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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Hockey Log

PC Men’s First Half Player Reports

Bryce Aneloski, D- Minimal spurts of promise could surface for this sizeable freshman bruiser, who has now elected to regress to the Cedar Rapids Roughriders of the USHL.

Eric Baier, D- Both recurrent minor injuries and an overcrowded dressing room have confined the sophomore to only eight games played this season –half of what the team has consumed from its schedule- after he had missed but three ventures as a freshman. When he has been available, though, Baier has put up a not-so-shabby productivity rate of three assists, including two against nationally ranked Dartmouth three weeks ago.

Andy Balysky, LW- By all counts, this rookie has concocted a so-so breakout with a goal and assist over his first 10 games.

Matt Bergland, LW- The Ned Braden of these pre-Hanson Chiefs, Bergland has confirmed unmistakable innonence with a perfect point-per-game (5-11-16) average, good enough to top the charts amongst Hockey East rookie strikers.

David Brown, D- Has snuck two power play helpers into his otherwise own-zone-centric approach.

David Cavanagh, D- The stay-at-home bouncer is implicitly in the regular rotation for the first time in his three years here, and just as well given the newfound constraints in the defensive brigade.

John Cavanagh, C- The junior captain and first-line centerpiece leads all of his regular forwards in the way of shooting accuracy, tuning the opposing mesh five times out of 35 stabs for a .143 rate (toss in five helpers to his scoring credentials, too). The other skate naturally drops in that he could employ that promising proficiency a little more frequently. And like so many of his Friar Puck associates, Cavanagh could stand to thaw out a subzero plus/minus rate (-7).

Greg Collins, LW- One of the more noticeably fettered Friars, having come in with 28 points split between his full-length freshman and sophomore campaigns only to follow through with a single point in eight games played. He has watched the other eight from afar.

Chris Eppich, RW- Sent a nice “Please Stand By” trailer when he finally sprinkled a few points in the lone two games on the December schedule.

Ben Farrer, LW- Hoping to cement a spot on the active depth chart, especially after having missed four of the last six games. And like so many of his associates, hoping to thaw out his scoring resume.

Mark Fayne, D- One of the few pleasant surprises to spotlight so far: PC’s heftiest bruiser has already compiled five points over 15 games played. He missed the Bowling Green game Oct. 18 as penance for three penalties on opening night against Northeastern, but has established cleaner, productive play since.

Justin Gates, G- Has assumed the bulk of the workload ahead of senior Chris Mannix in the continued absence of Ryan Simpson. A young track record of mostly iffy goal-save differentials is chiefly attributable to bouts of psychological numbness that comes with the opposition breaking the ice.

Matt Germain, LW- See Eppich.

Paul Golden, RW- Got his first slurp of action in October after red-shirting last year, but yet to appear since the 9-4 UMass muddle on Halloween.

Jordan Kremyr, RW- See Eppich and Germain; toss in his forlorn state as the lone PC skater with a positive plus/minus rating at this time.

Kyle Laughlin, C- For a senior captain, Laughlin’s snakebitten example signifies the Friars’ general struggles. Little has changed since his struggles began around this time last year.

Joe Lavin, D- Omitted from the game night roster four times out of 16 chances after he had scraped out a pleasurable eight assists over the full length of last season, this one-time prized recruit has bolted for the USHL’s Omaha Lancers.

Kyle MacKinnon, C- Eclipsed on the team’s hardly saturated scoring chart after he had come along encouragingly under the tutelage of graduated linemate Jon Rheault last season.

Rob Maloney, C- Granted, Maloney has absorbed coach Tim Army’s never-tiresome homilies on discipline, taking but one minor penalty in his first 13 games played. But hints of a little excess tameness have resulted in the rookie forward’s charging up one solitary goal while tying three fellow skaters for a team-third-worst rating of -7.

Chris Mannix, G- Like his crease colleague, Mannix has been suffocated by off-putting circumstances. In six ventures, he has yet to authorize fewer than three goals and his best save count (29) was his first game and lone victory of the season against Bowling Green on opening weekend.

Austin Mayer, LW- Army temporarily shuffled the full breadth of his depth chart, assigning Mayer to Bergland’s normal perch. Such further emboldens the sprouting of Mayer’s wings. The sophomore has missed but one game this season after playing less than half of last year’s schedule.

Nick Mazzolini, C- Self-spoken size and seasoning have been missed profusely since Mazzolini doubled over during a Nov. 7 tangle with Vermont. Concomitant with a passable three points in his first six games, the senior pivot was PC’s most efficient face-off man, winning 60 out of 94 draws for a .638 percentage. Only Balysky, Collins, and Matt Taormina have surpassed that –all a perfect 1.00 rate- but none of them have taken more than five stabs at the dot. Mazzolini’s return to old form come January will be just one other welcome item in the Friars’ anything-we-can-get situation.

John Mori, C- Near the bottom of the dense, populous forward hierarchy, with only four games played to speak of.

Danny New, D- Working with the proficient senior Matt Taormina, New kicked off his collegiate career with a promising sugar rush of a goal and two assists in his first four appearances. He has since gone empty in his last five games while sitting out another five.

Pierce Norton, RW- An invaluable colleague of Bergland’s on the primal power play unit, having charged up three goals and three helpers on the man advantage this year alone. And even with his longtime linemate Mazzolini out, Norton has flexibly acclimated to keep his productivity around his general standards. Much like John Cavanagh, Norton has kilned a pleasurably shooting percentage (.129) but could therefore stand to upgrade his puckslinging regularity.

Ian O’Connor, LW- Supplementing the top line with Bergland and Cavanagh, O’Connor has followed through with the most consistent productivity in his sophomore class, sprinkling three goals and four assists to go with his class-best 5-6-11 log of last year. He has also earned high-ranking membership in the penalty kill department.

Ryan Simpson, G- Still banking on establishing long overdue regularity in the crease after four outings apiece in his freshman and sophomore years, Simpson is at a point where his health may be losing all trust with his followers. And even if he is pronounced fit to toil without risk of bodily damage, he might not be fit to play without the risk of statistical damage. Best case scenario has him rerunning last year’s cycle of getting a few late slurps of gametime java, then looking to evenly split the shifts with his fellow Jr. Monarch alumnus Gates next year.

Matt Taormina, D- The point-based puckslinger equates his classmate Norton’s power play point total with six points (all of them helpers). His current transcript of 3-8-11 isn’t quite on pace to replicate or surpass his eye-catching junior data of 9-18-27, but is all the more satisfactory when one remembers the egregious collective scoring scurvy on the Friars’ depth chart.

Shawn Tingley, LW- Recuperating from a preseason ankle sprain for most of the fall term, Tingley at least got to whet his collegiate blades by dressing for the Mayor’s Cup. If all goes according to plan, the arithmetically mature freshman will have his chance to translate his saturated scoring resume from the EJHL in the thick of a taxing Hockey East playoff push.

Matt Tommasiello, LW- Still slated to break in his game jersey at the other end of the break after underoing preseason sports hernia surgery.

Al Daniel can be reached at hockeyscribe@hotmail.com

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