December 31, 2008

December Poll Results

Happy New Year to one and all. 2009 begins with 3 non-conference games and then plunges into the rest of the conference schedule. Here's hoping for a healthy and enjoyable new year, particularly for the defensive corps which finds itself one man lighter with Jordie Berk having left school.

In December, BRP asked "what's your favorite junior league?"

The results were as follows:

  • 30% -- United States JHL
  • 28% -- British Columbia JHL
  • 10% -- Saskatchewan JHL
  • 9% -- Eastern JHL
  • 8% -- Alberta JHL
  • 8% -- Ontario JHL
  • 3% -- Atlantic JHL
  • 3% -- Greater Ontario JHL (includes Central, Golden Horseshoe, and Mid-Western)
  • 2% -- North American
  • 0% -- Manitoba JHL


    Thank you, once again, for voting & please remember to vote in this month's Puckhead Poll.
  • December 30, 2008

    2008-2009 Roster Update, IV

    Jordie Berk has apparently decided to finish off this season playing junior A hockey. Jordie's rights were traded from Salmon Arm (BCHL) to Ft. McMurray (Alberta JHL) today. Jordie is the second Big Red player to return to the junior ranks this year, following Jacob Johnston (Camrose/ Alberta JHL).

    Next year's roster currently projects to 26 -- 15 forwards, 8 defensemen, and 3 goalies -- assuming there are no early departures. That would lead one to expect Cornell to add another blueliner and a goalie to next fall's class. It is unknown whether Jacob or Jordie have any intention of returning to school in the fall. If neither plans on returning, it's possible that Jarred Seymour could be brought in a year early to fill out the defensive spot. Of course, the staff could choose to move in a new direction.

    Here's the breakdown by class and position:

    Graduating: 8 (4 in 2007-2008)
    F - Evan Barlow
    F - Michael Kennedy (C)
    F - Tyler Mugford (A)
    F - Derek Punches (Wayne State)
    D - Taylor Davenport
    D - Jared Seminoff (A)
    G - Troy Davenport
    G - Dan DiLeo

    Seniors: 6 (8 in 2008-2009)
    F - Blake Gallagher
    F - Colin Greening (C)
    F - Joe Scali
    D - Justin Krueger
    D - Brendon Nash
    G - Ben Scrivens

    Juniors: 6 (6 in 2008-2009)
    F - Joe Devin
    F - Patrick Kennedy
    F - Riley Nash
    F - Dan Nicholls
    F - Tyler Roeszler
    D - Mike Devin

    Sophomores: 6 (6 in 2008-2009)
    F - Sean Collins
    F - Locke Jillson
    F - Jordan Kary
    D - Keir Ross
    D - Sean Whitney
    G - Michael Garman

    Freshmen: 9 (6 in 2008-2009)
    F - Erik Axell
    F - John Esposito
    F - Vince Mihalek
    F - Greg Miller
    F - Chris Moulson
    D - Braden Birch
    D - Nick D'Agostino
    D - Jarred Seymour
    G - Omar Kanji

    On the horizon...

    2010-2011:
    Targets (6-8): Fs: 3-5, Ds: 2, Gs: 1
  • F - Kevin Cole
  • F - Rodger Craig
  • F - Armand De Swardt
  • F - John Knisley (2011)
  • D - Mathieu Brisson
  • D - Kirill Gotovets
  • G - Andy Iles

    For 2010-2011: It looks like there's only 1-2 forward positions open, pending any early departures.
  • December 21, 2008

    Striking Oil

    Chris Heisenberg is reporting that Cornell has picked up a commitment from Rodger Craig (6' 4", 210), a 1991-born forward from Red Deer, Alberta, for the 2010 season. Rodger is currently playing with the Okotoks Oilers (Alberta JHL), where as the youngest player on the Oilers' roster he's scored 7 goals and picked up 8 assists in 40 games. Rodger participated in this year's CJAHL Prospects' game, where he scored a goal in Team West's 6-3 loss to Team East. Rodger is a B-ranked player on the NHL's Central Scouting preliminary draft list, meaning he could find himself drafted in the middle rounds in 2009. Rodger is also the cousin of current Big Red women's player, Amanda Young.

    Here's a terrific article about Rodger's recent visit to Cornell: AJHL Prospect Flying High.

    Welcome to the Big Red, Rodger.

    Photo: Alberta JHL.

    December 20, 2008

    From Little Red To Big Red

    USHR is reporting that Ithaca native, Andy Iles (5' 9", 165), a 1992-born goalie has selected Cornell over Boston College, Harvard, New Hampshire, and Providence. Andy, who currently attends the Salisbury School, is widely considered among the top '92-born goalie prospects in North America. Andy currently has a goals against average of 1.47 and a save percentage of .91. Last year, as a sophomore, Andy was one of the top goalies in NE prep play with a goals against average of 1.22 and a save percentage of .95. Andy was among the top goalies at last summer's Select 16 Festival, where he finished with the highest save percentage and the second lowest goals against average. Andy was selected to represent the USA at the Under-17 Five Nations tournament in Slovakia over the summer, where he posted a 2.50 goals against average and a .91 save percentage. In 2007, Andy led Ithaca High School to a state record 5th championship. That season saw Andy post some amazing regular season numbers for the Little Red, including 9 shutouts, a 0.93 goals against average, and a .96 save percentage.

    Andy is scheduled to arrive on East Hill in 2010.

    Welcome to the Big Red, Andy.

    December 15, 2008

    Weekend Update

    On Friday:

    Westside scored the final three goals of the game to put away Merritt, 6-3. Vince Mihalek had an assist for the Warriors.

    Alberni Valley scored two goals within 53 seconds of each other but could not hold off Cowichan Valley, losing 3-2. Chris Moulson was scoreless.

    Notre Dames scored 55 seconds into the game, then it was all Humboldt as the Broncos skated to a 7-3 win. John Esposito was scoreless.

    Oakville scored the final three goals of the game to defeat Vaughan, 5-3. Braden Birch scored a goal.

    St. Michael's fell to Hamilton, 9-7. Erik Axell scored a goal and added two assists; Nick D'Agostino did not play.

    College Charles-Lemoyne defeated Lac St-Louis, 5-2. Mathieu Brisson was scoreless.

    On Saturday:

    Westside swept its weekender with Merritt, 8-1. Vince Mihalek chipped in with a helper.

    Victoria scored four first period goals and hung on for a 5-3 win over Alberni Valley. Chris Moulson picked up an assist for the Bulldogs.

    Humboldt scored 23 seconds into the game and eased to an 8-2 win over Notre Dame. John Esposito scored one of the goals for the Hounds. Notre Dame will visit Nipawin on Friday.

    Oakville got out to a 5-1 lead and then held on for a 5-3 win over Burlington. Braden Birch did not play.

    On Sunday:

    Westside went three for three on the weekend, edging Trail, 5-4. Vince Mihalek was scoreless. Westside will host Surrey on Wednesday.

    Alberni salvaged its weekend with a 3-2 win over Nanaimo. Chris Moulson was scoreless. Alberni Valley will host Cowichan Valley on Friday.

    Oakville lost for the first time in 10 games, losing to Bowmanville, 3-2. Braden Birch was scoreless. Oakville will visit Pickering on Wednesday.

    Wellington scored six goals in the second period to defeat St. Mike's, 8-4. Erik Axell and Nick D'Agostino did not play for the Buzzers. St. Mike's will host Cobourg on Friday.

    Charles-Lemoyne blanked Chateauguay, 4-0. Mathieu Brisson did not play. CCL will visit Jonquiere on Saturday.

    December 8, 2008

    Weekend Recap

    On Friday:

    Oakville skated out to a 5-1 lead and cruised to a 7-3 win over Brampton. Braden Birch did not play.

    St. Michael's scored 6 goals in the second period to blow open its game against Cobourg and defeated the Cougars, 9-4. Erik Axell was named the game's 2nd-Star after he scored three goals and added two assists. Nick D'Agostino also picked up two helpers for the Buzzers.

    Alberni Valley dropped a 3-2 decision to Cowichan Valley. Chris Moulson picked up an assist for the Bulldogs.

    Westside eased to a 7-1 win over Prince George. Vince Mihalek scored two goals. Westside will host Merritt on Friday.


    On Saturday:

    Cobourg bounced back from its Friday evening loss to pick up a 3-2 win over Stouffville. Jarred Seymour did not play.

    Alberni lost in overtime to Nanaimo, 4-3. Chris Moulson was scoreless. The 'Dogs will host Cowichan Valley on Friday.


    On Sunday:

    Oakville won its seventh straight with a 5-0 win over Port Hope. Braden Birch did not play. The Blades will host Vaughan on Friday.

    St. Michael's defeated Stouffville, 3-1, for its fifth straight win. Erik Axell added an assist, while Nick D'Agostino was scoreless. On Monday, St. Mike's visits Hamilton and Stouffville visits Cobourg.

    Notre Dame fell to Kindersley, 3-2. John Esposito was scoreless. Notre Dames hosts Melfort on Monday.

