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Binghamton Devils Release 2018-19 Home Schedule Format

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BINGHAMTON, NY – The Binghamton Devils announced home schedule format for the 2018-19 season, including two games against the North Division’s newest addition, the Cleveland Monsters.

Below is how many times the Devils will host each team at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena:

Syracuse – 5
Rochester – 5
Utica – 4
Toronto – 3
Belleville – 3
Laval – 3
Cleveland – 2
Springfield – 2
Hartford – 2
Lehigh Valley – 2
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton – 2
Charlotte – 2
Providence – 1
Bridgeport – 1
Hershey – 1

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Amerks Announce Schedule Format For 2018-19 Season

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(Rochester, NY) – The Rochester Americans announced today the schedule format and opponents for the 2018-19 American Hockey League season.

The Amerks will remain in the AHL’s North Division, which will expand to eight teams in 2018-19 to welcome the addition of the Cleveland Monsters, who played out of the Central Division for the last two seasons. The Amerks will again be joined in the North Division by the Belleville Senators, Binghamton Devils, Laval Rocket, Syracuse Crunch, Toronto Marlies and Utica Comets.

As was the case last season, Rochester will face Syracuse more than any other team during its 63rd AHL season as the Amerks and Crunch are set to meet 12 times (six home, six road). The Amerks will play intrastate rivals Binghamton and Utica 10 times each (five home, five road) and will face-off against Cleveland, the top developmental team of the Columbus Blue Jackets, eight times (four home, four road) as the Monsters shift to the Eastern Conference. Rochester’s remaining Divisional matchups also include six (three home, three road) against Toronto, last year’s Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy winners, and four each (two home, two road) against Belleville and Laval.
The Amerks will again play the entire Atlantic Division this coming season, with four matchups (two home, two road) each against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Hartford Wolf Pack and Charlotte Checkers, who joined the Eastern Conference prior to the 2017-18 campaign. Similar to last season, they will also face the Providence Bruins and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins twice (one home, one road), while also seeing the Hershey Bears, Lehigh Valley Phantoms and Springfield Thunderbirds for a pair of meetings (one home, one road).
The AHL will expand to an all-time high 31 teams beginning in 2018-19 as the Colorado Eagles are set to make their franchise debut. The Eagles, who previously spent the last seven seasons competing in the ECHL, as well as eight in the Central Hockey League before that, will serve as the top developmental team for the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche and will become the seventh team in the Pacific Division.

The complete American Hockey League schedule for the 2018-19 regular season, set to begin Oct. 5, will be announced at a later date.

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Eastern Conference
vs. NORTH DIVISION
HOME
ROAD
TOTAL
Belleville
2
2
4
Binghamton
5
5
10
Cleveland
4
4
8
Laval
2
2
4
Syracuse
6
6
12
Toronto
3
3
6
Utica
5
5
10
TOTALS
27
27
54

vs. ATLANTIC DIVISION
HOME
ROAD
TOTAL
Bridgeport
2
2
4
Charlotte
2
2
4
Hartford
2
2
4
Hershey
1
1
2
Lehigh Valley
1
1
2
Providence
1
1
2
Springfield
1
1
2
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
1
1
2
TOTALS
11
11
22

EASTERN CONFERENCE TOTALS
38
38
76
Western Conference
vs. CENTRAL DIVISION
HOME
ROAD
TOTAL
Chicago
0
0
0
Grand Rapids
0
0
0
Iowa
0
0
0
Manitoba
0
0
0
Milwaukee
0
0
0
Rockford
0
0
0
San Antonio
0
0
0
Texas
0
0
0
TOTALS
0
0
0

vs. PACIFIC DIVISION
HOME
ROAD
TOTAL
Bakersfield
0
0
0
Colorado
0
0
0
Ontario
0
0
0
San Diego
0
0
0
San Jose
0
0
0
Stockton
0
0
0
Tucson
0
0
0
TOTALS
0
0
0

WESTERN CONFERENCE TOTALS
0
0
0

TOTAL GAMES
38
38
76

US Edges Latvia In OT For Fourth-Straight 2018 Men’s World Championship Win

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HERNING, Denmark – Cam Atkinson (Riverside, Conn.) scored in overtime and Alex DeBrincat (Farmington Hills, Mich.) tallied two assists as the 2018 U.S. Men’s National Team earned a 3-2 overtime victory over Latvia in preliminary round play of the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship.

