December 31, 2006

Clippers Grounded

Nanaimo went into the holiday break as the hottest team in the BCHL. After a difficult road trip against the top three teams in the Interior Conference, the Clippers now have a 3-game losing streak. The Clippers opened the trip on Friday against Trail and found themselves in a quick 3-0 hole from which they couldn't quite recover. The next night the hole was even deeper as Penticton opened up a 5-0 lead early in the second period, chasing newly-committed Michael Garman barely three minutes into the second stanza after scoring three goals in 30 seconds. The weekend ended with Nanaimo unable to hold a 2-1 lead against Vernon, falling 3-2 to the Vipers.

For the trip both Joe and Mike Devin went scoreless in the three games. Michael Garman gave up 5 goals on 11 shots in his only action on the road trip.

Nanaimo has a short break before resuming play on Wednesday against Surrey.

December 29, 2006

2006-2007 Roster Updated, Part IV

According to an article in today's Ithaca Journal, Matt Conners has left the team. It's always unfortunate when things don't work out for someone, and for Matt (who had yet to appear in an official game) it appears it was time to look for another opportunity. Here's hoping things work out well for Matt in the future.

This is the fourth time we've updated this year's roster...please be the last.

Seniors: 7 (6 in 2005-2006)
F - Byron Bitz
F - Mitch Carefoot
F - Matt Hedge
F - Mark McCutcheon
F - Kevin McLeod
D - Dan Glover
D - Evan Salmela

Juniors: 4 (7 in 2005-2006)
F - Chris Fontas
F - Raymond Sawada
F - Topher Scott
D - Doug Krantz

Sophomores: 8 (4 in 2005-2006)
F - Evan Barlow
F - Michael Kennedy
F - Ryan Kindret
F - Tyler Mugford
D - Taylor Davenport
D - Jared Seminoff
G - Troy Davenport
G - Dan DiLeo

Freshmen: 8 (8 in 2005-2006)
F - Blake Gallagher
F - Colin Greening
F - Justin Milo
F - Tony Romano
F - Joe Scali
D - Brendon Nash
D - Justin Krueger
G - Ben Scrivens

2007-2008:
  • F - Joe Devin
  • F - Patrick Kennedy
  • D - Mike Devin
  • D - Jacob Johnston

    2008-2009:
  • G - Michael Garman


    Matt's departure brings Cornell's roster closer to their 6-year average, with respect to positional breakdown. The average during that time is 15 forwards, 8 defensemen, and 3 goalies. Cornell is now at 15-9-3 and, assuming (hoping) no one leaves early, next year's roster will have a 14-6-3 breakdown. This includes the Big Red's known committments for 2007-2008: Joe and Mike Devin, and Patrick Kennedy. From a pure average standpoint it looks like Cornell will look to add another forward and 2 more defensemen to next year's incoming class. Of course, this might also be an opportunity to bring in an additional forward (or 2) who may have been targeted for 2008. So look for another 1-3 forwards to go along with 2 more blueliners, giving the Big Red a class of 6-8.
  • December 23, 2006

    Caren Classic

    Update...

    Ithaca defeated McQuaid 2-1 in the final yesterday at The Rink in Lansing. I hope some of you made the trip because it was a great high school hockey game played with playoff intensity. The game had a nice flow with only 4 penalities called the entire 45 minutes (high school hockey in NY plays 15-minute periods). McQuaid is probably one of the better passing teams in the State and when they start to control a game they can put on quite a show. Yesterday came down to the offensive flair of McQuaid against the defensive discipline of Ithaca. Ithaca showed they were more than simply Andy Iles, as they played solid defense the whole game with only a few breakdowns -- which against the pressure McQuaid put on was bound to happen. About the only thing Ithaca's defense didn't do was get Iles the shutout, giving up the tying goal with 3:24 remaining in the game on a shot that was deflected past Iles by one of Ithaca's players. Ithaca then scored with 29 seconds remaining to win their first Carren Classic since 2000.

    Andy Iles was named the MVP of the tournament. Iles stopped 52 of the 54 shots he faced, making some spectacular saves along the way. Iles plays a technically sound game, rarely getting out of position, and seems capable of taking over a game at this level. He seems to have a feel for the game beyond his years, knowing when to leave the net to challenge a skater and when to stay home. He shows a penchant for guiding rebounds to his teammates, creating numerous breakout opportunities for his team. Despite being in 9th grade he doesn't appear shy about quaterbacking his team, which is always nice to see in a goalie. His stick skills are advanced for his age and he always seems to know what's going on around him. He needs to work on getting back to his feet and to make sure that his intensity doesn't get the best of him. At present he seems to be competing with himself and will probably need to move on to a more challenging environment sooner rather than later. For now, it's a joy watching him in a Little Red uniform. Both Evan Casamento and Nick BonDurant played solidily in net for McQuaid. For this tournament, however, the goalie crown went to Andy Iles.

    Note (6/21): Both Evan Casamento and Nick BonDurant are believed to be leaving McQuaid and heading to prep school for 2007-2008. Casamento is belived to be off to Hotchkiss & BonDurant is believed to be off to Choate.

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    Ithaca defeated previously unbeaten Canton 3-1 in the first game yesterday, and McQuaid defeated Penfield 3-1 in the second game. Canton will play Penfield in this morning's consolation game, while Ithaca will play McQuaid at 1:00 (or so).

    For those of you in town over the holidays, there'll be some great high school hockey in Lansing on the 27th and 28th. Canton, Penfield, and McQuaid will join host Ithaca at The Rink. Canton is currently ranked 4th in the State, with McQuaid (5) and Ithaca (8) also in the top-10. Penfield and McQuaid are both from the Rochester area. On Wednesday, Ithaca will play Canton and McQuaid will play Penfield, with the winners and losers meeting on Thursday. Ithaca and McQuaid feature some of the top goalie prospects in the country, at least at the high school level. Ithaca is led by freshman, Andy Iles, who is giving up 0.93 goals per game, while stopping 96% of his shots. Andy also has 4 shutouts in 11 games for the 8-3 Little Red. Andy is currently listed at #23 on The Scouting News' list of the top 1992-born players in North America. McQuaid is led by two talented sophmores, Nick BonDurant and Evan Casamento. BonDurant, who was in goal when McQuaid beat Ithaca 1-0 earlier this month in Rochester, burst on the high school scene as an 8th-grader when he was the goalie for McQuaid's State Championship team. BonDurant is reportedly hoping to follow the footsteps of former McQuaid goalie Billy Sauer, who went from McQuaid to the USNTDP (before stopping in the USHL) on his way to Michigan. Casamento will probably move on to a prep school next year and is hearing from Salisbury, Milton, Taft, and Shattuck St. Mary's.

    December 21, 2006

    All-Star Update

    Patrick Kennedy will be sitting out the WOHL All-Star series against the Golden Horseshoe League due to an injury. Patrick's missed the past two games for St. Thomas.

    On a related All-Star note: Chris Moulson has been named to the Bell Canada Team White roster for the Mid-Western Junior Hockey League's All-Star game, which is being played on January 2nd in Stratford. Chris has scored 17 goals and picked up 19 assists in 25 games for Listowel.

    December 20, 2006

    Recruiting Hotbeds

    With a little more than a week to go in this month's Puckhead Poll, it seemed appropriate that our friends at Inside College Hockey would publish their States of the Game report. BRP humbly appreciates INCH putting the considerable resources of their Research Department on this project. Here are the top 10 regions producing Division 1 college hockey talent.

  • Minnesota 214
  • Ontario 193
  • Michigan 150
  • Massachusetts 124
  • Alberta 113
  • British Columbia 111
  • New York 104
  • Illinois 59
  • Saskatchewan 41
  • Pennsylvania 40
  • December 19, 2006

    CJAHL Top 15 Teams

    Camrose (Alberta JHL) continues to be ranked #1 in the weekly Canadian Junior A Hockey Leagues' top-15. The Kodiaks are now 32-5-1 and hold a 23-point lead in the AJHL's South Division.

    The following team (with known Cornell commitments) is ranked this week:

    #2) Nanaimo Clippers (2nd last week)

    Photo: Alberta JHL

    Poplawski Goes 'Gate

    Winnipeg South blueliner Wade Poplawski has comitted to Colgate. Poplawski visited Hamilton during the Union/RPI weekend earlier this month. This is another nice pickup for Colgate's defensive corp, along with Kevin McNamara who committed in October.

    December 18, 2006

    A Goalie for 2008

    Michael Garman becomes the first recruit to commit to Cornell for 2008. Michael (6' 1", 190), is from Vail, Colorado and spent last year with Springfild in the NAHL, where he gave up 3.16 goals per game while earning 2 shutouts and stopping 91% of the shots he faced. Michael is currently 2nd among BCHL goalies with a 2.77 GAA and an 89.72 save percentage (t-8th). Chris Heisenberg has him ranked 7th among the 2007 BCHL goalie class, though Michael has generally out-performed the highly regarded Marc Cheverie (Denver), who is the league's top-ranked goalie (according to Heisenberg) and his Clipper mate.

    Welcome to the Big Red, Michael.

    Here's the news release from the Nanaimo Clippers

    Photo: BCHL

    December 16, 2006

    8 in a Row for Nanaimo

    The Clippers go into the holiday break on a major roll after defeating Prince George 5-3 on Friday. Joe Devin opened the scoring with a goal at 10:29 in the first period on a power play opportunity. Mike Devin gave the Clippers a 3-2 lead with his own power play goal at the 15:20 mark in the second period. Mike, who was awarded with the game's 3rd-Star, then assisted on the game-winning goal with 1:28 left in the second period.

