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SYRACUSE CRUNCH WEEKLY REPORT
Presented by Penske Truck Rental

LAST WEEK

Fri., Nov. 9 – Crunch at Rochester – OTL, 3-2
Sun., Nov. 11 – Crunch vs. Hershey – W, 7-2

THIS WEEK

Wed., Nov. 14 – Crunch vs. Binghamton – 7 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 16 – Crunch at Utica – 7 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 17 – Crunch vs. Laval – 7 p.m.

CRUNCH COLLECT THREE OF FOUR POINTS IN WEEK 6

The Crunch pushed their points streak to four games (3-0-1-0) after posting a 1-0-1-0 record in Week 6. Syracuse (5-5-1-0) is back at 0.500 for the first time since the fourth game of the season and their four-game points streak is tied for the second-longest active streak in the league behind Bridgeport (5).

The Crunch collected a point to open the week Friday in an overtime loss to the Amerks. Cory Conacher netted the tying goal with 0.6 seconds left in regulation, the latest tying goal for the Crunch during the Lightning affiliation. Sunday, the Crunch scored a season-high seven goals in a 7-2 win over the Hershey Bears; the Crunch swept the season series with Hershey for the first time since 2014-15.

Week 7 features the Crunch’s first three-game week. Syracuse hosts Binghamton Wednesday and Laval Saturday, with a stop in Utica Friday night.

TOP PERFORMERS

Rookie forward Taylor Raddysh scored a goal in both games in Week 6 to extend his scoring streak to a team-high six games and his goal streak to three games. The 20-year-old netted the Crunch’s first goal in Friday’s overtime loss in Rochester then he potted a power-play goal Sunday against Hershey.

During his six-game scoring streak, Raddysh has eight points (5g, 3a) and his nine points in 10 games this season ranks fourth on the team. Raddysh’s six-game points streak is tied for the third longest by a Crunch rookie with Matthew Peca (2015-16) and Alex Killorn (2012-13) during the Lightning affiliation. Only Nikita Kucherov’s nine-game run Oct. 18-Nov. 8, 2013 and Anthony DeAngelo’s seven-game streak in 2015-16 are longer than Raddysh’s current stretch.

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Carter Verhaeghe’s points streak has extended to five games, which is currently tied with Alex Volkov for the second-longest run on the Crunch. Verhaeghe had an assist Friday in Rochester and then produced his third multi-point game (1g, 1a) during the streak Sunday against Hershey. He is tied for the team lead with 10 points (4g, 6a) in 11 games this season.

Verhaeghe’s current run is his longest since his team-high 12-game streak last year which finished as the second-longest in the AHL in 2017-18.

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CERNAK EARNS FIRST NHL RECALL

Defenseman Erik Cernak has been recalled by the Tampa Bay Lightning. It’s the first time for the 21-year-old to get called up to the Lightning. He is expected to make his National Hockey League debut tonight for Tampa Bay as the Lightning visit the Buffalo Sabres.

In his second pro season with Syracuse, Cernak leads Crunch defensemen with seven points (2g, 5a), including six power-play points. He recorded his second-career multi-point game (1g, 1a) Sunday vs. Hershey.
As a rookie last season, Cernak finished with 18 points (5g, 13a) in 71 games.

UPCOMING: BINGHAMTON, UTICA, LAVAL

The Crunch play three games in a week for the first time this season as they play three North Division teams in four days.

Syracuse host Binghamton Wednesday night for the second of 10 matches between the teams this season. The Crunch collected a 4-0 shutout win in Binghamton Oct. 19 behind 27 saves from Connor Ingram. The Crunch are 8-2-0-1 against the Devils since they moved to Binghamton prior to last season. The Devils (7-6-2-0) are currently third in the division with 16 points.

The Crunch travel to Utica for the first time this season Friday night. The Comets defeated the Crunch, 4-3, in Syracuse Oct. 20. Utica (6-8-1-0) is tied for fourth in the North Division with the Laval Rocket despite logging a 2-6-0-0 record on home ice.

Saturday night is the Crunch’s Hockey Fights Cancer night when they will wear special Lavender jerseys against the Rocket. It’s the first of six head-to-head meetings this season; the Rocket don’t come back to Syracuse until Feb. 20. Last season, the Crunch were 4-2-1-1 against Laval, including a 3-0-1-0 mark at the War Memorial Arena.

WEEK 6 RESULTS

Friday, November 9 | Game 10 at Rochester | OTL, 3-2
Syracuse 0 0 2 0 – 2 Shots: 5-14-12-1-32 PP: 0/5
Rochester 0 1 1 1 – 3 Shots: 5-10-7-3-25 PP: 0/4
3rd Period-Raddysh 5 (Colton, Verhaeghe), 1:48. Conacher 5 (Volkov, Cernak), 19:59. . . . Pasquale 2-2-1 (25 shots-22 saves). A-6,318

