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Avon Back on Top
Avon, which blanked previous #1 Kent 3-0 on Saturday, takes over the top spot in the USHR Prep Poll for the first time since Dec. 13th, which was also the first poll of the season.

USHR Prep Poll: Week of Jan. 17, 2011

Tom Cavanagh: A Tortured Life
Below is a link to an article we recommend highly. It's on Tommy Cavanagh, and was written by San Jose Mercury News reporter Mark Emmons.

Tom Cavanagh: A Tortured Life

Mustangs Stay on Top
For the second week in a row, Milton Academy holds onto the top spot in the USHR Prep Poll.

One team got the boot this week: Westminster, which 0-2-1 since the last poll (they tied Avon, and lost to Deeerfield and Kent).

Westminster, along with Kent, Choate, and Dexter are the teams that are bubbling under the Top 10.

USHR Prep Poll: Week of Jan 31, 2011

Top U-16 Teams Coming East
The Boston Advantage Midget Minor squad is hosting the Tier I Elite Hockey League’s West vs. East Showcase from Fri. Feb. 4th through Sun. Feb. 6th at the Pilgrim Arena in Hingham, Mass.

The following U-16 squads will be on hand:

Boston Advantage, Team Comcast, Philly Jr. Flyers, Buffalo Regals, Pittsburgh Hornets.

LA Selects, Colorado Thunderbirds, Colorado Rampage, Phoenix Jr. Coyotes and LA Jr. Kings.



‘Late Bloomer’ to BC
6’2”, 200 lb. Delbarton School senior Peter McMullen has committed to Boston College, and will arrive at the Heights in either fall ’11 or ’12 (depending on how many current Eagle forwards turn pro early).

McMullen, a left-shot center, is a power forward type who uses his size to drive to the net. A 2/19/93 birthdate from Essex Fells, NJ, McMullen was ranked #144 overall (5th round) on NHL Central Scouting’s Mid-Term Rankings, released a couple of weeks ago.  He is currently Delbarton’s leading scorer, with a 13-10-23 line in 15 games played.

“He’s a presence in the middle of the ice, really strong on the puck, and just excellent below the dots. He has a real nose for the net and can really shoot it,” says Delbarton head coach Bruce Shatel. “Areas where he will need to improve are quickness and agility. He’s humble. He can really self-evaluate. He understands where he has to get to in order to succeed at BC.”

Going into the current season, McMullen was already committed to Bucknell for lacrosse, but his day at the Yale Classic in mid-November, when he scored four goals against Northwood, opened eyes.

“I think Jerry York sees a late bloomer, a kid who is talented in two sports, but had never really specialized in hockey, and from that projected what could happen if he dedicated himself to hockey for ten months of the year,” Shatel says.
“If he was going to walk away from Bucknell it would have to be the perfect situation and everyone in the McMullen family agreed it would have to be BC.”

McMullen’s older sister is already studying at the Heights, so there was a degree of familiarity.

“Coach York got Peter on campus last week and made an offer and there was no looking back.”

Shatel reports that the Bucknell lacrosse coach saw the opportunity that lay in front of his former recruit and was understanding.

McMullen, by the way, is the grandson of John McMullen, the late owner of the Houston Astros and New Jersey Devils.


Holy Cross has a couple of new recruits in 6’2”, 206 lb. Westminster School senior LD Jake Bolton (for the fall of ’12), and 5’11”, 160 lb. goaltender Matt Ginn of the Victoria Grizzlies of the BCHL. Ginn, a '91 from Lindsay, Ontario, will be coming this fall.

Maine has just committed a slew of recruits. In net, the Black Bears have a commitment from 5'10", 195 lb. Matt Morris of the Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL). Morris, who leads the USHL in both GAA (1.88) and save percentage (.931) will arrive in Orono in the fall of ’12 or ’13. Morris is a 5/16/93 birthdate from Ridgewood, NJ.

Last fall, we wrote of Frank Pietrangelo and Lindsay Hofford’s Hill Academy program in Vaughan, Ontario, outside of Toronto. At the time, the Academy had one recruit who had committed to the NCAA in center Ryan Lomberg, who is ticketed to Maine. Now, the Black Bears have received commitments from two of Lomberg’s teammates in big LW Devin Shore and LD Daniel Renouf, both of whom will arrive at Maine in either  the fall of ’12 or ’13. Like Lomberg, both are '94s.


