January 29, 2008

Oakville Stumbles

With two weeks remaining in the regular season, Oakville has already wrapped up the OPJHL's West Division. That fact, however, didn't dissuade second-place Hamilton from bringing their A-game on Monday night. The Red Wings scored the first seven goals of the game and breezed to a 13-4 win. Braden Birch was held scoreless for the Blades.

Oakville now has five games remaining and will visit Brampton on Thursday.

January 28, 2008

Keir Ross Article

The Omaha World-Herald published an article on Keir Ross in Monday's edition.

Keir is going to be a terrific addition to the Big Red next year.

Photo: Omaha Lancers

January 27, 2008

AHL Skills Competition

The Binghamton Jr. Senators' Kevin Cole and Matt Pratt competed for Team Canada, while USNTDP members, Jeremy Morin and Jerry D'Amigo competed for Planet USA in Sunday's AHL All-Star Skills Competition. The quartet of Future Stars competed in three events: Puck Control Relay, Fastest Skater, and Shooting Accuracy. The results of the Future Stars' competition were added to the results of the main AHL event, which was won by PlanetUSA, 15-9.

In the opening event, the Puck Control Relay, Kevin was paired against Morin and he fared well against the U17's leading scorer (Morin was recently called up the U18 team). Morin crossed the line ahead of Kevin, however, and the lead was enough for D'Amigo to maintain. PlanetUSA also won the AHL event.

The Future Stars' Fastest Skater event was won by Kevin with a time of 14.739 seconds. Morin, whose nickname is Jet, took second in 15.093. Pratt stumbled a bit, and D'Amigo fell twice during his spin around the rink. Kevin's win picked up Team Canada's first points on the night. The Iowa Stars' Toby Petersen won the main event in 14.001 seconds.

In the Shooting Accuracy event, D'Amigo picked up another point for TeamUSA when he hit the four targets in six shots. Pratt hit three in six shots before time expired. Kevin and Morin each hit three in seven shots. Former Cornellian Mike Iggulden, representing Team Canada for Worcester, hit three targets in eight shots, which was the maximum number of shots. The main event was won by Manchester's Gabe Gauthier who hit the four targets in four shots.

Photo: Binghamton Jr. Senators

January 26, 2008

BCHL All-Star Game

Representing the Coastal Conference, Michael Garman played the first period in Wednesday's BCHL All-Star game. Michael gave up two goals in the period, which ended in a 2-2 tie. The Coastal Conference went on to win, 15-9.

There have been a couple of different reports on how many shots Michael faced in the game. According to BCHL's report, Michael faced 14 shots in the period, so that should make it official.

Friday Night Hockey

Nick D'Agostino scored two goals to help St. Mike's to a 6-3 win over Toronto. Nick was named the game's 1st-Star for his performance. Erik Axell was held scoreless for the Buzzers.

St. Michael's will visit the Jr. Canadiens in a rematch on Sunday.

Oakville shut down Brampton, 5-0. Braden Birch went scoreless for the Blades.

Oakville will host Milton on Saturday.

Keir Ross picked up an assist in Omaha's 3-1 win over Waterloo.

The Lancers are at home on Saturday against Sioux Falls.

Des Moines dropped a 5-4 decision to Indiana in a game decided by a shootout. Locke Jillson added a helper for the Bucs.

The two teams will play again on Saturday in Indiana.

Vince Mihalek did not play in Cedar Rapids' 4-1 win over Sioux City.

The RoughRiders entertain Ohio on Saturday.

Chris Moulson was held scoreless in Alberni's 3-2 overtime loss to Victoria.

The Bulldogs will host Burnaby on Saturday.

Nanaimo breezed to a 14-1 victory over Merritt. Michael Garman had the night off for the Clippers.

The Clips will be at home against Burnaby on Sunday.

January 24, 2008

Spirit Tame Terriers

Stouffville scored two goals in each stanza to defeat Couchiching, 6-4, on Thursday. Jarred Seymour had an assist in the victory.

Stouffville will face Seguin on Saturday.

January 23, 2008

Wednesday's Games

Cushing defeated Northfield Mt. Hermon, 7-2. Sean Whitney went scoreless for the Penguins.

The Pens will travel to Exeter on Saturday.

Two future Cornellians meet on the ice in Des Moines as Cedar Rapids visited the Bucs. Despite having a 37-23 shot advantage, Des Monies fell to the RoughRiders, 5-1. Locke Jillson picked up an assist on Des Moines' lone goal. Vince Mihalek did not score for Cedar Rapids.

