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Koz’s Friday Night Men’s College Hockey Wrap-Up


By Warren Kozireski —

Niagara junior Eric Cooley had a career-best three assist effort to lead the Purple Eagles to a 4-1 win at RIT for a crucial two points in their effort to secure a first round home playoff series. The Purps got depth scoring from Jared Brandt (3), Jon Hill (2) and Lancaster’s Ryan Cook (3) in addition to Ben Sokay netting his second-on-the-team ninth.

Sophomore Chandler Judd scored his first collegiate goal with 89 seconds remaining in regulation as Fredonia defeated Cortland 3-2 to keep their conference playoff hopes alive. The Blue Devils are one point behind Plattsburgh and Potsdam for the final spot, but five teams are within two points of each other for that same position with the season finale tomorrow.
Nazareth senior defenseman Sean Hallice scored his first collegiate goal in his 76th career game–the game-winner about midway through the third period as the Golden Flyers upset 13th nationally ranked Wilkes. With Neumann’s overtime loss to Manhattanville, Naz is two points ahead for fifth place in NCHC and will play either Elmira or Stevenson in the first round of the playoffs depending on Saturday’s results.

From New Mexico To New York, Williamsville’s Graziano Back “Home”


By Warren Kozireski —

If former Nichols School (Buffalo) goaltender Josh Graziano saved the clothing swag from every team he has played for since his 2014-15 season with the Buffalo Jr. Sabres Bantam Major team, he won’t need to buy anything to wear for a while.

12 teams in six years with the Buffalo Saints, Coulee Region Chill (NAHL), USNTDP Juniors, U.S. National U17 and U18, three teams in three different leagues two seasons ago in Madison (USHL), Brooks (AJHL) and Brantford (OJHL) before the New Mexico Wolves (NAHL) at the start of this season before he got a call to join Union College in December.

“Starting off with the New Mexico franchise was a big undertaking and then to have the opportunity to join this college in the middle of the season that I couldn’t say no to and I’m glad that I made that decision,” Graziano said in late January.

“When we started talking, they explained the scenario that they had a goalie that got hurt and we need to bring a guy in at the halfway point and right now you’re that guy. They came out to see me play and came to the perfect game because I had a 50-save shutout. Then I went n my visit and really liked what the school had to offer and was happy to join.”

The 6’3”, 201lb. Williamsville native has played in four games this season with the Statesmen. His first collegiate appearance came over the last 7:33 of Union’s 5-0 loss at Yale.

In his second appearance against Harvard, he allowed a goal during a five-on-three power play, but the coaches were impressed with his resolve after that.

“I like how he responded from it, Union head coach Rick Bennett said. “I thought he did an excellent job of competing after it instead of getting down. I thought he did a really good job of competing.”

“I think any time there is an opportunity to come into a game; maybe it’s not the best opportunity, but for me I try to look at it like I have nothing to lose to go out there and do the best I can,” Graziano said.

He made his first start Feb.1 against Dartmouth and earned his first win allowing three goals on 19 shots in the 4-3 victory.

The Union coaching staff seems to be easing him into the pace and speed of Division I hockey as the team won just seven of their first 30 games this season and will be on the road for the first round of the ECAC playoffs and look to see what they have heading into the offseason and planning for 2020-21.

Graziano is taking the greyhound bus hockey career tour he took to get to Schenectady all in stride and jokes about all the team colors and equipment he has donned, but sees every stop as a building block.

“I should be renting it month by month at this point. I like to joke that in my two-and-a-half-year junior career I got to travel North America. But ultimately every place I was able to play added a different element to my game that I’m happy to have and to go through that adversity like I did last year getting traded twice moving around between teams and leagues.

“Having to go through all that and having the success personally this year I’ve been really happy and that Union is a place that I can spend the next three-and-a-half years and grow here.”

