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.