1998 Select-17 Festival Rosters

Saturday, August 1

NY Stuns Minnkota in OT Thriller, Takes the Gold

Jason Guerriero scored the overtime game-winner and goaltender Chris Gartman came up with a slew of sparkling saves as New York topped heavily-favored Minnkota, 3-2, to take the gold medal at the 1998 Select 17 Festival in St. Cloud, Minn. today.

On the winning goal, scored at 8:06 of OT, Guerriero, who plays for the Syracuse Junior Crunch, turned one Minnkota defenseman at the blue line, went to the outside and turned another, and then fired it into the top left-handed corner for the unassisted tally.

Earlier, at the start of overtime, Minnkota held a 5-on-3 advantage and peppered Gartman, who time and again turned away point-blank shots. The play in overtime was scintillating, as Gartman really stood on his head. .

In the first period, Adam Foote tallied for N.Y. to put them up, 1-0. Assists went to Jason Kuczmanki and Guerriero.

1:12 into the second half, Minnkota evened things up when Shawn Roed converted a pass from Dan Welch. Jeff Taffe also had an assist on the play.

At 8:01 of the second half, on the powerplay, Drew Bucktooth found Zach Schwan at the far post. Schwan's shot broke off the pads of Minnkota goaltender Adam Berkhoel to put N.Y. up, 2-1. Jim Lorentz also had an assist on the play.

At 14:49, Minnkota defenseman Jason Reimers tied up the game -- his team was on the powerplay -- when his slapshot from the point eluded Gartman. Assists went to Roed and and Welch.

With 1:06 left in regulation, Zach Schwan drew a slashing penalty to put New York down a man. If the New York fans in the crowd were incensed then (and they were), they were even more incensed when, with four seconds left, N.Y. was penalized for too many men in the ice. With the heroics of Gartman, however, New York weathered the storm.

Gartman, who's from Baldwin, NY, played last winter with Apple Core. He came in at the start of the second half, replacing Shawn Conschafter, who stopped all 12 shots he faced in the first half.

In the second half, Gartman kicked aside nine of the eleven shots he faced. In overtime, though, he was, as we've said, spectacular, kicking out all 11 shots he faced.

Adam Berkhoel started in goal for Minnkota and kicked out 13 of the 14 shots he faced. Jason Jensen came on in the second half and kicked out nine of ten shots in regulation, then one of the two he faced in OT.

In the game, Minnkota outshot New York, 34-26.

All-Tournament Team Named

                                            F- Jeff Taffe, Minnkota
                                            F- Dan Welch, Minnkota
                                  F- Brett Nowak, New England
                                            D- J.D. Forrest, New York
                                            D- Steve Wood, Massachusetts
                                            G- Chris Gartman, New York

Michigan Takes the Bronze

New England broke out to a 1-0 lead on a Tim Pettit goal early in the first period, but a pair of Michigan goals 18 seconds apart late in the first half turned it around, sending Michigan on its way to a convincing 4-1 win and a bronze medal.

With Michigan on the powerplay, Andy Hilbert broke down the left side and fired a low shot  that beat New England goalie Mike Wolfe to make it a 1-1 game.

18 seconds later, Michigan's Steve Jackson took a pass from Damian Surma and fired a slapper that broke off Wolfe's pads into the net.

One minute into the second half, Justin Kinnunen converted a Hilbert pass to put Michigan up 3-1.

Andy Hilbert added an empty-net goal with seven seconds remaining to seal the win.

Michigan outshot New England in the game, 33-23. Michael Wolfe (20/18) and Mike Healey (12/11) split the goaltending chores for New England. Rob Bonk (23/22) went all the way for Michigan. 

Michigan finishes the tournament with a 3-2 record; New England finishes 4-1.

Friday, July 31 Summaries


Lorentz Lifts New York into Gold Medal Game

A Jim Lorentz goal with 3:10 remaining was the game-winner as New York topped New England, 4-1, and moved on to the gold medal game vs. a powerful Minnkota squad.

Lorentz scored his second goal of the game, an empty-netter with three seconds remaining, to account for the final margin of victory.

Gary Baronick assisted on Lorentz' game-winner, then, 47 seconds later, blasted a shot from the point past New England goaltender Michael Wolfe to give N.Y. a two-goal lead.

