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      An Interview With:

      Wisconsin Head COACH MIKE EAVES
      MIKE EAVES: Pleasure to be here in Detroit. I think this is one of the funnest rinks to be around with the history that it has in the building and to walk around and see it, if you're a hockey fan, this is a great place to be. This upcoming season, the big talk in Madison is the fact that we have 11 freshmen, so
      we're going to be a young group. As my wife says, they may lack in experience, but what they lack in
      experience they bring with enthusiasm. She makes the analogy they're like puppies in a box.
      They're going to try to get out of the box, and we've just got to put them back in day after day until they
      figure it out. That's going to be our task this year. I think one of the things we have going for us is the
      fact that we have two senior goaltenders, and they'll buy time for our young people to grow. History tells us that usually after Christmas you find out really what your freshmen can do, and that'll probably be the case here. Our ability to be competitive will be in direct correlation to how quickly our kids learn the pace and the speed of the game and catch on to what we as a coaching staff ask them to do as a group. We're looking forward to the challenge. It should be a lot of fun. Q. I've been asking about the value of
      an expanded non-conference schedule.MIKE EAVES: First of all, we at Wisconsin enjoy the fact that our opport is much like basketball now that when we start playing Big Ten, we're in the league at the end of the year, and I think that creates a lot of excitement. The expanded non-conference schedule allows us to
      revive some of our old rivalries that we've had, for instance, this year North Dakota is coming in and
      we get to go there next year. I think that is one of the benefits of being able to expand that, and I
      think our fans will enjoy seeing some of the old rivalries, so it's a positive. Q. Speaking about the schedules, might this be your toughest since you've been there, even factoring in the under-18 team
      knowing the number of quality players on that group? MIKE EAVES: No, it is tough, and we talk about it as a staff as we looked at creating a schedule, do we want to push it to the side of being less challenging or more challenging. We decided as a staff that we wanted a more challenging schedule because the only way you get better is much like that chemistry term osmosis, you get drawn up to a higher level. You're playing better teams, you get drawn up to that level of play, so it was a conscious decision to
      do that, but we agree with your statement, it's a
      tough schedule.
      Q. Can you speak to the -- you
      mentioned your goalies. Can you speak to the
      quality of overall goaltenders in the conference
      this season?
      MIKE EAVES: Goaltending is just off the
      charts, just in general, no matter what level. I think
      that -- a quick little story here, this summer
      goaltending coach from the Dallas Stars Mike
      Valley did a goaltending camp up in Madison and
      he brought NHL goalies, they were 6'6", 6'5", 6'4",
      6'3", and when you're on the ice with them and you
      look at the net, you can't see any net. Not only
      that, they're pretty athletic. I tell you that to set up
      my answer in that college goalies are a lot like that.
      They're big, they're athletic, they work at their
      position. It's incredible how the game has
      changed.
      We met as a Big Ten unit last night and
      had dinner, and talking to Red Berenson about
      goaltenders back in the day where they wore no
      masks and just the advent of the curved stick
      versus a straight stick. Sorry, Red, I'm going to
      steal some of your thunder here, but he talks to his
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      goaltenders, you want to be tough, take your mask
      off and play goalie. Then I'll know how tough you
      really are.
      It's a matter that it just keeps getting
      better. I think there's less fear now in the
      goaltending position because the equipment is
      better. Certainly the goaltending masks that they
