"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

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Commit Cycle: January 23 (Men)

Chase Berger

Forward
St. Louis AAA Blues (Midget Major 18U)
6'0", 190 pounds
St. Louis, MO
Class of 2015
DOB 11/14/1994



Date
Opponent
ScoreGAPts.PIM 
1/12
vs. Milwaukee Jr. Admirals
W 4-1
0
2
2
0
1/13
vs. Milwaukee Jr. Admirals
W 3-2
2
0
2
0
1/19
at Milwaukee Jr. Admirals
W 3-2
1
2
3
0
1/20
at Milwaukee Jr. Admirals
W 5-0
1
2
3
2

Berger putting up gaudy scoring numbers is hardly anything new - his four goals and 10 points over two weekends against the Jr. Admirals included two third-period winners, including one while shorthanded on the 19th... thanks to the outburst, Berger now leads the T1EHL midget majors with 29 goals and 51 points... Saint Louis University High School went 3-0-0 during this Commit Cycle period, including a 5-1 Jesuit Cup win over DeSmet... the Billikens are 18-4-2 with a pair of regular-season contests remaining.



David Goodwin

Center
Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL)
5'9", 170 pounds
St. Louis, MO
Class of 2013
DOB 2/27/1992



Date
Opponent
ScoreGAPts.PIM 
1/11
vs. Muskegon
W 4-1
0
2
2
0
1/12
vs. Dubuque
L 1-4
0
0
0
0
1/16
at Omaha
L 2-5
1
0
1
0
1/18
vs. Waterloo
L 3-7
0
0
0
0
1/19
vs. Sioux Falls
L 4-7
0
1
1
0

Goodwin continues to make the best of things on a 15-18-4 RoughRiders team that looked to be heating up a couple weeks ago, but has now dropped four straight (although to very good teams it should be noted, including first place Dubuque and Sioux Falls)... he rates second on the team in scoring, including 12 points in 19 games since his trade from Sioux City.



A.J. Greer

Left Wing
Kimball Union Academy (Prep)
6'2", 185 pounds
Repentigny, QC
Class of 2015
DOB 12/4/1996



Date
Opponent
ScoreGAPts.PIM 
1/9
vs. Vermont Acad.
W 9-1
2
1
3
-
Box Score
1/12
at Tabor
W 7-1
0
2
2
-
Box Score
1/18
vs. Brewster
W 9-0
0
3
3
-
Box Score
1/19
vs. Milton
W 6-3
1
0
1
-
Box Score

KUA, at 18-1-0, is dominating all comers this season with an eye on the New England prep championship... they're in good shape as the current top team in the USHR.com prep poll, and Greer has played a large role in things, as he's the fourth leading scorer on the team.



Kevin Kerr

Defenseman
Team Comcast (Midget Major 18U)
5'11", 162 pounds
Bensalem, PA
Class of 2015
DOB 2/9/1996



Date
Opponent
ScoreGAPts.PIM 
1/12
at Junior Titans
W 12-1
-
-
-
-
1/12
vs. Boston Advantage
W 6-1
0
2
2
0
1/13
vs. Boston Advantage
W 4-0
0
2
2
0
1/19
vs. Ohio Blue Jackets
W 6-4
0
1
1
0
1/20
vs. Thunder AAA
W 6-4
0
3
3
0
1/20
vs. Buffalo Jr. Sabres
L 2-4
0
0
0
4
1/21
vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
W 6-4
0
1
1
0

Kerr broke out of what could have been considered a mild scoring slump in Tier 1 games in a huge way against the Boston Advantage and in a T1EHL showcase in Youngstown, OH... Team Comcast continues to rate second in the MYHockey Rankings computer assessment of Tier 1 midget 18U teams, behind Victory Honda... Holy Ghost Prep went 2-1-0 during this Commit Cycle period, with Kerr logging two goals and two assists in the wins but missing a 2-1 loss to North Penn.



Patrick Koudys

Defenseman
Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL)
6'3", 198 pounds
Smithville, ON
Class of 2013
DOB 11/15/1992



Date
Opponent
ScoreGAPts.PIM 
1/11
at Cedar Rapids
L 1-4
0
0
0
0
1/12
at Waterloo
L 5-6
0
0
0
4
1/13
at Chicago
L 1-2
0
0
0
2
1/18
vs. Sioux City
W 1-0
0
0
0
0
1/19
vs. Indiana
W 4-1
0
2
2
0

Koudys, a highly defensive defenseman, chipped in two assists - including on Cam Darcy's second-period power play winner - in an important win over Indiana as the Jacks attempt to remain in the top half of the Eastern Conference standings.



Alec Marsh

Forward
Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL)
5'10", 175 pounds
Bridgewater, NJ
Class of 2015
DOB 11/28/1995



Date
Opponent
ScoreGAPts.PIM 
1/11
vs. Muskegon
W 4-1
0
0
0
0
1/12
vs. Dubuque
L 1-4
0
0
0
17
1/16
at Omaha
L 2-5
0
0
0
0
1/18
vs. Waterloo
L 3-7
0
0
0
0
1/19
vs. Sioux Falls
L 4-7
1
0
1
0

Although his team is sliding in the standings, Marsh has slowly worked his way into being an every-game player - he's dressed for eight consecutive... on a team with only one plus player who has been with Cedar Rapids for the entire season, his -1 rating also stands out.



