March 30, 2007

Clippers Clipped

Cowichan Valley evened their series with Nanaimo with a 2-1 win on Thursday night. The Capitals struck first less than a minute into the game and the Clippers were never able to pull even, despite holding a 29-18 edge in shots. Michael Garman was back in goal for Nanaimo and took the loss. Mike and Joe Devin were held scoreless on the evening.

The series moves to Cowichan Valley for games three and four on Saturday and Sunday.

March 29, 2007

2007-2008 Roster

With word that Ryan Kindret has moved on to Memphis (CHL) to begin his professional career, it seems like a good time to begin looking at next year's roster. (Note: The CHL recently named Cam Abbott its Player of the Month for March and the Rookie of the Year.)

Currently there's scheduled to be 23 students on the team:

Seniors: 4 (7 in 2006-2007)
F - Chris Fontas
F - Raymond Sawada
F - Topher Scott
D - Doug Krantz

Juniors: 7 (4 in 2006-2007)
F - Evan Barlow
F - Michael Kennedy
F - Tyler Mugford
D - Taylor Davenport
D - Jared Seminoff
G - Troy Davenport
G - Dan DiLeo

Sophomores: 8 (8 in 2006-2007)
F - Blake Gallagher
F - Colin Greening
F - Justin Milo
F - Tony Romano
F - Joe Scali
D - Brendon Nash
D - Justin Krueger
G - Ben Scrivens

Freshmen: 4 (8 in 2006-2007)
F - Joe Devin
F - Patrick Kennedy
D - Mike Devin
D - Jacob Johnston

On the horizon...

2008-2009:
  • F - Locke Jillson
  • G - Michael Garman

    Cornell's average roster, with respect to positional breakdown, is one of 15 forwards, 8 defensemen, and 3 goalies. Cornell is presently at 13-7-3 and should be looking to add another 2 forwards and 1 defenseman. Of course, given the increased rate at which students are leaving school early, the class could end up being even a little larger. Most likely the next decision to affect the 2007-2008 roster will be the one made by Riley Nash, which should be soon and, hopefully, Red.
  • Nanaimo Opens With Win

    Mike Devin assisted on both Clipper goals in the second period, helping Nanaimo to a 5-3 win in game one of the Coastal Conference finals. Mike was named the game's 1st-Star for his effort. Joe Devin was held scoreless in the game. Michael Garman was in net and picked up the win as he stopped 20 shots for the Clippers. Michael gave way to Marc Cheverie (Denver) late in the third period after taking a shot to his leg.

    Game two is tonight in Nanaimo.

    Junior Wolves Down Thunderbirds

    Sudbury took a 2-1 lead in their series with Soo when they defeated the Thunderbirds 5-1 on Wednesday. Jacob Johnston picked up an assist on the Wolves fifth goal in the third period.

    Sudbury takes to the road for game four on Saturday.

    March 28, 2007

    Sudbury and Birds Even

    Jacob Johnston scored a goal and added an assist in Sudbury's series-opening 4-2 win over the Soo Thunderbirds. Soo evened the series at home with a 2-1 win on Monday. In game two, Jacob was held scoreless.

    The series resumes in Sudbury on Wednesday.

    March 27, 2007

    Clippers Outlast Express

    In what had been a closely contested series, Nanaimo found itself in an unfamiliar position heading into the third period of game seven with a 5-1 lead over Burnaby. Early in the third, however, the Express lived up to their name when they scored three times in less than two minutes to make for what must have been an entertaining final stanza. Fortunately, for Cornell fans, the Clippers survived and moved onto to Conference finals against Cowichan Valley.

    In the final three games of the series, Mike Devin picked up an assist in game seven, while Joe Devin went scoreless during that span. Michael Garman was in goal for each game, picking up 2 wins and stopping 46 of the 55 shots he saw from the talented Burnaby team -- which featured three of the top 4 scorers in the playoffs: Kyle Turris (Wisconsin), Tyler McNeely (Northeastern), and Jovan Matic. Of course, things won't get much easier for the Clippers as the only non-Express player among the top-4 playoff scorers is Clinton Pettapiece of Cowichan Valley.

    The series begins tonight in Nanaimo.

