Friday, July 18, 2014

Meet Eric Esposito: UNH's Newest Recruit

15-year-old Eric Esposito


For the third time in as many months, a talented young player from a Connecticut prep school has verbally committed to the University of New Hampshire. 15-year-old Eric Esposito (DOB: 8/24/1998), a 5'11", 170 lbs. forward from West Haven, CT., has announced his commitment to UNH. Esposito recently completed a successful, freshman season at the Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, CT. In April, forward Joey Cipollone and defenseman Jake Ryczek of the South Kent School and Selects Hockey Academy also committed to play for the Wildcats.

Esposito posted some solid numbers in his first season at Loomis Chaffee. In 28 games, he scored 5 goals and added 6 assists. Among all freshmen in New England Prep School Hockey, he was tied for 7th in scoring. Loomis Chaffee won the 2014 New England Large Prep School Tournament Championship in early March. Eric's older brother Alex, a University of Vermont commit, was the team's second leading scorer.

Eric Esposito at Youngstown Phantoms' Tryout Camp
For Eric Esposito, helping Loomis Chaffee win its first hockey championship in school history was the first in a series of big events. In early May, the Youngstown Phantoms selected Esposito in the 16th Round of the Phase II USHL Draft. During the second week of June, he participated in the Phantoms' Tryout Camp in Youngstown, Ohio. While Esposito did not make Youngstown's 30-player roster, he was added to its Affiliate List. According to USHL rules, Youngstown retains the rights to Esposito and he could potentially "be added to (the) team’s active roster, play a limited number of games in a call-up situation, or will be looked upon to make the roster in future seasons."

Then, just last week, Eric competed in the USA Hockey Select 16 Player Development Camp outside of Buffalo. In 5 games, Esposito posted 2 goals and an assist. Jeff Cox, who covered the camp for SB Nation College Hockey, ranked Esposito as the 25th forward at the camp and provided this assessment:
"The recent Wildcat commit didn't have the greatest week statistically, but it's evident why Dick Umile and his staff like his potential. He has terrific patience waiting for the right time to pass and letting the play develop to his advantage. He sees the ice well and has nice speed. He occasionally tries to do too much with the puck, but that will improve as he continues to develop."
Last summer, Esposito participated in the Select 15 Player Development Camp and scored 2 goals and 5 assists in 5 games. Of the nearly 200 players at the camp, he finished tied for 6th in scoring.

Eric Esposito grew up playing youth hockey with the Connecticut Wolf Pack organization based in Cromwell, CT. In the 2012-13 season, the Wolf Pack Bantam Major team was ranked 11th in the country and competed in the USA Hockey Tier I 14U National Championship Tournament. Esposito was the team's second leading scorer with 41 goals and 31 assists in 76 games. Wolf Pack Coach Peter Alden provided this assessment of Esposito:
“Eric is a gifted puck-handler and really drives his team’s puck possession. He is a pure goal scorer and he has a very high upside as he continues to grow and mature. He has an excellent work ethic and in addition to his hockey ability, he is a really great kid.”
U.S. Hockey Report had this to say about Eric Esposito late in the 2012-13 season:
"Skilled forward will join his older brother at Loomis next season. The West Haven, Conn. native is very good with the puck on his stick; makes a lot of plays. Certainly has to get bigger, stronger, and faster in order to make an impact next season, but the skill level is certainly there."
Last fall, prior to the start of the NE Prep School season, Esposito played for the CT Wolf Pack U16 Midget Minor team. He posted 6 goals and 3 assists in 24 games.

Esposito began playing for the Wolf Pack as a Pee Wee. In early 2011, when he was 12 years old, he was selected to a Pee Wee All-Star team drawn from Connecticut, New York, and Pennsylvania. As the New York Pee Wee Rangers, the team travelled to Quebec City to compete in the Quebec International Pee Wee Hockey Tournament. It was coached by Doug Messier, father of Mark Messier. In the Championship Game against the Detroit Red Wings Pee Wee team, Eric scored the Pee Wee Rangers' second goal. The Pee Wee Rangers went on to win the Title Game 4-2. Of note, one of Esposito's teammates was recent UNH recruit Jake Ryczek.

I had an opportunity to interview Eric, via email, about his background, commitment to UNH, and future plans:

Mike Lowry ("C-H-C"): Congratulations on your commitment to play for the University of New Hampshire. What are the main reasons you chose UNH?
Eric Esposito: Thank you. UNH was an easy pick for me. I was really intrigued by the coaching staff running the team at UNH. It seems they handle their business very professionally. Also the tradition of the school supporting the hockey team and getting a lot of peers at the games to cheer the players on. Also the past players to come out of the UNH program impressed me greatly.

Mike Lowry: What other college programs were you considering?
Eric Esposito: I was considering a couple other schools besides UNH including the University of Vermont and the University of Connecticut.

Lowry: Have you and the UNH coaches agreed on a target date for you to enroll as a freshman at UNH and join the team?
Esposito: A certain date for my incoming freshman year hasn't been determined exactly. Either 17' or 18' are both options the coaches and I have discussed, all depending on my development with in the next few years. Hopefully I can be there as son as possible.