    Nanaimo is off until 12/29, when they travel to Trail.

    Stars Let One Slip Away

    St. Thomas went into their game against St. Marys on Friday without their leading scorer, Patrick Kennedy, and managed to get out to a 3-1 lead before falling to the Lincolns, 7-3.

    St. Thomas will host Sarnia on Sunday. The Stars are currently in 3rd place, 2 points ahead of the Blast.

    December 15, 2006

    Clip, Clip...

    Nanaimo continues to surge through December after sweeping their home-and-home with Powell River this week, winning 6-2 on Tuesday and 8-1 on Wednesday. The Clippers have now won 7 straight games and have won their last 5 games by a combined 33-8.

    Joe and Mike Devin each picked up an assist on Wednesday night against the Kings.

    The Clippers play their final game before the holiday against Prince George tonight in Nanaimo.

    December 11, 2006

    Nanaimo Steams On

    Nanaimo went three-for-three this weekend on the road, defeating Langley (9-3), Surrey (8-2), and Burnaby (2-0). The Clippers currently lead Victoria by 6 points in the Coastal Conference.

    Joe Devin returned to action this week and scored the game-winning goal against Burnaby. Mike Devin picked up 2 assists in the three games and was awarded the game's 3rd-Star against Burnaby.

    The Clippers play at Powell River on Tuesday and return home on Wednesday for another game against the Kings.

    St. Thomas Falls in Shootout

    St. Thomas lost to Leamington 4-3 in a shootout on Sunday. The Stars got out to a 3-0 lead after the 1st period but could not hold on as the Flyers outshot the Stars 38-14 over the final two stanzas while managing to pull even midway through the 3rd period. After a scoreless OT period, Leamington's Sean DeMuynck scored the only goal during the shootout for the win.

    Patrick Kennedy scored a goal and added an assist for the Stars.

    St. Thomas visits St. Marys on Friday.

    December 10, 2006

    CJAHL Top 15 Teams

    Camrose (Alberta JHL) is once again ranked #1 in the weekly Canadian Junior A Hockey Leagues' top-15. The Kodiaks won their 3 games this week and are now 29-4-1 and hold a 20-point lead in the AJHL's South Division.

    The following team (with known Cornell commitments) is ranked this week:

    #2) Nanaimo Clippers (3rd last week)

    Photo: Alberta JHL

    December 8, 2006

    WOHL All-Star Selection

    Patrick Kennedy was selected to the WOHL All-Star team as announced by the league on Tuesday. The All-Stars will play a pair of games against the Golden Horseshoe League All-Stars on December 28th and 30th.

    Patrick got back on the scoresheet this week with a goal and an assist against London, and another goal against Tecumseh. The Stars won both games and moved back into 3rd place, though still trailing St. Marys by 7 points with 3 games in-hand.

    The Stars host Leamington on Sunday.


    Photo: WOHL

    December 4, 2006

    CJAHL Top 15 Teams

    Camrose (Alberta JHL) continues to be ranked #1 in the weekly Canadian Junior A Hockey Leagues' top-15. The Kodiaks, who lost their most recent game, are 26-4-1 and hold a 15-point lead in the AJHL's South Division.

    The following team (with known Cornell commitments) is ranked this week:

    #3) Nanaimo Clippers (6 last week)

    Photo: Alberta JHL

    St. Thomas Slips

    St. Thomas fell to league-leading St Marys, 4-2, on Sunday. Patrick Kennedy went scoreless in the game as the Stars fell to 4th place in the WOHL.

    St. Thomas will host London on Tuesday.

    Clippers Sweep Caps

    Nanaimo took both games this weekend from their Coastal Conference rival Cowichan Valley, winning 6-1 on Friday and 4-2 on Saturday. Mike Devin had a quiet series going scoreless in both games. Joe Devin remained out of the lineup.

    The Clippers, currently tied with Victoria for 1st place in the Coastal Conference, will face Langley on Thursday.

    December 2, 2006

    Wade Poplawski Update

    Wade Poplawski (5' 11", 175), a 1986-born blueliner playing with the Winnipeg South Blues in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League is visiting ECACHL schools. Poplawski is currently the leading scorer among defenseman (13th overall) in the MJHL, with 11 goals and 31 assists in 32 games. Poplawski participlated in last year's MJHL All-Star game and is the reigning Defensive Player of the Month. Cornell's interest in Poplawski has been unconfirmed, though suspected, due to his continued development and solid academic reputation. According to the MJHL, Poplawski is known to be interested in Colgate, Quinnipiac, and RPI.

    BRP's hoping the Big Red stay in the hunt for Poplawski. He appears to be a hard-working underdog who continues to surprise people.

    Update (12/4): Poplawski was in Hamilton this past weekend visiting Colgate.

    December 1, 2006

    November Poll Recap

    For the second month in a row a member of the Nash family has topped our poll.

    Here's a recap of our last poll:
    "Whom would you prefer to be Cornell's next 2007 verbal?"

    The results were as follows:

  • 30% -- Riley Nash, C, Salmon Arm/BCHL
  • 26% -- Tyler Gron, C, Spruce Grove/Alberta JHL
  • 18% -- Mike Cieslak, F, USNTDP
  • 7% -- Matt Irwin, D, Nanaimo/BCHL
  • 7% -- Patrick Kennedy, F, St. Thomas/WOHL (Committed)
  • 4% -- Damon Kipp, D, Salmon Arm/BCHL
  • 4% -- Justin Favreau, D, Nanaimo/BCHL
  • 2% -- Scott Jenks, D, Woodstock/Maritime JHL
  • 2% -- Toby Heaslip, D, Indiana/USHL

    More people voted in the November poll than in any other Puckhead Poll. Thank you for voting & please remember to vote in this month's Puckhead Poll.
  • November 29, 2006

    CJAHL Top 15 Teams

    Camrose (Alberta JHL) continues to be ranked #1 in the weekly Canadian Junior A Hockey Leagues' top-15. The Kodiaks are currently 26-3-1 and have a 17-point lead in the AJHL's South Division.

    The following team (with known Cornell commitments) is ranked this week:

    #6) Nanaimo Clippers (5 last week)

    Photo: Alberta JHL

    November 28, 2006

    Weekend Recap

    In British Columbia, Nanaimo had another busy weekend playing 3 games in 3 nights. The Clippers opened the weekend with a 4-1 loss to Cowichan Valley on Friday. They bounced back on Saturday when they travelled to Surrey and came away with an 8-4 win. The Clips finished on Sunday with a 5-5 tie against Penticton. Mike Devin picked up an assist on Sunday for his only point on the weekend. Mike had to sit out the game against Surry as he served a suspension for instigating a fight against Cowichan Valley. Joe Devin remained sidelined with an injury.

    In the Western Ontario Hockey League, Patrick Kennedy had a quiet weekend as well, going scoreless in the Stars' two games. On Saturday St. Thomas fell to Strathoy, 4-2, before coming back on Sunday to defeat Petrolia 6-5 in OT.

    This coming weekend Nanaimo has a home-and-home with Cowichan Valley on Friday and Saturday, while St. Thomas takes on first-place St. Marys on Sunday.


    For the season:


    Joe Devin 17-3-7-10
    Mike Devin 26-4-15-19
    Patrick Kennedy 18-19-13-32

    November 19, 2006

    St. Thomas Beats Sarnia

    St. Thomas came back from an early 2-0 deficit to defeat Sarnia 6-4 this afternoon at home. Patrick Kennedy scored a goal and picked up a helper for the Stars. Patrick was awarded the game's 3rd-Star for his effort.

    The Stars are now tied with Strathroy for second in the WOHL. The Stars will visit Strathroy on Saturday and then travel to Petrolia on Sunday.

    Clips Survive 3 Ports of Call

    Nanaimo finished off their road trip by winning their 3rd game in 3 days on Saturday. For the trip, the Clippers outscored their opponents by a combined 21-7. The Clippers began the trip against Merritt, winning 5-2. The next night the Clippers scored 8 goals in the 3rd period to beat Salmon Arm, 12-4. The trip ended by defeating the Westside Warriors, 4-1. Mike Devin picked up 2 assists over the trip, while Joe Devin did not play.

    Nanaimo gets a well-earned few days off before facing Cowichan Valley on Friday at home.

    November 18, 2006

    St. Thomas Wins

    Patrick Kennedy scored a goal and had 3 assists to help St. Thomas defeat Chatham on Friday by a score of 6-2. Patrick had a hand in the Stars' first 3 goals of the game, including his game-winner early in the 2nd period. For his effort, Patrick was awarded the game's 1st-Star. It should also be noted that Matt Hackett had 52 saves for the Stars.

    The Stars are home on Sunday against Sarnia.

    November 16, 2006

    Stars Blasted

    St. Thomas jumped out to a quick lead on Thursday, scoring barely two minutes into the game on a goal by Chris Ferguson. It was pretty much all Sarnia after that, however, as the Blast scored the next 6 goals on their way to a 10-3 win. Patrick Kennedy picked up a goal for the Stars, ending the scoring at the 18:22 mark in the 3rd.

    The Stars will host Chatham on Friday.

    CJAHL Top 15 Teams

    The Canadian Junior A Hockey Leagues' weekly top-15 was released with Camrose (Alberta JHL) still #1. The following team (with known Cornell commitments) is ranked this week:

    #5) Nanaimo Clippers (4 last week)

    Photo: Alberta JHL

    Comments Posted

    Wow, just moved Blogger to their new beta version. First impression: there was a bug that had been preventing me from seeing any comments posted. I apologize to each of you -- I really wasn't ignoring you; I was simply blinded for some reason. I'll try to get to some of them tonight. There's some really good stuff in there...and here I thought nobody was reading the blog.

