March 31, 2006

Dave...Mc...Kee...Dave...Mc...Kee...

  • Games: 102
  • Minutes: 6,193:26
  • Saves: 2,208
  • Shots: 2,305
  • Save %: 92.6
  • GAA: 1.71
  • W-L-T: 65-24-13
  • SOs: 18

    Thank you, David.
  • March 30, 2006

    Saints Split on the Road

    Heading into tonight's Game Five in Spruce Grove the Saints and Kodiaks are 2-2 in their best-of-seven series. Spruce Grove won the first game in Camrose 4-3, behind Ben Scrivens' 43 saves. The Kodiaks, however, came right back the next night scoring three goals in the first period on their way to a 4-1 victory. On the night, Ben managed to stop 28 of Camrose's shots, and faced 78 shots in a busy two nights.

    Double First-Stars

    Justin Milo and Troy Davenport were each awarded their Game's 1st-Star as Lincoln and Des Moines opened their respective first-round playoff runs in the United States Hockey League on Wednesday night. In Lincoln, Justin scored two goals and added an assist in helping the Stars to a 5-1 win over Omaha; while in Des Moines, the Bucs defeated Green Bay 4-1 behind Troy's 24 saves.

    March 27, 2006

    How Hot's the Salsa?

    Apparently it wasn't enough that the Victoria Salsa upset the Nanaimo Clippers to open the playoffs. After being out-scored 15-3 in the first two games against Alberni Valley, the Salsa won the next four games to knock out the Bulldogs as well. Now, with the two best teams in the BCHL out of the way, Victoria will face Burnaby in the Coastal Finals. Joe Scali closed out his season with a goal in each of the final two games of the series

    Joe Scali: For the Season (including tournaments):
  • Games: 51
  • Goals: 25
  • Assists: 27
  • Points: 52

    In the Interior Conference, Salmon Arm joined Penticton in the Conference Finals after eliminating Vernon. Brendon Nash, added three assists in the final two games of the series.
  • USHL Regular Season Concludes

    Des Moines finished the season tied for first in the East Division, while Lincoln finished tied for second in the West. The Stars, however, closed out their season by winning seven straight games and go into the playoffs as the hottest team in the United States Hockey League. Lincoln will open their playoff series against Omaha. Des Moines, meanwhile, will face the Green Bay Gamblers in the opening round, with Game Three scheduled for the Resch Center (potentially interesting backstory, eh).

    In his three games last week, Justin Milo scored one goal and added an assist. Justin also picked up the game's 2nd-Star in his regular season finale. Troy Davenport only played in one of the Bucs' final three games, a 4-2 loss to Waterloo. Troy played 59:25 and gave up three goals on 24 shots.

    Spruce Grove Splits First Two Games

    After opening their cross-over semifinal series with Camrose by shutting out the Kodiaks, Spruce Grove failed to hold serve in Game Two, losing 5-1. The Saints now take to the road for the next two games in Camrose. Ben Scrivens has played both games for the Saints, picking up the game's 1st-Star for the opening shutout. In the two games, Ben has stopped 57 of the 62 shots he's faced (91.94%).

    Terriers Nip Hounds to Sweep Conference Finals

    Yorkton defeated Notre Dame 2-1 late last week, sweeping the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League's Sherwood Conference Finals. Despite being held scoreless in the deciding game, Blake Gallagher was the Hounds' leading scorer in their playoff run. In 12 games, Blake scored 8 goals and added 9 assists in helping the Hounds to the finals.

    For the Season (including tournaments):
  • Games: 77
  • Goals: 39
  • Assists: 35
  • Points: 74

    Yorkton will face the Battlefords' North Stars in the Credential Cup Finals.
  • Bobcats Win Championship; Romano League's Co-MVP

    The New York Bobcats won their first Atlantic Junior Hockey League Championship this past week, defeating the Boston Bulldogs 9-6 in the title match. Playing without the league's Co-MVP, Tony Romano, who injured his shoulder early in the first period, the 'Cats scored the game's final five goals for the win. In the previous night's semifinal win over Hartford, Tony scored a goal and added an assist in helping his team to the final.

