Friday, November 11, 2011

Hockey's 11/11/11 Countdown

From, a list of 11's on this Veteran's Day/Remembrance Day

In honor of the novelty that is 11/11/11 here are 11 lists of 11 noteworthy things in hockey in three writers' opinions -- and often not of the same opinion.

1. Jarome Iginla (1995)
2. Anze Kopitar (2005)
3. Brad Marsh (1978)
4. Mike Ramsey (1979)
5. Ivan Boldirev (1969)
6. Jeff Carter (2003)
7. Brian Rolston (1991)
8. Mike Sillinger (1989)
9. Jonathan Bernier (2006)
10. Randy Moller (1981)
11. Jeff Friesen (1994)

11 hidden gems of the last 11 Drafts
1. Pekka Rinne (258th, 2004)
2. Joe Pavelski (205th, 2003)
3. Kevin Bieksa (151st, 2001)
4. Dustin Byfuglien (245th, 2003)
5. Matt Moulson (263rd, 2003)
6. Mark Streit (262nd, 2004)
7. Ryane Clowe (175th, 2001)
8. Jaroslav Halak (271st, 2003)
9. Kris Versteeg (134th, 2004)
10. Brooks Laich (194th, 2001)
11. Dennis Seidenberg (172nd, 2001)

11 best sweaters in the League right now
1. Blackhawks home red
2. Red Wings road white
3. Oilers home blue
4. Canadiens home red
5. Flames alternate
6. Bruins home black
7. Rangers road white
8. Devils home red
9. Kings road white
10. Flyers home orange
11. Islanders home blue

Top 11 current No. 11s
1 Anze Kopitar, Kings
2 Jordan Staal, Penguins
3 Daniel Alfredsson, Senators
4 Dan Cleary, Red Wings
5 Saku Koivu, Ducks
6 Martin Hanzal, Coyotes
7 David Legwand, Predators
8 Brian Rolston, Islanders
9 Gregory Campbell, Bruins
10 Matt Calvert, Blue Jackets
11 Jake Dowell, Stars

Top 11 current players born in November
1 Pekka Rinne, Predators
2 Nicklas Backstrom, Capitals
3 Marc-Andre Fleury, Penguins
4 Dustin Brown, Kings
5 Kari Lehtonen, Stars
6 Taylor Hall, Oilers
7 Tobias Enstrom, Jets
8 Matt Moulson, Islanders
9 Jason Pominville, Sabres
10 Saku Koivu, Ducks
11 Brad Stuart, Red Wings
Top 11 draft picks from 11 years ago
1 Henrik Lundqvist (No. 205)
2 Marian Gaborik (No. 3)
3 Ilya Bryzgalov (No. 44)
4 Dany Heatley (No. 2)
5 Lubomir Visnovsky (No. 118)
6 Brooks Orpik (No. 18)
7 Justin Williams (No. 28)
8 Paul Martin (No. 62)
9 Scott Hartnell (No. 6)
10 Niklas Kronwall (No. 29)
11 Antoine Vermette (No. 55)

Top 11 games to watch in November
Nov. 11 Dallas at Pittsburgh
Nov. 13 Edmonton at Chicago
Nov. 16 Chicago at Vancouver
Nov. 16 Anaheim at Los Angeles
Nov. 17 Detroit at San Jose
Nov. 19 Washington at Toronto
Nov. 19 Philadelphia at Winnipeg
Nov. 21 Boston at Montreal
Nov. 25 Detroit at Boston
Nov. 25 Toronto at Dallas
Nov. 26 Philadelphia at N.Y. Rangers

Top 11 storylines this weekend

1. Top seeds from East, West face off as Penguins host Stars (Friday)
2. Predators play 1,000th game in franchise history at home against Canadiens -- all with Barry Trotz as coach (Saturday)
3. Terry Murray also reaches 1,000 games coached in career as Kings welcome in Wild (Saturday)
4. Nikolai Khabibulin expected to put his League-leading 0.98 goals-against average to test as Northwest-leading Oilers visit Red Wings (Friday) and Blackhawks (Sunday)
5. Rangers aim for fifth straight home win, sixth overall, against Hurricanes (Friday)
6. Struggling Ryan Miller, red-hot Jhonas Enroth vie for playing time as Sabres host Senators (Friday), travel to face Bruins (Saturday)
7. Phil Kessel (League-leading 12 goals, 23 points) leads Northeast-leading Maple Leafs against Senators (Saturday)
8. Lightning bring their 1-3-1 into St. Louis to face Blues and new coach Ken Hitchcock (Saturday)
9. Capitals, looking to end two-game losing streak and regain first place in Southeast from Panthers, face Devils in home-and-home (Friday in New Jersey, Saturday in Washington)
10. Canucks aim for sweep of Southern California against Ducks, third straight win overall (Friday)
11. Teams across NHL honor veterans with Remembrance Day initiatives

