The 600 Club

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A landmark victory for a long-tenured coach, critical tests abound in the Badger state, and the second time was the charm for the Trine University women. These events were just part of another long Saturday night across the nation in Division III hockey, and we'll get you caught up on some of the nuts and bolts of this brisk November evening here so that you may go forth back into the work week armed with knowledge. We can't promise you that it will land you that game-changing promotion, but we're hockey fans, so we guess this will suffice. 


Always Ready
Bob Emery has been around the Plattsburgh State hockey program since the late 1980s, and as most well know, he has accumulated quite the coaching resume' since taking the reins in their 1989-90 SUNYAC title season, including 16 conference championship titles, 18 appearances in the NCAA tournament including 2017, and two national titles in 1992 and 2001. The second-winningest active coach in Division III can now add himself to another exclusive club, as a 3-0 blanking of Morrisville State (0-2-2) made Emery the 12th coach in NCAA Ice Hockey History, at any level, to win 600 games. Matt Quilty, Pat Egan, and Joe Drabin all scored for Plattsburgh (2-1-0) in the milestone victory, which polished off a weekend sweep of the Mustangs. 

Delayed Reaction enough for Cadets to survive Beavers
No. 6 Norwich found themselves in a spot of first period trouble on Saturday. Babson, who has been a generally difficult team for the rest of the NEHC to deal with in recent years, jumped out to a 2-0 lead as Zach Phelps and Joe Depietto both dented the twine in the first 7:14 of the contest. Norwich would not counter until the midway point, but Felix Brassard, Connor Evangelista, TJ Dockery, and Todd Jackson each chipped in a goal and the committee effort propelled the Cadets to a 2-0 weekend against some of their stiffest NEHC competition. 

Welcome to Thunderdome

Besides being a line from a simply terrific action film, the above headline is also quite fitting for a newcomer from Angola, Indiana this evening. For the first time in their infancy as a program, the Trine University women were victorious. The second time was the charm as the Thunder avenged a Friday defeat in their debut against Finlandia by racing out to a 5-0 lead in what became a 5-1 pummeling of the Lions at home. Briana Carlson will hold the distinction of being the team's first goal scorer at 5:11 of the first, and she would go on to lead the team with a goal and two assists for the night, alongside a two goal one assist effort from Sula Argyris. Molly Scarborough earned the win in goal with 22 saves. 

Hear Me Roar

It likely didn't come the way head coach Andrew Burke drew it up, but we can also safely welcome Bryn Athyn to the win column. After getting deadlocked in a 2-2 stalemate through 40, the Lions and Post University played a raucous third period. Bryn Athyn's Zach Pamalayon scored a pair to create separation from the hosts, and that gash was deepened when Julion Lever added another one to cap off a three goal flurry in the span of 2:03, opening up a 5-2 lead. That lead would quickly shift to a dramatic comeback by Post as they scored three times to force overtime. That set the stage for the Lions to win it in the opening minute of overtime, as Dakota Ulmer's unassisted goal delivered the goods in a 6-5 win. The Lions heavily outshot Post 53-29 and finished 2 for 6 on the power play. 

Spread the (common)wealth
With Division III hockey continually setting down more roots in the Keystone State, four Division III women's programs, all members of the UCHC, got the genius idea to put together a non-conference tournament, dubbed the Commonwealth Cup. The inaugural edition, played at Chatham University, was an eventful one to say the least. Neumann University walked away with the championship in a battle of the field's longer tenured programs, as Bek Lucas's unassisted goal in the last five minutes sealed it for the Knights in a 3-2 win over Chatham. 

Even the Consolation game had some fireworks. Lebanon Valley picked up its first ever win over an NCAA Division III Varsity program with by triumphing 4-1 over newcomer King's College, who had the first goal scored in its young history today when Josee Aitken guided the puck home at 6:41 of the third period. It was a tough luck day otherwise for the King's offense, which generated 42 shots, but could only crack a 41 save effort by Jill Moffatt on one occasion. 

Shock to the System

After dropping a pair of road decisions to teams that are still undefeated in Utica and Brockport, the Fredonia Blue Devils took advantage of their first home ice appearance in a big way. Fredonia's Jimmy Morgan continued to haunt the dreams of No. 5 Geneseo, as he followed up a tremendous goal and assist performance in a February upset of the Knights with a two goal performance that included the game-winner tonight. That handiwork was instrumental as Fredonia rallied from a 3-1 hole with a trifecta of unanswered goals to derail Geneseo, 4-3 at Steele Hall. A stellar relief performance by Fredonia goaltender Anton Rosen may have helped to save the day and provide a spark, as he was a perfect 23-for-23 after a lowly 10-of-13 first period from starter Eric Bogart. Fredonia also picked up a goal and assist from Jacob Haynes, and star defenseman Pat Condon had a two point evening for Geneseo. The loss knocks Geneseo from the unbeaten ranks at 3-1, while the Blue Devils bump up to 1-2, and a level 1-1 record in the SUNYAC to place them alongside Geneseo in the early standings. 

