CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. — ECAC Hockey has announced its men’s weekly award winners, and Nick Abruzzese (Harvard), Ian Shane (Cornell), Ondrej Psenicka (Cornell), and Kyler Kovich (Cornell) have all been honored for the week ending January 9, 2022.
Driscoll Skating & Skills Player of the Week
In the Crimson’s lone game of the week, Abruzzese (Jr. – Slate Hill, N.Y.) registered a three point night, scoring and assisting twice in a win over Union. He found the back of the net on the power play in the opening frame, while his assists came on the first and last goals in a 4-1 victory on Saturday afternoon. In his teams last three games, the Harvard captain has registered nine points on three goals and six assists.
MAC Goaltending Goalie of the Week
For the second consecutive week, Shane (Fr. – Manhattan Beach, Calif.) earns Goalie of the Week honors. In his first two collegiate starts this weekend, the freshman backstopped Cornell to a sweep at North Dakota, marking thee first time since UND’s program started in 1946 that an ECAC Hockey program has swept a two-game set at the Fighting Hawks. He finished the weekend with 55 saves on 59 shots, boasting a .932 save percentage.
Rookies of the Week
Psenicka (Fr. – Praha, Czeech Republic) factored into three of Cornell’s seven goals in this weekend’s sweep of North Dakota. He assisted on two of the Big Red’s three third-period tallies to help cap off a late comeback on Friday, before scoring the eventual game-winner in Saturday’s 3-1 victory. He was also strong on the defensive end, and was not on the ice for any goals against this weekend.
Kovich (Fr. – Coquitlam, B.C.) was also instrumental in Cornell’s big weekend, scoring a goal in each game at North Dakota. His tally on Friday was a big one, as the scored the game-winner with 5:49 remaining to cap off a third period comeback. He found the back of the net again on Saturday, this time tying the game at 1-1 in the first period of a game the Big Red would go on to win, 3-1.
(Rochester, NY) – Rochester Americans General Manager Jason Karmanos announced that the team has signed forward Patrick Polino to a Professional Tryout (PTO).
Polino, 26, re-joins the Amerks after starting the 2021-22 season with six goals and 16 assists for 22 points in 24 games with the Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL). The 5-foot-9, 170-pound forward currently leads all Cyclones rookies in all offensive categories and is tied for fourth amongst all ECHL first-year skaters in assists.
Last season, Polino totaled seven points (3+4) in 20 games with Amerks, where he finished third amongst all Rochester rookies in both goals and points, respectively.
Prior to joining the Amerks in 2020-21, Polino completed a four-year collegiate career at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (ECAC), tallying 52 points (24+28) over 131 games for the Engineers. The Buffalo, NY, native enjoyed a breakout senior season as he established career-highs in both goals (11) and points (19) while appearing in all 34 games and serving as an assistant captain.
Before attending R.P.I., Polino spent the previous five seasons in the USHL with the Chicago Steel, Green Bay Gamblers and Lincoln Stars. In 208 junior games, he notched 100 points (43+57) while also skating in four postseason contests.
Top PHF talents to compete January 29 at Northtown Center
(Brooklyn, N.Y.) – The Premier Hockey Federation announced that the 2022 PHF All-Star Showcase originally scheduled to be hosted in Toronto on Saturday, January 29 has been relocated to Buffalo as a result of COVID-19 restrictions in the Province of Ontario. The event will continue on the same date and feature this season’s new three team format with top talents assembled from across the PHF. Puck drop is slated for 5:30 p.m. ET at Northtown Center, home of the Beauts.
“The All-Star Showcase is an important opportunity for our athletes to display their talent and skill, but also for our passionate fans to celebrate the very best in the PHF,” said PHF Commissioner Tyler Tumminia. “Given Ontario’s current restrictions we made the determination that shifting the event across the border to Buffalo provides more clarity for our planning to ensure a special experience can be delivered for our athletes. Our appreciation is extended to the Beauts and the team at Northtown Center for their accommodation under these timelines. I’d also like to acknowledge the Six and the team at Canlan Sports – York who have been tremendous partners throughout this process. We look forward to returning the PHF All-Star Showcase to Toronto in 2023.”
A new 2022 PHF All-Star Showcase logo, designed by HEARTLENT Group, encompasses many of the original elements inspired by the ‘Breaking Boundaries’ theme. In addition to the Buffalo text, an outline of the Electric Tower that prevails across the city’s downtown skyline, is the focal point of the logo transition. The original event jerseys designed by M. Style will continue to be worn by the All-Stars.
Buffalo will become the PHF’s first two-time All-Star host after serving as home to the inaugural event in 2016 that included current All-Stars Shiann Darkangelo, Kaleigh Fratkin, and Madison Packer. A total of eight Beauts will participate in 2022 including forwards Taylor Accursi and Anjelica Diffendal, plus defenders Dominique Kremer and Marie-Jo Pelletier who were among the preliminary selections made by PHF coaches. Forwards Kennedy Ganser, Autumn MacDougall, and Cassidy Vinkle were winners of the online fan vote along with goaltender Carly Jackson who will serve as the event’s backup.
Rosters will be selected by All-Star captains Shiann Darkangelo, Jillian Dempsey, and Allie Thunstrom in a virtual draft and revealed this weekend live on ESPN+. Honorary coaches for the event are Meghan Chayka, Melody Davidson, and Sami Jo Small. The three teams will play in three single-period games that will include 10 minutes of 5-on-5 action, followed by five minutes of 3-on-3 play, and a shootout. All goals will count towards final game scores with the top team crowned PHF All-Star champions.
