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USA Hockey News USA Hockey Announces All-American Prospects Roster
Five from New York State
SA Hockey announced the 40 players who will skate in the second annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, which will be held Sept. 26 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa., home of the National Hockey League’s Pittsburgh Penguins. Five of those players are native New Yorkers. Ryan Hitchcock comes from Manhasset and played for the U.S. National U18 team and has committed to the University of Minnesota. Hitchcock is a 5’9” forward. Kevin Labanc, Staten Island, played for the Barrie Colts of the OHL. He is a forward at 6’3”. Massapequa’s Milano Sonny also played on the U.S. National U18 team and is committed to the University of Notre Dame. He is a 5’10” forward. Alex Tuck comes from Baldwinsville. The 6’3” forward played for the US U18 team and has committed to Boston College. Finally, Joe Wegwerth, also a forward, comes from Brewster and played for the US U18 team and is also committed to the University of Notre Dame. The game features 40 of the top American prospects eligible for the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Twenty-eight players appear on NHL Central Scouting’s “Futures List,” which highlights players that have potential to be selected in the first three rounds of the draft. “This event has quickly grown into a great opportunity for America’s best young players to showcase their skills at a national level,” said Jim Johannson, USA Hockey’s assistant executive director of hockey operations. “The Pittsburgh Penguins have been a terrific partner in putting on this game, which will feature the future stars of the NHL.” Among the 24 forwards which includes Labanc and Shane Eiserman (West Newbury, Mass.), who were members of the U.S. squad that earned the silver medal at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s Under-18 World Championship. Last season in the USHL, Nick Schmaltz (Verona, Wis.) of the Green Bay Gamblers was the youngest player to receive USHL All-Rookie Team honors, while Seamus Malone (Naperville, Ill.) helped the Dubuque Fighting Saints capture the Anderson Cup and the Clark Cup as the regular-season and playoff champions
in the USHL. This summer, Schmaltz, Keegan Iverson (St. Louis Park, Minn.), Austin Poganski (St. Cloud, Minn.) and Dominic Turgeon (Cherry Hills, Colo.) helped the U.S. Under-18 Select Team place second at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. The blue line corps includes Jack Dougherty (Cottage Grove, Minn.), Aaron Haydon (Plymouth, Mich.) and Ryan Mantha (Clarkston, Mich.), who were members of the U.S. Under-18 Select Team that finished second at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. Keegan Ford (Waunakee, Wis.) contributed to the Dubuque Fighting Saints winning the Anderson Cup and Clark Cup as the regular-season and playoff champions in the USHL. In net, Thatcher Demko (San Diego, Calif./Boston College) and Blake Weyrick (Ojai, Calif.) received silver medals with Team USA at the 2013 IIHF Men’s Under-18 World Championship, while Alex Nedeljkovic (Parma, Ohio) and Weyrick backstopped the U.S. Under-18 Select Team to a second-place showing at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. Thirty-three players have ties to the United States Hockey League, the top junior league in America, including 22 players from USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich.
U.S. Women Take Final Game in Series
exie Laing (Marblehead, Mass.) netted a pair of goals and Erin O’Neil (Minnetonka, Minn.) made 18 saves to help the U.S. Women’s National Under-18 Team defeat Canada, 3-2, in the final game of the 2013 Women’s Under-18 Series held in Lake Placid. “We came out strong, put pressure on them right from the start and played our best game of the series,” said head coach Jeff Kampersal. “I’m proud of our effort and it was a great learning experience for this group of players.” Canada opened the scoring at 16:58 of the first period on a wrap around goal by Eve-Audrey Picard. The U.S. tallied three unanswered goals in the second period to take a commanding 3-1 lead. Taylor Williamson (Edina, Minn.) evened the score, 1-1, during a two-man advantage at :44, taking a cross-crease pass from Melissa Samoskevich (Sandy Hook, Conn.) and burying it into an open net. Lexie Laing (Marblehead, Mass.) made it 2-1 at 15:31 after sustained pressure led to a goal-mouth scramble in which she took a pass from Taylar Cianfarano (Oswego, N.Y.) and beat Canadian netminder Shea Tiley. Laing notched her second goal off a feed from Maddie Rolfes (West Des Moines, Iowa), skating in from the right circle