December 24, 2007

Sunday Play

There were only two games played on Sunday, at least, involving known Cornell commitments.

In OPJHL play, Stouffville went into their holiday break with a 6-5 win over Couchiching. Jarred Seymour went scoreless for the Spirit.

Stouffville will next play on January 3rd, when they host Orangeville.

Down the road from Ithaca, Binghamton wrapped up their 2007 play with a 5-1 loss to Walpole. Kevin Cole scored the Junior Senators' only goal.

Binghamton is now off until January 5th, when they will participate in the Eastern Showcase in Marlboro, MA.

December 22, 2007

Friday & Saturday Action

On Friday in Ontario, St. Mike's skated to a 7-4 win over Durham. Erik Axell scored two goals for the Buzzers and was named the game's 3rd-Star. Nick D'Agostino went scoreless for St. Mike's.

The Buzzers are now off until January 4th, when they host Vaughan.

Also in the OPJHL, Jarred Seymour scored a goal to help Stouffville defeat Huntsville, 6-5.

The Spirit will visit Couchiching on Sunday.

In the BCHL, Nanaimo shut down Victoria, 4-0. Michael Garman did not play for the Clippers.

Nanaimo will visit Trail on Friday.

On Saturday, Binghamton dropped a 6-2 decision to Walpole. Kevin Cole tallied helpers on both goals for the Jr. Sens.

The teams will play on Sunday in Binghamton.

December 17, 2007

CJAHL Top 15 Teams

Camrose (Alberta JHL) keeps rolling through the regular season and remains the top team in the CJAHL's latest rankings. The Kodiaks are 29-4-0-3 (with three overtime loses).

Nanaimo and St. Michael's also continue their strong play and remain near the top of the rankings this week. The Clippers (27-6-0-3) moved from 4th to 2nd, and the Buzzers (31-2-0-2) moved from 6th to 5th.


Photo: Alberta JHL

December 15, 2007

Friday Recap

Cushing kicked off their Lawrence/Groton tournament play with two games on Friday. In the early game, the Penguins blanked The Hill School, 3-0. Sean Whitney picked up an assist on Cushing's third goal. Cushing fell to Lawrence, 3-1, in the evening. Sean went pointless in the later game.

Cushing continues tournament play on Saturday against Culver.

In Ontario, St. Michael's eased past North York, 8-3. Erik Axell had an assist on the evening, while Nick D'Agostino went scoreless for the Buzzers.

St. Mike's visits Durham on Saturday.

Stouffville continued their hot play with a 10-7 win over Villanova. Jarred Seymour did not register a point for the Spirit.

Stouffville will play at Newmarket on Sunday.

In USHL play, Cedar Rapids and Omaha were winners. The RoughRiders defeated Green Bay, 4-1, and the Lancers wore out Ohio, 5-2. Vince Mihalek did not play for Cedar Rapids, and Keir Ross went scoreless for Omaha. Des Moines fell to their host, Tri-City, 4-2. Locke Jillson's goal gave the Buccaneers a 1-0 lead in the first period.

On Saturday, Cedar Rapids travels to Sioux Falls, while Des Moines is home against Green Bay, and Omaha is home against Ohio.

In the BCHL, Nanaimo had their way with Quesnel, defeating the Millionaires, 7-0. Michael Garman picked up his second shutout of the season in the win.

The Clippers play on Friday against Victoria.

Alberni dropped a 5-4 decision against Victoria in Port Alberni. Chris Moulsonhad an assist in the Bulldogs' loss.

Alberni goes into their holiday break and next plays in two weeks when they visit Cowichan Valley.

Note: Braden Birch is reportedly in Ontario recovering from an injury.

December 13, 2007

Alberni Beats Quesnel

Alberni Valley got off to 2-0 start, then rode out the game to beat Quesnel, 2-1, on Wednesday. Chris Moulson did not score for the Bulldogs.

Alberni will host Victoria on Friday.

Team East Wins Prospects Game

Erik Axell, who was a late addition, scored a goal to help Team East defeat Team West, 5-3, in the CJAHL Prospects Game on Wednesday. Team East's Player of the Game, Greg Miller, another St. Mike's player, scored two goals to help East beat West for the first time in three years.

Fellow Buzzer Nick D'Agostino also participated in the game.

A complete box score has not been released as of this post.

December 11, 2007

Cole To Test His AHL Skills

Kevin Cole is one of two Binghamton Junior Senators to be invited to the AHL's All-Star Skills Competition on January 27th. Matt Pratt will also represent the Jr. Sens in the event.

The AHL All-Star game will be hosted by the Binghamton Senators on January 28th.

Garman, BCHL All-Star

Michael Garman has been named the starting goalie for the Coastal Conference in the upcoming BCHL All-Star game. Michael is one of 5 Clippers to be named to the team, joining Mikael Bedard, Eric Filiou, Russell Goodman, and Matt Irwin (UMass-Amherst).

Filiou and Irwin were also named to the team as starters. Goodman is not expected to play due to an injury.

The game will be held on January 23rd, in Victoria.

D'Agostino In Prospects Game

Nick D'Agostino will be playing for Team East in the Canadian Junior A Hockey League Prospects Game on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the skills competition was held. Nick D'Agostino participated in the fastest skater event and was tied for the best time among Team East participants. Erik Axell also participated in the event. Team West won the fastest skating event.

Erik also participated in the 3-on-3 game and scored a goal for Team East, as they defeated Team West, 7-5.

The overall competition was won by Team West, 6-4. Other events were the Breakaway Relay, Rapid Fire, Defensive Drill, and individual Breakaway.

I'm assuming that Erik is a late addition to Team East, though I haven't found an updated roster posted.

Thanks to Phil Fibiger for the tip.

December 10, 2007

Sunday Action

St. Michael's romped past Pickering on Sunday, 9-3. Nick D'Agostino scored a goal for the Buzzers, while Erik Axell was held without a point.

St. Mike's is at home against North York on Friday.

In the battle between conference leaders, Nanaimo defeated Penticton, 4-2. Michael Garman stopped 19 of the Vees' shots to pick up his 14th win.

The Clippers will host Quesnel on Friday.

Also in the BCHL, Alberni Valley fell to Burnaby, 5-3. Chris Moulson helped out with an assist in the Bulldogs' loss.

Alberni will be at home against Quesnel on Wednesday.

December 9, 2007

Friday & Saturday Updates

Cushing dropped a 1-0 decision to Exeter on Saturday. Sean Whitney just missed tying the game late in the 3rd period when his powerplay shot hit the post.

Cushing will face the Hill School on Friday in the Lawrence/Groton tournament.

Kevin Cole went scoreless as Binghamton was swept in their series with Philadelphia. The Little Flyers won on Friday night, 5-4, and took the Saturday game, 3-1.

Binghamton will host the Northern Cyclones on Saturday.

Erik Axell and Nick D'Agostino each went scoreless in St. Mike's 5-1 win over Durham on Friday.

St. Mike's visits Pickering on Sunday.

Stouffville also picked up a win on Friday. The Spirit defeated Orangeville, 5-3, though Jarred Seymour went scoreless in the win.

The Spirit will host Newmarket on Thursday.

Omaha split its games this weekend. The Lancers fell, 3-2, to Sioux City on Friday, then shutout Lincoln, 2-0, on Saturday. Keir Ross was held without a point in the two games.

The Lancers will host Ohio on Friday.

Locke Jillson scored a goal in Des Moines' 3-2 loss to Green Bay on Saturday. Des Moines also lost to the Gamblers on Friday, when they dropped a 5-2 decision.

The Bucs will visit Tri-City on Friday.

