Two members of the William Smith College hockey team were honored by the United Collegiate Hockey Conference this afternoon. Senior forward Gina Scibetta was named the North Player of the Week and junior Olivia Williams was named the North Goalie of the Week.
Scibetta turned a record breaking weekend into her first UCHC praise of the season. She led the Herons with eight points on two goals and six assists in a 2-1-0 week. On Tuesday against Cortland, she set up both goals in a 4-2 loss. On Saturday, Scibetta recorded a career-high four assists guiding the Herons to a 9-1 victory over Alvernia. She set up three consecutive goals bridging the first and second periods. Scibetta’s fourth assist of the game was her 51st career assist and 91st career point. Both numbers eclipsed William Smith’s previous record held by Krista Federow ’18. On Sunday, Scibetta scored a pair of goals in a 6-0 victory over Stevenson. She was credited with game-winning goal and added an insurance goal in the third period. The goals were the 41st and 42nd of Scibetta’s career, which broke the program record of 40 also held by Federow.
Through 16 games this season, Scibetta leads the team with 19 points on six goals and 13 assists.
Williams played every minute in goal for the Herons this week, recording a 2-1-0 record with a .947 save percentage and a 1.69 goals against average. In Tuesday’s loss to the Red Dragons, Williams made 36 saves. On Saturday she made nine saves against the Golden Wolves. On Sunday, Williams stopped all 44 shots she faced as she recorded her second shutout of the season. Sunday’s win was the 25th of her career, which matches the program record held by Maggie Salmon ’18.
Williams is 8-5-0 this season with a 2.69 GAA and a .918 save percentage.
Hobart College sophomore forward Zach Tyson was named the New England Hockey Conference Player of the Week by the league office today. He is the third different Statesman to be named the Player of the Week by the league office.
Tyson led Hobart with four goals in a 1-0-1 week in NEHC play. On Friday night he scored a pair of second period goals in a 4-4 tie with Suffolk. Tyson’s second goal of the game came on the power play. The next day against Johnson & Wales. Tyson made it a 2-0 game with just over two minutes remaining in the first period and added an insurance goal at the 18:01 mark of the third period. The Statesmen
In 13 games this season, Tyson has 11 points on six goals and five assists.
Rochester embarks on its final three games prior to the annual All-Star break beginning on Wednesday, Jan. 22 when they travel to Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse for a North Division showdown against the Cleveland Monsters at 7:00 p.m. The Amerks will then close out the weekend as they host the Laval Rocket at The Blue Cross Arena on Friday, Jan. 24 before facing the Syracuse Crunch on Saturday, Jan. 25.
Rochester shows a record of 28-7-3-4 since the start of the 2011-12 seasons against Cleveland and a 11-3-0 record all-time record versus Laval.
Saturday’s contest with Syracuse will be the 263rd all-time meeting between the Amerks and Crunch. The Amerks hold a 138-116-8 lifetime record versus Syracuse and have posted a 9-5-1-1 record over the last 16 games. Additionally, Rochester has scored a power-play goal in 13 of its last 26 contests against the Crunch, going 18-for-109 (16.5%) with the man-advantage over that span.
AMERKS GET THREE FORWARDS FROM BUFFALO
The Buffalo Sabres reassigned forwards Rasmus Asplund and Scott Wilson as well as defenseman Lawrence Pilut to the Amerks on Sunday.
Asplund returns to Rochester after spending nearly three months during his first-career recall with the Sabres.
The Swedish forward posted three points (1+2) in 28 contests since making his NHL debut for Buffalo back on Nov. 16 against Ottawa. He recorded his first NHL point on Jimmy Vesey’s second-period goal against Calgary on Nov. 27 and scored his first NHL goal at the 19:01 mark of Buffalo’s 7-1 rout over New Jersey on Dec. 2.
Wilson and Pilut both return following their first and second recalls of the season, respectively. Pilut registered five shots in six games with the Sabres while Wilson posted three shots in two contests.