“Give credit to Latvia for a hard-fought game,” said Jeff Blashill, head coach of the 2018 U.S. Men’s National Team. “Every team in this tournament is dangerous and it’s nice to walk out of here with a win over a well-coached team. We have areas we can get better in and we have a group that’s capable of doing that as we get set for Korea tomorrow.”

The United States (2-2-0-0/W-OTW-OTL-L) is back in action tomorrow (May 11) when it faces Korea. Puck drop is set for 8:15 p.m. local time/2:15 p.m. ET live on NHL Network.

For the complete game recap, click here.

Team USA Schedule
2018 IIHF Men’s World Championship
Live on NHL Network

Date Opponent Location Time (Local/ET) Live Broadcast
May 1 Denmark
Exhibition KVIK Hockey Arena
Herning, Denmark W, 3-2 NA
May 4 Canada
Preliminary Round Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark W, 5-4 (SO) NHL Network
May 5 Denmark
Preliminary Round Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark W, 4-0 NHL Network
May 7 Germany
Preliminary Round Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark W, 3-0 NHL Network
May 10 Latvia
Preliminary Round Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark W, 3-2 (OT) NHL Network
May 11 Korea
Preliminary Round Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark 8:15 p.m./2:15 p.m. NHL Network
May 13 Norway
Preliminary Round Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark 4:15 p.m./10:15 a.m. NHL Network
May 15 Finland
Preliminary Round Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark 12:15 p.m./6:15 a.m. NHL Network
May 17 TBD
Quarterfinals TBD TBD NHL Network
May 19 TBD
Semifinals Royal Arena
Copenhagen, Denmark 3:15 p.m./9:15 a.m.
7:15 p.m./1:15 p.m. NHL Network
May 20 TBD
Bronze-Medal Game Royal Arena
Copenhagen, Denmark 3:45 p.m./9:45 a.m. NHL Network
May 20 TBD
Gold-Medal Game Royal Arena
Copenhagen, Denmark 8:15 p.m./2:15 p.m. NHL Network
NOTES: Alex DeBrincat (Farmington Hills, Mich.) was named U.S. Player of the Game with two assists … For complete game stats, click here … Charlie McAvoy (Long Beach, N.Y./Boston Bruins) was added to the 2018 U.S. Men’s National Team roster today. That press release can be found here, while the current 24-player roster, click here … Jeff Blashill (Detroit Red Wings) is serving as head coach for the second straight year … The staff and players of the 2018 U.S. Men’s National Team are selected by Bill Zito (Columbus Blue Jackets), general manager of the 2018 U.S. Men’s National Team along with members of the U.S. Men’s National Team Advisory Group that includes Stan Bowman (Chicago Blackhawks), David Poile (Nashville Predators), Ray Shero (New Jersey Devils), Dale Tallon (Florida Panthers), and Jeff Gorton (New York Rangers) … For complete coverage of the U.S. Men’s National Team, visit teamusa.usahockey.com/2018mensworlds … The official online home of the 2018 IIHF Men’s World Championship is 2018.IIHFWorlds.com … The U.S. has finished in the top four of the world championship in three of the last five years … USA Hockey’s international council, chaired by Gavin Regan (Potsdam, N.Y.), has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. national teams … NHL Network is the exclusive U.S. rightsholder for the tournament.

Long Beach, NY Native Charlie McAvoy Added To US Men’s National Team

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HERNING, Denmark – Defenseman Charlie McAvoy (Long Beach, N.Y./Boston Bruins) has been added to the roster of the U.S. Men’s National Team that is competing at the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship in Copenhagen and Herning, Denmark.

McAvoy will be playing on a U.S. Men’s National Team for the second consecutive year and representing Team USA for the fifth time in IIHF world championship play. He most recently was a member of the 2017 U.S. Men’s National Team that competed in the IIHF Men’s World Championship in Cologne, Germany, and Paris, France. McAvoy served as an alternate captain for the gold medal-winning U.S. National Junior Team at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship in Montreal and Toronto, Canada, where he was named to the Media All-Star Team. He also won gold with the 2015 U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team at the IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship in Zug and Lucerne, Switzerland, before earning a bronze medal with the 2016 U.S. National Junior Team in Helsinki, Finland.

