February 29, 2008

Collins' Named 2nd-Team All-Star

Sean Collins has been selected to the Manitoba JHL's All-Star team. That comes as no surprise. What was a bit shocking, however, was that Sean landed on the league's second team.

For the regular season, Sean finished in second place in the league scoring race, putting up 51 goals and 64 assists in 60 games for Waywayseecappo. Additionally, Sean finished in the top four in four other categories:

  • Tied for 1st in short-handed goals with 5.
  • 2nd in power play goals with 21.
  • 3rd in goals with 51.
  • 4th in assists with 64.

    Congratulations to Sean, and each of the other MJHL All-Stars on a great season.

    Note: Wayway opens their playoffs against Dauphin. The Wolves and Kings will begin their best-of-seven series at Dauphin on Saturday.

    Photo: Manitoba JHL
  • OPJHL Playoffs: Update

    On Wednesday, Oakville defeated Milton, 6-2, to take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven series. Braden Birch went scoreless for the Oakville.

    Game four is Friday at Milton.

    St. Mike's lost their second straight to Toronto, 6-5, on Thursday, to even their series at two. Erik Axell and Nick D'Agostino each went scoreless in the game.

    Game five is at Toronto on Friday.

    Stouffville evened their series with Huntsville at two, when the Spirit beat the Otters, 4-1, on Wednesday. Jarred Seymour went scoreless for the Spirit.

    Game five is at Huntsville on Friday.

    February 27, 2008

    Tuesday's Action

    Cedar Rapids picked up a 4-1 win over Green Bay. Vince Mihalek went scoreless in the game.

    The Riders will visit Waterloo on Friday.

    In Manitoba, Waywayseecappo defeated Dauphin, 6-4, to conclude their regular season. Sean Collins scored a goal and had an assist for the Wolverines.

    Wayway begins their opening playoff series on Friday against an opponent to be determined.

    Spruce Grove finished up their regular season with a 6-3 win over Drayton Valley. Jordan Kary did not play for the Saints.

    Spruce Grove will face Lloydminster on Friday in their first round opener.

    OPJHL Playoffs: Update

    On Tuesday, Oakville dropped a 2-0 game to Milton, which evened their series at one game each. Braden Birch went scoreless for the Blades.

    Game three is Wednesday at Milton.

    St. Mike's lost an overtime game to Toronto, 5-4, on Tuesday. The Buzzers lead the series 2-1. Nick D'Agostino picked up an assist for St. Michael's. Erik Axell did not play.

    Game four is at Toronto on Friday.

    Stouffville fell to Huntsville, 6-3, also on Tuesday. Jarred Seymour went scoreless for the Spirit. The Otters lead the series, 2-1.

    Game four is at Stouffville on Friday.

    February 26, 2008

    Collins Snags Another Award

    Sean Collins has been named the Manitoba JHL's Player of the Week for the third time this season. Sean scored six goals and added five assists in four games for Wayway this past week.

    OPJHL Playoffs: Sunday

    Oakville took their opener against Milton on Sunday, defeating the Icehawks, 4-1. Braden Birch went scoreless for the Blades.

    Game two is Tuesday at Oakville.

    St. Michael's took a 2-0 lead in their series with Toronto when they skated to a 4-2 win. Nick D'Agostino went scoreless for the Buzzers, while Erik Axell did not play.

    St. Mike's will host game three on Tuesday.

    Stouffville fell to Huntsville, 5-3, to even their series at one. Jarred Seymour went scoreless for the Spirit.

    Game three is at Huntsville on Tuesday.

    Saturday & Sunday Wrap

    Alberni Valley and Nanaimo wrapped up their regular season BCHL play with games on Saturday and Sunday. Alberni split their two games, losing 7-4 to Burnaby and then beating Powell River, 4-3. Chris Moulson scored two goals in the loss on Saturday, then went scoreless on Sunday.

    Alberni finished the season 17-39-1-3 and did not make the playoffs.

    Nanaimo also split their last two games. The Clippers won a 3-2 game against Quesnel, and then fell to Merritt, 5-4. Michael Garman was held out of both games.

    Nanaimo finished their regular season as the Coastal Conference champs and received a bye in the opening round of the playoffs. The Clips currently have a 42-14-0-4 record and will next play on March 7.

    In Alberta, Jordan Kary scored a hat trick to help Spruce Grove defeat St. Albert's, 7-3, on Saturday. Jordan was named the game's 2nd-Star for his effort.

