April 19, 2009

Australia Slides Down Under

Australia went 0-5 and finished in last place in Group A at the IIHF Division 1 World Championship held this past week in Lithuania. Jarred Seymour was one of the bright spots for Australia, leading the team in scoring with one goal and three assists in the five games, in which Australia was outscored 40-7.

Australia will be relegated to Division 2 for the next qualifying tournament. Kazakhstan won the group and will be elevated to next year's elite division.

April 15, 2009

Vees Wins OJHL

Kingston defeated Oakville, 5-2, on Tuesday to win the OJHL championship. The Vees scored 4 goals in the opening frame and never looked back. Braden Birch scored a goal for the Blades.

April 14, 2009

Oakville Pushes To Six

Oakville kept alive on Sunday with a 5-2 win over Kingston on Sunday. Braden Birch was scoreless.

Game six is at Kingston on Tuesday.

April 11, 2009

Oakville On The Brink

Oakville dropped game four to Kingston on Friday, 4-2, and finds itself down 3-1 in the best-of-seven championship series. Braden Birch was scoreless for the Blades.

Oakville will host game five on Sunday.

April 10, 2009

Seymour Meets The World

Jarred Seymour will be skating with Australia in the IIHF Division 1 World Championship in Vilnius, Lithuania (April 11-17). Australia will participate in Group A with Lithuania, Croatia, Japan, Kazakhstan, and Slovenia. The winner of the group will be elevated to next year's World Championship in Germany. The team which finishes last in the group will be relegated to Division 2.

It also appears that Jarred will be joining Cornell this fall instead of 2010.

Good luck in Vilnius, Jarred.

April 9, 2009

Iles Honored By USHR

US Hockey Report named Salisbury's Andy Iles as its Prep Goalie of the Year. USHR cited Andy's strong play during the stretch run of the season and his shutout of Exeter in the prep championship game as factors in its decision. USHR named Phillips Andover's Chris Kreider (Boston College) as its Player of the Year, as well as its Forward of the Year, and Danny Biega (Harvard), also of Salisbury, as its Defenseman of the Year.

Andy also recently played in the Tier 1 U18 National Championship with Mid-Fairfield. Andy, who split time with Alex Vazzano (Union), gave up 2.00 goals per game and saved 93.33 percent of the shots he faced, which was good for 3rd among goalies who played at least 2 games. Mid-Fairfield finished 2-2 in the tournament. Detroit's Little Caesars won the title, 4-3, over the Dallas Stars (whose alumni include past, current, and future Big Red icers David McKee, Locke Jillson, Keir Ross, and Armand de Swardt).

Congratulations, Andy.

Oakville Rebounds

Oakville cut Kingston's series lead to 2-1 with a 5-4 win in overtime on Wednesday. Braden Birch did not play for the Blades.

Game four is in Kingston on Friday.

April 5, 2009

Oakville's In A Hole

Oakville dropped a 5-4 decision in overtime to Kingston on Saturday in game one of the OJHL Championship. The Blades outshot the Vees, 52-22. On Sunday, the Vees scored three goals in the first fifteen minutes and held on for a 4-3 win, which put the Blades down 2-0 in the best-of-seven series. Braden Birch was scoreless in the two games.

Game three is Wednesday at Oakville.

Chicago Finishes With Sweep

Chicago finished its season with a bang, defeating Green Bay, 4-3, on Friday, then posting a 6-4 win over Indiana on Saturday. The Steel finished its season in fifth place in the East Division, one spot out of the playoffs. Armand deSwardt did not play on Friday and was scoreless on Saturday.

April 1, 2009

Big Red Adds 'Tender Depth

According to Chris Heisenberg, Cornell has added a goalie for 2009 with the commitment of Omar Kanji (5'10", 165), a 1991-born prep player out of Thornhill, Ontario. Omar attends Upper Canada College, where he was the team's MVP last year after posting a 1.65 GAA, with a 93.5 save percentage and 4 shutouts in 20 games. Omar was also an affiliate player with UCC's OJHL team and played four games in the OJ last fall, including a 58-save shutout against Orangeville in his first game in juniors (some highlights below).

The Toronto Star named Omar its athlete of the week in February.

Omar will join former UCC players Colin Greening and Erik Axell on this fall's roster. Welcome to the Big Red, Omar.

Photo: OJHL
Video: YouTube

Blades Slide Into Finals

Oakville surrendered two third period goals in a 5-4 loss on Sunday, which sent its series with Wellington to a seventh game. In game seven, the teams battled to a 0-0 tie after one. In the second period, Oakville got two goals and finally put the finishing touch on a 3-0 win with an empty netter late in the third on Tuesday. Braden Birch was scoreless in the two games.

Oakville will face Kingston in the OJHL championship.

Steel Tumble

Chicago dropped its third straight game when Waterloo scored three unanswered goals in its 5-3 Tuesday tilt. Armand deSwardt was scoreless for the Steel.

Chicago will travel to Green Bay on Friday.

Hurley & Schmicker Chill Out

Two members of the Cornell lacrosse team have decided to turn in their sticks and join the hockey program. Ryan Hurley (left), a 6'3", 185 lb scoring phenom for Jeff Tambroni's laxers was leading the team with 26 goals in 7 games this season. Last season, Ryan was an All-Ivy selection and an honorable mention All-American. Before matriculating at Cornell, Ryan was a co-captain at Academy of Holy Angels and was one of the top scorers in Minnesota. As a junior with the Stars, Ryan was a member of the team that won a state championship.

Tommy Schmicker (right), a 6'4", 225 lb faceoff specialist has decided he also missed the ice too much. Tommy, who played his prep hockey at Deerfield, was a one-time invitee to the USNTDP summer camp and was also once named to the NHL's Central Scouting watch list.

After much discussion with Coach Tambroni, the two players cleaned out their lockers and headed for the skating treadmill at the Bloom Hockey Center to get in a little late season conditioning. The two are eager to spend the summer training with some of the returning Icers. Each player will have one season of eligibility remaining.