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AAA Named Official Safe Driving Partner of the NYSPHSAA

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AAA to Provide Safe Driving Advice to Teens Across New York State


LATHAM, NY – AAA and the New York State Public High School Athletic Association have announced a multi-year partnership naming AAA as the “Official Safe Driving Partner of the NYSPHSAA.”

New and experienced drivers will benefit from the partnership as AAA will provide safe driving tips to the NYSPHSAA membership.

Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens ages 16-19.  In fact, six teens are killed each day in crashes that are entirely preventable.  Per miles driven, teen drivers are nearly three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be killed in a crash. Even the best and brightest teens have increased risk of being involved in a deadly crash.

“Keeping our student-athletes safe on the road is something we should all strive to do,” said Dr. Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA Executive Director. “Welcoming AAA as the official safe driving partner of the NYSPHSAA is a great way for students across the state to get safe driving tips and keep our teen drivers focused and informed when they get behind the wheel.”

According to the latest AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety Culture Index, 47 percent of teen drivers, aged 16-18, admitted to speeding on residential streets while 35 percent admit to texting while driving and 32 percent have run red lights.

“AAA New York State is proud to support interscholastic athletics throughout New York as the Official Safe Driving Partner of NYSPHSAA. AAA has a rich history of promoting safe driving habits and looks forward to the opportunity to provide safety information to New York’s student athletes,” said John Corlett, Director of Public Affairs for AAA New York State.

AAA is committed to providing parents and teens with tools, information, and other resources to help teens become safe drivers. Teens lack the experience, skills, and maturity of a seasoned driver, which increases the chance of a deadly outcome, not just for the teen driver, but also for any passenger as well as others on the road. “We all have a vested interest in ensuring that the teens in our lives are safe when behind the wheel,” Corlett added.

Through the partnership, AAA will also have a presence at State Championship events.

The American Automobile Association (AAA) provides services to its members, including roadside assistance, member-exclusive discounts, and travel planning assistance. Please visit AAA.com/YouthSports for more information.

USA Hockey Partners With LiveBarn

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today a partnership with LiveBarn, a leader in streaming youth and amateur sports in North America.

LiveBarn will have designation as an official partner of USA Hockey and help to promote the game of hockey and highlight various USA Hockey initiatives.

“We’re pleased to add LiveBarn to our USA Hockey partner family,” said Pat Kelleher, executive director of USA Hockey. “They’re passionate about hockey and we most certainly appreciate their support.”

“We are very excited to be partnering with USA Hockey. While we broadcast many sports, hockey is in our blood and this partnership is a natural extension of our brand. Our technology is installed in hockey rinks in the U.S., Canada and Sweden. We have a product that can benefit every member of the USA Hockey family from parents to players to coaches, and we look forward to collaborating with them on our current and future initiatives“ said Ray Giroux, chief operating officer of LiveBarn. 

About USA Hockey

USA Hockey, established on October 29, 1937, and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, provides the foundation for the sport of ice hockey in America; helps young people become leaders, sometimes Olympic or Paralympic heroes; and connects the game at every level while promoting a lifelong love of the sport. USA Hockey is more than a million strong, including players, coaches, officials and volunteers that span all 50 states. The National Governing Body for the sport in the United States, USA Hockey has important partnerships with the NHL, United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee and International Ice Hockey Federation. For more information, visit usahockey.com.

About LiveBarn

LiveBarn provides Live Streaming and On Demand replay of amateur and youth sports events. LiveBarn is installed in 815 ice hockey venues – broadcasting from over 1,250 rink surfaces – from 45 states with additional partners added weekly. As a global company, they provide live streaming from Canada, Sweden and Israel, broadcasting baseball, basketball/volleyball and soccer/turf sports in addition to Ice Hockey. LiveBarn is available on a subscription service with streams accessible via a desktop or mobile browser, the LiveBarn iOS App or the LiveBarn AppleTV App. Members can download game content, save 30 second highlights, Live Tag highlights from within a venue. LiveBarn was founded in 2015 and headquartered in Montreal, Canada. To learn more, please visit livebarn.com.

