In the USHL's Eastern Conference. Team USA ( 18 and 17 u teams) are residing in the NUMBER 1 position, and I would asses are #2 over all. Team USA plays out the ICE CUBE in ANN ARBOR Mi. A short drive from the Toledo scene, and well worth it. These are the TOP 1/2% of all USA born 18u and 17u players. They are NHL futures, NCAA super stars and the cream of JR crop. Team USA's 18 and 17 U teams rival NCAA d1 teams. NCAA d1 teams where the youngest players are on average 21 the oldest 24. Beating Lake Superior State 3-2, loosing to Northern MI 3-1 and the FIGHTING SIOUX of North Dakota 4-1. Amazingly fast, effortlessly fast, smart and explosive hockey.
Out east the Eastern Hockey League announced yesterday that Tyler Drevitch made his NCAA division 1 commitment. He has committed to play for Merrimack college. Merrimack College is a member of what is arguably the strongest college hockey conference in the Nation, Hockey East. The 5'10" 170lb 1995 forward is currently ranked 23rd in scoring, having played 16 games, he has 9 goals and 7 assist. Sylvania native, Dalton Carter. The 1993 Defense-man is currently ranked 15th in scoring 4 goals, and 15 assist, and is followed by Zach Felser at 19th with 14 games 6 goals 12 assist ranked 19th. So far the EHL has 5 earned and announced NCAA D1 commitments, and is again leading tier3 hockey in NCAA D1 and D3 commitments. This weekend in the EHL, Zach Felser, Austin kelly and Rocky Ruso's cast of players take on the New Hampshire Jr Monarchs this Saturday at 245pm est in their only game of the weekend. A game with huge ranking ramifications. Carter and cyclones play the Monarchs a week from today, next Wednesday the 20th.
Ranking the EHL:
1. NH Jr Monarch
2. CT Oilers
3. Northern Cyclones
4. Philidelphia Little Flyers
5. Boston Bandits
6. Wilkes Bare Scranton Knights
7. NJ Rockets
In the NAHL
The Minnesota Wilderness have secured the #1 team ranking. The Wilderness are still 100% on the PK, and are ranked 9th on the power play at 15.94%. The Wilderness are on a 10 game winning streak, a streak which includes wins over Aberdeen(2), and Austin(1). The Wilderness have left Minnesota and will not return from this Alaska bound road trip until the 24th of November. Playing Fairbanks twice and Kenai River three times.
1. Minnesota Wilderness
2. Amarillo Bulls
3. Austin Bruins
4. Fairbanks Ice Dogs
5. Port Huron
6. Coulee Region
8. Bismark Bobcats
10. kenai River.
NCAA D1 Comitments NOV1-13
Date Name School Current Team est start date
The Sylvania North Stars 2002 AAA team is currently ranked 36th in the Nation. This places them ahead of storied programs like Det Compuware, The Ohio Blue Jackets, Wheatfield Blades, and Boston Advantage. In fact the Sylvania North Stars are hot on the heels of Detroit Honey Baked, Little Caesars and Victory Honda. I remind you, again my readers that this is simply year 1, in that advancement of hockey in the North West Ohio- greater Toledo area, and this first club, is having sucess on the National stage. As people continue to see that AAA can work here, be successful and actually creates more development opportunists, for more players. In the both travel and house segments. I predict the level of cooperation between Bowling Green, Sylvania, Toledo and several down river, clubs will get stronger, as these are all organizations being run by groups more dedicated to the positives of player development. It just has to, as the overall depth of hockey vetran parents has never been stronger, or a more cohesive group. What a great era to be youth player in Northwest Ohio. Further the Sylvania 18u club is the number one ranked Ohio Tier 2 team, with a slight edge on rival cleveland. A heated battle looks to be in the works at the 16u level, between Sylvania and Toledo, Toledo has clear lead in the rankings and that will some good post HS hockey to watch.
Speaking of HS hockey, you know the foundation of this blog
At Tamoshanter Saint Francis plays Walsh Jesuit in the 7pm scrimage
and Northview hosts University School in the 9pm match.
Then on Saturday morning at 11 St. Johns plays, followed by Northview Vs Walsh and then St Francis Vs St Ed's 7pm a great local preview of consistently in the mix teams.