Newly acquired Vees forward Nic Pierog has decided on his post-junior hockey destination. The Vees announced today the power-forward officially committed to Clarkson University for 2014-15 season. Pierog, 20, will join current teammates Ben Dalpe and Chris Rygus in Clarkson’s freshman class next season.
Pierog came over from Surrey on Saturday, that saw forward Anthony Conti and future considerations go the other way. He made his debut Sunday in the Vees 6-2 win over the Merritt Centennials and despite not scoring, he showed very well, skating on a line with Brad McClure and Dalpe. In that game, Pierog had at least three quality scoring chances, including hitting the post in the first period; all that without even one practice with his new team.
Pierog brings a wealth of experience to the Vees and much needed size down the middle. Last spring was his tour de force, as he matched his regular season goal output of nine in just 17 playoff games, helping the Surrey Eagles capture the Fred Page Cup championship. The game he plays right now will translate very well at the NCAA level, as he uses his 6’2, 200 pound frame effectively and has no quarrels about going to the net. He’s strong in the circle too, which is a highly coveted skill not only at the Junior level but college as well . Pierog can score, and has done so frequently this season, as his 26 goals are third-best in the BCHL behind Salmon Arm’s Landon Smith (34), and teammate Brad McClure (31).
Pierog and the Vees are back in action tomorrow when the travel to Vernon for a date with the Vipers; a 1st versus 2nd showdown in the Interior Division.
Vees Press Release:
“The Penticton Vees Jr. ‘A’ Hockey Club is pleased to announce forward Nic Pierog (93) has committed to Clarkson University for the 2014-2015 season.
Pierog is the 16th player on the Vees roster to secure a NCAA Division I scholarship and joins current teammates Ben Dalpe and Chris Rygus as future Golden Knights.
Vees President, General Manager and Head Coach Fred Harbinson, “Nic clearly demonstrated his drive and ability in last year’s Fred Page Cup Final. He’s a goal-scorer, a leader and a big physical presence down the middle, which will help us and eventually the Golden Knights. ”
Pierog, 20, made his Vees debut last Sunday in the Vees 6-2 win over the Merritt Centennials, after being acquired last week from the Surrey Eagles. The Georgetown, Ontario native is third scoring on the Vees with 26 goals and 38 points. Those 26 tallies are third-best in the BCHL goal-scoring race; five behind teammate Brad McClure. The power-forward also has eight goals in his last eight games. Pierog is in his second and final season in the BCHL, and has 44 goals and 72 points in 111 career games. Last spring Pierog and the Eagles won the Fred Page Cup and inaugural Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup, en route to a semi-final appearance at the 2013 RBC Cup in Summerside, PEI.
Clarkson University is located in Potsdam, New York and the Golden Knights play in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). Since 1962, the Golden Knights have won 10 ECAC Regular Season Titles, five ECAC Championship Tournament Titles, and have made 20 NCAA Tournament appearances (seven times making it to the “Frozen Four”). Pierog, along with teammates Dalpe and Rygus, will join Vees alumni Bryan Sinz and James de Haas next fall at Clarkson. Former Vee Ben Sexton, who’s a senior, is the Captain of the Golden Knights this season.”