    Northwood ventured to Lynah Rink and won a 9-4 victory over the Buffalo Regals. Kevin Cole scored a goal and picked up an assist. Northwood plays Berkshire on Sunday.

    December 5, 2008

    Thursday Recap

    John Knisley scored two goals, including the game-winner, to help Pittsford to a 3-2 win over Spencerport. The Panthers will play Penfield next Thursday.

    Northwood swept St. Foy, winning 9-1 on Wednesday and 4-1 on Thursday. Kevin Cole scored a goal and added an assist in the first game, then picked up another helper in the second game. Northwood will play at Lynah Rink on Sunday against the Buffalo Regals.

    Mathieu Brisson's 3rd-period goal capped a three-goal comeback for Charles-Lemoyne as the Riverains defeated the Notre Dame 4-2. CCL will play Jonquiere on Friday.

    Hamilton scored the game-winner with 48 seconds remaining to defeat Stouffville, 5-3. Jarred Seymour did not play for the Spirit. Stouffville will be home against Cobourg on Saturday.

    Texas Pipeline

    Brandon Thomas has a great article on Cornell's Texas Connection in today's Ithaca Journal.

    Brandon also cites the Dallas Stars AAA's announcement on Armand DeSwardt's commitment as being for 2010, not 2009 as had previously been reported.

    December 4, 2008

    Wednesday's Action

    Vince Mihalek picked up an assist for Westside in its 3-1 loss to Penticton. The Warriors will host Prince George on Friday.

    Melville opened the game with seven straight goals and cruised to an 8-2 win over Notre Dame. John Esposito had a helper for the Hounds. Notre Dame will host Kindersley on Sunday.

    Pittsford spotted Canandaigua two goals then rallied for a 3-2 win. John Knisley scored a goal and assisted on the Panthers' other two goals. Pittsford will host Spencerport on Thursday.

    Power Forward For 2011

    Ben Thomson (6' 2", 185), a 1993-born forward from Mississauga, ON, has committed to the Big Red for 2011, according to Chris Heisenberg. Ben is currently attending St. Andrew's in Ontario and is the younger brother of current Big Red lacrosse player, Jonathan Thomson.

    Ben is playing with the Mississauga Reps AAA Midget team and has a line of 10-6-8-14-25 this season. Ben is considered one of the top forward prospects in Ontario and is regarded as a strong power player who has a mean edge to his game. Ben played with the Toronto Blackknights in last summer's Junior Chowder Cup and in 4 games scored 6 goals and added 2 assists.

    Welcome to Cornell, Ben.

    December 1, 2008

    Weekend Update

    On Friday, College Charles-LeMoyne scored four third period goals to beat Magog, 7-4. Mathieu Brisson had two assists for the Riverains.

    Oakville defeated Bowmanville, 6-2. Braden Birch did not play.

    St. Mike's picked up a 4-2 win over Markham. Erik Axell and Nick D'Agostino were scoreless.

    Notre Dame picked up a 2-1 win over Melville. John Esposito was scoreless. The Hounds will visit Melville on Wednesday.

    Alberni Valley gave up the first five goals of the game and fell to Langley, 5-1. Chris Moulson was scoreless.


    On Saturday, Charles-LeMoyne surrendered two fourth period goals and fell to Amos, 5-4. Mathieu Brisson picked up two helpers. The Riverains will host Notre Dame on Thursday.

    Alberni Valley won a 4-3 overtime decision against Burnaby. Chris Moulson was scoreless. The Bulldogs host Burnaby on Thursday.

    Westside fell 3-1 to Prince George. Vince Mihalek was scoreless.

    Pittsford surrendered two late goals and settled for a 2-2 draw with McQuaid at Blue Cross Arena. John Knisley was scoreless. The Panthers travel to Canandaigua on Wednesday.

    Northwood squeaked past Salisbury, 2-1, in the opening round of its Thanksgiving tournament. Kevin Cole was scoreless.


    On Sunday,

    Oakville defeated Streetsville, 3-1. Braden Birch did not play. The Blades host Brampton on Friday.

    St. Michael's pulled out a 3-2 shootout win over Newmarket. Erik Axell and Nick D'Agostino were scoreless. The Buzzers host Cobourg on Friday.

    Westside fell to Quesnel, 4-2. Vince Mihalek was scoreless. Westside will head to Penticton for a game on Wednesday.

    Northwood doubled-up St. Andrew's, 8-4. Kevin Cole scored a goal and added a helper. Northwood plays St. Foy on Wednesday.

    November Poll Results

    The first month of the season has come and gone. December brings a couple of conference games and the trip to Florida. Then, it's bring on the new year...

    In November, BRP asked "other than Cornell, the ECACHL team most excited to see in 08-09 is?"

    The results were as follows:

  • 38% -- Princeton
  • 16% -- Harvard
  • 12% -- Clarkson
  • 10% -- Colgate
  • 7% -- RPI
  • 5% -- Brown
  • 4% -- Yale
  • 2% -- Dartmouth, SLU, and Union
  • 1% -- Quinnipiac


    Thank you, once again, for voting & please remember to vote in this month's Puckhead Poll.
  • November 29, 2008

    A New Hound

    John Esposito (5' 10", 170), a 1991-born centerman with the Notre Dame Hounds (SJHL) has committed to the Big Red for 2009. John, who is from Montreal, Quebec, has scored 12 goals and added 12 assists in 27 games this year. Last year, John finished 9th in scoring in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA League with 28 goals and 32 assists in 42 games.

    According to various reports, John is a speedy player with a powerful shot and soft hands. He is also considered a talented puckhandler who's tough for his size and not afraid to battle along the boards.

    John is the younger brother of Angelo Esposito, a 1st-round selection of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2007.

    Welcome to Cornell, John.

    Photo: Notre Dame Hounds.

    November 26, 2008

    Panthers Maul Geneseo

    John Knisley scored two goals and picked up five assists to lead Pittsford to a 13-2 win over Geneseo on Tuesday.

    Pittsford plays traditional Rochester-area power McQuaid on Saturday at Blue Cross Arena.

    The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle recently ran this preview of Pittsford's team.

    November 25, 2008

    Prep Play Warming Up

    Kevin Cole scored two goals to help Northwood to a 7-1 win over the National Sports Academy on Wednesday.

    Northwood will play Salisbury on Saturday at Union College, and then face St. Andrews on Sunday at RPI.

    In New York High School play, Pittsford got a shorthanded goal in the third period from John Knisley to pull out a 1-0 win over Gates-Chili on Saturday.

    Pittsford will face Geneseo on Tuesday.

    November 23, 2008

    Rocket Roulette

    Chris Heisenberg is reporting that Cornell has received a commitment from Mathieu Brisson (6' 1", 187), a 1992-born defenseman from Quebec for the 2010 season. Mathieu currently plays for College Charles LeMoyne (Quebec Midget AAA) and was a 2nd-round selection of the PEI Rocket (QMJHL), in the same draft in which the Rocket selected former recruit Jordan Escott.

    Mathieu currently has a line of 24-7-16-23, which leads all defensemen in scoring in the QMAAA. Mathieu is also a member of Quebec's U17 team.

    Welcome to the Big Red, Mathieu.

    Photo: Quebec Midget AAA

    Weekend Wrap

    In British Columbia, Alberni Valley kicked off its weekend with a 3-2 defeat to Cowichan Valley on Friday. Chris Moulson went scoreless.

    Also on Friday, Westside beat Langley, 3-1. Vince Mihalek went scoreless.

    On Saturday, Alberni bounced back with a 5-4 overtime win against Surrey. Chris Moulson went scoreless. Alberni will travel to Langley on Friday.

    Westside fell to Trail, 6-4 in its Saturday affair. Vince Mihalek picked up an assist for the Warriors. Westside visits Trail in a return game on Sunday.

    On Friday in Ontario, St. Michael's dropped its fifth straight when it lost to Markham, 8-3. Nick D'Agostino scored a goal for the Buzzers, while Erik Axell chipped in with a helper. St. Mike's will visit Stouffville on Thursday.

    November 20, 2008

    Escott...Gone

    Jordan Escott has decided to follow the path taken by his older brother and try his luck in the QMJHL. Escott will begin play with the PEI Rocket on Friday.

    Good luck, Jordan.

    November 18, 2008

    A Very Big Pick Up

    According to Chris Heisenberg, Armand De Swardt (6' 5", 210), a 1990-born forward, has committed to the Big Red for 2009. Armand, who grew up in Texas, spent last season playing with the Dallas Stars AAA team and appeared to be headed for a spot with Indiana (USHL) this summer before being injured.

    Last season, Armand scored 21 goals, added 24 assists, and picked up 84 penalty minutes in 53 games with the Stars.

    McKeen's is very high on Armand and speaks of an impressive finishing ability due to having a "bone-rattling" wristshot. They also report he has good hands and mobility, especially for someone his size. He is also, not surprisingly, a very physical player.

    Welcome to Cornell, Armand.

    Note: The Dallas Stars AAA report the commitment is for 2010.

    November 17, 2008

    Sunday Action

    Alberni Valley crossed over to face the first place team in the Coastal's Mainland Division and found out just how far a trip it was when Powell River easily defeated the Bulldogs, 7-1. Chris Moulson went scoreless for the 'Dogs.

