Tkachuk, Wilde Shine in Buffalo
Buffalo, NY -- In the sixth annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game at KeyBank Center, Team Leetch (Blue), on a Brady Tkachuk goal with 5:07 remaining, edged Team Chelios (White), 6-5.
The game wasn't as exciting as the final score suggests. While the pace was high -- and the talent likewise -- the game featured a lot of wide open up-and-down play, though with a pronounced lack of sustained pressure. There was only one penalty called -- in the entire game. No tong war here. Despite the abundance of high-end talent, it was still just a September exhibition game.
The first period started slowly, with poor puck management and a lack of physical play. Blue (Leetch) got things going on a goal by the NTDP's Jake Pivonka at 6:01. But Team Blue started turning over the puck a bit, giving the White team opportunities. Paul Cotter of the Lincoln Stars evened things up for White (Chelios) late in the period. The two teams combined for only 11 shots on the period, which was boring. Pivonka and Bode Wilde were the two standouts for us in the period.
In the second, there were more plays off the rush, though positioning was sloppy at times. Players took chances to create offense, which led to odd-man rushes the other way. While there was more goal scoring, at times it looked like a high-paced men's league game, with a number of stretch passes and guys hanging behind the play.
In the third, an additional four goals were scored, but there was a lot of weak defensive coverage, primarily bad turnovers in the slot. Both goaltenders got little to no help.
As for standouts, Brady Tkachuk, with the game-winning goal and an assist, was named player of the game. On D, Bode Wilde was our top guy.
1. Brady Tkachuk -- BU freshman simply has a terrific feel for the game. Plays a different style than his brother, Matt. More finesse. Better passer. Smooth skater. Excellent hands. High-end skill set. Good on the rush. Moves the puck quickly and smartly. Sets up teammates well. Did all of that -- and more -- here.
2. Jake Wise -- NTDP center and BU recruit was very crafty moving the puck. Worked well with Tkachuk. Set up a lot of offensive opportunities.
3. Joel Farabee -- BU recruit from upstate New York showed high skill with the puck. Excellent vision. Swift skater. Had the puck on a string and moved it well.
4. Ryan Savage -- Fargo forward and Miami recruit had two goals -- was the game's top finisher.
5. Oliver Wahlstrom -- Quick hands and a good release. He and Farabee were the two standouts on Team White (Chelios). That said, the NTDP forward did have stretches where he disappeared. A Harvard recruit.
6. Jake Pivonka -- Good release and good speed. Disappeared at times but was very strong early in the first, and also early in the third. Notre Dame recruit.
7. Jack Randl -- Michigan recruit had a goal and two assists, made plays consistently. Strong skater.
8. Jay O'Brien -- Good speed and also showed a willingness to get to the hard areas. Scored nice goal coming across the middle and sniping one over goalie's glove. Had some very good shifts, but not enough of them. Thayer center is a Providence recruit.
9. Jack Jensen -- Had a great shift in the third, picking up a pair of assists 54 seconds apart. Solid. Gopher recruit plays at Eden Prairie.
1. Bode Wilde -- Top d-man in the game, maybe even the best player. Nifty hands. Good defensively. Strong. Good body position. Just very impressive. Recently committed to Michigan.
2. Quinn Hughes -- Michigan freshman is excellent with the puck on his stick. Great hands, feet, and vision. At 5'9", 168 lbs. he's definitely on the small side, but was very good battling along the boards. Makes up for his lack of size with his pace, his competitiveness, and his overall effectiveness.
3. Christian Krygier -- Good stick. Made a great play to set up Tkachuk on the game-winning goal. Showed a really good feel for the game. Smart player. Made good decisions both with and without the puck. Knew where to be on the ice -- and where to go -- both offensively and defensively. Plays for Lincoln (USHL) and is committed to Wisconsin.
4. Mattias Samuelsson -- Big and strong -- at 6'4", 217 lbs. an obvious NHL prospect. Good defensively, strong body position. Good stick. Jumped up into the play at times, but overall keeps it simple. Michigan recruit.
5. K'Andre Miller -- Excellent offensively. Not so good defensively -- a little reckless in own end. A bit of work in progress there. 6'3", 206 lbs. and plays a physical game.
6. Alec Regula -- A good PP d-man. Is confident with the puck on his stick, and is willing to hold onto it, sometimes too long. Turned it over for Team Leetch's second goal. Needs to improve play without the puck.
7. Jordan Harris -- Kimball Union senior settled in during the second, when he began using his feet, which are quick. Made good decisions in moving the puck. Picked up an assist on an end-to-end rush and fired a backhand off the far pad to create a rebound. Liked him more the deeper the game went.
Team Chelios (White) -- Michigan State recruit Drew DeRidder (13/11) wasn't tested much in his half. Ben Kraws, a Miami recruit, kicked out 15 of 19 shots and was hung out to dry a few times. However, he showed mental toughness battling through a tough start and lack of defensive coverage most of the night. Never seemed to get rattled. Just made the next save.
