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Two Players Opt for Major Junior

Paul Shaheen's Research on Ice Newsletter reported too pretty disappointing stories today about talented players breaking college commitments to play in the OHL.

The first, and most major, is US NTDP goalie Josh Unice breaking his commitment to Bowling Green, and instead opting to play for the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL. This is a crushing blow to the Falcons, who were in desperate need of an upgrade in goaltending. The Rangers had former USHL goalie John Murray as their primary starter last season, and I'm not entirely sure, but I believe he won't be back next season, which would make Unice their top goalie. I can't criticize the decision made by Unice, if he truly believes that is what is best for his college career, but I do have to question the timing. According to Bowling Green coach Scott Paluch, BG had no idea that Unice was considering the OHL, and with a little over two weeks before schools starts in Bowling Green, it is pretty much impossible for the Falcons to find another goalie to replace Unice.

The other de-commitment is that of Chicago Steel defenseman, and Western Michigan recruit Josh Bemis. Bemis was one of the youngest players in the USHL last season on a weak Steel team. He will instead play for the Plymouth Whalers next season. Bemis wasn't scheduled to join the Broncos until 2009, so that gives Western plenty of time to find a replacement, but still hurts, as the Broncos seemed to have found two gems in Bemis and Team NXI defenseman Luke Witkowski. The Broncos still have Witkowski, who is arguably the better of the two, but will miss having Bemis on the blueline.