Linkorama: Week 1

We pick up where we left off in Linkorama. The AHL, ECHL and others have started their regular seasons and this week Linkorama includes updates on eight recruits and four alumni plus news on the current Huskies and more.

Recruits

Chris Leibinger had an assist and a +3 rating in two wins since last week for Muskegon (USHL).

Joel L'Esperance returned to action in two games over the weekend after a leave of absence. This should ease some concerns from Huskies fans who were confused about why L'Esperance was inactive for about ten days according to Tri-City (USHL).

Joe Schuldt had an assist and a +1 rating in two wins over the weekend for Sioux Falls (USHL).

Dylan Steman scored his first goal of the season and added an assist for Cedar Rapids (USHL)  in an 8–7 shootout loss to Green Bay.

Reid Sturos scored three goals and an assist in three games for Nainamo (BCHL) over the weekend. His 2 goals on Saturday helped the Clippers defeat Alberni Valley 5–0 and helped Sturos earn the 1st Star. Through 11 games, Sturos now leads the Clippers in scoring with 4 goals, 5 assists and 9 points. The forward was featured on Canada.com after his big weekend.

Dane Birks had an assist to help Merritt (BCHL) defeat Powell River 4–2. Birks leads all Centennials in scoring with 2 goals, 8 assists and 10 points (tied with Sebastian Pare and Regan Soquila). Birks is also tied for fourth among BCHL defensemen in scoring.

Mike Neville had three goals and two assists in four games since last week, helping St. Michael's (OJHL) split its four games. Neville now has 7 points in 8 games for the Buzzers.

Brett Boeing scored 2 goals and an assist in 3 games last week increasing his season total to 5–4–9 through 12 games.

Alumni

Brett Olson took only two games to get his first AHL point, an assist, in helping Abbotsford defeat Peoria 6–2.

Eric Kattelus had three points, including a goal, in the season opener for Kalamazoo (ECHL), earning the 1st Star in a 4–1 win over Fort Wayne.

Riley Nelson has been a big part of the Colorado Eagles for the past 8 seasons and will be captain for his ninth season with the team. The Reporter Herald has an article featuring quotes from Nelson on success of the Eagles in Loveland, Colorado.

Clay Wilson has five points through 16 games, which ties him for the lead in scoring among Donbass Donetsk (KHL) defensemen, and is averaging almost 19 minutes a game.

Other Items

The Mel Pearson Show is broadcast live every Monday at 8:30 AM on 93.5FM WKMJ and available to download from MichiganTechHuskes.com later in the day. If you would like to listen to this audio and more, subscribe to the Huskies RSS feed by going here and following the instructions. The October 15 Edition is available below:

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Stephen Anderson (@steander), Michigan Tech hockey beat writer for The Daily Mining Gazette, posted his weekly column posing the question, Which teams will show up? Anderson also has a feature on Bill Steele's induction into the Michigan Tech Sports Hall of Fame.

Michigan Tech has a new weekly video segment called "In The Crease" and here is a link to Episode 4 from October 12.

Milos Gordic made an appearance on the October 16 edition of Three Up, Three Down on CHN. Being recognized for his big offensive performance on Saturday in the 8–4 win over Lake Superior State. Hopefully there won't be many links to the "three down" side of that for the Huskies this season.

Polls and Rankings*

Polls: USCHO.com Poll (NR)

NCAA Power Rankings: Inside College Hockey† , College Hockey Weekly (NR), Bleacher Report†

WCHA/Michigan Power Rankings: THG Web Media Poll (8↔), Western College Hockey (8↔), Goon's World (7), Radio Free Omaha (7), Pride on Ice†, College Hockey News (5↑), Michigan College Hockey (5)

*Michigan Tech's ranking and their change in ranking from the previous week is in parentheses

†Not updated yet; we'll update the link when it becomes available