McAvoy just finished his first full season as a member of the NHL’s Boston Bruins. In 63 games, he registered 32 points (7-25) and went on to add five points (1-4) in 12 playoff games. Before joining Boston in the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, where he contributed three assists in six games, he played two seasons (2015-17) with Boston University. McAvoy registered 51 points (8-43) in 75 games at BU while earning Hockey East All-Rookie Team honors in 2015-16 and Hockey East First-Team All-Star and NCAA All-America honors in 2016-17.

The U.S. Men’s National Team now includes 13 forwards, eight defensemen and three goaltenders. For the complete roster, click here.

Team USA (2-1-0-0/W-OTW-OTL-L) continues preliminary round play today against Latvia at 4:15 p.m. local time (10:15 a.m. ET) live on NHL Network.

Team USA Schedule
2018 IIHF Men’s World Championship
Live on NHL Network

Date Opponent Location Time (Local/ET) Live Broadcast
May 1 Denmark
Exhibition KVIK Hockey Arena
Herning, Denmark W, 3-2 NA
May 4 Canada
Preliminary Round Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark W, 5-4 (SO) NHL Network
May 5 Denmark
Preliminary Round Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark W, 4-0 NHL Network
May 7 Germany
Preliminary Round Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark W, 3-0 NHL Network
May 10 Latvia
Preliminary Round Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark 4:15 p.m./10:15 a.m. NHL Network
May 11 Korea
Preliminary Round Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark 8:15 p.m./2:15 p.m. NHL Network
May 13 Norway
Preliminary Round Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark 4:15 p.m./10:15 a.m. NHL Network
May 15 Finland
Preliminary Round Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark 12:15 p.m./6:15 a.m. NHL Network
May 17 TBD
Quarterfinals TBD TBD NHL Network
May 19 TBD
Semifinals Royal Arena
Copenhagen, Denmark 3:15 p.m./9:15 a.m.
7:15 p.m./1:15 p.m. NHL Network
May 20 TBD
Bronze-Medal Game Royal Arena
Copenhagen, Denmark 3:45 p.m./9:45 a.m. NHL Network
May 20 TBD
Gold-Medal Game Royal Arena
Copenhagen, Denmark 8:15 p.m./2:15 p.m. NHL Network
NOTES: Jeff Blashill (Detroit Red Wings) is serving as head coach for the second straight year … The staff and players of the 2018 U.S. Men’s National Team are selected by Bill Zito (Columbus Blue Jackets), general manager of the 2018 U.S. Men’s National Team, along with members of the U.S. Men’s National Team Advisory Group that includes Stan Bowman (Chicago Blackhawks), David Poile (Nashville Predators), Ray Shero (New Jersey Devils), Dale Tallon (Florida Panthers), and Jeff Gorton (New York Rangers) … For complete coverage of the U.S. Men’s National Team, visit teamusa.usahockey.com/2018mensworlds … The official online home of the 2018 IIHF Men’s World Championship is 2018.IIHFWorlds.com … The U.S. has finished in the top four of the world championship in three of the last five years … USA Hockey’s international council, chaired by Gavin Regan (Potsdam, N.Y.), has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. national teams … NHL Network is the exclusive U.S. rightsholder for the tournament.

Crunch’s Season Ends With Loss To Toronto Marlies

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Syracuse Crunch’s season came to an end with a 2-1 loss to the Toronto Marlies in Game 4 of the North Division Finals tonight at the War Memorial Arena.

After going down 2-0 in the first, Reid McNeill put the Crunch on the board halfway through the third, but the team was unable to build the momentum for a comeback and were eliminated from the Calder Cup Playoffs.

Goaltender Connor Ingram stopped 21-of-23 shots in net for the Crunch, while Garret Sparks turned aside 21-of-22 between the pipes for the Marlies. Syracuse was unable to convert on either of its two man-advantages and went 2-for-4 on the penalty kill.