    For the Season (including tournaments):
  • Games: 68
  • Goals: 73
  • Assists: 78
  • Points: 151


    Photo: Atlantic JHL
  • March 22, 2006

    Notre Dame Down 3-0

    Yorkton is a game away from eliminating Notre Dame after last night's 7-4 win. Blake Gallagher scored a goal and assisted on another in the Hounds' losing effort.

    March 21, 2006

    Krueger Leads Vees to Sweep

    Penticton made it seem easy. 9-2, 4-1, 4-3, and 8-1. Sweep. In the series, Justin Krueger scored a goal in Game One, picked up a 3rd-Star in Game Two, and closed out the round with the game's 1st-Star after his three-point evening, which included scoring the game-winner.

    In the other two series of the most interest to Cornell fans, Alberni Valley and Victoria are 2-2 in their series, while Salmon Arm holds a 2-1 lead over Vernon. Joe Scali picked up the game's 1st-Star in Game One and has scored one goal and had two assists in the series. Brendon Nash, meanwhile, has picked up an assist in the Silverbacks' series thus far.

    USHL Recap

    What I had hoped to be a Friday night match-up between future Cornellians never materialized, as Troy Davenport was given the night off in the Bucs 5-3 loss to Lincoln. Justin Milo, however, picked up a goal in helping his Star mates to the win.

    On Saturday, both players were in action. Justin picked up an assist in Lincoln's 4-3 win over Cedar Rapids, while Troy stopped 28 shots in Des Moines' 5-2 win over Indiana.

    CJAHL Top 15 Teams

    For the week ending March 19th, the following teams are ranked in the Canadian Junior "A" Hockey Leagues' top-15 (previous ranking):

    #3) Alberni Valley Bulldogs (3)
    #9) Penticton Vees (11)
    #10) Spruce Grove Saints (HM)


    Honorable Mention: Salmon Arm and Notre Dame.

    The Pembroke Lumber Kings (Central Junior Hockey League) once again continue with their #1 ranking.

    Notre Dame in a Hole

    Notre Dame has lost their first two games to Yorkton in the SJHL's Sherwood Conference Finals. Yorkton, currently ranked 5th in the latest CJAHL's National Rankings, jumped on the Hounds 5-2 in the opening game of the best-of-seven series on Friday night. Blake Gallagher had a hand in both of Notre Dame's scores, picking up a goal and an assist. On Sunday, Yorkton beat Notre Dame 4-1 as Blake was held scoreless.

    Game three is tonight in Yorkton.

    Bobcats Sweep into Semis

    The New York Bobcats defeated the Portland Junior Pirates 4-2 and 7-5 this weekend to win their best-of-three series in the Atlantic Junior Hockey League. Tony Romano scored four goals and added an assist in the two games, including the game winner on Sunday.

    New York plays Hartford in the semifinals this Wednesday night.

    March 16, 2006

    CJAHL Top 15 Teams

    For the week ending March 13th, the following teams are ranked in the Canadian Junior "A" Hockey Leagues' top-15 (previous ranking):

    #3) Alberni Valley Bulldogs (5)
    #8) Nanaimo Clippers (3)
    #11) Penticton Vees (11)

    Honorable Mention: Spruce Grove and Notre Dame.

    The Pembroke Lumber Kings (Central Junior Hockey League) continue with their #1 ranking.

    Playoff Updates

    In Alberta, Spruce Grove completed their sweep of Drayton Valley with a 4-3 win in overtime on Wednesday. Ben Scrivens played the entire series for the Saints finishing with 119 saves on the 130 shots he faced (91.5%).

    In British Columbia, Alberni Valley swept Cowichan Valley, and will now face the Victoris Salsa in the next round. Victoria shocked Nanaimo in the opening round, eliminating the regular season champions in 5 games. In Alberni Valley's four games, Joe Scali picked up 4 goals and an assist to help the Bulldogs advance. Colin Greening, meanwhile, scored 3 goals in the Clippers' 5 games.

