October 31, 2009

USHL Update

Omaha came back from a two-goal deficit to defeat the US U18s, 4-3, in a shootout on Friday. Mathieu Brisson was scoreless for the Lancers. Andy Iles had the night off for the Nationals.

Omaha will host Waterloo next Friday.

The U18s host Adrian College on Saturday. The U17s travel to Slovakia for the Four Nations tournament this coming week.

Indiana managed to outlast Waterloo, 2-1, on Friday. Brian Ferlin pitched in with a helper for the Ice.

Indiana and Waterloo meet for a second game on Saturday.

Wild Over Wildcats

Wenatchee survived a back-and-forth game with Wichita Falls on Friday, pulling out a 6-5 victory. Armand de Swardt picked up an assist on the game-winner.

The Wild will host the Wildcats on Saturday in the second game of the series.

Victoria Tops Caps

The Grizzlies cruised to a 5-2 victory over Cowichan Valley on Friday. Dustin Mowrey scored two goals, added two assists, and picked up two penalty minutes.

Victoria will host Nanaimo on Saturday.

Oilers Tip Canucks

Okotoks scored three goals in the last ten minutes of the game to nip Calgary, 4-3, on Friday. Rodger Craig picked up an assist and two penalty minutes.

The Oilers visit Drumheller on Sunday.

October 29, 2009

Cornwall Nips Bears

Cornwall slipped by Smiths Falls, 2-1, on Thursday. Kevin Cole was scoreless for the victors.

The Colts will host Hawkesbury on Saturday.

Omaha Over USA U17s

Omaha got a power play goal from Dakota Eveland (Colorado College) late in the third period to defeat the USNTDP Under-17s, 3-2, on Thursday. Matthieu Brisson was scoreless with two penalty minutes for the Lancers. Cole Bardreau picked up two assists and two penalty minutes for the Nationals. Cole also was named the game's 2nd-Star.

The two teams will play again on Friday.

2009 ECAC Hockey Recruiting Final Rankings

Here's BRP's final look at the ECAC's 2009-2010 recruiting classes. For the third year in a row, Harvard claims the magic puck. It's time for the men of Donato to step up -- will this be the year? Or, perhaps the year will belong to RPI which has also had a string of recent recruiting successes.

For the second year in a row the ECAC has 11 NHL-drafted recruits entering the league, spread among 6 schools.

The basic formula remains largely unchanged for previous editions. The final numerical score is no longer displayed since it is translated into a letter grade.

2009 ECAC Hockey

1) Harvard - Players, 8; Grade, A+
  • Another stellar class heads to Cambridge. From top to bottom there's nothing but quality.
    Buzz: Louis Leblanc (6', 178), 1991-born forward, Omaha/USHL. USHL's Rookie of the Year should be the favorite to pick up similar honors in the ECAC.
    NHL: Louis Leblanc, #18 (Montreal) in 2009.
    NHL: Alexander Fallstrom, #116 (Minnesota/Boston) in 2009.

    2) RPI - Players, 5; Grade, A
  • Brandon Pirri and Jerry D'Amigo add more ammunition to a growing arsenal.
    Buzz: Brandon Pirri (6', 170), 1991-born forward, Georgetown/OJHL. It's difficult to pick between Pirri and D'Amigo, but Pirri gets the nod to challenge Leblanc for the league's top rookies.
    NHL: Brandon Pirri, #59 (Chicago) in 2009.
    NHL: Jerry D'Amigo, #158 (Toronto) in 2009.

    3t) Dartmouth - Players, 6; Grade, B+
  • Small class focused on restocking the forward position.
    Buzz: Dustin Walsh (6' 2", 175), 1991-born forward, Trenton/OJHL. Good frame that will need some time to fill in. Considering he's reportedly a tough, relentless player already...that bodes ill for opponents.
    NHL: Mark Goggin, #197 (Boston) in 2008.
    NHL: Dustin Walsh, #169 (Montreal) in 2009.

    3t) Colgate - Players, 8; Grade, B+
  • Needed to replenish its blueline and brought in four, two of whom were selected in the 2009 draft.
    Buzz: Thomas Larkin (6' 4", 215), 1990-born defenseman, Phillips Exeter/Prep. Adds more size to a Raider backend that's gotten much bigger the past two years.
    NHL: Jeremy Price, #113 (Vancouver) in 2009.
    NHL: Thomas Larkin, #137 (Columbus) in 2009.

