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Spencerport Rangers Reach First Hockey Final

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By Warren Kozireski–

Spencerport received goals from seven different players and junior goaltender Rachel Brase made her return from a dislocated kneecap with 24 saves to lead the Rangers to a 7-3 victory over Canandaigua in the second Class B semi-final.

The Class B final is Monday at 6pm at RIT—the first hockey Section V final for the Rangers in program history. They also set a new school record with their 19th win of the season.

Sophomore forward Joey Cuzzopoli staked the Rangers to a 1-0 lead with a power play goal at 4:17 of the first as he swatted in the second rebound off his initial attempt.

After Canandaigua tied the game less than two minutes later, Spencerport responded on the next shift with defenseman Parker Scholand putting his wrist shot inside the right post after a pass from Luc Fedele. Freshman Ryan Plouffe made it 3-1 Rangers just 31 seconds later with a rebound goal.

The Braves closed to within 3-2, but again the Rangers answered at 15:08 of the first as Jason Uebelacker reached the 50-point mark on the season off a perfect tic-tac-toe passing play with Fedele and AJ Giannavola.

Spencerport made it 5-2 with the only goal of the second stanza—a power play marker by Giannavola after Fedele created an offensive zone turnover.

Junior Mark Neu scored short side at 1:20 of the third during a five-on-three power play to make it 6-2.

Canandaigua tacked on a goal midway through the final period before Fedele scored into an empty-net from his own end of the ice.

“It was a little nerve-wracking not having played for the team for months, but once you get into it, there’s not much you can worry about,” Brase said about her comeback.

Webster-Thomas Advances To 4th Straight Section V Final

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By Warren Kozireski–

Webster-Thomas exploded for five unanswered second period goals starting 47 seconds after Irondequoit pulled to within one goal of the lead on their way to a 10-2 romp in the first Class B semi-final played at RIT’s Gene Polisseni Center.

Sophomores Zack Wolfe and Cade Spencer each netted hat tricks for the Titans and Wolfe added four assists for a seven-point effort.

“Coaches helped rally the team…and my line started to click and so did all the other lines,” Spencer said. “I think all the boys were just ready to go and we were pumped up for this game.”

Wolfe teamed up with Cullen Hennessey on the first two Titans goals at 4:24 of the first period and 4:13 of the second respectively before the Eagles closed the gap with a power play marker.

Then the onslaught came as the Thomas netted five goals in a row over an eight minute period starting with Teagan Spang’s blast from the left point that had eyes at 7:30. Spencer then netted four in a row over the next 7:29 with Wolfe assisting on three of them. The last came after he blocked a shot and raced the length of the ice.

Irondequoit did scored a shorthanded goal late in the second, but the Titans found the net three more times in the third with Spang, defenseman Will Fisher and Wolfe completing his hat trick.

Thomas outshot the Eagles 49-15 in the contest and will play the winner of Spencerport-Canandaigua in the Class B championship game Monday at 6pm back at RIT.

Dina Allen Talks Officiating

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There’s a shortage in hockey! It’s not in the locker room, nor is it in management; but it’s both on and off the ice.  Everyone aspires to playing the game and after playing days are over many head to behind the bench or “upstairs.”

       There’s another avenue to staying in the game.

       Officiating!

       “There’s a shortage of on and off ice officials,” said Official Dina Allen. “I think its because of the many challenges of it including working it into an already full playing schedule and having to deal with coaches and parents acting inappropriately and berating officials.

       “All of us can foster and grow officiating by being patient and understanding of those willing to learn officiating and do the job.

       “It is a necessary part of the game,” continued Allen.

       A good time to begin the process is when you are young. The problem is that there isn’t time when you are playing to take the time to learn to officiate and then schedule in games to officiate.

       However, learning to officiate will also enhance a players game.

       Allen began her officiating career after college because it was a good time for her. She had played the game but with beginning her study in law knew she won’t have time to play. She also wanted to make a little extra money. Her husband was an official and so she began her journey into the world of officiating.

       “Had I started younger I would have benefitted from it as a player because I would have understood what the refs were seeing and how they interpret the game. That would have given me an advantage,” she said.

       Allen, a native of North Tonawanda, played local travel and for the Nichols High School team before heading off to play hockey at Princeton. She played on boys teams through tenth grade and then joined the Syracuse Stars and played senior AAA for the Oakville Ice. At Princeton she led the team in penalty minutes, so she knows a thing or two about hockey rules.

       “My first officiating job was a cross ice mite game as a linesman; it was fun,” she remembers.

       She officiated at the ECAC D1 level, took USA Hockey regional camps to get certified; took an elite camp for international certification and traveled the world. Then last year she officiated at the highest level at the 2018 Olympics for the women’s hockey competitions.

       “Start where you are comfortable, get experience and as you feel more comfortable move up to the levels that are more competitive,” Allen advises.

       “The Assigners work with you to find games that you are comfortable with,” she added.

       Allen adds that you learn how to manage people and situations. She has also learned about different life styles, cultures and has found camaraderie with the officials as they travel together, which has developed into lasting friendships.

       “The biggest take away for younger kids playing is that you learn the game from a completely different perspective,” she said. “It helps you as a player to better understand the game.”

       “I think it would be fun to see coaches go through the process and see what they would do from a refs perspective,” she said. “It would be a definite advantage because of the different perspective.”

       “It’s a thick rule book!”

       How do you start?

       Begin by going to the USA Hockey website (www.usahockey.com) click on Officials; then on Become Official and select Register Now. It will take you through the registration process.

       While the sessions for this Fall are already completed, check back at the site for upcoming dates.

       NYHOL will try and post the dates for each Section of NY as they become available.

The following story on Dina Allen ran in NYHOL after she was selected to work the 2012 IIHF Women’s Worlds in Vermont. In 2018 she worked the Olympics in China. It will give you some insight into refereeing.

Dina Allen is a full-time lawyer which mean she has to settle disputes on a regular basis. So what does she do in her spare time? Why, she serves as a referee for ice hockey, naturally.

       While local games are on her schedule regularly, Allen will be one of the referees at the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World’s in Burlington, Vermont in April.

       The North Tonawanda resident began her hockey career at age 4. She played on boy’s teams through tenth grade and then joined up with the Syracuse Stars. She played senior AAA hockey for the Oakville Ice of the NWHL, won a USA Hockey national championship with the 19U Syracuse Stars and was invited to the USA Junior National Camp in 2001, 2002 and 2003.  She has also played for Brampton and Mississaugua of the NWHL.

       The Princeton University graduate also played for her alma mater. She played in 123 games in her Princeton uniform, garnering 70 points. However, in her last three years at Princeton Allen was the leader in penalty minutes, logging 224 minutes in 92 games.

       So how do you become one of those referees that put you in the box so many times?

       “My husband referred in graduate school and got me interested,” explained Allen.

       “It was a way to make some extra money and stay in the game,” she continued. “I knew there weren’t many women officials but I thought I’d try it.”

       The process begins with registering with USA Hockey as an official and taking a class. There’s an open rulebook test at the end and from there you start working USA hockey games.

