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US Women’s National Team Roster Announced

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USA Hockey Announces U.S. Women’s National Team Roster
23 players named to take part in first two games of Rivalry Series 
 
HARTFORD, Conn. – USA Hockey announced the 23 players who have been selected to the U.S. Women’s National Team that will play Canada in the opening two contests of the 2019-20 Rivalry Series. The first game, part of the Team USA Champions Series, presented by Xfinity, is set for 7 p.m. ET tomorrow (Dec. 14) at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut, and will air live on NBC Sports Network. Game two will be played Tuesday, Dec. 17, at the Avenir Centre in Moncton, New Brunswick, with NHL Network providing live television coverage beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET.“We had a very competitive camp here in Hartford this week,” said Bob Corkum, head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team. “The players that performed the best are part of this roster and we’re looking forward to the two games against Canada.

It’s especially great to start the Rivalry Series in the U.S. and in front of the great fans in the Hartford region.

”The roster features 17 members of the U.S. Women’s National Team who helped the U.S. capture the gold medal at the 2019 IIHF Women’s World Championship, including Cayla Barnes (Eastvale, Calif.), Kacey Bellamy (Westfield, Mass.), Megan Bozek (Buffalo Grove, Ill.), Sydney Brodt (North Oaks, Minn.), Dani Cameranesi (Plymouth, Minn.), Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.), Alex Cavallini (Delafield, Wis.), Jesse Compher (Northbrook, Ill.), Kendall Coyne Schofield (Palos Heights, Ill.), Megan Keller(Farmington Hills, Mich.), Amanda Kessel (Madison, Wis.), Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho), EmilyMatheson (Buffalo, N.Y.), Annie Pankowski (Laguna Hills, Calif.), Kelly Pannek (Plymouth, Minn.), Maddie Rooney (Andover, Minn.), and Lee Stecklein (Roseville, Minn.).A total of six players are making their U.S. Women’s National Team debut, including Kelly Browne(Burlington, Mass.), Natalie Buchbinder (Fairport, N.Y.), Britta Curl (Bismarck, N.D), Clair DeGeorge(Anchorage, Alaska), Aerin Frankel (New York, N.Y.) and Abby Roque (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.).

The players represent 10 states. Minnesota leads the way with five athletes, while Illinois, Massachusetts and New York each have three representatives. Alaska (1), California (2), Idaho (1), Michigan (2), North Dakota (1) and Wisconsin (2) are also represented.A complete roster can found here.

NOTES: The roster includes 10 active NCAA players, including 2019 NCAA national champions NatalieBuchbinder (Fairport, N.Y.), Britta Curl (Bismarck, N.D) and Abby Roque (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.) of the University of Wisconsin … Other games part of the 2019-20 Rivalry Series are slated for Victoria, British Columbia, on Feb. 3; Vancouver, British Columbia, on Feb. 5; and Anaheim, California, on Feb. 8. Tickets for all games are currently on sale and can be purchased here … The Rivalry Series was introduced by USA Hockey and Hockey Canada last season and comprised three games between the women’s national teams of the two countries. The U.S. captured the opening game in London, Ont., by a 1-0 count on Feb. 12, before Canada earned a 4-3 win in Toronto on Feb. 14 and a 2-0 victory on Feb. 17 in Detroit … The U.S. and Canada have battled in the gold-medal game of every IIHF Women’s World Championshipand Olympic Winter Games staged, with just two exceptions (2019 World Championship, 2006 Olympics).

2019 US Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony: A Night To Remember

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – For both the honorees and those in attendance inside the sold-out ballroom at the Marriott Marquis, the 2019 induction ceremony for the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, it was a historic night.

The Class of 2019 was as diverse as it was deserving to take their place among the greats of American hockey. In addition to three of the finest players and people to ever play the game, this year’s class includes two individuals who have made great contributions to hockey, one at the grassroots level and another whose leadership and vision have brought the game to new heights.