    5) Cornell - Players, 9; Grade, B
  • One of five schools bringing in multiple NHL draftees. Class has a dash of everything.
    Buzz: John Esposito (5' 10", 170), 1991-born forward, Notre Dame/SJHL. It's tough not to go with either of the drafted defenders, but the league's youngest incoming player is going to be fun to watch.
    NHL: Braden Birch, #179 (Chicago) in 2008.
    NHL: Nick D'Agostino, #210 (Pittsburgh) in 2008.

    6) Princeton - Players, 6; Grade, B-
  • Nice blend of forwards add nicely to Princeton's existing firepower.
    Buzz: Michael Sdao (6' 4", 215), 1989-born defenseman, Lincoln/USHL. Big, physical banger will adds more size to the Tigers backend and help clean the crease.
    NHL: Michael Sdao, #191 (Ottawa) in 2009.

    7) Clarkson - Players, 6; Grade, C+
  • Talent across the board; filled every position. The Knights did very well with home-state cooking, picking up 4 players with NY connections.
    Buzz: Nik Pokulok (6' 5", 220), 1990-born defenseman, Northwood/Prep. Little brother of Sasha. Should receive a warm welcome in his trips to Lynah.

    8) Yale - Players, 7; Grade, C-
  • Just when it looked like Yale was going big again, here comes another dazzling smurf...
    Buzz: Andrew Miller (5' 9", 175), 1988-born forward, Chicago/USHL. USHL's top scorer and top player. What else is there to say?

    9t) St. Lawrence - Players, 7; Grade, D+
  • Class is loaded with defensive players, but it might be the lone forward who steals the headlines.
    Buzz: Kyle Flanagan (5' 11", 190), 1989-born forward, Cedar Rapids/USHL. Solid point producer in junior play with enough experience to make an immediate impact.

    9t) Quinnipiac - Players, 13; Grade, D+
  • In time this may turn out to be the league's best class. At 13, the 'Cats only have to hit on half the class to score big.
    Buzz: Reese Rolheiser (5' 10", 170), 1988-born center, Sherwood Park/Alberta JHL. 5-year AJHL player who led the league in scoring last season.

  • 11t) Brown - Players, 9; Grade, D-
  • Added some needed spark up front and some skill on the backend.
    Buzz: Rich Crowley (6' 1", 188), 1991-born defenseman, USNTDP. New coach, new system...Crowley should be a good beginning.

    11t) Union - Players, 8; Grade, D-
  • The Dutchmen continues to focus on more experienced players, which has helped its move up the standings.
    Buzz: Wayne Simpson (5' 11", 190), 1989-born forward, Lawrence/Prep. Finished second in scoring in NE Prep play; should get rolling quickly.
  • October 28, 2009

    Andy Iles Article

    USA hockey has a nice article about Andy Iles on its website. The article offers a glimpse into Andy's competitive nature and what went into the design of his current helmet.

    Andy Iles

    October 27, 2009

    Dustin Mowrey Article

    The BCHL has an article on Dustin Mowrey up on its website. The article talks about Dustin's progress from his rookie year in the league to this season, as well as having some insight into his feelings on Cornell.

    Dustin Mowrey

    Cornell Picks Up Another National

    Chris Heisenberg has reported that Cole Bardreau, (5' 10", 170), a 1993-born forward with the US Under-17 National Team has committed to the Big Red for 2011. Cole is from Fairport, NY, and is a former teammate of future Cornellian John Knisley, both of whom played with the powerful Rochester Alliance midget program. Last year, Cole scored 16 goals and had 16 assists in 19 games with Fairport HS. Additionally, Cole was named to the All-Greater Rochester team and was the co-player of the year (with John Knisley) in Section V's Eastern Division.

    Cole has currently played 8 games with Team USA in the USHL and has recorded one assist in those games.

    Welcome to the Big Red, Cole.

    Photo: USHL.

    October 26, 2009

    Victoria Can't Catch Express

    Despite being even with 14 minutes remaining in the game on Sunday, Victoria couldn't keep up with Burnaby as the Express scored three goals in the final stanza for a 4-1 win. Dustin Mowrey was scoreless for the Grizzlies.

    Victoria will visit Cowichan Valley on Friday.

    Stars Split Apple Core

    John Knisley rejoined Syracuse and helped the Stars to a weekend split with Apple Core. The Stars dropped the first game, 7-4, on Saturday, then bounced back with a 4-3 win on Sunday. John was scoreless on Saturday and picked up two assists on Sunday, including a helper on Josh Larose's game-winning goal.

    The Stars will host CD Selects on Saturday.

