Lady Ducks alum Reyes reaches NCAA milestone with SLU By Chris Bayee
games and counting – a remarkable run of durability and toughness. “She had some adjustments to the speed of college hockey,” Wells said. “She had to make improvements to her strength and speed, and she has.” Reyes has accomplished this while making incremental improvements to her game. “I’m much more of a complete player,” Reyes said.
find those offensive opportunities.” Wells said Reyes’ skill set is complementary off the s much as Justine Reyes tries to pass on attenice as well as on it. tion, it still finds her. “She’s very quiet, very kind,” he said. “She’s alAnd speaking of passes, the St. Lawrence senior ways one to help her teammates, and she always has had one on Jan. 12 that found its target and then was a smile on her face. deposited in the back of the net. “We have a really good group in our locker room, That’s nothing new in Reyes’ college career, but and Rey has a certain way about her that adds to that.” her assist on Nadine Edney’s power-play goal gave Reyes came to St. Lawrence having twice been the longtime Anaheim Lady Ducks standout 100 a captain for the Lady Ducks and an assistant a third points in her Division I career. In the process, the season. She values the preparation she received in Chino Hills native became just the 29th player in the Anaheim. Saints program’s history to reach that milestone. “Kathy (McGarrigle) and Caroline (March“It was a really cool moment,” said Reyes. “I ant) are so dedicated to helping everyone in the don’t think you can picture how something like colprogram move on to whatever level is appropriate,” lege hockey will play out before you start. I’ve alReyes said. “My teammates really helped me out, as ways wanted to play my best and have fun in the did every coach I had.” process, and I feel I’ve accomplished both of those Reyes said she’s also grateful to have former things.” Lady Ducks teammates Kayla Nielsen and Lydia Reyes, who received the puck after a teammate Grauer play with her in college as well. But they fished it out of the opposing net, has consistentweren’t a package deal. ly provided offense for the Saints, and the century “Each was recruited separately,” Wells said. mark in points was further validation of that. “We’re fortunate Caroline Marchant was so aggres“’Rey’ is very consistent, and her game has gotsive in getting them exposure through tournaments ten better every year,” Saints coach Chris Wells in the East. Those trips helped all three.” Justine Reyes has compiled 100 points – and counting – in her said. A psychology major, Reyes was selected to the As a freshman, she tied for the team lead with 12 NCAA Division I career at St. Lawrence University. Photo/C A Hill Photo ECAC Hockey All-Academic team last season. The goals. As a sophomore, she was fourth on the team “Let’s just say I came in lacking on the defensive end. options in front of her are plentiful and include, in no with 23 points. She tied for the team lead last season We’ve had the same staff the entire time I’ve been particular order, graduate school and continuing to with 40 points, and through the end of January, was here, so I’ve been lucky in that regard.” play hockey. tops on the team with 20 points. That struggle is a common one, her coach noted. “(Continuing in hockey) is the goal, but I’m playing As impressive as the offense is, consider this – “A lot of kids you rely on for points aren’t overly in it by ear right now,” she said. Reyes has never missed a game in her college ca- tune with what to do defensively when they get to colAnd why wouldn’t she? She has two more months reer. Through Jan. 26, she was at 135 consecutive lege,” Wells said. “If they don’t tighten up, they won’t to add to her growing legacy in college hockey.
Chino Hills’ Estrada set for NCAA D-III challenge at Northland
NCAA D-I Colorado College the next stop for San Jose’s Vernon
By Matt Mackinder
By Matt Mackinder
rad Estrada is from Southern California, is playing junior hockey this season in Massachusetts and recently committed to play college hockey in Wisconsin. And he wouldn’t have it any other way. A talented forward, Estrada is playing for the Eastern Hockey League’s Valley Jr. Warriors this season and will skate for NCAA Division III Northland College in 2019-20. “Playing in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League last season, Northland had the opportunity to watch me play a good amount,” said the Chino Hills native. “We got in touch again this season and we both were very interested and from there on, it was an easy decision that me and my family made.” Estrada said a great deal appealed to him about the school. “From a hockey standpoint, there was a lot that they had to offer,” said Estrada. “They are moving to the WIAC conference, which was a big standout for me because it is a really good conference with a lot of high-end players. The locker room is high-end, which was very intriguing. From the academic standpoint, they have a very good business program, so I know I will get a good education. It is also a smaller school where I know I can get to know my teachers better and understand the lessons a little more.” Academically, Estrada said he wants to major in business management with a minor in sports management. Growing up, Estrada played for the Ontario Eagles, OC Hockey Club, LA Selects and Anaheim Jr. Ducks youth programs, as well as for Long Beach High School and the Ontario Avalanche junior team in the Western States Hockey League. “Coaches Daryl Wademan (Eagles, Jr. Ducks), Joe Burcar (Jr. Ducks) and Rob Orouke (Long Beach High School, Avalanche) always had my best interests in mind and always pushed me to be my best,” noted Estrada. “In the short term, I would like to finish my junior career strong and enjoy the last moments with the boys. And then get my mind and body right for the college game.” 10
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att Vernon only lived in San Jose for two years – such is the life of a family in the NHL. Vernon’s father, Mike, won Stanley Cups in 1989 (Calgary) and 1997 (Detroit). The younger Vernon was born in San Jose while Mike was playing for the Sharks. This season, Vernon is lighting up the NAHL – as a goalie, like his father – with the Aberdeen Wings and recently committed to play at NCAA Division I Colorado College (NCHC) for the 2019-20 season. “When a player is in a league like the NAHL and your team is successful, teams tend to watch,” said Vernon. “Winning games gets players noticed more than anything no matter what position you play. I know Coach (Scott) Langer and my advisor Brian Schnuriger have done a fantastic job reaching out to schools to get as many teams to watch as possible. Thankfully, CC took interest when they knew they needed to fill a spot.” Vernon credited playing in the NAHL to pushing him to success. “The right competition and high-level players in the NAHL make it tough to win every night,” Vernon said. “Aberdeen has been incredible from the support to the way we run everything day to day. We practice short and hard, lift Monday through Wednesday, and if you’re not taking courses, you have to work. I believe the day-to-day details will help make the transition a little bit easier.” Of course, having an NHL father can certainly help as well. “With my father last playing in the NHL more than 16 years ago, there are some things that have changed in the position that he can’t help out with as much,” said Vernon. “The technicality of the position has changed so much but I still keep an open mind to his suggestions. He has been a major help with the mental side of the game and giving me pointers on how to keep a level head and how to prepare to bring my ‘A’ game on a consistent basis.”
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