"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, September 25, 2012

Commit Cycle: September 25

Chase Berger

Forward
St. Louis AAA Blues (Midget Major 18U)
6'0", 180 pounds
St. Louis, MO
Class of 2015
DOB 11/14/1994



Date  Opponent                Score  G   A Pts PIM
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9/14  vs. Victory Honda       W 2-4  0   0   0   0 [box score]
9/15  vs. Cleveland Barons    W 6-4  2   0   2   2 [box score]
9/15  vs. Oak. Jr. Grizzlies  W 4-2  0   0   0   0 [box score]
9/16  vs. Belle Tire          W 6-3  3   2   5   4 [box score]
9/22  vs. Chicago Fury        W 1-0  1   0   1   0 [box score]
9/23  vs. Chicago Fury        W 3-0  1   0   1   0 [box score]

Berger and the Blues are both off to unreal starts... among his team-leading seven goals and nine points so far are three game winning goals, in the pair of matches with the Chicago Fury as well as on the 15th against the Cleveland Barons... the first four games above came at the Chicago Tier 1 Super Showcase.



Conor Garland

Forward
Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL)
5'6", 146 pounds
Scituate, MA
Class of 2015
DOB 3/11/1996



Date  Opponent                Score  G   A Pts PIM
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9/14  vs. Chicago (ex)        W 4-2  0   1   1   0 [box score]
9/15  vs. Indiana (ex)        L 1-2  0   0   0   0 [box score]
9/20  vs. Waterloo (ex)       L 2-4  0   0   0   0 [box score]
9/21  vs. Sioux Falls (ex)    W 2-1  -   -   -   - [box score]
9/22  vs. Lincoln (ex)        L 1-3  0   0   0   0 [box score]

Garland, along with all of the USHLers below, participated in the scout's paradise of the USHL Fall Classic from the 19th through the 22nd... the showcase brings every team in the league to a central location (Sioux City, IA) to play three exhibition games apiece... Garland is attempting to make a successful transition to the USHL as a 16-year-old, and one without a ton of size... the good news is that he survived his first preseason in the circuit and even got his first point on the board.



David Goodwin

Center
Sioux City Musketeers (USHL)
5'9", 187 pounds
St. Louis, MO
Class of 2013
DOB 2/27/1992



Date  Opponent                Score  G   A Pts PIM
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9/11  at Dubuque (ex)         L 2-4  -   -   -   - [box score]
9/19  vs. Sioux Falls (ex)    W 5-2  2   1   3   0 [box score]
9/21  vs. Team USA (ex)       L 4-5  0   2   2   0 [box score]
9/22  vs. Omaha (ex)          L 2-5  0   2   2   0 [box score]

At the Fall Classic, hosted by his Musketeers of course, Goodwin demonstrated that he has no intention of deviating from the form that saw him put up 49 points last season, which he split between Sioux City and Green Bay... said coach Brett Larson of his performance on the 19th: "You can tell he’s the leader of the team for a reason. When things weren’t looking that great, when we weren’t playing very well, he stepped up big time and made big plays. That’s what your veteran leader has to do and he did it."

Related stories:
Musketeers rally for 5-2 Fall Classic victory (Sioux City Journal)



Kevin Kerr

Defenseman
Team Comcast (Midget Major 18U)
5'11", 155 pounds
Bensalem, PA
Class of 2014
DOB 2/9/1996



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

9/14  vs. Phoenix Jr. Coyotes W 7-0  0   0   0   0 [box score]
9/14  vs. Las Vegas Storm     W 5-2  0   2   2   0 [box score]
9/15  vs. Dallas Stars        W 6-3  1   3   4   0 [box score]
9/16  vs. LA Jr. Kings        W 5-1  0   1   1   0 [box score]
9/21  vs. Boston Bandits      W 8-2  -   -   -   - [box score]
9/21  vs. Cape Cod Whalers    T 2-2  -   -   -   - [box score]
9/22  vs. East Coast Wizards  W 8-0  -   -   -   - [box score]

As with Berger, Kerr also had a fantastic Chicago Super Showcase over the weekend of 9/14-16, helping his team to a similar 4-0 record... stats were unavailable for the Jr. Bruins Shootout over this past weekend, but Comcast narrowly missed out on the playoffs in favor of eventual runners-up Cape Cod.



