WNY Hockey Prospects

Dugan, Loughran, Sucese & Farrance Among NCAA Leading Scorers


The start to the 2019-2020 NCAA Division I Hockey season has been quite the revelation for a number of players from the Western New York area. Although just 9 and 10 games into the season respectively, Jack Dugan, Griffin Loughran, Nathan Sucese and David Farrance find themselves occupying 4 of the Top 9 spots among NCAA scoring leaders.


At the top of the list you can find Jack Dugan, who’s 5 goals and 19 assists for 24 points in just ten games puts him 8 points ahead of Providence teammate Tyce Thompson who occupies second place nationally with 16. Dugan has managed multi-point games in 9 of 10 contests thus far and is on an early pace for the college hockey point total of the last 15 years. The 6-foot-2, 192 pound forward from Rochester, NY is averaging 2.4 points per game which puts him on pace for 84 over a 35 game regular season. However, it is worth noting that the college hockey does include postseason scoring in it’s final numbers and it’s likely that Providence, currently ranked 10th in the nation, will see a postseason berth.


Jack Dugan McQuadid (Photo Credit Adrian Kraus)


Before leaving for Providence, Dugan spent four seasons playing High School Hockey at McQuaid Jesuit, leading the Knights to a New York State Division I title in 2014 – 2015. Still only a junior, Dugan put up 65 points in just 24 games, earning him New York State Player of the Year honors in addition to a State Championship. After leaving McQuaid, Dugan joined former Rochester Americans head coach Chad Cassidy at national powerhouse Northwood School Prep for the 2015 – 2016 season. Jack was second on team in scoring with 24 goals and 29 assists for 53 points over 49 games while leading the Huskies to a 37 – 4 record and rank of 2nd nationally. After being passed up in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, Dugan returned to Northwood School for the 2016 – 2017 season, finishing the year the as leading scorer in all of US Prep Hockey with 28 goals and 52 assists for 80 points as his Huskies again finished 2nd place nationally. Dugan’s would not go unnoticed a second time by NHL scouts and he was selected in the 5th Round by the Las Vegas Golden Knights during the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.



Sitting just behind Dugan in a four way tie for the third spot is West Senaca native Griffin Loughran. The 5-foot-6, 150 pound forward has led his Northern Michigan Wildcats to a 6-2-2 record that includes a 4-0 mark in the WCHA Conference. The Wildcats, currently ranked #18 in the country by USCHO.com, owe much of their success to the offensive spark Loughran has provided this season following the loss of 3 of it’s top 4 scorers from last season. With 9 goals and 6 assists for 15 points in 10 games, Loughran is already approaching his totals of 7 goals and 11 assists for 18 points over 35 games last year.



Prior to his time with Northern Michigan, the speedy forward spent time with both the U16 and U18 Buffalo Jr. Sabres teams, leading the U18 squad in scoring with 55 goals and 59 assists during the 2015 – 2016 season and earning him a selection in both the USHL and NAHL drafts respectively. After spending the next season with both the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL and Corpus Christi Ice Rays of the NAHL, Loughran joined the USHL’s Fargo Force out of camp and was a major player in the Force’s Clark Cup Championship, earning him Clark Cup Playoff MVP honors in the process.


Griffin Loughran (Image Credit Dan Hickling)


Just one point back from Loughran sit two more Western New Yorker’s in David Farrance and Nathan Sucese, currently in a three way tie for seventh place nationally at 14 points. Farrance, a 5-foot-11, 190 pound blueliner from Victor, NY is having what can only be described as a breakout season. After 9 and 20 point seasons the past two years, the highly skilled defenseman already has 8 goals and 6 assists for the struggling Terriers, including a 5 goal 1 assist weekend against Providence that was topped off by a hat trick Saturday night.



Before to his time with the Terriers, Farrance absolutely dominated his competition for two years with Victor High School. Farrance notched 55 goals and 26 assists for 81 points in just 31 games over his freshman and sophomore seasons. His play would earn him All-State honors both years, culminating with a Section V title and New York State Player of the Year honors as a sophomore. With his play already established nationally, Farrance, along with friend and fellow Victor native Jacob Tortora, would leave home to play for the United States National Team Development Program (USNTDP), winning a gold medal with Team USA at the 2017 IIHF World U18 Championships. The Nashville Predators would eventually select Farrance in the 3rd Round, 92nd overall during the 2017 NHL Entry that summer.



Tied with Farrance and St. Lawrence’s Zach Risteau at 14 points is Penn State senior Nate Sucese. Seeing his name atop the list of scoring leaders is no surprise as he’s averaging just under a point per game over his 122 game NCAA career thus far. A 5-foot-9, 175 pound forward from Fairport, NY, Sucese’s 4 goals and 10 assists is tops on the team and his Nittany Lions find themselves in 8th place in the country with a 7-2 record.



Prior to time in State College, PA, Sucese spent consecutive seasons with the Buffalo Jr. Sabres U16 & U18 teams. Following an U18 season with the Jr. Sabres that saw him score 19 goals and 23 assists for 42 points he was selected by the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the 3rd Round, 45th overall of the 2013 USHL Entry Draft. Sucese would spend the next season at New England Prep School The Gunnery, leading the team in scoring with 19 goals and 23 assists for 42 points in 40 games and earning an offer from Penn State. After leaving The Gunnery, Sucese joined the Fighting Saints for the next two seasons. During his final year in Dubuque he was named an alternate captain and would finish the year with 26 goals and 33 assists as well as All-USHL Second Team honors. A participant at the Boston Bruins Rookie Development Camp this past summer, Sucese will likely be one of number of college free agents signing professional contracts following this season.


Penn State’s Nate Sucese (14) during third period action with the Buckeyes. No. 1 Penn State skated to a, 3-3, tie against No. 11 Ohio State while the Buckeyes earned the extra point with a seven-round shootout win on Jan. 20, 2016 in Pegula Ice Arena.
Photo by Mark Selders

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