Dartmouth Hockey Team Announces Commitments


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Dartmouth hockey team announces commitments May 25, 2012 7:15 AM

The Dartmouth men’s hockey team announced that 10 players — six forwards, two defensemen and two goaltenders — will join next season as members of the Class of 2016. The team graduated a league-high 10 seniors this season and will be looking to fill a big void in 2012-2013.

One of the biggest problems presented by the departure of the Class of 2012 was the loss of James Mello ’12 and Jody O’Neill ’12, the team’s top two goaltenders, who saw the majority of the ice time between the pipes for the Big Green this past season.

James Kruger ’16 from Minnetonka, Minn., and Charles Grant ’16 from Berwick, Nova Scotia will replace the two seniors. Both new goalies come in with significant junior league experience and look to challenge returner Cab Morris ’14 — who played in six games last season — for ice time.

Kruger comes to the team from the Langley Rivermen of the British Columbia Junior Hockey League, where despite playing for an inexperienced team, he showed his potential as a solid goaltender. Grant played for the Yarmouth Marines of the Maritime Junior Hockey League and posted a solid year in net with a 2.54 goals against average and a .907 save percentage. Grant’s numbers continued to improve throughout the playoffs, including a shutout in Game 7 of the league semifinals.

The incoming freshmen forwards have a lot to live up to, as the members of the Class of 2015 put up strong offensive numbers in their first season. Three of the Big Green’s top six scorers last year were freshmen.

Nick Bligh ’16 out of Milton, Mass., will look to come in and make an instant impact on the team after scoring 85 points in 43 games last season for the South Shore Kings of the Eastern Junior Hockey League.

Brett Patterson ’16 from Eden Prarie, Minn., will also look to compete right away for the Big Green.

Tim O’Brien ’16, from Winnetka, Ill., was one of the fastest players in the United States Hockey League, playing for the Sioux City Musketeers last season, and will try to bring that energy to the Big Green offense next year.

Rick Pinkston ’15 played against O’Brien in the USHL and noted his dangerous quickness in any situation.

Jack Barre ’16 out of Fairfield, Conn., played for the New Jersey Hitmen of the EJHL and was noted by league personnel as one of the top five players in the league, according to Peters.

Connor Dempsey ’16 hails from Winthrop, Mass., and played last season for the Westside Warriors of the BCJHL, where he was his team’s leading scorer with 58 points and played in every situation.

Brad Schierhorn ’16 of Anchorage, Alaska, rounds out the new forwards and comes to the Big Green from the Tri-City Storm of the USHL.

Pinkston also played with Schierhorn in the USHL and hailed the rookie as a “big, solid forward who can play all situations with a very accurate shot and deceptive strength.”

The two defensemen, Ryan Bullock ’16 from Eden Prairie, Minn., and Geoff Ferguson ’16 from Hanwell, New Brunswick, are the final recruits in the Class of 2016.

Bullock comes to the Big Green from the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the USHL and brings an attacking threat from the blue line, as he scored 10 goals and tallied 30 points last season.

Ferguson played alongside O’Brien for Sioux City last year and bore the unusual distinction of wearing a letter as a first-year player, as he was named an assistant captain.

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