March 29, 2008

Nanaimo Rebounds

Nanaimo regained the series edge when they defeated Langley, 7-2, on Friday to take a 3-2 lead in the Coastal Conference final. Michael Garman stopped 19 shots for the Clips.

Game six will be at Langley on Saturday.

Oakville Leads, 3-1

Oakville defeated Aurora, 4-3, in overtime on Friday to move within one win of advancing to the OPJHL championship. Aurora scored the first three goals of the game before the Blades mounted their comeback. Braden Birch went scoreless for Oakville.

Game five is Saturday at Oakville.

March 28, 2008

Blades Shutout Tigers

Oakville defeated Aurora, 1-0, on Wednesday to take a 2-1 lead in their series. Braden Birch picked up an assist on the game's only goal.

Game four is Friday at Aurora.

Clips Are Crushed

Nanaimo dropped a 9-0 decision to Langley on Wednesday to even their series at 2-2. Michael Garman gave up 4 goals on 12 shots before being pulled at the end of the first period.

Game five will be in Nanaimo on Friday.

Saints Survive

Spruce Grove remained alive with a 5-1 win over Ft. McMurray on Wednesday. The Oil Barons now lead the series, 3-1. Jordan Kary went scoreless for the Saints.

Game five is Saturday in Oil Baron land.

March 26, 2008

Riders Roll Bucs

Cedar Rapids defeated Des Moines, 4-1, on Tuesday. Vince Mihalek did not play for the Cedar Rapids.

The RoughRiders will travel to Omaha to face the Lancers on Friday.

Clippers Pick Up Speed

Nanaimo defeated Langley, 4-2, to take a 2-1 lead in their series with the Chiefs. Michael Garman picked up the win by stopping 22 shots for the Clips.

Game four will be at Langley on Wednesday.

Saints Hanging By A Halo

Spruce Grove fell into a 3-0 hole against Ft. McMurray when they fell to the Oil Barons, 5-4, in overtime. Jordan Kary went scoreless for the Saints.

Game four is Wednesday in Spruce Grove..

March 24, 2008

USHL, Saturday Update

Cedar Rapids picked up a 5-2 win over Tri-City. Vince Mihalek did not play for the 'Riders.

The RoughRiders will host Des Moines on Tuesday.

Omaha was blanked by Green Bay, 4-0.

The Lancers are off until Friday when Cedar Rapids will visit Nebraska.

Indiana dropped a 5-3 decision to Chicago. Locke Jillson did not play.

Indy will travel to Ohio on Wednesday.

OPJHL Playoffs: Update

Oakville and Aurora split their opening games this past weekend. The Blades won game one, 4-1, but the Tigers came right back in game two with a 5-1 victory. Braden Birch went scoreless for Oakville in each game.

Game three is Wednesday in Oakville.

Alberta Playoffs: Update

Spruce Grove dropped their first two games to Ft. McMurray, losing 3-2 on Saturday and 3-1 on Sunday. Jordan Kary went scoreless in the two games.

The Saints return home for game three on Tuesday.

BCHL Playoffs: Update

Nanaimo evened their series against Langley with an 8-1 victory on Saturday. Michael Garman stopped each of the 19 shots he faced before giving way to Evan Smith at the beginning of the third period.

Game three will be at Langley on Tuesday.

March 22, 2008

Friday in the USHL

Omaha picked up a 3-1 win over Green Bay. Keir Ross went scoreless for the Lancers.

The teams will meet again on Saturday in Green Bay.

Cedar Rapids played host to Indiana and defeated the Ice, 4-2. Vince Mihalek did not play for the RoughRiders. Locke Jillson went scoreless for Indy.

The Ice travel to Chicago on Saturday, while Cedar Rapids is home against Tri-City.

BCHL Playoffs: Update

Nanaimo, back in action after a 10-day break, dropped their opening game against Langley, 3-1, in the Coastal Conference championship. It was a game in which future ECACHL players had a big impact as the Chiefs' three goals were scored by incoming conference recruits. Joey Manley's (Quinnipiac) two goals served as bookends to Alex Angers-Goulet's (RPI) game-winner for Langley. The Clippers' Michael Garman stopped 28 shots in the loss and was named the game's 3rd-Star for his performance.

