November 22, 2009

USHL Update

Omaha breezed past Des Moines, 5-1, on Friday and Sioux Falls, 6-1, on Saturday. Mathieu Brisson was scoreless for the Lancers.

Omaha will host Waterloo on Wednesday.

Indiana blanked Chicago on Saturday, 4-0, behind Cab Morris' 26 saves. Brian Ferlin scored the game-winner and added a helper to pick up the game's 3rd-Star.

The Ice are off to Lincoln for game on Wednesday.

The US U17s defeated Tri-City on Friday, 3-1, for its first league win. On Saturday, the U17s fell to Fargo, 6-3. Cole Bardreau was scoreless.

The U17s visit Chicago on Saturday.

The U18s also split its league action, winning 3-2 in overtime against Tri-City on Saturday, then dropping a 6-3 game to Fargo on Sunday. Andy Iles took the loss stopping 29 of the Force's 33 shots.

The U18s travel to Maine for two exhibitions this coming weekend, starting with Colby College on Saturday.

Wild Avoid Avalanche Sweep

Wenatchee concluded its Alaska trip with a split with the Avs. Alaska won an overtime game on Friday, 3-2, and the Wild won by the same 3-2 score on Saturday. Armand de Swardt had an assist on the weekend.

The two teams meet again in Wenatchee on Friday.

Victoria Surrenders Late Goal To Tie

Westside scored with one second remaining in the third period to tie its game with Victoria, 3-3, on Sunday. After two scoreless overtime periods the game ended in a tie. Dustin Mowrey scored two goals for Victoria and received the game's 1st-Star.

The Grizzlies will visit Cowichan Valley on Wednesday.

Oilers Split

Okotoks dropped a 2-1 overtime decision to Grande Prairie on Friday, then bounced back to defeat Drayton Valley, 7-4, on Saturday. Rodger Craig scored a goal and had an assist on Saturday, after a scoreless Friday.

Okotoks is at Drumhelier on Tuesday.

Syracuse Swept

The Stars were not aligned well as Syracuse dropped two games against South Shore, 3-0 and 4-1, on Saturday and Sunday. John Knisley was scoreless.

Syracuse will visit Philadelphia for two beginning on Saturday.

Cornwall Strikes Down Hawks

Cornwall scored a goal during the first minute of each period (actually twice during the opening minute of the third) on its way to a 5-2 win over Hawkesbury on Friday. Kevin Cole picked up a helper for the Colts.

Cornwall hosts Kemptville on Thursday.

Hudon Hooray!

USHR reported that Philippe Hudon (6' 1", 195), a 1993-born centerman with Choate has committed to Cornell for 2011. Philippe, who's from Hudson, Quebec, will need to accelerate to arrive in Ithaca on time, but reportedly he has the grades and the support of Choate to try to get it done. Last season, Philippe scored 8 goals and had 12 assists in 25 games with Choate.

USHR had a chance to speak with Choate's coach, Pat Dennehy, who said "[Philippe] has a real edge to his game – a grittiness. He’s first in on the forecheck, first back on the backcheck, and he’ll try to hurt you, which is what Cornell and the pro scouts want to see. He’s the full package.” Have to like the sound of that. USHR also had this to say to Cornell fans wondering what kind of player Philippe is... "think Colin Greening."

Philippe selected the Big Red over Yale and Vermont, although he was also being recruited by BC, BU, Harvard, Michigan, and Princeton.

Philippe was recently named to Quebec's Under-17 team that will participate in the World U17 Challenge at the end of the year.

Welcome to the Big Red, Philippe.

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USHR also reported in its article that Joakim Ryan, a 1993-born blueliner, was in Ithaca this weekend for his visit. Joakim is an offensively-gifted defenseman who is playing with CBA and the NJ Devils U16 team this season. Joakim was invited to the NTDP training camp this past summer and was a teammate of Philippe Hudon's on this fall's Boston Eagles' midget squad. Northeastern ans Vermont are also reportedly involved with Joakim.

