Team USA forward Matthew Lane has committed to play collegiate hockey at Boston University while defenseman Gavin Stoick has committed to Cornell University.
Lane has scored one goal through four USHL games this season. He tallied 14 points (4g, 10a) and a plus-three rating in 37 USHL games last season with Team USA. The 17-year-old is a native of Rochester, New York.
Lane will be joined at Boston University by Team USA defenseman Matt Grzelcyk. Three other current USHL players are also committed to play hockey at the school – Robbie Baillargeon (Indiana Ice), Robert Polesello (Indiana Ice), and Matthew O’Connor (Youngstown Phantoms).
Boston University is a member of Hockey East and has 13 USHL alumni on the roster this season, which is tied for the most in the conference; Alex Chiasson (Des Moines Buccaneers), Yasin Cisse (Des Moines Buccaneers), Adam Clendening (Team USA), Chris Connolly (Omaha Lancers), Sean Escobedo (Sioux Falls/Tri-City), Sahir Gill (Chicago Steel), Max Nicastro (Chicago Steel), Matthew Nieto (Team USA), Ben Rosen (Des Moines/Omaha/Green Bay), Ryan Ruikka (Lincoln/Des Moines), Ryan Santana (Des Moines/Green Bay), Cason Hohmann (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), and Alexx Privitera (Muskegon/Team USA).
Stoick scored his first USHL career goal in the 7-2 win over Des Moines on October 22nd. He dished out two assists in 40 games during his rookie USHL season in 2010-11. The 6-3, 219-pound defenseman is a 17-year-old native of Portland, Oregon.
Cornell University is a member of the ECAC and is tied for the most USHL alumni in the conference with 11 on the roster this season; Cole Bardreau (Team USA), Mathieu Brisson (Omaha Lancers), Armand de Swardt (Chicago Steel), Andy Iles (Team USA), Locke Jillson (Indiana/Des Moines), Vince Mihalek (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Keir Ross (Omaha Lancers), Joakim Ryan (Dubuque Fighting Saints), John McCarron (Lincoln Stars), Brian Ferlin (Indiana Ice), and Jacob MacDonald (Waterloo Black Hawks).
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