November 23, 2014

Sounds like a broken record

More news about: Adrian | Oswego State | Utica | UW-Superior

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It was a day that sounded terrific on paper, but you had to be there to see it for yourself to get the experience. Many fans did exactly that on Saturday afternoon as Utica took on No. 2 Oswego at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse. As was expected from the outset of the day, the revised total of 7,074 fans was indeed a new NCAA Division III indoor record, breaking the previous mark of 5,600 from the 2008 NCAA semifinals. And it goes without saying that those in attendance were treated to a terrific game as the teams skated to a 4-4 tie in the first and only collegiate game to be played in the building.


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The sophomore laden Lakers took it to the Pioneers in the first period, with goals from Mitchell Herlihey and Chris Raguseo building a 2-0 lead at the end of one. But, as fate would have it, Utica would battle back with goals from Louie Educate and Anthony McVeigh to even it at two all as of the 9:08 mark of the second period. The Lakers got the lead back off the stick of Chris Waterstreet, and took a 3-2 lead into the locker room despite being outshot in the frame 14-7.

The seesaw continued into the third period with Peter Lafosse's 3-3 equalizer just 51 seconds into the period, followed by another Oswego goal from Brandon Adams, whose breakaway backhand on the glove side of Utica's Mike Taffe gave the Lakers a 4-3 lead. But yet again, the Pioneers rallied. At the 12:34 mark, Educate scored his second of the game in an equally impressive manner to the prior goal from Adams, ripping a wrister over the shoulder of Oswego's Matt Zawadzki to even the game at four. Despite many quality chances down the stretch and into overtime, the two teams could not shake one another as the game ended in a 4-4 stalemate. Zawadzki finished the night with 32 saves for the Lakers, who are winless in their last two after a 5-0 start. Meanwhile the Pioneers have not won since their opener on Nov. 1, and are now on a five game winless skid with a roster that features 16 newcomers.

Elsewhere in the Men's Top 15....

No. 3 Plattsburgh slipped past Morrisville 5-3.

No. 4 Adrian proved its worth as it rode a three goal second period and a two goal night from Josh Ranalli to a 6-4 win over No. 5 UW-Stevens Point. Brandon Jaeger had a tough night in goal for the Pointers, stopping just fifteen of the twenty shots he faced on the night.

No. 6 Norwich fended off a challenge from New England College, 4-3. Gerard McEleney had two goals for the Cadets, and Brett Killar kept the Pilgrims in it with a 31 save performance.

No. 7 Trinity was on fire offensively, but Hamilton was able to pump the brakes on the Bantam offense to earn a 1-1 tie. Evan Buitenhuis made 46 saves for the Continentals.

No. 8 UW-Eau Claire skated to a 1-1 tie with Lake Forest. Lake's Leo Podolsky made 43 saves, and Blugold backup goalie Tyler Green got the start and stopped 27-of-28 in the stalemate.

No. 9 Babson got three third period tallies to drop Castleton, 3-0. Jamie Murray has three shutouts in his first four starts this season for the Beavers.

No. 10 Bowdoin defeated Colby, 6-3

No. 11 UW-River Falls inched its way past Northland, 3-0.

No. 13 St. John's downed St. Mary's, 4-2. 

No. 14 UMass-Boston got a four point (2-2-4) night out of Stephen Buco in a 6-1 drubbing of Skidmore. Mike Kuhn had two first period goals, including the game winner just past eleven minutes into the contest for the Beacons.

No. 15 Elmira couldn't overcome three third period goals from the previously ranked Hobart Statesmen, and fell 4-2 at the Cooler.


Meanwhile, the upset special was on the menu as the No. 4 Middlebury women traveled to take on Trinity, as the Bantams prevailed by a 4-3 final. The Panthers got a pair of goals from Kelly Sherman to build a 3-2 lead at the end of the first, but the wheels came off in the second as the Bantams got a goal each from Emma Tani and Lauren Fitzgerald to take a 4-3 lead that held for the remaining 25:11 of the contest. Claudia Escue made 35 saves for the Bantams. The two teams will meet again Sunday.