Lowry: You recently completed a solid freshman season with the Loomis Chaffee School. Your 11 points (5 goals, 6 assists) put you in a tie for 7th in scoring among all freshmen in New England Prep Hockey. At this stage in your hockey development, what are the strengths of your game? What areas are you trying to improve?
Esposito: After my first season in the prep league, I definitely found some of the strengths of my game and other areas that I need to work on. I think I used my strength and speed pretty well while playing with some high end players throughout the season. Areas that I need to improve on would be my taking time and space away from the opposing players in angling and forechecking.

Lowry: Do you plan on returning to Loomis Chaffee to play next season?
Esposito: I will be returning to Loomis Chaffee next season for sure.

Lowry: After being drafted by the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL in May, you participated in their tryout camp last month and made the team's affiliate list. Do you think you'll be ready to make the jump to the USHL in the 2015-16 season?
Esposito: As for the following season, I will hopefully be ready to jump into the USHL. I'm preparing for the higher pace and level of intensity but can't say for sure where I will be that far ahead just yet.

Lowry: I noticed that you were a teammate of recent UNH recruit Jake Ryczek on the New York Pee Wee Rangers team that won the 2011 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. What was that experience like?
Esposito: I did play a pretty memorable tournament with Jake. I can honestly say that's my favorite memory growing up, winning a tournament that big at such a young age was crazy. All those fans, playing on that big of a stage was like nothing else.

Lowry: In your time at the Loomis Chaffee School, what have been your academic strengths?
Esposito: Loomis Chaffee was a huge change of pace academically. I'm challenged everyday with my studies but if there's a subject I believe I do best in it would have to be English. I hope to excel there more and more in next year as well.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Warren Foegele: NHL Prospect and Incoming UNH Freshman

Warren Foegele
DOB: 4-1-1996 Hometown: Markham, ON
Forward, 6'1", 182 lbs. Shoots Left
Commit to UNH: 2-20-2013
"UNH has a very good and successful hockey program. Under Coach Umile’s direction the team has many achievements to its credit. The facilities are very modern and very functional. Hockey is very big at the school and also for the state of New Hampshire. It has always been an aspiration of mine to be a part of an elite Division 1 NCAA program and as of this year when UNH approached me things just fell right into place. With a great hockey and academic program, UNH couldn’t have been a better fit for me and I am extremely excited to be a part of such a prestigious program." from "UNH Recruit Profile: Warren Foegele", The UNH Men's Hockey Blog

Career Statistics

Player Season Team League GP Goals Asst Pts PIM
Warren Foegele  (F) 2013-14 St. Andrew's College CISAA 14 17 6 23 15
Playoffs CISAA 5 5 4 9 10
St. Andrews College MPHL 13 12 17 29 14
Playoffs MPHL 3 6 5 11 2
2012-13 St. Andrew's College CISAA/MPHL 28 16 20 36 32
Playoffs CISAA/MPHL 8 5 7 12 10
2011-12 St. Andrew's College CISAA/MPHL 6 0 1 1 0
Playoffs MPHL 2 0 0 0 0
Markham Waxers ETAMinorMidget 28 10 8 18 38


2013-14 Highlight Reel



2014 NHL Draft

Friday, June 27th and Saturday, June 28th.
Wells Fargo Center
Philadelphia, PA
NBC Sports/NHL Network

Early in the 2013-14 season, Warren Foegele had not been identified by NHL Central Scouting Service as a top draft prospect. However, by mid-season the CSS was so impressed by his play that Foegele was identified as the #62 ranked North American Skater.
~ September, 2013 - NHL CSS Preliminary Ones to Watch: Foegele not listed.
~ November, 2013 - NHL CSS Preliminary Players to Watch: Foegele not listed.
~ January, 2014 - NHL CSS Midterm Rankings: #62 North American Skater.
~ April, 2014 - NHL CSS Final Rankings: #66 North American Skater.

2014 NHL Combine:
119 of the top NHL prospects participated in the 2014 NHL Combine from May 26-31 in Toronto. The final day included over a dozen physical fitness tests.
Warren Foegele finished tied for 7th in Anaerobic Peak Power Output. Foegele also did very well in the jumping tests. He tied for 3rd in the Standing Long Jump, tied for 4th in Vertex Vertical Jump with No Pause, and tied for 6th in Vertex Vertical Jump with Pause.

