November 29, 2006

CJAHL Top 15 Teams

Camrose (Alberta JHL) continues to be ranked #1 in the weekly Canadian Junior A Hockey Leagues' top-15. The Kodiaks are currently 26-3-1 and have a 17-point lead in the AJHL's South Division.

The following team (with known Cornell commitments) is ranked this week:

#6) Nanaimo Clippers (5 last week)

Photo: Alberta JHL

November 28, 2006

Weekend Recap

In British Columbia, Nanaimo had another busy weekend playing 3 games in 3 nights. The Clippers opened the weekend with a 4-1 loss to Cowichan Valley on Friday. They bounced back on Saturday when they travelled to Surrey and came away with an 8-4 win. The Clips finished on Sunday with a 5-5 tie against Penticton. Mike Devin picked up an assist on Sunday for his only point on the weekend. Mike had to sit out the game against Surry as he served a suspension for instigating a fight against Cowichan Valley. Joe Devin remained sidelined with an injury.

In the Western Ontario Hockey League, Patrick Kennedy had a quiet weekend as well, going scoreless in the Stars' two games. On Saturday St. Thomas fell to Strathoy, 4-2, before coming back on Sunday to defeat Petrolia 6-5 in OT.

This coming weekend Nanaimo has a home-and-home with Cowichan Valley on Friday and Saturday, while St. Thomas takes on first-place St. Marys on Sunday.

For the season:

Joe Devin 17-3-7-10
Mike Devin 26-4-15-19
Patrick Kennedy 18-19-13-32

November 19, 2006

St. Thomas Beats Sarnia

St. Thomas came back from an early 2-0 deficit to defeat Sarnia 6-4 this afternoon at home. Patrick Kennedy scored a goal and picked up a helper for the Stars. Patrick was awarded the game's 3rd-Star for his effort.

The Stars are now tied with Strathroy for second in the WOHL. The Stars will visit Strathroy on Saturday and then travel to Petrolia on Sunday.

Clips Survive 3 Ports of Call

Nanaimo finished off their road trip by winning their 3rd game in 3 days on Saturday. For the trip, the Clippers outscored their opponents by a combined 21-7. The Clippers began the trip against Merritt, winning 5-2. The next night the Clippers scored 8 goals in the 3rd period to beat Salmon Arm, 12-4. The trip ended by defeating the Westside Warriors, 4-1. Mike Devin picked up 2 assists over the trip, while Joe Devin did not play.

Nanaimo gets a well-earned few days off before facing Cowichan Valley on Friday at home.

November 18, 2006

St. Thomas Wins

Patrick Kennedy scored a goal and had 3 assists to help St. Thomas defeat Chatham on Friday by a score of 6-2. Patrick had a hand in the Stars' first 3 goals of the game, including his game-winner early in the 2nd period. For his effort, Patrick was awarded the game's 1st-Star. It should also be noted that Matt Hackett had 52 saves for the Stars.

The Stars are home on Sunday against Sarnia.

November 16, 2006

Stars Blasted

St. Thomas jumped out to a quick lead on Thursday, scoring barely two minutes into the game on a goal by Chris Ferguson. It was pretty much all Sarnia after that, however, as the Blast scored the next 6 goals on their way to a 10-3 win. Patrick Kennedy picked up a goal for the Stars, ending the scoring at the 18:22 mark in the 3rd.

The Stars will host Chatham on Friday.

CJAHL Top 15 Teams

The Canadian Junior A Hockey Leagues' weekly top-15 was released with Camrose (Alberta JHL) still #1. The following team (with known Cornell commitments) is ranked this week:

#5) Nanaimo Clippers (4 last week)

Photo: Alberta JHL

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November 15, 2006

Clippers vs Express Cancelled

Tonight's game between Nanaimo and Burnaby was cancelled due to high winds affecting ferry service. The Clippers are scheduled to travel to Merritt tomorrow night.

November 13, 2006

Clippers Win 2 of 3

Nanaimo began a difficult stretch of games by winning 2 out of 3 this weekend. The Clippers took the first 2, beating Burnaby 5-3 and Surrey 6-4, before losing on Sunday to Langley, 5-3. Mike Devin picked up an assist in the win over Burnaby, and scored a goal in the loss to Langley. Mike was also awarded the game's 3rd-Star against Langley. Joe Devin went scoreless in his only appearance against Burnaby.

The Clippers get two days off and then play 4 straight games on the road, beginning with a rematch against Burnaby. If you weren't counting that's 7 games in 9 days. I can't even think about how crazy that is.