Colgate Women’s Hockey Duo Earn Weekly Honors

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CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. —Danielle Serdachny and Kayle Osborne each tabbed ECAC Hockey weekly awards, announced by the league office on Tuesday.

Serdachny earned Player of the Week after tallying four points against Vermont this weekend. The Edmonton, Alberta native notched a goal in the Raiders 3-0 win on Saturday and topped that with two goals and an assist in Sunday’s 5-1 victory.

The junior now leads the conference in points (14) and assists (11).

Osborne was named MAC Goaltending Goalkeeper of the Week after allowing just one goal in the Raider’s two games this weekend.

A native of Westport, Ontario, Osborne recorded 18 saves in Saturday’s shutout. The junior followed that up on Sunday with 22 saves, as she denied the Catamounts on multiple scoring opportunities.

Osborne ranks third in the conference in saves with a total of 94.

Colgate climbed up one spot to third in this week’s USCHO national rankings. The Raiders play a pair of games against Syracuse this week starting with a 6 p.m. matchup at home on Thursday followed by a 4 p.m. road game on Saturday. 

(Colgate Women’s Hockey Photo)

Army’s Firriolo Is AHA Defensive Player of the Week

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WINTHROP, Mass. – After recording a career game high five blocked shots, Anthony Firriolo earned the Atlantic Hockey Association’s Defensive Player of the Week award. The total was also an Atlantic Hockey high on the weekend. 

The five-block effort by the Montville, N.J., native was part of a 22-block effort by Army in the contest. This is the second career Atlantic Hockey weekly honor for the former AHA All-Rookie Team selection. 

(Army/West Point Hockey Photo)

Moloughney Earns CHA Offensive Player of the Week Honors For Syracuse Women’s Hockey

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Orange senior forward Abby Moloughney is the College Hockey America (CHA) Offensive Player of the Week for her performance in Syracuse’s season-opening series at St. Lawrence. She scored two goals and had one assist in the two games. Moloughney scored Syracuse’s first goal of the season in a 4-1 loss on Friday. In the 2-2 OT tie on Saturday, she tallied one goal and one assist. Her goal tied the game with 2:10 remaining in regulation to force overtime.

The 2021-22 assistant captain is tied for 10th on the Syracuse career points record list and is approaching the top 10 in goals and assists.

Syracuse will host Clarkson University in its home opener at Tennity Ice Pavilion at 6 pm on Thursday, October 7th, in the first event of the Kickoff Weekend of the Celebration of 50 Years of Syracuse University Women’s Athletics. All former student-athletes, fans and friends of Syracuse University Athletics are invited to campus to begin the celebration 50 years of women’s athletics during multiple events.

(Syracuse Women’s Hockey Photo)

Trevor Zegras Wins Bob Johnson Award

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Bedford, NY Native
The award recognized excellence in international hockey competition
 
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Trevor Zegras (Bedford, N.Y.) has been named the recipient of the 2021 Bob Johnson Award, presented by Nike, USA Hockey announced. The award, named for legendary coach Bob Johnson, recognizes excellence in international hockey competition.

Zegras won his first gold medal with USA Hockey at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship, while also being named tournament MVP. Zegras led all players in the tournament with 18 points, becoming the first American to outright lead the tournament since Derek Stepan accomplished the feat in 2010.

Zegras was also tops in the tournament with 11 assists and second in goals with seven.The forward wrote his name in the U.S. record books countless times after the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship.

He ranks second for most assists in a single tournament (11), second for most points in a single tournament (18) and tied-third for most goals in a single tournament (7). He also set new career high marks: tied-first in U.S. career assists (20) and tied-first in career points (27).

Zegras was the fifth American to be named tournament MVP. 2021 marked the second time Zegras competed for Team USA at the IIHF World Junior Championship.

