January 31, 2007

Weekend Update

Nanaimo picked up a weekend sweep by taking both games against Alberni Valley. Mike Devin scored the game-winner on Friday at the 18:06 mark of the 3rd period on a powerplay as the Clippers beat the Bulldogs 5-4. On Saturday, the teams moved to Port Alberni for the rematch and the Clips won a wild 7-4 game. Nanaimo scored the first 6 goals before the Bulldogs ripped off 4 in a row to make it a game. Matt Pinder then scored the Clippers' 7th goal, 9 minutes into the 3rd period to finish off the Dogs. Michael Garman stopped 21 shots in the 1st period on his way to the win. For the game, Michael stopped 30 shots. Joe Devin went scoreless on Friday and did not play on Saturday.

The Clippers play three games this weekend beginning at home against Cowichan Valley on Friday, then returning the game at Cowichan Valley before wrapping it up on Sunday at Burnaby.


Patrick Kennedy is still on the mend and out of the lineup for St. Thomas.


Jacob Johnston went scoreless in his two games this past week as Sudbury split their games, losing 3-2 to Abitibi and winning 3-1 at the Soo Thunderbirds.

Sudbury is back in action Wednesday against Manitoulin.

January 25, 2007

Riley Nash Update

According to someone close to the WCHA scene, Riley Nash (6' 1", 170), a 1989-born forward playing with Salmon Arm (BCHL) may have eliminated Cornell from his list of finalists. Nash was recently in Denver for the Pioneers' series against Niagara and reportedly had a positive visit. Elsewhere, word had been that Nash had cancelled a trip to Michigan, so it may be he is focusing his attention on the two remaining schools out west -- Denver and North Dakota.

More recent whispers state that Cornell may still be slugging it out with the uber-elite...

CJAHL Top 15 Teams

Camrose (Alberta JHL) continues with their #1 ranking in the weekly Canadian Junior A Hockey Leagues' top-15. The Kodiaks are now 39-8-1 and hold a 25-point lead in the AJHL's South Division.

The following teams (with known Cornell commitments) are ranked this week:

#6) Nanaimo Clippers (2nd, last poll)
#15) Sudbury Junior Wolves (13th, last poll)

Photo: Alberta JHL

Matt Irwin Update

The Nanaimo Clippers announced that Matt Irwin (6'1", 190), a 1987-born defenseman, committed to UMass. Irwin leads the Clippers in powerplay goals, as well as the BCHL (among defensemen). Irwin will be a solid addition to the Minutemen.

Cornell was listed earlier as one of Irwin's finalists.

Thanks CB.

January 22, 2007

Eric Kroshus Update

According to Chris Heisenberg's site, Eric Kroshus (6' 1", 190), a 1989-born forward playing with Camrose (AlbertaJHL) has committed to Harvard. Cornell, Dartmouth, and Princeton were other schools he had reportedly considered. Kroshus, who'll be joining Harvard in 2008, is having a strong rookie season in Alberta.

This is another nice addition to Harvard and is the second player in a week to select the Crimson over Cornell. Alex Killorn (Deerfield Academy) committed to Harvard for 2008 late last week; Killorn reportedly had his pick of the Ivies and Hockey East heavyweights.

January 15, 2007

CJAHL Top 15 Teams

Camrose (Alberta JHL) held off Nanaimo and retained their #1 ranking in the weekly Canadian Junior A Hockey Leagues' top-15. The Kodiaks split their two games this past week and are now 37-7-1 (including another loss last night), and hold a 24-point lead in the AJHL's South Division.

The following teams (with known Cornell commitments) are ranked this week:

#2) Nanaimo Clippers (4th, last poll)
#13) Sudbury Junior Wolves (13th, last poll)

Photo: Alberta JHL

January 14, 2007

Weekend Recap

Nanaimo continued their hot play with a weekend sweep of second place Victoria. The Clippers won at home on Friday, 4-2, and at Victoria on Saturday, 6-3. Mike Devin had a strong weekend with a goal and three assists. Michael Garman also played well on Saturday, stopping 30 shots on the road to pick up his 19th victory. Michael's biggest save of the game may have been when he stopped Tyler Bozak (Denver recruit) on a penalty shot -- Bozak leads the BCHL in scoring.

Joe Devin went scoreless on the weekend.

The Clippers play Victoria again on Friday and then host Merritt on Sunday.

Michael Garman is scheduled to visit Ithaca this Friday for the game against Yale.


In the WOHL, St. Thomas continues to struggle as Patrick Kennedy continues to recover from mono. The Stars lost to Strathoy, 8-3, and to Tecumseh, 8-2, this weekend.


Sudbury hosts the second place Soo Indians on Wednesday and travel to Manitoulin on Thursday in the NOJHL.

January 10, 2007

Mid-Season Rankings

NHL Central Scouting has released its mid-season rankings and the following players with a Big Red connection made the list:

#99 (potential 4th round selection)
Riley Nash, C, Salmon Arm, 2007 target.