      use, they get hit hard, and they just shake their
      head and they're ready to go again. Back in the
      old days you'd be scraping them off the ice. The
      athleticism, the size, the coaching that they're
      getting makes goaltending at a premium.
      Q. What was the biggest benefit to
      being in the Big Ten a year ago?
      MIKE EAVES: Well, I think for our fans,
      they identified with the fact that Penn State was
      coming into town, Ohio State, Michigan State,
      because of -- they might not be big hockey fans
      right away, but they recognize what's going on this
      weekend, well, Penn State is playing hockey.
      Penn State, they quantify that with Big Ten,
      football, basketball, whatever, and they come out.
      I thought it was great for our students on campus,
      and our attendance spiked up because of that fact.
      Q. Talk a little bit about, again, your
      thought going into the season in regards to
      scoring goals. You lost top five scorers.
      Where do you see it coming from this year?
      MIKE EAVES: I guess the best way to
      answer that is I'm not sure right now to be honest
      with you. But I think it's -- take a look at it half full
      or half empty is we're going to find out that
      somebody is going to step up to the plate here. To
      what degree we'll find out together, but a lot of pine
      trees got chopped down in the forest and a lot of
      these saplings are going to have a chance to grow
      with the sun being on them. I'm hoping that it's
      similar to what happened in Minnesota last year.
      Donny, they had a great year because they had
      different contributors every night, and I think if
      that's something we can find this year, then that
      would be a big positive for us.
      Q. You had obviously tremendous
      leadership on your team last year. You lost a
      guy who arguably could have been your
      captain this season. Who are the guys that are
      going to fill that leadership void for you?
      MIKE EAVES: Usually we vote for our
      captains at the year's end after the banquet and
      such. This year, because we're a young group, we
      wanted them to be together for a while to get to
      know each other, so they spent eight weeks
      together in the summer and then when we came
      back for the school year they voted. They had a
      strong voice, and it should be that way. They had
      a strong voice in deciding who their formal
      leadership is going to be, and the voting was close,
      so we have co-captains in Brad Navin and Chase
      Drake, and Joseph LaBate will be an assistant
      captain. So far they've really taken the reins. I like
      what they've done off the ice in terms of making
      sure the group is together and doing the right
      things.
      You're never sure about how young people
      will take to being a captain because all of a sudden
      they think they have this weight on their shoulder
      and they have to do more than they would
      normally do. There will be an adjustment time
      period, but it starts with those young men and that
      will permeate through the locker room.
      Q. Do you sense that the gap between
      the top and the bottom of this league has
      closed at all after one year?
      MIKE EAVES: It seems to close every
      year, doesn't it? Like if you take a look at the
      year-end stats and the numbers, you're going to
      say, well, there's a space there. But if you had
      watched those games and played in those games,
      they were fought tooth and nail until the end. I
      think it's just going to be even tighter this year.
      The parity in all leagues, whether it's professional,
      college, we keep talking about it every year, can it
      get tighter, and it just seems that it does. Between
      the coaching that the players get, the training the
      players get, the difference in the season in terms of
      wins and losses can come down to a bounce of a
      puck, a great save, so the parity is there, and I
      think this year in the Big Ten it's even going to be
      better.
      FastScri

