Vaughn CHL Team of the Week

The Canadian Hockey League today announced the 15th edition of the Vaughn CHL Team of the Week for the 2019-20 season based on individual performances from Dec. 30 – Jan. 5.

Headlining the forward ranks is Winnipeg ICE right-wing and 2020 NHL Draft hopeful Connor McClennon who collected 11 points counting four goals and seven assists through four appearances. McClennon’s most impressive showing came in a season-high four-point night versus the Saskatoon Blades on Wednesday in which he finished with one goal and three assists in the 6-1 road victory that saw him recognized as the game’s second star. For his efforts, McClennon was honoured as the WHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week.

Also up front is Minnesota Wild prospect Ivan Lodnia of the Niagara IceDogs who put up three goals and eight assists for 11 points in four contests. Against the North Bay Battalion on Thursday, Lodnia had a career-best showing as he registered two goals and four assists for six points including the primary helper on the game winner in the 9-8 overtime decision, helping him earn first-star recognition.

Rounding out the forward ranks is Lodnia’s IceDogs teammate in Nashville Predators first round pick Philip Tomasino who matched his efforts with three goals and eight assists for 11 points in four games. Like Lodnia, Tomasino dominated versus the Battalion as he wrapped up the Thursday contest with a five-point effort counting one goal and four assists en route to third-star honours.

On the back end, leading the pack is newly acquired Blainville-Boisbriand Armada blue-liner Yann-Felix Lapointe who totaled six points counting two goals and four assists across a trio of appearances. Against the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies on Tuesday, Lapointe impressed with a season-high four-point performance as he finished with one goal and three assists in the 8-1 victory that earned him third-star honours.

Also on the blue line is Calgary Hitmen rearguard and Vancouver Canucks prospect Jett Woo who registered one goal and five assists for six points through five games. That stretch included a one-goal, one-assist showing versus the rival Edmonton Oil Kings on Monday in which Woo drew a helper on the eventual game-winning goal in the 5-3 victory.

Backstopping the group is Brandon Wheat Kings netminder and Vegas Golden Knights prospect Jiri Patera who was nearly perfect across three showings in which he finished with a trio of victories alongside a 0.33 goals-against average and .989 save percentage. The stretch saw Patera record a pair of shutouts while turning aside a combined 94 of 95 shots, with his top performance coming in a 31-save shutout versus the Regina Pats on Sunday. For his efforts, Patera was recognized as the WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week.

RANGERS’ JACOB INGHAM NAMED OHL ‘ON THE RUN’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Jacob Ingham

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Los Angeles Kings prospect Jacob Ingham of the Kitchener Rangers is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week with a 3-0 record, 1.33 goals-against average and a .964 save percentage.

Ingham receives the honour for the second time this season, turning aside 108 of the 112 shots that came his way as the Rangers defeated Erie, Saginaw and Guelph. The 6-foot-4, 198Ib. goaltender earned star of the game recognition in all three outings, kicking things off with a 35-save effort in Erie on New Year’s Eve as the Rangers skated to a 6-1 victory. He returned to the crease on Friday, stopping 33 of 35 while picking up an assist on Jonathan Yantsis’ game winning goal as the Blueshirts doubled-up visiting Saginaw 4-2. Ingham finished off the weekend in fine style, making 40 saves in a 2-1 road win over the rival Guelph Storm to pull the Rangers into a first place tie atop the Midwest Division with 49 points.

A 19-year-old from Barrie, Ont., Ingham owns an 18-4-2-1 record with a 2.52 goals-against average and .929 save percentage with two shutouts over 25 appearances this season. He earned OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week honours for the week of Dec. 10-15 and was recently named OHL Goaltender of the Month for December, helping Kitchener win eight in a row to begin the month. Now in his fourth OHL season, the former Mississauga Steelheads netminder owns a career record of 78-57-7-8 with a 3.19 goals-against average and .898 save percentage with five shutouts over 156 regular season games. He was originally Mississauga’s second round pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection and was chosen by Los Angeles in the sixth round of the 2018 NHL Draft.

Also considered for the award this week were Niagara IceDogs teammates Ivan Lodnia and Philip Tomasino, who each finished with three goals, eight assists and 11 points over four contests as their club earned a pair of high-scoring overtime wins.