Cedar Rapids won their weekend games with relative ease. The RoughRiders beat Sioux Falls, 5-2, on Friday, and then put Waterloo away, 6-2, on Saturday. Vince Mihalek went scoreless in the two games.

The 'Riders take on Green Bay this Friday in Cedar Rapids.

Nanaimo lost to Langley on Friday, 5-4. Michael Garman replaced Evan Smith early in the 3rd period after the Clippers fell behind, 5-1. Michael stopped his only shot as the Clippers' comeback fell short.

Nanaimo will host Penticton on Sunday.

Chris Moulson was held scoreless in Alberni Valley's 7-3 loss to Lanlgey on Saturday.

The Bulldogs are at home against Burnaby on Sunday.

December 5, 2007

CJAHL Top 15 Teams

Camrose (Alberta JHL) continued to hold on as the top team in the CJAHL's latest rankings. The Kodiaks are 24-4-0-3 (with three overtime loses).

Nanaimo and St. Michael's marched up the rankings this week. The Clippers moved from 5th to 3rd, and the Buzzers jumped from 12th to 7th.


Photo: Alberta JHL

Tuesday Hockey

Omaha needed a shootout to defeat Des Moines, 5-4, in Nebraska. Keir Ross and Locke Jillson each went scoreless in the game, though Locke was the only Buccaneer to score during the shootout.

On Friday, Des Moines will visit Green Bay and Omaha will travel to Sioux City.

Nanaimo was also in action, beating Westside, 3-2. Michael Garman did not play for the Clippers.

The Clips play their second straight road game on Wednesday against Vernon.

December 2, 2007

Saturday Recap

Starting on the left coast, Nanaimo defeated Alberni Valley, 7-1, for the second straight night. Chris Moulson was held scoreless for Alberni Valley. Michael Garman did not play for the Clippers.

Nanaimo will visit Westside on Tuesday. Alberni is off until Saturday, when they host Langley.

In the USHL, Des Moines pulled out a 4-3 win over Ohio in overtime. Locke Jillson went scoreless for the Bucs. Omaha dropped a 3-2 decision to Lincoln. Keir Ross was held scoreless for Omaha. The game between Cedar Rapids and Green Bay was postponed due to the weather.

Des Moines will visit Omaha on Tuesday. Cedar Rapids will host Sioux Falls on Friday.

In Ontario, Jarred Seymour went scoreless for Stouffville, as the Spirit was shutout by Newmarket, 3-0.

Stouffville will visit Aurora on Sunday.

Kevin Cole and his mates were also shutout in their game against New York. The Bobcats won 1-0 in Atlantic JHL action.

The two teams play again on Sunday.

Cushing defeated Tilton, 3-0, in NE Prep play. Sean Whitney went scoreless for Cushing.

The Penguins will play Williston-Northampton on Wednesday.

December 1, 2007

Birch To Thunder

Nanaimo has traded Braden Birch to Drayton Valley of the Alberta JHL. The Clippers have also sent Tim Holloway and Warren Muir to the Thunder. Drayton Valley has sent Andrew Cherniwchan (Northern Michigan) and Chad Ziegler (Yale) to Nanaimo.

Drayton Valley will host Brooks on Sunday.

Update: Warren Muir has been sent from Drayton Valley to Canmore and then back to the BCHL's Alberni Valley Bulldogs.

Friday Night Hockey

Nick D'Agostino picked up three assists for the second game in a row, including one on the game-winning goal by Brian Potacco (Bowling Green), as St. Michael's defeated Dixie, 7-4. Erik Axell was held scoreless in the game.

The Buzzers will visit Ajax on Sunday.

In the USHL, Omaha visited Des Moines and came away with a 2-1 win. Keir Ross and Locke Jillson each went scoreless on the evening. Cedar Rapids also went down, falling to Sioux City, 4-1. Vince Mihalek was held without a point for the RoughRiders.

On Saturday, Green Bay will travel to Cedar Rapids; Des Moines will host Ohio; and Omaha faces Lincoln back in Nebraska.

Michael Garman picked up his 13th win of the season as he helped Nanaimo breeze past Alberni Valley, 7-1. Michael stopped 20 shots for the Clippers. Chris Moulson went scoreless for the Bulldogs. Braden Birch did not play for the Clips.

The two teams meet again on Saturday in Port Alberni.

Cushing and Winchendon skated to a 2-2 tie. Final statistics from the game are unknown. Cushing plays on Saturday against Tilton.

November Poll Results

December brings the end of classes, study periods, exams, rest, healing, and a trip to Florida...well, at least for the team.

Last month, BRP asked the following question: "Where would you like Cornell to spend more time recruiting?"

The results were as follows:

  • 26% -- USNTDP
  • 22% -- Eastern Preps
  • 14% -- Atlantic JHL
  • 9% -- USHL
  • 6% -- Greater Ontario JHL
  • 6% -- OPJHL
  • 5% -- BCHL
  • 5% -- Minnesota HS
  • 4% -- Eastern JHL
  • 2% -- Alberta JHL
  • 1% -- NAHL
  • 1% -- SJHL

    This is the second time BRP has asked this question, and for the second time the US National Team Development Program has received the highest number of votes. Here's the top-5 from the previous time this was the question:

    1) USNTDP
    2) Minnesota HS
    3) Eastern Preps
    4) Alberta JHL
    5) BCHL

    Thank you, once again, for voting & please remember to vote in this month's Puckhead Poll.
  • November 30, 2007

    Spirit Shootout

    Stouffville needed 3rd-period goals by Mark Sullivan and James McIntosh to send their Thursday night game with Couchiching into an overtime session. After a scoreless extra stanza, the Spirit's Randy Johnston scored the only goal in the shootout to give Stouffville the win. Jarred Seymour went scoreless in the game for the Spirit.

    Stouffville hosts Newmarket on Saturday.

    November 29, 2007

    CJAHL Top 15 Teams

    Camrose (Alberta JHL) continues to roll and is, once again, the top-ranked team in the weekly Canadian Junior A Hockey Leagues' top-15. The Kodiaks are 23-2-0-3 (with three overtime losses).

    The following teams (with known Cornell commitments) continued to be ranked this week (previous ranking):

    5) Nanaimo (7)

    12) St. Michael's (14)

    Photo: Alberta JHL

    November 28, 2007

    Some Recent Action

    Michael Garman stopped 20 shots to help Nanaimo defeat Powell River, 4-1, on Tuesday. Michael picked up his 12th win of the season and was named the game's 1st-Star. Braden Birch did not play for the Clippers.

    Nanaimo will host Alberni on Friday.




    Here's a recap of action from Saturday and Sunday:

    Nick D'Agostino picked up three assists in St. Michael's, 7-2, win over Dixie on Saturday. Erik Axell did not score in the game.

    St. Mike's will be at home on Friday against Dixie.

    Kevin Cole scored two goals in Binghamton's, 4-2, victory over Hartford on Saturday. Kevin then followed up that performance with a goal in Sunday's, 4-2 loss to Philadelphia.

    The Junior Senators will visit the New York Bobcats on Saturday.

    Keir Ross added two assists to help Omaha to a 5-4 win over Tri-City on Saturday. Also on Saturday, Cedar Rapids fell to Indiana, 3-2, and Des Moines dropped a 4-2 decision to Sioux Falls. Vince Mihalek and Locke Jillson were each held scoreless in their games.

    On Friday, Cedar Rapids will visit Sioux City, while Omaha and Des Moines meet in Iowa.

    In British Columbia on Saturday, Alberni Valley was blanked by Cowichan Valley, 5-0. Nanaimo also went down in defeat, losing to Surrey, 6-2. Neither Braden Birch nor Michael Garman played for Nanaimo.