Scouting Reports

"Some scouts have been buzzing about his (Warren Foegele) play of late, a fast-skating, hard-working, two-way left winger. Adding to the chatter is the fact he's one of those seeming 'come out of nowhere' kids who's playing at a level of hockey in Canada that doesn't usually attract many, if any, NHL scouts. Some scouts have wondered aloud whether Foegele may be this year's version of Mark Jankowski, the Calgary Flames' surprise first-round pick, 21st overall, in 2012 from Stanstead College in Quebec, who's now developing and playing well at Providence College." Bob McKenzie, TSN.
"A hard driving, good skating, get in the 'guts of the action' player who plays unselfishly and does the spade work for his team. Is just tapping into his potential and has great room to grow further and thus increase his impact." Craig Button, TSN Director of Scouting.
"It's easy to dismiss a good hockey player playing at a lower level as excelling because of inferior competition. But it's hard not to come away impressed with Warren Foegele of St. Andrews College. Passed over twice in the Ontario Hockey League draft, Foegele turned to the unlikely route of Ontario high school hockey. This late bloomer, who went from 5-8 as a minor midget to 6-1 today, is making some noise that will likely intensify as the draft nears. His impressive offensive numbers speak for themselves. But there's more to his game than numbers. He plays a full 200-foot game, working as hard defensively as offensively. Foegele has excellent speed with his long, strong stride. He has excellent puck skills and soft hands. His lower body strength is exceptional and he gets very low when he has the puck on his stick, making him tough to check. His grit/compete level is very high, and while he doesn't run players over, he does finish checks hard." Kyle Woodlief, Red Line Report.
"He’s always been a talented player and I think that a couple of the attributes that come naturally to him, in terms of being really coachable and working hard, have served him well and he has improved a ton over the last couple of years. All of this is a credit to his determination and hard work and his coachability to continue to grow and learn to continue to be the best player he can be. He has been great to have as part of our program.” David Manning, Head Coach, St. Andrew's College.
"A smooth-skating offensive winger at the high school level. Able to use his speed and quickness to generate chances. Has soft hands and a strong shot, as well as solid vision and playmaking abilities. He’s the complete offensive threat. Thinks the game and reads the play well. Needs work on his shot release, and getting it off quicker and at different release points to continue success shooting at higher-level, more skilled puckstoppers. This kid makes you believe in him when you see him play as he works hard and is involved all over the ice. Not physical at all, turns away from the big hit and does not like the rough stuff too much.” Future Considerations Draft Guide.
"A strong bow legged skater, he boasts exceptional straight ahead speed and plays his wing with efficiency as he operates well playing a north-south game.. tenacious and aggressive in his puck pursuit, he is brash down low and hurls his body at the opposition .. offensive zone hockey sense and creativity come into question as he has a difficult time stick handling.. does a formidable job of getting pucks on goal at all times .. uses his speed to attack scoring lanes as he elects to go through players rather than around them .. shot is hard and heavy, with a better snap shot than slap shot .. defensive game is a work in progress, hustles to get back but effort level is sporadic.” McKeen's Draft Guide.


Friday, June 20, 2014

Shane Eiserman: Incoming UNH Freshman and NHL Prospect

Shane Eiserman
DOB: 10-10-1995 Hometown: West Newbury, MA
Forward, 6'2", 200 lbs. Shoots Left
Commit to UNH: August-27-2011
"I have wanted to go to UNH since I was a little kid. Growing up, I would always love pretending to play for UNH, during street hockey with my brothers and friends. Christmas after Christmas when I was younger, my God Mother Christie would always get me tickets for the hockey games and some sort of UNH apparel to go with them. The jerseys and the UNH atmosphere really stood out to me." from "Kelleher, Eiserman and Team USA Coming to UNH", The UNH Men's Hockey Blog

Career Statistics

Player Season Team League GP Goals Asst Pts PIM
Shane Eiserman  (F) 2013-14 Dubuque Fighting Saints USHL 53 16 24 40 71
Playoffs USHL 4 0 1 1 6
2012-13 USA U18 Team USHL 22 5 6 11 27
NCAA 21 3 3 6 8
2011-12 Cushing Academy NEPSAC 29 18 26 44 -
Playoffs NEPSAC 1 0 0 0 -
2010-11 St. John's Prep Mass HS 25 24 28 52 -


2013-14 Highlight Reel



2014 NHL Draft

Friday, June 27th and Saturday, June 28th.
Wells Fargo Center
Philadelphia, PA
NBC Sports/NHL Network


Throughout the 2013-14 season, Shane Eiserman has been identified by NHL Central Scouting Service as a top draft prospect.
~ September, 2013 - NHL CSS Preliminary Ones to Watch: Eiserman a "B" Prospect (2nd/3rd round candidate).
~ November, 2013 - NHL CSS Preliminary Players to Watch: Eiserman a "B" Prospect (2nd/3rd round candidate).
~ January, 2014 - NHL CSS Midterm Rankings: #39 North American Skater.
~ April, 2014 - NHL CSS Final Rankings: #45 North American Skater.

2014 NHL Combine:
119 of the top NHL prospects participated in the 2014 NHL Combine from May 26-31 in Toronto. The final day included over a dozen physical fitness tests.
Shane Eiserman finished second in the bench press events with 18 reps of 150 lbs weights and a pounds lifted/body weight ratio of 13.4.

Scouting Reports

"He has a good package of size and skating, and he makes the most of what is given to him. He's good at picking up passes on the fly and getting into the offensive zone. He’s got a pretty good accurate shot and has a propensity for playing well at important times of the game." Dan Marr, Director of NHL Central Scouting.
"His size and his skating and his aggressiveness are qualities that are hard to teach. It comes very natural to him. The finer points of the game, that's where we're working with him to have some consistency and to use his tools and adapt. When he puts [the puck] on his hip and drives him [a defender] wide and, if he can't beat him wide, pulls up and delays, he's very, very effective. He has enough sense and vision to find lanes ... that is one thing where he's a bit under the radar, I talk to pro scouts all the time. I think that one thing that doesn't jump out at them is his ability to see the ice in tight little areas." Matt Shaw, Head Coach, Dubuque Fighting Saints.
"Shane Eiserman is one of those guys who, for want of a better term, is a freak of nature. He is big and strong and can really skate. He just has a lot of physical attributes that some of us have, and most of us don’t. He’s a power forward who has ability to make plays, score goals, see the ice and find things around the net. It’s kind of a God-given ability that you really can’t coach out of people. Shane’s biggest learning curve was to understand that he’s a big, strong guy, and if he just puts the puck on his hip and uses his skating, his speed and size, you just can’t contain him. The biggest guys in our league couldn’t contain him, and the smaller guys had no chance." Mike Field, Assistant Coach, Dubuque Fighting Saints.
"He’s a a big, strong kid, a true power forward. He definitely made strides over the last few years, and he had a good year in Dubuque. He’s just strong with a heavy shot, and he’s pretty nasty. He’s got a mean streak to him.” John Gruden, Assistant Coach, US National Team Development Program.
"Eiserman went to Dubuque this season to finish high school and was a big bright spot for the Fighting Saints. The power forward is a bull in a china shop and showed a great two-way game this season. His skating is also very good too. The only question I have is how well his offense game will translate to the pro game. Even so, I really like Eiserman in the second round." Andrew Weiss, Future Considerations.