The Buffalo Beauts will return to the ice Saturday and Sunday (January 15/16) against the first place Toronto Six in Toronto. Buffalo’s weekend s series against Connecticut last weekend was postponed due to Covid Protocol, as was the two games against Minnesota in early December.
Toronto is leading the league with 22 points and a 7-1-1 (OT Tie) record, while the Beauts sit in last place in the league with a 1-4-0 record.
Dominque Kremer has 3 goals and 1 assist for 4 points while four other players have also recorded four points each thus far. Anjelica Diffendal has 2 goals/2 assists; Autumn MacDougal 1 g/3a; Cassidy Vinkle, 1g/3a; Cassidy MacPherson, 4 assists.
Carly Jackson has been the go-to goalie but has only 1 win in the books with 3 losses.
Hoping to add to their scoring, the Beauts signed winger Claudia Kepler for the remainder of the 2021-22 PHF season. An assistant coach with Syracuse University’s women’s hockey team, Kepler won the 2019-20 ЖХЛ Championship with KRS Vanke Rays Shenzhen. She scored 60 goals, 32 assists and 92 points in 145 NCAA games between Ohio State University and the University of Wisconsin during her collegiate career.
The Beauts will continue their 2022 season with games scheduled for January 16 vs Toronto in Toronto; February 5 and 6 at Minnesota; February 12 and 13 at home against Metropolitan Riveters; February 21 vs Toronto at Riverworks in Buffalo and February 26 and 27 in Boston. Their final regular season games are March 12 and 13 in Connecticut.
The Premier Hockey Federation will hold their 2022 PHF All Star Showcase on January 29 in Toronto. Four Buffalo Beauts have been selected including Kremer, Marie-Jo Pelletier, Taylor Accursi and Diffendal.
This is the first time the All-Star game will be played north of the border which focuses on the theme “Breaking Boundaries.”
The players have been selected by the coaches in the PHF with four more being selected by fan vote. Captains Shiann Darkangelo, Toronto; Jillian Dempsey, Boston; and Allie thurnstrom, Minnesota will hold a virtual draft to select their teams.
Hockey leaders Meghan Chayka, Melody Davidson, and Sami Jo Small will serve as honorary coaches for the All-Star Showcase. The trio are some of hockey’s most accomplished and influential figures and represent different areas of the game with Chayka’s expertise for data and analytics, Davidson’s iconic legacy behind the bench, and Small’s successful career between-the-pipes.
The Showcase will be live streamed via ESPN+ in the United States and on TSN in Canada.
In other news, the Players’ Association of the Premier Hockey Federation has elected Alex Sinatra as their executive director. She succeeds Anya Packer, who previously held the position until becoming the general manager of the Metropolitan Riveters earlier this year.
Sinatra is an attorney and has been an in-house counsel for a professional sports team, a multinational company, and various startups. As CEO and Founder of Your Potential for Everthing, she leads a strategic sports consulting firm that specifically guides women and minorities in the sports and entertainment industry to gain clarity, confidence and grow their businesses. She holds a JD from Texas A&M Univeristy School of Law and a BBA in marketing from Texas A&M University.
“I am honored to be selected by the players of the PHF to serve as the Executive Director of the Players’ Association,” said Sinatra. “The grit, determination, and work ethic of these players is inspiring. They are champions on and off the ice and I coudn’t be more proud to serve them. We want to change the sport of hockey for the better and continue to create opportunities for both current and future players.”
Event Set for Jan. 17 at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced the Equipment Manager for Team White for the 2022 BioSteel All-American Game, set for Jan. 17 at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth. Brian Stoya (Muskegon Lumberjacks/Lake George, N.Y.) will serve as athletic trainer for Team White.
Stoya is entering his first year as the Lumberjacks’ head equipment manager in 2021-22.
Before arriving in the Port City, Stoya was the head equipment manager with the Columbus River Dragons in the Federal Prospects Hockey League. Previously, Stoya spent two seasons as the head equipment manager of the USHL’s Dubuque Fighting Saints from 2018 to 2020.
Stoya received a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management from SUNY Cortland in 2017 where he was the student equipment manager for the Red Dragons from 2016-17. Additionally, Stoya interned with Union College’s Men’s and Women’s hockey programs working with the equipment staff.
Coming from a hockey family, Stoya’s brother, Kevin, currently plays for the Salem State Vikings, and his older brother, Greg, played for Framingham State Rams.
A Lake George, N.Y. native, Stoya is an avid New Jersey Devils fan.
Entire Support Staff Revealed for 2022 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –Mike Hastings (Crookston, Minn.), head men’s ice hockey coach at Minnesota State University; Brett Larson (Duluth, Minn.), head men’s ice hockey coach at St. Cloud State University; Scott Young (Clinton, Mass.), a member of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame and current director of player development for the Pittsburgh Penguins, David Lassonde (Durham, N.H.), national goaltending coach for USA Hockey, and Alex Dawes (Utica, N.Y.), video coach at Penn State University, will join head coach David Quinn (Cranston, R.I.) in guiding the the 2022 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team it was announced by USA Hockey.
“We have a group of assistants who not only bring passion and experience, but who know how to win,” said John Vanbiesbrouck, general manager of the 2022 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team. “Together with David Quinn, we’re thrilled with the group of coaches that will lead our team in Beijing.”
Mike Hastings is serving as an Olympic assistant coach for the first time, but is no stranger to international hockey.
