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Northwood Girls Hockey Wins Classic

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Congratulations to Northwood Girls’ Hockey on winning the 2019 Fall Foliage Classic !!!

Results:

Fri. 10/18 8:00 PM East Coast Wizards (Fall Foliage Classic) Cairns Arena (So. Burlington, VT) 7-1 W
Sat. 10/19 2:45 PM Rice Prep (Fall Foliage Classic) Cairns Arena (So. Burlington, VT) 2-1 W
Sat. 10/19 7:40 PM King’s-Edgehill School (Fall Foliage Classic) Cairns Arena (So. Burlington, VT) 3-1 W
Sun. 10/20 10:30 AM King’s-Edgehill School (Fall Foliage Classic) Cairns Arena (So. Burlington, VT) 4-1 W

Summers Signs PTO

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DEVILS SIGN DEFENSEMAN KELLY SUMMERS TO PTO

Summers was a 2014 seventh-round pick of the Ottawa Senators

BINGHAMTON – The Binghamton Devils announced today that the club has signed defenseman Kelly Summers to a professional tryout contract. The announcement came from Binghamton’s General Manager Tom Fitzgerald.

Summers, 23, has three points in four games with the Adirondack Thunder. Last season, the Golden Lake, ON native recorded five goals and 19 assists in 49 regular-season games with the Thunder. Summers also appeared in four playoff games.

Prior to his professional career, the 6-foot-1, 196-pound defenseman skated in 149 games with Clarkson University and put up 71 points (18 goals, 53 assists). In 2014-15, Summers was selected to the ECAC All-Rookie Team and in 2017-18 was a Second All-American Team, ECAC All-Tournament Team, and ECAC First All-Star Team.

Summers attended training camp with the Binghamton Devils.

The Devils return home tomorrow against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Saturday against the Toronto Marlies for Star Wars Night. Get a special Star Wars Pack that includes a ticket and FREE Binghamton Devils lightsaber. Tickets are available by calling or texting “TICKETS” to 607-722-7367.

RPI’s Polino Named ECAC Player of the Week

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TROY, N.Y. – ECAC Hockey has announced its weekly award winners from men’s hockey and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) student-athlete Patrick Polino has been named Player of the Week.

A senior forward from Buffalo, N.Y., Polino led the Engineers to a 1-1 weekend, recording two goals and three assists for a team-high five points. Both of his tallies came on the power play, while one was a game-winner. He registered seven shots and was 2 for 3 on face-offs. In RPI’s 7-2 victory over Canisius on Saturday, he posted one goal and three assists for four points.

Polino leads the Engineers in scoring through four games this season, netting three goals, with three assists for six points. The former Lincoln Stars standout has recorded team-highs in power play goals (2), power play points (3), game-winning goals (1), goals per game (0.75), assists per game (0.75) and points per game (1.50). He has nine shots and a 33.3% shooting percentage, with a blocked shot and one minor penalty for two minutes.

Last season, Polino had seven goals and four assists for 11 points in 24 games. In 11 ECAC Hockey games, he scored six goals and assisted on another for seven points.

Through 101 career games at RPI, Polino has 16 goals and 23 assists for 39 points.

The Engineers (2-2-0) return to the ice this weekend, when they open ECAC Hockey play with a home-and-home series with area-rival Union College, beginning on Friday at Messa Rink in Schenectady (7pm). The series concludes at the Houston Field House on Saturday (7pm).

