Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Commit Cycle: May 1 (Men)

With only two committed players still playing, this is very likely to be the season finale of Commit Cycle. It's been a blast following all of the future Nittany Lions (both men and woment), and we'll bring it back in the fall when the 2012-2013 season begins. Here's the rundown of how 2011-2012 ended for everyone not included in the post.
  • 2013 D Thomas Welsh. His top-seeded Salisbury Prep was stunned in the Stuart/Corkery Tournament (the New England prep championship) semifinals by Lawrence Academy.
  • 2012 D Luke Juha. Juha played on the gold medal winning Team Canada West at the World Junior A Challenge. His Vernon Vipers, though, were 30-27-3 and missed the BCHL playoffs for the first time since 2000-2001, thanks in part to Juha's absence for most of the season due to injury.
  • 2014 D Bo Pellah. The youthful Langley Rivermen also missed the BCHL playoffs at 19-35-6, although Pellah led the team's blueliners in scoring.
  • 2014 D Kevin Kerr. Team Comcast missed the AYHL playoffs and then lost out to the North Jersey Avalanche for the Atlantic District bid to USA Hockey nationals on March 17th and 18th. Meanwhile Kerr's prep team, Holy Ghost, lost to La Salle College High School for the Flyers Cup title on March 14th.
  • 2013 D David Thompson. Thompson's Chilliwack Chiefs put forward a valiant effort in the first round of the BCHL playoffs against the juggernaut-ish Penticton Vees, but ultimately fell in six games.
  • 2012 F David Glen. The Spruce Grove Saints were 18 seconds from winning Game Seven of the North Division finals and advancing to the Enerflex Cup finals for the AJHL championship. Two goals by the Fort McMurray Oil Barons, the latter coming 7:06 into overtime, ended the Saints' dream of a third straight league title. Still, after a 46-6-8 regular season, that's hardly a valid source of shame.
  • 2012 F Jonathan Milley. Behind a finally-healthy Milley, the Pembroke Lumber Kings shook off an up and down 32-24-6 regular season to advance to the CCHL semifinals where they gave top-seeded Nepean all they could handle before falling in seven games. Milley's playoff stats: seven goals and 10 assists in 12 games.
  • 2012 D Connor Varley and 2013 F Zach Saar. The Des Moines Buccaneers slumped badly down the stretch (including losses in their last 14 games) and missed the USHL playoffs after finishing 20-33-7. Varley proved one of the steadiest defensemen on the team, although Saar's scoring hit the skids following a mid-season trade from Chicago with just six goals in 32 games as a Buccaneer.
  • 2012 D Joseph Lordo. The captain of the Sioux Falls Stampede was one of the few bright spots for the USHL's worst team this season. His 21 points led the team's blueliners and were fifth overall on the offensively-challenged outfit while he also added his trademark physical element on the back end.
  • 2012 D Mark Yanis. Yanis mirrors Lordo in being a physical defenseman on a team that struggled this year. His Muskegon Lumberjacks fell to the USHL's Eastern Conference cellar at 17-35-8, just one point better than the Stampede.
  • 2012 F Kenny Brooks. The versatile Brooks, who has been moved to defense in each of the last two seasons due to injuries, finished second on the Tri-City Storm in scoring with 42 points. The Storm made the USHL playoffs with a 26-33-1 record but were swept by Waterloo in a best-of-three first round.
  • 2012 F Max Gardiner. The Minnesota transfer spent his sit-out year with the USHL's Dubuque Fighting Saints, which finished 36-20-4 and advanced to the second round of the playoffs before being dispatched by Indiana. Gardiner had a productive playoff run with four points in five games after 26 in 50 regular season games.
  • 2012 F Casey Bailey. Bailey was one of the USHL's most prolific goal scorers in 2011-2012, lighting the lamp 27 times, good for 10th in the circuit. His Omaha Lancers were one point shy of the Western Conference regular season title and earned a first-round playoff bye, but lost a four-game second-round series to Waterloo.
  • 2012 G Matt Skoff and 2013 F David Goodwin. The pair of Sioux City Musketeers were two of the USHL's better players, despite the Muskies' 29-30-1 record and first-round playoff exit. Skoff, named the team's MVP, had six shutouts (second in the league), a .912 save percentage and a 2.72 goals-against average (both sixth in the league). Goodwin ended with 49 points, including 39 in 47 games following an early-season trade from Green Bay.
  • 2012 F Reed Linaker. Linaker began the season with the St. Albert Steel, his fourth season with the AJHL club, and scored 20 points in 21 games. He was then traded from the league-worst Steel to the contending Brooks Bandits in December, but injured his knee in his first game with Brooks. He returned for the Enerflex Cup finals, as the Bandits won the AJHL title, and also played in the Doyle Cup series with the BCHL champion Penticton Vees, won by the Vees in five games.
As always, for updated season stats of all recruits, visit the M Current Commitments page.

Curtis Loik

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

Date  Opponent                Score  G   A Pts PIM

4/20  at Brooks               W 7-2  0   1   1   0 [box score]
4/21  at Brooks               W 1-0  0   0   0   2 [box score]
4/24  vs. Brooks              L 3-4  1   0   1   0 [box score]
4/25  vs. Brooks              W 6-1  0   0   0   0 [box score]
4/27  vs. Brooks              W 6-2  0   0   0   0 [box score]

As you should know by now, the Vees took the final Doyle Cup series ever and the Pacific championship from Linaker's Brooks Bandits in five games... Penticton will now head to Humboldt, Saskatchewan for the Royal Bank Cup (Canada's junior A national championship) beginning on Saturday... other teams in Humboldt include the host Broncos (SJHL and Anavet Cup champions), the Portage Terriers (MJHL champions), the Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL and Dudley Hewitt Cup champions) and the Woodstock Slammers (MHL and Fred Page Cup champions)... the Vees open with the Thunderbirds Saturday, and play each other team in a round robin to determine seeding for the semifinals (May 12th), which is followed by the championship game on May 13th.

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Eamon McAdam

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

Date  Opponent               Score SA GA  Sv% GAA

4/17  vs. Tri-City           W 3-2 --  -  --- ---  [box score]
4/20  at Omaha               L 2-4 --  -  --- ---  [box score]
4/21  at Omaha               W 4-2 --  -  --- ---  [box score]
4/27  vs. Omaha              W 4-2 --  -  --- ---  [box score]
4/28  vs. Omaha              W 5-1 --  -  --- ---  [box score]

McAdam, the only PSU-committed USHLer left in the Clark Cup playoffs, watched from the bench as starting goalie Stephon Williams helped the Black Hawks eliminate two other PSU commits (Brooks with Tri-City, Bailey with Omaha) to advance to the Western Conference finals... that series, against the Lincoln Stars, begins Wednesday night... Green Bay and Indiana will battle for the other spot in the Clark Cup finals in the Eastern Conference half of the bracket.

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