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USHL Forward of the Week: NYS Native Nick Abruzzese

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FORWARD: NICK ABRUZZESE – CHICAGO STEEL

2 GP: 2 goals, 3 assists, +2 rating

Abruzzese recorded five points in two games over the weekend to help Chicago extend their winning streak to seven games, the longest active winning streak in the USHL. He scored a goal and added an assist on Friday before scoring again and dishing out two helpers on Saturday to complete the Steel’s home-and-home weekend sweep of the Central Illinois Flying Aces. The Harvard University commit extended his point streak to five games over the weekend with his performance and has put up nine points (3G, 6A) in those contests. He has earned at least one point in 13 of the 19 games in which he’s played and leads the Steel in scoring with 21 points (5G, 16A) in those 19 games. He also leads the team and is tied for seventh among all USHL players with his 16 assists. Abruzzese is in his second season with Chicago and is coming off a 2017-18 campaign in which he recorded 36 points (13G, 23A) in 56 regular season games along with four points (1G, 3A) in seven Clark Cup Playoffs contests. A native of Slate Hill, NY, Abruzzese was acquired by the Steel from the Lincoln Stars on May 3, 2017. He was originally drafted by Lincoln in the 15th round, 241st overall in the 2016 USHL Phase II Draft and previously played for the North Jersey Avalanche (T1EHL) and New Jersey Junior Titans (NAHL).

Host Sites Announced For 2020 USA Hockey National Championships

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Hockey announced today the host sites for its slate of 2020 USA Hockey National Championships. Champions will be crowned in 11 cities nationwide, with each tournament being contested in March/April 2020.

USA Hockey has been conducting the country’s national championship tournaments since 1938, with teams from 38 states being crowned champions in various classifications. As part of USA Hockey Nationals, some 4,000 players compete for American hockey top honors in the sled, youth, girls, high school, adult and women’s levels.

2020 USA Hockey National Championship Locations and Dates
High School Mansfield, Texas March 26-30, 2020
Youth Tier I 14U Chicago, Illinois April 1-6, 2020
Youth Tier I 15 Only Plymouth, Michigan April 1-6, 2020
Youth Tier I 16U, 18U Rochester, Michigan April 1-6, 2020
Girls Tier I 14U, 16U, 19U Blaine, Minnesota April 2-6, 2020
Girls Tier II 14U, 16U, 19U West Chrster, Pennsylvania April 2-6, 2020
Women’s A, B, C Blaine, Minnesota April 2-5, 2020
Youth Tier II 14U Kalamazoo, Michigan April 2-6, 2020
Youth Tier II 16U Troy, Michigan April 2-6, 2020
Youth Tier II 18U Irvine, California April 2-6, 2020
Sled TBD TBD
Adult Men’s Rec Tampa, Florida April 16-19, 2020
Adult Women’s Rec TBD TBD
NOTES: A list of previous USA Hockey national champions dating back to 1938 can be found here … The 2019 Chipotle-USA Hockey National Championships begin in March with High School Nationals taking center stage in suburban Cleveland, Ohio, from March 28-April 1, 2019.

Teddy Bear Toss With Beauts On Saturday at 6 p.m.

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TOSS THOSE BEARS
The Beauts spent this past weekend taking on Team Russia in back-to-back exhibitions. The games count again on Saturday night as the white hot Whale visit HarborCenter.

Whale at Beauts
Saturday, December 8th – 6:00 PM
HarborCenter

Union College Retains 11th Spot In Men’s College Hockey Poll

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St. Cloud State Retains No. 1 Spot in Latest USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men’s College Hockey Poll

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
2018-19 Men’s College Hockey Poll – Week #10
(First-place votes in parentheses)