He will be behind the bench of a U.S. team for the sixth time, with his last appearance as head coach of the silver medal-winning U.S. National Junior Team at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship.
An assistant coach for the 2005 U.S. National Junior Team, Hastings filled the same role with the 2003 U.S. National Junior Team and twice served as head coach of the U.S. Junior Select Team, including in 2000 when Team USA won the Viking Cup.
In his 10th season as head coach of the Minnesota State men’s ice hockey team, where he has transformed the program into a national powerhouse, Hastings has led the Mavericks to more wins than any other team in the nation with a 236-89-24 mark entering the 2021-22 season.
His teams have advanced to the NCAA Tournament on six occasions, including a trip to the Frozen Four in 2021; won six Western Collegiate Hockey Association regular-season titles, including an unprecedented four consecutive (2018-21); and three league post-season championships.
The two-time NCAA Coach of the Year arrived at Minnesota State following a three-year stint (2009-12) as the associate head coach for the University of Nebraska-Omaha men’s ice hockey team. He also served as an assistant coach with the men’s hockey program at the University of Minnesota (2008-09) for one season after a 14-year run (1994-2008) as head coach and general manager of the United States Hockey League’s Omaha Lancers.
During his time in Omaha, the Lancers never had a losing season as he helped the team capture three Anderson Cups (2001-02, 2004-05 (shared), 2007-08) as the league’s regular-season champion and a trio of Clark Cup titles (1998, 2001, 2008) as the USHL’s playoff champion. Hastings, who left the USHL as the league’s all-time winningest coach with a 529-210-56 (W-L-T) record, was named USHL Coach of the Year twice (1997, 2002) and league General Manager of the Year on five occasions (1997, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008).
A 1993 graduate of St. Cloud State University, Hastings played two years for the Huskies (1986-88) before a back injury ended his playing career.
Brett Larson is making his Olympic coaching debut and will be on a Team USA bench for the third time.
Previously, Larson served as an assistant coach for the U.S. National Junior Team in the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship. In 2012, he was the head coach of the U.S. Junior Select Team that won the World Junior A Challenge.
Larson is in his fourth campaign as head men’s ice hockey coach at St. Cloud State University where he has led the Huskies to two NCAA tournament appearances in his first three years, including a national runner-up finish in 2020-21. He entered the 2021-22 season with a 63-32-9 record at SCSU.
Before joining the Huskies, Larson served two stints (2008-11, 2015-18) as an assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Minnesota Duluth. On both occasions, his time behind the Bulldog bench culminated in NCAA national championships, as Larson was part of the program’s first-ever title win in 2011 before helping the Bulldogs earn another national championship in 2018.
In between his time with UMD, Larson spent two seasons (2011-13) as head coach of the United States Hockey League’s Sioux City Musketeers as well as a pair of seasons (2013-15) as an associate head coach at Ohio State University.
A Duluth, Minn., native, Larson played four seasons (1991-95) at UMD where he was tabbed captain his senior year and earned WCHA All-Academic honors three times. An 11th round pick of the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings in 1990, Larson went on to play 12 years of professional hockey, including two (1999-2001) as a player-coach with the San Diego Gulls of the West Coast Hockey League. He also skated for the U.S. National Inline Team, helping the U.S. earn a gold (1999) and silver medal (1998).
Scott Young is serving as an assistant coach for a U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team for the second time after a similar role with the 2018 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team.
Young, who was enshrined into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2017, is in his fifth year as the director of player development for the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins.
Prior to his role with the Penguins, he was an assistant coach for the men’s ice hockey team at Boston University for two seasons (2015-17) after serving as the Terriers director of men’s ice hockey operations in 2014-15.
Young, who retired as an NHL player in 2006, was the head coach at St. Mark’s School, his alma mater, for four seasons (2010-2014).
Young’s international playing career spanned from 1985 through 2002. He is one of only 12 U.S.-born men’s hockey players to compete in three Olympic Winter Games (1988, 1992, 2002). He also played for the U.S. in three IIHF World Junior Championships, helping Team USA to its first-ever medal at the event in 1986 and went on to serve as team captain the following year.
Young also played for Team USA in three IIHF Men’s World Championships (1987, 1989, 1994) and played in one of the greatest moments in American hockey history as a member of the U.S. team that won the 1996 World Cup of Hockey.
Young spent 17 seasons playing in the NHL, winning two Stanley Cup championships (1991-Pittsburgh, 1996-Colorado) while amassing 342 goals and 415 assists in 1,181 regular-season games. The former Boston University Terrier ranks among the top-20 of American players all-time in NHL games played and goals.
David Lassonde is serving as goaltending coach for the 2022 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team, marking his first assignment as an Olympic assistant coach.
USA Hockey’s national goaltending coach, Lassonde has served as an assistant coach in support of U.S. teams on the international stage on multiple occasions, most recently with the U.S. National Under-18 Team at the 2021 IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship.
He has been part of the coaching staff of three U.S. National Junior Teams, including in 2020, for the silver medal-winning 2019 squad and also the gold medal-winning 2013 team.
In addition, Lassonde also helped lead the U.S. Under-17 Men’s Select Team to the championship of the 2015 Five Nations Cup, and the U.S. Under-18 Men’s Select Team to a second-place finish at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup.
Lassonde has also worked with Team USA at the World Deaf Ice Hockey Championships, winning a gold medal in 2017.