On an evening filled with so many great memories, here are a few that stand out.
Ted Leonsis, Owner of the Washington Capitals, who accepted the Wayne Gretzky International Award on behalf of Alexander Ovechkin

“Hockey is the most family-oriented and the most team-oriented sport, populated with very high-end integrity people. For USA Hockey to recognize these people, including our commissioner, is just a great event. And having it in Washington, D.C., I feel privileged and honored because maybe 10 years ago if someone were to say ‘let’s have this in Washington, D.C.,’ they would say, ‘D.C. is not a hockey town.’ I think now we’re recognized around the world as one of the best sports towns, and it’s also a great hockey town.”

Jack Blatherwick, recipient of the Lester Patrick Award for outstanding service to hockey in the U.S.

“When I see that list [of previous Lester Patrick recipients] with my all-time heroes of hockey and to think that my name is going to go on that list with them it’s an unbelievable honor. I’ll tell you what’s a better honor, the number of calls I’ve had from old friends, and the fact that a hockey team from 50 years ago is here on my behalf. To me, that’s the greatest honor I can have. While it’s tremendous to get this recognition from USA Hockey and the NHL, it’s even better to see all these kids come in from all over the country on my behalf is unbelievable.”

“At first I didn’t want [the award]. I’m not really into honors because there are thousands of others like me. I prefer to be anonymous and working with young kids. I had chances because of Herb Brooks to work with pro teams and Olympic teams. And while that was great, my passion is to work with young kids to help them get to those higher levels.”
Full Ceremony

Tim Thomas, two-time Vezina Trophy winner and the 2011 Conn Smythe Award winner

“It’s an honor to be recognized for having an impact in the sport and for getting to play hockey until I was well into my adulthood.”

“I don’t want to get into naming names because there were too many coaches, teammates, trainers, media people, cops at the rinks, everybody that I came across who touched my life. Hopefully I touched theirs in a good way.”

Krissy Wendell, two-time member of the U.S. Women’s Olympic Team

“It’s special. When I look at the list of females who are in the Hall, and even the list of those females who aren’t in yet and I don’t know where I fit in on this because I looked up to them. “I’m honored to be selected but I also think there are a lot of people who are just as deserving if not more deserving to be in here as well.”

“I think the future [of the women’s game] is bright. We all just have to keep doing what we’re doing and growing the sport. I think we’re all doing our best especially having young daughters and building the game from the grassroots and just being excited about playing hockey and not doing it for awards or teams that they want to make but just play because it’s a great sport to play.”

“My daughters still think dad [former NHL player Johnny Pohl] is the better hockey player so we’re just going to leave it at that. We won’t debate that.”
Induction Celebration Photos

Brian Gionta, 16-year NHL player and two-time U.S. Olympian

“For me this whole thing is about the journey. That’s what I enjoyed most. The people I’ve met, the people that I’ve been around, the people that I’ve experienced things with, the people that I’ve lived my dream with. For me, that’s what it’s all about.”

“Without my parents’ belief in me and their support along the way I wouldn’t be here today. That holds true for my extended family as well. They were always there from day one.”

Neal Henderson, founder of the Fort DuPont Cannons

“This is the zenith of my life, other than being married and having a son. I enjoy what I have done. I didn’t do it so I could be here today, I did it for the love of kids and the parents who trusted me with their children.”

“I hope that me receiving this award will encourage more people of color to want to play the game. A lot of people don’t know or don’t feel like they have that opportunity, but it’s right at their back door if they just take one more step. If they do they will find that there are people out there who are willing to help them.”

“The kids kept coming to me and I couldn’t refuse them. And now I’m coaching their kids. And for them to come back as professionals and thanking me is the greatest treasure that I could receive.”
Gary Bettman, NHL Commissioner

“It’s a great honor to be included in this class. It’s a recognition of effort of so many to grow hockey in the United States to record highs. And as I look forward I remain not only optimistic but bullish about the future of the game.”

“The growth of the game doesn’t just emanate from the NHL. It’s the grassroots and the collaboration and we contribute significantly to USA Hockey and it’s a collaboration because for hockey to grow it has to be strong on all levels. I pride ourselves on having a good relationship with the people of USA Hockey and we’re grateful for all the volunteers who spend so many hours working with young people at the grassroots level.”

Fredonia Native Cody Fleckenstein: “That’s My Role.”

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By Warren Kozireski —

“He has always had an interest since he was a kid to come to West Point,” Army head coach Brian Riley said. “I remember getting emails from him and I’m like ‘I don’t know who this kid is’ and then we saw him play.