    Down the coast in California, Cushing Academy fell to the L.A. Selects, 3-1, in the championship of the Turkey Shoot tournament. Sean Whitney picked up an assist in the loss.

    Cushing will visit Winchendon on Friday.




    November 25, 2007

    Big Red Spirit

    Just returned from a long drive back from NYC. Plugged in the computer and read on elynah that Cornell has picked up a commitment from another defenseman, Jarred Seymour (6' 3", 195). Jarred is a 1990-born Australian, who currently lives in Toronto and plays for the Stouffville Spirit (OPJHL). Jarred was picked by Ottawa in the 3rd-round of the OHL draft, and is also a member of the Australian National Under-18 team.

    According to McKeen's Hockey, Jarred posses decent speed, is technically sound, and has an impressive wingspan, which makes him very difficult to beat. McKeen's also says Jarred plays well against smaller forwards, is willing, and able, to do the necessary dirty work of a blueliner: mainly block shots and clog up passing lanes.

    In 20 games with Stouffville, Jarred has scored one goal and added 4 assists, to go along with 22 penalty minutes.

    Note: It's assumed that Jarred will be joining the Cornell in 2009 or 2010.

    Welcome to the Big Red, Jarred

    November 24, 2007

    Friday Leftovers

    Erik Axell scored the game-winning goal as St. Mike's breezed to a 9-1 win over Toronto on Friday. Nick D'Agostino picked up an assist for the Buzzers in the romp.

    St. Michael's plays at Dixie on Saturday.

    Binghamton kicked off their Thanksgiving trip to Hew Hampshire by dropping a 2-1 decision to New Jersey. Kevin Cole was held scoreless in the game.

    The Jr. Sens will face Hartford on Saturday.

    In the USHL, Locke Jillson assisted on Des Moines' only two goals in their 5-2 loss to Tri-City. Vince Mihalek was kept off the scoresheet in Cedar Rapid's 4-1 win over Waterloo. Keir Ross also went scoreless in Omaha's 3-1 loss to Green Bay.

    The three teams are in action on Saturday as Cedar Rapids travels to Indiana, Des Moines hosts Sioux Falls, and Omaha is home against Tri-City.

    Out west, Nanaimo beat Alberni Valley, 7-3. Michael Garman stopped 22 shots to pick up the win for the Clippers. Chris Moulson was held scoreless for the Bulldogs, and Braden Birch did not play as he continues to nurse an injury.

    Alberni returns home to face Cowichan Valley on Saturday, while Nanaimo takes to the road to visit Surrey.

    Cushing continued their California trip with two wins on Friday. The Penguins defeated the highly-regarded L.A. Selects, 4-2, in their early game, and then came back to beat the DYHA Firebirds, 7-1. Game stats are not yet available.

    Cushing will meet the L.A. Selects, again, on Saturday.

    November 23, 2007

    Holiday Clean Up

    Friday brings a full schedule for Cornell's hockey recruits. Here's the day's schedule:

    Cushing vs LA Selects (Turkey Shootout, Lakewood, CA)
    Cushing vs DYHA Firebirds (Turkey Shootout, Lakewood, CA)
    Binghamton vs New Jersey (Bulldogs' Thanksgiving Classic, Hudson, NH)
    Toronto vs St. Michael's
    Waterloo vs Cedar Rapids
    Des Moines vs Tri-City
    Green Bay vs Omaha
    Alberni Valley vs Nanaimo

    Here's a recap of the results from earlier this week:

    On Tuesday, Victoria beat Alberni Valley, 5-1. Chris Moulson went scoreless in the game.

    On Wednesday, Sioux Falls defeated Omaha, 6-4. Keir Ross was held without a point for the Lancers. Nanaimo visited Cowichan Valley and came away with a 5-3 victory. Braden Birch went scoreless and Michael Garman did not play for the Clippers.

    On Thanksgiving, Sioux City skated to a 4-1 win over Des Moines. The Bucs' Locke Jillson was held scoreless in the game. Cedar Rapids pulled out a 2-1 win over Waterloo. Vince Mihalek did not play for the RoughRiders. Cushing opened their California trip with an 11-3 thumping of the SW Selects. Sean Whitney scored a goal and picked up an assist for the Penguins.

    November 19, 2007

    CJAHL Top 15 Teams

    Camrose (Alberta JHL) is once again the top-ranked team in the weekly Canadian Junior A Hockey Leagues' top-15. The Kodiaks are 19-2-0-3 (with three overtime losses).

    The following teams (with known Cornell commitments) are ranked this week (previous ranking):

    7) Nanaimo (11)

    14) St. Michael's (H.M.)

    Photo: Alberta JHL

    Sunday...Sunday

    Binghamton dropped their second game to Northern, 6-4. Kevin Cole picked up his tenth assist of the season on the Jr. Sens' fourth goal, which gave Binghamton a 4-3 lead early in the third period. The Cyclones, however, scored the next three goals to sweep the weekend series.

    Binghamton returns to New Hampshire this week for the Boston Bulldogs' Thanksgiving Classic, hosted by the Northern Cyclones. The Sens will face New Jersey on Friday, Hartford on Saturday, and Philadelphia on Sunday.

    St. Mike's defeated Toronto, 3-2, for their fifth straight win. Nick D'Agostino went scoreless for the Buzzers, while Erik Axell did not play.

    Toronto will visit St. Michael's this Friday.

    Nanaimo stretched their lead in the Coastal Conference to nine points when they beat back Surrey, 5-4. Braden Birch went scoreless in his return from an ankle sprain. Michael Garman did not play for the Clippers.

    Nanaimo will take to the road on Wednesday to face Cowichan Valley.




    November 18, 2007

    Saturday Action

    Cushing Academy kicked off their season with a 1-1 tie against Northwood Prep. Sean Whitney went scoreless for the Penguins.

    For anyone in Southern California for Thanksgiving, Cushing will be participating in the 17th Annual Turkey Shoot at Lakewood's Glacial Gardens Skating Arena. The Penguins will play at least 4 games against Midget AAA teams. On Thursday they play the LA Selects; on Friday they play a doubleheader against the Southwest Selects and the DYHA Firebirds; and they finish up against the LA Hockey Club on Saturday. There is also a championship game on Sunday.

    Binghamton dropped a 4-3 decision to the Northern Cyclones. Kevin Cole picked up an assist for the Junior Senators.

    The two teams will meet again on Sunday.

    Omaha and Des Moines were both involved in shootouts on Saturday. Omaha defeated Chicago, 3-2, with Keir Ross getting an assist for the Lancers. Des Moines came out on the short end of their game, losing to Waterloo, 2-1. Locke Jillson went scoreless in the game, though he was the only Buccaneer to score during the shootout.

    Cedar Rapids defeated Tri-City, 2-1. Vince Mihalek went scoreless for Cedar Rapids.

    Omaha will travel to Sioux Falls on Wednesday; while on Thursday, Cedar Rapids travels to Waterloo and Des Moines heads to Sioux City.

    Alberni Valley also dropped a 2-1 game, losing to Surrey. Chris Moulson had an assist on the Bulldogs' only goal.

    Alberni will host Victoria on Tuesday.

    November 17, 2007

    Friday Update

    St. Mike's defeated second-place Vaughan, 5-2, to stretch their OPJHL South Division lead to seven points. The Vipers scored the first two goals before the Buzzers went on their five goal run. Nick D'Agostino picked up an assist for St. Mike's, while Erik Axell did not play.

    St. Mike's will visit the Toronto Jr. Canadiens on Sunday.

    In the USHL, Locke Jillson scored a goal for Des Moines, but the Bucs fell to Indiana, 6-3. Cedar Rapids and Omaha both picked up wins, though Vince Mihalek and Keir Ross were each held scoreless. The RoughRiders defeated Ohio, 4-3, and the Lancers squeaked by Chicago, 2-1.