New York's Ryan Bennett scored the only goal in the first half. Assists went to Rich Hansen and Matt Stack.

New England got its only goal of the game when Freddy Meyer scored on the powerplay at 8:11 of the second half. Assists went to Brett Nowak and Todd Jackson.

New York outshot New England, 26-21. Chris Gartman (13/13) and Shawn Conschafter (8/7) split time in the N.Y. net.  Mike Healey (12/11) and Michael Wolfe (13/11) did likewise in the New England net.

New England (4-1) will play Michigan (2-3) for the bronze at 9 a.m CST. New York (4-1) will be facing Minnkota (5-0) for the  gold at 11:30 a.m CST.

Last week, at the 16 Festival in Ann Arbor, New York and Minnkota also met in the gold medal game. Minnkota won that one, 3-1, on a pair of second-half goals by Ben Eaves.

Minnkota Rolls over Michigan, 5-2

Minnkota struck for three goals in the first 2:11 of the game en route to a 5-2 win over Michigan and a berth in tomorrow's gold medal game vs. New York.

Jon Francisco and Shawn Roed each had a goal and an assist for the winners. Jason Reimers, Rico Fatticci, and Dan Welch had single goals for Minnkota. Joe Cullen had three assists. For the record, Jeff Taffe had no goals and no assists.

Cullen is the festival's leading point getter (4-7-11) while Welch leads festival goal scorers with seven.

Michigan's goals were scored by D.J. Vogt and Ryan Moderson.

Jason Jensen (17/15) was in net for Minnkota; Craig Kowalski (29/24) for Michigan.

Minnkota, which has outscored opponents 36-6 is now 5-0. Michigan, which moves on to play for the bronze, is 2-3.

Murphy Comes Through for Mass.

Massachusetts left wing Ben Murphy wristed a 15-footer from the slot past Atlantic/S.E. goaltender Craig Schnappinger at 5:25 of overtime today. The goal, on which Mike Mantenuto had an assist, gave the Bay State a 5th place finish in the Select 17 Festival. 

Nick DiMella (2g,1a), Steve Wood (2g), and Kevin Truelson (2a)  led the scoring parade for Massachusetts. Patrick Foley also had a goal, while Michael Woodford, Billy Kelly, Mark Mullen, and Ken Smith each had one assist.

Jason Costa had two goals for Atlantic/S.E., while Jonathan Sinex and Nate Stanglein each had one goal and one assist.   

It was a back-and-forth game, with Massachusetts taking a 3-1 lead 24 seconds into the second half, only to allow Atlantic/S.E. to score three straight -- one by Sinex, and two by Costa -- to take the lead at the 10:19 mark.

Massachusetts, with goals by Foley and DiMella (his second of the game), quickly grabbed the lead back.

But then Rob Fried, with 2:54 left in regulation, scored the goal which lifted Atlantic/S.E. into a tie and sent the game into overtime, where Massachusetts snatched it back for the final time.

Rick DiPietro (5/4) and Ryan MacNeil (10/6) split duties in the Massachusetts net. Rob Miller (15/13) and Craig Schnappinger (11/9) did likewise for Atlantic/S.E.

Mass. outshot Atlantic/S.E. 33-18.

Massachusetts finishes up the tournament with a 3-2 record; Atlantic/Southeastern finishes 2-3.

Rocky Mountain Takes 7th Spot

A Nick Hanson goal with 43 seconds left in the first half broke a 2-2 tie and Rocky Mountain held on to beat Central, 4-3, and take 7th place in the Select 17 Festival.

Tristan Lush had a goal and an assist for winners. Other Rocky Mountain goals were scored by Dusty Hanshaw and Jeremy Weiss. Matt DeMarchi had two assists in the game, and Hanson added one.

Tim Niedbalski had a goal and an assist for Central.  Brad Winchester (shorthanded) and Pierre LaBarge were the other goal scorers.

Mike Morrissey and Nick Martin shared duties in the Rocky Mountain goal. Todd Walker and Craig Andersson did likewise for Central.

Rocky Mountain outshot Central, 26-23.

  Rocky Mt. finishes the tournament with a 2-3 record; Central finishes 1-4.