Blu Light Special
It was a big night for the men and women of Eau Claire this evening. The women (2-0-1) were put into their toughest test of the season thus far tonight against No. 7 Gustavus Adolphus (1-0-1) in a battle of two of the top four Western teams on this author's Women's Top 10 Ballot. The Blugolds, who were just three votes shy of the 10th spot, showed that they may be worthy of a little bit more clout going forward. Eau Claire outshot the Gusties 27 to 21 for the evening, and ultimately skated to a 2-2 road tie at Roberts arena. Emily Bauer put the Blugolds at an early advantage when she struck at even strength just 7:22 in. That advantage held until the five minute mark of the second period when Kaitlyn Klein canned her second of the year. The Blugolds appeared to have scored the cursed last minute momentum changer at 19:49 of the second on returner Kelly Knetter's first of the year, but the Gusties would again answer back early in the third to create the stalemate. Both clubs leave the matchup undefeated. 

Elsewhere in WIAC play, the No. 13 UW-Eau Claire men won a third game in a row as they buried upset-hungry Hamline, 7-0.

Johnnie B Goode
A lot has changed since St. John's last started a season 4-0. George W. Bush was the President of the United States, the Boston Red Sox had just broken the Curse of the Bambino, the season-long NHL lockout was kicking into gear......

Okay, you get it. It has been over a decade since the Johnnies were in that spot, specifically the 2004-2005 season where they went on to go undefeated in their first 20 games, and finished with an NCAA tournament appearance at 23-3-2 for the campaign. Whether or not happy days are truly here again for the Johnnies (4-0-0) remains to be seen, but they secured another 4-0 start tonight with a 4-1 win against UW-Stout (1-2-1) at the Dunn County Ice Arena. Brady Heppner's late first period power play goal, and an additional tally by Travis Brown gave the Red and White all the leverage they needed in the end. A shorthanded goal from Stout's Lucas Carroll 22 seconds after Brown's was countered with twin third period goals by the Johnnies as they walked away with the 4-1 win. 

Other Notable Performances

  • The Stevenson men got a dynamic performance from second year Mustang Jordan Watt, whose four points led Stevenson to a 7-1 rout of newcomer Chatham. Mike Davis also scored twice as the Mustangs improved to 2-0-1. 
  • Becker women's goaltender Madison Rigsby played a sublime first two periods, coming up with forty minutes of clean sheet hockey as Utica threw the kitchen sink at the Junior with 35 shots, but the Pioneers would break through with a trifecta in the third to win 3-0. Still, Rigsby was an incredibly tough customer, making 56 saves on the night. 
  • In a game delayed by a half hour due to a broken pane of plexiglass, King's and Elmira had no problem getting their offenses started anyway. The teams combined for eleven goals, with Elmira scoring the lion's share in a 7-4 win at the Thunderdomes. Nick Ford paced the Soaring Eagles with four goals for the evening. 
  • Goaltenders Louis Philippe De Courcy and Forbes Ploszaj duked it out for just over 57 minutes of shutout hockey, but Lake Forest's Connor Duncan broke the tie by beating Ploszaj late on the power play to guide Lake Forest to their second win of the season, 1-0 over St. Scholastica. De Courcy hung a 35 save shutout on the board, and Ploszaj turned aside 23 for the Saints. 
  • Potsdam's women are now off to a 3-1 start as they earned a split with Buffalo State to begin the NEWHL era in women's division III hockey. Anna-Rose Bertin broke a 1-1 tie at 13:36 of the third to earn the 2-1 win for Jay Green's Bears, who dropped Buffalo State to a 1-3 record in their first season under Jennifer Wilson. 
  • No. 12 Augsburg survived a scare against UW-River Falls with a pair of late goals as they went on to win 3-2. The teams entered and left with inverse records, as the Auggies now stand at 4-0, and the Falcons have done little to overturn a disappointing 16-17 season at 0-4. 
  • St. Norbert got themselves through yet another early season test, as their power play unloaded for three goals to send Milwaukee School of Engineering to their first loss of the year, 4-1. St. Norbert also handled CUW in their opener to start 2-0. 
  • The No. 1 Plattsburgh Women got five point performances from Kayla Meneghin and Melissa Sheeran in an 8-1 demolition of Cortland. 
  • All systems appear to be a go for the Elmira College women as well, as they bolted ahead to a 4-0 lead and never looked back to handle previously unbeaten Oswego State, 4-1. Sarah Hughson scored two power play goals on her way to a hat trick, and an additional extra player tally came from rookie Devyn Gilman.  Jean-Marie Padden scored the lone goal for Oswego (2-1).
No contests today.
No contests today.
No contests today.