November 15, 2009

Victoria Can't Catch Surrey

Victoria fell to Surrey, 5-2, on Saturday. Dustin Mowrey added an assist for the Grizzlies.

Sunday's game against Powell River was canceled due to the weather.

Victoria will host Alberni Valley on Wednesday.

Okotoks Salvages A Win

Okotoks dropped its first two games of the weekend before pulling out a 3-2 double-overtime win against Spruce Grove on Sunday. The Oilers had lost to Olds on Friday, 3-2, and to Sherwood Park on Saturday, 5-2. Rodger Craig had a scoreless weekend.

Okotoks travels to Grande Prairie on Friday.

Cornwall Splits

Cornwall defeated Carleton Place, 4-3, on Friday. On Sunday, the Colts fell to Kemptville 3-2. Kevin Cole scored two goals on Friday, and picked up the game's 2nd-Star. Kevin followed that up with an assist on Sunday.

The Colts will host Pembroke on Thursday.

Syracuse Drops Three At Showcase

Syracuse couldn't quite get it going at Valley's Classic this weekend. The Stars dropped its opener against the hosts, 2-1, in overtime on Friday. On Saturday, the Stars lost twice, first to Capital District, 6-4, and then to Apple Core, 7-5. John Knisley was scoreless in the three games.

Syracuse will visit South Shore for two games beginning on Saturday.

USHL Recap

Indiana split its weekend series with Fargo. The Ice picked up a 6-3 win on Friday, then dropped a 6-5 verdict on Saturday. Brian Ferlin was scoreless in the two games.

Indiana will host Cedar Rapids on Wednesday.

Omaha also had a weekend split after defeating Sioux City, 3-2, on Friday, and losing to Sioux Falls, 5-2, on Saturday. Mathieu Brisson had an assist and two penalty minutes in his weekend's work.

Omaha hosts Des Moines on Friday.

Team USA's U18s picked up a 4-3 win over Green Bay on Saturday. Andy Iles stopped 26 shots for the victory.

The Nationals are home against Chicago on Sunday.

November 12, 2009

Omaha Quiets Storm

The Lancers breezed to a 4-1 victory over Tri-City on Wednesday. Mathieu Brisson was scoreless for Omaha.

Omaha will host Sioux City on Friday.

Colts Run Away From Raiders

Ithacan Mike Zannella scored three times to lead Cornwall to a 6-3 win over Nepean on Wednesday. Kevin Cole was scoreless for the Colts.

Cornwall is off to Carleton Place on Friday.

Okotoks Upend Bandits

Okotoks got a third period goal from John McInnis to defeat Brooks, 3-2, on Wednesday. Rodger Craig picked up a helper for the Oilers.

Okotoks is at Olds on Friday.

Victoria Dropped By Vees

Victoria struck first and then Penticton ran off five unanswered goals to cruise to a 6-2 win on Wednesday. Dustin Mowrey had an assist for the Grizzlies.

Victoria will visit Langley on Thursday.

November 8, 2009

US U18s Capture Four Nations Cup

Team USA's U18s traveled to Finland and also claimed the Four Nations Cup this past weekend. The U18s defeated Sweden on Friday, 4-2, in its opener as Andy Iles stopped 16 shots.

On Saturday, the Nationals defeated host Finland, 4-1, as Jack Campbell got the call.

On Sunday, the US stopped Switzerland, 3-2, to win the cup. Andy Iles picked up the win as he stopped 22 Swiss shots.

US U17s Win 4 Nations Cup

Team USA's U17s traveled to Slovakia and claimed the Four Nations Cup this past weekend. The Nationals defeated Russia, 5-2, on Thursday.

On Friday, the Yanks squeaked past the host Slovakians, 7-6.

On Saturday, the US finished off Switzerland, 8-2.

Cole Bardreau was scoreless and picked up ten penalty minutes.

Shattuck Falls In Bauer Championship

Shattuck breezed through its first two games in the Bauer National Invitational Tournament, beating the Dallas Stars, 8-1, and the MDHL U18 White team, 7-1. In the Championship, Shattuck was on the short end of a 10-3 rout by Minnesota Red. Kirill Gotovets was scoreless in the two games he played.