    November 15, 2006

    Clippers vs Express Cancelled

    Tonight's game between Nanaimo and Burnaby was cancelled due to high winds affecting ferry service. The Clippers are scheduled to travel to Merritt tomorrow night.

    November 13, 2006

    Clippers Win 2 of 3

    Nanaimo began a difficult stretch of games by winning 2 out of 3 this weekend. The Clippers took the first 2, beating Burnaby 5-3 and Surrey 6-4, before losing on Sunday to Langley, 5-3. Mike Devin picked up an assist in the win over Burnaby, and scored a goal in the loss to Langley. Mike was also awarded the game's 3rd-Star against Langley. Joe Devin went scoreless in his only appearance against Burnaby.

    The Clippers get two days off and then play 4 straight games on the road, beginning with a rematch against Burnaby. If you weren't counting that's 7 games in 9 days. I can't even think about how crazy that is.

    Stars Fall on Sunday

    Chatham held on to win the rubber match against St. Thomas on Sunday, 8-6. After falling behind 5-3 in the 3rd period, the Stars were able to climb within one goal three times before the Maroons put the game away with an empty-netter with 13 seconds remaining in the game. Patrick Kennedy scored 2 goals and added a helper in the loss.

    The Stars travel to Sarnia on Thursday to take on the Blast.

    November 10, 2006

    CJAHL Top 15 Teams

    For the week ending November9th, the following team (with known Cornell commitments) is ranked in the Canadian Junior A Hockey Leagues' top-15 (previous ranking):

    #4) Nanaimo Clippers (4)


    Camrose (Alberta Junior Hockey League) continues with their #1 ranking. The Kodiaks are currently 18-2-1 on the season.

    Photo: Alberta JHL

    Stars Beat Maroons

    St. Thomas scored twice in the final four minutes of the game to put Chatham away, 4-2, on Friday night. Patrick Kennedy celebrated his first game as a Cornell recruit with a goal and an assist.

    Note: It was a good day for the Kennedy brothers. In addition to Patrick's solid evening, brother Michael scored the game-winning goal with 1:33 remaining as the Big Red defeated Harvard 3-2 at Lynah Rink.

    The Stars return to action on Sunday as they travel to Chatham.

    November 8, 2006

    Welcome, Brother...

    Sorry for the delay. Blogger was down most of the day.

    Chris Heisenberg reported this morning that Patrick Kennedy had committed to the Big Red. Patrick (6' 3", 200) is a 1988-born forward from Dorchester, Ontario, and is playing with the St. Thomas Stars in the Western Ontario Hockey League. He is also the brother of Cornell sophmore Michael Kennedy. Patrick is currently tied for 16th in scoring in the WOHL with 20 points (13 goals, 7 assists), in only 11 games. Patrick is also tied for the league lead in powerplay goals (9) and game-winning goals (3).

    According to the National Hockey League's Central Scouting, Patrick is a B-rated player (later round potential), and is the only player from the Western Ontario Hockey League to make their Players to Watch List. Heisenberg has Patrick rated as the 13th best player in the Ontario/Eastern Canada region, and has him as the highest rated player in the WOHL.

    Welcome, Patrick.

    Photo: WOHL

    November 5, 2006

    CJAHL Top 15 Teams

    For the week ending November1st, the following team (with known Cornell commitments) is ranked in the Canadian Junior A Hockey Leagues' top-15 (previous ranking):

    #4) Nanaimo Clippers (6)


    The Camrose Kodiaks (Alberta Junior Hockey League) continue with their #1 ranking. Current Big Red players Dan Glover and Kevin McLeod are former members of the Kodiaks (according to the Alberta JHL's website).

    Photo: Alberta JHL

    Nanaimo Rolls On

    Nanaimo finished up a cozy homestand by winning their fifth straight game on Friday night. Joe Devin assisted on Russell Goodman's game-winning goal early in the 3rd period, as the Clippers went on to defeat Westside 4-2. Mike Devin went scoreless in the game.

    Nanaimo will spend most of the next few weeks playing on the road, beginning with a game against Conference-leading Victoria on Tuesday.

    November 3, 2006

    David Brownschidle Update

    David Brownschidle (5' 11", 184), 1989-born, has committed to Brown. Brownschidle, a forward, is currently playing for the Tri-City Storm in the United States Hockey League. Brownschidle was almost included in this month's Puckhead Poll, but the thinking was that he was being recruited for 2008. Brownschidle, who has 3 uncles that played D1 hockey (one for Boston University and two for Notre Dame), was recently given a B-rating by NHL Central Scouting. Brownschidle is considered a tough two-way player and should be a solid contributor for the Bears. Brownschidle also considered Cornell, Dartmouth, Princeton, and Yale.

    Reported by USHR

    November 1, 2006

    Prospects: 2007 & 2008



    Updated 4/11/07.

    Reader beware: BRP attempts to aggregate as much information as possible. Nothing truly confidential should ever knowingly appear, rumor and guesswork, however, may be fair game.

    At this point, it looks like the Big Red is still looking for 1 forward/center and 1-2 blueliners to fill out the incoming 2007 class. That assumes, of course, that no one leaves the program early. Given what's happened the past few years, the staff could choose to bring in a couple of additional players for insurance. The class should start to finalize as the various junior leagues conclude play.

    As always, please remember that whether there is interest on Cornell's part, or on a student's part, is unconfirmed in most cases. Some of the players listed have been reported to either have interest in or be of interest to Cornell, while others are strong students who have expressed interest in some of the Ivies and would therefore be logical candidates or simply come from traditional recruiting areas and represent a working wish list.

    Note: Some of this information is provided by Cornell fans near and far. Thank you & please keep the info coming. After all, we're just a bunch of Puckheads looking for a Big Red fix.

    (H) Chris Heisenberg's ranking.
    (N) NHL Central Scouting Watch List -- A = 1st-2nd round potential; B = 3rd-5th round potential; C = later round potential.

    2007 Prospects

    Forwards/Centers:

  • Joe Devin (6' 1", 200), 1987, Nanaimo/BCHL.
    Committed to Cornell.
    H: Ranked 33rd among BCHL players (down from 24th).

  • Patrick Kennedy (6' 3", 200), 1988, St Thomas/WOHL.
    Committed to Cornell.
    H: Ranked 11th among Ontario/Eastern Canada players.
    N: C rating.

  • Riley Nash (6' 1", 175), 1989, Salmon Arm/BCHL.
    Committed to Cornell.
    H: Ranked 5th among BCHL players.
    N: C rating.

  • Dan Nicholls (6' 0", 195), 1988, Bowmanville/OPJHL.
    Committed to Cornell.
    H: Ranked 140th among Ontario/Eastern Canada players.

  • Tyler Roeszler (5' 7", 170), 1988, Chatham/WOHL.
    Committed to Cornell.
    H: Ranked 59th among Ontario/Eastern Canada players.

  • Chris Moulson (5' 11", 185), 1988, Listowel/MWJHL.
    Brother of former Cornell star Matt Moulson. Could be a 2008 recruit.
    H: Ranked 117th among Ontario/Eastern Canada players (down from 108th).

  • Mike Cieslak (6' 2", 175), 1989, U.S. NTDP.
    Rochester, NY native. Interest unknown.
    H: Ranked 12th among NTDP players.


    Blueliners:

  • Mike Devin (6' 2", 205), 1987, Nanaimo/BCHL.
    Committed to Cornell.
    H: Ranked 13th among BCHL players.

  • Jacob Johnston (6' 0", 180), 1988, Sudbury/NOJHL.
    Committed to Cornell. Some confusion over whether he's walking-on or not.
    H: Ranked 131st among Ontario/Eastern Canada players (down from 119th).

  • Jordan Berk (5' 11", 190), 1988, Salmon Arm/BCHL.
    Committed to Cornell.
    H: Ranked 42nd among BCHL players.

  • Scott Jenks (5' 11", 182), 1989, Woodstock/Maritime JHL.
    Former Choate Prep player. Member of 2006 Atlantic U17 team. Might be a 2008. Interest unknown.
    H: Ranked 47th among Ontario/Eastern Canada (up from 51st).

  • Damon Kipp (6' 2", 190), 1988, Salmon Arm/BCHL.
    Teammate of Riley Nash on Team Canada West in the World Junior A Challenge. Interest unknown.
    H: Ranked 15th among BCHL players.

  • Wilson Ngai (6' 2", 180), 1989, Toronto/OPJHL.
    Could be a 2008 recruit. Strong student. Interest unknown.
    H: Ranked 34th among Ontario/Eastern Canada players (down from 17th).


    Here's some additional names that may be of interest. Again, it's very difficult to ascertain which students fit Cornell's academic profile, so this is more of a list of names that should not be forgotten.

  • Sean Coughlin, Cushing/Prep.
  • Sean Curran, Taft/Prep.
  • Angelo Vrachnas, NY/Atlantic JHL.
  • Justin Porpora, NY/Atlantic JHL.
  • William Day, Washington/Atlantic JHL.
  • Ryan McKiernan, NJ/Eastern JHL.
  • Tyler Pederson, Sioux City/USHL.
  • Brendan Burlon, St. Mike's/OPJHL.
  • Stephen Duffy, St. Mike's/OPJHL.
  • Kyle Atkins, Brockville/COJHL.
  • Tony Yearego, Sarnia/WOHL.
  • Kealin Wong, Estevan/SJHL.
  • Riley Clark, Notre Dame/SJHL.
  • Luke Brisebois, Notre Dame/SJHL.
  • Dan Nycholat, Canmore/Alberta JHL.
  • Nolan Julseth-White, Langley/BCHL.
  • Russell Goodman, Nanaimo/BCHL.
  • Ryan Wagner, Penticton/BCHL.
  • Ashford McMaster, Victoria/BCHL.
  • Drew MacKenzie, Taft/Prep. (Vermont)




    2008 Prospects

    Forwards/Centers:

  • Locke Jillson (5' 10", 160), 1988, Dallas/AAA.
    Committed to Cornell.

