November college prospects notebook

By DJ Powers

The month of November saw a little of just about everything. Below is a look back at some of the high (and low) lights of the previous month around the NCAA.

Wisconsin No. 1 thanks in large part to Elliott

Ottawa Senators goaltending prospect Brian Elliott was instrumental in helping to lead Wisconsin to the top of this week’s national polls after a sensational performance in the College Hockey Showcase last weekend. Elliot backstopped the Badgers to a sweep of #18 Michigan State and top-ranked Michigan. He has extended his (and Wisconsin’s) unbeaten streak to 12 games (10-0-2) and has yet to allow more than two goals this season. Elliott, who started every Badgers game thus far, leads the nation in minutes played (850:13). He currently ranks second in the nation in goals against average (1.41) and save percentage (.942). His .857 winning percentage ranks third despite playing nine more games than the two goaltenders ranked in front of him in that category.

Elliott earned three WCHA Defensive Player of the Week honors in the month of November with the most recent coming earlier this week for his excellent performance in the College Hockey Showcase.

Parse helps lead the Mavericks to another in-season tournament title

After winning their own Maverick Stampede Tournament in October, the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks added another tournament win after beating Holy Cross to win the RPI/Bank of America Tournament in Troy, NY last weekend in their first ever appearance in the tournament. Los Angeles Kings prospect Scott Parse helped pace the Mavericks to victory after posting three points (all assists) in the tournament. He has notched at least one point in every Mavericks game thus far. Parse’s 22 points (seven goals, 15 assists) and 1.69 points per game both rank tied for fourth in the nation. He is currently on a 13-game point streak, a school record.

Sterling still the nation’s top cat

Atlanta Thrashers prospect and Colorado College senior Brett Sterling continues to be on a torrid scoring pace. He leads the nation with 27 points (16 goals, 11 assists). His 16 goals also lead the nation. Sterling currently ranks seventh on Colorado College’s all-time list for career goals with 93.

He earned the CSTV/ Hockey Commissioners’ Association National Player of the Month award for October, after posting points in all of Colorado College’s eight games that month and notching the game-winning goals in five of them.

Sterling recently picked up his second WCHA Player of the Week honor of the season when notched five points, including his second hat trick of the season, in games versus UMass and Boston University this past weekend.

Potulny helps power-up the Gophers

Philadelphia Flyers prospect Ryan Potulny has been making his mark with the fourth-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers on the power play. In last weekend’s College Hockey Showcase versus Michigan, Potulny notched a hat trick and in the process set a new CHS record. All of his goals came on the power play. He currently leads the nation in the category with eight.

The Grand Forks, ND native currently ranks second on the Minnesota roster with 19 points (11 goals, eight assists). His 11 goals lead the Gophers and are tied for second in the nation.

Potulny earned his lone WCHA Offensive Player of the Week honor earlier in the month when he posted six points (two goals, four assists) to help the Gophers to sweep Alaska-Anchorage back on November 11th and 12th.

Prospects propel Miami to the top of the CCHA

The RedHawks of Miami (OH) have shot their way to the top of the CCHA standings thanks to some outstanding goaltending and offensive contributions from all of their forward lines as well as from the defense. Of the six NHL prospects that Miami has on its current roster, four rank amongst the top six scorers on the team. Sophomore Nathan Davis, a 2005 draft selection of the Chicago Blackhawks, co-leads the team with 11 points (five goals, six assists). Three of his four goals came back on November 25th versus Bowling Green, where he notched his first career hat trick. Sophomore Ryan Jones (MIN), and juniors Marty Guerin (LA) and Matt Christie (ANA) are tied for second on the team with 10 points apiece.

Kings prospect stellar for Umass

Los Angeles Kings prospect Jonathan Quick had a November to remember, despite a 1-3-0 record. He was recently named Hockey East’s Rookie of the Month after posting a 2.40 goals against average and a conference-leading .937 save percentage for the month. Perhaps the most impressive statistic that Quick put up was the number of total combined saves that he made. In his five starts during the month, Quick stopped a combined 179 of 191 shots. He led the Minutemen to upset wins over then #14 Boston University back on November 12th and at #5 Vermont back on November 22nd.

Quick earned two Hockey East honors in the month of November, garnering co-Rookie of the Week honors back on November 7th and Defensive Player of the Week on November 14th.

UNH junior trio lead in Hockey East scoring

New Hampshire possesses arguably one of the best line combinations in the nation in juniors Daniel Winnik (PHO), Jacob Micflikier and Brett Hemingway (COL). In the month of November, the Wildcats ‘awesome threesome’ was on fire and no one was hotter than Winnik. The 2004 draft selection of the Phoenix Coyotes was recently named Hockey East Player of the Month after posting a conference best 13 points (four goals, nine assists) during the month. He had his best outing of the month back on November 4th in UNH’s 6-4 win over Northeastern where he posted three points (one goal, two assists).

Hemingway and Micflikier finished second and third respectively in league for the month. Hemingway posted three-point games twice during November. The first came back on November 12th in UNH’s 4-2 win over Maine and the second came last weekend in the 3-3 tie with Northeastern. Winnik and Hemingway currently co-lead UNH in overall scoring with 18 points apiece. Micflikier posted multiple points in five consecutive games in early to mid November.

Generous shines for St. Lawrence

After a late start to his season due to injury, freshman defenseman and 2005 Buffalo Sabres draft selection Matt Generous has become an invaluable commodity on the Saints blue line. With top defenseman Drew Bagnall (FLA) out with a thumb injury until January, Generous has filled in nicely on SLU’s top defensive pairing with senior Mike Madill. Generous has been sensational in November, posting eight points (two goals, six assists) in the Saints eight games played during the month. His best outing came back on November 11th in the Saints wild 7-5 win over Yale, where he posted three points (one goal, two assists) to help lead SLU.

