More than a dozen former Black Hawks are juniors in college this winter. Karen’s Print Rite presents a rundown on five of them who will be relied upon by their schools this season.
Taylor Cammarata, Minnesota F
The reigning Big Ten champions are not off to an ideal start. In three season-opening losses, the Gophers have been limited to just one goal. That trend won’t continue long if third-year forward Taylor Cammarata has anything to say about it.
As a sophomore in 2014/15, Cammarata ranked second on the Minnesota roster with 24 assists. His 27 points equaled the total from his freshman year. In two NCAA seasons, Cammarata has been among the Gophers’ top-seven point producers twice.
Minnesota seeks to shake off their 0-3 start on home ice this weekend against Northeastern. After the Huskies depart, the Gophers meet a series of opponents from closer proximity: Notre Dame, Minnesota State-Mankato, and St. Cloud State. The Big Ten schedule begins December 4th versus Ohio State.
Justin Kloos, Minnesota F
Justin Kloos proved immediately that he could be a contributor on college ice. This season, he seeks to prove that he can lead one of the NCAA’s most notable hockey programs. Kloos is the Gophers’ captain this season. He follows Kyle Rau into the role after the Florida Panthers draft pick wore a “C” for two seasons.
A consistent point-producer during his first two years, Kloos certainly can lead by example. He entered this campaign as Minnesota’s active leading scorer with 64 points in 80 career games and had finished among the conference’s top-10 scorers in each of his two collegiate seasons.
For good measure, Kloos has also gotten it done in the classroom. Last season, he was named to the Academic All-Big Ten team.
Eamon McAdam, Penn State G
Penn State has won two of three games on the early-season schedule; Eamon McAdam has been in net for both of the wins. McAdam’s start includes a 30-save 5-3 decision against Notre Dame last weekend.
The Nittany Lions have used the Pennsylvania native sparingly during his first two college seasons. He made ten appearances as a freshman and a dozen last year. Even in limited action, McAdam earned a notable achievement for the young program; his first start last season was Penn State’s first win over a top-five opponent, a 4-1 decision against Massachusetts-Lowell.
Timely performances by McAdam could help the Lions surpass conservative expectations. Penn State was chosen to finish fourth in the six-team league by conference coaches in a preseason poll. The games which count toward the Big Ten standings begin December 4th against Michigan State.
Ian McCoshen, Boston College D
Ian McCoshen has certainly not disappointed since moving from the USHL to college. Already at +4 three games into his junior season, his career plus/minus differential in NCAA action stands at +40. His consistent play has helped him earn recognition as one of the Eagles’ assistant captains.
A Hockey East All-Star Honorable Mention last season, McCoshen paced Boston College with 64 shot blocks. His offense was steady and timely, including six goals and ten assists. Over the first two seasons, three of McCoshen’s 11 goals were games winners.
Having made trips to the NCAA tournament in each of his first two seasons, the Eagles seem likely to be in the field of 16 yet again. Hockey East play looms in early November. However, between now and their first conference tilt with Massachusetts in early November, BC plays three times against the mountain men from Colorado College and Denver. They’re on the road for two in Colorado Springs this weekend before hosting Denver next Friday.
J.T. Stenglein, Michigan State F
Dashing to a point-per-game start, J.T. Stenglein has two goals and three assists in the first five games this season. The total equals the five points he recorded during his first two college seasons combined. With that in mind, it has already been a break-out year of sorts.
Four of Stengelin’s 2015/16 points came during Ice Breaker Tournament in Maine in the second week of this month. As a result, he was named the Big Ten’s Third Star of the Week the following Monday.
Now Stenglein will try to sustain his start. He appeared in just 38 games over his first two years, but looks to be much busier this winter, beginning this weekend with a pair of home games against in-state rival Lake Superior State. Steinglein is likely to see all of his former teammates who appear in this story; besides Minnesota, Penn State, and Boston College, the Spartans’ schedule also includes marquee matchups against North Dakota and Michigan Tech.
Other Black Hawks alumni opening their junior seasons include: Mike Huntebrinker (Minnesota State-Mankato), Victor Newell (Harvard), Ryan Papa (St. Cloud State), and Zach Stepan (Minnesota State-Mankato).
Where Are They Now is presented by Karen’s Print Rite. Justin Kloos photo courtesy of the University of Minnesota Athletics.