    October 25, 2009

    Iles Turns Red White & Blue

    Andy Iles returned to Ithaca for a visit on Saturday and helped lead the US U18 team to a 3-2 upset of the Big Red. It was an odd experience for fans who found themselves wishing for Andy to succeed against his future team, yet pulling for the home side at the same time. Most fans probably would have been thrilled with a 1-0 win or a 0-0 tie, but the night belonged to Andy and his Red, White, and Blue mates. From the opening introductions, which might be the only time a visiting player has received a standing ovation, to the game-ending 6-on-4 Cornell advantage, Andy was in control of the crease stopping 39 shots for the well-earned victory by the visitors.

    The Nationals visit Colgate on Sunday.

    October 21, 2009

    Okotoks Roll

    Okotoks rushed out to a 3-1 lead after the first period and cruised to a convincing 7-2 victory over the Calgary Canucks on Tuesday. Rodger Craig scored a goal for the Oilers.

    Okotoks visits St. Albert on Friday.

    Colts Win 4th Straight

    Jacob Laliberte (RPI) scored 23 seconds into the game, his first of three goals, to jump-start Cornwall's 4-2 win over Kanata on Tuesday. Kevin Cole did not play for the Colts.

    Cornwall hosts Brockville on Thursday.

    October 18, 2009

    Cornwall Claws Out A Win

    Cornwall visited Smiths Falls on Friday and fell behind to the Bears just 35 seconds into the game. The Colts, however, got two goals from Tylor Spink to pull out a 2-1 win. Kevin Cole picked up an assist and two penalty minutes for the winners.

    Cornwall will visit Kanata on Tuesday.

    Wenatchee Splits

    Wenatchee finished up its 7-game trip to Alaska with a weekend split with the Alaska Avalanche. The Avs struck first with a 4-0 win on Friday. Armand de Swardt did not play for the Wild.

    Wenatchee bounced back on Saturday with a 3-2 shootout win. Armand de Swardt was scoreless.

    The Wild will host Wichita Falls for a pair beginning on Friday.

    Shattuck Two For Three

    Shattuck St. Mary's picked up two wins in its weekend series of Elite High School play. The Sabres began the weekend with a 5-2 loss to Southeast. Shattuck won Saturday's second game, 4-1, over North. On Sunday, Shattuck defeated Northwest, 4-3. Kirill Gotovets picked up an assist and six minutes in penalities on the weekend.

    Shattuck will host Southeast on Wednesday.

    USHL Recap

    Omaha split its weekend games with a 5-0 win over Green Bay on Friday and a 5-2 loss to Fargo on Saturday. Mathieu Brisson picked up an assist on the game-winner against the Gamblers, then was scoreless against the Force.

    The Lancers will host Chicago on Thursday.

    Indiana defeated the US Under-17s on Saturday, 4-1. Brian Ferlin was scoreless with two penalty minutes.

    The Ice will visit Green Bay for series on Friday and Saturday.

    The US Under-18s played an exhibition against Bowling Green on Friday and came away with a 7-2 win over the Falcons. Jack Campbell got the start in goal for the Nationals.

    On Saturday, the U18s dropped a 2-1 decision to Sioux City in USHL play. Andy Iles had 15 saves in the loss.

    The U18s will visit the Big Red on Saturday and Colgate on Sunday for a pair of exhibitions.

    Victoria Rolls Double Seven

    Victoria kicked off its weekend with a 6-goal first period on Friday against Cowichan Valley. The Grizzlies then settled in for a 7-4 win. Dustin Mowrey picked up an assist for the victors.

    On Saturday, the Griz matched its Friday output and cruised to a 7-3 win over Salmon Arm. Dustin Mowrey scored a goal and had 2 penalty minutes.

    Victoria will host Penticton on Wednesday.

    Okotoks Win Two By One

    Okotoks played host to the Calgary Royals on Friday and raced out to a 5-1 lead before having to hold on for a 5-4 win. Rodger Craig was scoreless and picked up 4 penalty minutes.

    On Sunday, the Oilers needed 1:38 of overtime to claim a 6-5 win over Fort McMurray. Rodger Craig was scoreless.

    Okotoks will host the Calgary Canucks on Tuesday.

    October 11, 2009

    USHL Update

    Indiana lost its weekend series with Tri-City, dropping Friday's game, 5-1, then Saturday's overtime affair, 4-3. Brian Ferlin was scoreless in the games and picked up 2 penalty minutes on Saturday.

    The Ice will host Team USA on Saturday.

    Omaha defeated Lincoln, 3-1, on Saturday. Mathieu Brisson was scoreless and picked up 7 penalty minutes.

    Omaha is back home against Green Bay on Friday.

    Wenatchee Splits

    Wenatchee split a pair of 4-1 contests with Fairbanks on Friday and Saturday. Armand de Swardt was scoreless on Friday and did not play on Saturday for the Wild.