    Alberni hosts Cowichan Valley on Wednesday.

    Amherst also took on a first place team, falling to Truro, 3-1. Jordan Escott scored the Ramblers' only goal and was awarded the game's 3rd-Star.

    Amherst will be at home against Bridgewater on Saturday.

    St. Michael's lost to Wellington, 5-4. It was the Buzzers' second straight loss to the Dukes. Erik Axell and Nick D'Agostino each had two assists for St. Mike's. Erik also picked up the game's 2nd-Star for his effort.

    St. Mike's will visit Newmarket on Thursday.

    Stouffville dropped a 7-2 decision to Toronto. Jarred Seymour picked up a helper for the Spirit.

    Stouffville is at Hamilton on Monday.

    November 16, 2008

    Catching Up

    Starting in British Columbia, Westside fell to Penticton in overtime on Friday, 4-3. Vince Mihalek went scoreless for the Warriors.

    On Saturday, Westside dropped its third in a row, losing to Vernon, 4-1. Vince Mihalek went scoreless for the Warriors. In Alberni, the Bulldogs dropped a 3-2 decision to Nanaimo in overtime. Chris Moulson went scoreless for Alberni Valley.

    Alberni Valley visits Powell River on Sunday.
    Westside is home against Langley on Friday.

    In Ontario, Oakville skated to a 5-2 win over Mississauga on Friday. Braden Birch rejoined the Blades after his WJAC experience, but was scoreless on the night. Nick D'Agostino also returned from the WJAC and picked up an assist in St. Michael's 3-2 loss to Wellington on Friday. Erik Axell went scoreless for the Buzzers.

    On Saturday, Oakville has its 10-game winning streak abruptly end when Georgetown whacked the Blades, 10-2. Braden Birch had a helper for Oakville.

    On Sunday, Stouffville visits Toronto and St. Mike's visits Wellington.
    Oakville will visit Vaughan on Monday.

    In the Maritiimes, Jordan Escott assisted on Matthew Squires' goal early in the 3rd period to help send Amherst's game with Halifax into overtime. Amherst would pull out a 4-3 win on a shootout. Jordan was named the game's 1st-Star for his effort.

    On Saturday, Amherst fell to Yarmouth, 4-3, in another shootout. Jordan Escott scored a goal for the Ramblers.

    Amherst visits Truro on Sunday.

    November 12, 2008

    Westside Falls To Salmon Arm

    Westside fell to Salmon Arm 6-3 on Tuesday. Vince Mihalek scored a goal for the Warriors.

    Westside will host Penticton on Friday.

    November 11, 2008

    Canada East Wins Bronze

    Canada East bounced back from its semifinal loss to the United States to defeat Belarus, 9-1, and win the bronze medal at the World Junior A Challenge. Canada East finished the tournament with a record of 2-2. The US won the gold with a 7-1 win over Canada West.

    Nick D'Agostino has three assists in his four games, while Braden Birch and Jordan Escott each went scoreless.

    November 7, 2008

    Canada East Falls To Team USA

    The USA scored three goals in the second period to put the game away, going on to defeat Canada East, 5-3. Nick D'Agostino had two helpers for TCE. The loss left each of the three teams in Group B at 1-1. Canada East won pool play, however, due to having the best goal differential in the group.

    Canada East will play the United States in a semifinal match on Saturday. The Americans advanced to the semis by beating Russia, 8-2 on Thursday.

    November 4, 2008

    Birch & D'Agostino Get An A

    Braden Birch and Nick D'Agostino have each been named an Assistant Captain for Team Canada East in the World Junior A Challenge. Canada East is currently 1-0 in the WJAC and will play the United States on Wednesday.

    Congratulations to Braden and Nick.

    November 3, 2008

    Team Canada East Beats Germany

    Team Canada East began play at the World Junior A Challenge by defeating Germany, 6-3. Germany's David Wolf opened the scoring 49 seconds into the game, but Canada East answered with three goals in the opening period. Future RPI Engineers' Brandon Pirri and Jacob Laliberte each chipped in with a goal during the period. Pirri finished the day with two goals and an assist to be named Team Canada's player of the game.

    Nick D'Agostino picked up an assist for the victors.

    Canada East will play the United States on Wednesday.

    November 2, 2008

    OJHL Weekend

    On Friday, St. Michael's fell to Newmarket, 6-3. Erik Axell had two assists for the Buzzers.

    Stouffville dropped a 5-2 decision to Wellington. Jarred Seymour went scoreless.

    St. Mike's will be at Hamilton on Monday, while Stouffville will host Hamilton on Thursday.

    BCHL Weekend

    On Friday, Victoria defeated Alberni Valley, 3-2. Chris Moulson went scoreless.

    Westside blanked Nanaimo, 4-0. Vince Mihalek went scoreless.

    On Saturday, Westside knocked off Alberni Valley, 6-3. Vince Mihalek went scoreless for the winning team, while Chris Moulson picked up a helper for the losing team.

    Alberni Valley visits Trail on Wednesday; on Friday, Westside will host Trail.

    Knisley At Nike Bauer

    John Knisley helped the Rochester Alliance U16s to a second place finish in the Nike Division at the Nike Bauer AAA International Invite. In seven games, John scored two goals and added three assists. John scored the game-winning goals in the Alliance's quarterfinal win over Chicago Mission and its semifinal win over Detroit Compuware. The Alliance lost the final to Russia's HC Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, 4-3, in double-overtime.

    The Alliance begins the western section New York State playdowns next week before breaking for the high school season. Rochester's record is currently 34-7-2.

    October 31, 2008

    October Poll Recap

    The exhibition season is over; it's time to make 'em count.

    In October, BRP asked "which newcomer will have the greatest impact this year?"

    The results were as follows:

  • 30% -- Sean Collins
  • 24% -- Locke Jillson
  • 17% -- Keir Ross
  • 8% -- Derek Punches
  • 8% -- Jordan Kary
  • 7% -- Sean Whitney
  • 5% -- Michael Garman


    Thank you, once again, for voting & please remember to vote in this month's Puckhead Poll.
  • October 27, 2008

    Weekend Wrap

    On Friday:

    Alberni Valley fell hard to Surrey, 7-1. Chris Moulson picked up an assist on the Bulldogs' only goal.

    Westside defeated Vernon, 5-2 . Vince Mihalek went scoreless for the Warriors.

    Amherst lost to Yarmouth, 6-2. Jordan Escott went scoreless for the Ramblers.

    Oakville doubled-up Ajax, 8-4. Braden Birch had an assist for the Blades.

    St. Michael's had a rough go of it against Hamilton, losing 7-1. Erik Axell had the Buzzers' only goal. Nick D'Agostino was scoreless on the night.

    On Saturday:

    Chris Moulson chipped in with a goal but it wasn't enough as Alberni Valley lost to Burnaby, 4-3.

    The Bulldogs will host Victoria on Friday.

    Vince Mihalek scored the game-winning goal to help Westside to a 5-3 win over Trail.

    Westside travels to Victoria on Tuesday.

    Amherst couldn't solve Dieppe Gagnon, dropping a 3-1 decision to the Commandos. Jordan Escott went scoreless on the weekend.

    Oakville continued its strong play with a 7-3 win over Bramalea. Braden Birch had a helper for Oakville.

    Oakville travels to Burlington on Friday.

    On Sunday:

    Amherst concluded a rough weekend with a 5-1 defeat to Summerside. Jordan Escott did not play.

    The Ramblers will visit Weeks on Thursday.

    St. Mike's wrapped up its weekend with a 4-2 loss to Wellington. Erik Axell and Nick D'Agostino went scoreless for the Buzzers.

    St. Michael's is at Cobourg on Monday.

    October 24, 2008

    Thursday Update

    Alberni Valley dropped a 3-2 decision to Langley. Chris Moulson went scoreless for the Bulldogs.

    Alberni travels to Surrey on Friday.

    Westside picked up a 6-2 win over Quesnel. Vince Mihalek scored a goal for the Warriors.

    Westside will visit Vernon on Friday.

    Stouffville scored two goals in the third period but it wasn't enough as the Spirit fell to Cobourg, 6-5. Jarred Seymour went scoreless for Stouffville.

    The Spirit get the weekend off, then travel to Hamilton on Monday.

    October 23, 2008

    Article On D'Agostino

    Hockey Now: Ontario has an article on Nick D'Agostino in its October 18th issue.

    Mike, thanks for the link.

    October 22, 2008

    Newfoundland Red

    Chris Heisenberg has reported that Jordan Escott (6' 2", 165), a 1991-born centerman with the Amherst Ramblers (Maritime JHL) has committed to Cornell for 2010. Jordan, who hails from St John's, Newfoundland, is currently tied for second in scoring in the MJHL with 6 goals and 15 assists in 14 games, and has won one Player of the Week award. Last season, Jordan scored 12 goals and had 29 assists in 52 games for the Ramblers, and was named Rookie of the Month in February.

    Jordan will be joining Braden Birch and Nick D'Agostino on Canada East in the upcoming World Junior A Challenge. Jordan also was a member of Team Atlantic in last season's World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

    Jordan was named #4 on The Hockey News' 10/21 Hot List.