    On Saturday, Des Moines will host Waterloo; Cedar Rapids is home against Tri-City; and Omaha will visit Chicago.

    Out west, Nanaimo beat Vernon, 4-3, in overtime. Michael Garman picked up his tenth win of the season and stopped the Vipers 28 times. Braden Birch did not play as he continued to nurse an injury.

    The Clippers will be home against Surrey on Sunday.

    November 15, 2007

    Wednesday In B.C.

    Russell Goodman rejoined Nanaimo on Wednesday and scored two goals, including the game-winner, as the Clippers defeated Powell River, 4-1. Goodman had missed 6 games while helping Team Canada West win the gold medal at the World Junior A Hockey Challenge. Michael Garman picked up the win and stopped 23 shots, which was good enough for the game's 2nd-Star. Braden Birch did not play for the Clippers.

    Nanaimo will host Vernon on Friday.

    Alberni Valley was also in action on Wednesday, and the Bulldogs dropped a 5-4 overtime decision to Vernon. Chris Moulson was held scoreless against the Vipers.

    The Bulldogs will entertain Surrey on Saturday.

    November 11, 2007

    Saturday Update

    Kevin Cole scored two goals and added an assist as Binghamton scored 6 goals against Boston. Unfortunately for Binghamton, however, the Bulldogs scored 7 times to beat the Junior Senators in overtime.

    The two teams play again on Sunday in Chenago.

    Locke Jillson picked up two assists, and was named the game's 3rd-Star, as the Buccaneers defeated Lincoln, 3-2, in the USHL. Omaha and Cedar Rapids also won their games on Saturday. The Lancers beat Green Bay, 5-2, with Keir Ross going scoreless in the win. Cedar Rapids beat Ohio, 3-1. Vince Mihalek did not play for the RoughRiders.

    On Sunday, Omaha will play their third game in three days when they host Sioux City. Cedar Rapids and Des Moines will next play on Friday, The RoughRiders will host Ohio and the Bucs will play visiting Indiana.

    Out west, Surrey shutout Alberni Valley, 6-0. Chris Moulson, along with the rest of the Bulldogs, obviously, went scoreless. Alberni will visit Langley on Sunday.

    Also in the BCHL, Nanaimo bounced back in their return game with Cowichan Valley, defeating the Capitals, 6-4, to earn the weekend split. Neither Braden Birch nor Michael Garman played against the Caps. The Clippers will be at home on Wednesday against Powell River.

    November 10, 2007

    Friday's Other Action

    The big game in the USHL was in Cedar Rapids, where the East Division leading RoughRiders met the West Division leading Omaha Lancers. Omaha won the tightly-contested game, 4-2, needing 2 goals in the game's final 75 seconds to put Cedar Rapids away. Keir Ross and Vince Mihalek were both held scoreless in the game. In other action, Locke Jillson was held scoreless as Des Moines fell to Green Bay, 3-1.

    On Saturday, Cedar Rapids will host Ohio, Des Moines will be at home against Lincoln, and Omaha will entertain Green Bay.

    Out in British Columbia, Alberni Valley was defeated by Powell River, 6-2. Chris Moulson was held without a point for the Bulldogs, who visit Surrey on Saturday. Nanaimo, meanwhile, dropped a 5-4 decision to Cowichan Valley in overtime. Michael Garman took the tough loss for the Bulldogs, stopping 22 shots on the evening, while losing to the Capitals for the first time in 4 games this season. Braden Birch did not play for Nanaimo, who take to the road for their return game against Cowichan in Duncan on Saturday.

    November 9, 2007

    Buzzers Win Two

    St. Mike's got their weekend off to an early start with a Thursday meeting with Markham. The Buzzers took a 3-1 lead after one period and put the Waxers away, 4-2. Erik Axell and Nick D'Agostino went scoreless for the Buzzers.

    On Friday, St. Mike's raced out to a 5-1 lead against North York before the Rangers made things interesting when they scored three straight goals in the final stanza. Richard Ryan scored an empty net goal to clinch the win for the Buzzers. Nick D'Agostino scored a goal and picked up the game's 2nd-Star for his effort. Erik Axell did not play against North York.

    The Buzzers will host Markham on Sunday.

    Photo: St. Michael's

    November 6, 2007

    ECAC Hockey Recruiting Rankings: Prelim

    Here's the first look at the ECAC's 2008-2009 recruiting classes. The formula from last year remains unchanged. For background, take a look at last year's final rankings.

    Please note that Colgate and St. Lawrence are currently unranked due to the small size of each class. Each school will be calculated when it hits a class size of four.

    Students listed on Chris Heisenberg's list as 2008 or 2009 are assumed to be entering with the 2008 class.

    BRP's next update will be after Central Scouting mid-term rankings are released in January. Note: the updated rankings will be published after SLU has added a fourth member to their class.

    ECAC Hockey

    1) Harvard - Players, 6; Score, 133
  • Donato's a recruiting machine. Soon he'll be expected to win big.
    Pre-Buzz: Matt Hoyle (6 3"', 195), 1990-born goalie, Indiana/USHL. A shutdown backstop for an increasingly talented defensive corps?
    NHL: Alexander Killorn, #77 (Tampa Bay) in 2007.

    2) Dartmouth - Players, 4; Score, 125
  • Going Green seems to be rather popular these days.
    Pre-Buzz: Paul Lee (6' 3", 210), 1989-born center, Avon Old Farms. Big and skilled...nice combination.
    NHL: Troy Mattila, #190 (New York Islanders) in 2006.

    3) Brown - Players, 6; Score, 92
  • Maybe those UPS commericals have something.
    Pre-Buzz: Jack MacLellan (5' 10", 175), 1988-born center, Ft. McMurry/Alberta JHL. Nice playmaking center who's one of the top scorers in the AJHL.
    NHL: Kevin Koopman, #181 (Ottawa) in 2006.

    4) Clarkson - Players, 4; Score, 88
  • Continues to recruit very well in their backyard.
    Pre-Buzz: Julien Cayer (6' 4", 160), 1989-born center, Northwood Prep. Talent striker who could be scary when he fills out.

    5) RPI - Players, 6; Score, 83
  • Following up last year's effort nicely thus far..
    Pre-Buzz: Patrick Cullen (6', 180), 1989-born forward, Indiana/USHL. Off to a slow start, but a smooth skating forward who should be a fan favorite.
    NHL: Allen York, #158 (Columbus) in 2007.

    T6) Cornell - Players, 6; Score, 75
  • Scored big in Texas, twice.
    Pre-Buzz: Keir Ross (6', 185), 1989-born defenseman, Omaha/USHL. Solid technician. When he's on the ice good things usually happen.

    T6) Yale - Players, 8; Score, 75
  • Currently the biggest class in the league.
    Pre-Buzz: Nick Maricic (6' 2", 208), 1990-born goalie, USNTDP. Is off to an incredible start for the National Team.

    8) Union - Players, 4; Score, 64
  • The Dutchmen appear to be putting together another class heavy on experience.
    Pre-Buzz: Brian Yanovitch (5' 11", 180), 1988-born forward, Bridgewater/EJHL. A speedy player who doesn't quit and is fun to watch.

    9) Princeton - Players, 3; Score, 33
  • All offense, so far.
    Pre-Buzz: Josh Levine (5' 10", 205), 1988-born forward, Green Bay/USHL. Talented scorer from Minnesota, though off to a slow start for the Gamblers.

    10) Quinnipiac - Players, 4; Score, 13
  • All BCHL players to date.
    Pre-Buzz: Joey Manley (5' 10", 172), 1988-born center, Langley/BCHL. Off to a decent start in his rookie season in British Columbia.

