Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Commit Cycle: August 28

Welcome back from the off-season hiatus of Commit Cycle, the bi-weekly post keeping track of Penn State hockey's verbal commitments. Believe it or not, the Canadian Junior A leagues are already into their exhibition seasons, necessitating this series revival for 2012-2013.

With 14 total known players to cover (down from an incredible 35 by the end of last season), I'm going to attempt to once again combine the men and women into one post. If that number grows significantly, I may split things up by gender, as done previously. For now though, it's just the three men's players in the BCHL or OJHL - the others will be added as their seasons get underway.

Bo Pellah

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

Date  Opponent                Score  G   A Pts PIM

8/24  at Surrey (ex)          L 0-5  0   0   0   - [box score]
8/25  vs. Surrey (ex)         W 8-3  -   -   -   - [box score]
8/27  at Coquitlam (ex)       W 7-4  0   0   0   - [box score]

Langley split their roster up for the home-and-home with Surrey, and Pellah had the misfortune of being the only returning player assigned to the first game.

David Thompson

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

Date  Opponent                Score  G   A Pts PIM

8/25  vs. Coquitlam (ex)      T 2-2  0   0   0   0 [box score]

It's uncertain whether Thompson played in the Chiefs' first competition against another team (the box score is informally done and doesn't include a participation list), but for what it's worth, he wasn't involved in any of the scoring or penalties, isn't visible in this highlight video of the proceedings and isn't mentioned on this list of players expected to be in the lineup...obviously, head coach Harvey Smyl and his staff knows what it has in the rock-solid veteran, so his preseason participation may be limited.

Thomas Welsh

Georgetown Raiders (OJHL)
6'0", 195 pounds
Toronto, ON
Class of 2013
DOB 2/1/1995

Date  Opponent                Score  G   A Pts PIM

8/25  vs. Burlington (ex)     W 5-2  0   1   1   0 [box score]
8/25  vs. Oakville (ex)       W 4-1  1   0   1   0 [box score]
8/26  vs. Hamilton (ex)       L 0-4  0   0   0   6 [box score]
8/26  vs. Burlington (ex)     W 3-1  -   -   -   - [box score]

Although the games don't count, Welsh is off to a fantastic start in his first Junior A go, helping Georgetown win the Burlington Cougars Challenge Cup over the weekend...one observer to his first three exhibition games reported that "Thomas is very strong on the puck and confident when skating with it. You can tell when the play is bearing down on Welsh he is thinking of what the forwards will attempt to do to get around him. They rarely do get around Welsh as he is strong positionally and able to force the forwards to make mistakes without giving up his position" (more available at the link below).

Related stories:
OHL Prospect Report from Cougars Championship Cup 2012 (ohlwriters.com)

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