Defenseman Lawrence Pilut and goaltender Jonas Johansson have been named to the North Division All-Star roster for the 2020 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Ontario International Airport. The annual event will take place Jan. 26-27 at Toyota Arena in Ontario, Calif., home of the Ontario Reign. The Swedish duo will also be joined by Amerks head coach Chris Taylor, who clinched the honor of coaching the North Division squad.
SHARING THE CREASE
Anchored by the goaltending tandem of veteran Andrew Hammond and third-year pro Jonas Johansson, the Amerks own one of the top defenses in AHL, having allowed only 108 goals through the first 40 games of the season, the third-fewest in the AHL coming into this week. The duo has also combined for six shutouts and continue to rank among the AHL’s goaltending leaders with 10 and 11 wins on the season, respectively.
Hammond (10-9-2) ranks second among all netminders after notching his fourth shutout of the season back on Dec. 14 in a 5-0 win over Laval, a new career-high. With four shutouts through just 23 games this season, he’s on pace to match the franchise record for most shutouts in a season (8) set by Ryan Miller during the 2004-05 campaign.
Having won nine of his last 11 appearances, Johansson shows an AHL career-best 11-3-3 record with two shutouts this season. He has the fifth-best goal-against average in the league (2.23) and ranks sixth among all netminders with a .924 save percentage in 18 games. Dating back to Nov. 13, the third-year netminder boasts an impressive 9-1-1 record with two shutouts, a 2.15 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage while allowing just two goals or less in six consecutive starts over that span.
Jean-Sebastien Dea continues to lead the team in both goals (12) and points (28) in 38 games this season. Coming into week, Dea, who is also second among all Amerks forwards with 74 shots on goal, has 10 points (2+8) in his last 13 games dating back to Dec. 20.
THE BEST OFFENSE IS A GOOD DEFENSE
Rochester owns three of the AHL’s top point-producing defensemen in Zach Redmond, Casey Nelson and Lawrence Pilut, all of whom have been mainstays on Rochester’s blueline this season.
The 2019-20 season is just a different chapter in the same story for the 31-year-old Redmond, who hasn’t gone more than five games without a point all season. The two-time AHL All-Star and reigning Eddie Shore Award winner is tied for 10th in scoring among all defensemen with 24 points and ranks 10th with a team-high 19 assists. He’s also tied for 20th for goals by a defenseman with five through 37 games this season.
Back from his second recall with the Sabres, Pilut has 16 points (4+12) over his last 21 games dating back to Nov. 15, including goals in three of his last seven outings. Having already established a new AHL career-high in goals, the former SHL Defenseman of the Year is also on pace to set a new career-high in points.
After missing two games and returning to the lineup this past Friday night, Nelson is tied for 13th among all active blueliners with a team-best plus-13 on-ice rating through 35 games.
Rookie defenseman Jacob Bryson is 18th in the AHL for all first-year players with a plus-6 on-ice rating while being the only Amerk to appear in all 40 games so far this season.
Four years ago Bethany Horvatits and Jersey Phillips came on to the ice for Lancaster/Iroquois/Depew, known as LID. They immediately began making an impact on and ice and in the locker room. This is their final season as high school varsity hockey players as they move on to new chapters in their lives.
Horvatits came in as a freshman from Iroquois Central. She was named Alternate Captain in her Senior Year due to her leadership and dedication to hockey. She was also a member of the Iroquois Soccer and Field Hockey team in her sophomore year. She received “Athlete of the Week” honors from Iroquois twice in her tenure at the school.
Horvatits plans to attend Buffalo State College next season and play for the Women’s Bengals. Her major will be biology. Horvatits is the daughter of David and Anna.
Phillips comes from Depew High School and also began LID in her freshman year. She is currently the captain of the LID team due to her leadership skills.
In addition to ice hockey, Phillips played six seasons with the Depew Golf Team and has been on the Depew High Honor Roll every semester and was named Scholar Athlete in the Fall of 2019.
Phillips will join the Mercyhurst University Women’s Ice Hockey Team next season where she will continue her education in the field of Intelligence Studies.
She is the daughter of Chris and Trinity Phillips.