“He’s one of those kids who is made for West Point but West Point is made for him. It’s a real good fit.”

Army junior defenseman Cody Fleckenstein grew up in Fredonia and played for St. Francis Prep and the Nichols School in the Buffalo area before jumping to Omaha in the USHL for one season at 18 years of age and then Corpus Christie in the NAHL in 2016-17 where he was named Defenseman of the Year after a 13-goal, 32-point 58 game campaign.

Then came West Point—seemingly a life-long dream.

“My uncle went to West Point, so at a very young age I always had the goal of being a Cadet and to play hockey here too, so coming out of high school and looking at colleges it became more real and after a while it was within sight,” Fleckenstein said after being able to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends due to a weekend pair of road games at Canisius.

“I started talking to (Associate Head) Coach (Zach) McKelvie in high school and then strung a couple years of juniors together so that kind of sealed the deal. I was always the kind of kid like Rudy itching to come.

“I remember in high school my dad went up to Coach and told him I really wanted to go to West Point. I wasn’t really a stand-out player in high school by any means, but it was one of those things that I kept working towards and never lost focus and sure enough, it’s reality.”

Fleckenstein was limited to just three games during his freshman season due to a loaded Black Knights defense, but played in 22 of 39 tilts during his sophomore year earning his first collegiate point with an assist Oct. 20 against Robert Morris. He finished fourth on the team in blocked shots.

“Every day in practice you know you’re not going to be in the line-up, but you’re not working necessarily for that day but you’re working for the next three years,” Fleckenstein reflected about his freshman year. “It’s a tough spot to be in, but at the end of the day it’s about developing as a player and as a person, so I’m thankful for the opportunity.”

This season the 6’0”, 180 lb. left shot had played in each of the team’s first 14 games and picked up his first collegiate goal in the second period Nov. 16 at Holy Cross.

“He’s our kind of shutdown heavy guy; he’ll block shots and he really gives us a blue-collar hard-nosed toughness back there,” Riley said. “If you don’t notice the “D” that’s a good thing, but if you watch the game closely or look at the tape afterward, you’ll see him doing some of the little things like defending the other team’s top player.

“He’s a real, real good player for us. He understands his role and just plays it really, really well.”

The junior entered December second among Black Knight blueliners in plus/minus at +5 and had already picked up three assists with the latest coming in front of family in the first of two against Canisius.

But Fleckenstein will never lose sight of his main role for the Black Knights.

“We have players that have to play a role and that’s my role on the team; I know going in that if it’s a power play it’s not my job but if we’re down a man and need someone to step up, then that’s when I need to play big.”

Flores & Bradley Earn Rookie of the Week Honors

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. — After their performances this past week, freshman forward Noah Bradley (Lancaster, Pa./Philadelphia Revolution (EHL)) and freshman goalie Lena Flores (Chicago, Ill./Guerin College Prep) were awarded United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) Rookie of the Week honors.

Firriolo Named AHA Rookie of the Week

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WEST POINT, N.Y. – Anthony Firriolo of the Army West Point hockey team was named the Atlantic Hockey Association Rookie of the Week, announced by the league on Tuesday.

Firriolo had a breakout weekend scoring his first career goal in Friday’s 4-3 victory over Bentley. The freshman defender followed up that performance with a career-high two points on Saturday thanks to a power play goal and a helper.

The Montville, N.J., native scored on both of his shots over the weekend and added a block.

The Black Knights wrap up the first half of the season this weekend on the road at Robert Morris. Saturday’s game will begin at 5 p.m., while Sunday’s contest is at 1 p.m.