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      An Interview With:
      COACH DON LUCIA of the Minnesota Golden Gophers
      DON LUCIA: Obviously we're excited to
      begin the second year of the Big Ten Conference.
      I thought that last year was a tremendous year for
      the first year of the Big Ten. It was exciting, it was
      fun to go into some new venues. All the buildings
      are terrific, great places to play for all of our guys,
      and I think for all of us, it was almost like a brand
      new year when we started the Big Ten. There
      were so many different faces to it.
      Obviously we had a great year. A big part
      of it was probably unexpected with the departures
      we had the previous season. I said when the year
      began a year ago that if we were going to have
      success, we were going to have to do it as a team,
      and as it turned out I think our leading goal scorer
      had 16 goals and you really didn't know who was
      going to step up on a given night. I think our
      constant was Adam Wilcox; gave us a chance to
      win, and we had a pretty deep lineup last year.
      We're going to miss our five seniors, six
      seniors, our backup goaltender, two defensemen
      and three forwards that we won't have on our team
      this year that played the final game last year, and
      although some of them weren't at the top of the
      stat charts, what they did bring to our team was
      tremendous leadership, some outstanding role
      players that accepted where they were in our
      lineup, and the only thing they were concerned
      about is the success of our team.
      We're going to miss those guys, so as the
      new year begins, we have a really good nucleus of
      returning players. They seem to have worked
      extremely hard over the course of the summer, but
      at the same time I think we all understand that we
      don't begin the season as the season ended. It's a
      whole new year. People have to find new roles,
      new line mates, and I think the competition within
      the league is going to be much stronger and much
      deeper than what it was a year ago.
      Q. Last year you touched on how there
      weren't many expectations because you had
      such a young class. How do those
      expectations change knowing how much is
      coming back?
      DON LUCIA: Well, I think in our program
      there's always going to be expectations. You try to
      put that on the back burner, and we always talk
      about the process of getting better during the
      course of the season. You know, we're going to
      have to throw the pieces of the puzzle back on the
      table and put it back together. Obviously we have
      our senior -- very strong senior class with this
      group. We are fortunate that even though four
      guys had an opportunity to sign professional
      contracts, they all elected to return, which was
      good for us this past season. I like the kids that we
      have on our team because they're pretty goal
      oriented and focused on doing what they can for
      the University of Minnesota, and I think that was a
      big reason why we had the kind of success that we
      had a year ago.
      But at the same time we have a very
      difficult schedule, and what we have to do is try to
      navigate that and try to be at our best when the Big
      Ten season opens up here after Thanksgiving.
      Q. What's the key to winning with kids?
      A year ago people thought that you wouldn't be
      able to because you were such a young team
      or at least that was one of the issues that you
      had. What's the key to winning a
      championship with --
      DON LUCIA: Well, I think there's always a
      couple things. You have to have talent. You're not
      going to win without talent. I think usually the team
      at the end is going to have a pretty good
      goaltender. They make coaches a lot smarter.
      And you have to be pretty injury-free. I think that's
      always a factor; injuries can play into it, especially
      a compressed 20-game league schedule, injuries
      at the wrong time can have a huge factor.
      But I also think there has to be a buy-in
      where guys accept their roles, they understand
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      where they're at, and a team that wants to work
      hard on a daily basis, and we had those
      ingredients in place last year.
      I think we had a little fear, too, when the
      year began, we didn't know how good we were
      going to be. These guys left and a bunch of
      freshmen are playing and how are they going to
      do, how are the returning guys going to do. It's the
      same this year. Our returning guys need to take
      another step.
      Q. What do you see as the value of an
      expanded non-conference schedule?
      DON LUCIA: Well, I think the value is
      getting an opportunity to play teams from the other
      conferences, and that gives you a gauge of where
      you're at as a team and maybe as a conference
      come the end of the year. I look at the teams
      we're playing, we've got St. Cloud State and UMD
      out of the NCHC this upcoming season. We've got
      Northeastern and Boston College, Notre Dame and
      Merrimack and possibly Lowell out of Hockey East.
      So when you have an opportunity to play all these
      teams from the other conferences, I think that
      gives you a good gauge of where you're at heading
      into conference play, and if not only we as a team
      can do well but as a conference you can do well, it
      just drives your own indexes up for the RPI come
      the end of the year. The better everybody does in
      the Big Ten, the better it is for the other members
      in non-conference play. It's important.
      Q. What was the biggest benefit to
      being in the Big Ten a year ago?
      DON LUCIA: I think the newness of it.
      Maybe for me it was my 15th year at Minnesota, it