    Welcome to the Big Red, Jordan.

    Photo:: Maritime JHL

    October 20, 2008

    OJHL Update

    On Thursday, St. Mike's lost to Newmarket, 4-2. Nick D'Agostino and Erik Axell went scoreless for the Buzzers.

    Stouffville fell to Markham, 4-3. Jarred Seymour did not play for the Spirit.

    On Friday, Oakville dropped a 4-3 decision to Buffalo. Braden Birch scored a goal in the loss.

    St. Mike's bounced back and beat Toronto, 7-1. Nick D'Agostino went scoreless and Erik Axell did not play.

    On Saturday, Oakville defeated Burlington. 5-2. Braden Birch went scoreless on the evening.

    Stouffville needed a shootout to get past St. Mike's, 3-2. Jarred Seymour went scoreless for Stouffville. Nick D'Agostino scored a goal for St. Michael's, while Erik Axell went scoreless.

    On Sunday, Stouffville couldn't get past Toronto, falling 3-2. Jarred Seymour went scoreless for the Spirit.

    On Monday, Oakville picked up a shootout win over Buffalo, 5-4. Braden Birch had a helper for the Blades.

    On deck:
    Stouffville is hosting Cobourg on Thursday, while on Friday, Oakville is home against Ajax and St. Mike's is home against Hamilton.

    BCHL Update

    Westside squeaked past Prince George, 2-1, on Thursday. Vince Mihalek went scoreless for the Warriors.

    On Friday, Alberni Valley dropped a 4-2 decision to Nanaimo. Chris Moulson went scoreless for Alberni.

    In Saturday's games, Westside and Quesnel met for the first game in a three game series with the Warriors surviving, 7-5. Vince Mihalek picked up an assist for Westside.

    Alberni dropped its second game of the weekend, falling 8-1 to Victoria. Chris Moulson went scoreless for the Bulldogs.

    Next up for Alberni Valley is a trip to Langley on Thursday.

    On Sunday, Westside lost to Quesnel, 3-1. Vince Mihalek went scoreless for Westside.

    Westside and Quesnel will finish their three game set on Thursday in Westside.

    October 16, 2008

    Birch and D'Agostino to WJAC

    Hockey Canada has announced the rosters for its East and West representatives in next month's World Junior A Challenge. Braden Birch and Nick D'Agostino will represent Canada East in the tournament.

    Canada East will be in Group B with Germany and the United States. Group A is comprised of Belarus, Canada West, and Russia.

    The event runs from November 2-9 in Camrose, Alberta. Canada East begins play on November 3rd against Germany.

    Congratulations to Braden and Nick.

    Bulldogs Battle Clippers

    Chris Moulson scored a goal for Alberni Valley in its losing effort to Nanaimo on Wednesday night. The Clippers got two goals from Brad McConnell and skated to a 6-3 win.

    The two teams meet again on Friday in Port Alberni.

    October 14, 2008

    2008 ECAC Hockey Recruiting Final Rankings

    Here's BRP's final look at the ECAC's 2008-2009 recruiting classes. For the second year in a row, Harvard claims the magic puck.


    2008 ECAC Hockey

    1) Harvard - Players, 8; Score, 120; Grade, A+
  • Another deep and talented class. Snagged two from the NTDP.
    Buzz: Ryan Grimshaw is a tough, relentless worker who's going to give opponents fits. Alexander Killorn is the highest drafted player coming into the league and should be in the running for the league's top rookie.
    NHL: Alexander Killorn, #77 (Tampa Bay) in 2007.

    2) Clarkson - Players, 8; Score, 113; Grade, A+
  • Class is full of scary scorers. Had more players selected in this summer's NHL draft than any other team in the league.
    Buzz: Julien Cayer is a talented striker who could make for some long nights in the crease. Mark Borowiecki should be a difference-maker at the blueline.
    NHL: Mark Borowiecki, #139 (Ottawa) in 2008.
    NHL: Julien Cayer, #151 (Detroit) in 2008.
    NHL: Nick Tremblay, #173 (Boston) in 2008.
    NHL: Paul Karpowich, #185 (St. Louis) in 2008.

    3) Dartmouth - Players, 9; Score, 106; Grade, A
  • The Green follow up last year's talented class with another one. 4 defensemen and 2 goalies restock the backend.
    Buzz: Paul Lee is big and skilled...nice combination. Lee was the second-leading goal scorer on Avon's Division 1 Prep champs.
    NHL: Troy Mattila, #190 (New York Islanders) in 2006.

    4) Colgate - Players, 7; Score, 96; Grade, B
  • Colgate's rebuilding effort should be hastened by its solid class.
    Buzz: Austin Smith will be expected to make an immediate impact. Nicholas Prockow was Berkshire's top scorer the past two years and could make as big a splash as Smith.
    NHL: Corbin McPherson, #87 (New Jersey) in 2007.
    NHL: Austin Smith, #128 (Dallas) in 2007.

    5) RPI - Players, 8; Score, 94; Grade, B
  • Another impressive group of forwards are joined by top prospects in goal and on the blueline.
    Buzz: Mike Bergin was referred to as " the surprise of a class deep in forwards" in our midterm rankings -- not much of a surprise anymore.
    NHL: Allen York, #158 (Columbus) in 2007.
    NHL: Mike Bergin, #208 (Dallas) in 2008.

    6) Cornell - Players, 6; Score, 91; Grade, B
  • Only Princeton and Union bring in fewer students than the Big Red. A nice combination of speed and size should keep the Faithful happy.
    Buzz: Keir Ross arrives from Texas, via Omaha, a bit under the radar, and that's just fine. Locke Jillson, another Texan, adds some needed speed.
    NHL: Sean Collins, #187 (Columbus) in 2008.

    7) Yale - Players, 7; Score, 66; Grade, C
  • Did a good job picking up players from the USHL.
    Buzz: Yale's on a roll with bringing in small scoring phenoms. Hmm, Brian O'Neill (5' 9", 165) finished 6th in scoring in the USHL.

    8) Brown - Players, 9; Score, 59; Grade, C-
  • Brings in a a nice group across the board..
    Buzz: Mike Clemente arrives from the USNTDP. Jack MacLellan's a playmaker who finished tied for third in scoring in the Alberta JHL.

    9) Princeton - Players, 4; Score, 53; Grade, D
  • The Tigers could afford to be selective, and they were.
    Buzz: Derrick Pallis was one of the top Prep setup players. He'll have lots of hungry Tigers to feed.

    10) Union - Players, 5; Score, 46; Grade, D-
  • Although they're light in number, they did a nice job in British Columbia.
    Buzz: Brian Yanovitch is a speedy player who doesn't quit and is fun to watch. Nolan Julseth-White should bolster the blueline.

    11) St. Lawrence - Players, 9; Score, 39; Grade, D-
  • Experience will not be an issue in Canton. The Saints bring in 5 '87s and 4 '88s.
    Buzz: Brandon Bollig, Jake Klancher, and Mark Armstrong bring size to the wings.

    12) Quinnipiac - Players, 11 Score, 32; Grade, D-
  • The Bobcats land the league's largest class.
    Buzz: From Spencer Heichman (5' 6", 160) to Mike Glaicar (6' 4", 215), the 'Cats bring in a bit of everything.


  • Note: For background on the rationale used in calculating these grades, take a look at 2007's final rankings.


    2007 ECAC Hockey


    Background: BRP's attempting to take a quasi-objective look at ECAC Hockey's incoming 2007 class. The process is pretty simple. Without going into too much detail, however, Central Scouting's list has been used to weigh the relative depth of various source leagues (junior, prep, and high school) and then players on Chris Heisenberg's list have been awarded bonus points (with the top half of each eligible league's list receiving more points than the lower half). Bonus points are additionally awarded for having been named to Central Scouting's watchlist or for having been drafted; there is also a minor deduction if one is dropped from the final list and has been previously awarded bonus points. Finally, bonus points have been (or will be) awarded for certain league-wide or conference-wide awards (MVP, ROTY, all-star teams, etc) -- though these are the smallest bonuses in use -- and for being named to INCH's top-positional players list. The goal is to calculate an average value per class (represented by each team's score) so that the effect of class size is somewhat mitigated.

    There were some late additions to a couple of classes so the number of players has increased since the post-draft list.

    ECAC Hockey

    1) Harvard - Players, 7; Score, 119; Grade, A+
  • A very talented class across the board. There's a lot to be excited about...if one's a Crimson fan.
    Buzz: Michael Biega (5' 11", 180), 1989-born forward, Salisbury Prep. It was a little surprising that Biega was bypassed during this year's draft.
    NHL: Matt McCollem, #154 (St. Louis) in 2006.

    2) Cornell - Players, 8; Score, 105; Grade A
  • Filled numerous roles with this class. A solid showing in British Columbia.
    Buzz: Riley Nash (6' 1", 175), 1989-born forward, Salmon Arm/BCHL. The top recruit in the ECAC this year.
    NHL: Riley Nash, #21 (Edmonton) in 2007.