Martel Named Coach Educator of the Year

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Ken Martel Named Coach Educator of the Year by U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee
Martel wins the award in its inaugural year
 
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee named Ken MartelCoach Educator of the Year today as part of its announcement of annual award recipients for supporting coaches of the year in 2019.”It’s truly an honor to receive this award,” said Martel, technical director of the American Development Model at USA Hockey. “It really means a lot to be included in such a great group of individuals who dedicate themselves to bettering their sport.”The USOPC Coach Educator of the Year, which was awarded for the first time ever, is presented to a Team USA mentor who has furthered athletes and sport by promoting the ideals of the American Development Model.Blending the latest sport science with proven childhood development techniques and decades of high-performance hockey wisdom, USA Hockey’s ADM debuted in the 2009-10 season under Martel’s direction.Martel’s efforts to promote collaboration between the USOPC, National Governing Bodies and other sport organizations has helped grow the ADM across the country, benefiting athletes of all ages, skills and abilities and changing the American sport experience for the better.In addition to Martel, the USOPC recognized BethAnn Chamberlain (Para Nordic skiing) as Developmental Coach of the Year, Daniel Greene (speedskating) as Volunteer Coach of the Year and Andrew Stuart (speedskating) with the Doc Counsilman Science Award. Earning recognition in the new coaching award categories were Karen Shelton (field hockey), who was named College Coach of the Year, while Paul Robbins (tennis) was recognized as Service Provider of the Year and Martel brought home the inaugural Coach Educator of the Year award. Notes: National Governing Bodies nominated their 2019 coaches of the year as part of the USOPC Coach of the Year Recognition Program. Winners were then determined by a USOPC selection panel … For more information on USA Hockey’s American Development Model, click here.

Amerks Weekly Report

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**This Week’s Storylines**

OVERVIEW

By splitting a weekend set with the defending the Calder Cup Champion Charlotte Checkers, the Amerks open the second week of December with points in 17 of their last 20 games overall, going 13-3-2-2 over that span, while also earning 34 out of a possible 46 points through their first 23 contests of the season. Rochester suffered its first loss in regulation since Oct. 30 on Saturday as they came up short in a 3-1 setback in the second-half of the two-game set to the Checkers. Prior to the loss, the Amerks produced a 12-game point streak, showing a 10-0-1-1 record dating back to Nov. 1. Rochester begins the week three points behind the Toronto Marlies for the top spot in the AHL’s North Division.

TOP-PRODUCING LINE

After an injury-riddled rookie season limited him to just 28 games, Andrew Oglevie has certainly made up for lost time in his second season with the Amerks. In just two months’ time, Oglevie has already surpassed his goal (5), assist (5) and point (10) total from last season and now paces the Amerks with nine goals and 17 points and is tied for fifth in assists (8). Oglevie, who’s one of just three skaters to appear in all 23 games this season, enters the week with 11 points (7+4) over his last 10 games, which included a career-long seven-game point streak that produced his first hat trick. Rookie forward Brett Murray enters the week with one goal, six assists and a pair of multi-point efforts over his last eight games. He’s currently tied for 13th in scoring among all AHL rookies with 14 points (3+11) in 18 games while being held off the scoresheet only seven times this season. Centering Murray and Oglevie is veteran Kevin Porter, who’s second on the team with 16 points while his six goals are tied for third-best through 23 games this season.

THE BEST OFFENSE IS A GOOD DEFENSE

Rochester owns three of the AHL’s top point-producing defensemen in Zach RedmondCasey Nelson and Lawrence Pilut, all of whom have been mainstays on Rochester’s blueline this season.The start of the 2019-20 season is just a different chapter in the same story for the 31-year-old Redmond, who’s averaged nearly a point-per-game through his first 20 games of the season. The reigning Eddie Shore Award winner and two-time AHL All-Star is currently tied for 10th in scoring among all defensemen with 16 points and ranks ninth with a team-high 13 assists. Casey Nelsonranks fifth among all active blueliners with a plus-13 on-ice rating. Since returning from the Buffalo Sabres on Nov. 3, Pilut has registered eight points (1+7) over his last 10 games dating back to Nov. 15. Rookie defenseman Jacob Bryson leads all first-year players with a plus-13 on-ice rating.

WORKING OVERTIME

Through their first 23 games of the season so far, Rochester has appeared in eight contests that went beyond regulation for the Amerks, the third-most behind only Hartford. The Amerks, who tied an AHL record during the 2017-18 season with 29 overtime games, are 3-2 in the bonus period this season and show a 1-2 record in the shootout.