      felt like I had a new job. I think that was an
      exciting part, and same thing for our players. Just
      new venues, new places to play, new experiences.
      We had gone into -- we played Wisconsin every
      year, but we had been at Michigan State I think the
      year before with the two-game series, but our kids
      hadn't played at Michigan. Penn State was all
      brand new with their facility. We were the home
      opener in the Big Ten for them. Going to Ohio
      State, that was all new and different.
      I think that was the enjoyable part. And
      then getting back to the opportunity to play a little
      bit of an expanded non-league schedule kept
      some of our in-state rivalries but also had the
      opportunity to play some very good teams from
      other conferences, as well.
      Q. You mentioned the four players that
      potentially could have turned pro. I think your
      program the past few years has been impacted
      as greatly as any in the college ranks. Do you
      get a sense anything changed? What kind of
      sense did you get from that? Did they want to
      finish unfinished business?
      DON LUCIA: Well, I think everybody is in
      a little different situation. I think with some of them,
      I mean, three of them were only sophomores, and
      the one thing I think our kids have learned is that if
      they get to their junior year, they're pretty close to
      graduating, and most kids if they come back their
      senior year, they're going to need about 12 credits
      to graduate, maybe take one class spring
      semester. Kyle was the lone senior and he elected
      to come back. I think that's a little bit of Kyle's MO.
      He stayed through high school. He probably had
      the most difficult decision to make what he was
      going to ultimately do. But I think he just looked at
      the situation, and as I told all those guys, you have
      to do what you think is best for you.
      Here's a scenario if you go, here's a
      scenario if you stay. If you're going to go, don't
      look back, and if you're going to stay, don't look
      ahead. That's one thing I've learned over the
      years is if kids are going to stay they have to make
      sure they have both feet in or it doesn't work. I
      think the kids, they probably knew we were going
      to have a chance to have a pretty good team again
      this year, and I think that decision sometimes
      comes into play, do I leave to go play in the
      American League or do I want to stay another year
      in college. The kids that are on the cusp that's
      maybe a different story. I think Red said it best
      years ago, if a kid is ready to play in the NHL, I'll
      be happy to drive them to the airport and go. But
      also you have to recognize that you don't have to
      be in a hurry to leave college unless you're ready
      for the next step, and you have to be ready
      mentally, you have to be ready physically. There's
      not a set timetable that's going to fit every
      individual. Every individual is different. Their
      maturity, mentally and physically is different.
      Maybe the team that has their rights, the depth on
      their team, has an impact. But I've had plenty of
      guys leave that after a couple years in the
      American League, they wish they would have
      stayed, too.
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      Power Five conferences, how that's going to
      impact the Big Ten, whether it's student
      welfare, whether it's being able to offer more as
      a coach to recruits, that type of thing?
      DON LUCIA: Well, I mean, for me the
      initial impact is just being able to feed them. I
      mean, you're a college kid, and the more we can
      do from that side of things, I think that's all good.
      So I think some of these changes are for the
      positive, and I'm a big student-athlete welfare guy,
      so the more we can do for the student-athlete, I
      think the better. We're unique in our sport because
      all of our kids aren't on full rides. I mean, we have
      18 scholarships that are spread out throughout the
      team, and we're not one of those head-count
      sports where everybody is on a full ride. I was
      talking to Mike this morning, I wish we had a
      couple more scholarships. Hockey has gone from
      23 to 20 to 18. Well, we dress 20 for a game and
      we don't have 20 scholarships.
      The more we can do for the
      student-athletes, I think the better it is, and I think
      that there was obviously the last couple years
      more and more pressure came down. You could
      see this coming down the road, what type of
      impact it's going to have a year from now with
      extra dollars and all that. I don't know where that's
      headed, but I know the impact this year is with
      meals and snacks and all that, and I think that's a
      real positive for our kids.
      Q. Obviously you have a lot of players
      returning, but you also have five or six
      freshmen coming in. What have you noticed
      from them so far, and what kind of role do you
      expect from them?
      DON LUCIA: You know, it's so early,
      we've only been on the ice a handful of times for
      30 or 40 minutes. To be honest, I really haven't
      evaluated. I do know that we have a couple
      freshman forwards that are new. I think some of
      the returning guys are going to get an opportunity
      to play early in the season. With the defensemen
      we have five returning defensemen that have
      played significant minutes, three freshmen that
      probably can push to play, as well. Like any
      season I think we're going to have to rotate some
      guys early in the year within our lineups to see who
      should play with who and ultimately who does
      deserve to play.
      We'll do some of that rotating the first half
      of the season, and then you get into January, you
      hope that your lineups will be a little bit