All photos copyrighted by NYHOL; taken by Janet Schultz.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Utica Comets forward Justin Bailey has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending January 19, 2020.
Bailey totaled six goals and eight points in three games during his historic week for the Comets, who climbed into first place in the North Division.
On Wednesday night, Bailey scored three times in the first period to spark Utica to a 6-5 overtime victory over Hartford. Then in Friday’s rematch with the Wolf Pack, Bailey became the first AHL skater in nearly nine years to record hat tricks in back-to-back games, adding an assist for a four-point effort in a 6-3 Comets win. And Saturday, Bailey assisted on the game-winning goal as Utica downed Cleveland, 6-2.
With 13 goals and 18 points in his last 12 games, Bailey has now totaled 35 points in 41 games for Utica this season, ranking third in the AHL in goals (22). The fifth-year pro from Buffalo, N.Y., shows 90 goals and 69 assists for 159 points in 254 career AHL games with Utica, Lehigh Valley and Rochester, along with five goals and four assists in 63 NHL contests with Philadelphia and Buffalo. A second-round choice by the Sabres in the 2013 NHL Draft, Bailey signed as a free agent with Vancouver on July 4, 2019.
In recognition of being named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week, Bailey will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Comets home game.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Freshman forward Brynn Koocher earned her first College Hockey America (CHA) Rookie of the Week honor Monday after a two-point weekend at Robert Morris. Koocher scored a goal and an assist in the series, her Saturday lamp-lighter helping ‘Cuse shutout RMU, 1-0, while also giving Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan his 400th career win. Koocher is the fifth Orange and second freshmen to win a CHA weekly honor this season. Her nod comes on the heels of Mae Batherson receiving the same honor last week after recording four points against Mercyhurst.
Koocher’s assist came midway through game one of the series when she gathered the puck behind the net and tossed it out front for a gliding Abby Moloughney, Moloughney going glove side to make the score 2-1 Colonials. Koocher’s goal came in the final period of game two when she settled a rebound in front of the goalie and threw it in to put Syracuse ahead three minutes into the final stanza.
This is the sixth weekly honor Syracuse has earned this season. In addition to last week, Batherson was recognized on Nov. 4 for registering three-points (2G, 1A) against RIT. Junior goaltender Allison Small picked up a Goaltender of the Week nod on Nov. 25 after making 47 saves over two games against Penn State to help ‘Cuse go 1-0-1 in the series. Junior forward Victoria Klimek earned Player of the Week honors after a two-point day against St. Lawrence on Nov. 16. Junior defender Jessica DiGirolamo was named Player of the Week on Oct. 7 after scoring one goal and logging two assists against No. 7 Boston College.
Up Next at Tennity
The Orange are hosting Youth Weekend Jan. 24-25 when CHA foe Penn State comes to town. The weekend features a pizza giveaway, along with the start of a tournament for EA Sports’ NHL 20, the winner of which will receive a copy of the video game.
Second semester madness. That is the best way to describe the second-half of the UNYCHL season.
The West will likely come down to the final weekend as both Buffalo and Fredonia sit tied at 7-1-1 while ECC is 4-0-2.
Saturday February 8th Fredonia will play at ECC and Sunday February 9th Buffalo will be at ECC.
The top three teams qualify for postseason play as UB and Fredonia have already clinched. ECC needs just 2 points over their final four games to qualify.
What’s at stake? The UNYCHL changed its playoff format to a crossover after round one. The third place team travels to the second place team within the division however; the winner of that game will then play at the number one seed of the Fingerlakes division.
That spot is currently owned by St Bonaventure (who is 11-0 in division play; however Fredonia did defeat them in a prior head to head this year).
The school that finishes first in the West gets to host the #2/#3 winner of the Fingerlakes. Brockport has secured a playoff spot while University of Rochester currently holds the three seed.
Further East Clarkson and Binghamton comfortably hold playoff spots while Hamilton/Union/Albany will fight for the other two.
The UNYCHL final four is Saturday February 22 and Sunday February 23.