    The Saints wrap up their regular season on Tuesday against Drayton Valley.

    Waywayseecappo rolled to two big wins in Mantiboa. The Wolverines beat Dauphin, 7-3, as Sean Collins scored two goals and added a helper. On Sunday, Sean scored two goals and added three assists to help the Wolves to a 9-2 win over Neepawa.

    Wayway concludes their regular season on Tuesday against Dauphin.

    In the USHL, Indiana defeated Cedar Rapids, 6-3, on Saturday. Locke Jillson went scoreless for the Ice, while Vince Mihalek did not play for the RoughRiders.

    Cedar Rapids will host Green Bay on Tuesday. Indy will travel to Sioux Falls on Friday.

    Keir Ross went scoreless for Omaha in their 8-2 win over Des Moines. Keir did go +4 on the night and continues to lead the league in +/-.

    The Lancers will be on the road to Sioux City on Friday.

    Binghamton finished their regular season on Saturday, dropping a 5-4 game to Laconia in overtime. Kevin Cole did not play for the Sens.

    The Sens finished with a record of 14-23-0-7.

    February 23, 2008

    Friday Recap

    Starting in British Columbia, Alberni Valley came back from a two-goal deficit by scoring three unanswered goals to beat Cowichan Valley, 3-2. Chris Moulson had an assist on each Bulldog goal.

    Alberni travels to Burnaby for a game on Saturday.

    Nanaimo defeated Prince George, 3-2. Michael Garman did not play and will reportedly be held out until the playoffs.

    The Clippers stay on the road and play Quesnel on Saturday.

    In Alberta, Spruce Grove moved into third place in the North Division with a 4-2 win over Bonneyville. Jordan Kary went scoreless for the Saints.

    Spruce Grove visits St. Albert on Saturday.

    In the USHL, Indiana and Omaha each extended their divisional leads with wins over their nearest competitors. The Ice defeated Cedar Rapids, 2-1, and now lead the RoughRiders by 11 points. Locke Jillson picked up his first point since joining Indy as he had an assist on the game-winning goal. Vince Mihalek did not play for Cedar Rapids.

    The two teams meet again on Saturday in Indianapolis.

    Omaha, meanwhile, defeated Sioux City, 3-2, to push their lead over the Musketeers to 19 points. Keir Ross went scoreless for the Lancers.

    Omaha will travel to Des Moines on Saturday.

    In Atlantic play, Binghamton dropped a 3-2 decision to Laconia. Kevin Cole did not play for the Sens.

    The two teams will play again on Saturday, which will be the fourth game in four days for Binghamton.

    In Prep play, Cushing's game against Holderness was cancelled due to the weather. The Penguins are scheduled to play Northwood on Saturday.

    Round two of the playoffs kicked off in Ontario. St. Michael's and Stouffville each won their opening game. The Buzzers defeated Toronto, 8-2. Nick D'Agostino added a helper for St. Mike's, while Erik Axell did not play.

    Game 2 is at Toronto on Sunday.

    The Spirit surprised top-seeded Huntsville, 2-1. Jarred Seymour went scoreless on the evening.

    Game 2 is at Stouffville on Sunday.

    February 21, 2008

    Thursday Hockey

    Binghamton and Northern went at it on Thursday morning less than 12 hours after their Wednesday night faceoff, with the Cyclones coming out on top, 6-3. Kevin Cole scored a goal for the Sens, his 16th of the season.

    The Junior Senators travel to Laconia for a game on Friday, their third in three days.

    Sean Collins scored two goals to help Waywayseecappo to a 5-2 win over the OCN Blizzard.

    Wayway will host Dauphin on Saturday.

    Collins Wins Lyndon Memorial

    Sean Collins has been awarded the Lorne Lyndon Memorial Trophy by the Manitoba JHL for 2007-08. The Lorne Lyndon is awarded to the player whom best exemplifies sportsmanship and hockey ability.

    Congratulations, Sean.

    February 20, 2008

    Catching Up

    Cushing, which is battling for a playoff spot in NE Division One prep play, split their last two games. The Penguins dropped a 2-0 deision to Kimball Union on Saturday, then bounced back with an 8-3 win over Proctor on Wednesday. Sean Whitney scored a goal and added a helper in the Pens' win.

    Cushing will be at home against Holderness on Friday.

