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US Advances To Championship Game at 2018 Para Hockey Cup

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LONDON, Ont. – Brody Roybal (Northlake, Ill.) and Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.) each tallied five points and 10 other players collected at least one point to lead the 2018-19 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team past South Korea, 8-0, here today in its final preliminary round game of the 2018 Para Hockey Cup.

“It wasn’t the start we wanted, but we found our speed and chemistry there in the second period and came away with a nice victory,” said David Hoff (Bottineau, N.D.), head coach of the 2018-19 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. “Now, it’s important we take care of ourselves tonight and come ready to play for the championship game tomorrow.”

The U.S. (4-0-0-0/W-OTW-OTL-L) will face host Canada in tomorrow’s (Dec. 8) championship game of the 2018 Para Hockey Cup. Puck drop is set for 4 p.m. at Western Fair Sports Centre.

For the full game recap, click here.

2018 Para Hockey Cup • Team USA Schedule
Dec. 3-8 – London, Ontario – Western Fair Sports Centre

Date Opponent Result/Time (ET) Broadcast
Mon., Dec. 3 Canada W, 3-0 HockeyTV.com
Tues., Dec. 4 South Korea W, 9-0 HockeyTV.com
Thurs., Dec. 6 Canada W, 4-1 HockeyTV.com
Fri., Dec. 7 South Korea W, 8-0 HockeyTV.com
Sat., Dec. 8 Canada
Championship Game 4:00 p.m. TBD
NOTES: Brody Roybal (Northlake, Ill.) was named the U.S. Player of the Game … For complete statistics, click here … Deloitte, Labatt USA and Toyota are proud sponsors of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team … Dan Brennan (Colorado Springs, Colo.), director of sled national teams for USA Hockey, is serving as the general manager of the 2018-19 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team … David Hoff (Bottineau, N.D.), USA Hockey’s Northern Plains District Coach-In-Chief and assistant coach of last year’s gold medal-winning 2018 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team, is in his first season as head coach of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team ..

Beauts Relieve Ric Seiling & Craig Muni of Coaching Duties; Cody McCormick Named Interim Head Coach

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (December 7, 2018) — The Buffalo Beauts today announced the team has relieved head coach Ric Seiling and assistant coach Craig Muni of their coaching duties. Cody McCormick has been named interim head coach.

McCormick will serve as the third head coach in Beauts franchise history after a professional hockey career that saw him play parts of 10 seasons in the NHL with the Colorado Avalanche, Minnesota Wild and Buffalo Sabres. The London, Ontario native appeared in 405 career NHL contests and recorded 65 points (21+44) and 550 penalty minutes, adding 89 points (42+47) in 231 AHL games.

Since retiring from the NHL, McCormick has worked with the Academy of Hockey at Harborcenter, including skills practices with the Beauts this season.

General Manager Nik Fattey will serve as an interim assistant coach and goaltending coach Ryan Vinz will remain on the team’s coaching staff.

US Downs Canada To Stay Undefeated at 2018 Para Hockey Cup

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USA vs Canada in game in October in Buffalo

LONDON, Ont. – Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.) scored twice and Josh Pauls (Green Brook, N.J.) added a goal and an assist as the 2018-19 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team edged Canada, 4-1, to to maintain its perfect start here at the 2018 Para Hockey Cup.

“It’s good to get a hard-fought win like this in this environment here early in the season,” said David Hoff (Bottineau, N.D.), head coach of the 2018-19 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. “We started well but let the game get away from us a bit. I’m happy with how we came together as a team and rebounded in the latter half of the game to get the win.”

With the win, the U.S. improves to 3-0-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) and has secured a spot in Saturday’s (Dec. 8) championship game against Canada. Team USA will close preliminary round action tomorrow (Dec. 7) against South Korea. Puck drop for that game is set for 12:00 p.m. ET and will be streamed live on HockeyTV.com while Saturday’s championship tilt will be played at 4:00 p.m. ET.