SHOOTING GALLERY

One of the biggest factors attributed to Rochester’s early season success is the fact that the Amerks have outshot their opponents in all but three games so far this season, including a season-high 50 shots in Springfield back on Oct. 27. The Amerks come into the week ranked sixth in the AHL in total shots (762) and are averaging 33.13 shots per game, the most behind only the Iowa Wild and San Antonio Rampage. Going into the Nov. 15 matchup against Binghamton, the Amerks were the only team in the league to have outshoot their opponent through the first 14 games of the 2019-20 campaign.  

DYNAMIC DUO IN THE CREASE

Anchored by the goaltending duo of veteran Andrew Hammond and third-year pro Jonas Johansson, the Amerks own one of the top defenses in the league, having allowed 56 goals through the first 23 games of the season, the second-fewest in the AHL. Last Wednesday’s shutout against Toronto was Hammond’s third in his last seven appearances, matching his season total with the Iowa Wild last season. He boasts an 8-2-2 record this season while ranking second among all netminders in shutouts (3) and tied for 11th in wins (8). In his last seven games, Hammond has posted five wins, three shutouts, a 1.42 goals-against average and a .947 save percentage. Fresh off his first AHL shutout Friday against Charlotte, Johansson improved his record to an AHL-best 7-2-2 while also upping his personal win streak to five games. Coming into week, he owns the third-best goal-against average in the league (2.10) and is seventh with a .924 save percentage.

2020 US National Jr. Team Preliminary Roster Unveiled

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5 NYS-Born players on the roster.
Twenty-Eight Players to Attend Camp Dec. 16-17 in Plymouth, Mich.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey today named 28 players to the preliminary roster of its 2020 U.S. National Junior Team. The group includes four members of the silver medal-winning 2019 U.S. National Junior Team. The roster announcement was made live on NHL Network’s NHL Now.

The group is auditioning for a spot on the final 23-player roster that will represent the United States in the 2020 World Junior Championship from Dec. 26, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020, in Ostrava and Trinec, Czech Republic.“We were able to assemble a roster with great balance of youth and experience and we’re thrilled with the potential of this group,” said John Vanbiesbrouck, general manager of the 2020 U.S. National Junior Team and also the assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey.

“We had a deep player pool to select from, and that’s credit to all the organizations and volunteers developing the next wave of U.S. hockey stars. I know [head coach] Scott Sandelin and his staff are excited to bring these players together at camp as we begin the challenge of creating a final roster that will give us the best chance to bring home a gold medal.

”The 28 players, comprised of players born in 2000 or later, come from 13 different states. A total of 23 of the players are currently playing college hockey, including 11 from the Big Ten Conference.

NOTES: Media wishing to attend the pre-tournament camp should complete the online credential formby Friday (Dec. 13) at 12 noon ET … USA Hockey expects to name its final 23-player roster for the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship by Dec. 24 … Scott Sandelin is the head coach of Team USA and joined by assistant coaches David Lassonde (Durham, N.H./Dartmouth College), Steve Miller (Sun Prairie, Wis./Ohio State University), Brett Larson (St. Cloud, Minn./St. Cloud State University) and Jerry Keefe(Saugus, Mass./Northeastern University) … The United States enters the tournament having medaled in four consecutive World Junior Championships for the first time in U.S. history after earning gold in 2017, silver in 2019, and bronze in both 2018 and 2016 … Team USA will play its preliminary round games in Ostrava against Group B opponents Canada, Czech Republic, Germany and Russia. Quarterfinals will be split between the Ostrava and Trinec. The semifinal and medal games will be played at Ostravar Arena in Ostrava. For more information about the tournament, click here … USA Hockey’s international council, chaired by Gavin Regan (Potsdam, N.Y.), vice president of USA Hockey, has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. national teams.

Army’s Kozlowski Tabbed AHA Goalie Of The Month

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WEST POINT, N.Y. – After posting a 7-2-0 record in November, Trevin Kozlowski of the Army West Point hockey team was named the Atlantic Hockey Association’s Goalie of the Month, announced by the league.

Kozlowski was the team’s backbone throughout November helping the team earn 21 points towards the Atlantic Hockey standings with six wins coming on the road. The junior recorded a .928 save percentage and a 1.79 goals against average and led the league in wins.

The Los Angeles, Calif., native allowed just three power play scores in the stretch and notched six performances with at least 20 saves.

