The NCAA exhibition season got underway this past weekend with two Lightning prospects in action.
Western Ontario 1 @ No.10 Michigan 6
D Kevin Quick, MICH: 0-0-0, +2, 2 SOG
Quick, a freshman, made his Michigan debut for the Wolverines and was involved in some scoring chances but did not register a point in the exhibition game. According to MGoBlue.com, Quick jumped into a play and took a drop pass from Michigan captain and Phoenix Coyote draft pick Kevin Porter, firing a one-timer blocker side on the UWO goaltender Brad Topping, who got a piece of the shot. Michigan held their Blue vs. White game on Saturday. Quick, who is wearing No.27, did not register a point and was even with a shot on goal in the intrasquad game for Team White, who lost 6-3.
Trois-Rivieres 0 @ U-Mass 6
D John Wessbecker, UMASS: 0-0-0, 0 PIM, +1
The University of Massachusetts opened their 2007-2008 season with an exhibition win over Trois-Rivieres. Wessbecker, a junior and former seventh round pick, is coming off a sophomore year in which he registered one point on a goal.
Kevin Quick had one assist in the first of two intrasquad scrimmage games on Sunday at USA Hockeyâ€™s 2007 National Junior Evalation Camp in Lake Placid. Quick played on the USA Blue team which lost a squeaker to the USA White team 7-6 on Sunday.
USA Blue played USA White again Monday as a warmup prior to games with Finland and Sweden starting Tuesday. Team White beat Team Blue 4-3. The Game Boxscore hasn't been posted yet for the Monday game but you can check out a blog about the game at NHL.com.
According to the news web site Michigan Live (MLive.com), Lightning defensive prospect and University of Michigan commitment Kevin Quick has been invited to Team USA's 2007 National Junior Team Evaluation Camp this summer in preparation for the 2008 World Junior Championships. The tournament will be played in Pardubice and Liberec in the Czech Republic in early January.
Quick hails from Buffalo, New York and has just completed prep school in Salisbury, Connecticut. The Lightning has not had a drafted prospect on the USA WJC team since Paul Mara in 1998.
The Sarnia Sting made a pair of surprising selections in the 8th round of yesterday's OHL Priority Draft, choosing Lightning prospect defenseman Kevin Quick and his younger brother Kyle from Salisbury Prep. The elder Quick was a particularly unorthodox selection considering he is nearly three years older than many of the selections from this draft class. Speculation abounds that both of the Quicks, both defensemen, will report to Sarnia this Fall. Kevin had previously committed to play college hockey with the University of Michigan, but if he chooses to play in the OHL next season the Lightning will likely sign the slick skating defenseman next summer; much earlier than had been previously expected.
According to this post on Hockey's Future:
Quick and his younger brother went in the 8th and 9th round respectively. One poster speculated that the brother did not want to play NCAA hockey and that Kevin was on the fence. Apparently a family decision was made that if one team could get both, they would go together.
An intersting development.
Salisbury School 14 - Canterbury School 2
In their final game of the regular season the Knights won their 13th straight and clinched the #1 seed in the west for the New England playoffs. On a sour note, his team put up 14 goals but Lightning prospect Kevin Quick failed to record a point in the blowout.
Salisbury plays host to #4 seed South Kent School from South Kent, Conn. on Wednesday.
Salisbury School 3 - Hotchkiss School 0
Kevin Quick was scoreless and plus-2 as Salisbury beat Hotchkiss for the first time in three tries this season. The win gives the Knights at least a share of the Founders League regular season title. The winning streak now sits at 12 with the regular season concluding Saturday at home against Canterbury School out of New Milford, Conn.
Salisbury School 7 - Albany Academy 1
Kevin Quick picked up an assist as Salisbury (17-3-2) won their 11th straight. For the season Quick has one goal and nine assists, is a plus-20 with 4 PIM.
Salisbury takes on Hotchkiss School (14-4-3) tonight, a game with huge Founders League and New England Playoff ramifications. The two teams are involved in a three-way tie atop the standings with Avon Old Farms and the Knights have lost both matchups against the Bearcats this season, 1-0 on Dec. 6 and a double overtime loss in the Flood-Mar Tournament final 4-3.
Avon Old Farms-2
Kevin Quick scored his first goal of the season as Salisbury won their 10th game in a row. Quick fired a quick wrist shot from the top of the circles that found its way through in the third period. Salisbury sits in a three-way tie for first place in the Founders League with Avon Old Farms and Hotchkiss School. The Knights make up last weeks game, which was cancelled due to weather, against Albany Academy tonight then face Hotchkiss on Wednesday.