Coyotes NCAA prospects update

By Jeff Dahlia






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November was quite a spirited month for the Coyotes college prospects. With the exception of a few players, the majority of the group
improved their stock within their respective programs. Below we take a look at how the Phoenix youth movement and their programs are progressing.

CCHA

Minnesota crashes the Wolverines party at the polls

Michigan started the month playing some of their best hockey. They are led by junior forward Jeff Tambellini (LA),
who was recognized as the CCHA Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Redhawks.

After having the second week of the month off, Michigan came back well rested and took the fight to their in state rivals, the Michigan State Spartans. The Wolverines would end up sweeping the Spartans during the Civil War Series. They would also see two more players from their squad earn CCHA Player of the Week honors. T.J. Hensick (2005 draft eligible) was billed the top offensive player in the conference for his four-point performance in the two contests against Michigan State. Defenseman Eric Werner (free agent) was also named the top defensive performer.

The Wolverines took their winning streak and confidence into the 12th Annual College Hockey Showcase. Prior to the start of the tournament, Michigan had also secured to the top seed in the nation when the polls were released on November 22nd.
The Wolverines’ second stay atop the the college hockey nation would once again be short lived. They opened the tournament taking a pounding at the hands of the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

Michigan faced another perennial powerhouse in the Wisconsin Badgers the next afternoon. The Wolverines played strong but came up short, and taking the loss. With their offensive production halted to nearly nothing, Michigan was swept out of the showcase.

Chad Kolarik, F –
Drafted 2004, 199th overall

Michigan entered the series against Miami of Ohio a combined 0-13 on the power
play. Along with Tambellini and Hensick, Abington, PA native Chad Kolarik rejuvenated the Wolverines
power play scoring his third marker of the year on the man advantage during the November 5th contest against Redhawks. Kolarik would tally another
power play goal the following night, giving him a total of three on the year. He is currently tied for the team led for
power play goals with fellow forward Milan Gajic (ATL).

Kolarik would go on to add an assist during the Spartans series and the lone goal during the loss to
Wisconsin during the 12th Annual College Hockey Showcase.

Season

Team

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

2004-05

Michigan

14

5

3

8

12



Kevin Porter, F – Drafted 2004, 119th overall

Porter found himself the odd forward out this month. Playing on a line with seniors Hensick and Mike Brown (VAN), the freshmen is still getting a lot of honest looks. His point total remained the same throughout the month of November,
but Porter has seen his ice time increase when the other third of his line gets hot. Hensick got into a groove early and really stole the show.

After getting accustomed to playing left wing, head coach Red Berenson decided to switch Porter to the right side during the match-up against Minnesota.

Season

Team

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

2004-05

Michigan

14

3

3

6

20



Michigan is currently ranked #5 in the USCHO.com poll and #5 in the USA Today poll as of November 29, 2004.

WCHA

Sioux find themselves recharged

North Dakota got off to a bad start in November. They would suffer some tough losses and a lot of heartbreak early on. After seeing a lot of production from their top lines, the Sioux came into November searching for their will to survive. The squad would split a series with Colorado College and end getting swept by a strong Wisconsin team the following weekend.

Freshman goalie Phillippe Lamourex played outstanding against Wisconsin,
leading him to be named WCHA rookie of the Week, despite the setbacks. The Sioux would go on to bounce back and roll off four consecutive wins against St. Cloud State and Michigan Tech in consecutive weekends. During that stretch Lamourex continued to be the difference between the pipes as the rest of team
worked on their deficiencies.

North Dakota’s surge came from key players stepping up as well as selling out
the building. Even though the wins came against weaker conference opposition, the Sioux got a good taste of winning again.

Matt Jones, D – Drafted 2002, 80th overall

Jones was relatively quite during November. As a group, the defensive corps needed to batten down the hatches and step it up. They all came along towards the end of the month and Jones even added a touch of offensive
flair in the first contest against Michigan Tech. He would add two goals, which doubled his point total for the year.

Season

Team

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

2004-05

North Dakota

16

2

2

4

30



North Dakota is currently ranked #6 in the USCHO.com poll and #7 in the USA Today poll.

