INSIDE HOCKEY » Atlantic Hockey Get Inside! Wed, 01 Oct 2014 02:15:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Women’s Frozen Four Set Sun, 16 Mar 2014 05:07:51 +0000

On the night the Quinnipiac Bobcats men’s hockey team closed out their home season at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn, the women took center stage as eight teams played for an opportunity to take their talents to “The Bank” next weekend. Here are the results and the schedule for next weekend:


For the first time in the program’s 11-year history, the Clarkson Golden Knights have advanced to the Women’s Frozen Four. Vanessa Gagnon bookended the game with goals at 16:02 in the 1st and 23 seconds of the third, her 16th and 17th respectively. Brittany Styner had her 13th at 11:44 of the second, which was ultimately the game winning goal in Potsdam, NY as the Eagles’  Dana Trivigno scored in the waning minutes of the final frame. Erica Howe made 23 saves en route to the biggest win of her career so far.


In a rematch of last year’s National Championship Game, Kelly Tarry had a hat trick (19, 20, 21) to lead the Golden Gophers to a familiar spot in the Women’s Frozen Four. Terry and Terriers’ Sarah Lefort (32) actually exchanged goals 21 seconds apart midway through the first period, but Amanda Leveille was flawless the rest of the way, stopping the final 23 shots she faced. Rachael Ramsey (12) and Maryanne Menefee (16) also scored for the Gophers in the win in Minneapolis.


After sneaking into the field of 8, the Lakers shocked the world again, knocking off the Cornell Big Red for the second year in a row in Ithaca, NY. Christine Bestland proved she is the “best” in the “land” scoring Mercyhurst’s final two goals (20, 21),  including the ultimate game-winning power-play goal 8:08 into the third. She also assisted on the opening goal for the Lakers by Molly Bryne (4) in the second. Emily Fulton tried to get her team to the big dance, scoring two goals (20, 21), but her goal at 15:21 of the third was not enough as the Lakers move on to the site of the team they snuck into the field behind (Quinnipiac).


The nightcap played to the hype as the Badgers scored the first two goals of the game, and that’s all they needed. Blayre Turnbull (16) opened the scoring 16;56 into the first and Katy Josephs (11) followed up at the 16:24 mark of the second. Alex Rigsby was almost flawless in net, allowing her lone goal on the second to last of the 24 shots she faced. Dylanne Crugnale scored her eighth at 16:37 to make it 2-1 but that’s as close as Harvard got.


While the times are still up in the air, the matchups are set. Game 1 on Friday is at 5pm ET and game 2 will follow around 8pm. The National Championship Game on Sunday will be at 3pm ET.

GAME A: Minnesota vs. Wisconsin

GAME B: Clarkson vs. Mercyhurst

Inside Hockey has the Women’s Frozen Four covered. Follow us here and AHL beat writer Justin Cohen as he deviates from the pros and takes on the challenge at @IHAHL on Twitter. Justin will have recaps and stories on all of the four remaining teams all the way until a champion is crowned!

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Photo Gallery: Mercyhurst @ Ohio State (12/28/13) Mon, 30 Dec 2013 14:17:15 +0000

The Ohio State Buckeyes beat the Mercyhurst Lakers 6-3 Saturday, December 28, 2013 at Value City Arena in Columbus, OH.  (Inside Hockey – Rachel Lewis)

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Photo Gallery: Canisius @ Ohio State (11/16/13) Sun, 17 Nov 2013 16:13:54 +0000

Ohio State sweeps Canisius with a 3-1 win Saturday, November 16, 2013 at Value City Arena in Columbus, OH.  (Inside Hockey – Rachel Lewis)

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Photo Gallery: Niagara @ Ohio State (11/9/13) Mon, 11 Nov 2013 20:31:40 +0000

The Ohio State University Buckeyes sweep the Niagara University Purple Eagles with a 6-1 win Saturday, November 9, 2013 at Value City Arena in Columbus, OH.  (Inside Hockey – Rachel Lewis)

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Niagara Top Pick in Atlantic Hockey Preseason Coaches Poll Tue, 17 Sep 2013 15:26:10 +0000

The Atlantic Hockey Association has released its 2013-14 Preseason Coaches Poll on Tuesday morning. After its first NCAA Tournament appearance representing Atlantic Hockey, Niagara ranks in as the top pick by the coaches. Niagara received three (3) first place votes and totaled 102 points overall.

Mercyhurst and Air Force rounded out the top-three both receiving 98 points overall. However, Mercyhurst was tabbed with four (4) first place votes while Air Force only received two (2).

After its first Atlantic Hockey Tournament Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance last season, Canisius grabbed three (3) first place votes and finished in fourth place with 92 points.

