December 31, 2008

December Poll Results

Happy New Year to one and all. 2009 begins with 3 non-conference games and then plunges into the rest of the conference schedule. Here's hoping for a healthy and enjoyable new year, particularly for the defensive corps which finds itself one man lighter with Jordie Berk having left school.

In December, BRP asked "what's your favorite junior league?"

The results were as follows:

  • 30% -- United States JHL
  • 28% -- British Columbia JHL
  • 10% -- Saskatchewan JHL
  • 9% -- Eastern JHL
  • 8% -- Alberta JHL
  • 8% -- Ontario JHL
  • 3% -- Atlantic JHL
  • 3% -- Greater Ontario JHL (includes Central, Golden Horseshoe, and Mid-Western)
  • 2% -- North American
  • 0% -- Manitoba JHL

    Thank you, once again, for voting & please remember to vote in this month's Puckhead Poll.
  • December 30, 2008

    2008-2009 Roster Update, IV

    Jordie Berk has apparently decided to finish off this season playing junior A hockey. Jordie's rights were traded from Salmon Arm (BCHL) to Ft. McMurray (Alberta JHL) today. Jordie is the second Big Red player to return to the junior ranks this year, following Jacob Johnston (Camrose/ Alberta JHL).

    Next year's roster currently projects to 26 -- 15 forwards, 8 defensemen, and 3 goalies -- assuming there are no early departures. That would lead one to expect Cornell to add another blueliner and a goalie to next fall's class. It is unknown whether Jacob or Jordie have any intention of returning to school in the fall. If neither plans on returning, it's possible that Jarred Seymour could be brought in a year early to fill out the defensive spot. Of course, the staff could choose to move in a new direction.

    Here's the breakdown by class and position:

    Graduating: 8 (4 in 2007-2008)
    F - Evan Barlow
    F - Michael Kennedy (C)
    F - Tyler Mugford (A)
    F - Derek Punches (Wayne State)
    D - Taylor Davenport
    D - Jared Seminoff (A)
    G - Troy Davenport
    G - Dan DiLeo

    Seniors: 6 (8 in 2008-2009)
    F - Blake Gallagher
    F - Colin Greening (C)
    F - Joe Scali
    D - Justin Krueger
    D - Brendon Nash
    G - Ben Scrivens

    Juniors: 6 (6 in 2008-2009)
    F - Joe Devin
    F - Patrick Kennedy
    F - Riley Nash
    F - Dan Nicholls
    F - Tyler Roeszler
    D - Mike Devin

    Sophomores: 6 (6 in 2008-2009)
    F - Sean Collins
    F - Locke Jillson
    F - Jordan Kary
    D - Keir Ross
    D - Sean Whitney
    G - Michael Garman

    Freshmen: 9 (6 in 2008-2009)
    F - Erik Axell
    F - John Esposito
    F - Vince Mihalek
    F - Greg Miller
    F - Chris Moulson
    D - Braden Birch
    D - Nick D'Agostino
    D - Jarred Seymour
    G - Omar Kanji

    On the horizon...

    Targets (6-8): Fs: 3-5, Ds: 2, Gs: 1
  • F - Kevin Cole
  • F - Rodger Craig
  • F - Armand De Swardt
  • F - John Knisley (2011)
  • D - Mathieu Brisson
  • D - Kirill Gotovets
  • G - Andy Iles

    For 2010-2011: It looks like there's only 1-2 forward positions open, pending any early departures.
  • December 21, 2008

    Striking Oil

    Chris Heisenberg is reporting that Cornell has picked up a commitment from Rodger Craig (6' 4", 210), a 1991-born forward from Red Deer, Alberta, for the 2010 season. Rodger is currently playing with the Okotoks Oilers (Alberta JHL), where as the youngest player on the Oilers' roster he's scored 7 goals and picked up 8 assists in 40 games. Rodger participated in this year's CJAHL Prospects' game, where he scored a goal in Team West's 6-3 loss to Team East. Rodger is a B-ranked player on the NHL's Central Scouting preliminary draft list, meaning he could find himself drafted in the middle rounds in 2009. Rodger is also the cousin of current Big Red women's player, Amanda Young.

    Here's a terrific article about Rodger's recent visit to Cornell: AJHL Prospect Flying High.

    Welcome to the Big Red, Rodger.

    Photo: Alberta JHL.

