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Senior Players Honored By Colgate Women’s Hockey

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This was Colgate Women’s Hockey Coach Greg Fargo’s comments regarding his seniors and the game following his team’s 5-0 victory over St. Lawrence.

HEAD COACH GREG FARGO’S TAKE
“Today was a really special day for our seniors but also for our entire team. We really could not have drawn up a better senior day for our six outstanding seniors.

“I thought we came out ready to go in the first period and made the most of our scoring chances early on. We followed up the early goals with a tremendous five-minute penalty kill and then a power play goal. Things were really clicking in that first period for us. I know our team really wanted to play well for our seniors, and honor them in that way and we were able to do just that.

“This group has meant so much to our program these past four years and they continue to leave their mark here. I can’t wait to see how the rest of this story is written for them and this team.”

Smigliani and Osborne Awarded ECAC Weekly Honors

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ALBANY, N.Y. – After this weekend’s series against St. Lawrence, sophomore Sammy Smigliani was named ECAC Hockey Women’s Player of the Week and first-year Kayle Osborne was named Goalie of the Week.

Women’s Player of the Week: Sammy Smigliani
MAC Goaltending Goalie of the Week: Kayle Osborne
Adirondack Health Rookie of the Week: Catie Boudiette (Quinnipiac)

In Friday’s 3-2 loss, Smigliani notched one assist, bringing her season assist total to seven. In Colgate’s 5-0 win over the Saints on Sunday, Smigliani recorded her third multi-point game of the season as she had one goal and one assist. She now has a five-game point streak on four goals and four assists.

On the other end of the sheet, Osborne tallied 45 saves with just three goals against. She recorded 22 saves in Friday’s game against the Saints. In Sunday’s contest, Osborne did not allow any goals on 23 shots through 53:29 of action. Her outstanding weekend led her to win Goalie of the Week for the second time this season.

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Colgate travels for a road series against Quinnipiac, starting at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26 in Hamden, Conn.

Leschyshyn and Van Vliet Receive Honors

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Syracuse sophomore Anna Leschyshyn and freshman Amelia Van Vliet are the College Hockey America Player and Rookie of the Week for their efforts in a weekend series sweep of Long Island University. Leschyshyn recorded back-to-back multi-goal games and Van Vliet earned a pair of wins in her first career starts.

Leschyshyn produced six points (5G/1A) in the series, including two goals and an assist in a 5-2 win on Friday and recorded a natural hat trick in the Orange 5-0 victory on Saturday. On Friday, Leschyshyn started the scoring in the first period with a shorthanded goal. She assisted on the second Orange goal and then scored her third, which proved to be the game-winner, mid-way through the third period.

On Saturday, she scored the second, third and fourth goals for the Orange, producing Syracuse’s first natural hat trick since Lindsay Eastwood recorded one in March 2019. In the second period, Leschyshyn had two goals and then scored her third midway through the third period.  

Van Vliet recorded 37 saves and a shutout in the two victories. In her first career collegiate start, she turned away 19 LIU shots in the 5-2 victory. In the second game, she recorded 18 saves in her first career shutout in the 5-0 Orange win.

Syracuse will play at Robert Morris on Friday, Feb. 26 (7 pm) and Saturday, Feb. 27 (2 pm). Both games will be streamed on Stretch.

BioSteel All-American Game Returns to USA Hockey Arena

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USHL Players will Participate in NHL Network Televised Game Full of 2021 NHL Draft Prospects
CHICAGO, ILL – The United States Hockey League (USHL), in conjunction with USA Hockey and the NHL, announced the 2021 BioSteel All-American Game, which will be held April 7 at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich. and broadcast on NHL Network. 

“We’re incredibly excited to be part of bringing back the BioSteel All-American Game this season,” said USHL President and Commissioner Tom Garrity. “The BioSteel All-American Game is a premier event for our 2021 NHL Draft prospects hosted with our wonderful partners at USA Hockey and the NHL.

“In a season in which a lot of prospects across the world weren’t able to take to the ice, we’re happy to be providing a top-tier scouting event in the midst of our 2020-21 USHL season.

For the second season in a row, the USA Hockey National Team Development Program (NTDP) Under-18 team, which is one of the USHL’s Member Clubs and plays a full schedule in the USHL, will square off against the top 2021 NHL Draft-eligible players from the USHL. As the lone Tier I junior league in the United States, the USHL has continued to produce top talent for the NHL Draft, with 50-or-more players selected in each of the last three NHL Drafts.

