October 29, 2006

Kevin McNamara Update

Kevin McNamara (6'0", 185), a 1988-born blueliner playing for Belmont Hill School has made a verbal commitment to Colgate. McNamara, a talented two-way player, is the 2nd-ranked defensive player (9th overall) in Chris Heisenberg's list of the 2007 Massachusetts/New England region.

McNamara, whose father, John, played at Boston College, selected Colgate over Cornell, UMass, and St Lawrence.

This is a nice pickup for Don Vaughan and the Raiders.

Reported by USHR

October 28, 2006

Jesse Brown Update

Jesse Brown (6'3", 190), a 1990-born forward from nearby Cortland, New York, recently spoke with The Scouting News about his season and future plans. Brown is currently playing with the Syracuse Stars (Eastern Junior Hockey League), where he is a teammate of Jeremy Morin (whom was updated here earlier this month). Only 16, Brown has played in 6 games for the Stars and has scored 5 goals and added 3 assists thus far. This past summer, Brown played on the Central NY team in the Empire Games where he led his team to the Bronze Medal, while having a 7-2-9 line in 5 games. Brown, additionally, played in the Select 16 Festival over the summer where he led his Green team in goals scored. The U.S. Hockey Report wrote of Brown's Select performance that he has "a lot of potential, but [he's] inconsistent." USHR also speculated that he may head to the Ontario Hockey League, where his rights are held by Owen Sound who drafted him in the 8th round. Thus far Brown has resisted the OHL's overture and currently says he's looking at the following schools: Cornell, Clarkson, Colgate, and Harvard.

Clippers Ride Fast Start

Nanaimo opened with a bang on Friday night. Blueliners Matt Irwin and Justin Favreau each scored in the first two minutes of the game as the Cippers went on to defeat Salmon Arm 4-2. Joe and Mike Devin each went scoreless on the evening, though Joe picked up 5 minutes in penalities for getting into a tussle with the Silverbacks' Paul Forster in the second period.

Nanaimo finishes their homestand on Friday when they face the Westside Warriors.

For the season:
  • Joe: 14-2-6-8-28
  • Mike: 16-3-11-14-22
  • October 26, 2006

    Clippers Win 5th Straight

    Scoring two short-handed goals 16 seconds apart in the 2nd period proved too much for Powell River to overcome on Thursday, as Nanaimo outscored the Kings 4-2. Mike Devin picked up an assist on the Clippers' final goal. Joe Devin went scoreless on the night.

    Nanaimo next hosts Salmon Arm on Friday.

    October 23, 2006

    CJAHL Top 15 Teams

    For the week ending October 21st, the following team (of interest to Cornell fans) is ranked in the Canadian Junior A Hockey Leagues' top-15 (previous ranking):

    #6) Nanaimo Clippers (10)

    The Camrose Kodiaks (Alberta Junior Hockey League) continue with their #1 ranking.

    October 22, 2006

    Nanaimo Wins 12-0

    Williams Lake came into Nanaimo with the worst record in the British Columbia Junior Hockey League and it didn't take the Clippers long to find out why. Cody Danberg (University Minnesota - Dulth) started the scoring 4 minutes into the 1st period and by the end of the stanza the Clippers were up 6-0. Nanaimo scored another 5 goals in the 2nd period and added a single goal in the final period. Joe Devin and Mike Devin each picked up 3 assists in the romp.

    Nanaimo plays host again this week as Powell River visits on Wednesday and Salmon Arm on Friday.

    For the season:
  • Joe: 12-2-6-8-21
  • Mike: 14-3-10-13-22
  • October 21, 2006

    Clippers Roll

    Nanaimo scored the first six goals of the game and cruised to a 7-2 victory over the Quesnel Millionaires on Saturday. Joe Devin picked up an assist in the 2nd period. Mike Devin went scoreless in the game.

    Nanaimo will host Williams Lake on Sunday.

    October 17, 2006

    Jeremy Morin Update

    Jeremy "Jet" Morin (6' 1", 170), a 1991-born forward out of Auburn, NY, in a recent webcast with The Scouting News discussed his hockey future. Morin, the younger brother of one-time Cornell target, Chad Morin (Harvard), once listed the Big Red among his potential college choices. Morin, who is a cousin of current AHLer and former Boston College player J.D. Forrest, admitted that he's always dreamed of playing in Chestnut Hill, if he pursues the college route. Morin will soon decide between either the OHL or maintaining his college eligibility by playing in the USHL or the USNTDP. Morin is currently playing for the Syracuse Stars in the Eastern Junior Hockey League where he has a 5-5-10 line in 10 games, despite being one of the youngest players in the EJHL.

    Why even talk about a 15 year old? Michigan, of course, recently received verbal commitments from A.J. Treais (1991) and Jon Merrill (1992) making one wonder if there should be an age requirement that would allow young players to keep their options open and not feel pressure to make such important decisions so early. Of course, whether it's right or wrong (or healthy or not) is one thing that makes for a spirited debate. An even crazier thing, however, is how confident a coaching staff must be to comfortably project a kid's athletic development that far into the future, at an age when most coaches are merely identifying which kids they even want to track. For Cornell, and the other Ivies, there's an additional issue: academic preparation. Worrying about a 15-year old's admissibility is one thing if you're the University of North Dakota or University of Alaska, but for an Ivy League school it may prove to be a little more complex. Regardless, it seems to be a growing trend. As of this writing Michigan already has 2 verbals for 2008, 2 for 2009, and one for 2010. Even Notre Dame has joined the youth race by having picked up commitments from Patrick Gaul (2008) and Cam Fowler (2009).

