Thursday, April 11, 2013

Commit Cycle: April 11 (Women)

With the seasons for all known women's commits now complete, this will be the 2012-2013 finale for the female half of Commit Cycle. As most of you know, there really isn't much of an off-season for hockey, and as information irregularly trickles out from the camps, showcases and leagues that fill the summer months, I'll be sure to pass it on, either through Three Stars (for the small stuff) or stand-alone posts (for the big stuff).

Here are the players previously removed from the primary portion of this post series due to the close of their campaigns and a quick look at how those seasons developed. As always, check W Current Commitments for full stats.
  • Laura Bowman, Amy Petersen and Hannah Ehresmann (Minnetonka High School) won a third consecutive Minnesota AA state title following a 21-4-0 regular season, a Lake Conference championship, and a successful run through the Section 6AA tournament. While Ehresmann was the backup goalie for the sectional and state tournaments after getting half of the starts during the regular season, Bowman and Petersen were - as they've been throughout their careers - the centerpieces of the Skippers' offense. Both were named to the state all-tournament team and finish their careers as the top two scorers in Skippers history. Bowman was also named a Minnesota Ms. Hockey semifinalist.
  • Sarah Nielsen (Edina High School) fell short of the state tournament and a shot at redemption for losses to Minnetonka (2011's championship game) and Paige Jahnke's Roseville (2012's semifinals) by losing 3-1 to Eden Prairie in the Section 2AA finals. The Hornets went 13-7-5 in the regular season, with Nielsen leading the team in assists.
  • Christi Vetter (Lakeville North High School), after winning the South Suburban Conference co-championship and the Section 1AA tournament, finished third at states. The Panthers were eliminated by Minnetonka in a six-overtime semifinal that stands as the longest game in the history of the tournament, despite Vetter's two goals that forced overtime. Vetter, who helped the Panthers to a 17-6-2 regular season with a team-high 18 tallies, also scored an overtime goal in the state quarterfinals and joined future teammates Petersen and Bowman on the all-tournament team.
  • Remi Martin (Colorado Springs Tigers 19U) took home a bronze medal from the USA Hockey Tier II 19U national championships, held April 3rd through 7th in San Jose, CA. She demonstrated dynamic skating ability throughout the tournament, and served as a spark for Colorado's run to the semifinals that featured four points in five games by the Littleton, CO native blueliner - including a game-winning goal in the quarterfinals. In addition to the state and district titles that propelled the Tigers to nationals, the team also won the championship of the Women's Association of Colorado Hockey, a league of U19 and ACHA women's teams.
  • Kelly Seward (Nichols School/Buffalo Bisons 19U) enjoyed a fantastically successful season at Nichols that included the regular season and playoff titles in the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association, as well as the North American Prep Hockey Association championship. With the Bisons, Seward represented the New York district at Tier I 19U nationals but was edged out of the quaterfinals by Shattuck-St. Mary's.
Since both Martin and Seward were wrapped up in Wednesday's post covering the USA Hockey national championships, that just leaves...

Daniela Paniccia

Oakville Hornets AA
5'3" // Oakville, ON
Entering 2015
DOB 1997

vs. Whitby
W 4-2
vs. Waterloo
W 3-2
vs. North Halton
T 0-0
vs. Brantford
L 2-3
vs. Toronto Leaside
T 2-2

The Hornets went 2-1-0 in their group at the Ontario Women's Hockey Association Midget AA championships after previously advancing to play among the final 24 teams through the provincial playdowns... the 2-for-3 mark was good enough for a chance to win their way into the quarterfinals, but Oakville fell 2-0 to the Nepean Wildcats on April 6th to end their season... the group games were a 3-0 loss to the North Bay Ice Boltz (the eventual champions, coached by former NHLer Darren Turcotte) on the afternoon of April 4th, a 4-1 win over the Cornwall Typhoons later that evening and a 2-0 win over the Belleville Bearcats on April 5th... statistics for the OWHA championship weekend are unavailable, but given the pure goalie rotation used by Oakville all season long, it's fairly likely that Paniccia played the North Bay and Belleville games... prior to OWHAs, the Hornets staged a pair of exhibition contests and also participated in the Brampton Canadettes' Easter Tournament on March 29th and 30th - but staggered home from that event after a 0-1-2 round robin that saw Paniccia pulled from her only start.

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