2018 Para Hockey Cup • Team USA Schedule
Dec. 3-8 – London, Ontario – Western Fair Sports Centre

Date Opponent Time (ET) Broadcast
Mon., Dec. 3 Canada W, 3-0 HockeyTV.com
Tues., Dec. 4 South Korea W, 9-0 HockeyTV.com
Thurs., Dec. 6 Canada W, 4-1 HockeyTV.com
Fri., Dec. 7 South Korea 12:00 p.m. HockeyTV.com
Sat., Dec. 8 Championship Game 4:00 p.m. TBD
NOTES: Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.) was named the U.S. Player of the Game … The U.S. outshot Canada, 16-6, while finishing 0-for-4 on the power play and 4-for-4 on the penalty kill … Deloitte, Labatt USA and Toyota are proud sponsors of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team … Dan Brennan (Colorado Springs, Colo.), director of sled national teams for USA Hockey, is serving as the general manager of the 2018-19 U.S. National Sled Hockey Team … David Hoff (Bottineau, N.D.), USA Hockey’s Northern Plains District Coach-In-Chief and assistant coach of last year’s gold medal-winning 2018 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team, is in his first season as head coach of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team .

Last Minute Christmas Gift: Book; “Bob Goldham Outside The Crease”

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From Randy Schultz, Ed. of NY Hockey OnLine – “If you are looking for that last minute Christmas gift, go to Amazon.com for this book. Yes, I know it really has nothing to do with NYS hockey. But for many of us who grew up near the Canadian border in the 1960s and 1970s, Goldham was a fixture on ‘Hockey Night In Canada.'”

The following is an Amazon description of the book.

For the first time, the entire story of five-time Stanley Cup champion defenceman Bob Goldham is told. His NHL career began with a bang in 1942, as he was a major part of the Toronto Maple Leafs historic Stanley Cup final victory against Detroit.

In addition to the Leafs, Goldham skated for the Chicago Black Hawks and the Detroit Red Wings. He played an important role in the Red Wings Cup dynasty in the 1950s. Goldham’s unique talent for blocking shots resulted in him being called hockey’s second goalie.

After his retirement, he coached junior A hockey and later became a studio analyst and colour commentator on Hockey Night in Canada. Bob Goldham recorded many of his personal and professional memories and these are revealed in Bob Goldham Outside The Goal Crease.

ENDORSEMENTS: “I was fortunate to have watched Bob play with the Stanley Cup Detroit Red Wings. He was such an integral component of those championship teams. Later on, I started my coaching career with Peterborough when Bob was the head coach at St. Mike’s. I always regarded him as a great friend and adversary. Your book has brought back many fond memories.” (Scotty Bowman – holder of NHL coaching records for most Stanley Cups, regular season wins and playoff wins.)

“Bob Goldham – – Outside the Goal Crease is a super look at an underrated player I followed from his rookie year in Toronto. Author Jim Amodeo has done a service to hockey history by chronicling the life of a defender who belongs in the Hockey Hall of Fame. I especially liked the manner in which Amodeo noted Goldham’s role in helping Toronto to the greatest comeback in NHL playoff history. It was a job well done by Bob and now well-re-created by Jim Amodeo.” (Stan Fischer – author, historian & broadcaster)

“Jim Amodeo has ensured that Bob Goldham’s hockey legacy, both on the ice and in the broadcast studio, is not forgotten with his meticulously researched and crisply written biography, ‘Bob Goldham: Outside the Goal Crease.’ I thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful trip back in time to visit a very special era from hockey’s wonderful history.” (Kevin Shea – author & historian.)

“In his new book ‘Bob Goldham – Outside the Goal Crease,’ author Jim Amodeo has shone a long-overdue spotlight on one of the defensive pillars of the ‘Original Six.’ A winner of five Stanley Cups, Bob Goldham’s story has gone overlooked for far to long … until now. Simply put this is an essential addition to the library of any self-professed hockey fan.” (Todd Denault – author & historian)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A follower of hockey beginning in the Original Six Era, Jim Amodeo, is always on the hunt for a good story. His articles can be found at hockeythenandnow.blogspot.com. A student of the history of our grand game, he is a member of The Society for International Hockey Research. Jim resides in Toronto, Ontario. Follow him on Twitter @hkyplus.

Troy, NY Native Josh Haskin Fast Out Of The Gate For Utica College

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By Warren Kozireski —

Utica College sophomore Josh Haskin spent most of his freshman season on the third or fourth line and netted three goals with eight points in 24 games. Starting 2018-19 he was a healthy scratch in the Pioneers opener against Adrian and was held point-less in the second.

