Curry College celebrates a 3-2 victory over Buffalo State last weekend at the Buffalo State Tournament. (PHOTO COURTESY: Buffalo State Sports Information Department)
By Kyle Prudhomme | @KylePrudhomme
The opening weekend of New England D3 college hockey season saw 31 games played with some team’s already enjoying successful starts to their respective campaigns.
Assumption College men’s hockey is off to a quick 2-0 start. They have outscored its opponents, 12-2, including an eight-goal performance to close the weekend.
The Greyhounds were not the only team itching to find the net multiple times this past weekend as UMass Boston scored nine goals in its season-opener, while five other teams finished with five or more tallies.
In terms of my first week of predictions, they need some work as I finished 5-5 in my declarations with the tie coming from Endicott College and Norwich University (the two teams skated to a highly-contested 3-3 tie).
Also, regarding my predictions from last week, I am a bit surprised that the Cadets women’s team was knocked off 4-2 by Elmira College in a rematch of last year’s national championship, but I am holding onto the idea that we will get round three later this season.
I can say that I was spot on with Curry College as the Colonels began their season by winning the Buffalo State Tournament. In the opening round of last week’s two-day tournament, Vilhelm Peltonen netted his first collegiate marker in a 2-2 tie with Nazareth College before the Purple and White scored an exciting 3-2 win over Buffalo State, thanks to a game-winning strike from Viktor Jansson.
One thing I did notice from this past weekend was various men’s teams received multiple points (goals or assists), beginning with Mike Moran, who located the back of the net twice for Worcester State against Becker College (his final goal happened to be the difference in a 3-2 win).
Jack Kelly logged two goals for Suffolk University in a 7-0 rout of Franklin Pierce, while Justin Collins registered two goals and Aaron Clancy dished out three assists in Westfield State’s 6-3 triumph against Western New England.
On Saturday, Nick Rosa’s two goal-outing helped Babson College double up Saint Anselm, 4-2.
Of course, there were more multi-point skaters from this past weekend, but these were a few names that caught my attention.
Let’s highlight some women’s hockey from this past weekend, beginning with Franklin Pierceearning its 100th win in program history.
On Friday, the Ravens knocked off Plymouth State, 2-0, behind 24 saves from Kelly Turney before Nicole Amato’s hat-trick powered the team to a 6-1 win against Becker. The five-goal win over the Hawks lifted the Ravens to their 100th win in program history – congrats, everyone!
UMass Boston interim head coach Dom Lozzi picked up her first career win behind the bench as returners Jane Morrisette and Katie Leffler finished with two goals and two assists, respectively, in a 5-2 win over Stevenson.
Prior to her team’s three-goal win over the Mustangs, Lozzi praised her unit for being prepared for a successful first weekend. She also gave a nod to the program’s former coach Lindsay Berman, too.
“The last three years, coach Berman did an amazing job with them,” said Lozzi. “We are very experienced up front and they are a really great group of leaders. The fact this whole fall has not felt like much of a transition is a testament to that leadership.”
Suffolk University’s women’s hockey team competed in its first two contests in program history against Nichols College, and although the outcomes were not ideal, the effort from a freshmen filled team is certainly commendable.
Against Nichols last Friday, Haley Poloskey netted a pair of goals, including the program’s first goal at 11:32 in the opening frame. Shana Cote and Jesse Kennedy each recorded one assist in the setback, while Kristen Caporusso turned aside 27 of 32 shots.
On Saturday, Payton Dockus potted the first goal for the team’s first lead of the series before Nichols rallied to score a 2-1, thanks to a power play goal late in the third period by Jordyn McGuire.
Suffolk coach Taylor Wasylk knows her team will endure some ups and downs this season, but is confident that the Rams’ effort and dedication will help them become the program they aspire to be down the road.
“If we show up and play our game then I think we can match up with any team on our schedule,” said Wasylk. “It is all about right now. We are a very, very young team so it is about maturing a little bit, we got a little bit of growing up to do on the ice.”
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Worcester State’s Jake Karelas and Mitch Purdie will certainly be two players to watch this season. (PHOTO COURTESY: Worcester State University Athletics)
By Kyle Prudhomme | @Kyle_Prudhomme
Its time to drop the puck on a brand new season of New England Division III hockey with plenty of notable matchups on the docket, which you certainly won’t want to miss.
From introductions to new coaches to a championship rematches and more, there is no shortage of excitement surrounding the opening weekend of the 2018-19 season.
