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.