Stars Fall on Sunday

Chatham held on to win the rubber match against St. Thomas on Sunday, 8-6. After falling behind 5-3 in the 3rd period, the Stars were able to climb within one goal three times before the Maroons put the game away with an empty-netter with 13 seconds remaining in the game. Patrick Kennedy scored 2 goals and added a helper in the loss.

The Stars travel to Sarnia on Thursday to take on the Blast.

November 10, 2006

CJAHL Top 15 Teams

For the week ending November9th, the following team (with known Cornell commitments) is ranked in the Canadian Junior A Hockey Leagues' top-15 (previous ranking):

#4) Nanaimo Clippers (4)

Camrose (Alberta Junior Hockey League) continues with their #1 ranking. The Kodiaks are currently 18-2-1 on the season.

Photo: Alberta JHL

Stars Beat Maroons

St. Thomas scored twice in the final four minutes of the game to put Chatham away, 4-2, on Friday night. Patrick Kennedy celebrated his first game as a Cornell recruit with a goal and an assist.

Note: It was a good day for the Kennedy brothers. In addition to Patrick's solid evening, brother Michael scored the game-winning goal with 1:33 remaining as the Big Red defeated Harvard 3-2 at Lynah Rink.

The Stars return to action on Sunday as they travel to Chatham.

November 8, 2006

Welcome, Brother...

Sorry for the delay. Blogger was down most of the day.

Chris Heisenberg reported this morning that Patrick Kennedy had committed to the Big Red. Patrick (6' 3", 200) is a 1988-born forward from Dorchester, Ontario, and is playing with the St. Thomas Stars in the Western Ontario Hockey League. He is also the brother of Cornell sophmore Michael Kennedy. Patrick is currently tied for 16th in scoring in the WOHL with 20 points (13 goals, 7 assists), in only 11 games. Patrick is also tied for the league lead in powerplay goals (9) and game-winning goals (3).

According to the National Hockey League's Central Scouting, Patrick is a B-rated player (later round potential), and is the only player from the Western Ontario Hockey League to make their Players to Watch List. Heisenberg has Patrick rated as the 13th best player in the Ontario/Eastern Canada region, and has him as the highest rated player in the WOHL.

Welcome, Patrick.

Photo: WOHL

November 5, 2006

CJAHL Top 15 Teams

For the week ending November1st, the following team (with known Cornell commitments) is ranked in the Canadian Junior A Hockey Leagues' top-15 (previous ranking):

#4) Nanaimo Clippers (6)

The Camrose Kodiaks (Alberta Junior Hockey League) continue with their #1 ranking. Current Big Red players Dan Glover and Kevin McLeod are former members of the Kodiaks (according to the Alberta JHL's website).

Photo: Alberta JHL

Nanaimo Rolls On

Nanaimo finished up a cozy homestand by winning their fifth straight game on Friday night. Joe Devin assisted on Russell Goodman's game-winning goal early in the 3rd period, as the Clippers went on to defeat Westside 4-2. Mike Devin went scoreless in the game.

Nanaimo will spend most of the next few weeks playing on the road, beginning with a game against Conference-leading Victoria on Tuesday.

November 3, 2006

David Brownschidle Update

David Brownschidle (5' 11", 184), 1989-born, has committed to Brown. Brownschidle, a forward, is currently playing for the Tri-City Storm in the United States Hockey League. Brownschidle was almost included in this month's Puckhead Poll, but the thinking was that he was being recruited for 2008. Brownschidle, who has 3 uncles that played D1 hockey (one for Boston University and two for Notre Dame), was recently given a B-rating by NHL Central Scouting. Brownschidle is considered a tough two-way player and should be a solid contributor for the Bears. Brownschidle also considered Cornell, Dartmouth, Princeton, and Yale.

Reported by USHR

November 1, 2006

Prospects: 2007 & 2008

Updated 4/11/07.

Reader beware: BRP attempts to aggregate as much information as possible. Nothing truly confidential should ever knowingly appear, rumor and guesswork, however, may be fair game.

At this point, it looks like the Big Red is still looking for 1 forward/center and 1-2 blueliners to fill out the incoming 2007 class. That assumes, of course, that no one leaves the program early. Given what's happened the past few years, the staff could choose to bring in a couple of additional players for insurance. The class should start to finalize as the various junior leagues conclude play.

As always, please remember that whether there is interest on Cornell's part, or on a student's part, is unconfirmed in most cases. Some of the players listed have been reported to either have interest in or be of interest to Cornell, while others are strong students who have expressed interest in some of the Ivies and would therefore be logical candidates or simply come from traditional recruiting areas and represent a working wish list.

Note: Some of this information is provided by Cornell fans near and far. Thank you & please keep the info coming. After all, we're just a bunch of Puckheads looking for a Big Red fix.