    Game three of the Fairbanks-based series is Sunday.

    Oilers Sweep Weekend

    Okotoks cranked up its offense on Friday with a 9-1 blasting of Lloydminster. Rodger Craig was scoreless for the Oilers.

    On Saturday, the Oilers continue its onslaught with a 7-0 victory over Drumheller. Rodger picked up an assist in the game.

    Okotoks will host Calgary on Friday.

    Victoria Blanks Burnaby

    Dustin Mowrey scored a goal and added two helpers in Victoria's 4-0 blanking of Burnaby on Saturday. Dustin was named the game's 3rd-Star for his effort.

    The Grizzlies travel to Nanaimo for a game on Sunday.

    October 9, 2009

    BC Doubles Up U18ers

    The Under-18 National Team visited Boston College on Friday for an exhibition game and fell to the Eagles, 6-3. Andy Iles got the call for the Nationals and stopped 25 shots on the night.

    The USNTDP stays in Boston and faces BU on Saturday in another exhibition.

    October 8, 2009

    Colts Turn Back Canadians

    Cornwall defeated Carleton Place, 4-2, on Thursday. Kevin Cole scored the game-winner early in the second period.

    The Colts host Cumberland next Thursday.

    October 4, 2009

    Wenatchee Wins

    Wenatchee defeated Kenai River, 3-1, on Saturday. Armand de Swardt was scoreless for the Wild.

    Wenatchee hosts the Brown Bears on Sunday to finish their three game series.

    USHL Update

    Indiana opened its season with a 6-2 win over Youngstown on Saturday. Brian Ferlin was scoreless for the Ice.

    The Ice will visit Tri-City on Friday.

    Omaha also opened its season on Saturday with a 3-1 victory over Tri-City. Mathieu Brisson was scoreless for Omaha.

    The Lancers play host to Lincoln on Saturday.

    Langley Tops Victoria In OT

    Victoria dropped a 3-2 decision to Langley in overtime on Saturday. Dustin Mowrey did not play for Victoria.

    The Grizzlies host Alberni Valley on Tuesday.

    October 3, 2009

    Caps Top Victoria

    Cowichan Valley rode a third period power play goal to a 3-2 win over Victoria on Friday. Dustin Mowrey had an assist and picked up four penalty minutes for the Grizzlies.

    Victoria plays host to Langley on Saturday.

    October 2, 2009

    Colts Buck Rangers

    Cornwall rode the strength of three second period goals to dispose of Gloucester, 4-1, on Thursday. Kevin Cole was scoreless and picked up two penalty minutes for the Colts.

    Cornwall is on the road against Cumberland on Sunday.

    Oilers Get Stumped

    Okotoks came up empty in the AJHL Showcase when it dropped its second game in two days on Thursday. The Oilers fell behind Lloydminster 2-0 after one before rallying in the second period to take a 3-2 lead into the intermission. The Bobcats, however, came out and regained the lead 90 seconds into the third and never looked back in a 5-3 win. Rodger Craig scored a goal for the Oilers.

    Okotoks will visit Calgary on Monday.

    Sabres Tie

    In a game from Wednesday, Shattuck tied Southwest, 5-5, in the High School Elite League. Kirill Gotovets was scoreless with two penalty minutes.

    Shattuck plays Great Plains on Saturday.

    Okotoks Open Showcase With Loss

    Two second period power play goals were too much to overcome for Okotoks in a 3-2 loss to Spruce Grove on Thursday. Rodger Craig was scoreless for the Oilers.

    Okotoks plays its second showcase event against Lloydminster on Friday.

    Wenatchee Is Wild

    Wenatchee dropped its second game of the season when it fell to Kenai River, 4-3, on Thursday. The Wild had begun the year with a ten game run through the NAHL. Armand de Swardt sat the game out after making his way from Green Bay to Wenatchee to join his new team.

    The Wild continue its series with the Brown Bears on Saturday.

    October 1, 2009

    September Poll Results

    Welcome to October, hockey fans, welcome to a new season. Future Cornellians have already begun their respective junior campaigns and the 2009-2010 Big Red will soon be on the ice.

    Our September poll asked "which non-conference team are you most excited to see on the schedule?"

    The results were as follows:

  • 42% -- North Dakota (two big games in Lynah Rink)
  • 39% -- Boston University (rivalry resumes in Madison Square Garden)
  • 10% -- Colorado College (Florida showdown in game one)
  • 8% -- New Hampshire (big ice; big road game)
  • 1% -- Niagara (high flying Eagles are always entertaining)

    Thank you, once again, for voting & please remember to vote in the current Puckhead Poll.