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Statesmen Receive Automatic Bid To DIII Men’s Hockey Championship

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The Hobart College ice hockey team was one of 12 teams selected to compete in the NCAA Division III Men’s Ice Hockey Championship. The Statesmen will host Plymouth State on Saturday, March 9 at 7 p.m., in The Cooler.

Tickets will be $6 for adults, $4 for students with ID and $3 for children ages 3-11. Children 2 and under get in free. Students, faculty and staff with a valid HWS ID will be admitted free courtesy of student activities. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m.

Eight teams earned automatic bids by winning their conference championship, while four others were awarded at-large selections.

The Statesmen (19-7-2) earned an at-large bid for what will be their ninth overall and fifth straight NCAA tournament appearance. The Statesmen were edged by Norwich 2-1 in the NEHC Championship game on Saturday. The Statesmen are 3-8 all-time in the NCAA tournament, reaching the semifinals in 2006 and 2009.

Senior Jonas Toupal and first-year Zach Tyson share the team lead with 26 points each. Topual has 12 goals and 14 assists and Tyson has a team best 20 assists and six goals. Sophomore Travis Schneider has recorded a team best 14 goals. First-year Liam Lascelle and junior Alexander Connal have split time in goal this season. Lascelle is 8-2-2 with a 1.67 goals against average and a .936 save percentage. Lascelle is seventh in the nation in save percentage and 10th in GAA.

Plymouth State brings a 17-7-3 overall record to Geneva. The Panthers earned an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament, capturing the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference title with a 3-0 win over Salem State. This will be Plymouth State’s third NCAA tournament appearance. The Panthers are 0-2 in their previous trips to the tournament. Michael Covach leads the team with 40 points on 12 goals and a team best 28 assists. Matt Volonnino is right behind him with 19 goals and 19 assists for 38 points. Evan Morelli has played the majority of the minutes in goal. He is 15-6-3 with a .915 save percentage and a 2.30 GAA.

Fans unable to make it to The Cooler can follow all of the action online with Live Stats and All-Access Video. The game will also be broadcast live on WHWS-FM (105.7 in Geneva).

USHL Defenseman of the Week: Thornwood, NY’s Fensore

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Domenick Fensore dished out three assists on Wednesday against Central Illinois, scored his fifth goal of the season and added another assistS on Saturday in Madison and recorded his fifth helper of the weekend on Saturday against the Capitols. With his performance last week, the Boston University commit extended his point streak to seven games, with 10 points (3G, 7A) in those contests dating back to Jan. 26. On the season, he has recorded 14 points (5G, 9A) in 17 USHL games.

His five goals led all Team USA defensemen, his 14 points rank second and his nine assists are good for third among NTDP blueliners. Fensore was listed as an C-rated skater on both the NHL Central Scouting Preliminary and Updated Players to Watch List, and was then ranked 89th among North American skaters on the NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings. He is in the midst of his second USHL season and is coming off a year in which he recorded 16 points (1G, 15A) in 35 games to help Team USA to the Clark Cup Playoffs, where he recorded an assist in eight postseason contests and help Team USA advance all the way to the Eastern Conference Final.

Fensore is a native of Thornwood, NY and previously played for the P.A.L Junior Islanders.

Amerks Weekly Report

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**This Week’s Storylines**

VIEW FROM ABOVE

The Amerks went 2-1-0-0 over this past week, opening with back-to-back wins to take four out of a possible six points before seeing the Crunch avoid the weekend sweep as they gave Rochester a 4-1 loss Sunday afternoon. Rochester comes into the week in a first-place tie with Syracuse, as the two teams sport nearly identical records with Rochester having one more regulation loss and having played one more game than the Crunch. Rochester currently sits six points ahead of third-place Toronto and have an eight-point lead on both Utica and Belleville, who are locked in a two-way tie for the fourth and final playoff spot in the North Division coming into the week. The Amerks have collected 29 out of a possible 42 points in their last 21 games and have notched 37 points in their last 28 dating back Dec. 26. Among all AHL teams, only the Charlotte Checkers (38) have more wins than the Amerks (35), who are fourth overall in the AHL with a .647 points percentage.