Trevor Kuntar Added to 2020 BioSteel All-American Game Roster
Top American prospects eligible for 2020 NHL Draft to compete at USA Hockey Arena tomorrow
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey today announced that forward TrevorKuntar (Williamsville, N.Y.) will participate in the 2020 BioSteel All-American Game, which will take place tomorrow (Jan. 20) at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan. He will be part of the Team Gomez roster.Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET and the game will be televised live on NHL Network.The game features the top American players eligible for the 2020 NHL Draft and this season, for the first time, the format has players from the U.S. National Under-18 Team of USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program — Team Knuble, taking on the top draft-eligible American-born players from the USHL, the lone Tier I junior league in the United States — Team Gomez. The teams are named after the honorary coaches for the contest, retired NHL stars Mike Knuble (Kentwood, Mich.) and Scott Gomez (Anchorage, Alaska).Kuntar is in his third season with the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL. Through 28 games, the 6-foot forward has recorded 23 goals and 15 assists for a combined 38 points. He is committed to play college hockey at Harvard University.For the complete BioSteel All-American Game rosters, click here.Tickets for the BioSteel All-American Game are currently on sale at the USA Hockey Arena box office or online, here.NOTES: Trevor Kuntar will replace Patrick Guzzo who will not be able to compete due to injury … Team Knuble forward Eamon Powell will no longer be able to compete due to injury … Scott Gomez(Anchorage, Alaska) and MikeKnuble (Kentwood, Mich.) — both who played on multiple U.S. men’s national teams, including together on the 2006 U.S. Men’s Olympic Team, will serve as the honorary head coaches … The complete rosters for Team Gomez and Team Knuble can be found, here … To date, 188 alumni of the All-American Prospects Game have been drafted in the NHL, including 44 first-round selections and a record 31 picks in last year’s NHL Draft … Previous host sites for what is now called the BioSteel All-American Game include Buffalo (2012, 2014, 2015, 2017), Pittsburgh (2013), Philadelphia (2016) and Saint Paul (2018) … For more information on the BioSteel All-American Game, click here.
Ten years ago the puck dropped on the first-ever girl’s varsity high school hockey league in Western New York. After four years of hard work by parents, coaches, athletic directors, school superintendents and players, and the dedication of Coach Rick Hopkins and support of Williamsville School District Superintendent Dr. Rusin, six schools became charter members of the league. Williamsville, Kenmore, Amherst, Lancaster, Monsignor Martin, Sweet Home, West Seneca, Frontier and Orchard Park. Without enough players in any one school, combinations were built giving us Amherst and Sweet Home and Buffalo-area catholic schools combining fr a Monsignor Martin team. December 1, 2010 Monsignor Martin faced off against Williamsville at the then Pepsi Center in Amherst. The score 5-1 in favor of Monsignor Martin.
Over the ten-year span Clarence joined Amherst and Sweet Home to form CASH; Grand Island joined Kenmore; Lancaster brought in Iroquois and Depew, now LID; West Seneca had Hamburg and Eden join to form LID and LakeShore joined Frontier and Orchard Park for a team fondly called FLOP.
Last season Niagara County had girls from Starpoint and Niagara Wheatfield and this season they have players from North Tonawanda and Lewiston-Porter, making them a truly Niagara County High School Team.
On November 19, 2019 Monsignor Martin and Williamsville faced off in a first-ever game repeat at the Northtowns Center . This time it was a 3-1 victory for Williamsville.
Why this history lesson in a playoff story?
Well, the league has a history of no one knowing who will end up where in the playoffs, who will be a champion and who will head off to the State Championship.
First, a clarification. Due to the rules of the Section VI federation, Monsignor Martin cannot play in the Sectionals but only in the league playoffs. So WNYGVIH has two playoffs.
The first playoff for this season begins Tuesday, Jan. 21 when #8 Niagara County (NICO) faces #1 Lancaster/Iroquois/Depew (LID); #7 Clarence/Amherst/Sweethome (CASH0 faces #2 Williamsville; #6 Hamburg/Eden/West Seneca (HEWS) faces #3 Monsignor Martin and #5 Kenmore/Grand Island faces #4 Frontier/Lakeshore/Orchard Park (FLOP).