Prior to playing for the U.S. National Junior Team, Zegras won a bronze medal in the 2019 Under-18 Men’s World Championship.

Zegras currently plays for the Anaheim Ducks, the same team that drafted him in the first round, ninth overall at the 2019 NHL Draft. Prior to Anaheim, Zegras played at Boston University after two seasons with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program.

Zegras played his youth hockey for the Mid Fairfield Rangers.

(USA Hockey Photo)

Kane, Matthews, Jones Named First Three Players of 2022 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team

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Final U.S. roster to be announced in January
 
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Patrick Kane (Buffalo, N.Y./Chicago Blackhawks), Auston Matthews (Scottsdale, Ariz./Toronto Maple Leafs) and Seth Jones (Plano, Texas/Chicago Blackhawks) have been named the first three players of the 2022 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team it was announced by USA Hockey.

“It’s no secret we’re excited about the prospects of our team for the 2022 Games,” said Stan Bowman, general manager of the 2022 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team. “Patrick, Auston and Seth reflect the high level of talent that will make up our final roster as we strive to bring gold back home to the U.S.”

The remainder of the 25-player U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team is expected to be unveiled in January. Team USA is scheduled to begin play in the Olympic tournament on Feb. 10 against host China. 

ABOUT KANE
Kane, 32, is just the 13th player to be selected to three or more U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Teams. The three-time Stanley Cup champion is embarking on his 15th season in the NHL, all with the Chicago Blackhawks. The first overall pick in the 2007 NHL Draft, Kane has represented the U.S. on the international stage eight previous times, including in the 2010 (silver) and 2014 Olympic Winter Games, and most recently as captain in both the 2018 (bronze) and 2019 IIHF Men’s World Championship. Kane, a forward, has won numerous NHL awards in his career, including the Conn Smythe Trophy, Hart Memorial Trophy, Calder Trophy and Art Ross Trophy. He was a member of USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program from 2004-06.

ABOUT
MATTHEWSMatthews, 24, who led the NHL in goals last season with 41, is beginning his sixth NHL season, all with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He has represented the U.S. on the international stage five previous times, including helping Team USA win gold in the 2014 and 2015 IIHF U18 Men’s World Championship, and bronze in the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship. The first overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft by Toronto, Matthews is making his first Olympic appearance. The forward won the NHL’s Calder Trophy in 2017 and was a member of USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program from 2013-15.

ABOUT JONES
Jones, 27, is making his first Olympic appearance, but has represented Team USA on the international stage on five previous occasions, most recently helping the U.S. to the bronze medal at the 2015 IIHF Men’s World Championship. He was also part of U.S. gold-medal teams at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship and the 2011 and 2012 IIHF U18 Men’s World Championships. Selected fourth overall in the 2013 NHL Draft by the Nashville Predators, Jones is entering his ninth NHL season and first with the Chicago Blackhawks. The defenseman started his NHL career with Nashville before competing for the Columbus Blue Jackets. Jones was a member of USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program from 2010-12.

NOTES: Along with GM Stan Bowman, the management group for the 2022 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team includes Bill Guerin (Minnesota Wild) and John Vanbiesbrouck (USA Hockey) … Mike Sullivan, head coach of the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins, is the head coach of Team USA, along with assistant coaches John HynesTodd Reirden, David Quinn and Ryan Miller.

(USA Hockey Photo)

Brandon Kasel’s Career Comes Full Circle

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For goaltender Brandon Kasel, walking into the Adirondack Bank Center was a reminder of his younger days playing high school hockey battling it out for the State Championship. Brandon is just one example of someone who climbed the ladder of youth hockey in the Mowhawk Valley and made it to its biggest stage. Now, in the American Hockey League camp for the Utica Comets, the level of hockey has taken a big leap since his younger days as a kid growing up in Ithaca, New York. For Brandon, this experience is almost surreal. 