USA Hockey’s Team Up Speak Up Week Underway

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USA Hockey’s Team Up Speak Up Week Began Sunday
Week Highlights Effort to Change Culture Around Reporting Concussions
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The second annual USA Hockey Team Up Speak Up Week will began Sunday (Oct. 20) and run through Oct. 26.USA Hockey is joining forces with the Concussion Legacy Foundation in the week-long effort to highlight a simple, but meaningful way to improve concussion reporting and strengthen team bonds.The goal of Team Up Speak Up is to ensure athletes tell a team leader if they notice concussion signs in a teammate.Concussions can occur on the ice, or even at home in the backyard. It is important that young athletes hear messages from trusted veterans and leaders in order to change the culture around reporting concussions.The Concussion Legacy Foundation has created resources including a simple speech with the core message that athletes have a responsibility to report to a team leader if they notice concussion signs in a teammate. The speech includes the following points: we’re a team and teammates look out for each other, a teammate with a concussion needs your help, and I expect you to speak up to a coach, athletic trainer, or team leader if you suspect a teammate has a concussion.The goal of the campaign is to have the simple speech delivered to as many young athletes as possible. Coaches, parents and players are encouraged to share the speech given to their teams on social media using #TeamUpSpeakUp.For more information and resources surrounding USA Hockey Team Up Speak Up Week, including video messages from advocates including Amanda Kessel, Max Pacioretty and Jeremy Roenick, visit usahockey.com/teamupspeakup.About USA Hockey USA Hockey, established on October 29, 1937, and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, provides the foundation for the sport of ice hockey in America; helps young people become leaders, sometimes Olympic heroes; and connects the game at every level while promoting a lifelong love of the sport. USA Hockey is more than a million strong, including players, coaches, officials, parents and volunteers that span all 50 states. The National Governing Body for the sport in the United States, USA Hockey has important partnerships with the NHL, United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee and International Ice Hockey Federation. For more information, visit usahockey.com.About Concussion Legacy Foundation The Concussion Legacy Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It was founded by Robert Cantu, MD, and Chris Nowinski, PhD to support athletes, Veterans, and all affected by concussions and CTE; achieve smarter sports and safer athletes through education and innovation; and to End CTE through prevention and research. For more information, please visit ConcussionFoundation.org.

Bears Men’s Hockey Names Captain. 3 Assistants Are From NYS

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POTSDAM, N.Y.-The SUNY Potsdam men’s hockey team has announced its captains for upcoming the 2019-20 campaign. Senior forward Vincent Guimond (Sorel-Tracy, Quebec/Gloucester Rangers) will serve as the Bears captain. Fellow seniors Bryce Ferrell (Buffalo, N.Y./Buffalo Jr. Sabres), Sean Winikates (Phoenix, Ariz./Philadelphia Jr. Flyers), Nate Zweig (Binghamton, N.Y./Syracuse Stars) and Tyler Young (Massena, N.Y./Kanata Lasers) are the team’s assistant captains.

Potsdam 11th year head coach Chris Bernard has complete faith in his squad’s captain.

“Vinny is an exceptional student-athlete and represents our program the right way in every manner,” said Bernard. “The example that he sets daily, along with the sincerity of his intentions, has earned him the highest respect from his teammates and our staff.”

The coach is pleased with his leadership group all around.

“Each of these players provide leadership by demonstrating their commitment to our program every day,” Bernard added. “Individually, they each bring their own element to influence the team in a positive way. Collectively their work-ethic is outstanding.”

The Bears will change up the assistants a bit during the season with Ferrell and Zweig wearing the letters on the road and Young and Winikates donning the A’s at home.

Guimond has recorded 14 goals and 14 assists for 28 points in 63 career games and was third on the Bears in scoring last season with 17 points (6g, 11a). Ferrell, a forward, led the team in scoring in 2018-19 with nine goals and 12 assists for 21 points. He has 17 goals and 24 assists for 41 points in 60 games over his three seasons. Winikates has manned the blue line in 51 games over his career for Potsdam, while contributing four goals and 10 assists for 14 points. Forward Zweig has 19 points on seven goals and 12 assists over 68 contests as a Bear. Massena native and forward Young was second on the team in scoring last season with six goals and 14 assists for 20 points. He has 17 goals, 28 assists and 45 points in 67 career games.

Farabee Recalled by Philadelphia

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Flyers Recall Joel Farabee

Lehigh Valley, Pa. – The Philadelphia Flyers have announced that they have recalled forwards Joel Farabee from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. In addition, forward Carsen Twarynski has been loaned to Lehigh Valley. 

Farabee, 19, is playing in his first full season of professional hockey and has played in four games for Lehigh Valley this season and has tallied three goals and one assist. He made his pro debut on October 11, 2019 and scored a highlight reel goal against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Farabee has notched a point in every game he’s played for the Phantoms.
A native of Cicero, New York, Farabee was drafted in the first round (#18 overall) of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers. Prior to turning pro, he played a year of college hockey for the University of Boston. In 37 games for the Terriers during their 2018-19 season, He totaled 36 points including 17 goals and 19 assists. Farabee also spent time on the U.S National Development Team where he was a part of a gold medal winning team at the 2017 World U18 Championships in Slovakia. He was also a part of two silver medal winning teams at the 2018 World U18 Championships in Russia and the 2019 World Junior Championships in Canada.

