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SUNYAC Men’s Ice Hockey All-Conference Team


CORTLAND, N.Y. – The State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) announces the 2020 Men’s Ice Hockey All-Conference teams as nominated and voted on by the conference coaches.

2020 SUNYAC Ice Hockey All-Conference Teams (Click here for PDF)
First Team
Name School Position Year Hometown
Nikita Kozyrev Buffalo State F Fr. Tallinn, Estonia
Conlan Keenan Geneseo F Sr. Rochester, N.Y.
Andrew Romano Geneseo F Sr. Drexel Hill, Pa.
Ryan Romeo Brockport D Jr. Fairport, N.Y.
Max Novick Oswego D Jr. Thornhill, Ont.
Emil Norrman Buffalo State G Fr. Kungsbacka, Sweden
Aaron Mackay Geneseo G Jr. Okotoks, Alta.
Second Team
Name School Position Year Hometown
Zach Remers Buffalo State F Sr. Clarence, N.Y.
Vadim Vasjonkin Buffalo State F Jr. Tallinn, Estonia
Jacob Haynes Fredonia F Sr. Whitby, Ont.
Charlie Manley Fredonia D Sr. Orchard Park, N.Y.
Cam Russell Geneseo D Sr. Royal Oak, Mich.
Third Team
Name School Position Year Hometown
Tyson Empey Geneseo F Sr. Swift Current, Sask.
Travis Broughman Oswego F So. Mechanicsville, Va.
Anthony Passero Oswego F Sr. Fort Erie, Ont.
Chris Perna Geneseo D So. Pittsford, N.Y.
Matt Araujo Plattsburgh D So. Brookhaven, N.Y.
Matt Schneider Brockport G Sr. Manlius, N.Y.

Four teams faced off Wednesday night in the first round of the SUNYAC men’s ice hockey championship. The fifth and sixth seeded teams, Plattsburgh and Potsdam, upset No. 4 Brockport and No. 3 Buffalo State to advance to the semifinals. The Cardinals topped the Golden Eagles 3-2 in double overtime, while the Bears beat the Bengals 3-1. As post season continues, No. 1 Geneseo will host Potsdam, and No. 2 Oswego will host Plattsburgh, Saturday, February 29, at 7 p.m. View the full bracket here.

The 2020 SUNYAC men’s ice hockey individual awards will be announced next week.

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Jr. Sabres Cicero A Nominee


Players being honoured for humanitarianism, outreach across 22-team league
Mississauga, ON –The Ontario Junior Hockey League has unveiled its inaugural slate of Clif Bar OJHL Community Hero nominees.
Each team’s nominee will be presented with a certificate of achievement award during this last week of the OJHL regular season or during the first round of the Buckland Cup playoffs.
The nominees are:

Trevor Grasby
Travis Smith
Colton Incze
Alec Cicero
Matt Hobbs
Dershahn Stewart
Derek Sweeney
Josh Faussett
Mathieu Hebert 
Ryan Rosborough
Jordan Stock
Matteo Pecchia
Tyler Flack
Jack Ricketts 
Nathan Gooch

Connor May
Matthew O’Brien
Mario Peccia
Wyatt George
Ben Woodhouse
Isaac Sooklal

The award will be presented to a player who “best exemplifies himself as a role model for their community, exhibits outreach and community service, humanitarianism, volunteerism, lifesaving efforts or has positively impacted the community, culture or society.”
“All of our teams are doing so much fine work in their home communities in Ontario and Western New York,” OJHL Commissioner Marty Savoy said, “from helping at minor hockey practices and reading to children in schools and libraries, to volunteering at food banks and blood donor clinics. This award shines a light on that humanitarianism, particularly our players who lead that work.”
Three finalists for the 2019-20 award will be announced just prior to the OJHL Championship Series in April.
The winner will be announced at the OJHL awards night this spring.
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About the OJHL –“League of Choice”
The Ontario Junior Hockey League is the largest Junior ‘A’ league operating under the auspices of the
Canadian Junior Hockey League with 22 member clubs. A proud member of the CJHL and Ontario
Hockey Association, the OJHL was originally named the Ontario Provincial Junior ‘A’ Hockey League and it was formed out of the Central Junior ‘B’ Hockey League in 1993-94. With a long and storied history of developing players for the next level, including U Sports, the NCAA, CHL, minor pro ranks and the NHL, the OJHL had more than 125 commitments in 2018-19 – including more than 65 NCAA Division I scholarships.

