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August Von Ungern-Sternberg Commits to Merrimack

Photo: Wenatchee Wild

The Merrimack men’s hockey team received its first commitment under new head coach Scott Borek late on Saturday night; the Warriors committed ’97-born forward August Von Ungern-Sternberg; based on his age, Von Ungern is projected to arrive at Merrimack this fall.

This past season Von Ungern, who is from Idaho, played for the Wenatchee Wild of the BCHL, scoring 10 goals and adding 17 assists in 56 games. Last season, Von Ungern was an assistant captain for the Bloomington Thunder in the USHL, scoring 11 goals and adding nine assists in 48 games.

“The Wenatchee Wild are excited for August,” said Wild head coach Bliss Littler. “He has worked hard in his four years of junior hockey. August brings elite foot speed every shift which makes him a very good forechecking forward and he is one of our teams top PK players. He will be a really good get for Merrimack.”

Originally, Von Ungern committed to Brown as a 16-year-old in 2013.

Von Ungern’s junior totals include 21 points (10 goals, 11 assists) in 68 USHL games, 69 points (28 goals, 41 assists) in 113 BCHL games and 17 points (10 goals, 7 assists) in 28 NAHL games.

Now, Wenatchee awaits the winner of the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Finals which currently has the Spruce Grove Saints leading the Okotoks Oilers 3-1. Wenatchee is the first American-based franchise to win the BCHL since the 1979 Bellingham Blazers.

The Wild recently won the BCHL Championship, and head now to the Doyle Cup where they’ll take on the champions of the AJHL, the Spruce Grove Saints. The Doyle Cup will feature a matchup of Merrimack recruits, with Von Ungern on the Wild and Chase Olsen playing for the Saints.

Mike McMahon is in his 12th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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