Amerks Weekly Report

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**This Week’s Storylines**

EARNING POINTS EARLY ON

Rochester has earned seven out of a possible 12 points overall through its first six games of the 2019-20 campaign. All but one have been one-goal games, including a pair of wins beyond regulation. The Amerks are just one of two teams (Texas Stars) in the AHL this season to appear in three games that have been decided in the extra session and are the only team having won one game in overtime as well as a shootout. 

THOMPSON TORMENTING THE OPPOSITION  

Despite being held off the scoresheet twice through the first six games of the season, Tage Thompson has totaled 17 points (11+6) over his last 17 games with the Amerks dating back to last season, including the two goals he scored in the first round of the 2019 Calder Cup Playoffs against the Toronto Marlies. More impressively, Thompson has scored nine goals in just 14 career regular-season games with Rochester, surpassing the total he set over a 30-game stint with the San Antonio Rampage during his rookie season in 2017-18. The third-year pro paces the Amerks in goals (3) and points (6) through his first six games of the season and ranks among the AHL’s top 20 goal-scorers. Additionally, he’s also tied for the league lead with 27 shots after putting up a team-high eight shots Saturday against Utica.

RED-HOT REMOND: THE SEQUEL

The start of the 2019-20 season is just a different chapter in the same story for veteran defenseman Zach Redmond, who’s currently fifth amongst all AHL blueliners in scoring after averaging a point-per-game through his first five games of the season, including a four-game point streak to begin the campaign. The reigning Eddie Shore Award winner has collected six points (1+5) in his last 10 games dating back to last season. His four assists also tie him for fifth-most in the league among blueliners while his 17 shots rank seventh.

LUUKKONEN ASSIGNED TO ROCHESTER

The Buffalo Sabres reassigned rookie goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen to the Amerks earlier today. Buffalo’s second-round pick (54th overall) in 2017, Luukkonen was named the Ontario Hockey League’s Goaltender of the Year and Most Valuable Player for the 2018-19 season after posting a 38-11-2 record with a 2.50 goals-against average, a .920 save percentage and six shutouts in 53 games for the Sudbury Wolves. He led the OHL in wins, save percentage and shutouts while also setting a Sudbury franchise record for most wins in a season with 38. He made his pro debut with the Amerks back on April 14 of last season, stopping 32 saves in Rochester’s season-ending 4-2 win at Belleville to pick up his first pro win.

WE MEET AGAIN

The oldest rivalry in the American Hockey League will be renewed in Rochester on Wednesday, Oct. 23 when the Amerks host the Hershey Bears at The Blue Cross Arena for the only time this season. The 7:05 p.m. contest will be the 457th all-time meeting between the league’s two oldest teams and will be carried live on The Sports Leader AM 950/95.7 FM ESPN Rochester as well as AHLTV.

Binghamton Hockey Hall of Fame To Induct Three, Including a Clarkson U Grad

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BINGHAMTON – The Binghamton Hockey Hall of Fame Committee announced that it will induct Josh Hennessy, Patrice Robitaille, and Charlie Jaworski as the class of 2020. The Hall of Fame Committee will hold a pregame ceremony prior to the March 21 home game against the Laval Rocket.
Josh Hennessy (Binghamton Senators, 2006 – 2010)
Hennessy, now 34, was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the second round, 43rd overall, in 2003. After four years in the QMJHL with Quebec, Hennessy’s professional career started with the Cleveland Barons in 2005 and put up 63 points (24 goals, 39 assists) in 80 games during his rookie season. Following the season, Hennessy was traded to the Ottawa Senators and was selected to the 2007 AHL All-Star Classic. The Brockton, MA native recorded 213 points (99 goals, 114 assists) in 289 games with Binghamton. Hennessy played in 23 National Hockey League games for Ottawa and Boston and had one goal. Overall in the American Hockey League, Hennessy played in 490 games and had 152 goals and 182 assists for 334 points. After going overseas for five years, Hennessy returned to the AHL and finished his career with the Providence Bruins.
Patrice Robitaille (B.C. Icemen, 1998 – 2002)
Robitaille, now 48, played three seasons with the B.C. Icemen in the United Hockey League. The Ste-Catherines, QC native finished second on the team with 51 points and led the team with 57 assists during the 1998-99 campaign. The following season, Robitaille finished second on the team with 30 goals, led the team in assists with 59 and in points with 89. Robitaille ranked 12th in the entire league in points that season. Overall, Robitaille had 32 goals and 39 assists in 111 International Hockey League games with Peoria, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, and Cincinnatti. In 151 UHL games, the forward had 48 goals and 120 assists in 151 games with the Icemen. Prior to his professional career, Robitaille played four seasons at Clarkson University and served as the team’s captain his senior year.
Charlie Jaworski (Press & Sun Bulletin, 1973-2011)
Jaworski oversaw the Press & Sun-Bulletin’s sports department for decades. He attended Wayne State University in Detroit to pursue an accounting degree. Midway through college, Jaworski transferred to a journalism track and would go on to spend 38 years at the Press and Sun Bulletin. The Detroit, MI native started as a sports reporter in 1973 covering the Broome County Dusters. Jaworski continued the hockey beat until 1981 and became the assistant sports editor in 1982. In April of 1984, Jaworski was appointed executive sports editor and held that position through retirement in 2011. Jaworski was with the newspaper covering the Dusters, Whalers, Rangers, Icemen, and Senators. Jaworski passed away in August of 2016. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Susan Jaworski, and his sister, Barbara Jaworski; children, Amy Davis, Jennifer Moses, Lindsey Jackson, and Michael Jaworski.