Last year’s Atlantic Hockey regular season champions, Niagara kick off the Atlantic Hockey regular season on Saturday, Oct. 5 as it hosts Clarkson at home.

2013-14 Pre-Season Coaches Poll (First Place votes)

1. Niagara (3) 102
2. Mercyhurst (4) 98
2. Air Force (2) 98
4. Canisius (3) 92
5. RIT 81
6. Connecticut 79
7. Robert Morris 66
8. Holy Cross 59
9. Bentley 53
10. Army 28
11. American International 22
12. Sacred Heart 16

Justin Soderberg is a Northeast Hockey Report for Inside Hockey, covering the Boston Bruins, Hockey East, Atlantic Hockey and the AHL. He also is a Senior Writer at View from 123.


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Colonials Roll Past SHU, Now Face UConn Tue, 12 Mar 2013 19:37:58 +0000

The Robert Morris Colonials rolled past Sacred Heart in a two game sweep to open the Atlantic Hockey Association playoffs.  The victories put RMU to 20 wins on the season, and advances them to round two, where they will face the University of Connecticut.

Friday night the AHA playoffs kicked off, and the Colonials were more than ready.  RMU tallied three goals in the first period from sophomore Jeff Jones, junior Mac Roy, and freshman Greg Gibson.  Senior net minder Eric Levine stopped 26 of 27 shots and senior Adam Brace added an empty netter to give the Colonials a 4-1 win, their new program record 19th victory of the season.

Saturday night, Sacred Heart came out strong in the first, dominating the opening 10 minutes.  Despite SHU controlling the play to open the game, RMU opened the scoring.  Junior Colin South put the Colonials on the board first, before Sacred Heart evened the score late in the frame.

The second and third periods belonged to RMU.  Senior Tyler Hinds gave RMU the lead back, sophomore Cody Wydo increased it, and freshman Matt Cope put RMU solidly in control with a 4-1 lead after two periods.  Wydo netted his second of game in third, and Gibson also tallied in the final frame, giving RMU their 20th win and the sweep of SHU.

Head Coach Derek Schooley said “we controlled everything we needed to be successful. It’s a pretty good start to our playoffs.”

Sacred Heart was the lowest seed in the tournament, but the Colonials routing of them was impressive none the less.  Brace was named AHA Co-Player of the Week as he compiled five points in the sweep.  He recorded four assists on Saturday, a program best for the senior.

Wydo said “we wanted to make sure everyone was ready and focused this weekend.”  One person who was on focused and on top of their game was Levine.  Coming in, everyone knew the senior could be a difference  maker for RMU, and he was solid in the sweep, stopping 48 of 50 shots he faced.  Schooley commented on his play, saying “Eric was very good.”

The Colonials head to Connecticut to face the UConn. Huskies this weekend.  RMU spit a pair of games with UConn. in the regular season, with a 3-2 loss and 4-3 win, both coming on home ice back in January.

The series kicks off on Friday night, with game two Saturday night, and game three Sunday night if needed, all played in Connecticut.

The Huskies, the number four seed with a 17-13-4 record, come in riding a six game unbeaten streak, while the Colonials come in unbeaten in their last seven contests.  RMU carries some confidence to Connecticut with them, but not to much confidence as Wydo pointed out.  “We’re pretty confident right now, we don’t want to be too confident, if we get over confident bad things can happen.”

Schooley shared his thoughts headed into the series with the Huskies.

“These are two teams that are hot at the right time, I think it’s just going to be a battle,” he said. “We haven’t accomplished anything, what we have is in front of us.”

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RMU: Atlantic Hockey’s Dark Horse Fri, 08 Mar 2013 22:36:02 +0000

The Robert Morris Colonials men’s hockey team has had quite the season, beating some high ranking opponents and tying the program record for wins.  Now with the Atlantic Hockey playoffs set to begin, can this translate to post season success for the team?

With a record of 18-12-4, and 13-11-3 record in conference play, RMU sits outside the top 20 in the rankings, but did receive a top 20 vote in the most recent poll.  The Colonials finished fifth in the conference and face off with last place Sacred Heart University to open the Atlantic Hockey post season.

RMU has knocked off some of the high ranking teams to get their 18 wins, including number one Quinnipiac, number three Miami (Ohio), and Atlantic Hockey’s number one seed Niagara University.  The highlight of the Colonials season came December 28th, when they defeated the Miami Redhawks to claim the inaugural Three Rivers Classic Trophy at the Consol Energy Center, home of the Pittsburgh Penguins and the 2013 NCAA Frozen Four.  In the two day event, they knocked off Penn State University, 6-0 to advance to the title game, and then defeated Miami, 1-0 the following day.