Tigers on the prowl

Not only have the Tigers seen some spectacular play from the dynamic duo of Marty Sertich and Brett Sterling (ATL), but they have also seen
solid play from their defensive unit, led by senior defenseman Richard Petiot (LA).

Colorado College went into November undefeated and getting ready to face some stiff competition is conference rival North Dakota. The Tigers would split the series with the Fighting Sioux. They would go on to trade losses with their arch rival, the University of Denver the following week.
Petiot earned honors as the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week for his play during the series with North Dakota.

The Tigers welcomed in Michigan Tech to Colorado Springs, then went on to outscore the Huskies a combined 11-2 for two wins. In game one, freshman forward Scott McCulloch (CHI) erupted and dropped his first collegiate hat trick on the way to an easy win. The following night, Sertich would lead all Tigers players with two goals, but
the team would go on to beat the Huskies behind some solid team play.

McCulloch and Tardy earned WCHA honors for their response during the series against the Huskies. McCulloch was named the Rookie of the Week and Tardy was named the Defensive Player of the Week.

The Tigers ended the month at home facing two New England teams. They opened up against a feisty UMass
squad to walk away with the win. The following night, they team faced an up and coming Boston University team. The hot Tigers were no match for the younger Terriers squad, as they won the game in convincingly fashion. Turning in another strong team effort, all seven goals scored by Colorado College, all came from seven different players.

Sertich would earn the WCHA Offensive Player of the Week for a 4 point (1 goal, 3 assists) weekend against the
East Coast teams.

Scott Polaski, F – Drafted 2001, 180th overall

After nursing a wrist injury, Polaski returned to the lineup during the second game against Denver. He would miss four total games and was scratched for the fifth and final game during his absence.

Polaski wouldn’t waste anytime returning to the ice, as he would have a part in setting up all of McCulloch goals in his hat trick in the November 19th contest against Michigan Tech. He would go on to add another assist the following night against Tech. He would add five more assists against the New England colleges to give him a total of eight assists in as many games.

Season

Team

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

2004-05

Colorado College

8

0

8

8

8



Colorado College is currently ranked #3 in the USCHO.com poll and ranked #4 in the USA Today poll.

Hockey East

The Wildcats play strong, but get declawed by upstart Vermont

UNH opened up November with an electric performance against Boston University at the Verizon Wireless Center in downtown Manchester, NH. The contest lived up to the hype. Before the fans could settle, Wildcats forward Brett Hemingway (COL) sent the Terriers fishing out a power play goal early on.

The Wildcats would go on to exchange the lead as sophomore forward and Coyotes prospect Daniel Winnik provided the rest of the scoring for the night. Winnik would go on to record his first hat trick. One of those makers ended up being the winning goal that put the Terriers down for the night.
Winnik was named Hockey East Player of the Week.

UNH would head north and take on an always tough Maine squad and come out flat. It wouldn’t take them long to get back on track. They suited up the following weekend to fight off a persistent Providence
squad, which left them for a showdown with Merrimack. They had an easy win against the Warriors in North Andover, MA, on November 16th.
Freshman goaltender Kevin Regan was named Defensive Player of the Week for his solid play against both Providence and Merrimack.

The Wildcats swept a series against Northeastern the following weekend. Winnik would post a goal in both games, while the line of freshman Mike Radja, Matt Fornataro and sophomore Josh Ciocco would add a combined nine points during the series.

The Cats were caught napping during Thanksgiving week. UMass-Lowell gave UNH trouble all night and they had to settle for a tie. UNH would end the month by getting upset by the hard charging Catamounts of Vermont, in Burlington.

Daniel Winnik, F – Drafted 2004, 265th overall

Already noted for his hat trick effort against the Terriers, Winnik is continuing to produce for the Wildcats. He continues to drive closer to surpassing his freshman point total. He is still playing some great hockey on a very talented UNH squad. Winnik is progressing at a great rate and looks to be the
strongest overall college prospect of the bunch.

Season

Team

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

2004-05

UNH

13

6

5

11

8


Jeff Pietrasiak, G – Drafted 2002, 186th overall

Pietrasiak is having some troubles keeping the biscuit out of the net. Even though he has respectable record, his goals per game average is inching up as his save percentage is sliding down. He started of pretty hot for the Wildcats, however he is beginning to get outplayed by the younger Regan.