“Honesty, it’s incredible. Since I got here, it’s been a dream. I wasn’t expecting this opportunity and it came up. I played in this rink a few times growing up. Being here at this level is just amazing. Growing up in Syracuse I had great memories playing at the Aud. I played a little bit of high school hockey in the State Championships here. That was a good memory going to the State finals. It’s always been an incredible experience here.”

Brandon is a kid who knows all about the area of Utica and after the merger of the Syracuse Stars junior program two seasons ago. The Stars program started in 1985 and includes former NHL goaltender and President of the Utica Comets, Robert Esche as an alumnus. Brandon played U-18 Midgets in 2014-2015 and one year of Junior Hockey for the Stars in 2015-2016. He truly climbed the ladder within the organization from youth hockey to the pros.

All of the Stars alumni are now part of the Utica Junior Comets program which encompasses the Premier and NCDC teams.

When you grow up in hockey and begin your professional journey, usually you must leave family far behind. But for Brandon, his family is a quick drive away.

“I love having family close. I played college hockey in Saratoga. Everything kind of connects and I’m very tied to this area. So, it’s nice having that support. I grew up watching the Buffalo Sabres. Ryan Miller was one of my go-to guys,” remarked Kasel. 

Brandon hopes his career can take the same trajectory as other great American born goalies. If it does, it will be because of his work ethic that even years later isn’t forgotten on those who watched him as an amateur.

Nicole Kelly, Vice President of Business of Development and Director of Junior Hockey remembers Brandon well, “He was a standout goalie in the program. Extremely hard-working kid. Seeing him rise to this level is a testament to not only the program but also Brandon as a person and player.”

The former Syracuse Star is ready for the next step in his career, built on the foundation of great competition in the Upstate New York area. Despite missing last season, he’s thrilled with the experience thus far.

“It was definitely an adjustment. It was my first real practice in over a year. I am just getting a feel for it. So, it was an incredible experience,” said Kasel.

(Utica Comets Hockey Photo)

Roland’s Star Now Shining With RIT Women’s Hockey

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BY RANDY SCHULTZ –

During the second period of a recent hockey game between RIT and Union College at the Gene Polisseni Center in Rochester, NY, Tigers right winger Emma Roland steps on the ice. With her team trailing in the game, it is one of those situations where a player has to take a chance.

As a Union player skates across her team’s blue line Roland poke-checks the Union players stick, jarring the puck loose. Suddenly Roland finds herself on a breakaway skating in on the Dutchwomen’s net.

Roland skates in on Union netminder, Olivia Rinzel. Stickhandling the puck, the Tigers right winger goes to her backhand shot. Unfortunately for the RIT forward, Rinzel gets her glove on the rising puck and makes the save, stopping play.

Although Roland may have missed on this scoring attempt, she knows she will have others. And anyone who has followed Roland’s hockey career knows there will be many more scoring opportunities for her.

Now in her second season on the RIT women’s hockey team, Roland’s reputation as a scorer is well known. Prior to attending RIT, Roland set goal scoring records for the Williamsville High School girls hockey team.

She led her Williamsville team to the New York State Girls High School Hockey Championship in her junior year (2018-19). Williamsville almost won back-to-back championships in her senior year, unfortunately losing in the NYS girls high school championship contest.

But that was then and this is now. Roland has appeared to have made the adjustment to D1 women’s hockey without many problems.

“I’m so happy that I chose RIT,” commented the 5’-4” Roland. “I’m having a great time here with the team.

“What I have here is everything I worked for when I was younger. It was the best decision I could have made.”

But Roland will be the first to admit that her freshman year with the Tigers was not what she expected, especially with the Pandemic and the COVID outbreak.

“Last year was hard, especially not having fans around,” remarked the Williamsville, NY native. “But it makes what we have this year even better.

“It makes us more grateful everyday that we have all our games and our fans back.  This year we get those consistent weekends with games and all.

“Last year it was a day-by-day situation. You didn’t know how many girls you would have on your bench for a game.

“You didn’t know how many games you would have because there were so many games cancelled and then rescheduled.”

