November 30, 2007

Spirit Shootout

Stouffville needed 3rd-period goals by Mark Sullivan and James McIntosh to send their Thursday night game with Couchiching into an overtime session. After a scoreless extra stanza, the Spirit's Randy Johnston scored the only goal in the shootout to give Stouffville the win. Jarred Seymour went scoreless in the game for the Spirit.

Stouffville hosts Newmarket on Saturday.

November 29, 2007

CJAHL Top 15 Teams

Camrose (Alberta JHL) continues to roll and is, once again, the top-ranked team in the weekly Canadian Junior A Hockey Leagues' top-15. The Kodiaks are 23-2-0-3 (with three overtime losses).

The following teams (with known Cornell commitments) continued to be ranked this week (previous ranking):

5) Nanaimo (7)

12) St. Michael's (14)

Photo: Alberta JHL

November 28, 2007

Some Recent Action

Michael Garman stopped 20 shots to help Nanaimo defeat Powell River, 4-1, on Tuesday. Michael picked up his 12th win of the season and was named the game's 1st-Star. Braden Birch did not play for the Clippers.

Nanaimo will host Alberni on Friday.

Here's a recap of action from Saturday and Sunday:

Nick D'Agostino picked up three assists in St. Michael's, 7-2, win over Dixie on Saturday. Erik Axell did not score in the game.

St. Mike's will be at home on Friday against Dixie.

Kevin Cole scored two goals in Binghamton's, 4-2, victory over Hartford on Saturday. Kevin then followed up that performance with a goal in Sunday's, 4-2 loss to Philadelphia.

The Junior Senators will visit the New York Bobcats on Saturday.

Keir Ross added two assists to help Omaha to a 5-4 win over Tri-City on Saturday. Also on Saturday, Cedar Rapids fell to Indiana, 3-2, and Des Moines dropped a 4-2 decision to Sioux Falls. Vince Mihalek and Locke Jillson were each held scoreless in their games.

On Friday, Cedar Rapids will visit Sioux City, while Omaha and Des Moines meet in Iowa.

In British Columbia on Saturday, Alberni Valley was blanked by Cowichan Valley, 5-0. Nanaimo also went down in defeat, losing to Surrey, 6-2. Neither Braden Birch nor Michael Garman played for Nanaimo.

Down the coast in California, Cushing Academy fell to the L.A. Selects, 3-1, in the championship of the Turkey Shoot tournament. Sean Whitney picked up an assist in the loss.

Cushing will visit Winchendon on Friday.

November 25, 2007

Big Red Spirit

Just returned from a long drive back from NYC. Plugged in the computer and read on elynah that Cornell has picked up a commitment from another defenseman, Jarred Seymour (6' 3", 195). Jarred is a 1990-born Australian, who currently lives in Toronto and plays for the Stouffville Spirit (OPJHL). Jarred was picked by Ottawa in the 3rd-round of the OHL draft, and is also a member of the Australian National Under-18 team.

According to McKeen's Hockey, Jarred posses decent speed, is technically sound, and has an impressive wingspan, which makes him very difficult to beat. McKeen's also says Jarred plays well against smaller forwards, is willing, and able, to do the necessary dirty work of a blueliner: mainly block shots and clog up passing lanes.

In 20 games with Stouffville, Jarred has scored one goal and added 4 assists, to go along with 22 penalty minutes.

Note: It's assumed that Jarred will be joining the Cornell in 2009 or 2010.

Welcome to the Big Red, Jarred

November 24, 2007

Friday Leftovers

Erik Axell scored the game-winning goal as St. Mike's breezed to a 9-1 win over Toronto on Friday. Nick D'Agostino picked up an assist for the Buzzers in the romp.

St. Michael's plays at Dixie on Saturday.

Binghamton kicked off their Thanksgiving trip to Hew Hampshire by dropping a 2-1 decision to New Jersey. Kevin Cole was held scoreless in the game.

The Jr. Sens will face Hartford on Saturday.

In the USHL, Locke Jillson assisted on Des Moines' only two goals in their 5-2 loss to Tri-City. Vince Mihalek was kept off the scoresheet in Cedar Rapid's 4-1 win over Waterloo. Keir Ross also went scoreless in Omaha's 3-1 loss to Green Bay.

