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Recruit Update ▲ Hildenbrand Commits To UMass

The Massachusetts hockey team picked up a commitment from forward Niko Hildenbrand.  The right shot, 1995 birth year plays forward for the Waterloo Blackhawks of the USHL.  The Vacaville, CA native is 5’11” and weighs 194 lbs.

Hildenbrand started the season on the injured list but has done pretty well since his return, scoring 5 goals to go with three assists in 19 games.  Last season Hildenbrand had 8 goals and 13 assists in 54 games.  Two seasons ago he was with the Austin Bruins of the NAHL where he had 8 goals and 13 assists in 38 games.

Hildenbrand will be 21 this August so he’s more than likely due to come to Amherst this fall.  If we go by Chris Heisenberg’s list UMass has between 7 and 8 incoming freshmen this fall.  Yet Shane Walsh and Ben Gallacher are the only seniors on the roster.  This likely means that the coaching staff is anticipating a lot of underclassmen turning pro or that they’ll be making some roster cuts following the season.  So that’s something to keep an eye on.

It’s been a couple weeks, so let’s look at how the other recruits have done.

Shane Bear – D – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2016 (NLI Signed)
30 GP / 6 G / 18 A / 24 Pts / 32PIM
Bear continues to contribute regularly offensively as he had a goal and three assists in his last six games.

Troy Conzo – RW – Wenatchee Wild (BCHL) – 2016 or 2017
44 GP/ 10 G/ 15 A / 25 Pts /  10PIM
Conzo has a goal in his last 5 games.

Kyler Nachtigall – LW – Brooks Bandits (AJHL) – 2016 (NLI Signed)
44 GP / 12 G / 18 A / 30 Pts / 60PIM
Nachtigall has cooled off a bit after starting the new year so hot.  He’s scoreless in his last 5 games.

Jake Massie – D – Omaha Lancers (USHL) – 2016 (NLI Signed)
24 GP / 0 G / 4 A / 4 Pts / 10 PIM
Massie stands at 4 points on the season.

Jake McCarthy – D – South Shore Kings (USPHL) – 2016
19 GP / 0 G / 2 A / 2 Pts / 24 PIM
McCarthy picked up his second assist in his most recent games.

Ty Pelton-Byce – C – Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL) – 2016 (NLI Signed)
36 GP / 8 G / 14 A / 22 pts / 10 PIM
Pelton-Byce had a goal and two assists in his last 5 games.

Brian Williams – C – Omaha Lancers (USHL) – 2016
34 GP / 8 G / 9 A / 17 pts / 10 PIM
Williams had an assist in his last four games.

Justin Dixson – LW – Tri-City Storm (USHL) – 2017 (NLI Signed)
26 GP / 0 G / 5 A / 5 Pts / 8 PIM
Dixson was scoreless in his most recent two games.

Colin Felix – D – St George’s (NE-Prep) – 2017
15 GP / 7 G / 15 A / 22 Pts
Felix had two goals and two assists in his last four games.  He’s among the top scoring defensemen in NE preps.

Nick Jenny – D – Omaha Lancers (USHL) – 2017
34 GP / 1 G / 8 A / 9 Pts / 26 PIM
Jenny scored his first goal of the season and also had an assists in his last three games.  Here’s a gif of the goal:

John Leonard – LW – Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) – 2017
31 GP / 3 G / 3 A / 6 Pts / 6 PIM
Leonard was scoreless in his last four games.

Cale Makar– D – Brooks Bandits (BCHL) – 2018 (NLI Signed)
33 GP / 6 G / 29 A / 35 Pts / 18 PIM
Makar had three assists in his last 6 games.

Brian Scoville – D – Winchendon (NE Prep) – 2018
16 GP / 2 G / 6 A / 8 Pts
Scoville had three assists in his last three games.

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