"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, October 25, 2011

Commit Cycle: October 25

Men

Kenny Brooks

Forward
Tri-City Storm (USHL)
6'2", 195 pounds
Las Vegas, NV
Class of 2012
DOB 12/11/1991


Date  Opponent                Score  G   A Pts PIM
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10/21 vs. Indiana             L 2-6  0   1   1   4 [box score]
10/22 at Sioux City           W 7-3  0   3   3   2 [box score]

Brooks had a good outing on Friday night against one of the best teams in the league...his first assist at 11:13 of the third period brought the Storm within 3-2, and he was one of only two players on the team with a plus rating in the four-goal defeat...Tri-City flipped that deficit against Sioux City, and Brooks was integral...his three assists all came in the second period as the Storm expanded a 2-0 lead to 6-0, chasing PSU commit Matt Skoff from the game in the process...Brooks was also a +3 in that game.


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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10/21 vs. Drumheller          W 5-2  0   1   1   0 [box score]
10/22 vs. Brooks              W 4-3  0   0   0   2 [box score]

Against Drumheller, Glen had first assist on what turned out to be the game-winning goal 5:36 into the second period...his elbowing penalty in the second period of the Brooks game was just his fourth minor of the season.


Luke Juha

Defenseman
Vernon Vipers (BCHL)
5'11", 180 pounds
Mississauga, ON
Class of 2012
DOB 3/9/1993


Date  Opponent                Score  G   A Pts PIM
--------------------------------------------------------------

10/21 vs. Penticton           L 2-6  0   0   0   0 [box score]
10/22 at Trail                W 6-3  0   0   0   0 [box score]
10/23 vs. Prince George       W 4-3  0   0   0   0 [box score]

Despite Juha's empty stat lines this week, VipersDieHardFan Blog had some glowing words for his performance against Penticton: "Luke Juha was Vernon's best d-man. Coughed up the puck once but overall was very steady for the Vipers. Really reads and sees the ice-play, very smooth skating d-man who likes to carry the puck."


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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10/21 vs. Olds                L 1-6  -   -   -   - [box score]
10/23 vs. Brooks              L 3-7  -   -   -   - [box score]

Linaker (knee) missed his second straight weekend of games, and the Steel continued their free fall - they now carry a record of 2-13-2.

Related stories:
Steel cold as ice (St. Albert Gazette)


Curtis Loik

Forward
Penticton Vees (BCHL)
6'1", 205 pounds
North Vancouver, BC
Class of 2012
DOB 4/23/1993


Date  Opponent                Score  G   A Pts PIM
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10/19 at Trail                L 3-4  0   0   0   4 [box score]
10/21 at Vernon               W 6-2  1   0   1   0 [box score]
10/22 vs. Cowichan Valley     W 2-1  0   0   0   0 [box score]
10/23 vs. Surrey              W 6-3  0   1   1   0 [box score]

Bookend tripping penalties against Trail (one 5:34 into the game, the other 1:38 from the end) didn't cost the Vees a power play goal, although the second short-circuited a comeback attempt as Penticton had made it a one-goal game with 3:30 remaining...the Vees bounced back by beating a strong Vernon team for the second week in a row...Loik's slapper from the top of the left-wing circle proved the game-winner as it gave Penticton an unassailable 3-0 lead with 49 seconds left in the first period...his assist against Surrey was on the first goal of the game, with 2:29 left in the opening period.

Related stories:
Vees seize first place (bclocalnews.com)


Eamon McAdam

Goaltender
Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL)
6'2", 180 pounds
Perkasie, PA
Class of 2013
DOB 9/24/1994


Date  Opponent               Score SA GA  Sv% GAA
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10/21 vs. Green Bay          L 3-6 12  0 1.00 0.00 [box score]
10/22 vs. Omaha              W 4-2 25  2 .920 2.00 [box score]

McAdam finally saw his first action of the season against Green Bay, starting the third period in relief of Jay Williams after the Miami commit was punctured for four goals on 17 shots...the Perkasie native held off the Green Bay for 18:55 - allowing Waterloo to pull within one with 16:30 left - before the Gamblers added two empty-netters to provide the final margin...he followed that up by both starting and finishing the next day against Omaha, and doing so successfully, which hopefully leads to a few more chances.


