New England Hockey Notebook: Endicott Picked To Capture Comm. Coast Conf.

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John Carricato and the Endicott College men’s ice hockey team were picked to capture the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) this winter. (Photo Credit: David Le ’10)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

One year after securing the first-ever Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) title, the Endicott College men’s ice hockey team was picked to capture their second consecutive  conference crown this winter, according to this afternoon’s release.

The Gulls collected nine first-place votes for 99 points, while Salve Regina (78 points) earned one first-place vote – the Seahawks checked-in third on the preseason poll. University of New England tallied 85 points for a second-place projection, while Nichols College (74 points) and Curry College (55 points) rounded out the top five.

Wentworth Institute of Technology and Johnson & Wales were tied for sixth in the poll, while Western New England, Suffolk University and Becker College checked-in eighth, ninth and 10th, respectively.

Last season, the Gulls made their initial appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament after defeating University of New England in the conference tournament finals by a score of 5-4. The Gulls defeated Hobart, 4-3, in the opening round, but fell to Trinity College in the second round, 2-1 (OT).

Endicott completed its second season with a program-best 24 wins, which included a 12-game winning streak, spanning January to March. The Gulls never lost a game in February, winning seven games, including a conference tournament quarterfinal clash against Western New England.

In addition to winning 24 games one year ago, the Gulls concluded their 2016-17 campaign in the top 10 in multiple statistical categories, including first in scoring offense (4.83 goals per game) and scoring margin (2.87).

Additionally, Endicott was one of the top power play teams in the country. They were third on the power play (28.1 percent, 43/153) and 12th in penalty kill (86.5 percent, 147/170).

Endicott begins its season next Friday, October 27th when they host Plymouth State at 7 p.m. Following their season-opener against the Panthers, Endicott will visit Wentworth on Thursday, November 2nd for a 7 p.m. face-off before entertaining the Leopards on Saturday, November 4th at 2 p.m.

Endicott Men’s Ice Hockey Made History Saturday In NCAA Tournament

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The Endicott College men’s ice hockey team made history on Saturday, claiming the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament win over Hobart. (PHOTO CREDIT: Endicott College Athletics).

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

The No. 7/7 Endicott College men’s ice hockey team made history yesterday, winning their first-ever NCAA Division III tournament game with a 4-3 win over  N0. 4/5 Hobart in the opening round.

Endicott’s one-goal victory secured them a quarterfinal date with No. 8/9 Trinity College (Conn.), which scored a 4-1 first-round win over Plattsburgh State.

The two New England squads will meet this Saturday, March 18th in Hartford, Connecticut with face-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m. A win for either squad would send them to the semifinals on Friday, March 24th.

The Gulls, who captured the initial Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) crown with a 5-4 win over University of New England, secured the program’s initial national tournament win midway through the final session when Jason Kalinowski netted his second goal of the contest. The go-ahead goal was set-up by Logan Day and Cam Bleck

Endicott led Hobart, 1-0, after the opening period before the Statesmen evened the score at 3-3 with a trio of second period goals.

Kevin Aldridge, the Gulls’ netminder, turned aside 40 of 43 shots to help the visitors secure an exciting win.

Saturday’s victory over Hobart was the Gulls’ 12th-straight win – Endicott hasn’t dropped a contest since falling to the Nor’Easters on January 21st.

D3 New England Men’s Preseason Hockey Team

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By NoontimeSports.com 

For the first-time in NoontimeSports.com history, we are unveiling our initial Noontime Sports D3 New England Men’s Ice Hockey Preseason Team.

The 2016-17 season kicks-off tomorrow/this weekend and we wish all skaters and teams best of luck!

Forwards

Ryan Cole (Trinity)

Colin Larkin (UMass Boston)

Brady Fleurent (Univ. of New England)

Trevor Fleurent (Univ. of New England)

Sean Orlando (Trinity)

Anthony Sabitsky (Trinity)

Tim Searles (Babson)

Garrison Sanipass (UMass Boston)

Matt Volonnino (Plymouth State)

Tyler Young (Williams)

 

Defense

Mitch Barrington (Bowdoin)

Tyler Bishop (UMass Boston)

Ryan Dougherty (Endicott)

Carter Horwitz (Endicott)

Tucker Ross (Univ. of New England)

Brian Rowland (Norwich)

Ryan Sullivan (Wentworth)

Patrick Thornton (Castleton)

 

Goalies

Kevin Aldridge (Endicott)

Braeden Ostepchuk (Norwich)

Michael Pinios (Williams)

Blake Wojtala (Salve Regina)

Marcus Zelzer (Salem State)

D3 New England Women’s Preseason Hockey Team

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By NoontimeSports.com 

For the first-time in NoontimeSports.com history, we are unveiling our initial Noontime Sports D3 New England Women’s Ice Hockey Preseason Team.

The 2016-17 season kicks-off tomorrow/this weekend and we wish all skaters and teams best of luck!

Forwards

Kaleigh Beauregard (UMass Boston)

Aimee Briand (Castleton)

Jordan Cross (Conn. College)

Lexi Klein (Endicott)

Maggie Layo (Endicott)

Hannah Rose (Castleton)

Alex Toupal (Amherst)

Maddie Winslow (Middlebury)

Jessica Young (Middlebury)

Elizabeth Wulf (Middlebury)

 

Defense

Kat Armstrong (UMass Boston)

Maren Brown (UMass Boston)

Julie Beattie (Conn. College)

Ellen Carter (Endicott)

Grace Jennings (Middlebury)

Haley LaFontaine (Middlebury)

Caitlyn Ryan (Amherst)

Lynndy Smith (Amherst)

 

Goalies

Katherine Chester (Conn. College)

Vendela Jonsson (Endicott)

Rachel Myette (UMass Boston)

Julia Neuburger (Middlebury)

Celeste Robert (Norwich)

Noontime Sports The Podcast: Episode Four (Trevor Paul | The Legacy Chronicle: The Sword)

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By NoontimeSports.com 

For the fourth episode of Noontime Sports the PodcastMatt Noonan caught up with a former Noontime Sports blogger – yes, he did contribute back in the day! – Trevor Paul (T.H. Paul) to chat about his new book: The Legacy Chronicle: The Sword 

In addition to learning more about the book and Paul’s writing process, Noonan and Paul also talked some sports – yes, we had to throw some sports talk in, right? – discussing what it is like to coach prep school athletics, as well as Maine hockey (and some NESCAC hockey, too).