Sunday, November 11 | Game 11 vs. Hershey | W, 7-2
Hershey 0 2 0 – 2 Shots: 2-13-4-19 PP: 2/8
Syracuse 3 2 2 – 7 Shots: 15-6-9-30 PP: 4/5
1st Period-Verhaeghe 4 (Hults), 4:49. Cernak 2 (Conacher, Verhaeghe), 7:23 (PP). Conacher 5 (Cernak, Andreoff), 11:52 (PP). 2nd Period-Raddysh 6 (Colton, Hults), 9:24 (PP). Andreoff 6 (Raddysh, Valleau), 12:11. 3rd Period-Gaunce 2 (Thomas, Barré-Boulet), 9:42 (PP). Volkov 3 (Thomas, Gaunce), 15:01. . . . Pasquale 3-2-1 (19 shots-17 saves). A-5,911

Category Average/Total AHL Rank (Prev)
Power Play 26.7% (16-for-60) 3rd (7th)
Penalty Kill 78.0% (46-for-59) 21st (23rd)
Goals For 3.45 GFA (38) 14th (19th)
Goals Against 3.27 GAA (36) T-14th (19th)
Shots For 28.45 SF/G (313) 25th (24th)
Shots Against 29.97 SA/G (322) 13th (18th)
Penalty Minutes 18.82 PIM/G (207) 1st (3rd)
Category Leader
Points 10 Andreoff, Conacher, Verhaeghe
Goals 6 Andreoff, Raddysh
Assists 6 Verhaeghe
PIM 29 Katchouk, Andreoff
Plus/Minus +4 Thomas, Andreoff
Wins 3 Pasquale
GAA 3.00 Pasquale
Save % 0.892 Pasquale

Sabres, Wegmans, Entercom Buffalo Partner For “Turkeys For Tickets” Drive

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team will partner with Wegmans and Entercom Buffalo for a Thanksgiving turkey drive on Thursday, Nov. 15 to benefit local food pantries. The turkey drive will take place from 6 to 9 a.m. in the following locations:

KeyBank Center Surface Lot (Enter lot from Baltimore Street, via Perry Street)
Wegmans in Amherst (675 Alberta Dr., Amherst, NY 14226)
Wegmans in West Seneca (370 Orchard Park Rd., West Seneca, NY 14224)

“The holidays are a time to think of others and through the Sabres Turkeys for Tickets program, we are proud to help make it a warmer holiday season for our neighbors in need,” said Sabres vice president of community relations Rich Jureller. “The support and passion of Sabres fans extends beyond the ice and into our community and we can’t thank them enough for their generosity, which will help thousands of Western New Yorkers have a happier Thanksgiving this year.”

The annual Thanksgiving turkey drive returns this season after collecting more than 2,000 turkeys last year.

“We know many families are struggling this time of year, and so many generous Western New Yorkers want to help out,” said Michele Mehaffy, Buffalo consumer affairs manager for Wegmans. “This program helps fill a need and allows families to come together and share a Thanksgiving meal.”

For every 20-pound turkey dropped off, or the equivalent of a 20-pound turkey, the Sabres will give the donor two tickets to an upcoming game. Tickets (maximum of four per person) will be distributed immediately at the drop-off sites.

“We are grateful for the support of the Buffalo Sabres, Wegmans, Entercom Buffalo and the Western New York community as we all work together to help make sure no one goes hungry this holiday season,” said Tara A. Ellis, president and CEO of the Food Bank of WNY. “In any given month, the Food Bank and our partner agencies provide nutritious food and support to as many as 140,000 individuals throughout Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara counties. It is heartwarming to know that thousands of our neighbors in need will be able to enjoy a holiday meal thanks to the turkeys collected through this wonderful event.”

All of the donated turkeys will directly benefit the Buffalo City Mission and the Food Bank of WNY.

“We serve an annual Thanksgiving Community Meal, which this year will be served on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Last year, the City Mission fed more than 250 people through this meal alone. On Thanksgiving morning, through our annual Turkey Express event, the Buffalo City Mission, along with 250 volunteers, will prep, package, and deliver a hot Thanksgiving meal to 5,500 housebound, poor, and hungry individuals and families throughout the Western New York area. We are thankful to the Buffalo Sabres for once again providing turkeys to help make this endeavor possible another year,” said Stuart Harper, CEO and Executive Director of the Buffalo City Mission. “Last year alone, the Buffalo City Mission provided over 145,000 meals and over 74,000 nights of safe sleep shelter. With homelessness increasing nine percent last year and expected to rise again this year, the need is so great.”

Buffalo Sabres Foundation Mission Statement:

To identify and support local organizations which share our core objectives: serving children and military personnel, caring for the sick, assisting physically and mentally challenged athletes, and supporting youth hockey initiatives. By utilizing financial resources and community influence, the Buffalo Sabres Foundation assists these organizations and their beneficiaries in realizing their highest potential and succeeding in their endeavors.

The Food Bank of WNY is the primary hunger-relief organization in Western New York, obtaining and distributing food to 317 member agencies, including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, group homes and youth programs in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara counties. Through these agencies, the Food Bank of WNY serves as many as 140,000 individuals in any given month, including 45,300 households, 54,500 children and infants and 18,370 seniors. For more information, visit FoodBankWNY.org.

The Buffalo City Mission, founded in 1917, is a nonprofit organization that provides preventative, emergency and transitional programs to thousands of people who are homeless and impoverished. The Mission includes a Women and Children’s Shelter (Cornerstone Manor); the Men’s Community Center; and Dick Road thrift store to serve the Western New York community. For more information, please visit www.buffalocitymission.org or call (716) 854-8181.

