January 30, 2009

Salisbury Blanks Millbrook

Andy Iles stopped all 17 shots to help Salisbury to a 6-0 win over Millbrook on Friday.

Salisbury will visit Berkshire on Saturday.

Westside Beats Quesnel

Vince Mihalek scored the game-winner in Westside's 6-3 win over Quesnel on Thursday. Vince also picked up an assist on the night.

The Warriors host Penticton on Saturday.

Alberni's Busy Week

Kevin Ross (Princeton) scored on a penalty shot in the second overtime period to give Alberni Valley a 5-4 win over Nanaimo on Sunday. Chris Moulson picked up a helper for the Bulldogs.

On Tuesday, Victoria beat Alberni, 6-1. Chris Moulson was scoreless.

Alberni bounced back on Thursday against Langley with a 2-1 win in overtime. Chris Moulson had an assist for the Dogs.

The Bulldogs visit Powell River on Friday.

Hounds On The Hunt

John Esposito scored a goal and added two assists to propel Notre Dame to a 5-2 victory over Melville on Wednesday. John was named the game's 1st-Star for his efforts.

On Thursday, Jaden Schwartz (Colorado College) scored 52 seconds into overtime to give Notre Dame a 1-0 win over Estevan. John Esposito picked up a helper on the winning goal.

The Hounds visit Weyburn on Saturday.

Charles-Lemoyne Falls

Amos defeated Charles-Lemoyne, 4-2, on Sunday. Mathieu Brisson picked up two helpers for CCL.

The Riverains visit Montreal on Friday.

Pittsford Ties Fairport

Pittsford held on for a 3-3 with Fairport on Thursday. John Knisley had an assist for the Panthers. Pittsford and Fairport are currently tied for 1st in Section Five's East Division, although the Panthers have played two more games than the state-ranked Red Raiders (#10).

Pittsford plays Webster Schroeder on Tuesday.

Northwood Wins Invitational

Northwood won its 30th annual Invitational last weekend, defeating Wyoming Seminary 5-1 in the final. Northwood won its five games to claim the title. Kevin Cole scored a goal in the final.

Northwood plays South Kent School on Sunday at RPI.

Photo: Michael Aldridge

January 25, 2009

Prep Play

Amos scored three unanswered goals in the 3rd period to pull out a 4-3 win over Charles-Lemoyne on Saturday. Mathieu Brisson added two helpers for the Riverains.

The two teams play again on Sunday.

Pittsford defeated Rush Henrietta, 4-2 on Friday. John Knisley had two assists, including pitching in on the game-winner.

Pittsford scored another 4-2 win on Saturday, this time dispatching Brighton-East-HFL. John Knisley was scoreless.

The Panthers will battle Fairport on Thursday.

Northwood opened up its own Invitation with a 7-2 win over Brewster on Friday. Kevin Cole scored a goal. Northwood also won its second game of the day, 7-0, over Springfield. Kevin Cole added a helper in the second game.

On Saturday, Northwood defeated the Atlanta Jr. Knights, 2-1. Kevin Cole was scoreless.

Northwood will face the Philly Jr. Flyers on Sunday.

Salisbury and Kent battled to a 4-4 tie on Saturday. Andy Iles kicked out 21 shots to help keep the game even.

Salisbury will face Choate on Monday.

Junior Update

Westside fell to Penticton, 3-2 in overtime on Friday. Vince Mihalek went scoreless.

Westside picked up a 3-2 win over Salmon Arm on Saturday. Vince Mihalek had a helper for Westside.

The Warriors will host Quesnel on Thursday.

Cowichan Valley used a four-goal 3rd period to pull away from Alberni Valley on Saturday by a score of 7-3. Chris Moulson picked up an assist.

The Bulldogs visit Nanaimo on Sunday.

Camrose defeated Okotoks, 5-3 on Friday. The game was tied three times before the Kodiaks took the lead for good at 15:19 into the 3rd period. Rodger Craig went scoreless for the Oilers. Former Cornell blueliner Jacob Johnston, who leads Camrose in scoring, picked up a goal and an assist for the Kodiaks.