RACE TO 20

After failing to produce a 20-goal scorer last season for just the second time in franchise history, the Amerks could potentially have five or more by the season’s end. Zach Redmond continued his record-setting season by becoming the first defenseman in team history to score 20 goals on Feb. 20 against Cleveland, while Victor Olofsson eclipsed the mark for the second straight season two nights later before C.J. Smith completed the feat this past Saturday in Syracuse. Wayne Simpson has scored a career-high 19 goals, Danny O’Regan has 18 coming into the week and Taylor Leier, fresh off a two-goal outing over the weekend, is approaching his first 20-goal season since the 2015-16 campaign. The last time Rochester had five different 20-goal scorers in the same season was during the 2000-01 campaign, which included Chris Taylor. The Amerks are one of just three AHL teams this season (Springfield and Syracuse) to have three different players with 20 or more goals.

OLOFSSON LEADING THE WAY

Coming off his seventh game-winning goal to close out the month of February, which is tied for second-most in the league behind only teammate Zach Redmond, forward Victor Olofsson leads the club with 48 points (21+27) in 55 games this season and is one of just three Rochester skaters to surpass the 40-point mark. A year after pacing the SHL with 27 goals, Olofsson also paces the team with 27 assists and shares the team lead with 21 goals. Olofsson, who earned CCM/AHL Player of the Month honors for October, is also tied for 14th in the AHL in power-play assists (15) while ranking 18th among the league’s top point-getters. 

RED-HOT REDS

With 17 points (5+12) over his last 10 games, which includes six multi-point efforts during that span, Redmond has scored a team and career-high 21 goals through 47 games, including 10 on the power-play, good enough for 10th in the league in that category. Redmond, who is currently averaging more than a point-per-game and had an AHL-best nine-game point streak to end the month of October, continues to lead all AHL defenseman with 47 points while his 21 goals and 167 shots are also the most by an AHL blueliner this season. In addition, his nine game-winning goals are tops in the AHL.

CAREER-YEAR FOR C.J.

Coming off his ninth multi-point effort last Saturday in Syracuse, which included his 20th goal of the season, C.J. Smith has been piling up the points on an absolute torrid pace. The second-year pro has amassed a whopping 28 points (14+14) over his last 24 games dating back to Dec. 5, having been held scoreless just five times over that span. He also posted a season-long nine-game point streak in that time. The Des Moines, Iowa, native is just one of three Amerks skaters to reach the 40-point plateau this season as he established career-highs in both goals (20) and points (45) in 12 fewer games (45) from his rookie campaign a year ago.

A WEDGE-WALL BETWEEN THE PIPES

Rochester goaltender Scott Wedgewood, who won five straight prior to Sunday afternoon and 13 of his last 18 games, collected his 22nd win of the season last Saturday night as he made 23 saves. With his 22nd victory, Wedgewood established a new pro career-high in wins as he boasts a 22-10-2 record in 36 games for Rochester this season. The sixth-year netminder, who previously won a season-long five straight to close out the month of October, has allowed one goal-against in five of his last 10 starts, stopping 258 of 278 shots he faced. Over that span, he’s posted a 5-3-1 record with a 1.99 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage. He comes into week tied for third among all AHL goaltenders in shutouts (3) while his career-high 22 wins are five off the league lead.

ROAD WARRIORS

At 18-6-3-1, Rochester has the best road record in the AHL and have the second-most regulation wins away from home with 18. The Amerks also have the fewest regulation road losses in the AHL this season with six, having collected at least one point in 22 of their 28 contests away from The Blue Cross Arena. Coming into the week, the Amerks have won 12 of their last 18 road contests and four straight.

PLAYOFF PICTURE

Coming into this week, Rochester’s magic number to clinch a playoff spot for the 2019 Calder Cup Playoffs is 25. Of the remaining 18 games, 10 are outside the Flower City while nine will be played as part of three different stretches of three games in three nights. Rochester will play 14 contests against North Division opponents, which includes three more against both Binghamton and Syracuse.  

Philadelphia Recalls Justin Bailey

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Lehigh Valley, Pa. – The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have recalled forward Justin Bailey from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

