Thursday, February 17, 2005

Soo Indians alumni making news

At the present time there are 33 former Soo Indians playing NCAA Division I college hockey. Below are some who have made news recently.

Former Indians netminder and NAHL All-League First Team goaltender Cam Ellsworth continued his phenomenal play as he backstopped the Michigan Tech Huskies to a three point weekend against Minnesota State. The victories moved the Huskies out of the WCHA basement for the first time all season. Ellsworth, a senior, lost the starting job heading into the season, but earned it back in December. Since that time, he has beaten top-ranked Denver in Denver, swept the University of Minnesota in St. Paul and Minnesota-Duluth in Duluth. Ellsworth has been selected WCHA Defensive Player of the week in three of the last four weekends and earned the honor again this week after allowing just three goals in a 1-1 tie and a 4-2 win. Since Jan. 1, Ellsworth has stopped 344 of 363 shots for a .948 save percentage and has a 2.11 goals-against average. He is currently third in the WCHA with a .919 save percentage.

Dearborn's Stavros Paskaris, now at Wayne State, is tied for the team scoring lead (with Canton native Jason Bloomingburg) with 25 points.

Charlie Cook, a senior defenseman for the first place Cornell Big Red, is fifth in team scoring with five goals and ten assists for fifteen points. Cook calls Port Huron home.

Justin Cross, a junior forward at Niagara, is fifth in team scoring with seven goals and eight assists. He scored two in last Sunday's 3-1 win at Wayne State and was named the CHA's Offensive Player of the Week.

Junior defenseman Jamie Milam (Lake Orion) is sixth in scoring for Northern Michigan University. The former NAHL Rookie of the year has totaled seven goals and nine assists for 16 points.

Freshman goaltender Bill Zaniboni, a former NAHL First Team All-League Player, has a 2.79 goals against average and a .916 save percentage in eight games with Northern Michigan.

Ferris State freshman defenseman Jim Jorgensen (Sault Ste. Marie) has totaled two goals and four assists in 27 games for the Bulldogs while freshman teammate and Stanwood native Derek McIntyre has played in sixteen games for the Bulldogs and has a 3.13 goals-against average and a .894 save percentage.

Lake Superior senior captain Bo Cheeseman was recently featured on a CCHA hockey show for his involvement with community youth.

Senior forward Adam Nightingale, and brother Jared, a junior defenseman, are alternate captains for the Michigan State Spartans. Both Cheboygan natives were All-League players with the Indians.

Former Indians goaltender and NAHL MVP Ryan Miller (East Lansing) currently leads the American Hockey League in wins with 29. The AHL All-Star has a 2.09 goals-against average and a .932 save percentage with the Rochester Americans.

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