SUDBURY, Ont. – Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League players from the 2018-19 season continue to commit to collegiate programs where they’ll look to combine education while playing the game.
Forward Matthew Capisciolto of the Timmins Rock is moving on to attend Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Conn., as they prepare for their inaugural season of NCAA Division III hockey.
The 20-year-old from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., started the campaign with the Soo Eagles before being acquired by Timmins early in the season.
In 48 games with the Rock, Capisciolto set career highs in goals, assists and points with Timmins as he tallied 12 times and set-up 26 others for 38 points.|
Seeing action in 94 NOJHL contests, Capisciolto notched 18 markers and 40 helpers.
He was also a point-per-game man in the playoffs for Timmins as he tallied five times and assisted on four more in nine postseason match-ups.
Meanwhile the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners announced a trio commitments as goaltender Dawson Rodin, defenceman Nicholas Richards and forward James Scott have also committed to NCAA D-III programs in the U.S.
Rodin will be off to Marian University and Scott is heading to Lawrence University, with both of those schools being in Wisconsin where both are members of the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association.
As for Richards, he’s off to Kings College in Pennsylvania with the Monarchs skating in the United Collegiate Hockey Conference.
Rodin, a 21-year-old netminder from Chilliwack, B.C., saw action in 34 games with the Gold Miners this past season going 16-10-2-3 with a 2.37 goals-against average along with a save percentage of .927 while posting four shutouts.
His average led all league goalkeepers and his save mark was second-best in the NOJHL while his shutouts placed his second overall as well.
Seeing action in 75 league games with both Kirkland Lake and Blind River, Richards produced 25 points from the back end, including three goals.
One of those markers for the Lapeer, Mich., native was a game-winner.
Wrapping up his NOJHL career with the Gold Miners, Scott scored seven times and assists on 13 others in 51 games.
Scott is from Victoria, B.C.