Game two will be at Nanaimo on Saturday.

March 21, 2008

USHL Recap

Cedar Rapids won their two games last weekend. The RoughRiders defeated Sioux City, 3-0, on Friday, and then beat Lincoln, 4-2, on Saturday. Vince Mihalek went scoreless in both games.

Cedar Rapids will host Indiana on Friday.

Indiana split their two games, losing to Ohio 6-2, then picking up a 3-2 win over Green Bay. Locke Jillson went scoreless in his two games for the Ice.

Omaha got swept in their weekend set. The Lancers fell to Waterloo, 5-2, then dropped a 2-1 decision to Sioux Falls. Keir Ross was kept off the board for the Lancers in both games.

Omaha visits Green Bay on Friday.

OPJHL Playoffs: Update

Oakville advanced to the semis with a 2-1 win over Georgetown last Friday. The Blades won the series, 4-1. Braden Birch went scoreless in the victory.

The Blades will open their series against Aurora on Saturday.

Aurora moved on by defeating Stouffville in five games. The Tigers finished off the Spirit last Friday with a 3-2 win. Jarred Seymour did not play in the finale.

In perhaps the biggest surprise of the playoffs, St. Michael's dropped their last three games to Markham to lose their series in six games. The Buzzers had been the OPJHL's top-ranked team in the CJAHL's national poll, coming in most recently at 7. Erik Axell sored a goal for St. Mike's in Sunday's penultimate game, while going scoreless in games four and six. Nick D'Agostino went scoreless in the final three games of the series.

Saints March On

Spruce Grove survived their series with Grande Prairie with a 5-2 win in game seven on Tuesday. Jordan Kary picked up a helper in the series' finale.

In game five, Jordan scored a goal in the Saints' 3-2 win. In Grande Prairie's 4-2 win in game six, Jordan picked up two assists.

Spruce Grove begins play in the third round on the road against Ft. McMurray on Saturday.

March 14, 2008

OPJHL Playoffs: Update

Stouffville dropped its third straight to Aurora, 5-2, in a game played on Thursday. The Spirit now trail in the series, 3-1. Jarred Seymour went scoreless for Stouffville.

Game five will be at Aurora on Friday.

Manitoba Playoffs: Update

Waywayseecappo fell to Dauphin, 6-3, on Thursday in game seven of their divisional series. Sean Collins scored two goals for the Wolves in their season finale. In the seven games, Sean scored nine goals and added four assists.

March 13, 2008

OPJHL Playoffs: Update

Stouffville dropped its second straight to Aurora, 3-2, in a game played on Tuesday. The Spirit trail in the series, 2-1. Jarred Seymour went scoreless for Stouffville.

Game four will be at Stouffville on Thursday.

Oakville defeated Georgetown, 5-2, on Monday, which gave the Blades a 3-0 lead in its series. The Raiders kept alive by winning game four, 4-3, in double overtime. Braden Birch went scoreless in both games for Oakville.

Game five is Friday at Oakville.

St. Michael's took two in a row from Marham to take a 2-1 lead in its series. The Buzzers won each game by the score of 4-1. Erik Axell and Nick D'Agostino went scoreless in the two games.

Game four is on Friday at Markham.

Manitoba Playoffs: Update

Sean Collins scored a hat trick as Waywayseecappo defeated Dauphin, 5-4, in overtime on Monday. The Kings came back to tie the series on Tuesday when they defeated the Wolves, 3-2. Sean picked up a goal in the loss.

Game seven is Thursday at Wayway.

BCHL Playoffs: Update

Nanaimo swept its series against Powell River with victories on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Clippers defeated the Kings, 6-2, in game three, as Michael Garman was named the game's 1st-Star after he stopped 29 shots. On Wednesday, Michael stopped 20 shots, in the Clips' 5-4 overtime win. Tyler Pistone scored the game-winner, his second of the series.