Kozlowski and the Black Knights have five games in December beginning this Friday and Saturday at Tate Rink. Army hosts Bentley at 7 p.m. for both contests.

Luukkonen Named ECHL Goalie Of The Month

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Rookie Netminder Earns Second League Honor

Cincinnati, OH- The Cincinnati Cyclones, in conjunction with the ECHL, have announced that goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen has been named the recipient of the Warrior Hockey / ECHL Goaltender of the Month for November. The rookie sensation posted a record of 6-2-1-0 along with a 1.88 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage. 

Hailing from Espoo, FIN, Luukkonen allowed more than two goals on just three occasions, and stopped 22 or more shots in seven of his nine contests. His month was highlighted by back-to-back shutouts on November 14 and 16, stopping all 22 shots he faced in a 1-0 win over the Allen Americans, before steering aside all 23 shots he faced in a 5-0 win over the Ft. Wayne Komets two nights later. He was named the Warrior Hockey / ECHL Goaltender of the Week for his efforts. 

Drafted by the Buffalo Sabres, Cincinnati’s National Hockey League (NHL) affiliate, in the second round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, Luukkonen ranks third in the ECHL in GAA and is fifth in save percentage. 

Luukkonen is coming off a successful season with the Sudbury Wolves in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) where he posted a record of 38-11-2, along with a 2.50 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage. He was named OHL Goaltender of the Year for his efforts, and he also earned the Red Tilson Trophy, which is given to the Most Outstanding Player in the League. He is the first European import player to earn that award. 

Luukkonen made his North American debut late last season, stopping 32 shots in a 4-2 win over the Belleville Senators on April 14. He has also seen time on the international stage with the Finnish National Team, earning a gold medal in both the 2019 Under-20 World Junior Championships and 2017 Under-18 World Junior Championships, and he helped backstop the Finnish squad to a silver medal in the 2017 U18 WJC.  Luukkonen has also suited up on the Finnish club level for the HPK program from 2014-18, winning a Jr. A SM-liiga Championship in 2017. 

Clarence’s Remers Leading Bengals Attack

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By Warren Kozireski —

Buffalos State senior forward Zach Remers left home at 16 years of age to pursue his dream of playing hockey. After four seasons at various levels with the Wilkes Barre-Scranton junior program, he returned home to play for the Bengals.

Fast forward four more years and he is in his final year playing college hockey. But it has all gone as most would hope.

He has stood among the top-six scorers on the team in each of his first three campaigns and this year entered Thanksgiving weekend atop the scoring chart and tied for seventh nationally with six goals over the first six games. That also put him second in goals in the SUNYAC conference.

And he has been consistent with at least one goal in four of those six games.

“Zach is a senior, he wants to play pro hockey and he knows where he’s at,” Buffalo State head coach Steve Murphy said. “We’re trying to put him in positions to succeed and obviously it’s up to him, but he’s off to a good start this year.

“He’s an undercover skater, he’s quick and has learned a lot. I’ve been real hard on him for four years because you see potential in guys and he’s had to learn to roll with that a bit. He knows what we expect of him now and he’s just taken off.”

Remers was recently switched and was playing on a line with Estonia natives junior Vadim Vasjonkin and freshman Nikita Kozyrev and the unit has found chemistry. With 67 career points heading into the Skidmore Tournament, Remers was just six points away from joining the top-12 scorers in program history.

“They are so easy to play with, makes the game so simple and it’s a lot of fun,” Remers said about his new line-mates. “It really rallies up the bench and stuff and gets everyone going, so it’s been good so far.

“Things are clicking and you just keep driving the net and playing with those guys makes it so easy; just do the simple things and sometimes it works out in your favor.”

Remers had 67 points over his first 79 collegiate contests and is more than aware that this is his last trip around the SUNYAC.

“When you play at places you kind of reminisce about the four years. It’s bittersweet…and I’m definitely going to miss it after this year, but I’m just trying to enjoy it as it goes along.

“I’d love to play after this (pro); I’m just trying to get through this year and not try to think about it too much, play my game and at the end of the season, we’ll see what opportunities present themselves.

“It would be a dream for me to play professional hockey—it’s been quite the journey as my family would tell you.”

