"I felt we made a mistake in building a baseball field. I thought that should have been the ice skating rink, because I think hockey in this state right now, not just hockey, but ice skating, if you come up to our office building at 6:00 in the morning, some mornings you can't get a parking spot because parents have taken their kids up here to skate...I think hockey will be a great addition to our intercollegiate program. [The Pegula gift] is a great, great gift. And I think very far-sighted and I'm really pleased with it." - Joe Paterno

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Commit Cycle: August 30

Welcome to TYT's newest weekly feature. If it wasn't obvious from the name, I'll use this space to track PSU commits as they progress through their junior seasons. Exhibition games have already started across some of Canadian Junior A, so let's get to it with a guy who spent much of the weekend in beast mode.

Jonathan Milley

Right Wing
Pembroke Lumber Kings (CCHL)
6'4", 215 pounds
Ottawa, ON
Class of 2012
DOB 5/8/1991


Date Opponent                Score  G   A Pts PIM
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8/26 vs. North Bay (ex)      W 5-2  0   2   2   2 [box score]
8/28 vs. Kanata (ex)         W 11-4 2   3   5   4 [box score]

Unlike the AJHL (see below), the CCHL scored some points with me by making themselves easy to track...speaking of scoring points, the national champs did a little bit of that in two dominating wins this week...in Friday evening's tilt, Milley assisted on Pembroke's second and fourth goals...he also took a first-period slashing penalty, which was successfully killed off...on Sunday, Milley's second-period power play tally was the game-winner, although that's sort of a technicality in what was already a blowout at that point...in all, he and linemates Ben Dalpe and Brandon Gagne combined for four goals and 13 points...the L-Kings were particularly punishing with the man advantage, clicking on five of nine chances.

Next up, Reed Linaker and David Glen. The two (and their respective teams) participated in a pre-season tournament among the AJHL's North Division teams over the weekend, won by the Drayton Valley Thunder.

Reed Linaker

Center
St. Albert Steel (AJHL)
5'9", 165 pounds
Edmonton, AB
Class of 2012
DOB 11/4/1991


Date Opponent                Score  G   A Pts PIM
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8/26 vs. Sherwood Park (ex)  L 4-9  -   -   -   - [box score]
8/27 vs. Spruce Grove (ex)   L 2-8  -   -   -   - [box score]
8/27 vs. Drayton Valley (ex) L 1-2  -   -   -   - [box score]
8/28 at Spruce Grove (ex)    L 1-4  -   -   -   - [box score]

Unfortunately, the AJHL site hasn't published stats or box scores for any of the exhibition games, a statement that can obviously be applied to David Glen as well...we do know that Linaker picked up five, ten and a game in a late match fight Friday with Sherwood Park's Stefan Bazar, which was described (by a biased source) as Linaker "beating him down"...he also scored in that game to cut the Steel's deficit to 3-6 22 seconds into the 3rd period, and added a first assist in the second Saturday game to give St. Albert an early 1-0 lead.

David Glen

Center
Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL)
6'0", 175 pounds
Fort Saskatchewan, AB
Class of 2012
DOB 2/14/1991


Date Opponent                Score  G   A Pts PIM
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8/26 vs. Drayton Valley (ex) L 4-5  -   -   -   - [box score]
8/27 vs. St. Albert (ex)     W 8-2  -   -   -   - [box score]
8/27 at Sherwood Park (ex)   L 3-5  -   -   -   - [box score]
8/28 vs. St. Albert (ex)     W 4-1  -   -   -   - [box score]

Glen wasn't mentioned in a single one of the updates I saw, although I wouldn't consider that definitive - obviously, this is the exhibition season and he's not necessarily going to be dressed for every game to begin with...my most consistent source for updates from this tournament was the St. Albert Steel's Twitter account, which isn't going to go out of its way to mention opposition players...the Sunday win over the Steel was enough to give the Saints third place in the tournament, although this weekend wasn't particularly good for either team, with St. Albert going winless and Spruce Grove beating only them.

Related stories:
Training camp a process for coaches, players (Spruce Grove Examiner)

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