    December 20, 2008

    From Little Red To Big Red

    USHR is reporting that Ithaca native, Andy Iles (5' 9", 165), a 1992-born goalie has selected Cornell over Boston College, Harvard, New Hampshire, and Providence. Andy, who currently attends the Salisbury School, is widely considered among the top '92-born goalie prospects in North America. Andy currently has a goals against average of 1.47 and a save percentage of .91. Last year, as a sophomore, Andy was one of the top goalies in NE prep play with a goals against average of 1.22 and a save percentage of .95. Andy was among the top goalies at last summer's Select 16 Festival, where he finished with the highest save percentage and the second lowest goals against average. Andy was selected to represent the USA at the Under-17 Five Nations tournament in Slovakia over the summer, where he posted a 2.50 goals against average and a .91 save percentage. In 2007, Andy led Ithaca High School to a state record 5th championship. That season saw Andy post some amazing regular season numbers for the Little Red, including 9 shutouts, a 0.93 goals against average, and a .96 save percentage.

    Andy is scheduled to arrive on East Hill in 2010.

    Welcome to the Big Red, Andy.

    December 15, 2008

    Weekend Update

    On Friday:

    Westside scored the final three goals of the game to put away Merritt, 6-3. Vince Mihalek had an assist for the Warriors.

    Alberni Valley scored two goals within 53 seconds of each other but could not hold off Cowichan Valley, losing 3-2. Chris Moulson was scoreless.

    Notre Dames scored 55 seconds into the game, then it was all Humboldt as the Broncos skated to a 7-3 win. John Esposito was scoreless.

    Oakville scored the final three goals of the game to defeat Vaughan, 5-3. Braden Birch scored a goal.

    St. Michael's fell to Hamilton, 9-7. Erik Axell scored a goal and added two assists; Nick D'Agostino did not play.

    College Charles-Lemoyne defeated Lac St-Louis, 5-2. Mathieu Brisson was scoreless.

    On Saturday:

    Westside swept its weekender with Merritt, 8-1. Vince Mihalek chipped in with a helper.

    Victoria scored four first period goals and hung on for a 5-3 win over Alberni Valley. Chris Moulson picked up an assist for the Bulldogs.

    Humboldt scored 23 seconds into the game and eased to an 8-2 win over Notre Dame. John Esposito scored one of the goals for the Hounds. Notre Dame will visit Nipawin on Friday.

    Oakville got out to a 5-1 lead and then held on for a 5-3 win over Burlington. Braden Birch did not play.

    On Sunday:

    Westside went three for three on the weekend, edging Trail, 5-4. Vince Mihalek was scoreless. Westside will host Surrey on Wednesday.

    Alberni salvaged its weekend with a 3-2 win over Nanaimo. Chris Moulson was scoreless. Alberni Valley will host Cowichan Valley on Friday.

    Oakville lost for the first time in 10 games, losing to Bowmanville, 3-2. Braden Birch was scoreless. Oakville will visit Pickering on Wednesday.

    Wellington scored six goals in the second period to defeat St. Mike's, 8-4. Erik Axell and Nick D'Agostino did not play for the Buzzers. St. Mike's will host Cobourg on Friday.

    Charles-Lemoyne blanked Chateauguay, 4-0. Mathieu Brisson did not play. CCL will visit Jonquiere on Saturday.

    December 8, 2008

    Weekend Recap

    On Friday:

    Oakville skated out to a 5-1 lead and cruised to a 7-3 win over Brampton. Braden Birch did not play.

    St. Michael's scored 6 goals in the second period to blow open its game against Cobourg and defeated the Cougars, 9-4. Erik Axell was named the game's 2nd-Star after he scored three goals and added two assists. Nick D'Agostino also picked up two helpers for the Buzzers.

    Alberni Valley dropped a 3-2 decision to Cowichan Valley. Chris Moulson picked up an assist for the Bulldogs.

    Westside eased to a 7-1 win over Prince George. Vince Mihalek scored two goals. Westside will host Merritt on Friday.

    On Saturday:

    Cobourg bounced back from its Friday evening loss to pick up a 3-2 win over Stouffville. Jarred Seymour did not play.

    Alberni lost in overtime to Nanaimo, 4-3. Chris Moulson was scoreless. The 'Dogs will host Cowichan Valley on Friday.

    On Sunday:

    Oakville won its seventh straight with a 5-0 win over Port Hope. Braden Birch did not play. The Blades will host Vaughan on Friday.

    St. Michael's defeated Stouffville, 3-1, for its fifth straight win. Erik Axell added an assist, while Nick D'Agostino was scoreless. On Monday, St. Mike's visits Hamilton and Stouffville visits Cobourg.

    Notre Dame fell to Kindersley, 3-2. John Esposito was scoreless. Notre Dames hosts Melfort on Monday.

    Northwood ventured to Lynah Rink and won a 9-4 victory over the Buffalo Regals. Kevin Cole scored a goal and picked up an assist. Northwood plays Berkshire on Sunday.

    December 5, 2008

    Thursday Recap

    John Knisley scored two goals, including the game-winner, to help Pittsford to a 3-2 win over Spencerport. The Panthers will play Penfield next Thursday.

