CC hockey notes: Colorado College lands first Rampage commit

February 7, 2014 Updated: February 7, 2014 at 10:46 pm

Colorado College continues to mine the area clubs with a commit from Andrew "AJ" Vanderbeck of the Colorado Rampage U16 team for the 2016-17 season. The midget minor team is based out of the Colorado Sports Center near Monument.

"It's a dream come true to get to play at such a great school and hockey program as Colorado College," the Lewis-Palmer High School student said. "I couldn't have done it without the help of my teammates and most importantly the support of my parents."

The California native leads the Tier I Elite League with 57 points (38 goals), and a total of 89 points (58 goals) overall this season.

The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder will play in the junior U.S. Hockey League the next two seasons to develop his game and physically mature. The league's draft is this spring.


Thorimbert humble about career performance

CC goalie Josh Thorimbert said most of his career-high 50 saves against Minnesota-Duluth were easy to track because they were from long range and not from short range in front.

That may be true, only six were from the between the face circles, including none in the third period, but the senior kept the game close by not giving up bad rebounds for the charging Bulldogs to convert.

Minnesota-Duluth came close to scoring early with shots by freshman Kyle Osterberg stopped by Thorimbert on a one-timer from between the circles and another ringing off the far post as the left wing attacked the near post.


UMD hockey recognizes Winter Olympians

Minnesota-Duluth recognized its 12 hockey alums who played in the Winter Olympics with a pregame ceremonial puck drop on Friday. Ome notables are forwards Keith "Huffer" Christiansen (USA, 1972) and 1980 Miracle on Ice wing John "Bah" Harrington. and 2014 defenseman Justin Faulk (Carolina).

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