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      From: "Big Ten - Katie Kane"
      To: "Big Ten - Katie Kane"
      Sent: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 8:28:28 AM
      Subject: Minnesota Tops Preseason Coaches’ Poll

      For Immediate Release

      Contact: Adam Augustine, Big Ten Conference

      September 24, 2014

       

      Minnesota Tops Preseason Coaches’ Poll

      Sixteen student-athletes named to Big Ten Players to Watch List

       

      Rosemont, Ill. – Minnesota has been chosen as the preseason favorite in the 2014-15 Big Ten men’s hockey coaches’ poll, the conference announced on Wednesday. The coaches also selected a 16-member Preseason Players to Watch list, including six unanimous honorees.

       

      Minnesota completed the 2013-14 campaign with a conference record of 14-3-3-0 (28-7-6 overall) and won the inaugural Big Ten Championship. The Gophers were the No. 1 overall seed in the 2014 NCAA Championship and advanced to the national title game. Michigan was selected second in the preseason poll, with Wisconsin capturing third, Ohio State taking fourth, Michigan State placing fifth and Penn State rounding out the poll in sixth.

       

      The Preseason Players to Watch list features 16 student-athletes, with six unanimous selections in Michigan’s JT Compher and Andrew Copp, Minnesota’s Kyle Rau, Mike Reilly and Adam Wilcox and Wisconsin’s Joel Rumpel. Players from all six schools appeared on the Players to Watch list, led by Minnesota with five honorees and Ohio State with four.

       

      Wilcox was the 2014 Big Ten Player and Goaltender of the Year while Reilly was named Defensive Player of the Year and Compher was tabbed Freshman of the Year. The list includes two returning first-team All-Big Ten honorees (Minnesota’s Reilly and Wilcox), three second-team selections (Michigan’s Compher, Minnesota’s Rau and Wisconsin’s Rumpel), four honorable mention honorees (Michigan’s Copp, Michigan State’s Jake Hildebrand and Minnesota’s Sam Warning and Brady Skjei) and four All-Freshman selections (Michigan’s Compher and Ohio State’s Drew Brevig, Christian Frey and Nick Schilkey).

       

      The 2014-15 season begins on Oct. 4, while Big Ten play opens Nov. 21.

       

      The preseason poll and Players to Watch list can be found below.

       

      2014-15 BIG TEN PRESEASON POLL

       

      1. Minnesota
      2. Michigan
      3. Wisconsin
      4. Ohio State
      5. Michigan State
      6. Penn State

       

      2014-15 BIG TEN PRESEASON PLAYERS TO WATCH#

       

      JT Compher, F, Michigan*

      Andrew Copp, F, Michigan*

      Matt Berry, F, Michigan State

      Jake Hildebrand, G, Michigan State

      Kyle Rau, F, Minnesota*

      Mike Reilly, D, Minnesota*

      Brady Skjei, D, Minnesota

      Sam Warning, F, Minnesota

      Adam Wilcox, G, Minnesota*

      Drew Brevig, D, Ohio State

      Christian Frey, G, Ohio State

      Tanner Fritz, F, Ohio State

      Nick Schilkey, F, Ohio State

      Luke Juha, D, Penn State

      Joseph LaBate, F, Wisconsin

      Joel Rumpel, G, Wisconsin*

       

      * Unanimous selection

      # Additional honorees due to ties

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      From: "A.J. Harrison"
      Sent: Friday, September 26, 2014 10:59:06 PM
      Subject: UW WHKY: No. 2 Badgers open season with 5-1 win at Lindenwood

      No. 2 Badgers open season with 5-1 win at Lindenwood               
      Josephs records two goals and an assist in the victory

      Sept. 26, 2014

      WENTZVILLE, Mo. -- Thanks to three goals in the first 12 minutes, the No. 2 Wisconsin women’s hockey team defeated Lindenwood, 5-1, on Friday night at the Lindenwood Ice Arena.

      Senior Katy Josephs paced the Wisconsin offense, scoring two goals on the night and assisting on UW’s final goal of the game. Her power-play goal in the first capped off a stretch of three goals in the first period, while her third-period goal gave Wisconsin a 4-1 advantage. She assisted on UW’s final goal of the night, scored by Sydney McKibbon, which propelled UW to its 5-1 triumph.