Since then he has done nothing but produce tied for the team lead in scoring through the first seven games despite not seeing any time on the power play. His eight points in six games played equals his point total from all of last season.

“I was just filling a role last year to put pucks in deep and go and fore-check, but this year I kind of put myself in a bigger role to hopefully get a few more points than I did last year,” Haskin said in early November.

“I’m playing with a great line too with (Eric) Holland and (Regen) Cavanagh, two freshmen but they play like they are juniors or seniors.

“I think the scratch in the first game kind of put me into gear. I came in (to this season) not cocky, but a little confident and then the scratch put me into perspective, so it was kind of a wake-up call and I just put it together.

“To me it’s just a mindset and I went in and asked coach (head coach Gary Heenan) what I could do to be in every night and he said he wanted to see the killer instinct and that I have the skill set but I am kind of passive. That’s really what changed it.”

Then he registered a collegiate career-best four assist game in his next contest.

“We had that talk after the Adrian game and that was the Manhattanville game, just playing with that killer instinct and see red whenever I’m out there and hopefully that helped my game.”

The 5’9”, 185 lb. 22-year old played the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons in junior hockey with the P.A.L. Jr. Islanders in the USPHL Premier league.

Since Columbia High School didn’t have a hockey team, he played for CP Dynamo. And he grew up going regularly to Houston Field House to see the R.P.I. Engineers play, but also Union College in Schenectady when they were making their Frozen Four run for a few years.

“Every Friday night I would be the little kid there at six o’clock waiting for the doors to open and that was really cool,” Haskin commented about his formative years.”

So why Utica? It starts with the Pioneers averaging the most number of fans of any Division III team in the nation.

“When I was younger I always just wanted to play in front of a bunch of fans, so that was huge in my decision but also I’m a Cyber-Security major. I talked with all the professors and it’s a brand-new building and that place is amazing. I love my major and it’s an hour and a half from home.”

“He’s a kid (that was) in and out of the line-up as a freshman, saw the opportunity to make a difference on this team and he’s stepping up,” Heenan summarized about the start to Haskin’s season.

“His minutes are going through the roof; he’s earned his way doing the little things like cutbacks making room for himself, battles, he’s our leading faceoff guy so we need him out there on key draws, penalty kill.

“We weren’t leaning towards him at the start of the year and he’s earned his way. He has handled the situation right. How many guys do you see scratched the first game that pack it in?”

30 Americans, Including 3 From NYS, To Officiate IIHF Events During ’18-’19 Season

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(Photo of Brian Oliver From USA Hockey)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today that 30 American officials have been selected to serve as referees or linesmen for International Ice Hockey Federation events in 2018-19.

“We’re thrilled to see so many American officials earn the opportunity to officiate at the highest level,” said Matt Leaf, USA Hockey officiating program director. “Each one of them has worked hard to get to this point and I’m confident that they will represent the U.S. well on the world stage.”

American officials will take part in 18 IIHF events this season, including the IIHF World Junior Championship Dec. 26, 2018-Jan. 5, 2019, in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia, the IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championship Jan. 6-13, 2019, in Obihiro, Japan, the IIHF Women’s World Championship April 4-14, 2019, in Espoo, Finland, and the IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship April 18-28, 2019, in Ornskoldsvik and Umea, Sweden.

Nine of the 30 Americans chosen to officiate during the upcoming season have previous experience working in top-level IIHF events, including two who officiated at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo, New York, and two at the 2018 IIHF Men’s World Championship in Copenhagen and Herning, Denmark. Seven Americans have received their first IIHF assignment, while six will make their debut in IIHF pool A tournaments this season.

Assignments for the IIHF Men’s World Championship May 10-26, 2019, in Bratislava and Kosice, Slovakia, will be determined in late February.

For a full list of American officials and their assignments, please see below.

NAME

EVENT

LOCATION

HOMETOWN

Riley Bowles

WM18

Ornskoldsvik and Umea, Sweden

Otis Orchards, Wash.

Sean MacFarlane

WM18

Ornskoldsvik and Umea, Sweden

Otis Orchards, Wash.

Nicholas Briganti

WM18IA

Grenoble, France

Newington, Conn.