    Kevin Cole was back in action on Saturday in Binghamton's 3-2 loss to New York. Kevin went scoreless against the Bobcats. On Sunday, the Junior Senators suffered a 5-3 loss to Washington in a physical game. The two teams combines for 16 game misconducts, one of which was picked up by Kevin.

    On Wednesday, the Sens were back in action, without Kevin, and skated to a 4-3 win over the Northern Cyclones.

    Binghamton will play the Northern Cyclones again on Thursday at home.

    In the USHL, there was a full slate of action on Saturday. Cedar Rapids defeated Lincoln, 4-1, with Vince Mihalek a scratch. Indiana beat Tri-City, 6-4, with Locke Jillson going scoreless for the Ice. Omaha was also a winner, defeating Sioux Falls, 7-0. Keir Ross was held scoreless for the Lancers.

    On Tuesday, the three teams started the week off early. Cedar Rapids defeated Green Bay, 3-0, as Vince was a scratch against the Gamblers. Omaha won, again, beating Lincoln, 3-2, though Keir went scoreless in the Lancers' win. Indiana dropped their game against Ohio, 3-2, with Locke being held scoreless on the night.

    In Manitoba play, Waywayseeappo defeated OCN, 8-3, on Sunday. Sean Collins scored two goals and added an assist for the Wolverines. On Tuesday, the Wolves dropped a 2-1 decision to Portage. Sean picked up a helper on Wayway's only goal.

    Wayway will host OCN on Thursday.

    In Alberta, Spruce Grove swept a Sunday-Monday set with Drayton Valley. The Saints won the first game 6-2, and followed up with an 8-2 win over the Thunder. Jordan Kary scored two goals and picked up an assist in the game on Sunday, then added two assists in Monday's victory.

    Spruce Grove will visit Bonneyville on Friday.

    Out west, Chris Moulson scored a goal to help Alberni Valley defeat Powell River, 6-4, on Saturday.

    The Bulldogs will travel to take on Cowichan Valley on Friday.

    Also on Saturday, Nanaimo fell to Victoria, 5-2. Michael Garman left the game after he was involved in a collision. Michael, who had replaced Evan Smith, had given up two goals at the time of his departure.

    The Clippers will visit Prince George on Friday.

    February 19, 2008

    Good Knight, Nik

    USHR has reported that Nik Pokulok committed to Clarkson. Nik (6'5", 220) is a 1990-born defenseman from Vaudreuil, Quebec, and is currently attending Northwood Prep. Nik is the younger brother of former Cornellian Sasha Pokulok, who is currently playing with Hershey in the AHL.

    Pokulok is a nice pickup for Clarkson, which is putting together another great recruiting class.

    February 18, 2008

    Collins Crosses Century Mark

    Sean Collins scored two goals and added an assist to help Waywayseecappo defeat the OCN Blizzard, 8-3. Sean now has 102 points in 55 games for the Wolverines.

    Wayway will host Portage on Tuesday.

    Photo: Manitoba JHL

    February 16, 2008

    Early Weekend Play

    Starting in British Columbia, Michael Garman was named the game's 1st-Star as he stopped 25 shots in Nanaimo's 3-1 win over Victoria on Friday. The Clips will return the game and visit the Grizzlies on Saturday.

    Chris Moulson picked up an assist and helped Alberni Valley knock off Penticton, 6-2. The Bulldogs will host Powell River on Saturday.

    In Alberta, Jordan Kary had an assist in Spruce Grove's 4-3 win over Bonneyville, in a game that was played on Thursday. The Saints will travel to Drayton Valley on Sunday.

    In Manitoba, also on Thursday, Waywayseecappo dropped a 5-3 decision to the OCN Blizzard. Sean Collins was held scoreless in the game. Wayway hosts the return game on Sunday.

    In USHL play, Omaha cruised to a 7-2 win over Tri-City. Keir Ross went scoreless for the Lancers in their win. Omaha will be on the road at Sioux Falls on Saturday.

    Also in the USHL, Indiana and Cedar Rapids each dropped a game. The Ice fell to Lincoln, 2-1, while the RoughRiders went down 5-1 to Sioux Falls. Locke Jillson went scoreless for Indiana, who travel to Tri-City on Saturday. Vince Mihalek did not play for Cedar Rapids, who will host Lincoln on Saturday.

    The Binghamton Jr. Sens dropped their first game at the Atlantic JHL's Express Showcase, 5-1, to Hartford. Kevin Cole missed his second straight game for Binghamton. The Sens take on the New York Bobcats on Saturday.