      Karley Sylvester and Erika Sowchuk also scored for the Badgers in the first as UW outshot Lindenwood 21-5 in the first stanza. For the game, the Badgers outshot the Lady Lions 54-10.

      Junior Megan Miller earned her first win as a Badger, stopping nine of the 10 shots she faced.

      The two teams wrap up their series on Saturday with a 3 p.m. faceoff.

      --#Badgers—

      --

      AJ Harrison

      Athletic Communications Assistant | University of Wisconsin

      Office - 608-262-2255 | Cell - 608-279-8641

       

       

       

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      From: "A.J. Harrison"
      To: "A.J. Harrison"
      Sent: Saturday, September 27, 2014 6:57:16 PM
      Subject: UW WHKY: No. 2 Badgers tame Lady Lions, 6-0

      Balanced Badgers tame Lady Lions, 6-0
      Six different Badgers scored while Walters earned first-career shutout

      Sept. 27, 2014

      WENTZVILLE, Mo. -- Led by a balanced attack and a stout defense, the No. 2 Wisconsin women’s hockey team defeated Lindenwood, 6-0, on Saturday afternoon at the Lindenwood Ice Arena.

      Katy Josephs kicked off the scoring for the Badgers with a power-play goal in the first period, her third goal of the season. Mikayla Johnson and Karley Sylvester added goals in the in the second period, and Erika Sowchuk, Sydney McKibbon and Jenny Ryan each scored in the third. Sylvester also had three assists, while freshman Annie Pankowski added four assists.

      Wisconsin netminder Jorie Walters, making her first career regular-season start, stopped all 19 shots she faced to earn her first career shutout and win. Wisconsin outshot Lindenwood 48-19.

      The Badgers travel next weekend to Duluth, Minnesota, to take on Minnesota Duluth. Faceoff on Friday and Saturday is set for 6 p.m.

      --

      AJ Harrison

      Athletic Communications Assistant | University of Wisconsin

      Office - 608-262-2255 | Cell - 608-279-8641

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      From: "U of Iowa Athletics Sports Information"
      To: "Benjamin D Schmitz"
      Sent: Sunday, September 28, 2014 6:24:36 PM
      Subject: Iowa Field Hockey: No. 8 Hawkeyes take Down Missouri State 7-0

      (Box Score Attached)

       

      Iowa Field Hockey

      Communication Contact: Ben Schmitz

       

      No. 8 Hawkeyes take Down Missouri State, 7-0

      Stephanie Norlander completes hat trick in first half

       

      IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The eighth-ranked University of Iowa field hockey team (7-2, 2-0) posted a 7-0 win over Missouri State (2-9) on Sunday at Grant Field in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes were led by Stephanie Norlander who scored a hat trick in the first half. 

       

      “It was great to get the win today,” said UI head coach Lisa Cellucci. “We didn’t play as well as we would have liked to throughout the entire 70 minutes, but it was great to get seven goals up on the board. We just need to be able to sharpen up our individual defense heading into next weekend.”

       

      The Hawkeyes offensive attack erupted in the first half claiming an early 3-0 advantage over the Bears. Twelve minutes was all it took for Norlander to complete the hat trick in the opening period.

       

      "The first time scoring I just remembered the ball coming in my direction and I said to myself, `I got it' and took the shot," said Norlander. The second one Mallory (Lefkowitz) was dribbling to the circle and looked at me and said `put it in' so I took it again. The last one was a scramble around the net and I was fortunate enough to get a stick on it and knock it in for the score."

       

      With just under ten minutes to go in the opening period, Mallory Lefkowitz extended the home team’s lead to 4-0 scoring the first goal of her Hawkeye career.

       

      Iowa’s offensive attack picked up right where it left off in the second half. In the 45th minute Sara Watro and Natalie Cafone pushed the lead to 6-0 with back-to-back scores just 11 seconds apart.

       

      Emily George capped the scoring for Iowa with a career-first goal in the 61st minute marking the final score, 7-0.