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

10 UNH Recruits Sign National Letter of Intent: Updated

Rich Boyd Signs NLI
Warren Foegele Signs NLI


A few weeks ago, the list of recruits who had signed a National Letter of Intent to enroll at UNH and join the men's hockey team included 9 student-athletes. All the recruits who had targeted the Fall of 2014 to come to UNH had met their goal of signing. The NCAA defines the NLI as:
"...a binding agreement between an NCAA school and a student-athlete in which the student-athlete agrees to attend the school for one year and the school agrees to provide financial aid to the student-athlete. The NLI is voluntary and prospective student-athletes do not have to participate to play sports or receive financial aid."
Now, 18-year-old defenseman Rich Boyd (DOB: 6-7-1995) from Cushing Academy has become the 10th UNH recruit to sign a National Letter of Intent. Boyd had been on target to come to UNH in the Fall of 2015 but the transfer of 5th-year player Justin Agosta to Quinnipiac University provided an opening for a defenseman. Boyd just finished his senior year of hockey at Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, MA. In 32 games this season, Boyd scored 10 goals and added 30 assists. He was the second leading scorer among all New England Prep School defensemen.

The incoming freshman class now includes 5 forwards - Shane Eiserman, Warren Foegele, Michael McNicholas, Andrew Poturalski, and Jason Salvaggio, 4 defensemen - Rich Boyd, Dylan Chanter, Cameron Marks, and John Furgele, and goalie Adam Clark.

Here's the basic demographic information for the UNH recruits who have signed an NLI. It includes 2 informative links for each recruit. Click on the player's name and a link to his statistics comes up on a separate screen. Click on the date next to "Commit to UNH:" for a link to an article which announced the player's commitment to UNH.

2014 Recruits

Rich Boyd
Cushing Academy
New England Prep School
DOB: 6-7-1995 Hometown: Lake Worth, FL
Defense, 6'3", 195 lbs. Shoots Left
Commit to UNH: 8-7-2013
Dylan Chanter
Vernon Vipers
British Columbia Hockey League
DOB: 9-17-1995 Hometown: Armstrong, BC
Defense, 6'3", 203 lbs. Shoots Right
Commit to UNH: 2-22-2012
Adam Clark
Salmon Arm SilverBacks
British Columbia Hockey League
DOB: 3-23-1993 Hometown: Sherwood Park, Alberta
Goalie, 6'5", 210 lbs. Catches Left
Commit to UNH: 9-28-2012
Shane Eiserman
Dubuque Fighting Saints
United States Hockey League
DOB: 10-10-1995 Hometown: West Newbury, MA
Forward, 6'2", 200 lbs. Shoots Left
Commit to UNH: 8-27-2011
Warren Foegele
St Andrew's College
CISAA/MPHL
DOB: 4-1-1996 Hometown: Markham, ON
Forward, 6'1", 182 lbs. Shoots Left
Commit to UNH: 2-20-2013
John Furgele
Jersey Hitmen
United States Premiere Hockey League
DOB: 1-15-1993 Hometown: Glen Mills, PA
Defense, 5'9", 181 lbs. Shoots Right
Commit to UNH: 9-11-2013
Cameron Marks
Coquitlam Express
British Columbia Hockey League
DOB: 4-9-1995 Hometown: North Vancouver, BC
Defense, 6'0", 175 lbs. Shoots Right
Commit to UNH: 4-11-2012
Michael McNicholas
Vernon Vipers
British Columbia Hockey League
DOB: 3-23-1994 Hometown: Manhattan Beach, CA
Forward, 5'10", 175 lbs. Shoots Left
Commit to UNH: 2-13-2011
Andrew Poturalski
Cedar Rapids Rough Riders
United States Hockey League
DOB: 1-14-1994 Hometown: Williamsville, NY
Forward, 5'10", 185 lbs. Shoots Right
Commit to UNH: 10-5-2011
Jason Salvaggio
Indiana Ice
United States Hockey League
DOB: 10-1-1994 Hometown: Hanson, MA
Forward, 6'1", 194 lbs. Shoots Left
Commit to UNH: 6-12-2013


This table shows each player's production in the 2013-14 season:

Player Team League GP Goals Asst Pts PIM
2014 Recruits
Rich Boyd  (D) Cushing Academy NEPSHC 31 10 30 40 -
Elite 8 NEPSHC 1 0 0 0 -
Dylan Chanter  (D) Vernon Vipers BCHL 19 0 0 0 16
Playoffs BCHL 19 4 3 7 18
Dubuque Fighting Saints USHL 14 1 1 2 21
Adam Clark  (G) Salmon Arm SilverBacks BCHL 30 14W 14L 2.87 .911
Shane Eiserman  (F) Dubuque Fighting Saints USHL 53 16 24 40 71
Playoffs USHL 4 0 1 1 6
Warren Foegele  (F) St. Andrews College CISAA 14 17 6 23 15
Playoffs CISAA 5 5 4 9 10
St. Andrews College MPHL 13 12 17 29 14
Playoffs MPHL 3 6 5 11 2
John Furgele  (D) Jersey Hitmen USPHL 44 8 29 37 16
Playoffs USPHL 6 0 5 5 0
Cameron Marks  (D) Coquitlam Express BCHL 57 4 24 28 12
Playoffs BCHL 19 0 5 5 4
Michael McNicholas  (F) Vernon Vipers BCHL 56 23 46 69 20
Playoffs BCHL 19 5 13 18 6
Andrew Poturalski  (F) Cedar Rapids RoughRiders USHL 60 27 37 64 28
Playoffs USHL 4 2 1 3 2
Jason Salvaggio  (F) Indiana Ice USHL 52 15 11 26 39
Playoffs USHL 2 0 0 0 2


The Class of 2018 includes 4 players who verbally committed to UNH when they were either 15 or 16 years old. Two members of the class will be 18 years old and four will be 19 years old when they enroll in September, 2014.

Class of 2018

Player Commitment Age Signed NLI Enrollment Age
Rich Boyd  (D) 18 years, 2 months May 2014 19 years, 3 months
Dylan Chanter  (D) 16 years, 5 months November 2013 19 years, 0 months
Adam Clark  (G) 19 years, 6 months April 2014 21 years, 0 months
Shane Eiserman  (F) 15 years, 10 months November 2013 18 years, 11 months
Warren Foegele  (F) 16 years, 10 months April 2014 18 years, 5 months
John Furgele  (D) 18 years, 8 months April 2014 19 years, 8 months
Cameron Marks  (D) 17 years, 0 months November 2013 19 years, 5 months
Michael McNicholas  (F) 16 years, 11 months April 2014 20 years, 6 months
Andrew Poturalski  (F) 17 years, 9 months April 2014 20 years, 8 months
Jason Salvaggio  (F) 18 years, 8 months April 2014 19 years, 11 months


The incoming class is the largest since the 10 freshmen who came in the 2003-04 academic year. That group included Daniel Winnik, Jacob Micflikier, Matt Fornataro, Brett Hemingway, and Josh Ciocco - players who had very productive NCAA careers.

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Justin Agosta Finishes UNH Career on Good Terms

Defenseman Agosta Headed to
Quinnipiac Next Season


Back in the Fall of 2010, two hockey defensemen of formidable stature enrolled at the University of New Hampshire. 6'6" Eric Knodel came to UNH following a year with the Des Moines Buccaneers of the USHL. He had been selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 5th Round of the 2009 NHL Draft. 6'3" Justin Agosta had played in both the USHL and EJHL the previous season.

Agosta Compiled 45 Points at UNH
The 2010-11 UNH team had six returning veterans on the blueline - Seniors Matt Campanale and Mike Beck, Juniors Blake Kessel and Damon Kipp, and Sophomores Connor Hardowa and Brett Kostolansky. In a typical season, injuries to one or more of the top 6 defensemen provide opportunities for the 7th and 8th to get into the lineup. Not so that time around. The six blueliners played in all 34 regular season games plus 5 playoff games. UNH advanced to the Hockey East Semifinal Game and the 2011 NCAA Northeast Regional Championship Game.

Although neither Knodel or Agosta played in a single game as freshmen, they became mainstays on the blueline beginning in their sophomore year at UNH. In the recently completed season, Justin Agosta took his game to a whole new level. After posting 14 points as a junior, Agosta doubled his offensive numbers. He was UNH's 5th leading scorer with 26 points.

Agosta's goal production this season was particularly impressive. Two of his 6 goals were game winners. Only two other Hockey East defensemen scored more game-winning goals in the 2013-14 season. Here's Agosta first GWG in the 4-1 victory over UMass on November 8th:



All-American defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk suffered a season-ending, ankle injury in a game against Union on January 18th. From that point on, Agosta and his fellow veteran defensemen, Knodel and Brett Pesce, were called upon to boost their offensive output and to log many more minutes on the ice.

With only 4 games left in the regular season, UNH was clinging to a chance to earn home-ice in the quarterfinals of the Hockey East Playoffs. In two must-win games against Boston University, Justin Agosta assisted on four of UNH's seven goals. UNH went on to earn home-ice, defeated Northeastern in the quarterfinals, and advanced to the Hockey East Semifinals.

Of the 9 goals scored by Justin Agosta in his UNH career, none was more timely or important as his last. After a scoreless first period against Providence in the Hockey East semis, UNH took a 1-0 lead on a short-handed goal by leading scorer Kevin Goumas. Six and 1/2 minutes later, Agosta would score the eventual game-winner. Matt Willows dug the puck off the half-wall to the right of Providence goalie Jon Gillies and fed a cross-ice pass to Justin Agosta just inside the PC blue line. Agosta's wrist shot through a multi-player screen deflected off the heel of a PC defenders skate and into the net.





In the 2014 Hockey East Championship Game, Justin Agosta fired two shots on the UMass-Lowell goal and was not on the ice for any of the River Hawks' goals. Lowell won its second consecutive Hockey East Championship 4-0.