Rank
School
Last Week’s Rank
2018-19 Record
Weeks in Top 15
1. St. Cloud State University, 490 (19) 1 11-1-2 10
2. University of Massachusetts, 483 (14) 3 12-1-0 6
3. University of Minnesota Duluth, 439 (1) 2 10-3-1 10
4. Minnesota State University, 417 4 12-2-0 10
5. University of Denver, 341 7 7-3-2 10
6. University of Notre Dame, 320 8 10-4-1 10
7. Ohio State University, 318 5 9-4-3 10
8. Quinnipiac University, 287 9 13-2-0 7
9. Penn State University, 237 6 10-4-1 9
10. Providence College, 198 10 8-4-3 10
11. Union College, 179 11 8-3-2 6
12. Northeastern University, 140 13 9-3-1 7
13. Bowling Green State University, 125 12 10-3-2 6
14. University of North Dakota, 55 15 8-6-1 7
15. Arizona State University, 23 — 10-6-0 2

Upcoming Top-15
Matchups

Friday, Dec. 7

No. 2 Massachusetts
at
No. 8 Quinnipiac

No. 5 Denver
at
No. 14 North Dakota

No. 6 Notre Dame
at
No. 9 Penn State

Saturday, Dec. 8

No. 8 Quinnipiac
at
No. 2 Massachusetts

No. 5 Denver
at
No. 14 North Dakota

No. 6 Notre Dame
at
No. 9 Penn State

Others Receiving Votes: Clarkson University, 7; University of Michigan, 7; Cornell University, 5; Yale University, 3; Miami University, 2; Western Michigan University, 2; Bemidji State University, 1.

Notes: St. Cloud State University holds the No. 1 ranking for the third consecutive week and third time this season … The NCHC leads all conferences with four teams in the rankings, the Hockey East Association and Big Ten each have three, while ECAC Hockey and the WCHA each have two and the Independents have one … Team records are listed as W-L-T … For past poll results, click here.
About the Poll: The 24th annual USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men’s College Hockey Poll is conducted each week in conjunction with the American Hockey Coaches Association. The poll includes input from coaches and journalists representing each of the six NCAA Division I ice hockey conferences, as well as composite votes from officers of the AHCA and USA Hockey.

Manhattanville Women’s Hockey Blanks Lebanon Valley To Claim MAC Championship

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HERSHEY, PA. – The Manhattanville College women’s hockey team ran its unbeaten streak to eight games, defeating the Lebanon Valley College Flying Dutchmen 4-0 Saturday, Dec. 1, officially clinching the 2018-19 Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Championship in the process.

Manhattanville (7-0-1, 5-0-1 UCHC/MAC) scored three second-period goals en route to its sixth straight win, the longest win streak for the program since the 2009-2010 team won seven games in a row.

Senior Nicole Mensi (Mamaroneck, N.Y./Northwood School) and junior Amanda Sabia (Freehold, N.J./The Gunnery) followed up a combined three-goal, three-assist effort in yesterday’s 5-1 win with another goal and assist apiece on Saturday. Senior Morgan Wilm (West Chester, Pa./Millbrook School) and junior Janet Xu (Edmonton, Alta./Ontario Hockey Academy) added a goal each, while junior Brayden James (Denton, Texas/Dallas Stars Elite (EHL)) added two assists.

Xu scored on the first shot of the game from either side just 41 seconds into action off assists from James and senior Ellis Smith (Buffalo, N.Y./Niagara Junior Purple Eagles (WNYAHL)). Wilm made it 2-0 with her first goal of the year 4:30 into the second period after Lebanon Valley (2-7-0, 1-7-0 UCHC, 0-1-0 MAC) goalie Jill Moffatt stopped nine straight shots across the end of the opening period and start of the second.

Sabia added her team-high 10th goal of the year off assists from Mensi and classmate Zoey Pellowitz (Arlington, Va./Washington Pride (JWHL)) just under three minutes later. After six more saves from Moffatt, Mensi added her seventh of the season off assists from James and freshman Holly Meredith (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Vermont Academy).

The Valiants dominated the stat sheet, outshooting the Flying Dutchmen 34-9, including 27-7 over the final two periods. Xu won 10 of 11 face-offs while freshman Ana Tittmann (Salisbury, Conn./Housatonic Valley Regional) won five of seven. Manhattanville’s special teams were outstanding once again, holding Lebanon Valley to just three shots across six power play opportunities. Sophomore goalie Lexi Crites (Middleboro, Mass/Kents Hill School) stopped all nine Flying Dutchmen shots in her first start of the season, posting her first career shutout.

