February 21, 2007

Bear Bits

Grand Forks Herald reporter, Brad Schlossman, noted that Riley Nash has finished his campus visits and that he appears to be down to Cornell, Denver, and North Dakota. Once Riley makes his decision there will probably be some quick movement by the other schools to fill their remaining slots, though Denver and North Dakota are in a better position to defer the spot to a 2008 commitment.

Nick Jaskowiak, a 1989-born blueliner, has apparently backed out of his commitment to Harvard. Jaskowiak, formerly of Minnesota's Benilde St.-Margaret, is currenly finishing up his senior year at Salisbury Prep. It'll be interesting to see if Jaskowiak remains east to continue his education. He had previously mentioned Boston College, Boston University, Maine, and New Hampshire as possible choices, along with some WCHA schools. Of those four Hockey East schools, BU appears in the best position given their roster situation. Of course, it also might not hurt that Salisbury is coached by a BU grad. This is an unfortunate loss for Harvard.

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Congratulations to Ithaca's Little Red...

The Ithaca Little Red boys defeated Liverpool tonight, 3-1, to claim their 10th Section III championship. Ithaca is now 22-3 and will open the state playoffs by facing Section V power, and last year's state runner-up, Aquinas. Ithaca is led by freshman goalie Andy Iles, who finished the regular season with 9 shutouts, a 0.93 goals against average, and a .96 save percentage. Ithaca, a 4-time state champ, last won it all in 2000 when they were led by another freshman standout, current LA King Dustin Brown.

The Ithaca Little Red girls came within one game of winning their 4th state championship, losing to Salmon River 3-1. Salmon River has now won 4 straight state titles.

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