The eventual winner in the first season was Williamsville and they also won the Section VI championship.
This season, again, we are looking at “anyone can win on any given day.”
LID lost one game in overtime to Monsignor Martin (2-1) in the first game LID played in 2019-2020. LID has the top two scorers in the league in Jersey Phillips (19g/15A) and Morganne Dee (19g, 12A).
Williamsville lost two and tied two, and also has scorers in Emma Roland and Vanessa Willick.
Looking at two teams that could move to the top would be Monsignor Martin and FLOP. FLOP has some good scoring power in Brooke Becker and Mary Kromer; while the strong suit for Monsignor Martin is their goaltending in both Sophia Will and Grace Harrington.
That said, we have seen some great goaltending in Dylan Gorski (LID); Mia Wendell (Wmsl); Kerrigan McCarthy and Kristen Heard (FLOP).
However, never count out Kenmore/Grand Island with Abby Blair, Kaylynn Savoy and Carissa Buyea scoring. Carolyn Bourgeault has also had some outstanding saves in goal.
HEWS, CASH and Niagara County all struggled this season.
HEWS has scoring power in Olivia Wade and Annika Balk and good goaltending with Natalie Davidson.
CASH’s Allison Greene has been putting points on the board while Kylie Page keeps the pucks out.
For Niagara County all of us watch as Goalie Annie Riek stands on her head, or spreads out, to stop the pucks from going in; while teammate Natalie O’Brien seems to hit the net on a regular basis, along with Amanda Jackson and Kayla Persinger.
Looking back Lancaster lost all 18 games in the first season, ending with 0 points and 10 years later they are looking at taking a title.
It was also just released that Williamsville is ranked #1 by My Hockey Rankings for Girls Varsity Ice Hockey in New York State. LID, Monsignor Martin and FLOP are third, fourth and fifth, respectively. Interestingly, Salmon River (who came to play two exhibition games in WNY) is ranked second. Salmon River defeated both FLOP and Kenmore/Grand Island in those games.
FLOP is looking to defend their 2018-19 Federation Championship and Williamsville is looking not only to defend their 2018-19 Section VI championship but the 2018-19 New York State Championship.
The puck drops at 4 p.m. at the Northtowns Center, Amherst on Tuesday followed by games at 5:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Semi-finals will be Wednesday, January 22, at 4:30 and 6 p.m. at Northtowns and the Federation Champioship game will be Thursday, January 23 at 4:30 p.m., also at Northtowns.
Section VI playoffs will be January 28, 30 and the Championship February 3. Playoffs will be held at the Norttown Center and that Championship will be played at Lockport’s Cornerstone Arena.
The NYSPHSAA Championship series will be in Lake Placid February 7 and 8.
GENEVA, N.Y.-The William Smith College ice hockey team cruised to a 9-1 victory over Alvernia in a United Collegiate Hockey Conference contest at The Cooler this afternoon. With the win, the Herons are now 8-7-0 overall and 4-2-0 in conference play.
Senior Gina Scibetta recorded a game-high four points on four assists as she eclipsed William Smith’s career record for assists (51) and points (91). First-years Julianna Gong and Mia LaPlante recorded a game-high two goals each. Five other players recorded multi-point games for the Herons. Junior Olivia Williams started in goal and made nine saves.
Lauren Czymek scored for the Golden Wolves (4-10-0, 0-6-0). Julia Beaven made 39 saves in the Alvernia goal.
William Smith took control of the game right from the opening whistle, finishing the first period with a 19-2 edge in shots on goal. The Herons opened the scoring at the 3:21 mark of the first period. Junior Jules Kennedy deked a defender and wristed a shot from the slot past Beaven for her fourth goal of the season. First-year Laura Hill and junior Julia Mings were credited with assists on the goal. Just over a minute later, junior Emily Martino scored what would prove to be the game winning goal. She fired a shot from the point off a defender and into the back of the net. LaPlante notched her first goal of the game at the 6:59 mark of the opening period. She collected a pass from Scibetta and one-timed a shot across the goal line. Gong added a shorthanded goal to give William Smith a 4-0 lead. She broke into the offensive zone on a breakaway, deked around Beaven and slipped a backhand shot into the net. Scibetta and junior Marykate Martino were credited with assists on the goal.
