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Recruit Update ▲ Makar Continues Hot Start With Brooks

Time for a weekly look at how the future Minutemen are doing early on in this hockey season.

Shane Bear – D – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2016
4 GP / 0 G / 5 A / 5 Pts / 6 PIM
Bear, an assistant captain for the Bandits, is off to a good start, averaging over an assist per game.  He had three assists in the two games over the weekend.

Troy Conzo – RW – Wenatchee Wild (BCHL) – 2016 or 2017
3 GP/ 1 G/ 1 A / 2 Pts /  0 PIM
Conzo was scoreless in his one game this past weekend.

Kyler Nachtigall – LW – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2016 (NLI Signed)
4 GP / 0 G / 4 A / 4 Pts / 4 PIM
Nachtigall is another Bandit off to a good start, averaging a point a game so far.  He had a two assist game this past Friday.

Jake Massie – D – Omaha Lancers (USHL) – 2016
0 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts
The USHL is still playing preseason games.  While his team has played a handful of games, Massie has only played one so far, going scoreless in it.

Jake McCarthy – D – South Shore Kings (USPHL) – 2016
0 GP / 0 G /0 A / 0 Pts / 0 PIM
McCarthy is injured to start the year with the Kings.

Ty Pelton-Byce – C – Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL) – 2016 (NLI signed)
0 GP /0 G / 0 A / 0 pts
Pelton-Byce is making the move from Wisconsin High School hockey, where he dominated, to the USHL this year.  So far he has a goal in three preseason games.

Justin Dixson – LW – Tri-City Storm (USHL) – 2017
0 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts
Dixson is coming to the USHL from lower level junior hockey in California.  He’s scoreless in four preseason games so far.  He did make it front and center in season preview in the local paper for the Storm.

Colin Felix – D – St George’s (RI-HS) – 2017
0 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts
As far as I know Felix will return to St George’s this year.  He’s probably playing some kind of fall/short season junior hockey right now.  But where that is I haven’t found out yet.

Nick Jenny – D – Omaha Lancers (USHL) – 2017
0 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts / 0 PIM
Jenny will play alongside Jake Massie with the Lancers this season, also in his first season in the USHL.  He’s done well in the preseason, scoring a goal to go with 2 assists in 4 games.

John Leonard – LW – Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) – 2017
0 GP / 0 G / 0 A /0Pts
Leonard was arguably the best player in Massachusetts High School hockey last year, but like other UMass recruits has headed west to play in the USHL  So far he has an assist in 5 preseason games.

Cale Makar– D – Brooks Bandits (BCHL) – 2018
4 GP / 1 G / 6 A / 7 Pts / 2 PIM
Makar is off to an excellent start in his first full season with the Bandits.  This past weekend he had a power play goal to go with a couple assists.  With 7 points in 4 games he has the second most points on the team and the most among Bandit defensemen (Shane Bear is second) and BCHL defensemen.

Brian Scoville – D – Cushing Academy (NE Prep) – 2018
0 GP / 0 G / 0 A / 0 Pts
A stay-at-home defenseman, Scoville only had 1 point in 33 games for Cushing Academy last year.  He’ll stay in prep hockey this coming year, but will do so for Winchendon.

NHL training camps are in full swing and UMass alumni are impressing in multiple cities.

As I type this both Matt Irwin and Frank Vatrano are on my TV playing in the Bruins’ preseason game against the Rangers.  In their pregame notes the Bruins wrote about the line chemistry between Vatrano and former Miami RedHawk Austin Czarnik.  They also had this interview with him about the subject.

Conor Sheary is getting a big opportunity tonight with the Penguins:

And Oleg Yevenko is doing well in Blue Jackets camp:

Ivan Chukarov is mention in this piece on Sabre prospects in the NCAA.

We’re single digits away from the exhibition game against Dalhousie so time to take a look at #9 for the Minutemen.  Sophomore Anthony Petrella changed to #9 this year after wearing #21 last year.  Petrella came to UMass last fall with high expectations after scoring 40 goals and amassing 76 points at powerhouse school Shattuck St. Mary’s.  But Petrella was pretty quiet his freshman year, scoring just one goal and grabbing 3 assists.  During most of the season he looked very much like the youngest player on the UMass squad, being the only 18 freshman on the team.

There were flashes where Petrella looked like the scorer he was billed to be, but they were pretty few and far between.  Was it his youth or perhaps his size that put him at a disadvantage last year?  With the team needing to compensate for the loss of Frank Vatrano it would be huge if Petrella had a breakout year offensively next season and help fill the scoring need on the team.

photo by Thom Kendall/UMass Athletics

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