November Commitments: ECAC Conference and U Sports Have a Big Month

This month’s commitment list is a little lighter than October’s was, but it still hits hard! The ECAC Conference came in shooting from all angles as they commit a couple of 4 stars amongst 11 total players across 8 schools. The Canadian U Sports had a big month as well with 9 recruits signing commits for next season across 7 schools. Overall 33 players committed in November to furthering their education and hockey careers, 23 of them forwards, 5 defenders, and 5 goalies.

(F) Hannah Fetterolf (★★★★): Commits to Princeton for 2024

The Pittsburgh native put up excellent numbers playing U14/16 for the Pens Elite and then went on to Shattuck’s and did the same for their U16 program. Now the four star recruit is showcasing her skills on the Shattuck’s prep squad for the next two seasons before she joins the Princeton Tigers in the 2024-25 season. 

NZ Scouts say: ‘Fetteroff has a lot of toughness in her game. She is not afraid of contact and will initiate the contact along the board to create turnovers. She puts a lot of zip on her passes and then quickly moves her feet, especially on regroups. Her quick passes help create fast transition plays for her team. 

(F) Samantha Broz (★★★★): Commits to Brown for 2023

Broz put up 41 points in 24 games last year for the Blake School in the Minnesota High School Hockey League and is projected to a higher mark of 54 points this season. The dynamic left handed 4 star forward will head to Rhode Island next season and don the brown, red, and white for the Brown Bears in the ECAC. 

NZ Scouts say: “Her passing is top notch with excellent vision to feed the net or set a rush in motion. Broz gets to the middle of the ice and can let go a rocket of a shot. She is a physical, speedy, and agile player with a high compete level.”

(F) Myah Krueger (★★★3/4): Commits to St. Cloud for 2024

The Huskies add a 3.75 star to their lineup for the 24-25 season. The speed right handed forward comes straight out of Stillwater High School in Minnesota where she’s projected to put up over a point per game.

NZ Scouts say: “Her hustle is what really stood out, she’s a relentless forechecker and penalty killer, she’s quick to her points in the defensive zone and she causes turnovers for opposing  defenders with her speed.”

(F) Raegan Wurm (★★★3/4): Commits to Maine for 2023

The Maine Black Bears are picking up a strong power forward for their 23-24 season. The Buffalo, MN native will finish out her high school career with the Buffalo Bisons this season and then lace ‘em up for a strong Black Bears squad where she will look to make an impact on the HEA.

NZ Scout say: “Wurm is a strong skater who battles successfully along the boards and sets up a good net presence to pounce on rebounds or tip point shots. She’s a strong winger that pressures and passes well, makes smart plays.”

(D) Sydney Putrah (★★★1/2): Commits to Dartmouth for 2024

The Big Green added a 3.5 star to their roster in the 2024-25 season. The Minnesota native has spent much of her high school career in the Shattuck’s system and aims to be a top defender for their prep squad this season. The left handed defender will bring size and skill to the Thompson Arena in hopes of helping Dartmouth get back to the NCAA tournament. 

NZ Scouts say: “She plays with a competitive edge. She is skilled and smart, which makes her a reliable defender. Her hard work ethic can be seen on both special teams and even strength situations.”

(F) Amanda Aslan (★★★1/2): Commits to Holy Cross for 2024

Aslan is one of two Jr. Flyers players added to the Crusaders incoming in 2024. The standout forward is currently producing at over a point per game with 37 in 35 games so far this season. The Florida native has spent her last three seasons with the Jr. Flyers and was invited to the USA PDC 16/17 camp in St. Cloud over the past summer.

NZ Scouts Say: “Aslan is a great and natural playmaker. She has all the tools and habits of a true playmaker. She is good with the puck because she uses her hands to find time and space to make passes on the tape.”

(D) Sarah Rowe (★★★1/2): Commits to Holy Cross for 2024

In two seasons the Crusaders will have a solid defender in Rowe join them from the stellar Durham West program. The ‘06 left handed shot will continue to grow her skills in Ontario as she looks to become a mainstay at Holy Cross in the 2024-25 season. 

NZ Scouts say: “Rowe plays physical and does a good job taking the body. She curls to escape pressure and clears the zone with a crisp pass. Her slap shot from the point gets through traffic and to the net.”

(F) Abigail Garvin (★★★1/2): St. Thomas for 2023

The captain of Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School in Minnesota will look to lead her team through her final season before she throws on the St. Thomas sweater next season. The strong 3.5 star forward put up 16 points in 28 games last season and aims to be even more productive this season. 

NZ Scouts say: “She has great momentum and anticipates the play very well. She wins races to the puck and battles along the boards.  She hustles after it and gets back to help in the defensive zone. She gets pucks to the net and generates offense.”

(F) Brynn Levinson (★★★1/2): Commits Robert Morris for 2023

As Robert Morris looks to bring back Division 1 hockey to the Pittsburgh area next season, they are putting together some quality pieces as building blocks. One of those excellent building blocks will be Levinson from the Chicago Mission. The smaller sized forward will bring plenty of skill to the island for Bobby Mo.

NZ Scouts say: “ She showcased great hand-eye coordination on that redirect, and didn’t even seem surprised it went in. The small sized grinder showed that she was not one dimensional and has an offensive flare in her game.”

(F) Lily Fetch (★★★1/4): Commits to Maine for 2023

Fetch put up a whopping 44 points in 25 games last season for East Ridge High in Minnesota High School Hockey. Fetch will join the Maine Black Bears next season and looks to continue her offensive production in Maine Blue. 

NZ Scouts say: “… she has a quick release and deceptive power on her wrist shot but it’s her vision and passing ability that sets her apart. She sauces the puck over sticks with ease, she makes passes into the soft areas for teammates to skate unto and when she needs to snap it off for long range or cross ice passes she can do that as well. It’s not just the delivery that impresses but the fact she can find lanes that most do not see and does it with pace.”