Elmira Trio Sweep UCHC Weekly Awards

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The nationally-ranked Elmira College women’s ice hockey team swept all three United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) North Division weekly awards for the first time this season, as announced by the league office on Tuesday.

Sophomore forward Mary McCafferty ’22 was named UCHC Player of the Week for the first time as a Soaring Eagle. First-year forward Kelly Matthews ’23 received Rookie of the Week honors, while junior Elizabeth Hanson ’21 was crowned the Goalie of the Week.

McCafferty logged her first multi-point game of the season on Friday, November 29, when the Soaring Eagles defeated Lake Forest, 3-0, in the opening round of the Lake Forest Invite. The Wall Township, New Jersey, native netted the game-winning goal in the second period, before dishing out a long assist that led to EC’s last goal in the final 14 seconds of the contest.

In the second period of the win over the Foresters, Matthews posted her first collegiate point with a goal that extended Elmira’s lead to 2-0. After a shot from the slot was saved, the rookie from Abington, Massachusetts, was positioned perfectly on the backside of the crease to finish the play before the goalie could slide to the post.

Spurring the Soaring Eagles to the win from the other end of the ice was Hanson, who improved to 3-0-0 with her third shutout in as many starts. The Stoughton, Massachusetts, product made a single-game career-high 31 saves and held the Foresters without a goal on two power-play opportunities. With the win, Hanson finished the weekend as the only qualified goalie in the country with a flawless 0.00 goals-against average and 1.000 save percentage. She’s also tied for first nationally in shutouts.

Ranked No. 8 in the latest edition of the U.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO) national poll, Elmira wraps up the 2019 portion of the schedule this weekend with two non-conference bouts. The first on Saturday, December 7, will pit the Purple and Gold against the Amherst Mammoths at 3:00 p.m. inside the Murray Athletic Center Ice Arena.

Manhattanville’s Bradley Is UCHC Rookie of the Week

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Freshman forward Noah Bradley (Lancaster, Pa./Philadelphia Revolution (EHL)) of the Manhattanville College men’s ice hockey team was selected as the United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) Rookie of the Week, the conference announced.

Bradley played an essential role in the Valiants come-from-behind victory over Connecticut College on Saturday evening, Nov. 30, as Manhattanville defeated the Camels at home at Playland Ice Casino in Rye, N.Y., by a score of 3-2. The Crimson and White scored all three of those goals with less than 12:00 remaining in the third period. Bradley assisted on the first Valiant goal 8:08 into the third, and scored the first of his collegiate career to tie it at 2-2 at 14:33 into the period.

This is the first honor of Bradley’s career. He and the rest of the Valiants return to action this weekend for a pair of UCHC matchups in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., at Wilkes University (12/6) and King’s College (12/7).

Cortland Duo Win NEWHL Weekly Awards

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Cortland sophomore forward Amanda Gaffney (Williamsville/Amherst Knights) and sophomore goalie Emily Steen (Windom, MN/Windom H.S.) have been honored by the Northeast Women’s Hockey League (NEWHL) for the week ending Dec. 1. Gaffney was chosen as the NEWHL Player of the Week and Steen is the league’s Goalie of the Week.

Gaffney scored four goals in a two-game road sweep at Lebanon Valley over the weekend as the Red Dragons improved to 6-1-1 on the season.

In a 5-0 win on Saturday, Gaffney recorded her first career hat trick, including the game-winning goal midway through the first period. The following afternoon she netted the game winner 13 seconds before the end of the first period in a 3-0 victory. For the season, Gaffney has scored eight points on five goals and three assists.

In her first two career starts, Steen posted back-to-back shutouts in the sweep at Lebanon Valley. She turned aside three shots in Saturday’s victory and followed that with eight saves on Sunday.

The NEWHL is in its third season of existence in 2019-20. The conference consists of Cortland, Buffalo St., Oswego, Plattsburgh and Potsdam – all previously members of the ECAC West – along with 2019-20 additions Canton and Morrisville.

Cortland (6-1-1 overall, 4-1-1 NEWHL) travels to Oswego for a league matchup Wednesday at 7 p.m. and hosts nationally top-ranked and defending national champion Plattsburgh Friday at 7 p.m.