    Clippers Clip Bulldogs

    Nanaimo opened the scoring 58 seconds into its game against Alberni Valley on Saturday and never looked back, skating to a 5-2 victory. Mike Devin picked up an assist on the opening goal for his only point of the night. Joe Devin went scoreless against the Bulldogs.

    Nanaimo plays host to Quesnel on Friday and Williams Lake on Sunday.

    For the season:
  • Joe: 10-2-2-4-19
  • Mike: 12-3-7-10-20
  • October 16, 2006

    2007 Preseason Readers' Poll

    The results of our readers' poll are in. Thanks to all who entered. The winner of a copy of Adam Wodon's Cornell University Hockey is Omar Gonzalez-Pagan. Congratulations, Omar.

    Here's the results. Total points, followed by 1st-place votes, follow each school.

    1) Colgate -- 353 (13)
    2) Harvard -- 326 (5)
    3) Clarkson -- 303 (5)
    4) Cornell -- 285 (3)
    5) Dartmouth -- 277 (4)
    6) Quinnipiac -- 230 (1)
    7) St Lawrence -- 196
    8) RPI -- 154
    9) Union -- 141 (1)
    10) Princeton -- 101
    11) Yale -- 75
    12) Brown -- 55

    October 14, 2006

    Clippers Reverse Course

    Riding a wave of powerplay opportunities Nanaimo defeated Burnaby 3-1 on Friday night. Despite falling behind early while shorthanded, the Clippers took advantage of their 17 powerplays to break their 3-game skid. Mike Devin scored the Clippers' final goal in the 2nd period. Joe Devin had a relatively quiet night going scoreless, though he picked up a 2-minute penalty for tripping in the 2nd period.

    Nanaimo visits Alberni Valley on Saturday.

    October 12, 2006

    CJAHL Top 15 Teams

    For the week ending October 10th, the Nanaimo Clippers fell to 10th in the Canadian Junior "A" Hockey Leagues' top-15.

    The Camrose Kodiaks (Alberta Junior Hockey League) replace Nanaimo at #1 in this week's ranking. The Kodiaks are the former team of senior Dan Glover.

    Streaky Clippers Continue Slide

    After opening the season with seven straight wins the Nanaimo Clippers have now lost three straight after falling to Powell River 6-4 on Tuesday. The Kings jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead with power play goals in the first 2 minutes of the game. The Clippers, however, managed to take the lead twice before the Kings scored the final three goals of the game. Both Mike Devin and Joe Devin went scoreless in the game.

    Nanaimo will host Burnaby on Friday and then visit Alberni Valley on Saturday.

    October 7, 2006

    MD Scores in Clippers' Loss

    Nanaimo lost their second straight on Friday, losing 6-4 to Surrey. Despite outshooting the Eagles 46-13, the Clippers were unable to complete the comeback after falling behind 4-1 in the second period. Mike Devin scored his 2nd goal of the season 16 minutes into the middle period for his only point of the night.

    Joe Devin went scoreless in the game.

    The Clippers will next play on Tuesday when they travel to Powell River.

    October 5, 2006

    CJAHL Top 15 Teams

    Congratulations to the Nanaimo Clippers for being named #1 the Canadian Junior "A" Hockey Leagues' top-15.

    Logo: Clippers' website

    October 3, 2006

    Nanaimo loses in OT

    There are some things twins probably should not do together. Barely a minute into Sunday's game against Alberni Valley Joe Devin was called for hooking. Less than 30 seconds later Mike Devin was sent off for hooking as well. A mere 11 seconds after that and Alberni Valley had a 1-0 lead in a game that would feature runs by both teams. After the 1st period the Bulldogs would have a 2-0 lead. The Clippers would score the next 4 goals to take a 4-2 lead 5 minutes into the 3rd period. Alberni Valley then scored the next 3 goals to take a 5-4 lead with a little more than 3 minutes remaining in the game. Less than a minute later Nanaimo would tie the game and send it into overtime. Alberni Valley's Stephen Pattison would score unassisted at 2:49 to give the Bulldogs the win and hand the Clippers their first loss of the season.

    The Clippers will next play on Friday when they host Surrey.

    For the season (games, goals, assists, points):
  • Joe: 7-2-2-4
  • Mike: 8-1-6-7
  • October 1, 2006

    Summer Poll Recap

    Welcome to October, at last hockey season is upon us.

    Here's a recap of our last poll:
    "How do you feel about Lynah's renovations?"

    The results were as follows:

  • 73% -- About time.
  • 20% -- A barn is a barn is a barn.
  • 05% -- It's like painting a mustache on the Mona Lisa.
  • 02% -- What renovation?

    Thank you for voting & please remember to vote in this month's Puckhead Poll.
  • Nanaimo beats Burnaby, Again

    Nanaimo won its seventh game in a row on Friday beating Burnaby 3-1. Mike Devin assisted on the game-tying goal midway through the 2nd period while the Clippers were on the powerplay. The Clippers then scored the go-ahead goal three minutes later when Brendan Mason picked up his team-leading 8th goal of the season.

    Joe Devin had a scoreless game and picked up one penalty.

    Nanaimo is now the last unbeaten team in the BCHL. The Clippers host Alberni Valley today.