UMD Names Seven Incoming Freshman

The University of Minnesota Duluth Men's hockey team announced who will be joining the team as freshman next year, earlier today.  You may remember Chris Casto's Early Departure caused the Bulldogs a little confusion about incoming recruits, but everything seems to be settled now.

Here's the freshman who will be pulling on a Bulldog sweater this fall:

Name
Pos
HT/WT
Birthdate
Hometown
Current Team
League
F
6-1/170
3/9/94
Duluth, MN
Fargo
USHL
F
5-8/170
9/5/94
Lakeville, MN
Omaha
USHL
F
5-11/165
12/21/93
Eden, NY
Fargo
USHL
F
5-11/180
10/5/92
Sherwood, ALB
Spruce Grove
AJHL
Name
Pos
HT/WT
Birthdate
Hometown
Current Team
League
D
5-9/190
3/14/95
Hastings, MN
Shattuck
PREP
D
5-11/185
7/5/93
Eden Prairie, MN
Sioux City
USHL
D
6-4/195
7/14/94
Irma, ALB
Spruce Grove
AJHL



Forwards:

The most anticipated recruit will be the Duluth native, Dom Toninato, who helped power Duluth East to the state tourney just a year ago.  From then on, Toninato made the USHL his next level of dominance, breaking Fargo Force scoring records and leading his team into the Clark Cup playoffs.  Currently, the Toronto Maple Leafs prospect has 29 goals, 70 points and a +21 rating in 65 games with the Force this year, including his first playoff game.  His next playoff game is tonight!

Although all of our incoming recruits arrivals are anticipated, another excited player to join the Dogs will be former NTDP forward Kyle Osterberg.  The Lakeville native played with both the USA U17 and U18 team after he averaged 2.28 points per game in his single year (2009-10) at Lakeville South High School.  Osterberg has tallied 24 points in 46 games this year for the Omaha Lancers of the USHL.

The only US skater joining the team that isn't from Minnesota is Alex Iafallo.  Iafallo was not only close to a point-per-game player (43 points in 50 games - .86), but also had one of the USHL's best plus/minus rating at +34, which is arguably one of the more difficult stats to produce.  We know Iafallo is a mature player due to the fact he only spent 15 minutes in the penalty box all year for the Fargo, and just like Toninato, he plays tonight in the Clark Cup playoffs against Waterloo.

One of two Canadian athletes, Sammy Spurrell of the Spruce Grove Saints, is an outstanding forward who is very familiar with finding the back of the net.  Plagued by earlier injuries this season, Spurrell was unable to participate in the amount of games that he would have liked, but still managed to post some very impressive numbers, averaging 1.12 points per game during 25 regular season games.   The Saints are currently battling in the AJHL Gas Drive Cup Final against the Brooks Bandits; Spurrell has 18 points in the Saints' 15 playoff games.  The Bandits are up 3 games to 1 in the best of 7 series, and they play tonight at Brooks.

Defensemen:

The youngest incoming Bulldog to join the team is Shattuck-St. Mary's standout, Willie Raskob.  The hastings native has spent a good part of his hockey career at Shattuck and spent the last two years as a member the elite midget prep team.  As a senior, Raskob has assisted in 40 goals for 49 total points in the 57 game he's laced up for.  Raskob's season ended when Shattuck fell to the Neposet Valley River Rats in the semi-finals of the USA Hockey U-18 National Tournament.

With a current teammate joining him as well, Carson Soucy will make the trip up with Spurrell from the Spruce Grove organization to make things happen in a Bulldog sweater.   The monsterous blue-liner was injured for some of the year, but still managed to put up 12 points in 24 games during the regular season.  Soucy and Spurrell and working to try and win the Gas Drive Cup Final, but are down 3-1 in the best of 7 series.  The Saints play in Brooks tonight.

The last incoming recruit is no stranger to helping a team win a championship.   Dan Molenaar played with the Eden Prairie Eagles and helped them win the state championship during his senior year (2010-11).  Since then, Molenaar has been skating with the USHL's Sioux City Musketeers and also skated for team USA U-19's.  As a Musketeer, Molenaar has scored 8 points in 34 games, but was placed on Sioux City's Injured Reserve list on February 2nd for 45 days.  Sioux City failed to make the Clark Cup playoffs this year, so the Musketeers season is over, meaning the next jersey Molenaar throws on Will have a Bulldog front and center.

2012-13 Statistics:

Name
Pos
Current Team
League
GP
G
A
Pts.
Pts/G
(+/-)
Notes
F
Fargo
USHL
65
29
41
70
1.08
29
In Playoffs
F
Omaha
USHL
46
9
15
24
0.52
-5
*
F
Fargo
USHL
51
20
24
44
0.86
35
In Playoffs
F
Spruce Grove
AJHL
40
21
20
41
1.03
NA
Injured during season
Name
Pos
Current Team
League
GP
G
A
Pts.
Pts/G
(+/-)
Notes
D
Shattuck St. M.
PREP
57
9
40
49
0.86
NA
*
D
Sioux City
USHL
34
3
5
8
0.24
-13
45 day IR as of 2/6/13
D
Spruce Grove
AJHL
50
6
10
16
0.32
NA
Injured during season



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