The Clippers will face the winner of the Langley - Victoria series, which will begin on Friday, March 21..

Alberta Playoffs: Update

Spruce Grove won games three and four to even their series against Grande Praire at 2. Jordan Kary scored a goal in Tuesday's 3-2 overtime win. Jordan also picked up an assist in the Saints' 8-1 victory on Wednesday.

The series moves to Grande Praire for game five on Friday.

March 10, 2008

2008 ECAC Hockey Recruiting Rankings: Midterm

Here's the updated look at the ECAC's 2008-2009 recruiting classes. Again, the formula from last year remains unchanged. For background, take a look at last year's final rankings. BRP's next update will be after the NHL draft.

Note: Students listed on Chris Heisenberg's list as 2008 or 2009 are assumed to be entering with the 2008 class.

ECAC Hockey

1) Dartmouth - Players, 5; Grade, A+
  • Not a lot of bodies, but they're talented. The Green is also stacking the deck for 2009. They should be back...and soon.
    Pre-Buzz: Paul Lee (6' 3", 210), 1989-born center, Avon/Prep. Big and skilled...nice combination. Lee was the second-leading goal scorer on the Division 1 Prep champs.
    NHL: Troy Mattila, #190 (New York Islanders) in 2006.

    2) Colgate - Players, 5; Grade, A+
  • Like Dartmouth, not a lot of quantity, but a lot of quality. Alex Evin could make the difference in how quickly 'Gate returns to the top of the standings.
    Pre-Buzz: Nicholas Prockow (6' 1", 180), 1989-born center, Berkshire/Prep. Berkshire's top scorer the past two years.
    NHL: Corbin McPherson, #87 (New Jersey) in 2007.
    NHL: Austin Smith, #128 (Dallas) in 2007.

    3) Harvard - Players, 8; Grade, A
  • Another deep and talented class. Eat your heart out, ECAC.
    Pre-Buzz: Ryan Grimshaw (6', 180), 1990-born blueliner, USNTDP. Tough, relentless worker is going to give opponents fits.
    NHL: Alexander Killorn, #77 (Tampa Bay) in 2007.

    4) Yale - Players, 9; Grade, B+
  • Did a good job picking up players from the USHL.
    Pre-Buzz: Nick Maricic (6' 2", 208), 1990-born goalie, USNTDP. Is having a solid season for the National Team.

    T5) Clarkson - Players, 6; Grade, B
  • Class is full of scary scorers. Should keep things kicking at Cheel.
    Pre-Buzz: Julien Cayer (6' 4", 160), 1989-born center, Northwood/Prep. Talent striker who should make for some long nights in the crease.

    T5) St. Lawrence - Players, 4; Grade, B
  • The Saints pick up a couple of solid defenders from the prep ranks.
    Pre-Buzz: George Hughes (6' 2", 175), 1988-born defenseman, Taft/Prep. Might need a little more weight, but should be ready to contribute in October.

    7) RPI - Players, 7; Grade, B-
  • Not as flashy as last year's class, but there's a lot to like in this group.
    Pre-Buzz: Mike Bergin (6' 2", 185), 1988-born defenseman, Smiths Falls/CJHL. Could be the surprise of a class deep in forwards.
    NHL: Allen York, #158 (Columbus) in 2007.

    8) Brown - Players, 10; Grade, C+
  • Bringing in a wave of new players with the league's biggest class: four of whom are 6' 2" or bigger.
    Pre-Buzz: Jack MacLellan (5' 10", 175), 1988-born center, Ft. McMurry/Alberta JHL. Nice playmaking center who finished among the top-5 in scoring in the AJHL.
    NHL: Kevin Koopman, #181 (Ottawa) in 2006.

    9) Cornell - Players, 8; Grade, C
  • Putting the big back in Big Red. Joins Brown with four players 6' 2" or bigger. Sean Collins could be one of the more underrated members of the league's class.
    Pre-Buzz: Keir Ross (6', 185), 1989-born defenseman, Omaha/USHL. Solid technician. When he's on the ice good things usually happen.