Bailey, 23, has played in 13 games for the Phantoms this season, tallying six goals and two assists for eight points after being traded for Taylor Leier on January 17, 2019. Overall, Bailey has played 50 games in the American Hockey League this season for Lehigh Valley and the Rochester Americans totaling 28 points on 15 goals and 13 assists.
A native of Buffalo, New York, Bailey played five games for the Flyers after being recalled on February 10. This will mark his second recall by Philadelphia. Before joining the Flyers, Bailey had split time between Rochester and the Buffalo Sabres in each of the last three seasons. He played in 12 games for the Sabres last year, recording three goals and an assist for four points. In 57 career NHL games with Buffalo and Philadelphia, Bailey has five goals and three assists for eight points.
The 6-foot-4 winger was a 20-goal scorer in each of his first two AHL seasons, posting 20 goals and 25 assists for 45 points in 75 games in 2015-16 and then picking up 23 goals and 13 assists for 46 points in 53 games a year later. Bailey has tallied 62 goals, 54 assists and 116 points in 196 games for the Rochester Americans. He was named to the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic, which was played at PPL Center.
Prior to turning pro, Bailey played three years in the Ontario Hockey League with Kitchener and Sault Ste. Marie, where he totaled 75 goals and 73 assists for 148 points in 168 career games. He was selected by the Sabres in the second round (52nd overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

CHA Tournament Times Finalized

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The 2019 College Hockey America Tournament returns to Buffalo’s HarborCenter for the fourth straight year. All six teams will again venture to Western New York for three days of games. When the dust settles, one team will be crowned champion and advance to the NCAA Tournament.

The dates of this year’s tournament are March 6-8, 2019 and game times have been finalized.

March 6, 2019
Quarterfinal 1: 4:30 p.m.
Quarterfinal 2: 7:30 p.m.

March 7, 2019
Semifinal 1: 4:30 p.m.
Semifinal 2: 7:30 p.m.

March 8, 2019
Championship: TBD (Based on whether Canisius hosts the AHA first round)

Ticket prices have not changed. They are $10 per day for adults and $5 for students. Adults can also purchase a full tournament pass for $25.

All games will be streamed on the CHA Digital Network as well.

Powell Named UCHC Co-Player of the Year; Ford, Cuce and Cousino Take All-UCHC Honors

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Elmira College men’s ice hockey was well-decorated with year-end accolades from the United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC), as the awards from the league office were announced this morning. EC saw four skaters receive honors from the conference, headlined by third-year forward Connor Powell ’20 being voted as the UCHC Co-Player of the Year.

In addition to Powell’s Co-Player of the Year and All-UCHC First Team designation, fellow juniors and first-line forwards Nick Ford ’20 and Matthew Cuce ’20 were included on the All-UCHC Second Team. Freshman defenseman Matthew Cousino ’22 was also recognized by the league as a member of the All-Rookie Team.

A native of Merrimack, New Hampshire, Powell is the first Soaring Eagle to earn conference Player of the Year honors since former All-American Jarryd ten Vaanholt ’16 received the award from the ECAC West in 2014-15. This season, Powell shared the award with Matt Lippa of Manhattanville College.

Powell finished his junior campaign ranked inside the UCHC’s top 10 in seven different statistical categories. He was the only player in the conference to surpass the 20-goal mark, scoring a career-high 23 tallies, while ranking fourth in the nation with an average of 0.85 goals per game. He also led the league with five game-winners, and was sixth in overall points (36) and power-play points (15).

A top-line center, Powell had 10 multi-point games this year. He compiled a season-high four points (2g-2a) in a 4-1 victory at Nazareth College on February 2, the same night he reached a milestone with his 100th career point. Powell also posted his first hat trick with a three-goal effort in EC’s dominate 11-1 win at King’s College (Pa.) on January 18.

After earning All-UCHC First-Team accolades a season ago, Ford was tabbed an All-UCHC Second Team recipient in 2018-19. The third-year winger paced the Purple and Gold in points (39) and assists (24), while finishing second the team in goals (15).

The New Lenox, Illinois, native was a lethal threat on the power play, as nine of his 15 tallies were registered with the extra skater. The nine power-play goals are tied for third-most in all of Division III men’s ice hockey, first in the UCHC and are the most scored by an Elmira skater since 2013-14, when former ECAC West First-Teamer Josh Burnell ’14 logged 10.

Ford’s big year was highlighted by reaching 100 career points in the 4-1 road victory against Nazareth in early February. Ford was credited with the assist on a goal by Powell, as both skaters reached the 100-point plateau on the same play. They became the 50th and 51st skaters in EC history to join the esteemed 100-point club.

Cuce was voted to the All-UCHC Second Team for a second consecutive season, after finishing third on the Soaring Eagles in points (33) and goals (13), as well as second in assists (20). It marked the second straight year he logged 30-plus points and 20-plus assists. His 33 points ranked eighth in the UCHC, while his 13 goals and 20 assists were tied for eighth in the league.

