"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, January 8, 2013

Commit Cycle: January 8 (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 
1/4
vs. Dallas Stars
T 2-2
1
1
2
0
1/5
vs. Phoenix Jr. Coyotes
W 4-1
2
0
2
0
1/5
vs. LA Jr. Kings
W 4-2
0
0
0
0
1/6
vs. Las Vegas Storm
T 3-3
0
1
1
0

The Blues hosted what turned out to be a mixed weekend, although Berger continued his better than a point per game pace and is third in the T1EHL in scoring with 41 points... Berger's Saint Louis University High School team went 3-0-1 during this Commit Cycle period, including 5-3 and 6-4 victories over Westminster and Chaminade on December 28th and January 1st (Berger had a shorthanded goal and two assists in the latter game), as well as a 3-3 tie with Lindbergh on Friday and a 3-0 win over Eureka on Saturday.



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 
12/28
at Des Moines
W 4-1
0
1
1
0
12/29
vs. Waterloo
L 4-7
0
0
0
2
12/31
at Tri-City
L 3-4
0
0
0
0
1/4
vs. Tri-City
W 3-2
0
0
0
0
1/5
at Waterloo
W 6-1
0
1
1
0

Goodwin has struggled some since his trade from Sioux City with eight points in 14 games, after 52 in 65 games as a Musketeer during most of last season and the early stages of this season... at 14-14-4 the RoughRiders are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference.



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 
12/28
vs. Hebron
W 5-0
1
0
1
-
Box Score
12/28
vs. St. Francis Prep
W 8-2
1
2
3
-
Box Score
12/29
vs. Nichols
W 3-1
1
0
1
-
Box Score
12/30
vs. Nichols
W 1-0
0
0
0
-
Box Score
12/30
vs. Brunswick
W 3-2
1
1
2
-
Box Score
1/5
at Cushing
W 3-0
1
0
1
-
Box Score

After a quiet showing during KUA's championship in the Flood-Marr Tournament in mid-December, Greer stepped up huge as the Wildcats won the Nichols Tournament from December 28th through 30th... among Greer's seven points in five games was the biggest of all of them - the title-winning goal against Brunswick... largely as a result of the games at Nichols, 14-1-0 KUA is back on top of USHR.com's New England prep school poll for the week of January 7th.



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 
1/5
at Boston Advantage
W 3-2
-
-
-
-
1/6
at Boston Advantage
T 2-2
0
0
0
0

The holidays left little to report about Kerr's two weeks with Team Comcast, although they did climbed to second in the T1EHL power rankings behind only Victory Honda... his Holy Ghost Prep team improved to 5-3-0 with a 4-2 win over Cardinal O'Hara last Thursday... Kerr had a goal and an assist in the game, with the goal a backhander from the bottom of the circle that the HGP Twitter account described as a highlight.



Patrick Koudys

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



Date
Opponent
ScoreGAPts.PIM 
12/28
at Dubuque
L 3-6
0
1
1
4
12/29
at Green Bay
L 2-3
0
0
0
2
12/31
at Green Bay
L 5-6
0
0
0
2
1/4
at Youngstown
W 6-2
0
1
1
17
1/5
at Youngstown
L 1-4
0
0
0
0
1/6
vs. Des Moines
L 1-3
0
0
0
5

The Lumberjacks still sit in second place in the Eastern Conference, although falling into a tailspin after Christmas cost them ground in their race with Dubuque - the Jacks now trail by seven points... Koudys was in two fights in the last two weeks, with Youngstown's Markus McCrea and with the Buccaneers' Seth Adams.



Alec Marsh

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



Date
Opponent
ScoreGAPts.PIM 
12/28
at Des Moines
W 4-1
-
-
-
-
12/29
vs. Waterloo
L 4-7
-
-
-
-
12/31
at Tri-City
L 3-4
1
0
1
0
1/4
vs. Tri-City
W 3-2
0
0
0
0
1/5
at Waterloo
W 6-1
0
1
1
0

Marsh continues to see his playing time increase somewhat, and he's making a case for continued increases with things like his second goal of the season, which tied the Storm 1-1 early in the second period.



Eamon McAdam

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



Date
Opponent
ScoreSAGASv%GAA 
12/28
at Sioux City
L 3-4
--
-
---
---
12/29
at Cedar Rapids
W 7-4
29
4
0.862
4.00
12/31
vs. Lincoln
W 10-2
--
-
---
---
1/4
at Dubuque
W 5-4
25
4
0.840
4.00
1/5
vs. Cedar Rapids
L 1-6
--
-
---
---

McAdam has continued in more or less a 50-50 rotation with Cal Petersen over the last couple months, with neither goaltender taking a clear majority of the starts since early November... as both allowed exactly four goals per game over the last two weeks, that trend seems likely to continue for the time being.



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 
12/29
at Powell River
W 6-3
0
0
0
2
12/31
vs. Cowichan Valley
L 1-2
0
0
0
2
1/5
vs. Prince George
L 1-2
0
0
0
0

Alberni Valley took a pair of tough one-goal losses in their last two games as they continue an intense fight with Powell River and Nanaimo over the middle three spots in the Island Division.



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 
1/4
at Grand Prairie
W 3-2
0
0
0
0
1/5
at Grand Prairie
L 3-6
-
-
-
-

The AJHL is one of the few junior A leagues that significantly lightens its schedule around the holidays, leaving little to report on Richard... his Saints, however, did battle Grand Prairie to a stalemate in a pair of games between the North Division's top two teams.



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 
12/28
vs. Cedar Rapids
L 1-4
0
0
0
0
12/29
at Fargo
L 2-5
1
0
1
0
12/30
at Sioux Falls
L 2-4
0
0
0
2
1/4
at Indiana
W 4-1
0
0
0
0
1/5
at Indiana
L 2-4
0
0
0
0
1/6
at Muskegon
W 3-1
0
0
0
0

Saar scored for just the fourth time this season on December 29th, and his -16 rating is not only the worst on the team, but is fifth-worst in the league... however, he's helped the Buccaneers continue to exceed expectations this season at 17-17-1.



Eric Scheid

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



Date
Opponent
ScoreGAPts.PIM 
12/28
at Tri-City
W 2-1
0
0
0
0
12/29
vs. Sioux City
W 5-0
1
0
1
0
12/31
at Waterloo
L 2-10
0
1
1
0
1/5
vs. Tri-City
W 3-2
1
0
1
0

In a ridiculously tight USHL Western Conference - 13 points separate first from seventh - Lincoln continues to keep pace with a good deal of help from Scheid... the former UAA Seawolf has been bumped from holding the USHL's best plus-minus, but he's still second with a +27... he's also tied for 12th in scoring with 31 points.



David Thompson

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



Date
Opponent
ScoreGAPts.PIM 
12/28
at Surrey
L 3-5
0
0
0
2
12/29
vs. Surrey
L 0-3
0
0
0
0
1/4
vs. Coquitlam
W 5-3
0
3
3
4
1/5
vs. Langley
L 3-6
0
0
0
0

Thanks in part to a home-and-home sweep at the hands of Surrey, Chilliwack dropped into a first place tie with the Eagles in the Mainland Division... Thompson, who has sharply increased his offensive production this season (he's at 80 percent of last season's point total in 58 percent of the games), helped get the Chiefs back on track Friday.

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