    Both Penticton and Salmon Arm begin their playoffs this Friday. Penticton will face Merritt, while Salmon Arm takes on Vernon.

    Related reading: An Interview with Colin Greening.

    March 13, 2006

    Bobcats Finish Regular Season

    The New York Bobcats wrapped up their regular season in the Atlantic Junior Hockey League by splitting their two road games with the Philadelphia Little Flyers. New York won the first game 10-4, with Philly winning the rematch 4-2 this past weekend.
  • Tony Romano finished up his regular season with 4 assists in the two games.
  • Saints Steal Two from Thunder

    Spruce Grove began their Divisional semifinal series on the road against Drayton Valley and shocked the Thunder, winning both games. On Saturday night Ben Scrivens picked up the game's 2nd-Star with his 27-save performance in the Saints' 3-2 victory. Spruce Grove followed that one goal win with another on Sunday, beating the Thunder 4-3. In Sunday's victory, Ben aided the winning effort by stopping 33 of the 36 shots he faced.

    Now, the series moves to Spruce Grove where the Saints have a chance of closing out thi round. This series has an interesting backstory as the two goalies know each other extremely well, having been teammates in both the Viking Cup and the All-Star competition earlier this year. Drayton Valley's Scott Gudmandson will be attending the University of Wisconsin in 2007.

    USHL Update

    On Friday, both Troy Davenport and Justin Milo were in action as the United States Hockey League's regular season winds down. Troy picked up 16 saves in Des Moines' 4-2 win over Green Bay, while Justin was named the game's 1st-Star when he scored the only two goals in Lincoln's 3-2 loss to Tri-City.

    There are 6 games remaining in the USHL's regular season. One of the more interesting ones to Cornell fans will be this Friday's match-up between the Stars and the Bucs in Lincoln.

    Notre Dame Sweeps Melville

    Notre Dame wrapped up their semifinal series by beating Melville 3-0 late last week. The Hounds will now face Yorkton in the Sherwood Conference finals. Yorkton is currently ranked #9 in the Canadian Junior A Hockey League's national ranking.

    Blake Gallagher scored one goal and added four assists in the 4 game set.

    March 9, 2006

    Spruce Grove Sweeps Opening Round

    Spruce Grove won their first three games against Fort Saskatchewan, taking their best-of-five first round series by the scores of 9-5, 4-3, and 1-0. Ben Scrivens played all 180 minutes and stopped 86 of the Traders' 94 shots, picking up a 2nd-Star in the series finale for his shutout.

    Next up for the Saints is a best-of-seven series against Drayton Valley.

    BCHL Playoffs Underway

    Both Nanaimo and Alberni Valley have opened their best-of-seven series this week. Nanaimo has split their two games with Victoria, while Alberni Valley has gone up 2-0 in their series with Cowichan. In the Clippers' opening game, Colin Greening was awarded the game's 1st-Star for his two goal performance. Meanwhile, in Alberni Valley's two games, Joe Scali has scored three goals helping the Bulldogs to their quick start.

    Hounds Race Ahead

    Notre Dame has opened up a 3-0 lead in their best-of-seven Sherwood Conference Semifinal series against Melville. Blake Gallagher has scored one goal and picked up four assists in the first three games of the series.

    Game 4 is tonight at Melville.

    Another Blueliner Goes Red

    Justin Krueger (6' 2", 205), Winnipeg, MB, has committed to the Big Red. Justin is currently skating with the Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League, and has scored 7 goals with another 15 assists in 55 games for the Interior Division regular season champs. Justin was also an Assistant Captain for the German National Junior Team in recent pool play for the World Championships, in which Germany swept their pool and outscored their opponents 20-2.

    Justin, in his first year in the BCHL, is considered a solid stay-at-home defensiveman and should fit nicely into Coach Shafer's system. Justin now appears in Chris Heisenberg's rankings where he's listed as the 16th-ranked defensiveman in the BCHL. Also of note: Justin's father, Ralph, played professionally in Germany and was the coach for Switzerland in the Turin Olympics, where the Swiss knocked off Canada 2-0. As much as I love Cornell's coaching staff, given that there isn't a volunteer assistant wouldn't it be interesting if Coach Shafer asked Ralph Krueger to spend a little time on staff. Ralph probably has a trick or two tucked in his skates.

