Thursday, January 24, 2008

Looking ahead: Stouffville duo collects honors

It’s been a memorable week for the pair of future Terriers who spearhead the Stouffville Spirit’s offense. 2008 recruit Corey Trivino and 2009 recruit Ethan Werek racked up points and honors.

In the Spirit’s two weekend games, each put up eight points—2+6 for Trivino and 3+5 for Werek. Trivino added a shootout goal in Friday night’s 7-6 loss to Couchiching that was followed by a blowout 12-5 win over Seguin. Werek now is the team scoring leader with 56 points, just one ahead of his current and future teammate.

Recognized as OPJHL North Division Player of the Month in December, Werek also was named the division’s Rookie of the Year for this season (even though the season is far from over), the same honor Trivino won last year. Meanwhile, Trivino, who was ranked 46th among N. American skaters for the 2008 NHL draft, played in Wednesday night’s OPJHL all-star game.

Vinny Saponari scored his 8th goal of the season and 14th assist in the NTDP U18s loss to D3 Adrian College. Saponari is tied for the team lead in scoring with Jordan Schroeder who was Colin Wilson’s linemate at the World Junior Championships. David Warsofsky remains the U18s top scoring defenseman.

As posted recently both, 2008 recruit Chris Connolly and his brother Jack were selected for the USHL all-star game. An Omaha World-Herald feature examines the paths taken by the college-bound siblings.

In other Terrier news:

Last week we reported John Laliberte’s first goal since signing with the AHL Milwaukee Admirals. Thanks to a blog reader, we now have video of that goal.

There was good news and bad news for another former Terrier. Defenseman Bryan Miller’s strong season for the Alaska Aces earned him a spot in the ECHL all-star game, but a shoulder injury has now ended his season. Miller will be a free agent this summer and will look to sign with an AHL club.

Colin Wilson’s five-point weekend, including a goal and three assists against Merrimack earned the freshman center Hockey East’s Rookie of the Week award. He added an assist in the 2-2 tie with BC. Meanwhile, College Hockey News and The Daily Free Press checked in with Colin on his return to the Terriers after leading the US Junior National Team in goals. Projected as an early first round draft choice next June, Wilson knows the scouts are watching. Here’s how one scout sized him up:

"Colin has a tremendous skill set. The thing about Colin is that he can play a number of roles. He can setup a linemate because he sees the ice really well and can find passing lanes, even if they sometimes don't exist. But recently, he's also been finding the net more himself."

1 comment:

dakourtz said...

Thanks for these postings to the blog. It adds thoughtful perspectives on the past, present, and future of the Terriers.
Much enjoyed!


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