Betz Backstops Mid-Am to 9th Place Finish

Michael Betz kicked out 24 of the 26 shots he faced as Mid-American beat Pacific today, 3-2 to take 9th place in the Select 17 Festival.

Rob Hammel, Bill Downey, and Justin Horner were the goal scorers for Mid-Am. Corey Carlson and Corey Allen scored for Pacific.

Chris King (11/10) and Robert O'Brien (8/6) shared goaltending duties for Pacific.

Mid-Am finished the tournament with two straight wins to finish with a 2-3 record; Pacific finishes 0-5.

Thursday, July 30 Summaries


Rocky Mountain No Problem for New England

New England rolled over Rocky Mountain, 4-0, tonight behind goals from Tim Pettit, Jon DiSalvatore, Dan DiLauro, Peter Zingoni, and the shutout goaltending of Michael Wolfe.

Chris Snizek had a pair of assists for New England. DiSalvatore, Mark Murphy, Erick Dalton, Mike Velez and Brett Nowak had single assists.

Wolfe had to make but ten saves for the shutout.

Nick Martin kicked out 27 of the 31 shots he faced in the Rocky Mt. net.

New England, now 4-0, goes on to the semifinals against New York (3-1). Rocky Mt. (1-3) plays Central (1-3) in the 7th place game.

Minnkota Rolls On

Jeff Taffe had a four-point night (1g,3a) and both Shawn Roed and Dan Welch had two goals and an assist as the Minnkota juggernaut rolled on in an 8-0 pasting of Atlantic/S.E.

Dave Iannazzo and Brett MacKinnon each had a goal and an assist, and Troy Riddle had one goal. Lee Marvin had two assists, and Rico Fatticci had two assists as well.

Craig Schnappinger kicked out 30 shots of the 38 shots he faced in the Atlantic/S.E. net. Adam Berkhoel kicked out all 16 shots he faced.

Minnkota (4-0) moves on to play Michigan (2-2) in the semis, while Atlantic/S.E. (2-2) plays Massachusetts (2-2) in the fifth-place game. 

Kuczmanski Leads New York Past Pacific

Three second-half goals broke open what had been a 3-3 tie at the half, and New York coasted to a 6-3 win over Pacific tonight.

Jason Kuczmanski scored two goals for New York, while both Jason Guerriero and Ryan Bennett had a goal and an assist. Zach Schwan scored what would turn out to be the game- winner at 2:59 of the second half.  Ryan Bennett and Matt Stack (an empty-netter) also scored for New York. Gary Baronick had a pair of assists.

For Pacific, Kevin Bjelajac (1g,1a) and Corey Carlson (2a) each had two-point games. Josh Angevine and Dan Winkler each had a goal.

Shawn Conschafter (5/2) and Chris Gartman (10/10) were in the N.Y. net, while Chris King (11/8) and Robert O'Brien (13/10) split duties for Pacific.

There were only two penalties called in the game, one to each team.

New York (3-1) moves on to face New England (4-0) in one of tomorrow's semis. Pacific (0-4) and Mid-Am (1-3) meet in the 9th place game.

Mid-Am Shocks Michigan

Michael Betz kicked out 27 shots as Mid-Am came back from a 1-0 first-period deficit to top Michigan, 3-1.

Bill Downey scored what would turn out to be the game-winner with 24 seconds to go in the first half when he flipped a rebound over prone Michigan goalie Rob Bonk. Assists went to Jordan Bock and Chris Smart.

Matt Caffrey added an empty-netter for Mid-Am with six seconds remaining.

Earlier, Ryan Moderson had put Michigan up with a powerplay goal mid-way through the first half. Then, less than two minutes later, Jason Fortin tied the game for Mid-Am when his low slapshot from the point beat Bonk.

Bonk kicked out 10 of the 12 shots he faced. Craig Kowalski kicked out all eight shots he faced.

Mid-Am (1-3) will play Pacific (0-4) in the 9th place game, while the losers, now 2-2, move on to face Minnkota (4-0) in the semis.

Wednesday, July 29 Summaries


A Combined Shutout for Mass.

Ryan MacNeil stopped 10 shots and Rick DiPietro stopped 14 as Massachusetts shut down Mid-American tonight.

The Mass scorers were Steve Wood, who scored with his team a man up, and Mark Mullen, who scored with his team a man down. Mullen also added an assist.