Prior to joining USA Hockey full-time, he spent more than three decades as an NCAA Division I men’s hockey coach, including stops at Dartmouth College, University of Denver, University of New Hampshire, Miami University, and the University of Wisconsin. His resume includes 20 trips to the NCAA Tournament with five appearances in the Frozen Four, three conference tournament titles and six regular-season championships. He has coached numerous All-American goaltenders over his career, including the likes of Ty Conklin, Mike Ayers, Sam Brittain and Kevin Regan.
While at New Hampshire, the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) recognized Lassonde with the Terry Flanagan Award in 2007, an honor presented annually to an assistant coach that has demonstrated a superior body of work throughout his career.
Lassonde spent two seasons (1981-83) as a goaltender for Providence College under legendary head coach Lou Lamoriello before graduating cum laude in 1984.
Alex Dawes will serve as video coach for the 2022 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team, marking his first Olympic assignment.
He has been on the staff of two previous U.S. national teams in similar roles, including for the silver medal-winning 2019 U.S. National Junior Team and the gold medal-winning 2016 U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team.
Dawes is in his ninth season with Penn State University and his sixth as director of hockey operations for the Nittany Lions men’s ice hockey program where he handles all internal and external video efforts, assists in pregame and postgame preparation, and coordinates travel plans. During his time at PSU, he has also served as part of the coaching staff for the Penn State women’s ice hockey team, working with the defense, penalty kill and video coaching.
A 2012 graduate of Utica College, Dawes served as assistant coach/director of hockey operations for the UC men’s ice hockey team for four seasons (2009-13). During his time at Utica, the Pioneers improved every season, going from an 8-14-4 record in 2009-10 to a 21-6-1 mark in 2012-13 en route to the NCAA Division III semifinals. Dawes spent his freshman campaign (2008-09) attending the University of Vermont where he served as director of hockey operations for the men’s ice hockey team, a season the Catamounts reached the NCAA Frozen Four for the first time since 1996.
Support Staff Named
USA Hockey also announced additional support staff for the 2022 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team including Marc Boxer (Hancock, Mich.), assistant general manager; Brij Singh (Los Altos, Calif), team leader; Scott Aldrich (Hancock, Mich.), equipment manager; Nate LaPoint (Eau Claire, Wis.), equipment manager; Stan Wong (Boca Raton, Fla.), athletic trainer; Jason Hodges (New Baltimore, Mich.), athletic trainer; Dr. Michael Stuart (Rochester, Minn.), team physician; Dave Fischer (Colorado Springs, Colo.), senior director of communications; and Michael Reedy (Colorado Springs, Colo.), communications.
Most Improved Player Award / 2021Congratulations to the Rochester Junior American’s Steffen Finke for winning the NewEdge Hockey Development Academy Most Improved Player Award for 2021.
Steffen Finke / 2008 / Defense“We work with a lot of players throughout a given year and we get to see so much progress from our regular students that it makes it challenging to name one winner of this award. With that said, Steffen Finke is a shining example of great improvements in all categories. Steffen’s improvements from his skating, puck-handling, awareness, timing, shot selection, shot quality, and compete level, have been outstanding but are all second to his improved maturity and positive understanding of how to train.” Rob Sedia / Founder, NewEdge Hockey
Freshman Jacob King scored two goals while Zach Norby, Ryan Romeo (Fairport) and Sam DiBetetto (Hilton) each scored once as Brockport started their second half of the season with a 5-1 win over Stevenson Saturday.
Ray Falso (Skaneateles) scored twice and assisted on a third to lead Nazareth to a 6-3 victory at Buffalo State. Ethan Louisos (Clarence Center), Keith Davenport, Johnny Jackson and Liam Quinlivan scored the other Golden Flyers goals.
Fredonia and Geneseo had their Saturday contests cancelled.
Massena Girls Varsity Ice Hockey is 7-1-1 on the season with a tie against Malone and their lone loss coming at the hands of Skaneateles.
Massena finished out the year with a 5-1 victory over Malone. Jocelyn White made 19 saves with Co-Captain Brooke Terry scoring 2 goals. Other goals coming from Assistant Captain Sophia Prentice, Jore-Lynn Jchaut and Taylin Armstrong. Assists were credited to Hailey Lashomb, Bella Cromie, Harper Oakes, Bela Drake, Karenhatironhtha Johnson and Ella Matejcik.
Earlier in December Co-Captain MacKenzie Garrow made 29 saves in the 3-3 tie with Malone. They split in their trip to Central New York with the 5-2 loss to Skaneateles and a 2-1 win over Oswego. Earlier they beat Potsdam 5-3.
Massena had to postpone their January 5 game against Alexandria/Thousand Islands and they cancelled their trip to the Plattsburgh tournament.
Oswego was handed a 2-1 loss by Potsdam on December 30 with Oswego’s Alaina diBlasi having the single goal, assisted by Mischa Palmitesso and Isabella Koproski. Goalie Chelsea Storms stopped 15 of 17 sog.
The first games of the New Year were played January 5 with Canton shutting out Potsdam 2-0; Plattsburgh 5-0 over Saranac Lake Placid and Clinton beating Ithaca 5-1.
Massena leads Section X with Malone leading in Section VII and Clinton leading in Section III.
Highlighting the girls varsity hockey news is that Clinton, reigning NYS champion, handed Skaneateles their first loss this season in Section III play.
Clinton came from behind in the third period when Kelsey Fuller dropped in the winning goal for the 3-2 victory. Skaneateles outshot the Warriors 43-19 with Laker’s Goaltender Casey Clausen making 41 saves, 20 in the third period.