The Valiants return to the ice on the road against the Connecticut College Camels Saturday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m.

Hamilton Loses To Wesleyan U

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The Wesleyan University Cardinals scored three times in the third period and pulled away for a 5-2 NESCAC win against the Hamilton College Continentals at Wesleyan’s Spurrier-Snyder Rink on Saturday afternoon.

Sterling Bray ’20 scored two goals and Nick Rutigliano ’21 was credited with a pair of assists for Hamilton (3-2-1, 1-1-1 NESCAC). Justin Felhaber ’21 won 12 of 18 faceoffs and Anthony Tirabassi ’20 made 25 saves.

Vincent Lima posted a goal and an assist for the Cardinals (3-2-1, 3-0-1). Sean Ross added a goal and a helper, and Tim Sestak turned away 31 shots.

The Continentals grabbed an early 1-0 lead at 2:12 of the first period on a power-play goal by Bray. Jon Stickel ’19 collected his second assist this season after Bray redirected his shot. Hamilton was 1-for-2 on the power play.

Wesleyan, which scored on one of its three power-play opportunities, tied the score with a power-play goal at 11:04 of the first. Lima passed to Tyler Kobryn and his one-timer from the slot found the back of the net.

Stephen O’Connor gave the Cardinals a 2-1 lead with his first collegiate goal at 4:31 of the second period. Wesleyan put the pressure on the Continentals with two goals 56 seconds apart early in the third period. Sean Ross made it 3-1 at 1:48 of the third and Jordan Rose handed the Cardinals a three-goal cushion at 2:44 when he converted a breakaway opportunity.

Bray got one of those goals back just 15 seconds later with his third this season and the seventh of his Hamilton career. Rutigliano took the initial shot and Bray collected the rebound and slipped the puck past Sestak. Rutigliano is tied for the team lead with three assists. Lima rounded out the scoring on an empty-net goal with 3:07 left.

The Continentals owned a 33-30 edge in shots. Hamilton stays on the road in the NESCAC next weekend when the Continentals travel to Middlebury College on Friday, Dec. 7. The puck drops at 7 p.m.

RIT Men’s Hockey Falls To Air Force

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ROCHESTER, NY – The RIT men’s hockey team (6-6-1, 4-4-1 AHA) fell on home ice for the second consecutive evening, 3-0 to Air Force Academy (8-6-0, 8-4-0 AHA) in front of 2,231 fans at the Gene Polisseni Center Saturday.

Air Force goaltender Billy Christopoulos turned aside all 31 shots he faced for the shutout, his first of the season. He made several key saves throughout the evening, as RIT had many great chances.

Evan Feno scored two goals and added an assist for the Falcons, while Evan Giesler also scored.

Logan Drackett (Calgary, Alberta/Calgary Canucks) made 21 saves in the loss for RIT.

RIT out-shot Air Force, 31-24. Air Force was 1-for-4 on the power-play, while holding RIT scoreless in five chances with the man-advantage.

“I thought their goalie came up with some huge saves and we couldn’t capitalize on our chances tonight,” said RIT head coach Wayne Wilson. “I thought we deserved a better fate, but we needed to do a better job finishing our opportunities.”

RIT who mustered just 19 shots on goal in last night’s loss, came out flying in the opening period tonight, out-shooting the Falcons, 14-6.

The Tigers best chance came late in a power-play, as RIT intentionally fired a long pass into the Falcons zone and behind the defenders who were sitting in the neutral zone to beat out an icing. Shawn Cameron (Sherbrooke, Quebec/Cumberland Grads) fired a goal mouth pass to an open Alden Dupuis (Edmonton, Alberta/Bonnyville Pontiacs), but the puck hopped over his stick at the last second.

