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NY State Natives and Draftees Dominate World Jr. Championship

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By Warren Kozireski —

Bedford, NY native and Anaheim Ducks first round selection Trevor Zegras (pictured) led the 2021 IIHL U-20 World Junior tournament in scoring with 18 points (seven goals and 11 assists) and was named Most Valuable Player, but he was not the only New York born or New York-team drafted player who made an impact.

2019 Los Angeles Kings first round pick and Staten Island native Arthur Kaliyev—one of a tournament high nine Kings prospects on all rosters—tied for second on Team USA in scoring with three goals and eight points.

Syracuse native and Dallas Stars first rounder Thomas Harley logged major minutes on the top pair of Team Canada’s blueline and picked up one goal while logging a tournament-best +14 plus/minus.

Buffalo Sabres 2019 first rounder Dylan Cozens finished second in tournament scoring with eight goals and eight assists and was named one of three forwards on the tournament all-star team.

Their second 2019 first round pick, Ryan Johnson, played among the top-four on Team USA’s blueline and registered one goal with three assists.

Buffalo’s 2020 first round draftee Jack Quinn netted just one goal, but showed off his puck skills with four assists in seven games.

The Sabres 2020 second round selection, JJ Peterka, tied for the scoring lead on Team Germany with four goals and six assists and made quite an impression on scouts.

New York Rangers 2020 first round draftee Braden Schneider was a regular among Team Canada’s defense corp. and picked up one goal with two assists.

And 2020 fifth rounder Brett Berard of Providence College picked up one goal and four assists at left wing. Team Canada goaltender and 2020 fourth rounder Dylan Garand played 20 minutes in relief in their 16-2 win over Germany.

New York Islanders Simon Holmstrom garnered five assists in five games at right wing for Team Sweden.

A View of Opening Night For the Sabres

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A photo from the arena in downtown Buffalo as the Sabres prepare to open their 2020-21 NHL season against the Washington Capitals. The view is from the Sabres pressbox.

Photo taken by NY Hockey OnLine good friend, Tim Zajac.

Hockey Pauses Team Activities

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NIAGARA UNIV., N.Y. – Niagara University men’s hockey has paused team activities due to a positive COVID-19 test among the program’s Tier 1 personnel. Niagara’s games against St. Lawrence (January 13) and at Long Island (January 15-16) have been postponed. Makeup dates for those contests are still to be determined.

Niagara University is committed to the health and safety of the campus community during the pandemic and Niagara Athletics continues to follow all local, state, AHA and NCAA guidelines.

(NU Athletics Photo)

Regular Season and Isobel Cup Playoffs Schedule Announced for 2021 NWHL Season in Lake Placid

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The National Women’s Hockey League announced the game schedule for the upcoming season and 2021 Isobel Cup Playoffs taking place Jan. 23 – Feb. 5 at the 1980 Rink- Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, New York.

The season opens with tripleheaders starting at 1 p.m. ET on both Saturday, Jan. 23 and Sunday, Jan. 24. The first game on Saturday features the debut of the Toronto Six, the newest NWHL expansion franchise and first Canadian team to join the league, against the Metropolitan Riveters.

The Six-Riveters game will be followed by a showdown between the two teams that advanced to the 2020 Isobel Cup Final – the Minnesota Whitecaps and Boston Pride. The day of action concludes with the Buffalo Beauts taking on the Connecticut Whale.

As previously announced, the Isobel Cup Semifinals (Feb. 4) and Isobel Cup Final (Feb. 5) will be broadcast live by NBC Sports on NBCSN. Complete broadcast details will be announced in the days ahead.