       “The opportunities grow from there,” she continued.

       “My first USA game was a Mite Cross Ice and I was the linesman,” she remembers. “It was fun.”

       Allen continues studying as she attends regional development camps in the summer.

       “USA Hockey works hard to develop their officials,” she said. “There are regional, national and elite camps. The Elite Camps get you certified to do international tournaments, such as the IIHF.

       “Once you have that you are on the list of officials to get assigned,” she continued.

       While you’re in the stands yelling at the officials, the fans aren’t the only ones watching the officials very closely.

       “There are supervisors at many of the games that watch us,” she said. “We don’t always know they’re there unless we recognize them. But at the national and international level, they are always there. In fact they meet with us to go over things before the games, questioning us on rules.”

       “The more experience you gain the better,” she advises anyone thinking about this as a career move.

       “You need to be flexible because you can be called for a game at any time and the development camps are in the summer.

       “Generally I know about a game a month in advance, but sometimes you get called the week before, especially during playoffs because no one knows who’s playing who when,” said Allen.

       “Working the international tournaments is a great way to meet people from all over the world,” she goes on. “My first international game was in Germany and I was the only American official.

       “I enjoy it because I get to learn about their life style, culture and there is a camaraderie among the officials when we are on the road.”

       “Refereeing is a fun challenge. You learn how to manage people and situations,” said Allen. “No one is ever happy about a penalty.”

       “There are a lot more rules than you know as a player.”

       “We need the number of referees to increase and we are trying to grow it. So if someone wants to stay in the game, but is unable to play, this may be the way.”

       What about the yelling from the stands and the bench?

       “My law career has helped me handle that,” she said smiling.

(Editor’s note: Dina has a husband and two children. Her husband is also a referee and played ice hockey in Lockport. He was recently inducted into the Howell Motors Hockey Hall of Fame located in the Cornerstone Arena in Lockport.

Potsdam’s Pfeiffer NEWHL Goalie of the Week

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PPOTSDAM, N.Y.-SUNY Potsdam women’s hockey player Alexa Pfeiffer (Sylvania, Ohio/Little Caesar’s) has been named the Northeast Women’s Hockey League’s Goalie of the Week.

With the Bears’ first ever home playoff game on the line, Pfeiffer made 34 saves to shut out Oswego State 1-0 on Saturday afternoon. The victory was the 20th of her career, tying the program’s NCAA era record set by Jen Conophy ’13 during the 2012-13 season. This year, the junior assistant captain has a 7-4-1 record with career-highs in goals-against-average (2.06) and save percentage (.934). In addition to her 20 wins over three seasons, Pfeiffer ranks second in Bears history in save percentage (.919) and G.A.A. (2.49) and fourth in saves (1,163).

Potsdam (9-13-3, 6-8-2 NEWHL) is the two seed in this Saturday’s NEWHL Semifinals and will host No. 3 SUNY Cortland (14-8-3, 5-8-3) at 5 p.m. Tickets for the contest are $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 5-12 and free for students attending NEWHL schools with school ID.

SUNYAC Hockey Players of the Week

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CORTLAND, N.Y. – State University of New York Athletic Confrence (SUNYAC) selects Plattsburgh sophomore Jimmy Poreda (Tonawanda, N.Y.) as Goaltender of the week, Plattsburgh senior Ryan Kuhn, (Wheatfield, N.Y.) as Player of the week, and Potsdam freshman Jack Bloem, (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) as its Rookie of the week.

Poreda backstopped the Cardinals to a pair of wins over the weekend and helped Plattsburgh State lock up the No. 3 seed in the SUNYAC Tournament. Across both games, he fashioned a .962 save percentage and a 1.04 goals-against average. He made 19 saves in a 5-1 win over SUNY Cortland on Friday before turning aside 32 shots in a 2-1 victory over rival No. 3/3 Oswego State on Saturday. For the season, he ranks among NCAA Division III leaders in save percentage (ninth, .936), shutouts (tied for 11th, 3) and goals-against average (13th, 1.86).

Kuhn registered two points on a goal and an assist in a 2-0-0 week for the Cardinals that helped Plattsburgh State secure the No. 3 seed in the SUNYAC Tournament. He posted an assist in a 5-1 win over SUNY Cortland on Friday before scoring the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory over rival No. 3/3 Oswego State on Saturday. For the season, Kuhn has 12 points on four goals and eight assists.

Jack Bloem had four goals in a 1-1 weekend for the Bears. On Friday, he scored once in a 3-2 loss to No. 3 Oswego. On Saturday he recorded his first career hat trick, including the game-winning goal, as Potsdam rallied to defeat Cortland 5-2.

Potsdam’s Bloem Named SUNYAC Rookie of the Week

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BPOTSDAM, N.Y.-SUNY Potsdam men’s hockey player Jack Bloem(Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Connecticut Rangers) has been named the State University of New York Athletic Conference’s Rookie of the Week.

Bloem had four goals in two games last weekend. He scored one against No. 3 Oswego State on Friday. On Saturday, he recorded his first career hat trick, including the game-winning goal, to help the Bears for a come-from-behind 5-2 victory in the season finale against Cortland. Bloem completed his freshman season ranked fourth on the team in scoring with nine goals and seven assists for 16 points.

Bloem’s father, Dieter, also played for the Bears from 1989-92. He scored 12 goals and assisted on 16 others for 28 points in 61 games.

Morrisville Women’s Hockey Honors Seniors

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The Mustangs recently honored five seniors: Kaitlyn Schlake (Nampa, Idaho), Maria deWilde (Caistorville, Ont.), Ciara Lark (Mildmay, Ont.), Kimberly Hughes (Lloydminster, Alta.), and Megan Kirk (Breezy Point, N.Y.). Each senior has been a member of the program since the inaugural year of the program.

Manhattanville’s Feaver Picks Up 2nd Straight MAC Weekly Award For Men’s Hockey

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FANNVILLE, PA. – Senior goalie Tyler Feaver (Whitby, Ont./Whitby Fury (OJHL)) earned his second straight Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Defensive Player of the Week honor Monday afternoon, February 18, following a seventh straight win for the Valiants last weekend heading to the postseason.

Amerks Weekly Report

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**This Week’s Storylines**

VIEW FROM ABOVE

The Amerks come into the week sitting atop the AHL’s North Division standings with a three-point lead on both the Syracuse Crunch and Utica Comets and seven ahead of the Toronto Marlies, all of whom joined Rochester in the postseason this past spring. The Crunch, however, have three games in hand of the Amerks while Rochester has two games in hand on Utica. The Amerks went 2-1-0-0 over this past weekend, suffering a 1-0 setback to the Crunch on Friday before posting back-to-back wins to salvage four out of a possible six points and reclaim the North Division lead. The Amerks have collected 21 out of a possible 30 points in their last 15 games, which included a season-long 10-game point streak. Rochester has also notched 29 points in its last 22 games dating back to a 4-0 shutout win in Cleveland on Dec. 26. Among all AHL teams, only the Charlotte Checkers (34) have more wins than the Amerks (31), who are second overall in the AHL standings with a .644 points percentage coming into the week.

