December 31, 2006

Clippers Grounded

Nanaimo went into the holiday break as the hottest team in the BCHL. After a difficult road trip against the top three teams in the Interior Conference, the Clippers now have a 3-game losing streak. The Clippers opened the trip on Friday against Trail and found themselves in a quick 3-0 hole from which they couldn't quite recover. The next night the hole was even deeper as Penticton opened up a 5-0 lead early in the second period, chasing newly-committed Michael Garman barely three minutes into the second stanza after scoring three goals in 30 seconds. The weekend ended with Nanaimo unable to hold a 2-1 lead against Vernon, falling 3-2 to the Vipers.

For the trip both Joe and Mike Devin went scoreless in the three games. Michael Garman gave up 5 goals on 11 shots in his only action on the road trip.

Nanaimo has a short break before resuming play on Wednesday against Surrey.

December 29, 2006

2006-2007 Roster Updated, Part IV

According to an article in today's Ithaca Journal, Matt Conners has left the team. It's always unfortunate when things don't work out for someone, and for Matt (who had yet to appear in an official game) it appears it was time to look for another opportunity. Here's hoping things work out well for Matt in the future.

This is the fourth time we've updated this year's roster...please be the last.

Seniors: 7 (6 in 2005-2006)
F - Byron Bitz
F - Mitch Carefoot
F - Matt Hedge
F - Mark McCutcheon
F - Kevin McLeod
D - Dan Glover
D - Evan Salmela

Juniors: 4 (7 in 2005-2006)
F - Chris Fontas
F - Raymond Sawada
F - Topher Scott
D - Doug Krantz

Sophomores: 8 (4 in 2005-2006)
F - Evan Barlow
F - Michael Kennedy
F - Ryan Kindret
F - Tyler Mugford
D - Taylor Davenport
D - Jared Seminoff
G - Troy Davenport
G - Dan DiLeo

Freshmen: 8 (8 in 2005-2006)
F - Blake Gallagher
F - Colin Greening
F - Justin Milo
F - Tony Romano
F - Joe Scali
D - Brendon Nash
D - Justin Krueger
G - Ben Scrivens

  • F - Joe Devin
  • F - Patrick Kennedy
  • D - Mike Devin
  • D - Jacob Johnston

  • G - Michael Garman

    Matt's departure brings Cornell's roster closer to their 6-year average, with respect to positional breakdown. The average during that time is 15 forwards, 8 defensemen, and 3 goalies. Cornell is now at 15-9-3 and, assuming (hoping) no one leaves early, next year's roster will have a 14-6-3 breakdown. This includes the Big Red's known committments for 2007-2008: Joe and Mike Devin, and Patrick Kennedy. From a pure average standpoint it looks like Cornell will look to add another forward and 2 more defensemen to next year's incoming class. Of course, this might also be an opportunity to bring in an additional forward (or 2) who may have been targeted for 2008. So look for another 1-3 forwards to go along with 2 more blueliners, giving the Big Red a class of 6-8.
  • December 23, 2006

    Caren Classic


    Ithaca defeated McQuaid 2-1 in the final yesterday at The Rink in Lansing. I hope some of you made the trip because it was a great high school hockey game played with playoff intensity. The game had a nice flow with only 4 penalities called the entire 45 minutes (high school hockey in NY plays 15-minute periods). McQuaid is probably one of the better passing teams in the State and when they start to control a game they can put on quite a show. Yesterday came down to the offensive flair of McQuaid against the defensive discipline of Ithaca. Ithaca showed they were more than simply Andy Iles, as they played solid defense the whole game with only a few breakdowns -- which against the pressure McQuaid put on was bound to happen. About the only thing Ithaca's defense didn't do was get Iles the shutout, giving up the tying goal with 3:24 remaining in the game on a shot that was deflected past Iles by one of Ithaca's players. Ithaca then scored with 29 seconds remaining to win their first Carren Classic since 2000.

    Andy Iles was named the MVP of the tournament. Iles stopped 52 of the 54 shots he faced, making some spectacular saves along the way. Iles plays a technically sound game, rarely getting out of position, and seems capable of taking over a game at this level. He seems to have a feel for the game beyond his years, knowing when to leave the net to challenge a skater and when to stay home. He shows a penchant for guiding rebounds to his teammates, creating numerous breakout opportunities for his team. Despite being in 9th grade he doesn't appear shy about quaterbacking his team, which is always nice to see in a goalie. His stick skills are advanced for his age and he always seems to know what's going on around him. He needs to work on getting back to his feet and to make sure that his intensity doesn't get the best of him. At present he seems to be competing with himself and will probably need to move on to a more challenging environment sooner rather than later. For now, it's a joy watching him in a Little Red uniform. Both Evan Casamento and Nick BonDurant played solidily in net for McQuaid. For this tournament, however, the goalie crown went to Andy Iles.