2021 National Women’s Hockey League Schedule (all times ET, all games in Lake Placid)

Regular Season

Saturday, Jan. 23

1 p.m. – Toronto Six at Metropolitan Riveters 4 p.m. – Boston Pride at Minnesota Whitecaps 7 p.m. – Connecticut Whale at Buffalo Beauts

Sunday, Jan. 24

1 p.m. – Minnesota Whitecaps at Toronto Six
4 p.m. – Metropolitan Riveters at Connecticut Whale 7 p.m. – Buffalo Beauts at Boston Pride

Tuesday, Jan. 26

5:30 p.m. – Minnesota Whitecaps at Metropolitan Riveters

8:30 p.m. – Toronto Six at Boston Pride

Wednesday, Jan. 27

5:30 p.m. – Boston Pride at Connecticut Whale

8:30 p.m. – Metropolitan Riveters at Buffalo Beauts

Thursday, Jan. 28

5:30 p.m. – Buffalo Beauts at Toronto Six
8:30 p.m. – Connecticut Whale at Minnesota Whitecaps

Devils Sign Rivers, Irvine To PTO’s

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Binghamton signs two former captains to Professional Tryout Contracts

BINGHAMTON – The Binghamton Devils signed forwards Nick Rivera and Tyler Irvine (pictured) to Professional Tryout Contracts. The announcement was made by Binghamton Devils General Manager Dan MacKinnon.

Rivera, 24, has three assists in ten games this season with the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers. Prior to beginning his professional career, the right-shooting forward spent four seasons at Minnesota State University at Mankato where he had 34 goals and 26 assists for 60 points in 151 games. The Pacific Palisades, CA native served as the team’s captain his final junior and senior year and helped lead the Mavericks to three-straight WCHA Regular Season Championships. Rivera also served as the captain of the United States Hockey League’s Omaha Lancers in 2015-16.

Irvine, 24, spent the past four seasons at Merrimack College where he recorded 30 goals and 33 assists for 63 points in 139 games. The Livonia, MI native also served as the team’s captain his senior season.  Prior to his collegiate career, Irvine split the 2015-16 season in the USHL with Cedar Rapids and Muskegon and tallied 20 points in 52 games.

Syracuse U. Hockey Schedule Update

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The Syracuse University ice hockey series against Lindenwood scheduled for January 15th and 16th is postponed due to COVID protocol in the Lindenwood program. The new date for the game will be announced when confirmed.

Syracuse (2-4-1 overall, 2-2-1 CHA) will return to the ice on Friday, January 22nd for the first game in a weekend series against Robert Morris at Tennity Ice Pavilion. The series opener on Friday will begin at 7 pm and the second game will be played on Saturday (1/23) at 3 pm. Both games will be streamed live on Cuse.com.

For complete coverage of Syracuse ice hockey, follow us on Facebook (Syracuse Women’s Ice Hockey), Twitter (@CuseIce) and Instagram (@CuseIce).

Syracuse University Athletics remains committed to doing everything it can to support and protect the health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes, our staff and the campus and Syracuse communities. All decisions will be science-based and informed by public health and guidance as provided by county, state and public health officials.
 
 If fans are permitted to attend games – in some capacity – Syracuse Athletics will announce plans for spectators to secure admission to the events. Fans will be required to sit in their socially-distanced seat locations and wear a face covering.

ORANGE ICE HOCKET GAMES AGAINST LINDENWOOD POSTPONED

The Syracuse University ice hockey series against Lindenwood scheduled for January 15th and 16th is postponed due to COVID protocol in the Lindenwood program. The new date for the game will be announced when confirmed.

Syracuse (2-4-1 overall, 2-2-1 CHA) will return to the ice on Friday, January 22nd for the first game in a weekend series against Robert Morris at Tennity Ice Pavilion. The series opener on Friday will begin at 7 pm and the second game will be played on Saturday (1/23) at 3 pm. Both games will be streamed live on Cuse.com.

For complete coverage of Syracuse ice hockey, follow us on Facebook (Syracuse Women’s Ice Hockey), Twitter (@CuseIce) and Instagram (@CuseIce).

Syracuse University Athletics remains committed to doing everything it can to support and protect the health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes, our staff and the campus and Syracuse communities. All decisions will be science-based and informed by public health and guidance as provided by county, state and public health officials.
 