OLOFSSON LEADING THE WAY

On the strength of his second four-point effort of the season on Friday, Feb. 8thVictor Olofsson leads the club with 43 points (19+24) in 49 games this season and is one of just two Rochester skaters to surpass the 40-point mark. A year after pacing the SHL with 27 goals, Olofsson has been averaging nearly a point-per-game, leading the team with 24 assists while sharing the team lead in goals (19). Olofsson, who earned CCM/AHL Player of the Month honors for October, is also tied for third in the AHL in game-winning goals (6) and 16th in power-play assists (13) while ranking 19th among the league’s top point-getters.

TAYLOR JOINS ELITE COMPANY

Rochester picked up its 30th win of the season by virtue of a 3-2 shootout victory over the Syracuse Crunch on Saturday, reaching the 30-win mark for the second straight season under head coach Chris Taylor. Taylor becomes the first Amerks head coach to lead his team to 30 or more wins in each of his first two seasons behind the bench since Hall of Famer Randy Cunneyworth, the all-time winningest coach in franchise history.

RECORD BELONGS TO REDMOND

Veteran defenseman Zach Redmond broke the 46-year-old single-season franchise record for most goals by a defenseman back on Jan. 23, scoring his team-leading 19th goal of the season in a 7-5 win over the Binghamton Devils at The Blue Cross Arena. The 30-year-old blueliner surpassed Amerks Hall of Famer Rick Pagnutti,who set the original mark with 18 goals during the 1972-73 campaign. He’ll also become the first defenseman in the 63-year history of the franchise to reach the 20-goal mark on his next goal. Redmond also remains on pace to tie the AHL record of 30, set by John Stanley during the 1990-00 with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

RACE TO 20

After failing to produce a 20-goal scorer last season for just the second time in franchise history, the Amerks have five different players on pace to reach the mark in 2018-19. Olofsson needs one more goal to eclipse the mark for the second straight season while Redmond will continue his record-setting season by becoming the first defenseman in team history to score 20 or more goals. C.J. Smith, currently on recall with the Buffalo Sabres, established a new career-high with his 18th of the season prior to earning his second call-up to the big club earlier this month while Wayne Simpsonand Danny O’Regan each have 17 coming into the week. The last time Rochester had five different 20-goal scorers in the same season was during the 2000-01 campaign, which also included current Amerks head coach Chris Taylor. Prior to this season, the Amerks have had at least one player in 60 of the previous 62 years since the team’s inception in 1956 to score 20 or more goals, a streak that was sparked by Bronco Horvath’s team-leading 37 tallies during Rochester’ inaugural 1956-57 season. The 2014-15 and 2017-18 campaigns remain the only two seasons in the 63-year history of the franchise that failed to produce a 20-goal scorer.

RED-HOT REDS

Despite missing the last 10 games due to injury, Redmond has scored a team and career-high 19 goals through 41 games, including nine on the power-play, good enough for 10th in the league in that category. Redmond, who had an AHL-best nine-game point streak to end the month of October, enters the week second among all AHL defenseman with 39 points, while his eight game-winning goals are tops in the AHL. His 19 goals and 138 shots are also the most by an AHL blueliner this season.  

A WEDGE-WALL BETWEEN THE PIPES

Rochester goaltender Scott Wedgewood (18-9-2), whoearned his 10th win in the last 13 games, established a new career-high with his 18th overall win on Sunday afternoon as he stopped 27 of 28 shots he faced. In four of his last five starts during the month of February, the sixth-year netminder, who won a season-long five straight to close out the month of October, has stopped 108 of 112 shots he faced and allowed one goal. Over that span, he’s posted a 2-2-1 record with a 1.58 goals-against average and a .945 save percentage to help the Amerks remain in first place in the AHL’s North Division. He comes into the week tied for third among all AHL goaltenders in shutouts (3) while his career-high 18 wins are tied for fifth.

ROAD WARRIORS

At 15-6-3-1 (34 points), Rochester has the third-best road record in the AHL and have the third-most regulation wins away from home with 15. The Amerks remain one of just two teams in AHL this season with only six regulation losses on the road having collected at least one point in 19 of their 25 contests away from The Blue Cross Arena. Coming into this week, the Amerks have won nine of their last 15 road contests dating back to their 4-3 win at Syracuse on Dec. 8 while also outscoring the opposition 46-39 over that span.

FAMILIAR FACES

The Amerks continue a busy stretch of four games over the next six days on Wednesday when the Cleveland Monsters make their second trip of the season to The Blue Cross Arena. More importantly, Wednesday’s matchup will be the sixth of 11 straight Divisional games for the Amerks, who will travel to Utica twice before the end of the month with a home contest with the Belleville Senators in-between.

SLAYING THE MONSTERS

With a 4-1-0-0 mark through the first five games of the eight-game season-series against the Cleveland Monsters this season, the Amerks show an impressive 24-6-2-3 record in their last 35 games against the Monsters since the start of the 2011-12 season. In the last five years, Rochester also holds a 10-2-1-0 record.

Predators Sign Sanborn, NY Native Thomas McCollum

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Goaltender is Veteran of 307 AHL Games, Including 26 with Milwaukee
Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn. (February 19, 2019) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Tuesday that the club has signed goaltender Thomas McCollum to a one-year contract for the remainder of the 2018-19 season worth $650,000 at the NHL level and $100,000 at the AHL level.

McCollum, 29 (12/7/89), has appeared in 26 games for Milwaukee this season – his first with the club – going 9-8-7 with a 2.77 goals-against average and two shutouts. A veteran of 10 AHL campaigns, he has spent time with Milwaukee, Grand Rapids, Charlotte and Stockton, posting a 144-115-20 record in 307 contests, including two 20-win campaigns. McCollum has featured in 31 career AHL postseason games and won the 2013 Calder Cup as a member of the Grand Rapids Griffins. The 6-foot-3 goaltender made his NHL debut with the Detroit Red Wings on March 30, 2011 and has appeared in three NHL contests, stopping 29 of 33 shots.

Originally drafted in the first round (30th overall) by the Red Wings in the 2008 NHL Draft, McCollum spent three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League before turning pro, suiting up for Guelph and Brampton from 2006-09. The Amherst, N.Y., native also competed for the U.S. at the 2009 World Junior Championship, appearing in five games, and the 2007 World Under-18 Championship, where he earned a silver medal.

Western NY Women’s Collegiate January Recap

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By Janet Schultz

Emma Ruggiero (Janet Schultz Photo)

Buffalo State College

In the regular season finale Buffalo State took Potsdam 3-2. With two points Emma Ruggiero finished her Buffalo State career tied for 10th in school history with 52 points. Buffalo State closes the season 7-16-2 overall and 4-11-1 in the conference.