Burgess & Savory Earn Weekly Awards


TROY, N.Y. – ECAC Hockey has announced its weekly award winners from men’s hockey and two Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) student-athletes have been recognized. Todd Burgess was named Player of the Week and Owen Savory earned MAC Goaltending Goalie of the Week honors.

A senior forward from Phoenix, Ariz., Burgess led all of Division I college hockey with five goals last week, pacing the Engineers to a 2-0 record, including a 4-0 shutout of then-No. 16 Quinnipiac University on Friday night. Notching an ECAC Hockey-best two power play tallies, he also led the league with a +5 rating. On Saturday, he recorded his first career four-goal game in a 7-1 victory over Princeton University, while extending his point streak to six games (8 goals, 3 assists).

Burgess has played in 30 games for the Engineers this season, netting a team-high 13 goals, with six assists for 19 points, which is good for second on the club. Carrying a +1 rating with 73 shots on goal and nine minor penalties for 18 minutes, the former Fairbanks Ice Dogs standout leads the nation in goals (9) since January 31. The team-leader with five power play goals, he also has one game-winning tally to his credit.

In 18 ECAC Hockey contests, Burgess has a team-best eight goals and five assists for 13 points. He has two man advantage tallies and one game-winning goal in conference play, with a +6 rating and six penalties for 12 minutes. Currently on a five-game league point streak, the Ottawa Senators Third Round draft choice has seven goals and three assists for 10 points during the stretch.

Through 100 career games at RPI, Burgess has 21 goals and 26 assists for 47 points.

A sophomore netminder out of Cambridge, Ont., Savory stopped 58 of the 59 shots he faced last week, going 2-0 with a 0.50 goals against average and a .983 save percentage. He opened the week by posting a 37-save shutout of the Bobcats on Friday, including 17 in the third period alone. He then turned away 21 of 22 shots in a 7-1 victory over the Tigers on Saturday.

Savory has started 22 of RPI’s 32 games this season, posting an 11-9-2 record, with a 2.20 goals against average and a .926 save percentage. He has four shutouts to his credit – all since January 4. In 1281:48 minutes, he has stopped 589 of the 636 shots he has faced. Nationally, he is fifth in shutouts, 13th in save percentage and 17th in goals against average.

Starting 16 ECAC Hockey games for the Engineers, including five in a row, Savory is 9-6-1 in conference play, sporting a 1.90 goals against average and a .934 save percentage, with three shutouts. In 917:48 minutes, he has 413 saves on 442 shots. He leads the league in shutouts, while ranking second in save percentage, fourth in goals against average and wins, and eighth in total saves.

Since January 1, Savory has been one of the best netminders on the country, going 8-2-1 with a 1.27 goals against average and a .959 save percentage which are both tops in the nation. His four shutouts over that span are second only to Dryden McKay of Minnesota State. Over his last eight conference outings, Savory is 7-1-0 with a 0.88 goals against average and a .971 save percentage.

Savory has played in 47 career games for the Engineers, including 47 starts. He has a 16-24-5 record with a 2.34 goals against average and a .926 save percentage.

On Friday, Savory became the first RPI netminder to record four shutouts in a season since Nathan Marsters ’04 had five during the 2003-04 season. His five shutouts before the end of his sophomore season are tied with Marsters for the most in program history.

The Engineers are back in action this weekend, when they travel to Harvard University and Dartmouth College, this Friday (7pm) and Saturday (7pm), to close out the regular season. RPI can clinch a top four finish and a bye through the opening round of the ECAC Hockey Playoffs with two victories.