Mike Betz was excellent in net for the losers, stopping 26 of 28 shots.

Massachusetts  improves to 2-2. Mid-Am is 0-3.

Central's Cantrall Ruins Pacific's Comeback

On the strength of a pair of goals by Connor Dunlop, and one by Brian Fahey, Central took a 3-0 lead into the break at the end of the first half tonight.

In the second half, though, Central roared back with three goals in a span of 4:16. Kellee Armstrong started things out with an unassisted shorthanded goal, then Evan Wax scored a pair to tie the game at 3-3.

With 24 seconds left, though, George Cantrall scored the winner for Central, with assists going to Evan Nielsen and Brad Thomas. 

Todd Walker went all the way in the net for Central, stopping 28 of 31 shots. Robert O'Brien stopped 13 of 17 in the Pacific goal.

Central is now 1-3. Pacific is 0-3.

Jackson, New England Knock off Michigan

Todd Jackson scored a pair of first-half goals to lead New England to a 4-1 win over Michigan tonight. The assists on both goals went to Brett Nowak, Jackson's linemate at Hotchkiss, and Freddy Meyer.

Sandwiched between those two goals was a flukey Jon Di Salvatore powerplay goal that actually went in off the onrushing forward's facemask. Assists on the play went to Tim Pettit and Robbie Barker.

Early in the second half, Michigan's Andy Hilbert converted a pass from Steve Jackson to cut the lead to 3-1.

Brett Nowak scored an unassisted empty-net goal with 22 seconds left to account for the final margin of victory.

Rob Bonk and Craig Kowalski split chores in the Michigan net, kicking out 25 of 28 shots. Mike Healey and Michael Wolfe came up big for New England, stopping 28 of 29. (We don't have the individual breakdown.)

New England improves to 3-0. Michigan falls to 2-1.

New England's Brett Nowak (2-6-8) is now tied for the Festival scoring lead with Minnkota's Joe Cullen (4-4-8). Todd Jackson leads all goal scorers with five, and is right behind Nowak and Cullen in points (5-2-7).

Bennett Gets it Rolling for New York

Ryan Bennett scored a pair of goals three minutes apart early in the first period to get New York out to an early 2-0 lead over Atlantic/S.E. tonight.

John Hirliman, Jason Kuczmanski, Michael Ferry and Drew Bucktooth added goals as New York went on to win, 6-2.

Drew Bucktooth also had two assists for the winners, while Rich Hansen added three.

The Atlantic/S.E. goals were scored by Jonathan Sinex (from Ryan Foster) and Joe Tepedino (from Tyler Kolarik and John Sabo).

Chris Gartman (10/9) and Shawn Conschafter (7/6) split the workload in the NY net, while Craig Schnappinger (17/13) and Rob Miller split the work in the Atlantic/S.E. net.

New York improves to 2-1, while Atlantic/S.E. falls to 2-1.

Note: Tuesday, July 28 was an off day at the Select 17 Festival.

Monday, July 27 Summaries


Kolarik Nets Two as Atlantic/S.E. Bops Pacific

Deerfield Academy's Tyler Kolarik scored two goals tonight as Atlantic/S.E. rolled over Pacific, 6-3.

The other Atlantic/S.E.goals were scored by Rob Fried, Tim Judy, Joe Tepedino, and Nate Stanglein. Jonathan Sinex added a pair of assists for the winners.

Jordan Pennington, Dustin Kim, and Sean Honeman scored for Pacific.

Rob Miller made 26 saves in the Atlantic/S.E. net. Chris King had the same number for Pacific. Atlantic/S.E. is now 2-0. Pacific falls to 0-2.

New England Shuts Out Mid-Am

Defenseman Freddy Meyer of the U.S. Under-18 Team scored a pair of goals in New England's 7-0 win over Mid-American tonight.

Brett Nowak (1g,2a), Todd Jackson (1g,2a), and Jon DiSalvatore (1g,2a) each had three point nights for New England. Tim Pettit had a goal and an assist, and Chris Snizek added a lone goal.

New England's Michael Wolfe (5 saves) and Mike Healey (13 saves)combined for the shutout. Ryan Davis went all the way for Mid-Am, stopping 23 of 30 shots.

