Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Team Wisconsin Opens At USA Nationals Tonight

I apologize for not getting to this before but It's been a crazy last five days with Easter, my birthday, and a trip to Milwaukee for Brewers opening day.

If you weren't already aware, Team Wisconsin U16's are playing in the USA Hockey National Tournament which started today in Woodbridge, Illinois.

Team Wisconsin get's underway tonight when they take on the Carolina Jr. Hurricanes at 6:00 PM. The game can be watched live on the internet at for $6.99 per game. I planned on watching tonight's game and giving a scouting report in the morning but some business has come up and I unfortunately won't be able to. Team Wisconsin management has been very helpful so hopefully I can get a game recap from them either later tonight or tomorrow morning.

I saw the Team Wisconsin U16's play a few times this fall and came away very impressed. They are coached by former Badger and NHL'er Gary Shuchuk who according to DPlaya is being rumored as a potential candidate to fill Kevin Patrick's coaching opening for next season when he takes over as a USHL head coach.

Offensively TW is led by the first line of Hudson's Ryan Dau (.94 points per game), Middleton's Todd
Koritzinski (.94 PPG) and Monona Grove's Trevor Okeson (.63 PPG). They have combined for 86 points this season. There is virtually zero drop off to the second line with Wausau West's Garrett Clemment (.90 PPG), Eau Claire Memorials Alex Dahl (.77 PPG), and Green Bay United's Evan Janssen (.46 PPG). Another forward of note is Beaver Dam's Nick Szopinski (.54 PPG).

Team Wisconsin had a nice stable of defensemen as well. I really like Brookfield's Matthew Fosdick and Notre Dame Academy's Tim Davison. Fosdick is the leading scorer for the defensemen with 18 points.

Here is the full schedule for Team Wisconsin at USA Nationals:

Wednesday, April 7 - vs #25 Carolina Jr. Hurricanes @ 6:00 PM
Thursday, April 8 - vs #10 North Jersey Avalanche @ 5:00 PM
Friday, April 9 - vs #1 Chicago Mission @ 5:00 PM
Saturday, April 10 - Quarter-Finals in AM (TBD) Semi-Finals in PM (TBD)
Sunday, April 11 - Championship @ 10:00 AM