Last Saturday night at the Annual UNH Hockey Banquet, sponsored by the Friends of UNH Hockey, Justin Agosta was awarded the A. Barr “Whoop” Snively Citizenship and Service Award. The honor is presented to the player who has distinguished himself through his citizenship and service to the University and the community. Justin won the same award as a junior. In two weeks, Agosta will receive his UNH diploma. He is an accounting major.

Justin Agosta's Plan for Next Year

At the close of the 2013-14 NCAA season, both of the big defensemen who came to UNH as freshman in 2010 had unique opportunities available to them, and decisions to be made. Since neither Justin Agosta or Eric Knodel played in their freshman year, each had one year of NCAA eligibility remaining. As a draftee of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Knodel could have chosen to play next season at UNH or sign to play in the Maple Leafs' organization. He chose the later option and is on the roster of the Toronto Marlies who are playing in the AHL Playoffs.

According to a source familiar with the process, Justin Agosta was presented with a couple opportunities to sign with AHL organizations after the UNH season ended. Like Knodel, Justin also had the option to return to UNH next season for a fifth year in Durham. Justin and his family are from East Meadow (Long Island), New York. As his Dad and sister - who participated in Senior Night at the Whittemore Center in February - can verify, it's a very long way from Long Island to Durham, NH. The 300-mile trip takes five hours when the traffic is reasonable, which it often is not.

In the end, Justin decided he wanted to play one more year of college hockey if he could find an opportunity closer to his home, family and friends. His current plan is to play next season for Quinnipiac University in the ECAC Hockey Conference. Located in Hamden, Connecticut, QU is less than 200 miles away from Agosta's hometown. Justin developed many close friendships with his UNH teammates and he leaves the UNH hockey program on good terms.

Friday, April 25, 2014

UNH Recruits Update: April-25-2014

2014 Fred Page Cup
2014 Clark Cup

Junior League Championships

British Columbia Hockey League:

Three UNH Recruits and their teams advanced through the 2014 BCHL Playoffs and into the Championship Series. Dylan Chanter and Michael McNicholas of the Vernon Vipers faced off against Cam Marks and the Coquitlam Express in the best-of-seven, Fred Page Cup Finals.

After dropping the first two games at home, the Vipers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in Game 3 in Coquitlam. Defenseman Dylan Chanter scored Vernon's first goal and Michael McNicholas assisted on the second goal. But Coquitlam stormed back with 2 unanswered goals and won in overtime 3-2. The Express completed a four-game sweep the next night and won the BCHL Championship and Fred Page Cup.

In the BCHL Playoffs, Michael McNicholas tied for 4th in overall scoring (18 pts) and posted the 3rd highest number of assists (13 asst). Dylan Chanter tied for 6th in scoring among all BCHL defensemen. He finished with 4 goals and 3 assists in 19 games. Coquitlam defenseman Cam Marks tallied 5 assists in 19 playoff games. All three - McNicholas, Chanter, and Marks - have signed a National Letter of Intent to enroll at UNH and play for the Wildcats beginning next fall.

The 2013-14 season is far from over for this trio of future UNH Wildcats. Cam Marks and the BCHL Champion Coquitlam Express will play against the Champions from the Alberta Junior Hockey League, Manitoba Junior Hockey League, and Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League for the Western Canada Cup. The tournament is hosted by the Dauphin (Manitoba) Kings and the round robin phase begins tomorrow night. Coquitlam opens their quest for the Western Canada Cup with a game against the AJHL Champion Spruce Grove Saints.

If Coquitlam wins the Western Canada Cup or is the runner-up, they would earn a spot in the premiere tournament in Canadian Junior A Hockey - The Royal Bank Cup. Which brings us back to the Vernon Vipers. This year, the Vipers host the RBC Cup and have an automatic berth in the tournament. It is one of the reasons that both Michael McNicholas and Dylan Chanter signed on with Vernon this season. The 2014 RBC Cup will be held from May 10-18 at the Kal Tire Place in Vernon, British Columbia. The Vipers, the Western Canada Cup Champion and runner-up, the Eastern Region Champion, and Central Canadian Champion will compete for the Canadian Junior A Championship.

United States Hockey League:

Five UNH Recruits competed in the recently completed Quaterfinals of the USHL Playoffs. One of the best-of-five series featured Andrew Poturalski, Danny Tirone, Jason Kalinowski and the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders against Shane Eiserman and the Dubuque Fighting Saints. After losing the first game, Cedar Rapids scored the first 5 goals in Game 2. Poturalski scored the RoughRiders' 5th goal. Dubuque answered with 5 unanswered goals of its own and Eiserman assisted on the Fighting Saints' 3rd goal. Cedar Rapids won Game 2 with a minute left in regulation.

Dubuque won the quarterfinal series in four games. In the final game, a 7-3 victory by the Fighting Saints, Andrew Poturalski assisted on Cedar Rapids' second goal and scored their 3rd goal. But it was not enough and was Poturalski final game in the USHL. Cedar Rapids' goalie Danny Tirone averaged just under 30 saves per game across the four games. In all likelihood, he and Jason Kalinowski will play for Cedar Rapids again next season. Meanwhile, Shane Eiserman and the Fighting Saints advanced to the semifinal round of the USHL Playoffs. They open a best-of-five series with the Indiana Ice tonight. 2014 UNH recruit Jason Salvaggio and the Indiana Ice earned a spot in the semifinals by defeating the Green Bay Gamblers 3 games to one.