Middlebury wasn't the only top 10 team to get upset on Saturday night. No. 10 UW-Superior got a 52 save performance from Megan Leikkari in a 3-1 WIAC win over UW-Stevens Point. Hailey Adair, Kiara De Kezel, and Dani Schultz each had a two point night for the Yellow Jackets.

William Smith is in the win column. Catherine Linehan's power play goal 57 seconds into overtime gave the Herons a 3-2 win over winless Neumann in Geneva. Megan Messuri had 57 saves for the victors.

Elsewhere in the Women's Top 10.....

No. 2 Elmira downed Utica by a 4-1 score. The two teams will play the second half of a home and home Sunday in Utica.

No.3 Norwich broke a 2-2 second period tie, and got a hat trick from Maki Shuchuk in a 5-3 win over Manhattanville.

No. 6 Gustavus Adolphus shut out Hamline, 4-0. Carolyn Draayer had three points total for the Gusties.

No. 7 UW-River Falls narrowly avoided an upset bid from UW-Eau Claire, 3-2. The Blugolds have not won in their first 16 WIAC contests after making the move from the NCHA, and are 0-8 on the season.

No. 8 Adrian got a goal in the first and third periods for a 2-0 NCHA win over St. Norbert. Jade Walsh pitched a 33 save shutout for the Bulldogs.

No. 9 Amherst pulled one out in overtime against Wesleyan, 4-3.


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November 22, 2014

Go West, young man

More news about: Adrian | UW-Stevens Point

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Saturday night will bring the spotlight to the East with several notable games including Hobart vs. Elmira, Adrian vs. UW-Stevens Point and Utica vs. Oswego at Syracuse's Carrier Dome.

But tonight it was the West's turn to shine as the only matchups feature two ranked teams all took place in the West.  For the men it was NCAA hopefuls UW-Eau Claire playing host to Adrian while for the Women it was UW-Stevens Point facing off against another ranked WIAC foe, this time in UW-Superior.

UW Eau Claire came into tonight's contest 22-5-2 at home over the past 2+ seasons.

While top-ranked St. Norbert was the only ranked men's team to have Friday night off, the marquee matchup for the men still took place in Wisconsin as No. 4 Adrian traveled to take on No. 8 UW-Eau Claire.

Evenly matched for most of the game, Adrian never trailed as it downed the Blugolds 5-2.

Adrian broke open the scoring 4:34 into the opening period but was not able to add on to its lead until 1:04 was gone in the second period.

The teams traded goals after that, with Eau Claire trailing 3-2 at the end of the second period.

With 5:02 remaining in the contest and Adrian still clinging to a one-goal lead, Eau Claire took a five minute major for checking from behind, ensuring that Adrian would be on the power play for almost all of the remaining time.  The Bulldogs were able to score twice on that power play to finally put the game away and provide the 5-2 final score.


Elsewhere in the Men's Top 15:

  • No. 3 Plattsburgh State scored three times in the second period to rally for a 5-3 victory over Morrisville State.  The victory puts Plattsburgh in sole possession of first in the SUNYAC.
  • No. 13 St. John's tied St. Mary's 2-2.  The Johnnies came up on the short end of the shootout which means St. Mary's gets two points while St. John's gets one point. 



Last weekend's top matchup involved the WIAC, with UW-River Falls and UW-Stevens Point splitting a pair of 3-2 contests.  

This weekend the top game involved the WIAC once again, this time as No. 5 Stevens Point took on No. 10 UW-Superior.  The Pointers came out on the winning end of yet another 3-2 score and moved to 6-1-0 on the season in the process. 

Special teams were the focus of the game as the Yellowjackets scored the first goal of the game shorthanded before Stevens Point tied things up later on with a power play goal.  Superior reclaimed the lead in the second period only to see the Pointers tie things up yet again with a power play goal.  

With under seven minutes to go in the third period the Pointers took their first lead of the game, holding on for the one-goal victory.  


Elsewhere in the Women's Top 10:

  • No. 8 Adrian tied St. Norbert 1-1.  Both teams scored their sole goals on the power play while both goalies combined to make 62 saves.
  • No. 9 Amherst downed Wesleyan 4-1.  


