College Club: Season’s bullish so far for UB   

mrozBy Michael Mroziak

There’s not a lot of news to offer this month, as college club hockey was pretty much shut down at press time. Campuses were either still in their mid-winter breaks or just starting their new semesters.

However, things were looking up for the University at Buffalo’s club hockey program as of mid January.

At press time, the Bulls sat atop the North East Collegiate Hockey League’s standings with an 18-4 record.

Bobby Piotrowicz, Michael Schalberg and Brenden Robinson were tied for the team lead in goals with 12 each. Piotrowicz led the team alone in overall scoring, with his 21 assists (also first on the team) giving him a total 33 points in 22 games played.

In second place in the NECHL (an affiliate of the American Collegiate Hockey Association’s Division I) were Syracuse University at 15-7 with one overtime loss. Niagara University ranked third at 13-4 while Canisius trailed in fourth at 10-14.

St. Bonaventure sat in ninth with a 1-9 record.

AMERICAN COLLEGIATE HOCKEY ASSOCIATION

Elsewhere in the ACHA ranks, Fredonia State ranked 11th in the 36-team ACHA Division 3 Atlantic division with an overall record of 9-4-1.

The University at Buffalo women’s club team, in Division 2, sat in fourth place with 20 points as of press time.

NATIONAL COLLEGIATE HOCKEY ASSOCIATION

Checking in with local colleges who compete in leagues under the NCHA umbrella…

The University at Buffalo, thanks to an 8-2 run in their previous 10 games, sat in second place in the Upstate NY Collegiate Hockey League’s West Division at an 8-3 record, trailing first-place St. John Fisher, which held an 11-2 record through mid January. D’Youville, at 3-7, sat in fourth place in the division.

WOMEN’S CLUB

Niagara University women’s club hockey was set to return for the spring semester and resume their hockey schedule with a January 30 trip to Brockport.

Although at press time their website was missing some game results, you can check out their upcoming schedule at clubsports.niagara.edu.

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More information about the local club teams competing under the ACHA can be found at achahockey.org. You can follow the NCHA at ncha.us.

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