       

      Katie Jones (1-0) was credited with the win after making her first career start as goalkeeper. A native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Jones collected four saves in the shutout.  

       

      The Hawkeyes return to action Friday at home squaring off with Ball State at 7 p.m. (CT).

       

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      From: "Caitlin Davis"
      To: "Caitlin Davis"
      Sent: Sunday, September 28, 2014 6:04:33 PM
      Subject: Indiana Field Hockey Falls at Northwestern, 3-0

      Good evening,

       

      The Indiana field hockey team dropped its second contest of the season today at Northwestern, 3-0. I’ve attached the full recap and box score.

       

      Thanks,

       

      Caitlin Davis

       

      Indiana Field Hockey Falls at Northwestern, 3-0

      This is the first shutout against the Hoosiers this season

       

      EVANSTON, Ill. – The Indiana field hockey team closed out a five-game road trip with a 3-0 loss to Northwestern. The Hoosiers (7-2, 0-2) suffered their second straight loss after opening the season 7-0.

       

      The Wildcats (8-3, 3-0) started the scoring early on Carolin Troncelliti’s seventh goal of the season off an assist by Isabel Flens. Dominique Masters added another goal for Northwestern to close out the first period.

       

      The Hoosiers recorded five shots in the second period but were unable to find the back of the net as Indiana was shutout for the first time all season. The Wildcats recorded 16 shots for the contest, compared to Indiana’s seven.

       

      Flens added a goal of her own in the 50th minute to cap the scoring for Northwestern.

       

      Senior goalkeeper Maggie Olson had three saves in the contest, bringing her career total to 182.

       

      The Hoosiers return home to host Michigan on Friday at 4 p.m.

       

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      From: "Rose DiPaula"
      To: "Rose DiPaula"
      Sent: Sunday, September 28, 2014 3:50:56 PM
      Subject: FH: #4 Maryland Rolls at #18 Michigan State, 4-2

       

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                 Contact: Rose DiPaula • rdipaula@umd.edu

      September 28, 2014                                                                                                                                    ph. 301.314.7063

       

      #4 Maryland Rolls at #18 Michigan State, 4-2

      Senior captain Fluharty leads Terps with two goals

       

      EAST LANSING, Mich.  – The fourth-ranked Maryland field hockey team cruised past No. 18 Michigan State, 4-2, Sunday in the Terps’ first-ever game at the Spartans’ Ralph Young Field. Senior captain Maxine Fluharty led the way with two goals on the day.

      “We elevated our game today playing high performance hockey with solid finishing,” head coach Missy Meharg said. “We had 17 players contribute to today’s win. This Big Ten weekend in Michigan has been a huge growth opportunity for our squad. We could not be more pleased with how professional, accommodating and naturally competitive both Michigan and Michigan State have been.”

      Fluharty opened the scoring for Maryland (7-2, 2-1 B1G), when she scored off a pass from redshirt sophomore Emma Rissinger just over five minutes before halftime.  Junior captain Sarah Sprink scored on a penalty corner at the break to make it a two-goal lead for the Terps.

      Fluharty struck again eight minutes into the second period when she tipped in Sprink’s pass from the top of the circle. Less than two minutes later, freshman Moira Putsch scored on a redirect from senior captain Katie Gerzabek to make it a 4-0 lead for the Terps.

      Michigan State (5-4, 1-2) got on the board with under seven minutes to play when Abby Barker scored. Jenni Smith scored the Spartans’ second goal on a penalty corner with time expired.

      The Terrapins outshot the Spartans, 20-13. Redshirt senior goalkeeper Brooke Cabrera picked up a save and held Michigan State scoreless through her 50 minutes in goal. Junior goalkeeper Jill Genovese came on and notched two saves.

      Maryland owns the all-time series over Michigan State, 4-0.

      Next, the Terrapins will return home to host Ohio State (3-6, 0-2) Friday at 3:30 p.m. at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. Admission is free and parking will be open in lot 11, the lot directly next to the complex, after 2 p.m.

