February 28, 2007

Riley Leaning?

The rumor mill churns on...Out west there is chatter that Riley Nash has eliminated North Dakota from his list. Shortly after this rumor began circulating, the Sioux picked up a commitment from Matt Frattin, the top goal scorer in the Alberta JHL. Frattin could defer until 2008, so that may simply be a coincidence. If not a coincidence, it would leave two: Cornell and Denver remaining on Riley's list. Riley ostensibly enjoyed his Denver trip and, when compared to North Dakota, the balance had appeared to tip toward the Rockies. Recently, however, rumors east and west have Riley looking toward the glorious hill above Cayuga's waters...if the financial aid package suffices.

Of course, the rumor that Riley may still head off to major junior hasn't gone away yet.

So, remain ever faithful, and keep your fingers crossed for Riley leaning Red.

February 26, 2007

Weekend Wrap

Mike Devin scored the game-winning goal midway through the 3rd period as Nanaimo defeated Williams Lake 6-5 to finish off their road trip. The Clippers, who outshot the TimberWolves 20-1 in the 3rd, scored the final two goals of the game to pull out the win. Joe Devin picked up an assist on his brother's winning goal.

Michael Garman began some light skating today as he works his way back from a concussion suffered in practice.

The Clippers are back in action on Tuesday against Cowichan Valley.

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Patrick Kennedy scored a goal and added two assists to help St. Thomas defeat St. Marys 5-3 on Sunday, evening their best-of-seven series at 1. Patrick was named the game's 1st-Star for his performance.

Game three is on Friday at St. Marys and game four will be at St. Thomas on Sunday.

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Sudbury lost to Blind River 6-4 on Saturday. Jacob Johnston picked up an assist in the loss.

Sudbury is home against North Bay on Wednesday.

February 24, 2007

Clippers Split

Nanaimo opened their 3-game road trip by defeating Quesnel 9-3 on Thrsday night. Joe Devin was named the game's 3rd-Star as he scored 2 goals and picked up an assist. Mike Devin went scoreless against the Millionaires.

On Friday night, the Clippers dropped a 4-3 decision in overtime to Prince George. Joe picked up another assist, while Mike went scoreless.

Michael Garman remains out of action.

The Clippers, who have now clinched the Coastal Conference divisional title, finish up their Interior Conference trip tonight against Williams Lake.

February 22, 2007

Sudbury Stumbles

Sudbury dropped a 2-1 overtime decision to the Soo Thunderbirds on Wednesday night. Jacob Johnston went pointless on the evening, though he played well enough to be named the game's 3rd-Star.

Sudbury next travels to Blind River for a game against the Beavers on Saturday.

WOHL All-Star

Patrick Kennedy was named to the WOHL's post-season All-Star team. Patrick was named to the 2nd team despite missing nearly half the season with mono. Patrick more than doubled last season's totals in goals, power play goals, and game-winning goals while playing 20 fewer games.

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.

Weekend Wrap

Nanaimo played 3 games last weekend and came away with 2 wins and an overtime loss. Nanaimo kicked off Friday with a road win against Alberni Valley, 4-2. The Clippers then returned home to face Langley and Surrey, falling to the Chiefs 5-4 in overtime before closing out the weekend by outracing the Eagles 7-5. Mike Devin had 4 assists on the weekend, while brother Joe went scoreless.

Michael Garman didn't play as he continues to nurse an unspecified injury suffered in practice.

The Clippers go on the road this weekend for 3 straight games. They begin on Thursday against Quesnel and then move on to Prince George and Williams Lake.

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Sudbury split their 2 games this past weekend, beating Manitoulin 3-2 on Friday and then losing to North Bay 6-3 on Sunday. Jacob Johnston went scoreless in the win, then scored a goal and picked up an assist in the loss to the Skyhawks.

Sudbury is home against the Soo Thunderbirds on Wednesday.

February 19, 2007

Stars Complete Regular Season

St. Thomas went on the road to wrap up the regular season this weekend and returned empty-handed, losing to Sarnia 8-4 and to Chatham 6-2. Patrick Kennedy continued his solid play since returning to the lineup as he picked up 3 assists on the trip. The Stars finished in sixth place with a record of 25-20-3.

Next up for St. Thomas is a best-of-seven series with St. Marys, who won 4 of the 6 meetings between them this year. The series begins with a home-and-home this Friday and Sunday.