    3t) Colgate - Players, 5; Score, 100; Grade, A
  • Class is probably as talented as Harvard's, just fewer of them.
    Buzz: Brian Day (6', 185), 1988-born forward, Governor Dummer Prep. Should make an impact early for the Raiders.
    NHL: Brian Day, #171 (New York Islanders) in 2006.

    3t) Dartmouth - Players, 9; Score, 100; Grade, A
  • Tied with Clarkson and RPI for the largest class. The Green did very, very, very well in Minnesota.
    Buzz: Joe Stejskal (6' 2", 190), 1988-born defenseman, Grand Rapids (MN) HS. One of three outstanding prospects from Minnesota.
    NHL: Joe Stejskal, #133 (Montreal) in 2007.

    5) RPI - Players, 9; Score, 84; Grade, B
  • Joins Clarkson and Dartmouth with the league's biggest class. The good news in Troy is that Seth Appert can recruit. The bad news is that he may be coaching in the WCHA or CCHA before his first class has graduated.
    Buzz: Bryan Brutlag (6' 1", 190), 1989-born defenseman, Holy Angels (MN) Academy. Tied for the most assists in Minnesota prep play this year.

    6t) Clarkson - Players, 9; Score, 82; Grade B
  • Added a couple of players late which gave them the largest class, along with Dartmouth and RPI. Clarkson did very well in Ontario.
    Buzz: Scott Freeman (5' 11", 180), 1988-born forward, Bowmanville/OPJHL. Leading scorer in the OPJHL and divisional MVP.
    NHL: Bryan Rufenach, #208 (Detroit) in 2007.

    6t) Princeton - Players, 7; Score, 82; Grade, B
  • Did a nice job in the USHL. Also landed a pair of defensemen from one of Alberta's top teams, Fort Saskatchewan.
    Buzz: Cam Ritchie (6', 190), 1987-born defenseman, Fort Saskatchewan/AJHL. Averaged nearly a point per game for the high-scoring Traders.

    8) Quinnipiac - Players, 6; Score, 67; Grade, C
  • Added a solid prep prospect late -- Sean Coughlin.
    Buzz: Zack Hansen (5' 10", 165), 1987-born defenseman, Sioux Falls/USHL. Was the first Minnesota high schooler selected in last summer's USHL draft. Small, but showed offensive potential in his rookie year.
    NHL: Pat McGann, #222 (Dallas) in 2005.

    9) Union - Players, 8; Score, 64; Grade, C
  • The league's oldest class should provide immediate help. Union also snagged ECAC Hockey's top incoming goalie.
    Buzz: Cory Milan (5' 10", 160), 1986-born goalie, Penticton/BCHL. Named the BCHL's top goalie.

    10) Yale - Players, 8; Score, 56; Grade, C-
  • This group will probably be more successful than any goofy ranking system could predict.
    Buzz: Broc Little (5' 9", 160), 1988-born forward, Cushing Prep. Runner-up for USHR Prep forward of the year.

    11) St. Lawrence - Players, 5; Score, 32; Grade, D-
  • The league's smallest class.
    Buzz: Nick Pitsikoulis (5' 9", 175), 1988-born forward, Westminster Prep. Has the potential to be a solid playmaker for the Saints.

    12) Brown - Players, 5; Score, 30; Grade, D-
  • 5 players from 4 different areas, only double-dipping in British Columbia.
    Buzz: David Brownschidle (6', 173), 1989-born forward, Tri-City/USHL. Solid, hard-working player whose contribution transcends the scoresheet.
  • October 11, 2008

    2008 INCH Recruiting Rankings

    Inside College Hockey has released its rankings of the top incoming players and classes for 2008-2009. RPI's Allen York is the ECAC's highest ranked recruit, coming in #3 on the goalies' list. Cornell did not have a student named to the list this year.

    Overall ECAC rankings:

    Top-20 Forwards:
    11, Alex Killorn, Harvard
    18, Brian O'Neil, Yale
    19, Austin Smith, Colgate

    Top-20 Defensemen:
    9, Mike Bergin, RPI
    10, Derrick Pallis, Princeton
    17, Mark Borowiecki, Clarkson
    18, Connor Goggin, Dartmouth

    Top-10 Goalies:
    3, Allen York, RPI
    10, Paul Karpowich, Clarkson

    Top-15 Classes:
    12, Clarkson
    14, RPI

    Total selections = 9
    (2) Clarkson and RPI
    (1) Colgate, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, and Yale

    Coming soon...BRP's final rankings.

    October 9, 2008

    This Week's Action

    Stouffville dropped a 6-3 decision to Hamilton on Monday. Jarred Seymour went scoreless for the Spirit.

    On Wednesday, Alberni Valley defeated Cowichan Valley, 4-3, in overtime. The Bulldogs potted two goals in the third period to tie the game, and then won it on Josh Pineiro's goal at 2:34 into the extra session. Chris Moulson picked up an assist for the Dogs.

    Alberni travels to Victoria on Friday.

    On Thursday, Stouffville kept battling back but couldn't catch Toronto, falling 5-4 to the Jr. Canadiens. Jarred Seymour had two assists for the Spirit.

    Stouffville will visit Newmarket on Sunday.

    October 5, 2008

    Weekend Update

    On Thursday, St. Michael's scored the game's final five goals to defeat Stouffville, 7-3. Nick D'Agosino picked up a helper for the Buzzers, while Erik Axell continued to be out of action. Jarred Seymour did not score for the Spirit.

    On Friday, the two teams met again and St. Mike's pulled out a 5-4 win. Nick D'Agostino score the tying goal with 6 seconds remaining in the game to send it into overtime. Ater a scoreless extra period, the Buzzers won the game during the shootout phase. Jarred Seymour went scoreless for Stouffville and Erik Axell sat out for St. Michael's.

    Nick picked up the game's 3rd-Star for his effort.

    Stouffville will visit Hamilton on Monday; St. Mike's will travel to Markham on Friday.

    Also on Friday, Oakville defeated Milton, 6-3. Braden Birch picked up two assists for the Blades, including a helper on the game-winning goal.

    On Saturday, Braden Birch scored a goal to help the Blades nip Brampton, 6-5.

    Oakville will host Georgetown on Friday.

    In British Columbia, Alberni Valley dropped its two games this weekend. The Bulldogs fell to Langley, 4-1, on Friday, and then dropped a 5-3 decision to Victoria on Saturday. Chris Moulson picked up an assist in each game for Alberni.

    The Dogs will head to Cowichan Valley on Wednesday.

    October 1, 2008

    Summer Poll Recap

    It's a Green Day...October is here and another hockey season is wiping the sleep from its eyes.

    This summer, BRP asked who's the "early pick to win the ECACHL in 2008-2009?"

    The results were as follows:

  • 36% -- Cornell
  • 25% -- Harvard
  • 14% -- Princeton
  • 12% -- Clarkson
  • 4% -- Union
  • 2% -- Colgate
  • 2% -- St. Lawrence
  • 1% -- Yale
  • 1% -- Dartmouth
  • 1% -- Quinnipiac
  • 1% -- Brown
  • 1% -- RPI


    Thank you, once again, for voting & please remember to vote in this month's Puckhead Poll.
  • September 28, 2008

    Saturday Recap

    Oakville blanked Mississauga, 4-0, on Saturday. Braden Birch was scoreless for Oakville.

    The Blades will visit Milton on Friday.

    St. Michael's dropped an overtime decision to Toronto, 5-4. Nick D'Agostino picked up a helper for St. Mike's.

    The Buzzers will travel to Stouffville on Thursday.

    Chris Moulson scored Alberni Valley's first goal to help the Bulldogs to a 3-2 win over Powell River.

    Alberni will host Langley on Friday.

    September 27, 2008

    Thursday & Friday Update

    Alberni Valley dropped its first two games of the weekend. The Bulldogs lost to Quesnel on Thursday, 4-3, and to Nanaimo on Friday, 6-2. Chris Moulson picked up an assist against the Millionaires and added two more helpers against the Clippers.

    Alberni will host Powell River on Saturday.

    In Ontario, Stouffville dropped its two games to Wellington, 8-2 and 7-4. Jarred Seymour went scoreless for the Spirit.

    Stouffville will entertain St. Michael's on Thursday.

    Oakville defeated Milton, 5-3, on Friday. Braden Birch went scoreless for the Blades.

    Oakville will visit Mississauga on Saturday.

    St. Mike's led 3-0 after the first period, but was unable to hold off Cobourg, losing 5-4. Nick D'Agostino picked up an assist for the Buzzers, while Erik Axell did not play.

    St. Michael's is at Toronto on Saturday.

    September 22, 2008

    OJHL: Sunday Action

    Nick D'Agostino scored the game-winning goal at 8:04 of the second period to help St. Michael's to a 3-1 win over Newmarket. Erik Axell did not play for the Buzzers.

    St. Mike's will host Cobourg on Friday.

    Stouffville dropped a 4-3 decision to Toronto, despite having entered the second period with a 2-0 lead. The Spirit remains winless on the year. Jarred Seymour did not score for Stouffville.

    Stouffville will visit Cobourg on Monday.