The event aims to be a showcase of the best NHL Draft-eligible players currently playing in the United States ahead of the 2021 NHL Draft. In last season’s inaugural combination event, 26 participating players went on to be selected in the 2020 NHL Draft.

Selections included 2020 BioSteel All-American Game Most Valuable Player Jake Sanderson (Ottawa Senators, 1st Round, #5 Overall) and Brendan Brisson (Vegas Golden Knights, 1st Round, #29 Overall). Another eight players were selected in the Second Round, including former NTDP players Thomas Bordeleau (San Jose Sharks, #38 Overall), Tyler Kleven (Ottawa Senators, #44 Overall), Brock Faber (Los Angeles Kings, #45 Overall), Drew Commessso (Chicago Blackhawks, #46 Overall) and Luke Tuch (Montreal Canadiens, #47 Overall) as well as former Chicago Steel forward Sam Colangelo (Anaheim Ducks, #36 Overall) and current Green Bay Gamblers defenseman Mason Lohrei (Boston Bruins, #58 Overall). 

“Last year’s game with the new format was a big success,” said USA Hockey Assistant Executive Director of Hockey Operations John Vanbiesbrouck. “It’s terrific to showcase our top American players. We’ll have appropriate safety measures in place for all involved with the game.”

The 2021 NHL Draft is scheduled for July 24-25, 2021. Final rosters, coaches, and on-ice officials for the BioSteel All-American Game will be named at a later date. For more information about the game, click HERE

Tickets for the BioSteel All-American Game will be announced at a later date.

Union College’s Kosack Named Hockey Humanitarian Award Finalist

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Senior Josh Kosack of the Union College men’s hockey team was named one of three finalists for the 2021 Hockey Humanitarian Award, the HHA Foundation announced.

The award, which is celebrating its 26th season, is presented annually to college hockey’s finest citizen – a student-athlete who makes significant contributions not only to his or her team but also to the community-at-large through leadership in volunteerism.

Kosack is the only Division I student-athlete to be named a finalist for the award this season, joining Delaney Wolf of St. Mary’s University and the tandem of Andrew Walker and Jacob Adkins from UMass Boston. He is only the second Union student-athlete to be named a finalist for the prestigious national award, joining former Dutchmen Jeff Wilson ’02.

In 2019, a chance encounter with a teenage fan at an away game inspired Kosack to create “Kozi’s Kids,” an initiative that gives local Schenectady children a chance to experience a college hockey game – many for the first time. Through the program, which utilizes unused game tickets and concession vouchers from Union players, Kosack arranges for transportation to a Union men’s hockey game, gives children a tour of the locker room before the game, and also answers questions from the children about life as a college student and a student-athlete.

The nature of Kozi’s Kids changed dramatically this year due to the pandemic, but that did not stop Kosack from giving back to the community in different ways. Without hockey games to bring local children to this season, he single-handedly raised more than $5,000 to purchase Christmas presents for COCOA House in Schenectady this holiday season. And in the same week that his team received word that its 2020-21 season was canceled, Josh delivered more than 100 coats to a local Schenectady charity as part of a drive he initiated on campus

The 26th recipient of the Hockey Humanitarian Award will be honored in a ceremony on Friday, April 9 as part of the NCAA Men’s Frozen Four weekend in Pittsburgh, Pa. Additionally, the Hockey Humanitarian Award Foundation will make a donation to the charity most important to each of the finalists, with the donations made possible by the generous support of the award’s partners and donors.

Mark Messier Foundation Launches Donation Match Initiative to Raise $200,000 for Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association

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Emulating his on-ice leadership that earned six Stanley Cup Championships, Messier again leads from the front offering $100,000 donation match for women’s equity

NEW YORK — The Mark Messier Foundation, a non-profit established by National Hockey League (NHL) legend Mark Messier to assist programs that make a positive difference by creating opportunity through sport, committed today to match donations that support the advancement of a viable pro women’s hockey league up to $100,000. Funds raised through Messier’s match program will support the Professional Women’s Hockey Player Association’s (PWHPA) 2021 Secret® Dream Gap Tour, as well as grassroots programs specifically designed for girls.