February 17, 2007

Ryan Grimshaw Update, II

Ryan Grimshaw (6' 0", 180), a 1990-born defenseman with the NTDP, reportedly visited RPI last weekend for the Cornell game. Grimshaw has spent time with both the U17 & U18 teams this year and should be a prime target for Cornell's 2008 class. Grimshaw, who's said he's interested in an Ivy education and Law School, spent last year at Salisbury playing under Dan Danato. That may make Ted Danato's Harvard Crimson the team to beat. Expect Michigan to make a strong push for Grimshaw as well. Hopefully, having Ryan hail from Rochester will work to the Big Red's advantage.

February 15, 2007

Junior Wolves Outrun Eskimos

Jacob Johnston scored a goal and added an assist in Sudbury's 5-4 win over Abitibi last night. The game was back and forth with each team holding a one goal lead twice, before being settled by a shootout. Jacob was named the game's 1st-Star for his performance.

Sudbury is now tied for first place with the Soo Indians with a month to go in the NOJHL's regular season. The Junior Wolves play at Manitoulin on Friday and North Bay on Sunday.

February 14, 2007

Patrick Kennedy Returns

Patrick Kennedy returned to the lineup tonight for St. Thomas' game against London. Patrick has missed nearly two months with mono, though he is still the Stars' second-leading goal scorer. It's great that Patrick will have a chance to play some more hockey this season; he was having a strong year before becoming ill. Welcome back, Patrick.

Patrick scored a powerplay goal in the 1st period, helping St. Thomas to a 3-2 win over London. The Stars finish up the regular season on the road this weekend with games against Sarnia and Chatham.

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Also on the injury-side, Nanaimo's Michael Garman will reportedly be out of action until next weekend.

February 11, 2007

Clippers Split

Nanaimo followed up a 3-0 Friday night shutout of Alberni Valley by falling to Victoria 6-2 on Saturday. Marc Cheverie (Denver) was in goal for both games as Michael Garman nursed an injury. Joe Devin picked up an assist against the Bulldogs for his only point of the weekend, while Mike Devin was held scoreless in both games.

Nanaimo's Coastal Conference lead is now down to 3 points. The Clippers will be visiting Alberni Valley on Thursday before heading home to host Langley and Surrey on Friday and Saturday.

February 8, 2007

Junior Wolves Lose to Beavers

Sudbury dropped a close one on Wednesday, losing 2-1 to Blind River. The Junior Wolves remain in 1st place in the NOJHL by 2 points over the Soo Indians. Jacob Johnston went scoreless on the evening.

Sudbury plays again on Wednesday against Abitibi.

February 6, 2007

CJAHL Top 15 Teams

Aurora (OPJHL) held on to their #1 ranking in the weekly Canadian Junior A Hockey Leagues' top-15. The Tigers are 43-4-1 and hold a 26-point lead in the OPJHL's North Division. 3 of the top 4 teams in this week's rankings are members of the Ontario Provincial Junior League.

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

#9) Nanaimo Clippers (6)
#14) Sudbury Junior Wolves (15)

Photo: OPJHL

Josh Levine Update

According to Western College Hockey, Josh Levine (5' 10", 200), a 1988-born forward at Bloomington Jefferson High School in Minnesota has committed to Princeton. Levine is currently tied for 16th in points in Minnesota with a 19 goals and 25 assists in 21 games.

The ECACHL has done pretty well with Minnesota prep players this year. In addition to Levine, Adam Estoclet (Benilde St. Margaret) and Joe Stejskal (Grand Rapids) committed to Dartmouth, while Bryan Brutlag (Holy Angels) committed to RPI. Here's hoping the trend continues...

Weekend Update

Nanaimo ran aground this weekend as they were swept in their 3 games, losing a home-and-home to Cowichan Valley and a Sunday contest to Burnaby. Michael Garman played the first 2 games against the Capitals and gave up 3 goals in each game while stopping 14 shots on Friday and 19 on Saturday. Joe Devin picked up a goal and an assist on the weekend, while brother Mike was held without a point.

The Clippers, whose lead is now 7 points over Cowichan Valley in the Coastal Conference, play at home on Friday against Alberni Valley and then visit Victoria on Saturday.

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Patrick Kennedy remains out of the lineup for St. Thomas.

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Jacob Johnston picked up 2 assists in Sudbury's 13-2 win over Manitoulin on Wednesday. In the Junior Wolves other game, Jacob was held scoreless as Sudbury defeated the Soo Thunderbirds, 3-2, on Saturday.

Sudbury is home against Blind River on Wednesday.

February 1, 2007

January Poll Recap

Heading into a big weekend here on the Hill.

Here's a recap of recent poll:
"What is the greatest need for the 2007 recruiting class?"

The results were as follows:

  • 39% -- Snipers
  • 25% -- More Defensemen
  • 18% -- Special Teams specialists
  • 11% -- Crazy...a goalie
  • 7% -- speed...speed...speed

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