The Marlies opened scoring on the power play five minutes into the first frame. Chris Mueller sent the puck towards the goal from the left circle. Ben Smith was down low to redirect it across the crease for Dymtro Timashov to score on the backdoor.

Toronto doubled their lead with another power-play tally with 5:04 remaining in the first. Andreas Johnsson received a pass from Timothy Lilijegren and scored from the top of the circle through traffic. Pierre Engvall earned a point for the secondary assist.

The Crunch came back within one at the 10:29 mark of the final stanza. McNeill fired a shot from the point that hit the post, bounced off of Sparks and crossed the goal line. Kevin Lynch and Carter Verhaeghe tallied the assists.

The Syracuse Crunch will return to the War Memorial Arena in 2018-19 to celebrate the team’s 25th anniversary.

Single game tickets and packages for the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs are on sale now and can be purchased in person at the Crunch office located inside the War Memorial Arena at 800 S. State St. in Syracuse, by calling the office at 315-473-4444. For the latest Crunch news, visit www.syracusecrunch.com or follow the club on Facebook (www.facebook.com/syracusecrunch), Twitter (@SyracuseCrunch) and Instagram (@syracusecrunch) using #SyrCrunch.

Crunchables: Reid McNeill recorded his only two goals of the season during the Calder Cup Playoffs…The Syracuse Crunch are 1-2 against the Toronto Marlies in three North Division Finals series (2008, 2017, 2018).

6 Hobart Men’s Hockey Players Honored At Block H Dinner

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Six members of the Hobart College hockey team were honored by the Statesmen Athletic Association and the Hobart Athletic Department at the Block H Dinner on April 23. Senior goalie Frank Oplinger and junior forward Jonas Toupal shared the Boswell Award as the team’s Most Valuable Players.

Senior forwards Ben Greiner and Jordan Haskell shared the Holden Award for their sportsmanship, character and leadership while first-year forward Andrew Longo received the D. Michael Hazelton ’85 Memorial Award as the team’s most improved player. First-year defenseman Mike Faulkner brought home the Rookie Award for Hockey.

A third team All-NEHC selection, Oplinger played 15 games in goal this season for the Statesmen, posting a 9-3-3 overall record. He finished his senior season with a 2.06 goals against average and a .918 save percentage. Oplinger compiled three shutouts this season, including two in the NEHC tournament. He stopped all 30 shots he faced in the conference championship game to lead Hobart to a 3-0 victory over Norwich, earning NEHC Tournament MVP honors. Oplinger finished the season second in the NEHC in winning percentage (.700), third in goals against average and fourth in save percentage.

A three-time conference all-academic team selection, Oplinger saw action in 64 career games, recording a 44-13-5 overall record. He is second in program history in career goals against average (2.13), and third in wins (44), save percentage (.927), and shutouts (7). He also ranked fourth in career saves (1,717). Oplinger won every conference tournament game he played in and was a three-time all-tournament team selection.

Oplinger was also presented the William C. Stiles ’43 Memorial Award for leadership, determination and character at the Block H. Dinner.

A first team All-NEHC selection, Toupal led Hobart with 15 goals and 32 points and was second on the team with 17 assists. He was one of four players to play in all 29 games this season. Toupal’s five game-winning goals were the most in the NEHC this season, including the deciding goal in wins over then No. 7 Oswego and then No. 11/13 Norwich. He ranked in the top five in the conference in five other offensive categories, including third in goals and power play goals (6) and fifth in points, power play points (11), and assists. He logged two or more points 11 times this season.

Toupal has played in 84 games in his career, including all 58 in the last two seasons. He has compiled 29 goals, 33 assists and 62 points in his first three seasons. Toupal was a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection as a sophomore.

A captain, Greiner played in all 29 games for Hobart this season. He compiled 17 points on six goals and 11 assists. He notched a season-high four points on a goal and three assists in a win over Castleton. Greiner scored game-winning goals in wins over Castleton and Skidmore. He made his professional hockey debut earlier this spring, playing for the ECHL’s Norfolk Admirals and the SPHL’s Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs. In three games with the Rail Yard Dawgs, he tallied one assist.