2 NYS-Born Officials Chosen For International Events


28 American officials named to IIHF championships and Youth Olympic Games

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced that 28 American officials have been selected to serve as referees or linesmen for International Ice Hockey Federation world championships in 2019-20, in addition to the 2020 Youth Olympic Games.

“Every official has worked hard to get to this point and I’m confident that they will represent the U.S. well on the world stage,” said Matt Leaf, director of officiating education for USA Hockey. “We’re honored to have so many American officials working at the highest level.”

Of the 28 Americans chosen to officiate during the upcoming season, 20 have previous experience working in top-level IIHF events while eight have received their first IIHF assignment.

NOTE: Final assignments for the 2020 IIHF Men’s World Championship will be announced in March, 2020.

For a full list of American officials and their assignments, please see below:
Kevin Briganti World Men’s Championship DI Katowice, POLAND Newington, Conn.
Steven Sailor World Men’s Championship DIII Kockelscheuer, LUXEMBOURG Ocean City, N.J.
Sean MacFarlane World Junior Championship Ostrava, CZECH REPUBLIC Otis Orshards, Wash.
Riley Bowles World Junior Championship Ostrava, CZECH REPUBLIC Willowbrook, Ill.
Andrew Wilk U20 Men’s World Championship DII Group B Gangneung, SOUTH KOREA Costa Mesa, Calif.
Sean Fernandez U18 Men’s World Championship Plymouth, Mich. USA Novi, Mich.
Peter Schlittenhardt U18 Men’s World Championship Plymouth, Mich. USA South Plainfield, N.J.
Nicholas Briganti U18 Men’s World Championship Plymouth, Mich. USA Newington, Conn.
Patrick Richardson U18 Men’s World Championship Plymouth, Mich. USA Syracuse, N.Y.
Robert Lukkason U18 Men’s World Championship DII Group B Tianjin, CHINA Grand Forks, N.D.
Kaylen Erchul Women’s World Championship Halifax, CANADA Cloquet, Minn.
Chelsea Rapin Women’s World Championship Halifax, CANADA Essex Junction, Vt.
Jacqueline Spresser Women’s World Championship Halifax, CANADA Thornton, Colo.
Sara Strong Women’s World Championship Halifax, CANADA Rockford, Mich.
Jamie Huntley-Park Women’s World Championship DI Group A Angers, FRANCE La Jolla, Calif.
Kristin Moore Women’s World Championship DI Group A Angers, FRANCE Brromfield, Colo.
Jennifer Cameron Women’s World Championship DI Group B Katowice, POLAND Northborough, Mass.
Jestina Vichorek Women’s World Championship DII Group A Jaca, SPAIN Carlton, Minn.
Erika Greenen Women’s World Championship DII Group A Jaca, SPAIN Romeoville, Ill.
Charlotte Hurley Women’s World Championship DII Group B Reyjavik, ICELAND Cranford, N.J.
Laura White Women’s World Championship DIII Sofia, BULGARIA Rinnemede, N.J.
Kelly Cooke U18 Women’s World Championship Bratislava, SLOVAKIA Brighton, Mass.
Kendall Hanley U18 Women’s World Championship Bratislava, SLOVAKIA Minneapolis, Minn.
Mackenzie Welter U18 Women’s World Championship DI Group A Fussen, GERMANY Rome, N.Y.
Taylor Willert-Hanvelt U18 Women’s World Championship DII Group B Mexico City, MEXICO Mikana, Wis.
Sarah Buckner U18 Women’s World Championship DII Group B Mexico City, MEXICO Crystal, Minn.
Shane Gustafson Youth Olympic Games Lausanne, SUI Hebron, Ill.
Melissa Doyle Youth Olympic Games Lausanne, SUI White Bear Lake, Minn.