  • Tyler Pistone (5' 11", 169), 1990, Nanaimo/BCHL.
    Playing his rookie year with the Clippers. Cornell Brown, and Yale involved.
    H: Ranked 3rd among 2008 BCHL players (down from 2nd).

  • Jesse Brown (6' 3", 190), 1990, Syracuse/EJHL.
    Currently lists Cornell, Clarkson, Colgate, and Harvard. Could be a 2009 recruit. Might be swayed by a big OHL offer. Drafted by Owen Sound.
    H: Ranked 11th among 2008 Massachusetts/New England players (up from 13th).

  • PJ Tatum (5' 9", 160), 1988, Gunnery/Prep.
    Currently plays with Colgate-bound Austin Smith. 2nd-leading scorer in the NEPSIHA, D1. ECAC & HE schools in the running.

  • Joe Colborne (6' 3", 175), 1990, Camrose/Alberta JHL.
    Another outstanding student that should be a major target. Interest unknown.
    H: Ranked 1st among 2008 AJHL players.

  • Kevin McCarey (5' 11", 176), 1990, U.S. NTDP.
    Syracuse native who played in the EJHL last year. Interest unknown. OHL 8th-round selection by Plymouth, probably would have been much higher if not for his NCAA-leanings. BU in the lead?
    H: Ranked 4th among 2008 NTDP players (up from 5th).

  • Devon Roeszler (5' 11", 165), 1990, Chatham/WOHL.
    Brother of 2007 recruit, Tyler Roeszler. Finshed his rookie season with Chatham this year. May be a 2009 recruit.
    H: Ranked 11th among 2008 Ontario/Eastern Canada players.

    Blueliners:

  • Joe Ramieri (6' 2", 170), 1990, Avon Old Farms/Prep.
    Could be a 2009 recruit. National Honor Society student who is interested in Cornell, BC, Brown, Colgate, Dartmouth, Merrimack, New Hampshire, Providence, St. Lawrence, and Vermont.
    H: Ranked 25th among Massachusetts/New England players (down from 21st).

  • Ryan Grimshaw (6', 180), 1990, U.S. NTDP.
    Rochester native who is an outstanding student. Spent last year at Salisbury. Appears ECACHL bound. Harvard may be the team to beat - Michigan trying to get in the game. Like McCarey, also drafted by Plymouth in the 2006 OHL draft.
    H: Ranked 8th among 2008 NTDP players (up from 9th).

  • Keir Ross (6', 185), 1989, Omaha/USHL.
    Ivies and WCHA nterest.
    H: Ranked 10th among 2008 USHL players.

  • Justin Favreau (6' 1", 191), 1988, Nanaimo/BCHL.
    Another Clipper? Cornell is reportedly in the mix.
    H: Ranked 32nd among BCHL players (down from 27th).

  • Doug Leaverton (6' 4", 195), 1989, Mahoning Valley/NAHL.
    Could be a 2007 recruit. Interest unknown.
    H: Ranked 6th among NAHL players.
    N: C rating.

    Goalies:

  • Mike Garman (6' 1", 190), 1988, Nanaimo/BCHL.
    Committed to Cornell.
    H: Ranked 7th among BCHL goalies.




    2009 Prospects

    Forwards/Centers:

  • Kevin Cole (5' 11", 175), 1991, Syracuse/Empire JBHL.
    Ithaca native off to a strong rookie season in junior B. Strong student; selected to Empire JHL All-Star game. Could be a 2010 recruit. Interest unknown.
    H: Currently unranked.


  • Connor Stokes (6' 0", 185), 1991, Syracuse/Empire JBHL.
    Another Ithaca native who's also enjoying a strong rookie season in junior B. Selected to Empire JHL All-Star game. Could be a 2010 recruit. Interest unknown.
    H: Currently unranked.

  • Justin Baker (5' 9", 155), 1991, Toronto/GTHLAAA.
    Reportedly a strong student from the talent rich Toronto region. Could be a 2010 recruit. Interest unknown.
    H: Currently unranked.

    Blueliners:

    Coming...

    Goalies:

  • Chance Lieb (5' 11", 190), 1990, Capital District/EJHL.
    Ithaca native off to a strong rookie season. Interest unknown.
    H: Currently ranked 4th among 2008 Massachusetts/New England goalies.





    2010 Prospects

    Corwards/Centers:

    Coming...

    Blueliners:

    Coming...

    Goalies:

  • Andy Iles (5' 8", 150), 1992, Ithaca/New York HS.
    Freshman at Ithaca High School is already one of the top goalies in New York. Considered a strong candidate for the NTDP. May be off to prep school in 2007. Interest unknown.
    H: Currently unranked.
  • October Poll Recap

    The season is underway and things on the recruiting front should begin to pick up soon.

    Here's a recap of our last poll:
    "Which freshman will have the greatest impact this year?"

    The results were as follows:

  • 21% -- Brendon Nash
  • 17% -- Colin Greening
  • 14% -- Blake Gallagher
  • 14% -- Justin Milo
  • 13% -- Tony Romano
  • 11% -- Ben Scrivens
  • 5% -- Joe Scali
  • 4% -- Justin Krueger

    More people voted in the October poll than in any other Puckhead Poll. Thank you for voting & please remember to vote in this month's Puckhead Poll.
  • October 29, 2006

    Kevin McNamara Update

    Kevin McNamara (6'0", 185), a 1988-born blueliner playing for Belmont Hill School has made a verbal commitment to Colgate. McNamara, a talented two-way player, is the 2nd-ranked defensive player (9th overall) in Chris Heisenberg's list of the 2007 Massachusetts/New England region.

    McNamara, whose father, John, played at Boston College, selected Colgate over Cornell, UMass, and St Lawrence.

    This is a nice pickup for Don Vaughan and the Raiders.

    Reported by USHR

    October 28, 2006

    Jesse Brown Update

    Jesse Brown (6'3", 190), a 1990-born forward from nearby Cortland, New York, recently spoke with The Scouting News about his season and future plans. Brown is currently playing with the Syracuse Stars (Eastern Junior Hockey League), where he is a teammate of Jeremy Morin (whom was updated here earlier this month). Only 16, Brown has played in 6 games for the Stars and has scored 5 goals and added 3 assists thus far. This past summer, Brown played on the Central NY team in the Empire Games where he led his team to the Bronze Medal, while having a 7-2-9 line in 5 games. Brown, additionally, played in the Select 16 Festival over the summer where he led his Green team in goals scored. The U.S. Hockey Report wrote of Brown's Select performance that he has "a lot of potential, but [he's] inconsistent." USHR also speculated that he may head to the Ontario Hockey League, where his rights are held by Owen Sound who drafted him in the 8th round. Thus far Brown has resisted the OHL's overture and currently says he's looking at the following schools: Cornell, Clarkson, Colgate, and Harvard.

    Clippers Ride Fast Start

    Nanaimo opened with a bang on Friday night. Blueliners Matt Irwin and Justin Favreau each scored in the first two minutes of the game as the Cippers went on to defeat Salmon Arm 4-2. Joe and Mike Devin each went scoreless on the evening, though Joe picked up 5 minutes in penalities for getting into a tussle with the Silverbacks' Paul Forster in the second period.

    Nanaimo finishes their homestand on Friday when they face the Westside Warriors.

    For the season:
  • Joe: 14-2-6-8-28
  • Mike: 16-3-11-14-22
  • October 26, 2006

    Clippers Win 5th Straight

    Scoring two short-handed goals 16 seconds apart in the 2nd period proved too much for Powell River to overcome on Thursday, as Nanaimo outscored the Kings 4-2. Mike Devin picked up an assist on the Clippers' final goal. Joe Devin went scoreless on the night.


    Nanaimo next hosts Salmon Arm on Friday.

    October 23, 2006

    CJAHL Top 15 Teams

    For the week ending October 21st, the following team (of interest to Cornell fans) is ranked in the Canadian Junior A Hockey Leagues' top-15 (previous ranking):

    #6) Nanaimo Clippers (10)


    The Camrose Kodiaks (Alberta Junior Hockey League) continue with their #1 ranking.

    October 22, 2006

    Nanaimo Wins 12-0

    Williams Lake came into Nanaimo with the worst record in the British Columbia Junior Hockey League and it didn't take the Clippers long to find out why. Cody Danberg (University Minnesota - Dulth) started the scoring 4 minutes into the 1st period and by the end of the stanza the Clippers were up 6-0. Nanaimo scored another 5 goals in the 2nd period and added a single goal in the final period. Joe Devin and Mike Devin each picked up 3 assists in the romp.

    Nanaimo plays host again this week as Powell River visits on Wednesday and Salmon Arm on Friday.

    For the season:
  • Joe: 12-2-6-8-21
  • Mike: 14-3-10-13-22
  • October 21, 2006

    Clippers Roll

    Nanaimo scored the first six goals of the game and cruised to a 7-2 victory over the Quesnel Millionaires on Saturday. Joe Devin picked up an assist in the 2nd period. Mike Devin went scoreless in the game.

    Nanaimo will host Williams Lake on Sunday.