Buffalo Sabres Foundation Mission Statement:

To identify and support local organizations which share our core objectives: serving children and military personnel, caring for the sick, assisting physically and mentally challenged athletes, and supporting youth hockey initiatives. By utilizing financial resources and community influence, the Buffalo Sabres Foundation assists these organizations and their beneficiaries in realizing their highest potential and succeeding in their endeavors.

Atlantic Hockey Issues Travel Team USA Weekly Awards

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Another weekend of strong performances make up this week’s Travel Team USA weekly award selections. (Dylan McLaughlin of Canisius featured in photo)

Player of the Week

Dylan McLaughlin – Canisius
Senior, Forward – Lancaster, NY/Cedar Rapid Roughriders

McLaughlin tallied two goals and an assist in leading the Golden Griffins to a 6-3 victory over Clarkson on Saturday, Canisius’ lone game of the week. The senior forward bookended Canisius’ scoring, scoring their first goal midway through the first period, cutting Clarkson’s lead in half, then notched a power-play goal in the third period to make it a 6-3 game. For added measure, his assist came on the game-winning goal.

Defensive Player of the Week

Cameron Heath – Canisius
Senior, Defense – Troy, MI/Jersey Hitmen

Heath set career-highs in points (4) and assists (3) in Canisius’ 6-3 win against Clarkson on Saturday. He assisted on McLaughlin’s first goal, then scored a power-play goal in the first period, evening the score at two. Heath added two more assists throughout the course of the game to finish his four-point night.

Goalie of the Week

Logan Drackett – RIT
Sophomore, Goalie – Calgary, ALB/Calgary Canucks

Drackett led RIT to a sweep of AIC, stopping 53-of-56 shots faced in the two wins at the Gene Polisseni Center. On Friday, Drackett made 32 saves while allowing one goal in a 2-1 victory. Then, on Saturday, he made 21 saves as RIT rolled to a 5-2 win.

Rookie of the Week

Kieran Durgan – Air Force
Freshman, Forward – St. John’s, MI/Shreveport Mudbugs

Durgan notched two points in Air Force’s sweep of Bentley. He had an assist in Friday’s 4-2 win, then scored a goal in Saturday’s 4-1 victory. Durgan finished the weekend with a plus-4 rating and added three blocks.

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Three NYS Hockey Programs In Top 10 of Women’s College Hockey Poll

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Wisconsin Holds No. 1 Spot in USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women’s College Hockey Poll

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
2018-19 Women’s College Hockey Poll – Week #8
(First-place votes in parentheses)

Rank
School
Last Week’s Rank
2018-19 Record
Weeks in Top 10
1. University of Wisconsin, 190 (19) 1 11-1-0 8
2. University of Minnesota, 167 2 9-2-1 8
3. Clarkson University, 156 3 9-1-0 8
4. Boston College, 123 5 8-3-0 8
5. Northeastern University, 122 6 10-1-1 8
6. Cornell University, 83 7 4-1-2 8
7. Ohio State University, 69 4 9-5-0 8
8. University of Minnesota Duluth, 63 8 5-4-1 8
9. St. Lawrence University, 43 9 6-5-1 5
10. Providence College, 15 — 8-2-0 1

This Week’s Top 10
Matchups

Friday, Nov. 16

No. 8 Minnesota Duluth
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No. 7 Ohio State

Saturday, Nov. 17

No. 8 Minnesota Duluth
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No. 7 Ohio State

Others Receiving Votes: Colgate University, 6; Merrimack College, 3; Mercyhurst University, 2; Robert Morris University, 1.

Notes: University of Wisconsin holds the No. 1 ranking for the fourth consecutive week with 190 points and all 19 first-place votes … The WCHA has four teams in the rankings while ECAC Hockey and the Hockey East Association each have two … Team records are listed as W-L-T … For past poll results, click here.

About the Poll: The 22nd annual USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women’s College Hockey Poll is conducted each week in conjunction with the American Hockey Coaches Association. The poll includes input from coaches and journalists representing each of the four NCAA Division I ice hockey conferences, as well as composite votes from officers of the AHCA and USA Hockey.

A Pair of Tigers and a Colonial Take Home CHA Awards

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College Hockey America has announced the most recent weekly award winners.

Player of the Week

Brittney Gout – RIT
Sophomore, Forward – Caledon, ONT/Brampton Canadettes

Gout tallied four points on a goal and three assists in a 1-0-1 weekend at Dartmouth. She had a goal, which went as the game-winner, and an assist in Friday’s 5-1 win, then assisted on both RIT goals in Saturday’s 2-2 tie. Gout finished the weekend plus-3 and added a block in the tie.

Goalie of the Week

Terra Lanteigne – RIT
Junior, Goalie – Hatchet Lake, NS/Metro Boston Pizza

Terra Lanteigne had another strong weekend for RIT, totaling 89 saves as the Tigers had a 1-0-1 showing at Dartmouth. She allowed three goals in the two games, registering a goals against average of 1.44 and a save percentage of 0.967. Lanteigne had 41 saves in the 5-1 win and 48 saves in the 2-2 tie, her second and third 40-plus save efforts on the year.