Patty Kazmaier Finalists Named

Ten Finalists Named for 2020 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award
23rd Annual Award to be Presented March 21 in Cambridge, Mass.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.  The USA Hockey Foundation today announced the ten finalists for the 2020 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award. The honor is bestowed annually upon the top player in NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey, and this year will be unveiled at a brunch ceremony atRoyal Sonseta Bostonin Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Saturday, March 21, as part of the NCAA Women’s Frozen Four weekend hosted by Boston University.The ten finalists include: senior defender Jaime Bourbonnais (Mississaugua, Ont./Cornell University),junior goaltender Lindsay Browning (Penfield, N.Y./Cornell University),sophomore forward Sarah Fillier (Georgetown, Ont./Princeton University),junior goaltender Aerin Frankel (New York, N.Y./Northeastern University),junior forward Elizabeth Giguere (Quebec City, Que./Clarkson University),juniorforwardEmma Maltais (Burlington, Ont./Ohio State University),sophomore forward Alina Mueller (Winterthur, Switzerland/Northeastern University),seniorforward Abby Roque (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich./University of Wisconsin),sophomoreforward Sophie Shirley (Saskatoon, Sask./University of Wisconsin)andjuniorforward Daryl Watts (Toronto, Ont./University of Wisconsin).For more information about the ten finalists, please click here.SELECTION PROCESS
The selection process commenced earlier this month when NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey coaches were asked to nominate players for the award. Players who were nominated by multiple coaches were then placed on an official ballot, which was sent back to the coaches to vote for the ten finalists. The independent accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, tabulated the ballots.The three finalists, including the recipient of the 2020 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, will be chosen by a 13-person selection committee made up of NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey coaches, representatives of print and broadcast media, an at-large member and representative of USA Hockey, the national governing body for the sport of ice hockey in the United States. The top-three finalists will be announced on Thursday, Feb. 27.Tickets to the 2020 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Ceremony and Brunch can be purchased at PattyKaz.com. Individual seats to the event are $65, while tables of 10 are available for $600. A select number of sponsorships and program advertisements are also available.Notes: Six schools are represented in the top 10 … Among the top 10 finalists are seven forwards, one defender and two goaltenders, including two seniors, five juniors, and three sophomores … the WCHA and ECAC each have four finalists, while the Hockey East Association boasts two finalists.————————————————————-ABOUT THE PATTY KAZMAIER MEMORIAL AWARD
An award of The USA Hockey Foundation, the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is annually presented to the top player in NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey. Selection criteria includes outstanding individual and team skills, sportsmanship, performance in the clutch, personal character, competitiveness and a love of hockey. Consideration is also given to academic achievement and civic involvement.ABOUT PATTY KAZMAIER
The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is named in honor of the late Patty Kazmaier, who was a four-year varsity letter-winner and All-Ivy League defenseman at Princeton University from 1981-86. An accomplished athlete who helped lead the Tigers to the Ivy League Championship in three consecutive seasons (1981-84), Patty Kazmaier-Sandt died Feb. 15, 1990, at the age of 28 following a long struggle with a rare blood disease.

3 Statesmen Garner NEHC Honors


Three members of the Hobart College hockey earned All-New England Hockey Conference honors as announced by the league office today. Junior defenseman Mike Faulkner was named to the all-conference second team and senior forwards Zach Sternbach and Lawson MacDougall garnered third team accolades.

The 2018 NEHC Co-Rookie of the Year, Faulkner receives all-conference praise for the second time. He earned a spot on the All-Rookie team in 2018. In 25 games this season, Faulkner has 20 points on a goal and 19 assists. He leads the team and is tied for sixth in the conference in assists. He is fourth in the NEHC in defenseman scoring, averaging 0.80 points per game. Faulkner recorded a season-high three points on three assists in Hobart’s 5-3 victory over Southern Maine on Feb. 7. He had a goal and an assist in Hobart’s come from behind victory over UMass Boston last Friday. Entering the NEHC tournament, Faulkner has points in five straight games.

In three seasons at Hobart, Faulkner has played in 75 games. He has eight goals and 43 assists for 51 points. Faulkner’s 19 assists and 20 points this season are a career-high.

