Thursday, March 28, 2013

Commit Cycle: March 28 (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
Entering 2014
DOB 7/15/1996

Colorado Springs followed their state championship won in mid-February with a Rocky Mountain District title and will play at the USA Hockey Tier II 19U National Championships April 3rd through 7th in San Jose, CA... the Tigers will play pool games against the Washington Wild (April 3rd), the Big Sky Wildcats (April 4th) and the East Coast Wizards (April 5th) and can advance to the quarterfinals (April 6th) by finishing in the top four of the group of six... Martin was featured in an article on the Tigers' website highlighting their team-record ten college commitments... Said Martin: "I love playing with the Tigers. It has given me the opportunity to be seen while playing with a great team. It allowed me to become more familiar with the girls game as I have played boys hockey prior to playing with the Tigers. My coach has been amazing allowing me to try new things and not handicapping me from using different skill sets."

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Daniela Paniccia

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

vs. Etobicoke Dolphins
T 2-2
vs. Mississauga Chiefs
W 5-0
vs. Etobicoke Dolphins
L 0-2
vs. Oakville Hornets MAA2
W 4-3
vs. Oakville Hornets MAA2
W 2-0
vs. Mississauga Chiefs
W 7-2
vs. Burlington Barracudas
W 3-2

As of the last Commit Cycle post, the Hornets were 2-1-0 through three of the eight games in Division K of the Ontario Women's Hockey Association provincial playdowns... since then, Oakville swept through the remaining division schedule to successfully earn advancement to the provincial championship weekend as one of the final 24 teams in the Midget AA category... those championships will take place from April 4th through 7th - a round-robin within groups of four teams opens things on the 4th and 5th, with a top two finish in a pool including the Belleville Bearcats, the Cornwall Typhoons and the North Bay Ice Boltz needed to secure advancement... things did not proceed quite as well in the Lower Lakes Female Hockey League playoffs, where the Etobicoke Dolphins halted the Hornets' playoff run in the Central Division semifinals with a best-of-three series win... ahead of the OWHA championships, the Hornets will play in the Brampton Canadettes Easter Tournament Thursday through Monday.

Kelly Seward

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

Since last time, Nichols School completed a highly-successful season with a best-of-three sweep of Appleby College to win the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association playoff title via a 7-4 win on February 27th... previously, the Vikings won the CISAA regular season title with an 11-2-2 record, as well as the North American Prep Hockey Association regular season and playoff championships... Seward, with her Buffalo Bisons team, won the New York State Amateur Hockey Association title on March 9th with 8-1 wins over the Troy-Albany Ice Cats and the Rochester Edge and will represent the New York district at the USA Hockey Tier I 19U National Championships which, as with Martin's Tier II tournament, will be April 3rd through 7th in San Jose, CA.

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