RIT continued to put ample pressure on the Falcons in the second period, but Christopoulos made several tremendous saves to keep the Tigers off the board.

First, he sprawled across to rob Bryson Traptow (Calgary, Alberta/Camrose Kodiaks) with his left pad early in the second period. Midway through the period, Abbott Girduckis (Belleville, Ontario/Wellington Dukes) found himself all alone with the Air Force goaltender on a shorthanded rush. Girduckis tried to deke to the backhand, but Christopoulos stayed with him the whole way to make the save. Christopoulos’ best save of the period came with 2:28 left, after a giveaway. Kobe Walker (Lloydminster, Alberta/Lloydminster Bobcats) forced a turnover and slipped a pass to Will Calverley (Scarborough, Ontario/Chilliwack Chiefs), who in turn found Ryan Kruper (Sherwood Park, Alberta/Sherwood Park Crusaders) all alone in front. Christopoulos recovered to make a sensational glove save on Kruper from in tight.

Air Force would get on the board 8:43 into the second period, as Keegan Montaro made a slick diagonal feed to Feno, who was left alone to the side of Drackett. Feno one-timed the pass, which Drackett slid over on to make a sensational save. Unfortunately, the rebound came right back to Feno, who was able to tuck the puck around Drackett for his second goal in two nights and seventh of the year.

RIT came out flying early in the third period and looked to have a sure goal when a loose puck came to Shawn Cameron (Sherbrooke, Quebec/Cumberland Grads) who was all alone at the left side of net with Christopoulos out of position. Cameron corralled the puck and looked to slide it into the empty net before Air Force’s Trevor Stone dove to knock it away before it crossed the line.

Moments later, Traptow had a point-blank chance in the slot off a scramble that was corralled by Christopoulos.

The Falcons would score a key insurance goal 4:53 into the period, on the power-play, as Giesler tucked home a rebound from in close after Brady Tomlak had a shot blocked in close. Feno put the game away for good with 1:02 left, scoring from his own blueline into the empty net after RIT pulled Drackett for the extra attacker.

Air Force won the opening game of the weekend series last night by a score of 3-1. Dan Willett (Bayville, NY/Bloomington Thunder) scored RIT’s lone goal. This marks the only regular season meetings between the two schools in 2018-19.

RIT continues its homestand next weekend, as Sacred Heart comes to town for a pair of games on Dec. 7-8. Friday’s game from the Polisseni Center begins at 7:05 p.m., while Saturday’s starts at 5:05 p.m. After Saturday’s game, RIT will hold its annual Skate With the Tigers event.

Cornell Men’s Hockey Enters Hiatus On High Note With Win at Harvard

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Not only did the Cornell men’s hockey team beat rival Harvard on Saturday night, it beat the Crimson at its own game. Cam Donaldson and Tristan Mullin scored on the man advantage, and the Big Red kept the Crimson’s nation-leading power play to just one goal in securing a 2-1 victory at Bright-Landry Hockey Center.

The victory not only helped 16th-ranked Cornell (6-5; 4-2 ECAC Hockey; 4-1 Ivy League) salvage two key league points on the road, it allows the Big Red to enter a lengthy semester break above .500 while several key contributors recover from injuries.

And not to be forgotten, the effort also avenges a lackluster performance in a 4-1 loss to Harvard just one week prior at The Frozen Apple.

“It was one of the grittiest wins I’ve been a part of as a head coach for a long time, 24 years,” said Mike Schafer, the Jay R. Bloom ’77 Head Coach of Men’s Hockey at Cornell. “To see these guys, with our top two centers out and Mitch Vanderlaan played on one leg today. … Guys that are key contributors to our hockey team that are out. The guys stepped up.”

At the front of the line was sophomore goaltender Austin McGrath, who made 23 saves to earn his first collegiate victory in just his second start. Harvard (4-4-2; 2-3-2 ECAC Hockey; 2-2-2 Ivy League) opened the scoring in appropriate fashion with Jack Rathbone’s power-play goal just 5:30 into the game, but McGrath made a point-blank stop on Nathan Krusko at the 9:51 mark and Rathbone’s open shot from the high slot four minutes later.

