Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Commit Cycle: February 27 (Women)

It's that horrible time of year again, when the primary hockey season winds down and we start to remove players from the Commit Cycle posts, before pausing the series for the summer once they're all gone. Playing hockey at a high level is a year-round commitment of course, but information from all of the camps, showcases and leagues during the "offseason" isn't gained steadily enough to maintain a regular post (in cases where it is available, it will still be passed along, of course).

Here are the removed players and how their seasons concluded. 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/Foothills Flyers MM AA
5'6" // Littleton, CO
Class of 2014
DOB 7/15/1996

The Tigers won the Colorado Amateur Hockey Association's Tier II U19AA state championship over the weekend of February 15th-17th... Martin scored in an 8-0 romp over the Rocky Mountain Lynx to get things started and, following a 4-1 win over the MSGHL Rockstars, helped clinch the title with an assist on a game-winning power play goal in the second period of a 2-1 win over the Colorado Select... this past weekend, the Tigers won the Women's Association of Colorado Hockey (a league with U19 and ACHA women's teams) playoffs with a 2-0-2 record, although it does not appear as if Martin participated in the WACH tournament.

Daniela Paniccia

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

vs. Oakville Hornets AA2
W 4-2
vs. Mississauga Chiefs
L 0-2
vs. Etobicoke Dolphins
W 2-1
vs. Burlington Barracudas
W 6-1
vs. Mississauga Chiefs
W 2-0

The Hornets are in the midst of the Ontario Women's Hockey Association playdowns and are presently 2-1-0 in round robin division K (only the games on the 18th, 22nd and 24th are counted on that record)... that's good for third place - bad news when only two teams will advance from the division, but okay news when the teams ahead of the Hornets have played five and six of the eight division games already - this segment of the tournament wraps up on March 10th... meanwhile, Oakville is also progressing through the Lower Lakes Female Hockey League Central Division playoffs, defeating their worse half on the 14th to clinch a first-round best-of-three, followed by a win over Etobicoke in the second round to get that best-of-three division semifinal off to a good start... a division championship would lead to the LLFHL's overall championship weekend March 22nd through 24th.

Kelly Seward

Nichols School/Buffalo Bisons 19U
5'9" // Williamsville, NY
Class of 2013
DOB 6/7/1995

For the second consecutive year, Nichols destroyed the North American Prep Hockey Association en route to regular season and playoff titles... this year, they plowed the NAPHA regular season with a 15-0-1 record, the only blemish a 3-3 tie with Ridley College on January 4th (worth noting, since Seward plays defense: the Vikings only allowed 16 goals in those 16 games)... Nichols took full advantage of their top seed by winning the NAPHA playoff title as well, by blasting Trinity 10-1 in the quarterfinals, Rothesay Netherwood 6-2 in the semifinals, and Ridley 4-1 in the championship game... Nichols also finished on top of their other league - the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association - with an 11-2-2 regular season record... the Vikings easily downed Ridley 4-0 in the CISAA semifinals on February 20th and are presently involved in a best-of-three championship series with Appleby College... Nichols took game one 3-1, game two is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, with a possible game three on Friday.

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