    Welcome to Cornell, Justin.


    Photo: Penticton Vees

    March 8, 2006

    Atlantic JHL's Regular Season Winding Down

    The New York Bobcats cliched the Atlantic JHL's regular season title, and top seed going into the playoffs, with a weekend split against New Jersey. Tony Romano assisted on the Bobcats' only two goals in Saturday's 6-2 loss to the Rockets. On Sunday, New York picked up a 6-5 win in overtime with Tony scoring two goals, including the game winner.

    Tony is wrapping up an impressive regular season in which he's played 58 games (including tournaments), with 68 goals and 72 assists, for 140 points.

    USHL Recap

    Justin Milo picked up a goal in Lincoln's 5-1 win over Green Bay on Friday night. Justin went pointless in the Stars' next two games, a 5-2 loss to Green Bay and a 4-2 win over Sioux City.

    Cornell's newest recruit, Troy Davenport, picked up the win in Des Moines' 4-3 OT win over Chicago on Saturday. Troy stopped 19 of the 22 shots faced in the victory.

    March 7, 2006

    CJAHL Top 15 Teams

    For the week ending March 5th, the following teams are ranked in the Canadian Junior "A" Hockey Leagues' top-15 (previous ranking):

    #3) Nanaimo Clippers (4)
    #5) Alberni Valley Bulldogs (3)
    #11) Penticton Vees (13)

    Honorable Mention: Spruce Grove and Notre Dame.

    Pembroke Lumber Kings (Central Junior Hockey League) have taken over the #1 ranking.

    March 1, 2006

    A Look at Davenport and Scrivens

    It's always a dangerous thing to look at different junior leagues and try to draw any comparisons. Knowing this, however, should not deter the bold and foolish from taking a look at players in two different junior leagues and allowing others to draw some comparisons. With that in mind here's a look at Troy Davenport and Ben Scrivens...the rest is up to you.

    Save Percentage:
    Troy Davenport 92.0% (4th, USHL).
    USHL Leaders: John Murray (Sious Falls), 93.6%, Alex Stalock (Cedar Rapids), 93.2%, and Alex Kangas (Sioux Falls), 92.9%.
    Ben Scrivens 92.2% (4th, Alberta JHL).
    AJHL Leaders: Ryan Rondeau (Canmore), 93.3%, Jimmy Bernier (Fort McMurray), 92.6%, and Nick Olynyk (Canmore), 92.3%.

    Goals Against Average:
    Troy Davenport 2.63 (7th, USHL).
    USHL Leaders: Murray, 1.94, Aaron Rock (Tri Cities), 2.18, Kangas, 2.19, Michael Spillane (Omaha), 2.32, Stalock, 2.47, and Bryan Hogan (Lincoln), 2.52.
    Ben Scrivens 2.43 (5th, Alberta JHL).
    AJHL Leaders: Bernier, 1.64, Jordan Ramstead (Grande Praire), 2.16, Jeremy Reid (Fort McMurray), 2.20, and David Thompson (Camrose), 2.30.

    Shutouts:
    Troy Davenport 2 (T5th, USHL).
    USHL Leaders: Rock, 6, Eddie Neville (Green Bay), 5, Spillane, 4, Stalock, Murray, and Kangas, 3.
    Ben Scrivens 3 (T3rd, Alberta JHL).
    AJHL Leaders: Bernier, 10, and Ramstead, 6.

    Shots Per Game:
    Troy Davenport 32.0 (2nd, USHL).
    USHL Leader: Stalock, 36.6.
    Ben Scrivens 28.4 (7th, Alberta JHL).
    AJHL Leaders: Kyle Richter (Brooks), 32.9, Jonathan LaRose (Drumheller), 31.7, Reese St. Goddard (Lloudminster), 31.5, Brett Dreger (Calgary Royals), 31.0, Patrick Inglis (Calgary Canucks), 30.7, and Jase Weslosky (Sherwood Park), 29.7.

