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Top goalie performances ring in the new year

01/08/2014, 4:30pm MST
By Tom Robinson - Special to USAHockey.com

Daniel Oordt of the American West Hockey League’s Billings Bulls and Cody Foster of the Northern Pacific Hockey League’s Eugene Generals got 2014 off to a great start with New Year’s Day shutouts.

Oordt made 48 saves to lead the Bulls to a 5-0 victory over the Bozeman Ice Dogs. Bozeman outshot Billings 48-32, but Oordt’s big night produced the victory. The Bulls’ Cody Phillips had two assists and scored a shorthanded goal in the second period to extend Billings’ lead to 3-0.

Foster made 14 saves when the Generals defeated the Tri-Cities Outlaws, 6-0. Connor Hoernlein scored a pair of second-period goals to give Eugene a 3-0 lead, then added an assist in the third period.

One night earlier on New Year’s Eve, Foster made 22 saves and Hunter Hartman scored one goal and assisted on another when Eugene made it through a tougher battle with Tri-Cities to pull out a 2-1, Nor-Pac win.

NEW YEAR’S EVE: There were many junior games around the country on New Year’s Eve, and many included strong goaltending performances.

Cal Petersen matched the United States Hockey League lead in wins with his 16th when he made 32 saves to lead the Waterloo Black Hawks to a 4-1 victory over the Lincoln Stars. The win was the fifth straight by Waterloo (22-6-1). Petersen, a Buffalo Sabres’ draft pick, has stopped 73 of 77 shots while winning three times since Christmas.

Cole Bruns made 29 saves as the Omaha Lancers beat the Sioux City Musketeers 2-1, ending Sioux City’s seven-game USHL winning streak.

Two of the North American Hockey League’s top goalies squared off when the Aberdeen Wings edged the Bismarck Bobcats, 2-1. Aberdeen’s Chad Catt, the NAHL’s leader in save percentage, made 39 saves to outduel Bismarck’s Aaron Nelson, who is second in the league in wins.

Blake Cates made 34 saves for his first NAHL shutout when the Coulee Region Chill blanked the Minnesota Magicians, 5-0.

Also in the NAHL, Connor Girard stopped a penalty shot with 17 seconds remaining to preserve a 3-2 win for the Brookings Blizzard over the Minnesota Wilderness.

Sean Kelley made 41 saves to lead the Gillette Wild to a 5-0 shutout of the Yellowstone Quake in the AWHL.

COLLEGE COMMITMENTS: Lincoln Stars scoring leader John Simonson has committed to play at the University of North Dakota next season. Simonson, a 20-year-old from Grand Forks, N.D., has 10 goals and eight assists in 24 games.

Muskegon Lumberjacks defenseman Adam Larkin committed to Yale University. Larkin, an 18-year-old from Clarkston, Mich., has five points in 28 USHL games.

Wyatt Ege, a defenseman for the Fairbanks Ice Dogs of the North American Hockey League, committed to the University of Alaska Anchorage. The 18-year-old from Elk River, Minn. has six points in 29 games.

Nik Nugnes of the Eastern Hockey League’s Connecticut Oilers committed to the University of Maine. Nugnes, 20, from West Barnstable, Mass., is in the top 10 in the league in wins, goals-against average and save percentage.

ONE-TIMERS: Tyler Vesel matched USHL season-highs for assists (four) and points (five) Friday to lead the Omaha Lancers to an 8-3 romp over the Tri-City Storm. …  Billings posted a 4-3 overtime victory over the Great Falls Americans in a New Year’s Eve AWHL game when T.J. Theodosopoulos scored with 10 seconds left in regulation and Christian Akita added the winner at 1:41 of overtime. … The MHL Red Stars from Russia tuned up for a tour of games against NCAA Division I teams with a 5-4 victory over the Eastern League All-Stars Dec. 23 in Lowell, Mass. … Hu Hikosaka had hat tricks in all three games while Kole Hudson had eight assists when the Topeka Capitals outscored the Sugar Land Imperials 25-6 to sweep the weekend series between the top two teams in the NA3HL South Division.

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Update on 2015-16 USA Hockey Officiating Registration

07/08/2015, 5:15pm MDT
By David LaBuda, USA Hockey National Referee-in-Chief

District Referees-in-Chief implement changes to registration procedures

As we enter the 2015-16 registration season for officials, I want to give an update of what changes to expect this season.