(H) Chris Heisenberg's ranking.
(N) NHL Central Scouting Watch List -- A = 1st-2nd round potential; B = 3rd-5th round potential; C = later round potential.

2007 Prospects


  • Joe Devin (6' 1", 200), 1987, Nanaimo/BCHL.
    Committed to Cornell.
    H: Ranked 33rd among BCHL players (down from 24th).

  • Patrick Kennedy (6' 3", 200), 1988, St Thomas/WOHL.
    Committed to Cornell.
    H: Ranked 11th among Ontario/Eastern Canada players.
    N: C rating.

  • Riley Nash (6' 1", 175), 1989, Salmon Arm/BCHL.
    Committed to Cornell.
    H: Ranked 5th among BCHL players.
    N: C rating.

  • Dan Nicholls (6' 0", 195), 1988, Bowmanville/OPJHL.
    Committed to Cornell.
    H: Ranked 140th among Ontario/Eastern Canada players.

  • Tyler Roeszler (5' 7", 170), 1988, Chatham/WOHL.
    Committed to Cornell.
    H: Ranked 59th among Ontario/Eastern Canada players.

  • Chris Moulson (5' 11", 185), 1988, Listowel/MWJHL.
    Brother of former Cornell star Matt Moulson. Could be a 2008 recruit.
    H: Ranked 117th among Ontario/Eastern Canada players (down from 108th).

  • Mike Cieslak (6' 2", 175), 1989, U.S. NTDP.
    Rochester, NY native. Interest unknown.
    H: Ranked 12th among NTDP players.


  • Mike Devin (6' 2", 205), 1987, Nanaimo/BCHL.
    Committed to Cornell.
    H: Ranked 13th among BCHL players.

  • Jacob Johnston (6' 0", 180), 1988, Sudbury/NOJHL.
    Committed to Cornell. Some confusion over whether he's walking-on or not.
    H: Ranked 131st among Ontario/Eastern Canada players (down from 119th).

  • Jordan Berk (5' 11", 190), 1988, Salmon Arm/BCHL.
    Committed to Cornell.
    H: Ranked 42nd among BCHL players.

  • Scott Jenks (5' 11", 182), 1989, Woodstock/Maritime JHL.
    Former Choate Prep player. Member of 2006 Atlantic U17 team. Might be a 2008. Interest unknown.
    H: Ranked 47th among Ontario/Eastern Canada (up from 51st).

  • Damon Kipp (6' 2", 190), 1988, Salmon Arm/BCHL.
    Teammate of Riley Nash on Team Canada West in the World Junior A Challenge. Interest unknown.
    H: Ranked 15th among BCHL players.

  • Wilson Ngai (6' 2", 180), 1989, Toronto/OPJHL.
    Could be a 2008 recruit. Strong student. Interest unknown.
    H: Ranked 34th among Ontario/Eastern Canada players (down from 17th).

    Here's some additional names that may be of interest. Again, it's very difficult to ascertain which students fit Cornell's academic profile, so this is more of a list of names that should not be forgotten.

  • Sean Coughlin, Cushing/Prep.
  • Sean Curran, Taft/Prep.
  • Angelo Vrachnas, NY/Atlantic JHL.
  • Justin Porpora, NY/Atlantic JHL.
  • William Day, Washington/Atlantic JHL.
  • Ryan McKiernan, NJ/Eastern JHL.
  • Tyler Pederson, Sioux City/USHL.
  • Brendan Burlon, St. Mike's/OPJHL.
  • Stephen Duffy, St. Mike's/OPJHL.
  • Kyle Atkins, Brockville/COJHL.
  • Tony Yearego, Sarnia/WOHL.
  • Kealin Wong, Estevan/SJHL.
  • Riley Clark, Notre Dame/SJHL.
  • Luke Brisebois, Notre Dame/SJHL.
  • Dan Nycholat, Canmore/Alberta JHL.
  • Nolan Julseth-White, Langley/BCHL.
  • Russell Goodman, Nanaimo/BCHL.
  • Ryan Wagner, Penticton/BCHL.
  • Ashford McMaster, Victoria/BCHL.
  • Drew MacKenzie, Taft/Prep. (Vermont)

    2008 Prospects


  • Locke Jillson (5' 10", 160), 1988, Dallas/AAA.
    Committed to Cornell.

  • Tyler Pistone (5' 11", 169), 1990, Nanaimo/BCHL.
    Playing his rookie year with the Clippers. Cornell Brown, and Yale involved.
    H: Ranked 3rd among 2008 BCHL players (down from 2nd).