The native of Fort Myers, Florida, opened the 2018-19 campaign with a seven-game point streak and produced at least one point in 10 of EC’s first 11 contests. Additionally, Cuce tied for the team lead with Ford, as the two All-UCHC honorees produced 11 multi-point games apiece.

Rounding out Elmira’s year-end award recipients was Cousino, who was selected to the UCHC All-Rookie team. A first-year blueliner, Cousino led all EC defensemen in points (14), assists (10) and tied for the team lead in goals (4).

The product of Charlotte, North Carolina, played some of his best hockey towards the conclusion of the year, an effort that helped the Soaring Eagles clinch the No. 2 seed in the UCHC Championships. Cousino produced nine of his 14 points in Elmira’s final six games, which included a career-high four-point performance (1g-3a) in a 6-4 win over visiting Stevenson on February 15.

2018-19 UCHC Men’s Ice Hockey Awards
Co-Player of the Year: Connor Powell, Elmira and Matt Lippa, Manhattanville
Defensive Player of the Year: JR Wojciechowski, Nazareth
Goaltender of the Year: Gianluca Baggetta, Utica
Rookie of the Year: Donald Flynn, Wilkes
Coach of the Year: Brett Riley, Wilkes

All-UCHC First Team
Forward: Brett Johnson, Lebanon Valley
Forward: Connor Powell, Elmira
Forward: Gregg Burmaster, Utica
Forward: Matt Lippa, Manhattanville
Defense: Marco Ferraro, Manhattanville
Defense: Oscar Arfelt, Manhattanville
Goaltender: Gianluca Baggetta, Utica

All-UCHC Second Team
Forward: Matthew Cuce, Elmira
Forward: Nick Ford, Elmira
Forward: Donald Flynn, Wilkes
Defense: JR Wojciechowski, Nazareth
Defense: Zach Borsoi, Utica
Goaltender: Sean Kuhn, Nazareth

UCHC All-Rookie Team
Forward: Donald Flynn, Wilkes
Forward: Tyler Barrow, Wilkes
Forward: Regen Cavanagh, Utica
Defense: Justin Allen, Utica
Defense: Matthew Cousino, Elmira
Goaltender: Brandon Gordon, Wilkes

Beauts Lose To Riveters In SO; Will Host Playoff Game On Saturday

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SHOOTOUT LOSS TO RIVETERS


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Newark, N.J. (March 3, 2019) – The Buffalo Beauts fell to the Metropolitan Riveters 4-3 in a shootout in New Jersey on Sunday in their final game of the regular season. The loss snapped the Beauts’ seven-game win streak, but Buffalo locked up the No. 2 seed for the Isobel Cup Playoffs with its win on Saturday. The team will host the No. 3 seed Boston Pride at Harborcenter for the first round of the playoffs.

Metropolitan goaltender Katie Fitzgerald was spectacular in Sunday’s game. She stopped 40 of 43 shots the Beauts put on goal, while the Riveters only mustered 17 on her counterpart Shannon Szabados.

Corinne Buie ripped a shot over the right shoulder of Fitzgerald just 22 seconds into the game to give Buffalo an early 1-0 lead. It would be the only goal either team scored in the opening period.

After the Beauts killed off a too-many players on the ice penalty, Metropolitan went almost nine minutes without registering a shot on goal. Buffalo’s offense, on the other hand, had plenty of chances and out-shot the Riveters 17-5 in the first 20 minutes of play.

Buffalo started the second period with another quick goal. Maddie Elia scored her league-leading 12th of the season after putting in a rebound off a shot from the point by Blake Bolden, giving the Beauts a 2-0 lead.

The Beauts’ lead would be cut in half a minute later after Amanda Kessel found a rebound and snuck a shot between Szabados’ blocker and the right post to make the score 2-1.

The Beauts and Riveters got called for a combined six penalties in final 10 minutes of the second period. Each team had a 5-on-3 advantage but failed to score.

Metropolitan’s Madison Packer scored to tie the game just six seconds into a power play after Dani Cameranesi was called for high sticking with 2:25 left in the second period. The Beauts racked up 32 shots through two periods to the Riveters’ 11, but the teams headed to the locker room for the second intermission tied 2-2.

Both teams continued to take penalties throughout the third period, but Buffalo’s power play failed to connect. The Beauts finished the afternoon 0-for-7 on the power play, while Metropolitan’s power play had its best game of the season.