The Officials Section has been busy since the 2015 Winter Meeting, working on implementing the registration changes that were discussed and voted on by the district referees-in-chief, along with refining the testing and online seminar programs.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION
For 2015-16, there will be an informational video available before an official registers with USA Hockey outlining the requirements and commitment that an individual will need to fulfill in order to complete their registration.

REGISTRATION PROCESS

Next, and a very important change, starting with this season, in order to register for a seminar, an official will have to first register as an official (online) with USA Hockey in order to gain access to the online program to register for a seminar.

This change was due to a number of individuals who would never register as an official with USA Hockey and then ‘no show’ to the seminar that they registered for, which frequently led to other registered officials being denied attendance at that seminar because the seating capacity had already been reached.

This change will provide more incentive for every individual who registers as an official -- and registers for a seminar -- to attend that seminar and complete the registration requirements.

EXAM PROCESS
The open-book testing process has also been modified for the coming season. What hasn’t changed is that a Level 1 official will still have to answer the first 50 questions, while Level 2, 3 & 4 officials will have to answer 100 questions. However, the passing score for a Level 2 official has been modified to 80 from 85. All other passing scores remain the same as last year. Those minimum passing scores are 35 for a Level 1 official and 90 for Levels 3 and 4.

While an official is taking the open-book exam, there will be immediate feedback provided after each answer is submitted. If the question was answered incorrectly, the rule reference for that missed question will be given with the appropriate rule book language.

After completing all of the required questions, a summary will be sent of all incorrect responses with their rule references. If a passing score is obtained, then the open-book exam requirement will be complete.

If the result is a failing score, after the seven-day waiting period has passed, the official will only have to retake those questions that were incorrectly answered on their first open-book exam. The retake questions will be based on the same rule reference as the originally missed questions, but will cover a different aspect of the rule.

Once all of the retake questions are answered, the number of correctly answered retake questions will be added to the original test score to hopefully obtain a passing grade. As a reminder, there is no third attempt to pass the open-book exam.

IN-CLASS SEMINARS & ONLINE EDUCATION UPDATES
During the winter meeting, the Officials Section spent considerable time discussing seminar program feedback, and in particular, the online modules. All feedback was taken seriously and an action plan was discussed and adopted.


Two work groups were established to address the new classroom curriculums and to improve the online video modules. Both were comprised of grassroots members who could bring a grassroots perspective to their work. Both groups have completed their work and their recommendations have been adopted. The new shortened classroom curriculums have been distributed for application to this coming seminar season and the online modules are being re-engineered with improved formatting, better sequencing, animation replacing some video clips and reduction of music and voice-overs to allow the viewer to better focus on the presented material.

We’ve also evaluated the number of required modules for each level, and based on the user analytics that the first years’ experience produced, we have reduced the number of required modules in some cases.

Lastly, as a reminder, once an official begins their first online module, they will need to complete all of their online module training within a specified time period. The online module completion time periods are 60 days for Level 1 registered officials and 45 days for Levels 2, 3 and 4. If all of the required and elective modules are not completed within the specified time frame, the official will have to restart all of the module training from the beginning. This requirement was waived during last year’s registration season due to the delayed rollout of the online module program, but it’s back in place this year.

This completion requirement was put in place by the District RICs to encourage all officials to complete their registration as early as possible and to provide continuity in the overall seminar education process.

SUMMARY
As a reminder, to complete an official’s registration an applicant must:

  • Register online with USA Hockey
  • Register and attend a classroom seminar (reduced attendance times depending on registration level)
  • Complete the required and elective online training modules within the required time frame
  • Pass the open-book exam at their registration level
  • Pass the closed-book exam (no closed-book exam at Level 1) for their registration level
  • Complete their online USA Hockey SafeSport training at the end of every two-year cycle

 

Work will continue on improving our educational programs, and as always, we will continue actively listening to your constructive feedback. Without your involvement and support as a community, we cannot continue moving forward.  Acknowledging that improvements were needed was only one step in the process.  Implementing those changes in a way that meets the needs of our officiating community is the next step and we’re excited to be taking that step.

Have a great 2015-16 season and as always, skate hard and have fun when you’re on the ice.

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