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UNH hockey team announces nine-member freshman class

Staff report
June 22. 2018 12:48AM

University of New Hampshire head men’s hockey coach Mike Souza has announced the freshman class for the 2018-2019 season: Joseph Cipollone (Purchase, N.Y.), Angus Crookshank (North Vancouver, British Columbia), Filip Engaras (Stockholm, Sweden), Eric Esposito (West Haven, Conn.), Drew Hickey (New Canaan, Conn.), Will MacKinnon (Plymouth, Mich.), Jackson Pierson (Zionsville, Ind.), Ty Taylor (Richmond, British Columbia) and Ryan Verrier (Reading, Mass.)

“We are very excited about the 2018-2019 freshman class,” said Souza. “With five forwards, three defensemen and one goalie, this class brings talent and depth. What stands out about this group is their strong leadership qualities. We really look forward to having them be a part of our program.”

• Cipollone is a 5-8, 175-pound forward who played two seasons for the Boston Junior Bruins, posting 38 goals and 53 assists for 91 points.

• Crookshank, a 5-11, 180-pound forward, posted 35 goals and 40 assists for 75 points for the Langley Rivermen (BCHL), including 25 goals and 27 assists for 52 points during the 2017-2018 season.

• Engaras is a 6-0, 194-pound forward who played three season for Skelleftea AIK (SuperElit) in Sweden. He was a two-time captain.

• Esposito, at 5-11 and 183 pounds, played forward for the Youngstown Phantoms and was team captain in 2017-2018. He had 34 goals and 25 assists for 59 points over three seasons, which included 23 goals and 10 assists for 33 points during 2017-2018.

• Hickey, a 5-11, 185-pound defenseman, played two seasons for the Connecticut Junior Rangers, was the team captain last year, and posted seven goals and 27 assists for 34 points last year.

• MacKinnon, at 5-11, 200 pounds, played the 2017-2018 season for the Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL) and won the team’s most improved defenseman award.

• Pierson, a 5-9, 175-pound forward, captained the Culver Military Academy last season and finished as the school’s all-time career leading scorer with 58 goals and 92 assists for 150 points. Culver finished as the No. 1-ranked prep school in the nation by USA Hockey.

• Taylor, a 6-4, 200-pounder, was named the British Columbia Hockey League’s goalie of the year while playing for the Vernon Vipers.

• Verrier, a 6-0, 185-pound defenseman, played last winter for the Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) and posted four goals and 14 assists for 18 points. His brother Sean is a member of the St. Anselm hockey team.