Following an interference call on Lisa Chesson, Rebecca Russo put the Riveters ahead 3-2 after she banked in a rebound shot from below the goal line with 4:32 left in the third. Prior to the game, the Riveters hadn’t scored a power-play goal at home this season, but they converted two against the Beauts on Sunday afternoon.

Hayley Scamurra put home a one-timer off a pass from Savannah Harmon with 1:35 to go to tie the game and force overtime. Despite spending most of overtime with the puck in the Metropolitan zone, the Beauts failed to score and the game would head to a shootout after 65 minutes of play.

Elia scored in the second round of the shootout to give the Beauts a 1-0 lead, but Packar beat Szabados five-hole to keep the shootout going. The Riveters went ahead 2-1 in the shootout thanks to a goal from Miye D’Oench, who also beat Szabados five-hole. Fitzgerald then stopped Taylor Accursi in the fourth round to seal the win for Metropolitan.

The Beauts finished the regular season with a record of 11-4-1, just shy of their franchise-best 12-4-0 finish last season. They’ll now shift their focus to the playoffs and the Boston Pride. The first-round playoff game against Boston is scheduled for Saturday, March 9 at Harborcenter with puck drop set for 7:30 p.m.

ECC Kats Men’s Hockey Moves On To Albany Playoffs After Winning UNYCHL Championship

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BY RANDY SCHULTZ –

Sean Kross was named Tournament MVP as the Erie Community College Kats defeated St. Bonaventure, 7-5 to win the UNYCHL championship last Sunday at the Rochester Ice Arena. 

But before the Kats won that championship, they had a road filled with several tough contests to win. That road began with a 6-4 victory over Fredonia to send the Kats to the UNYCHL Final Four.

A hat trick from Kross (Lancaster, NY) lead the way for the Kats, while goaltender Hadley Heath (Orchard Park, NY) recorded 41 saves in the win. Tim Pellittieri (Alden, NY) added a goal and an assist for the Kats.

Also scoring against Fredonia were John Mueller (Alden, NY) and Michal Swacha (Cheektowaga, NY).

The Kats followed up the win with a tie to Canisius 9-9. Pellittieri would lead the Kats with 4 goals in the tie.

The Kats next game was the UNYCHL Final Four against Union on February 23rd in Albany. ECC scored another nine goals, only giving up two in a lopsided 9-2 victory.

Brett Sardina (Getzville, NY) recorded the hat trick to lead the way for the Kats. Kross fell one short, scoring just two goals while additional goals came from Cameron Mentel (West Seneca, NY), Mueller, Sean Degnan (Kenmore, NY) and Matt Ess (Alden, NY).

From there the Kats took on St. Bonaventure with ECC coming away with a 7-5 victory. Kross and David Christopher (Tonawanda, NY) led the way for ECC with two goals each with the additional tallies coming from Sardina, Degnan and Pellittieri.

The Kats are now 21-3-1 and will play RPI in the ACHA Northeast Regional Saturday night in Albany.

FLOP Takes WNYGVIH Championship for Third Year

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FLOP 4; LID 2 at Northtowns Center last night.

Photos by Janet Schultz

All photos taken by Janet Schultz, NYHOL. Anyone wishing prints should contact Janet at Janet@nyhockeyonline. Prices varying depending on size. We have many more photos so if you are looking for a specific player, let Janet know. Also any photos taken throughout the season are available for sale. Janet can even do a collage…just give her player and then creative license.

Congratulations FLOP, and LID and all the teams in the WNYGVIH League for such a great season.

FLOP Tops LID To Win 3rd Straight WNY Girls Ice Hockey Federation Title

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2019 Champs

BY RANDY SCHULTZ —

AMHERST, NY – With a three-goal outburst in the first period, Frontier/Lakeshore/Orchard Park (FLOP) hung on to defeat Lancaster/Iroquois/Depew (LID), 4-2, to win their third straight Girls Ice Hockey Federation Championship Friday night at the Northtown Center at Amherst. FLOP is the first team in the Girls Hockey Federation history to win three consecutive titles.

FLOP opened the scoring at the 4:11 mark of the first period when Keenan Shanahan (Orchard Park) scored on the power play to give her team a 1-0 lead. Jessica Peters (Orchard Park) and Brooke Becker (Orchard Park) assisted.

FLOP increased their lead to 2-0 a little over three minutes later when Jenna Dickson (Frontier) scored another power play goal at 7:22. Mary Kromer (Lake Shore) and Shanahan assisted.

