Maine Hockey Journal

College Hockey is Around the Corner

Today, USA Today released their Pre-Season Poll.

1 Boston College
2 Michigan
3 Notre Dame
4 North Dakota
5 Colorado College
6 Denver
7 New Hampshire
8 Miami (Ohio)
9 Minnesota
10 Boston University
11 Clarkson
12 Michigan State
13 Wisconsin
14 Northern Michigan
15 St. Cloud State

Others receiving votes: Princeton University, 51; Cornell University, 30; Harvard University, 30; Minnesota State University Mankato, 28; U.S. Air Force Academy, 24; University of Massachusetts, 9; University of Massachusetts Lowell, 9; Niagara University, 9; University of Vermont, 6; University of Maine, 3; Northeastern University, 3.

It should be another year like last season for the Black Bears.  You just look at Hockey East with Boston College, Boston University, and New Hampshire all nationally ranked and four other teams receiving votes; there will be no easy game.  There non-conference schedule isn’t to bad but opening the season in Alaska will be tough.  They also face Niagara who was in the NCAA Tournament last season.

Recruit Update

2009 Recruits

Pontus Hansson G (NH Junior Monarchs EJHL)

9/20 vs. Jersey Hitmen 4-4 Tie, made 20 saves

Season Stats: 1-0-1, with a 3.13GAA and a .900SV%

Kelen Corkum F (NH Junior Monarchs EJHL)

9/20 vs. Jersey Hitmen 1 goal

9/20 vs. Capital District no points

Season Stats: 5 games 4 goals and 1 assist

Adam Shemansky F (NH Junior Monarchs EJHL)

Still injured

Joey Diamond F (Hamilton Red Wings OPJHL)

9/21 vs. Wellington 1 assist

Season Stats: 5 games 5 goals and 5 assists

Pat McEachen D (Stouffville Spirit OPJHL)

9/21 vs. Cobourg 1 assist

Season Stats: 0 goals and 6 assists

The USHL season hasn’t started so Mark Anthoine (Chicago), Derek Arnold (Waterloo), and Johnnie Searfoss (Fargo) have no stats recorded.  They will all be participating in the USHL Fall Classic next weekend which is a pre-season event.  I will update that event next week.

2010 Recruits

Stuart Higgins F (USA NTDP U-17 Team)

NAHL Showcase: No points in three games.  He was a -1.

Carlos Amestoy F (Toronto Jr. Canadiens OPJHL)

9/22 vs. Hamilton 1 goal (empty-net)

9/21 vs. Stouffville No points

Season Stats: 6 games 1 goal and 1 assist

2011 Recruits

Darcy Ashley F (Rothesay Netherwood Prep)

Stats Unavailable

Brandon Francisco F (York Simcoe Express Midget Minor AAA)

Stats Unavailable

(Tomorrow night I will be on “The Pipeline Show” at 9:25pm eastern time to preview the QMJHL season.)

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