Sternbach was named to the third team for the second straight year. A captain, he has played in all 25 games this season and is tied for second on the team with 20 points on 10 goals and 10 assists. Sternbach recorded a hat trick in Hobart’s 8-3 win over Castleton on Jan. 24. He also had a three-point game on a goal and two assists in a 9-0 win over Johnson & Wales on Nov. 8. The next day, Sternbach added a goal and an assist against Suffolk and was named the NEHC’s Co-Player of the Week. He is credited with two game-winning goals this season. Sternbach has tallied a point in five of Hobart’s last six games.

Sternbach has played in 111 career games, recording 83 points on 40 goals and 43 assists. He is third on Hobart’s all-time list in games played.

A captain, MacDougall earns conference praise for the first time. Through 25 games this season, he leads the team with 22 points on seven goals and 15 assists. MacDougall notched a career-high three assists in the Statesmen’s 8-3 win over Castleton on Nov. 16. In the regular season finale against Babson, MacDougall scored the game-winning goal and added an assist in the 4-1 win. The previous day, he scored a goal and added an assist in Hobart’s 5-3 victory over UMass Boston. MacDougall was also credited with the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Potsdam on Nov. 23.

MacDougall has played in 101 career games. He has 83 points on 27 goals and 56 assists.

The Statesmen (18-4-3) host Skidmore (11-10-4) in an NEHC quarterfinal game Saturday, Feb. 22. Faceoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Fans unable to make it to the game can follow all the action online with Live Stats and All-Access Video.

“Small Saves”


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

3 Valiants Earn UCHC Weekly Honors


ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Manhattanville junior defender Taylor Ham (Saugerties, N.Y./Millbrook School), freshman goalie Lena Flores (Chicago, Ill./Guerin College Prep) and freshman forward Hayden Taylor (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Detroit Country Day) each received weekly honors from the United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC), Tuesday, Feb. 18. Ham was named UCHC Women’s South Player of the Week, Flores was named Goalie of the Week and Taylor received UCHC Men’s Rookie of the Week.

Ham notched two goals in a 3-1 win over Neumann University, Saturday, Feb. 22. She also added two blocks on the defensive end in the win. This is the first weekly award of the season and career from the UCHC for Ham. As a freshman, she was named New England Women’s Hockey Alliance Co-Rookie of the Week.

Flores made her presence known in the Valiants’ 3-1 win over Neumann. She made 31 saves on 32 shots against the Knights. This is the fifth weekly award this season for Flores. She has won Rookie of the Week three times this season and this is her second consecutive Goalie of Week honor.

Entering the weekend with just one goal and two points in his first season as a collegian, Taylor notched three goals on three shots during the 1-1 week for the Valiants … he began with a pair of powerplay goals in the 8-1 win over King’s on Friday … then, in the tough 6-5 OT loss to #13 Wilkes on Saturday, Taylor scored a goal to tie it at 2-2 early in the second period. This is his first weekly honor from the UCHC

Ham, Flores and the rest of the Valiants return to the ice, Friday, Feb. 21, against UCHC opponent Lebanon Valley College. Puck drop is set for 7:00 P.M., at the Playland Ice Casino in Rye, N.Y.

Hayden and his teammates return to the ice for their final game of the season against Neumann University in Aston. Pa., Friday, Feb. 21. Puck drop is set for 7:00 P.M.

Friedman Tabbed Rookie of the Week


William Smith College first-year forward Izzy Friedman was named the United Collegiate Hockey Conference North Division’s Rookie of the Week following her efforts in William Smith’s upset victory over then No. 4 Elmira on Sunday.

A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Friedman recorded a pair of assists in the win. At the 1:42 mark of the first period, she set up junior Alison Weiss’ goal that tied the game 1-1. In the second period, she raced the length of the ice and fired a cross ice pass to junior Emily Martino to set up William Smith’s second goal of the day. It was Friedman’s first career multi-point game. Through 23 games this season, she has six points on a goal and five assists.