Cedar Rapids will visit Sioux City on Friday, while Des Moines will travel to Indiana to begin its weekend.

Early Week Action In Ontario

St. Michael's began the week with a 3-1 loss to Vaughn. Neither Erik Axell nor Nick D'Agostino picked up any points for the Buzzers.

St. Mike's will host Toronto on Friday.

On Tuesday, Oakville defeated Buffalo, 7-3. Braden Birch opened the scoring for the Blades with his first goal of the season. Braden also picked up an assist in the win.

Oakville will be at home on Friday against Brampton.

January 20, 2008

Week In Review

The hottest teams in the OPJHL cooled down a little last week as St. Michael's had its 19-game streak end and Oakville lost after having won 20 straight games. St. Mike's dropped a 5-3 decision to Markham on Friday and then bounced back by beating Dixie, 8-3, on Saturday. Nick D'Agostino went scoreless in the two games for the Buzzers. Erik Axell was also held without a point in his only game played over the weekend. Braden Birch picked up an assist for Oakville as the Blades defeated Georgetown, 5-2, on Friday. The Raiders then ended Oakville's winning streak on Saturday with a 4-3 win. Braden went scoreless in Saturday's defeat.

Also in Ontario, Stouffville had its own winning streak end with a 6-2 loss to Hunstville on Thursday. The Spirit, who had won 6 straight, also lost on Friday as it fell to Couchiching, 7-6. Stouffville got back into the win column with a 12-5 pasting of Seguin on Saturday. Jarred Seymour picked up an assist in his three game set.

Cushing also played three games over the past week. The Penguins defeated Thayer, 7-0, and Governor Dummer, 4-0, before losing to South Kent, 4-3. Sean Whitney scored a goal and added an assist over the three games.

Binghamton swept its two games with the National Sports Academy, winning 3-2 on Friday and 6-4 on Saturday. Kevin Cole scored a goal for the Sens in Friday's victory. Statistics from Saturday's game were not available.

In the USHL, Locke Jillson scored a goal to help Des Moines to a 5-2 win over Sioux City on Friday. The Bucs were unable to complete the sweep on Saturday when it fell to Chicago, 3-2. Locke was held scoreless against the Steel. Omaha managed a split in its series with Indiana. The Lancers won, 3-2, on Friday, and then fell by the same score on Saturday. Keir Ross was held scoreless in the two games. Cedar Rapids had the toughest weekend, losing to Chicago, 5-3, on Friday, and also losing on Saturday, 2-1, to Sioux Falls. Vince Mihalek did not play on Friday, and went scoreless on Saturday.

In British Columbia, Chris Moulson scored a goal in each of Alberni Valley's two losses during the weekend. The Bulldogs fell to Salmon Arm, 6-3, on Friday, and then dropped an 8-4 decision to Vernon on Sunday. Nanaimo fared much better in its weekend play. Michael Garman picked up two wins for the Clippers as he backstopped their sweep of Burnaby. Nanaimo won, 4-2, on Friday, and, 4-0, on Saturday. Michael stopped 38 of the 40 shots he faced against the Express in the two games. Michael was also named the game's 2nd-Star on Saturday as he picked up his third shutout of the season. The Clips finished off the weekend with a 5-3 win over Trail on Sunday. Michael did not play on Sunday.

January 15, 2008

Sunday Play

Binghamton managed to split their weekend series in Portland on the strength of Sunday's 4-3 win. Kevin Cole scored two goals in the Jr. Sens' win. Kevin also picked up Binghamton's lone goal in Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Pirates.

The Sens will host the National Sports Academy on Friday.

St. Michael's ran their winning streak to 19 when they skated past Markham, 10-4. Erik Axell and Nick D'Agostino each chipped in with a helper for the Buzzers.

St. Mike's will visit Markham for a rematch on Friday.

Cedar Rapids and Omaha were each winners on Sunday. Cedar Rapids defeated Green Bay, 5-2, and Omaha survived Tri-City, 2-1. Vince Mihalek and Keir Ross were held scoreless in their games.

Cedar Rapids will travel to Chicago on Wednesday. Omaha will also take to the road when they visit Lincoln on Friday.

Michael Garman stopped 23 shots to pick up the win in Nanaimo's 5-2 victory over Alberni. Chris Moulson was held scoreless for the Bulldogs.

Alberni Valley will face Westside on Wednesday. Nanaimo will be back in action on Friday when they host Burnaby.