William Smith picked up right where it left off, adding a goal just over a minute into the second period. LaPlante flipped a loose puck past the goalie for her team leading eighth goal of the season. Scibetta and junior Lexi Nottke were credited with assists on the goal. Scibetta’s third assist of the game tied her with Krista Federow ’18 atop the Herons’ career list with 50 assists and 90 points. Just over a minute later, junior Alison Weiss notched her fourth goal of the season. She snapped a shot from the right faceoff circle into the lower left corner of the cage. Emily Martino was credited with an assist on the goal. Scibetta broke the assist and points record with just over five minutes remaining in the second period. She picked up a loose puck along the end boards and sent a pass to Nottke at the point. Nottke fired a shot along the ice, through traffic and into the net. Senior Kate Klimaszewski also notched an assist on the goal.
Gong and first-year Laura Hill added goals in the third period. Gong broke up a clearing attempt at the blue line and wristed a shot past Beaven for her third goal of the season. Hill banged home a rebound for her fourth goal of the season. Kennedy and Mings were credited with assists on the goal.
Czymek broke up William Smith’s shutout bid with her first collegiate goal. She poked a loose puck across the goal line. Abby Reisinger was credited with an assist on the power play goal.
William Smith finished the game with a 48-10 advantage in shots on goal. The Golden Wolves were 1-for-4 on the power play and the Herons were 0-for-2 with the extra skater.
RYE, N.Y. – For the first time since November of 2009, a Valiant men’s hockey player notched a program-record-tying four goals in a single game. Manhattanville College men’s ice hockey senior assistant captain Ken McLean (New Rochelle, N.Y./New Rochelle) accomplished that feat today – his first-ever multi-goal game – Saturday, Jan. 18, as the Crimson and White suffered a tough United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) loss to Neumann University by a score of 6-5. Mickey Lang and Chris Tafford are the only others to achieve that mark previously.
The Valiants (6-9-1, 3-6 UCHC) took the early lead, first at 2-1 in the first period, and then again with a 3-1 lead after scoring the lone goal in the second. However, it was the Knights (5-11, 4-5 UCHC) who notched the 5-2 advantage in the third period to come away with the victory.
Manhattanville’s first goal came just under four minutes in when the Valiants dumped the puck in deep. McLean came in hard on the forecheck, forced a turnover behind the net and threw the puck at the back of the Neumann netminder’s pad and saw it bounce off and into the net. The Knights tied it up with just over four minutes until the first intermission, but McLean found the back of the net once again next with 1:18 on the clock and the Valiants on the man-advantage. Sophomore Niko Happo (Kauniainen, Finland/Haukilahti Upper Secondary School) handled the puck at the top of the far circle, cycled it to senior co-captain Ryan Jackson (Montreal, Que./Pomfret School) at the point who ripped a shot on net. The rebound was kicked aside, right onto the blade of McLean’s stick, who scored on an open net.
The second period saw just one goal in the high-scoring affair. Happo grabbed the puck at center ice along the boards and passed it all the way into the offensive zone to hit an open rookie Nick Prestia (Niagara Falls, Ont./Salisbury School) on the breakaway. The freshman deked out the Neumann goalie to the left and scored on the backhand with just over 5:00 gone in the period, making it 3-1 Manhattanville.
The Knights scored first on the powerplay in the third before McLean was able to record the hat trick next with 5:28 gone in the period. The senior won the powerplay faceoff back to Jackson at the point, who sent it to the far circle where Happo passed the puck cross-ice to McLean for a wrister past the goalie and make 4-2 with 14:32 remaining.