“It’s really huge. There’s a little confidence going into break with a big win and getting back to the way we like to play – hard, competing and really gritty,” said McGrath, who made 10 stop in the third period. “So it was big to get in a game like that before we got off for a while.”

Cornell’s power play struggled on two opportunities in the first period, but quickly made amends by capitalizing on both of its chances during a dominant second period in which the Big Red had a 19-4 advantage in shots on goal. Donaldson’s fifth goal of the season tied the game at 7:01, then Mullin’s tenacious pursuit of a rebound about six minutes later pulled the Big Red ahead for good.

The proverbial icing on the cake came in the third period, when the Big Red successfully killed off two more Harvard power plays. The Crimson entered the game converting on 40% of its chances on the man advantage.

“It’s a huge win, obviously. We’re down those guys, but they’ll be back. And at the same time, there are no excuses and other guys have to step up,” Mullin said. “Everyone has to play their role. Tonight just goes to show what can happen when we all step up. And that’s what we needed.”

Notre Dame Upends RPI

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Sophomore goaltender Dylan St. Cyr stopped all 33 shots he faced to lead the eighth-ranked University of Notre Dame men’s hockey team to a 3-0 victory over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), on Saturday night at Compton Family Ice Arena. With the win, the Fighting Irish improve to 10-4-2 overall, while the Engineers drop to 4-9-0.

RPI freshman netminder Owen Savory (Guelph, ON/St. Catharines Falcons) matched St. Cyr (Northville, MI/U.S. National Dev. Team) throughout, turning away a career-high 38, including all 17 shots he faced in the second.

The Engineers nearly scored in the opening minute, when junior Todd Burgess (Phoenix, AZ/Fairbanks Ice Dogs) found himself on a breakaway, but his shot found the left shoulder of St. Cyr.

Senior Cam Morrison (Aurora, ON/Youngstown Phantoms) got the hosts on the board just over three minutes later, taking a pass off the right boards from junior Mike O’Leary (Halifax, NS/Dubuque Fighting Saints) and sticking a shot past Savory for his fourth goal of the year.

Later in the first, RPI turned in a pair of chances on the power play, including a redirection off the stick of sophomore Donovan Ott (Lebanon, PA/Johnstown Tomahawks), but St. Cyr was able to get in front of the attempt.

A back-and-forth second period saw the Fighting Irish outshoot RPI, 17-7. Engineers junior Patrick Polino (Buffalo, NY/Lincoln Stars) stickhandled his way into a scoring chance at the midway point of the frame, but his shot from the right circle was kicked away by St. Cyr.

Two minutes later, Notre Dame had an opportunity to double its lead, but Savory was to make a sprawling left pad stop to deny freshman Alex Steeves (Bedford, NH/Dubuque Fighting Saints) on the tail-end of a 3-on-1 passing play. Working the puck back from the left side of the rush, the trailing Steeves ripped one-time from the right side that Savory got to and kept out.

The Engineers came out firing in the third period, holding an 8-1 shot advantage at one point during the frame, before finishing with a 17-10 edge.

Freshman Jake Johnson (Bloomington, MN/Cedar Rapids RoughRiders) turned RPI’s best chance to equalize with eight minutes to play, but his shot at the end of a 3-on-2 rush rang off the right pipe. Carrying the puck out his own zone, Johnson worked a pass to junior Jacob Hayhurst (Mississauga, ON/Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), whose return feed found Johnson in the middle of the slot for a one-time effort that came inches from pulling the Engineers even.

Notre Dame capitalized on its next chance at 13:36 of the period, when sophomore Colin Theisen (Monroe, MI/Dubuque Fighting Saints) corralled his own rebound and stuck it under the left pad of Savory for a 2-0 lead. Theisen’s fifth goal of the season drew assists from freshman Jake Pivonka (Naperville, IL/U.S. National Dev. Team) and Morrison.