Top No. 11s of all time
1. Mark Messier
2. Gilbert Perrault
3. Mike Gartner
4. Brian Sutter
5. Daniel Alfredsson
6. Kevin Dineen
7. Tony Amonte
8. Owen Nolan
9. Saku Koivu
10. Pete Mahovlich
11. Anze Kopitar

11 best 11th-hour wins
1. Game 7 1950 Stanley Cup Final: Detroit Red Wings 4, New York Rangers 3 (2OT -- 28:31 of extra time), April 23, 1950
2. Game 4 1970 Stanley Cup Final: Boston Bruins 4, St. Louis Blues 3 (OT -- :40 of extra time) May 10, 1970
3. Game 7 1994 Eastern Conference Final: New York Rangers 2, New Jersey Devils 1 (2OT -- 24:24 of extra time), May 27, 1994
4. Game 1 1936 Stanley Cup semifinal: Detroit Red Wings 1, Montreal Maroons 0 (3OT -- 116:30 of extra time), March 24, 1936
5. Game 7 1987 Patrick Division Semifinal: New York Islanders 3, Washington Capitals 2 (4OT -- 68:47), April 19, 1987
6. Game 6 1999 Stanley Cup Final: Dallas Stars 2, Buffalo Sabres 1 (3OT -- 54:51 of extra time), June 19, 1999
7. Game 5 2000 Eastern Conference Semifinal: Philadelphia Flyers 2, Pittsburgh Penguins 1 (5OT -- 92:01 of extra time), May 4, 2000
8. Game 1 2003 Western Conference Semifinal: Anaheim Mighty Ducks 4, Dallas Stars 3 (5OT -- 80:48 of extra time), April 24, 2003
9. Game 7 1954 Stanley Cup Final: Detroit Red Wings 2, Montreal Canadiens 1 (OT -- 4:29 of extra time), April 16, 1954
10. Game 6 1980 Stanley Cup Final: New York Islanders 5, Philadelphia Flyers 4 (OT -- 7:11 of extra time), May 24, 1980
11. Game 6, 2000 Stanley Cup Final: New Jersey Devils 2, Dallas Stars 1 (2OT -- 28:20 of extra time), June 10, 2000

11 most exciting players of all time
1. Bobby Orr
2. Mario Lemieux
3. Maurice Richard
4. Pavel Bure
5. Denis Savard
6. Alex Ovechkin
7. Bobby Hull
8. Dominik Hasek
9. Sergei Fedorov
10. Guy Lafleur
11. Pavel Datsyuk

Compiled by David Kalan, Corey Masisak and John Kreiser

Friday, September 23, 2011

Mike Modano Retires after 21 NHL Seasons

After 21 NHL seasons, and 20 in the Stars organization, Mike Modano has officially hung up his skates. The first overall pick in the 1988 entry draft, Mike Modano became a household name across America. A three time Olympian and eight time All-Star had quite the career, including the 1999 Stanley Cup Championship.

Modano has the most goals (561), points (1374) and games (1499) played by an American born player. Modano also has the most career playoff points by an American born player with 145. He also holds Minnesota/Dallas franchise records for games played in the regular season, games played in the playoffs (174), goals in the regular season (557), goals in the playoffs (58), assists in the regular season (802), and assists in the playoffs (87).

He is definitely a candidate for the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Below is the video of his retirement ceremony...

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Jim Thome Joins 600 HR Club

Thome hitting career HR 600 in a 9-6 victory over the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park Monday Night                
Monday night in Detroit, Minnesota Twins DH Jim Thome hit career home runs 599 and 600 to join the prestigious 600 club. He became the 8th player to reach this milestone. Thome joins Sammy Sosa, Alex Rodriguez, Ken Griffey Jr, Willie Mays, Babe Ruth, Henry (Hank) Aaron and Barry Bonds in the elusive 600 club and Thome was only the fourth lefty to reach this milestone.