#105 (potential 4th round selection)
Brendon Nash, D, Cornell, freshman.

#191 (potential 7th round selection)
Patrick Kennedy, F, St. Thomas Stars, 2007 recruit.

January 9, 2007

It's a Family Thing

Thanks to an RPI fan who posted on elynah, an interesting bit of recruiting information has surfaced. Jacob Johnston (6' 0", 180), a 1988-born blueliner from Sudbury, Ontario will be joining the Big Red in 2007. Jacob is a bit of a late bloomer who was passed over by the OHL when he became draft eligible because he was considered too small. A growth spurt later, and a little more hockey seasoning, and Jacob is a rising star in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League. Jacob is currently tied for 13th in scoring (2nd among defensemen) with 4 goals and 25 assists in 28 games for the first place Sudbury Junior Wolves. The NOJHL doesn't get a lot of attention, but the Junior Wolves are ranked 13th in the latest Canadian Junior A Hockey League's national top-15.

Jacob is the older brother of Rebecca Johnston (5' 7", 135), a 1989-born forward who is the youngest member of Canada's Under-22 National Team and one of the top recruits in North America. Rebecca will be joining Jacob at Cornell in 2007, where they will be reunited with older sister Sarah, who's a junior on the Big Red's women's team. Oldest sister Katie is a senior on Harvard's women's team.

Photo: Sudbury Jr. Wolves

January 8, 2007

CJAHL Top 15 Teams

Camrose (Alberta JHL) continues to be ranked #1 in the weekly Canadian Junior A Hockey Leagues' top-15. The Kodiaks won all four of their games since the last poll and are now 36-5-1, holding a 25-point lead in the AJHL's South Division.

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

#4) Nanaimo Clippers (2nd last poll)

Photo: Alberta JHL

Weekend Update

Last weekend Nanaimo struggled on their trip through the Interior Conference dropping all three games to the conference's best teams. This past weekend Nanaimo exacted a measure of revenge beating Vernon 2-1 and Trail 5-3. Mike Devin picked up an assist against Trail while being named the game's 2nd-Star. Michael Garman picked up the win against the Smoke Eaters stopping 15 shots in his only action of the weekend. Joe Devin went scoreless in his two games.

Nanaimo remains in first place in the Coastal Conference, 9 points ahead of Victoria. The Clippers and Grizzlies will meet three straight times beginning Friday.

In the WOHL, Patrick Kennedy remains inactive as he recovers from a bout of mono. In his absence the Stars split their most recent games, beating Petrolia 5-4 and losing to Tecumseh 4-2. The loss to the Chiefs dropped St. Thomas into fifth place, two points behind Tecumseh.

St. Thomas travels to Tecumseh on Friday, returning home to host first place Strathoy on Sunday.


Joe Devin, 29 games, 5 goals, 8 assists.
Mike Devin, 40 games, 5 goals, 19 assists.
Patrick Kennedy, 22 games, 22 goals, 15 assists.
Michael Garman, 22 games, 2.88 goals against, 88.95% save percentage.

January 6, 2007

Empire Junior B All-Stars

Local products Kevin Cole (Ithaca) and Connor Stokes (Lansing) were selected to the Empire Junior B League's American Conference All-Stars. Cole (5' 10", 160) is a 1991-born forward who is currently 5th in the league in scoring with 17 goals and 29 assists in 25 games. Stokes (6' 0", 185) is also a 1991-born forward and is tied for 11th in scoring with 20 goals and 21 assists in 24 games. Cole and Stokes both play for the Syracuse Stars.

Connor Knapp (Rochester) who left McQuaid High School last year after his sophmore year was named to the National Conference team. Knapp (6' 5", 205) is a 1990-born goalie who is 2nd in the league, allowing 1.71 goals per game and stopping 92.7% of the shots faced. Knapp plays for the Boston Junior Bruins.

The game will be played on January 15th in Hooksett, N.H.

January 4, 2007

Nanaimo Rebounds

Nanaimo broke their 3-game losing streak by defeating Surrey last night 6-1. 2008-commit Michael Garman stopped 17 of the 18 shots he faced for his 17th win of the season. Joe and Mike Devin went scoreless against the Eagles.

Nanaimo remains home this weekend for a game against Vernon on Friday and one against Trail on Sunday.

January 1, 2007

December Poll Recap

Happy New Year to one and all...

Here's a recap of our last poll:
"Where would you like Cornell to spend more time recruiting?"

The results were as follows:

  • 27% -- USNTDP
  • 17% -- Minnesota High Schools
  • 14% -- Eastern Preps
  • 10% -- Alberta JHL
  • 9% -- BCHL
  • 8% -- USHL
  • 5% -- OPJHL
  • 4% -- Atlantic JHL
  • 3% -- EJHL
  • 1% -- NAHL
  • 1% -- SJHL

    Thank you for voting & please remember to vote in this month's Puckhead Poll.