Season

Team

GP

GA

Avg.

Saves

Pct.

W

L

T

2004-05

UNH

9

27

2.95

224

.892

5

2

2



The Wildcats are currently ranked #8 in the USCHO.com poll and ranked #7 in the USA Today poll.

BU’s young pups have a good bark and a so-so bite

The Terriers fell to UNH in a great game to start the month. The team would go onto outplay Merrimack, sweeping the series the following weekend of play.

BU would go onto win a contest against UMass-Lowell, due large in part to the excellent play from forwards David Van der Gulik (2 goals), Peter MacArthur (2 goals, 3 assists) as well as a potent power play attack. MacArthur would go on to be named Rookie of the Week by Hockey East after the series.

The Terriers would go on to be shocked by a below average Harvard team a couple days later, denying head coach Parker his 700th NCAA win.

The Terriers would travel out west to play a series against the University of Denver and Colorado College. Even though they put in a solid effort, they had troubles mounting a strong enough attack to fend off the last year’s national champion. The trip got even worse as they headed to Colorado Springs to play Colorado College. Junior netminder Stephan Siwiec would have a rough night after letting in all of the Tigers seven goals. The Terriers were also without one of their top dogs, Brad Zancanaro, who suffered a injury the night before against Denver.

Sean Sullivan, D – Drafted 2003, 272nd overall

After having an impressive overall season last year, Sullivan has really focused on defense first this time around, on such a young squad. He has done a good job of playing solid positional hockey. Coach Parker has noticed his increased level of play and is happy with what he is seeing from the sophomore defenseman.

Season

Team

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

2004-05

Boston Univ

13

1

0

1

0



Boston University is not currently ranked.


ECAC

Saints fighting to get back above .500

When St. Lawrence started the season, they were getting to be known as the giant killers. Now since conference play has started, the Saints are having trouble matching their earlier success. If it weren’t for goalie Mike McKenna (NSH), things could have gotten a lot worse for the club.

The Saints opened ECAC play against the Union Dutchmen. They would go up early, only to see the Union charge on and takeover the tempo of the game. St. Lawrence would pony up a comeback, but they fell short and ended up losing. They would finish the weekend scrapping up a win at RPI. The Saints were great on the penalty kill and McKenna was solid in net.

St. Lawrence would go onto to face a strong Vermont team, the following weekend
and lost. The Saints hosted Dartmouth the following night. Even though St. Lawrence was able to outshoot
Dartmouth, they couldn’t get any consistency in scoring. McKenna would go on to have a hard
night and the offensive was flat, both at even strength and on the power play.

The Battle of the North Country kicked off with the Canton game against conference foe Clarkson. It didn’t take the Saints long to get on the board. As a rowdy crowd cheered them on, they
witnessed St. Lawrence bounce back. McKenna would only surrender a goal in what was one better games of the year against the pesky Golden Knights squad. The Saints would take the win and try to build some momentum going into the end of the month.

St. Lawrence would go onto double up the score against a unpredictable Harvard squad, then close out the month with a loss to Brown.

John Zeiler – F, Drafted 2002, 132nd overall

Zeiler added four assists and a single goal this month in competition. The Saints saw a couple dry
stretches, but when the team was scoring, the points came from all over the place. Earlier in the year Zeiler and fellow forward T.J. Trevelyan were the go-to guys. With consistency on the rise in team scoring, Zeiler must increase his leadership role and guide this indecisive team down the stretch.
Overall, Zeiler currently leads the Phoenix collegiate prospects in scoring.

Season

Team

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

2004-05

St. Lawrence

15

4

9

13

24



The Saints are not currently ranked.


Yale holding on for dear life

The Bulldogs would take a two-game losing streak in November. They extended that streak to a total of nine games, losing their first seven games during the start of the month. And to make matters worse, all the loses were against ECAC teams. Yale would find some life during the
Thanksgiving weekend and turn the tables on a lethargic Princeton team.

Coyotes prospect forward Will Engasser has now seen action in only half of the Bulldogs first
10 games. He has yet to register a point.

The Yale Bulldogs are not currently ranked.

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