    Note (6/21): Both Evan Casamento and Nick BonDurant are believed to be leaving McQuaid and heading to prep school for 2007-2008. Casamento is belived to be off to Hotchkiss & BonDurant is believed to be off to Choate.


    Ithaca defeated previously unbeaten Canton 3-1 in the first game yesterday, and McQuaid defeated Penfield 3-1 in the second game. Canton will play Penfield in this morning's consolation game, while Ithaca will play McQuaid at 1:00 (or so).

    For those of you in town over the holidays, there'll be some great high school hockey in Lansing on the 27th and 28th. Canton, Penfield, and McQuaid will join host Ithaca at The Rink. Canton is currently ranked 4th in the State, with McQuaid (5) and Ithaca (8) also in the top-10. Penfield and McQuaid are both from the Rochester area. On Wednesday, Ithaca will play Canton and McQuaid will play Penfield, with the winners and losers meeting on Thursday. Ithaca and McQuaid feature some of the top goalie prospects in the country, at least at the high school level. Ithaca is led by freshman, Andy Iles, who is giving up 0.93 goals per game, while stopping 96% of his shots. Andy also has 4 shutouts in 11 games for the 8-3 Little Red. Andy is currently listed at #23 on The Scouting News' list of the top 1992-born players in North America. McQuaid is led by two talented sophmores, Nick BonDurant and Evan Casamento. BonDurant, who was in goal when McQuaid beat Ithaca 1-0 earlier this month in Rochester, burst on the high school scene as an 8th-grader when he was the goalie for McQuaid's State Championship team. BonDurant is reportedly hoping to follow the footsteps of former McQuaid goalie Billy Sauer, who went from McQuaid to the USNTDP (before stopping in the USHL) on his way to Michigan. Casamento will probably move on to a prep school next year and is hearing from Salisbury, Milton, Taft, and Shattuck St. Mary's.

    December 21, 2006

    All-Star Update

    Patrick Kennedy will be sitting out the WOHL All-Star series against the Golden Horseshoe League due to an injury. Patrick's missed the past two games for St. Thomas.

    On a related All-Star note: Chris Moulson has been named to the Bell Canada Team White roster for the Mid-Western Junior Hockey League's All-Star game, which is being played on January 2nd in Stratford. Chris has scored 17 goals and picked up 19 assists in 25 games for Listowel.

    December 20, 2006

    Recruiting Hotbeds

    With a little more than a week to go in this month's Puckhead Poll, it seemed appropriate that our friends at Inside College Hockey would publish their States of the Game report. BRP humbly appreciates INCH putting the considerable resources of their Research Department on this project. Here are the top 10 regions producing Division 1 college hockey talent.

  • Minnesota 214
  • Ontario 193
  • Michigan 150
  • Massachusetts 124
  • Alberta 113
  • British Columbia 111
  • New York 104
  • Illinois 59
  • Saskatchewan 41
  • Pennsylvania 40
  • December 19, 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 now 32-5-1 and hold a 23-point lead in the AJHL's South Division.

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

    #2) Nanaimo Clippers (2nd last week)

    Photo: Alberta JHL

    Poplawski Goes 'Gate

    Winnipeg South blueliner Wade Poplawski has comitted to Colgate. Poplawski visited Hamilton during the Union/RPI weekend earlier this month. This is another nice pickup for Colgate's defensive corp, along with Kevin McNamara who committed in October.

    December 18, 2006

    A Goalie for 2008

    Michael Garman becomes the first recruit to commit to Cornell for 2008. Michael (6' 1", 190), is from Vail, Colorado and spent last year with Springfild in the NAHL, where he gave up 3.16 goals per game while earning 2 shutouts and stopping 91% of the shots he faced. Michael is currently 2nd among BCHL goalies with a 2.77 GAA and an 89.72 save percentage (t-8th). Chris Heisenberg has him ranked 7th among the 2007 BCHL goalie class, though Michael has generally out-performed the highly regarded Marc Cheverie (Denver), who is the league's top-ranked goalie (according to Heisenberg) and his Clipper mate.

    Welcome to the Big Red, Michael.

    Here's the news release from the Nanaimo Clippers

    Photo: BCHL

    December 16, 2006

    8 in a Row for Nanaimo

    The Clippers go into the holiday break on a major roll after defeating Prince George 5-3 on Friday. Joe Devin opened the scoring with a goal at 10:29 in the first period on a power play opportunity. Mike Devin gave the Clippers a 3-2 lead with his own power play goal at the 15:20 mark in the second period. Mike, who was awarded with the game's 3rd-Star, then assisted on the game-winning goal with 1:28 left in the second period.

    Nanaimo is off until 12/29, when they travel to Trail.

    Stars Let One Slip Away

    St. Thomas went into their game against St. Marys on Friday without their leading scorer, Patrick Kennedy, and managed to get out to a 3-1 lead before falling to the Lincolns, 7-3.

    St. Thomas will host Sarnia on Sunday. The Stars are currently in 3rd place, 2 points ahead of the Blast.

    December 15, 2006

    Clip, Clip...