    Stouffville opened their playoff series with a 5-0 win over Couchiching on Thursday. Jarred Seymour went scoreless for the Spirit. Game two of the best-of-five set is on Saturday at Couchiching.

    February 15, 2008

    More Red Hockey News

    Ithaca Journal staff writer Brandon Thomas, who covers the area's hockey teams (including Ithaca High's Little Red), has expanded his weekly column Off the Crossbar from print to blog.

    The coverage of local hockey has improved greatly since Thomas joined the Journal. Adding a blog version of his column should further sweeten the cravings for more news regarding the local Reds.

    February 14, 2008

    Another Saint

    The Spruce Grove Saints have announced that Jordan Kary has committed to Cornell for 2008. Jordan (6' 2", 200), a 1987-born forward from Wataskiwin, Alberta, is the Saints' team captain and has scored 30 goals and added 28 assists this season, good for 20th in the Alberta JHL's scoring race. Jordan has been a strong contributor to Spruce Grove's special teams this year and is 2nd in the league with 15 power play goals. Jordan was selected to play in the season's AJHL's All-Star game, where he scored two goals and picked up an assist.

    Spruce Grove is currently in fourth in the AJHL's North Division with a record of 28-16-1-11 (overtime losses).

    Jordan will be reunited with former Saint, Ben Scrivens, next season in Ithaca. Welcome to the Big Red, Jordan.

    Photo: Alberta JHL.

    February 13, 2008

    Tuesday's Action

    Sean Collins scored all four goals in Waywayseecappo's 4-2 win over Winkler in Manitoba JHL play. The four goals brought Sean to the verge of the century mark in points for the season with 99.

    The Wolverines will visit the OCN Blizzard on Thursday.

    Oakville and St. Michael's completed their regular season with wins. Oakville defeated Mississauga, 6-5, in overtime. Braden Birch went scoreless for the Blades. St. Mike's blasted Pickering, 11-0, in their finale. Erik Axell and Nick D'Agostino each chipped in with a helper for the Buzzers.

    Oakville and St. Michael's each won their division and received a first-round bye in the playoffs. The Blades completed the regular session with a record of 39-6-4 (OTL), while the Buzzers went 43-4-2.

    February 9, 2008

    Stouffville Concludes Regular Season

    Stouffville finished up their regular season by winning their last two games of the week. On Thursday, the Spirit defeated Villanova, 10-4. Jarred Seymour picked up an assist for the victors. Stouffville then visited Orangeville on Friday and came away with a 5-2 win. Jarred went scoreless against the Crushers.

    Stouffville finished with a record of 31-13-5 (OTL), which was good for fourth place in the OPJHL's North Division. The Spirit will open the playoffs on Thursday in a best-of-five series against Couchiching.

    Collins Up For Award

    Sean Collins has been nominated for the Manitoba JHL's Lorne Lyndon Memorial Trophy for hockey ability and sportsmanship.

    The two other finalists are Eric Delong (Portage) and Dustin Kimber (Swan Valley).

    Photo: Waywayseecappo Wolverines

    February 7, 2008

    Indiana Jillson

    The Indiana Ice have acquired Locke Jillson in a trade with Des Moines.

    Indiana is currently in first place in the East Division with a record of 27-7-4 (4 overtime losses). The Ice will visit Green Bay on Friday.

    Wednesday Play

    Sean Whitney scored two goals to help Cushing defeat Tabor, 6-5, on Wednesday.

    The Penguins will play Canterbury on Saturday.

    In the BCHL, Nanaimo clinched the regular season conference crown with a 5-2 win over Powell River. Michael Garman stopped 25 shots and picked up his 22nd win of the season.

    The Clips will host Cowichan Valley on Friday.

    February 5, 2008

    Super Tuesday

    In Manitoba, Sean Collins, the recent Cornell commitment, scored two goals and added two assists to help Waywayseecappo defeat Neepawa, 6-4.

    The Wolverines will travel to Portage on Friday.

    In the USHL, Omaha's game at Lincoln was postponed due to the weather. Omaha will host Chicago on Friday.

    CJAHL Top 15 Teams

    For the first time in what seems to be a couple of years, there's a new leader in the CJAHL's latest rankings. The Humboldt Broncos (Saskatchewan JHL) get the nod this week. The Broncs are currently in first place in the Itech Conference with a record of 42-9-0-1 (with one overtime loss).