Rookie of the Week

Arielle DeSmet – Robert Morris
Freshman, Goalie – Charlotte, VT/North American Hockey Academy

Arielle DeSmet played just over 83 minutes for Robert Morris as the Colonials went 0-1-1 against #10 Colgate. She came on in relief for Lauren Bailey at the beginning of the third period of Friday’s game, stopping all five shots faced. DeSmet got the start on Saturday, allowing two goals on 29 shots in the draw.

USHL Names Deerfield, NY Native Mucitelli As One Of Their Players of the Week

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Goaltender: Jacob Mucitelli – Lincoln Stars

2-1-0-0, 1.34 GAA, .952 SV%

Mucitelli stopped 33 of the 34 shots he faced on Friday in Lincoln’s 2-1 win over the Sioux Falls Stampede, made 20 saves on Saturday against the Sioux Musketeers and recorded a 27-save shutout in the Stars 3-0 victory over their in-state rival Tri-City Storm on Sunday. The Clarkson University commit is now sporting a 3-2-1-0 record to go along with a 2.67 GAA and .907 SV%. His 2.67 GAA is good for fifth among all USHL goaltenders, while his .907 SV% places him seventh in the league among qualified goaltenders (min. 240 minutes played). Mucitelli has put up the numbers while seeing a lot of rubber, as he has faced at least 25 shots in five of his seven appearances this season. 2018-19 marks the Deerfield, NY native’s first in the USHL after being drafted by Lincoln in the 16th round, 255th overall in the 2018 USHL Phase II Draft. Before his time between the pipes in the nation’s only Tier 1 junior hockey league, Mucitelli played for Northwood School (USHS), the Westchester Express and Syracuse Jr. Stars (USPHL).

Union College Now Ranked 12th In Men’s College Hockey Poll

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Minnesota Duluth Retains No. 1 Spot in Latest USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men’s College Hockey Poll

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
2018-19 Men’s College Hockey Poll – Week #7
(First-place votes in parentheses)

Rank
School
Last Week’s Rank
2018-19 Record
Weeks in Top 15
1. University of Minnesota Duluth, 503 (29) 1 8-1-1 7
2. St. Cloud State University, 479 (5) 2 9-1-0 7
3. Minnesota State University, 444 4 7-1-0 7
4. University of Massachusetts, 386 9 8-1-0 3
5. Penn State University, 344 8 8-1-0 6
6. Ohio State University, 313 7 6-3-1 7
7. University of Denver, 286 5 5-2-1 7
8. University of Notre Dame, 273 6 5-4-1 7
9. Providence College, 239 3 5-3-1 7
10. Bowling Green State University, 204 10 7-2-2 3
11. University of North Dakota, 142 11 5-3-1 5
12. Union College, 119 13 7-3-1 3
13. Princeton University, 97 — 3-1-1 5
14. Quinnipiac University, 79 12 7-2-0 4
15. Northeastern University, 61 — 6-3-1 4

Upcoming Top-15
Matchups

Friday, Nov. 16

No. 1 Minnesota Duluth
at
No. 7 Denver

Saturday, Nov. 17

No. 1 Minnesota Duluth
at
No. 7 Denver

Others Receiving Votes: Cornell University, 37; Arizona State University, 29; University of Michigan, 19; Miami University, 12; Bemidji State University, 9; University of Minnesota, 5.

Notes: University of Minnesota Duluth holds the No. 1 ranking for the third consecutive week and fourth time this season after being ranked first in the preseason poll on Oct. 1 … The NCHC leads all conferences with four teams in the rankings while the Big Ten, ECAC Hockey and the Hockey East Association each have three and the WCHA has two … Team records are listed as W-L-T … For past poll results, click here.
About the Poll: The 24th annual USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men’s College Hockey Poll is conducted each week in conjunction with the American Hockey Coaches Association. The poll includes input from coaches and journalists representing each of the six NCAA Division I ice hockey conferences, as well as composite votes from officers of the AHCA and USA Hockey.

Cornell’s Michael Regush Named ECAC Rookie of the Week

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ITHACA, N.Y. — ECAC Hockey announced Monday that forward Michael Regush has been named the league’s men’s Rookie of the Week.

Regush was at the forefront of the Big Red’s non-league road sweep of Northern Michigan over the weekend, scoring the winning goals in both Friday’s and Saturday’s victories at the Berry Events Center in Marquette, Michigan.

Both of his goals came on the power play off primary assists from Mitch Vanderlaan. The first was a deft redirection off a hard pass toward Regush’s cut to the net from the slot in Friday’s 3-1 triumph. The second was a weakside rebound after the initial chance was saved in Saturday’s 3-2 win.

Regush was the only newcomer in ECAC Hockey with two goals on the weekend, and he managed to do it on his only two shots on goal. He becomes the Big Red’s first winner of an ECAC Hockey weekly award this season.

Cornell returns home this weekend for pivotal ECAC Hockey games against Quinnipiac at 7 p.m. Friday and Princeton at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Amerks Weekly Report

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**This Week’s Storylines**

SABRES ACQUIRE DRAFT PICK FOR FEDUN
The Buffalo Sabres made a trade over the weekend, sending veteran defenseman Taylor Fedun to the Dallas Stars in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft. Fedun recorded 44 points (8+36) in 83 games over parts of three seasons in Rochester while also adding eight assists over 34 games with the Sabres. He also served as an assistant captain with the Amerks since the 2017-18 season.