Neumann would rattle off the next three goals in less than five minutes to take a 5-4 lead. However, it was once again McLean on the powerplay from Jackson and Happo that tied it up at 5-5 with under 7:00 remaining. Happo took the puck at the far point, spun around a Knights’ defender, backhanded a pass to Jackson who found McLean at the top of the near circle. The Valiant centerman snuck a shot under a sliding Neumann defender and past the screened netminder. Happo’s four assists tie him for second all-time on the program’s single-game record book, while McLean’s three powerplay scores tie for first. Unfortunately, it was Neumann who scored the final goal with just over 2:00 on the clock to take the game.
Manhattanville returns to action for a pair of upstate New York road UCHC contests next weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 25-26, closing out the regular-season series with both Nazareth College and #6 Utica College.
Koocher’s fifth career goal lifts Syracuse past Robert Morris, helps Flanagan become seventh women’s coach to hit milestone
PITTSBURGH – Freshman Brynn Koocher lit the lamp five minutes into the third period Saturday afternoon to help Syracuse (7-15-1, 6-3-1) top College Hockey America (CHA) foe Robert Morris (13-9-2,7-3-0 CHA), 1-0, and record head coach Paul Flanagan’s 400th career victory. Koocher’s fifth of the year makes Flanagan the seventh collegiate women’s coach to hit the 400-win mark, and just the second in the CHA. The shutout was the second of junior goaltender Allison Small’s career.
“Yesterday was a tough game so to come back today and get the game-winning goal was an amazing feeling,” Koocher said.
“We needed this win and those two points today,” Flanagan said. “Last night we knew we underperformed and ran into a buzzsaw. To bounce back today with a real determined effort from start to finish was great. We played with confidence and with each other and that’s what we need. This was a great road win for our program. From goaltending to how our seven defenders and 11 forwards played, everyone contributed.
“In terms of the milestone, it’s just a longevity thing that’d I’ve been here,” Flanagan added. “It’s always special when you hit a milestone, but it’s just another win and to me it’s more special to be with this group. I’m more about the group and the seniors and how many wins they have. To me that means a lot—to see how many wins they can get.”
“It’s really nice to know that we as a team were a part of this milestone,” Koocher said. “It’s a really cool experience for him and I’m really happy that my play and my linemates were able to contribute to that.”
How it happened: Chances were limited for the Orange in the opening two periods, Syracuse sending just 13 shots on frame in the opening 40 minutes. Small made multiple big-time saves to keep the score level as RMU worked to create scoring chances throughout the game.
Koocher broke the stalemate five minutes into the third when she buried the puck off a second chance near the crease, Abby Moloughney and Victoria Klimek assisting in the play. RMU sent 15 more shots toward goal, but Syracuse’s defense never faltered to get the series finale. Small ended the night with 32 saves, four shy of her career high.
Up Next at Tennity The Orange are hosting Youth Weekend Jan. 24-25 when CHA foe Penn State comes to town. The weekend features a pizza giveaway, along with the start of a tournament for EA Sports’ NHL 20, the winner of which will receive a copy of the video game.
Save the Date Fans once again have the chance to skate outside with the Orange as Syracuse is hosting an open skate at the Clinton Square Ice Rink. ‘Cuse takes to the ice Monday, Jan. 20 from 4-6 p.m. In addition to skating, fans will have opportunities to collect autographs and giveaway items. Skating costs $3 for adults and $2 for kids.
Saints Top No. 7 Clarkson in First Game at Appleton
Jacquie Diffley scored 11 minutes and 54 seconds into the game and Lucy Morgan made 25 saves to lead the St. Lawrence University women’s hockey team to a 1-0 win over seventh-ranked Clarkson in an ECAC game at Appleton Arena on Saturday afternoon.
The win capped a celebratory day for the Saints, who were playing their first game of the season at Appleton after playing their first eight games home games at SUNY Canton due to renovations at the historic arena.
“Wow,” said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells ’92. “What a day! So many people did so many things to make this day happen. People were doing jobs that were above and beyond what their job titles say! We were glad to pay them all back with the win. Certainly a day we will all remember; great crowd, atmosphere and both teams played hard and clean. I really liked our pace and we had a lot of quality chances that went wide and were saved.”