    October 17, 2006

    Jeremy Morin Update

    Jeremy "Jet" Morin (6' 1", 170), a 1991-born forward out of Auburn, NY, in a recent webcast with The Scouting News discussed his hockey future. Morin, the younger brother of one-time Cornell target, Chad Morin (Harvard), once listed the Big Red among his potential college choices. Morin, who is a cousin of current AHLer and former Boston College player J.D. Forrest, admitted that he's always dreamed of playing in Chestnut Hill, if he pursues the college route. Morin will soon decide between either the OHL or maintaining his college eligibility by playing in the USHL or the USNTDP. Morin is currently playing for the Syracuse Stars in the Eastern Junior Hockey League where he has a 5-5-10 line in 10 games, despite being one of the youngest players in the EJHL.

    Why even talk about a 15 year old? Michigan, of course, recently received verbal commitments from A.J. Treais (1991) and Jon Merrill (1992) making one wonder if there should be an age requirement that would allow young players to keep their options open and not feel pressure to make such important decisions so early. Of course, whether it's right or wrong (or healthy or not) is one thing that makes for a spirited debate. An even crazier thing, however, is how confident a coaching staff must be to comfortably project a kid's athletic development that far into the future, at an age when most coaches are merely identifying which kids they even want to track. For Cornell, and the other Ivies, there's an additional issue: academic preparation. Worrying about a 15-year old's admissibility is one thing if you're the University of North Dakota or University of Alaska, but for an Ivy League school it may prove to be a little more complex. Regardless, it seems to be a growing trend. As of this writing Michigan already has 2 verbals for 2008, 2 for 2009, and one for 2010. Even Notre Dame has joined the youth race by having picked up commitments from Patrick Gaul (2008) and Cam Fowler (2009).

    Clippers Clip Bulldogs

    Nanaimo opened the scoring 58 seconds into its game against Alberni Valley on Saturday and never looked back, skating to a 5-2 victory. Mike Devin picked up an assist on the opening goal for his only point of the night. Joe Devin went scoreless against the Bulldogs.

    Nanaimo plays host to Quesnel on Friday and Williams Lake on Sunday.

    For the season:
  • Joe: 10-2-2-4-19
  • Mike: 12-3-7-10-20
  • October 16, 2006

    2007 Preseason Readers' Poll

    The results of our readers' poll are in. Thanks to all who entered. The winner of a copy of Adam Wodon's Cornell University Hockey is Omar Gonzalez-Pagan. Congratulations, Omar.

    Here's the results. Total points, followed by 1st-place votes, follow each school.

    1) Colgate -- 353 (13)
    2) Harvard -- 326 (5)
    3) Clarkson -- 303 (5)
    4) Cornell -- 285 (3)
    5) Dartmouth -- 277 (4)
    6) Quinnipiac -- 230 (1)
    7) St Lawrence -- 196
    8) RPI -- 154
    9) Union -- 141 (1)
    10) Princeton -- 101
    11) Yale -- 75
    12) Brown -- 55

    October 14, 2006

    Clippers Reverse Course

    Riding a wave of powerplay opportunities Nanaimo defeated Burnaby 3-1 on Friday night. Despite falling behind early while shorthanded, the Clippers took advantage of their 17 powerplays to break their 3-game skid. Mike Devin scored the Clippers' final goal in the 2nd period. Joe Devin had a relatively quiet night going scoreless, though he picked up a 2-minute penalty for tripping in the 2nd period.

    Nanaimo visits Alberni Valley on Saturday.

    October 12, 2006

    CJAHL Top 15 Teams

    For the week ending October 10th, the Nanaimo Clippers fell to 10th in the Canadian Junior "A" Hockey Leagues' top-15.

    The Camrose Kodiaks (Alberta Junior Hockey League) replace Nanaimo at #1 in this week's ranking. The Kodiaks are the former team of senior Dan Glover.

    Streaky Clippers Continue Slide

    After opening the season with seven straight wins the Nanaimo Clippers have now lost three straight after falling to Powell River 6-4 on Tuesday. The Kings jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead with power play goals in the first 2 minutes of the game. The Clippers, however, managed to take the lead twice before the Kings scored the final three goals of the game. Both Mike Devin and Joe Devin went scoreless in the game.

    Nanaimo will host Burnaby on Friday and then visit Alberni Valley on Saturday.

    October 7, 2006

    MD Scores in Clippers' Loss

    Nanaimo lost their second straight on Friday, losing 6-4 to Surrey. Despite outshooting the Eagles 46-13, the Clippers were unable to complete the comeback after falling behind 4-1 in the second period. Mike Devin scored his 2nd goal of the season 16 minutes into the middle period for his only point of the night.

    Joe Devin went scoreless in the game.

    The Clippers will next play on Tuesday when they travel to Powell River.

    October 5, 2006

    CJAHL Top 15 Teams



    Congratulations to the Nanaimo Clippers for being named #1 the Canadian Junior "A" Hockey Leagues' top-15.

    Logo: Clippers' website

    October 3, 2006

    Nanaimo loses in OT

    There are some things twins probably should not do together. Barely a minute into Sunday's game against Alberni Valley Joe Devin was called for hooking. Less than 30 seconds later Mike Devin was sent off for hooking as well. A mere 11 seconds after that and Alberni Valley had a 1-0 lead in a game that would feature runs by both teams. After the 1st period the Bulldogs would have a 2-0 lead. The Clippers would score the next 4 goals to take a 4-2 lead 5 minutes into the 3rd period. Alberni Valley then scored the next 3 goals to take a 5-4 lead with a little more than 3 minutes remaining in the game. Less than a minute later Nanaimo would tie the game and send it into overtime. Alberni Valley's Stephen Pattison would score unassisted at 2:49 to give the Bulldogs the win and hand the Clippers their first loss of the season.

    The Clippers will next play on Friday when they host Surrey.

    For the season (games, goals, assists, points):
  • Joe: 7-2-2-4
  • Mike: 8-1-6-7
  • October 1, 2006

    Summer Poll Recap

    Welcome to October, at last hockey season is upon us.

    Here's a recap of our last poll:
    "How do you feel about Lynah's renovations?"

    The results were as follows:

  • 73% -- About time.
  • 20% -- A barn is a barn is a barn.
  • 05% -- It's like painting a mustache on the Mona Lisa.
  • 02% -- What renovation?

    Thank you for voting & please remember to vote in this month's Puckhead Poll.
  • Nanaimo beats Burnaby, Again

    Nanaimo won its seventh game in a row on Friday beating Burnaby 3-1. Mike Devin assisted on the game-tying goal midway through the 2nd period while the Clippers were on the powerplay. The Clippers then scored the go-ahead goal three minutes later when Brendan Mason picked up his team-leading 8th goal of the season.

    Joe Devin had a scoreless game and picked up one penalty.

    Nanaimo is now the last unbeaten team in the BCHL. The Clippers host Alberni Valley today.

    September 29, 2006

    ...And Then There Were Five

    USHR is reporting that Riley Nash has narrowed his college choices to five. Riley (6' 1", 175) is currently playing for Salmon Arm in the BCHL and is considered, along with Michael Biega (Salisbury Prep), Brad Malone (Sioux Falls, USHL), and Brett Bruneteau (Omaha, USHL) to be one of the top uncommitted players in North America. U.S. Hockey Report goes on to say that Riley "has size, skating ability, and remarkable quickness for his size. What sets him apart is his playmaking ability -- he can really distribute the puck." In his first 7 games this year, Riley has done nothing to dispel that assessment scoring 6 goals and assisting on 6 others. Riley, who is the brother of Brendon Nash, is a 1989er and could enter college next fall or spend another year in the BCHL. Riley's finalists are the Big Red, Denver, Michigan, New Hampshire, and North Dakota.

    September 24, 2006

    Nanaimo beats Burnaby

    Nanaimo broke open a close game Sunday afternoon by scoring 6 straight goals in the 2nd period and skating out of Burnaby with a 9-4 win over the Express. For Nanaimo it was their 6th straight win to open the season, while Burnaby lost for the first time this year. Joe Devin had a busy afternoon scoring one goal and picking up an assist to go along with 21 penalty minutes, including 17 in a fight at the end of the 2nd period. Mike Devin had a more subtle game going scoreless and staying out of the box.

    Nanaimo and Salmon Arm remain the last two undefeated teams in the BCHL. Nanaimo will home for this weekend, hosting Burnaby and Alberni Valley.

    September 23, 2006

    Nanaimo Wins 5th Straight

    After giving up 2 goals in a 32-second span midway through the 3rd period, Nanaimo needed a little extra time to continue their winning streak. Brendan Mason scored the OT winner on a powerplay at 5:45, helping the Clippers to a 5-0 record. Joe Devin scored his first goal of the season, and also as a BCHLer. to give the Clippers a 4-2 lead over Langley early in the 3rd. The Chiefs began their quick game-tying burst on a powerplay at 11:27, and then pulled even at 11:59. Joe's goal was his only point of the night, while brother Mike picked up one penalty in an otherwise quiet night.

    Nanaimo is now one of 5 unbeaten teams remaining in the BCHL. Pencticon is 6-0, Salmon Arm joins Nanaimo at 5-0, Victoria is 3-0, and Burnaby is 2-0. Burnaby hosts Victoria tonight, and then hosts Nanaimo on Sunday.

    September 21, 2006

    A Chance for the Future?