    Red Picks Up Rochester Forward

    According to Chris Heisenberg, Cornell has received a commitment from John Knisley (5' 8", 160), a 1992-born forward who played last season for Pittsford High School and for the Rochester Alliance. John scored 20 goals and added 24 assists as a freshman for the Pittsford Panthers last year and was named to the All-Greater Rochester team and was a 2nd-team All-State selection. John played with Team Navy this summer in the Select 16 Festival and had an 0-4-4 line in 5 games.

    The Scouting News had this to say about John: [Has] great outside speed, very shifty with the puck...quick and dangerous around the net...very good acceleration with and without the puck...needs to work on his defensive game to be a solid all-around player.

    John will probably be joining Cornell in 2011.

    Welcome to the Big Red, John.

    Photo: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

    No Red/White Game

    In case anyone has been wondering, there will not be a Red/White game this year. It really wasn't omitted from the schedule; it isn't going to happen.

    Local fans will just have to wait a little longer to see the Red & White open up against the Red & White...and Blue.

    Let's Go Red...

    September 21, 2008

    Saturday Recap

    In OJHL play (the league dropped Provincial from its name), Oakville raced out to a 5-0 lead after the first period and cruised to an 8-5 win over Whitby. Braden Birch went scoreless for the Blades.

    Oakville will visit Vaughn on Monday.

    Alberni Valley remained the only winless team in the BCHL after losing in overtime to Victoria, 4-3. Chris Moulson picked up an assist for the Bulldogs.

    Alberni will host Quesnel on Thursday.

    September 20, 2008

    Friday Night Hockey

    Oakville and St. Mike's each picked up 8-5 wins on Friday. The Blades defeated Bramalea, while the Buzzers took care of business against Stouffville. Braden Birch picked up two helpers in Oakville's win. In the Stouffville - St. Mike's match, Nick D'Agostino had an assist in the winning effort. Jarred Seymour went scoreless for Stouffville. Erik Axell did not play for the Buzzers.

    Oakville will host Whitby on Saturday. On Sunday, St. Michael's will visit Newmarket and Stouffville will be home against Toronto.

    In the BCHL, Chris Moulson had an assist on Alberni Valley's only goal in its 2-1 loss to Cowichan Valley.

    The Bulldogs are back in action on Saturday against Victoria.

    Chris Moulson Interview

    Evan Hammond, the play-by-play voice of the Alberni Valley Bulldogs, recently conducted an interview with Chris Moulson. There is a link to the interview posted on elynah, or one can go directly to Hammer's Bulldog Blog. There is also an interview at the same site with former Bulldog and Big Red alum, Doug Krantz.

    Access to the interviews was made possible by 93.3 The Peak FM and the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group.

    September 14, 2008

    Blades Dull Against Cougars

    Oakville dropped its first road game of the season, 6-2, on Saturday. Burlington took a 3-2 lead late in the first frame and never looked back. Braden Birch went scoreless for Oakville.

    Oakville hosts Bramalea on Friday.

    September 13, 2008

    OPJHL Update

    Oakville kicked off its season with an 8-4 win over Mississauga on Friday. Braden Birch scored a power play goal to help the Blades secure its opening victory.

    Oakville will visit Burlington on Saturday.

    Also on Friday, Markham defeated Stouffville, 7-3, as the Spirit was unable to rally from a 3-2 deficit at the end of two periods. Jarred Seymour went scoreless for Stouffville, which visits Newmarket on Sunday.

    The game of the night, however, had to be between St. Michael's and Hamilton. St. Mike's came back from 7-1 and 8-2 scores to win 10-8. Nick D'Agostino chipped in with 3 assists and picked up the game's 3rd-Star, while Erik Axell went scoreless.

    The Buzzers travel to face Toronto on Sunday.

    Alberni Opens Flat

    Victoria breezed past Alberni Valley, 5-1, in the Bulldogs' opener on Friday. Chris Moulson went scoreless for the Dogs.

    Alberni will host Powell River on Sunday.

    September 12, 2008

    Stouffville Drops Opener

    Stouffville opened its season against Newmarket on Thursday and fell to the Hurricanes, 6-2. Newmarket's Glen McCarron, who led the WOHL in scoring last season, scored two goals to lead the Canes.

    Jarred Seymour went scoreless for the Spirit.

    Stouffville visits Markham on Friday.

    September 11, 2008

    Moulson Gets An A

    Alberni Valley announced that Chris Moulson has been named an Assistant Captain for the 2008-2009 season.

    The Bulldogs open its season on Friday when Victoria travels to Port Alberni.

    Congratulations, Chris, and best wishes for the upcoming season.

    September 9, 2008

    Buzzers Start Two For Two

    St. Michael's took to the road for the first time in the 2008-2009 season and came away with a 7-5 win over Hamilton on Monday night. In a game that had been tied four times, Erik Axell assisted on David Stevens' third goal at 6:53 in the third period for the game-winning score. Erik finished with three assists on the night, while Nick D'Agostino scored his first goal of the season.

    St. Mike's will host Hamilton on Friday night.

    September 6, 2008

    St. Mike's Opens With Win

    St. Michael's began its defense of its regular season title with a 7-3 win over Markham on Friday night. It was a game of runs as the Buzzers raced out to a 5-0 lead at the end of the first stanza. The second period belonged to Markham as the Waxers scored three times in the first 8:07 to draw close. St. Mike's put the game away with two goals in the final frame, which included Erik Axell's first of the season to complete the scoring. For the game, Erik scored a goal and added an assist. Nick D'Agostino picked up an assist for the Buzzers as well.

    St. Mike's next game is Monday in Hamilton.

    Stouffville, which joins St. Mike's in the inaugural Central Division, will begin its season on Thursday when it hosts Newmarket.

    Oakville, the OPJHL's defending RBC representative, begins its season on Friday against Mississauga. Oakville will play in the Mackinnon Division.

    Note: The Central Division is a one year pilot program envisioned to be the Ontario Hockey Association's premier development division. For this season the teams will remain in the OPJHL and play an independent schedule while still qualifying for the league playoffs. The program is intended to place a greater emphasis on operating standards and developing players for the OHL, CIS, and NCAA. In addition to St. Michael's and Stouffville, the participating teams are Coburg, Hamilton, Markham, Newmarket, Toronto, and Wellington.

    August 30, 2008

    Andy Iles Returns From Slovakia

    Andy Iles went 1-1 to help the USA to a 3-1 record at the Under-17 Five Nations Tournament in Prievidza, Slovakia, which was held from August 17-23.

    Andy posted a GAA of 2.50 and a Save % of 90.57 in his first experience with a national team.

    August 28, 2008

    Kevin Cole Update

    Kevin Cole helped Team Orange to a second place finish in Pool B at this summer's Select 17 Festival in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Kevin finished the tournament tied for 12th in scoring (second on his team) with 3 goals and 4 assists in 5 games.

    Kevin will be attending the Northwood School in Lake Placid this year.

    August 23, 2008

    Jeffrey Skinner To The OHL

    Kitchener signed Jeffrey Skinner, who was the Rangers' first round pick in this summer's OHL draft. Skinner (5' 8", 160) played last season for the Toronto Young Nationals in GTHL, where he scored 65 goals and added 42 assists in 55 games. Skinner is the brother of former Big Red women's captain, Andrea, and had another sister play for Harvard.

    August 14, 2008

    A Bit With Sean Collins

    An MJHL board posted this interview with Sean Collins shortly after the NHL draft.

    The same board also posted this interview with Sean's Waywayseecappo coach, Barry Butler.

    August 1, 2008

    Casey's Coming Home

    USHR has reported that Casey Jones will fill the open assistant coach's position at Cornell. Casey has most recently been the associate head coach at Ohio State and is known as an outstanding recruiter. The Buckeyes' roster has been largely comprised of players from Ontario, British Columbia, the USHL, and the USNTDP.

    Casey and his wife, Kimberlee, are each Cornell grads. BRP would like to welcome the Jones family on its return to Ithaca.

    Photo: Ohio State Athletics

    July 17, 2008

    2008 Incoming Class Announced

    Cornell officially released the names of the 7 new members of the team this afternoon. The only surprise is the inclusion of Derek Punches, who is transferring in from Wayne State.

    July 3, 2008

    Andy Iles Update

    Ithacan Andy Iles has been selected to the National Select U17 team that will travel to Slovakia this August for the Five Nations tournament. USA Hockey selected the team based on performances last week at the Select 16 Festival held in Rochester, NY. In Rochester, Andy posted the highest save percentage (.939) and had the second lowest goals against average (2.02). Andy spent this past year at the Salisbury School, where he finished with the second highest save percentage (.948) in Division 1 New England prep play.

    June 25, 2008

    2008-2009 Roster Update, III

    Updated 8/30/08

    It appears that Jacob Johnston has left Cornell to spend the year playing for Camrose (Alberta JHL). Hopefully, Jacob will return to the team next year. Check out the latest at elynah.

    The Big Red welcome six new members to the team. The incoming class features three forwards (Sean Collins, Locke Jillson, and Jordan Kary), two defensemen (Keir Ross and Sean Whitney), and one goalie (Michael Garman). The class features students from three states (Colorado, Massachusetts, and two from Texas) and two provinces (Alberta and Manitoba).