Bri Gawronski (Janet Schultz Photo)

Buffalo State’s Bri Gawronski (Dunkirk, NY/Mt. Mercy/Monsignor Martin Girls Varsity) has been selected the Northeast Women’s Hockey League (NEWHL) Goalie of the Week February 5 after her strong weekend of play at Oswego. The sophomore individualized studies major backstopped the Bengals to a split against the Lakers this past weekend, making 88 saves in the two games while posting a .978 save percentage and a 1.01 goals against mark. She made 43 stops in a 3-1 win on Friday and turned aside 45 of 46 shots she faced in a 2-0 loss on Saturday that included an empty-net goal.

RIT

A new experience has arrived for fans during men’s and women’s hockey games at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Fans can now go behind the scenes at the Gene Polisseni Center through a virtual reality experience that allows them to get up close and personal with the players. The experience uses Oculus headsets to show two videos. One is a student-built, 3D environment where fans walk into the Arena and onto the ice. The second is a 360-degree video that brings fans behind the scenes with the players. Fans listen to a speech by the coach, hang out in the locker room with players, and can feel the thrill of walking onto the ice in front of thousands of fans.  “We wanted a way to connect RIT hockey fans with the player and build that relationship,” said Director of Strategic Marketing for RIT Student Auxiliary Services, Denishea Ortiz. “This is a perfect opportunity to combine RIT’s values of innovation and collaboration while enhancing the game-night experience for our fans.” Professional and college sports team are rapidly adapting virtual reality technology for both the fan experience and as a training tool for players. In 2017, RIT’s MAGIC Center teamed up with the Buffalo Bills to develop a virtual reality program that would give fans a unique look at New Era Field. RIT Arenas Virtual Reality is the only collegiate fan experience of its kind in western New York. The virtual reality experience is free to game ticket holders. Tickets for RIT Hockey games range from $5 to $15 for general admission and can be purchased at RITtickets.com, at the Gene Polisseni Center Box Office, or by calling 585-475-4121.

Terra Lanteigne (Janet Schultz Photo)

Junior goaltender Terra Lanteigne (Hatchet Lake, Nova Scotia/Charles P. Allen) of the RIT women’s hockey team was named the College Hockey America Goaltender of the Week on Monday, for the week ending Feb. 17, 2019. It is Lanteigne’s seventh weekly honor of the 2018-19 season and ninth overall of her collegiate career. Lanteigne was brilliant in a pair of games over the weekend, leading RIT to three key points against Syracuse. Overall, Lanteigne allowed just one goal, stopping 83 shots in 125 minutes of play. On Friday, she stopped all 40 shots in a 1-0 win over the Orange for her third shutout of the season. Saturday, Lanteigne made 43 saves on 44 shots in a 1-1 tie.

Lanteigne is now second nationally with 1,001 saves, third with a .943 save percentage and has a 2.05 goals against average. She is 11-14-4 on the season. Lanteigne now has 2,218 saves, 75 shy of the all-time program record, held by Ali Binnington, who played at RIT from 2011-15. Senior forward Kathryn Kennedy (Hamilton, Ontario/) of the RIT women’s hockey team was named the College Hockey America Player of the Week on Tuesday, for the week ending Jan. 21, 2019. It is Kennedy’s first weekly honor of her collegiate career. Kennedy recorded her second straight multiple-point effort with a goal and an assist in RIT’s 4-2 win over Mercyhurst. Kennedy recorded her second straight multiple-point effort with a goal and an assist in RIT’s 4-2 win over Mercyhurst.

Nazareth

 Nikolle Van Stralen scored a short-handed goal with 5:18 left in the third period to lift the Nazareth College women’s hockey team to a 3-1 victory over William Smith in the regular season finale at the Cooler. The win secured second place in the final United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) standings for the Golden Flyers and the team will have a bye in the first round of the UCHC playoffs. Nazareth is 19-4-2 overall, 13-4-1 UCHC.

Freshman Adrianna Brehm earned three wins last week to improve her record to 14-2-1 and has been recognized for the second time this season as the United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) Goaltender of the Week for February 6.

University of Buffalo (ACHA)

The University of Buffalo heads to playoffs with Maddy Norton on the UB scoring leader board with 45 goals and 13 assists this season. She is followed by Frangelica Bautz with 10 goals/23 assists and Mamie Talty with 7 goals and 18 assists.

Minding the UB net is Finley Vanhouten with an 11-0-1 record in 13 games and Makenna Walp with a 4-1-0 record in five games played.

UB is 15-1-1.

Maddy Norton (Janet Schultz Photo)

Northern NY Women’s College January Recap

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By Janet Schultz

Kolb in Action at Potsdam (Chris Lenney Photo/Potsdam)

Potsdam

(We thank Potsdam for these weekly updates)

Recap Feb 11-17

Oswego State scored three second period goals to defeat the women’s hockey team 4-1 on Friday night. Senior captain Rylie Murray (Berkley, Mich./Honeybaked) scored for the Bears and sophomore goaltender Samantha White (Oceanside, Calif./Anaheim Lady Ducks) made 21 stops. With the Lakers up 3-0, the third period was more evenly played, with the defenses and goalies controlling the play. With nearly four minutes left, the Bears went on their third man advantage of the contest. At 16:28, Murray scored on a blast from the point that sailed over the head of Lakers goalie Rachael Farmer. Junior defenseman Delphine Léonard(Anjou, Quebec/Dawson College Prep) assisted on the goal. With 1:36 left, Potsdam called timeout and pulled White for an extra attacker. However, Oswego sealed the win with an empty-net goal from Leah Czerwinski 18 seconds later.

With the first home playoff game in program history on the line, Bears junior assistant captain Alexa Pfeiffer(Sylvania, Ohio/Little Caesar’s) came through with a 34-save shut out in the women’s hockey team’s 1-0 victory over Oswego State on Saturday. Junior defenseman Léonard scored the game-winner at 6:38 of the third period on the power play. The win was the 20th of Pfeiffer’s career, tying her with Jen Conophy ’13 for the program record. Oswego went on the power play again less than three minutes into the third, but continued to struggle. At 6:07, the Lakers were whistled for cross checking and Potsdam earned its sixth man advantage of the day. Oswego won the ensuing faceoff, but sophomore forward Natalie Wasielewski(Carnegie, Pa./Pittsburgh Penguins Elite) dug the puck out of the corner and sent it to Murray at the right point. Murray then fed Léonard at the left point and she ripped a high shot over Farmer for a 1-0 lead. The Lakers and Bears traded abbreviated power plays with time winding down, but again with no luck. With 1:21 left, Potsdam was called for a final penalty. The Lakers called timeout and pulled Farmer for an extra attacker. With seconds left, Pfeiffer stonewalled Oswego junior forward Eryn Stewart (Stonewall, Manitoba/Central Plains Midget Capitals) point blank to slam the door. Pfeiffer is now 4-1 in her career against the Lakers. Oswego was 0-for-7 on the power play and Potsdam finished 1-for-7. The victory gives the Bears the two seed in the next weekend’s NEWHL Semifinals, where they’ll host three seed SUNY Cortland. Potsdam is 2-1-1 in three meetings with the Red Dragons this season. Game time is TBA. Prior to the contest, seniors Murray and assistant captain Tatum Walber (Orchard Park, N.Y./Buffalo Regals) were honored for their careers on Senior Day.



