard Bachman (Cushing Prep) is still rumored to have Cornell among his finalists. Bachman was recently rated a B-level prospect by the NHL's Central Scouting.

November 3, 2005

Bear Bits

In an early look, NHL Central Scouting, has listed Blake Gallagher and Tony Romano as B-rated players. Potential Cornell recruits, Chad Morin (D, Sioux City/USHL) is listed as an A-rated player, while Richard Bachman (G, Cushing Academy) is also listed as a B-rated player.

According to NHL Central Scouting, A-rated players are those considered as potential draft picks in the top 3 rounds of the 2006 draft, while B-rated players are considered potential late round picks.

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Western College Hockey Blog reports that Marc Cheverie (G, Nanaimo) visited North Dakota over the weekend.

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Former Cornell recruit Troy Davenport continues to dominate the USHL, leading the league with a .941 save %.

November 2, 2005

McKeen's Looks At Colin Greening

McKeen's hockey.com took a quick look at Colin Greening on Monday, October 31st. Colin sounds like he could be a quintessential Big Red big forward next year. Ron Jones, McKeen's Hockey Prospects Publisher, observes that Colin has a powerful slapper, is very quick on the start, and has good exceleration. Jones states that Colin is a good pursuer who doesn't shy away from contact, and isn't afraid of doing the blue collar work in front of the net. He concludes by writing that Colin "has offensive upside thanks to a maturing skill set that should continue to develop." Let's hope Colin, like Mr. Jones, is "gonna be a big star."

November 1, 2005

Weekend Recap: 2006 Class

AJHL:
Tony Romano played 2 games this weekend for the NY Bobcats, which won both games. Tony scored 5 goals and added 2 assists while spending zero minutes in the box.

USHL:
Justin Milo's Indiana Ice lost both games to the Omaha Lancers, with the 2nd game ending in a shootout. Justin had one assist in the 2 games, though he scored the Ice's only goal in the shootout. Justin continued to get plenty of chances, ripping off 6 shots in each game. Justin also was a -3 for the weekend.

BCHL:
Colin Greening played 3 games this weekend, with the Nanaimo Clippers going 2-1. Colin scored one goal and had 3 assists, with 2 minutes in the penalty box. Colin also was awarded a 2nd Star in one of the games.

Brendon Nash picked up one assist in Salmon Arm's losing effort this weekend.

Newly committed Joe Scali played one game for Alberni Valley, picking up 2 assists.

SJHL:
No statistical info was found on Blake Gallagher this weekend. Blake hasn't scored for the Notre Dame Hounds in his last 2 games.

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