 If fans are permitted to attend games – in some capacity – Syracuse Athletics will announce plans for spectators to secure admission to the events. Fans will be required to sit in their socially-distanced seat locations and wear a face covering.

Canisius College Hockey Schedule Update

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The Canisius athletic department announced yesterday that it is postponing the next three games for the Golden Griffins’ hockey team as the program remains on pause.

The games affected are home dates against RIT (Jan. 19) and Niagara (Jan. 22), as well as a road contest versus the Purple Eagles (Jan. 24).

Canisius went on pause on Jan. 8 after a positive coronavirus test result among the program’s Tier 1 personnel. Tier 1 individuals include student-athletes, coaches, managers and selected support staff.
 
The results were detected during regular coronavirus testing, which is being conducted three times a week in accordance with NCAA guidelines.
 
The men’s hockey program is following all institutional and Erie County COVID-19 protocols. The College, in cooperation with the Erie County Department of Health, are conducting contract tracing and will continue to take all appropriate measures in order to ensure the safety and well-being of all our student-athletes and coaches.

Canisius is scheduled to return to action Jan. 29 with a home contest versus LIU.

Chyne Kennedy: Oneida Senior Shines With Morrisville

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By Dan Ninham

http://www.ndnsports.com/chyne-kennedy-oneida-senior-hockey-shines-with-the-suny-morrisville-mustangs/

DEVILS SIGN CAM DARCY TO AHL CONTRACT

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Darcy has played in 249 AHL games

BINGHAMTON – The Binghamton Devils signed forward Cam Darcy to a one-year, American Hockey League contract. The announcement was made by Binghamton Devils General Manager Dan MacKinnon.

Darcy, 26, spent the 2019-20 season with the San Antonio Rampage and recorded four goals and 14 assists for 18 points in 45 games. The right-shooting forward was drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning (7th round, 185th overall) in 2014. In 249 regular-season games with the Syracuse Crunch, Utica Comets, and Rampage, Darcy has 27 goals and 57 assists for 84 points.

The South Boston, MA native also had 25 points in 20 games during the 2016-17 season with the ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings. Prior to his professional career, Darcy played 121 games in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with Cape Breton and Sherbrooke, recording 56 goals and 85 assists for 141 points.

SABRES ASSIGN EIGHT PLAYERS TO ROCHESTER

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(Rochester, NY) – The Buffalo Sabres announced today that the team has reassigned eight players to the Rochester Americans ahead of Thursday’s 2020-21 season-opener against the Washington Capitals.

Assigned to the Amerks include forwards Brandon BiroSteven FogartyBrett Murray and C.J. Smith, defensemen Casey Fitzgerald and Ryan Jones and goaltenders Michael Houser and Dustin Tokarski.

Rochester is slated to opens its 65th season in the American Hockey League on Friday, Feb. 5. The 2020-21 regular-season schedule is still being determined and will be announced when it becomes available.

Saints Win Shootout After 1-1 Tie With Colgate

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By Aaron Todd <atodd@stlawu.edu> —

Philip Alftberg scored a power play goal in the second period, and Emil Zetterquist made 30 saves and stopped three out of five shots in the shootout to lead the St. Lawrence University men’s hockey team to a 3-2 shootout win following a 1-1 tie with Colgate in an ECAC Hockey contest at Appleton Arena on Sunday evening.

After falling behind 1-0 in the shootout, the Saints took control with goals  by Greg Lapointe and Cameron Buhl to extend the shootout after the teams were tied 2-2 after three shooters. Both Zetterquist and Colgate goaltender Carter Gylander made saves in the fourth round, but Nicholas Trela put the Saints ahead 3-2 with a shot through the five-hole in the fifth round. Zetterquist stopped the next shot to give the Saints the win in the shootout and two points in the ECAC standings.

The game was the third between the two teams in four games. St. Lawrence won the first game, 2-1 in Hamilton, and Colgate won the second game, 4-2, on Saturday at Appelton. With two points tonight, St. Lawrence earned five points in the series, while Colgate earned four.