    10) Princeton - Players, 6; Grade, C
  • The Tigers could afford to be selective, and selected speed.
    Pre-Buzz: Derrick Pallis (6' 1", 165), 1989-born defenseman, Nobles/Prep. One of the top Prep setup players. Will have lots of hungry Tigers to feed.

    11) Union - Players, 7; Grade, C-
  • The Dutchmen put together another class heavy on experience. Did a good job in the BCHL.
    Pre-Buzz: Brian Yanovitch (5' 11", 180), 1988-born forward, Bridgewater/EJHL. A speedy player who doesn't quit and is fun to watch.

    12) Quinnipiac - Players, 9; Grade, D
  • The Bobcats also spent a lot of time in BC.
    Pre-Buzz: Spencer Heichman (5' 7", 155), 1989-born forward, Sioux City/USHL. A diminutive, speedy forward who could excel in Quinnipiac's high-powered offense.

  • Alberta Playoffs: Update

    Spruce Grove dropped their second game to Grande Praire, 3-2, in overtime. Jordan Kary went scoreless for the Saints.

    Game three will be back in Spruce Grove on Tuesday.

    OPJHL Playoffs: Update

    Stouffville dropped game two to Aurora, 4-1, and now finds its series is even. Jarred Seymour went scoreless for the Spirit lads.

    Game three will be at Aurora on Tuesday.

    March 9, 2008

    Alberta Playoffs: Update

    Spruce Grove opened their series with Grande Praire with a 3-1 loss to the Storm. Jordan Kary went scoreless for the Saints.

    Game two is Sunday at Grande Praire.

    Manitoba Playoffs: Update

    Waywayseecappo evened up their series against Dauphin with a 6-5 win in overtime. Sean Collins scored a goal and added an assist for the Wolves.

    Game five is Monday at Wayway.

    Clippers Open Playoffs

    Nanaimo opened their series against Powell River with two games this weekend. The Clippers shook the rust of their lengthy layoff with a 6-5 win over the Kings on Friday. Michael Garman, who hadn't played in three weeks due to an injury, struggled in his return as he gave up 5 goals on 26 shots before giving way to Evan Smith in the second period. On Saturday, Nanaimo picked up a 7-4 win. Michael stopped 27 shots for the win.

    Game three is on Wednesday at Powell River.

    OPJHL Playoffs: Update

    The divisional championships got underway this weekend in Ontario Provincial play. Oakville and Georgetown played twice and the Blades won both games. On Friday, Oakville defeated the Raiders, 4-3, and then skated to an easy 7-1 win on Saturday. Braden Birch went scoreless in both games for Oakville.

    Game three is Tuesday in Oakville.

    St. Michael's dropped game one to Markham, 4-3. Erik Axell and Nick D'Agostino each went scoreless in the game.

    The teams will meet at Markham on Tuesday in game two.

    Stouffville opened their series against Aurora with a 3-1 win over the Tigers. Jarred Seymour added an assist for the Spirit.

    Game two is Sunday at Stouffville.

    USHL Recap

    Indiana met Sioux Falls for a weekend series and dropped both games to the Stampede. The Ice were shutout, 4-0, on Friday, and then fell 4-3 in a shootout on Saturday. Locke Jillson went scoreless for the Ice.

    Indiana travels to Ohio on Wednesday to face the Junior Blue Jackets.

    Cedar Rapids got swept for the second straight weekend, extending their losing streak to four. The RoughRiders lost on Friday to Omaha, 6-2. Vince Mihalek did not play against the Lancers. Keir Ross picked up two assists for Omaha in the win. On Saturday, Cedar Rapids dropped a 2-1 decision to Des Moines. Vince went scoreless in the game.

    The Riders will host Sioux City on Friday.

    In Omaha's second game this weekend, the Lancers shutout Lincoln, 3-0. Keir went scoreless in Saturday's game.

    Omaha travels to Lincoln on Wednesday.

