Linkorama: Week 17

This week includes updates on featured recruit Jake Jackson, from Tartan High School in Minnesota, plus updates on seven other recruits, six alumni, audio of the Mel Pearson Show and more.

Recruits

Dylan Steman had a goal and an assist for Cedar Rapids (USHL) in a 5–2 win over Youngstown on Saturday. Steman was named 2nd Star of the game.

Tyler Heinonen put up three points this weekend for Muskegon (USHL) including the first goal in a  5–4 overtime loss to Youngstown on Friday night.

Joel L'Esperance has scored two goals in his last four games for Tri-City (USHL). The goals game in a 6–5 win over Waterloo and a 5–2 win over Sioux City. Hopefully this is a sign that L'Esperance is getting comfortable in the USHL.

Shane Hanna had two goals to help the Salmon Arm Silverbacks (BCHL) take care of Vernon 3–1 on Saturday, and was recognized as the 1st Star. Hanna scored his first in the first on the power play with a shot that made its way through a screen and between the legs of Vernon goaltender Danny Todosychuk. Hanna scored his second with less that a minute to go in the second period, this time over Todosychuk's left shoulder. Hanna is now the leading scorer for the Silverbacks with ten goals and a 40 points on the season.

Michael Neville had three points in a weekend set with St. Michael's (OJHL). Neville registered an assist in an 8–1 win versus Oakville on Saturday and a goal and an assist in Sunday night's 8–3 victory.

Brett Boeing has racked up 23 goals and 15 assists for a total of 38 points this season after Shattuck-St. Mary's (midget AAA) home sweep of Edge School this weekend.

Jake Jackson put together a hat trick for Tartan (USHS–MN) in their 5–2 win over South Saint Paul Saturday night. Tartan teammate Zach Ledman opened up the scoring just 2:45 into the game. Thirty seconds later Jackson scored his first of the night. Jackson scored his next two in the second period. The first came at 7:50 on a power play and his last goal came at 16:21 while shorthanded. Jackson now leads his team with 45 points on the season and has a 12-game point streak. Below is video of Jackson's third goal to complete the hat trick:

Travis Brown has strung together a four-game scoring streak with an assist in all three games for Rogers (USHS–MN) last week after his two-goal performance last week. Brown continues to lead Rogers in goals with twelve.

Alumni

John Scott knocked Shawn Thornton out of the Boston Bruins' (NHL) lineup for the next 7-10 days after destroying him in a fight three minutes into the Buffalo Sabres' 7–4 win on January 31st.

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Scott talked about his concern for Thornton in a post game interview.

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Chris Conner scored the game-winning goal for Portland (AHL) en route to their 2–0 win over Albany on February 2nd. Conner earned the 3rd Star.

Brett Olson scored his sixth goal of the season to clinch a 4–1 win for Abbotsford (AHL) over Lake Erie last week.

Eric Kattelus scored his first three points of the season for Chicago (AHL) last week after his recent call-up. His first goal game in a 5–2 win over Milwaukee and his second goal came in a 5–3 loss to Peoria.

Josh Robinson stopped 45 of 47 shots to help the Idaho Steelheads (ECHL) to a 3–2 win over Stockton. Robinson is 15–5–1 for the Steelheads this season.

Brett Engelhardt scored two goals to help EHC Linz (Austria) to a 5–4 win over Medvescak Zagreb.

Husky Audio/Video and News

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 February 4th edition is available below:

[audio http://michigantechhuskies.com/audio/MELPEARSONSHOW020413_01.mp3,http://michigantechhuskies.com/audio/MELPEARSONSHOW020413_02.mp3,http://michigantechhuskies.com/audio/MELPEARSONSHOW020413_03.mp3,http://michigantechhuskies.com/audio/MELPEARSONSHOW020413_04.mp3,http://michigantechhuskies.com/audio/MELPEARSONSHOW020413_05.mp3|Mel Pearson Show 2-4-2013]

The Michigan Tech Athletics Department preview of next weekend's Winter Carnival series against Alaska Anchorage can be found here and this week's episode of Follow the Huskies covers Hockey 101.

Mikael Lickteig's OT winner versus Nebraska–Omaha was a big deal for the Huskies but it also made news in San Francisco for some reason.

Live audio of Friday's 7:07 est and Saturday's 5:07 est contests can be found at pastynet by clicking on 93.5FM WKMJ. Stephen Anderson (@steander), Michigan Tech hockey beat writer for The Daily Mining Gazette, will post soon in his daily column a preview to this weekend's Winter Carnival series against Alaska Anchorage. The Daily Mining Gazette also has coverage of both Friday and Saturday night's games.

This week in the WCHA's February 1st audio update is available below:

[audio http://downloads.wild.nhl.com/podcasts/2985_WCHA.MP3|This Week in the WCHA 2-1-2013]

Polls and Rankings*

Polls: USCHO.com Poll (NR), USA Today Poll (NR)

Computers: KRACH Rankings (37↑), Pairwise Rankings (NR), RPI Rankings (45), USHSHO.com (26↓/38↔)

WCHA/Michigan Power Rankings: THG Web Media Poll (10↔), Goon's World (10↔),Radio Free Omaha (9↑),College Hockey News (10↔), Michigan College Hockey (4↑)

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