The game looked like it might become a blowout when FLOP tallied their third goal of the period when Gabby Messing (Frontier) at 12:37. Kromer and Becker got the assists.

But LID was not about to give up. With the clock ticking down in the opening stanza, Morganne Dee (Lancaster) scored on the power play with just :24 remaining on the clock to cut FLOP’s lead to 3-1. Jersey Phillips (Depew) and Anna Pitz (Iroquois) assisted.

Several penalties were called in the opening period which resulted in three power play goals. LID outshot FLOP for the period 13-11.

While penalties still abounded with both teams in the second period, only one goal was scored. LID scored on a power play when Morgan Zaccaraine’s (Lancaster) shot went in the net at the 12:47 mark to cut FLOP’s lead to 3-2. Summer Cole (Lancaster) and Amanda Cole (Depew) got the assists.

Shot on goal were even for the period with each team recording 10.

Early in the third period Becker scored for FLOP with an unassisted goal to give FLOP a 4-2 lead at the 2:05 mark. Despite several great scoring chances for LID,  FLOP hung to win the game.

FLOP outshot LID in the third period, 10-9. For the game LID outshot FLOP 32-31.

The goaltending was outstanding for both teams. Maggie Spyche (Orchard Park) made several key saves in the game for FLOP. Dylan Gorski (Iroquois) had several key stops in goal to keep LID in the game.

GAME NOTES: This was LID’s second appearance in a Fed Championship game, with the first coming in 2014…FLOP is the 2017 and 2018 Section VI and Fed Champs…FLOP was the first Section VI team to become NYSPHSAA State Champions in 2018.

Elmira’s Hughson, Pretorius & O’Neill Expected To Make Pro Hockey Debuts This Weekend

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Hughson, Pretorius and O’Neill Expected to Make Pro Hockey Debuts This Weekend

ELMIRA, N.Y. — Three seniors from the Elmira College men’s ice hockey team will have the opportunity to continue their playing careers at the professional level, including a pair that signed contracts to suit up for the Elmira Enforcers of the Federal Hockey League.

Defenseman Calvin Hughson ’19 and goaltender Charl Pretorius ’19 have each signed with the Enforcers and will make their pro debuts at the First Arena in downtown Elmira this weekend. Former EC captain Blake O’Neill ’19 joined the Knoxville Ice Bears of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) on an amateur tryout. All three players wrapped up their final collegiate seasons with the Soaring Eagles last weekend in the United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) playoffs.

Hughson, a native of Sarnia, Ontario, appeared in 52 games across three seasons with the Soaring Eagles. He scored two goals with seven assists for nine career points, with two points (1g-1a) coming during his final season in 2018-19.

The pride of Pretoria, South Africa, Pretorius is expected to make his first professional start at First Arena on Sunday, March 3, when Elmira concludes its three-game weekend series with the Danville Dashers at 4:05 p.m. With the Purple and Gold, Pretorius logged 465:46 minutes and 233 saves between the pipes.

By signing with the Elmira Enforcers, Hughson and Pretorius reunite with former teammate Mitch Atkins ’18, who has 25 points (5g-20a) in 20 games with the local pro club.

O’Neill joins a Knoxville squad that is gearing up for a run at the SPHL playoffs. The Ice Bears enter the weekend fourth in the league standings with a 22-16-5 overall record and will travel for two games at first-place Peoria (Ill.) on Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2. With two defensemen on the injured reserve list, the Fort Myers, Florida, native will look to earn a permanent spot on the Knoxville roster. In 97 games played with the Soaring Eagles, O’Neill accumulated 45 points (11g-34a), while serving as a captain as a junior and senior.

Aurora Games Coming To Glens Falls, NY

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GLENS FALLS, NY – The Queensbury Hotel and Cool Insuring Arena are partnering with the international Aurora Games women’s sports competition to bring a component of the Albanybased event to Glens Falls this summer.

The Aurora Games are a first-of-its-kind, all-female sports competition and festival featuring world-class athletes competing on teams representing the Americas and the World in tennis, gymnastics, basketball, ice hockey, figure skating and beach volleyball. The competition will take place August 20-25 at the Times Union Center.

Aurora Games Founder Jerry Solomon and Tyler Herrick, General Manager of The Queensbury Hotel, held a press conference at the hotel today to announce details of what they are calling Aurora Games Women’s Hockey Week in Glens Falls.