The result moved the Saints, now 2-1-2 overall and in conference play, into sole possession of first place in the ECAC Hockey standings with nine points. Colgate moved to 2-3-3 overall and has six points in the standings with a 1-2-2 record in ECAC Hockey games.

After a scoreless first period, Alftberg gave the Saints a 1-0 lead on a blast from the blue line that ring off the crossbar and into the net halfway through the first period. The goal was the first of the season for Alftberg and St. Lawrence’s second power play goal of the year. Justin Paul and Cameron Buhl assisted on the play.

Colgate tied the score with a shorthanded goal less than five minutes into the third period, as Josh McKechney put away a rebound after Zetterquist made an incredible pad save on Nick Anderson’s shot.

St. Lawrence briefly thought it had taken the lead with just 3:15 to play in regulation, as Paul sent a loose puck on a rebound into the back of the net, but the officials ruled that there was goaltender interference on the play.

Lapointe had one of the best chances to score in the 3-on-3 overtime period, freeing himself up for an open shot from the slot, but he fired the puck off the crossbar and up into the rafters, stopping play.

Colgate had a 31-27 advantage in shots on goal; Gylander made 26 saves for the Raiders.

St. Lawrence was 1-for-3 on the power play and held Colgate scoreless on four power play opportunities, including 51 seconds of a 5-on-3 advantage in the first period.

St. Lawrence will go on the road on Wednesday to face Niagara in its first non-conference game of the year, then returns to the North Country for a home-and-home series with Clarkson, facing the Golden Knights at Cheel Arena on Friday at 5 p.m. before hosting their Route 11 Rivals on Saturday at 4 p.m.

(St. Lawrence athletic photo)

DEVILS SIGN ST. DENIS, MARTEL, AND BRODEUR TO AHL CONTRACTS

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Binghamton adds two forwards and a goaltender for the 2020-21 season

BINGHAMTON – The Binghamton Devils signed forwards Travis St. Denis and Danick Martel and goaltender Jeremy Brodeur to one-year, American Hockey League contracts. The announcement was made by Binghamton Devils General Manager Dan MacKinnon.

St. Denis, 28, spent the past four seasons with the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers where he totaled 65 goals and 71 assists for 136 points in 259 games. Prior to his professional career, the left-shooting forward played four seasons at Quinnipiac University where recorded 60 goals and 65 assists for 125 points in 162 games. St. Denis served as the team’s alternate captain his senior year.

Martel, 26, played for both the Syracuse Crunch and Springfield Thunderbirds during the 2019-20 season and had 20 goals and 19 assists for 39 points in 60 games. In 263 AHL games with Lehigh Valley, Syracuse, and Springfield, the left-shooting forward has 88 goals and 72 assists for 160 points. Martel has played in 13 National Hockey League games with the Philadelphia Flyers and Tampa Bay Lightning and has two assists.

Brodeur, 24, recorded a shutout in in one game this season for the Southern Professional Hockey League’s Knoxville Ice Bears. During the 2019-20 season, the goaltender saw time with Peoria (SPHL) and HK Budapest (Erste Liga). In 60 career ECHL games with the Allen Americans and Norfolk Admirals, the left-catching netminder has a 3.48 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage. Brodeur helped lead the Oshawa Generals to an OHL Championship and a Memorial Cup in the 2014-15 season.

(B. Devils Photo)

Riley Family Claims 1000th Army Victory

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass.  The Army West Point hockey team defeated AIC, 5-3, in what was a historic night for the program. The victory was the 1,000th win for the Riley family at the helm of the Army hockey program.

“Obviously this is a special night,” Head Coach Brian Riley said. “I know my dad and my brother would both say what an honor and a privilege it is to coach at West Point and be around these cadets. We will never forget this one and I am thinking about my dad and my brother after this win.”