    **) Colgate - Players, 2; Score, NA
  • It would appear the Raiders are 2 for 2.
    Pre-Buzz: Nicholas Prockow (6' 1", 180), 1989-born center, Berkshire Academy. Berkshire's top scorer last year
    NHL: Austin Smith, #128 (Dallas) in 2007.

    **) St. Lawrence - Players, 1; Score, NA
  • The Saints picked up a solid first recruit.
    Pre-Buzz: Jordan Dewey (6' 1", 185), 1989-born defenseman, Westminster Prep. Reported to be a smooth skating blueliner with offensive surprise.

  • CJAHL Top 15 Teams

    Camrose (Alberta JHL) continued to hold down the #1 ranking in the weekly Canadian Junior A Hockey Leagues' top-15. The Kodiaks are 17-1-0-3 (with three overtime losses).

    The following teams (with known Cornell commitments) are ranked this week (previous ranking):

    #9) Nanaimo Clippers (9)

    H.M.) St. Michael's (H.M.)

    Photo: Alberta JHL

    November 3, 2007

    Friday Update

    Locke Jillson picked up two assists to help Des Moines defeat their host, Tri-City, 4-2, in USHL play. Keir Ross also picked up an assist in Omaha's 8-0 thrashing of Chicago. Cedar Rapids, meanwhile, fell to Waterloo, 3-2, in a game decided by a shootout. Vince Mihalek went scoreless for Cedar Rapids.

    On Saturday, Tri-City plays a return game at Des Moines, Omaha travels to Waterloo, and Cedar Rapids hosts Chicago.

    Erik Axell pitched in an assist in St. Mike's 7-4 victory over Dixie in OPJHL action. Nick D'Agostino went scoreless for the Buzzers, who next play on Sunday against North York.

    In the BCHL, Alberni Valley defeated Cowichan Valley, 4-3. Chris Moulson went scoreless for the winning Bulldogs. In the Coastal Conference, Victoria knocked off first-place Nanaimo, 2-1. Braden Birch went scoreless for the Clippers, while Michael Garman did not play.

    Cowichan Valley will play their return game against Alberni Valley on Saturday and Nanaimo will visit Langley.

    November 1, 2007

    October Poll Recap

    The season has begun, though on a bit of a downer...let's just blame it on global warming. This weekend brings the home opener against Princeton. That's back-to-back games against Tigers, followed by a game against the Bobcats. That was for all our cat fans.

    Last month, BRP asked the following question: "Whom would you prefer to be Cornell's next verbal for 2008/2009?"

    The results were as follows:

  • 21% -- Tyler Pistone (Nanaimo/BCHL):
    Off to a slow start, but highly-regarded.
  • 17% -- Dan Ford (Syracuse/EJHL):
    Smooth skater; nice offensive skill set.
  • 13% -- Justin Favreau (Nanaimo/BCHL):
    Heady blueliner; technically sound.
  • 11% -- PJ Tatum (Lincoln/USHL):
    Scorer at every level he's played, so far.
  • 10% -- Chance Lieb (CD Selects/EJHL):
    Ithaca native in his 2nd season in the EJ.
  • 10% -- Devin Roeszler (Chatham/WOHL):
    Becoming one of Chatham's top options.
  • 9% -- Mike Cieslak (Bay State/EJHL):
    Rochester native; quick, big, and smart.
  • 9% -- Kent Patterson (Cedar Rapids/USHL):
    Banged up at season's beginning; 2006 NHL pick.

    Thank you, once again, for voting & please remember to vote in this month's Puckhead Poll.
  • October 31, 2007

    Halloween Eve Action

    October wound down with very little action on Wednesday. In Ontario, St. Michael's scored six straight goals to open their game against Durham, then held on for a 6-5 victory. Erik Axell scored a goal for the Buzzers, while Nick D'Agostino picked up a helper on the game-winning score.

    St. Michael's will host Dixie on Friday.

    In Chicago, Cedar Rapids wrapped up their month by defeating the Steel, 4-2. Vince Mihalek was held scoreless for the RoughRiders.

    Cedar Rapids will be home against Waterloo on Friday.

    Out west, two BC rivals faced off in Coastal Conference action when Nanaimo traveled to Alberni. The Clippers downed their hosts, 6-2. Michael Garman stopped 27 shots and picked up the win for Nanaimo. Alberni Valley's Chris Moulson was held scoreless, and Nanaimo's Braden Birch was held out of the action.

    Both teams take to the road on Friday with Alberni Valley visiting Cowichan Valley and Nanaimo heading to Victoria.

    October 29, 2007

    CJAHL Top 15 Teams

    Camrose (Alberta JHL) continued its strong start and maintained its #1 ranking in the weekly Canadian Junior A Hockey Leagues' top-15. The Kodiaks are 15-1-0-2 (with two overtime losses).

    The following teams (with known Cornell commitments) are ranked this week (previous ranking):

    #9) Nanaimo Clippers (10)

    H.M.) St. Michael's (H.M.)

    Photo: Alberta JHL

    Weekend Wrap

    The Binghamton Junior Senators split their series with New Jersey this weekend. After losing their fifth straight on Saturday, 6-5, the Sens rebounded with a 4-1 win on Sunday. Kevin Cole picked up two points in the series with a goal on Saturday and an assist on Sunday.

    Binghamton will host Washington on Saturday and Sunday in Chenango.

    St. Michael's took sole possesion of first place in the OPJHL's South Division with a 5-3 win over Pickering on Sunday. Erik Axell and Nick D'Agostino both went scoreless in the Buzzers' win.

    St. Mike's will visit Durham on Tuesday.

    In the USHL, future Big Red teammates Locke Jillson and Keir Ross met on the ice for the first time this season in Des Moines. Keir had his three-game scoring streak end, but the Lancers defeated the host Buccaneers, 4-1. Locke was also held scoreless in the game. Also on Saturday, Cedar Rapids won their return game against Lincoln, 3-1. Vince Mihalek went scoreless for the RoughRiders.

    On Sunday, Omaha hosted Indiana and beat the Ice, 3-1. Keir was held without a point, though he was +2 on the night and is now +13 in the Lancers' 8 games.

    Cedar Rapids will travel to Chicago on Tuesday to face the Steel. On Friday, Omaha will host Chicago and Des Moines will visit Tri-City.

    In BCHL games, Alberni Valley dropped both its games by the score of 4-2. The Bulldogs lost to Burnaby on Saturday and Langley on Sunday. Chris Moulson went scoreless for the 'Dogs. Also on Saturday, Nanaimo defeated Powell River, 3-1. Braden Birch went scoreless for the Clippers, while Michael Garman did not play.

    The Clippers will visit Alberni Valley on Tuesday.

    October 27, 2007

    Friday Recap

    St. Michael's bounced back from their mid-week loss, defeating Pickering, 5-2. Erik Axell picked up an assist for St. Mike's, while Nick D'Agostino did not play.

    The Buzzers and Panthers will play again on Sunday.

    In the USHL, Omaha lost for the first time this season, falling to Tri-City, 4-2. Keir Ross added an assist for the Lancers.

    Des Moines couldn't come all the way back against Sioux City, losing 4-3. Locke Jillson scored his first goal of the season for the Buccaneers.

    Cedar Rapids couldn't hang on in their game against Lincoln, falling 5-4 to the Stars. Lincoln got off 50 shots in the game and scored 4 times in the 3rd period for the win. Vince Mihalek scored a goal for the RoughRiders.

    In Saturday action, Omaha visits Des Moines and Lincoln visits Cedar Rapids.