Thome joining the 600 club is special for many reasons. One reason, only Ruth got to 600 in fewer at-bats than Thome. For another, Thome did it as quietly as the overwhelming silence around his whole 21-year career. For another, those who know this Minnesota Twins designated hitter the best keep delivering testimonials on how he prospers through the combination of physical talent, mental toughness and hard work. According to Terence Moore from, "In other words, Thome isn't linked to performance-enhancing drugs, which has been the case for 600-club members Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Sammy Sosa. Which means Thome joins only Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Ken Griffey Jr. and Ruth among the untainted at 600."

Thome has played for Cleveland, Chicago (White Sox), Philadelphia and Minnesota during his 21 year MlB career. When Thome hangs up the glove, don't be suprised when you see his name in Cooperstown in the near but not far distant future. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Nazareth Ice Hockey Program Set to Debut 2012-2013

From Nazareth College Athletics Department

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Nazareth College will add men’s ice hockey to its intercollegiate athletic offerings with competition at the NCAA Division III level slated to begin with the 2012-13 season. With no on-campus playing venue, Nazareth is still in negotiations to determine the best location for its newest team. Athletic Director Pete Bothner also said that the athletic department would move forward in the next few weeks to conduct a nationwide search to hire a head coach.

George Roll
According to a report in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, former Oswego State bench boss George Roll will be named head coach in a press conference on Thursday. Roll, 48, coached at Clarkson for eight seasons, compiling a 130-142-33 record before being relieved of his duties in April. He guided the Golden Knights into the NCAA tournament twice, including in 2006-07 when the East Regional was played at Blue Cross Arena at the Rochester Community War Memorial.Before taking over the Clarkson program, Roll coached seven seasons at Oswego State and was named the NCAA Division III coach of the year in 2002-03.

Nazareth also has petitioned the ECAC West Division to join that conference. Elmira, Hobart, Manhattanville, Neumann and Utica are current members.

“We think this will be a great new program for Nazareth College and for the larger Rochester community,” said Nazareth president Daan Braveman. “Hockey is a popular sport at the collegiate level and we think this will be received as a good addition to our athletic landscape.” In deciding to add ice hockey, Nazareth has used the assistance of local resident Craig Dahl, who has nearly three decades of hockey coaching experience, including 19 as a Division I head coach at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. “We feel fortunate that we can utilize Craig as a great resource in this overall process,” Bothner said. “He has a lot of experience and can bring forth some great insight.”

Men’s ice hockey will be Nazareth’s 24th intercollegiate team. The Golden Flyers are members of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and recently won the Division III national championship in men’s volleyball.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Amerks Sign Purchasing Agreement With the Sabres


The Rochester Americans announced today (Friday June 24th) that the team has signed a purchase agreement with the Buffalo Sabres Hockey Club. The AHL Board of Governors approved the sale earlier today.

The Sabres expect to hold a public press conference in Rochester next week to set forth their plans for the franchise.

Current Amerks owner Curt Styres will retain ownership of the Rochester Knighthawks franchise of the National Lacrosse League.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

RIT Announes 2011-2012 Men's Ice Hockey Schedule

RIT Men's Ice Hockey Schedule 2011-2012 

ROCHESTER, NY – The three-time defending Atlantic Hockey Association regular season champion RIT men’s hockey team unveiled its 2011-12 schedule on Monday. The Tigers, now entering their seventh season at the Division I level, will play 34 regular season games and one exhibition contest. RIT, just two years removed from a Frozen Four Appearance in 2010, will play 16 regular season home games at Ritter Arena on the campus of RIT and one regular season contest at the Blue Cross Arena in downtown Rochester.

The Tigers will play ECAC rival St. Lawrence University at Blue Cross Arena during Brick City Homecoming and Family Weekend on Saturday, October 15 at 7:05 p.m. It is the third straight year RIT will be home during its annual homecoming weekend. Last year, RIT drew a sellout crowd of 10,556 fans during Brick City Weekend against UMass Lowell. It was the largest regular season crowd RIT has ever played in front of and just the fourth sellout at Blue Cross Arena for any sporting event since 1995.

On Saturday, October 1, RIT hosts Brock University of Ontario in an exhibition contest at 7:05 p.m.

RIT jumps right into Atlantic Hockey Association regular season play with a home contest against rival Niagara on October 8 at Ritter Arena, starting at 7:05 p.m.

RIT will host its annual Skate With the Tigers event on October 29 at 5 p.m.

