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Happy Hockey Day In Canada

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Happy Hockey Day in Canada to all of our friends North of the Boarder. From the staff of NY Hockey OnLine have a wonderful day.

Amerks Hall of Fame Expands By Two

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By Warren Kozireski–

The Rochester Americans welcomed defenseman Doug Janik and forward Steve Langdon as the 63rd and 64th members of the team’s Hall of Fame in ceremonies prior to the Feb. 8 game versus Springfield.

Janik, now an assistant coach with Springfield, spent five seasons on the Rochester blueline from 2001 to 2006 and recorded 91 points (18+73) over his five seasons with the club, ranking 31st all-time among Rochester defensemen. He also led the Amerks to four straight playoff appearances and his 376 career games are the third-most of any defenseman and ranks 14th all-time.

“It is a tremendous honor; I was totally shocked when Jody Gage called me this summer,” Janik said during a pre-ceremony interview. “It is an honor I never expected and I am completely humbled.”

He left the University of Maine after his junior year and jumped right into the Rochester lineup as the only member of the 2001-02 squad to play in all 80 regular season games.

After playing in only ten NHL games for Buffalo, he signed with Tampa Bay where he dressed for the bulk (136) of his 190 NHL contests over the next two seasons. He also played for Dallas, Montreal and Detroit and each respective AHL affiliate before spending one year in Germany and his final year in Italy.

Langdon spent five of his six pro seasons in Rochester from 1974 to 1979 during the Boston Bruin affiliation years and helped the team to four straight playoff appearances, including a trip to the Calder Cup Finals in 1977. In 313 career games with the Amerks, Langdon scored 97 goals, ranking him 20th all-time, and added 87 assists for 184 points. He also recorded 14 points (3+11) in 35 postseason appearances.

 “Very surprising, but very touching and I am very honored to be a part of this long-standing organization,” Langdon said.

He appeared in seven NHL games—all for Boston over three different seasons—including his first call-up to play in Buffalo.

“Spring 1975…coach told me that Boston is laying in Buffalo tonight and they need an extra player, you gotta go. So it took four hours (through a snowstorm) to get to Buffalo Aud. So I had to get into Bruins gear and they hand me a pair of pants and on the back of the pants is the number four and “Orr” written in. I ended up wearing a spare pair of Bobby Orr’s pants.

“You can imagine for the first game having no dream that I was ever going to get this call-up and going into to this first game and I had to wear Bobby Orr’s pants. It was obviously one of those memorable moments.”

A Look at the NYS Girls Varsity Championships

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A Look at the Varsity Girls NYS Championships

Friday and Saturday, February 8 and 9 the New York State Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Championships will be held at HarborCenter in Buffalo,NY. Game one at 6 p.m. Friday pits Section VI Williamsville against Section X Potsdam and then at 8 p.m. Section III Skaneateles will faceoff against Section VII Plattsburg. The winners of those games will play for the 2019 NYS Championship on Saturday at 6 p.m.

Plattsburgh—making their first appearance in the Championship Series they beat Saranac Lake 3-0 in the Section VI Championships. They are peaking at this point if the season. They had a 9-6-1 season. Leading their scorers are Augusta Kramer with 9 goals and 9 assists; Captain Abby Boule with 7g/7a and Amanda Vaughn with 8g/4 assists. Ava. Julian has been in the nets and has a .9 save percentage and 2.4 GAA. She has made 329 saves in 376 shots.

Potsdam—according to Joe Stark they had a strong year going 16-2 overall. Their scoring lines are a mix of veterans and young players, who have contributed. They see Section 6 as a challenge. Potsdam is led by Eighth grader  Kennedy Emerson who has 22 goals and 18 assists for 40 points. She is followed by  Erica Sloan with 42 points; Alana McDonald who has 33 points; and Isabel Boyd with 23 points. In goal they have split duties between Senior Coryn Young and Sophomore Taylor Benda. Young has made 132 saves in 155 SOG and Benda, 79 on 91. Potsdam defeated Massena 9-1 for the Section X Championship.

Meghan Teachout in last year’s NYS Championship game (Janet Schultz Photo)

Skaneateles—With a 6-3 win over Clinton, who made it to the Championship tournament last season, the Lakers went 6-3 overall for the season and outscored their opponents 82-19 this season. According to Coach Andy Rozak their goal is to play to their strengths but most importantly, “we want to be the hardest working team every game.” “I think our team has come together the last few weeks and has continued to grow both on and off the ice.”