The Americas and World hockey teams will be headquartered at The Queensbury and will participate in community activities in the days leading up to their championship game at the Times Union Center. Aurora Games Women’s Hockey Week in Glens Falls will feature public practice sessions at the Cool Insuring Arena on Wednesday, August 21, and Thursday, August 22; a meet-and-greet event with players and coaches on August 21; and an evening exhibition match at the Arena on August 22. The teams will depart Glens Falls and play for the Aurora Games championship Friday evening, August 23, at the Times Union Center.

The teams’ rosters are expected to include three two-time Olympians — Kelli Stack of the Americas, and Jennifer Harss (Germany) and Venla Hovi (Finland) of the World. Other internationally experienced players, as well as professional and collegiate stars, will be among the names when team rosters are announced in March.

Digit Murphy, the record-setting coach from Brown University, will coach the Americas team. South Korean Olympic coach Sarah Murray will lead the World team.

“We are excited about adding Glens Falls, The Queensbury Hotel and Cool Insuring Arena to the Aurora Games program,” Mr. Solomon said. “This is the perfect location for the Americas and World teams as they gear up for their championship clash. Glens Falls loves hockey, and we know the athletes will get a warm reception.”

Mr. Herrick contacted Mr. Solomon late last year about bringing a component of the competition to Glens Falls, and entered into a sponsorship agreement that made Aurora Games Women’s Hockey Week possible.

“The Queensbury is thrilled to help shine an international spotlight on our city and the Cool Insuring Arena,” he said. “We have been investing heavily in our hotel and now we’re expanding that investment into the community itself.”

“The Aurora Games will bring some of the world’s finest female athletes here, and we are delighted to participate and create this opportunity for a community that is so passionate about hockey,” Mr. Herrick added. “We look forward to welcoming these outstanding athletes and making their experience in Glens Falls something they and our local fans will always remember.”

“Hockey has a rich history and a loyal following in Glens Falls, and we are thrilled that The Queensbury Hotel took the initiative and that Mr. Solomon and his partners with the Aurora Games chose to bring these athletes and events to our city,” said Glens Falls Councilwoman-AtLarge Jane Reid. “The Aurora Games and Women’s Hockey Week in Glens Falls are great events that our region can embrace and build on.”

A variety of ticket packages for the Glens Falls events are now available through the Cool Insuring Arena Box Office. They include a $75 package with a ticket to the Athlete Meet & Greet at The Queensbury Hotel, a ticket to the Cool Insuring Arena game, and a lower bowl ticket to the Times Union Center game; a $50 package with a ticket to both games; a $30 package including a ticket to the Glens Falls game and the Athlete Meet & Greet. Single game tickets for the Glens Falls match-up are $15. A complete schedule of events for Aurora Games Women’s Hockey Week in Glens Falls is available online at auroragamesgf.com.

Tickets for the entire lineup of Aurora Games Albany events will be available on March 8, International Women’s Day, at timesunioncenter.com and ticketmaster.com. The latest information about the Aurora Games, can be found on at www.auroragamesfestival.com.

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Sakellaropoulos Named ECHL Goaltender of the Week

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PRINCETON, N.J. – Alex Sakellaropoulos of the Adirondack Thunder has been named the CCM ECHL Goaltender of the Week for the week of Feb. 18-24. It is the second time this season that he has received the weekly honor.

Sakellaropoulos went 2-0-0 with a 1.50 goals-against average and a save percentage of .953 in two appearances against Reading last week.

The 24-year-old stopped 33 shots in a 3-1 win on Saturday and made 28 saves in a 4-2 victory on Sunday.

A native of Tinley Park, Illinois, Sakellaropoulos has seen action in 31 games for the Thunder this season and is tied for third in the ECHL with 19 wins and ranks seventh with a 2.38 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage.

Sakellaropoulos has appeared in 35 career ECHL games with Adirondack, Quad City, Worcester and Jacksonville with an overall record of 19-6-4 with three shutouts, a 2.44 goals-against average and a save percentage of .918.

Prior to turning pro, Sakellaropoulos appeared in 82 career games at Union College where we went 40-22-13 with three shutouts, a 2.54 goals-against average and a save percentage of .914.