With some college experience under her belt, what advice would Roland give to any high-school age girls playing hockey?

“I really think they should all strive to play (college) hockey,” answered the daughter of Tracy and James Roland. “My Williamsville experience really helped me get here.

“They should enjoy the game. I had so much fun playing in high school. And I’m still having fun playing the game in college.”

There is an obvious difference going from high school hockey to playing college hockey.

“It’s a lot faster here,” stated Roland. “It’s a lot more physical too.”

And while Roland may have had the quick moves during his playing days in Williamsville, she knew she would have to step up her game once she got to college.

“It started in my freshman year,” said Roland. “I think I’m getting better at it this year.

“It’s faster paced, so you have to make faster decisions.”

With 11 freshmen in the RIT lineup, how does it feel to be a “veteran” on the team?

“It’s not something I would have expected as a sophomore,” sais a smiling Roland. “We have a lot of freshmen on the team, it still puts us in a good situation.

“We can teach them our culture and our program. We will grow together.”

One thing that hasn’t changed for Roland from her junior year in high school is her academic focus. Nearly four years after revealing and discussing what she wanted to do with her off-ice life, Roland is studying to be a Physician Assistant.

“I’m super excited about that,” remarked Roland. “There are a lot of science classes. I enjoy it.

“It’s a great experience here at RIT.”

(Photo By Janet Schultz Photography/NYHOL)

RPI Men’s Hockey Name Captains

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TROY, N.Y. – Seniors Ture Linden and Linden Marshall have been named captains of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) men’s hockey team for the 2021-22 season. Classmate Ottoville Leppanen will be an assistant captain and will be joined by graduate students Anthony Baxter (road games) and Shane Sellar (home games). The announcement was made by head coach Dave Smith.

A forward from Great Falls, Va., Linden is the Engineers’ top returning scorer for 2019-20, when he netted six goals and dished out 15 assists for 21 points, with one game-winning tally. Appearing in all 34 games that season, he recorded 50 shots, while blocking 22 at the defensive end and compiled a +7 rating. He was a key contributor to RPI’s penalty killing efforts that posted an .860 success rate on the year, including .868 in ECAC Hockey play.

Linden was RPI’s top scorer in conference play the last time the team took the ice, notching 20 points in 22 games. The former Lone Star Brahmas standout scored six goals and had 14 assists, with a +13 rating and 32 shots on goal.
In 70 career games at RPI, Linden has nine goals and 20 assists for 29 points.

A senior goaltender out of Victoria, B.C., Marshall went 3-3-0 with a 2.90 goals against average and a .904 save percentage in eight games (6 starts) last season. He turned away 179 of the 198 shots he faced. In three ECAC Hockey games (2 starts), he was 1-1-0, with a 1.83 goals against average and a .938 save percentage.

Marshall made 28 starts as a freshman in 2017-18, posting a 5-20-2 record, with a 3.17 goals against average and a .904 save percentage. Recording one shutout – a 29-save outing in the first round of the ECAC Hockey Tournament at Colgate – the former Trail Smoke Eater made 828 saves on 916 shots, while compiling 1665:09 minutes.

Through 51 career appearances for the Engineers, Marshall is 13-31-2, with a 3.25 goals against average and a .900 save percentage. Playing 2747:08 minutes, he has one shutout.

A senior forward from Espoo, Finland, Leppanen played in 33 of the team’s 34 games in 2019-20, scoring four goals and assisting on 10 more for 14 points. He scored one power-play tally, had 38 shots and was a -5 for the season. In 21 league games, he had two goals and five assists for seven points.

Leppanen, a former member of the Espoo Blues U20 team, has played in 69 career games at RPI, registering eight goals and 25 assists for 33 points.

Baxter, who is a defenseman out of Oakville, Ontario, appeared in 16 games for UMass Lowell in 2020-21, where he scored three goals and picked up two assists for five points. He was assessed seven penalties for 25 points, while compiling a +1 rating and recording 26 shots.