January 13, 2008

Saturday Action

Oakville defeated Hamilton, 4-2, for their 19th straight victory in OPJHL play. Braden Birch went scoreless for the Blades.

Oakville will host Georgetown on Friday.

Stouffville worked on their own winning streak with a 4-1 win over Villanova. The Spirit won for the 6th time in a row and will try for number 7 on Thursday against Huntsville. Jarred Seymour did not play for Stouffville.

In Prep play, Cushing exploded for seven goals for the second night in a row, as the Pens cruised past Tilton, 7-3. Sean Whitney picked up two assists for Cushing.

Cushing will be at home on Wednesday against Thayer.

Omaha defeated Des Moines for the second straight night, 4-3. Neither Keir Ross nor Locke Jillson played in the game.

Omaha will entertain Tri-City on Sunday, while Des Moines travels to Lincoln on Tuesday.

In British Columbia, Alberni Valley continued to show signs of increased vigor with a 4-4 tie against Victoria. Chris Moulson went scoreless for the Bulldogs, who host Nanaimo on Sunday.

Note: The score from the game between Binghamton and Portland has not yet been recorded.

January 12, 2008

Friday Recap

Cushing won a wild affair with Deerfield, 7-6. Sean Whitney picked up an assist for the Penguins, who travel to Tilton for a game on Saturday.

Braden Birch made his debut for Oakville in the Blades' 11-2 win over Streetsville. Braden didn't register any points in his first OPJHL action.

Oakville will host Hamilton on Saturday. The Blades have now won 18 straight games.

Also in Ontario, St. Michael's breezed past Ajax, 9-2. Erik Axell had an assist on the night, while Nick D'Agostino went scoreless for the Buzzers. St. Michael's, like Oakville, has also won 18 games in a row.

St. Mike's will be at home to face Markham on Sunday.

In USHL action, Vince Mihalek assisted on Nick Oddo's (Nebraska-Omaha) game-winning goal as Cedar Rapids defeated Green Bay, 3-1. The two teams meet again on Sunday in Green Bay.

In a matchup that was expected to feature two future members of the Big Red, Omaha had their way with Des Moines, 7-1. The Cornell connection, however, never materialized as Locke Jillson was held out of the Bucs' lineup. Keir Ross was held scoreless for the Lancers. . The two teams will play again on Saturday in Des Moines.

Out west, Nanaimo continued to struggle in the new year as they lost to Victoria, 3-1. The Clippers have now lost 4 straight games, cutting their Coastal Conference lead to seven points over Surrey. Michael Garman did not play for the Clips.

Nanaimo travels to face Alberni Valley on Sunday.

January 11, 2008

Birch A Blade

Braden Birch has been moved from Drayton Valley (Alberta JHL) to the Oakville Blades (OPJHL). Oakville is currently in first place in the West Division with a record of 29-4-0-3 (3 overtime losses). The Blades are ranked 14th in the CJAHL's most recent list.

Braden never played for Drayton Valley after being traded from Nanaimo (BCHL). After the trade, Braden reportedly returned to Ontario to rehab a minor injury.

Oakville will host Streetsville on Friday.

Note: According to the OPJHL's website, Braden was traded to Oakville via Hamilton (OPJHL). It isn't entirely clear how Braden was moved from Drayton Valley to Hamilton.

January 7, 2008

Sunday Play

Erik Axell scored a goal and added an assist in St. Michael's 4-2 win over North York on Sunday. Nick D'Agostino picked up an assist on Erik's goal.

The Buzzers host Ajax on Friday.

Binghamton wrapped up their Eastern Showcase schedule with a 5-0 loss to Bridgewater (EJHL).

The Jr. Sens travel to Portland on Saturday to take on the Pirates.

January 6, 2008

Friday & Saturday Updates

Chris Moulson scored two goals and was named the game's 2nd-Star in Friday's 5-4 loss to Surrey.

Alberni will host Trail on Sunday.

In Nanaimo, Michael Garman was chased after giving up 4 goals in just under two periods against Langley on Friday. The Clippers fell to the Chiefs, 4-3 in that match. On Saturday, Nanaimo lost in overtime, 4-3, to Surrey. Michael did not play for the Clips.

Nanaimo will be at home on Wednesday against Cowichan Valley.

In Cedar Rapids, the RoughRiders won both their games this weekend. The Riders defeated Waterloo, 5-3, and then beat Green Bay, 4-0. Vince Mihalek had an assist in Saturday's shutout of the Gamblers.