Word is that Clinton is the team to beat in Section III this season, possibly the State.
As of January 8:
Skaneateles is 2-1 overall with wins over Oswego and Massena.
Plattsburgh is 4-1-1 overall and 1-0-1 in the league. They beat Clinton, Beekmantown and Potsdam with a tie against NCHS of Champlain and a loss to Massena.
Potsdam is 4-5 overall and 1-1 in the league.
Oswego is 1-4 overall and 0-2 in the League.
Beekmantown, 1-3 and 0-1.
Lake Placid/Saranac Lake is 0-3 and 0-0
Taking to the ice this season, actually last season, is Section One East Girls Varsity Ice Hockey. The team traveled to Western New York for a Showcase in December. They actually began their season with that game.
In season play they won their first game 6-4.
Their Two-Year Captain Eileen Mazzaro has committed to Villanova for field hockey. We congratulate her. They also honored their Seniors recently including Mazzaro, Greta Fear, Amelia Ahrens, Stella Schlumborn, Samatha Janos, Dahlia Weinstein and Aubrey Janiello.
Wienstein is from Somers High school; Janiello, The Ursuline School; Ahrens, Rye High School and Mazzaro, Fear and Janos, Schlumborn and Janos are from Pelham High School.
NYHOL thanks Massena and Oswego for sending game information. The Magazine has been gathering other information through your websites, Facebook page, Twitter accounts and MaxPreps. We invite Coaches/ Managers/players to submit directly to Janet@nyhockeyonline.com so we can keep the entire State in the girls varsity ice hockey loop.
Teagan Willats had the game winning goal for Kenmore/Grand Island in the Plattsburgh Girls Ice Hockey Tournament yesterday. With the 6-2 win over Saranac Lake Placid, KGI moves on to face Plattsburgh in the Championship game at 10:30 a.m. today (Saturday, January 8).
Scoring the first goal was Emiliana Cassillo, assisted by Willats and Carissa Buyea. Cassillo had a second goal, unassisted and Isabella Jayme scored a power play goal. Madison Flory also had a goal. Assisting were Jayme, Isabelle Bourgeault and Ava Incorvaia.
Jordan Hofschnieder started the game and made 7 or 9 shots on goal and Samantha Horne finished making 13/13 saves.
For SLP both goals were scored by Dariana Patterson. First one assisted by Mia Nichols and second goal was unassisted. Kelsey McKillip stopped 28 of 34 SOG.
KGI faces Plattsburgh in the Championship after Plattsburgh defeated Potsdam 1-0 in a shoot out.
Consolation game pits Potsdam againt SLP at 12:30 today.
Photos and Story by Janet Schultz, NYHOL. (File Photos)
The women’s ice hockey teams at the collegiate level have wrapped up their Fall semester and are looking forward to starting 2022.
Buffalo State College is under the direction of a new coach in Rachel Grampp. Grampp has served for several years as the assistant coach. The Bengals were shutout by Morrisville in their semester finale and ended with a 0-11-0 overall record. They return to the ice January 7 and 8 against Rivier University. League action returns in full force when the Bengals face Potsdam, Cortland,Plattsburgh, Canton, Morrisville and Oswego in the New Year. Then it will be on to the playoffs.
Angeline Cruzal leads in scoring with 4 goals and an assist and Jessica Auge has been in goal for the majority of the games.
RIT is in the same straits as Buff State with a 0-19 record under Coach Celeste Brown. They are home against league-rival Penn State on January 13 and 14. WNY’s Emma Roland leads in scoring with 5 goals and 3 assists followed by Lindsay Malone with 4 g/4 a. Tending goal has been Sarah Coe with 783 minutes and 14 starts.
Nazareth is boasting a 12-0 record as they head into the second half of their season. They open January 7 and 8 against Stevenson and then play Arcadia on January 14 and 15. Highlighting the last part of the year are the UCHC weekly awardees including Hailey Redders, Player of the Week; Adrianna Breham, Goalie of the Week and Sydney Swanson, Rookie of the Week; all named December 13.
Union College is 4-16-1 as they are back in action January 7 and 8 against Yale and Brown, respectively.
Sophie Matsoukas, a first year goalie, was named MAC Goaltender of the Week with a 20 save shutout over Franklin. Grace Heiting has 8 goals and 4 assists and Goalie Olivia Rinzel has been in the net for 838.52 minutes with a 2-12-1 record.
RPI closed out 2021 with ECAC games against Dartmouth, a win, and Harvard, an overtime loss. After they face Merrimack in the New Year they face ECAC rivals Brown, Yale, Quinnipiac, Princeton, Clarkson and St. Lawrence, a really tough schedule heading to the playoff season.
Mara Wagner has 5 goals and 4 assists to lead the scoring with Goaltender Amanda Rampado 4 wins, 8 losses with two shutouts.
Laura Severson was named Player of the Week for December 6 after scoring 2 goals in the loss to Harvard. She has played in 112 games with 11 goals and 15 assists. Audrey McCutcheon was named Rookie of the Week December 6 after a goal and assist, including the game winning goal, in the win over Dartmouth.
With a 7-4-1 overall record, Manhattanville has had two UCHC wins over Chatham before a loss to Wesleyan university. Gabrielle Cox has 9 goals and 9 assists and Goaltender Franny Gerardi is 6-4-1 with two shutouts in 618 minute of play.