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November 20, 2014

Dome, Sweet Dome

More news about: Oswego State

By Ray

While there's no question that players, coaches, and fans alike are excited for Saturday's Frozen Dome Classic matchup between Utica and No. 2 Oswego at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, few have the perspective of Oswego forward Mike Montagna. A native of Fulton, New York, Montagna spent most of his life just a short drive away from the Dome. When Montagna pulls on the green and gold on Saturday afternoon, he'll likely become the first player born in Central New York to appear in an NCAA game at the Carrier Dome. Utica freshman Max Bartell comes from nearby Rome, but has yet to appear in a game this season. With a big stretch where the Lakers will see Utica, Brockport, and No. 12 Geneseo in a span of five days on the horizon, we caught up with the Laker forward to get his take on the weekend at hand.

Fulton, NY's Mike Montagna will hit the ice at one of the most iconic venues in the world on Saturday as his No. 2 Lakers face Utica. Credit:(Oswego State Athletics)

RB: You're in the fourth weekend of your second regular season in Oswego. Your team is off to a fantastic start, this year's roster has had a bit of time to play together, and you've got one of the biggest games of your life coming up on Saturday. What's the atmosphere like in the room?

Montagna: It's a really good atmosphere right now, we started out the season at 5-0, so the guys are real happy about that. The opportunity to play at the dome is going to be unbelievable. I don't know that our Canadian guys will get the extent of how cool that is going to be until they get there, but being from Central New York, it's a pretty big deal. We're making sure we focus on Friday first, but everyone's really excited for this weekend.

RB: Speaking of Friday, you've got three games in five days going into the break, all of them against quality opponents. How do you prepare yourself mentally for a grind like that?

Montagna: We had a stretch like this last year where we played something like seven or eight games in fifteen days. Playing three games in five days won't be as much a mental challenge as much as it is a physical challenge.... Our coaches make sure we treat every game the same, make sure that we going in with the mindset that we have to win every single game, play our best every night, and make sure we keep a pretty level head going into every game.

RB: You talk about some of your Canadian teammates maybe not being able to fully grasp what you're going to see on Saturday. As the only local player on the roster, there might not be a more credible opinion on that subject than yours. Being from Fulton, you've had a lot of opportunities to play in front of your family and friends, now you get to do that at the Carrier Dome. Are you excited? Nervous? Maybe a little of both?

Montagna: I'm really more excited than anything, i don't think i'm nervous. I got to play an outdoor game at Fenway once so i've played in games a bit different from the norm, so to speak..... I've seen football, basketball, and lacrosse games there(at the Carrier Dome) before,and every single one of those has been great, so having a chance to skate there is going to be an unbelievable experience.

RB: When you talk about Frozen Fenway, there's a bit of a common thread with Oswego and Utica on that front. Utica defenseman Kevin Kirisits had an opportunity to play there as well, and I know he had a positive experience with that event. What did you learn from your experience?

Montagna: What i remember most is that it's ok to be caught in the moment for a bit and take it all in... the scenery, the atmosphere, because these chances just don't come around that often. As much as you want to tell yourself 'It's just another game', at the same time you've gotta soak some of it in, and when the game starts make sure you're engaged. At the same time, make sure you enjoy it, because it's a special game to play in.

RB: You've played on an ice surface before in a non-traditional hockey venue. Obviously in the Carrier Dome it's going to be a bit warmer in there than other places you've played, for starters. What are you expecting?

Montagna: Honestly I have no idea. Whatever ice it's on, Utica will play on the same ice. It's not a reason for us to not play our best.

RB: What do you have to do well to get the win Saturday against Uticas, and what concepts do you have to apply across the board for this entire three game stretch to pick up wins in all of them?

Montagna: The same things we've been working on all year. We're pretty fortunate to be 5-0, but we're still looking to improve every game. We're still a young team still trying to improve on everything still, making sure our special teams are getting better every single game, making sure our guys are working together. It's still so early in the season and nothing is set in stone, so we're just trying to improve in every aspect that we can.


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