PILING UP THE POINTS
The Amerks enter the week having earned 21 out of a possible 24 points over their last 12 games and boast an 8-1-1-0 record over their last 10, the best mark in the AHL over that span. Rochester’s recent and impressive surge has the Amerks at the top of the North Division standings, four points in front of Cleveland, and just one point back of Charlotte for first-place overall. Only the Checkers have more wins (12) and a better points percentage (.786) than the Amerks.

OFFENSIVE MINDED
The Amerks have outscored the opposition 49-29 over their last 12 games and enter the week just four goals off the league lead with 53 goals scored, 13 of which have come on the power-play.

ROC-STAR STATUS
The Amerks own three of the AHL’s top nine point-getters coming into the week in defensemen Zach Redmond and Lawrence Pilut and forward Victor Olofsson.
Redmond – After enjoying a career-setting year in 2017-18, Redmond has picked up where he left off this season as he shows a team-best 18 points (10+8) through his first 14 games to lead the league in scoring amongst defensemen. Redmond is also tied for the league lead in power-play scoring with nine points (5+4) as five of his 10 goals this season have come on the man-advantage. Redmond, who had an AHL-best nine-game point streak to end the month of October, is third in the league in goals and is fifth in points, while his five game-winning goals are tops in the AHL.
Pilut – Pilut is off to a hot start in his North American debut, ranking second behind only Redmond in points by a defenseman with 17 points (2+15) in 12 games. Pilut, last year’s SHL Defenseman of the Year, has recorded half of his 17 points on the power-play this season, including his two goals, which are tied for fourth-most among all AHL blueliners. He enters the week with points in nine of his last 10 games and has been held scoreless just twice all season.
Olofsson – named the CCM/AHL Player of the Month for October after leading the AHL in scoring through the first month of the season, he’s currently tied for eighth among the league’s top point-getters with 16 points (6+10) in 13 games. Oloffson has recorded points in eight of his last 11 games, including a seven-game point streak (5+9) to close out the month of October, and has been held scoreless in back-to-back games for the first time all season. Olofsson, who was also named the AHL’s Player of the Week for period ending Oct. 14, is tied for 10th among league leaders with 10 assists, including an AHL-best eight on the power-play.
REDMOND CHASING HISTORY
By scoring the overtime game-winner this past Friday against Syracuse, Redmond reached the 10-goal mark in just his 14th game of the season. The goal was also his fifth game-winner of the year, setting a new career-high. He became the first Amerks defenseman to score 10 goals in the fewest amount of games to begin the season since Amerks Hall of Famer Don McSween reached the mark in his first 21 games during the 1989-90 campaign. McSween would later become the top scoring defenseman in franchise history. Redmond, who last season was the first Rochester blueliner in seven years to lead the team in scoring, is five goals away from matching his career-high of 15 from last season and needs just eight more goals to tie the single-season franchise record for the most goals by a defenseman of 18, set by Amerks Hall of Famer Rick Pagnutti during the 1972-73 campaign.

BUSY BETWEEN THE PIPES
Scott Wedgewood has got the nod between the pipes in seven of the previous nine games. After dropping his first two games of the season, the sixth-year netminder has won six of his last seven appearances, including five straight to close out the month of October, matching the career-best mark he set while backstopping the Albany Devils during the 2015-16 campaign. He enters the week tied for second among AHL goaltenders in wins (6) and 17th in minutes played (500).

IRON MAN SIMPSON
Rochester forward Wayne Simpson is the AHL’s current leader in consecutive games played with 201. Prior to joining the Amerks, the Boxborough, Mass., native appeared in all 76 regular-season games with the Hershey Bears and Providence Bruins over each of the last two seasons, in addition to 35 straight appearances for the Portland Pirates dating back to the 2015-16 campaign. Simpson, who registered his first two-goal outing since Mar. 20, 2016 last Wednesday against Cleveland, has tallied seven points on four goals and three assists through 14 games with the Amerks this season.

POTENT POWER-PLAY
With 13 power-play goals through its first 14 games, Rochester boasts the ninth-best power-play unit in the AHL with a 22.4% conversion rate.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN
After a rare weekend off, the Amerks embark on their first three-in-three of the young season on Friday, Nov. 16 when they visit the Springfield Thunderbirds at MassMutual Center. Rochester’s three-game swing through the Atlantic Division continues with a Saturday night matchup against the Providence Bruins before closing out the New England trip on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. in Hartford against the Wolf Pack. The Amerks have earned at least one point in each of their five road games this season, going 4-0-1-0 while outscoring the opposition 21-12. Rochester also remains the only team without a regulation loss on the road so far this season.

Orange Suffer Setback In High-Scoring Affair With Princeton

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Orange scored three times, including twice in the second period, but could not keep pace with Princeton’s high-octane offensive attack, as the Syracuse hockey team suffered a 5-3 setback Sunday afternoon inside Tennity Ice Pavilion.

Syracuse sits at 4-7-1 overall after the loss.
“If you watched our first shift, we were ready to play,” head coach Paul Flanagan said. “We had a great first shift, but a few defensive blunders led to their first two goals. The kids responded, but we were chasing them the rest of the game.”

HOW IT WAS DECIDED
Princeton was ahead by two goals four minutes into the game. The Tigers’ Sharon Frankel struck first, scoring at 1:55 of the opening period before her teammate Maggie Connors added to their lead two minutes later.