Jr. Purple Eagles Squirt Majors Win Weekend Tournament

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Congratulations to the Niagara Jr. Purple Eagles Squirt Majors on winning the Niagara Columbus Day Classic last weekend.

Two NYS Natives On US Women’s National Team Roster

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Hayley Scamurra
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster Announced for Joint Training Camp with Canada. (Haley Scamurra pictured)
Training Camp to Take Place Nov. 4-10 in Pittsburgh, Penn.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey today announced the 23-player roster for the U.S. Women’s National Team that will take part in a week-long training camp with the Canadian Women’s National Team at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, just north of Pittsburgh.The joint camp will be held from Nov. 4-10 and will feature two exhibition contests between the United States and Canada. Further details will be made available here prior to the camp.
The roster features 18 members of the 2019 U.S. Women’s National Team that won gold at the 2019 IIHF Women’s World Championship, including Cayla Barnes (Eastvale, Calif.), Kacey Bellamy (Westfield, Mass.), Megan Bozek (Buffalo Grove, Ill.), Hannah Brandt (Vadnais Heights, Minn.), Sydney Brodt (North Oaks, Minn.), Dani Cameranesi (Plymouth, Minn.), Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.), Alex Cavallini(Delafield, Wis.), Kendall Coyne Schofield (Palos Heights, Ill.), Megan Keller (Farmington Hills, Mich.), Amanda Kessel (Madison, Wis.), 

Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho), Emily Matheson (Buffalo, N.Y.), Annie Pankowski (Laguna Hills, Calif.), Kelly Pannek (Plymouth, Minn.), Maddie Rooney (Andover, Minn.), Haley Scamurra (Williamsville, N.Y.) and Lee Stecklein (Roseville, Minn.).Kali Flanagan (Hudson, N.H.), Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson (Grand Forks, N.D.) and Monique Lamoureux-Morando (Grand Forks, N.D.) – all three 2018 Olympic gold medalists — return to the team for the camp, while back-to-back IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championship medalist Kaitlin Burt(Lynn, Mass.) and 2015 IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championship gold medalist Sophia Shaver(Wayzata, Minn.) are set to make their U.S. Women’s National Team debuts.

“The upcoming training camp in Pittsburgh is another opportunity to bring the best in our sport together to train and compete,” said Katie Million, director of women’s national team programs at USA Hockey. “We’re excited to welcome Hockey Canada and thank the Pittsburgh Penguins for their efforts in making this week possible.
“The 23 players represent 10 different states. Minnesota leads the pack with seven representatives followed by Massachusetts with three. California, Illinois, New York, North Dakota and Wisconsin each have two representatives apiece and Idaho, Michigan and New Hampshire all have one. For a complete roster, click here.

NOTES: The training camp replaces the Four Nations Cup that was scheduled to be played in November in Sweden… USA is the reigning Olympic champion and has captured gold in eight of the last nine IIHF Women’s World Championships, including five straight… The U.S. and Canada have battled in the gold-medal game of every IIHF Women’s World Championship and Olympic Winter Games staged, with just two exceptions (2019 world championship, 2006 Olympics).

William Smith Hockey To Join NEHC

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William Smith College announced that it will join the New England Hockey Conference starting in the 2021-22 season.