Melanson to RPI
5’11”, 145 lb. Delbarton School sophomore forward Drew Melanson has committed to RPI for either ’13 or ’14.

A 1/10/95 birthdate, Melanson is Delbarton’s fourth-leading scorer, with a 3-8-11 line in 15 games played.

“Drew has tremendous speed and excellent hands,” says Delbarton head coach Bruce Shatel. “As he develops physically, he will become a more complete player.”


Playoff Picture Emerging

With less than five weeks remaining in the 2010 -11 NEPSIHA season, a majority of the teams have met -- or will soon meet -- the 15-game minimum to be eligible for postseason play.  With that, we feel it is an appropriate time to publish the unofficial RPI standings to give teams a better understanding of where they stand in terms of making the playoffs.  Some notes:

As not all of the teams have reached the 15-game mark, the data is still volatile, meaning the possibility of change is high, thus making this a very early look into the possible playoff teams. Data is based on games submitted to USHR and is current through Monday’s games. An example of this volatility is Kent, which was the top-ranked team in RPI as recently as January 15th.  However, the Lions’ current four-game losing streak has dropped them to 17th, and out of consideration for the playoffs -- if they were to start today.

The RPI represents the largest single component of the playoff formula, and every NEPSIHA game played affects the entire ranking. The top eight teams in the RPI will not necessarily be the eight teams in the top tier of the NEPSIHA Championship Tournament. As you may know, the RPI is just one part of the playoff formula.  That said, it's quite useful for gaining a feel for where teams stand. And the statistical sample is large enough for us to do just that.

Here are the top 16 teams, and some guideline tiers:

1.  Milton.

2.  Nobles, Salisbury, Avon, Cushing, Kimball Union.

3.  Dexter, St. Sebastian’s, Westminster, Albany Academy, Gunnery, Governor’s, Lawrence.

4.  Belmont Hill, Choate, Brunswick.

Using the same tiering standard as we used to divide the top 16, Kent, South Kent, and Pomfret would all fall within the fourth tier.  The difference 16th Brunswick and 19th Pomfret is .00768

These numbers are very fluid.  Naturally, each game between NEPSIHA teams affects the standings in many ways, and, due to the mathematics of the formula, there is a huge ripple effect, with every NEPSIHA game causing, somewhere or another, movement in the standings.

For a detailed explanation of how the new playoff system works, please refer to the USHR News of 11/1/09.  There are some slight changes to this year’s formula, pertaining to the JSPR criteria.  We are getting clarifications on these criteria and will post a complete article in the coming days.


A New #1 in USHR Prep Poll
Milton Academy, which was at #3 in last week’s USHR Prep Poll, takes over the #1 spot this week.

Two teams have dropped out of the poll totally: Kent (#2 last week), which has lost four straight; and Choate (#4 last week), which is 0-2-1 over its last three.

And two teams have moved in, including one making a first-ever appearance.

USHR Prep Poll: Week of Jan. 24, 2011

Nobles' Noble Cause
Today’s Nobles at Lawrence Academy game has been postponed due to the snowstorm, with a makeup date to be determined.

But tomorrow, Nobles will be hosting Andover (5:45 pm) and that’s what we want to talk about for a minute.

The game will be a benefit game for a special cause, the Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund, an organization founded by former Catholic Memorial/Deerfield Academy/ and UMass-Amherst forward Peter Trovato (now a Harvard Business School student).

What Trovato’s organization – which got off the ground with a  $50 gift from his parents while he was still in college, and has since blossomed -- does is pay for the full college tuition of every child of every Massachusetts soldier who has been killed serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Nobles coach Brian Day says, “Our government is asking a lot from our soldiers, but not much from our citizens. There are two things that we can give our kids and that is unconditional love and the best education possible.”

“Peter came in and spoke here at Nobles. He was just 21 when he started this fund. He had an idea and he went out and he did something about it. He started the fund with a $50 donation from his parents.  He’s a regular guy who has done an extraordinary thing. It’s amazing that a college kid went out and did this. It’s a great lesson for all our kids.”

Both the girls – who host Exeter at 3:30 pm – and the boys’ games will be part of the fundraiser. The genesis, says Day, came when “Matt Harlow came up with the idea of the benefit game and the third jersey. Frank Nelson and Rob Griffin, who both had boys and girls play here, put up money for the shirts, which the kids will get to keep.”