NOTE
The statistics for the recruits, presented in the table, are categorized by the year the player and UNH coaches have targeted for enrollment in UNH. For example, the "2014 Recruits" have a target of the Fall of 2014 to begin playing for UNH.

Player Team League GP Goals Asst Pts PIM
2014 Recruits
Dylan Chanter  (D) Vernon Vipers BCHL 19 0 0 0 16
Playoffs BCHL 19 4 3 7 18
Dubuque Fighting Saints USHL 14 1 1 2 21
Adam Clark  (G) Salmon Arm SilverBacks BCHL 30 14W 14L 2.87 .911
Shane Eiserman  (F) Dubuque Fighting Saints USHL 53 16 24 40 71
Playoffs USHL 4 0 1 1 6
Warren Foegele  (F) St. Andrews College CISAA 14 17 6 23 15
Playoffs CISAA 5 5 4 9 10
St. Andrews College MPHL 13 12 17 29 14
Playoffs MPHL 3 6 5 11 2
John Furgele  (D) Jersey Hitmen USPHL 44 8 29 37 16
Playoffs USPHL 6 0 5 5 0
Cameron Marks  (D) Coquitlam Express BCHL 57 4 24 28 12
Playoffs BCHL 19 0 5 5 4
Michael McNicholas  (F) Vernon Vipers BCHL 56 23 46 69 20
Playoffs BCHL 19 5 13 18 6
Andrew Poturalski  (F) Cedar Rapids RoughRiders USHL 60 27 37 64 28
Playoffs USHL 4 2 1 3 2
Jason Salvaggio  (F) Indiana Ice USHL 52 15 11 26 39
Playoffs USHL 2 0 0 0 2
2015 Recruits
Rich Boyd  (D) Cushing Academy NEPSHC 31 10 30 40 -
Elite 8 NEPSHC 1 0 0 0 -
Jason Kalinowski  (F) Cedar Rapids RoughRiders USHL 57 8 23 31 64
Playoffs USHL 4 0 0 0 4
Charlie Kelleher  (F) Junior Bruins 18U USPHL 18U 22 4 11 15 2
Playoffs USPHL 18U 2 1 2 3 0
Junior Bruins Premiere USPHL Premiere 2 2 2 4 0
Joseph Masonius  (D) USA U17 Team USHL 22 0 2 2 32
Chris Miller  (F) Junior Bruins USPHL 31 5 10 15 10
Playoffs USPHL 6 1 0 1 2
Nationals USA 5 3 1 4 2
Danny Tirone  (G) Cedar Rapids RoughRiders USHL 44 26W 13L 2.63 .917
Playoffs USHL 4 1W 3L 3.53 .893
Marcus Vela  (F) Langley Rivermen BCHL 54 11 11 22 41
Playoffs BCHL 12 1 4 5 6
2015 or '16 Recruits
Liam Darcy  (D) Berwick Academy NEPSHC 19 6 17 23 -
Patrick Grasso  (F) Des Moines Bucs USHL 59 9 15 24 11
Aaron O'Neill  (F) Green Bay Gamblers USHL 32 1 1 2 4
Ara Nazarian  (F) Malden Catholic Mass HS 20 20 27 47 -
Super 8 Mass HS 4 1 8 9 -
Nick Nonis  (D) Governor's Academy NEPSHC 26 6 1 7 -
Brendan van Riemsdyk   (F) Jersey Hitmen 18U USPHL 18U 8 5 8 13 2
Playoffs USPHL 18U 3 0 1 1 12
Christian Brothers Jersey Prep 12 17 13 30 -
Playoffs Jersey Prep 3 2 5 7 -
2016 Recruits
Joey Cipollone  (F) Selects Academy 16U USPHL 16U 27 14 25 39 38
Playoffs USPHL 16U 3 3 3 6 0
Nationals USA 3 2 2 4 2
Justin Fregona  (F) St. Andrews College CISAA 15 7 6 13 24
Playoffs CISAA 5 4 1 5 8
St. Andrews College MPHL 13 9 12 21 16
Playoffs MPHL 3 3 4 7 6
Jake Ryczek  (D) Selects Academy 16U USPHL 16U 27 14 25 39 38
Playoffs USPHL 16U 3 3 3 6 0
Nationals USA 3 2 2 4 2

News & Notes

National Letter of Intent

All 9 recruits who verbally committed to UNH for the Fall of 2014 have signed a National Letter of Intent. The incoming freshman class includes 5 forwards - Shane Eiserman, Warren Foegele, Michael McNicholas, Andrew Poturalski, and Jason Salvaggio, 3 defensemen - Dylan Chanter, Cameron Marks, and John Furgele, and goalie Adam Clark.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

9 UNH Recruits Sign National Letter of Intent

Warren Foegele Signs NLI


All the recruits who verbally committed to UNH with a target date of Fall 2014 to enroll and join the men's hockey team have signed a National Letter of Intent. The NCAA defines the NLI as:
"...a binding agreement between an NCAA school and a student-athlete in which the student-athlete agrees to attend the school for one year and the school agrees to provide financial aid to the student-athlete. The NLI is voluntary and prospective student-athletes do not have to participate to play sports or receive financial aid."
The incoming freshman class includes 5 forwards - Shane Eiserman, Warren Foegele, Michael McNicholas, Andrew Poturalski, and Jason Salvaggio, 3 defensemen - Dylan Chanter, Cameron Marks, and John Furgele, and goalie Adam Clark.

