NCAA: UNH Lands Top Prep School Goalie

The UNH Wildcats added a significant piece for the future, committing 2002-born goaltender Jed Baliotti.

Baliotti helped lead Berkshire to the Elite 8 semifinals this season, where he posted a .930 save percentage and a 2.05 GAA in 25 games. A Connecticut native, he also had a .919 save percentage last season.

Baliotti has good size (6-foot-3) and prior to joining Berkshire, he was playing for the renowned North Jersey Avalance organization. After this season, he was named to the NEPSAC All New England Second Team.

“He is big in the net and takes away a lot of shooting angles solely because of his size (6’3),” said NZ scouts. “Most importantly he is quiet in his own crease and doesn’t take himself out of the play. He knows that his body is big enough to block the puck on its own and he just stays true to his angles. Made one noteworthy play on a nice outstretched toe save off of a breakaway attempt. When he needs to reach back for a little extra it helps to have those long limbs.”

’99 F George Vonakis to Curry College for 2020

Vonakis is a Maryland native who has combined for nine goals and 25 assists this season in 45 games for the Worcester Jr. Railers and the New Hampshire Avalanche in the EHL.

Vonakis played prep hockey at the Kent School and also spent some time in the NAHL last season with the Maryland Black Bears.

“He has a thick build at 5’10”, low center of gravity and he won lots of wall battles,” our scouts said at the EHL Showcase. “He isn’t a pretty skater but he is strong on his skates and has good speed, he gets there. We liked that he played all 200 feet as he centered the first line. He helped defend and helped on the breakout. Up ice, he got pucks through seams. He played an honest game and has a high hockey IQ, especially in his end.”

’99 D Bronson Adams to Marian for 2020

The Texas native has spent the last two seasons in the SJHL after a seasons in the NAHL. This year with the Nipawin Hawks, Adams had seven goals and 18 assists from the blue line in 55 games.

Adams played for the Dallas Jr. Stars youth program before his junior career began and he was listed in our Top-750 1999-born Prospects report that was posted earlier today.

’99 F Joseph DiGiulio to Neumann for 2020

A diminutive forward who is a native of San Jose, Calif., DiGiulio had 14 goals and nine assists for the Hampton Roads Whalers in the USPHL this season; he’s been with that organization for the past three seasons.

Prior to joining the USPHL, DiGiulio suited up for the San Jose Jr. Sharks and the Arizona Bobcats.

’99 F Connor Beatty to Endicott College for 2020

Beatty has the chance to be an offensive catalyst for Endicott.

This season the Concord, N.H. native has 11 goals and 19 assists for the Aberdeen Wings in the NAHL and he had 30 points for Rockland last season in the CCHL.

“Connor is a smaller, athletic forward who changed direction with possession with ease and can make opponents miss in space,” said scouts. “He has a burst and can separate from scrums. He played hard every shift and with very good pace. He took good angles hunting pucks and was a pain in the butt to play against. Made some quick spins in the corner to shake defenders and got some time on the first line.Solid small college prospect. He does not cheat the game and can create offense.”

’99 D Daniel Dimon to Elmira for 2020

Dimon is a good puck-moving defenseman who is from Elmira.

He has spent this season in the NAHL with the New Jersey Junior Titans, where he has two goals and 11 assists in 40 games. Dimon played at Millbrook Prep before embarking on his junior career, all of which has been in the NAHL.

“Daniel makes quick outlets,” our scouts noted. “He anticipates well and can accelerate away from pressure with the puck. His skating is balanced and he gets on opponents quickly to defend. Quick and athletic in the corners. He uses his partner well and projects as a high-end DIII player.”