    Northwood swept St. Foy, winning 9-1 on Wednesday and 4-1 on Thursday. Kevin Cole scored a goal and added an assist in the first game, then picked up another helper in the second game. Northwood will play at Lynah Rink on Sunday against the Buffalo Regals.

    Mathieu Brisson's 3rd-period goal capped a three-goal comeback for Charles-Lemoyne as the Riverains defeated the Notre Dame 4-2. CCL will play Jonquiere on Friday.

    Hamilton scored the game-winner with 48 seconds remaining to defeat Stouffville, 5-3. Jarred Seymour did not play for the Spirit. Stouffville will be home against Cobourg on Saturday.

    Texas Pipeline

    Brandon Thomas has a great article on Cornell's Texas Connection in today's Ithaca Journal.

    Brandon also cites the Dallas Stars AAA's announcement on Armand DeSwardt's commitment as being for 2010, not 2009 as had previously been reported.

    December 4, 2008

    Wednesday's Action

    Vince Mihalek picked up an assist for Westside in its 3-1 loss to Penticton. The Warriors will host Prince George on Friday.

    Melville opened the game with seven straight goals and cruised to an 8-2 win over Notre Dame. John Esposito had a helper for the Hounds. Notre Dame will host Kindersley on Sunday.

    Pittsford spotted Canandaigua two goals then rallied for a 3-2 win. John Knisley scored a goal and assisted on the Panthers' other two goals. Pittsford will host Spencerport on Thursday.

    Power Forward For 2011

    Ben Thomson (6' 2", 185), a 1993-born forward from Mississauga, ON, has committed to the Big Red for 2011, according to Chris Heisenberg. Ben is currently attending St. Andrew's in Ontario and is the younger brother of current Big Red lacrosse player, Jonathan Thomson.

    Ben is playing with the Mississauga Reps AAA Midget team and has a line of 10-6-8-14-25 this season. Ben is considered one of the top forward prospects in Ontario and is regarded as a strong power player who has a mean edge to his game. Ben played with the Toronto Blackknights in last summer's Junior Chowder Cup and in 4 games scored 6 goals and added 2 assists.

    Welcome to Cornell, Ben.

    December 1, 2008

    Weekend Update

    On Friday, College Charles-LeMoyne scored four third period goals to beat Magog, 7-4. Mathieu Brisson had two assists for the Riverains.

    Oakville defeated Bowmanville, 6-2. Braden Birch did not play.

    St. Mike's picked up a 4-2 win over Markham. Erik Axell and Nick D'Agostino were scoreless.

    Notre Dame picked up a 2-1 win over Melville. John Esposito was scoreless. The Hounds will visit Melville on Wednesday.

    Alberni Valley gave up the first five goals of the game and fell to Langley, 5-1. Chris Moulson was scoreless.

    On Saturday, Charles-LeMoyne surrendered two fourth period goals and fell to Amos, 5-4. Mathieu Brisson picked up two helpers. The Riverains will host Notre Dame on Thursday.

    Alberni Valley won a 4-3 overtime decision against Burnaby. Chris Moulson was scoreless. The Bulldogs host Burnaby on Thursday.

    Westside fell 3-1 to Prince George. Vince Mihalek was scoreless.

    Pittsford surrendered two late goals and settled for a 2-2 draw with McQuaid at Blue Cross Arena. John Knisley was scoreless. The Panthers travel to Canandaigua on Wednesday.

    Northwood squeaked past Salisbury, 2-1, in the opening round of its Thanksgiving tournament. Kevin Cole was scoreless.

    On Sunday,

    Oakville defeated Streetsville, 3-1. Braden Birch did not play. The Blades host Brampton on Friday.

    St. Michael's pulled out a 3-2 shootout win over Newmarket. Erik Axell and Nick D'Agostino were scoreless. The Buzzers host Cobourg on Friday.

    Westside fell to Quesnel, 4-2. Vince Mihalek was scoreless. Westside will head to Penticton for a game on Wednesday.

    Northwood doubled-up St. Andrew's, 8-4. Kevin Cole scored a goal and added a helper. Northwood plays St. Foy on Wednesday.

    November Poll Results

    The first month of the season has come and gone. December brings a couple of conference games and the trip to Florida. Then, it's bring on the new year...

    In November, BRP asked "other than Cornell, the ECACHL team most excited to see in 08-09 is?"

    The results were as follows:

  • 38% -- Princeton
  • 16% -- Harvard
  • 12% -- Clarkson
  • 10% -- Colgate
  • 7% -- RPI
  • 5% -- Brown
  • 4% -- Yale
  • 2% -- Dartmouth, SLU, and Union
  • 1% -- Quinnipiac

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