The Fighting Irish added an empty-netter with 2:46 to play, scored by senior Dylan Malmquist (Edina, MN/Edina High Schoo). He navigated his way up the right wing boards before slotting home his fifth goal of the year into the vacated net.

RPI finished 0 for 3 on the power play, while the Fighting Irish were 0 for 2. The hosts had a 41-33 shot advantage for the game, led by eight from Steeves. Burgess led Rensselaer with five shots.

The Engineers are back in action next weekend, when they visit ECAC Hockey foes Yale University and Brown University on Friday (7pm) and Saturday (7pm), respectively. Notre Dame travels to No. 6 Penn State University for a pair next weekend.

Buffalo State Rebounds Past Potsdam

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POTSDAM, N.Y.— Vadim Vasjonkin (Tallinn, Estonia) and Mac Wood (Simcoe, ON/SCS) scored a pair of goals apiece as Buffalo State rallied to erase a two-goal deficit to earn a 4-3 victory over host Potsdam this evening in SUNYAC play.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: Buffalo State – 4, Potsdam – 3
LOCATION: Maxcey Arena – Potsdam, N.Y.
RECORDS: Buffalo State (4-4-1/2-3-1), Potsdam (5-6-0/1-4-0)

HOW IT HAPPENED
Potsdam scored a pair of first-period goals to take the early lead.
Vasjonkin scored his first of the season just over two minutes into the second period to cut the deficit in half, but Potsdam reclaimed the two-goal advantage just five minute later.
Buffalo State pulled back within one later in the frame with a power-play strike from Wood, and then Vasjonkin’s second of the game evened the score just 1:21 later.
Wood finally put the Bengals ahead with his second of the game and team-leading sixth of the season on the power-play with just under six minutes remaining in the third period.
Connor Minch (Manchester, NH/Manchester Central) made 26 saves in the win.
Buffalo State finished with a 33-29 advantage in shots and was 2 for 8 on the power play. Potsdam was 1 for 3 with the man-advantage.
Reid Bibb (Gaithersburg, MD/Gaithersburg) and Zach Remers (Clarence, NY/Canisius) chipped in a pair of assists each.
FOR THE FOES
Bryce Ferrell, Trevor Dennis and Joseph Richardson all scored for the Bears.

UP NEXT
Buffalo State will host Morrisville State for two more SUNYAC games next Friday and Saturday.

Canisius Splits Series With Army

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Senior Dylan McLaughlin tallied three points, including the game-winning goal, to lead Canisius to a 4-2 victory over Army in Atlantic Hockey Association action Saturday at Tate Rink in West Point, N.Y.

McLaughlin recorded two goals and added an assist to pace the Golden Griffins (6-8-1, 5-7-1 AHA), who scored three unanswered goals to earn a split of its league series with the second-place Black Knights. Senior Ian Edmondson and sophomore Austin Alger also scored for Canisius.

Tucker DeYoung and Trevor Fidler accounted for the two goal for Army (8-8-1, 7-6-1 AHA).

DeYoung gave the Black Knights a 1-0 lead just 2:39 into the contest when he beat Canisius junior netminder Blake Weyrick with a wrist shot from the just inside the blueline.

Edmondson brought the Griffs level at the 8:29 mark of the first period as his shot from the point deflected off an Army player and into the cage for his second goal of the weekend.

Fidler restored the Black Knights lead at the 5:36 mark of the second period, finishing off a 3-on-1 rush by putting home a rebound to give the Black Knights a 2-1 advantage.

McLaughlin would take control of the contest moments later, scoring twice in a 2:31 span to stake Canisius to a 3-2 lead.

He began the sequence just 96 seconds afer Fidler’s goal, redirecting a point shot from senior Cameron Heath to tie the game at 2-2 before putting Canisius in front for good with a power-play tally at the 9:53 mark of the middle frame, finishing off an end-to-end rush to make it 3-2.

Alger closed out the scoring with 3:43 remaining in the contest, finishing off a 2-on-0 break after McLaughlin stole the puck from an Army defender at the top of the Black Knights zone.