Jr. Sabres Team Fan Favorite Named



210,000 votes cast in 9thannual competition powered by snapd

Mississauga, ON – The Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) announced that 210,00 votes were cast for the ninth annual Scotiabank Fan Favourite Award – powered by snapd.
On top of honouring a league-wide winner for the 2019-20 season, Scotiabank Fan Favourites on each of the 22 teams across the OJHL – as selected by the fans – are being honoured again this season.
“The response to the Scotiabank OJHL Fan Favourite Award was phenomenal again this season,” said Marty Savoy, Commissioner of the OJHL.“The 210,000 votes cast this season shows the support that our great players have from the amazing 22 communities they play in.”

OJHL Scotiabank team Fan Favourites are:

Matt King
Sam Marit
Kyle Bollers
Matteo Costantini
Max Wright
George Krotiris
Tyler Ignazzitto
Nolan Dann
Jacob Dupuis
Jason Stachelbeck
Carter Tahk
Luca Teles
Eli Shiller
Cam Hatziioannou
Nathan Gooch
Ayrton Martino
Connor May
Mathew Rehding
Ethan Eliopulos
Griffen Fox
Dawson Ellis
Oliver Tarr

The league-wide winner of the ninth annual Scotiabank Fan Favourite Award will be announced during the OJHL Playoffs and honoured during an OJHL Awards Ceremony this spring.  
Voting began this season on Dec. 20, 2019, and ended Feb. 16, 2020. All fans were allowed to vote electronically at www.ojhl.ca– through a link powered by snapd.
Through nine years of Scotiabank Fan Favourite Award balloting, more than 740,000 votes have been registered.
The Scotiabank Fan Favourite Award was presented for the first time following the 2011-12 with OJHL fans voting online annually to choose their favourite OJHL star.  
Previous OJHL Scotiabank Fan Favourite Award recipients (runner-up in brackets):
2011-12        Andrew Doyle, Stouffville Spirit (Christian Finch, Stouffville Spirit) 
2012-13        Travis Dermott, Newmarket Hurricanes (Adrian Ignagni, St. Michael’s Buzzers) 
2013-14        Stuart Fierheller, Lindsay Muskies (Michael Casale, Kingston Voyageurs) 
2014-15        Cole Bolton, Kingston Voyageurs (Blayne Oliver, Trenton Golden Hawks) 
2015-16        Blayne Oliver, Trenton Golden Hawks (Andrew Lee, Burlington Cougars)2016-17        Chris Janzen, Trenton Golden Hawks (Mitchell Mendonca, Wellington Dukes)2017-18        Jaxon Camp, Burlington Cougars (Justin Paul, Georgetown Raiders)2018-19        Marcelo Pericao, Toronto Patriots (Matthew Bumstead, Cobourg Cougars)
About the OJHL –“League of Choice”
The Ontario Junior Hockey League is the largest Junior ‘A’ league operating under the auspices of the Canadian Junior Hockey League with 22 member clubs. A proud member of the CJHL and Ontario Hockey Association, the OJHL was originally named the Ontario Provincial Junior ‘A’ Hockey League and it was formed out of the Central Junior ‘B’ Hockey League in 1993-94. With a long and storied history of developing players for the next level, including U Sports, the NCAA, CHL, minor pro ranks and the NHL, the OJHL had more than 135 commitments in 2018-19, including 65 NCAA Division I scholarships.

Niagara’s Veltri Rookie Of The Week


WINTHROP, Mass. – Niagara freshman goalie Chad Veltri was named the Atlantic Hockey Association’s Rookie of the Week following an impressive weekend in the crease. This marks Veltri’s second weekly rookie honor of the month.

The Pittsburgh native stopped 58 of 62 shots faced during a 1-1 weekend against RIT. He allowed just one goal in a 4-1 home win on Friday, February 21, giving the Purple Eagles three much-needed points in a crowded AHA playoff picture. The following night in Rochester, Veltri backstopped the Purple Eagles into overtime before the team ultimately fell, 3-2.

February has been Veltri’s best month of the season, and his performance between the pipes has helped Niagara climb into position to host a home playoff series. In six games played since the beginning of the month, Veltri has a .942 save percentage, a 1.81 goals-against average, one shutout, and four wins in 331:13 of ice time. Veltri’s save percentage over that span is tied for eighth-best in the nation.

