Tuesday, October 14, 2008

U-18 Sweeps the Weekend

The National Team Development Program Under 18 had two games against Division I opponents. On Saturday night, they defeated Union College 5-4. With the team down 2-0 halfway through the game, Jeremy Morin (Uncommitted) cut the lead in half. Chris Brown (Michigan) tied the game early in the second on a 5 on 3 powerplay. Jerry D'Amigo (RPI) and Cam Fowler (Notre Dame) got the assists. After Union went up 3-2, John Henrion (New Hampshire) tied the game back up. The helpers went to Kenny Ryan (Boston College) and Richie Crowley (Uncommitted). Less than two minutes later, Kyle Palmieri (Notre Dame) gave the National Team a 4-3 lead. The Dutchmen came back to tie it before the end of the second. Drew Shore (Denver) would get the game winner at the 1:23 mark into the third. Kenny Ryan got the lone assist. Adam Murray (Denver) turned away 19 shots.

Sunday, they faced RPI and also won 5-4. After the Engineers got the 1-0 lead, the Under-18 squad had four unanswered goals in the second period. Cam Fowler tied the game with Brown and RPI recruit Jerry D'Amigo getting the assists. Kyle Palmieri got the second goal on a four on three powerplay. Ryan Bourque (New Hampshire) assisted on the effort. Kenny Ryan would get a powerplay tally to get a two goal lead. Palmieri and Bourque got their second points of the night. Kevin Lynch (Michigan) gave the NTDP the 4-1 lead with John Henrion setting the goal up. RPI would get a powerplay tally with 31 seconds left in the second period. RPI scored a second unanswered powerplay goal. Jeremy Morin got the eventual game winner at the 5:13 mark. Chris Brown and Sam Calabrese (Notre Dame) notched an assist. Brandon Maxwell (Boston College) made 21 saves.

The Under 17 team lost both games Traverse City this past weekend. On Friday the NTDP lost 5-3. Kyle Jean of Traverse City got the scoring started with an unassisted shorthanded effort. Luke Moffatt (Michigan (2010)) tied the game back up. Nick Shore and Jason Zucker who are both Denver recruits for 2010 got the assists. Sean Burke gave the North Stars the 2-1 lead. Jarred LaBelle got the only helper. Chasen Bailey (Uncommitted) tied the game back up with Matthew Nieto and Emerson Etem tallying an assist. Both are uncommitted. Marc Thompson got a powerplay tally with Eric O'Hearn and Tyler Stephens setting up the goal. Phil Wendecker got got the North Stars fourth goal. Burke and LaBelle got their second point on the night. Zucker would get his team back within one with two seconds remaining in the second. With nine seconds remaining in the game Burke got an unassisted powerplay goal. Jack Campbell (Uncommitted) made nine saves and CJ Motte stopped 25 saves.

Saturday night, Traverse City shutout the Under-17 team 3-0. Garrett Thompson, Jarrod LaBelle, and Nathan Urbaniak were the goalscorers. Kyle Bonis and Eric McLintock assisted on the first goal. Phil Wendecker and Kyle Bonis tallied an assist on the third goal. Will Yanakeff (Michigan St (2010)) made 11 saves in the loss. Brandon Stephenson turned away all 29 shots he saw.

Here's something interesting.

The Sarnia Sting went up to Sault Ste Marie on Sunday to play the Greyhounds. Final score Sarnia 7-2 win over the SOO. But thats not the story the story is Sarnia player Justin DiBenedtto had 5 goals and 2 assists in the game. The 5 goals gave a fan of a radio station in Sarnia (CHOK 103.9) A $10,000.00 WINNER. This station has had this contest going for 3 years(each Sarnia game they draw a name for that night ) and tonight was the first time somebody won. The station talked to the winner after the game and she was so happy that she said DiBenedtto would be getting $500.00 for his 5 goals. Do not know if he can accept it but it was nice of her.

That's My Take

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

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