It's been a busy week for Michigan Tech news. The Huskies received a commitment from Greyson Reitmeier, former Husky Jamie Phillips was named a starter in the ECHL All-Star game and future Husky Brian Halonen has been on fire so far this season with the Delano Tigers (MNHS).
A New Recruit: Greyson Reitmeier
On Wednesday, the Huskies got another commitment from a forward. This time it was the second-leading scorer in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL), Greyson Reitmeier. The 6'3" forward will add some much-needed size to next year's roster and brings some offensive skill with him. Through 37 games this season, Reitmeier has put up 16 goals (top 10), 30 assists (1st), and 46 points (2nd) for the Flin Flon Bombers.
After playing his midget hockey in British Columbia, Reitmeier spent one season in the BCHL with the Trail Smoke Eaters as a 17-year old. While with Trail, the Naskup, BC native had the most points of any player his age on the team. He also played 50 games, fourth-most among all players for Trail, just five games behind current Husky Jake Lucchini.
After that lone season in the BCHL, Reitmeier made the move to the SJHL where he initially played for Meville. In this lone season with the Millionaires, Reimeier scored 16 points in 48 games but his point totals have improved through every season in the SJHL. Last year, in his first season with Flin Flon, Reitmeier scored 26 points in 58 regular season games and added 9 more points in 16 playoff games, helping the Bombers get to the Canalta Cup Finals where they eventually lost to the Melfort Mustangs.
While it seemed likely that the Huskies were done recruiting for the 2017-18 season, it definitely appears that Reitmeier will be the end of recruiting for next season unless the Coaches think some of their committed players need another year. The commitments of Marcus Russell and Reitmeier already indicate that at least one of Tommy Parrottino, Jackson Cates or Mitch Newsome will be held back another year.
The success of Marcus Mitchell and his size could also mean that he'll get bumped up into the 2017 incoming class. Our guess right now is that Mitch Newsome gets held back because of his injury that kept him out of much of Fall 2016. The recruiting grid has again been updated for this week's commitments.
ECHL All-Star: Jamie Phillips
Jamie Phillips was announced as the ECHL All-Star game starting goaltender. He has been a rock between the pipes for the Tulsa Oilers. He leads the league in wins (18), saves (834) and minutes (1631). His goals against average (2.54) and save percentage (0.917) are tops among all league rookies and top-ten overall.
Phillips was earlier awarded the ECHL Goaltender of the Month for his spectacular start to the season. During October, Phillips was 6-0 and he managed to start the season 10-0 while allowing 2.16 goals per game and stopping 93.1% of shots faced. Phillips will be joined on the all-star team by another former WCHA goaltender, CJ Motte (formerly with Ferris State).
Recruit of the Fortnight: Brian Halonen
Since the holiday break has shifted our next edition of the Recruiting Grounds series to the middle of January, it seems fitting to still recognize a current recruit this week. Brian Halonen probably could have received this award each of the last two times. He's scored an amazing 37 points thus far in 10 games for Delano (MNHS). That total is good enough for second on his team and fourth in the entire state of Minnesota. Halonen is also tied for third in the state with 18 goals, trailing only his teammate Ben Meyers and St. Louis Park's Bauer Neudecker.
Over the last two weeks alone, Halonen has managed to score eight goals and six assists in only five games. His team is 9-1-1 through their first ten games and ranked #2 in the state among all Class A teams according the Let's Play Hockey Coach's Poll. Their lone loss was to the northern powerhouse Hermantown.
Featured Image courtesy of Kelly Jacobson and the Flin Flon Bombers