Maine Hockey Journal

Decision time for Piercy and Bonawitz

Lewiston, ME – Although playing at North Yarmouth Academy last season, Tyler Piercy’s dream has always been to play in the QMJHL.

“This is my dream so I will keep at it,” said Tyler Piercy on his decision to forego his NCAA eligibility. “Canadian kids go the major junior route. Not many kids go the prep school route or the NCAA (route.).

The Fredericton, New Brunswick native realizes he has a great college program in his own backyard, the University of New Brunswick (UNB).

“I actually live in Fredericton, so UNB just won the Nationals for the third time,” Piercy pointed out. “That’s a perfect spot to go.”MaineiacsLouie - 235x235

He also said there was no serious NCAA offers.

“Not at all,” said Piercy. “I will have to battle as hard for NCAA’s as (I would) here.”

For Eric Bonawitz, he will have a little more time to make his decision.

“Well I met with the coaches last night and then with my mom afterwards,” said Eric Bonawitz. “They are giving me a week to decide if I really want to do this.”

Like Piercy, Bonawitz has no real NCAA opportunities as of right now.

“I would be playing this season for an option,” mentioned Bonawitz. “I have been talking to a few places but nothing serious or direct.”

The Syracuse Stars, the team Bonawitz played for last season, open training camp early next week. His coach in Syracuse understands the process.

“I have to contact him today,” said the former St. Dom’s player. “He’s aware that I am out here. He said if they give me a top spot, one through five, go for it.”

Bonawitz will take part in the final scrimmage tonight. He won’t be able to play this weekend in the games against the Drummondville Voltigeurs.

Notes: Maine Hockey Journal’s live coverage continues Friday night at 6:30pm for the team’s third and final scrimmage.

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