Weyrick recorded 33 saves in goal for Canisius. Dempsey made 28 stops between the pipes for Army.

Head Coach Trevor Large’s Postgame Comments
“I loved the way we played. We talked before the game about controllable things and the two things we said over and over again was that we are able to control our attitude and our effort. To a man, we needed every player wearing a Griffs jersey tonight and I really loved how our guys responded to that message because that was about as hard as we can play and that was a big step for our team to understand how hard it is to win a hockey game.

“You take tonight’s result and absolutely, we are happy with the win. But the thing that excites our staff and our team is that, to a man, we are extremely proud of how we competed tonight. This is a special group. There’s something special about the men we have in that locker room and I know this was a big step for our team.

“Dylan was spectacular tonight. He does a lot for our team on most nights; he’s been the best player on the ice in a lot of games this year. His skating and skill level are unbelievable. Tonight, he showcased that. He also added will and compete; he was not going to be denied. He was going to have a big part in the outcome of this game. I loved him tonight.”

Game Notes
• Saturday’s contest served as the 61st meeting between Canisius and Army. With their win on Saturday, the Griffs regained their lead in the all-time series, 28-27-6, and extended their lead in the Division I era of the series to 26-22-6.
• Army out-shot Canisius by a 35-32 margin for the contest, highlighted by a 14-8 margin in the third period.
• Canisius was 1-for-2 on the power play while Army was 0-for-4 with the man advantage on Saturday.
• The Griffs improved to 5-5-1 this season when allowing the first goal of the contest.
• With his power-play tally at the 9:53 mark of the second period, McLaughlin became just the fifth player in the Division I era of the program to record 50 goals in his career. His 50 career tallies put him in a tie with Jason Weeks for fourth place on the program’s Division I era career goals chart.
• McLaughlin recorded multiple goals in a game for the third time this season and the ninth time in his career. He also tallied multiple points in a game for the sixth time this season and the 35th time in his career with his three-point effort on Saturday.
• Alger extended his point-scoring streak to six games with a goal and an assist on Saturday. The outing was also his second multi-point effort of the season.

Up Next
• Canisius will take its traditional end-of-semester break before returning to action Dec. 28-29 with a two-game series at No. 11 Union.
• Start time of both contests is set for 7 p.m. at Messa Rink in Schenectady, N.Y.

Delmas Scores Twice In Purple Eagles Loss To Broncos

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Kalamazoo, Mich. – Junior defenseman Noah Delmas scored twice and added an assist for the Niagara men’s hockey team in a 7-3 loss at Western Michigan on Saturday night. The Purple Eagles (7-8-1, 7-4-1 AHA) couldn’t quite shrug off a sluggish start that saw them give up three goals in the game’s first 11 minutes, including their first shorthanded goal allowed all season.

Game Recap
Down 4-0 with three minutes left in the first period, Niagara finally pulled one back when Delmas snuck a shot in from deep. The goal was initially waved off because of alleged goaltender interference but after review the call was reversed and the goal was allowed.
Niagara came close to scoring again seven minutes into the second. On a scramble in front of the Broncos’ crease, Trevor Gorsuch fell and was out of positon, leaving the net open, but Chris Harpur had his shot partially blocked high and away.
Less than two minutes later, Delmas tallied his second of the evening and cut the Niagara deficit to 5-2 on a feed from Reed Robinson and Jared Brandt.
After Robinson was called for a penalty early in the third, the Purple Eagles killed the two minutes down a man. Niagara forced a turnover as Robinson was exiting the box, allowing him to go in on Gorsuch alone. Unfortunately Robinson’s attempt to stuff it through the five-hole was denied and the game stayed 5-2.
Eric Cooley got Niagara’s third goal when he swatted the puck in from the left side of the net. Dylan Mills got his second assist of the night on the play, while Delmas had

Beyond The Boxscore
Delmas continued his impressive play as of late with his fifth multi-point game in his last eight outings. It was also the first multi-goal game of his career.
Delmas also became the first Niagara defenseman to register two goals in a game since Vinny Muto nabbed a pair in an 8-3 win over Army on November 16, 2013.