    Other teams of interest to Cornell fans that are ranked this week:

    4) Nanaimo (BCHL)
    5) St. Michael's (OPJHL)

    HM) Oakville (OPJHL)

    February 4, 2008

    More on Collins

    Granted, this is far from scientific, but according to a survey of individuals associated with the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, Sean Collins is the faster skater in the league. Sean was also considered fourth among the league's playmakers and tied for the sixth hardest shot in the league.

    Photo: Manitoba Junior Hockey League

    A Forward From Wayway

    Chris Heisenberg is reporting that Cornell has picked up another forward for the 2008 class. Sean Collins (6' 3", 190), a 1988-born winger from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, is currently playing with Waywayseecappo in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. Sean is tied for 3rd in the MJHL scoring race with 36 goals and 51 assists in 49 games for the Wolverines.

    Sean has been named Player of the Week twice and was the league's Player of the Month in November. Sean was also named the Player of the Game for the Sherwood Conference in the MJHL's All-Star game when he scored 4 goals and added an assist in a 15-9 win.

    Sean was selected to participate in the CJAHL Prospects' game earlier this year. Sean participated in the Fastest Skater event during the skills competition and had the second fastest time in 15.40.

    Welcome to the Big Red, Sean.

    February 2, 2008

    Friday Update

    Keir Ross scored the game-winning goal in the 3rd-period as Omaha defeated Lincoln, 2-1. Keir was named the game's 2nd-Star for his performance.

    Locke Jillson and his Buccaneer mates were shutout by Sioux Falls, 3-0.

    Keir and Locke will meet up on Saturday as Des Moines visits Omaha.

    Vince Mihalek did not play in Cedar Rapids' 4-3 loss to Ohio. The two teams will play again on Saturday in Columbus.

    In Prep play, Cushing doubled-up Holderness, 6-3. Sean Whitney picked up an assist on Cushing's last goal.

    The Pens will travel to Tabor on Wednesday.

    Ontario postponed many games due to a storm, this included Oakville's and St. Mike's games.

    Stouffville and Huntsville managed to get their game played. The Otters defeated the Spirit, 5-2. Jarred Seymour went scoreless for Stouffville.

    The Spirit will visit Seguin on Sunday.

    In British Columbia, Chris Moulson and Alberni Valley were shutout by Cowichan Valley, 4-0.

    Alberni will play Victoria on Friday.

    Michael Garman had the night off as Nanaimo defeated Prince George, 4-1.

    The Clippers will be on the road against Cowichan Valley on Saturday.

    February 1, 2008

    Catching Up...

    Here's an update on the games played during mid-week:

    Stouffville played twice, losing in overtime to Newmarket, 4-3, on Tuesday, and then defeating Orangeville, 7-4, on Thursday. Jarred Seymour went scoreless in Tuesday's game and did not play on Thursday.

    The Spirit is scheduled to visit Huntsville on Friday, though some games have already been postponed due to the weather.

    Also on Thursday in Ontario, Oakville fell to Brampton in overtime, 3-2. Braden Birch was scoreless for the Blades.

    Oakville's game against Mississauga on Friday has been postponed, again, due to the weather.

    In Prep play, Cushing defeated Pomfret, 5-1, on Wednesday. Sean Whitney went scoreless for the Penguins.

    Cushing is scheduled to play at Holderness on Friday.

    In the BCHL, Michael Garman picked up his fourth shutout as Nanaimo blanked Victoria, 7-0, on Wednesday. Michael stopped 26 shots for his 21st win of the year.

    The Clips will host Prince George on Friday.

    Alberni defeated Prince George on Thursday, 4-2. Chris Moulson picked up an assist for the Bulldogs.

    The Dogs will host Cowichan Valley on Friday.

    January Poll Results

    February dawns with a nasty ice storm in Ithaca. Colgate comes to Lynah to begin the month -- did you pick up extra toothpaste?

    Last month, BRP asked the following question: "What was the biggest surprise of 2007?"

    The results were as follows:

  • 23% -- Q's playoff sweep at Lynah
  • 20% -- RIT beats Cornell
  • 16% -- Milo transfers to Vermont
    Will never look as good in green.
  • 15% -- Romano bolts for London
    Who wouldn't have wanted to see Riley and Romano rushing up ice?
  • 14% -- Cornell-BU sellout MSG
    One...we want more...
  • 12% -- Riley selects Cornell
    Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Nash.

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