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.