“People coming in the door will be asked for a donation. There will be a 50-50 raffle and all proceeds from the snack bar will be going to the fund. Trovato will be there and will be doing the ceremonial drop of the puck. People walking into the rink will see clips about the organization.”

Here’s a remarkable feature that NBC Nightly News did on Trovato and the organization last summer.

NBC News Feature

We know, however, that not everyone can make it to the game, but might like to make a donation to the fund. The fund’s web site is terrific and provides far more detail than we have here. It also includes easy links -- the donate tab is on the upper right corner if you wish to make a donation. If everybody who is able chips in, it can make a huge difference in the lives of children.



Gurry Named Mariucci Award Winner
Chris Gurry has been chosen as the recipient of this year’s John Mariucci Award for his 26-year coaching career at Phillips Andover, his alma mater.

Gurry will be presented with the award at the American Hockey Coaches Association  Banquet in Naples, Florida on April 30.

Gurry, who grew up in Andover, and attended Phillips Andover from 1961-66. A smooth-skating star defenseman who went on to Harvard, he would captain the Crimson as a senior in 1969-70. The team, which also featured Joe Cavanagh and was coached by Cooney Weiland, went 16-9-0.

At Harvard, Gurry held both the single-season and career scoring records for Harvard defensemen – until freshmen become eligible to play varsity. Mark Fusco now holds both those marks.

After graduation, Gurry was an assistant at West Point for three years under Jack Riley, then returned to Andover as an assistant under Ted Harrison for six years before taking over as head coach.

Gurry, who retired to spend more time with his family after the 1999-2000 season, still teaches American History and International Relations at the school.

This is the second year in a row a New England prep coach has won the award. Last year's winner was Avon Old Farms head coach John Gardner.


Collier Makes His Pick
5’10”, 170 lb. Malden Catholic junior LW Brendan Collier has committed to Boston University.

Collier, part of undefeated Malden Catholic’s top line that also includes Ryan Fitzgerald (BC) at center and Mike Vecchione (UNH) at RW, is, according to Malden Catholic head coach Chris Serino, “as intelligent a hockey player as I’ve ever coached at any level. He’s not the big flashy guy. He just does everything right. He’s just extremely intelligent.”

A 10/8/93 birthdate, Collier will play a year of juniors in order to add strength, and will arrive at BU in the fall of ’13.

UNH, Merrimack, Providence, UMass-Amherst had all offered Collier. He was talking to Boston College. Harvard has been interested for quite a while. Boston University, though, got on him over the past few weeks. Collier visited BU on Thursday and accepted the Terrier’s offer on the spot.

Collier plays midgets for the GBL Junior Bruins. Their coach, John Flaherty, also the head coach at BC High, says Collier has “unbelievable vision. He just sees the ice very well. Great poise. Doesn’t get rattled. He doesn’t force plays, but allows them to open up and develop. The bigger the game, the better he plays.”

Princeton Gets Foster
6’1”, 180 lb. Choate junior forward Ben Foster has committed to Princeton University for the fall of ’13.

A 3/27/93 birthdate from Darien, Conn., Foster will play a year of juniors before arriving at Princeton.

In 10 games for the Wild Boars, Foster has a 6-14-20 line, making him the second-leading scorer on a team that’s strong up front.

Choate uses a modified Middlebury-type offensive system, and Foster, who is strong on his skates ---a sturdy player – is, says Choate head coach Pat Dennehy, “An honest hockey player who can play any role. He has an offensive knack He has a quick stick. He plays ‘outside back’ so has a huge role in the defensive system -- our back’s have to be smart and disciplined and Ben is very smart as a hockey player.

Harvard, Brown, St. Lawrence, and some Atlantic schools also showed interest in Foster. Foster’s goal, though, had always been an Ivy school – and now he’s achieved that.

Blue Chip Pro Prospect Picks BC

6’1”, 169 lb. Lac St-Louis Lions LD Michael Matheson, the object of a good old-fashioned recruiting battle between BC, BU, and Vermont, will be taking his game to the Heights in the fall of ’12.

The top-scoring defenseman in the Quebec Midget AAA League and the second-leading scorer among defensemen in the recent World Under-17 Challenge in Winnipeg, Matheson is an offensive defenseman whose skating is as good as it gets.

