Notes from U-18 Hockey Games at RPI and Union featuring the CP Dynamo, Buffalo Jr. Sabres, New Jersey Rockets and Connecticut Wolfpack.
Connecticut Wolfpack U-18 (Full-Season)
The Wolfpack U-18 split-season team features plenty of high-level D1 recruits: (G) Sam Tucker, (F) Vimal Sukumara, (F) Matt Muzyka, (F) Shane Sellar, (D) James Gobetz, (F) Alex Esposito, (D) Zach Giuttari, (F) Chuck Borek, (F) Max Kaufman and (F) Ben Sharb. The U-18 full-season team also has many talented players. Here are notes from an early season game on some players who stood out.
#10 Seth McCormick – Scored a nice goal.
# 7 Michael Falanga – Stood out. Quick, smart decisions.
#11 Adam Shea – Displayed some nice offensive moves with the puck.
#9 Alex Estoch – Small, but skilled. Smart plays.
#2 Stephen Pantera – Small and quick.
#16 Colin Powell – Good size, strong with puck.
#19 Wilson McCloy – Small and feisty, high-energy level.
#6 Michael Bevilacqua – Captain, tossed halfway through. Big and smart, moved puck with force.
#7 Bryce Ferrell – Was everywhere, speed.
#21 Brendan Miller – Size and strength, powerful moves to net.
#8 Josh Basilla – Had a nice finish, high skill level.
#33 – Nicholas Vilardo – A little undersized, but very quick.
New Jersey Rockets U-19
The Rockets are listed as a U-19 team but featured a lot of 99′s. They played against the CP Dynamo, the defending U-18 State Champions in New York and a team that featured only 96′ and 97′s, but the skill was evident.
#15 Kyle MacLean – Great technique, sees the entire ice. 99′ playing against 2-3 year older players. Played for the Carolina Jr. Hurricanes in 13′-14′. Son of John MacLean (NJ Devils).
#9 Nicholas Fea – Impressive speed and good skating ability. Formerly of the NJ Hitmen organization U-16.
#12 Ty Schafer- Really smooth skater, positions himself perfectly. From the Rockets bantam AAA team. Only a 99′, definitely a player to keep an eye on.
#1 Doug O’Connor – Didn’t play the game we saw, but is a 00′. Watched him in warm-ups, has good size and didn’t look out of place against older competition.
Other 99′s on the NJ Rockets : (F) Johnny Dorio, (F) Travis Yawger, (D) Marc Del Gaizo, (D) Alexander Kim, (D) Anthony DeMeo (injured)
The Dynamo had a lot of very good players. The game we watched was against New Jersey, a lot of younger players (1-0 loss for Dynamo), but this competes and flat out wins. They move a lot of players on to the next level, Jr. A coaches should pay a lot of attention to them.
#33 Zach Hand – Stood out immediately because of his size. (6’2-190)
#19 Brendon Closs – Just a solid player, moves well.
#26 Sean Mooney (96′) F – Nice moves to the net.
#10 Josh Haskin (96′) F – Shifty with the puck, offensive threat.
#17 Dom Kuziak – Moves puck well.
#8 Michael Perkett – Solid defender, creates plays by moving puck up ice. Nice outlet passes, really smooth with the puck.
#16 Jacob Juron – (6’2-185) Big, solid shot, efficient with the puck.
#9 Dylan O’Sick – Smart plays on PK, had some nice hits.
Goaltender was Mitch Stockley (97′) played very well.