Cedar Rapids will return the trip to Green Bay on Friday.

Des Moines traveled to the Windy City for a pair of games against the Steel. Chicago won on Friday, 2-1, and then followed that up with a 3-1 win on Saturday. Locke Jillson did not play in the first game and went scoreless in the second contest.

Keir Ross scored a goal in Omaha's 4-2 loss to Sioux Falls on Saturday. Omaha also dropped their game on Friday, when they dropped a 5-2 decision to Lincoln.

Des Moines and Omaha will meet on Friday in Nebraska.

In Ontario, Stouffville beat Collingwood, 5-2. Jarred Seymour did not play for the Spirit.

Stouffville will entertain Aurora on Thursday.

Neither Erik Axell nor Nick D'Agostino picked up any points in St. Michael's 3-2 win over Vaughan.

The Buzzers visit North York on Sunday.

Binghamton opened against Bay State (EJHL) in the Eastern Showcase and lost to the Breakers, 5-1. Kevin Cole picked up an assist on the Junior Senators' only goal. In their second game against San Diego (Western States Junior A Hockey League), Kevin scored a goal and added an assist to help the Sens to a 6-1 win over the Surf.

Binghamton plays Bridgewater (EJHL) on Sunday.

Cushing doubled-up Kimball Union, 6-3, on Saturday. Sean Whitney registered an assist for the Penguins.

The Pens will face Tabor on Wednesday.

January 3, 2008

Catching Up

There's actually been quite a bit of hockey played over this past holiday weekend. Here's a quick summary of some of the games:

In the BCHL, Nanaimo played an exhibition game on Wednesday against the Swedish Under-17 team. Sweden is playing a 4-game tour of BCHL teams and has won their first two games over Victoria and Powell River. Sweden reportedly has a roster full of potential NHL draft picks, but facing older players was bound to catch up to them at least once. Michael Garman and rookie Evan Smith combined to shut down the Swedes, 2-0. Sweden will conclude their tour with a game against Cowichan Valley.

Previously, Nanaimo played 3 games over the weekend. The Clippers lost the first two games in the set. Trail defeated the Clips, 4-2, on Friday, while Penticton got the better of them on Saturday, 5-3. Michael Garman played against Trial and stopped 25 shots in the loss. Michael was also in net on Sunday against Salmon Arm and was named the game's 1st-Star when he stopped 26 shots in the 3-1 win.

The Clippers will host Langley on Friday.

Alberni Valley also played three games over their extended weekend. The Bulldogs dropped the first game, 5-2, against Cowichan Valley, but bounced back to win the next two games -- 5-4 over Victoria, and 5-1 over Cowichan Valley. Chris Moulson picked up two assists in the Bulldogs' two victories.

Alberni is home on Friday against Surrey.

In the USHL, Vince Mihalek scored two goals to help Cedar Rapids win two of their three games. The RoughRiders defeated Ohio, 6-3, on Friday, and again on Saturday, 5-4. On Sunday, the Riders dropped a 4-1 game to Waterloo.

Cedar Rapids will face Waterloo on Friday at home.

Locke Jillson added two assists in Des Moines' three games. The Bucs lost to Sioux Falls, 3-2, and to Lincoln, 4-1, to start their weekend. Des Moines then picked up a 3-2 shootout victory against Sioux Falls on Sunday.

The Bucs travel to Chicago on Friday.

Omaha also dropped two of their three games, losing to Indiana, 4-2, and to Sioux Falls, 3-2. The Lancers then shut out Sioux City on Sunday, 2-0. Keir Ross went scoreless in the games.

Omaha will visit Lincoln on Friday.

In Prep play, Cushing won three out of four games to finish in third place in their own tournament. The Penguins beat Northfield Mt. Hermon, 9-2, then lost to Berkshire, 6-2. Cushing got back on track against Lawrence with a 3-1 win, then finished with a 4-2 victory over Nobles. Sean Whitney picked up an assist during the tournament.

The Pens will visit Kimball Union on Saturday.

January 1, 2008

December Poll Results

Happy New Year to each and all. January brings the final non-conference games (Niagara) and then moves into the meat of the conference schedule. Here's hoping 2008 begins better than 2007 ended, at least hockey-wise.

Last month, BRP asked the following question: "What is the greatest need for 2008 & 2009 classes?"

The results were as follows:

  • 42% -- Deadly sniper
  • 21% -- Speed...speed...speed
  • 15% -- Another goalie
  • 13% -- Puck-moving defenseman
  • 9% -- Special team superman

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