    Ithacan Chance Lieb (5' 11", 190) is playing this year in the Eastern Junior Hockey League for the Capital District Selects. Chance, a 1990-born goalie, is by-far the youngest player on the Selects -- the second youngest Selects' player is a full year older than Chance, and most of his teammates were born in 1986-1988. In his first two games, Chance has had 89 saves and a save percentage of .947. Chance reportedly has already drawn interest from several ECACHL and Hockey East schools and his profile will rise considerably now that he's playing in the EJHL. Recently the league had two of its alums named to Inside College Hockey's list of top incoming goalies.

    Capital District is coached by Jim Salfi, a former St. Lawrence player, who was the Head Coach at RPI from 1972-79. Recent Selects' players include Clarkson's David Leggio and Shawn Weller.

    September 17, 2006

    Nanaimo Pulls Out Their Fourth Straight

    Nanaimo moved to 4-0 as they swept the Powell River Kings in their two game set this weekend. Mike Devin scored his first goal of the season, and as a BCHLer, 11 minutes into the second period, tying the game at 2 for the Clippers. Cody Danberg scored on a powerplay with 20 seconds left to play to give the Clippers their 4th straight win. Penticton and Salmon Arm also won last night, joining Nanaimo at 4-0 on the season.

    Joe Devin appeared on the stat sheet as having played and not picking up any points or penalities. However, on the team's season stat sheet it appears as if Joe did not play last night. We'll try to find out what's what as the day goes on.

    Nanaimo will host Langley on Friday and then travel to Burnaby on Sunday to take on the defending Canadian Junior A Champions.

    September 16, 2006

    Nanaimo Wins Third Straight

    Nanaimo is off to a strong start after beating the Powell River Kings 6-3 last night in Nanaimo. The Clippers are now one of three teams off to a perfect start, joining Penticton and Salmon Arm. Joe Devin picked up his first point of the season when he assisted on the Clippers' second goal of the game, a powerplay opportunity that gave the team a 2-0 lead. Mike Devin picked up his 5th assist of the season in the 3rd period on another powerplay, helping to give the Clippers a 5-3 lead.

    Tonight Nanaimo is at Powell River.

    September 15, 2006

    Cornell's Class Ranked #8

    Cornell's incoming class for 2006 is ranked at #8 by Inside College Hockey. This class appears to be very strong and it'll be a pleasure watching them develop over the course of their careers. The often mentioned forwards are the strength of the class, as mentioned by INCH as well, but the rest of the class is probably being underrated. Justin Krueger and Brendon Nash should turn out to be two wonderful additions to the blueline. They bring a blend of size, hockey acumen, and even a little offensive flair. Also flying a little under the radar are Troy Davenport and Ben Scrivens. Troy followed a strong season last year with an absolutely brilliant performance in the USHL playoffs. Ben did his part as well, playing very well for Spruce Grove in Alberta. In Ben's only opportunity to shine on a larger stage he played as well as any goalie in last year's Viking Cup. There's a lot to be excited about with this class...let's drop the puck.

    The only other ECACHL team to make the list is St. Lawrence, in at #14. The Saints are a bit of a surprise. The thinking here is that Cornell, Harvard, and Quinnipiac had the strongest classes, followed by the Saints. But on paper they each look like pretty good classes.

    September 14, 2006

    Salmon Arm Notes

    One of four teams to begin their BCHL season 2-0 is Salmon Arm. The Silverbacks look to be well-stocked with Division 1 talent this year, with Ben Winnett (Michigan), Brian Volpei (St. Cloud), and Luke Cain (Union) already having made their college choices. Additionally, Kelly Zajac is rumored to wear a North Dakota shirt under his Salmon Arm jersey on game nights (ok, I think I'm making that up). The Zajac family, of course, does have a history of sending their sons to North Dakota, so that seems about as safe a bet as there is. North Dakota also appears to be enamored with Riley Nash. Riley (6' 1", 170) has scored 4 goals and picked up one assist in the Silverbacks' first two games, including a 1st-Star performance in the 'Backs' second game. He is, as most Cornell hockey fans already know, the younger brother of current Big Red freshman, Brendon Nash. Riley is a highly-regarded center, and is currently ranked 4th in Chris Heisenberg's rankings of BCHL players. Riley, also, was a member of last year's U17 Pacific team that competed in the World U17 Challenge. Riley, who could come out in either 2007 or 2008, figures to be at the top of Cornell's very short wish list this year.

    Two other Silverback players that will be fun to watch this year are Hank Van Boxmeer and Chris Rawlings. Both players interestingly list the Buffalo Sabres as their favorite NHL team, and how unusual is that for a couple of kids from the western part of the continent? Well, that depends... Van Boxmeer (6' 2", 193) is a defensiveman from Orange, CA, and is the son of former NHLer, John Van Boxmeer. The elder Van Boxmeer spent time with both the Buffalo Sabres and the Rochester Amerks, so western New York is familiar territory to Hank. John Van Boxmeer also was the Head Coach for the LA/Long Beach Ice Dogs in the mid-90s where he had as an assistant by the name of Brian McCutcheon. Rawlings (6' 6", 210), a goalie, has no such known connections to western New York. One can imagine, however, a young goalie growing up to with visions of Dominic Hasek playing in his head. Rawlings, a 1988-born, is currently the 3rd-ranked goalie in the BCHL, according, again, to Heisenberg's site. Rawlings' picked up the 1st-Star in the Silverbacks opening win, when he stopped 35 of the 36 shots he faced.

    Salmon Arm is back in action this weekend against Merritt.

    September 13, 2006

    Gallagher Gets Preseason Mention

    Chris Heisenberg's blog posted his preseason list of incoming impact players and Blake Gallagher comes in at #3 on the forwards' list. Blake is the only Cornell freshman to make the list.

    September 12, 2006

    Greening Among Top Incoming Forwards

    Inside College Hockey released their list of the top-20 incoming forwards and Colin Greening comes in at #10. Blake Gallagher, Justin Milo, and Tony Romano also receive a brief mention as incoming forwards expected to have an impact this year.

    September 10, 2006

    BCHL Season Begins

    The Junior season got underway this weekend with action across Canada. In British Columbia, the Nanaimo Clippers played a home-and-home set with the Langley Chiefs, sweeping both games by the identical score of 6-4. Mike Devin got his season off to a strong start picking up 2 assists in each of the games this weekend. Twin brother, Joe, had a bit of rough start to his season going scoreless in Saturday's game, after not playing on Friday night. Joe, additionally, picked up 16 penalty minutes on Saturday, including a 5-minute penalty for fighting in the 1st and 3rd periods, as well as a game misconduct in the 3rd period.

    Nanaimo is back in action this coming weekend with a home-and-home series with Powell River.

    August 24, 2006

    BRP Preseason Readers' Poll

    Classes have begun and hockey season is almost here. We're soliciting readers' thoughts on how the ECACHL race will turn out this year. Please send your rankings (1-12), along with the four teams you think will be in Albany for the Conference showdown, and your pick for the Conference Tournament Champion. One entrant will be randomly selected to receive a complimentary copy of Adam Wodon's Cornell University Hockey.

    Send your selections to bigredpuckhead@gmail.com by October 15, 2006.

    August 20, 2006

    Ryan Grimshaw Update

    Ryan Grimshaw, another in the line of great young talent coming out of Rochester, will be joining the National Team Development program in Ann Arbor this fall. Grimshaw, who finished his sophmore year playing for Salisbury Prep, has had a busy summer. He played in the National U16 Camp and the Empire Games (both in Rochester), earning an invite to the NTDP and helping the Western team win Gold.

    Grimshaw (6' 0", 180) is reportedly a strong and technically sound defensiveman who is also a very good student. While at Salisbury he was an honor student and, according to a recent article in the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, is looking for an Ivy education with the hope of one day attending Law School. Grimshaw sounds like a classic Cornell recruit. However, in an article in the Greece Post this summer, Grimshaw mentioned three Ivies he was considering: Brown, Harvard, and Yale. Here's hoping the staff is all over this young man.

    August 13, 2006

    Blueline Blues

    With a little more than a week left before classes begin, what else is there to do but wonder if Cornell might bring in another defensive recruit to bolster its blueline depth? It seems unlikely that the Devin boys would be brought in a year early as they should both greatly benefit from having a year to play against better competition. It also seems unlikely that the twins would be split up, leaving one of them on the other side of the continent playing in another country. Of course, it could happen. Assuming that it doesn't here's a list of some of the top uncommitted players, according to Chris Heisenberg's site.

    Bear in mind that the Devins were born in 1987 and that there are only two incoming recruits (Blake Gallagher and Tony Romano) who were born in 1988. That would seem to make it more plausible that those born in 1987 or earlier would be better prepared to make an early jump to the Big Red...well, at least it's probably more plausible than thinking someone could change their plans and gain admission in less than 10 days. It could also be that the coaching staff might be looking for someone who could come in for the second semester and provide some necessary depth. At any rate, the late decision by Ryan O'Byrne really put the team in a tough spot. Also, bear in mind that the academic qualifications of these young men are unknown to me.

    Massachusetts & New England:
  • Jonathan Wolter (Westminster), 5' 11", 175. 1988.
  • Mike Cornell (Walpole/EJHL), 6', 185. 1988.
  • Matt Kronk (Jr. Bruins), 6' 3", 210. 1988.
  • Gavin Carson (Hotchkiss), 6' 5", 203. 1986. Playing in Hawkesbury, COJHL, this coming year.

    Ontario & Eastern Canada:
  • Stephen Duffy (St. Michael's/OPJHL), 6' 3", 207. 1987.
  • Brock Matheson (Kanatta/COJHL), 6' 1", 185. 1987.
  • Brad Wilson (Ottawa/COJHL), 6' 1", 175. 1987.
  • Benoit Gravel (Hawkesbury/COJHL), 6' 7", 225. 1987.