Michigan’s Johnson and Cogliano earn accolades

Michigan freshman defenseman Jack Johnson (CAR) was named the CSTV/ Hockey Commissioners’ Association National Rookie of the Month for October. Johnson tallied 11 points (three goals, eight assists) during October.

In November, Johnson continued to be one of the nation’s top scoring defensemen and rookie. He has notched at least one point in every game in the month of November except one. Johnson leads all Wolverines defensemen in scoring with 17 points (four goals, 13 assists). He also leads the team in penalty minutes (40) and co-leads the team in plus/minus (+6).

Freshman Andrew Cogliano (EDM) started off the month of November with a bang. He posted six points (three goals, three assists) to help Michigan sweep conference rival Notre Dame back on the weekend of November 4th. His performance also earned him the CCHA Rookie of the Week honor.

Since his stellar performance versus Notre Dame, Cogliano has been held to just two points (both assists). He is currently tied with Johnson for second on the team in scoring with 17 points (seven goals, ten assists). Cogliano is also tied for the team lead with four power play goals.

Prospects help the Bulldogs beat the Bulldogs

Last weekend saw the battle of the Bulldogs when Minnesota-Duluth faced off against Yale. When the weekend series concluded it was Minnesota-Duluth who came out as top dogs, sweeping Yale by a combined score of 14-2. Four UMD prospects figured prominently on the score sheet.

In the Saturday game, UMD freshman defenseman Matt Niskanen (DAL) notched his first collegiate goal. He currently leads all Bulldogs defensemen in scoring with seven points (one goal, six assists).

UMD’s exciting line combination of sophomore Matt McKnight (DAL) along with freshmen Mason Raymond (VAN) and Nick Kemp exploded for 11 combined (five goals, six assists) points in the series. McKnight led the way with six points (two goals, four assists). Overall, McKnight has 13 points (three goals, ten assists) on the season. His 13 points co-lead the team, while his ten assists leads the team in that category.

Raymond has been on a hot streak of late, notching at least a point in nine of the Bulldogs last ten games. Along with McKnight and senior Tim Stapleton, Raymond co-leads the team with 13 points on six goals and seven assists. Raymond also co-leads in power play goals and has tallied UMD’s lone short-handed goal of the season.

Freshman Michael Gergen (PIT) picked up four points (three goals, one assist) in the weekend series versus Yale. He co-leads the team with seven goals and has ten points overall.

Oreskovich leaves Notre Dame

Notre Dame sophomore Victor Oreskovich has opted to leave South Bend to play up in Canada. He is the second NCAA defection in as many months. The 2004 draft selection of the Colorado Avalanche will be playing for the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers. Oreskovich notched three points (two goals, one assist) in nine appearances with the Fighting Irish.

Coincidentally, Wisconsin sophomore and Anaheim Mighty Ducks prospect Matt Auffrey opted to leave Madison in October to play for Kitchener as well.

It’s a First

It took Colorado Avalanche prospect Mark McCutcheon eight non-exhibition games into his junior year at Cornell to finally notch his first collegiate goal. It happened back on November 25th in the Big Red’s 5-4 win over Niagara at Lynah Rink. Not only did McCutcheon score his first goal in the contest, but his second as well. McCutcheon’s second goal was a short-handed tally that also proved to be the game-winner. The two goals were scored in a span of less than three minutes.

St. Cloud State sophomore and Washington Capitals prospect Andrew Gordon notched his first collegiate short-handed tally in the Huskies 4-4 tie with non-conference rival Brown back on November 26th. Gordon currently has 17 points (seven goals, ten assists) on the season and is tied for the team lead in scoring with senior Joe Jensen (PIT). Gordon also leads the Huskies in plus/minus (+10).

Yale freshman and 2005 Phoenix Coyotes draft selection Patrick Brosnihan notched his first collegiate point (an assist) back on November 22nd versus Mercyhurst. The 6-3 victory over the Lakers was the Bulldogs first and thus far only non-exhibition win of the season.

On the Shelf

Senior defenseman Jon Gleed (MON) and junior forward Mitch Carefoot (ATL) were both out of the lineup for Cornell with unspecified injuries last weekend when the Big Red took on Niagara. It is unknown whether one or both players will be available for this weekend’s games versus Princeton on Friday and Quinnipiac on Saturday at Lynah Rink.

Northern Michigan senior defenseman Nathan Oystrick (ATL) is listed as day-to-day with a hand injury. Oystrick did not play in last weekend’s series up at Alaska-Fairbanks. NMU is off this week and will resume play on December 9th at Ferris State.

Freshman defenseman Josh Meyers (LA) is currently out of the Minnesota-Duluth lineup with a wrist injury. He has missed the last two weekend series versus Alaska-Anchorage and Yale. He is also expected to miss this weekend’s series versus in-state rival Minnesota State-Mankato.

NLIs

The early signing period for NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey took place November 9 – 16. Below are the NHL drafted players who have submitted NLIs (National Letters of Intent) during the early signing period. All players will begin NCAA play in the fall of 2006. It is important to note that the Ivy League schools (Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton and Yale) as well as the military academies do not receive NLIs.

RW Zach Bearson (FLA) – University of Wisconsin
C Matt Butcher (VAN) – Northern Michigan University
C Robby Dee (EDM) – University of Maine
D Mark Fayne (NJ) – Providence College
D Kris Friedheim (VAN) – Colorado College
LW Matt Glasser (EDM) – University of Denver
D Chris Peluso (PIT) – Bemidji State University
RW Nathan Perkovich (NJ) – Lake Superior State University
G Alex Stalock (SJ) – University of Minnesota-Duluth
C Chris VandeVelde (EDM) – University of North Dakota

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