The Tigers will play AHA western pod foes Air Force, Canisius, Mercyhurst, Niagara, and Robert Morris three times, and play two games apiece against eastern teams American International, Army, Bentley, Connecticut, Holy Cross, and Sacred Heart. In all, 27 of RIT’s 34 games will be against Atlantic Hockey Association opponents.

Out of conference, The Tigers host ECAC foes Union on Oct. 22 and Rensselaer on Nov. 25. Both teams appeared in the 2011 NCAA Division I Tournament. RIT travels to Burlington, Vermont on December 29-30 to play in the prestigious Catamount Cup hosted by the University of Vermont. There, RIT will play CCHA foes Lake Superior State and Ferris State for the first time.

RIT will ring in 2012 with two games against Wisconsin of the WCHA on January 6-7, at the Kohl Center, which holds 15,237 fans. It will be the first meeting between the two schools since Wisconsin ended RIT’s dream season at the Frozen Four in 2010 in front of 34,954 fans at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. RIT could play in front of its largest regular season crowd in program history that weekend.

RIT plays one game at Ritter Arena against Air Force, the defending Atlantic Hockey Champions on November 11 at 7:05 p.m. The Tigers then travel west to play two games at Air Force on February 3-4. The Tigers play rival Canisius in Buffalo on October 20 and February 9, and conclude the season series at home on February 11. The Tigers play single road games at Mercyhurst, Niagara, and Robert Morris, while hosting each team twice at Ritter Arena.

RIT plays its final 14 games against conference foes. The Tigers host AHA competitors Army, Holy Cross, and American International, and travel to Connecticut, Sacred Heart, and Bentley. The two games against Sacred Heart on January 14-15 will be played at Harbor Yard at Bridgeport, home of the American Hockey League’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

The Atlantic Hockey Association playoffs begin with a best-of-three series for the fifth through twelfth place finishers from March 2-4. The top four teams get a first round bye. Quarterfinal action will be held at the top-four sites from March 9-11. The Atlantic Hockey Association Tournament Semifinals and Championship will be held on March 16-17 at the Blue Cross Arena for the sixth straight season.

RIT will look to earn its second berth in the NCAA Tournament as a Division I program. The 2012 NCAA Division I Tournament begins on March 23, and ends with the Frozen Four on April 5 and April 7 at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida. The Tigers are just two seasons removed from a magical run to the 2010 Frozen Four.

Season and single game ticket information will be released at a later date at

From RIT Sports Information

Sunday, May 15, 2011

My Thoughts for the Sabres for the 2011-2012 offesason

The Sabres had a season that was memorable. Terry Pegula became owner on February 22nd and not long after that, we lost the great Rick Martin. Buffalo comes back from a horrid start to the season to get bounced in the first round of the playoffs by the Philadelphia Flyers. 

the 12 players under contract. Thomas Vanek, Ryan Miller, Tyler Myers, Jordan Leopold, Brad Boyes, Jochen Hecht, Shaone Morrisonn, Tyler Ennis, Paul Gaustad, Jason Pominville, Derek Roy and Pat Kaleta eat up just under $41-million. Last season the salary cap was $59.4-million. It will go up next season. Maybe up to around $61-million. Let’s take Drew Stafford next. I'll go high and say add $5-million to the cap. That brings us to 13 players signed for just under $46-million.
You now must sign 8-10 more players for about $15-million. Guys you know they will bring back are Chris Butler, Andrej Sekera, Jhonas Enroth, Marc Gragnani, Mike Weber, Cody McCormick and Nathan Gerbe. 

Signing the young players are important but we should think about who is "trade bait" or not. You have to keep Vanek, Myers and Miller. If you don't, the franchise will suffer for it majorly since those three players are considered the heart and soul of the franchise. You can buy out the contract of Jochen Hecht and Shaone Morrisonn. Get them to Portland for some veteran leadership and then you could even bring up Luke Adam, Zack Kassian, Marcus Foligno & Braden McNabb as they will give the Sabres a lot of talent, toughness & size. Something that was missed tremendously during the playoff series against Philadelphia.

The Sabres need a top line center. Can they bring in Brad Richards? I want them to but knowing the Sabres front office, they will bring in players that will beneficial to the Portland Pirates and not the Sabres.

So hypothetically speaking, the Sabres will have enough room to pick up maybe 1-3 top caliber players. I say bring in Erik Cole, Alex Tanguay and Sami Salo. Two forwards and a solid defensemen that has played in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and have experience and leadership that could lead the Sabres to finally lifting Lord Stanley.

