It’s hard to recall a year where so many Merrimack recruits are having success in junior hockey playoffs.
Let’s start in the USHL, where the Clark Cup Finals have been set and will feature three Merrimack recruits. The Youngstown Phantoms (Chase Gresock and Liam Dennison) will face the Fargo Force (Jordan Seyfert) in the championship series that begins on Friday. Gresock leads the USHL in playoff scoring, netting seven goals and adding five assists (12 points) in seven games; between the regular season and playoffs, Gresock has 33 goals in 66 USHL games this season. Dennison has had his role increase throughout the playoffs, breaking into the Phantoms’ top-four rotation in the latter half of the regular season and throughout the Clark Cup.
North of the border, the Wellington Dukes (Declan Carlile and Zach Uens) and the Wenatchee Wild (August Von Ungern-Sternberg) are both in the RBC Cup (the Jr. A National Championship in Canada). The RBC Cup begins on Saturday in Chilliwack, B.C. The Wild advanced to the RBC Cup after beating Spruce Grove (Chase Olsen) in the Doyle Cup.
*Note: Projected arrivals are from TMR staff, and not official from Merrimack College.