Gerardi was named UCHC Goaltender of the Week December 6 for her 61 saves in the game against Chatham and Annie Niedermeir received her second Rookie of the Week honors for scoring 2 points in three games.
Potsdam returns to NEWHL action against Cortland on January 7 and then faces Morrisville, Buffalo State, Canton, Oswego in league play. They are 3-8-1 overall. Kaylee Merrill has 8 goals and 1 assist to lead the scoring chart. In goal is WNY’er Hannah Barrett who has played 382.06 minutes and has a 2 win, 5 loss record. Goalie Ellie Zurfluh has a win, three losses and 1 tie with 306 minutes of play.
Clarkson continues their historic winning ways with a 15-2-3 overall record and 6-1-1 in ECACH play. Coming in January are Princeton, Quinnipiac, Cornell, Colgate, RPI, Union, Harvard and Dartmouth. Caitrin Lonergan has 12 goals and 20 assists, leading the scorers. Goaltender Michelle Pasiechnyk has the 14-2-3 record and has 1127.15 minutes between the pipes. She has had three shutouts this season and was named Goaltender of the Week on December 6.
Haley Winn was named Rookie of the Week on December 2.
Also boasting a winning record as they closed out 2021 is Plattsburgh with 10 wins and 2 losses. They were named #2 in DCu/USCHO.com polls.
Plattsburgh opens January 7 vs Canton and then follows with a heavy league schedule before playoff season.
Ivy Boric has 8 goals and 14 assists and Goaltender Ashley Davis is 4-1-0 with two shutouts. Lilla Nease and Chloe Beaubien each had there wins between the pipes.
Beaubien was named NEWHL Goaltender of the Week December 14 after a 2-0-0 record with 53 saves and a .964 save percentage and 1.10 GAA.
Lily Stumm was named Rookie of the Week December 7 with a goal and an assist, 4 shots on goal and a +1.
Over at St. Lawrence the Saints face Quinnipiac and Princeton as they open January 7 and 8. They are 7-8-5 overall and 3-3-2 in league play. All their January games are ECAC league matchups through the playoffs. Abby Hustler has 4 goals and 8 assists leading the scoring for the Saints. Rachel Teslah has 3 goals and 9 assists, tying Hustler for points at 12.
Goalie Lucy Morgan is 5-8-5 overall with three shutouts.
Canton is also showing a winning overall record at 8-2-1 and open their final semester against NEWHL rivals Plattsburg and Cortland. Iida Laitinen has 9 goals and 7 assists and Micayla MacIntrye has 7 goals and 9 assists. Goalie Sirena Alvarez has four shutouts with her 8-2-1 record. She was named NEWHL Goalie of theWeek for the second time on December 7. She has a .937 save percentage, 2.00 GAA with 59 saves in a 1-1 weekend versus Buffalo and Plattsburgh. She stopped a career high 43 sog vs Plattsburgh.
Utica’s Carolyn Whitney took home Co-Player of the Week honors December 7 with her six points on the weekend with two goals and four helpers and was a plus-6 as the Pioneers swept Alvernia to improve to 8-0 in conference play. Whitney had a goal and two assists in each game to help Utica secure the sweep. On the year she has 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in 10 games played. Utica has had a Player of the Week named each week of the season.
Utica is 9-2 overall and 8-0 in the league. They open 2022 against Middlebury and Oswego before UCHC games and the quarterfinals Georgianna Santullo has 15 goals and 9 assists leading the Pioneers in scoring with Erica Sloan in second with 9 goals and 24 assists.
In goal Savannah Gutierrez has a 4-2 record with 2 shutouts and Angela Hawthorn has a 4-3 record with 3 shutouts.
Syracuse was to have headed to Minnesota for a tournament to open the year, but it was canceled. They now start their second semester off with a CHA game against RIT followed by Lindenwood, Penn State and Mercyhurst. Abby Moloughney has 7 goals and 8 assists with Goaltender Arielle DeSmet with a shutout and a 5-6-3 record.
Sarah Marchand was named CHA Rookie of the Week for the second time this season after posting a goal and career high two assists in a 4-4 tie with Princeton. Victoria Klimek took home the Forward of the Week honors for the second time this season after she helped with all three goals and set up the game winner against Mercyhurst.
At 15-4-1 Colgate is looking for a playoff run this season. Coming up first are games against Harvard and Dartmouth. Danielle Serdachny has 11 goals and 19 assists to lead the Raiders and Goaltender Kayle Osborne is 9-3-1 with one shutout to lead the goaltending.
Colgate has given Head Coach Greg Fargo a contract extension through 2028. He is in his tenth season with Colgate and in 2021-22 is ranked in the country.
Colgate’s Noemi Neubauerova will join her Czech Republic Team in the 2022 Olympics in Beijing.
In other new Colgate won the 2021 Smashville NCAA Showcase and Hannah Murphy was named MAC Goaltender of the Week and Rookie of the Week on November 29.
Elmira ended 2021 tying Adrian College 2-2 and open the season with NEHC play against New England College and Norwich on January 7 and 8.
Leading the scorers is Morgan Mordini with 5 goals and 13 assists and leading the goaltenders is Louise Kuehberger with a 7-2-1 record and 3 shutouts.
Erika Goleniak was named NEHC Rookie of the Week December 6 after scoring both goals in wins and a pair of assists for 3 points against Plymouth. Her 7 shots on goal set a new career mark and she has had 3 goals and 8 assists in 11 games.