Up Next
Niagara will return to Dwyer Arena on December 7 and 8 to open a two-game slate with the Colgate Raiders. Both games will get underway at 7 p.m. Saturday’s game is Cub Scout Day and will also feature a postgame open skate.

Pele Tallies 3 Points To Lead Canton Over Wilkes

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Roos scored with nine tallying one point or more. Jessica Pele tallied three points while Noelle Niemiec, Lily Cullen, and Sarah Kosnaskie each added two in the Roos victory.

THE BASICS
Result: SUNY Canton 6, Wilkes 2
Location: Toyota Sportsplex – Wilkes-Barre, PA
Records: SUNY Canton (4-3-2) | Wilkes (0-8-0)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Roos took 27 shots, with 19 of them on goal, during the first but the period ended with a 0-0 score.
Wilkes struck first in the second, but the Roos quickly responded with a Hannah Brady goal, assisted by Debbie Bartosova and Niemiec.
A Pele goal gave the Roos the lead, and less than a minute later, Niemiec netted one of her own to bring the score to 3-1.
Wilkes found the net at the end of the second period, but the Roos struck back right away on a Kosnaskie goal just thirty seconds into the third period.
Breanna Bedborough and Cullen scored later in the third, bringing the score to 6-2.
Pele finished the day with three points, while goalie Brooke Susac aided the Roos efforts with 16 saves.
WHAT’S NEXT

The women’s hockey team returns to the ice for a home weekend series next Friday and Saturday v. Sacred Heart University at 4 and 1 p.m., respectively.

Nazareth Women’s Hockey Stays Perfect By Blanking Chatham

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Nazareth’s women’s hockey team pushed its perfect record to 10-0 Saturday as the Golden Flyers completed a weekend sweep of visiting Chatham with a 5-0 victory over the Cougars at the Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex.

The Golden Flyers also defeated the Cougars 3-0 Friday and now sit at 10-0 overall in their inaugural season. The Golden Flyers are 6-0 in United Collegiate Hockey Conference games. Chatham dropped to 3-8 overall and 1-5 in conference games.

The Golden Flyers were dominant again in victory as they outshot the Cougars 37-18 to record their sixth shutout of the season. They also won 34 of 50 face-offs. They have outscored their 10 opponents by a 73-7 margin.

Emily Kromer scored two goals and added an assist and Mikaila Rubin, Keeley Rose and Jessica Kollberg also scored for the Golden Flyers. Anibella Barona and Hailey Redders each delivered two assists and Stephanie Kubis also had an assist.

The game was scoreless until 35 seconds remained in the first period when Nazareth converted on a 5-on-3 power play chance. Nice puck movement saw Rubin score for the sixth time this season with assists to Kromer and Kubis.

Nazareth added two more goals in the second period as Rose and Kromer converted less than two minutes apart. Positioned to left of the goal, Rose was able to tip in a crossing pass from Barona at 17:05. Then, at 18:59, with the teams playing 4-on-4, Kromer scored her seventh goal of the season with Redders and Barona assisting.

Nazareth tacked on two more goals in the third period. Kromer’s second goal of the game came with the Golden Flyers playing short-handed following a penalty to Lauren Jones. Kromer was able to intercept a pass near the neutral zone and was able to steady the puck and slap a shot past Chatham goaltender Katy Reed for an unassisted tally.

Nazareth’s fifth goal came after Redders was able to dig a puck out of the corner and redirect it to Kollberg at the blue line. Kollberg’s slap shot found the upper left corner for her second goal of the season.

In dominating the face-off circle, Nikolle Van Stralen won 14 of her 20 attempts and Kromer went 6-for-6. Rubin won 9 of 13.

Brehm finished with 18 saves to gain her second shutout of the weekend and fourth of the season.

Nazareth is off next weekend, but returns to the ice Dec. 14-15 for a pair of conference games at third-ranked Elmira.