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Monday, September 30, 2013

Big weekend for former Ohio players

I watched proudly as former Ohio HS players continued to carve stake their claim in the JR hockey world.  There was so much that took place I am having some difficulty figuring out the best course in relaying everything.

Lets start where the sun rises in the east, with Dalton Carter.  Dalton Carter, Sylvania Northview's
  former center.  Dalton converted back to his roots on the blue line early last season, after being moved by the NAHL Kalamazoo K wings,  and had a spectacular season.  Following that up, not missing a beat, bigger, stronger, and faster, Dalton is named team captain for the Cyclones of the Easter Hockey League.  Then just two min into the season opener he fired a bomb to tally the teams first goal of the season.  Now in just two regular season games carter has 1g 2 a for 3 pts.  Dalton is highly rated NCAA division 3 prospect and NCAA division 1, in this his final season of Jr hockey.

Zander Pryor of the USPHL Elite Bay State Breakers has had a solid beginning to his Jr career.  The Breakers sit in the leagues 2nd place with 5 wins and 1 loss.  Pryor another Sylvania Northview product produced his first helper in his second game.  Followed that with another in his third and popped his cherry against the Portland Pirates on 9-28.  He now has 3 solid point, and including this season has a three full jr seasons at his disposal.  He is out of the gate, and on his way.

We maintain our east coast trek, visiting the city of brotherly love, or as a food lover, the land of steak and cheese.  Where that battle is between Pats pictured here on the right and Ginos
Pictured here on the left.
You will have to decied if your a Pats or Ginos fan.

What else is happening in Philly?  Just a little hockey, and look no farther than the Philadelphia Little Flyers.  Where you can find two Ohio players that have played together and against each other. They have played against each other in one of the hottest rivalries in Ohio, ( Toledo St. Johns and Sylvania Northview) are again playing together.  Zach Felser and Austin Kelly.   The pair in the Little Flyers first two games have amassed a combined 13 points.  Felser #15  has 2 goals 5 assits for 7 points.  Pictured here scoring his first goal, a nice back hand.
   Kelly #14 has 4 goals, 1 assit for 5 points.  3 of his goals are a hat trick series from his second game.  Kelly is pictured here just in front of the goal,  scoring his first, a redirect.

Right hand raised doing a fist pump.

as we move west we stop in Canada and the GMGHL where Alex Wooley is in a back up goalie role with the Orangeville Americans.  Moving south to Ohio and the MNJHL Great lakes division.  The Wooster Oilers are 7-3 to start the year.  Josh Eubank has appeared in all ten games and is putting up good number 6 goals and 5 assist.  It would have been nice to have seen Josh catch on in a more competitive league and push himself and get more exposure, I am guessing he is comfortable, and comfort leads to static development.  Good news is the 6'4" 200lb 1994 has another year of eligibility, and count on us working to make sure he gets pushed!  

Further West and in the NA3HL Toledo Cherokee reside in second place.  We find big goalie Nate Gay.  At 6'4" and 210lbs Nate is big by any measure.  Maintaining a .897 Save % and 2.41 GAA.  I believe Nate can push himself and get that Save % up around .91 and the GAA down to 1.9.  The big news for the Cherokee is Tyler Zalecki, who is leading the team in scoring.  6 games, 5 goals 1 helper.  he is way ahead of his lastyears final stats of 47 games played 24 goals and 28 assist.

As we move North again to Canada.  We see several former Ohio kids playing in Leamington.
Leamington is in second place of the Western Conference in the GOJHL.  6 wins, one loss.  Lets start in net with Austyn Roudebusch  Started 3 games, 2 wins and 1 loss.  2.02 GAA and .93 save % put Roudi in elite category.  Out in front of him we find Graham Kelsey a former Sylvania Northview player.  The solid defenseman has 2 assist and is a rock on the blue line.  Moving up to the attack we find Nathan Opblinger with 1 goal and 7 helpers on the season.

In the NAHL we find  Nolan Culver #29 with the Minnesota Wilderness.  Culver reported to the Wilderness on Wednesday the 25th, just in time for the expansion clubs inaugural home opener against the Fairbanks Ice dogs.  Culver played an active role in helping the Wilderness over come injury adversary and handing the Ice Dogs their first defeat of the season.  #2 Connor Frey of the Amarillo Bulls has battled his way to being a regular on the blue line this season, infact he logged some of the most min of any bulls d men at the Blaine showcase, where a record 346 scouts from every level of hockey resisted to watch the players.