Team Leetch (Blue) -- The NTDP's Jonathan Mor (12/10), who is uncommitted, made some excellent saves, though he didn't see a lot of action. As for Jake Kucharski, the Providence recruit kept his team in the game, kicking out 14 of 17 and giving them a chance to win it on Tkachuk's GWG.
1st Period -- Scoring: LEE - Pivonka Goal (even strength) (Randl) 6:01; CHE - Cotter Goal (even strength) 14:48. Penalties: None. Goalie Changes: None.
2nd Period -- Scoring: LEE - Savage Goal (even strength) (Demin) 6:50; CHE - Wahlstrom Goal (even strength) (Farabee) 9:19; LEE - McLaughlin Goal (even strength) (Tkachuk, Wise) 10:21; LEE - Savage Goal (even strength) (Randl, Samuelsson) 16:08. Penalties: Samuelsson, LEE (Slashing, Minor, 2 min) 2:57. Goalie Changes: Kucharski, LEE 9:19; Kraws, CHE 9:19.
3rd Period -- Scoring: LEE - Randl Goal (even strength) (Harris) 2:09; CHE - O'Brien Goal (even strength) (Jensen) 2:26; CHE - Perbix Goal (even strength) (Jensen) 3:20; CHE - O'Reilly Goal (even strength) (Miller, Drury) 5:04; LEE - Tkachuk Goal (even strength) (Krygier) 14:53. Penalties: None. Goalie Changes: Empty Net, CHE 19:04.
Yale Jamboree Rosters & Schedules
The Third Annual Yale Jamboree is on tap this weekend (Sat.-Sun. Sept. 30-Oct. 1), with the bulk of games at Northford Ice Pavilion, Yale's Ingalls Rink, and Wesleyan's Spurrier-Snyder Rink.
Once again, it's a strong field, with a large number of top U14, U15, U16, and U18 teams. Among others, the Minnesota Blades, all three Selects Academy teams, The North Jersey Avalanche, Cheshire Academy, The Neponset Valley River Rats, Mid-Fairfield, the Buffalo Regals, the Cape Cod Whalers, the Springfield Rifles, the NH Avalanche, and the Boston Junior Eagles will all be on hand.
Northford, with several sheets, will be the principle venue, but there will also be plenty of games at Yale (a half hour south) and Wesleyan (a half hour north). A handful of games will be played in East Haven and West Haven, Conn.
(It's an Excel file, wth four tabs along the bottom, one for each age group)
ECEL Fall Showcase Schedule & Rosters
The East Coast Elite League (ECEL) will be hosting its 16U and 18U fall showcase this coming weekend, Fri.-Sun. Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at the Pilgrim Arena in Hingham, Mass.
Particpating organizations include Hill Academy, Newbridge Academy, Elite Hockey Program, California Jr. Reign, Boston Advantage, Team Maryland, Seacoast Spartans, San Diego Gulls, Boston Jr. Bruins, NH Avalanche, the Boston Shamrocks, the Walpole Express -- and more.
Here is the weekend's program, which includes rosters and schedules for both divisions:
2017 ECEL Fall Showcase Program Book
Wed. 9/13/17-- updated
Selects Academy Tournament Schedule & Rosters
Below, you will find the rosters of the three Selects Academy teams, as well as the South Florida Hockey Academy U16 team, coached by former NHLer Olli Jokinen.
This season, the Selects Academy U18 team will be coached by Matt Plante, the U16 team will be coached by Devin Rask, and the U15 team will have Scott Gainey behind the bench.
Dave Peters, who coached at the school for the past three years, will be returning to the Boston area. He will be scouting for the Columbus Blue Jackets (New England amateurs as well as college free agents) and will also serve as the deputy commisioner of the USPHL, with his main responsibility being to promote the NCDC, which will be entering its inaugural season.
Some interesting newcomers to the school are U15 forwards Victor Czerneckianair, a Quinnipiac recruit who played for the Mid-Fairfield U14s last season; Jack Williams, a Northeastern recruit and Maine native who is transferring in from Berwick Academy; and Nick DeSantis, who played for the NJ Colonials Bantams last year. DeSantis, who was a standout at Select 15s, has visited several schools. Quinnipiac has offered him.
The U16 team is loaded. The top returning scorer from last year's U15 team, Will Margel (uncommitted) is back. Other top forwards include F Josh Lawrence, a BU recruit; and forwards PJ Fletcher and Ethan Phillips, both Quinnipiac recruits. And let's not forget RD Ruben Rafkin, a Denver recruit.
The U18s have LD Zac Jones, who recently committed to UMass. Also on the blue line is Vermont commit Conner Hutchison. Up front, Kyle Haskins and Shane Pinto are getting attention.
Here is the schedule for the weekend:
2:30 pm -- U16 Selects Academy at South Kent vs Mercer Chiefs
Thurs. 9/7/17-updated Fri. 9/8 with uniform numbers
NEFPHL Releases Rosters
The New England Fall Prep Hockey League (NEFPHL) is set to raise the curtain on its season this coming Sunday, Sept. 10th, at the Icenter in Salem, NH.
The season will conclude with playoffs on Sunday Nov. 5th and All-Star games the following weekend.
Below, you will find rosters, coaches bios, and a schedule.
