Women’s Hockey

Buffalo State

Buffalo State’s Bengals are riding a rough season with a 7-14-2 overall record and 4-11-1 in the conference.

Christine Williams (Niagara Falls/Niagara County Coyotes) leads the scoring with 13 goals
and 7 assists for 20 points this season. She is followed by Brianna Murphy
(Depew/Buffalo Bisons) with 4 goals and 11 assists. In third is Jeyna Minnick
(Rochester/Rochester Edge) with 8 goals and 5 assists.

Between the pipes Jordan Lee has played in 18 games putting up a .913 save percentage facing
470 shots this season. Cheektowaga’s Jess Garland has seen action in 3 games
and has a .891 save percentage.

At a recent game the Bengals honored their seniors including Shayna McKie
(Manilus/Fayetteville-Manilus), Garland, Williams and Murphy.


Niagara University

The Purple Eagles are 9-14-8 overall and 2-5-3 in the CHA.

Jessica Hitchcock leads NU in scoring with 12 goals and 7 assists this season. She is
followed by Jenna Hendrikx (7-9) and East Amherst/Buffalo Bison’s Kelsey Welch
with 8 goals and 7 assists this season.

Kalli Funk was named Co-CHA Rookie of the Week for January 30 after scoring the only goal of
the weekend and her sixth of the season in a 1-0 win over Robert Morris.

Goalie Sarah Moses was named NU Student-Athlete of the Week after she helped in the split
with Robert Morris. Moses had her first career shutout in the 1-0 victory over
the Colonials. In addition, Moses was named CHA Goaltender of the Month.



The Tigers continue their winning tradition with a 17-1-1 overall record and 10-1-1 in the ECAC as they wind
down the season. Plattsburgh gave them their only trouble after the New Year
with a 1-1 overtime tie and a 1-3 loss in game two.  The Tigers soundly defeated their other opponents
which included Adrian College, Buffalo State and Hamilton.

Leading the Tigers this season in scoring is Kourtney Kunichika with 11goals and 17
assists. She is followed by Kolbee McCrea, 14G/11A and Tenecia Hiller,
13G/8A.  Webster’s Kristina Moss has 5
goals and 15 assists this season and Amherst’s Hannah Epstein has four assists.

In goal is Laura Chamberlain leading with a .941 save percentage in 11 games played.



The Big Red took the ECAC Regular Season Title after defeating Yale 6-1. That victory gave them their third
consecutive conference title and top seed in the conference playoffs. They will
host the quarterfinals February 24-26.

The outcome of that weekend was the naming of three players to the ECAC honor roll. Jillian
Saulnier was named Rookie of the Week; Brianne Jenner, Player of the Week and
Lauren Slebodneck, Goaltender of the Week.

Leading the scoring for the Big Red are Rebecca Johnston with 46 points (22G, 24A); Jenner,
45 points (15 G, 30 A) and Saulneir, 41 points (19G, 22A).


Cortland Assistant Coach Kristi Kehoe has been named to Northeastern University’s All Decade Team. Kehoe is one of seven
former and current NE women’s ice hockey players who have been named to the
team as part of the Women’s Hockey East Association’s 10-year anniversary. Kehoe,
who is in her first season at Cortland, played four seasons at forward and led
the team in scoring her first three seasons.

The Red Dragons are 5-14-1 and 3-12-1 as they face the end of the season.

Gina Tomei is leading the Red Dragons in scoring with one goal and 9 assists followed by
Brianna Rossi with 5 goals and 4 assists and Buffalo’s Chelsea Hausberger with
3 goals and 5 assists.


Girls Hockey in Western New York

…Cazenovia played in The Sarah Backstrom Tournament and came
away with a 3-2 win over the Erie Lady Lions; a 0-3 loss to Burington and a 0-5
loss to Ann Arbor. The girls played hard and against stiff competition in their
first away tournament.

…Amherst 12U defeated Niagara 5-1 at the Sarah Backstrom

…Oliva Smith, currently playing for the Kenmore Varsity
Girl’s Ice Hockey Team, has been named to the USA PeeWee U12 International
Team. The team will travel to Prague, Czech Republic in April to play in the
World Selects Invitational. Currently Oliva is out with a broken wrist and
hopes are that she will be healed and ready to play with the Selects. Olivia is
a 7th grader at Kenmore School.

…Rochester Youth Hockey and Maksymum Hockey have teamed up
to form the Maksymum Edge Girls’ Junior Hockey Team. This will provide a format
for players looking to showcase their skills and build a competitive experience
with plans to move on to college hockey. For a detailed story, log on to
www.wnyhockeyreport.com and click “women’s.”