    Nanaimo continues to surge through December after sweeping their home-and-home with Powell River this week, winning 6-2 on Tuesday and 8-1 on Wednesday. The Clippers have now won 7 straight games and have won their last 5 games by a combined 33-8.

    Joe and Mike Devin each picked up an assist on Wednesday night against the Kings.

    The Clippers play their final game before the holiday against Prince George tonight in Nanaimo.

    December 11, 2006

    Nanaimo Steams On

    Nanaimo went three-for-three this weekend on the road, defeating Langley (9-3), Surrey (8-2), and Burnaby (2-0). The Clippers currently lead Victoria by 6 points in the Coastal Conference.

    Joe Devin returned to action this week and scored the game-winning goal against Burnaby. Mike Devin picked up 2 assists in the three games and was awarded the game's 3rd-Star against Burnaby.

    The Clippers play at Powell River on Tuesday and return home on Wednesday for another game against the Kings.

    St. Thomas Falls in Shootout

    St. Thomas lost to Leamington 4-3 in a shootout on Sunday. The Stars got out to a 3-0 lead after the 1st period but could not hold on as the Flyers outshot the Stars 38-14 over the final two stanzas while managing to pull even midway through the 3rd period. After a scoreless OT period, Leamington's Sean DeMuynck scored the only goal during the shootout for the win.

    Patrick Kennedy scored a goal and added an assist for the Stars.

    St. Thomas visits St. Marys on Friday.

    December 10, 2006

    CJAHL Top 15 Teams

    Camrose (Alberta JHL) is once again ranked #1 in the weekly Canadian Junior A Hockey Leagues' top-15. The Kodiaks won their 3 games this week and are now 29-4-1 and hold a 20-point lead in the AJHL's South Division.

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

    #2) Nanaimo Clippers (3rd last week)

    Photo: Alberta JHL

    December 8, 2006

    WOHL All-Star Selection

    Patrick Kennedy was selected to the WOHL All-Star team as announced by the league on Tuesday. The All-Stars will play a pair of games against the Golden Horseshoe League All-Stars on December 28th and 30th.

    Patrick got back on the scoresheet this week with a goal and an assist against London, and another goal against Tecumseh. The Stars won both games and moved back into 3rd place, though still trailing St. Marys by 7 points with 3 games in-hand.

    The Stars host Leamington on Sunday.

    Photo: WOHL

    December 4, 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, who lost their most recent game, are 26-4-1 and hold a 15-point lead in the AJHL's South Division.

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

    #3) Nanaimo Clippers (6 last week)

    Photo: Alberta JHL

    St. Thomas Slips

    St. Thomas fell to league-leading St Marys, 4-2, on Sunday. Patrick Kennedy went scoreless in the game as the Stars fell to 4th place in the WOHL.

    St. Thomas will host London on Tuesday.

    Clippers Sweep Caps

    Nanaimo took both games this weekend from their Coastal Conference rival Cowichan Valley, winning 6-1 on Friday and 4-2 on Saturday. Mike Devin had a quiet series going scoreless in both games. Joe Devin remained out of the lineup.

    The Clippers, currently tied with Victoria for 1st place in the Coastal Conference, will face Langley on Thursday.

    December 2, 2006

    Wade Poplawski Update

    Wade Poplawski (5' 11", 175), a 1986-born blueliner playing with the Winnipeg South Blues in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League is visiting ECACHL schools. Poplawski is currently the leading scorer among defenseman (13th overall) in the MJHL, with 11 goals and 31 assists in 32 games. Poplawski participlated in last year's MJHL All-Star game and is the reigning Defensive Player of the Month. Cornell's interest in Poplawski has been unconfirmed, though suspected, due to his continued development and solid academic reputation. According to the MJHL, Poplawski is known to be interested in Colgate, Quinnipiac, and RPI.

    BRP's hoping the Big Red stay in the hunt for Poplawski. He appears to be a hard-working underdog who continues to surprise people.

    Update (12/4): Poplawski was in Hamilton this past weekend visiting Colgate.

    December 1, 2006

    November Poll Recap

    For the second month in a row a member of the Nash family has topped our poll.

    Here's a recap of our last poll:
    "Whom would you prefer to be Cornell's next 2007 verbal?"

    The results were as follows:

  • 30% -- Riley Nash, C, Salmon Arm/BCHL
  • 26% -- Tyler Gron, C, Spruce Grove/Alberta JHL
  • 18% -- Mike Cieslak, F, USNTDP
  • 7% -- Matt Irwin, D, Nanaimo/BCHL
  • 7% -- Patrick Kennedy, F, St. Thomas/WOHL (Committed)
  • 4% -- Damon Kipp, D, Salmon Arm/BCHL
  • 4% -- Justin Favreau, D, Nanaimo/BCHL
  • 2% -- Scott Jenks, D, Woodstock/Maritime JHL
  • 2% -- Toby Heaslip, D, Indiana/USHL

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