RoughRiders Select Forward Master With 1st USHL Draft Pick

By Jeff Johnson, Reporter

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The second phase of the United States Hockey League draft has begun, and the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders have selected 18-year-old forward Nick Master with their first pick.

The Broomhall, Pa., native has been playing with the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers program. He is a 6-foot, 160-pounder who has committed to play college hockey at Massachusetts-Lowell.

Cedar Rapids had the fifth pick in the second phase. The first phase was Monday and featured players with birthdates of 1997.

The Riders’ second-round selection Tuesday was defenseman Christian Meike. The 17-year-old is playing for the D.C. Capitals program and is a University of Michigan commit.

With the first of back-to-back third-round picks, the RoughRiders selected goaltender Danny Tirone, a Connecticut native and University of New Hampshire commitment who has played for both Shattuck St. Mary’s (Minn.) and Loomis-Chaffee (Conn.) prep schools. Tirone was named prep school player of the year for 2013 by U.S. Hockey Report.

Defenseman Jerad Rosburg from Maryland and the Ohio Jr. Blue Jackets was selected immediately after Tirone. Because of trades, the Riders didn’t have another pick until the fifth round, where they took forward Alex Funk from Rochester (Minn.) Lourdes High School.

In the seventh round, Cedar Rapids drafted tiny center Brendan Harris. The Las Vegas native is 5-foot-7 and 140 pounds and has committed to play at St. Cloud State.

Also in the seventh, the Riders took 6-foot-4 defenseman Aaron Titcomb, a Massachusetts native who has committed to play at Merrimack College. Left winger Mitchell Fossier (Alpharetta, Ga.) was an eighth-round pick and defenseman Seamus Donohue (St. Thomas Academy/Minnesota) a ninth-rounder.

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