Syracuse looked much different in the second period. Trailing 2-0 at the start of the period, freshman forward Marielle McHale scored her second goal of the season within the first two minutes of the period, cutting the deficit to 2-1.

Princeton countered with a goal at 12:43 to push its lead back to two goals, but sophomore defenseman Jessica DiGirolamo delivered the Orange’s next blow. Her power play goal at 16:30 closed the gap to 3-2, keeping the game close heading into the second intermission. Freshman forwards Abby Moloughney and Lauren Bellefontaine provided assists on DiGirolamo’s fourth goal of the year.

The third period was a defensive deadlock for the first 16 minutes of play. Princeton fended off Syracuse’s repeated comeback threats before the Tigers’ Karlie Lund connected on the game-winning goal at 16:27.

Syracuse pulled its goaltender shortly after and redshirt junior defenseman Lindsay Eastwood capitalized on the advantage, scoring her second of the year to cut the Orange’s deficit back to one goal.

It was too little too late, however. Princeton had a response for every Syracuse goal, as Stephanie Sucharda scored an empty-netter with a little over a minute left to play in regulation to seal the 5-3 win.

OF NOTE
The Orange outshot Princeton for the second game in a row, 29-19. Senior defenseman Allie Munroe and junior forward Kelli Rowswell shared a team-high four shots on net.

Sophomore forward Emma Polaski and junior defender Allie Olnowich earned assists on McHale’s goal, while redshirt senior forward Brooke Avery and Munroe picked up assists on Eastwood’s tally. Munroe now leads the team with seven assists through 11 games this season.

Senior goaltender Maddi Welch started in net and came up with 14 saves. Entering Sunday’s game, she had allowed three goals and recorded 57 saves across her last three starts.

HEAR MORE FROM COACH FLANAGAN
“Offensively, we had some trouble getting pucks through. They blocked a lot of shots, and we had a lot of shot attempts. so that means we had a lot of possession.”

“We really struggled until Lindsay [Eastwood] scored that one. We couldn’t get enough going. We just didn’t get enough good chances. We’ve got to be better, and we’ve got to work at generating more quality chances to get ready for next weekend.”

WHAT LIES AHEAD
Syracuse next hosts College Hockey America opponent RIT at home Friday, Nov. 16. The puck drops at 6 p.m.

Canisius Rolls To Victory Over Clarkson

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Canisius rattled off five unanswered goals to erase a two-goal deficit and cruise to a 6-3 victory over Clarkson in collegiate ice hockey action Saturday at KeyBank Rink at Harborcenter.

Senior Dylan McLaughlin tallied two goals and an assist while fellow senior Cameron Heath pitched a one goal and a personal-best three assists to pace the Golden Griffins (4-4-0), who recorded four of its six goals while on the power play. Junior Nick Hutchison, sophomore Austin Alger and freshman Lee Lapid also scored for Canisius.

Jordan Schneider, Nico Sturm and Greg Moro accounted for the three tallies from the Golden Knights (4-4-0).

Clarkson tallied two goals exactly a minute apart early in the first period to jump out to a quick 2-0 lead.

Schneider opened the scoring at the 6:50 mark of the frame, beating Canisius netminder Tucker Weppner with a snap shot glove side for his first of the campaign before Sturm struck on the following shift, rushing into the Griffs zone before sliding a backhand between Weppner’s legs to make it 2-0.

Canisius got on the board less than a minute after Sturm’s tally when McLaughlin beat Clarkson keeper Jake Kielly with a wrist shot from the left sidewall to trim the deficit in half, 2-1.

Heath brought the Griffs level at the 11:41 mark of the opening frame with a power-play tally, putting home a far side rebound after Kielly turned aside Hutchison’s deflection attempt from just in front of the Golden Knights cage.

Lapid gave Canisius the lead just 62 seconds into the middle frame, jamming home a loose puck while the Griffs were on the power play to make it a 3-2 contest.

Alger doubled the Canisius cushion 80 seconds after Lapid’s go-ahead goal, beating Kielly with a wrist shot from the middle of the slot for his first goal with the Griffs.

Hutchison increased the Canisius advantage to 5-2 with a power-play marker just past the midway point of the contest, sliding the puck under Kielly from close range for his fourth of the season.

Moro trimmed the Clarkson deficit to 5-3 with a little more than two minutes to play in the second when his shot from the point was stopped by Weppner, but the rebound deflected off a Canisius player and into the net.

McLaughlin closed out the scoring at the 6:46 mark of the third, putting home a back-door feed from Mazza while the Griffs were on the power play for his second of the contest.

Weppner recorded 30 saves in goal for Canisius before being replaced by sophomore Jake Zurat for the final 69 seconds of the contest. Zurat stopped all three shots he faced.

Head Coach Trevor Large’s Postgame Comments
“It was an all-hands-on-deck win tonight. We’ve been working hard this week to get some details into our game and some structure. We knew that is was going to require a big effort for us to get the win tonight. I’m very happy with how we played.

“We gave up a couple of early goals and then Dylan scores a big goal and then we were able to build some momentum from there. We were able to respond and then we just kept pushing and building momentum and all of a sudden we got up in the game pretty quick.”

