USHL Preview 98/99–East Division

By pbadmin

Waterloo BlackhawksPLAYERS LOST (8) Division I Scholarships- Matt
Chandler Miami of Ohio University, Mike LaRocca Quinnipiac College, Matt
Murray U of Wisconsin, Phil Osaer Ferris State University, Ben Plester U
of Wisconsin-River Falls,Mike Ritter Mankato State University, Steve
Savre U of Wisconsin-Stout, Kris SwinneyIona College

PLAYERS RETURNING(9) (goals,assits,points PIM) Keith Stanich D 2-6-8
47, Jake Tesar D 0-1-1 123, BJ Stephens F 16-15-31 36, Nick Stipech F
3-7-10 10, Chris Welch F 3-1-4 0, Travis Wood F, Nick Boileau F 10-16-26
10, Ryan Hale F 16-25-41 52, Tom Ogee F 13-18-31 50

NEW PLAYERS(20) (last years team, stats were available) Mike Bujdos D
Great Falls Americans 11-39-50 89, Cullen Flaherty D North Iowa Huskies,
Craig Florkowski D Niagra Scenic 5-7-12 35, Tom Glavin D Canterbury Prep
School 6-12-18, Nate Wright D Alexandria HS, Jeff Rose F Rhode Island
Sharks 7-15-22 78, Derek Seal F Great Northern Sno Devils, Ian
Sgambelluri F Thunder Bay Flyers 11-13024 137, Anthony
Switek F National Academy 90 goals in 70 games over two years, Joe Exter
G Erie Otters 0-4-0, Nate Nomeland G Fargo North HS, Mike Walsh G
Kimball Union Academy 26 games 2.94 gaa, Jeff Adduono F Smith Falls
Jr.A, Brain Canady F Vail AAA 65-44-109,Aaron Davis F Chicago Freeze
25-40-65 91, Rick Kisskeys F Centennial HS, Brain Knaeble F Eden Prairie
HS, Jim Murphy F St.Paul Johnson HS, Rob Plester F Osoyoos

PREDICTIONS-With nine players returning including three players with
over thrity pionts the base of the forwards will be strong. Along with
two new players that have USHL experience and Joe Exter of the Erie
Otters of the OHL. The new players should help fill any void of the
players that left. Waterloo finishes thrid in the East.

Green Bay GamblersPLAYERS LOST(4) Division I Scholarships- Jason Braun
Northeastern University, Doug Christiansen Union College, Chris Lynch
Northeastern University, Willy Todd Michigan Tech University, Jeff
Finger Michigan Tech(99-00)

RETURNING PLAYERS(13) (goals,assits,points,PIM) Jake Bullard G 6-5-1
3.38gaa,Matt Plummer D 0-0-0 152, Jeff Finger D 5-9-14 208, Tyler
Sawchyn D 2-3-5 48,Rickard Wern F 13-12-25 108, Scott Zwiers F 7-9-16
24, Stephan Baby F 17-17-34 85,Tom Preissing D 8-13-21 30, Luke
Stauffacher F 0-3-3 42, Jason Notermann F 9-14-23 90, Mike Harper F
5-7-12 35, Dallas Steward F 6-9-15 14, Mike Perpich F 13-24-37 14

NEW PLAYERS(12) (last years team, stats were avaible) Dan Calzada D
Team Illinios,Joe Masteronnardi F Choate Prep Academy, Erik St. Marie D,
Brett Engelhardt F USA Under 18, Dan Boeser F, Maris Ziedins F Latvia,
Joe Kautz F Team Illions, Mike Woodward F Onalaska HS, Rob Anderson G
North Iowa Huskies 6-0-1 2.01gaa, Chris Olson F, Del Schwab F Madison
Memorial HS

PREDICTIONS-With two goalies with USHL experince along with three
returning d-man the Gamblers will be strong devensively. Stephan Baby
and Mike Perpick will carry the load of the scoring. Hopefully Eurpean
import Maris Ziedins and USA Under 18 grad Brett Engelhardt will be able
to make big impressions in there rookie season. Green Bay
should finsh second in the East.

Dubuque Fighting SaintsPLAYERS LOST(9) Division I Scholarships- David
Brien Merrimack College, Trent Clark Colorado College, Kris Harris
Quinnipiac College, MattHerhal U of Connecticut, Josh Kern Mankato State
University, Trent Landry U of Connecticut, Josh Myers Rochester
Institute of Technology, Tim Peters U of Vermont,Tom Rouley U of

RETURNING PLAYERS(12) (goals,assits,pionts, PIM) Travis Rotariu D
2-11-13 237,Marty Rychley F 8-6-14 27, Shawn Knorr F 1-5-6 2, Evan
Stensrud F 18-29-47 26, Dan Starky D 2-2-4 37, Phil Lewandowski F
13-20-33 100, Joe Dudek F 4-5-9 69, Drew Nichols F 2-1-3 18, Greg Wertz
D 2-2-4 8, Carl Hanson D 0-7-7 49, Scott Brown D 3-3-6 53, Adam Pobiak
3-8-0 4.49 gaa

NEW PLAYERS Not Available

PREDICTIONS The Fighting Saints finished last overall last year and
will look to bounce back. With five defenceman returing and a goalie the
Saints will try to cut down on their 238 goals against. With only six
forwards returning it could be hard for Dubuque to score goals the
scoring will be lead by Evan Stensrud and Phil Lewandowski.Dubuque
will finish last in the East.

USA UNDER 18PLAYERS LOST OHL– Andy Hilbert F Windsor, John Sabo F
Erie,Kristopher Vernarsky F Plymouth, Rick Dipietro G Soo Division I
Scholarships- Adam Hall F Michigan State, Matt Doman F Wisconsin, Brett
Henning F Notre Dame, Joe Goodenow F Michigan State, Willie Levesque F
Northeasten, Andrew Hutchinson D Michigan State,Pat Aufiero D Boston
University, Will Magnuson D Lake Superior, Jason
Reimers D Boston College, Jon Insana D Michigan State, David Bowen G
Miami USHL-Brett Engelhardt Green Bay, Michael Chin Des Moines


NEW PLAYERS (last years team, stats were avaible) Cole Bassett
Hill-Murray HS, Kris Bouchard Team Illinios 82, Andrew Downing Grand
Rapids HS, Arthur Femenella NJ Devils Jr. B, Quinn Fylling Minot HS,
Matt Herneisen Toronto Marlies 82, Jeremy Jackson Langley Jr., Matt
Junkins St. Thomas Jr., Neil Komandoski Young Nats AAA,Ryan Lannon St.
Paul HS, Brett Lebda Team Illinios AAA, Braden Leisenring
Cardeigan,Bryan Peltier Forest Lake HS, Bryan Perez Blaine HS, Kenny
Smith Catholic Memorial,Josh Snowden Seattle AAA, David Steckel Petit

PREDICTIONS– The USA Under 18 team will compete in exibition games
against OHL teams in early September. Plus compete in a series in
Finland against the Finns and Swedens Under 18 clubs. The team will also
play Czech Rep, Finland, Sweden and US Juniors in Lake Placid NY at
Christmas time. The team finshes the year with the IIHF
World Under-18 Championship in April. Between all this the USA team will
play a 56 game USHL schedule. The USA team will start the season slow
like last season(3-16-3)but should win the East Division crown. The USA
Under 18 team went 10-10-4 last year in the league and all these games
were road games. If the team plays this well on the road
all year and has just a bit more sucess at home. The USA should easily
win the East.