The Point-Claire, Que. native, who would have been the #1 overall pick in last spring’s QMJHL draft had he not unequivocally stated that he was going to college, is projected as a first-round pick in the June 2012 NHL draft. He’s a 2/27/94 birthdate.

“His biggest asset by far is his skating,” says Lac St-Louis head coach Jon Goyens. “He’s smooth, he’s fluid, and he has great acceleration. No one in the league comes close to him. He’s in that top percentile of skaters. He leads the rush, his passes are crisp, and he has a heavy shot. He’s an incredible talent who has excellent work ethic and competitiveness.”

Goyens reports that Matheson, who is the Lions’ captain, works as hard as Louis Leblanc did when he played for Lac St-Louis before heading off to the USHL.

Matheson is a true senior in Quebec, hence his visits to schools this fall have recalled the old days, when true seniors went around and took official visits to campuses. Matheson will play next year in the USHL, for the Dubuque Fighting Saints, coached by Montreal native Jim Montgomery. Dubuque took Matheson in last spring’s Future’s Draft.

In 27 games with Lac St-Louis, Matheson has an 11-19-30 line with 64 pims. 
Matheson’s older brother, Kenny, was the leading scorer at Hotchkiss last winter, graduated, and is now with the Brockville Braves of the Central Ontario Tier I League where, in 43 games, he leads the team in scoring with an 18-19-37 line.

Central Scouting's Mid-Term Rankings Released
NHL Central Scouting has released their 2011 Mid-Term Rankings. They can be found here:

2011 Mid-Term Rankings

Kent #1 in USHR Prep Poll

The Kent School holds onto the top spot in this week's USHR Prep poll.

USHR Prep Poll: Week of Jan. 10, 2011


5'8", 155 lb. Gunnery junior forward Jake Wood has committed to RPI.

Small and fast, Wood, a native of Georgetown, Ontario, has a 9-6-15 line in 14 games for Gunnery.

He will play a year of juniors before matriculating at RPI in the fall of '13.


The wait to get into the wake for Tommy Cavanagh was over three hours last night. The Harvard hockey team, as well as the Providence College hockey team, was among the attendees. The funeral is this morning, at 10:00 am, at Our Lady of Mercy in Greenwich, RI.

Carrabino to the Golden Knights
Big 6’6”, 230 lb. defenseman J.D. Carrabino of the Springfield Pics (EJHL) has committed to Clarkson for the fall.

A 2/17/91 birthdate from New Canaan, Conn., Carrabino has bounced around a bit, from Avon Old Farms to the Millbrook School to the USHL and back east to the EJHL.

Right now with Springfield, he has a 3-19-22 line in 22 games (and 68 pims). He is the only EJHL defenseman to be averaging a point or more a game. However, that wasn't enough to get himself picked for the EJHL All-Star game next Monday.

Carrabino is on Central Scouting’s Mid-Term Rankings, the only regular ’91 skater on the list (meaning this is his third year of draft eligibility).  He’s ranked in the seventh round, #203 overall.


Everson Joining His Brother
6’1”, 184 lb. Edina High School senior defenseman Max Everson has committed to Harvard for the fall of ’11.

Everson, the younger brother of Harvard sophomore LW Marshall Everson, is a strong-skating two-way defenseman currently playing his fourth season of high school hockey for Edina, which won the state championship last March.

A 2/22/93 birthdate, Everson played with the U.S. Under-18 Team right up to the start of the high school season. He is ranked #81 (3rd round) of Central Scouting’s Midterm Rankings.

Everson’s final choice for college came down to Harvard and the University of Minnesota. Earlier, Yale and Princeton were in the picture, too.


EJHL All-Stars Announced

The Eastern Junior Hockey League has announced the rosters for the 2011 EJHL All-Star Game, which will take place on Mon. Jan. 17, at 12:30 pm at the Tri-Town Ice Arena in Hooksett, NH.

The rosters are as follows:


Trent Ruffolo (New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs); Cody Sharib (New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs); Connor Toomey (New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs); Pat Doherty (New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs); Aaron Kesselman (New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs); Justin Mansfield (Junior Bruins); Zack Luczyk (Junior Bruins); Kyle Smith (Junior Bruins); KJ Tiefenwerth (Junior Bruins); Matt Lemire (New England Huskies); Connor Anthoine (Green Mountain Glades); Trevor Braun (Valley Junior Warriors).