Sorry for all the ranting but I think it is needed.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Casey's TQ Midget Series 2011 Schedule



Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Enroth Nets 1st NHL Shutout - Sabres beat Rangers 1-0

Rookie Jhonas Enroth proved the Buffalo Sabres can win even without star goaltender Ryan Miller. Enroth stepped in for last season's Vezina Trophy winner and made 23 saves as the Sabres beat New York 1-0 on Wednesday, moving Buffalo past the Rangers into seventh place in the East.

Tim Connolly's second-period power-play goal was the only one of Buffalo's 35 shots to beat Henrik Lundqvist, but it was enough to give the Sabres 87 points, the same as the Rangers.  Buffalo has the edge because it has one more non-shootout win. Both teams are three points ahead of ninth-place Carolina, a 6-2 winner at home against Montreal, with five games remaining for all three teams.

The Sabres were forced to start Enroth when Miller, the NHL’s First Star last week, was a late scratch due to an upper-body injury -- possibly sustained when he took a shot near the collarbone during Tuesday's 4-3 loss at Toronto. Enroth, who lost an overtime decision to the Rangers in New York on Nov. 11, stepped in with his first NHL shutout.

The Sabres scored the game’s only goal at 5:28 of the second period. With Rangers defenseman Marc Staal in the box for interference, New York had a 3-on-1 shorthanded break only to have a pass blocked by rookie defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani -- triggering a 3-on-2 rush the other way. Connolly took a pass from Thomas Vanek, opted to shoot from inside the left circle and beat Lundqvist high on the blocker side to send the sellout crowd of 18,690 into a frenzy.

Lundqvist, who had allowed just one goal in New York's last three games, was sharp throughout, routinely steering shots to safety, covering loose pucks in his crease and dictating the tempo in his own end. He received help from his teammates, including a diving block by Brian Boyle late in the first period to deny Vanek on a slap shot from close range.

Enroth did some of his best work in the final minute, after Lundqvist left for an extra attacker. He also benefitted from a first-period crease-interference call against call that negated an apparent goal by Artem Anisimov.

The Rangers have seen three of their last four games end 1-0 -- they sandwiched wins against Florida and Boston around a 2-1 shootout loss to Ottawa last week. The Rangers travel to Long Island to visit the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum Thursday night. The Sabres are off until they play at Washington on Saturday night.


Monday, March 7, 2011

Oswego is in the NCAA's

The Oswego State Lakers will be playing for the NCAA Division III Men's Ice Hockey Championships as they will be hosting a quarterfinals matchup on Saturday night March 12th at the Campus Center Ice Arena on the campus of SUNY Oswego.

The NCAA released that "Seven conferences have been awarded automatic qualification. The remaining four teams were selected at-large by the committee. The championship playoff format involves three first-round games and four quarterfinal games that are played on the campuses of the participating institutions. All games in the championship are single elimination. The four quarterfinal winners advance to Minneapolis, Minnesota, at Ridder Arena for the semifinals and championship game, which will be conducted March 25-26. The Northern Collegiate Hockey Association will host the championship".

Conference School
ECAC DIII Men’s East Hockey League Norwich University (20-5-3)
ECAC DIII Northeast Hockey League Curry (16-8-3)
Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association Adrian (23-3-1)
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Hamline University (16-6-5)
New England Small College Athletic Conference Bowdoin College (17-7-1)
Northern Collegiate Hockey Association St. Norbert (22-4-1)
State University of New York Athletic Conference Plattsburgh State  (20-7-1)

Elmira College, Neumann College, State University of New York at Oswego and University Wisconsin, Superior, enter the field as the four at-large selections.

Oswego will await the winner of the Bowdoin/Neumann matchup. Plattsburgh will play either Norwich/Curry on Saturday as well. The other play in game on Wednesday night will feature Wis-Superior/Hamline. 

Sunday, February 27, 2011

GCC Women's Basketball Region III Champions

The Genesee Women’s Basketball team won the 2010-11 NJCAA Region III Division II Tournament Sunday with an 83-65 victory over Mercyhurst NE. The win propels the Lady Cougars to the 2010-11 NJCAA Division II National Tournament hosted by Illinois Central College March 15-19, 2011, in East Peoria, Illinois.
Leading the way for the Lady Cougars was Tournament MVP freshman Kayla Golden (Lackawanna, NY) who was one assist shy of a triple double in the championship game. Golden had 24 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assist; which led the team in each category. Sophomore De’Vara Burrell (Rochester, NY) was close behind with her own double-double, registering 20 points and 11 rebounds. Genesee started the game with a pressure defensive that proved to be too much for the Saints as they took a 16 point lead at halftime (39-23). The Lady Cougars kept the pressure up in the second half, ensuring the victory and improving them to 18-10 on the season.

