Photo Courtesy Potsdam
by Janet Schultz
Potsdam is 1-4-1 overall as they head into December to take on Plattsburg, Buffalo and Colby.
Kaylee Merrill is has three goals to lead the team in scoring.
Looking at the roster, the Bears have several players from New York on the team including Ellie Cleary and Rebecca Holmes, both former players with the Buffalo Bisons. Also from the Bisons are Emily Dellaneve, Meghan Sheehan, Alexis Clark and Allie Banas.Taylor Swamp comes over to the Bears after playing for the St. Lawrence Steel. Coming from the Niagara Junior Purple Eagles are Hananah and Sara Barrett and Lyvia Chambers. Others include Alex Quinn (St. Lawrence Steel), MacKenzie Martin (Potsdam HS), Abigail Lyon (Lake Placid Rockets) and Karly Green (St. Lawrence Steel). The Barrett’s played for Clarence/Amherst/SweetHome in the WNYGVIH Federation.
This is Head Coach Greg Haney’s first season after coming from Lindenwood. Former Head Coach Jay Green, who had been with the team for 13 years, retired after the 2019-2020 season.
This year’s captain is Alexis Clark and she is assisted by Ellie Clearly and Allie Banas.
Over at Clarkson University, the winning tradition begins with the Golden Knights posting a 12-2-2 record overall. They face St. Lawrence next weekend to close out the first semester.
Haley Winn of Rochester and the Selects Academy at Bishop Kearney is a freshman on the squad and Kayle Braley from Black River is in her junior year.
Caitrin Lonergan has 8 goals and 15 assists to lead the scoring with Winn in fourth with 3 goals and 11 assists
Coach Matt Desrosiers is in his 13th season.
Plattsburgh also continues its winning ways with a 6-0 overall record and 5-0 in the NEWHL. The team played in the Cardinal/Panther Classic over the Thanksgiving holiday and then take on Canton, Elmira, and Potsdam before ending the first semester.
From New York are Holly Schmelzer of the Niagara Junior Purple Eagles/Williamsville of WNYGVIH; Riley Calhoun (Bishop Kearney Selects Academy) and Kaitlin Drew-Mead (Buffalo Bisons/Monsignor Martin of WNYGVIH.) Drew-Mead is a graduate student this season.
On the scoreboard Ivy Boric has 6 goals and 10 assists and Drew-Mead has 3 goals and 1 assist.
Plattsburgh is ranked #1 for the 23rd consecutive time in the USCHO.comDIII Poll on November 22.
Other honors this month went to Mattie Norton as Rookie of the Week for November 16; Ivy Boric, Player of the Week for November 16 and Ashley Davis, Goaltender of the Week for November 16, her second honor this season.
Coach Kevin Houle is in his 19th season. Assistant Coach Julia Duquette comes from the Buffalo area and played on the Monsignor Martin team with WNYGVIH; has coached for Bishop Kearney Selects Academcy and is in her third season as Plattsburgh’s assistant.
St. Lawrence is 6-5-4 in the beginning weeks of play. They took part in the DC Tournament over Thanksgiving and we are waiting for results.
They close out the first half of the season by playing Clarkson on December 2 and 4.
Coming for New York State are Grace Smith (Ithaca/Northfield); Gabi Jones (Potsdam/Ottawa Lady Senators).
Abby Hustler is leading scoring with 3 goals and 7 assists. Taking goaltending honors was Lucy Morgan, named ECAC Goaltender of the Month for October and MAC Goaltender of the Week for November 1. She had three shutouts this season.
Coach Chris wells is in his 13th season.
Canton is 3-0-1 overall and has had several postponements due to Covid Protocol but on the upcoming schedule is Buffalo State, Plattsburg, Cortland, Wilkes before they break for the holidays.
Karli St. Ann comes from the St.Lawrence Steel and Danielle Goner is from Atlantic Beach and the Ironbound Elite 19.
Verity Lewis leads scoring with 4 goals and 7 assists.
The Roos had Iida Laitenen named NEWHL Rookie of the Week for November 2.
This season the Roos brought in 14 new players. Serving as Captains are Micayla MacIntyre and Meaghan Best and Verity Lewis and Laitenen serve as assistants.
Head Coach Dave Labaff is in his 8th season.