Trevor van Riemsdyk (New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs); Jacob Rutt (New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs); Ryan Randall (New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs); Dan Federico (Junior Bruins); Brian Harris (Junior Bruins); Zach Sarig (Valley Jr. Warriors).

Brian Billett (New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs); Colin Stevens (Junior Bruins); Brian Robbins (Capital District Selects).

Kyle Bauman (Rochester Stars); Bennett Carroccio (Junior Bruins).

Sean Tremblay (New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs); Peter Masters (Junior Bruins); Andy Heinze (Valley Jr. Warriors)


Brian Sheehan (Jersey Hitmen); Matt Willows (Jersey Hitmen); Robbie Davis (South Shore Kings); Hugo Turcotte (South Shore Kings); Brandon Stroud (Jersey Hitmen); Connor Leen (Jersey Hitmen); Joe Budnick (Springfield Pics); Tyler Bouchard (Springfield Pics); Matt Vidal (Bay State Breakers); J.D. Murphy (Bay State Breakers); Forrest Dell (New York Apple Core); Joe Scharfe (Bridgewater Bandits).

Brendan Corcoran (Bay State Breakers); Matt Solomon (Bridgewater Bandits); Cam Hampson (Jersey Hitmen); Andy Latta (Jersey Hitmen); Terrance O’Neill (South Shore Kings); Greg Tang (South Shore Kings).

Jon Nauta (Jersey Hitmen); Tyler Kapp (Bridgewater Bandits); Blake Dougherty (Bay State Breakers).

Nate Brown (Bay State Breakers); Jake Friedman (South Shore Kings).

Toby Harris (Jersey Hitmen); Scott Harlow (South Shore Kings); Dave McCauley (Bay State Breakers).



Wake & Funeral Times for Tommy Cavanagh

The wake for Tommy Cavanagh will be held Monday from 5:00-8:00 pm at Hill Funeral Home in East Greenwich, RI. The funeral will be held on Tuesday at 10:00 am at Our Lady of Mercy in Greenwich, RI.


Lopez to Harvard
6’3”, 190 lb. Team Illinois Midget Minor RW Danny Lopez has committed to Harvard University for the fall of ’13.

A 2/1/94 birthdate from Barrington, Ill., Lopez, currently an 11th grader, will play a year of midget major and a year of juniors – or perhaps just two years of juniors -- before matriculating at Harvard.

A big kid who gets around the ice well, Lopez, the son of a surgeon, has a 9-12-21 line in 18 games played. He’s a big kid who, if you get him with a good center, projects as a pure scorer – and a solid prospect for the 2012 NHL draft. A number of other Ivies were also in the hunt for Lopez.

Cushing D-Man Picks Lowell
5’9”, 175 lb. Cushing Academy junior LD Corey Scammon has committed to UMass-Lowell for either the fall of ’12 or ’13.

A 5/6/93 birthdate from Orlando, Florida, Scammon is, in the words of Cushing coach Rob Gagnon, “very elusive and deceptive, with great escapability. He’s the best first passer I’ve had at Cushing, and he’s a point-producing D. Last year, he had 30 as a sophomore. This year he has 11 points so far. Anytime you get a point a game out of a D, that’s good.”

Scammon came to the attention of Cushing through the efforts of Dan Lupo, the Northeastern forward of the mid-90’s now the director of the Florida Everblades AAA program.


Former Prep, Harvard Standout Tommy Cavanagh Dead at 28
Former Tollgate (RI) High School, Phillips Exeter Academy, and Harvard University forward Tommy Cavanagh is dead at the age of 28.

Cavanagh, who suffered from chronic depression, jumped to his death from the roof of the parking garage at the Providence Place Mall in downtown Providence, RI early yesterday.

After graduating from Harvard in 2005, the 5’10”, 182 lb. left shot center played parts of the next four seasons in the San Jose Sharks organization, appearing in 18 NHL games (and registering an assist on his first shift). His pro career ended this fall – five games into the season -- when he was released by the Springfield Falcons (AHL).