After playing its third game in the third location in three days, the women’s hockey team bowed 3-2 at Buffalo State in its regular season finale. Junior forward Miranda Kolb (Watertown, N.Y./SUNY Cortland) scored twice for the Bears and junior goalie Kayla McCabe (Watertown, N.Y./Syracuse Nationals) made 32 saves. The Bengals led 3-1 after 40 minutes. Potsdam was unable to capitalize on a five-minute power play to open the third and after the Bears killed off the Bengals’ fifth man advantage, they closed to within one. Freshman forward Stephanie Dunlap (Bath, Mich./Meijer U19 AAA) set up Kolb’s second marker at 16:55. Sophomore Alexis Clark (Niagara Falls, N.Y./Buffalo Bisons) picked up the second assist. Kromer was called for hooking at the same time and the Bears went on their fourth and final man advantage. With 1:48 on the clock, head coach Jay Green called timeout and pulled McCabe for an extra attacker. The Bears had two chances in the final minute, but Bengals goalie Bri Gawronski handled each to hold on to the win.

Recap January 28-Feb 3

The women’s hockey team scored four unanswered goals to defeat SUNY Cortland 4-1 on Friday night. Senior defenseman Rylie Murray (Berkley, Mich./Honeybaked) and junior forward Lucy Condon (Waterloo, Ontario/Waterloo Ravens) each had a goal and an assist. The beginning of the final period was evenly played between both teams. Midway through the third, Murray put the Bears up 3-1 after redirecting a shot by junior defenseman Shelbi Thacker (Chesterfield, Mich./Honeybaked) from the right point. Junior forward Miranda Kolb (Watertown, N.Y./SUNY Cortland) was the other skater to assist Murray’s goal. A couple minutes later, Thacker got the puck outside of her defensive zone for senior Tatum Walber (Orchard Park, N.Y./Buffalo Regals) as she passed it to sophomore forward Alexis Clark (Niagara Falls, N.Y./Buffalo Bisons) who increased the lead off a shot inside the right circle. Cortland outshot Potsdam 5-2 for the remainder of the game, but not a single shot hit the back of the net and the Bears won, 4-1. Thacker and Walber each finished with two assists to end the night. Junior Alexa Pfeiffer (Sylvania, Ohio/Little Caesar’s) ended with 33 saves. The women fell 1-0 at SUNY Cortland on Saturday afternoon. Bears sophomore goaltender Samantha White (Oceanside, Calif./Anaheim Lady Ducks) finished with 34 saves. The Red Dragons finally broke the stalemate at 1:40 of the second period as Emily King netted an even-strength marker. Potsdam had two more man advantages in the second, but still couldn’t solve Cortland goalie Chelsea Allain, who made 13 saves. White stopped 14 shots in the middle stanza.

January 21-27

Sophomore goaltender Samantha White (Oceanside, N.Y./Anaheim Lady Ducks) picked up her third career shutout as the women’s hockey team defeated SUNY Canton 3-0 on Tuesday night. Junior forward Miranda Kolb (Watertown, N.Y./SUNY Cortland), sophomore forward Natalie Wasielewski (Carnegie, Pa./Pittsburgh Penguins Elite) and sophomore defenseman Keira Thacker (Oakville, Ontario/Hamilton Hawks) each scored for the Bears. At 12:06, a Kangaroo was whistled for tripping and Potsdam took advantage. Junior defenseman Delphine Léonard (Anjou, Quebec/Dawson College Prep) kept the puck in the zone at the left point and fed it to senior forward Tatum Walber (Orchard Park, N.Y./Buffalo Regals). Walber put the puck into the slot and Kolb scored as she fell. Just 31 seconds later, Wasielewski knocked home a loose puck at the left side of the net to make it 2-0. Sophomore forward Allie Banas (Buffalo, N.Y./Buffalo Bisons) and junior forward Lucy Condon (Waterloo, Ontario/Waterloo Ravens) each assisted on the goal. Potsdam added to its lead with an even-strength marker at 7:03. Thacker scored her first collegiate goal from the right point after a pass from freshman forward Stephanie Dunlap (Bath, Mich./Meijer U19 AAA) deflected to her. White stopped all 17 shots she faced and Canton junior goalie Brooke Susac (Bowmanville, Ontario/Clarington Flames) finished with 20 saves. Potsdam was 1-for-4 on the power play and the Kangaroos were 0-for-4.

January 14-20

Sophomore forward Natalie Wasielewski (Carnegie, Pa./Pittsburgh Penguins Elite) scored twice as the women’s hockey team defeated Buffalo State 3-1 on the road. Sophomore Alex Clark (Niagara Falls, N.Y./Buffalo Bisons) also scored for the Bears and junior assistant captain Alexa Pfeiffer (Sylvania, Ohio/Little Caesar’s) made 30 saves to pick up her 18th career win. It was all Bears in the second period as they fired 18 times on Buffalo State goalie Bri Gawronski and only allowed four shots on Pfeiffer. Wasielewski gave Potsdam the lead back at 6:44 with an assist from junior forward Lucy Condon (Waterloo, Ontario/Waterloo Ravens). Almost 10 minutes later Clark made it 3-1 at 16:12 with assists from freshman forward Stephanie Dunlap (Bath, Mich./Meijer U19 AAA) and sophomore defenseman Emily Burke (San Jose, Calif./San Jose Jr. Sharks). The score was unchanged at the second intermission. The Bengals picked up the pressure in the third period. They created several chances on two power plays, but couldn’t solve Pfeiffer. Buffalo State pulled Gawronski with 38 seconds left, but got no closer. Gawronski finished with 27 stops. Potsdam was 1-for-1 on the power play and the Bengals were 0-for-3.

Plattsburgh

Kaitlin Drew-Mead (Plattsburgh Photo)

The Plattsburgh State women’s ice hockey team retained its No. 2 ranking in the D3hockey.com Women’s Top-10 Poll and its No. 3 ranking in the USCHO.com Division III Women’s Top-10 Poll. The Cardinals received 137 points and four first-place votes in the D3hockey.com poll and 126 points and four first-place votes in the USCHO.com poll.

The Cardinals wrapped up a perfect Northeast Women’s Hockey League (NEWHL) season and extended their winning streak to 11 games, sweeping Buffalo State. They defeated the Bengals, 5-1, on Feb. 15 before completing the sweep with a 7-1 victory the following day.
 

Plattsburgh’s women’s hockey players earned several honors during January.

First Kassi Abbott was named NEWHL Goalie of the Week for the sixth time this season and the fifth consecutive week on January 6. This was Abbott’s 10 career NEWHL Goalie of the Week honor.

Sophomore Forward Annie Katonka was named NEWHL Player of the Week for January 13 after posting six goals, including four on the powerplay in a 2-1-0 week. She also took D3hockey.com National Team of the Week honors.