The rosters listed below do not include uniform numbers, but the league has informed us that rosters with numerals will be available at the Icenter. In addition, we will update the rosters below with numbers as soon as we get them.
NEFPHL U19 Rosters
NEFPHL U18 Rosters
NEFPHL Coaches Bios
Tues. 9/5/17--updated Sat. 10:30 am
The Unnamed Tournament
How refreshing: no classic this, no showcase that. Just a bunch of games played over three days at four different college campuses: St. Anselm and Holy Cross (Fri. Sept. 9), Northeastern (Sat. Sept. 9), and UNH (Sun. Sept. 10).
Four teams from the tuition-free National Collegiate Development League (NCDC) teams will be taking part: the Islanders Hockey Club, South Shore Kings, Junior Bruins, and Northern Cyclones. In addition, there will be a few Premier League teams on hand, as well as the U18 teams from the Cape Cod Whalers and the Little Bruins.
All games are exhibition games and will be played as two 25-minute halves.
The schedule for Sunday Sept. 10 at UNH has been revised, as the midget teams -- the Cape Cod Whalers U18s and Little Bruins U18s -- will not be playing the junior teams. To be precise, the Little Bruins and Whalers U18s will not be playing anyone on Sunday. Nor will the Bruins NCDC Split Season team and the NH Monarchs Premier team.
Instead of the originally scheduled six games, there will now be four games, starting at 10:00 am. All are exhibitions, with 25-minutes halves.
Here's the new schedule:
10:00 am -- Islanders Hockey Club Premier vs. Bruins Premier
12:00 pm -- Islanders Hockey Club NCDC vs. South Shore Kings NCDC
2:00 pm -- Bruins NCDC Black vs. Northern Cyclones NCDC
4:00 pm -- Bruins NCDC Gold vs. NH Monarchs
ECC Labor Day Tournament Playoffs
Salem, NH -- Here are the results from the playoff games for the East Coast Classic Labor Day Tournament's Red Division, played today at the Icenter here.
The stats were drawn from the game sheets kept at the scorer's table. There are some mistakes -- hopefully not too many.
Goaltender stats were not available.
New Hampshire Avalanche 3, North Jersey Avalanche 1
NH: Kane (2g), Hatzepetros (eng) Kesselring (a), Uhler (a)
NJ: Fensterstock (g), Finck (a), Clifton (a)
Mid-Fairfield 6, Yale 2
Mid-Fairfield: Forrest (3g), Musa (2g,1a), Doolin (g), Holmes (g), DiMaio (g), Burkinshaw (a), Pastor (a), Shaffer (a), Waugh (a)
Yale: Diliberatore (g), Dipaolo (g), Alsaif (a), Lucas (a)
New Hampshire Avalanche 3, Mid-Fairfield 2
NH: Voloshin (g), Kane (g), Popkin (g), Cobb (a), Shaw (a)
Mid-Fairfield: Willits (g), Musa (g), Craft (a), Holmes (a), Shaffer (a)
Boston Jr. Eagles 6, Long Island Gulls 2
Jr. Eagles: Farinacci (2g,1a), Struble (1g,2a), McInnis (1g,2a), Cafarelli (1g,1a), Joyce (g), Cronin (a), Jacobs (a), Messineo (a)
LI Gulls: Carroll (g), Coronato (g), Drummond (a)
North Jersey Avalanche 7, Neponset Valley River Rats 0
NJ: Rossi (2g,1a), Dominique (1g,1a), Laferriere (1g,1a), Robbins (1g,1a), Cimino (1g,1a), Posma (1g,1a), Hallard (a), Riddett (a), Crespo (a)
Boston Jr. Eagles 6, North Jersey Avalanche 2
Jr. Eagles: Cafarelli (1g,2a), Joyce (1g,1a), Messineo (g), Cronin (g), Jacobs (g)
NJ: Cimino (g), Gaffney (a).
Rochester Coalition 2, Boston Advantage 1
Rochester: Moore (g), Rexine (g), Neu (a)
Advantage: As usual, no roster supplied by the Advantage (7 scored from 3)
Canton, Mass. -- The title game for the U14 Red Division was held at the Canton Ice House this afternoon.
Boston Jr. Terriers 5, North Jersey Avalanche 1
Jr. Terriers: Gould (2g), Turner (1g,1a), Haxton (g), Jenkins (g), Berg (a), Morrissey (a)
NJ: Zocco (g)
USHL 30-Man Rosters & Affiliate Lists
The USHL has released its 30-man protected lists and affiliate lists for the upcoming season. All players on these lists are eligible to play in USHL pre-season games.
All teams need to make cuts to get down to their 23-man rosters by Tues. October 3rd.
Other roster regulations:
Teams must carry a minimum of three U18 players ('00s or '01s) on their active rosters at all times.
Teams cannot carry more than five 20-year-old players on their active rosters at any time.
Teams cannot carry more than four imports at a time.
Note: In a change this year, a team is permitted to carry up to two Canadian import skaters (non-goaltenders). These two players will NOT count toward the above-mentioned four imports.
USHL 30-man and Affiliate Lists, Sept. 1, 2017