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A Pair of Tigers and a Colonial Take Home CHA Awards


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


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


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)

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

Friday, Nov. 16

No. 1 Minnesota Duluth
No. 7 Denver

Saturday, Nov. 17

No. 1 Minnesota Duluth
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


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


**This Week’s Storylines**

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.

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.

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.

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.
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.

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).

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.

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.

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


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.”

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.

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.

“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.”

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


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


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


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


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.

Elmira Men’s Hockey Topped By Manhattanville, Win Streak Ends At Four


RYE, N.Y. — A 1-1 tie in the second period turned into a four-goal setback for the Elmira College men’s ice hockey team, as the Soaring Eagles fell, 6-2, on the road to Manhattanville College in United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) action. The Valiants outshot Elmira, 36-28, and cashed in on 2-of-5 power-play chances while holding the Soaring Eagles to a 1-for-5 mark with the extra-skater.

Manhattanville’s Jarod Lavallee opened the scoring just 6:09 into the first period behind assists from Capster Dyrssen and Axel Walltott. The Lavallee goal held up through the end of the first period and through the majority of the second stanza, until EC’s Aleksi Ojala ’21 leveled the contest with his first goal of the season at 12:35. Ross Bartlett ’22 and Patrick Schmelzinger ’20 were credited with assists on the game-tying goal.

The Valiants answered with a pair of goals in a three-minute span in the final five minutes of the second period to take a 3-1 lead. Bryan Platt gave Manhattanville a 2-1 lead at 15:45, before Kenny McLean scored on the power play at 18:44 to send the Valiants into the second intermission with a two-goal advantage.

EC had chances to chip away at the deficit in the third period but was unable to find the back of the net. However, Manhattanville added to its lead with a trio of goals over a six-and-a-half minute span. Nikko Happo, Marco Ferraro and Cory Anderson all scored for the Valiants, with the final tally coming at 17:02.

Trailing 6-1, Elmira’s Anthony Parrucci ’20 found the back of the net for the first time this season at the 18:06 mark of the final frame. Ryan Blais ’21 and Matthew Cuce ’20 were credited with assists on what would be the final goal of this evening’s contest.

Gennaro Anzevino ’21 got the starting nod in net for the Purple and Gold. He made 30 saves in 60 minutes of action, which included a 10-save first-period effort and a 14-save performance in the third.

News and Notes
Elmira’s four-game win streak came to an end this evening.
EC suffered its first UCHC loss of the year.
Elmira has scored at least one power-play goal in each game this season.
Ojala and Parrucci scored their first goals of the 2018-19 season.
Anzevino has made 30 or more saves in two games this season.
Cuce has logged at least one point in each of EC’s seven games this season.
Blais extended his point streak to five games.

Up Next
The Soaring Eagles return to the ice next Friday, November 16, when they host Nazareth College at the Murray Athletic Center at 7:00 p.m. in EC’s second-annual Teddy Bear Toss Game. Fans who bring a new stuffed animal to Friday’s game will receive a $2 discount on admission.

Elmira’s Power Play Paves Path To UCHC Win Over Lebanon Valley


PINE VALLEY, N.Y. — The No. 1/1 nationally-ranked Elmira College women’s ice hockey team remained perfect on the 2018-19 season with a 3-0 shutout victory over visiting Lebanon Valley College on Saturday evening. Elmira’s power-play unit was responsible for all three goals, as the Purple and Gold went 3-for-5 with the extra skater to improve to 5-0-0 and 4-0-0 within the United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC).

EC’s newest 100-point club member, Katie Granato ’19, had another big game for the Purple and Gold. She finished with a pair of power-play goals, including the game-winner, which brought her weekend total to six tallies.

Ronnie Callahan ’21 scored her first career goal, which was also registered on the power play. Maddy Jerolman ’19 added a pair of assists, while Meg Lahey ’19, Maddie Evangelous ’19, Amanda Zenstein ’22 and Kiana Melvin ’20 were all credited with one assist apiece.

Emilia Helms-Leslie ’22 made her collegiate debut in net for the Purple and Gold. The rookie netminder made six saves, three in the first period and three in the third period, to collect her first-ever shutout win.

Elmira finished with an 88-to-6 advantage in shots on goal. The 88 shots by the Purple and Gold set a new program record, that after logging 87 against the Flying Dutchmen back on January 27, 2018.

Elmira peppered Lebanon Valley’s Jill Moffatt with 25 first-period shots and limited the Flying Dutchmen to just three shots on goal, but the Soaring Eagles were unable to break through for the game-opening score as both teams skated into the first intermission deadlocked at 0-0. EC’s best scoring chances came on a 5-on-4 and a 5-on-3 power-play opportunity, but the puck caromed off of the post twice and LVC’s Moffatt came up with several big saves to hold Elmira scoreless.

EC’s offensive assault continued in the second stanza, as the Purple and Gold unloaded 38 second-period shots. Thankfully, Elmira was able to cash in on a power-play opportunity for the game-opening score late in the period thanks to a hard-nosed effort by Granato.

Following an initial shot from the point by Lahey, a scrum developed in front of the LVC cage. After several attempts from close range, Granato was able to punch the loose puck on the power play past a sprawled out Moffatt for the game-opening goal at 17:56. Lahey and Jerolman were credited with assists on the goal, which sent the Soaring Eagles into the final intermission with a 1-0 lead.