(F) Bella Shipley (★★★): Commits to Minnesota-State for 2024

The Maple Grove assistant captain was a standout last season with 48 points in 30 games. This year she’s cracked it up a notch and is on pace for 75 points in the Minnesota High School Hockey League. The Minnesota native will not venture far for her college career to begin, as she has been pegged to join the Minnesota-State Mavericks in the 2024-25 season. 

NZ Scouts say: “She can pressure hard and causes havoc for the opposition. She supports the puck and follows up the play. She finds a way to get her job done through grit and determination. She will create chances and puts herself in the right place.”

(F) Sydney Vandenberg (★★★): Commits to Dartmouth for 2024

The London Devilettes forward had a productive season last year and looks to continue that production this season in London once again. Dartmouth once again picking up another quality forward, as they will add the Ontario native to their roster in the 2024-25 season.

NZ Scouts say: “Vandenberg is a strong physical forward with good speed. Her net drives are hard, her forecheck forces errors, and she does a good job taking the body.”

(G) Naomi Baechler (★★★): Commits to Yale for 2024

Baechler has another two seasons to continue to hone her craft as a netminder. But come the 2024-25 season, she will pull on the Yale Bulldog’s sweater and take the ice at the Ingalls Rink. The skilled netminder will look to shut down some rubber to help the Bulldogs continue their quest for another NCAA Tournament bid. 

NZ Scouts say: “She is mobile on her skates, challenging and tracking along the top of the crease. Moves quickly off her post to explode out and cut the angle”

(F) Randyll Strongman (★★★): Commits to Brock University for 2023

Strongman put up some solid numbers for the Whitby Wolves last season and looks to improve upon it this season. She will be heading the U Sports route next season, as Brock University has picked up a solid 3 star left handed forward. 

NZ Scouts say: “A good forechecker, she causes turnovers and creates scoring chances. Randyll has great edges and is a quick skater. She uses her speed to beat the defense wide. She will drive the net and has the vision to find the open player.”

(F) Zoe Ziotas (★★★): Commits to RIT for 2024

Ziotas still has another year plus this season with the highly skilled Durham West squad. But in 2024 the 3 star will join the RIT Tigers roster to battle it out in the CHA. 

NZ Scouts say: “The forward is patient, has good vision, and keeps her head up to find the spot to skate with the puck or feed a linemate with a crisp lead pass.”

(F) Kahlen Wisener  (★★★): Commits to University of Saskatchewan for 2023

Wisnener is one of eight players committed to USport schools this month. The three star is the highest rated player heading to the Canadian College hockey ranks in the 2023-24 season. The Winnipeg Averos player will head to the University of Saskatchewan to become a Huskie. The Averos forward put 60 points in 48 games last season and will be expected to bring that same scoring touch to the Huskie squad. 

NZ Scouts Say: “ She can skate the puck through the neutral zone. She has soft hands while puck receiving and makes her passes easy to handle. She has a quick release and accurate shot. She is a strong player on the boards and positionally in her own end.”

(F) Kate Suitor (★★★): Commits to Western Ontario University for 2023

The Burlington, ON native who plays for her hometown the Jr. Barracuda. The left handed forward has chosen the U Sports route next season and will head down the road to Western Ontario University.

NZ Scouts Say: “Suitor is strong in the faceoff circle, winning draws clean with quick hands, battling to gain possession and tying up the opponent for the wingers to come in. She is crafty on the forecheck, stealing pucks to create chances.”

(F) Kaedyn Gomes (★★3/4): Commits to Brock University for 2023

Gomes will finish out her final season with the Stoney Creek Sabres before heading off to Brock University next season, where the 2.75 star will look to take on the U Sport competition. 

NZ Scout Say: “A high energy player, Gomes has a nice jump to her step. She quickly pounces on loose pucks and transitions the play up ice with speed. A smooth puck handler, she keeps her head on a swivel and makes smart plays with the puck to set up the offensive zone.”

(F) Maddy Leaney (★★3/4): Commits to Union for 2023

Leaney put up a point per game pace last season and aims to continue that trend with the Rink Hockey Academy. Next season she will join the Dutchwomen in the garnet and white, as she will join Union’s up and coming squad. 

NZ Scouts Say: “Maddie has good speed and goes to the net hard. She scored a deflection goal. She weaves, dances, and dangles around opponents to rip hard wrist shots on goal.”

(F) Brianna Livingstone (★★1/2): Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for 2023

Livingston may be that player flying under the radar this month and Rensselaer Polytechnic might again. The Etobicoke Jr. Dolphins defender will lace ‘em up for the Engineers next season.

NZ Scout Say: “She controls and handles the puck with composure as she passes back and forth with her partner or gets to the middle to fire a snap or rip a wrister from the point to create chances.”

(F) Eden Granley: Commits to Holy Cross for 2024

(G) Rory Edwards: Commits to Brown University for 2023

(G) Clara Kammholz: (★★★1/2): Commits to Long Island University for 2023

(D) Sydney Bryant: Belle Tire to St. Cloud State for 2023

(F) Emma Yates: Commits to Brown University 2024

(F) Avery Saba: Commits to Brown University 2024

(D) Grace Tullock: Commits to Penn State University for 2024

(D) Lucy Thiessen: Commits to Harvard University for 2023

(F) Rayna Franklin: Commits to Brock University for 2023

(F) Keara Merriman: Commits to University of Ottawa 2023

(G) Arianne Leblanc: Commits to Concordia University for 2023

(F) Lauren Toner: Commits to New Brunswick University for 2023

(G) Payne Oltrop: Commits to University of Windsor for 2025*