Senior net minder Eric Levine shined in that tournament, and throughout the season.  Between the two contest, Levine made 98 saves without surrendering a single goal.  On the season, the Wheeling, Illinois native has a 17-10-4 record with four shutouts, a 2.59 goals against average, and a .930 saves percentage.  He gives the Colonials a chance to win every night, and as he showed in the Three Rivers Classic, he can shut down anyone and steal a game with the pressure on.

Offensively RMU is lead by Senior forward Adam Brace.  Brace has 13 goals and 22 assists for 35 points in 34 games.  Just behind him is Sophomore Cody Wydo, who has 17 goals and 11 assists for 28 points also in 34 games played.  From the blue line, the Colonials are led by Senior Tyler Hinds, who has a pair of goals and 15 assists for 17 points in 34 games.

The Colonials head to the post season with confidence, as was apparent after sweeping a pair of wins from Canisius in the season’s second to last weekend, when Brace said “I think we’re pretty confident” and Hinds added “we’re a very confident bunch.”  The Colonials followed up the sweep with a pair of ties against Mercyhurst to end the regular season.

Head Coach Derek Schooley has a lot of confidence in his team as he said “I love this hockey team, it’s the best team we’ve had chemistry wise” also adding “we’ve got a team that’s got the ability to do very good things, we’ve got all the peices, it’s just a matter of if they all show up and they all perform.”

Robert Morris opens their post season match up with Sacred Heart Friday night on home ice at the RMU Sports Island in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, also playing game two at home Saturday night, and again at home on Sunday night for game three if needed.

How far can the Colonaials go?  Only time will tell, but one thing is for certain, opponents should not take them lightly.

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Photo Gallery: Robert Morris @ Ohio State (12/7/12) Sat, 08 Dec 2012 11:46:56 +0000

Ohio State falls to Robert Morris University 3-2 Friday, December 7, 2012 at Value City Arena in Columbus, OH. (Inside Hockey – Rachel Lewis)

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NCAA Northeast Regional Capsules Wed, 21 Mar 2012 08:47:05 +0000

No. 1 – Boston College Eagles

Record: 29-10-1

Conference: Hockey East

NCAA Tournament History: 31 appearances, 4 titles (most recent, 2010)

How they got here: Boston College won the Hockey East championship with a 4-1 win over Maine.

Players to watch: Chris Kreider, F, Jr. (21-21-42); Johnny Gaudreau, F, Fr. (19-21-40); Barry Almeida, F, Sr. (22-16-38); Brian Dumoulin, D, Jr. (7-20-27); Tommy Cross, D, Sr. (5-18-23); Parker Milner, G, Jr. (25-5, 1.82, .931)

Briefly: The Eagles are playing better than anyone at this point in the year. They’ve won their last 15 games, and haven’t given up more than two goals since Jan. 21. Add to that the fact that BC is playing just miles away from home and it makes the Eagles the hands-down favorite in this regional.


No. 2 – Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs

Record: 24-9-6

Conference: WCHA

NCAA Tournament History: 8 appearances, 1 title (2011)

How they got here: UMD received an at-large bid.

Players to watch: Jack Connolly, F, Sr. (19-39-58); Travis Oleksuk, F, Sr. (21-30-51); J.T. Brown, F, So. (23-23-46); Brady Lamb, D, Sr. (9-21-30); Wade Bergman, D, Jr. (3-15-18); Kenny Reiter, G, Sr. (22-8-6, 2.40, .912)

Briefly: The defending national champs are back for a potential encore, but it won’t come easily. UMD has to stick to the formula that got them the title last year: great special teams play and hot goaltending. A solid penalty kill will be vital, as will stellar play by Reiter.


No. 3 – Maine Black Bears

Record: 23-13-3

Conference: Hockey East

NCAA Tournament History: 17 appearances, 2 titles (most recent, 1999)

How they got here: Maine received an at-large bid.

Players to watch: Spencer Abbott, F, Sr. (20-41-61); Joey Diamond, F, Jr. (25-22-47); Brian Flynn, F, Sr. (18-29-47); Will O’Neil, D, Sr. (3-28-31); Ryan Hegarty, D, Sr. (2-12-14); Dan Sullivan, G, So. (22-10-3, 2.54, .910)

Briefly: If the Black Bears are without Hobey finalist Abbott, who was injured in the Hockey East semis, things will be challenging. Even if he’s out of the lineup, Maine can still score with guys like Diamond, Flynn and Matt Mangene leading the charge. The question marks for this team come at defense and between the pipes.