Sean Fernandez

WM18IIA

Elektreai, Lithuania

Novi, Mich.

Jonathan Sladek

WM18IIIA

Sofia, Bulgaria

Naperville, Ill.

Andrew Bruggeman

WM20

Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia

North Mankato, Mich.

Brian Oliver*

WM20

Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia

Rochester, N.Y.

Jeremy Tufts*

WM20

Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia

Brentwood, N.H.

Kenneth Anderson*

WM20

Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia

New Hope, Minn.

William Hancock II*

WM20

Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia

Chicago, Ill.

Patrick Richardson

WM20IIA

Tallinn, Estonia

Syracuse, N.Y.

Kevin Briganti

WM20III

Reykjavik, Iceland

Newington, Conn.

Jake Davis*

WMIB

Tallinn, Estonia

Wyandotte, Mich.

Andy Thackaberry

WMIIB

Queretaro, Mexico

Canton, Mich.

Justin Cornell

WMIIB

Queretaro, Mexico

Sterling Heights, Mich.

Andrew Wilk

WUG

Krasnoyarsk, Russia

Costa Mesa, Calif.

Erika Greenen

WUG

Krasnoyarsk, Russia

Nashville, Tenn.

Laura White

WUG

Krasnoyarsk, Russia

Runnemede, N.Y.

Jackie Spresser*

WW

Espoo, Finland

Thornton, Colo.

Jamie Huntley-Park*

WW

Espoo, Finland

La Jolla, Calif.

Jestina Vichorek

WW18

Obihiro, Japan

Carlton, Minn.

Kaylen Erchul

WW18

Obihiro, Japan

Duluth, Minn.

Kristin Moore

WW18

Obihiro, Japan

Broomfield, Colo.

Chelsea Rapin*

WW18IA

Radenthein, Austria

Burlington, Vt.

Kendall Hanley

WW18IA

Radenthein, Austria

Minneapolis, Minn.

Melissa Doyle

WW18IB

Dumfries, United Kingdom

White Bear Lake, Minn.

Sara Strong

WWIA

Budapest, Hungary

Chicago, Ill.

Kristine Langley*

WWIB

Beijing, China

Hopkins, Minn.

Jennifer Cameron

WWIIA

Dumfries, United Kingdom

Northborough, Mass.

Kelly Cooke

WWIIB

Brasov, Romania

Brighton, Mass.

*have previous experience working top-level IIHF events

RIT’s Terra Lanteigne Named CHA Goaltender of the Month For 2nd Straight Month

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ROCHESTER, NY – Junior goaltender Terra Lanteigne (Hatchet Lake, Nova Scotia/Charles P. Allen) of the RIT women’s hockey team, was named College Hockey America Goaltender of the Month for November, 2018. It is her second consecutive monthly honor.

Lanteigne was a two-time CHA Goaltender of the Week in November. She played in all eight games, recording a 2.14 goals against average and a .948 save percentage, while stopping 312 shots. On Nov. 9, she stopped 41 of 42 shots in a 5-1 win over Dartmouth and made a season-high 48 saves the following day. On Nov. 20, Lanteigne also made 48 saves at Penn State and ended the month with consecutive wins over Lindenwood.

This season, Lanteigne leads all of Division I with 557 saves and is seventh nationally with a .939 save percentage. She also has a 2.10 goals against average, while playing in all 17 games. Lanteigne has played 1,029 of 1,042 minutes in goal this season.

RIT wraps up the fall semester and 2018 calendar year with a pair of home games against Boston University of Hockey East. Friday’s game from the Gene Polisseni Center begins at 12 p.m., while Saturday’s contest gets underway at noon.

RIT’s Hunter Barnett Named CHA Rookie of the Week

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ROCHESTER, NY – Freshman forward Hunter Barnett (Caledon, Ontario/Mississauga Jr. Chiefs) of the RIT women’s hockey team was named College Hockey America Rookie of the Week on Tuesday, for the week ending Dec. 2, 2018. It is Barnett’s first weekly honor of her collegiate career.

Barnett scored a goal in each game, lifting the Tigers to a weekend sweep over Lindenwood. She made it 4-1 in the third period Friday night in an eventual 5-2 win and opened the scoring with a power-play marker Saturday, as RIT won by a score of 3-2. She is second on the Tigers with five goals this season.

