It was a tough weekend for the National Team Development Program. The Under-18 squad lost Friday night 4-3 to Michigan Tech. Ryan Bourque (UNH) had two goals and had the other goal. Jerry D'Amigo (RPI) had the other goal. Cam Fowler (Notre Dame), Nick Mattson (North Dakota), Drew Shore (Denver), and John Rampage picked up assists.
On Sunday, they lost 7-3 to Lake Superior State University. Jeremy Morin had a goal and an assist. Chris Brown (Michigan) and Nick Mattson also tallied a goal. Bourque, D'Amigo, Shore, and William Wrenn (Denver) added assists.
For the Under 17 squad, they were able to split the two game series with the Mahoning Valley Phantoms. On Friday, the National Team came on top 4-2. Goals were scored by Emerson Etem who scored twice, Jarred Tinordi, and Austin Czarnik (Michigan State). The helpers went to Chasen Bailey, Shane Sooth, Nick Shore, Byran Rust (Notre Dame), and Michael Mersch (Wisconsin)
Saturday night they lost 3-2 but both goals were with the extra attacker. Sooth and Czarnik were the goal scorers. Bailey and Matthew Nieto got the helpers.
I am surprised this hasn't been more widely reported on the blogoshere. Max Gardiner, the brother of Wisconsin's Jake Gardiner, has committed to the University of Minnesota. It looks like for the 2010 season. The Gopher Hockey Blog has more and talks about brothers going to the same schools or taking the sibling rivalry to a whole new level. One of the highly touted players that decided not to join the National Team Development Program.
Now on Sunday, I reported that John Carlson had seperated his shoulder. This was coming from an unconfirmed report I received from what a radio announcer had said on the air. I thought it was public knowledge but the Knights just hadn't confirmed the injury. Well I stirred up some discussion at the NOOF yesterday morning. Take it what it's worth but apparently he was reevaluated yesterday.
The Portland Winterhawks have called a press conference for Wednesday. It looks like the team has been sold. Taking Note has another tidbit on this story.
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(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)