Monday, August 8, 2016

2016-17 Roster Preview: Returning Players Bring Experience

The 2016-17 edition of the Nichols Prep Boys’ Hockey Team is highlighted by 13 returning players from a successful team last season.  This experience should bode well for this year’s group.  At forward, senior co-captain Matt Gasuik (South Buffalo) returns for his third year on the team and should bring a level of leadership and understanding of the work that lays ahead.  Senior forwards Steve Senese (Niagara Falls, NY), Brandon Hausler (Mongomery, TX), Connor Zak (Amherst), and Charlie Carlson (Orchard Park) return for their second season and will be counted on for production.  Junior forwards Lucas Herrmann (Lancaster), Chris Morrison (Ridgefield, CT) and Cole Donhauser (Kenmore) will be key members of the success in their second season.  On defense, senior co-captain Tom Elia (Buffalo) brings leadership in his third season with the Big Green and his 8th year with the school.  Another 8-year student is senior defenseman Jack Millar (Hamburg) who will compete in his second season on the Prep Team along with senior defenseman Zach Gannon (Amherst).  Another defenseman in his second season is junior Adam Hawkins (Morrisvile, NC).  These four will bring stability to the back end.  Junior goaltender Josh Graziano (Clarence) will be back for his second season after seeing time in 31 games last year. 

Three returners spent part of their summer at the USA Hockey Player Development Camp.  Cole Donhauser, Tom Elia, and Josh Graziano represented the NY District at the National Festival and each represented themselves, their families, and Nichols School hockey at the highest level.  

Check back soon for updates on the newcomers in 2016-17.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Development Camp Begins Next Week

Players from the Prep Team and former Nichols players will participate in our annual Development Camp held at Nichols from August 8-11. Development Coach Dave Smith as well as BarrySmith  (Chicago Blackhawks) will lead the 4 day camp designed to give players a jump start on the season with a focus on skills and skating. It's not only a great training opportunity for our players, but it's a great chance to re-connect with some former players. Camp runs from 6-8pm each night, and it is open to the public.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

45 Days and Counting

We are just 45 days away from our opening weekend!  Training Camp will begin in late August and we open with a home and home series with cross town rivals Buffalo Jr Sabres 18U.  Game 1 will be at 6:30pm at Nichols on Sept 10.  Game 2 is down at the HarborCenter on Sept 11 at 9:00am.  We aren't looking to dismiss the summer break, but the excitement of Nichols Hockey is just around the corner.  Looking forward to seeing you all at the rink this winter.  A full schedule will be released soon.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Get Ready for the Teddy Bear Toss

The Nichols Prep Team will host its annual Teddy Bear Toss game when they take on St. Andrew’s College on December 9.  The puck drops at 6:00pm.  All Teddy Bears will be donated to Women and Children’s Hospital. When Nichols scores its first goal of the game, let the teddy bears rain! 

Brunswick 4, Nichols 2

For the third game in 24 hours, the Big Green outshot their opponent (35-22) but could not outscore their opponent.  Brunswick jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first four minutes of the game, but Nichols would battle back and begin to control the game.  Alec Yerkovich (98/Hamburg) put Nichols on the board with assists going to Steve Senese (99/Niagara Falls) and Cole Donhauser (99/Kenmore).  Nichols would let the game slip away with two quick goals and ten minutes remaining.  Despite a strong push, Nichols could not catch up.  Erik Urbank (99/Orchard Park) scored with 90 seconds remaining from Brett Willits (99/London, ON)Jerry Baerwitz (97/Orlando, Fl) made 10 saves in 30 minutes of action.  Josh Graziano (00/Clarence) made 8 saves in his 30 minutes of play. 

Berkshire 5, Nichols 0

In game 1 of the Berkshire Jamboree, Nichols fell to the host Berkshire School 5-0.  Despite outshooting Berkshire 27-21, the Big Green could not find the back of the net.  Jerry Baerwitz (97/Orlando, FL) made 9 saves in 30 minutes of play.  Josh Graziano (00/Clarence) made 7 saves in the last 30 minutes of the game.  

Northwood 5, Nichols 3

After boarding the 6am bus to Union College, the Nichols Boys spotted Northwood a quick 2-0 lead en route to a 5-3 loss.  Brandon Hausler (99/Montgomery, TX) cut the lead in the first period.  Northwood would regain the 2 goal lead with a goal early in the second period, but Nichols would battle back with Cole Donhauser (99/Kenmore) closing the gap with an assist to Alec Yerkovich (98/Hamburg) and Steve Senese (99/Niagara Falls).  Again, Northwood would extend their lead making it 4-2 in the early part of the third period.  Yerkovich brought Nichols back to within 1 goal late in the third period, but Northwood would seal the game with a goal in the last minute.   Josh Graziano (00/Clarence) made 19 saves in the game