    USHL:
  • Corey Toy (Omaha), 6', 175. 1988.
  • Dan Lawson (Chicago), 6' 3", 230. 1988.
  • Jake Bauer (Sioux Falls), 6', 185. 1987.

    Minnesota & Midwest:
  • Cameron Cooper (Holy Angels), 5' 11", 173. 1988. Playing in Tri-City, USHL, this coming year.
  • Drake Herd (Breck), 5' 11", 175. 1987.
  • Alex Stuart (Shattuck St. Mary's), 5' 10", 170. 1988.
  • Tyler Pedersen (St. Louis Park), 6' 5", 213. 1987.

    NAHL:
  • Trent Bonnett (Cleveland), 6' 2", 195. 1988.
  • Mike Levendusky (Texarkana), 6' 1", 190. 1986.
  • Chris Nutiri (Wichita Falls), 6', 185. 1987.
  • Colin Long (Texas), 6' 2", 190. 1987.

    Saskatchewan & Manitoba:
  • Chris DeBruyn (Melville/SJHL), 5' 10", 190. 1986.
  • Luke Brisebois (Notre Dame/SJHL), 6' 1", 185. 1986.
  • Rhett Reinhart (Nipawin/SJHL), 5' 10", 175. 1987.
  • Kealin Wong (Estevan/SJHL), 6', 180. 1987.

    Alberta JHL:
  • Nick Holden (Sherwood Park), 6' 3", 195. 1987.
  • Evan Oberg (Camrose), 6', 165. 1988.

    BCHL:
  • Ryan Wagner (Penticton), 5' 10", 190. 1987.
  • Taylor Reid (Nanaimo), 6', 170. 1987.
  • Nolan Julseth-White (Langley), 6' 1", 185. 1988.
  • August 10, 2006

    2006-2007 Roster Updated, Again...Again

    Please let this be the last time this year's roster is being updated. If you have not heard, Ryan O'Byrne has signed with Montreal. This now means that Cornell has lost 9 players off of last year's team: 6 due to graduation and 3 to the AHL (most likely). Those graduated, of course, are Cam and Chris Abbott, Louis Chabot, Jon Gleed, Matt Moulson, and Dan Pegoraro. Those who left early were David McKee (Anaheim), Sasha Pokulok (Washington), and Ryan O'Byrne (Montreal). Collectively that's 4 forwards, 3 defensivemen, and 2 goalies.

    Assuming (fingers crossed, salt over the shoulder, et cetera) everyone else on the roster returns to school over the next few weeks, the roster will look like this:

    Seniors: 7 (6 in 2005-2006)
    F - Byron Bitz
    F - Mitch Carefoot
    F - Matt Hedge*
    F - Mark McCutcheon
    F - Kevin McLeod*
    D - Dan Glover
    D - Evan Salmela

    Juniors: 4 (7 in 2005-2006)
    F - Chris Fontas
    F - Raymond Sawada
    F - Topher Scott
    D - Doug Krantz

    Sophomores: 9 (4 in 2005-2006)
    F - Evan Barlow
    F - Matt Connors
    F - Michael Kennedy
    F - Ryan Kindret
    F - Tyler Mugford
    D - Taylor Davenport
    D - Jared Seminoff
    G - Troy Davenport
    G - Dan DiLeo

    Freshmen: 8 (8 in 2005-2006)
    F - Blake Gallagher
    F - Colin Greening
    F - Justin Milo
    F - Tony Romano
    F - Joe Scali
    D - Brendon Nash
    D - Justin Krueger
    G - Ben Scrivens

    2007-2008:
  • F - Joe Devin
  • D - Mike Devin
  • D -
  • D -
  • F -

    That means 26 players are now scheduled to be on campus when practice resumes. That compares to 25 players on the roster in 2005-2006 (though it would have been 26 had Shane Hynes not left before the season began). By position, the breakdown is 16 forwards (14 this past year), 7 defensivemen (8 this past year), and 3 goalies (3 this past year).

    There are still only two known committments for 2007-2008: Joe and Mike Devin. It would still appear that this class will be a bit smaller and that the focus will be on blueliners. A class of 3-5 should probably be expected.

    Note: Matt Hedge and Kevin McLeod were added to the roster at the beginning of the season.
  • July 28, 2006

    BRP Preseason Readers' Poll

    As summer slowly winds down and hockey season begins to appear on the horizon, it seems like it'd be fun to solicit readers' thoughts on how the ECACHL race will turn out this year. Please send your rankings (1-12), along with the four teams you think will be in Albany for the Conference showdown, and your pick for the Conference Tournament Champion to BRP. One entrant will be randomly selected to receive a complimentary copy of Adam Wodon's Cornell University Hockey.

    Send your selections to bigredpuckhead@gmail.com by October 15, 2006.

    July 6, 2006

    2006-2007 Roster Updated, Again

    Here's another updated look at this coming year's Big Red roster: Cornell presently stands to lose 6 players due to graduation and 2 to early departure. Those graduated are Cam and Chris Abbott, Louis Chabot, Jon Gleed, Matt Moulson, and Dan Pegoraro; while David McKee and Sasha Pokulok are the 2 who have left early. As a group that's 4 forwards, 2 defensiveman, and 2 goalies.

    Assuming everyone else on the roster returns, next year shapes up like this:

    Seniors: 6 (6 in 2005-2006)
    F - Byron Bitz
    F - Mitch Carefoot
    F - Mark McCutcheon
    D - Dan Glover
    D - Ryan O'Byrne
    D - Evan Salmela

    Juniors: 5 (7 in 2005-2006)
    F - Chris Fontas
    F - Raymond Sawada
    F - Topher Scott
    D - Doug Krantz
    G - Troy Davenport

    Sophomores: 8 (4 in 2005-2006)
    F - Evan Barlow
    F - Matt Connors
    F - Michael Kennedy
    F - Ryan Kindret
    F - Tyler Mugford
    D - Taylor Davenport
    D - Jared Seminoff
    G - Dan DiLeo

    Freshmen: 8 (8 in 2005-2006)
    F - Blake Gallagher
    F - Colin Greening
    F - Justin Milo
    F - Tony Romano
    F - Joe Scali
    D - Brendon Nash
    D - Justin Krueger
    G - Ben Scrivens

    2007-2008:
  • F - Joe Devin
  • D - Mike Devin

    As it stands, that's 27 players scheduled to be on campus this fall. That compares to 25 players on the roster this past year. By position, the breakdown is 16 forwards (14 this past year), 8 defensivemen (8 this past year), and 3 goalies (3 this past year).

    At present there are still only two known committments for 2007-2008: Joe and Mike Devin. With the forward-heavy composition of the last two classes this next class figures to be light on frontliners. It would be a surprise if more than one or two players join Joe Devin in the forward class. With Sasha's decision to sign with Washington the defensive side of the team is in need of an infusion of talent, at least for the sake of positional depth. In 2007-2008 there will be only six defensive skaters on the roster, and going into this season only two have seen any real playing time: Doug Krantz and Jared Seminoff. Of course, that will change after this year as those currently untested will find ample opportunity to prove they're ready for significant minutes. I think it's still fair to expect the staff to add three (at least two) more defensive players to the next class, in addition to Mike Devin.
  • June 25, 2006

    ...And A Big Red Hurricane

    The Stanley Cup Champions selected incoming blueliner, Justin Krueger, in the 7th round of the NHL draft. Carolina took Justin with the draft's 213th pick.

    A Big Red Devil

    The New Jersey Devils selected Tony Romano with the 25th pick (178th overall) in the 6th round of the NHL draft.

    June 24, 2006

    NHL Draft Underway

    The draft has begun and we'll be posting updates through the day, that is as it applies to players of interest to Big Red fans.

    As a reminder the following incoming Cornell student-athletes were ranked in the NHL Central Scouting's final rankings:

  • 91, Joe Devin
  • 144, Tony Romano
  • 149, Blake Gallagher
  • 166, Mike Devin
  • June 9, 2006

    Alex Biega Update, Part II

    Both USHR and Research on Ice have reported that Alex Biega has gained admission to Harvard for this coming fall. Biega, who at one time mentioned Cornell among his list of possible schools, is a huge catch for the Crimson. He not only solidfies a strong recruiting class for Harvard (a class now considered among the ECACHL's strongest, along with Cornell's and Quinnipiac's) but he likely puts Harvard in the lead for one of the top forward recruits in the northeast next year: Michael, his younger brother.

    June 1, 2006

    May Poll Recap

    Wow, it's June. The renovation of Lynah continues and it certainly looks like more than just a hole in the ground.

    Here's a recap of last month's poll:
    "Which OOC opponent are you looking forward to seeing the most in 06-07?"

    The results were as follows:

  • Maine, 59% (that would mean good things happened in Florida)
  • New Hampshire, 27% (would that mean that bad things happened in Florida?)
  • Niagara, 11% (very competitive set last year)
  • Western Michigan, 3% (Ok, who's related to a Bronco?)

    Thank you for voting & please remember to vote in this month's Puckhead Poll.
  • May 15, 2006

    Alex Biega Update

    According to an article in USHR, Alex Biega continues to wait for a test score high enough to gain admission to Harvard. Biega, the highly-regarded blueliner from Montreal, also is considering offers from Vermont, Boston College, and Boston University. The article does not mention Cornell, which had been on an earlier list of schools Biega was considering.

