Soo Eagles News - Hockey News January 24, 2014

NAHL Top Prospects team breakdown announced

The North American Hockey League (NAHL) has announced the number of players that will represent each team at next month’s NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, presented by Easton, which will be held from February 17-18, 2014 at the Troy Sports Center in Troy, Michigan, along with the teams’ coaches.

The number of players each NAHL team can to send to the tournament, in which four teams from the four NAHL divisions: Central, Midwest, North and South and a special fifth NAHL 18U Selects team, will each play in two game games, is based on each team’s winning percentage within their group as of January 20, 2014.

 In the North Division, the Port Huron Fighting Falcons (.679) will send five players, the Michigan Warriors (.568) will send four, the Johnstown Tomahawks (.561), Soo Eagles (.538) and Springfield Jr. Blues (.513) will each send three and the Janesville Jets (.472) will send two. The head coach of the North team will be Michael Gershon from the Port Huron Fighting Falcons and the assistant coach will be Moe Mantha from the Michigan Warriors.

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Soo Eagles News - Hockey News January 24, 2014

Scott Cuthrell Named Easton NAHL Northern Division Star of the Week

By CHELSEA ZALEWSKI
EUP News

Soo Eagles newcomer Scott Cuthrell was named Northern Division Star of the Week, after earning an honorable mention last week.  The 20-year-old forward who hails from Waterford, Michigan has been playing hockey since he was four.  He got his start in the “Atoms Learn to Play Hockey Program” at Lakeland Ice Arena in his hometown.

Cuthrell started the 2013-2014 season in the NA3HL with Cleveland where he played two games before moving up to the NAHL Michigan Warriors.  After 21 games with the Warriors he was released at the beginning of December and quickly picked up by the Soo Eagles.  Since coming to the Eagles, Cuthrell has averaged 1.25 points per game including two goals in both wins this past weekend again Janesville.


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Soo Eagles News - Hockey News January 19, 2014

Eagles over Jets Game 2

January 18, 2014

Soo 3

Janesville 2

 
Soo Eagles News - Hockey News January 17, 2014

Eagles over Jets

January 17, 2014

Soo     3
Janesville     2

 
Soo Eagles News - Hockey News January 15, 2014

Kristofers Bindulis, one of four NAHL players on the NHL’s Central Scouting midterm rankings

When the NHL’s Central Scouting midterm rankings came out on Monday, the list of players had a significant feel of players who have played or are playing in the NAHL, NAPHL and NA3HL family of leagues.
 
The NAHL has a 38-year history of producing NHL talent, but with the recent addition of the NAPHL and NA3HL in the last five years, that number will continue to grow of players who are taking advantage of the ladder of development and the significant scouting presence that the league-wide events provide.
 
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The midterm list is highlighted by four current NAHL players, three of them goalies. Heading the list is Wenatchee Wild goaltender Chase Perry, who is the #4 ranked North American goalie. Perry, 17, is from Andover, Minnesota and is in his first season in the NAHL with the Wild. In 17 games played, Perry (6’2/190) has a 2.35 goals against average and a 90.6% save percentage, along with two shutouts.
 
Minnesota Wilderness goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo, who was the NAHL Goaltender of the Month in November, is ranked #16 of all the goalies. His 8 shutouts leads all NAHL goalies and he is ranked 2nd in goals against average and save percentage.
 
Topeka rookie goaltender Drew Vogler is ranked #31. Vogler has appeared in 17 games this season with a 2.44 goals against average and a 89.8% save percentage.
 
Soo Eagles defenseman Kristofers Bindulis, 18, is #208 of North American skaters. He has six points in 35 games played this season.
 
The list is also very heavy with NAHL, NAPHL and NA3HL alumni.  Leading the way again are the goalies. Of the 34 ranked goaltenders by Central Scouting, eight of them (or 23%) are active players or alumni of the NAHL, NAPHL or NA3HL.
 
The #1-ranked goaltender on the list is NAPHL alum Thatcher Demko. He spent time developing in the NAPHL as the goalie for the California Titans 16U team during the 2010-11 season. Sporting a 7-2-1 record with a very respectable 92.2% save percentage and a 1.90 goals against average.  His save percentage and goals against average both ranked fourth in the 16U Division during the 2010-11 season.
 
The NA3HL has two alumni on the list, which includes goaltenders Alex Nedeljkovic (#5) and Devin Williams (#14), who both played for the Metro Jets in the NA3HL.
 
Nedeljkovic appeared in nine games in the NA3HL with the Metro Jets during the 2012-13 regular season. He made an immediate impact as he was named as the NA3HL Goaltender of the Month in November. He also was chosen for the U.S. Under-18 Select Team that competed at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.
 
Williams is not only an NA3HL alum, but an NAPHL one as well. Prior to his stint in the NA3HL, Williams played the 2010-11 season in the NAPHL as the goalie for the Motor City Metal Jackets 16U team. Williams continued his development during the 2011-12 season with the Metro Jets of the NA3HL. While playing with the Jets, Williams went 9-9-0 with a 3.88 GAA and a 89.6% save percentage playing in 19 games.
 
Other NAHL alumni on the list include Zach Nagelvoort (Aberdeen Wings/Soo Eagles), who is the #21-ranked goalie and currently plays for the University of Michigan. Jason Pawloski (Austin Bruins) who is ranked #34 and also played for the Omaha 16U team in the NAPHL during the 2011-12 season.
 
Other NAHL alumni include skaters #132 Matt Iacopelli (Springfield Jr. Blues/Texas Tornado), #134 Brett Beauvais (Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings) and defenseman Luke Ripley (Dawson Creek Rage). Beauvais and Ripley both appeared in the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament during their careers.
 
NAPHL alumni include forward Alex Schoenborn, who is also an NAHL alumni. Schoenborn is the #57-ranked skater and played the 2011-12 season with the Omaha AA 16U team. During the 2012-13 season, he spent a portion of the season with the Wenatchee Wild in the NAHL.
 
Former Pursuit of Excellence forward Dysin Mayo is ranked as the #84 skater. Former Omaha 16U forward Chris Wilkie, who was the NAPHL scoring champion back during the 2011-12 season, is ranked as the #111 skater and former Omaha and California Titans forward Lawton Courtnall is also on the list.

 
Soo Eagles News - Hockey News January 13, 2014

North Division Star of the Week: Sandis Zolmanis, forward, Soo Eagles

Thanks to their recent stretch of winning, the Soo Eagles are a playoff contender, which including taking three of four points this weekend at home against the 1st place Port Huron Fighting Falcons. With five points in his last five games, including three goals this past weekend, 19-year-old forward Sandis Zolmanis lead the way for the Eagles. On Saturday, the native of Riga, Latvia, scored the game-tying goal with :02 seconds to go in regulation and also scored in the shootout as the Eagles fell to the Fighting Falcons 3-2. On Sunday, Zolmanis (6’0/183) scored twice in a 5-2 win. After playing the first four games with the Minnesota Magicians, Zolmanis had scored 16 points in 20 games with the Eagles. “Sandis has been an impact player for us ever since he has joined the club,” said Eagles head coach Bruno Bragagnolo. “He is a very skilled and smart player. He is unselfish with the puck and he settles us down and really helps the power play.”


2nd Star: Alex Baskakov, defenseman, Springfield Jr. Blues


Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Shane Bednard, forward, Johnstown Tomahawks – Alex Blankenburg, goaltender, Port Huron Fighting Falcons – Scott Cuthrell, forward, Soo Eagles – Trevor Stone, forward, Springfield Jr. Blues

 


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