    Out in British Columbia, Nanaimo came from behind to defeat Cowichan Valley, 5-4. Michael Garman picked up the win and stopped 23 shots. Braden Birch went scoreless in the game for the Clippers.

    Alberni Valley fell to Surrey, 5-1. Chris Moulson went scoreless for the Bulldogs.

    Nanaimo plays their third consetutive game on Saturday when they visit Powell River. Alberni Valley is also in action on Saturday, traveling to Burnaby.

    October 24, 2007

    Central Scouting Prelims

    Central Scouting has released their early watch list. Cornell commit Keir Ross makes the list as a C-rated player.

    As a reminder, Central Scouting rates players A, B, or C. A Rated players represent those believed to have 1st or 2nd round potential. B Rated players project as 3rd to 5th round selections. C Rated players are those who may warrant later round attention. The list looks a bit thin, though this is for North American players only, and should see additions prior to its mid-term update. There are currently 180 players on the list, though only 18 represent Canadian teams.

    Photo: Omaha Lancers

    October 23, 2007

    Ross Wins Weekly Honor

    Keir Ross has been named the USHL's Defensive Player of the Week. Keir scored a goal and added an assist in the Lancers' two games this weekend, each a win. Additionally, Keir was +5 on the weekend, and is now +10 for the season, which leads all defensmen and is 2nd overall.


    Photo: Omaha Lancers

    CJAHL Top 15 Teams

    Camrose (Alberta JHL) maintained its #1 ranking in the weekly Canadian Junior A Hockey Leagues' top-15. The Kodiaks are 14-0-0-1, with one overtime loss.

    The following teams (with known Cornell commitments) are ranked this week (previous ranking):

    #10) Nanaimo Clippers (10)

    H.M.) St. Michael's (NR)

    Photo: Alberta JHL

    October 21, 2007

    Saturday Recap

    The Binghamton Junior Senators lost their third straight as they fell to Washington, 5-1, on Saturday. Kevin Cole was held scoreless for the Sens.

    The two teams will meet again on Sunday afternoon.

    In Ontario, St. Michael's defeated Dixie, 6-4. Nick D'Agostino picked up an assist in the victory, while Erik Axell went scoreless.

    The Buzzers are off until Thursday when they visit Markham.

    In the USHL, Vince Mihalek scored a goal and added an assist as Cedar Rapids had their way with Des Moines, 7-1. The Buccaneers' Locke Jillson was held scoreless in the game. Keir Ross also scored a goal in Omaha's 3-2 win over Ohio.

    On Friday, each team takes to the road with Cedar Rapids traveling to Lincoln, Des Moines heading to Sioux City, and Omaha visiting Tri-City.

    Alberni Valley won their second straight game as they beat Salmon Arm, 5-3, in BCHL play. Chris Moulson was kept off the scoresheet for the Bulldogs.

    Alberni will visit Surrey on Friday.

    October 20, 2007

    Friday Recap

    In Ontario, St. Michael's breezed to a 6-2 win over Ajax. Newly committed Big Red Buzzers, Erik Axell and Nick D'Agostino were held scoreless.

    St. Mike's is in action on Saturday when they visit Dixie.

    In the USHL, Omaha stands as the lone undefeated team after defeating Ohio, 6-2. Keir Ross picked up an assist for the Lancers.

    Des Moines beat Sioux City, 2-1, and Cedar Rapids lost for the first time this season, falling, 7-5, to Indiana. Locke Jillson and Vince Mihalek had the night off respectively.

    Des Moines and Cedar Rapids meet on Saturday, while Omaha has a rematch against Ohio.

    In British Columbia, Nanaimo played their second straight overtime game, defeating visiting Victoria, 3-2. Braden Birch went scoreless for the Clippers, and Michael Garman did not play.

    Nanaimo will host Salmon Arm on Sunday.

    October 19, 2007

    Bulldogs Catch Clippers

    Nanaimo raced out to a 3-0 lead against Alberni Valley on Thursday but couldn't put the game away. The Bulldogs scored 4 unanswered goals before Nanaimo's Brad McConnell tied the game with his 2nd goal at 11:13 in the 3rd period. Alberni's Josh Pineiro scored on a penalty shot in the 2nd overtime period to win the game.

    Chris Moulson picked up 2 assists and was named the game's 3rd-Star. Chris' helpers came on the Bulldogs' 3rd and 4th goals, both on the powerplay, and were his 9th and 10th assists of the season.

    Nanaimo's Michael Garman returned after a two-week layoff and apparently was a little rusting, giving up 5 goals on 31 shots. Braden Birch went scoreless in the game for the Clippers.

    Nanaimo is back in action on Friday, returning home to host Victoria. Alberni Valley plays host to Salmon Arm on Saturday.

    Photo: Alberni Valley

    October 17, 2007

    Big Red Buzz

    St. Michael's has announced that two members of its team have committed to Cornell for 2009. Erik Axell (6'3", 197), a 1990-born forward from Toronto, ON, and Nick D'Agostino (6'3", 192), a 1990-born defenseman from Bolton, ON, both committed this weekend.

    Erik has scored one goal and added 4 assists in 12 games for the Buzzers, in what is his first Junior A season. Erik is developing into a prototypical power forward. McKeen's Hockey describes Erik as being able to play through traffic and assert himself in front of the net. Erik's also described as a good skater who needs to continue developing his offensive skills. Erik was selected in the 8th-round by Guelph in the 2006 OHL draft

    Nick is also playing his rookie season in the Junior A ranks. In 12 games, Nick has scored a goal and picked up an assist for St. Mike's.

    St. Mike's is currently in 2nd-place in the OPJHL's South Division, with an 11-2 record.

    Welcome to the Big Red, Erik and Nick.

    Photo: St. Michael's

    October 16, 2007

    CJAHL Top 15 Teams

    Camrose (Alberta JHL) continued its #1 ranking in the weekly Canadian Junior A Hockey Leagues' top-15. The Kodiaks are 10-0-0-1, with one overtime loss.

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

    #10) Nanaimo Clippers (12)

    Photo: Alberta JHL

    Weekend Wrap

    The Binghamton Junior Senators had their 5-game winning streak broken by Philadelphia, dropping both games this weekend, 11-3 and 4-3. Kevin Cole bounced back from a scoreless game on Saturday and picked up an assist in the series finale.

    Binghamton will visit Washington for games on Saturday and Sunday.

    Des Moines and Omaha both skated away with wins in USHL play on Saturday. The Buccaneers defeated Lincoln, 4-1, and Omaha cruised past Sioux City, 7-1. Locke Jillson went scoreless for the Bucs, and Keir Ross was also held without a point in the Lancers win.

    On Saturday, Des Moines is hosting Sioux City, while Cedar Rapids visits Indiana and Omaha is on the road against Ohio.

    Sunday in British Columbia saw Alberni Valley lose to Merritt, 2-0. Chris Moulson, along with the rest of the Bulldogs, did not pick up any points.

    Alberni will be home against Nanaimo on Thursday.

    October 13, 2007

    Friday Recap

    In USHL action, Cedar Rapids remained undefeated, beating Green Bay, 4-0. Brady Hjelle (Minnesota-Duluth) picked up the shutout for the RoughRiders. Vince Mihalek was held scoreless in his second game of the season.

    Cedar Rapids plays next Friday against Indiana.

    On Saturday, Des Moines hosts Lincoln and Omaha hosts Sioux City.

    In the BCHL, Braden Birch picked up an assist as Nanaimo defeated Westside, 5-3. The Clippers climbed into a tie for first place in the Coastal Conference with the win, though they have played 4 fewer games than fellow divisional leader Surrey.

    Michael Garman did not play for the Clippers.

    Nanaimo is off until Thursday when they visit Alberni Valley. The Bulldogs, however, will be in action on Saturday when they face Trail.