Eamon McAdam

Goaltender
Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL)
6'2", 185 pounds
Perkasie, PA
Class of 2013
DOB 9/24/1994



Date
Opponent
ScoreSAGASv%GAA 
1/9
at Sioux Falls
L 3-8
35
5
0.857
6.17
1/11
at Cedar Rapids
W 7-4
19
2
0.895
2.00
1/12
vs. Muskegon
W 6-5
32
5
0.844
4.63
1/15
at Lincoln
L 2-4
36
4
0.889
4.12
1/18
at Cedar Rapids
W 7-3
--
-
---
---
1/19
vs. Dubuque
W 4-3
35
3
0.914
2.77

The McAdam-Cal Petersen goalie duel flipped back in the Penn Stater's favor despite occasionally mixed results over the last two weeks... while Peterson eventually got a start on January 18th and played well, McAdam came back the next day with a stellar outing that included stonewalling all three Dubuque attempts in a shootout win... said McAdam of shootouts: "It’s all about patience - outwaiting the other guy and almost getting a sense of what he’s doing before he knows and not biting on the first move he makes"... Waterloo coach P. K. O'Handley was impressed with McAdam throughout that game: "He was outstanding - the difference in the game, for sure. Without watching video, we played a good first (period), a good second and I’m not sure we could have played worse in the third. He stood tall. He was the difference in the third period."

Related stories:
Black Hawks edge Dubuque in shootout (wcfcourier.com)



Bo Pellah

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



Date
Opponent
ScoreGAPts.PIM 
1/11
vs. Victoria
L 2-3
0
0
0
0
1/16
vs. Victoria
W 5-4
1
0
1
0
1/19
vs. Penticton
L 3-6
0
2
2
0

An extremely light schedule has seen Alberni Valley play just six games since December 15th... Pellah, for his part, notched a power play goal in one of the Bulldogs' two wins during that stretch... it was the sixth goal of the puck mover's two-year BCHL career.



Dylan Richard

Forward
Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL)
6'0", 185 pounds
Sherwood Park, AB
Class of 2013
DOB 2/5/1993



Date
Opponent
ScoreGAPts.PIM 
1/9
vs. Fort McMurray
W 2-0
-
-
-
-
1/13
vs. Calgary Canucks
W 7-2
-
-
-
-
1/18
vs. Drayton Valley
W 4-1
-
-
-
-
1/19
vs. Camrose
L 2-4
-
-
-
-

Richard has been out since January 4th, and is expected to miss three weeks, with what is being called an upper-body injury... regardless, he's still the Saints' leading scorer this season with 34 points in 33 games.



Zach Saar

Right Wing
Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL)
6'4", 210 pounds
Plainwell, MI
Class of 2013
DOB 6/22/1993



Date
Opponent
ScoreGAPts.PIM 
1/11
vs. Sioux Falls
L 1-7
0
1
1
17
1/12
vs. Team USA
W 4-3
0
1
1
2
1/18
at Youngstown
L 2-4
0
0
0
4
1/19
at Youngstown
L 5-6
0
0
0
2

After a fast start to the season, the Buccaneers have come back to earth recently... however, Saar played a vital role in Des Moines' one win in the last two weeks by burying the shootout winner against the NTDP, in addition to his regulation assist... he did not fare as well one week later, misfiring in a shootout loss to Youngstown.



Eric Scheid

Forward
Lincoln Stars (USHL)
5'9", 163 pounds
Coon Rapids, MN
Class of 2013
DOB 5/5/1992



Date
Opponent
ScoreGAPts.PIM 
1/11
at Sioux City
W 3-2
1
2
3
0
1/12
vs. Youngstown
L 2-5
1
0
1
0
1/15
vs. Waterloo
W 4-2
0
1
1
0
1/18
vs. Omaha
L 2-3
0
1
1
0
1/19
at Omaha
L 2-5
0
1
1
0

Scheid has continued to be one of the USHL's top players this season - he's in the league's top 15 in goals, assists and points and continues to lead the circuit with a +31 rating... his recent exploits include an overtime winner on a rebound against Sioux City: "Luckily it went in for me," Scheid said of the goal. "It’s just skating to the net with a purpose and getting to the dirty areas. You watch the guys in the NHL, the Crosbys and stuff, they go the net and they score the dirty goals that aren’t always pretty. The key in this league is to go in the hard areas and score goals."

Related stories:
Musketeers fall to Lincoln in OT (Sioux City Journal)



David Thompson

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



Date
Opponent
ScoreGAPts.PIM 
1/11
vs. Prince George
W 3-2
0
1
0
2
1/12
at Victoria
L 1-2
0
0
0
2
1/13
at Cowichan Valley
W 2-1
0
0
0
0
1/18
at Prince George
W 4-2
0
0
0
0
1/19
at Prince George
W 4-2
0
0
0
0

After a bit of a rough patch, Chilliwack bounced back into form over the last two weeks... captain Thompson headed a defensive effort that only allowed 1.8 goals per game over the period... the Chiefs are back on top of the BCHL's Mainland Division at 26-12-2.

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