Game Notes
• Saturday’s game served as the eighth meeting between Canisius and Clarkson. The win by the Griffs snapped a six-game unbeaten streak for the Golden Knights in the series (3-0-3).
• The victory was Canisius’ first over and ECAC Hockey opponent since a 7-6 overtime victory against Colgate on Dec. 20, 2009.
• The four power-play goals for the Griffs were a season high and the most in a game since tallying five man-advantage markers in a 6-3 triumph against Robert Morris on Oct. 21, 2016.
• Clarkson was 0-for-4 on the power play as Canisius has now successfully killed off each of its last 19 shorthanded situations.
• Heath established career highs in both assists (3) and points (4) on Saturday. His previous career high in both categories was two.
• McLaughlin recorded multiple points in a game for the fourth time this season with his three-point effort on Saturday. The Griffs improved to 27-5-1 when he tallies two or more points in a game.
• The three points increased McLaughlin’s career point total to 120, moving into sole possession of sixth place on the program’s Division I era chart.
• Hutchison’s second-period goal was his third power-play tally of the season and the 17th of his career.

Up Next
• Canisius travels to Rochester Tuesday for a single contest against RIT. The game is the first half of an Atlantic Hockey series that will see the Griffs travel back to Rochester for the finale on March 2.
• Puck drop for the midweek contest between the Griffs and the Tigers is set for 7 p.m. at the Gene Polisseni Center.

RIT Women’s Hockey Earns Unbeaten Weekend With Tie at Dartmouth

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HANOVER, NH – The RIT women’s hockey team (2-6-4) skated to a 2-2 draw on the road Dartmouth College (2-5-1) from Thompson Arena Saturday afternoon.

Mallory Rushton (Amherst, Nova Scotia/New Hampton Prep) and Brooke Baker (Saline, MI/Saline) scored for the Tigers, while Brittney Gout (Caledon, Ontario/Brampton Canadettes) assisted on both goals. Goaltender Terra Lanteigne (Hatchet Lake, Nova Scotia/Charles P. Allen) was brilliant between the pipes, stopping a season-high 48 of 50 shots to earn the tie.

Rose Falzone and Chloe Puddifant scored for Dartmouth. Goaltender Christine Honor made 25 saves, including five in overtime.

Dartmouth held a 50-27 edge in shots on goal. The Big Green was 0-for-6 on the power-play, while RIT was 0-for-4.

“We are looking to establish our identity and feel we took a step in the right direction this weekend,” said Bruce B. Bates Women’s Hockey Coach Chad Davis. “If we continue to get strong goaltender and can generate more offense on special teams, hopefully some of the ties and one-goal games will end up in the win column. I am proud of our effort and desire to win.”

RIT led 1-0 after the opening period of play, despite Dartmouth holding a 12-8 edge in shots. Rushton took a feed from Tori Haywood (Pickering, Ontario/St. Mary’s Catholic) and snapped one in for her first goal of the season with 4:32 left in the opening period to open the scoring.

Dartmouth fired 20 shots on Lanteigne in the second period and was able to tie the game on a goal by Falzone right before the midway point.

Baker would give RIT a 2-1 lead just 21 seconds into the third period, putting a shot past Honor for her first goal of the year. Gout and Taylor Baker (Toronto, Ontario/North Toronto Collegiate Institute) drew assists on the goal.

Puddifant drew Dartmouth even once again with 9:25 left in regulation. RIT out-shot Dartmouth 5-1 in overtime, but could not get the winning goal.

Dartmouth leads the all-time series, 3-2-1. Five different Tigers found the back of the net and Lanteigne made 41 saves in a 5-1 win last night.

RIT returns to action on Friday, Nov. 16 at College Hockey America foe Syracuse. Opening faceoff is at 7 p.m.

RIT Completes Weekend Sweep Over American International

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ROCHESTER, NY – Jake Hamacher (Corona, CA/Dubuque Fighting Saints) and Erik Brown (Keene, Ontario/Kemptville 73’s) scored two goals apiece to lift the RIT men’s hockey team (5-3-1, 3-2-1 AHA) to a 5-2 win over American International (3-7-1, 3-4-1 AHA) at the Gene Polisseni Center on Saturday evening.

RIT got off to a tremendous start, scoring twice in 39 seconds early in the first period to take a 2-0 lead, held a 3-0 advantage after the opening period and held leads of 4-0 and 5-1 to cruise to the win. RIT earned its first home sweep in a calendar year, also doing so last Nov. 10-11.

Goaltender Logan Drackett (Calgary, Alberta/Calgary Canucks) was strong in net for the Tigers, stopping 21 of 23 shots to pick up his fifth win of the season. Brown added an assist for a three-point night, while Abbott Girduckis (Belleville, Ontario/Wellington Dukes) had a goal and an assist and Dan Willett (Bayville, NY/Bloomington Thunder) dished out two assists.

Blake Christensen and Chris Dodero scored for the Yellow Jackets. Stefano Durante started and stopped five of seven shots in the first 10:30 before leaving with an injury. Zackarias Skog played the final 49 minutes, stopping 33 of 36 shots.

RIT out-shot AIC, 43-23. Both teams were 1-for-3 on the power-play.

“I liked that we were able to get the early lead and play well with the lead,” said RIT head coach Wayne Wilson. “It was important for us to use our whole bench with the quick turnaround (Tuesday night). We want to finish our three-game homestand well.”