Senior Megan Teachout has 45 points this season on 29 goals and 16 assists. She also has help from Sophia Burns with 13 goals and 11 assists. In goal is Freshman Evie Sheridan who faced 207 shots on goal and made 199 saves.

Williamsville—Their first-ever appearance in NYS Championship play comes after managing to make it to the WNYGVIH playoffs several times but losing in the Championship. They are coming off a snow-delayed make-up week of playoffs. In order to make it to this weekend they beat last season NYS Champions and WNYGVIH Section VI champions Frontier/Lakeshore/Orchard Park 4-3 in Overtime. That was just Wednesday night, so with one day off before the States it will be interesting to see what they do. Emma Roland has 32 goals and 22 assists this season and leads the league in points. She is backed up by Vanessa Willick with 20 points and Jenna Cavalieri with 16 points, both making a difference for the win Wednesday. In goal Elizabeth Timby has made 176 of 192 shots; followed by Sydney Olschewski with 150 saves on 164 shots. Olschewski was in net for the Championship game.

Potsdam, Skaneateles and Plattsburgh all have experience with the NYS Championship round and this is Williamsville’s first appearance, and only the fifth appearance by a WNYGVIH team.

Williamsville Head Coach Rick Hopkins is the “founder” of the Western New York Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Team.

Emma & Erin Roland: Williamsville’s Hockey Twins

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EMMA AND ERIN ROLAND

BY RANDY SCHULTZ –

Emma and Erin Roland are twins. They are juniors at Williamsville North High School.

They are both athletically inclined. They play on the Williamsville girls high school hockey team.

But that is where the comparisons end. Emma is a forward on the hockey team, scoring a record 28 goals, a new Williamsville girls high school team record. Erin is a defenseman and hardly ever scores a goal.

But the Roland twins, along with their 21 other teammates, combined to lead their Williamsville team to its first Section VI Federation championship this past Wednesday. Williamsville defeated the defending New York State girls high school champions, Frontier/LakeShore/Orchard Park (better known locally as FLOP) in OT, 4-3.

Yes, Emma contributed two goals to the winning cause. But it was Erin who scored the winner at 2:10 of OT that sent Williamsville to the NYS Girls High School playoffs that begin on Friday, Feb. 8 in Buffalo at Harbor Center. Nice timing for a player who has scored only two goals all season.

So just how much alike are the Roland twins?

“I think we have a lot of same interests,” remarked Emma. “We are both competitive with each other.

“But we also have a tendency to go off and do our own thing.”

Interestingly enough, Emma began he playing career on defense but eventually switched to forward. Erin started as a forward and then switched to defense.

“I think we work well together on the ice,” added Erin. “I just try and keep feeding the puck to Emma and she takes care of scoring the goals.”

Even more interesting is that Erin began her “skating” career with figure skating.

“But I saw Emma playing hockey and I wanted to play on a team sport,” said Erin. “So I switched over to hockey.”

Their competitive spirit is evident.

“In all the sports we’ve ever played in we want to win,” said Emma. “That spirit helps our teams and helps us.”

“We’ve always wanted to do our best,” added Erin. “We want to help our team go as far as it can go.”

The twins spend time with each other going over games.

“We definitely spend time talking about the games for a long time after they’re over,” stated Emma.

For Williamsville girls’ hockey head coach, Rick Hopkins, it has been interesting, to say the least, to have the Roland twins on the team.

“I first saw the girls when they were back in fifth grade,” recalled Hopkins. “I saw the athleticism in both girls.

“I saw them playing hockey in a clinic that I was at. I could see the talent in both of them.

“They are both very polite, good students, well mannered and great team players.

“They are both very mature and show great leadership qualities. And I think the one thing that sticks out about both of them is that I rarely seem them not smiling. They’re always smiling.”

Emma was voted a captain on the team by her peers.

Interestingly, both girls have interests in going into the medial field, specifically becoming a Physicians Assistants.

But for now the daughters of Tracy and James Roland are focusing on hockey. It is amazing what a difference a year can make.

A year ago the Roland twins were playing travel hockey and travel lacrosse. Then back in September Hopkins heard that both were trying out for the varsity girls’ hockey team.

The rest, as they say, is history.