    March 24, 2007

    Chase Polacek Update

    USHR & Chris Heisenberg have reported that Chase Polacek (5' 8", 170), a 1989-born forward at Holy Angels Academy has committed to RPI. Polacek is a quick player with a wicked shot and is a nice addition to Seth Appert's next class, which is really his first class. Polacek finished in the top-10 in scoring in Minnesota this year with 26 goals and 38 assists in 28 games.

    RPI, Dartmouth, and Princeton have done an outstanding job recruiting Minnesota prep players this year. With the addition of Polacek, those schools have now picked up commitments from Adam Estoclet (Benilde St. Margaret/Dartmouth), Bryan Brutlag (Holy Angels/RPI), Josh Levine (Bloomington Jefferson/Princeton), Matt Reber (Edina/Dartmouth), and Joe Stejskal (Grand Rapids/Dartmouth). Each of these players is ranked in the top-30 in the Minnesota/Midwest region according to Heisenberg.

    March 23, 2007

    Clippers & Express Still Even

    Nanaimo split their two games in Burnaby and returned home all even after 4 games. On Monday, the Clippers won 5-3, getting goals from 5 different players. The Express bounced back on Tuesday, 3-0, behind Matt Gordon's 37-save shutout. Mike and Joe Devin went pointless on the trip, while Michael Garman played both games and stopped 33 of the 39 shots he faced.

    The series resumes tonight in Nanaimo.

    Sudbury Advances

    Sudbury won games five and six to defeat Manitoulin in their best-of-seven series. On Tuesday, the Junior Wolves won, 5-3, and then finished off the Islanders on Wednesday, winning 4-1. Jacob Johnston went scoreless in the final two games.

    Sudbury will face the Soo Thunderbirds in the semifinals beginning Sunday.

    March 19, 2007

    Sudbury Even After Four

    Sudbury and Manitoulin split their two games this weekend, leaving their best-of-seven series locked at 2-2. The Islanders won, 5-3, on Saturday, while the Junior Wolves needed overtime on Sunday to beat Manitoulin 6-5. Jacob Johnston picked up an assist in each game and now has 3 points in Sudbury's 4 games.

    Game five is tonight in Sudbury.

    Clippers Even

    Nanaimo defeated Burnaby, 3-2, to even their series at 1-1. Mike Devin assisted on Mikael Bedard's game-winning goal at 15:31 in the 3rd period. Michael Garman stopped 19 of the 21 shots he faced and picked up the win. Joe Devin went scoreless for the Clippers.

    The series moves to Burnaby tonight for game three.

    March 17, 2007

    Nanaimo and Burnaby Battle

    Nanaimo opened their second round series with Burnaby by dropping a 4-3 decision in overtime. Joe Devin opened the scoring for the Clippers in the first period. After Nanaimo took a 2-0 lead in the second, the Express scored three straight before the Clippers tied the game late in the period. After a scoreless third period, Burnaby's Kyle Turris (Wisconsin) scored at the 6:46 mark to give the Express game one. Mike Devin was held scoreless on the night, while Michael Garman made 23 saves.

    The series continues tonight in Nanaimo.

    Sudbury Even After Two

    Manitoulin won game two, 6-2, on Thursday. Jacob Johnston was kept off the scoresheet by the Islanders.

    Game three is tonight in Sudbury.

    March 15, 2007

    Lonestar Red

    Locke Jillson (5' 10", 160), a 1988-born forward out of Dallas, Texas, has committed to Cornell for 2008. Locke spent this season playing with the Dallas Stars AAA team and will probably spend the 2007-2008 season playing in either the USHL or the BCHL. Locke sounds like a consumate team player, having turned down an opportunity to move to the USHL this year, choosing to spend the season trying to help the Stars win the National Championship. Dallas, after winning the state championship, was recently upset in the regional tournament. On the year, Locke was named the tournament MVP in the prestigious Hull Kiwanis event and the Most Outstanding player in the Little Caesars North American Hockey Showcase (see photo).

    Welcome to the Big Red, Locke.

    Thanks to ugarte for the tip on this story.

    Sudbury Strikes First

    Sudbury opened their series with Manitoulin by beating the Islanders, 6-4, on Wednesday night. The Junior Wolves opened up a 3-0 lead after one period, but Manitoulin battled back to tie the game at 4 at the 15:31 mark of the third period. Scott Restoule scored the game-winning goal 92 seconds later, and picked up a hat trick with an empty-netter to close out the scoring. Jacob Johnston picked up an assist in the game.