• HIGHLIGHTS: Ingham’s 35 saves in Erie
• HIGHLIGHTS: Ingham stops 33 in win over Saginaw
• HIGHLIGHTS: Ingham turns aside 40 in Guelph

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2019-20 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Regular Season:
Dec. 30 – Jan. 5: Jacob Ingham (Kitchener Rangers)
Dec. 18 – Dec. 29: Joseph Garreffa (Ottawa 67’s)
Dec. 10 – Dec. 15: Jacob Ingham (Kitchener Rangers)
Dec. 4 – Dec. 8: Ty Dellandrea (Flint Firebirds)
Nov. 27 – Dec. 1: Marco Rossi (Ottawa 67’s)
Nov. 19 – Nov. 24: Riley McCourt (Flint Firebirds)
Nov. 13 – Nov. 17: Jan Jenik (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Nov. 5 – Nov. 10: Cam Hillis (Guelph Storm)
Oct. 30 – Nov. 3: Connor McMichael (London Knights)
Oct. 23 – Oct. 27: Nico Daws (Guelph Storm)
Oct. 14 – Oct. 20: Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes)
Oct. 9 – Oct. 13: Mack Guzda (Owen Sound Attack)
Oct. 3 – Oct. 6: Philip Tomasino (Niagara IceDogs)
Sept. 26 – Sept. 29: Connor McMichael (London Knights)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 22: Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (Peterborough Petes)

Ivan Lodnia – Erie Otters – Player Profile

Height: 5’10”

Weight: 180 pounds

Date of birth: August 31, 1999

Hometown: Novi, MI

Position: Right Wing

Shoots: Right

OHL Draft: Round 1, 20th overall, 2015 Priority Selection

After playing the 2014-2015 season with Detroit Honeybaked U16 squad, where he scored 15 goals and 14 assists in 26 games, the Erie Otters selected Ivan Lodnia in the first round, 20th overall at the Ontario Hockey League’s Priority Selection in 2015.

Last season, Lodnia made a quick and easy adjustment to the OHL. He appeared in 62 games and scored 16 goals and 23 assists while seeing his role change from game-to-game and shift-to-shift. He would often be moved up and down the lineup, fitting in any role almost seamlessly. Lodnia would also appear in five games for the U.S. National U-17 Team scoring twice.

In August, Lodnia would play for team USA at the Ivan Hlinka Tournament. He scored 3 goals and added an assist in 4 games for the Americans.

This season, Lodnia’s role has been reduced somewhat, but it’s not for lack of ability. The Otters loaded up at trade deadline for a legit chance to capture the OHL Championship and Memorial Cup. “Dropping” Lodnia down give the Otters exceptional depth and a scoring threat wherever he plays.

Ivan Lodnia of the Erie Otters. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Ivan Lodnia of the Erie Otters. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

The first concern you have with Lodnia is his size. But he has grown some and is probably closer to 5’11” now then the listed 5’10’ and still has room to grow. Despite that, Lodnia is surprisingly strong with an exceptional work ethic with a willingness to battle for pucks.

Lodnia is not an explosive skater – both in terms of first step and overall speed. But he is strong on his skates and uses his edges extremely well. When combined with his puck skills and determination, his skating is just good enough to beat defenders one-on-one or drive straight to the net with the puck.

Offensively, Lodnia can produce in so many ways. He is excellent in close – there are not many better. He has superb vision and can set up players with relative ease. His hockey sense is also extremely high and he knows how to get into position without the puck and making himself an option for his teammates.

There are those in hockey circles concerned with his point production. But I’m willing to look at the big picture in Erie and take everything into consideration – including the role he sometimes plays.

Lodnia was ranked 37th among North American skaters on NHL Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings in January.

Ivan Lodnia

This is the profile page of Ivan Lodnia at http://www.eliteprospects.com

 

USA Names Roster for the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament

The Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament takes place from August 8 to August 15 in Breclav, Czech Republic and Bratislava Slovakia and is is the precursor to the start of the season for players eligible for the 2017 National Hockey League Draft.

The 2016 Tournament will be the 26th edition. It began in 1991 and has had a variety of different names over the years, but after the passing of Czech hockey great Ivan Hlinka, the Tournament was named after him in 2007.

Canada has won gold for 8 consecutive years now and for the 20th time in the 25 year history of the Tournament.

The United States has named it’s roster for the 2016 edition and it includes three players from the Ontario Hockey League: Sasha Chmelevski of the Ottawa 67’s, Ivan Lodnia of the Erie Otters and Dylan Seitz of the Kitchener Rangers.

All Team USA players are eligible for the 2017 NHL draft with Clayton Phillips and Matt Miller making the cut by 6 and 11 days respectively.

Here is the Team USA Roster

Player Pos League College
Keith Petruzzelli G USHL Quinnipiac
Cayden Primeau G USHL Northeastern
Mikey Anderson D USHL Minnesota-Duluth
Ronald Brickey D USHL Western Michigan
Tyler Inamoto D USHL Wisconsin
Joey Keane D USHL Miami
Tommy Miller D USHL Michigan State
Ben Mirageas D USHL Providence
Clayton Phillips D USHL Minnesota
Reilly Walsh D USHL Harvard
Sasha Chmelevski F OHL
Evan Dougherty F USHL Bowling Green
Charlie Dovorany F USHL Minnesota-Duluth
Mark Kastelic F WHL
Ivan Lodnia F OHL
Brannon McManus F USHL Minnesota
Mick Messner F USHL Wisconsin
Matt Miller F T1EHL Michigan State
Ryan Poehling F NCHC St Cloud State
Austin Pratt F WHL
Dylan Seitz F OHL