The MVP of the 2017 ECAC West Tournament, Greiner was one of three recipients of the Arnitz Sportsmanship Award. He played in 57 games at Hobart after transferring from Bowling Green following his sophomore year. He logged 13 goals and 20 assists for 33 career points.

An assistant captain, Haskell played in 26 games for Hobart this season. He tallied nine goals and eight assists for 17 points. Haskell tallied a season-high two goals in wins over Southern Maine and Connecticut College. He was named to the NEHC All-Tournament Team, registering a goal and an assist in three tournament games. Haskell also made his professional hockey debut this spring, playing two games for the Norfolk Admirals.

Haskell played in 91 career games as a Statesman, recording 44 points on 18 goals and 26 assists. He is a three-time all-academic team member, twice with the ECAC and once with the NEHC.

Longo played in 12 games during his rookie season for the Statesmen. He compiled eight goals and four assists for 12 points. Longo scored two game-winning goals at Norwich this season. On Feb. 9, he struck with less than seven minutes remaining in regulation to send Hobart to a 5-4 victory. In the NEHC championship game, Longo scored the game’s first goal as Hobart defeated the Cadets 3-0. He was named to the All-Tournament team following the game.

The NEHC Co-Rookie of the Year, Faulkner played in 24 games during his rookie season. He was fifth on the team with 18 points (4g, 14a). Faulkner was third in the conference in defenseman scoring, tied for fourth in rookie scoring and tied for 10th in assists. He logged a season-high four points on a goal and three assists in an 8-1 victory over Southern Maine. Faulkner earned a spot on the All-Tournament team after guiding the Hobart defense to shutout victories over Southern Maine and top-seeded Norwich. He also dished out two assists in the Statesmen’s NCAA first round game against Geneseo. Faulkner played a key role in the Statesmen defense that ranked sixth in Division III in scoring defense (1.90). He also received the Abe Solomon Memorial Award as Hobart’s Rookie of the Year.

Salmon and Lineman Presented With William Smith College Ice Hockey Awards

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Senior goalie Maggie Salmon and senior forward Catherine Linehan were presented with the William Smith College ice hockey awards at the annual William Smith Athletics Awards Banquet on April 24. Salmon received the Ice Hockey Award as the team’s most valuable player while Linehan took home the Ice Hockey Coach’s Award.

An All-United Collegiate Hockey Conference second team selection, Salmon started a career-high 23 games in goal for the Herons this season, posting a 13-5-4 overall record with a 1.56 goals against average and a .950 save percentage. Salmon finished the season second in the UCHC and sixth in the nation in save percentage and second in the conference and 17th in the nation in goals against average. She was also second in the conference in winning percentage (.682). Salmon stopped 649 shots this year, including a season-high 50 in William Smith’s 2-2 tie with then No. 3 Elmira. She also registered an assist on a game-winning goal against Manhattanville this season.

The 2017 ECAC West Defensive Player of the Year, Salmon, played in 70 career games. She posted a career record of 25-32-10, with a program record seven shutouts. Salmon developed into one of the best goalie’s in the nation, finishing in the top 10 in Division III in save percentage in each of her final two seasons. She finished her career with a 2.49 goals against average and a .934 save percentage. Salmon stopped a program record 2,336 shots in four seasons. Salmon also won the Ice Hockey Award as a first-year

A three-year captain, Linehan played in 25 games this season, compiling seven points on four goals and three assists. She recorded a career-high three points in a victory at King’s. She also scored goals in 2-1 wins over Utica and Manhattanville. A solid two-way player, Linehan contributed on the power play and penalty kill this season. The Herons’ power play was second in the UCHC and 13th in the nation (20.5%) while the penalty kill was third in the conference and 12th in the nation (89.1%).

A two-time ECAC West All-Academic selection, Linehan played in 95 career games. She recorded 14 goals and 13 assists for 27 points. She is tied for fifth on the all-time list in goals and sixth in power-play goals (4). Linehan also won the Ice Hockey Coaches Award as a first-year.

At this year’s banquet, Linehan was also presented the Madeline Buckley ’15 Award for character, teamwork and citizenship, while Linehan and Salmon shared the Heron Award with their classmates and coaches.