On Saturday, Okotoks bounced back to pick up a 6-2 win over Camrose. The Oilers scored four goals in the 2nd period to pull away from the Kodiaks in a game that featured 180 combined penalty minutes. Rodger Craig went scoreless for Okotoks. Jacob Johnston picked up another goal for Camrose.

The Oilers will host Brooks on Tuesday.

Oakville had a steady 6-3 win over Streetsville on Friday. Braden Birch had a helper for the Blades.

Oakville returns the game on Sunday, visiting Streetsville.

St. Michael's doubled-up Markham, 6-3 on Friday. The Buzzers exploded for four unanswered goals in less than eight minutes to begin the 3rd period. Erik Axell scored two goals, including the game-winner, and added two assists to pick up the game's 3rd-Star; Nick D'Agostino picked up two helpers for the winning team.

St. Mike's visits Toronto on Sunday.

Stouffville raced out to a 3-0 lead early in the 2nd period before things fell apart. Newmarket scored the game's final six goals and came away with a 6-3 win on Saturday. Jarred Seymour went scoreless for the Spirit.

Stouffville will host Hamilton on Thursday.

January 20, 2009

Monday Update

Pittsford blanked Batavia, 5-0. John Knisley scored a goal and added an assist. The Panthers play Penfield on Tuesday.

Honeybaked defeated Dallas, 5-3. Armand de Swardt went scoreless for the Stars. Dallas will play Okanagan on Friday at the University of North Dakota.

Stouffville fell to Cobourg, 6-1. Jarred Seymour went scoreless. The Spirit will host Markham on Thursday.

January 13, 2009

Salisbury Ties Taft

Andy Iles stopped 26 shots to help Salisbury pull out a draw with Taft on Monday. Salisbury is 8-1-1 and ranked #2 in USHR's NE Prep poll; Taft is now 6-1-1 and ranked 4th in the same poll.

The Crimson Knights will visit Westminster on Saturday.


The Grand Forks Herald has reported that Corban Knight (6' 1", 180), a 1990-born forward with Okotoks (Alberta JHL) has decided to attend North Dakota in either 2009 or 2010. Knight, a teammate of future Cornellian, Rodger Craig, selected the Sioux over Cornell, BU, and Denver. Knight currently leads the Oilers in scoring with 26 goals and 21 assists in 47 games.

McHenry County Sports.com has reported that Mike Vilardo (6', 160), a centerman with Team Illinois U16 Midget program has decided to attend Ohio State, beginning in 2011. Other schools interested in Vilardo appear to have been Cornell, Princeton, Yale, New Hampshire, and Wisconsin.

January 7, 2009

Birch & D'Agostino Get All-Star Nods

Braden Birch and Nick D'Agostino have been selected to play in different all-star events this month. Braden will represent the Mackinnon/Phillips Division when it faces the Ruddock/Central Division in the Ontario Junior Hockey League's (OJHL) senior all-star event. The OJHL all-star game will be held on January 21 at York University. Nick has been selected to represent the OJHL's Central Division when it faces the Central Junior Hockey League (CJHL) all-stars in what is being billed as the Battle of Ontario Junior A All-Star Challenge. The Battle of Ontario will take place on January 17 in Pembroke.

Congratulations to Braden and Nick.

2009 ECAC Hockey Recruiting Rankings: Prelims

Here's the first look at the ECAC's 2009-2010 recruiting classes. The formula is the same as that which had been used in the previous two editions. For background, take a look at the initial 2007 final rankings. BRP will update the rankings after NHL Central Scouting releases it mid-term list.

Please note that St. Lawrence is currently unranked due to the size of its class. SLU will be calculated when its class size (currently at three) hits four.

Note: Students listed on Chris Heisenberg's list as 2009 or 2010 are assumed to be entering with the 2009 class.

2009 ECAC Hockey

1) Clarkson - Players, 9; Grade, A+
  • Talent across the board. The Knights did very well with home-state cooking, picking up 5 players with NY connections.
    Pre-Buzz: Take your pick, but with a bit of bias...Nik Pokulok (6' 5", 220), 1990-born defenseman, Northwood/Prep. Can't wait to see him after he's filled out: Yikes.