West Takes Silver at ESWG

Adirondack took the gold and the West took the silver in the Empire State Winter Games.

The West opened the tournament going 9-1 against Long Island. West’s Deanna Ventura got on the
scoreboard first, assisted by Melissa Jechovich and Shawnee Oberholzer.  Ventura had a hatrick and Oberholtzer a
playmaker in that opening game.

The West beat Central 3-2 with Kelli Stack and Kylie Mazetta earning two points each.

It was then on to face New York City and beat them 4-0 with Stack putting in two goals and
Annmarie Cellino and Elizabeth Gemmiti each scoring one. It was goaltending
that kept the score low with WNY’s Ashley Schneegold making 36 saves.

In the Hudson Valley match, the West dominated with a 7-2 final score. Marissa
Donbovy-Johnson had two goals and an assist and Cellino posted one goal and two

In the Championship round it was Adirondack vs Western. Adirondack opened the scoring
with two goals in the first period  and continued for a 4-2 win over the West.

Stack put one between the pipes at :30 of the second period but Adirondack answered back.

Sarah Hannon scored as time expired to give the West its final goal of the 2012 Winter

Schneegold made 24 stops in that final game.

Congratulations to a job well done.


WNY Girls Varsity Ice Hockey

With only one weeks of regular play left, the WNY Girl’s Varsity Ice Hockey League still has no
clear placings.  In the top positions at WNY Hockey Report Deadline are West Seneca and Monsignor Martin.

Coming into February Monsignor posted wins over Williamsville 2-1 and Lancaster, 10-1. It
was Williamsville over Lancaster 9-2 and Amherst/Sweethome 2-0. West Seneca
beat Kenmore 7-3 and Kenmore beat Lancaster 7-1.

At press time there are only three regular season games left with Kenmore facing Orchard
Park/Frontier and Monsignor Martin; Lancaster facing Orchard Park/Frontier and
Monsignor Martin making up a cancelled game from early in the season.

The top three scorers are West Seneca’s Erin Gehen with 27 points; WS’s Nicole Kirchberger
with 25 and Kenmore’s Kate Miller with 26.

Outstanding between the pipes are both goalies from Monsignor Martin in Danielle Trolli and
Courtney Wesolowski as well as Kenmore’s Lauren Pray and Williamsville’s
Theresa Meosky.

Playoffs will be held February 27 at 11:30 a.m. and February 29 at 1:30 p.m. with the
Championship game on March 2 at 8 p.m. A Section VI championship is scheduled
for March 6 at 6 p.m. All games will be held at Northtowns Arena, Amherst.

Emily Koestler was named WKBW TV7’s Super Athlete #5 for February 3.

To celebrate the end of the Second Season of Girls Varsity Ice Hockey the Orchard Park/Frontier
team will be hosting a End of the Year Celebration on Saturday, March 3 from 7
to 11 p.m. at the American Legion on Buffalo Road in Orchard Park. Tickets are
$20 adults; $10 youth which includes pizza, soda, beer, wine, and
entertainment. There will also be some fun raffles and giveaways. For tickets
call Laura at 864-2862.


Buffalo Stars U16 Take Gold

The Buffalo Stars headed to Erie’s prestigious Sarah Backstrom
Tournament. With exceptional goaltending by Margaret Janiga and Mikaela
Ditonto, they knocked off the Columbus Chill in the finals 1-0 in a very close
game. Marissa Janiga scored Buffalo’s lone goal and was named the Tournament

The road to the finals began against the Gilmour Sabres on Friday. Winning the game 4-0, they
then faced the Columbus Chill in another close game. Buffalo came out ahead
4-0. Those two wins gave the Stars a bye in the crossover. The Stars faced off
against the Hamburg Hawks in the semi finals with every skater for the Stars
registered a goal giving them a 16-0 win over their opponents.

Buffalo Stars players include Leanna Atkisson, Alyssa Cardina, Brianna Cardina, Meghan Fonfara, Claudia Koenig, Kathryn Ryan, Lizz
Stoner, Brandi Bauer, Jamie Wheeler, Alexa Ditonto, Mikaela Ditonto, Elizabeth
Bourne, Bernadette O’Connell, Mary Kate Mullen, Marissa Janiga, Margaret Janiga
and Courtney Thornton. Coaches include Dawn Robinson.  (Story submitted by Buffalo Stars).

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