The Herons finished the 2017-18 season with a 16-6-4 overall record and an 11-2-3 record in the UCHC. William Smith finished second in the conference, earning a bye to the UCHC semifinals where they were edged by Stevenson 3-2 in overtime.

Elmira College’s Pretorius Wins Best Goalie Award At 2018 IIHF Division III World Championships

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ELMIRA, N.Y. — The 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Division III World Championships came to a close nearly two weeks ago and at the conclusion of the event, one member of the Elmira College men’s ice hockey team took home one of the tournament’s most coveted awards.

Third-year netminder Charl Pretorius ’19 was bestowed with the tournament’s Best Goalie Award, as selected by the IIHF Directorate, for his outstanding work between the pipes for his home country of South Africa. The award was his first as a senior member of the team, and his third all-time IIHF Best Goalie Award, after earning the accolade twice during his time in the junior ranks.

Pretorius registered 204:11 minutes in net for his country and finished the tournament with a 2-1-0 record to go along with 102 saves, a 91.89 save percentage and a 2.64 goals-against average. Undoubtedly his best performance of the competition came in a 4-2 win over Georgia, the eventual IIHF Division III champion, in which he stopped 50 of 52 shots on goal. Pretorius also produced one of the tournament’s two shutout wins, which helped him earn South Africa’s team MVP award as well.

With the conclusion of this year’s tournament, Pretorius has played in 29 international contests throughout his ice hockey career. Of those 29 appearances, nine have taken place at the senior level, five at the U20 age group and 15 at the U18 level. Pretorius, who was the only active skater from the United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) to compete in this year’s World Championship, will head into his senior season with the Soaring Eagles as one of the most seasoned goalies on the international stage.

This past season, Pretorius helped the Purple and Gold produce a 15-10-3 overall record and make a run to the inaugural UCHC Tournament title game as the fifth seed, knocking off fourth-seeded Manhattanville College and second-seeded Stevenson University en route to the championship game appearance. Pretorius appeared in one game for EC during the 2017-18 campaign and turned away 21 shots in a home victory over King’s College (Pa.) on November 4, 2017.

Buffalo State Men’s Hockey Names 2018-19 Team Captains

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Buffalo State men’s hockey coach Steve Murphy has named is 2018-19 team captains, announcing Vadim Vasjonkin (Tallin, Estonia) will wear the “C”, while Mac Wood (Simcoe, ON/SCS), Anthony Passero (Fort Erie, ON/Lakeshore) and Cody Symonds (Woodbridge, ON/Emily Carr) will all serve as assistant captains.

Vasjonkin, a forward and sophomore to-be, tallied 24 points in 27 games during his freshman campaign, including nine goals and 15 assists. He netted a pair of goals and had an assist in the Bengals’ 4-3 playoff victory over Potsdam. Last month Vasjonkin represented his home country of Estonia in the IIHF Division I Group B World Championships in Lithuania where his team earned a bronze medal going 3-1-1 and he finished the tournament with a goal and an assist and a plus-1 rating.

Wood will wear an “A” for his senior season. The forward was the Bengals’ leading goal-scorer a year ago with 13 and has found the back of the net 32 times in 74 career games and has 54 total points. He has 14 power-play goals and has a plus-19 rating for his career.

Passero will wear “a letter” for the second-consecutive season. He has led the Bengals in scoring in each of his first two seasons with the club, tallying 57 points on 16 goals and 41 assists in 53 career games. He was a third team All-SUNYAC selection this past season and has a plus-16 rating through two years. Passero had just one minor penalty in 2017-18.

Symonds will complete the Bengals’ leadership corps. He produced 16 points on four goals and 12 assists from the blue line during his freshman campaign in 2017-18 and had a plus-10 rating. Symonds also had just eight penalty minutes, playing all 27 games.

Buffalo State finished one win shy of a school record last season, finishing 17-7-3, and advanced to the SUNYAC semifinals for the seventh-straight year.

Binghamton Devils Sign Hammond To One-Year AHL Contract Deal

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BINGHAMTON, NY – The Binghamton Devils announced the club has signed defenseman Tariq Hammond to a one-year American Hockey League contract. The announcement was made by Binghamton Devils’ General Manager Tom Fitzgerald.

In his first game with the Devils on the road in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Hammond picked up his first-career professional point with an assist.