For the same period Moe Tsukimoto was named NEWHL Rookie of the Week. This was her second Rookie of the Week honor. She tallied four points on three goals and one assist and fashioned a +3 rating in the 2-1-0 week for the Cardinals.

On January 11 Taylor Whitney was selected as NEWHL Rookie of the Week for tallying four points in a sweep of Cortland. She had her first collegiate hat trick in an 11-1 victory.

In February honors went to Hannah Kiraly who was named to the D3hockey.com National Team of the Week, her sixth career honor and first this season.

Sophomore forward Kaitlin Drew-Mead (Niagara Falls, N.Y./Buffalo Bisons/Monsignor Martin Girls Varsity) of the Plattsburgh State women’s ice hockey team has been named the Northeast Women’s Hockey League (NEWHL) Player of the Week for the period ending Feb. 3, 2019, as announced Tuesday by the conference office. This marks Drew-Mead’s first-ever NEWHL Player of the Week honor. Drew-Mead scored a natural hat trick in the first period to lead the Cardinals to a 5-3 victory over Amherst College on Saturday afternoon at the Ronald B. Stafford Ice Arena. It marked the first hat trick of her career. Drew-Mead tallied her first goal at 4:47 of the opening period before scoring again 15 seconds later. She punctuated the natural hat trick with 17:26 elapsed in the first, taking a shot that deflected off the goalie’s glove and into the back of the net.

She was also named to the D3hockey.com National Team of the Week. For the season, Drew-Mead has accrued 15 points on nine goals and six assists.

Clarkson

With two games remaining in the regular season, Clarkson owns a 15-5 conference record, three points behind-league leader Princeton and one point back of second-place Cornell. Ranked fourth in the nation, Clarkson owns a 24-7-1 overall record and will host Princeton and Quinnipiac in their last games of the regular season.

Honors went to Clarkson athletes with Kassidy Sauve being named as ECAC Goaltender of the Month for December. She also received Goaltender of the Week honors February 4.

Loren Gabel was named WHCA Division I Player of the Month for January after registering 17 points in January. She took home the ECAC Player of the Week honors January 28. She had a four-point night and her 100th career goal in a 4-2 victory over Harvard.

St. Lawrence

Justine Reyes became the 29th member of the Paul Flanagan ’80 Century Club after scoring her 100th career point in her 131st career game with an assist on the Saints first goal of a 3-2 loss to Rensselaer.

Senior Goaltender Grace Harrison was named ECAC Goaltender of the Month for December after leading the nation in GAA (0.76) and save percentage (.970) in four starts, going 3-0-1 with a 29 save shutout in a scoreless tie with Harvard. She is now tied for second on the Saint’s all-time shutout list with 16.

Canton

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Noelle Niemiec (Mckenzie Mattison Photo/Canton)

After a huge weekend senior Noelle Niemiec (Staten Island/New Jersey Rockets) has been named the Colonial Hockey Conference (CHC) Co-Player of the Week. Niemiec had a monster weekend posting six points on three goals and three assists to lead the Roos to an unbeaten weekend. She totaled a goal and two assists in Friday’s 4-1 win v. Becker. She had an even bigger performance in Saturday’s 3-3 tie scoring twice and assisting the team’s other goal. Niemiec’s third goal of the weekend tied the game with just 26 seconds remaining in regulation. The senior wraps up the regular season leading the team with 15 points and nine assists.
 

Weekly Recap February 18

Noelle Niemiec had a standout weekend posting three goals and three assists as the Roos went unbeaten with a 4-1 victory and 3-3 OT tie v. Becker on Friday and Saturday. Niemiec tallied a goal and two assists and Jessica Pele had three assists in Friday’s victory. Niemiec posted two goals and an assist and Ashley Gillies recorded a goal and assist in Saturday’s tie. Brooke Susac combined for 37 saves on the weekend. The Roos have earned the four seed in the Colonial Hockey Conference playoffs and will host the University of New England February 23.

Weekly Recap February 11

The Roos dropped a pair of conference contests at Endicott; 5-1 and 3-0. Jessica Pele scored the lone goal on the weekend, her sixth of the season.

Weekly Recap February 4

Kelly Leathem scored her third goal of the season to lead the Roos to a 1-1 overtime tie at Morrisville State (12-6-2) on Saturday. Whitney Bernier scored her second goal of the season in Friday’s 2-1 loss. Noelle Niemiec assisted both goals on the weekend, while Brooke Susac stopped 50 of the 53 shots she faced on the weekend.

            Junior Brooke Susac was named CHA Goaltender of the Wek after a pair of strong road performances. She made 50 saves on 53 shots as they went 0-1-1 at Morrisville.

Weekly Recap for January 28:

The women’s hockey team earned a crucial weekend sweep by scores of 2-1 and 4-2 at the University of New England, a team previously atop the Colonial Hockey Conference standings. Ashley Gillies scored and Jessica Pele netted the game-winner with 5:03 remaining in Friday’s win. Brittany MinerSarah Kosnaskie, Gillies and Breanna Bedborough all scored in the victory. Brooke Susac combined to make 39 saves on 42 shots on the weekend. The Roos dropped their only other game of the week, 3-0, at SUNY Potsdam.

Ashley Gillies was named CHA Player of the Week and to the D3hockey.com National Team for January 28. She had three points on two goals and an assist as the Roos picked up a sweep of the University of New England. She scored the game winner in the 4-2 win and netted the first goal in the 2-1 victory.

Eastern NY Women’s College Recap/January

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By Janet Schultz

Ellis Smith Action (Michael McLaughlin/Manhattanville Photo)


Manhattanville

In her 92nd career game, senior defender Ellis Smith (Buffalo, N.Y./Nichols School/ Niagara Junior Purple Eagles (WNYAHL))scored her first collegiate goal for the Manhattanville College women’s hockey team Saturday, Feb. 16, the only goal of the day in a 1-0 win over the Chatham University Cougars in Manhattanville’s 2018-19 regular season finale.

For the third time Nicole Mensi (Mamoroneck/Northwood School) was named Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Player of the Week for January 7. She started with two shots in a 1-1 tie with Endicott College at the WSYB/Catamount Radio Invitational on January 5. In the second round she scored both goals for Manhattanville in a 2-1 victory over Castleton and was named to the All-Tournament Team.

On January 14 Senior Goalie Roe Pijaca took the Defensive Player of the Week honors for four solid performances in UCHC play. She had a 1.55 gaa and a .0951 save percentage in games against Utica and Elmira.

Sophomore forward Tianna Lopes (West Vancouver, British Columbia/Pacific Steelers (JWHL)) of the Manhattanville College women’s ice hockey team picked up three weekly honors for the Valiants for her play last week. She was first selected as the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Offensive Player of the Week, the conference announced today, Monday, Jan. 21. Then, Tuesday, Jan. 22, the United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) named her the Player of the Week. Most recently, Lopes was selected to the D3Hockey.com National Team of the Week Thursday, Jan. 23. The Valiant winger helped lead her squad to a 5-2 win over Trinity College this past Tuesday, Jan. 15, with a pair of special teams goals — one on the powerplay and one shorthanded. Lopes and the Valiants then played to a series split with UCHC rival William Smith College over the weekend. She notched an assist during the 4-2 win over the Herons Saturday, Jan. 19, and then assisted on all three Manhattanville goals in a tough 6-3 loss Sunday afternoon, Jan. 20. This is Lopes’ first-career weekly honor from either D3Hockey.com, the UCHC or MAC.