Alec Marsh

Forward
Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL)
5'10", 165 pounds
Bridgewater, NJ
Class of 2015
DOB 11/1995



Date  Opponent                Score  G   A Pts PIM
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9/14  at Waterloo (ex)        L 4-5  0   0   0   2 [box score]
9/15  vs. Waterloo (ex)       L 2-4  0   2   2   0 [box score]
9/19  vs. Des Moines (ex)     W 7-1  0   0   0   0 [box score]
9/20  vs. Lincoln (ex)        W 4-3  0   0   0   0 [box score]
9/21  vs. Tri-City (ex)       W 3-0  -   -   -   - [box score]

Marsh had a fairly quiet preseason other than his assisting on both Riders goals in the loss to Waterloo on the 15th.



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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9/14  vs. Cedar Rapids (ex)  L 4-5 20  4 .800 7.51 [box score]
9/15  at Cedar Rapids (ex)   W 4-2 --  -  --- ---  [box score]
9/20  vs. Muskegon (ex)      W 4-2 29  2 .931 2.00 [box score]
9/21  vs. Chicago (ex)       W 3-0 --  -  --- ---  [box score]
9/22  vs. Indiana (ex)       L 1-3  8  0 1.00 0.00 [box score]

McAdam, who probably had the most eventful offseason of anyone in this post, struggled in his preseason opener, getting pulled in favor of Cal Petersen halfway through... he bounced back with a solid win at the Fall Classic and an eight-for-eight appearance in relief of Petersen.



Bo Pellah

Defenseman
Langley Rivermen (BCHL)
5'11", 150 pounds
New Westminster, BC
Class of 2014
DOB 5/25/1995



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

9/14  at Coquitlam            L 2-3  -   -   -   - [box score]
9/22  vs. Alberni Valley      W 7-0  0   3   3   0 [box score]

Pellah continued his torrid start to the season with a three-assist effort in a blowout win over Alberni Valley and now has roughly 25 percent of his scoring output from all of last season (six points vs. 25) in just three games.



Zach Saar

Right Wing
Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL)
6'5", 200 pounds
Plainwell, MI
Class of 2013
DOB 6/22/1993



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

9/14  at Omaha (ex)           L 2-4  0   0   0  15 [box score]
9/15  vs. Omaha (ex)          L 2-3  -   -   -   - [box score]
9/19  vs. Cedar Rapids (ex)   L 1-7  0   0   0   0 [box score]
9/20  vs. Youngstown (ex)     W 4-1  0   0   0   4 [box score]
9/21  vs. Indiana (ex)        L 3-7  0   0   0   2 [box score]

While it's important to remember that these games don't count, there seems to be little reason for optimism on the part of Bucs supporters - after all, the team was 20-33-7 last season and may have been playing the worst hockey of any USHL team by the end of the year... Saar got into a dust-up with Scott Dornbrock in Des Moines' preseason opener, resulting in the 15 penalty minutes.



David Thompson

Defenseman
Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL)
6'2", 187 pounds
Glen Mills, PA
Class of 2013
DOB 5/19/1992



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

9/14  at Surrey               L 2-3  0   0   0   0 [box score]
9/15  vs. Surrey              L 2-4  0   1   1   0 [box score]
9/22  vs. Victoria            L 2-4  0   0   0   0 [box score]

Continuing what seems to be a recurring theme with Penn State commits, the Chiefs awarded Thompson with the captaincy for this season.

Related stories:
Chiefs Announce Captains (chilliwackchiefs.net)

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