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All-star update

January 21, 2010

The American Hockey League and ECHL all-stars with Vermont connections fared well in a pair of games Wednesday evening.

In the AHL’s game, Norwich’s Keith Aucoin scored one goal and UVM’s Graham Mink of Stowe added an assist as their team, PlanetUSA, dropped a 10-9 decision in a shootout to the Canadian team.

Aucoin also added a successful goal in the shootout. He plays for the Hershey Bears and has played nine games with the Washington Capitals this year.

Mink, 30, was the PlanetUSA captain. He plays for the Rochester Americans.

In the ECHL, UVM’s Peter Lenes of Shelburne picked up a goal as his team, the National Conference, dropped a 10-9 shootout decision to the American Conference. Lenes plays for the Ontario (Calif.) Reign, which played host to the all-star game.

Two ex-Cadets playing for the victorious side also did well. Rick Cleaver of the Kalamazoo Wings contributed a goal and an assist and Nikita Kashirsky of the South Carolina Rays collected two assists.

The two have spent some time in the AHL this year, Cleaver with the Hershey Bears and Kashirsky with the Springfield Falcons.

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Bits and pieces …

January 20, 2010

A little bit of this, a little bit of that …

  • UVM’s and Shelburne’s Peter Lenes, a huge favorite of Ontario (Ca.) Reign fans, won the ECHL all-star skills competition for the 1-on-1 puck relay competition, beating former UNH standout Jacob Micflikier of the Florida Everblades by a stride. Lenes won the event Tuesday and was scheduled to play for the National Conference in the all-star game in Ontario on Wednesday.
  • Lenes isn’t the only ECHL all-star with Green Mountain ties. Former Norwich University standouts Nikita Kashirsky and Rick Cleaver were named to the American Conference squad.
  • Speaking of the Cadets, their freshman class has accounted for 46 of 77 Norwich goals this season, led by Kyle Thomas (11) and Blake Forkey (10). Eight freshmen forwards have contributed at least one goal for the second-ranked Cadets (12-0-3).
  • Middlebury hasn’t shown that kind of depth, but a mini-French Connection of sophomore Martin Drolet (8-14-22) and freshman Mathieu Dubuc (8-8-16) provide a nice 1-2 punch for the sixth-ranked Panthers (7-1-4). But the surprise of the year is senior goalie Max Kennedy, who’s 4-0-2 with a 1.22 goals against average and a .938 save percentage. Prior to this year, he had barely nine minutes of game time.
  • It’s that time of the year: Here comes Castleton. The Spartans opened the hockey season 1-5-1 overall and 0-4-1 in ECAC East. Since then, they’re 5-1-2 and 4-0-0. It’s getting to be a CSC tradition; start slowly, finish fast.
  • Chris Davidson is doing a nice job with the SMC men’s team, but here’s the reality: As long as St.  Michael’s remains a Division II school, the hockey team is unlikely to excel. No ECAC East or NCAA tournaments to offer as recruiting inducements. Wonder if with b-ball coach Tom O’Shea’s announced departure at season’s end if St. Michael’s will consider moving its athletic program to D-III. Unlikely, but a smart move if a viable league could be found, and forget about NESCAC.
  • As powerful as the UVM women’s basketball team was against America East opponents at Patrick Gym this season, the Catamounts went into Wednesday’s game at UMBC with one huge question mark: Are they anywhere near as good on the road as they are at home? They barely beat New Hampshire in Durham and had the luster taken off their first Top 25 ranking in nearly two decades at Boston University. At home, nothing but routs.
  • That big Marqus Blakely block against Hartford was impressive Tuesday, but Evan Fjeld’s behind-the-back pass for a Blakely jam topped that, if only because Blakely’s got a batch of highlight blocks and Fjeld’s pass was as surprising as it was spectacular.

Following the pros

November 21, 2009

A glance at the scoring leaders in the ECHL (no longer the East Coast Hockey League; just the ‘ECHL’) reveals some well-known names to Vermont college hockey followers.

Ranked 10th in overall scoring is Rick Cleaver, the former Norwich University standout. He has eight goals and 19 points for the Kalamazoo Wings, although he’s currently on loan to the Hershey Bears of the AHL, where he’s played one game.

Sitting in 17th place is one of UVM’s former mighty dynamos, Scott Mifsud of the Gwinnett (SC) Gladiators. Mifsud had seven goals and 17 points in a dozen games.

Another Cadet, Nikita Kashirsky, is tied for 18th with 10 goals and 16 points. His 10 goals are fourth among rookies.

Meanwhile, home-grown UVM mighty mite Peter Lenes of Shelburne has six goals and nine points for the Ontario Reign, with whom he’s rapidly become a fan favorite.