It’s Tuesday, so time to take a look at how the recruits fared this past week, including yesterday’s new addition William Lagesson.
Brandon Egli – D – Vernon Vipers (BCHL) – 2015 (NLI signed)
33P / 0 G / 9 A / 9 Pts / 23 PIM
Egli was scoreless in two games this past week.
Jake McCarthy – D – South Shore Kings (USPHL) – 2015 or 2016
8 GP / 0 G /2 A / 2 Pts / 11 PIM
McCarthy did not play this last week.
Kurt Keats – C – Powell River Kings (BCHL) – 2015 (NLI signed)
39 GP / 27 G / 24 A / 51 Pts / 61 PIM
Keats had a goal and three assists in three games this past week. Keats is 6th in the BCHL in goal scoring, 8th in total points.
Austin Plevy – C – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2015 (NLI signed)
44 GP / 26 G / 48 A / 74 Pts / 66 PIM
Plevy had three goals and four assists in three games this past week. Actually all the scoring came in just two of those three games. The good news I guess is that the scoreless game came against the Okotoks Oilers and future teammate Nic Renyard. Plevy is 1st in the league in points, 3rd in goals, and 1st in game winning goals.
Nic Renyard – G – Okotoks Oilers (AJHL) – 2015
23-5-3 / .927 save % / 2.05 GAA / 4 shutouts
As mentioned Renyard did face future teammates Austin Plevy, Shane Bear, and Kyler Natchigall this past Saturday. He was able to keep them all off the board, including Plevy who had 7 points in the prior two games, but ended up picking up an overtime loss (which counts as a tie). A good week for him overall though as he went 2-0-1, including a shutout. Renyard leads the league in save percentage, wins, and shutouts and is third in goals against average.
Ivan Chukarov – D – Minnesota Wilderness (NAHL) – 2015
34 GP / 9 G / 19 A / 28 Pts / 35 PIM / +24
Chukarov had two goals and three assists in a pair of games this past week. Chukarov is 2nd in the league for goals by a defenseman and 3rd in points by a defenseman.
William Lagesson – D – Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL) – 2015
25 GP / 1 G / 11 A / 12 Pts / 52 PIM / +10
Lagesson was scoreless in two games this past week. This was good to see on Twitter today from a The Hockey News writer:
I did a little research and Lagesson will become just the second Swede to suit up for the Minutemen. The first was Anders Lusth who joined the team mid-way through the 2006 season, expected to give the team some scoring punch after injuries to Matt Anderson and some other key players. He was scoreless in 9 games and transferred to DIII.
Shane Bear – D – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2016
45 GP / 5 G / 26 A / 31 Pts / 39 PIM
Bear had a goal and three assists in three games this past week.
Troy Conzo – RW – Wenatchee Wild (NAHL) – 2016 or 2017
3 GP / 0 G / 0 A /0 Pts / 0 PIM / –2 Des Moines (USHL)
25 GP/ 3 G/ 2 A / 5 Pts / 10 PIM / -1 Wenatchee (NAHL)
Conzo was scoreless this past week.
Kyler Nachtigall – LW – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2016
45 GP / 11 G / 9 A / 20 Pts / 47 PIM
Nachtigall had an assist this past week.
Ty Pelton-Byce – C – Team Wisconsin U18 (Elite)/Madison Memorial (WI HS) – 2016 (NLI signed)
21 GP / 12 G / 12 A / 24 Pts / 8 PIM Team Wisconsin U18
17 GP /25 G / 21 A /46 pts Madison Memorial
Pelton-Byce had four goals and an assist in two games this past week. Madison.com had this profile, calling him the “total package”. Here’s an excerpt that should get UMass fans excited:
Pelton-Byce has hockey in his blood. His father, John Byce, is a Madison native who played in the NHL and for the University of Wisconsin.
“He’s always been a huge part of my career,” Pelton-Byce said of his father, who notched a hat trick in UW’s victory over Colgate in the 1990 NCAA championship game. “Knowing he won a national title and seeing videos of that makes me want to do the same.”
I was surprised not to see Pelton-Byce among the NHL Central Scouting Midterm Draft Rankings which came out today, especially since he was on their preliminary list (UMass did not have any players listed).
John Leonard – F – Springfield Rifles (Mass Selects)/Springfield Cathedral (MA HS) – 2017
14 GP / 21 G / 11 A / 32 Pts Springfield Rifles
12 GP / 24 G / 11 A /35 Pts Springfield Cathedral
Leonard is well above the 100 points mark for his HS career. In talking with the Herald’s Jim Clark, it’s pretty rare for a player to hit that plateau mid-way through his junior year nowadays. The last DI player to hit 200 points in the state was none other than former Chris Capraro who did it for Austin Prep.
The Collegian had a couple interesting pieces on UMass hockey today. The first was a column saying UMass’ success for the balance of the season will depend upon what they can do on defense. Yup. The second is a profile of Brandon Montour after a few very productive games under his belt.
The Minutemen’s opponent this weekend, Merrimack, was named College Hockey News’ Team of the Week after sweeping Quinnipiac.
Saturday’s game against the Warriors will be Kids Day at the Mullins Center, featuring an autograph session, pictures with Sam, and tables around the concourse from local organizations that cater to kids and families.