The Riley era of Army hockey started in 1950, when a 30-year old John Patrick “Jack” Riley was named the 14th head coach in program history. One of the titans of American hockey, the International Hockey Hall of Famer led the United States Olympic Hockey team to its first Gold Medal in 1960. As the leader of the Black Knights, he claimed two Spenser Penrose Awards as the top coach in NCAA Division I hockey. 36 seasons and 542 victories later, he handed the keys to the program off to his son, Rob, who guided the Black Knights to 257 victories over 18 seasons. The two remain the winningest father-son duo in college hockey history. Brian Riley, the youngest son of Jack, was named head coach of the Black Knights in 2004 and has led the cadets to 201 victories over the course of his 16-year tenure. Brian himself has been no stranger to coaching accolades, as he boasts three Atlantic Hockey Coach of the Year honors.

The Black Knights and Yellow Jackets met on Sunday for the third time in five days, with Army looking for a bounce-back effort after AIC fought back from a 3-1 deficit in the final three minutes on Thursday to win 4-3 in overtime.

After falling behind 1-0 in the first period, the Black Knights offense erupted for four goals in the second period. After Tucker DeYoung and Ricky Lyle gave Army the lead with goals in the first four minutes of the second, Colin Bilek scored two of his three goals on the night to extend the Army lead to 4-1. The junior completed his first-career hat trick with 3:33 remaining in the game to close out a 5-3 win for the Black Knights. Bilek has been red hot for the Black Knights, as he has now scored six goals over the team’s last three games.

“After the way we lost on Thursday, this is the kind of win you look back on when you think of the season as a whole,” Riley said. “This is a real character win for us. The guys were just looking to get back out there and get it done. We were in the same situation as we were on Thursday with a late lead and this is part of learning how to win. We got it done tonight and this is going to help give the guys some confidence.”

Trevin Kozlowski followed his 33-save performance on Thursday with a career-high 37 saves in this one. The senior netminder seemed to get stronger as the game went on, making 15 stops in the final period as AIC turned on the gas in the closing minutes of the game.

“Coming off a heartbreaker like we had on Thursday, we talked as a team about things we can improve on and Coach Riley said there is a lesson to be learned here where we can either teach or get taught. Next time we were in that scenario we needed to use what we learned and get the job done,” Kozlowski said. “As it turns out, we got that chance in the next game we played, and we got the job done against a top 20 team like AIC. This game was like a playoff game for us and we had to stand strong. This was a big deal for us.”

Kozlowski knows the Riley way as much as anyone, as he has spent time on teams with both Brian and Rob Riley.

“Having the opportunity to play under Coach the past three and a half years and having the privilege to be coached in high school and in tournaments under Coach Rob Riley, it’s an honor to be a part of a moment like this for Coach,” Kozlowski said. “It is a pretty surreal thing to be a part of and it is something we could all look back at and tell our families that we were here for this.”

HIGHLIGHTS AND NOTES

  • The Riley family earned its 1,000th combined victory at Army.
  • Colin Bilek continued his strong week, following his two-goal game on Thursday with his first career hat trick. The junior now has six goals (6-1-7) in the last three games. His four points (3-1-4) were also a career high.
  • Trevin Kozlowski made a career-high 37 saves in the contest, with 15 coming in the third period.
  • Ricky Lyle netted his first collegiate goal to give Army the lead early in the second period.
  • Tucker DeYoung (1-1-2) posted his second multi-point performance of the season.
  • After entering the game with just two power-play goals this season, Army’s power play unit erupted for four goals on five opportunities in the game. 

HOW IT HAPPENED:
First Period

  • AIC appeared poised to build off the momentum from its comeback victory on Thursday, opening the scoring with Tobias Fladeby’s AHA-leading ninth goal of the season at the 4:02 mark of the first period. 

