Women’s hockey has come to a close for this season with high school championships done, NYS and USA Hockey championships completed and awards ceremonies finishing up.
Congratulations to WNYGVIH’s Kenmore on winning both the Section VI and WNYGVIH League championships and doing us proud once again at the NYS High School Championships. While they may have lost at States, the tournament ended with Potsdam and Skaneateles sharing the 2014 trophy.
On to the New York State Championships, the girls of WNY did well.
At Tier I:
12U: Syracuse beat the Buffalo Bisons.
14U: The Buffalo Regals went on to the Nationals after beating Syracuse 2-1.
16U: The Buffalo Regals faced a three-way tie with the Buffalo Bisons and Syracuse Nationals. In the end the officials went to the third/fourth level of decision-making and the Regals with 3 points moved on to the Nationals.
19U: NSA didn’t come to the States so the Buffalo Bisons moved on to the Nationals.
At Tier II:
12U: Potsdam beat Hamburg 4-0 in the Championship game. There are no Nationals at 12U level in either Tier I or Tier II.
14U: With 12 overtimes West Seneca moved on to the Championship round where they lost to CNY. Bri Keppner scored with 1:32 left in the 12th overtime to take West Seneca to the championship game.
16U: A 3-1 win over Monroe put Potsdam into the Nationals.
19U: The Buffalo Bisons lost to Chazy in two overtimes; however the Stars go to the Nationals as Amherst, as the host, has no 19U team.
The Girl’s Tier I USA Nationals were held in Marlborough, Massachusetts, as well as the Women’s Senior Championships.
At Tier I in Massachusetts the Buffalo Regals 14U team had a 1-3-0 record heading into bracket play. They lost to Chicago 5-1 ending their run. Lindsay Browning placed 7th Nationally in the top 8 goalies with a .936 save %.
The Buffalo Regals 16U team went into bracket play with a 2-1 record and lost to the East Coast Wizards. Amber Dubill placed fifth in the top 8 goalies of the tournament with a .946 sv%.
At 19U the Buffalo Bisons lost 4-3 to Honeybaked taking fourth place in the Nationals. Annika Zalewski leads the scorers with 3 goals and 7 assists for 10 points; Madison Welch placed fifth in goaltending with a .958 sv%.
In Amherst at Tier II Amherst’s 14U team lost all three games. Amherst’s 16U team lost to Marquette in bracket play, ending the tournament with a 1-3-0 record. Mary Crumlish placed 7th in the nation in goaltending with a .918 sv%.
The Buffalo Stars beat Steel City and Portland before losing to Alaska. Going into bracket play they beat Princeton 3-2 and then lost to Keweenaw 8-3 and took 3rd place in the USA Nationals. Alanna Herne placed first in scoring with 6 goals and 5 assists for 11 points.
The Rochester Edge Senior C women beat the Sting 11-0; Chicago 3-0, LA 10-0 and the Blue J’s 4-2 before having Tri-City beat them 2-1. Melissa Hall, Jessica Gagliano, Alyssa Henkel were named to the Top Ten Scoring list in the nation and Goaltenders Alex Talbot and Jennifer Hicks were in the Top Ten Goalies. Tri-City won the championship.
After another historic season with the Tigers, Head Coach Scott McDonald has signed a four-year contract extension. McDonald completed his eight season behind the Tiger’s bench, leading them to their first CHA Championship in their second year as a Division I program.
Last season the Tigers won their last seven games and finished with a 20-15-3 record, won four games against nationally-ranked opponents and finished the year receiving votes in both the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine national polls. RIT was not eligible for NCAA Tournament due to a two-year probationary period from moving from DIII to DI.
In 2011-12 McDonald led the Tigers to their first NCAA DIII Women’s Ice Hockey Championship Tournament appearance in school history, setting a DIII record with 28 win. They finished that season with a 28-1-1 mark.
McDonald has an eight-year overall record of 171-53-18 and is the DIII all-time leader with a .835 winning percentage. He earned his 100th win at RIT on January 29, 2011 vs Buffalo State Bengals.
McDonald, a native of Oakville, Ontario, is the only person in NCAA history to play at the DI and III levels and coach at both divisions on both men’s and women’s sides. He played defense for the Niagara University Purple Eagles as part of the schools’s inaugural freshman and first graduating class as a DI program.
He served as an assistant coach at Utica College before moving to RIT as an assistant coach from 2003-06.
The honors keep coming for Goaltender Ali Binnington as they was named the 2013-14 All-United States College Hockey Online (USCHO) Third Team. She is the first RIT player to earn this prestigious honor since the team moved to DI in 2012.
Binnington had a tremendous year as she ended her season by stopping a career-high 62 shots in the championship game, 2-1 in double overtime over Mercyhurst. She was named the CHA Tournament MVP and named to the All-Tournament Team.
In her first season as Head Coach, Rachel Hauser ends on a positive note.
“It was a tough year statistically (1-11-0),” said Hauser, “but we used each time we stepped on the ice as an opportunity to learn and grow as a group.”
“It is the tough times in which you learn the most about a team as a whole,” she continued. “These players left it all out on the ice with every shift, each period and in all the games they played.”
Addison Marino, Batavia, is the only player that graduates this season. She has been with the program for four years and served as Captain this season. In her last game she scored a goal from the point. Addison graduates from the College of Education with a degree in TESOL and concentration in English.