Brown and Hamacher scored goals 39 seconds apart to give RIT a quick 2-0 lead in the opening period. Brown grabbed a loose puck that was tipped away by Gabe Valenzuela (Brampton, Ontario/North York Rangers) and darted in on a 2-on-1 rush. Brown fired a hard shot on the rush from the slot past Durante for his fifth goal of the season. Hamacher made it 2-0 with his third goal of the season, taking a feed from Shawn Cameron (Sherbrooke, Quebec/Cumberland Grads), spinning and firing in a hard shot from the right circle.

Hamacher would make it 3-0 with 5:36 left in the opening period, taking a feed from Alden Dupuis (Edmonton, Alberta/Bonnyville Pontiacs) in the neutral zone, sliding into the zone and cutting to the right wing and surprising Skog with a wrist shot from the right side that snuck in for his second goal of the period and fourth of the season. He now has nine points in nine games, surpassing his point total from last season, accomplished in 36 games.

Girduckis made it 4-0 RIT just 2:16 into the second period, redirecting a pass from Brown that went off his skate and then Skog and in for his fifth goal of the year.

Christensen would get AIC on the board with a power-play goal on a delayed penalty, ripping a slap shot from the high slot through traffic past Drackett for his fifth tally of the season.

Brown would give RIT its four-goal lead back with 8:58 left in the period on the power-play, redirecting a perfect goalmouth feed from Willett in for his second goal of the game and sixth of the season.

The Tigers would cruise in the third period, maintaining its big lead. Dodero completed the scoring with four seconds left in regulation, jamming in a loose puck for his first collegiate goal.

The Tigers defeated AIC, 2-1 last night behind 32 saves from Drackett and goals from Dupuis and Darren Brady (Lake Orion, MI/New Jersey Titans). RIT leads the all-time series between the two schools, 32-6-3. RIT and AIC will also meet in Springfield, Mass. for a pair of games on Jan. 11-12.

RIT is right back in action, hosting Cansius College on Tuesday night from the Gene Polisseni Center at 7:05 p.m. It is Hometown Heroes night, as all first responders, active and retired military members receive free admission.

Trio of Power-Play Goals Help Cornell Men’s Hockey Complete Sweep

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MARQUETTE, Mich. – The special teams were just special enough for the Cornell men’s hockey team on Saturday night.

After entering the weekend last in the country in combined special teams percentage, the Big Red used three power-play goals by Alec McCrea, Morgan Barron and Michael Regush to take control and eventually ride out a 3-2 victory over Northern Michigan on Saturday night at Berry Events Center.

“It’s a good road win with some of the guys we have out,” said Mike Schafer ’86, the Jay R. Bloom ’77 Head Coach of Men’s Hockey at Cornell. “We had a pretty shorthanded lineup tonight.”

Specifically, two of the teams top-four defensemen didn’t dress. That meant huge minutes for McCrea, senior Matt Nuttle, junior Yanni Kaldis and sophomore Cody Haiskanen. Two more forwards that started the game departed early due to injury.

The victory completed a weekend sweep in non-league play and is the fourth straight for Cornell (4-2), which was ranked 17th in the nation in the most recent USCHO.com poll. The Big Red has never trailed in those four games, and it handed Northern Michigan (3-7) its first sweep at home since Dec. 9-10, 2016.

All five of the game’s goals came on the power play, with Cornell’s three-goal performance on the man advantage marking the program’s first since Feb. 4, 2017 against Rensselaer – a span of 51 games.

McCrea’s goal came late in a power-play chance in just the game’s sixth minute. Max Andreev made a nice play to gain the NMU zone and draw defenders to the middle before dishing back to Brenden Locke. He quickly set up McCrea for a shot from the top of the left circle, which found a way through the legs of goaltender Atte Tolvanen.

About 10 minutes later, Cornell found itself on its first two-man advantage of the season. It took just 12 seconds for Kaldis to tee up Barron for a rocket from the top of the right circle that led to his team-leading fourth goal of the year.

But while a two-goal lead for visitors was established, so too was the parade to the penalty box. The Big Red missed a golden opportunity to blow the game open early in the second period when it failed to connect on a five-minute power play after a major penalty. Northern Michigan then got on the board with Troy Loggins’ one-timed blast past Matthew Galajda’s blocker with 3:21 left in the second to cut the hosts’ deficit to 2-1.

“That five-minute power play killed us,” Schafer said. “We were lackadaisical, and I think we didn’t get possession in zone for the entire five minutes. It was a waste of time and energy.”

Regush then scored for a third straight game to restore Cornell’s two-goal lead. It came on a rebound kicked out after Mitch Vanderlaan’s shot from the left circle. It also proved to be the winner after Loggins’ second goal of the night led to anxious moments down the stretch for the Big Red.

But Galajda made 24 saves to earn the win, the last coming on Joseph Nardi’s shot on a six-on-four chance in the waning seconds.

“It shows what happens when you let your foot off gas,” Schafer said. “The third period was a grind; even the second period was. They really started coming, and we didn’t respond great. It’s a learning lesson.”

The Big Red returns home for a pivotal ECAC Hockey weekend in which it hosts Quinnipiac on Friday and defending league champion Princeton on Saturday.