In 116 games for the River Hawks, Baxter produced eight goals and 21 assists for 29 points.

A forward who hails from Carlisle, Pa., Sellar’s last college hockey action came for Dartmouth during the 2018-19 season. That year, he played in 34 games for the Big Green, scoring four goals with seven assists for 11 points. A +2 rating on the ice, he had one power-play goal and notched 68 shots.

Sellar appeared in 94 games for Dartmouth, amassing 16 goals 24 assist for 40 points.

Also announced was Rensselaer’s leadership group, which includes Marshall, Linden, Leppanen, Baxter, Sellar, Justin AddamoNick BowmanZach Dubinsky and Jakob Lacka.

The Engineers, who defeated Union College, 5-2, in their exhibition opener last Saturday, begin their regular season schedule this Friday and Saturday, when host Bowling Green for a pair at the Houston Field House.

Culture and Building Relations Is Key in Building a Winning Beauts Team

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By Janet Schultz,NYOL

Photos by Janet Schultz Photography©

Beauts Open Season

The Buffalo Beauts of the Premier Hockey Federation (PHF formerly NWHL) have completed a three-day training camp at their home at Northtowns Arena, Amherst.

A finalized roster has been set with the Beauts listing three outstanding goaltenders including Caty Flagg, Carly Jackson and Lovisa Berndtsson.

On defense are Samantha Fieseler, Marie-Jo Pelletier, Dominique Kremer, Allison Attea, Elena Orlando, Emma Keenan and Emilie Harley.

Amy Budde, Autumn MacDougall, Missy Segall, Brittany Colton, Cassidy MacPherson, Taylor Wasylk, Anjelica Diffendal, Jenna Suokko, Kennedy Ganser, Erin Gehen, Grace Klienbach, Taylor Accursi and Cassidy Vinkle will be the 2021-22 forwards.

Lisa Chesson has opted out of her contract for this season and will not be joining the Beauts. She was on the original list of signings.

The only New Yorkers on the roster are Attea and Gehen, both from WNY. Attea is in her first season with the Beauts and Gehen will begin her third season as a Beaut.

For the last few months Head Coach Rhea Coad has been viewing players on a computer screen and zooming with them. Now to be on the ice in Buffalo she felt it was too good to be true.

“With Covid we were nervous and wondering the what if’s; but now we focus on controlling the controllable,” said Coach Coad.

“The main reason they were so together today (Sunday) is they spent five hours together yesterday (on a scavenger hunt around Buffalo) and then two hours for dinner,” said Coad.

“For the first time we were all in and enjoyed ourselves,” said Coad. “It’s more fun when everyone is all in.”

Coad said the players are doing exactly what the coaching staff went over on video with them and attributes that to their hockey IQ and the culture.

“That’s what we have been lacking, that culture,” said Coad. “They have bought into us giving them the best experience.”

Even though early on, Coad sees the Beauts as being fast, hungry and “in your face.” She wants them to be in control of the game and control the puck. It will be important to build their confidence.

“If they are smiling, we are on the right track to build that confidence,” said Coad.

The coaching staff has some lines in mind but as they move forward they will be looking ahead and may make some minor changes.

“It was a great first weekend for us,” said Cassidy Vinkle. “A lot of us haven’t played together before but for the first time we have players that are all in.”

“We got right into it,” she continued.

“I felt it from day one. The energy was buzzing,” said CJ Jackson. “It takes time to build culture and chemistry; but everyone was engaged from the get go.

“We are building on what we started last year.”

“I feel refreshed. Last season I don’t think we had a full practice with everyone there due to covid,” said Erin Gehen. “So was nice to get back to normalcy.

“We have a tight team even though only together three days.”

“I think we have to build and there are things we need to work on the ice. But the off-ice this weekend was wonderful,” she continued.

Gehen is glad to be back in Buffalo and is very excited to play in front of family and  friends.

“These are the best fans and I am glad to be playing in front of people rather than cardboard,” she said laughing.

