January 17, 2006

Who Wants a Goalie?

elynah is buzzing about Cornell's newest recruit: Ben Scrivens from the Spruce Grove Saints of the Alberta Junior Hockey league (AJHL). Ben is listed at 6' 2" and 180 lbs and hails from Spruce Grove, AB. For the year, Ben has a 2.30 goals against average and has saved 92.64% of the shots he's faced, with 2 shutouts. Ben's commitment was announced on the AJHL's website on Friday.

Ben has been named to the AJHL North Division All-Stars for their upcoming game in Spruce Grove on January 22nd. Ben additionally was a member of the AJHL North team that participated in the recent Viking Cup (Tony Romano and Justin Milo also participated in the Viking Cup), winning the Gold Medal. Although the AJHL is perhaps not as glamorous as Canada's BCHL and OPJHL, or the USA's USHL, it has produced plenty of NCAA players in recent years, including former Spruce Grove alums Nick Johnson of Dartmouth (3rd-round pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins; Ivy League Rookie of the Year), and Kevin Du of Harvard (ECAC Championships All-Tournament team).

During the recent Viking Cup, Ben had a save percentage of .933, including one shutout. For comparative purposes, Ben shutout Switzerland once and held them to one goal in the medal round, while the USA's Alex Stalock gave up one goal to the Swiss team in prelim play and teammate Brian Foster gave up 2 goals to the Swiss in the Bronze medal game. Stalock and Foster are the top 2-ranked goalies in the USHL, according to Chris Heisenberg's site. Stalock will be attending the University of Minnesota, Duluth and Foster will be attending the University of New Hampshire. In one additional comparison, Ben gave up 2 goals against Finland, while Foster gave up 5 to the same Finn team. Obviously, the goalies were playing with different teams in front of them so this comparison is merely offered as a little context.

Ben, welcome to Cornell.


Philip said...

I think/hope we'll see one more commitment this year, a defenseman as insurance since it seems likely that one of O'Byrne or Pokulok will bolt after this year (based on play this year, I'd say O'Byrne is currently more likely). I still keep my fingers crossed about Chad Morin, but have my eye on Stephen Duffy of St. Mike's and Dan Lawson of the Chicago Steel.

BRP said...

You called that...it's too bad Chad went Crimson. It looks like he's going to be a solid player. Duffy and Lawson are still on the board.