With two games cancelled and one postponed Oswego opens January 8 against Utica. Games against Amherst College and Stevenson College have been cancelled and a league game against Morrisville has been postponed, all due to Covid protocols.
Oswego will celebrate Girls Hockey Day on January 15 when they face Cortland. Oswego is currently 6-2-1 overall and 3-2-1 in league play with Ariella Haas heading the scorers with 2 goals and 7 assists and Megan Teachout with 4 goals and 4 assists. In goal Joanna Hiebert has had 4 wins, 1 loss and 1 tie with 2 shutouts.
Oswego Administrative Assistant for Athletics Pamela Bushe has announced her retirement after 33 years, the past 11 in athletics, NYHOL wishes her well in this next phase of her life.
The Cortland Red Dragons are 8-2 overall. More Covid protocols are in play with the game against Wesleyan being postponed until January 18 and the January 8 game against Canton postponed, date to be announced. They beat Potsdam 4-0 on January 7 and will head to Potsdam January 8.
Grace Schorr has 13 goals and 6 assists and goaltenders Anna Hamid and Molly Goergen have kept the pucks out of the net.
Schnorr (Camillus/Little Caesars U19AA) and sophomore defensive player Kait Bourgeois (Cobden, ON/Ottawa Thunder Midget A) have been chosen as the Northeast Women’s Hockey League (NEWHL) Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively, for the week ending Dec. 12. Schnorr and Bourgeois helped the Red Dragons finish 3-0 during the week. Cortland defeated visiting Canton in NEWHL play Tuesday, 3-0, and beat Arcadia at home in a pair of non-league games Friday and Saturday, 4-1 and 7-0. Cortland improved to 8-2 overall and is 4-2 (8 points) and in second place in the NEWHL. Schnorr recorded five goals and two assists and a +7 plus/minus rating during the week. She scored once versus Canton, netted two goals in Friday’s win over Arcadia and had two goals and two assists in Saturday’s victory. Schnorr scored the game-winning goal in both of the Red Dragons’ weekend victories. For the season, Schnorr leads the Red Dragons with 19 points on a team-high 13 goals and six assists. Earlier this year she became Cortland’s career leader in points since the program was re-established in the 2000-01 season. She currently has career totals of 47 goals and 28 assists for 75 points. Bourgeois collected four assists and had a +7 plus/minus rating during Cortland’s three victories as the Red Dragons allowed only goal during the week. She assisted on the game-winning goal and added a second assist in the win over Canton, had a +3 rating in the Friday win over Arcadia, and registered two assists – one on the game winner – and another +3 rating in Saturday’s victory. For the season, Bourgeois leads all Cortland defenders with eight points on one goal and a team-best seven assists, and she also leads the team with a +12 rating.
The Big Red of Cornell have had three games postponed this season but return to the ice January 8 and 9 against Dartmouth and Harvard. Gilles Frechette has 5 goals and 7 assists to lead in scoring with Goaltender Lindsay Browning scoring a 4-6-1 record and three shutouts.
Cornell’s Lenka Serdas will be heading to the 2022 Olympics with the Czech Republic team.
Hamilton College’s Nancy Loh scored her 50th career point and third goal of the season in a loss to Williams College. Loh leads scoring with 6 goals and 4 assists.
In NESCAC play Hamilton recorded two wins over Amherst College and two losses to Williams College. They return to the ice January 7 against Bowdoin (late news Hamilton won 4-0 on Jan. 7) and Trinity.
William Smith also returns to play January 7 and 8 with a 3-10-1 overall record. Mia LaPlante leads the scoring with 4 goals and 2 assists and Goaltender Amanda Aalto has two shutouts this season with a 2-4-1 record. Aalto was named Goaltender of the Week December 6 after stopping 49 of 50 shots, including all 20 against Plymouth State, giving her the second shutout of the season.
Finally, Morrisville is 4-6-1 overall and 2-3-1 in league play as they their NEWHL rivals in January. Rhys Grown has 7 goals and 5 assists to lead the scorers. Goaltending has been split between Mak Ganje, Elizabeth Timby and Emma Plett. Ganje and Plett each have one shutout and Timby has had 2 wins.
Well it’s been quite the New Year! Starting off the New Year with wins for Niagara County and Kenmore/Grand Island. Postponements followed for St. Mary’s of Lancaster with illness and injury and then Mother Nature stepped in to postpone all games on January 6.
NiCo, who has secured the number 5 spot overall and 4th in the Section beat Clarence/Amherst/Sweet Home 4-2 at Hyde Park Arena in the first game of the New Year. Madison Mallone dropped in two goals with Abby Zimmer scoring a shorthanded goal and Madelyn Jagow also scoring. Assisting that evening were Kayla Persinger and Sam Latini with two each and Natalie Ponzi with another. Mariela Mulready had the win with 14 saves on 16 shots.
Allison Green had two goals, one unassisted and Isabella Zivis assisting her on the other. Melissa MacLeod made 28 saves.
Up next was KGI handing Hamburg/Eden/West Seneca a 5-2 loss. Isabelle Bourgeault, Teagan Willats, Emiliana Cassillo, Isabella Jayme dropped in goals, along with Isabella Burt, who scored her first season goal in that game. Assisting with goals were Jayme, Cassillo, Carissa Buyea, Madison Flory and Kiley Turnbull. Carolyn Bourgeault made 19/21 shots for the win. Riley Andzel had both goals for HEWS and Leia Schneid added to her record with 21 saves.
KGI, working on a first place finish this season, had another win the following night. It was a 5-1 victory over Lancaster/Iroquois/Depew.