“We are proud to be founding members of the UCHC and have great respect for our colleagues in the conference,” Director of Athletics Deb Steward said. “However, as we evaluated our hockey conferences for William Smith, as well as Hobart, in relationship to student-athlete experience, branding consistency, facility scheduling, equity, and an understanding of a recruiting base deeply rooted in the New England region, it was important for William Smith College to pursue a conference affiliation with the New England Hockey Conference.”

The NEHC was created and began competition in the 2015-16 season. When William Smith joins, the women’s conference will include Castleton, Elmira, Johnson & Wales, UMass Boston, New England College, Norwich, Plymouth State, Salem State, and Southern Maine. The Soaring Eagles will join the league in 2021 with the Herons.

“The NEHC is excited to welcome William Smith and Elmira to the fold for the 2021-22 season,” said NEHC Commissioner Katie Boldvich. “The continued support and vision from our current members and their institutional leadership have allowed the NEHC to grow into one of the premier men’s and women’s ice hockey conferences in Division III. The addition of these programs further adds to our league’s core values and mission as their commitment to the sport and their student-athletes are exemplary.”

“While we are focused right now on preparing for our 2019-20 UCHC season, we are excited for the opportunity to join the NEHC in 2021-22,” William Smith Hockey Head Coach Jaime Totten said. “I have enjoyed working with commissioner Mitrano and look forward to working with commissioner Boldvich. Our recruiting efforts have proved to be very beneficial in the New England area and joining the NEHC allows us to play teams within that footprint. I’m thrilled that our student-athletes will be able to play in their backyards in front of family and friends on a regular basis. The conference alignment with Hobart will make branding and scheduling more consistent for the Colleges.”

William Smith currently competes in the United Collegiate Hockey Conference. The Herons will join Hobart in the NEHC. The Statesmen moved to the NEHC in 2017-18.

William Smith was 18-8-2 overall last season and record a 12-4-2 mark in conference play. The Herons finished third in the UCHC regular season and advanced to the conference championship game. William Smith’s 18 wins were a program record. William Smith begins its sixth varsity season on Nov. 1 when it welcomes Salve Regina to The Cooler.

RPI’s Nystrom Earns MAC Award

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TROY, N.Y. – ECAC Hockey has announced its weekly award winners from women’s hockey and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) student-athlete Ena Nystrøm has been named MAC Goaltending Goalie of the Week.

A freshman from Stavanger, Norway, Nystrøm made 79 saves in two games last week, including a career-high 50 stops at Penn State on Saturday afternoon. She registered 29 saves in a 2-0 loss to the Nittany Lions on Friday, before posting the first 50-save game by an RPI netminder since Lovisa Selander ’19 turned away 55 in the final game of the 2018-19 season at Cornell on March 3.

Nystrøm has started three games for the Engineers this season, going 0-3-0 with a 2.68 goals against average and a .940 save percentage. She has 125 saves on 133 shots in 178:56 minutes.

The Business and Management major was named the WW Division IA Best Goaltender in 2018 and helped her team to Norwegian League championships in 2015, 2016 and 2018. In her one season at the Ontario Hockey Academy, Nystrøm earned the Hardest Working Female Athlete award and the Sports Marketing award as well as being named to the Honor Roll.

RPI is idle this week, but returns to action on October 27 at Holy Cross (1:05pm).

St. Lawrence’s Vespa Earns ECAC Honor

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St. Lawrence University senior alternate captain Kayla Vespa has been named the ECAC Hockey Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday.

Vespa led the league with two goals and two assists in a two-game series at the University of Vermont . Vespa is second on the team with nine points on three goals and a team-high six assists through six games this season.

The Saints, now 1-3-2 on the season, will host Holy Cross in a pair of non-league games on Saturday and Sunday at the Roos House at SUNY Canton. Both games are scheduled for a 1 p.m. opening faceoff.

Clarkson’s Marotte Earns ECAC Weekly Honor

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In Clarkson’s first ever appearances at Yost Arena, Frank Marotte came up big in his Golden Knight debut stopping 70 of 72 shots as the Green and Gold tied (1-1) and defeated (3-1) Michigan for an impressive start to the 2019-20 campaign.

Marotte, a graduate transfer from Robert Morris, finished the non-league series with a .972 save percentage and allowed just one even-strength goal on the weekend to earn ECAC Hockey MAC Goaltending Goalie of the Week Honors.

ECAC Hockey release

Clarkson opens the home portion of the schedule this weekend at Cheel Arena, hosting Vermont at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Providence on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.