RIT is back in action this weekend to close out the fall semester. The Tigers host Boston University on Friday at 2 p.m. and Saturday at noon.

Delmas, Drackett, and Stenlund Named AHA Monthly Winners

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The second month of the season is in the books and with that comes a new set of monthly award winners. The November honorees are Noah Delmas, Logan Drackett, and Ludwig Stenlund.

Player of the Month

Noah Delmas – Niagara
Junior, Defense – Schomberg, ONT/Aurora Tigers

Delmas helped lead the Purple Eagles to a 5-2-1 record against conference opponents (5-3-1 overall) to sit atop the Atlantic Hockey standings at the end of November. Delmas picked up 11 points (4 G, 7 A) in those nine games while playing an integral role in the Purple Eagles’ defense, finishing plus-4 and blocking 7 shots. The junior’s month was accentuated by a four-game stretch in which he earned at least two points in every game – the longest multi-point streak of his career. That total made Delmas the fourth-highest scoring defenseman in the country for the month of November – and the highest scoring blue liner in Atlantic Hockey. The 11 points were also tied for 14th overall in the country in scoring during November.

Goalie of the Month

Logan Drackett – RIT
Sophomore, Goalie – Calgary, ALB/Calgary Canucks

Drackett was .500 in his seven starts this month, helping RIT earn points in each conference weekend series of the month. He totaled 173 saves in seven starts, the most, 32, coming in a 2-1 win over AIC. That kicked-off a three-game winning streak for the sophomore which concluded with a 25-save, 2-0 shutout victory, the first of his career, over Canisius. Overall, he was second in the league amongst qualified goaltenders in save percentage and goals against average.

Rookie of the Month

Ludwig Stenlund – Niagara
Freshman, Forward – Skellefteå, SWE/Madison Capitols

Stenlund finished November with eight points (3 G, 5 A) in nine games that saw Niagara go 5-3-1, including 5-2-1 against Atlantic Hockey teams. Stenlund’s five assists in November were tied for the most from any freshmen. His five power play points (2 G, 3 A) were the most in the conference. Nationally, Stendlund’s finished the month tied for seventh overall among rookies with his eight points. However, solely against conference opponents, the Swede tied for second in the country in the same category.

US Junior Select Team Begins Quest For World Junior A Challenge Title

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BONNYVILLE, Alta. – The United States Junior Select Team begins its quest for a World Junior A Challenge title Sunday (Dec. 9) in Bonnyville, Alberta, when it faces Canada West at R.J. Lalonde Arena at 7 p.m. MT.

The World Junior A Challenge is an annual best-on-best tournament held in December showcasing international Junior A talent. Team USA’s roster is comprised of 22 players that play in the United States Hockey League, the lone Tier I junior league in the U.S.

The five-team tournament — which along with the U.S. and Canada West includes Canada East, the Czech Republic and Russia — runs through Dec. 16.

Team USA will play a pre-tournament game on Friday (Dec. 7) against Canada East in preparation for the competition.

Team USA has won the World Junior A Challenge seven times in 12 appearances (2008-10, 2012-14, 2016) and finished among the top two in five of the past six years.

For complete 2018 World Junior A Challenge coverage from USA Hockey, click here.

Notes: Anthony Noreen (Kearney, Neb.) is the head coach of the U.S. Junior Select Team. Noreen is head coach of the USHL’s Tri-City Storm. Mark Abalan (Sioux City, Iowa/Sioux City Musketeers), Shane Fukushima (Waterloo, Iowa/Waterloo Black Hawks) and David Wilkie (Omaha, Neb./Omaha Lancers) are serving as assistant coaches … USA Hockey’s director of junior hockey Marc Boxer (Colorado Springs, Colo.) is serving as general manager … The 2018 field includes Canada East, Canada West, the Czech Republic, Russia and the United States … HockeyTV is the streaming home of the World Junior A Challenge.

Plattsburgh Women’s Hockey Defeats Morrisville

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PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. – The No. 2/2 Plattsburgh State women’s ice hockey team defeated Morrisville State College, 7-1, in the first-ever meeting between the two programs on Wednesday evening at the Ronald B. Stafford Ice Arena in non-conference action. Morrisville will join Plattsburgh State in the Northeast Women’s Hockey League (NEWHL) beginning in 2019-20.

