August 8, 2014

Olczyk, Lamoureux named assistants at Utica

More news about: Utica | Utica
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Utica College has hired Eddie Olczyk and Tanis Lamoureux to fill their assistant men’s and women’s coaching positions, respectively, for the upcoming 2014-2015 season. 

Eddie Olczyk brings to Utica his four years of collegiate playing experience at UMass-Amherst, an additional three years in the USHL ranks, and one year of professional experience with the SPHL’s Bloomington Thunder. Over his collegiate career, Olczyk racked up six points in 85 games played. He finished the 2013-2014 SPHL season with nine points. In 2006, Olczyk also made a brief appearance on the international stage as part of the USA’s silver medal team at the Ivan Hlinka U18 tournament. His previous coaching experience includes work as a head instructor at the Chicago Blackhawks youth camp for the past six years.  

The son of former NHL player and coach and current NHL on NBC lead analyst Ed Olczyk, Olczyk will be the No. 1 men’s assistant at Utica. He will assist head coach Gary Heenan in all facets of the program including practice and game preparation, recruiting and office management. He replaces former AHL player and Ferris State captain Cody Chupp, who departed Utica for a position with the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers. 

Utica women’s head coach Dave Clausen will also welcome an accomplished newcomer to his staff. Former Elmira College captain Tanis Lamoureux will take the torch from Eliza Kelley as the program’s top assistant. 

The 2014 All-American brings four years of collegiate experience in which she finished with 106 career points on 44 goals and 62 assists and was a cornerstone of Elmira’s run to the 2013 National Championship with 27 points that season, including the tying goal in the semifinals against Gustavus Adolphus that helped send the Soaring Eagles to the title game.  Lamoureux also played ten games against Utica, and averaged over a point per game in those contests with five goals and six assists. 

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June 15, 2014

Utica and Oswego to face off in Carrier Dome Classic

More news about: Oswego State | Utica

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Utica College and Oswego State will take part in the Frozen Dome Classic November 22nd, as part of a trio of games hosted by the AHL's Syracuse Crunch.  

The Carrier Dome, typically the home for Syracuse's basketball teams, will play host to all three games with an anticipated seating capacity of over 30,000.

The Crunch will face off against the Utica Comets in the headline event, which will seek to break the AHL's indoor attendence record of 20,672 set in 1997.  The third game of the event will feature law enforcement agencies from Utica and Syracuse.

The games will be ticketed as a package deal, with one ticket granting admission to all three contests.  Tickets for Oswego fans go on sale on June 17th while general ticket sales begin on June 24th.

Utica and Oswego have finished first and second respectively in attendance in each of the past seven seasons.

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March 23, 2014

Plattsburgh claims third national title in dominating fashion

More news about: Norwich | Plattsburgh State

by Peter Langella

PLATTSBUGH, N.Y. – The best team won.  After beating Norwich twice during the regular season by identical 6-0 scores, SUNY Plattsburgh, ranked in the top spot of the D3hockey.com poll for the entire season, defeated Norwich again - this time 9-2 en route to the school’s 3rd National Championship, and first since 2008.

Senior co-captains Chelsea VanGlahn and Jordan Caldwell and sophomore Bridget Balisy each scored two goals, and Plattsburgh (28-1-1), playing on home ice at the Ronald B. Stafford Ice Arena, treated the mostly red-clad capacity crowd of 1,619 to the largest margin of victory in women’s championship game history. Amherst held the previous record, also against Norwich, winning 7-2 in 2010.

Norwich scored first, but Plattsburgh scored often - finishing with a record nine goals in the championship game. 
Photo: Peter Langella 

“I don’t want to say it was a perfect game, but it was an unbelievable game by our team,” said Plattsburgh coach Kevin Houle, voted by his peers as National Coach of the Year. “From day one they’ve been on a mission to win a national championship. I think it’s the best team we’ve had. It’s a team, it really is. Everyone contributes. It’s a balanced attack. They’re a pleasure to coach every day.”

They’re a great team,” added Norwich head coach Mark Bolding. “They’re a true talented, well-oiled machine. It’s the opponent we wanted because you want to play the best.”

Norwich (27-4-0) got on the board first when junior forward Madyson Moore broke the early gridlock midway through the opening period after streaking through the Plattsburgh defense and beating Cardinal senior goaltender and Laura Hurd Award recipient Sydney Aveson through the five-hole to give the Cadets the 1-0 lead.

That was the only bright spot in the first period for the visitors from Norwich, however, as Plattsburgh poured on the offense and pumped in four consecutive goals over the next eight minutes to close out the first frame up 4-1.