    October 12, 2007

    Alberni Falls

    Alberni Valley played their second road game in as many nights on Thursday, dropping a 4-2 decision to Quesnel. Chris Moulson picked up an assist for the Bulldogs.

    Alberni continues their trip on Saturday when they visit Trail. On Friday, Nanaimo is back in action when they host Westside.

    October 11, 2007

    Bulldogs Beat Spruce Kings

    Chris Moulson scored the game-winner at the 19:22 mark of the first period, helping Alberni Valley to a 5-2 win over Prince George on Wednesday night.

    The Bulldogs continue their road trip on Thursday night when they visit Quesnel.

    October 8, 2007

    CJAHL Top 15 Teams

    Camrose (Alberta JHL) is ranked #1 in the weekly Canadian Junior A Hockey Leagues' top-15. The Kodiaks are 9-0 and have out-scored their opponents 41-12.

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

    #12) Nanaimo Clippers (13)

    Photo: Alberta JHL

    October 7, 2007

    Jr. Sens' 3-0 Weekend

    Binghamton swept their three games this weekend at the Columbus Day Showcase. Kevin Cole scored on a penalty shot in overtime to give the Senators a 2-1 win over Boston. Kevin finished the weekend with 2 goals and an assist.

    Binghamton visits the Philadelphia Little Flyers next weekend.

    ECAC Final Recruiting Rankings

    BRP's final rankings have been updated. Since releasing the post-draft rankings the following schools have added student-athletes to their rosters: Clarkson, Colgate, Quinnipiac, St. Lawrence, and Union. Additionally, bonus points have been awarded for having had players named to INCH's list of top-incoming recruits.

    Saturday Update

    In early action on Saturday, Binghamton defeated Portland, 1-0, in the Atlantic JHL's early season showcase. The Jr. Sens are 2-0 in the tournament and face the Boston Bulldogs on Sunday morning. Kevin Cole went scoreless in Binghamton's win. The Senators' only goal was scored by Ithacan, Herschell Emerson, who was an AJHL All-Star last season.

    In the BCHL, Chris Moulson picked up 2 assists in Alberni Valley's 7-5 loss to Langley. The Bulldogs travel to Nanaimo on Sunday to face the Clippers.

    In the USHL, Omaha defeated Sioux Falls, 6-3, with Keir Ross going scoreless. In Cedar Rapids, the RoughRiders won their second game, 3-1, over Indiana, while Vince Mihalek did not play. In Des Moines, Locke Jillson appeared to be in the lineup for the Buccaneers, in a game that was postponed with 16:25 remaining due to poor ice conditions. Tri-City was leading, 2-1, at the time the game was called. It has not been announced yet when that game will be completed.

    October 6, 2007

    Columbus Day Showcase Kickoff

    Kevin Cole scored Binghamton's first goal of the game, and later added an assist, as the Junior Senators defeated Laconia, 6-2, on Friday.

    The Jr. Sens continue play in the Columbus Day Showcase against Portland on Saturday.

    Photo: Binghamton Junior Senators

    Friday Recap: BCHL

    Chris Moulson scored a goal and added an assist, as he helped his new team, Alberni Valley, to an 8-2 win over Merritt.

    Michael Garman picked up the win for Nanaimo, as the Clippers defeated Powell River, 3-2, in overtime. Braden Birch was kept off the scoresheet in the game.

    Alberni Valley travels to Langley on Saturday. The Clippers get a day off before hosting Alberni Valley on Sunday.

    Friday Recap: USHL

    Keir Ross scored the first goal of the season for Omaha, which kick-started the Lancers to a 4-2 win over Tri-City. Keir was awarded the game's 2nd-Star for his performance.

    Vince Mihalek chipped in an assist on Cedar Rapids' opening goal and helped the RoughRiders to a 7-2 victory over Chicago.

    Locke Jillson did not play in Des Moines opening game, a 3-2 loss to Lincoln.

    All three teams are in action again on Saturday. Cedar Rapids hosts Indiana; Des Moines is at home against Tri-City; and Omaha travels to take on Sioux Falls.

    October 4, 2007

    Moulson A Bulldog

    Chris Moulson has been dealt to Alberni Valley for future considerations. Penticton was stacked with forwards and playing time appeared to be an issue with the Vees. Chris played in 6 of Penticton's first 8 games, scoring 1 goal and adding 4 assists.

    Alberni Valley hosts Merritt on Friday.

    Photo: Alberni Valley Bulldogs

    October 1, 2007

    September Poll Recap

    Are you ready for some hockey? BRP has begun making the rounds and taking in some junior action. This weekend it was sunny and in the 70s outside, while inside people dressed in shorts were blowing breathclouds through the air. The hills are beginning to tremble with color. The Red & White game is less than 2 weeks away. Life is perfect.

    Last month, BRP asked the following question: "Which freshman will have the greatest impact this year?"

    The results were as follows:

  • 48% -- Riley Nash
  • 14% -- Tyler Roeszler
  • 10% -- Patrick Kennedy
  • 8% -- Dan Nicholls
  • 7% -- Mike Devin
  • 6% -- Joe Devin
  • 4% -- Jacob Johnston
  • 3% -- Jordan Berk

    Thank you, once again, for voting & please remember to vote in this month's Puckhead Poll.
  • September 30, 2007

    Penticton Bounces Back

    Chris Moulson picked up 2 assists as Penticton defeated Powell River, 6-1, on Sunday. Chris was named the game's 2nd-Star for his effort.

    The Vees will host Cowichan Valley on Wednesday.

    Senators Sweep Hartford

    Binghamton won both games this weekend against Hartford, 5-2 and 5-4, to move into a 1st-place tie with the New York Bobcats in the Atlantic JHL's South Division. Kevin Cole picked up an assist in Sunday's game.

    The Senators will travel to Hudson, NH, for the Northern Cyclones' Columbus Day Showcase this coming weekend. In NH, the Sens will face Laconia on Friday, Portland on Saturday, and Boston on Sunday.

    September 29, 2007

    USHL Fall Classic, Day 3

    The USHL's Fall Classic wrapped up on Saturday. In one of the early games, Omaha blanked Ohio, 4-0, with Keir Ross going scoreless. Des Moines then got blanked by Green Bay, 3-0, with Locke Jillson also being held scoreless. In the final game involved a Cornell recruit, Cedar Rapids held off Sioux Falls, 4-3, with Vince Mihalek also being kept off the score sheet.

    The USHL's regular season gets underway on Friday. Des Moines travels to Lincoln; Cedar Rapids visits Chicago; and Omaha plays host to Tri-City.

    Vees and Clippers Both Fall By 1

    Penticton and Nanaimo both lost by the score of 2-1 on Friday night. The Vees lost to Surrey, which moved to within a point of the Coastal Conference lead; while the Clippers lost to Alberni Valley.

    Penticton's Chris Moulson and Nanaimo's Braden Birch were both kept off the scoresheet.

    The Clippers' Michael Garman picked up his first loss of the season while stopping 19 of the 21 shots he faced.

    Penticton is back in action on Sunday when they host Powell River. Nanaimo is off until next Friday, when they resume their 4 game homestand by playing Powell River.

    September 28, 2007

    INCH Recruiting Rankings

    Inside College Hockey has released its rankings of the top incoming players and classes for 2007-2008. Riley Nash is the ECAC's highest ranked recruit, coming in as the 4th-ranked forward.

    Overall ECAC rankings:

    Top-20 Forwards:
    4, Riley Nash, Cornell
    15, Tyler Helfrich, RPI
    18, Scott Freeman, Clarkson

    Top-20 Defensemen:
    11, Bryan Brutlag, RPI
    14, Brian Rufenach, Clarkson

    Top-10 Goalies:
    8, Allen Reynolds, Princeton.