In February Ali Howard (Rye/Rye) and Tianna Lopes (British Columbia) took MAC honors after Lopes netted her first career hat trick and Howard assisted on each of Lopes’ three goals and blocked four shots. Lopes took Offensive Player of the Week and Howard, Defensive Player of the Week.

Union College

Union (4-26-2 overall) closes out their regular season February 22/23 against Colgate and Cornell. Senior Day will be Feb. 23.

RPI

Blake Orosz (RPI Photo)

Senior captain Lovisa Selander made 57 saves to lead the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) women’s hockey team to a 2-1 victory over fifth-ranked Princeton University at Hobey Baker Rink. With the win, the Engineers clinch berth in the ECAC Hockey Tournament, improving to 13-14-5 overall (10-9-1 ECAC Hockey). The loss sends the Tigers to an 18-4-5 mark (15-2-3 ECAC Hockey).

Selander   broke the women’s hockey NCAA Division I record for career saves with her 11th first period stop against Harvard University. A senior captain from Sollentuna, Sweden, she finished the day with 54 and now has 3,853 for her collegiate career. Through 26 games this season, Selander is 10-12-5 with a 2.03 goals against average and a .944 save percentage. Playing 1592:44 minutes, she has made 918 total saves with three shutouts.

ECAC Hockey has announced its weekly (Jan 21) award winners from women’s hockey and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) student-athlete Blake Orosz has been named Player of the Week after leading the Engineers to a victory over area-rival Union College. A junior forward from Chase Mills, N.Y., Orosz recorded four points, including her first career hat trick in RPI’s 4-1 win over the Dutchwomen. She led the team with a +4 rating and eight shots, scoring one goal in each period, including the eventual game-winner – 5:05 into the second. She finished off the game by providing the primary assist on the team’s fourth goal. The multi-point game was her fifth of the year and she now has six points (4 goals, 2 assists) over the last two contests. Orosz has played in all 23 games for the Engineers and leads the team in a number of offensive categories, including goals (10), points (19), power play goals (2), game-winning goals (4) and plus/minus (+9). She is second in shots (72) and third in assists (9). Through 11 ECAC Hockey contests, the former Nepean Wildcats standout has seven goals and five assists for 12 points, with a +6 rating.  Through 89 career games at RPI, Orosz has 19 goals and 20 assists for 39 points. She collected seven goals and five assists as a sophomore and two goals and six assists in her rookie campaign.

January College Report/Central NY

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By Janet Schultz

Grace Schnorr (Cortland Photo)

Cortland

Sophomore Grace Schnorr (Camillus/Little Caesars) scored early in the first period to set a Cortland single-season goal record and added two assists as the Cortland women’s ice hockey team wrapped up its regular season with a 5-0 victory versus Lebanon. The Red Dragons improved to 14-8-3 and finished their non-conference schedule with a 9-0 record. They now head to the NEWHL semi-finals.

Schnorr was selected as the Northeast Women’s Hockey League (NEWHL) Rookie of the Week for the week ending Jan. 6. It is her second this season – she was also honored in early December. Schnorr scored two key goals in Cortland’s come-from-behind 3-2 overtime win at William .  The Red Dragons trailed 2-0 after two periods before Schnorr found the net 30 seconds into the third period and again with 6:46 left in regulation to tie the game. Schnorr leads Cortland this season with seven goals in 12 contests.

Schnorr, who is playing her first year of collegiate ice hockey, leads the Red Dragons in scoring with 14 points on a team-best 11 goals and three assists. In the two wins, she collected two goals and one assist. Schnorr opened the weekend by assisting on Cortland’s second goal and adding a breakaway goal in the third period in the Red Dragons’ 3-0 win. She then netted the game-winning goal in the third period when she converted a breakaway as Cortland registered the 2-1 come-from-behind victory.

Cortland sophomore Chelsea Allain (Saratoga/Canterbury School) has been chosen as the NEWHL Goalie of the Week for the week ending Jan. 13. Allain made a career-high 40 saves to earn her second shutout of the season as Cortland won at Nichols College, 3-0, in non-league action. For the season, Allain has a 4-0-1 record, a 0.88 goals-against average and a .966 save percentage in eight appearances. Those totals include her 16-save effort in a 2-1 win at Canton on Tuesday, Jan. 13, that was not included in consideration for the recent NEWHL weekly awards. Allain currently ranks third nationally in Division III in save percentage and fourth nationally in GAA.

Allain recorded a 2-0 record with a 0.50 goals-against average, 64 saves, a .985 save percentage and one shutout as the Red Dragons swept a pair of home conference games versus Buffalo State. During a 3-0 win on Friday, she stopped 32 shots to register her third shutout of the season, tying the program single-season mark set during the 2001-02 campaign. Allain followed up with another 32 saves in a 2-1 victory on Saturday. For the season, she has a 6-1-1 record with a 1.38 GAA and a .953 save percentage. She ranks sixth nationally in save percentage and 14th in GAA.

Allain and Schnorr were also honored by the NEWHL January 17.

Ariella Haas, Elmira Photo

Elmira

Elmira clinched the 2019 East-West Hockey Classic Championship with a 4-1 victory over Plattsburgh State. At the conclusion of the tournament Ariella Haas and Stephanie Martin were selected to the All-Tournament Team and Katie Granato, who had three goals, was voted as the Tournament’s MVP.

Granato and Haas took UCHC Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week honors, respectively, for their play at the East-West Tournament.

The Awards continued coming with Granato and Meg Lahey being selected to the D3hockey.com National Team of the Week following the East-West Tournament.

Haas was named UCHC Player of the Week and Stephanie Martin took Goalie of the Week January 29. Haas (Albany) compiled eight points, including 7 goals in three games and Martin backstopped the Soaring Eagles to a pair of wins against William Smith, making 14 stops and holding them scoreless on five power-play chances for her sixth shutout of the season. She was also named to the D3hockey.com National Team of the Week on February 1.

Elmira has clinched home ice throughout the UCHC Playoffs, earned a bye in the opening round, and will host the semi-final and championship rounds on March 2 and 3. They end their regular season 22-2-1 overall and 18-0-0 in the conference.

Syracuse

The Orange opened the New Year with Freshman Forward Lauren Bellefontaine named the CHA Rookie of the Month for the second time this season. She earned the honor for her play in the month of December.  She leads all CHA freshmen in scoring through the first half of the season with 5 goals, second in assists with 6 and first in points with 11. Her five goals and 11 points both rank as second most on the Orange. Bellefontaine received the Rookie of the Month Award for the third time, when she took the honor for the month of January.

Defenseman Shelby Calof was named CHA Rookie of the Week for Jan. 28 after her two-point performance in a win over Penn State.