“Right now our team focus is to see how far we can go,” concluded Erin.

“We saw what FLOP had to do last year to win it all. We know we have our work cut out for us,” added Emma.

Williamsville Wins Section VI WNYGVIH Championship

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Over 15 years ago Rich Hopkins had a vision he shared with Williamsville Schools Superintendent Dr. James Rusin. He brought together a group of parents of daughters who played ice hockey in the area and the vision was put into motion.

Hopkins put together a team from all the Williamsville schools and on Wednesday night in their home rink they took the Western New York Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Section VI Championship!

Anyone following this amazing League knows that the Championship usually comes down to the final games of the season and then the final minutes of the game. In this case Frontier/LakeShore/Orchard Park (lovingly known as FLOP) and Williamsville tied taking the game into overtime and keeping all of us on the edge of our seats.

The whole evening began in the first period when FLOP’s Keegan Shanahan scored with just 4 minutes left in the first. Bear in mind that FLOP was going for a repeat championship and then a chance to repeat their NYS 2018 Championship. FLOP scored again with 3.4 seconds left and the first period ended 2-0.

For some we wondered was this the final. Well Williamsville jumped off the bench and Emma Roland scored a powerplay goal and then she put in another before the end of the second period and we have a 2-2 tie.

No the nerves. 41 seconds into the third and FLOP’s Shanahan dumps in another. At 6:42 Williamsville’s Elizabeth Jackson scores and the third ends 3-3 and we are into overtime.

The league calls for a 7.5 minute overtime and 1:40 into it Erin Roland scores and the Williamsville team claims victory.

Stats: Williamsville: Goals from Emma Roland (2 including 1 powerplay); Elizabeth Jackson, Erin Roland (game winner). Assists from Vanessa Willick, Jenna Cavalieri, Elisabeth Sidorski, Samantha Ingham. In goal Sydney Olschewski made 28 of 31 SOG.

FLOP: Keegan Shanahan scored two goal and Brooke Becker had a goal (powerplay)and an assist. Assists came from Gabby Messing, Mary Kromer, Jessica Peters, Jessica Carey and in the nets Tori Cottrell stopped 34 of 38 SOG.

All photos by Janet Schultz, NYHOL.

Clarkson’s Gabel Is ECAC Hockey Player of the Month

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The well-deserved honors just keep coming in for Loren Gabel, Clarkson University’s Women’s Hockey All-Star forward.

For the second time this season, the senior left wing was honored as ECAC Hockey Player of the Month.

Gabel led the nation in scoring for the opening month of 2019 with 11 goals and 17 points in eight games, including a league-high 15 points (9-6) in six conference games, and posted a +11 rating.

The Kitchener, Ont. native tallied a Division I high three game-winners and notched her sixth career hat trick with three goals in win over Union (/12). She figured in on all the Clarkson scoring in the 4-2 victory over Harvard this past Friday with two goals and two assists. Her 100th career goal, which was the game-winner against the Crimson, was featured on ESPN’s Top 10 Plays for January 25 as number 5.

Gabel established new career scoring marks at Clarkson during the month, becoming the Golden Knights’ all-time leading scorer with 193 points, including 101 goals. Along with the league’s Player of the Month honors, she earned ECAC Player of the Week (1/28), NCAA 1st Star (1/29) and NCAA 2nd Star (1/22) accolades.

Gabel, who was also named ECAC Hockey Player of the Month in October, is the leading scorer in Division I with 49 points on 25 goals and 24 assists through 24 games. She has played a leading role in helping two-time defending National Champion Clarkson on a nation-best current six-game winning streak.

Ranked 5th in the country, the Golden Knights have reached the 20-win mark for the eight consecutive season owning a 20-5-1 overall record. Clarkson stands at 11-3 in ECAC Hockey.

Renovations On Appleton Arena To Begin This Spring

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With additional gifts and the selection of a construction management firm, renovations to St. Lawrence University’s NCAA Division I hockey arena are on track to begin this spring. Construction will start following the conclusion of the 2018-19 hockey season.

A little more than one year ago, St. Lawrence embarked on a comprehensive study of Appleton Arena to enhance the appeal of the facility for both athletes and the fans. It selected HOK, a premier architectural firm for designing sports venues, to conduct the study. HOK delivered its findings to the University’s Steering, Planning, and Oversight Committee as well as its Campus User Group in the fall.