Thirty seconds into the overtime period, junior Julia Mings’ redirected a shot from fellow junior Jules Kennedy past Elizabeth Hanson to seal the upset bid. Senior Gina Scibetta added a goal and sophomore Amanda Aalto made 22 saves in just over 60 minutes of action in goal.

The Herons are 16-7-0 overall with a 12-2-0 mark in UCHC play and are riding a nine-game win streak into the final weekend of the regular season. It is the second longest win streak in program history. William Smith’s upset victory earned them a vote in the USCHO.com poll announced yesterday.

The Herons enter the weekend in a three-way tie atop the conference standings with fifth-ranked Elmira and Nazareth. If William Smith wins its final two games they will clinch at least a share of their first regular season title. The Herons host Utica and Nazareth at The Cooler this weekend, Feb. 22-23.

The Herons will take on the Pioneers, who locked up the No. 4 seed in the UCHC North Division, Saturday, Feb. 22, at 4 p.m. Utica is 9-13-1 overall with a 9-4-1 mark in conference play. William Smith defeated the Pioneers 1-0 back on Nov. 22 in Utica.

The next day, William Smith will take on the Golden Flyers at 4 p.m. Nazareth enters the weekend with a 17-3-3 overall record and a 11-1-2 mark in conference play and will be at Elmira on Saturday. The Golden Flyers edged William Smith 2-1 in Rochester on Nov. 23. If both William Smith and Nazareth win on Saturday, Sunday’s game could decide the regular season title and the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament.

Sunday’s game will be the final regular season home game for the three members of William Smith’s Class of 2020. Kate Klimaszewski, Morgan McMinn and Gina Scibetta have compiled a four-year record of 57-33-12 and will graduate as the winningest class in program history.

Phantoms Acquire WNY-Native Tom McCollum


Phantoms Acquire G Tom McCollum and F Lewis Zerter-Gossage

Both Players Assigned to Reading Royals

Lehigh Valley, Pa. – The Lehigh Valley Phantoms, proud AHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, have acquired goalie Tom McCollum and forward Lewis Zerter-Gossage from the Hartford Wolf Pack in exchange for future considerations.  Both players have been assigned to the Reading Royals of the ECHL.

McCollum, 30, has appeared in seven games for the Hartford Wolf Pack this season and has a 2-2-2 record with a 2.37 goals-against average and 0.906 save percentage. He has also split time with the Maine Mariners (11 games, 5-5-0) and the Florida Everblades (3 games, 3-0) in the ECHL.
A native of Amherst, New York, McCollum was drafted in the first round (#30) in the 2008 NHL Draft by the Detroit Red Wings. He has played three games for Detroit and made his NHL debut on March 30, 2011 against the St. Louis Blues and earned his first NHL victory on January 18, 2015 against the Buffalo Sabres. Overall, McCollum has played 322 AHL games for Grand Rapids, Charlotte, Stockton, Milwaukee and Hartford. He has a 149-119-25 record with a 2.71 GAA and 0.907 save percentage with 11 shutouts.
Zerter-Gossage, 24, is in his first professional season and has played in 25 games for the Wolf Pack this year, registering two goals and one assist for three points. He has also appeared in 13 games for the Maine Mariners, notching a goal and five assists for six points in the ECHL.
A native of Montreal, Quebec, Zerter-Gossage played four years at Harvard University, including a season with Phantoms forward Kyle Criscuolo in 2015-16. He helped Harvard capture the 2016-17 ECAC Championship in his sophomore season. He was signed to an AHL contract by the Wolf Pack on July 30, 2019.
And for the latest Phantoms news, visit www.phantomshockey.com or follow the team on Facebook (www.facebook.com/lehighvalleyphantoms), Twitter (@lvphantoms), Instagram (@lehighvalleyphantoms) and Snapchat (lvphantoms).
Established in 1996, the Phantoms spent their first 13 seasons at the Spectrum in Philadelphia before re-locating to Glens Falls, New York in 2009 where the team spent the next five seasons as the Adirondack Phantoms. A new era of Phantoms hockey began in the fall of 2014 when the Lehigh Valley Phantoms began play at the state-of-the-art PPL Center. Through 23 incredibly successful campaigns, the Phantoms have qualified for the Calder Cup Playoffs 12 times and have captured two Calder Cup Championships (1998, 2005), two Conference Championships (1998, 2005), two Regular Season Titles (1996-97, 1997-98) and five Division Championships (1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 2003-04, 2017-18).