“I believe the creation of a sustainable pro women’s hockey league is a critical building block for access and opportunity,” Messier said. “As much as it is an equity initiative for women today who deserve a platform to showcase their talents, it is also an investment that builds off all the good our game offers. If young girls can dream to play pro hockey the same way boys have for generations, our game will grow in a more diverse way and more young girls will build self-confidence they will carry forever.”

Donations can be made at MarkMessierFoundation.org/donate. The Mark Messier Foundation will match every dollar contributed up to $100,000. In addition to generating financial support, Messier’s initiative also aims to encourage people to share their personal stories around why they believe it is important to advance and grow female hockey.

“On and off the ice, Mark has been a leader in our sport,” said Mary-Kay Messier, Senior Advisor to the PWHPA. “The PWHPA is incredibly grateful for the financial support. Just as important, Mark can help raise awareness for mission and values. We need more girls playing hockey, and more women in roles across our sport. I believe this initiative carries an important call to action for our entire hockey community to support girl’s and women’s hockey to ensure the future of our game.”

The Mark Messier Foundation launched this initiative ahead of the first-ever pro women’s game to be played at Madison Square Garden, hosted by the New York Rangers. On February 28 at 7 p.m. ET, the PWHPA will kick-off the 2021 Secret® Dream Gap Tour with a game broadcast live in the U.S. on the NHL Network. Sportsnet with air the NHL Network broadcast on Sportsnet 360 and SN NOW in Canada.

Comprised of approximately 125 of the world’s best hockey players, the PWHPA was formed to advance equity and opportunity in women’s professional hockey. Specifically, the group’s goal is to create a sustainable league that pays a living wage to players, provides elite-level resources and invests in marketing that showcases the players and game. A professional women’s league will provide role models for young girls and career opportunities in the game they love.

In addition to the game at Madison Square Garden, the PWHPA partnered with the Chicago Blackhawks to play a Secret Dream Gap Tour game at the United Center and the Toronto Maple Leafs to host a game when Canadian regulations allow it. Since those announcements, several other NHL teams have expressed interest in supporting and hosting the PWHPA. The Chicago game at the Madhouse on Madison will be broadcast nationally by NBC Sports.

About the Mark Messier Foundation
The Mark Messier Foundation was created by National Hockey League legend Mark Messier to deliver on his passion to support, inspire and empower those in need through sports, healthy living and education. The Foundation’s mission is to assist programs that deliver both quantifiable and qualitative benefits that make a positive difference. Learn more at MarkMessierFoundation.org.

(Messier Foundation Photo)

Myers Sets New White Plains Tigers Point Record

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Congratulations to out to White Plains Tigers Captain, John Myers, for breaking the White Plains All-time Points record by recently scoring his 194th point of his career.

RIT’s Willett Wins Atlantic Hockey Weekly Award

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. – RIT senior assistant captain Dan Willett (Bayville, N.Y.) was voted the Atlantic Hockey Defensive Player of the Week.

Willett anchored the RIT defense to a pair of victories over No. 19 Robert Morris, including a 6-1 win on Saturday and a 4-3 decision on Sunday.

The Colonials entered the weekend with Atlantic Hockey’s top scoring offense with 3.95 goals per game.

Willett also notched three assists on the weekend, including two in Saturday’s win, while also totaling four blocked shots during the doubleheader. 

RIT hosts Niagara on Wednesday at 5:05 p.m. in the final home game of the regular season. 

Elmira College Goaltender Hanson UCHC Goalie of the Week

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Elmira College senior goaltender Elizabeth Hanson ’21 received United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) Goalie of the Week honors after backstopping the Soaring Eagles to a 4-1 win over Nazareth College in their 2021 season-opener.

Hanson, who claimed the fourth Goalie of the Week award of her career, stopped 18 of 19 shots on Saturday at the Murray Athletic Center, resulting in a .947 save percentage and a 1.00 goals-against average. After surrendering a goal late in the opening period, the Stoughton, Massachusetts, native held the Golden Flyers off of the scoreboard for the final 43:31. She also helped the EC defense stifle Naz’s power-play unit, which went 0-for-4 with an extra skater.

Among 11 qualified goalies in the UCHC, Hanson ranks first in goals-against average (1.00) and second in save percentage (.947), trailing only Utica College’s Angela Hawthorne by five-tenths of a percent.