Two major financial commitments secured last summer as part of The Campaign for Every Laurentian put the project in motion: a $10 million gift from alumnus Tom Dolan ’74 and the Dolan Family Foundation, and a $1.5 million gift from the Torrey and MacAllaster families in memory of William A. (Bill) Torrey Sr. ’57. Since then, St. Lawrence has secured additional major gifts, raising close to $17 million to date for the completely donor-funded Appleton renovation project.

For more information, read the complete release from University Communications.

Orchard Park’s Charlie Manley Goes Back Home

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By Warren Kozireski–

“He carries the puck, he makes plays; Charlie has been a great addition,” Fredonia head coach Jeff Meredith summarized. “He’s a great kid with quiet leadership qualities, so we’ve been noting but happy. We’re very pleased with him and he’s getting better every day and making us better every day.”

Manley transferred this year from Rensselaer closer to his Orchard Park home to play in Fredonia and has helped solidify the Blue Devils blueline with four goals and 12 points over the first 17 games. This comes after registering three points in 45 Division I contests.

“I like it; I like what coach Meredith is all about,” Manley said. “It’s a hard-working team and I like stepping into that atmosphere. We’re all about one goal and I think we’re doing pretty well this year so far.

“He likes to put me out there in key situations and I feed off of that.”

After his freshman season with the Engineers at RPI, Manley went through a coaching change and decided he would move on. That decision was helped by Orchard Park friend and Blue Devils junior Tyler Riter.

“I knew Tyler was here and he said it was a good program and I talked to coach Meredith and all the stuff he was saying I agreed with, so I decided to come.”

Fredonia has more than benefitted from his decision going from one game under .500 before getting hot in the postseason and advancing to the SUNYAC finals to 5-3-2 in conference play with six regular season games remaining.

Three of Manley’s four goals have come on Fredonia’s first in the conference power play and he stood among the top-ten in SUNYAC among defensemen in scoring.

After his time with Orchard Park High School (2010-12) and South Kent Prep (2012-14), the now 22-year old jumped from Waterloo of the USHL to Austin in the NAHL to the Estevan Bruins in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League where he named the league’s Defenseman of the Year in 2015-16.

“I was previously committed to RPI, so they told me to go out to the SJ because it’s a rough, physical league so they sent me out there to play and it was the best years of my junior career.”

Athletics runs in the Manley family tree as Charlie’s cousin, Rich, played three years at Geneseo from 2010-13, another cousin, Catherina Williams, played soccer at Colgate and his sister Meg was captain of the track team at the University of Buffalo.

“My sister (now) runs professionally for Hoka in New York City and Rich Manley so following in the footsteps.”

But who is the better athlete in the family?

“Me, 100 percent. I can’t give her (his sister) any credit.”

Plattsburgh State Men’s Hockey Retires Kimura’s Jersey

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PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. – The Plattsburgh State men’s ice hockey program formally retired Doug Kimura’s No. 5 jersey in a pregame ceremony prior to the Cardinals’ game against SUNY Potsdam on Saturday, Feb. 2.

Kimura, who is also a Plattsburgh State Athletic Hall of Fame member and was named to the program’s 1975-84 All-Decade Team, helped the Cardinal men’s ice hockey team attain national prominence during his playing career from 1977-81 and set the foundation for a tradition of success for years to come.

Ithaca HS Boys Hockey Wins 2019 Cortaca Cup

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Congratulations to the Ithaca boys high school hockey team on winning the 2019 Cortaca Cup on Sr. Night.

(Thanks to Ithaca Twitter page for photo)

Stenlund’s January Earns Him Double Honors

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WAKEFIELD, Mass. – One day after being named Atlantic Hockey’s Rookie of the Month for a highly productive January, Niagara University freshman Ludwig Stenlund has been named the Hockey Commissioners’ Association (HCA) Rookie of the Month. Stenlund is just the second Purple Eagle ever to be named the HCA’s Rookie of the Month, after Chris Moran (’10) was the organization’s first-year honoree in November 2006.

Stenlund racked up 10 points (5 G, 5 A) in six games for the Purple Eagles and ended January as the only freshman in Atlantic Hockey’s top 10 in scoring, finishing in a tie for fifth. In five of the team’s six games, he posted multi-point outings. He was the AHA only player to record two goals while shorthanded in January, and bookended the month with three-point performances against RIT (Jan. 4) and Mercyhurst (Jan. 19). His four-point weekend against the Lakers helped Niagara earn their second conference sweep of the season.

