NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College men’s hockey team and head coach Scott Borek announced its incoming freshman class over the past week on the team’s social media channels.
The Warriors are set to welcome seven newcomers to the program, which includes five forwards, one defenseman and one goaltender. The group of players spans three different nations, including four Americans, two Canadians and one Swede.
Merrimack’s group of incoming freshman includes three prep players, one from the United States Hockey League, one from the Alberta Junior Hockey League, one from the National Collegiate Development Conference and one from the British Columbia Hockey League.
Conor Lovett | Forward | Franklin, Mass. | Lawrence Academy (MA-Prep)
The 6’0″, 195-pound forward is one of two Massachusetts-born players set to join the Warriors coming up this fall. Lovett spent the past two seasons playing just down the road in Groton at Lawrence Academy, while he also played for the Boston Little Bruins.
— Merrimack Men’s Hockey (@MerrimackMIH) June 15, 2020
In a combined 55 games over the past two seasons for Lawrence, he tallied 51 points on the strength of 24 goals and 27 assists. He put together a strong final season with 17 goals and 16 assists for 33 points in just 27 games.
Lovett also won back-to-back Independent School League championships in 2019 and 2020. His brother Ryan is also an incoming freshman at Dartmouth.
Mark Hillier | Forward | Labrador City, Newfoundland and Labrador | St. Andrew’s College (Canada-Prep)
Hillier is another forward that is set to become a Warrior straight from prep hockey after he put up prolific numbers the past few seasons at St. Andrew’s College in Aurora, Ontario. He played the past three seasons for the Saints and wore the captain’s “C” during his final campaign in 2019-20.
— Merrimack Men’s Hockey (@MerrimackMIH) June 16, 2020
The 6’1″, 185-pound forward had a memorable final season that included 52 goals, 60 assists for 112 points in just 56 games, which broke the school’s all-time single season scoring record, which was previously held by Warren Foegele of the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes. He also averaged over a point-per-game the season before with 68 points (19 goals, 49 assists) in 55 games during the 2018-19 campaign.
Hillier is a two-time National Independent School Invitational champion and also won three CISAA league titles. He was named the team MVP and Top Offensive Player award winner this past season as well.
He was tabbed as a top prospect by NHL Central Scouting in their mid-term draft rankings for the upcoming 2020 NHL Entry Draft.
Alex Jefferies | Forward | Lunenburg, Mass. | The Gunnery (CT-Prep)
Another prep player from Massachusetts, Jefferies won’t have to go far from home to play his college hockey at Merrimack. The 6’0″, 195-pound forward played the past two seasons at The Gunnery in Washington, Conn. and played for the Islanders Hockey Club, which is housed in North Andover as well, before that.
— Merrimack Men’s Hockey (@MerrimackMIH) June 17, 2020
He had an outstanding final season in prep school hockey, as he tallied 33 goals, 36 assists and 69 points in just 32 games. His combined totals in two seasons at The Gunnery include 126 points (60 goals, 66 assists) in just 63 games.
During his final season, he was part of The Gunnery’s Small School Prep Championship and was tabbed a first team All-New England selection.
Jefferies was also ranked 97th among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting for the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.
Jakob Lee | Forward | Owen Sound, Ontario | Brooks Bandits (AJHL)
After a sensational final season in the AJHL, the 6’0″, 186-pound forward is set to join the Warriors. Lee spent the past two seasons with the Bandits after he played a trio of seasons in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League.
— Merrimack Men’s Hockey (@MerrimackMIH) June 19, 2020
Lee was the captain for Brooks this past season and tallied 74 points on 32 goals and 42 assists in just 42 games. He also had 46 points on 15 goals and 31 assists in 51 games during the 2018-19 campaign.
He was part of the Bandits’ 2019 NJAC Championship team and was given the best forward and top defensive forward awards this past season before the league’s playoffs were canceled due to concerns surrounding coronavirus.
Kevin Sadovski | Defenseman | Palm Coast, Fla. | Utica Jr. Comets (NCDC)
The only defenseman in this season’s recruiting class, the 6’1″, 200-pound Florida native put up big numbers in his final season in the NCDC. He spent two years in the league, including one with Islanders Hockey Club, after he played the 2017-18 season with the Islanders Hockey Club’s USPHL 18U team.
— Merrimack Men’s Hockey (@MerrimackMIH) June 18, 2020
Sadovski spent the entire 2019-20 season with the Comets and wore the captain’s “C” while he tallied 40 points on 10 goals and 30 assists in 49 games. In his first season in the NCDC, he put up 11 points on four goals and seven assists in 33 contests.
He was tabbed an NCDC All-Star this past season and was also named a U18 All-Star a few seasons ago.
Filip Karlsson-Tagtstrom | Forward | Stockholm, Sweden | Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL)
The lone European skater in the incoming freshman class, the 5’9″, 165-pound forward had his 2019-20 season cut short due to injury after he played in seven games with Sioux Falls. He played the previous two seasons in the SuperElit league back in his native Sweden.
— Merrimack Men’s Hockey (@MerrimackMIH) June 20, 2020
Karlsson-Tagtstrom notched a pair of assists in his seven games with the Stampede. In his two seasons in the SuperElit league he combined for 69 points (21 goals, 48 assists) in 70 games with Växjö Lakers HC J20 and Södertälje SK J20.
He averaged the most points-per-game during the 2018-19 season with Södertälje SK J20 when he had 37 points on 15 goals and 22 assists in just 29 games.
Zachary Borgiel | Goaltender | Fort Gratiot, Mich. | Cowichan Valley Capitals (BCHL)
The sole netminder in the Class of 2024, Borgiel had an impressive 2019-20 campaign with Cowichan Valley. He also played one season in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League and one split between the United States Hockey League and North American Hockey League before he joined the Capitals.
— Merrimack Men’s Hockey (@MerrimackMIH) June 21, 2020
The 6’2″, 205-pound Michigan native appeared in 44 games this past season and put together a 2.55 goals against average and a .923 save percentage to lead the Capitals to a berth in the Fred Page Cup BCHL Playoffs. He went 26-12-4 during the regular season with four shutouts.
He ranked in the top-5 in the BCHL in goals against average, save percentage, wins, games played and shutouts during the 2019-20 campaign.
The incoming freshman class and the rest of the Warriors are set to open the 2020-21 season in early-October. The team’s schedule for the upcoming season is set to be announced soon.
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