In the third period, Elmira’s power play once again made the most of its chances with a pair of extra-skater goals over a 5:02 span, which handed the Purple and Gold a 3-0 shutout victory.

Granato scored her second goal of the evening, and sixth of the weekend, at the 12:45 mark. A pass from Jerolman behind the cage found Evangelous, who dished it to Granato in the slot. From there, Granato slapped a one-timer that went up and over Moffatt’s glove for the power-play goal.

EC’s Callahan made it a 3-0 game by scoring her first career goal on the power play at 17:47. A pass from Melvin to Zenstein set the rookie blueliner up for a shot from the point. Zenstein’s attempt was re-directed by Callahan, who was camped out just outside the crease, past Moffatt for the final tally of the game.

In His Own Words…
“Lebanon Valley played hard and made it difficult for us despite the shot total,” said Head Coach Tim Crowley. “Credit to their goalie, she played great, but we stayed at it and cashed in on our power play. The power play has been a big factor so far. We know how important it is, especially with our big games coming up.”

News and Notes
Elmira remained perfect on the year with today’s win.
The Soaring Eagles are tied for first in the UCHC standings with Utica.
Elmira owns the country’s third-best scoring offense (5.60).
EC is 10-for-20 on the power play this year.
Elmira placed a program-record 88 shots on goals.
Granato moved into 10th place all-time in EC history for career points (102).
Granato leads the country in goals-per game (2.20) and power play goals (5).
Callahan scored her first career goal.
Helms-Leslie produced her first collegiate win.
Helms-Leslie became the third Soaring Eagle goalie to register a win this season.

Up Next
Elmira will enjoy a two-week break before its next contest, which is scheduled for Saturday, November 24, when the Purple and Gold open action at the Panther-Cardinal Classic, hosted by Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. The Soaring Eagles will take on the host Panthers of Middlebury in first-round action and a start time will be announced in the next two weeks.

Geneseo Blanks Potsdam; Syracuse’s Skidmore Solid In Goal For The Bears


POTSDAM, N.Y.—Second-ranked SUNY Geneseo (4-1-1, 2-1-1 SUNYAC) scored in each period to defeat the SUNY Potsdam men’s hockey team (3-3, 0-2) 3-0 on Saturday night. Senior assistant captain Nate Skidmore (Syracuse, N.Y./Buffalo Jr. Sabres) made 33 saves for the Bears.

After the teams traded the first four penalties to open the contest, the Knights started to control the play. They outshot Potsdam 15-6 in the first period, but weren’t rewarded until the 19:45 mark. Junior forward Conlan Keenan (Penfield, N.Y./Jersey Hitmen) finished an odd-man rush to send Geneseo into the intermission up 1-0.

After killing off the Bears’ third power play of the night, Geneseo went on five consecutive of its own. Though the shots were more even at 12-9, the Knights again struck in the final minute of play. At 19:54, junior forward Tyson Empey (Swift Current, Saskatchewan/Flin Flon Bombers) doubled the lead with a power-play goal.

Geneseo had three more power plays in the third period, but Potsdam’s penalty kill and eight more saves from Skidmore gave the Bears a chance. With 1:21 remaining, Skidmore was pulled for an extra attacker. With 44 seconds on the clock, Geneseo controlled the puck off the faceoff and junior defenseman Cam Russell (Royal Oak, Mich./Kemptville 73’s) ripped the shot the length of the ice into the net to close the scoring.

Senior goalie Devin McDonald (Calgary, Alberta/Camrose Kodiaks) stopped 23 shots for the shutout.

Geneseo outshot Potsdam 36-23 and was just 1-for-10 on the power play. The Bears were 0-for-4.

Potsdam is back in action on Saturday when they host Plattsburgh State at 7 p.m.

RPI Men’s Hockey Lose To Princeton


PRINCETON, N.J. – Senior Ryan Kuffner notched a game-high four points to lead the 18th-ranked Princeton University men’s hockey team to a 4-1 victory over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), on Saturday night at Hobey Baker Rink. With the win, the Tigers improve to 3-1-1 overall (3-0-1 ECAC Hockey), while the Engineers drop to 3-6-0 (3-3-0 ECAC Hockey).

Kuffner set up Jackson Cressey for the game’s first goal at 10:48 of the opening frame. Josh Teves picked up the secondary assist on the power play tally. Less than three minutes later, the hosts doubled their lead, when Teves scored his first goal of the season at 13:21. Max Veronneau and Kuffner earned the helpers on the Tigers’ second man advantage tally of the period.

Just before the end of the period, Princeton made it 3-0 on a back-door finish by Kuffner, who took feed from the left side by Alex Riche and stuck it past RPI sophomore netminder Linden Marshall for his sixth goal of the season.

RPI freshman netminder Owen Savory came on to the start the second period and made 19 saves on the 20 shots he faced. The lone goal he allowed was scored by Kuffner at 7:36 of the second period – a frame in which Princeton held a narrow 11-10 shot advantage.

The Engineers broke onto the board with a power play goal of their own at 15:28 of the third, as junior Patrick Polino netted his third goal of the season a shot from the top of the left circle. The lone assist went to freshman Kyle Hallbauer.

Marshall (3-6-0) finished with 20 saves, while Princeton’s Ryan Ferland (3-1-1) had 15 saves, before giving way to Austin Shaw for the final 9:51. He stopped four of the five shots he saw.

RPI is back on the ice on November 23, when it travels to UMass Lowell (4pm). The Tigers visit Colgate and Cornell next weekend.