This marks the second time this season that Stenlund has been recognized for his play at the national level. The native of Skellefteå, Sweden aided the Purple Eagles to a sweep over rival Canisius in a home-and-home set on November 15 and 17, finishing the series with three goals and three assists. That production made Stenlund the NCAA’s Third Star of the Week on November 20.

Stenlund joins an elite club of Niagara players to earn an HCA monthly award. Along with Moran, Sean Bentivoglio (’06) also won an HCA award in November 2006 as the national Player of the Month. Bryan Haczyk (’11) was the program’s most recent award winner, earning HCA Player of the Month honors following a 15-point January in 2011 that was capped off by a school-record 21-game point streak.

The Niagara men’s hockey team will return to Dwyer Arena on Friday, Feb. 8 with a 7 p.m. puck drop against Sacred Heart. The contest will open a four-game homestand for the Purple Eagles, who will host six of their final seven regular season games.

Buffalo State’s Gawronski Named Northeast Women’s Hockey Goalie of the Week

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Buffalo State’s Bri Gawronski (Dunkirk, NY/Mt. Mercy) has been selected the Northeast Women’s Hockey League (NEWHL) Goalie of the Week after her strong weekend of play at Oswego.

The sophomore individualized studies major backstopped the Bengals to a split against the Lakers this past weekend, making 88 saves in the two games while posting a .978 save percentage and a 1.01 goals against mark. She made 43 stops in a 3-1 win on Friday and turned aside 45 of 46 shots she faced in a 2-0 loss on Saturday that included an empty-net goal.

Buffalo State will travel to William Smith for a pair of non-conference games this weekend.

Bengals Husted SUNYAC Men’s Hockey Player of the Week

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Buffalo State’s Husted named SUNYAC Men’s Hockey Player of the Week
Buffalo State’s Andrew Husted (Niagara Falls, NY/Grand Island) was named the SUNYAC Men’s Hockey Player of the Week after continuing his recent hot streak this past weekend.

The freshman electrical engineering major tallied five points in a pair of Buffalo State wins this past weekend. Husted had a goal and two assists in Friday’s 4-2 win at Cortland and then assisted a pair of goals including the game-winner in Saturday’s 6-5 upset at No. 3 Oswego.

Husted has five goals and four assists during his current five-game point streak. He leads the SUNYAC in rookie scoring with nine goals and 18 points in 20 games this season.

Buffalo State will host Plattsburgh on Friday at 7 p.m.

Bears Men’s Hockey & Elks Lodge Team Up For Sweets For Soldiers” Night

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Bears Men’s Hockey, Elks Lodge team up for “Sweets for Soldiers” night February 15

The SUNY Potsdam men’s hockey team and Potsdam Elks Lodge #2074 are joining forces to hold “Sweets for Soldiers” night on Friday, Feb. 15. The Bears are battling Oswego State at 7:00 p.m. that evening in Maxcy Hall Ice Arena and are encouraging fans attending to join them in bringing candy bars as a donation for our soldiers overseas.

The Elks Lodge, who will have a table set up in the main Maxcy corridor on game night, will be collecting candy bars at various events throughout the North Country as part of their initiative held annually in the month of February. The candy bars collected will be donated to the Fort Drum United Service Organization (USO), primarily for distribution to soldiers as they deplane at the base from overseas deployments. The USO operates the “There When They Land” snack bar at the Fort Drum airfield and has found that one of the first requests returning soldiers have is for candy bars unavailable during deployment.

The candy bars will also be available for redeploying service members, active duty service members and recruits at the Fort Drum Main Center and, in the future, the planned USO Center at the Syracuse Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS).

Maxcy Hall and the Elks Club Troop #2074 will also be collecting candy bars for “Sweets for Soldiers” on Friday, Feb. 22, during the Section X Class B High School Boys and Girls Basketball Championship games at 6:00 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.

Over 46,000 candy bars have been donated to date. Help the Elks Club make it 50,000!!!

For those fans that can’t make the game, donations of funds or candy bars can be delivered to the Potsdam Elks Lodge located at 10 Elm Street or sent to the Lodge at P.O. Box 415, Potsdam N.Y. 13676-0415. Questions may be directed to Mary at 315-566-9058.