    Sudbury travels to Manitoulin for game two tonight.

    March 12, 2007

    Clippers Dispatch Eagles

    Nanaimo won their opening series against Surrey in five games. After winning the first two games in Surrey by a combined score of 15-3, the Clippers dropped game three at home by a score of 5-3. Game four saw the return of 2008-recruit Michael Garman, who stopped 16 shots to help the Clippers to a 5-2 win. Nanaimo wrapped up the series with a 6-0 win on Sunday. Michael got the start and stopped all 15 shots he faced before being pulled with 12:23 remaining in the game. Michael was awarded the game's 3rd-Star for his game five effort. For the series, Joe Devin played four games and picked up one assist. Mike Devin played in all five games and scored one goal and picked up an assist. Mike was also named the 2nd-Star in game four.

    The Clippers will begin round two on Friday against the lowest remaining seed.

    Sudbury Wraps Regular Season

    Sudbury split their final 2 games of the regular season, losing to Blind River, 4-3, and defeating Abitibi 4-3. Jacob Johnston went scoreless in the two games.

    Sudbury finished the regualr season in second place and begins their opening playoff series with a home-and-home on Wednesday and Thursday against Manitoulin.

    Photo: Sudbury Junior Wolves

    St. Thomas Eliminated

    St. Thomas lost their opening playoff series with St. Marys, 4 games to 2. The Lincolns won the last 2 games, 3-0 and 4-1. Patrick Kennedy was held pointless in the final 2 games.

    For the season, Patrick scored 25 goals and had 22 assists in 32 games.

    March 11, 2007

    Congratulations IHS

    Little Red win 5th state championship...
    Sean Seyler buried a wrist shot midway through the 2nd overtime period to give Ithaca High School a 2-1 win over defending state champ Williamsville North on Sunday. Ithaca now has more championships (5) and championship game appearances (8) than any other school in New York's Division One (large-school). The Little Red advanced to the final game by defeating Suffern, 1-0, in a shootout, following 4 overtime periods, on Saturday.

    March 6, 2007

    Stars Even Series, 2-2

    Patrick Kennedy assisted on the Stars' first two goals as St. Thomas defeated St. Marys 3-2 on Sunday. Patrick was named the game's 3rd-Star for his efforts, which ironically included a game misconduct for checking from behind at 3:42 into the 3rd period.

    Game five will be tonight at St. Marys.

    March 4, 2007

    Junior Wolves Down Beavers

    Sudbury inched out to a 3-point lead in the NOJHL by beating Blind River, 5-2, on Saturday. Jacob Johnston picked up an assist on Ryan Mathes' game-winning goal at the 16:52 mark of the 2nd period.

    Sudbury hosts a rematch with Blind River on Wednesday.

    March 3, 2007

    Catching Up

    Nanaimo wrapped up the regular season by beating Victoria, 4-1, on Friday night. Joe Devin picked up an assist on Max Grassi's game-winning goal early in the 3rd period. Mike Devin was kept off the scoresheet.

    Michael Garman continues to rest and, hopefully, will be back for the playoffs.

    The Clippers begin their opening round playoff series on Tuesday, traveling to Surrey.

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    Patrick Kennedy scored a powerplay goal for St. Thomas in their 4-1 loss to St. Marys. The Lincolns lead the series 2-1.

    Game four will be at St. Thomas on Sunday.

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    Sudbury moved back into first place in the NOJHL with their 4-2 win over North Bay. Jacob Johnston picked up an assist in the Junior Wolves' win.

    Sudbury plays at Blind River today.

    March 1, 2007

    February Poll Recap

    Hard to believe the regular season is over. Bring on the playoffs...

    Here's a recap of last month's poll:
    "If you were to root for one team other than Cornell, which would it be?"

    The results were as follows:

  • 48% -- Anyone playing Harvard
  • 14% -- RIT
  • 7% -- BU
  • 7% -- St. Lawrence
  • 6% -- RPI
  • 5% -- Denver
  • 5% -- Michigan
  • 5% -- Wisconsin
  • 4% -- Maine
  • 0% -- Notre Dame

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