In case you missed it, last week the Merritt Centennials had a pair of commitments announced for the 14/15 season. Joining Devin Kero, Dane Birks and Jeff Wight with scholarships is Scott Patterson and Shane Poulsen. Here's the releases from the BCHL site as well their intermission interviews with their thoughts.
Merritt Centennials defenceman Shane Poulsen has become the second BCHL blueliner in a week to commit to the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
Poulsen will play at UNO for the Mavericks starting next season. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound native of Kamloops, B.C. has seven goals and 19 assists on the season.
Also committing to UNO recently was Powell River Kings defenceman Brian Rideout.
UNO competes in the NCAA Div. I National Collegiate Hockey Conference against the likes of the University of Denver, North Dakota, Minnesota-Duluth and St. Cloud State.
BCHL alums on the Mavericks current roster are former Penticton Vees forward James Polk and former Prince George Spruce Kings goalie Kirk Thompson.
Merritt Centennials forward and leading scorer Scott Patterson has secured an NCAA Div. I future by committing to Lake Superiors State University for next season.
Patterson is in his second full season with Merritt and leads the club in goals iwth 25 and points with 45.
He is the second BCHLer to commit to LSSU this season along with Vernon Vipers defenceman and captain Ryan Renz.
Lake Superior State is located in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and the Lakers compete in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association against the likes of Michigan Tech, Bowling Green, Ferris State, and Alaska.
Former Coquitlam Express and West Kelowna Warriors forward Mitch Nardi is currently the only BCHL alum on the Lakers roster.