Youngstown Phantoms forward Josh Melnick has committed to play college hockey at Miami University following his USHL career.
“I went down for a visit and I really loved it,” said Melnick. “All the guys were really nice and showed me what a great program it is, and I just felt really comfortable there.”
Melnick appeared in all 60 regular season games for the Phantoms and put up 62 points (14g, 48a) to finish eighth overall in USHL scoring and help the team capture their first-ever Anderson Cup title. His 48 assists led the League and also set a new Phantoms record for assists in a season. He put together a nine-game (2g, 8a) and 10-game (4g, 16a) point streak this season. The 10-game streak came during the 17-game win streak for the Phantoms which established a new USHL Tier 1 era (2002-present) record for consecutive wins. During that streak, he recorded his first USHL career hat trick in the 7-1 win against the Fargo Force on February 28th.
It is the second season with the Phantoms for Melnick after recording 28 points (7g, 21a) in 52 games last season. The Annandale, New Jersey native was selected by the team in Phase Two of the 2013 USHL Draft and is a product of Delbarton Prep School.
Melnick is joined by Youngstown teammates Ryan Lomberg and Kiefer Sherwood who are also committed to Miami University.
“Ryan and Kiefer are two of my best friends. Going somewhere where you’re comfortable with the people around you is huge,” said Melnick. “We have a lot of chemistry on and off the ice, and I’m really excited to have the opportunity to continue playing with them.”
Nine other USHL players from this season will also play hockey at the school; Bryce Hatten (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Ryan Larkin (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Gordie Green (Dubuque Fighting Saints), Willie Knierim (Dubuque Fighting Saints), Grant Frederic (Green Bay Gamblers), Ryan Siroky (Muskegon Lumberjacks), Bryan Sienerth (Sioux Falls Stampede), Chaz Switzer (Sioux Falls Stampede), and Jack Roslovic (Team USA).
Miami University is located in Oxford, Ohio and is a member of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC). A total of 23 USHL alumni were on the roster for the RedHawks this season, the most of any school in the conference; Blake Coleman (Indiana/Tri-City), Austin Czarnik (Green Bay/Team USA), Jimmy Mullin (Fargo Force), Cody Murphy (Tri-City/Cedar Rapids/Ohio), Ben Paulides (Youngstown Phantoms), Andrew Schmit (Lincoln/Chicago), Alex Wideman (Indiana Ice), Jay Williams (Sioux Falls/Waterloo), Taylor Richart (Fargo Force), Chris Joyaux (Chicago/Tri-City/Des Moines), Matt Caito (Dubuque Fighting Saints), Sean Kuraly (Indiana Ice), Alex Gacek (Youngstown/Indiana), John Doherty (Indiana/Dubuque), Kevin Morris (Dubuque Fighting Saints), Ryan McKay (Green Bay Gamblers), Riley Barber (Team USA/Dubuque), Devin Loe (Fargo Force), Anthony Louis (Team USA), Colin Sullivan (Green Bay Gamblers), Louis Belpedio (Team USA), Scott Dornbrock (Omaha Lancers), and Conor Lemirande (Youngstown/Muskegon).
USHL stats – Josh Melnick
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 13th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2014-15. A record 35 players were chosen in the 2014 NHL Draft and more than 300 players on team rosters this season are committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.
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