Here's the basic demographic information for the 2014 recruits who have signed an NLI. It includes 2 informative links for each recruit. Click on the player's name and a link to his statistics comes up on a separate screen. Click on the date next to "Commit to UNH:" for a link to an article which announced the player's commitment to UNH.

2014 Recruits

Dylan Chanter
Vernon Vipers
British Columbia Hockey League
DOB: 9-17-1995 Hometown: Armstrong, BC
Defense, 6'3", 203 lbs. Shoots Right
Commit to UNH: 2-22-2012
Adam Clark
Salmon Arm SilverBacks
British Columbia Hockey League
DOB: 3-23-1993 Hometown: Sherwood Park, Alberta
Goalie, 6'5", 210 lbs. Catches Left
Commit to UNH: 9-28-2012
Shane Eiserman
Dubuque Fighting Saints
United States Hockey League
DOB: 10-10-1995 Hometown: West Newbury, MA
Forward, 6'2", 200 lbs. Shoots Left
Commit to UNH: 8-27-2011
Warren Foegele
St Andrew's College
CISAA/MPHL
DOB: 4-1-1996 Hometown: Markham, ON
Forward, 6'1", 182 lbs. Shoots Left
Commit to UNH: 2-20-2013
John Furgele
Jersey Hitmen
United States Premiere Hockey League
DOB: 1-15-1993 Hometown: Glen Mills, PA
Defense, 5'9", 181 lbs. Shoots Right
Commit to UNH: 9-11-2013
Cameron Marks
Coquitlam Express
British Columbia Hockey League
DOB: 4-9-1995 Hometown: North Vancouver, BC
Defense, 6'0", 175 lbs. Shoots Right
Commit to UNH: 4-11-2012
Michael McNicholas
Vernon Vipers
British Columbia Hockey League
DOB: 3-23-1994 Hometown: Manhattan Beach, CA
Forward, 5'10", 175 lbs. Shoots Left
Commit to UNH: 2-13-2011
Andrew Poturalski
Cedar Rapids Rough Riders
United States Hockey League
DOB: 1-14-1994 Hometown: Williamsville, NY
Forward, 5'10", 185 lbs. Shoots Right
Commit to UNH: 10-5-2011
Jason Salvaggio
Indiana Ice
United States Hockey League
DOB: 10-1-1994 Hometown: Hanson, MA
Forward, 6'1", 194 lbs. Shoots Left
Commit to UNH: 6-12-2013


This table shows each player's production in the 2013-14 season:

Player Team League GP Goals Asst Pts PIM
2014 Recruits
Dylan Chanter  (D) Vernon Vipers BCHL 19 0 0 0 16
Playoffs BCHL 19 4 3 7 18
Dubuque Fighting Saints USHL 14 1 1 2 21
Adam Clark  (G) Salmon Arm SilverBacks BCHL 30 14W 14L 2.87 .911
Shane Eiserman  (F) Dubuque Fighting Saints USHL 53 16 24 40 71
Playoffs USHL 4 0 1 1 6
Warren Foegele  (F) St. Andrews College CISAA 14 17 6 23 15
Playoffs CISAA 5 5 4 9 10
St. Andrews College MPHL 13 12 17 29 14
Playoffs MPHL 3 6 5 11 2
John Furgele  (D) Jersey Hitmen USPHL 44 8 29 37 16
Playoffs USPHL 6 0 5 5 0
Cameron Marks  (D) Coquitlam Express BCHL 57 4 24 28 12
Playoffs BCHL 19 0 5 5 4
Michael McNicholas  (F) Vernon Vipers BCHL 56 23 46 69 20
Playoffs BCHL 19 5 13 18 6
Andrew Poturalski  (F) Cedar Rapids RoughRiders USHL 60 27 37 64 28
Playoffs USHL 4 2 1 3 2
Jason Salvaggio  (F) Indiana Ice USHL 52 15 11 26 39
Playoffs USHL 2 0 0 0 2


The Class of 2018 includes 4 players who verbally committed to UNH when they were either 15 or 16 years old. Two members of the class will be 18 years old and three will be 19 years old when they enroll in September, 2014.

Class of 2018

Player Commitment Age Signed NLI Enrollment Age
Dylan Chanter  (D) 16 years, 5 months November 2013 19 years, 0 months
Adam Clark  (G) 19 years, 6 months April 2014 21 years, 0 months
Shane Eiserman  (F) 15 years, 10 months November 2013 18 years, 11 months
Warren Foegele  (F) 16 years, 10 months April 2014 18 years, 5 months
John Furgele  (D) 18 years, 8 months April 2014 19 years, 8 months
Cameron Marks  (D) 17 years, 0 months November 2013 19 years, 5 months
Michael McNicholas  (F) 16 years, 11 months April 2014 20 years, 6 months
Andrew Poturalski  (F) 17 years, 9 months April 2014 20 years, 8 months
Jason Salvaggio  (F) 18 years, 8 months April 2014 19 years, 11 months


The incoming class is the largest since the 9 freshmen who came in the 2007-08 academic year. That group included James van Riemsdyk, Phil DeSimone, Mike Sislo, and Paul Thompson - players who had very productive NCAA careers.

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