Cazenovia Announces 12UTB
Head Coach Chris Malicki has announced plans for Cazenovia’s 12U travel-bound team. They will play “Q” games under the Western Section of the GLGHL and have scheduled tournaments which include the Fire and Ice in Rochester, a November tournament in Canada, a holiday tournament in Mississauga, a trip to the MLK tournament n Glens Falls, President’s Weekend in Albany and a Feb. 20 tournament in the new HarborCenter.
Malicki will be holding a three-day pre-season training camp in late August and season-long dryland training will begin in mid-July. The team will also have a holiday party, camping trip and hold fundraisers.
For more information contact Coach Malicki at 997-3130 or go to www.cazhockey.com
Girl Scouts and Hockey Come Together
Madeline Stoklosa has skated to championships with Monsignor Martin’s Girls Varsity Ice Hockey League. Now she is working on the top award in Girl Scouts and using hockey to do it.
Stoklosa is hosting a Try Hockey for Free: Girls Hockey Clinic on Saturday, April 12 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Holiday Twin Rinks in Cheektowaga.
The Girl Scout Gold Award is given to those Scouts who have shown their leadership ability and provided a service project that benefits the community. Requirements include identifying an issue, researching it, developing a plan to address the issue and implementing and evaluating it.
“I want to grow girl’s hockey,” said Stoklosa of her project. “I want this day to have a lasting effect on hockey and on the girl’s who come to try out. I’m hoping they will play hockey!”
Stokolosa has had the ice time donated and will have access to one of the hockey equipment trailers that are owned by the New York State Amateur Hockey Association.
“We can take 40 skaters, with or without experience,” she continued. “We will break them into groups by their ability.
“Anyone with equipment should bring their own,” she says.
“In addition we will have an off-ice session and explain the sport of hockey, its levels and the differences between boys and girls hockey,” she explained.
Stoklosa is setting up different levels and then stations where the participants will take part in skating, shooting passing and stick handling.
The Beginners Clinic will be run by former D1 (Niagara University) player and current head coach for the Monsignor Martin Team, Linda Mroz and the Buffalo Stars Girl’s Director and Buffalo Stars 16U and 19U Coach Dawn Robinson.
Following the ice session there will be a reception with light refreshments and an off-ice presentation about girl’s hockey in Western New York. They will discuss where to go from here, various organizations and differences between house and travel and what’s for girl’s beyond those levels.
Stoklosa began her ice hockey career with the Buffalo Regals House team when she was 11 years old.
“My Dad thinks I started late,” said Stoklosa.
She then moved to West Seneca’s Travel for two years and then to the Buffalo Stars where she played with the 16U team and currently plays for the 19U team.
The Mt. Mercy Academy Junior will have a chance at a National Championship when the Buffalo Stars 19U team makes an appearance at the USA Nationals in Amherst the first weekend in April.
She also plays Varsity Soccer for her high school and is involved with student government, volunteers for the Relay for Life and is a member of the Buffalo Ski Club.
“I find hockey thrilling,” said Stoklosa. “I meet new people and my family plays hockey.”
One of her most thrilling moments was scoring a goal in the semi-finals against Orchard Park/Frontier Varsity Girls and going 20-0 on the season.
“It was unbelieveable,” said Stoklosa. “I’ve had great coaches.”
The event is sponsored by Holiday Twin Rinks and Girl Scouts of WNY. For information contact Stoklosa at gro.y1449013270cremt1449013270m@51a1449013270solko1449013270tsm1449013270 or call (716) 253-4457.
Orchard Park/Frontier has team up with Dick’s Sporting Goods in order to raise funds for their 2014-15 year. Orchard Park/Frontier is one of the teams that have NO funding from their school district and run strictly on donations and money earned through fundraising.
The team has been accepted by Dick’s Sporting Goods Sports Matters Program. This is for teams such as OP/Frontier that have no funding from their districts. They must raise half of their budget (approximately $7,800) and Dick’s will match that amount through their “crowd funding” platform.
The time period for donating is April 17 through May 23. A website will be set up for donors to use. As soon as the link is active, it will be noted on WNY Hockey Report’s Website, NY Hockey Online’s website and Facebook pages.
She Stands Out
Abilgail Weltman was easy to spot at the 2014 Putnam Awards. She was the only girl to receive the prestigious award given in memory of a young hockey player who died from meningococcemia. Tyler Putnam dreamed of playing for his high school hockey team, The Irondequoit Eagles and then Junior Hockey, DI hockey and eventually the NHL.
Tyler was known for his high energy, incredible work ethic and desire to achieve his goals. The award program recognizes those players who exemplify Tyler’s lifestyle and love of ice hockey.
Abilgail is 12 years old and has played hockey since she was 5. The Rochester Edge 12UNTB Defenseman began her hockey career when she took to the ice at Village Sports with ice skating lessons. While figure skating was okay she found her true passion was hockey. She headed off to the Perinton boys team and eventually moved to girl’s ice hockey.
Her biggest memory is getting her first goal with her Mite team, wearing a goaltender’s jersey because that’s all there was for her to wear.
She follows the NHL and her favorite team is the Buffalo Sabres with her favorite player former Sabre Thomas Vanek.
Abilgail is the daughter of Kris and Brian and she has two brothers, Gillian and Andrew. Andrew plays for the Rochester Youth Hockey Association.
…Congratulations to Abbey Cleary whose, St. Mary’s Shattuck team had a great showing in the USA Hockey Nationals. They took the championship after beating Mid-Fairfield Stars. Abbey had 3 shots on goal and dumped each one in and had 2 assists for a 5 point record in the tournament.
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