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Recruiting Update Part II

Nebraska-Omaha picked up two new forwards this weekend. The first is Des Moines(USHL) center Rich Purslow. Purslow is a native New Yorker that has found his niche with the Bucanneers on the third line centering Michigan recruit Aaron Palushaj and Army recruit Ken Rowe. Purslow's playmaking ability has helped make them one of the league's toughest third lines.

Omaha assistant Doc Del Castillo, who recruited Purslow to Omaha, also recruited his brother, Chris Purslow, to come to St. Cloud in the late 90's. Chris Purslow played two seasons for the Huskies before injuries cut his career short.

The other Omaha recruit is power forward Nick Fanto of the Omaha Lancers(USHL). Fanto is a Michigan native that passed on some other offers to stay in the CCHA. Fanto, who is 6'1" 205 lbs. should provide some balance with all the diminutive forwards Omaha has recruited for the next two seasons.

Minnesota-Duluth added Des Moines defenseman Chase Ryan. Ryan played in the USHL All-Star this season. He's originally from Illinois and played his youth hockey with the Chicago Young Americans program. Hockeysfuture.com rated him as the 8th best prospect in the USHL last November. He's a solid defensive defenseman that does his job very well without being overly flashy.

Michigan Tech picked up a local kid in Bismarck(NAHL) forward Eric Kattelus. Kattelus originally hails from Houghton, Michigan. He's currently 10th in the league in scoring with 32 goals and 24 assists in 37 games.