Sunday, September 25, 2011

Four players "Make the Cut"

Goalie, three forwards earn training camp contracts

After a hard weekend of drills and scrimmages, four players earned CHL training camp contracts after participating in the 2011 Texas Brahmas "Making the Cut" Prospect Camp. It was the largest and one of the most competitive camps to date and coaches Dan Wildfong and Ron Vogel were very pleased with the effort put forth by the attendees.

Here's a breakdown of the four who were selected to attend the Brahmas' training camp, which opens on October 10th:

Kraymer Barnstable - Goaltender

Barnstable, 21, was selected by Vancouver in the ninth round of the 2005 WHL bantam draft and played 14 games with the Giants in the 2007-08 campaign, posting a 6-4 record with a 2.45 GAA and an .886 Save Percentage.

The Kelowna, British Columbia native started the 2008-09 season in Vancouver before being re-assigned to the Nipawin Hawks (SJHL). He joined the Everett Silvertips for a short stint, then finished the season back in the SJHL, this time with the Notre Dame Hounds. Barnstable remained on the Silvertips’ protected list until the WHL bantam draft when he was dropped to make room for the team’s newest prospects.

In 2009-10, he played with the Red Deer Rebels (WHL) for 27 games before being placed on waivers as the team began reducing the number of 20-year-olds on their roster due to league rules. His record was 11-5-1 with a 3.32 GAA and a .888 Save Percentage. Barnstable spent last season with the Lloydminster Bobcats (AJHL) where he had a 15-14-2 record, a 2.89 GAA and a .890 Save Percentage.

Tanner Tomlinson - Forward

Tomlinson, 21, spent the last four seasons playing in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League (GOJHL). The 5' 10", 185-pound native of Sarnia, Ontario played the last two seasons with the Sarnia Legionnaires. His best numbers came in 2009-10, when he was named the team's Most Improved Player. Tomlinson tallied 33 points (14 G, 19 A) and 154 penalty minutes with 11 points coming on the power play (5 G, 6 A). He also had one game-winning goal. In five playoff games, he added another four points (1 G, 3 A) and 30 PIM.

He tallied 25 points (12 G, 13 A) in 42 games played last season, including seven points on the power play (5 G, 2 A), a short-handed goal and a game-winning goal. Tomlinson uses boxing to stay in shape during the off-season and trains in his hometown at the River City Boxing Club.

Alexander Molnar - Forward

Molnar, 25, played the last four seasons at Salem State College (MASCAC) in Massachusetts. The 5' 6", 175-pound native of Nitra, Slovakia had a total of 37 points (16 G, 21 A) and 62 PIM during his career with the Vikings.

Molnar majored in Business Administration and speaks five languages. He's a spirited player who made a good impression on the coaches. Molnar inadvertently too a stick to the face in the final minutes of today's scrimmage.

Here are a couple of videos posted on YouTube (Molnar wore the number four sweater):

Thomas Galiani - Forward

Galiani, 24, played the past three seasons at SUNY - Brockport (SUNYAC) where he tallied 39 points (18 G, 21 A) and 44 penalty minutes in 75 games played. The 5' 7", 160-pound native of Lindenhurst, New York played 25 games at the University of Southern Maine (ECAC-E) during the 2003-07 season, where he was named Most Improved Player after registering 12 points (6 G, 6 A) and 20 PIM.

Galiani was with the Oswego Admirals (OPJHL) in 2005-06, where he tallied 13 points (3 G, 10 A) and 29 PIM in 49 games played.

Photo Credit: Robert Keith

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