Hammond, 24, had 26 points from the blue line during his four-year career with the Pioneers, served as the team captain his senior year, and helped lead them to a National Championship in 2016-17. Prior to college, the Calgary, Alberta native put up 70 points (18 goals, 52 assists) in 156 games with the Okotoks Oilers of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.

The Devils will open up the 2018-19 season at home on Saturday, October 6 at 7:05 p.m.

Devils Re-Sign Strait To 2-Yr Deal. Spent Last Season In Binghamton

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BINGHAMTON, NY – The New Jersey Devils announced that the club has re-signed defenseman Brian Strait to a two-year, two-way contract. The announcement was made by Devils’ Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero.

Strait, 30, joined the Devils organization when he signed a one-year, two-way contract on July 1 of last year. He spent the entire 2017-18 season in Binghamton where he served as an alternate captain. In 61 games, Strait scored three goals and five assists for eight points with 52 penalty minutes. In the American Hockey League, Strait has 13 goals and 49 assists for 62 points and 270 penalty minutes in 339 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Manitoba, and Binghamton.

Strait was selected by Pittsburgh in the third round (65th overall) in the 2006 NHL Draft.

The Devils will open up the 2018-19 season at home on Saturday, October 6 at 7:05 p.m.

Thunder Advance To Round 3 With Game 6Triple OT Win Vs. Manchester

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Manchester, NH – The Adirondack Thunder defeated the Manchester Monarchs by a 3-2 final in triple overtime of Game 6 on Monday evening at SNHU Arena. With the victory, the Thunder claimed the North Division Finals by a final of four games to two and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history, where they will take on the Florida Everblades.

Defenseman Mathieu Brodeur scored the game-winning goal 8:08 into overtime, while forward Brian Ward and defenseman Dylan Olsen also found the back of the net. Goaltender Drew Fielding made 53 saves as he earned his fourth victory of the postseason.

Manchester opened the scoring less than two minutes into the game as defenseman David Kolomatis tallied his second goal of the postseason. With the puck at the right point, Kolomatis sent a shot that eluded traffic in front and past Fielding for the game’s first goal. Forwards Tony Cameranesi and Joel Lowry collected the assists on the play, Cameranesi’s second of the series.

Adirondack knotted the game at one just shy of the midway point of the first as Olsen collected his first tally of the 2018 playoffs. With the Thunder on the man advantage, forward Mike Szmatula fed Olsen at the center point, where he sent a wrist shot through a screen in front and past Manchester netminder Charles Williams for the goal. Szmatula and forward Brian Ward collected the assists on the play, Szmatula’s fourth point in two nights.

The Monarchs regained their one-goal advantage 6:21 into the second period as Kolomatis collected his second tally of the evening. The Manchester blueliner took a feed from Cameranesi at the right point and sent a seeing-eye shot through a sea of bodies in front that found the back of the net for the go-ahead goal. Cameranesi and forward Matt Marcinew collected the assists on the play, Cameranesi’s second of the evening.

The Thunder struck back just over three minutes later as Ward collected his fifth goal of the postseason at the 9:41 mark of the middle stanza. Defenseman Blake Thompson walked the blueline from right to left and sent a shot towards the net that was redirected by Ward, past Williams for the tying goal. Thompson and forward Pierre-Luc Mercier tallied assists on the play, Mercier’s fourth of the 2018 playoffs.

After more than 60 minutes of scoreless hockey, Brodeur sent the Thunder to the Eastern Conference Finals with the game-winning goal. Forward James Henry held the puck in the offensive zone for an extended period of time before he fed a cross-ice pass to Brodeur, who one-timed it home for the game winner. Henry and forward Paul Rodrigues collected the assists on the play, Henry’s team-leading 12th of the playoffs.

The Thunder season will continue in the Eastern Conference Finals, which will begin on Friday evening against the Florida Everblades. Adirondack will be home for two guaranteed games, and one additional game if necessary. The full Round 3 schedule will be released tomorrow. Visit ECHLThunder.com or call 518-480-3355 for more information on Round 3 of the 2018 Kelly Cup Playoffs.