Every week, we will be highlighting 10 New England Division III games to watch (five men and five women’s contests), while providing links to their respective video streams or live stats. Additionally, we will be dishing out predictions for each contest we highlight, as well.
MEN’S GAMES (HOME TEAM IN CAPS) |*neutral site
CURRY COLLEGE over Nazareth* (October 26 at 3:30 P.M.): The Colonels earned its highest win-total in eight seasons last year and will try to build on that in its opening round action of the Buffalo State Tournament.
No. 13 Norwich over ENDICOTT (October 27 at 4:00 P.M.): The Gulls are winless in their last five games against nationally-ranked opponents, so let’s see if that streak concludes on Saturday. The Cadets come in with extra motivation as it looks to start the post-Mike McShane era off with a bang.
SAINT ANSLEM over Babson (October 27 at 4:00 P.M.): Saint Anselm returns seven of their top-ten scorers from last season, while Babson’s roster features a slew of underclassmen. Growing pains could be expected for these Beavers in the first few weeks.
Fitchburg State over NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE (October 27 at 7:00 P.M.): The Falcons and Pilgrims open against each other for the sixth consecutive season. The two have traded wins in the last three meetings, but the Falcons should break the trend this time around.
CASTLETON over Morrisville State (October 26 at 4:00 P.M.): Castleton coach Mike Venezia seeks his first career win against Morrisville State after spending time as an assistant from 2015-17 with the Mustangs.
NICHOLS over Suffolk (October 26 at 6:40 P.M.): Women’s hockey officially begins at Suffolk University this winter as the Rams (21 underclassmen) matchup against a senior-laden Nichols team. Advantage goes to the Bison in this home-and-home weekend series.
UMASS BOSTON over Stevenson (October 26 at 7:00 P.M.): The already established talent of UMass Boston shines through in this one as interim head coach Dom Lozzi goes for her first career victory on the bench.
UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND over Southern Maine (October 26 at 7:00 P.M.): The Huskies hold a 14-13 lead in scoring in their last nine contests, but the Nor’easters have the advantage in this one by skating at home.
Fourth ranked Harvard University rallied from a 2-1 deficit in the second period to defeat Boston College – number on in the latest NCAA NC Women’s Hockey RPI poll – by a score of 3-2 on Tuesday evening in the 2015 Boston Beanpot Championship.
With the win, Harvard claims its 14th Beanpot crown and improves to 16-8 all-time against the Eagles in tournament play.
Karly Heffernan and Miye D’Oench each lit the lamp at 9:39 and 11:54, respectively, during the second period, which helped the Crimson claim their only lead of the contest.
The Eagles and Crimson swapped goals throughout the opening period before Boston College pushed ahead with a Haley Skarupa goal – her 25th of the season – at 8:18 in the second period. Harvard countered with Heffernan – her sixth goal of the season – before D’Oench deposited her 14th marker of the season.
Harvard’s goalie, Emerance Maschmeyer, turned away 30 of 32 shots and was named the Tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Katie Burt – the Eagles’ netminder – deflected 14 of 17 shots in a span of 59:33.
The Crimson’s last Beanpot victory occurred during the 2010 campaign when Harvard edged Northeastern University, 1-0.
Boston University defeated Northeastern in the consolation match, 3-1. BU’s Marie-Philip Poulin scored twice, while Hayley Masters netted the Huskies’ lone goal in the second period.
Stonehill College’s Chris Tasiopoulos recorded a career-high 48 saves against Saint Anselm as the Skyhawks and Hawks skated to a 1-1 tie. Garrett White netted his 10th goal of the season, which was set up by Kevin Aufiero and Scott Rolph.
Saint Anselm tied the game with a Sean Jenkins goal at 18:10 in the third period, but neither team was able to locate the back of the net during the extra stanza.
Jay Dalton recorded one goal and one assist as the Westfield State Owls defeated Worcester State, 3-2. Dalton netted the go-ahead goal at 17:27 in the third, which secured the win for the visitors.
Alex Dewitz and Andrew Bates each netted one goal for the Lancers, while goaltender Tyler Fallica turned away 21 of 24 shots.
Perry McCarthy and Eliza Noyes each scored one goal in Williams’ 2-2 tie with Sacred Heart. Charlie Billadeau stopped 17 of 19 shots in 65 minutes for the Ephs.
Emma Griese recorded two goals and one helper as the seventh-ranked Amherst College women’s hockey team cruised past Salve Regina, 6-0.