Vinkle and Jackson are new to Buffalo and they are getting to know the area.

“Buffalo has the best fans. Walking down the street people knew who the Beauts were and I can’t wait to play in front of them,” said Vinkle. “I am excited to be treated like a professional athlete here.”
“Our culture will define us and getting to know each other is what helps us on the ice,” said Gehen. “It’s exciting moving forward.”

“Our coaches are doing a great job defining that culture. This weekend was huge in getting to know each other as people. The relationships off the ice makes us a better team on the ice,” said Jackson.

“We are from all walks of life and getting together and building a bond is important.”

“The fun of our culture is working together on and off ice,” said Vinkle. “Everyone has to buy in and do their part; and work hard every single day.”

“Last year I learned how much I love hockey,” said Gehen. “We didn’t have the usual off ice relationships (due to the Pandemic). It taught me what it means to be a team in general and focus on relationships.”

She explained that when you don’t have a personal relationship with teammates it’s a struggle. They had players coming into the bubble that the rest of the team had never met and they couldn’t get to know them one-on-one due to the bubble atmosphere. Then they had to play and work with them on the ice, not knowing them. It was hard.

“We can grow those relationships this year,” continued Gehen. “We were all talking even before we could get face-to-face.”

“Its been fun,” said Jackson. “We are  working with returning cores and then adding the new pieces to the puzzle. Our defense is always talking and that is good. Being able to communicate with each other and working toward same goal is what everyone has bought into.”

Jackson also said that adding Berndtsson is a great addition and all three goalies are having fun and enjoying the process together. 

“Sometime that isn’t the case but the three of us are having fun,” said Jackson, thanking GM Nate Oliver.

“We all worked so hard to get to professional hockey and making it work in our personal lives is sometimes challenging; but we are all working together and it’s so fun,” said Jackson with a huge smile on her face.

As every season has been, the Beauts will be facing challenges but that isn’t going to have them worrying about it.

“We are going against every team the same way,” said Gehen. “We know who is in the league and it doesn’t matter who won in past, we play the same way no matter what.”

“There are challenges every year on every team and we will face them together,” said Gehen.

“We have a great foundation. At every practice and every game we will be building and working on it,” said Vinkle.

“By the end of the season we will accomplish all our goals together,” said Gehen.

The Beauts open their regular season at home on Saturday, November 6 against the Toronto Six. Tickets are available at: https://beauts.universitytickets.com/

Introducing the PHF–Premier Hockey Federation

On another topic, they addressed the recent rebranding of the NWHL to the PHF.

The three players are now part of a historical change. The NWHL is now known as the PHF or Premiere Hockey Federation, which is a rebranding to move their mission forward in building strong role models and fueling the continued growth of the sport.

“It’s exciting,” said Jackson. “Really being able to be defined by who we are as hockey players, and who we are as people. We are able to be who we are and that is the most powerful thing.”

“Our differences are what makes us special,” Jackson continued. 

“Now we can be questioned on our hockey skills, not what it was like  growing up playing boys hockey.”

RIT Putting the Pieces Together As they Go; Union Takes Two

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by Janet Schultz, NYHOL

Photos by Janet Schultz Photography©

RIT is back on the ice and struggling in its first five games, losing all. However, a look at who they played may be the answer. RIT has faced two championship teams– Mercyhurst and nationally ranked Colgate. 

Bruce B. Bates Women’s Ice Hockey Coach Celeste Brown told media members early on that this was a puzzle the coaching staff would be putting together piece-by-piece. Some of those pieces are falling into place and others still need to find their location.

“The whole season is going to be process-oriented,” said Brown. “I thought we showed strong promise against Mercyhurst, which is a great sign.”

“Colgate was a tough series but with respect to them they are a top team in the country. That’s the level we ultimately want to get to.”

She feels the younger players had a great opportunity to see how top teams play and where and how they need to get better.

“We had all those players playing in different situations and that’s helping me learn where we need to improve,” said Brown. “The result with Union was not what we wanted, so we need to go back to the drawing board.”