New AHL Division Alignment Announced For 2018-19 Season

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BINGHAMTON, NY – The American Hockey League announced that the league’s Board of Governors has approved the following division alignment for the 2018-19 AHL season. As a part of the realignment, the Cleveland Monsters will move to the North Division.

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
Bridgeport Sound Tigers (New York Islanders)
Charlotte Checkers (Carolina Hurricanes)
Hartford Wolf Pack (New York Rangers)
Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals)
Lehigh Valley Phantoms (Philadelphia Flyers)
Providence Bruins (Boston Bruins)
Springfield Thunderbirds (Florida Panthers)
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (Pittsburgh Penguins)

North Division
Belleville Senators (Ottawa Senators)
Binghamton Devils (New Jersey Devils)
Cleveland Monsters (Columbus Blue Jackets)
Laval Rocket (Montreal Canadiens)
Rochester Americans (Buffalo Sabres)
Syracuse Crunch (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Toronto Marlies (Toronto Maple Leafs)
Utica Comets (Vancouver Canucks)

Western Conference
Central Division
Chicago Wolves (Vegas Golden Knights)
Grand Rapids Griffins (Detroit Red Wings)
Iowa Wild (Minnesota Wild)
Manitoba Moose (Winnipeg Jets)
Milwaukee Admirals (Nashville Predators)
Rockford IceHogs (Chicago Blackhawks)
San Antonio Rampage (St. Louis Blues)
Texas Stars (Dallas Stars)

Pacific Division
Bakersfield Condors (Edmonton Oilers)
Colorado Eagles (Colorado Avalanche)
Ontario Reign (Los Angeles Kings)
San Diego Gulls (Anaheim Ducks)
San Jose Barracuda (San Jose Sharks)
Stockton Heat (Calgary Flames)
Tucson Roadrunners (Arizona Coyotes)

Changes from the 2017-18 season include:
• Colorado joining the AHL as its 31st active team and playing in the Pacific Division
• San Antonio and Texas moving from the Pacific Division to the Central Division
• Cleveland moving from the Central Division to the North Division

The playing schedule for the 2018-19 regular season, which begins October 5, will be announced this summer. The Devils will open up the 2018-19 home schedule on Saturday, October 6 at 7:05 p.m.

USA Hockey’s 4th Annual US Women’s National Team Goaltending Development Camp Begins Friday

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today that it will hold its fourth annual U.S. Women’s National Team Goaltending Development Camp from Friday-Sunday (May 11-13) at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota. The camp, which annually brings together the nation’s top female goaltenders from the U18 to professional level, provides athletes with specialized training and mentoring, as well as critical resources to support their long-term development as elite goaltenders.

Goaltenders for the gold medal-winning 2018 U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team Nicole Hensley and Alex Rigsby will act as goalie mentors supporting lead coach Matt Kelly and the camp’s five goaltending coaches, Alli Altman, Laura Bellamy, Steve Guider, two-time Olympic silver medalist Bri McLaughlin and Lucy Scheodel.

The camp features 18 female goaltenders, including three gold medalists from the International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Women’s World Championship in Makayla Pahl (Rochester, Minn/gold-2018), Alex Gulstene (Minneapolis, Minn./gold-2017, 2016) and Beth Larcom (Middletown, R.I./gold-2016), as well as Katie Fitzgerald (Des Plaines, Ill.), who helped the Metropolitan Riveters claim the National Women’s Hockey League’s 2018 Isobel Cup.

The players range in age from 15-24 and represent 11 different states. Minnesota leads the way with five representatives, followed by Illinois, Massachusetts and New York with two apiece. Alaska, Connecticut, Michigan, North Dakota, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Wisconsin each have one. Eight players spent last season playing college hockey, including three from the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, two from both the ECAC and Hockey East Association, and one from College Hockey America.

For a complete roster and practice schedule, click here.

NOTES: Reagan Carey (Colorado Springs, Colo.), USA Hockey director of women’s hockey, oversees the camp … Other members of the camp staff include athletic trainer Katie Homan (Coldwater, Ohio), strength and conditioning coach Jeremy Hoy (Pittsburgh, Pa.), women’s national team doctor Dr. Holly Johnson (Newton, Mass.) and equipment manager Logan Fischer (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.).