The three teams are in action on Saturday as Cedar Rapids travels to Indiana, Des Moines hosts Sioux Falls, and Omaha is home against Tri-City.

Out west, Nanaimo beat Alberni Valley, 7-3. Michael Garman stopped 22 shots to pick up the win for the Clippers. Chris Moulson was held scoreless for the Bulldogs, and Braden Birch did not play as he continues to nurse an injury.

Alberni returns home to face Cowichan Valley on Saturday, while Nanaimo takes to the road to visit Surrey.

Cushing continued their California trip with two wins on Friday. The Penguins defeated the highly-regarded L.A. Selects, 4-2, in their early game, and then came back to beat the DYHA Firebirds, 7-1. Game stats are not yet available.

Cushing will meet the L.A. Selects, again, on Saturday.

November 23, 2007

Holiday Clean Up

Friday brings a full schedule for Cornell's hockey recruits. Here's the day's schedule:

Cushing vs LA Selects (Turkey Shootout, Lakewood, CA)
Cushing vs DYHA Firebirds (Turkey Shootout, Lakewood, CA)
Binghamton vs New Jersey (Bulldogs' Thanksgiving Classic, Hudson, NH)
Toronto vs St. Michael's
Waterloo vs Cedar Rapids
Des Moines vs Tri-City
Green Bay vs Omaha
Alberni Valley vs Nanaimo

Here's a recap of the results from earlier this week:

On Tuesday, Victoria beat Alberni Valley, 5-1. Chris Moulson went scoreless in the game.

On Wednesday, Sioux Falls defeated Omaha, 6-4. Keir Ross was held without a point for the Lancers. Nanaimo visited Cowichan Valley and came away with a 5-3 victory. Braden Birch went scoreless and Michael Garman did not play for the Clippers.

On Thanksgiving, Sioux City skated to a 4-1 win over Des Moines. The Bucs' Locke Jillson was held scoreless in the game. Cedar Rapids pulled out a 2-1 win over Waterloo. Vince Mihalek did not play for the RoughRiders. Cushing opened their California trip with an 11-3 thumping of the SW Selects. Sean Whitney scored a goal and picked up an assist for the Penguins.

November 19, 2007

CJAHL Top 15 Teams

Camrose (Alberta JHL) is once again the top-ranked team in the weekly Canadian Junior A Hockey Leagues' top-15. The Kodiaks are 19-2-0-3 (with three overtime losses).

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

7) Nanaimo (11)

14) St. Michael's (H.M.)

Photo: Alberta JHL


Binghamton dropped their second game to Northern, 6-4. Kevin Cole picked up his tenth assist of the season on the Jr. Sens' fourth goal, which gave Binghamton a 4-3 lead early in the third period. The Cyclones, however, scored the next three goals to sweep the weekend series.

Binghamton returns to New Hampshire this week for the Boston Bulldogs' Thanksgiving Classic, hosted by the Northern Cyclones. The Sens will face New Jersey on Friday, Hartford on Saturday, and Philadelphia on Sunday.

St. Mike's defeated Toronto, 3-2, for their fifth straight win. Nick D'Agostino went scoreless for the Buzzers, while Erik Axell did not play.

Toronto will visit St. Michael's this Friday.

Nanaimo stretched their lead in the Coastal Conference to nine points when they beat back Surrey, 5-4. Braden Birch went scoreless in his return from an ankle sprain. Michael Garman did not play for the Clippers.

Nanaimo will take to the road on Wednesday to face Cowichan Valley.

November 18, 2007

Saturday Action

Cushing Academy kicked off their season with a 1-1 tie against Northwood Prep. Sean Whitney went scoreless for the Penguins.

For anyone in Southern California for Thanksgiving, Cushing will be participating in the 17th Annual Turkey Shoot at Lakewood's Glacial Gardens Skating Arena. The Penguins will play at least 4 games against Midget AAA teams. On Thursday they play the LA Selects; on Friday they play a doubleheader against the Southwest Selects and the DYHA Firebirds; and they finish up against the LA Hockey Club on Saturday. There is also a championship game on Sunday.

Binghamton dropped a 4-3 decision to the Northern Cyclones. Kevin Cole picked up an assist for the Junior Senators.