Second Period

  • The Black Knights turned the game around in the second period and caught fire, scoring a season-best four goals in the period.
  • Tucker DeYoung tied the game just 42 seconds into the period. Colin Bilek rifled a puck off the post and DeYoung was right there to corral the rebound to even the score.
  • Army would take the lead minutes later when John Keranen found freshman Ricky Lyle open in the slot. The rookie fired a wrister home for his first collegiate tally to give the cadets a 2-1 lead.
  • A red hot Bilek made his first mark on the game just 40 seconds later, firing home a shot off the face-off to give Army its first power play goal of the night.
  • He would find the back of the net for the second time later in the period, when he and Anthony Firriolo broke free on a two-on-one, giving Army a 4-1 lead.
  • AIC would get one back on the power play on Zak Galambos’ third of the year.

Third Period

  • AIC fought within one in the opening minutes of the third, when Eric Otto netted his first collegiate goal for the Yellow Jackets.
  • With AIC threatening, Trevin Kozlowski made 15 of his career-high 37 saves in the final period.
  • Bilek would once again convert on the power play, as he completed the hat trick with his third PPG, giving Army a 5-3 victory.

UP NEXT: Army will head on the road for two matchups with service academy rival Air Force on Jan. 15 and 16.

( West Point Hockey Photo and Story)

Robert Morris Tops Niagara U.

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No. 20 Robert Morris Bests Niagara 

GAME 13
SCORENo. 20 Robert Morris Colonials 6, Niagara Purple Eagles 2
SCORESRobert Morris – N. Jenny (1st – 4:19), J. Addamo (2nd – 4:48, 2nd – 6:39), S. HartiKainen (2nd – 8:45), N. Schaffer (2nd – 10:50), N. Lelonde (3rd – 2:38) | Niagara- J. Billings (2nd – 9:36), R. Naumovski (3rd – 14:45)
GOALIESRobert Morris – Noah West (8-2-0)Niagara – Brian Wilson (0-1-0)
RECORDSRobert Morris (11-3-0, 9-1-0 AHA), Niagara (2-8-3, 1-7-3-1 AHA)
LOCATIONClearview Arena

PITTSBURGH – A four-goal second period propelled the 20th-ranked Colonials past Niagara in Atlantic Hockey Association action Sunday evening at Clearview Arena in Pittsburgh, Pa.

1st Period

•        Robert Morris got on the board first when Nick Jenny rifled one in from above the left-side face-off circle.

•        Sophomore Jason Pineo nearly found linemate Luke Edgerton for the one-timer to tie the game, but Edgerton’s shot went wide.

•        The Purple Eagle power play got an opportunity to tie the game late in the period; however, Robert Morris was able to kill the attempt successfully.

•        The frame came to a close with the Colonials leading 1-0. Niagara did register more shots (12-11) than RMU.

2nd Period

•        Robert Morris extended its lead to 3-0 in the early portion of the second period. The Colonials’ second goal came via the power play, and the third came from right in front. Justin Addamo scored both goals for the home team.

•        After a shorthanded goal from Robert Morris, Jack Billings tapped one home to get Niagara on the board. Walker Sommer and Ryan Naumovski got credit for the assist on the score.

•        Brian Wilson was replaced in net by Michael Corson following the game’s fourth goal by the Colonials.

•        Robert Morris added another tally to take a four-goal lead, 5-1, over Niagara heading into the final period.

3rd Period

•        Robert Morris scored its sixth and final goal of the game early in the third period.

•        The Niagara power play finished the game on a good note as Naumovski hammered home the Purple Eagle goal. The unit was 1-for-6 on the day.

•        Niagara finished the game with 54 shots, 27 of which were on goal. The Purple Eagles held the edge in face-offs, winning 35, compared to 28 for the Colonials. 

Game Notes

•        Junior Brian Wilson got the start between the pipes for Niagara, his second of the season.

•        Naumovski leads the Purple and White with eight helpers on the year. The sophomore also recorded his fourth multi-point game of the season.

•        Sommer has tallied 12 points (5 goals, 7 assists) in the Purple Eagles last 10 games.

•        Brandon Stanley found his way onto the scorecard for the first time since Jan. 3 versus Air Force.

Up Next

·       The Purple Eagles will square-off with non-conference foe St. Lawrence Wednesday at Dwyer Arena. Puck drop is set for 3 p.m.