“Our identity is still young and needs to grow and be real. It needs to be every day, every shift and that is a lot for a team to grasp on to” continued Brown.

With 12 freshman on the team Brown has found the older players have taken on the leadership role. But as Brown noted new players in a new environment take more than a day, a week, a month to accumulate.

Brown says the biggest jump for college hockey is from the freshman year to the sophomore year.

Last season they were grateful to play and Brown found it was a chance to see what the program was and where they needed to get to. She considered it an an unbelievable opportunity.

“Results were not great but it was better than not playing,” said Brown. “It also gave us an opportunity to play our league mates and understand where they were at.

“We are choosing to see the positive out of each game, because there are positives in each game. That’s what we need to do and that’s what we want to do to continue to get better.”

One positive from the Union game was that Bailey Kehl was named CHA Rookie of the Week. Kehl had 2 assists and 2 total blocks in the two-game series. 

Scoring this weekend for RIT were Emma Roland, Lindsay Maloney, Abby Davies and Megan McCormick. On Friday Sarah Coe stopped 29 of 36 shots (one empty netter) and on Saturday Taylor Liotta stopped 26 of 30 shots (one empty netter).

Union is coming off a no-game season due to the Pandemic. In 2019-2020 they went 5-24-5 overall.

Scoring for Union over the weekend series against RIT were Celeste Beaudoin, Josie McLeod, Grace Heiting, Maddie Suitor, Paige Greco,  and Maren Friday. Oliva Rinzel stopped a total of 27 shots on 32 attempts over the weekend series.

Head Coach Josh Sciba was an assistant coach at Colgate and was the head coach at Niagara University Women’s Ice Hockey prior to taking the reigns at Union.

RIT faces UConn at home on Friday, Oct. 8 and Saturday, Oct. 9. Start times are 6 p.m. and 2 p.m, respectively. The UConn women’s hockey team was picked fourth in the 2021-2022 Hockey East Preseason Poll. The Huskies finished the 2020-2021 season 7th in Hockey East with an 8-9-1 record.

UConn is coached by former Niagara University men’s ice hockey stand-out Chris MacKenzie. MacKenzie served as NU team captain all four seasons of his career. In his freshman year he was chosen by Coach Blaise MacDonald and then-Assistant Coach Dave Burkholder as the program’s first captain.

Sabres Struggling

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Not a good night so far for the Sabres or their fans. Sabres trail the Columbus Blue Jackets after two periods, 5-1.

(Photo by Janet Schultz Photography, NYHOL)

ECAC Names Three Weekly Award Winners

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CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. — ECAC Hockey has announced its women’s weekly award winners, and Olivia Mobley (Quinnipiac), Lucy Morgan (St. Lawrence), and Maren Friday (Union) have all been honored for the week ending October 3, 2021.

Player of the Week: Olivia Mobley

Mobley (So. – St. Louis Park, Minn.) averaged more than two points per-game this weekend, helping Quinnipiac improve to 4-0 with a sweep of LIU. She recorded a hat trick on Friday, the first of her career, and finished the weekend with five points (4 goals, 1 assist). The sophomore paced the Bobcats offense in a series where they outscored the Sharks 13-1.

MAC Goaltending Goalie of the Week: Lucy Morgan

Morgan (Jr. – Mandan, N.D.) continues to prove she’s one of the top goaltenders in the nation. In this weekends series against Syracuse, she allowed just three goals in two games (1.44 GAA), making 43 saves in the process (.935%). She currently leads all ECAC Hockey goaltenders in save percentage (.954%), and ranks second in saves (104). 

Rookie of the Week: Maren Friday

Friday (Fr. – Duluth, Minn.) took no time to adjust to her first collegiate action, recording multiple points in each of her first two games for Union. She scored a goal in both wins over RIT, including the eventual game-winner on Saturday. She also dished out assists in both contests, helping the Dutchwomen start the season 2-0 for the first time since 2013.