Miracle On Ice-40th Anniversary Featuring Al Michaels and Mike Tirico Premieres Tonight At 11:30 p.m. ET On NBCSN

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“It’s the U.S. going up against Goliath.” – Michaels

 “If we ever talk about a ‘Hockey Day in America,’ there is one all-time ‘Hockey Day in America.’” – Tirico

“Almost like Bill Belichick in a way; he wanted to keep the press and outside world [away]…’it’s on to Romania.’” – Michaels on head coach Herb Brooks

STAMFORD, Conn. – The Miracle on Ice – 40th Anniversary, featuring Al Michaels, who called men’s hockey at the 1980 Winter Olympics, and Mike Tirico, will premiere tonight at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, following Wednesday Night Hockeycoverage of Rangers-Blackhawks.

Forty years to the month, this 30-minute special will feature Tirico’s wide-ranging conversation with Michaels about the U.S. Olympic men’s ice hockey team’s gold-medal run at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y., highlighted by the Americans’ improbable semifinal victory against the Soviet Union. Click here to watch a preview.

Below are some highlighted quotes:

Al Michaels: “The country needed a boost…something to get excited about, and of all crazy things, this was the thing.”    

Mike Tirico: “If we ever talk about a ‘Hockey Day in America,’ there is one all-time ‘Hockey Day in America.’”

Michaels on analyst Ken Dryden: “Ken Dryden was the perfect partner … Ken Dryden is a renaissance man.”

On head coach Herb Brooks: “Almost like Bill Belichick in a way; he wanted to keep the press and outside world over here and knew a lot more than the media knew…‘it’s on to Romania’…he turned out to be the perfect guy for this team.”

Michaels on the atmosphere surrounding the game: “There was a sense of anticipation, but there also might have been, I don’t want to say fear, but nervousness. It’s the U.S. going up against Goliath.” 

Michaels on comeback: “The U.S. trailed three times, they were outshot 39-16. How many games in the history of hockey, international, National Hockey League, bantam, peewee, does a team get outshot two-and-a-half to one, and come back three times? It doesn’t happen and it made it all the better.”

Michaels reflecting on his historic “Do you believe in miracles? Yes!” call: “I almost hear it now in the third person. I’m excited because I know it’s going to happen and I know its going to be said, but it’s like someone else is doing it and I’m just going to exult in what’s happening. I mean, this was such a great moment, I want to be a fan at that point.”  

Michaels on being associated with the iconic event: “It’s been a source of great joy … the story’s been passed down from fathers to sons and daughters. That is so great and it’s one of those rare events where you remember where you were. But if you think back, so many of the events where you remember where you were … are all terrible. This one – beautiful.”

Beauts Last Home Games This Weekend


By Janet Schultz, NYHOL

Your last chance to see the NWHL Buffalo Beauts will be this weekend at Northtowns Center in Amherst.

The #4 Beauts will take on #2 Minnesota Whitecaps at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22 and 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, as both teams make moves to secure their place in the NWHL playoffs.

Buffalo is coming off a 6-5 shoot-out Saturday victory over the Riveters, followed by a  loss to the Riveters last Sunday. The Beauts are 7-12-1OTL for 15 points while the Whitecaps are 9-9-3OTL for 28 points. Boston is sitting in first and the Riveters are in third.