Crunch Weekly Report

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SYRACUSE CRUNCH WEEKLY RELEASE

LAST WEEK

Wed., Feb. 20 – Crunch vs. Laval – W, 4-2
Fri., Feb. 22 – Crunch vs. Toronto – W, 1-0 (OT)
Sat., Feb. 23 – Crunch vs. Toronto – OTL, 3-2

THIS WEEK

Tue., Feb. 26 – Crunch at Binghamton – 7:05 p.m.
Fri., March 1 – Crunch vs. Lehigh Valley – 7 p.m.
Sat., March 2 – Crunch vs. Rochester – 7 p.m.
Sat., March 3 – Crunch at Rochester – 3:05 p.m.

HOME SUCCESS CONTINUES FOR THE CRUNCH

The Crunch kept pace in the red-hot race for a North Division playoff position, collecting five of six possible points on home ice in Week 21. They pulled within two points of the Rochester Americans for the top spot in the division, but they also hold a five-point cushion on the fifth-place Belleville Senators-the first team on the outside of the division’s playoff positions.

Syracuse played its second of two Wednesday home games this season and opened the week with a 4-2 win over the Laval Rocket. The Crunch hosted the Toronto Marlies Friday and Saturday and split a pair of overtime games. First, Eddie Pasquale made 26 saves in a 1-0 overtime win; the Marlies responded with a 3-2 overtime win the next night. Syracuse rides an 11-game home points streak (8-0-1-2) into the week; it’s the Crunch’s longest home points streak since a 10-game run (9-0-0-1) Oct. 29-Dec. 10, 2016. It is also the longest since affiliating with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2012.

Syracuse takes to the ice four times in Week 22, including their first three-in-three weekend of the season.

TOP PERFORMERS

Rookie forward Alex Barré-Boulet scored four goals in three games in Week 21, extending his goal-scoring streak to a season-long four games. After snapping a nine-game goal drought last Monday in Toronto, the 21-year-old scored an insurance power-play goal-his league-leading 13th of the season-Wednesday against Laval. He then scored the only three goals the Crunch scored in back-to-back games against Toronto; his tally Friday was his first career overtime game-winning goal in a 1-0 Crunch win and then he netted a pair Saturday night in a 3-2 overtime loss.

Over the course of the week, Barré-Boulet climbed from ninth to a tie for fourth in franchise history for goals by a Crunch rookie. His 26 goals lead the Crunch and are the most by a Crunch rookie during the Lightning affiliation. With 48 points (26g, 22a), Barré-Boulet ranks second among all AHL rookies, one point behind Belleville’s Drake Batherson.


Goaltender Eddie Pasquale started all three games for the Crunch in Week 21, going 2-0-1 and collecting his second shutout of the season. The 28-year-old turned aside 25-of-27 shots in Wednesday win over Laval. He then made 26 stops in the Crunch’s 1-0 overtime win against Toronto; it was Pasquale’s second shutout in a five-start span and his third in two seasons with the Crunch. In Saturday’s 3-2 overtime loss, he made another 26 saves.

Pasquale leads the Crunch with 31 appearances and holds a 17-9-5 record with a 2.52 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage. After working through a five-game losing streak, the Toronto native has logged a 5-1-2 record with a 1.59 goals-against average and a .941 save percentage-plus two shutouts-since Jan. 18. It was around this time last year when he joined the Crunch in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers and went 10-1-3 with a 1.72 goals-against average and a .938 save percentage for the remainder of the regular season.


Syracuse’s leading scorer, Carter Verhaeghe, has bounced back from a season-long five-game scoring drought to record five points (1g, 4a) in the last five games. The 23-year-old ranks second overall in the AHL in scoring with 59 points (23g, 36a) in 53 games for the Crunch.

UPCOMING: BINGHAMTON, LEHIGH VALLEY, ROCHESTER

After completing a stretch of seven games in 11 days last week, Syracuse begins a run of seven games over 12 days.

The Crunch open the week Tuesday night in Binghamton with their make-up match against the Devils; the game was originally scheduled for Jan. 19, but was postponed due to inclement weather. It’s the ninth match of the 10-game season series; Syracuse holds a 7-1-0-0 record against the Devils with the last game-a 2-1 Crunch win-coming Jan. 21.

Friday begins the Crunch’s first three-in-three weekend of the season as they host the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. It’s the second of two matches between the teams this year after the Crunch defeated the Phantoms, 3-2, in a shootout at PPL Center Dec. 21.

The Crunch close the week with their second home-and-home series in three weeks against the division-leading Rochester Americans. The teams are separated by two points in the standings entering the week and this week features the eighth and ninth matches of the season series. The teams won’t play again until they square off three times in a nine-day stretch at the end of the season.

WEEK 21 RESULTS