“We were able to forecheck and work the puck down low, and we were able to get a lot of shots on net,” said Caldwell, a huge smile on her face. “Since you’re six years-old you want to win a championship. Once you get to college, it’s a national championship. To reach that goal is amazing.”

Balisy started the Cardinal onslaught at 9:57 of the period, connecting on the short side from a bad angle on an assist from junior forward Shannon Stewart.

Freshman defenseman Julia Duquette was next, firing a low shot through the legs of Norwich junior goalie Taylor Fairchild, who was severely screened by traffic in front. VanGlahn and senior Ali Vakos assisted on the play.

It was VanGlahn’s turn to light the lamp after that, converting a rebound on junior forward Tyne Gove’s shot. Vakos picked up her second of three assists on the tally.

“Every step of the way, we met our goals,” VanGlahn said. “We dug down deep with passion and got what we wanted.”

Norwich coach Mark Bolding pulled Fairchild after the play, opting to go with junior Loren Carrier for the rest of the game.

“With Plattsburgh, you gotta do something quick,” Bolding said. “Step one, goalie change; try to gain some momentum.”

But Plattsburgh’s run continued, scoring on just their second shot against the new keeper. It was Balisy again, this time breaking in alone and leaving no doubt, beating Carrier with a crossbar-and-down rocket to the top glove side.

The period ended with the Cards outshooting the Cadets 19-9 and carrying all of the momentum.

Norwich came out strong in the second period, generating a number of chances, but Aveson, who entered the game with a mind-blowing 0.51 GAA and .973 save percentage, helped them to weather the storm.

“My goal as a Cardinal was to improve every day,” Aveson said. “My teammates pushed me every day since I was a freshman. You can’t improve if you’re not challenged by teammates in practice. All of the records I have are team oriented.”

Then, at 8:11 of the second frame, Balisy fired a shot from fifty feet out that deflected off of a Norwich defender and right onto the stick of Caldwell, who hammered home her thirteenth goal of the season to extend the Plattsburgh lead to 5-1.

The Cards continued their strong play and hemmed Norwich in their own zone for much of the remainder of the period, building their shot advantage to 38-15 through two frames.           

“We just weren’t sharp enough,” Bolding said. “Plattsburgh took away our passing lanes. We couldn’t get through clean enough when it was 3-1, and then great teams make you pay. You have to tip your hat to them. I’m not sure I’ve seen a team like this. This team is almost spotless.”

VanGlahn scored her second just 2:33 into the final period on what looked like a kicked puck.

“I’m not sure what happened,” she said. “I just went to the net hard and it went in.”

It was called a good goal and the rout was on. Senior forward Jenny Kristner ripped a shot high on the blocker side four minutes later to extend the Cardinal lead to 7-1.

Norwich struggled to find an answer for Aveson, who finished with 37 saves, despite getting nearly four minutes of five-on-three powerplay time and 24 shots on goal in the third. One glove save during the man advantage brought the crowd to its feet in a standing ovation that all but ended any chance the Cadets might have had.

“The positive response is that we didn’t quit,” Bolding said. “Imagine having a senior group that has two silvers and a gold,” which refers to their finish in the last four tournaments including this one, winning their program’s only title over RIT in 2011. “That’s pretty good.”

Norwich senior All-American Torrie Charron elaborated on how she feels about her teammates, despite the loss: “I’d rather never win a national championship than play with any other team than this. Coming [to Norwich] is the best decision I’ve ever made.”

“Norwich worked hard,” Houle said. “They have a great team over there. We just seem to match up well against them. A goal or a bounce here or there, and then we capitalized.”

Plattsburgh’s Caldwell scored her second at 16:39, Norwich senior forward Haley Gibson scored one for the Cadets at18:26, and Vakos capped the scoring in the final minute on a blazing rush for her fourth point and an exclamation point on the 9-2 win. 

“There’s no better feeling in the world,” Aveson said. “Being a senior, it’s bittersweet. I felt myself tearing up with about ten minutes left, but then I controlled myself and started having fun.”

“We have the best fans here in Plattsburgh,” VanGlahn added. “I wouldn’t want it any other way; with 27 sisters out there with me.”

The Cardinals outshot the Cadets 49-39 on the evening. Plattsburgh went 0-1 on the powerplay, while Norwich went 0-5.

Plattsburgh reached the NCAA Tournament after winning the ECAC-West regular season and playoff championship, and then beating Williams and St. Thomas in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively. It was the Cardinals’ third straight trip to the Frozen Four, having placed third in each of the last two seasons.

This season ended with a win as well, but it was finally in the game that the senior class had set its sights on.

Chelsea VanGlahn summed it up: “Like Coach said, we were on a mission.”

What a mission it was.

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