Taylor Accursi is marking the league with 16 goals and 8 assists for 24 points; Marie-Jo Pelletier has 5 goals and 15 assists for 20 points and Iveta Klimasova has 3 goals and 15 assists for 18 points.

Mariah Fujimagari and Kelsey Neumann have been minding the nets for the Beauts. Fujimagari has played in 20 games with 3 wins/8 losses and Neumann with 17 games 3 wins/2 losses.

Locally you will want to see former Buffalo State College players Emma Ruggierio, Nikki Kirchberger and Erin Gehen. All three also played for the WNY Girls Varsity Ice Hockey League. Then there’s Ana Orzechowski from Tonawanda who played for RPI; Maddie Norton, University of Buffalo and the WNYGVIH League and Richelle Skarbowski who played for SUNY Cortland. For RIT fans, Kandice Sheriff is also a Beaut.

A look at Minnesota. 

Last time they met Buffalo the Whitecaps took home a 8-2 and 7-1 victory (January 11/12). They split at with Boston in their last games with a 3-4 win followed by a 4-2 loss.

The Whitecaps have three players in the League Leaders listings including Allie Thunstrom with the #4 position in points/27; #1 in goals/19; #1 in Shut-Out-Goals/3 and second in Game Winning Goals with 2.

Teammates Amanda Boulier is second with assists at 22 and Meghan Lorevee is second with short-handed goals at 2.

Former Buffalo Beaut Goalie Amanda Leville continues her winning ways at Minnesota as she is # 2 in the NWHL with save percentage at .932 and #2 with wins at 13 and sits at #3 with GAA at 2.13.

General admission is $15 per game. Free parking.

Williamsville Says Farewell to Seniors


By Janet Schultz, NYHOL

Congratulations to the Class of 2020 from the Williamsville Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Team. Recognized were Emily Belile, Jenna Cavalieri, Kelly Dormer, Stephanie Higgins, Samantha Ingham, Laura Kaplan, Lindsay Powers, Emma Roland, Erin Roland and Mia Wendell.

Belile will study Nursing at a college yet to be determined. Belile played in goal for Williamsville. She played 51 minutes this season with 15 saves in 20 attempts.

Cavalieri has been accepted at Mercyhurst University where she will play varsity field hockey and club ice hockey. Cavalieri, a forward, had 13 goals and 12 assists for 25 points this season for Williamsville.

Kelly Dormer, a forward, will attend Daemen College. Dormer played in 21 games, had 10 goals and 8 assists for 18 points.

Stephanie Higgins will attend Daemen College in the pre-med program. She was unable to play this season.

Forward Samantha Ingham will pursue a career as a physician’ assistant. Ingham played in 7 games and had an assist.

Defenseman Laura Kaplan played in 18 games, had a goal and 6 assists this season. She plans to have a career as a physician’s assistant.

Lindsay Powers will study Criminal Justice at SUNY Delhi. She played defense for Williamsville. In 19 games she had one goal.

Forward Emma Roland, Williamsville’s leading scorer with 45 points on 31 goals and 14 assists in 21 games, has been accepted to Rochester Institute of Technology. She will continue playing hockey while studying to be a physician’s assistant.

Erin Roland, sister to Emma and a defenseman, will study exercise science at Slippery Rock College, where she will play Varsity Field Hockey. Erin had 1 goal and 12 assists this season for 13 points.

Mia Wendell, a fan favorite this season in goal, will continue her hockey career at Yale University. Mia played in 19 games, actually had an assist while playing 707.10 minutes facing 309 shots and saving 293 for a .948 save percentage.

Emma was named to the WNYGVIHF All-Fed First Team; Wendell to Second Team and Cavalieri and Erin Roland to Third Team.

Williamsville took the Section VI Championship and made it to the finals against Clinton High School at the NYSPHSAA Girls Varsity High School Championship in Lake Placid.