    2) Harvard - Players, 7; Grade, A+
  • Could turn out to be the league's top class. Big question might be whether the Crimson can keep Leblanc aboard.
    Pre-Buzz: Louis Leblanc (6', 178), 1991-born forward, Omaha/USHL. The youngest player among the USHL's top-10 scorers. Projected to go in the first-round of this summer's NHL draft.

    3) Dartmouth - Players, 4; Grade, A+
  • Not many players, yet, but a quartet of talented forwards is a great start.
    Pre-Buzz: Dustin Walsh (6' 2", 175), 1991-born winger, Trenton/OJHL. Tough, relentless worker is going to give opponents fits. Currently leads a struggling Trenton team in scoring.
    NHL: Mark Goggin, #197 (Boston) in 2008.

    4) Cornell - Players, 6; Grade, B-
  • Getting bigger, and both blueliners are already drafted...nice building blocks.
    Pre-Buzz: Erik Axell (6' 4", 197), 1990-born forward, St. Michael's/OJHL. Has grown another inch and doubled his point production in his second year with the Buzzers; from the same prep program (Upper Canada College) as Big Red co-captain, Colin Greening.
    NHL: Braden Birch, #179 (Chicago) in 2008.
    NHL: Nick D'Agostino, #210 (Pittsburgh) in 2008.

    5) Colgate - Players, 4; Grade, B-
  • A core trio of forwards should continue the Raiders' ascent within the conference.
    Pre-Buzz: Thomas Larkin (6' 4", 215), 1990-born center, Phillips Exeter/Prep. Should bring some more beef to Colgate's backend.

    6) Yale - Players, 7; Grade, C+
  • Forwards, defensemen, and a goalie...Bulldogs cover the ice. Gotta love Andrew Miller (5' 9", 175), the 1988-born forward with Chicago (USHL) currently leads the league in scoring.
    Pre-Buzz: Antoine Laganiere (6' 4", 200), 1990-born centerman, Deerfield/Prep. A mighty big center-piece for some of those high flying pups.

    7t) Princeton - Players, 6; Grade, C-
  • Nice blend of forwards adds nicely to Princeton's existing firepower.
    Pre-Buzz: Mike Condon (6' 2", 195), 1990-born goalie, Belmont Hill/Prep. Having a strong senior season in New England; adds depth and size to the Tigers' crease.

    7t) RPI - Players, 6; Grade, C-
  • Currently all forwards in this underrated class that could have three players selected on draft day.
    Pre-Buzz: Brandon Pirri (6', 170), 1991-born forward, Georgetown/OJHL. Talented offensive player who should be among the league's top rookies.

    9) Brown - Players, 5; Grade, C-
  • A couple of nice additions, but will need more help to move up.
    Pre-Buzz: Lindsay Sparks (5' 9", 172), 1990-born center, Oakville/OJHL. Bruno's smallest player may turn out to be its biggest catch.

    10) Union - Players, 5; Grade, D+
  • The Dutchmen continues to focus on more developed players, which should help its emergence.
    Pre-Buzz: Wayne Simpson (5' 11", 190), 1989-born forward, Lawrence/Prep. Currently one of the top scorers in NE prep play; should make an immediate impact.

    11) Quinnipiac - Players, 7; Grade, D-
  • Continue to load up with BCHL players. A class deep with scorers that is probably undervalued.
    Pre-Buzz: Reese Rolheiser (5' 10", 170), 1988-born center, SHerwood Park/Alberta JHL. Among all those BCHLers, the best incoming 'Cat might be one of the top scorers in Alberta.
  • January 6, 2009

    Quebec Finishes 5th At U17s

    Team Quebec finished with a 3-2 record and in fifth place at the 2009 World Under-17 Challenge. Cornell 2010 recruit, Mathieu Brisson had two assists in his five games with Quebec.

    Team USA, represented by the National Team Development Program's U17s finished in 3rd place. The gold went to Canada's Team Ontario, which defeated Canada's Team Pacific, 5-1 in the championship.