  • Jesse Brown (6' 3", 190), 1990, Syracuse/EJHL.
    Currently lists Cornell, Clarkson, Colgate, and Harvard. Could be a 2009 recruit. Might be swayed by a big OHL offer. Drafted by Owen Sound.
    H: Ranked 11th among 2008 Massachusetts/New England players (up from 13th).

  • PJ Tatum (5' 9", 160), 1988, Gunnery/Prep.
    Currently plays with Colgate-bound Austin Smith. 2nd-leading scorer in the NEPSIHA, D1. ECAC & HE schools in the running.

  • Joe Colborne (6' 3", 175), 1990, Camrose/Alberta JHL.
    Another outstanding student that should be a major target. Interest unknown.
    H: Ranked 1st among 2008 AJHL players.

  • Kevin McCarey (5' 11", 176), 1990, U.S. NTDP.
    Syracuse native who played in the EJHL last year. Interest unknown. OHL 8th-round selection by Plymouth, probably would have been much higher if not for his NCAA-leanings. BU in the lead?
    H: Ranked 4th among 2008 NTDP players (up from 5th).

  • Devon Roeszler (5' 11", 165), 1990, Chatham/WOHL.
    Brother of 2007 recruit, Tyler Roeszler. Finshed his rookie season with Chatham this year. May be a 2009 recruit.
    H: Ranked 11th among 2008 Ontario/Eastern Canada players.


  • Joe Ramieri (6' 2", 170), 1990, Avon Old Farms/Prep.
    Could be a 2009 recruit. National Honor Society student who is interested in Cornell, BC, Brown, Colgate, Dartmouth, Merrimack, New Hampshire, Providence, St. Lawrence, and Vermont.
    H: Ranked 25th among Massachusetts/New England players (down from 21st).

  • Ryan Grimshaw (6', 180), 1990, U.S. NTDP.
    Rochester native who is an outstanding student. Spent last year at Salisbury. Appears ECACHL bound. Harvard may be the team to beat - Michigan trying to get in the game. Like McCarey, also drafted by Plymouth in the 2006 OHL draft.
    H: Ranked 8th among 2008 NTDP players (up from 9th).

  • Keir Ross (6', 185), 1989, Omaha/USHL.
    Ivies and WCHA nterest.
    H: Ranked 10th among 2008 USHL players.

  • Justin Favreau (6' 1", 191), 1988, Nanaimo/BCHL.
    Another Clipper? Cornell is reportedly in the mix.
    H: Ranked 32nd among BCHL players (down from 27th).

  • Doug Leaverton (6' 4", 195), 1989, Mahoning Valley/NAHL.
    Could be a 2007 recruit. Interest unknown.
    H: Ranked 6th among NAHL players.
    N: C rating.


  • Mike Garman (6' 1", 190), 1988, Nanaimo/BCHL.
    Committed to Cornell.
    H: Ranked 7th among BCHL goalies.

    2009 Prospects


  • Kevin Cole (5' 11", 175), 1991, Syracuse/Empire JBHL.
    Ithaca native off to a strong rookie season in junior B. Strong student; selected to Empire JHL All-Star game. Could be a 2010 recruit. Interest unknown.
    H: Currently unranked.

  • Connor Stokes (6' 0", 185), 1991, Syracuse/Empire JBHL.
    Another Ithaca native who's also enjoying a strong rookie season in junior B. Selected to Empire JHL All-Star game. Could be a 2010 recruit. Interest unknown.
    H: Currently unranked.

  • Justin Baker (5' 9", 155), 1991, Toronto/GTHLAAA.
    Reportedly a strong student from the talent rich Toronto region. Could be a 2010 recruit. Interest unknown.
    H: Currently unranked.




  • Chance Lieb (5' 11", 190), 1990, Capital District/EJHL.
    Ithaca native off to a strong rookie season. Interest unknown.
    H: Currently ranked 4th among 2008 Massachusetts/New England goalies.

    2010 Prospects






  • Andy Iles (5' 8", 150), 1992, Ithaca/New York HS.
    Freshman at Ithaca High School is already one of the top goalies in New York. Considered a strong candidate for the NTDP. May be off to prep school in 2007. Interest unknown.
    H: Currently unranked.
  • October Poll Recap

    The season is underway and things on the recruiting front should begin to pick up soon.

    Here's a recap of our last poll:
    "Which freshman will have the greatest impact this year?"

    The results were as follows:

  • 21% -- Brendon Nash
  • 17% -- Colin Greening
  • 14% -- Blake Gallagher
  • 14% -- Justin Milo
  • 13% -- Tony Romano
  • 11% -- Ben Scrivens
  • 5% -- Joe Scali
  • 4% -- Justin Krueger

    More people voted in the October poll than in any other Puckhead Poll. Thank you for voting & please remember to vote in this month's Puckhead Poll.