    All-Star Game:
    USHL:
    Kangas (Western), 12 shots, 11 saves, 91.7%.
    Troy Davenport (Eastern), 18 shots, 16 saves, 88.9%.
    Murray (Western), 9 shots, 7 saves, 77.8%.
    Stalock (Eastern), 13 shots, 10 saves, 76.9%.
    Alberta JHL:
    Inglis (South), 13 shots, 13 saves, 100.0%.
    Richter (South), 15 shots, 14 saves, 93.3%.
    Ben Scrivens (North), 16 shots, 13 saves, 81.3%.
    Scott Gudmandson (North), 19 shots, 15 saves, 79.0%.
    Olynyk (South), 13 shots, 10 saves, 76.9%.

    Viking Cup:
    Richter (AJHL South), 93.6%, 117 saves.
    Ben Scrivens (AJHL North), 93.3%, 84 saves.
    Gudmandson (AJHL North), 90.6%, 48 saves.
    Foster (USA), 89.0%, 73 saves.
    Stalock (USA), 86.9%, 53 saves.
    Thompson (AJHL South), 84.0%, 21 saves.

    Note:
    Gold: AJHL North
    Silver: AJHL South
    Bronze: USA

    Heisenberg Rankings:
    USHL Goalie Rankings:
    1) Alex Stalock (1987), University of Minnesota, Dulth (#112 NHL Draft).
    2) Brian Foster (1987), University of New Hampshire (#161 NHL Draft).
    3) Alex Kangas (1987)
    4) John Murray (1987)
    5) Steve Jakiel (1986), University of Michigan.
    6) Michael Spillane (1986), University of Vermont.
    7) Pat McGann (1987), (#222 NHL Draft).
    8) Troy Davenport (1985).
    Alberta JHL Goalie Rankings:
    1) Scott Gudmandson (1988), University of Wisconsin -- 2007.
    2) Keanan Boomber (1987),
    3) Ben Scrivens (1986).

    So, there you have it. Now doesn't that put everything into perspective?

    Seabrook to Denver

    Keith Seabrook (D), currently playing with Burnaby in the BCHL has committed to Denver's 2007 class. Seabrook, whose brother currently plays in the NHL, is listed as the #4 ranked player in Chris Heisenberg's 2006 list of BCHLers. Denver is having an outstanding recruiting year in British Columbia with 3 of Heisenberg's top-10 players, plus his top-ranked goalie having said yes to the two-time defending National Champs. Of those 4 players, 3 are deferring to 2007 (Marc Cheverie and Kyle Ostrow will join Seabrook in that class) as the Pioneers load up in Canada. Heading north for Denver is a bit of a change: out of Denver's 25 players only 3 are products of the BCHL, however, 4 of the 9 committed for 2006 & 2007 are presently playing in that league.

    Brad Thiessen: Updated

    According to Heisenberg's site, Brad Thiessen has committed to Northeastern University, selecting the Huskies over Cornell and North Dakota. It seems that although Thiessen favored North Dakota what he really wanted was the opportunity to play next year. With Jordan Parise apparently returning to the Sioux for his final year, and with sophomore Philippe Lamoureaux (USHL's Goalie of the Year in 2004) next in line, it appears Thiessen didn't like the odds. Given what Thiessen claims was said to him regarding David McKee's early departure, Cornell should have been an extremely attractive opportunity. This continues to be a curious story...

    February Poll Recap

    Welcome to March. Let the icy madness begin.

    Here's a recap of last month's poll:
    "Which Freshman is having the best year?"

    The results were as follows:

    Jared Seminoff, 45%
    Tyler Mugford, 24%
    Evan Barlow, 15%
    Michael Kennedy, 13%
    Ryan Kindret, 3%
    Taylor Davenport, 1%


    Thank you for voting & please remember to vote in this month's Puckhead Poll.