Friday, April 24, 2015

Winterhawks Prospects Weekly: 4/17-4/23

Friday, April 17th:
-The Winterhawks signed 1998 born forward Brett Clayton out of the BCMML and the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds. Clayton is a 6'3" 197 lb forward who does not shy away from the rougher stuff. There seems to be a commitment by Portland Coach and GM Jamie Kompon to sign some bigger forwards.
-The Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL) and Center-man Kieffer Bellows (1998-Committed to Boston University) took game three in their best of 5 first round series vs the Sioux City Musketeers by a 4-1 score.
-In this preview piece about the USA's U-18 World Championship team: Caleb Jones is mentioned as part of an elite U.S. team that is one fo the favorites to take a run at Gold.

Saturday, April 18th:
-Signed Goalie Mike Bullion (1997), came on in relief for the Wenatchee Wild (NAHL), after his team fell behind 2-0 against the Lone Star Brahma in Game 3 of their first round series. Bullion stopped all of the shots he faced but the Brahma won the game, clinching it with a late empty netter and winning the series in a three game sweep.

Sunday, April 19th:
-Bellows scored the only goal for Sioux Falls in Game 4 of their first round series, but his team lost 4-1, forcing a series deciding Game 5 agaisnt Sioux City.
-After D-man Jack Dougherty (1996) and the University of Wisconsin had a record breaking 4-26-5 season, head coach Mike Eaves was forced to fire two of his assistants and later was advised this coming year could be his last. Dougherty, who was drafted 51st overall by Nasville last year, was given a lot of ice time last year as a Freshman and will be counted on to help turn the program around.

Tuesday, April 21st:
-Caleb Jones was one of 16 U.S. U18 players that made the score sheet in a 13-1 win in their final preliminary game at the World Championships. The U.S. finished 3-0-0-1 in their 4 prelimiary games. In the highlights linked, Jones activates nicely, setting up the team's first goal.

Wednesday, April 22nd:
-Bellows and Sioux Falls beat Sioux City 6-1 in the deciding Game 5 of their first round series vs, Sioux City and advanced to face the Tri City Storm in the Semi-Finals, startign Friday in Kearney, Nebraska.

Thursday, April 23rd:
-Brannon McManus (1998-committed to the U of Minnesota), who was drafted by the Winterhawks, signed a contract with the Omaha Lancers of the USHL. He will play the 2015-16 with Oamaha.
 -Special assist to Fake Mike Johnston for this article.
-Caleb Jones and Team USA blew out the Czech Republic 7-2 in the Quarter-Finals at the U-18 World Championships, setting up a Semi-Final showdown vs. Canada Saturday morning. Jake Oettinger (1998) has served as backup Goalie to the Tri City American's Evan Sarthou on two occasions, but has yet to see any action in Switzerland.

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