The two teams will meet again on Sunday.

Omaha and Des Moines were both involved in shootouts on Saturday. Omaha defeated Chicago, 3-2, with Keir Ross getting an assist for the Lancers. Des Moines came out on the short end of their game, losing to Waterloo, 2-1. Locke Jillson went scoreless in the game, though he was the only Buccaneer to score during the shootout.

Cedar Rapids defeated Tri-City, 2-1. Vince Mihalek went scoreless for Cedar Rapids.

Omaha will travel to Sioux Falls on Wednesday; while on Thursday, Cedar Rapids travels to Waterloo and Des Moines heads to Sioux City.

Alberni Valley also dropped a 2-1 game, losing to Surrey. Chris Moulson had an assist on the Bulldogs' only goal.

Alberni will host Victoria on Tuesday.

November 17, 2007

Friday Update

St. Mike's defeated second-place Vaughan, 5-2, to stretch their OPJHL South Division lead to seven points. The Vipers scored the first two goals before the Buzzers went on their five goal run. Nick D'Agostino picked up an assist for St. Mike's, while Erik Axell did not play.

St. Mike's will visit the Toronto Jr. Canadiens on Sunday.

In the USHL, Locke Jillson scored a goal for Des Moines, but the Bucs fell to Indiana, 6-3. Cedar Rapids and Omaha both picked up wins, though Vince Mihalek and Keir Ross were each held scoreless. The RoughRiders defeated Ohio, 4-3, and the Lancers squeaked by Chicago, 2-1.

On Saturday, Des Moines will host Waterloo; Cedar Rapids is home against Tri-City; and Omaha will visit Chicago.

Out west, Nanaimo beat Vernon, 4-3, in overtime. Michael Garman picked up his tenth win of the season and stopped the Vipers 28 times. Braden Birch did not play as he continued to nurse an injury.

The Clippers will be home against Surrey on Sunday.

November 15, 2007

Wednesday In B.C.

Russell Goodman rejoined Nanaimo on Wednesday and scored two goals, including the game-winner, as the Clippers defeated Powell River, 4-1. Goodman had missed 6 games while helping Team Canada West win the gold medal at the World Junior A Hockey Challenge. Michael Garman picked up the win and stopped 23 shots, which was good enough for the game's 2nd-Star. Braden Birch did not play for the Clippers.

Nanaimo will host Vernon on Friday.

Alberni Valley was also in action on Wednesday, and the Bulldogs dropped a 5-4 overtime decision to Vernon. Chris Moulson was held scoreless against the Vipers.

The Bulldogs will entertain Surrey on Saturday.

November 11, 2007

Saturday Update

Kevin Cole scored two goals and added an assist as Binghamton scored 6 goals against Boston. Unfortunately for Binghamton, however, the Bulldogs scored 7 times to beat the Junior Senators in overtime.

The two teams play again on Sunday in Chenago.

Locke Jillson picked up two assists, and was named the game's 3rd-Star, as the Buccaneers defeated Lincoln, 3-2, in the USHL. Omaha and Cedar Rapids also won their games on Saturday. The Lancers beat Green Bay, 5-2, with Keir Ross going scoreless in the win. Cedar Rapids beat Ohio, 3-1. Vince Mihalek did not play for the RoughRiders.

On Sunday, Omaha will play their third game in three days when they host Sioux City. Cedar Rapids and Des Moines will next play on Friday, The RoughRiders will host Ohio and the Bucs will play visiting Indiana.

Out west, Surrey shutout Alberni Valley, 6-0. Chris Moulson, along with the rest of the Bulldogs, obviously, went scoreless. Alberni will visit Langley on Sunday.

Also in the BCHL, Nanaimo bounced back in their return game with Cowichan Valley, defeating the Capitals, 6-4, to earn the weekend split. Neither Braden Birch nor Michael Garman played against the Caps. The Clippers will be at home on Wednesday against Powell River.

November 10, 2007

Friday's Other Action

The big game in the USHL was in Cedar Rapids, where the East Division leading RoughRiders met the West Division leading Omaha Lancers. Omaha won the tightly-contested game, 4-2, needing 2 goals in the game's final 75 seconds to put Cedar Rapids away. Keir Ross and Vince Mihalek were both held scoreless in the game. In other action, Locke Jillson was held scoreless as Des Moines fell to Green Bay, 3-1.