    Top-15 Classes:
    12, Clarkson (tied for 7th in BRP's rankings)
    13, RPI (5th in BRP's rankings)

    Total selections = 6
    (2) Clarkson
    (2) RPI
    (1) Cornell
    (1) Princeton

    USHL Fall Classic, Day 2

    The USHL's Fall Classic began its second day with Des Moines facing Waterloo. The Black Hawks jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the 1st period, scoring on 4 powerplay opportunities. The Buccaneers came back in the 2nd period behind Locke Jillson's 2 powerplay goals, cutting Waterloo's lead to 6-4. The Bucs picked up another goal in the 3rd to make it a 6-5 game, which was the final score.

    Keir Ross picked up an assist to help Omaha defeat Chicago, 5-0 in an early afternoon game. The Lancers' Drew Palmisano (Michigan State) picked up the shutout.

    Vince Mihalek, did not play for Cedar Rapids this afternoon, though he had a nice mention in USHR based upon his play on Friday. Vince's RoughRider mates needed 3 goals in the 3rd period to subdue Lincoln, 6-4. David Boehm (UMass) had a hand in all 3 goals for Cedar Rapids in the decisive 3rd period, scoring twice and assisting once.

    The pre-season tournament concludes Saturday with Des Moines taking on Green Bay, Omaha going against Ohio, and Cedar Rapids battling Sioux Falls.

    September 27, 2007

    USHL Fall Classic

    The USHL's Fall Classic got underway today in Sioux City, Iowa. In the early games: Omaha defeated Green Bay, 6-1, as Keir Ross picked up 2 assists in the Lancers' victory. Des Moines beat Indiana, 2-1, in the early game at the IDP Ice Center, with Locke Jillson going scoreless for the Buccaneers. In the late game, Cedar Rapids scored with less than 2 minutes remaining in the third period to hold off Sioux City, 3-2. Vince Mihalek was kept off the scoresheet in the RoughRiders' victory.

    The pre-season tournament continues Friday with Des Moines playing Waterloo, Omaha playing Chicago, and Cedar Rapids playing Lincoln.

    September 15, 2007

    Clippers Stop Kings; Vees Fall

    Michael Garman picked up his second consecutive 1st-Star after he stopped all 27 shots, helping Nanaimo to a 1-0 win over Powell River. The Clippers got a first period goal from Brad McConnell and made it hold up, despite 14 power play opportunities for the Kings. Braden Birch went scoreless in the game.

    Penticton fell to Salmon Arm, 6-4. Chris Moulson scored the Vees' first goal of the game, and his first of the season, on a power play.

    Penticton stays on the road as they travel to Prince George for tonight's game. Nanaimo will visit Surrey on Sunday.

    September 13, 2007

    Jesse Brown Update

    Jesse Brown has made the jump to the OHL. Brown was traded from Owen Sound to Kingston this summer and must have found the Frontenacs' offer too good to pass up. It's too bad, Brown would have looked very nice in a Big Red uniform.

    Last year, Brown scored 20 goals and added 17 assists in 42 games with the Syracuse Stars (EJHL). He was 2nd on the team in goals scored and tied for 1st in power play goals scored. Over the summer he was selected by Cedar Rapids in the 3rd-round of the USHL draft, and probably would have gone higher if not for those persisent OHL rumors.

    BRP wishes Jesse the best of luck in Ontario.

    September 10, 2007

    Garman Wins Weekly Honor

    The BCHL has named Michael Garman its Coastal Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his strong performance this weekend. In two games, Michael was outstanding as he allowed 2 goals, stopped 48 of the 50 shots he faced, and was awarded the game's 1st-Star once.

    Michael was also named the league's Star Player for Week One, as featured on the BCHL's homepage.

    Congratulations, Michael; and a hearty stick salute to the Clippers' organization for a strong opening weekend.

    Photo: Nanaimo Clippers and Jamie Penner.

    September 9, 2007

    Weekend Recap

    The BCHL wrapped up their opening weekend on Saturday night. Nanaimo won their second straight when they defeated Victoria, 3-1. Michael Garman was named the game's 1st-Star after he stopped all but one of the Grizzlies' 31 shots. Braden Birch went scoreless in his second game as a Clipper.

    Penticton also won their second game of the weekend, beating Westside, 5-3. Chris Moulson did not play for the Vees.

    Next up for the BCHLers: Nanaimo travels to Powell River and Penticton travels to Salmon Arm this Friday.

    **********

    The Atlantic JHL also opened this week when Binghamton traveled to Walpole. The Express took both games from the Junior Senators, winning 4-2 on Saturday, and 3-0 on Sunday. Kevin Cole went scoreless in his first two games in Junior A.

    The Junior Sens are next in action on September 21st when they travel back to Walpole for the Express' Season Opening Atlantic JHL Showcase event.

    September 8, 2007

    BCHL Drops The Puck

    Nanaimo opened their season against rival Alberni Valley and came away with a 5-1 win on Friday night. Michael Garman stopped 18 shots in picking up his first win of the year. Braden Birch added an assist in his first game with the Clippers.

    In Penticton, Chris Moulson picked up an assist in his first game in the BCHL, helping the Vees to a 5-3 win over Westside.

    Tonight, Penticton visits Westside in their return game, while Nanaimo travels to Victoria for their opening road game.

    September 6, 2007

    Moulson Heads Rejoice

    For the second time today, the BCHL website has announced a committment to the Big Red. Penticton's Chris Moulson has committed to Cornell for 2008. Chris (5' 11", 195), a 1988-born forward, is from Mississauga, Ontario, and spent last season playing with Listowel in the MWJHL, where he was named to the all-star team. Additionally, Chris finished among the top-10 scorers in the MWJHL as a rookie, scoring 34 goals and adding 40 assists in 54 games.

    Chris is a reportedly a hard-nosed, gritty player, who likes to play with a physical edge. Chris also posseses good hands and a scorers touch.

    Chris is the younger brother of Matt Moulson, who finished his Cornell career tied for 7th all-time in goals scored and 18th in total points.

    Welcome to the Big Red, Chris.

    Photo: BCHL.

    Birch To Cornell

    According to the BCHL website, Braden Birch has committed to Cornell for 2008. Braden (6' 3", 185), is a 1989-born defenseman from Hamilton, Ontario. Braden spent last season playing with Stoney Creek (GHJHL) where he scored 10 goals, added 11 assists, and had 86 penalty minutes in 43 games. Braden was also one of the Warriors' top special teams' players, registering 8 goals on the power play. Braden is reportedly a smooth skating player with good puck skills. He is said to make good decisions, passes the puck well, and has strong offensive upside. Braden was drafted in the 3rd-round (43rd overall) by St. Michaels in the 2007 OHL's draft.

    Michigan State was reporedly also inviolved in Braden's recruitment.

    Welcome to the Big Red, Braden.

    Photo: BCHL.

    September 5, 2007

    Connor Knapp Update

    USHR reported yesterday that Connor Knapp has committed to Miami. Knapp (6' 5", 230), a 1990-born goalie, had a very strong season last year in the Empire JHL. Knapp led the Empire league in GAA, save %, and wins; additionally, Knapp was named to the National Conference All-Conference team and was named the league's top goalie.

    Knapp is another product of the talented McQuaid program in Rochester, NY. Knapp left McQuaid after his sophomore year and headed to the Junior Bruins' program, where this year he'll move up to the Eastern JHL. Knapp could join another former Knight, Billy Sauer (Michigan), in the CCHA in 2008, although deferring until 2009 is a possibility.

    Knapp also visited Clarkson and RPI.