From GCC Sports Information

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Oswego Has Up and Down Saturday on the Ice

Saturday was an up and down day on the ice for the Oswego State Lakers. The two hockey programs were on the ice at the same time, but one team was in Oswego and the other was about 82 miles down the road in Henrietta, NY.

The Oswego State Lakers Women's Hockey team traveled to the Frank Ritter Memorial Arena on the campus of the Rochester Institute of Technology and the Lakers defeated the Tigers by the score of 2-1, handing RIT its first loss of the season. Mackenzie Lee and Olivia Boersen scored for the green and gold while Batavia native Katie Stack scored the lone talley for RIT.  Laker netminder Emi Williams was outstanding again as she made 46 saves for the win over the number one ranked team in the country for D-III Women's Ice Hockey. The women return to the ice on Tuesday February 22nd at 3:00 pm as they take on Castelton State at the Campus Center Ice Arena

While back in Oswego, the number one ranked team in the country for D-III Men's Hockey were set to take care of business against the "little ponies that could", Morrisville Mustangs. However, the Lakers were simply outworked Saturday night as they returned home for the first time in a month, dropping a 5-2 decision to Morrisville. Taylor Vince and Bobby Cass scored the first 2 goals of the game at the 5:45 and 12:03 marks of the 1st period, respectively. Paul Rodrigues would score late in the period to get Oswego on the board. Tyler Swan, who scored twice in the last head-to-head matchup back in November, made it 3-1 as he trickled one past Beckwith following a 5 minute penalty kill by Oswego for a Dan Bremner hit from behind.  Jamie Nelson made it 4-1 just 1:11 into the 3rd period and although Justin Fox scored his first goal in 2 months and the Lakers had several powerplay opportunities, Oswego could not rally. Jame Jarvis would add the Mustangs' 5th goal at 12:02. The Lakers are next in action Friday as they play host to the Brockport Golden Eagles.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Oswego Drops First Game vs #1 RIT

ROCHESTER, NY - Kolbee McCrea (Wawa, Ontario/Burlington Barracudas) and Sarah Dagg (St. George, Ontario/Hamilton Hawks) scored third period goals to break a 1-1 tie and lift the No. 1 RIT women’s hockey team (21-0-2, 14-0-2 ECAC West) to a 3-1 win over SUNY Oswego (11-9-3, 7-7-3 ECAC West) at Ritter Arena on Friday afternoon. The Tigers are now unbeaten in 23 straight games.

McCrea broke a 1-1 tie with 9:29 left in regulation, taking a perfect feed from Dagg on the power-play and slamming a shot past Oswego goaltender Emil Williams into a wide open net for her team-best 17th goal of the season. Kristina Moss (Webster, NY/Buffalo Bisons) also assisted on the goal.

Dagg gave RIT a 3-1 lead with 3:42 left, after Kim Schlattman (Stratford, Ontario/Cambridge Fury) caused a turnover at the Oswego blue-line. The puck caromed to Ariane Yokoyama (Van Nuys, CA/LA Selects), who feathered a perfect pass to Dagg on a 2-on-1. From in tight, Dagg roofed a shot under the crossbar and past a sliding Williams for her 15th goal of the season.

With the two points, Dagg now has 148 for her career, five shy of the school record. She leads the squad with 36 points (15-21-36) this season.The Tigers out-shot Oswego, 37-20. RIT was 2-for-5 with the power-play, while keeping Oswego scoreless on five power-play attempts. The Tigers have now killed off 67 of their last 68 attempts while shorthanded.

Kourtney Kunichika (Fullerton, CA/LA Selects) also scored for the Tigers. Moss tallied two assists.
Freshman goaltender Laura Chamberlain (Norco, CA/LA Selects) was strong in net for RIT, stopping 19 shots to improve to 14-0-2 this season.

Jillian Bergeron scored for Oswego, just 29 seconds into the game. Williams stopped 34 shots in defeat.
The Lakers stunned the Ritter Arena crowd, scoring just 29 seconds into the contest, as Bergeron stuffed in a loose puck after Chamberlain made two stops on Mackenzie Lee in tight. RIT gave the puck up behind its own net, and was unable to clear the crease.