Cavanagh, the son of Joe Cavanagh, a Cranston East star in the 60’s who went on to become a three-time All-America at Harvard, was born with hockey in his blood and became one of the truly elite prep players of the last decade. After three years at Tollgate, Cavanagh took a PG year at Exeter in 2000-01 season and immediately set a new school single season record for goals, finishing the season with a 42-40-82 line in 31 games played. It was one of the great single-season performances in prep hockey history. Cavanagh moved on to Harvard, where he did not miss a single game in his four years, posting a 48-65-113 line in 138 games played. He played most of his senior season with a torn ACL.

“For me,” says long-time Exeter coach Dana Barbin,  “Tommy Cavanagh is a once-in-a-lifetime kid. I can tell you that, at this level, I never had a kid who combined skill with such a wicked determination.”

“For me, he was the perfect hockey player. And he was a wonderful kid. It was never about himself. There was no B.S. He’d just come to the rink – and play the game harder than any kid I’ve ever coached.

“He had that combination of offensive ability and two-way hockey skills. He’d also put himself at physical risk to get the puck. He’d go into areas where he would get drilled. I never had anyone in 25 years who played with the determination of Tommy Cavanagh. His compete level was just through the roof.”

“Late last season, we chatted about things, and I asked him if he wanted to get into coaching. I just saw someone who would be so good with kids in this line of work.”

Cavanagh’s agent, Matt Keator, says that Cavanagh was really liked by everyone in San Jose’s organization. “I never once heard anyone say a bad word about him. He was such a character kid, and he just got everything out of his abilities. His work ethic was unsurpassed. He was just a great kid.”

Small, Nifty Forward In Q-Pac’s Future
5’7”, 150 lb. LW Sam Anas, who has been lighting it up for the DC Capitals U-18’s (formerly Team Maryland), has committed to Quinnipiac for either ’13 or ’14.

A 6/1/93 birthdate from Potomac, Maryland, Anas leads his team with an impressive 32-39-71 line in 40 games.

Before matriculating at Quinnipiac, Anas may play another year of midgets, and then a couple years of juniors. Last season, he played for Team Maryland's Under-16s.

“He has a great stick, and a great mind for the game,” says Team Maryland head coach Jason Kersner. “His hands, passing, and shot are all unbelievable. He’s an amazingly gifted offensive player. He has a great quick stick and uses it to win battles for the puck. He's not going to win battles on strength alone.”

Comin’ Home
6’3”, 185 lb.  Dubuque (USHL) forward Castan Sommer, the son of Worcester Sharks (AHL) head coach Roy Sommer, will be coming to Holy Cross in the fall of 2012.

A 10/27/91 birthdate from Shrewsbury, Mass., Sommer has an 0-2-2 line in 13 games played for the Fighting Saints, who, by the way, are in first place in the USHL’s Western Conference.

Sommer played at Hotchkiss before going to the USHL this season.

Sticking with the Ocean State

5’11”, 190 lb. Kent School senior forward Noel Acciari has committed to Providence College for this coming fall.

Acciari, who is from Johnston, RI and played at Bishop Hendricken High School before transferring to Kent as a repeat junior, is a 12/1/91 birthdate.

Currently a co-captain at Kent (along with Union recruit Drew Brown), Acciari is also tied with Brown – both have 19 points in seven games – atop the Lions’ scoring leaders.

Acciari has 14 goals so far this season.

-- Speaking of the ocean, Milton Academy clearly plays well by the water. This afternoon, the Mustangs topped Governor's, 2-0, to win their third straght Tabor Tournament. Milton has won 14 of their last 15 games at the tournament since losing to the New England Jr. Coyotes a few years back. Dan Merenich and Sean Okita scored the goals for Milton today, and Sean Dougherty stopped every shot he faced. Milton next plays at Belmont Hill on Thursday at 5:00 pm. We mention this because some schedules had the game slated for Wednesday. Take note, though it is a Thursday game.

Top Prep Goalie Chooses Yale
6’0”, 182; lb. Westminster School junior goaltender Patrick Spano has committed to Yale University of the fall of ’13.

Spano, agile and very strong laterally, was named MVP at the Flood-Marr Tournament two weeks ago, where he helped lead Westminster to a 3-2 double overtime win over Kimball Union in the title game.

The Montreal, Que. native, in his second year at Westminster, has a .924 save percentage to date, as he has helped lead Westminster to a 5-1-1 record. Last year, Spano finished with a .944 save percentage.

Spano, who was also recruited by Brown and Princeton, is a 3/1/93 birthdate.