New England is now 2-0. Mid-Am falls to 0-2.

Minnkota Unloads on Central

Joe Cullen (2g,1a) and Jesse Modahl (2g,1a) had three-point nights, and Dave Iannazzo had two goals as Minnkota pasted Central, 8-1, tonight. 

Minnkota's other goals were scored by Shawn Roed and Dan Welch. Josh Anderson, Paul Martin, Bryan Skrypek, and Jon Francisco each had two assists. Jeff Taffe was held to a single assist.

Minnkota outshot Central 36-14 and scored every which way -- four even-strength goals, two on the powerplay, and two shorthanded.

Cullen, a Moorhead native, leads all festival scorers with a 4-3-7 line. Right behind him are Taffe (4-1-5) and Welch (also 4-1-5). Welch and Taffe, as usual, are playing together on the same line. Cullen is on a different line. 

Tim Niedbalski had Central's only goal.

Jason Jensen (13/12) went all the way in the Minnkota net. Craig Anderson (36/28) played the whole game for Central.

Minnkota improves to 3-0; Central falls to 0-3.

Bay Staters Get First Win

Michael Woodford, Steve Wood, Brett Peterson, Mike Mantenuto, and Jack Celata each had a goal as Massachusetts topped Rocky Mountain 5-2 tonight.

Tristan Lush, a Massachusetts native, and Brandon Baker each had a goal for Rocky Mountain. Rocky Mountain led 1-0 at the half, but Mass reeled off five unanswered goals after the break. Two -- Wood's and Peterson's -- came on the powerplay. Jack Celata's goal was an empty-netter.

Rick DiPietro (9/8) and Ryan MacNeil (8/7) split duties in the Mass net. Rocky Mountain's Paul Morrissey, also a Mass. native, played well in a losing effort, kicking out 31 of 35 shots.

Mass is now 1-2, Rocky Mountain's record is identical.

Sunday, July 26 Summaries


Michigan 3
Massachusetts 1


New York 7
Central 1


Rocky Mountain. 5
Mid-Am 1


Minnkota 9
Pacific 1

Michigan Tops Mass, 3-1

Michael Woodford converted a pass from Ben Murphy to put Mass up 1-0 early, but the second half belonged to Michigan as Mike Falk and Justin Kinnunen scored six minutes apart for a 2-1 Michigan lead. A double minor to Michigan's Brent Sullivan with a little over four minutes left gave Massachusetts a big opportunity to tie the game up, but they couldn't cash in. An empty-net goal by Steve Jackson with eight seconds left sealed the win for Michigan.

Rob Bonk (14/13) and Craig Kowalski (14/14) split duties in the Michigan net.

Ryan MacNeil (9/9) and Rick DiPietro (9/8) did the same for Massachusetts.

The game was dull, with far too many whistles and dubious penalty calls.

Guerriero, N.Y. Way Too Much for Central

Jason Guerriero had two goals and an assist as New York rolled over Central, 7-1, tonight. Jason Kuczmanski, David Hughes, Ken Turano, and Adam Foote also scored for New York. J.D. Forrest had two assists, while Zach Schwan, Rich Hansen, Ryan Schmidt, Matt Stack each added one.

Brad Thomas scored the lone Central goal in the last minute of play.

Shawn Conschafter and Chris Gartman split net duties for New York, facing only 12 shots combined. Todd Walker went all the way for Central, kicking out 32 of 39 shots.

Flaishans Notches Hat Trick

Justin Flaishans, an Arizona center who played last season for Little Caesar's, scored a hat trick as Rocky Mountain easily handled Mid-American tonight, 5-1. 

Jay Pugliese, of New York, and Scott Selig, of Mass., assisted on all three of Flaishans' goals.

Paul Welte and Jeremy Weiss scored Rocky Mountain's other goals.

Matt Caffrey, of Rumford, R.I., scored Mid-Am's only goal when he wristed a behind-the-net feed from Chris Smart past Rocky Mountain goaltender Nick Martin.

Micheal Betz was in net for Mid-Am and stopped 21 of the 26 Rocky Mountain shots he faced. Nick Martin stopped 10 of 11 Mid-Am shots.