RIT answered right back at the 8:53 mark, on the power-play, as Kunichika came out from the side boards, went to the front of the net and slid a shot between the legs of Williams for her seventh goal of the year. Moss and Katie Stack (Batavia, NY/Rochester Edge) also assisted on the goal.

Chamberlain made a two huge saves on Megan Howe late in the period, as Howe came in on a breakaway. Howe tried to go over the blocker, but Chamberlain made a great save, and was able to dive and rob Howe on the rebound attempt.

Neither team scored in a tight, defensive, second period.  RIT held the puck in for the full two minute power-play midway through the frame and had five good chances, but could not get the puck past Williams. Kunichika nearly had RIT’s second goal of the afternoon, looking to have an open net after a shot caromed off the back boards, but Williams dove back to make a sensational save, keeping the game tied at 1-1. Chamberlain made a big save on Lee late in the period, sliding across to keep the puck out after Lee went around a Tiger defenseman.

The Tigers have now out-scored its opponents, 126-19 this season. They have allowed one goal or less in 19 games. RIT leads the all-time series between the two schools, 17-6-0, and have won all seven meetings between the two schools, since Oswego re-established its program in 2007.  The two teams meet once again on Saturday at Ritter Arena, beginning at 7 p.m. RIT will honor its four seniors before the game.
- From RIT Sports Information

Friday, January 21, 2011

Oswego is in WNY for a pair of SUNYAC Contests

The top ranked team in all of D-III Men's Ice Hockey makes a return to the ice tonight as the Oswego State Lakers make the trip to snowy Western New York for a showdown with the Buffalo State Bengals at the Buff State Ice Arena on Friday night. On Saturday, Oswego travels to Fredonia to take on the Blue Devils at Steele Hall.

The Oswego State Lakers are coming in as the top team in the land according to the latest USCHO D-III Poll. Oswego (15-2-0, 8-0-0)  is on a three game winning streak, including two shutouts by goalies Andrew Hare and Dan Jones. The Lakers potent offense is led by Junior transfer Ian Boots with 22 points (9 G 13 A), Sophomore Luke Moodie with 19 points (10 G 9 A) and Senior Justin Fox also with 19 points (8 G 11 A).

As already mentioned, the goaltenders for Ed Gosek's squad have been hot lately as they put back to back shutouts between the pipes. Dan Jones (3-1-0) comes into the weekend with a Goals Against Average (GAA) of 1.68 with a save percentage of .944 Andrew Hare picked up his first win as a Laker since transferring in from Niagara University and Hare (1-1-0) has a save percentage of .896 and GAA of 2.76 Starting goaltender Paul Beckwith (11-0-0) may or may not be ready to go this weekend as he is coming back from an injury. Beckwith has a GAA of 1.37 and has a save percentage of .949

The Buffalo State Bengals (8-7-2, 4-2-2) are coming in after a weekend sweep of Johnson and Wales last weekend. The Bengals are led offensively by Senior Nick Petriello with 21 points ( 7 G 14 A), Sophomore Trevor McKinney with 19 points (11 G 8 A) and Sophomore forward Justin Knee with 15 points (7 G 8 A). Between the pipes, Freshman Kevin Carr has had most of the load playing 16 games for the Bengals. Carr has a record of 7-7-2 and has a GAA of 2.66 and has a save percentage of .924

On Saturday, the Lakers will travel to Steele Hall in Fredonia to face off against the Fredonia Blue Devils. Fredonia (8-9-0, 3-5-0) is coming off a sweep of Franklin Pierce last weekend. The Blue Devils are led by Senior forward Jordon Oye with 30 points (13 G 17 A), Junior Brian Ross with 29 points (8 G 21 A) and Senior Alex Horton with 19 points (8 G 11 A). Fredonia's netminders include three Freshmen. One of the Freshmen is Hark Friesen who has played 11 games (5-6-0) in his first season in the Southern Tier. Friesen's GAA is 2.63 and has a save percentage of .917

Oswego's WNYO-FM 88.9 will have the play by play action of both games this weekend.

Notes: top picture left - Buff State Ice Arena, right - Steele Hall Ice Arena at Fredonia

Thursday, January 13, 2011

PREVIEW: Bentley Falcons at RIT Tigers

The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Tigers will be hosting the Bentley Falcons in a pair of Atlantic Hockey Assoiciation (AHA)  showdowns starting with a 7:00 pm faceoff on Friday night at the Frank Ritter Memorial Arena on the campus of RIT. The two teams will conclude their weekend series with a 7:05 pm face-off on Saturday night.

