Coyotes NCAA prospects update

By Jeff Dahlia






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The 2004-05 college hockey season is a month old and the usual suspects are already challenging for national supremacy. The Coyotes have a total of eight prospects playing in the collegiate ranks this season. They have three prospects in the Hockey East conference and two prospects in each of the WCHA, CCHA and ECAC conferences respectively. Of the eight, six prospects are currently playing on nationally ranked teams.
 
CCHA 
 
Wolverines welcome in freshman duo
 
After two successful years in the U.S. NTDP, Phoenix prospects Kevin Porter and Chad Kolarik are making an immediate impact at the University of
Michigan, a team already loaded with high end talent. Overall, Michigan’s roster contains a total of 14 players already drafted by NHL clubs. With the amount of depth that Michigan has, one would think it is hard for any incoming freshmen to get quality playing time let alone enough minutes to effectively contribute.

When it comes to Porter and Kolarik, Head Coach Red Berenson must have identified something special in these two. They are the only freshmen on the current roster that contains nine seniors, five juniors and seven sophomores. Furthermore, Berenson has had a
knack the last couple years for finding young talent. Freshmen have led the Wolverines in scoring the last two consecutive years (Jeff Tambellini – 2002-03
and T.J. Hensick – 2003-04). 

Both prospects started their own scoring campaigns during the opening weekend of play and have continued to contribute throughout the month of October. They are working hard and doing a good job of assimilating themselves into Berenson’s system.


Kevin Porter

Season

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

2004-05

8

3

3

6

8


Chad Kolarik

Season

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

2004-05

8

2

2

4

6


Michigan is currently ranked No. 2 in the USCHO.com poll and No. 3 in the USA Today poll as of November 1, 2004.
Next big rivalry match-up: November 18 and 20 vs. Michigan State.

WCHA 
 
Fighting Sioux "fighting" adversity

After starting the season playing possessed, the University of North Dakota hockey team has hit a wall. Plagued by numerous penalties and the recent inability to score, the Fighting Sioux closed out October going 0-2-1.

Senior defensemen Matt Jones, who was drafted by Phoenix in the 2002, has been playing on the top defensive unit with junior Matt Greene
(EDM). Jones needs to concentrate on playing smarter hockey.  The team has been playing some listless hockey,
and upperclassmen like himself need to step up to lead the way. Jones has shown that he needs to do a better job fighting adversity and keep things basic, if not elementary.


Season

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

2004-05

8

0

2

2


North Dakota is currently ranked No. 6 in the USCHO.com poll and No. 6 in the USA Today poll.
Next big match-up: November 5-6 vs. Colorado College.

The Tigers open hot

Colorado College opened its season playing two games apiece against Air Force and Quinnipiac. Seven different players collected goals and 15 different players notched at least a point over the span of the four games. The Tigers have seen some excellent play out of underclassmen, Brett Sterling
(ATL) and Marty Sertich. Sterling and Sertich currently tied for the lead in points for Colorado College. Senior forward and the Coyotes
sixth round 2001 draft pick Scott Polaski was not among those fortunate players. Polaski has only seen action in two games and thus far,
and hasn’t even registered a shot.


Season

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

2004-05

2

0

0

0

2


Colorado College is currently ranked No. 7 in the USCHO.com poll and ranked No.
8 in the USA Today poll. First conference match-up: November 5-6 at North Dakota.

ECAC
 
Saints playing above expectations
 
St. Lawrence has started the season playing big time hockey against big time programs. The Saints are seeing a lot of success behind a stingy penalty-kill and offensive production from junior forwards T.J. Trevelyan and Phoenix prospect John Zeiler. The team is finding ways to pull out huge wins against programs such as Maine, Miami-Ohio and Michigan State.
St. Lawrence has also played against other big programs such as New Hampshire and Michigan
but were not that lucky.

Zeiler has been clutch this season and doing a good job of working with his linemates and finding the back of the net. He currently played his 86 consecutive game for the Saints, which is a record for most consecutive games played at Saint Lawrence.


Season

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

2004-05

8

3

5

8

12


The Saints are currently ranked No. 13 in both the USCHO.com poll and the USA Today poll.
First conference match-up: November 5th at Union.


Bulldogs running on empty
 
After taking two on the chin from Alabama-Huntsville (L, 5-2) and St. Cloud State (L, 10-0), the Yale hockey team hopes to put
their first two games of the season behind them. As it has been the case all around college hockey, the Bulldogs hurt their own cause by taking way too many penalties in both games. On top of that, they have been unable to manufacture any sort of offensive production at even strength or on the
power play.

For freshmen forward and Coyotes prospect Will Engasser, he has only seen action in one of the Bulldogs first two contests and hasn’t put any numbers on the scorers sheet.

The Yale Bulldogs are not currently ranked. First conference match-up: November 5th
at Dartmouth.

Hockey East
 
UNH riding the excellent play of top line and goalies
 
The Wildcats opened the season hosting the Ice Breaker Tournament last month. After starting the season without playing a single exhibition game, UNH closed out the tournament as champions. They would go onto tie up powerhouse Michigan, fall to Michigan State and squeak out another win against Mercyhurst.

Sophomore Phoenix prospect Daniel Winnik has been seeing time on a line with Brett Hemingway
(COL) and Jacob Micflikier. He has been doing a good job of working hard down
low and is playing solid on the attack. He is using strength to keep him position and has made a lot of great passes early on.


Season

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

2004-05

5

1

3

4

6


Goalie prospect Jeff Pietrasiak has played excellent between the pipes while splitting time with freshman Kevin Regan. After helping the Wildcats escaped the Yost Arena with a tie against the Michigan Wolverines, Pietrasiak earned Hockey East defensive player honors for the week of October 11-17.


Season

GP

GA

Avg.

Saves

Pct.

W

L

T

2004-05

3

9

2.92

84

.903

2

0

1


The Wildcats are currently ranked No. 8 in the USCHO.com poll and ranked No. 7 in the USA Today poll.
First conference match-up: November 5th vs. Boston University.

Shake up in Beantown 
 
Before the Terriers could start the season, Head Coach Jack Parker decided to dismiss senior
Coyotes prospect David Klema from the team. To date, there has been no official reason for Klema’s release, but
there has been past criticism by Parker about Klema’s work ethic and commitment to the team.

Sophomore prospect defensemen Sean Sullivan has seen action in all five of the Terriers games, but has yet to earn a
point or any penalty minutes. Parker has been challenging the team’s soft play earlier. Nevertheless, the defense responded against Maine and have begun to turn things around.

Boston University is not currently ranked. First conference match-up: November 5th
at New Hampshire.

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