The Purple Eagles will close out the regular season this weekend when they host a two-game set against Robert Morris on February 28-29. Puck drop for both games is set for 7 p.m. There are major playoff implications for Niagara in the series, as they continue to chase the Colonials for the fifth and final first round bye in the AHA playoffs, which begin on March 6. Tickets for both games are still available and can be purchased on Ticketmaster or by contacting the ticket office at 716-286-TIXX And as always, Coach Lammers encourages all fans to attend his public press conference following the conclusion of the game.

Brubacher Named Defensive Player Of The Week


ROCHESTER, N.Y. – RIT senior Adam Brubacher (Elmira, Ontario/Powell River Kings) was named the Atlantic Hockey Defensive Player of the Week. Brubacher was recognized after leading the Tigers to a 3-2 OT comeback win versus Niagara on Saturday that clinched the first Atlantic Hockey Tournament top-four seed since 2016.

Brubacher scored the game-tying goal with 47 seconds left in regulation and tallied the game-winning goal 1:06 into overtime off a feed from junior forward Jake Hamacher (Corona, CA/Dubuque Fighting Saints). He also notched an assist on RIT’s other goal in the first period.
Brubacher tied former teammate Gabe Valenzuela (Brampton, Ontario/North York Rangers) ’19 for 11th place on RIT’s Division I era career scoring list with 104 points to date while his assist broke a tie with Simon Lambert ’08 for fifth with 78 career assists. He also entered the week tied for 19th nationally (seventh among defensemen) with 22 assists this season.
Brubacher hasn’t missed a game over the last four seasons and entered the week with 146 appearances – four shy of moving into a tie for third-place in program history.
The top-five seeds for the Atlantic Hockey Tournament receive a first-round bye while the top four also host a best-of-three quarterfinal series (March 13-15). RIT can move up to the third seed with a pair of victories over visiting Air Force this Friday and Saturday (Feb. 28-29) in the final two games of the regular season. Both games are set for a 7:05 p.m. face-off at the Polisseni Center.

Laviolette Named Head Coach

Laviolette Named Head Coach of 2020 U.S. Men’s National Team
Will guide team in upcoming IIHF Men’s World Championship May 8-24
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Peter Laviolette (Franklin, Mass.), one of the most accomplished coaches in American hockey history and a two-time Olympian as a player, has been named head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team that will participate in the 2020 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship by USA Hockey. The event will take place in Zurich and Lausanne, Switzerland, from May 8-24.

“It’s great to have Peter as our head coach,” said Chris Drury, general manager of the 2020 U.S. Men’s National Team Team. “He brings significant international experience, both as a player and a coach, and his passion and desire to win align with our goal of bringing home the gold medal.”Laviolette has previously represented the United States in international competition on numerous occasions in several different capacities.

He most recently served as head coach the 2014 U.S. Men’s National Team that won five of its eight games in the 2014 IIHF Men’s World Championship in Minsk, Belarus. Laviolette was also an assistant coach for the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team in Sochi, Russia, and was the head coach of the 2006 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team in Torino, Italy.

Prior to that, Laviolette was head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team at the IIHF Men’s World Championship in back-to-back years (2004, 2005), leading the United States to the bronze medal in 2004.He also served as an assistant coach for the United States during the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, where he helped lead Team USA to the semifinals.

“Peter is a terrific coach and someone who has had success wherever he’s been,” said JohnVanbiesbrouck, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. “We’re thrilled to have him back as head coach of our men’s national team.”Laviolette has a long resume as a head coach in the NHL, having served in that capacity for four different teams and amassed one Stanley Cup title, 11 playoff appearances and 637 wins in 1,210 regular-season games over 18 seasons. He owns a regular-season winning percentage of .588 (637-425-23-123/w-l-t-otl) and is 75-68 in the NHL playoffs with 14 playoff series wins.

Most recently, Laviolette spent parts of six seasons (2014-20) as head coach of the Nashville Predators where he led the team to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2017, five playoff appearances overall, one President’s Trophy (2018) and two Central Division titles (2018, 2019).