    March 6, 2008

    Manitoba Playoffs: Update

    Waywayseecappo dropped their second game in a row to Dauphin, 6-4, on Wednesday. Sean Collins picked up an assist for the Wolverines. Dauphin leads the series 2-1.

    Game four is Saturday at Dauphin.

    March 4, 2008

    OPJHL Playoffs: Update

    Oakville defeated Milton on Friday and Saturday to win their second round series. The Blades won on Friday, 3-2, and then shut out Milton on Saturday, 3-0. Braden Birch did not play in either game.

    The Blades will face Georgetown in a quarterfinal series beginning on Friday.

    St. Michael's finally put Toronto away with wins on Friday and Sunday. St. Mike's won a 3-2 game on Friday, then got a bit of a breather on Sunday with a 7-3 victory. Erik Axell picked up a helper in Friday's win, then added two more in Sunday's game. Nick D'Agostino went scoreless in his two games.

    The Buzzers will open their quarterfinal set against Markham on Friday.

    Stouffville pulled off an upset beating top-seeded Huntsville in seven games. After losing game five, 3-2, the Spirit won the final two games on Sunday and Tuesday by the scores of 3-1 and 5-4. Jarred Seymour went scoreless in the three games.

    Stouffville also begins their quarterfinal series on Friday, when the Spirit take on Aurora.

    Wolves, Kings Even

    Waywayseecappo dropped game two to Dauphin, 3-2, on Monday. Sean Collins scored a goal in the loss.

    Game three is Wednesday at Wayway.

    Saints Sweep Opening Round

    Spruce Grove won game three in Lloydminster, 6-3, on Monday. Jordan Kary picked up three assists for the Saints, including a helper on Adam Henderson's (Michigan State) game-winning goal. Jordan was named the game's 1st-Star for his performance.

    Spruce Grove's second round opponent has not been determined. The Saints should begin series play on Friday.

    March 2, 2008

    USHL Weekend Play

    Cedar Rapids got swept this weekend, dropping two one-goal games. The RoughRiders lost to Waterloo, 3-2, on Friday and then fell to Chicago, 2-1, on Saturday. Vince Mihalek went scoreless in his only game on Saturday.

    Cedar Rapids travels to Omaha for a game against the Lancers on Friday.

    Indiana had much better luck, sweeping their two games. The Ice defeated Sioux Falls, 2-1, on Friday and then beat Sioux City on Saturday, 5-1. Locke Jillson went scoreless in his only action on the weekend.

    Indy will host Sioux Falls on Friday.

    Omaha also suffered a sweep this weekend, falling to Sioux City, 3-2, in a shootout on Friday, then to Tri-City, 3-1, on Saturday. Keir Ross was held scoreless in the two games.

    The Lancers host Cedar Rapids on Friday.

    Manitoba Playoffs: Update

    Waywayseecappo opened their best-of-seven series with Dauphin on Saturday by defeating the Kings, 5-4. Sean Collins scored one goal and added two assists for the Wolverines. Sean was named the day's 3rd-Star by the league for his effort.

    Game two is at Dauphin on Monday.

    Alberta Playoffs: Update

    Spruce Grove opened their best-of-five series with Lloydminster with wins on Friday and Saturday. The Saints shut out the Bobcats, 4-0, to open the series, then followed up with a 5-1 win. Jordan Kary went scoreless in the opener and picked up an assist in the second game.

    Game three is on Monday at Lloydminster.

    March 1, 2008

    February Poll Recap

    Who cares about lions or lambs, it's the month of playoffs and tournaments. Let the madness begin.

    Last month, BRP asked the following question: "Other than Cornell, who's your favorite ECACHL team to watch at Lynah?"

    The results were as follows:

  • 32% -- Harvard
  • 23% -- Clarkson
  • 13% -- Colgate
  • 10% -- RPI
  • 6% -- Princeton
  • 6% -- Quinnipiac
  • 4% -- Yale
  • 3% -- SLU
  • 2% -- Brown
  • 1% -- Union
  • 0% -- Darthmouth


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