Isabelle Bourgeault had two goals, Jayme and Cassillo each had an unassisted goal and a fifth was droped in by Buyea. Assists this evening were from Willats, Flory, Pinzel, Madeline Marzec. In goal, C. Bourgeault made 27 of 28 shots for the win.
Kayla Osinski scored, assisted by Maddie Braun for LID’s only goal of the night. In goal MacKenzie Walkowiak made 28 saves.
KGI sits in first place overall after playing 11 games and posting an 8-2-1 record and 25.5 points. Closely behind in League play is MonMar with 12 games played and a 8-3-0-1OTL record and 25 points.
Neither team can take it easy as FLOP, Williamsville, NiCo and CASH all have opportunities to move up the ladder with a few wins in the coming weeks. These four teams have only played 9 games each and sit with 21, 20, 18 and 10 points, respectively.
LID and HEWS are in the 8-7 spots overall with 11 games played and 6.5 points each. Sitting at the bottom in their Inaugural Season is St. Mary’s of Lancaster.
MonMar’s Cam Brownschidle leads the scoring with 11 goals and 7 assists but is followed closely by Isabelle Jayme (KGI) with 9 goals and 7 assists; Allison Greene (CASH), 13 goals and 2 assists; Kayla Persinger (NiCO) 5 goals and 10 assists and Aizah-Roze Thompson (Williamsville) 12 goals and 3 assists.
Goaltending is a major part of this years win/loss record in many cases. Several teams are carrying a single goalie, giving them no break when games are back to back. But leading the team in minutes played is HEWS’s Leia Schneid who has made 207 saves on 251 shots. Following is Sophia Will (MonMar) with 477.95 minutes and making 210/222; MacKenzie Walkowiak (Williamsvillle) 454.98 minutes, 297/313 and C. Bourgeault (KGI) 451.42 minutes and 169/180.
Coming up this weekend is KGI heading to Plattsburgh for an impromptu tournament featuring Plattsburg, Saranac/Lake Placid and Beekmantown.
While postponed games are being rescheduled as we go to press, next week’s match-ups include:
January 10: LID at St. Mary’s, KGI at CASH, HEWS at NiCo, and MonMar at FLOP (that game is at Riverworks).
January 11: FLOP at CASH and Williamsville at KGI.
January 13: KGI at Williamsville (this is a rescheduled game), LID at FLOP, NiCo at CASH and St. Mary’s at MonMar (a look at the two private school teams that will play a first-ever championship game).
The William Smith ice hockey team will continue its road trip Friday, Jan. 7, when it heads east to take on seventh-ranked Norwich. The Herons will take on the Cadets Friday at 6 p.m.
William Smith was also scheduled to take on New England College on Saturday, Jan. 8, but that game was postponed due to COVID protocols within the Pilgrims’ program. A makeup date has not yet been set.
William Smith wrapped up the first half of the season with a 3-10-1 overall record and a 2-5-1 mark in New England Hockey Conference play. The Herons are seventh in the conference standings with eight points. William Smith is looking to rebound from a pair of losses to Williams College to close out 2021.
The Herons are led by Mia LaPlante’s four goals and six points. Emily Martino (2g, 3a) is right behind her with five points. All three goalies have seen action this season. Amanda Aalto has played the most minutes. She is 2-4-1 with a 2.75 goals against average and a .918 save percentage. Erin Murray is 1-4-0 with a 2.72 GAA and a .930 save percentage.
The Cadets are 7-3-0 this season with a 6-0-0 mark in conference play. Norwich is second in the NEHC with 17 points. Julia Masotta leads the team with 13 points on seven goals and six assists. Mikah Baptiste (7g, 5a) and Ann-Frederique Guay (6g, 6a) are right behind her with 12 points each. Alexa Berg has played a majority of the minutes in goal. She is 4-3-0 with a 1.72 GAA and a .933 save percentage.
Friday’s game will be the first meeting between William Smith and Norwich.
Spectators are welcome at Kreitzberg Arena, but all fans, regardless of COVID vaccination status, are required to wear a properly fitting mask over their mouth and nose. Fans unable to make the trip to Northfield, Vermont, can follow all the action with live stats (XML) and video on Norwich’s athletic website.
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – Following a month where first-year Sophie Matsoukas posted a 0.71 goals against average and a .978 save percentage as well as earning her first collegiate shutout and win for the Union College women’s hockey team. Matsoukas was named MAC Goaltending Goalie of the Month and Rookie of the Month, the league announced.
Matsoukas played in three games in the month of December and started in two of those games. Allowing 2 goals in those three games played, making 91 saves on 93 shots in the month of December. She earned her first collegiate win in a 2-1 win over Dartmouth on December 4th. She made 39 saves on 40 shots in the effort.
Matsoukas made 20 saves in her first collegiate shutout, the first for the Dutchwomen since a 2-0 victory over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at the 2020 Mayor’s Cup. The 4-0 victory is the second-largest shutout win in the program’s Division I history, behind only a 6-0 win over Sacred Heart University on October 16, 2008.
Matsoukas is the third Dutchwomen net minder to be named Goalie of the Month and the first to be the Rookie of the Month as well. Goaltender Melissa Black and Shenae Lundberg ’15 were the other players to be named a Goalie of the month. Matsoukas was also named MAC Goalie of the Week on December 14th.
The Dutchwomen will return from Holiday break and play host to Princeton on January 14th, at 6 p.m. at Messa Rink.