Laviolette directed the Philadelphia Flyers for parts of five seasons (2009-14), reaching the Stanley Cup Final in 2010 and winning the Atlantic Division in 2011. Prior to that, he was the head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes from 2003-09, highlighted by winning both the Stanley Cup and Southeast Division title in 2006. Laviolette also spent two seasons (2001-03) as the bench boss of the New York Islanders, guided the team to playoff berths in both campaigns.

In his first season, he led the Islanders to the fourth biggest one-year turnaround in the history of the league.Before becoming an NHL head coach, Laviolette spent three seasons in the Boston Bruins organization, serving as assistant coach with the NHL club in 2000-01, and as head coach of the Bruins’ American Hockey League affiliate, Providence, for two seasons (1998-99, 1999-2000).

In his first year at Providence, Laviolette received the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as AHL Coach of the Year after guiding the Bruins to the biggest turnaround in league history. That season Providence won a league best 56 games in the regular season (after winning just 19 the year before) and also went on to capture its first Calder Cup title.

As a player, Laviolette skated for the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team in both the 1988 and 1994 Olympic Winter Games, serving as captain during the 1994 tournament. He also spent 11 years in professional hockey, including a 12-game stint with the New York Rangers in 1988-89.As a collegian, Laviolette played four seasons (1982-86) at Westfield State College in Massachusetts, where he appeared in 93 games and contributed 43 goals and 44 assists.

NOTES: The staff and players of the U.S. Men’s National Team are selected by the U.S. Men’s National Team Advisory Committee, led by John Vanbiesbrouck, assistant executive director of USA Hockey, and including U.S. Men’s National Team GM Chris Drury and NHL general managers David PoileDonWaddellDale TallonStan BowmanJeff Gorton and Bill Guerin … For complete coverage of the U.S. Men’s National Team, click here … The official online home of the 2020 IIHF Men’s World Championship is 2020.IIHFWorlds.com … The U.S. is 19-7 over the last three world championships. Team USA won five of eight games a year ago and finished seventh in the tournament. The U.S. has earned three bronze medals in the last seven years, including 2018, 2015 and 2013.
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“Small Saves”


Here is this week’s edition of “Small Saves.” Enjoy!

Section VI Boys Ice Hockey Small School Semi-Finals Cancelled


Mark DiFilippo, CAA and ECIC Executive Director, has announced that Thursday’s Small School Semi Finals (2/27) have been cancelled due to the weather and wide spread school closings.  The games will be rescheduled for Friday 2/28 at the LECOM Harbor Center.  Due to the rescheduling on Friday, the morning press conference has also been canceled. Below is the schedule for the remaining Sectional games.

Friday 2/27 @LECOM Harbor Center

2:15 PM  Williamsville South vs Kenmore West

4:30 PM  Starpoint vs Lewiston Porter

Sunday 3/1 @Key Bank Center

12:15 PM  Winner of Williamsville South/Kenmore West vs winner of Starpoint/Lewiston Porter

2:30 PM  Winner of Lancaster/Williamsville North vs winner of Orchard Park/Clarence

4:45 PM St. Joe’s vs St. Mary’s

Scamurra Among Those Named To US Roster For Women’s World Championship

Hayley Scamurra
U.S. Roster Announced for 2020 IIHF Women’s World Championship
Team to compete for sixth-straight gold medal March 31-April 10
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today the roster for the U.S. Women’s National Team that will compete in the 2020 International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship, March 31-April 10 in Halifax and Truro, Nova Scotia.The roster features 18 members of the U.S. Women’s National Team that helped the U.S. capture its fifth-straight gold medal 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.), Dani Cameranesi (Plymouth, Minn.), Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.), Alex Cavallini (Delafield, Wis.), Jesse Compher (Northbrook, Ill.), Kendall Coyne Schofield (Palos Heights, Ill.), Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.) Megan Keller (Farmington Hills, Mich.), Amanda Kessel(Madison, Wis.), Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho), Emily Matheson (Buffalo, N.Y.), Kelly Pannek(Plymouth, Minn.), Maddie Rooney (Andover, Minn.), Hayley Scamurra (Williamsville, N.Y.) and LeeStecklein (Roseville, Minn.).