On Saturday, Cedar Rapids will host Ohio, Des Moines will be at home against Lincoln, and Omaha will entertain Green Bay.

Out in British Columbia, Alberni Valley was defeated by Powell River, 6-2. Chris Moulson was held without a point for the Bulldogs, who visit Surrey on Saturday. Nanaimo, meanwhile, dropped a 5-4 decision to Cowichan Valley in overtime. Michael Garman took the tough loss for the Bulldogs, stopping 22 shots on the evening, while losing to the Capitals for the first time in 4 games this season. Braden Birch did not play for Nanaimo, who take to the road for their return game against Cowichan in Duncan on Saturday.

November 9, 2007

Buzzers Win Two

St. Mike's got their weekend off to an early start with a Thursday meeting with Markham. The Buzzers took a 3-1 lead after one period and put the Waxers away, 4-2. Erik Axell and Nick D'Agostino went scoreless for the Buzzers.

On Friday, St. Mike's raced out to a 5-1 lead against North York before the Rangers made things interesting when they scored three straight goals in the final stanza. Richard Ryan scored an empty net goal to clinch the win for the Buzzers. Nick D'Agostino scored a goal and picked up the game's 2nd-Star for his effort. Erik Axell did not play against North York.

The Buzzers will host Markham on Sunday.

Photo: St. Michael's

November 6, 2007

ECAC Hockey Recruiting Rankings: Prelim

Here's the first look at the ECAC's 2008-2009 recruiting classes. The formula from last year remains unchanged. For background, take a look at last year's final rankings.

Please note that Colgate and St. Lawrence are currently unranked due to the small size of each class. Each school will be calculated when it hits a class size of four.

Students listed on Chris Heisenberg's list as 2008 or 2009 are assumed to be entering with the 2008 class.

BRP's next update will be after Central Scouting mid-term rankings are released in January. Note: the updated rankings will be published after SLU has added a fourth member to their class.

ECAC Hockey

1) Harvard - Players, 6; Score, 133
  • Donato's a recruiting machine. Soon he'll be expected to win big.
    Pre-Buzz: Matt Hoyle (6 3"', 195), 1990-born goalie, Indiana/USHL. A shutdown backstop for an increasingly talented defensive corps?
    NHL: Alexander Killorn, #77 (Tampa Bay) in 2007.

    2) Dartmouth - Players, 4; Score, 125
  • Going Green seems to be rather popular these days.
    Pre-Buzz: Paul Lee (6' 3", 210), 1989-born center, Avon Old Farms. Big and skilled...nice combination.
    NHL: Troy Mattila, #190 (New York Islanders) in 2006.

    3) Brown - Players, 6; Score, 92
  • Maybe those UPS commericals have something.
    Pre-Buzz: Jack MacLellan (5' 10", 175), 1988-born center, Ft. McMurry/Alberta JHL. Nice playmaking center who's one of the top scorers in the AJHL.
    NHL: Kevin Koopman, #181 (Ottawa) in 2006.

    4) Clarkson - Players, 4; Score, 88
  • Continues to recruit very well in their backyard.
    Pre-Buzz: Julien Cayer (6' 4", 160), 1989-born center, Northwood Prep. Talent striker who could be scary when he fills out.

    5) RPI - Players, 6; Score, 83
  • Following up last year's effort nicely thus far..
    Pre-Buzz: Patrick Cullen (6', 180), 1989-born forward, Indiana/USHL. Off to a slow start, but a smooth skating forward who should be a fan favorite.
    NHL: Allen York, #158 (Columbus) in 2007.

    T6) Cornell - Players, 6; Score, 75
  • Scored big in Texas, twice.
    Pre-Buzz: Keir Ross (6', 185), 1989-born defenseman, Omaha/USHL. Solid technician. When he's on the ice good things usually happen.

    T6) Yale - Players, 8; Score, 75
  • Currently the biggest class in the league.
    Pre-Buzz: Nick Maricic (6' 2", 208), 1990-born goalie, USNTDP. Is off to an incredible start for the National Team.