Plattsburgh State is ranked at No. 2 in both the USCHO.com Women’s Division III Top-10 Poll and the D3hockey.com Women’s Top-10 Poll.

The Cardinals relied on a 63-16 edge in shots on goal to come away with the victory and went 1-for-2 on the power play. The Mustangs, meanwhile, were unable to capitalize on the lone power-play opportunity they acquired, which came midway through the first period.

Senior forward Mackenzie Millen (Anchorage, Alaska/North American Hockey Academy) and sophomore forward Annie Katonka (Pittsburgh, Pa./Pittsburgh Pens Elite) each scored twice for the Cardinals, while freshman defenseman Hanna Rose (Chaumont, N.Y./Northwood School) and freshman forward Taylor Whitney (Livonia, Mich./Little Caesars) each posted a goal and an assist. Freshman defenseman Sierra Benjamin (Palm Coast, Fla./Northwood School) also tallied two points, chipping in with two assists.

Plattsburgh State rises to 9-1-0 overall with the win and closes out the calendar year on Friday, Dec. 7, in a 7:30 p.m. non-conference game at Trinity (Conn.) College. Morrisville drops to 8-5-1 overall with the loss and next hosts Wilkes University on Friday, Dec. 7, at 4 p.m.

The Cardinals fired the opening salvo 2:10 into the first period. Freshman forward Natalia Asimakis (Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich./Little Caesars) pushed the puck toward Millen at the top of the left face-off circle, and Millen skated around a Mustang defender in the high slot before going top shelf with a wrist shot.

Katonka scored her first goal of the game with 3:56 gone in the first. Sophomore forward Madison Walker (Denver, Colo./Lansing Spartans) fed sophomore defenseman Emma Killeen (Watertown, Conn./The Gunnery) inside the left circle from behind the goal line, and Killeen fired a shot that was saved. Katonka was waiting just outside the crease and banged in the rebound to hand the Cardinals a 2-0 advantage.

Plattsburgh State added its third goal with 15:33 elapsed in the first period. After freshman forward Holly Schmelzer (East Amherst, N.Y./Niagara Jr. Purple Eagles) took a shot that was saved, freshman forward Nicole Unsworth (Milwaukee, Wis./East Coast Wizards) helped jostle the puck free from traffic at the bottom of the left circle. Freshman forward Sara Krauseneck (Saginaw, Mich./Northern Cyclones) passed up to Rose on the left point, and Rose ripped a slap shot that deflected off the Mustang goalie’s glove and into the back of the net.

Whitney scored on the power play just 1:12 into the second period. Rose wheeled the puck down to Benjamin in the left circle, and Benjamin fired a shot that was saved before Whitney poked in the rebound.

With 5:46 gone in the second, Katonka netted her second goal of the contest, as sophomore forward Abby Brush (Mount Prospect, Ill./Chicago Young Americans) wrapped a centering pass around the net to Katonka, and Katonka tapped the puck in along the left post.

Morrisville erased the shutout bid just 46 seconds after Katonka’s goal. Junior forward Maddison Devlin forced a turnover in the Cardinals’ zone and passed back to junior forward Kylie Cameron in the slot. Devlin then scored blocker side to cut the deficit to 5-1.

Freshman forward Moe Tsukimoto (Sapporo, Japan/Northwood School) added her name to the scoresheet with 13:53 elapsed in the second. Senior forward Courtney Moriarty (Estero, Fla./Northfield Mount Hermon) won a battle for the puck along the end boards, while Whitney played the puck out in front to Tsukimoto in the low slot. Tsukimoto then scored low stick side to net her fifth goal of the season.

At 15:20 of the second period, Millen buried her second goal of the game to close out scoring. Benjamin dumped the puck down into the left corner of the Mustangs’ zone, and Millen beat out a Morrisville defender for possession. She skated around three Mustangs before depositing the puck through the five hole.

Neither team scored nor sustained a penalty in a mostly-uneventful third period, which saw freshman goaltender Ashley Davis (Winterville, N.C./Northwood School) stop five shots in her regular-season home debut.

Senior goaltender Kassi Abbott (Medford, Mass./Boston Shamrocks Elite) turned aside 10 shots in the winning effort for the Cardinals, while sophomore goaltender Karoline Årvik made 56 saves in the loss for the Mustangs.