No. 4 – Air Force Falcons

Record: 21-10-7

Conference: Atlantic Hockey
NCAA Tournament History:
5 appearances, no titles

How they got here: Air Force won the Atlantic Hockey championship with a 4-0 win over RIT.

Players to watch: Kyle De Laurell, F, Jr. (15-23-38); John Kruse, F, Jr. (16-14-30); Cole Gunner, F, Fr. (8-20-28); Tim Kirby, D, Sr. (12-16-28); Scott Mathis, D, Sr. (7-17-24); Stephen Caple, G, Sr. (13-5-5, 2.16, .911)

Briefly: Having to travel all the way to Massachusetts to play the top-seeded Eagles won’t be simple, but that’s how the Falcons will have to play. Smart, simple play on defense combined with opportunistic scoring is the only way Air Force advances.

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UND Races Past Harvard on New Year’s Eve Sun, 01 Jan 2012 18:52:29 +0000

Grand Forks, ND – The University of North Dakota has suffered their fair share of injuries this season, and coming into tonight they didn’t even have enough healthy players on their roster to have 12 forwards and six defenseman playing in the series finale.

With all of the players out with various ailments, you could field a pretty good forward line with the players that didn’t dress for tonight’s game between the Harvard Crimson and the University of North Dakota.

Here is the updated breakdown of the injury reserve list for the UND hockey team: Senior forward Mario Lamoureux, upper body injury, Junior forward Corbin Knight, suffered a lower body injury in Friday’s game and is listed as day to day. Freshman forward Rocco Grimaldi has been out with an injured knee.  Grimaldi has played in a total of four games out of the 20 games that UND has played in this season.  Sophomore forward Derek Rodwell was injured in last night’s game and is out with an upper body injury.  Rodwell is listed as out indefinitely.

You can see where this is going…the University of North Dakota has four important forwards out of its lineup and no room for error or anymore injuries. It would be an understatement to say that it has been a season of adversity for the UND hockey team. One might assume that they are due some good Karma.

The UND hockey team didn’t use injuries as an excuse and with their shorthanded/depleted line-up.  Junior forward Danny Kristo did his best impression of Kirby Puckett and took the UND hockey team on his shoulders and lead them to victory. Kristo had two goals and an assist to lead the team to a 7-3 win against the Harvard Crimson.

Kristo was most impressive during the first period where he scored two goals and almost buried his third goal before the first 20 minutes of the game expired. Kristo would added an assist in the third period on Brock Nelson’s 15th goal of the season.

After the game, Kristo was asked about the mentality of the team knowing that the team was playing with 11 forwards and five defenseman.  “We didn’t really talk about that too much we just kind of talked about everyone stepping up a little bit.   We kind of gave that game away there yesterday and everyone was pretty upset about it.  Basically the mentality was to come in hard and play Fighting Sioux hockey and come back and get a victory tonight.”

This season the Fighting Sioux hockey team has had trouble getting scoring from the other forward lines in their lineup. Tonight the all-freshman line of Mark MacMillan (1g-1a—2pts), 21 Brendan O’Donnell (1g-0a—1 pts) , Connor Gaarder (1g-2a—3pts) was a major force on the ice and chipped in three goals on the delayed penalty.

Connor Gaarder was asked about the mentality of the team, knowing that the team was playing with only 11 forwards and five defenseman.  “We have a lot of guys out of the lineup, its hard to do, a lot of guys came out and stepped up and made some big plays tonight…”   Gaarder also talked about the importance of having a big weekend, “It’s always good to have a big weekend, every weekend I come out and try to play my best and try to get a little bit better come out and it’s nice to back it up a little bit.” The freshman had a very good weekend (2g-2a—4pts), and doubled his point production for the season. On the other end of the ice, Harvard senior forward Alex Killorn had a big weekend for the Crimson as he recorded (2g-2a—4pts) and was a force all weekend.

UND Hockey head coach Dave Hakstol was unhappy with his team’s effort on Friday night.  Compare and contrast a difference one night made.

Fast forward to tonight, coach Hakstol was a little more satisfied with the play of his team on the ice and was asked the mentality of his team knowing they were playing with only 11 forwards and five defenseman. Hakstol said, “ I think our mentality was right, we weren’t real happy about our finish last night, the way we came out in the third period last night and squandered the two goal lead, and I think that stuck with us through the day and I don’t think the lineup was really an issue our mind set was focused on how important this game was and how critical it was to get the win. “

The UND hockey team ends the first half of the season with a 10-8-2 record and a 7-7 record in the WCHA. With the loss the Harvard Crimson drop to 4-4-4 and own a 3-3-2 record.

Box Score

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