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Recruit Update

Catching up on two weeks of action for the future Minutemen:

Brandon Montour – D – Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL) – Dec 2014
12 GP / 3 G / 11 A / 14 Pts / 12 PIM /+1
Montour had a monster game on 11/6, scoring a goal and notching 3 assists in a 7-4 win over Chicago.  Montour leads the USHL in scoring by defensemen and tied for 7th among all skaters.

Brandon Egli – D – Vernon Vipers (BCHL) – 2015
10 GP / 0 G /1 A / 1 Pts / 11 PIM
No points for Egli in the last couple weeks, though he did miss a few games in that time due to a suspension.

Jake McCarthy – D – South Shore Kings (USPHL) – 2015 or 2016
0 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts / 0 PIM
McCarthy is still nursing an injury that is delaying his debut for the Kings.

Kurt Keats – C – Powell River Kings (BCHL) – 2015
21 GP / 19 G / 10 A / 29Pts / 28 IM
Keats had four goals and three assists in his last six games.  Keats is second in the BCHL in goals, first in power play goals, and tied for 10th in power play assists.

Austin Plevy – C – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2015
20 GP / 12 G /19 A / 31 Pts / 44 PIM
Plevy had two goals and an assist in his last three games.  He’s 2nd in the AJHL in points, tied for 6th in goals, and tied for fourth for game winning goals.

Shane Bear – D – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2016
21 GP / 0 G / 11 A / 11 Pts / 35 PIM
Bear had four assists in his last four games.  He leads the Bandits in most assists and points by a defenseman.

Troy Conzo – RW – Wenatchee Wild (NAHL) – 2016 or 2017
3 GP / 0 G / 0 A /0 Pts / 0 PIM / –2  Des Moines (USHL)
4 GP/ 4 G/ 0 A / 4 Pts / 0 PIM / +1  Wenatchee (NAHL)
Conzo, who was only playing sparingly in the USHL, was traded to Wenatchee of the NAHL in the last couple weeks.  It seems the change of scenery has done him well as he has scored four goals in the last two games with his new team.

Kyler Nachtigall – LW – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2016
21 GP / 4 G / 4 A / 8 Pts / 37 PIM
Nachtigall had a goal and an assist in his last four games.

Ty Pelton-Byce – C – Team Wisconsin U18 (Elite)/Madison Memorial (WI HS) – 2016
21 GP / 12 G / 12 A / 24 Pts / 8 PIM  Team Wisconsin U18
0 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts  Madison Memorial
Madison Memorial’s season gets started on 11/28.  In the meantime Pelton-Byce kept himself busy recently by playing in the CCM IIT showcase which featured some top prep players from the Midwest, Massachusetts, and even the Czech Republic.  Pelton-Byce’s Minnesota Red team won the showcase.  He had a goal and an assist in the three games.

John Leonard – F – Springfield Rifles (Mass Selects)/Springfield Cathedral (MA HS) – 2017
14 GP / 21 G / 11 A / 32 Pts  Springfield Rifles
0 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts  Springfield Cathedral
Leonard has 8 goals and 5 assists in his last four games with the Rifles.  No, that is not a typo.

Troy Power’s latest blog entry covers the dominant win over AIC as well as the lead up to the game.

The early National Letter of Intent signing period starts tomorrow and College Hockey Inc has a summary of what the NLI is all about.  I believe Brandon Egli is the only 2015 recruit who has signed a NLI yet, so in the next couple weeks I expect the team to announce the signings of Kurt Keats and Austin Plevy for next fall as well.  We may see a NLI come in for Jake McCarthy, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s pushed back to 2016 given his injury issues this season.  Still, he could sign the NLI and still come to Amherst in 2016 as well.

There will not be a post tomorrow night as I’ll be out in Amherst tailgating and enjoying some UMass football under the lights.  However on Thursday I’m planning on writing some thoughts about how UMass has done so far on the season.

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