After sweeping the weekend series at Mercyhurst, the Syracuse women’s hockey team has swept College Hockey America’s weekly awards, the conference announced Monday, Feb. 11. Senior defenseman Allie Munroe has been named Player of the Week for the first time this season, while freshman forward Abby Moloughney was recognized as Rookie of the Week for the first time. Junior goaltender Ady Cohen rounded out the trio, picking up Goalie of the Week honors for the first time in her career.

Utica

The Utica College women’s hockey team wrapped up the regular season with a 3-0 win over visiting Wilkes University at the Adirondack Bank Center. With the win, Utica improves to 16-8-1 on the year.  The Pioneers will head into the UCHC Conference tournament quarterfinals. UC will find out its quarterfinal opponent pending the outcome of the William Smith-Nazareth game.


Colgate

Colgate Women’s Hockey senior forward Jessie Eldridge was named the ECAC Hockey Player of the Month for December, as announced by the league office Thursday.

The Raiders’ leading scorer had a dominant month, where Colgate played a trio of games. Eldridge had multiple points in all three contests, including a career-high four point game on Dec. 8 against Syracuse. Throughout the course of the three games, she finished with four goals and four assists to boost her season total to 23 points.

Eldridge has been nominated for the 2019 Hockey Humanitarian Award. She is one of four females in the group of 17 that spans both divisions in NCAA hockey. She is also the only nominee in ECAC Women’s Hockey. She has been at the forefront of some of the most memorable moments in program history, but has also been part of off the ice endeavors that will leave a lasting impact. She has spent many hours with such programs as Learn to Skate at Colgate and helps local children with disabilities to learn to skate. She is also organized an Autism Awareness Fundraiser for this month.

Rosalie Demers was named ECAC Rookie of the Week after she had a point in both games on the road vs Harvard and Dartmouth in January.

Senior Forward Shae Labbe was named ECAC Hockey Player of the Week Feb. 18 after she scored the first goal of the game in contests against Yale and Brown and added four assists on the weekend.

Mikaela Ditonto (Elmira Photo)

Oswego

The Oswego State women’s ice hockey team split its weekend series with Potsdam after a 1-0 loss on the .  With the loss, Oswego earns the fourth-seed in the NEWHL Championship, which begins Feb. 23.

Kate Randazzo and Mikaela Ditonto  were selected to the D3hockey.com National Team of the Week and as the North East Women’s Hockey League (NEWHL) Goalie of the Week, respectively, for the week ending Jan. 20.

Randazzo, the captain of the Lakers, tied herself in the record book for most assists in a single contest, posting four in the team’s 5-1 win over Plymouth. The junior originally posted the recorded on Oct. 27, 2017 as Oswego downed New England College 5-0. While dishing out an impressive amount of helpers, Randazzo also led the team in the plus/minus category, recording a plus-3. The four assists tripled the defensemen’s tally for the season (6), placing her second on the team for most assists.

Ditonto recorded her first-career win, stopping 32 of Plymouth State’s shots, helping the Lakers to a 2-1 victory on Jan. 17. This was the senior’s fourth career game played, in which she let up just one goal, a Panthers’ power play goal. This is the first time the Orchard Park, N.Y. has been recognized by the league. Ditonto played for the Frontier/Orchard Park girls varsity team.

Cornell

 Senior goaltender Marlène Boissonnault of the Cornell women’s hockey team was tabbed the Mac Goaltending Goalie of the Week, the ECAC Hockey office announced January 21. Boissonnault picked up her 13th career shutout against Harvard, as the Big Red cruised to a 6-0 win over the Crimson on Saturday. The shutout put Boissonnault in sole possession of No. 3 on Cornell’s all-time list. She had been tied with Kathryn LoPresti (1985-88), who recorded twelve in her career. This marks the second time this season that Boissonault was tabbed the league’s goalie of the week with the other time coming on Oct. 29.

Kristin O’Neill, a junior forward on the Cornell women’s hockey team, was named the ECAC Hockey Player of the Week for Feb. 4..  Additionally, O’Neill was tabbed the NCAA First Star of the Week. O’Neill led the nation in multiple categories last week including points (8), goals (5), power play goals (3), power play points (4) and game-winners (2). Highlighted by her second-career hat trick against Rensselaer, the junior from Oakville, Ontario, had multipoint efforts in three games.

Hamilton

The Hamilton College Continentals set a program record for wins in a season with their 2-0 NESCAC victory over the Connecticut College Camels at Conn. College’s Dayton Arena on February 16.

Hamilton (15-7-2, 9-5-2 NESCAC) eclipsed the previous mark of 14 wins set in 2016-2017. The Continentals’ weekend sweep of the Camels (Hamilton edged Conn. College 2-1 on Friday night) helped them tie for second place in the conference standings and earn the No. 3 seed for the 2019 NESCAC Women’s Hockey Championship. The Continentals will host No. 6 seed Colby College in the quarterfinals at Russell Sage Rink on Saturday, Feb. 23.

Five Hamilton College players scored a goal and the Continentals cruised to a 5-0 win against the University of Southern Maine Huskies in the 2019 Saint Michael’s College Delta Hotels Burlington Ice Hockey Classic at Cairns Arena on Saturday afternoon. Hamilton (8-3-0 overall) claimed the tournament title after the Continentals posted their second five-goal victory in as many days. Hamilton recorded a 7-2 triumph against Buffalo State College on Friday. Nancy Loh ’22 racked up three goals and three assists in the two games and was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Taegan Blackwell ’19 made the all-tournament team after she posted a total of four assists.

William Smith

Julia Mings (William Smith photo)

The William Smith College ice hockey team was defeated by Nazareth 3-1 in a United Collegiate Hockey Conference contest at The Cooler. The Herons wrap up the regular season with a 16-7-2 overall record and a 12-4-2 mark in conference play. Tonawanda’s Julia Mings scored the lone goal for the Herons.

Coming off a seven-point weekend, sophomore forward Julia Mings (Tonawanda/NJPE) was named the United Collegiate Hockey Conference Player of the Week for January 15.  She led William Smith College to a pair of shutout victories over King’s College, scoring six goals and adding an assist.

William Smith College first-year Gaby Henry was named the United Collegiate Hockey Conference’s Rookie of the Week for February 5. In addition, the Herons are receiving votes in the latest D3hockey.com poll. Henry backstopped William Smith to a 2-1 win over Utica at The Cooler on Sunday afternoon. In her first collegiate start, the Reston, Va., native stopped 26 of the 27 shots she faced as she earned her first collegiate victory. Henry stopped the final 17 shots she faced, including 10 in the third period as the Pioneers were searching for the equalizer.

Morrisville

The Colonial Hockey Conference (CHC) selected its weekly award winners and named Morrisville State sophomore forward Mackenzie Lombardi (Hamilton, ON) to its honor roll for the week ending Jan. 27. Lombardi notched her second hat trick of the season in a 7-3 defeat of Neumann University, collecting a total three goals and an assist for four points as the Mustangs swept the weekend.