Jonathan Milley

Right Wing
Pembroke Lumber Kings (CCHL)
6'4", 220 pounds
Ottawa, ON
Class of 2012
DOB 5/8/1991


Date  Opponent                Score  G   A Pts PIM
--------------------------------------------------------------

10/20 at Cornwall             L 1-5  -   -   -   - [box score]
10/21 vs. Ottawa              L 1-2  -   -   -   - [box score]
10/23 vs. Kemptville          W 4-3  -   -   -   - [box score]

As Pembroke continues to be stuck in neutral thanks to injuries not only to Milley but to Brandon Gagne and others as well, GM/Coach Sheldon Keefe has been openly wondering whether to transition from a "championship run" year to a "developmental" year...given that it's still very early in the season, that one screams "motivational tactic."


Matt Skoff

Goalie
Sioux City Musketeers (USHL)
6'0", 186 pounds
McKees Rocks, PA
Class of 2012
DOB 7/23/1991


Date  Opponent               Score SA GA  Sv% GAA
--------------------------------------------------------------

10/20 at Fargo               W 6-4 34  4 .882 4.02 [box score]
10/22 vs. Tri-City           L 3-7 17  4 .765 10.4 [box score]

After a fantastic start to the season, Skoff seems to be backsliding, as he's now Musketeers coach Brett Larson, on Skoff: "When he plays his game, he's one of the best goalies in the league"...evidently, Skoff hasn't been playing his game of late, as he's now been pulled twice in his last four starts...the second of the two came 2:57 into the second period of the loss to Tri-City, just after Brad Schierhorn scored to make the score 4-0...it masked what could be considered a solid start (in light of the opponent) two days prior in the win over Fargo.


Connor Varley

Defenseman
Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL)
6'0", 190 pounds
Lansdale, PA
Class of 2013
DOB 6/3/1992


Date  Opponent                Score  G   A Pts PIM
--------------------------------------------------------------

10/22 at Team USA             L 2-7  0   1   1   0 [box score]

Varley managed to avoid being a minus player in a 7-2 loss...his assist came on a second-period Mac Olson goal that briefly brought the Buccaneers back into the game at 5-2 with over half of the game to go.


Thomas Welsh

Defenseman
Salisbury School (Prep)
6'0", 195 pounds
Toronto, ON
Class of 2013
DOB 2/1/1995


Salisbury School's schedule has not yet been released, but it will begin sometime in the vicinity of the beginning of December.


Mark Yanis

Defenseman
Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL)
6'2", 195 pounds
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
Class of 2012
DOB 5/26/1994


Date  Opponent                Score  G   A Pts PIM
--------------------------------------------------------------

10/22 vs. Dubuque             L 0-4  0   0   0   2 [box score]
10/23 at Chicago              L 4-7  0   0   0   2 [box score]

Despite what looks like a rough start to his season (admittedly, going on little besides box scores and game recaps), NHL Central Scouting has given Yanis a B rating on their October 13th "Players To Watch Tracker"...a B rating translates as "a candidate for potential mid-round consideration in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft.

Related stories:
Muskegon Lumberjack players getting noticed throughout the hockey world (mlive.com)


Women

Jill Holdcroft

Forward
Pittsburgh Penguins Elite 19U
5'1", 121 pounds
Pennsylvania Furnace, PA
Class of 2012
DOB 1/29/1994


Darby Kern

Forward
Pittsburgh Penguins Elite 19U
5'11", 145 pounds
Venetia, PA
Class of 2012
DOB 8/28/1994


Holdcroft, Kern, and the rest of the Pens Elite are next in action at the Tier One Elite Showcase weekend, October 28-30 in Chicago.


Emily Laurenzi

Forward
National Sports Academy (Prep)
5'5", 125 pounds
Townsend, DE
Class of 2012
DOB 1993


Date  Opponent                Score  G   A Pts PIM
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10/21  vs. Ont. Hockey Acad.  W 8-1  -   -   -   0 [box score]
10/22  vs. Assabet Vly U16    T 0-0  0   0   0   0 [box score]
10/22  vs. NAHA White         L 1-6  -   -   -   0 [box score]

In a 1-1-1 showing at the Assabet Tournament in Concord, MA over the weekend, Laurenzi scored twice and added an assist.

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