The Elmira women’s ice hockey team continues UCHC action with a home-and-home series against Manhattanville College this weekend. The series begins on Friday, February 26, when the Valiants host the Soaring Eagles at 2:00 p.m. at the Playland Ice Casino.

(Photo provided by Elmira College Women’s Hockey)

Former RIT Defenseman Signed By Manitoba Moose

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The Manitoba Moose Hockey Club announced today the team has signed defenceman Adam Brubacher to a professional tryout.

Brubacher, 25, posted 28 points (4G, 24A) in 36 games while captaining the RIT Tigers during the 2019-20 season. The Elmira, Ont. product was named to the AHA Second All-Conference Team. Brubacher totalled 106 points (26G, 80A) in 148 career games with RIT and earned AHA Rookie of the Year honours for the 2016-17 season.

Adam Brubacher
Defence
Born Dec. 13, 1995 — Elmira, Ont.
Height 6.04 — Weight 201

(RIT and Manitoba Moose Photo)

Adams and Eby Crowned Elmira College Athletes of the Week

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ELMIRA, N.Y. — With the return of athletic competitions during the 2020-21 academic year, we are proud to introduce the first Elmira College Athletes of the Week, Jess Adams ’21 of women’s ice hockey and Adam Eby ’21 of men’s ice hockey.

Adams led all skaters with a game-high two points (1g-1a) in Elmira’s 4-1 United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) victory over Nazareth College on Saturday at the Murray Athletic Center. The senior forward bookended EC’s 4-0 run in the second and third periods, notching the team’s first goal to even the score at 1-all and dishing out an assist on the game’s final goal. Nationally, the Holliston, Massachusetts, native is tied for fourth in points per game (2.00) following her standout performance against the Golden Flyers.

Eby helped the EC men split their season-opening series against Stevenson University. In a 3-1 win over the Mustangs on Friday, the fourth-year blueliner logged the best game of his collegiate career. Not only did he set new career highs in points (3) and goals (2), the victory marked the first multi-point performance for Eby since the first game of his freshman season. The Lancaster, Pennsylvania, product currently leads all defensemen in the UCHC in points and points per game (1.50).

Adams, Eby, and the rest of the Soaring Eagles return to the ice on Friday, February 26. The women’s ice hockey team is set for a road trip to Manhattanville College for a 2:00 p.m. matchup, while the EC men host Neumann University at the MAC at 4:00 p.m.

Colgate Women’s Hockey Blanks St. Lawrence

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By Aaron Todd <atodd@stlawu.edu> —

Five different players scored goals, with Sammy Smigliani, Rosy Demers and Kaitlyn O’Donohoe recording a goal and an assist, to lead the fifth-ranked Colgate women’s hockey team to a 5-0 win over St. Lawrence in an ECAC Hockey contest at Class of 1965 Arena in Hamilton, New York on Sunday afternoon.

The Raiders scored two goals in the first two minutes and 44 seconds of the game and never looked back, holding 3-0 and 5-0 leads at the first and second intermissions, respectively.

“Colgate did a really nice job of delivering on their chances tonight and deserved the win,” said Saints’ assistant coach Mare MacDougall Bari. “But we are most certainly proud of the way our team played hard, stuck together and competed until the final buzzer.”

Malia Schneider gave Colgate a 1-0 lead at the 1:28 mark, lifting a wrist shot top shelf from just inside the right faceoff dot. Just 76 seconds later, Darcie Lappan tipped a shot by Maggie MacEachern from the top of the left circle just in front of the net past St. Lawrence goaltender Lucy Morgan to give the Raiders a 2-0 lead.

The Saints had an opportunity to cut into the lead when Serdachny was whistled for a five-minute major, and then had a full two minutes of a 5-on-3 power play when Nemo Neubauerova was called for cross checking, but the Raiders were able to kill off the advantage.

O’Donohoe made it 3-0 Colgate with a power play goal with 1:22 remaining in the first period, finishing a tic-tac-toe passing play that Allyson Simpson started at the blue line, feeding Demers at the right side of the net. Demers slid the puck across the crease to O’Donohoe, who had a wide open net.

Smigliani scored on her own rebound five minutes into the second period to increase the Raiders’ lead to four goals, and Demers capped the scoring on a long rush down the right wing, finishing with a forehand to the top left corner with 8:50 remaining in the second period.

