Four UND recruits to play in Prospect Game

Four UND recruits have been selected for the USA Hockey All-American Prospect Game, a contest designed to give exposure to draft-eligible American players.

Nick Schmaltz, Shane Gersich, Austin Poganski and Ryan Mantha all will play in the game on Sept. 26 in Pittsburgh.

Schmaltz, Gersich and Poganski are 1996-born forwards. Mantha is a 1996-born defenseman.

The one surprising omission from UND’s stable of recruits is Chris Wilkie, a 1996-born forward who left the U.S. National Team Development Program to go to the USHL this season (Tri City).

After the selections came out, Wilkie tweeted “Just more fuel to the fire.”

Wilkie still could be added if not all the players can end up playing (there were late additions last year to the event).

All of the players will play in the USHL this season — Schmaltz with Green Bay, Gersich with USA U18s, Poganski with Tri City and Mantha with Sioux City.

UND lands Shane Gersich

UND’s big week in recruiting continued Thursday night as Holy Family forward Shane Gersich, believed to be the top available forward in Minnesota, tweeted that he has committed to UND.

Gersich currently is a sophomore in high school. He is the nephew of former Roseau greats Neal, Aaron and Paul Broten, all of whom went to Minnesota.

This comes on the heels of UND landing St. Cloud Cathedral forward Austin Poganski.

For a full story on Gersich, including quotes from the player, go here.