Schneider Named SUNYAC Men’s Hockey Goalie of the Week


BROCKPORT, NY – Brockport’s Matt Schneider has been named the SUNYAC Men’s Ice Hockey Goalie of the Week, in a release by the conference office.

Schneider recorded a shutout as he led the Golden Eagles to a 2-0 win on the road at Buffalo State Saturday night, as Brockport clinched a spot in the upcoming SUNYAC Conference Tournament. Schneider made 22 saves and the senior tied the program-record for career wins as he picked up his 29th victory over the course of the last 4 seasons. He needs just one more win to earn sole possession of the record while becoming the first goalie in program-history to reach 30 career victories.

Brockport returns to the ice Tuesday night when they go on the road to face Cortland at 6 p.m. The Golden Eagles then return home for the regular season finale on Saturday as they host Geneseo at 7 p.m. The first round of the SUNYAC Tournament begins on Wednesday Feb. 26th. Sites and official seedings are still to be determined.

Saints Senior Hockey Women Go Out In Style With Win


A look back at last weekends contest which saw the Saints Celebrate Senior Day with 3-2 Win Over No. 10 Quinnipiac.

St. Lawrence University senior forward Kayla Vespa scored off assists from classmates Maggie McLaughlin and Kalie Grant at the 11:51 mark of the third period to lead the Saints’ women’s hockey team to a 3-2 come-from-behind win over 10th-ranked Quinnipiac in an ECAC Hockey contest at Appleton Arena on Saturday afternoon.

The trio, skating together on a forward line for the first time this season, were honored as three of eight members of the Saints’ Class of 2020 in senior day celebrations following the game.

“What a great day for our seniors,” said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells ’92. “Vespa getting the winner was so fitting for her and that line. We found a way to get back after the two quick ones Quinnipiac got on us. It is always fun to win on senior day and with this big group they can certainly leave Appleton with a good feeling. They won the first game in renovated Appleton with a senior scoring and their last with a senior scoring.”

With the win, St. Lawrence has clinched a spot in the ECAC Hockey playoffs. The Saints sit in eighth place in the conference standings, three points behind seventh-place Colgate and four behind Quinnipiac. Union is in ninth, five points back and out of playoff contention.

St. Lawrence had a 1-0 lead through two periods thanks to a shorthanded breakaway goal by Charlea Pedersen eight minutes into the second period. Pederson created a turnover in the neutral zone and beat Quinnipiac goaltender Abbie Ives five-hole for her second goal of the season.

The Bobcats, however, took the lead with two goals in an eight-second span eight minutes into the third period.

Taylor House beat St. Lawrence goaltender Lucy Morgan with a shot to the blocker side after picking up a loose puck in the Saints’ defensive zone to tie the game.

After Quinnipiac won the ensuing faceoff, Kenzie Prater flipped the puck into the Saints’ end from the red line and it took a funny bounce and skipped over Morgan’s shoulder and into the top right corner of the net to give the Bobcats a 2-1 lead.

The Saints, however, scored two goals of their own in the next 3:43 to take the lead for good.

Skylar Podvey fired a slap shot through a screen and past Ives to tie the score, with assists coming from Amanda Butterfield and Shailynn Snow, and Vespa scored the game-winner on a redirect in front after McLaughlin fired a centering pass from the left corner.

The Saints held a 24-20 edge in shots on goal. Ives made 21 saves for the Bobcats, while Morgan stopped 18 shots, including two huge stops on Taylor Girard, one on a breakaway with the Saints leading 1-0 in the second period, and another halfway through the third with the Saints trailing 2-1.

After the game, St. Lawrence seniors Jaimee Cooke, Jacquie Diffley, Grant, Vespa, Steph Keryluk, Dakota Golde, McLaughlin and Butterfield were joined on the ice by their families and honored for their accomplishments.

The Saints will close out the regular season with a road trip next weekend, facing Dartmouth on Friday and Harvard on Saturday.