    8) Union - Players, 4; Score, 64
  • The Dutchmen appear to be putting together another class heavy on experience.
    Pre-Buzz: Brian Yanovitch (5' 11", 180), 1988-born forward, Bridgewater/EJHL. A speedy player who doesn't quit and is fun to watch.

    9) Princeton - Players, 3; Score, 33
  • All offense, so far.
    Pre-Buzz: Josh Levine (5' 10", 205), 1988-born forward, Green Bay/USHL. Talented scorer from Minnesota, though off to a slow start for the Gamblers.

    10) Quinnipiac - Players, 4; Score, 13
  • All BCHL players to date.
    Pre-Buzz: Joey Manley (5' 10", 172), 1988-born center, Langley/BCHL. Off to a decent start in his rookie season in British Columbia.

    **) Colgate - Players, 2; Score, NA
  • It would appear the Raiders are 2 for 2.
    Pre-Buzz: Nicholas Prockow (6' 1", 180), 1989-born center, Berkshire Academy. Berkshire's top scorer last year
    NHL: Austin Smith, #128 (Dallas) in 2007.

    **) St. Lawrence - Players, 1; Score, NA
  • The Saints picked up a solid first recruit.
    Pre-Buzz: Jordan Dewey (6' 1", 185), 1989-born defenseman, Westminster Prep. Reported to be a smooth skating blueliner with offensive surprise.

  • CJAHL Top 15 Teams

    Camrose (Alberta JHL) continued to hold down the #1 ranking in the weekly Canadian Junior A Hockey Leagues' top-15. The Kodiaks are 17-1-0-3 (with three overtime losses).

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

    #9) Nanaimo Clippers (9)

    H.M.) St. Michael's (H.M.)

    Photo: Alberta JHL

    November 3, 2007

    Friday Update

    Locke Jillson picked up two assists to help Des Moines defeat their host, Tri-City, 4-2, in USHL play. Keir Ross also picked up an assist in Omaha's 8-0 thrashing of Chicago. Cedar Rapids, meanwhile, fell to Waterloo, 3-2, in a game decided by a shootout. Vince Mihalek went scoreless for Cedar Rapids.

    On Saturday, Tri-City plays a return game at Des Moines, Omaha travels to Waterloo, and Cedar Rapids hosts Chicago.

    Erik Axell pitched in an assist in St. Mike's 7-4 victory over Dixie in OPJHL action. Nick D'Agostino went scoreless for the Buzzers, who next play on Sunday against North York.

    In the BCHL, Alberni Valley defeated Cowichan Valley, 4-3. Chris Moulson went scoreless for the winning Bulldogs. In the Coastal Conference, Victoria knocked off first-place Nanaimo, 2-1. Braden Birch went scoreless for the Clippers, while Michael Garman did not play.

    Cowichan Valley will play their return game against Alberni Valley on Saturday and Nanaimo will visit Langley.

    November 1, 2007

    October Poll Recap

    The season has begun, though on a bit of a downer...let's just blame it on global warming. This weekend brings the home opener against Princeton. That's back-to-back games against Tigers, followed by a game against the Bobcats. That was for all our cat fans.

    Last month, BRP asked the following question: "Whom would you prefer to be Cornell's next verbal for 2008/2009?"

    The results were as follows:

  • 21% -- Tyler Pistone (Nanaimo/BCHL):
    Off to a slow start, but highly-regarded.
  • 17% -- Dan Ford (Syracuse/EJHL):
    Smooth skater; nice offensive skill set.
  • 13% -- Justin Favreau (Nanaimo/BCHL):
    Heady blueliner; technically sound.
  • 11% -- PJ Tatum (Lincoln/USHL):
    Scorer at every level he's played, so far.
  • 10% -- Chance Lieb (CD Selects/EJHL):
    Ithaca native in his 2nd season in the EJ.
  • 10% -- Devin Roeszler (Chatham/WOHL):
    Becoming one of Chatham's top options.
  • 9% -- Mike Cieslak (Bay State/EJHL):
    Rochester native; quick, big, and smart.
  • 9% -- Kent Patterson (Cedar Rapids/USHL):
    Banged up at season's beginning; 2006 NHL pick.

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