The roster also includes forwards Britta Curl (Bismarck, N.D.), Abby Roque (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.) and Grace Zumwinkle (Excelsior, Minn.); defender Savannah Harmon (Downers Grove, Ill.), and goaltender Aerin Frankel (New York, N.Y.).The players represent nine states. Minnesota leads the way with six athletes, while Illinois has four. New York and Wisconsin each have three representatives. Massachusetts (2), Michigan (2), California (1), Idaho (1), and North Dakota (1) are also represented.A complete roster and staff list can found here.

NOTES: Curl, Frankel and Roque all made their senior women’s national team debut during the recently completed 2019-20 Rivalry Series … Bob Corkum (Salisbury, Mass.) is serving as head coach of the 2019-20 U.S. Women’s National Team, alongside assistant coaches Joel Johnson (White Bear Lake, Minn.) and Brian Pothier (New Bedford, Mass.), and goaltending coach Bri McLaughlin-Bittle (Sheffield Village, Ohio) … The U.S. schedule for the 2020 IIHF Women’s World Championship is available here. All games will be broadcast live in the U.S. on NHL Network … The U.S. will conduct a training camp at Cross Insurance Arena in Portland, Maine, from March 24-27 in preparation for the 2020 IIHF Women’s World Championship. Media accreditation application information will be available the first week of March … Media accreditation application information for the 2020 IIHF Women’s World Championship can be found here … The U.S. has won the last five IIHF Women’s World Championships and captured the top prize a total of nine times (2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019), including eight of the last nine tournaments… Team USA is 77-5-6-8-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) in 97 career games and has outscored opponents 634-139.

Delmas Sets Two New Niagara Hockey Records


ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Noah Delmas etched his name into the record books during a 3-2 loss at RIT on Saturday night. The senior captain broke Chris Mackenzie’s (’00) program records for most assists (78) and points (98) by a defenseman after tying both marks against the Tigers at home the night before..

Taylor Wins Second Straight UCHC Rookie Of The Week


ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The United College Hockey Conference (UCHC) announced its final weekly award winners of the 2019-20 season, and freshman Hayden Taylor (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Detroit Country Day) of the Manhattanville College men’s ice hockey team was selected as the Rookie of the Week.

The forward was on fire in the final two weeks of his first collegiate season, scoring five goals over the last three games. This past week, in the 5-4 overtime season-finale victory at Neumann University on Friday night, Feb. 21, in Aston, Pa., Taylor scored a pair of goals to help lead the Valiants to victory.

Taylor has now won two Rookie of the Week honors this season, picking up the last two from the UCHC in successive weeks.

NewEdge Hockey Continues To Raise The Bar


NewEdge Hockey Development Academy continues to raise the bar when it comes to hockey player and coach development. NEHDA Founder and Professional Skating & Skills Coach Rob Sedia has signed a multi-year contract with the North America’s #1 Hockey Coach Resource website; Ice Hockey Systems. IHS is recognized globally and receives over 6 million page views every 20 days. Sedia will be providing detailed on ice skating and skills content, as well as chalk talk, and video review sessions for conceptual and strategic play for coaches all over North America. Sedia joins NHL legend Denis Savard as part of the elite IHS team.

UNYCHL Playoff Recap


By Jon Marchese


The UB Bulls capped off an amazing playoff weekend by defeating Binghamton University 4-2 to capture their second UNYCHL title.

In the semifinals UB found themselves trailing 1-0 after two periods to Clarkson University. The Bulls were able to find the back of the net twice in the third and hang on for a thrilling 2-1 victory.

The other semifinal matched up Binghamton and Fredonia. Binghamton jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period, but Fredonia never quit as they kept rallying to get within one goal only to fall short 5-4.

In the title game the Bulls were led by tournament MVP Ryan O’Donnell (Williamsville NY) as he continued to stonewall and frustrate the opposition. O’Donnell and the Bulls shut down two 5 on 3 opportunities for Binghamton. The Bearcats crept within 3-2 with 6 minutes to play; however an empty net goal sealed the title for UB.

Also part of the weekend tournament- Niagara County Community College stunned Buffalo State 6-2 to capture the Tier 2 Championship.

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