Colgate was 1-for-3 on the power play and held the Saints scoreless on four power play opportunities. The Raiders held a 34-25 advantage in shots on goal.

Peri Donaldson earned the win in goal for the Raiders, getting the start on the Raiders’ senior day and leaving with a 2-0 lead. Kayle Osborne played the bulk of the game, stopping 23 shots, while Donaldson, who came back into the game for the final 2:39, finished with two saves.

Morgan made 17 saves for St. Lawrence, while Jaimie Rainville played the third period, stopping all 12 shots she faced.

The Saints, now 2-6-0 overall and 2-5-0 in ECAC Hockey play, will hope to make up games against Clarkson next week. Any schedule updates will be announced on www.saintsathletics.com as soon as they are finalized.

Amerks, T-Mobile Renew Partnership For “Fueling The Frontlines 2.0” Community Outreach Initiative

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Organizations teaming up again to donate food to local healthcare workers and first responders on the front lines against COVID-19 pandemic

(Rochester, NY) – The Rochester Americans and T-Mobile are renewing their partnership for a second community-wide campaign to distribute donated food and other supplies to local healthcare workers and first responders on the front lines against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The “Fueling the Frontlines 2.0 presented by T-Mobile” initiative begins tonight and will run through the month of June as members of the Amerks front office and Amerks Alumni Association will be joined by other local hockey celebrities to deliver meals to various first responder agencies, hospitals and healthcare organizations throughout the Rochester-area. Amerks Hall of Famer Jody Gage will kick-off the program with the first of 15 visits tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Victor Volunteer Department, located at 34 Maple Avenue.

“Our previous go-around with this program proved to be very successful and extremely rewarding,” said Amerks Vice President of Business Operations Rob Minter. “We’re very much looking forward to the opportunity to continue Fueling the Frontlines in partnership with T-Mobile and, most importantly, recognizing the efforts of all of our healthcare workers and first responders working tirelessly across our community.”

The Amerks Alumni Association, led by Amerks Hall of Fame Steve Langdon, will support the initiative by providing funding and other resources to purchase the meals that will be donated over the next several weeks.

“On behalf of the entire Amerks Alumni Association, we’re profoundly honored and humbled to be able to support our local healthcare workers and first responders,” said Langdon. “They are the true heroes who remain courageous in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and we’re beyond grateful for all they have done and will continue to do.”

All visits will be carefully coordinated with personnel from each of the participating organizations with a keen focus on maintaining social distancing and other COVID-19 health and safety regulations.

As part of the partnership, the Amerks and T-Mobile will also host a joint Food Drive to benefit the Veterans Outreach Center. More details about date, time and location will be revealed in the coming weeks. Anyone that donates will be automatically be entered to win various Amerks and T-Mobile based prizes.

Atlantic Hockey Tournament Format Announced

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Atlantic Hockey has announced changes to the upcoming 2021 Atlantic Hockey Tournament.

The tournament will still take place over the first three weekends in March, but the entire tournament will be played on campus this year. Additionally, the first round has been made into a single elimination round and that game is to be played on either March 6th or 7th. The following weekend, March 12th-14th, will be best 2-out-of-3 games with the semifinals and finals being played on Friday, March 19th and Saturday, March 20th, respectively.

To continue the league’s efforts to mitigate the threat of COVID-19, the first two rounds will be played within the regional pods our teams have been playing in all season. The only East-West crossover will come during championship weekend where the semifinals will see the top remaining seed coming out of the West playing the lowest remaining seed coming out of the East and vice versa. Air Force will be assigned to either the East Pod or the West Pod based on final standings.

The allowance of fans will be determined on an institution by institution basis. Once we reach the championship round, Atlantic Hockey will work with the host institution and government officials to determine if fans can be permitted for the championship. In the event that fans are allowed, an announcement will be made and passes will be coordinated through the host institutions. If fans are not permitted, all games will be available on FloHockey.

One other note, as a result of the season’s pod schedule, Atlantic Hockey will be recognizing Eastern and Western Pod regular season champions as well as sets of regular season award winners from each regional pod. The winners of all awards will be announced prior to the start of the semifinals on March 18th.

2021 Atlantic Hockey Tournament Schedule (Campus Sites)

First Round – Single Elimination – March 6 or 7, 2021

Quarterfinals – Best 2-of-3 – March 12-14, 2021

Semifinals – March 19, 2021

Championship – March 20, 2021