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Junior Hockey Notebook: Kormos Makes Jump to NAHL

01/06/2017, 9:15am MST
By Tom Robinson - Special to USA Hockey

Goalie joins Brown Bears to start 2017

Andrew Kormos led the Metro Jets to the top of the North American 3 Hockey League.

Now, the 19-year-old goalie will try to help the Kenai River Brown Bears out of the North American Hockey League Midwest Division basement.

Kormos and defenseman Marc Schwartz became the sixth and seventh Jets to earn call-ups to the NAHL for their efforts during Metro’s 28-0-0-0 start in the NA3HL.

Defenseman Robby Flannery (Springfield Jr. Blue), Nick Foan (Kenai River and Northeast Generals) and George Hansen (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights), forward Louis Boudon (Northeast) and goalie Jake Gwillim (New Jersey Titans) had earlier made the jump.

“I am happy for our guys and the opportunities that continue to come their way, but we are especially excited for Andrew and his call-up,” Jets head coach/general manager Justin Quenneville said, according to a story on the league website. “He has been putting up video game-like numbers and is deserving of this chance.”

Kormos, from Milford, Michigan, was in goal for 15 of the Metro wins. He leads the NA3HL with a 0.87 goals against average, .962 save percentage and six shutouts.

Schwartz, 19, from Macomb, Michigan, was an alternate captain with the Jets in his second season with the team. He has previously spent time in the NAHL with the Aston Rebels last season and the Wichita Falls Wildcats at the beginning of this season.

They will try to help a Kenai River team that has been struggling with a 7-21-2-0 record.

NAHL EAST: A pair of North American Hockey League East players had big weekend games.

Paul Maust scored four goals and assisted another Saturday when Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defeated Kenai River 7-4.

Drew Hotte had 32 saves Sunday to lead the Johnstown Tomahawks to their eighth straight win, a 3-0 victory over the defending champion Fairbanks Ice Dogs.

Elsewhere in the East Division, the Northeast Generals, who are winless while every other NAHL team has at least seven wins, made a coaching change. Brothers Tim and Joe Lovell will share head coaching duties with the team.

USHL ROUNDUP: Zach Solow had a goal and an assist in the first period Monday, extending his scoring streak to 16 games, to help the Dubuque Fighting Saints to a 5-2 victory over the Madison Capitols and into second place in the United States Hockey League Eastern Conference.

Madison forward Kamil Sadlocha and Chicago Steel defenseman Corson Green have been added to the rosters for the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, scheduled for Tuesday night in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.               

Sadlocha, a 17-year-old Ohio State recruit from Carpentersville, Illinois, leads Madison rookies with 10 points in 26 games this season.

Green, a 17-year-old University of New Hampshire recruit from Potsdam, New York, has 10 points and is plus-2 in 24 games. He has scored in six of the last nine games for the Eastern Conference leaders.

Waterloo Black Hawks forward Nick Swaney is up to a fourth-place tie in the league scoring race with 13 goals and 14 assists in 24 games. He has five goals and five assists during a five-game scoring streak, and earned USHL Forward of the Week honors for the second time this season after scoring six points in three holiday week games.

EASTERN LEADERS: Mike McPherson from the Boston Junior Rangers is the leader in goals (23) and points (42) as the Eastern Hockey League Premier Division returns from the holiday break.

Donny Flynn from the New Jersey Rockets leads with 30 assists.

Joseph Giacobbo from the Philadelphia Little Flyers leads in goals against average (1.05) and save percentage (.951).

Chad Simmerman from the Philadelphia Revolution leads the same two categories in the EHL Premier Division at 1.74 and .940.

MINING WINS: After splitting games for two consecutive weekends, the Pikes Peak Miners closed out the 2016 portion of the Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League schedule with a pair of wins over the Colorado Thunderbirds.

The Miners are 22-2-0-0 and 18 points ahead of the second-place Aspen Leafs.

Erik Anderson made 43 saves in a 3-2 win, then Pikes Peak won the New Year’s Eve game 6-3.

Story from Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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