    Cornell's roster is currently comprised of 14 forwards, 8 defensemen, and 4 goalies. At 27, the roster is only one above the average size of recent classes (at least for this decade).

    Here's the breakdown by class and position:

    Seniors: 8 (4 in 2007-2008)
    F - Evan Barlow
    F - Michael Kennedy (C)
    F - Tyler Mugford (A)
    F - Derek Punches (Wayne State)
    D - Taylor Davenport
    D - Jared Seminoff (A)
    G - Troy Davenport
    G - Dan DiLeo

    Juniors: 6 (7 in 2007-2008)
    F - Blake Gallagher
    F - Colin Greening (C)
    F - Joe Scali
    D - Justin Krueger
    D - Brendon Nash
    G - Ben Scrivens

    Sophomores: 7 (6 in 2007-2008)
    F - Joe Devin
    F - Patrick Kennedy
    F - Riley Nash
    F - Dan Nicholls
    F - Tyler Roeszler
    D - Jordan Berk
    D - Mike Devin

    Freshmen: 6 (8 in 2007-2008)
    F - Sean Collins
    F - Locke Jillson
    F - Jordan Kary
    D - Keir Ross
    D - Sean Whitney
    G - Michael Garman

    On the horizon...

    2009-2010:
    Targets (6-8): Fs: 3-5, Ds: 2, Gs: 1
  • F - Erik Axell
  • F - Kevin Cole (expected to defer to 2010)
  • F - Armand De Swardt
  • F - John Esposito
  • F - John Knisley (2011)
  • F - Vince Mihalek
  • F - Chris Moulson
  • D - Braden Birch
  • D - Mathieu Brisson (2010)
  • D - Nick D'Agostino
  • D - Jarred Seymour (could defer to 2010)

    For 2009 & 2010: The Big Red is in pretty good shape for next year's class at this point. Pending additional changes to the roster, Cornell will lose four forwards, with five now lined up (assuming Kevin Cole defers another year, as expected). The remaining needs (at forward) depend on whether there are any early departures next season, so look for another 1 or 2 forwards to be added to this class -- and of course, there's always room for some speedy snipers who can play both ways. On defense, Cornell will say goodbye to Taylor Davenport and Jared Seminoff and welcome Braden Birch and Nick D'Agostino, which should allow Jarred Seymour to defer until 2010. In the crease, Cornell will lose two goalies (and it will be Ben Scrivens' final season), so look for a goalie to be added to the class.
  • June 21, 2008

    NHL Draft

    Congratulations to the following Cornell recruits on their selection in this weekend's draft:

  • Braden Birch, Oakville, 28th selection in the 6th round (179th overall), Chicago.
  • Sean Collins, Waywayseecapo, 6th selection in the 7th round (187th overall), Columbus.
  • Nick D'Agostino, St. Michael's, 29th selection in the 7th round (210th overall), Pittsburgh.

    Here's the rest of ECAC's selections:

    Clarkson (4):
  • Mark Borowiecki, 139, Ottawa
  • Julien Cayer, 151, Detroit
  • Nick Tremblay, 173, Boston
  • Paul Karpowich, 185, St. Louis

    Dartmouth (1):
  • Mark Goggin (2009), 197, Boston

    RPI (2):
  • Jeff Foss (sophomore), 166, Nashville
  • Mike Bergin, 209, Dallas

  • June 20, 2008

    2008-2009 Roster Update, II

    The BCHL commitments' page now lists Chris Moulson as a 2009-2010 commit. Alberni Valley has its current roster up and Chris is indeed returning to the Bulldogs for another year.

    So, the Big Red now appear ready to welcome seven new members to the team. The incoming class features three forwards (Sean Collins, Locke Jillson, and Jordan Kary), three defensemen (Braden Birch, Keir Ross, and Sean Whitney), and one goalie (Michael Garman). The class features students from three states (Colorado, Massachusetts, and two from Texas) and three provinces (Alberta, Manitoba, and one from Ontario).

    Cornell's roster is currently comprised of 14 forwards, 10 defensemen, and 4 goalies. At 28, the roster is two players above the average size of recent classes (at least for this decade). Given the number of early departures and injuries the team has had to deal with the past few seasons, the staff will undoubtedly welcome the depth and competition this fall should bring.

    Here's the breakdown by class and position:

    Seniors: 7 (4 in 2007-2008)
    F - Evan Barlow
    F - Michael Kennedy (C)
    F - Tyler Mugford (A)
    D - Taylor Davenport
    D - Jared Seminoff (A)
    G - Troy Davenport
    G - Dan DiLeo

    Juniors: 6 (7 in 2007-2008)
    F - Blake Gallagher
    F - Colin Greening (C)
    F - Joe Scali
    D - Justin Krueger
    D - Brendon Nash
    G - Ben Scrivens

    Sophomores: 8 (6 in 2007-2008)
    F - Joe Devin
    F - Patrick Kennedy
    F - Riley Nash
    F - Dan Nicholls
    F - Tyler Roeszler
    D - Jordan Berk
    D - Mike Devin
    D - Jacob Johnston

    Freshmen: 7 (8 in 2007-2008)
    F - Sean Collins
    F - Locke Jillson
    F - Jordan Kary
    D - Braden Birch
    D - Keir Ross
    D - Sean Whitney
    G - Michael Garman

    On the horizon...

    2009-2010:
    Targets (5-8): Fs: 3-5, Ds: 1-2, Gs: 1
  • F - Erik Axell
  • F - Kevin Cole (expected to defer to 2010)
  • F - Vince Mihalek
  • F - Chris Moulson
  • D - Nick D'Agostino
  • D - Jarred Seymour (could defer to 2010)

    For 2009 & 2010: The Big Red is in pretty good shape for next year's class at this point. Pending additional changes to the roster, Cornell will lose three forwards, with three now lined up (assuming Kevin Cole defers another year, as expected). The remaining needs (at forward) depend on whether there are any early departures next season, so look for another 1 or 2 forwards to be added to this class -- and of course, there's always room for some speedy snipers who can play both ways. On defense, Cornell will say goodbye to two students and, with Nick D'Agostino and Jarred Seymour already committed, the Big Red should be done recruiting the blueline. There is, of course, the possibility that Jarred defers a year, which opens up a spot. In the crease, Cornell will lose two goalies (and it will be Ben Scrivens' final season), so look for a goalie to be added to the class.
  • Derek Grant Update

    Derek Grant (6'3", 190), a 1990-born center from British Columbia has committed to Michigan State over Cornell, Providence, and RPI. Grant, expected to be selected in the first few rounds of the NHL draft, is currently ranked the 40th best skater by Central Scouting. Grant, who'll return to Langley for another year before heading to State, was a BCHL all-star last season and finished among the top-20 scorers in the league with 29 goals and 39 assists.

    Thanks, RB, for the link.

    June 19, 2008

    Brekke: A RedHawk

    According to a message at US Hockey Report, Brent Brekke has agreed to join Enrico Blasi's coaching staff at Miami (OH). Brent has been with Cornell for 9 years, serving as the defensive coach for Mike Schafer.

    Brent will be a fantastic addition to Miami's program, and is a big blow to the Red as the summer Festival season begins this week.

    BRP wishes Brent and his family its best in their new life.

    Photo: Cornell Hockey

    May 24, 2008

    2008-2009 Roster Update

    The Big Red says goodbye to four student athletes (Chris Fontas, Doug Krantz, Raymond Sawada, and Topher Scott) and appears ready to welcome eight new members to the team. The incoming class features four forwards (Sean Collins, Locke Jillson, Jordan Kary, and Chris Moulson), three defensemen (Braden Birch, Keir Ross, and Sean Whitney), and one goalie (Michael Garman). The class features students from three states (Colorado, Massachusetts, and two from Texas) and three provinces (Alberta, Manitoba, and two from Ontario). The class also includes one student who's very familiar with Cornell: Chris Moulson, the brother of former Big Red captain, Matt Moulson.

    Cornell's roster is currently comprised of 15 forwards, 10 defensemen, and 4 goalies. At 29, the roster is three players above the average size of recent classes (at least for this decade). Given the number of early departures and injuries the team has had to deal with the past few seasons, the staff will undoubtedly welcome the depth and competition this fall should bring.

    Here's the breakdown by class and position:

    Seniors: 7 (4 in 2007-2008)
    F - Evan Barlow
    F - Michael Kennedy (C)
    F - Tyler Mugford (A)
    D - Taylor Davenport
    D - Jared Seminoff (A)
    G - Troy Davenport
    G - Dan DiLeo

    Juniors: 6 (7 in 2007-2008)
    F - Blake Gallagher
    F - Colin Greening (C)
    F - Joe Scali
    D - Justin Krueger
    D - Brendon Nash
    G - Ben Scrivens

    Sophomores: 8 (6 in 2007-2008)
    F - Joe Devin
    F - Patrick Kennedy
    F - Riley Nash
    F - Dan Nicholls
    F - Tyler Roeszler
    D - Jordan Berk
    D - Mike Devin
    D - Jacob Johnston

    Freshmen: 8 (8 in 2007-2008)
    F - Sean Collins
    F - Locke Jillson
    F - Jordan Kary
    F - Chris Moulson
    D - Braden Birch
    D - Keir Ross
    D - Sean Whitney
    G - Michael Garman

    On the horizon...