Diffley’s goal came on a wrist shot from the top of the right faceoff circle. It was her second goal of the season and her first career game-winning goal. Jessica Poirier picked up an assist on the play.
The shutout was the third of the season for Morgan; it was also the first for the Saints over the Golden Knights in more than 13 years and the first at Appleton. The only other time St. Lawrence has shut out Clarkson in the previous 55 meetings in program history was a 5-0 win on October 21, 2006, at Cheel Arena.
Clarkson goaltender Marie-Pier Coulombe stopped 17 of St. Lawrence’s 18 shots.
“We got a few bounces late in the game to get pucks out and pucks went by the post and Lucy made some great saves to keep the shutout,” Wells said.
The Saints improved to 9-9-5 on the season and the Golden Knights fell to 16-4-4.
The 1,363 fans in attendance, the second-highest total in program history, were the first to see Appleton Arena’s new lobby, widened concourses, new video and ribbon boards, new concession stands and the new video production room. Fans watching on ESPN+ or Stretch Internet enjoyed improved camera quality, multiple camera angles, on-screen graphics and instant replays.
The Saints will host Harvard and Dartmouth in ECAC Hockey contests next weekend.
CORTLAND, N.Y. – Junior Grace Schnorr (Camillus/Little Caesars) broke her own school record with her 16th goal of the season as the Cortland women’s ice hockey team skated past NEWHL opponent Buffalo St., 4-2, Saturday afternoon at Alumni Arena. Schnorr had set the modern-era (since the 2000-01 season) record of 15 goals last season.
Sophomore Teryn Field (Cicero/Lysander Lightning) and freshman Jayden Kelley (East Berne/CP Dynamo) led the Red Dragons with one goal and one assist each. Junior Katelinn Cummings (Johnson City/Northwood School) added a goal, freshman Martha Dzieniszewska (Old Bridge, NJ/New Jersey Colonials) recorded two assists and senior Emily Rose (Chaumont/Syracuse Nationals), sophomore Lindsay Reyes (Chino Hills, CA/Anaheim Lady Ducks) and freshman DanyDonegan (Cicero/Syracuse Nationals) chipped in with one assist apiece. Junior goalie Chelsea Allain (Malta/Canterbury School) made 21 saves.
Freshmen Lexi Lazore (Akwesasne/Ontario Hockey Academy) and Tristin Stetson (Anchorage, AK/Anchorage North Stars) netted the goals for the Bengals. Seniors Cheyenne Matson (Wasilla, AK/Alaska All-Stars) and Jessica Carter (Scottsdale, AZ/Northern Cyclones) and junior Lauren Madden (Jamestown/Cazenovia Chiefs) each collected an assist. Junior goalie Bri Gawronski (Dunkirk/Buffalo Bisons) registered 32 saves.
Cortland built a 3-0 lead after the first period. Kelley scored on the power play at 8:49 right in front to open the scoring. Cummings made it a 2-0 score with a shot from the right point through traffic at 14:41. Field pushed the lead to 3-0 when she poked in a loose puck at 17:52.
The Bengals netted the only two goals of the second period to pull to within 3-2. Lazore scored on a loose puck in front on the power play at 7:18, and Stetson buried a wrist shot from the right side in close at 9:36.
Schnorr tallied her record-setting goal just 54 seconds into the third period when she one-timed a shot past Gawronskioff a pass from Kelley. The Bengals pressed to cut into their deficit, pulling Gawronski for an extra skater with 44 seconds remaining, but the Red Dragons held on for the 4-2 victory,
Saves: Bri Gawronski (Buffalo St.) 32 saves (4 GA in 59:16), Empty Net :44; Chelsea Allain (Cortland) 21 saves (2 GA in 60:00) Shots on goal: Cortland 36 (12-8-16), Buffalo St. 23 (3-10-10) Penalties: Cortland 2-4:00, Buffalo St. 1-2:00 Power Play: Buffalo St. 1-2, Cortland 1-1
Records after game: Cortland (Red Dragons) 11-4-1, 5-4-1 NEWHL, Buffalo St. (Bengals) 3-13, 1-8 NEWHL