Southern Maine, Bowdoin Skate To OT Tie; WNY’er Grace Simmons Scores Her First Goal

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(Courtesy of Bowdoin College Sports Information)

BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin College women’s ice hockey team earned its first overtime tie of the season with a 2-2 comeback result against the University of Southern Maine on Tuesday night.

The Polar Bears are still in search of their first win and sit at 0-6-1. The Huskies received outstanding goaltending to force the tie and leave with a 3-4-3 mark.

Game Highlights

Bowdoin got on the board 2:36 into the game after pinning the Huskies in their own zone for the opening minutes. Tala Glass fired a shot from the top left and Jess Cloutier deflected the puck. Marissa Fichter tracked down Cloutier’s tip at the left post and put the puck away.
The Huskies evened the game seconds after killing a power play in the second period. Junior Grace Simmons (Buffalo, N.Y.) left the box and immediately received a feed from senior Jenson Hamblett (Hinesburg, Vt.). Simmons was behind the Bowdoin defense and skated in for an uncontested shot on goal and converted for her first career goal.
With 40 seconds remaining in the period, Southern Maine took the lead. Following a faceoff in the Bowdoin end, junior Jill Hannigan (Portland, Maine) plucked the puck off a Bowdoin player’s stick and flicked a shot over Dani Marquez’s blocker.
Bowdoin earned back-to-back power plays midway through the third and evened the game at 10:39, converting on the second opportunity. Fichter controlled the puck behind the net and passed up to Glass on the right point. Glass slid the puck left to Nell Fusco who fired a slapshot past USM senior goalie Britney Evangelista (North Smithfield, R.I).
By the Numbers

Evangelista kept the Huskies in the game with a 46-save performance.
Marquez made 15 stops in her second collegiate start.
Bowdoin went 1-for-4 on the power play. USM was 0-for-3 with the extra skater.
Up Next

The Polar Bears host UNE on Saturday at 3 p.m.
USM travels to New England College on Friday for a 4 p.m. game.

(Photo from Univ. of Southern Maine)

Moe Tsukimoto Named NEWHL Rookie of the Week; Former Northwood School Alum

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Freshman forward Moe Tsukimoto (Sapporo, Japan/Northwood School) of the Plattsburgh State women’s ice hockey team has been selected as the Northeast Women’s Hockey League (NEWHL) Rookie of the Week for the period ending Dec. 2, 2018, as announced Tuesday by the conference office.

This is Tsukimoto’s first-ever NEWHL Rookie of the Week honor.

Tsukimoto tallied four points on two goals and two assists in a NEWHL weekend sweep of Oswego State on Friday and Saturday. She scored one goal and added two assists while posting a +2 rating in a 4-0 win over the Lakers on Friday before netting a power-play goal in a 6-1 victory over Oswego on Saturday.

For the season, Tsukimoto has six points on four goals and two assists. She is tied for sixth in the NEWHL in goals and tied for 12th in the conference in points.

Plattsburgh State (8-1-0, 6-0-0 NEWHL) next hosts Morrisville State College in a non-conference contest on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m.

Kassi Abbott Named NEWHL Goalie of the Week For 4th Time This Season

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – For the fourth time this season and for the third consecutive week, senior Kassi Abbott (Medford, Mass./Boston Shamrocks Elite) of the Plattsburgh State women’s ice hockey team has been selected as the Northeast Women’s Hockey League (NEWHL) Goalie of the Week, earning the distinction for the period ending Dec. 2, 2018.

This is Abbott’s eighth career NEWHL Goalie of the Week honor.

Abbott backstopped the Cardinals in a NEWHL weekend sweep of Oswego State by authoring a .964 save percentage and a 0.56 goals-against average. She took over sole possession of fourth in career shutouts (15) in the program’s record book with a 22-save effort in a 4-0 victory over Oswego on Friday. Abbott then made five stops in a 6-1 win over the Lakers on Saturday.

For the year, Abbott ranks second in NCAA Division III in save percentage (.982), goals-against average (0.33) and shutouts (6).

Plattsburgh State (8-1-0, 6-0-0 NEWHL) next hosts Morrisville State College in a non-conference contest on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m.