NEWINGTON, CT -- Gabriel Couture, a goaltender for the Connecticut Chiefs, has committed to Bryn Athyn College for the fall of 2019. Couture joined the Chiefs in late October, and won six games over the course of the year for Connecticut. Couture turned heads across the league, while making over 30 saves in 13 different games throughout the season.
"From the moment Gabriel arrived he brought a seriousness, work ethic, and desire to grow as a goaltender, that was contagious throughout our organization," said Chiefs head coach and general manager Kevin Cunningham. "He is a young man who loves the game and is willing to work to earn his opportunities. His play on the ice was excellent, but his impact on the Chiefs, his teammates and me personally has been equally outstanding. I am extremely proud of Gabriel and very excited for him and his family that he will get to continue his education and hockey career at Bryn Athyn, where I believe he will have a tremendous four-year experience and make a significant impact on the Lions’ program.”
As Cunningham mentioned, Couture made his impact felt immediately upon his arrival in Newington. The '98 native of Canada got my comfortable as the season progressed, and now he's looking forward to seeing what he can do at the next level.
"I knew that Bryn Athyn would be a good fit for me nearly right away," said Couture. "I loved the coaching staff from the get-go because of their ambitions for the coming years. It is a very young program with a ton of good young players, so I think the team has a lot of potential. I look forward to helping the program grow and playing a part in the continued establishment of a winning culture. I would also like to thank the Connecticut Chiefs for giving me the opportunity to showcase my talents this season. From the owners to the coaching staff to my teammates and the team’s support staff, everyone has been great to me and I know that I would not be heading to Bryn Athyn in the fall without all of them."
Learn more about the Connecticut Chiefs on the team's official website, and check out the full 2018-19 NCAA commitment list.
ASTON, PA -- Nate Dunning, a defenseman for the Philadelphia Little Flyers, has committed to Neumann University for the fall of 2019. The '98 native of Morton, PA spent this past season with the Little Flyers at the Eastern Hockey League Premier (EHLP) level, before making the jump to the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) this year.
"Nate is a perfect story for all of the kids that come into the EHL Premier locker room from AA hockey, work hard at the Premier level, and then make the EHL team," said Little Flyers head coach and general manager Mark Catron. "Dunning didn't only make the jump, but he is thriving as one of our top defenseman, not only offensively on the power-play, but defensively as well. Nate skates the puck up the ice very effectively, he’s a local kid who had an avenue in front of him on how to get to college from AA hockey, right inside the same rink he’s grown up in and will continue to play here at IceWorks for Neumann and Coach Mountain. Mike [Narrigan] and I are proud of Nate and look forward to being able to watch him play in college."
As Catron mentioned, the local kid is staying close to home, as the Knights play all of their home games at IceWorks Skating Complex, the same rink as the Little Flyers.
Looking back at Dunning's numbers from his junior career, and the veteran defenseman started things off with 26 points in 32 games in the EHLP (2017-18). Those numbers have improved up to 28 points in 44 EHL games so far this year. Overall, Dunning is very proud of his time with the Little Flyers, and he took a moment to share his appreciation.
"I am very proud to announce my commitment to play my college hockey at Neumann University and continue my education," said Dunning. "I want to start by thanking my family for their endless support throughout my hockey career. I want to thank coaches Mark Catron, Mike Narrigan, and George Lewis for giving me the opportunity to play juniors for the Little Flyers and the Giacobbo family. Also, thank you Stephane Charbonneau and Mike Cassidy for everything that they have done for me. Finally, thank you to Coach Mountain for giving me the opportunity to pursue my academic and athletic careers at Neumann."
Dunning and the Little Flyers just knocked off the Philadelphia Revolution on Thursday, and thus earned their second consecutive trip to the EHL Frozen Finals.
Learn more about the Philadelphia Little Flyers on the team's official website, and check out the full 2018-19 NCAA commitment list.
BOSTON, MA -- The Second Round of the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) playoffs is complete, and we're now onto the EHL Frozen Finals. Below you'll find full recaps of all four Second Round series, including a pair of matchups that were decided by just a single goal in the third and final game of each respective set.