Taffe Scores Four in Rout

Hastings High School center Jeff Taffe scored four goals tonight in a 9-1 rout of Pacific. Dan Welch, his  linemate at Hastings as well as here, added two goals and an assist. Minnkota's other goals came from the defense -- one each from Rico Fatticci, Bryan Skrypek, and Paul Martin.

Defenseman Beau Geisler had three asssists, while forwards Dave Iannazzo, Shawn Roed, and Joe Cullen each had two.

Jordan Pennington scored Pacific's only goal.

Adam Berkhoel went all the way in the Minnkota net, stopping 15 of 16 shots. Chris King (15/11) and Robert O'Brien (22/17) were the Pacific netminders.

Saturday, July 25 Summaries


Michigan 3
Rocky Mountain 0
Minnkota 6
New York 2


Atlantic/SE 5
Central 2


New England 5
Massachusetts 4

Riddle, Cullen Too Much for New York

Troy Riddle and Joe Cullen each scored two goals as Minnkota opened the Select 17 Festival with a 6-2 win over New York tonight.

Jesse Modahl (1g,1a) and Jon Francisco (2a) had two points each for Minnkota. Dan Welch also scored for Minnkota.

Michael Ferry and Ken Turano scored the New York goals.

Jason Jensen (16/14) was the Minnkota goalie. Chris Gartman (20/16) and Shawn Conschafter (15/13) split goaltending duties for New England.

Thomas Goal Paces Atlantic/Southeastern past Central

David Thomas scored the game-winner as Atlantic/S.E. topped Central 4-2 tonight. Assists on the goal, at 8:27 of the second half, went to Tyler Kolarik and John Sabo.

Earlier, Adam Mantin scored an unassisted shorthanded goal, and Jonathan Sinex -- with assists from Sabo and Tim Judy -- added a power play goal.  Later, with five seconds left, David Thomas scored his second goal of the game, an empty-netter.

Pat Caslin (1g,1a), Connor Dunlop (1g,1a), and Pierre LaBarge (2a) each had two-point nights for Central.

Craig Schnappinger went all the way for Atlantic/S.E., kicking out 11 of 13 shots. Craig Anderson went all the way for the losers, stopping 24 of 28 shots.

Penalties Sink Rocky Mountain

Michigan defenseman Mike Roemensky scored a pair of goals -- each on a 5-on-3 -- and defenseman Andy Burnes added his own point blast -- on a 5-on-4 -- to pace Michigan past Rocky Mountain tonight, 3-0.

Defenseman Seth Vinocur had a pair of assists.

Paul Morrissey went all the way for Rocky Mountain, kicking out 24 of 27 shots. Rob Bonk (9/9) and Craig Kowalski (9/9) combined on the shutout for Michigan.

Hotchkiss Linemates Come Through for New England

Todd Jackson, stationed at the far post, one-timed a pass from Brett Nowak, his Hotchkiss teammate, behind Massachusetts goaltender Ryan MacNeil  with 13:48 remaining in the second half to give New England a 5-4 win tonight. It was Jackson's second goal of the night. Peter Zingoni also received an assist on the play.

It was a back-and-forth game, with Mass going up 1-0 on a goal by Peter Trovato only to have Tim Pettit come back and tie it for New England. After Pat Foley scored an unassisted goal to put Mass up 2-1, New England roared back with three unanswered goals -- by Todd Jackson (shorthanded), Erik Dalton, and Freddy Meyer -- to move ahead, 4-2. With 11 seconds left in the first half, Pat Foley, on a 5-on-3 power play,  scored his second goal of the game to send Mass into the break only down by one goal.

Early in the second half, Steve Wood, of Sudbury, Mass. and Lawrence Academy,  who already had two assists on the night, found the back of the net to tie the game up, 4-4. And there it stayed -- until Nowak found Jackson for the game-winner.

There were a slew of other assists we haven't yet mentioned. For New England, Chris Snizek had three, Brett Nowak and Jon DiSalvatore had two each, and Peter Zingoni and Tim Pettit each had one. For Mass., Ken Smith, Brett Peterson, and Chris Owen also each had one assist.

New England outshot Mass. 33-25 in the game. For Mass., the goaltending was split by Rick DiPietro (18/14) and Ryan MacNeil (15/14). For New England, Mike Healey (13/10) and Michael Wolfe (12/11) split the chores.


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