The Tigers are coming into the weekend's action with a win and a tie over the Army Black Knights at West Point last weekend. RIT has a record of 11-8-3 and a 10-3-2 conference record so far this season. Leading the way offensively for RIT is Senior Forward and team Captain Andrew Favot with 27 points (7 G 20 A). Juinor Tyler Brenner has 24 points (16 G 8 A) and Sophomore Adam Hartley has 17 points (8 G 9 A). Between the pipes for RIT, Sophomore Shane Madolora has a record of 9-0-1 with a goals against average (GAA) of 1.68 and he has a save percentage of .947 The Tigers are coached by Wayne Wilson (12th season)

Bentley (5-10-3, 4-7-2 AHA) comes into the weekend looking to snap seven-game winless streak (0-5-2). Senior Erik Peterson leads the team in scoring with 13 points (6-7-13) in 15 games this season. Brett Gensler is tied for the team lead with six goals, while Dustin Cloutier and Jamie Nudy have seven assists. Senior goaltender Joe Calvi has played the majority of games in net this season, and is 4-6-1 with a 2.62 goals against average, and .921 save percentage. Kyle Rank has a 2.72 goals against average and .927 save percentage in five contests so far this season. The Falcons are coached by 8th year bench boss Ryan Soderquist.

Bentley was the last team conference opponent to defeat the Tigers at Ritter Arena, winning 5-4 on Jan. 30, 2010. RIT leads the all-time series between the two teams, 10-4-1. RIT was 1-1 against Bentley last year, winning 4-1 and losing 5-4. RIT is 8-3-1 against Bentley since the 2006-07 season. RIT is leading the AHA with 22 points, six points ahead of local rival Niagara and Robert Morris. Also on the line this weekend is RIT's eleven game home-unbeaten streak against conference foes. The Tigers are also riding a six game conference unbeaten streak as well.

Friday, January 7, 2011

PREVIEW: Curry Colonels at #2 Oswego State Lakers on Saves For a Cure Night

The Oswego State Lakers will play host to the Curry College Colonels out of the ECAC Northeast Conference in a non-conference contest at 7:00 pm Saturday night at the Campus Center Ice Arena. The Lakers will be sporting a gold jersey that helps supports Saves For A Cure. Saves For a Cure is a non-profit organization founded by former Brockport men's ice hockey goaltender Todd Sheridan aimed to help children with their battle against cancer in the Rochester area.

The Lakers are coming off a 2-0 victory over Skidmore on Tuesday night behind a 25 save shutout for Dan Jones (first of career) and goals from Jon Whitelaw and Dan Bremner to bump their record up to 14-2-0 overall. Oswego is led offensively by Junior Ian Boots with 20 points (8 G 12 A). Senior Justin Fox is one point behind Boots with 19 points (8 G 11 A) and Sophomore Luke Moodie is just one point behind Fox with 18 points (9 G 9 A). Between the pipes, Dan Jones has a record of 3-1-0 with a goals against average (GAA) of 1.68 and a save percentage of .944 Sophomore transfer Andrew Hare has not fared well in net for the green and gold. Hare has a save percentage of .839 and a GAA of 6.15. Overall, Oswego averages 3.88 goals per game (stat is in conference only).

The visiting Curry College Colonels come into the Port City after a game at the historic Utica Memorial Auditorium against the Pioneers on Friday. Curry comes in with an overall record of 5-3-2. The Colonels are led offensively by Juniors Christopher Atkinson with 15 points (5 G 10 A), Payden Benning with 11 points (7 G 4 A) and Steven Mohler with 9 points (3 G 6 A). In net for Curry, Freshman Travis Owens has a record of 4-1-1 with a GAA of 3.04 and a save percentage of .904 Sophomore Robert Dawson has a record of 1-2-1 with a save percentage of .852 and a GAA of 4.29 (stats are before Utica game)

Oswego State's Student run radio station WNYO-FM 88.9 will be carrying the contest live starting with their pregame show "Countdown to Faceoff" at 6:30 pm with the puck drop shortly after 7.The Oswego State Sports Information Department will be doing live stats for that game and the links can be found below.


Saturday, January 1, 2011


Before the day comes to an end I would like to wish everyone a safe and joyous new year as we kick off 2011 so from my family to yours, Happy NEW YEAR!!!!!