    2009-2010:
    Targets (5-8): Fs: 3-5, Ds: 1-2, Gs: 1
  • F - Erik Axell
  • F - Kevin Cole (could defer to 2010)
  • F - Vince Mihalek
  • D - Nick D'Agostino
  • D - Jarred Seymour (could defer to 2010)

    For 2009 & 2010: The Big Red is in pretty good shape for next year's class at this point. Pending unknown changes to the roster, Cornell will lose three forwards, with two already lined up (assuming Kevin Cole defers another year, as expected). The remaining needs (at forward) depend on whether there are any early departures next season, so look for another 1-3 forwards to be added to this class -- of course, there's always room for some speedy snipers who can play both ways. On defense, Cornell will say goodbye to two students and, with Nick D'Agostino and Jarred Seymour already committed, the Big Red should be done recruiting the blueline. In the crease, Cornell will lose two goalies (and it will be Ben Scrivens' final season), so look for a goalie to be added to the class.

    To Chris Fontas, Doug Krantz, Ray Sawada, and Topher Scott...thank you for many wonderful evenings at the rink. Best wishes for much future success.
  • May 21, 2008

    Talking With Dagger

    The current podcast of Toronto's A Foot in the Crease features an interview with 2009 recruit, Nick D'Agostino. The interview's about 45 minutes into the program, so you'll have to skip ahead a bit if you don't want to listen to the majority of the show. Oh, and I'm not going to give anything away. If you want to know why Nick's nickname is Dagger, you'll have to check out the show.

    Thanks to Mike Bagley of the St. Michael's Buzzers for providing the link.

    Photo: A Foot in the Crease

    May 11, 2008

    Lancers Win Clark Cup

    Barry Almeida's (Boston College) goal in overtime gave Omaha a 4-3 win over Waterloo in the deciding game of the Clark Cup championship. The win gave Omaha its 7th Clark Cup.

    Keir Ross did not play for the Lancers.


    Photo: Omaha Lancers

    Oakville Eliminated

    Oakville's season came to an end on Thursday with a 6-1 loss to Camrose in the Royal Bank Cup. Braden Birch went scoreless for the Blades.

    On Sunday, Humboldt (SJHL) defeated Camrose (AJHL), 1-0, in the finals.

    May 7, 2008

    Lancers Draw Even

    Drew Palmisano (Michigan State) stopped 28 shots to help Omaha to a 2-0 win over Waterloo on Monday. Keir Ross did not play for the Lancers.

    Game three is Wednesday in Waterloo.

    Oakville Survives

    Oakville bounced back from its second defeat in as many games with a 7-6 win over Humboldt (SJHL) on Wednesday. Braden Birch went scoreless against the Broncos.

    The Blades had previously lost Monday's game two, 4-3, to Weeks (Maritime JHL) in overtime. Braden had an assist against the Crushers.

    Game four is against Camrose (AJHL) on Thursday.

    May 5, 2008

    Omaha Drops Clark Cup Opener

    Waterloo continued its hot run through the playoffs with a 4-3 win over Omaha in overtime on Sunday. Keir Ross did not play for the Lancers.

    Game two is Monday in Omaha.

    Royal Bank Cup Update

    Oakville began RBC play with a 5-4 loss to the host team, Cornwall, on Sunday. Braden Birch picked up a helper for the Blades.

    Game two will be on Monday against Weeks, the Maritime JHL representative.

    May 2, 2008

    Omaha Moves On

    Omaha prevailed in its five-game set with Lincoln when it defeated the Stars, 5-4, on Wednesday. Lincoln had forced a fifth game with a 4-3 win in overtime on Tuesday. Keir Ross went scoreless for the Lancers in the final two games of the series.

    The Lancers will face Waterloo in the Clark Cup finals, which begin in Omaha on Sunday.

    The Black Hawks advanced to the final round by sweeping Chicago in three games.

    April 29, 2008

    Oakville Wins Hewitt Cup

    Braden Birch picked a great time to pot his second goal of the season when he scored, what turned out to be the game-winner, at the 2:43 mark of the second period in Oakville's 6-3 win over Newmarket on Saturday.

    The Blades advance to the Royal Bank Cup and will face Cornwall (CJHL) on Sunday.

    The following teams will participate in the RBC:

  • Host: Cornwall
  • East: Weeks (Maritime JHL)
  • Central: Oakville
  • West: Humboldt (SJHL)
  • Pacific: Camrose (AJHL)
  • Omaha Splits Weekend

    Lincoln fought off elimination by defeating Omaha, 6-3, on Saturday. The Lancers had held a 2-0 lead in its series with the Stars after having picked up a 3-2 win on Friday. Keir Ross went scoreless for the Lancers in the weekend's two games.

    Game four is in Lincoln on Tuesday.

    April 25, 2008

    Oakville Advances To Hewitt Finals

    Oakville swept its final two games of the round-robin portion of the Dudley Hewitt Cup, defeating Sudbury, 5-3, on Wednesday and Newmarket, 5-2, on Thursday. Braden Birch went scoreless in the two games.

    The Blades will play the winner of Friday's game between Dryden and Newmarket on Saturday.

    April 22, 2008

    Lancers Strike First

    Omaha shut out Lincoln, 5-0, in the opening game of its semifinal series. Keir Ross went scoreless for the Lancers.

    Game two is in Lincoln on Friday.

    Chicago is facing Waterloo in the other semifinal. The Steel eliminated Indiana on Friday, 5-0. Locke Jillson was held scoreless in his season finale.

    Oakville Opens Hewitt Cup

    Oakville defeated Dryden, 5-1, in its opening game at the Dudley Hewitt Cup. Braden Birch picked up a helper on the Blades' first goal.

    The Blades play Sudbury in game two on Wednesday.

    April 18, 2008

    Lancers Advance

    Omaha scored three unanswered goals in the third period to defeat Sioux City, 3-2, on Thursday and win its opening series. Keir Ross assisted on Andrew Conboy's (Michigan State) game-winning goal.

    Omaha will face Lincoln in the semis.

    A RoughRider Sunset

    Cedar Rapids lost to Waterloo, 5-2, on Wednesday, giving the Black Hawks a 3-0 sweep in the series. Vince Mihalek went scoreless for Cedar Rapids.

    Waterloo will face the winner of the Indiana-Chicago series in the next round.

    Windy Indy

    Indiana is a game away from elimination after dropping a 3-1 decision to Chicago on Tuesday. Locke Jillson went scoreless for the Ice.

    Game four is Friday in Chicago.

    April 15, 2008

    Oakville: OPJHL Champs

    Congratulations to the Oakville Blades for winning the OPJHL championship on Sunday. The Blades defeated Markham, 4-1, on Friday, then put the Waxers away with a 6-3 decision in game five. Braden Birch went scoreless in the final two games for Oakville.

    The Blades move on the Dudley Hewitt Cup in Newmarket, which begins on Tuesday, April 22. Joining Oakville will be Sudbury (NOJHL champs), Dryden (SIJHL champs), and host Newmarket. The winner of the Dudley Hewitt moves on to the RBC championship.

    April 13, 2008

    Cedar Rapids Struggles

    Cedar Rapids lost a tough double-overtime game to Waterloo on Friday, 4-3, in the opener of its series. Vince Mihalek did not play in game one. On Saturday, Vince, as well as the rest of the RoughRiders, went scoreless in a 3-0 defeat.

    Game three is Wednesday at Cedar Rapids.

    Indiana Even After Two

    Indiana defeated Chicago, 7-2, on Saturday. Locke Jillson scored a goal for the Ice.

    Game three is Tuesday in Chicago.

    Omaha Takes 2-1 Lead

    Omaha and Sioux City split its games this weekend to give the Lancers a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series. The Musketeers won game two, 6-2, on Friday night. Keir Ross picked up a helper on each Lancer goal. On Saturday, Omaha won in overtime, 5-4. Keir scored the game's first goal to help the Lancers move to within one victory of advancing.

    Game four is Thursday at Sioux City.

    April 11, 2008

    Omaha's Up; Indy's Down

    Omaha defeated Sioux City, 3-0, to take a 1-0 lead in its opening round series. Keir Ross went scoreless for the Lancers.

    Game two is Friday in Sioux City.

    Indiana dropped a 4-3 decision to Chicago in its playoff opener. Locke Jillson went scoreless for the Ice.

    Game two is Saturday at Indiana.

    Vees Sweep Clippers

    Penticton polished off Nanaimo with a sterling 4-0 win in game four. The Clippers were never able to get the jump on the Vees, who won three one-goal games to take control of the series. Michael Garman had a rough series as he took three of the losses. Michael was pulled from game three after giving up four quick goals. Rookie, and Penticton native, Evan Smith started game four before giving way to Michael in the third period when the Vees had raced to a 4-0 lead.