    May 8, 2006

    2006-2007 Roster Updated

    Here's an updated look at next year's Big Red roster: Cornell loses 6 players due to graduation and one to early departure. Those graduating will be Cam and Chris Abbott, Louis Chabot, Jon Gleed, Matt Moulson, and Dan Pegoraro; while David McKee, of course, is the one who has left Ithaca early. As a group that's 4 forwards, one defensiveman, and two goalies.

    Assuming everyone on the roster returns, next year shapes up like this:

    Seniors: 6 (6 in 2005-2006)
    F - Byron Bitz
    F - Mitch Carefoot
    F - Mark McCutcheon
    D - Dan Glover
    D - Ryan O'Byrne
    D - Evan Salmela

    Juniors: 6 (7 in 2005-2006)
    F - Chris Fontas
    F - Raymond Sawada
    F - Topher Scott
    D - Doug Krantz
    D - Sasha Pokulok
    G - Troy Davenport

    Sophomores: 8 (4 in 2005-2006)
    F - Evan Barlow
    F - Matt Connors
    F - Michael Kennedy
    F - Ryan Kindret
    F - Tyler Mugford
    D - Taylor Davenport
    D - Jared Seminoff
    G - Dan DiLeo

    Freshmen: 8 (8 in 2005-2006)
    F - Blake Gallagher
    F - Colin Greening
    F - Justin Milo
    F - Tony Romano
    F - Joe Scali
    D - Brendon Nash
    D - Justin Krueger
    G - Ben Scrivens

    As it stands, that's 28 players scheduled to be on campus in the fall. That compares to 25 players on the roster this past year, though it was expected to have been 26 before Shane Hynes' surprisingly late decision to turn pro. By position, the breakdown is 16 forwards (14 this past year), 9 defensivemen (8 this past year), and 3 goalies (3 this past year).

    Currently there are two known committments for 2007-2008: Joe and Mike Devin. With the forward-heavy composition of the last two classes this next class figures to be light on frontliners. It would be a surprise if more than one or two players join Joe Devin in the forward class. Most likely the focus of this year's recruiting efforts will be defensivemen. With three players entering their senior year, and the potential of losing one player early, four blueliners are probably on the staff's wishlist. With a class that could be as small as 5 players, and with two already lined up, it'll be interesting to see how quickly the upcoming class fills out.

    May 1, 2006

    USHL Champions Crowned

    Des Moines' Ben Ryan scored unassisted at 4:19 of the 3rd period to give the Bucaneers a 3-2 win over Sioux Falls and clinch the 2006 Clark Cup Championship. Troy Davenport finished off a strong playoff run with an 18-save performance. In 11 games in the playoffs, Troy gave up 1.83 goals per game and saved 93.2% of the shots he faced.

    For the season:

  • Games, 45
  • GAA, 2.42
  • Save %, 92.14
  • SOs, 4
  • April 30, 2006

    April Poll Recap

    May is upon us. Lynah's renovation continues and it's on its way toward a new season.

    Here's a recap of last month's poll:
    "Which school would you most like to see Cornell schedule home-and-home?"

    The results were as follows:

  • Michigan, 33% (Go Red...go blue)
  • Wisconsin, 16% (good vibes still linger)
  • Denver, 14% (small boost from some USCHO posters)
  • Boston University, 13% (may be on the horizon)
  • Minnesota, 9% (ugly rodent redux)
  • North Dakota and Colorado College, 4% (long trip, but I'd love to see the Ralph)
  • Maine, 3% (see this month's poll)
  • New Hampshire, 2% (see this month's poll)
  • Boston College, 1% (only thought there was this little love among SU fans)

    Thank you for voting & please remember to vote in this month's Puckhead Poll.
  • Clark Cup Goes To Game 5

    After trading one-goal wins in Games 3 and 4, Des Moines and Sioux Falls move to South Dakota for the deciding game on Monday night. The Buccaneers' won Game 3 on Kyle Okposo's goal in overtime, with Troy Davenport stopping 22 of the Stampede's 24 shots. In Game 4, Sioux Falls scored the game's first two goals and held off the Bucs for a 2-1 win to even the series. For the second straight game, Troy Davenport stopped 22 of the 24 shots he faced.

    April 27, 2006

    Sioux Falls Evens Series

    Sioux Falls defeated Des Moines 5-2 on Wednesday night to even the best-of-five series at one. Andreas Nodl scored a hat trick for the Stampede. Troy Davenport stopped 22 of the 27 shots he faced, while playing 48:22 in the game.

    Game Three is in Sioux Falls on Friday.

    April 23, 2006

    Des Moines Wins Opener

    In Des Moines, Troy Davenport and his Buccaneer mates continued their splendid postseason play defeating Sioux Falls 2-0 to open the best-of-five Clark Cup Championship series. Troy stopped all 20 shots, including 10 in the third period, as he was awarded the game's 1st-Star.

    Game Two is in Sioux Falls on Wednesday.


    Photo: R.J. Meyer/USHL

    Central Scouting's Final Rankings

    According to the NHL's Central Scouting Service, the following Cornell-bound recruits are ranked (with projected round):

  • 91, Joe Devin (4th): Catholic Memorial/Nanaimo Clippers
  • 144, Anthony Romano (5th): New York Bobcats
  • 149, Blake Gallagher (5th): Notre Dame Hounds
  • 166, Mike Devin (6th): Catholic Memorial/Nanaimo Clippers

    Final Rankings
  • Vees & Stars Eliminated

    Penticton lost Games 5 and 6 by 2-1 scores, giving Burnaby the BCHL's Fred Page Cup Championship. Justin Krueger added one assist in the final two games for the Vees.

    For the Season, Justin Krueger:
  • Games: 70
  • Goals: 10
  • Assists: 21
  • Points: 31
  • PIMs: 36

    In the USHL, Lincoln lost Games 3 and 4 to Sioux Falls by a combined score of 9-4, as the Stampede advanced to the Clark Cup Championship. Sorry, missed the game updates so I don't know how Justin Milo finished off his year.
  • April 15, 2006

    Vees Head Home Even

    Penticton evened their series with Burnaby on Friday, beating the Express 3-1 in Game Four. Justin Krueger picked up an assist in the win.

    The series moves back to Penticton on Sunday.

    USHL Update

    Troy Davenport stopped 35 shots to help Des Moines to a 5-3 win over Cedar Rapids and a sweep of the defending Clark Cup Champions. For his efforts, Troy was awarded the game's 2nd-Star. In the three games against the RoughRiders, Troy picked up a 1st & 2nd-Star, gave up 2.00 goals per game, and stopped 94.7% of shots on goal.

    In Sioux Falls, Lincoln spotted the Stampede 3 first period goals before falling 5-3 and seeing the series tied up 1-1. Justin Milo scored a goal for the Stars. The series moves to Lincoln for Game Three tonight.

    April 13, 2006

    Devins to British Columbia

    Research on Ice is reporting that 2007 Cornell recruits Joe and Mike Devin will be playing for the storied Nanaimo Clippers in the BCHL next season. Good scoop.

    Currently, the Big Red are scheduled to have 6 former Clippers on their 2006-2007 roster.

  • Byron Bitz
  • Ryan O'Byrne
  • Ray Sawada
  • Tyler Mugford
  • Jared Seminoff
  • Colin Greening
  • April 12, 2006

    USHL Action

    Des Moines took a 2-0 lead in their series with Cedar Rapids, defeating the RoughRiders 3-1. Troy Davenport continued his outstanding play stopping 39 shots and picking up the game's 1st-Star.

    Lincoln gave up the game's first two goals before ripping off 5 straight markers to take Game 1 from Sioux Falls. Justin Milo did not appear in the scorer's sheet.

    Vees Even Series

    Penticton got a goal from Michael Guzzo in overtime to defeat Burnaby 4-3 and even their series at one. Justin Krueger was kept off the scoreboard in Game 2.

    The Express will host Game 3 on Thursday night.

    April 11, 2006

    Penticton Falls in Game One

    Burnaby scored on a powerplay at 12:27 of the third period and then added an empty net goal for a 4-2 win over Penticton on Monday. Justin Krueger picked up an assist for the Vees and was awarded the game's 3rd-Star for his efforts.

    Game 2 in the BCHL's Fred Page Cup is tonight in Penticton.

    Des Moines Opens with Win

    Round two got underway in Cedar Rapids tonight with the Bucaneers pulling out a 3-2 win in overtime. Troy Davenport continued his strong play, turning away 34 of the RoughRiders 36 shots in 61:22 of play.

    April 10, 2006

    Lincoln Advances

    Lincoln defeated Omaha 1-0 on Saturday to move into the second round. Justin Milo went without a point in the win.

    Lincoln will meet Cedar Rapids in the next round, and Des Moines will match up with Sioux Falls.

    April 8, 2006

    Lincoln Hosts Omaha in Game Five

    Lincoln was unable to hold off Omaha on Friday night, giving up four goals in the third period, as the Lancers pushed the first-round series to tonight's deciding game. Justin Milo picked up an assist in the Stars' losing effort.

    Penticton Advances

    Penticton defeated Salmon Arm 10-6 on Friday night, advancing to the BCHL's Fred Page Cup Finals. Penticton scored the game's final four goals to win going away, in what had been a tightly contested series. After splitting the first two games, with each team winning by one goal, the Vees won Game Three 2-0 and Game Four 5-4. In the five games, Penticton's Justin Krueger had a goal and an assist, while picking up only two penalities. Salmon Arm's Brendon Nash, meanwhile, had an assist and 18 minutes in penalities in the five games.

    Brendon Nash: For the Season (including tournaments):
  • Games: 62
  • Goals: 9
  • Assists: 38
  • Points: 47
  • PIMs: 112

    The Vees will face Burnaby in Game One on Monday.