Shattuck is back in action on November 20th at Bottineau.

Okotoks Takes One Of Two

Okotoks defeated Canmore, 5-2, on Friday. Rodger Craig was scoreless with four penalty minutes

The Oilers dropped a 4-3 game to Bonnyville on Sunday. Rodger was scoreless with two minutes in penalties.

Okotoks will visit Brooks on Wednesday.

Victoria Splits

The Grizzlies dropped a 4-2 decision to Alberni Valley on Friday, then pulled out a 4-3 win over Powell River in overtime on Saturday. Dustin Mowrey was scoreless with two penalty minutes for the Griz.

Victoria travels to Penticton on Wednesday.

Wild Win Two

Wenatchee also picked up a sweep this weekend, dispatching Texas 6-4 on Friday and 3-1 on Saturday. Armand de Swardt added three helpers and had eight penalty minutes for the Wild.

Wenatchee heads up to Alaska next week for a Tuesday date (11/17) at Kenai River.

Cornwall Takes Two

Cornwall swept its weekend opponents, defeating Gloucester 3-2 on Saturday and Nepean 5-2 on Sunday. Kevin Cole picked up an assist and four minutes in penalties for the Colts.

Cornwall will host Nepean on Wednesday.

USHL Update

Omaha got its weekend off to a strong start by beating Waterloo on Friday, 7-4, and Sioux City on Saturday, 4-3. Mathieu Brisson scored two goals and had two penalty minutes for the Lancers.

Also on Saturday, Indiana lost to Sioux Falls 6-2. Brian Ferlin scored a goal for the Ice.

The two teams met on Sunday in Omaha, with the Lancers blanking the Ice, 6-0. Mathieu and Brian went scoreless for their respective teams.

Omaha will visit Tri-City on Wednesday; Indiana will host Fargo on Friday.

Syracuse Sweeps

Syracuse edged Boston in each of its games this weekend, defeating the Jr. Bruins 3-2 and 2-1. John Knisley had an assist and 4 penalty minutes in the two games.

The Stars will face Valley on Friday in Valley's Warrior Classic.

November 1, 2009

Wenatchee Sweep Wildcats

Wenatchee's three first period goals paved the way for a 4-2 win over Wichita Falls on Saturday, which gave the Wild a sweep of its weekend series. Armand de Swardt pitched in with a helper on the game-winner.

The Wild will host Texas on Friday.

Cornwall Rolls On

Cornwall jumped out to a four goal lead and held on to defeat Hawkesbury, 5-3, on Saturday. Kevin Cole was scoreless with four penality minutes.

The Colts will play a return game at Hawkesbury on Wednesday.

Indiana Ice Hawks

Indiana blanked Waterloo on Saturday, 7-0. Brian Ferlin scored a goal for the Ice; Cab Morris (Dartmouth) pitched the shutout.

Indiana will visit Sioux City on Thursday.

U18s Defeat Adrian

The US U18s hosted Division III power Adrian College (currently ranked 6th), a team it had not beaten previously, and came away with a 3-2 shootout victory on Saturday. Andy Iles had 34 saves during regulation and overtime, and stopped all 4 shots during the shootout phase.

Team USA travels to Finland this week for the Four Nations Cup.

October Poll Results

Daylight saving time is over; the regular season is off and running. Life is a bowl full of fallen leaves...at least for this month.

Our October poll asked "which freshman will have the greatest impact this season?"

The results were as follows:

  • 29% -- Braden Birch
  • 19% -- Nick D'Agostino
  • 13% -- Greg Miller
  • 10% -- John Esposito
  • 9% -- Vince Mihalek
  • 8% -- Erik Axell
  • 4% -- Omar Kanji
  • 4% -- Chris Moulson
  • 4% -- Jarred Seymour

    Thank you, once again, for voting & please remember to vote in the current Puckhead Poll.