      The Terps-Buckeyes game will be televised nationally on the Big Ten Network. Click here to get your channel number for BTN. BTN is available on all major video providers, including DIRECTV, Verizon FiOS, AT&T U-verse, Cablevision Optimum, Charter Communications, Comcast Xfinity, Cox Communications, Mediacom, Time Warner Cable, RCN, WOW!, and about 300 additional video providers across North America.

      -Terps-

       

       

      ROSE DiPAULA

      University of Maryland

      Assistant Director of Media Relations

      301-314-7063 • rdipaula@umd.edu

       

      Connect with the Terps on Facebook and Twitter!

       

       

       

       

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      From: "Paul Capobianco"
      To: "Paul Capobianco"
      Sent: Monday, September 29, 2014 5:59:27 PM
      Subject: UW MHKY: Preseason polls rank UW at No. 10/12 in the country

      Contact: Paul Capobianco – 608-263-1983

      Sept. 29, 2014

       

      Wisconsin men's hockey opens season at No. 10 and 12 in the country
      Badgers ranked in preseason for 11th consecutive season

       

      http://www.uwbadgers.com/sports/m-hockey/spec-rel/092914aab.html

      MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin men’s hockey program will open the 2014-15 season ranked No. 10 in the USCHO.com Preseason Poll and No. 12 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Preseason Poll.

      The Badgers, who finished the 2013-14 season ranked No. 7 in the nation in both polls, garnered 497 points for their No. 10 ranking in the USCHO.com Poll and 159 points to rank No 12 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll. The ranking marks the 11th consecutive time the Badgers open a season ranked in the USCHO.com Preseason Poll, including the fifth time during that stretch ranked in the top 10. The last time UW began a season unranked was the start of the 2003-04 campaign. 

      UW sits as one of three Big Ten teams ranked among the top-10 schools in the USCHO.com Poll with No. 1 Minnesota and No. 8 Michigan also highly thought of as the season approaches.

      Five teams on UW’s schedule are ranked in the USCHO.com Preseason Poll, while four more opponents are listed among the teams receiving votes. 

      In addition to top-ranked Minnesota and No. 8 Michigan, the Badgers will play host to No. 2 North Dakota (Nov. 7-8), No. 9 Ferris State (Nov. 28-29) and No. 20 Boston University (Jan. 9-10) at the Kohl Center.

      UW also faces Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan Tech at home and each is receiving votes, while the Badgers open their season on Oct. 10 against Alaska, who is also receiving votes, at the Kendall Hockey Classic in Anchorage, Alaska.

      Wisconsin holds its first official practice of the season on Saturday in De Pere at Cornerstone Community Center. The 1 p.m. practice concludes with the Badgers’ Red-White Scrimmage.

      The Badgers welcome 11 freshmen to the team and will have 13 of their 26 players on the roster who have yet to play in a collegiate game for UW. They do return senior Hobey Baker Memorial Award finalist Joel Rumpel in goal, along with double-digit goal scorer in senior forward Joseph LaBate. Both were on the Big Ten preseason Players to Watch list.

      USCHO.com Division I Preseason Poll

       

       

       

      Rk

      TEAM (First-Place Votes)

      POINTS

      1

      Minnesota (36)

      978

      2

      North Dakota (2)

      874

      3

      Providence (2)

      839

      4

      Boston College

      831

      5

      Union (9)

      737

      6

      Colgate (1)

      652

      7

      St. Cloud State

      596

      8

      Michigan

      569

      9

      Ferris State

      532

      10

      Wisconsin

      497

      11

      Miami

      491

      12

      Notre Dame

      433

      13

      Minnesota State

      411

      14

      Cornell

      284

      15

      Quinnipiac

      282

      16

      Northeastern

      270

      17

      UMass Lowell

      247

      18

      Denver

      225

      19

      New Hampshire

      97

      20

      Boston University

      88

       

       

       

      Others receiving votes: Minnesota-Duluth 87, Ohio State 76,
      Yale 57, Mercyhurst 54, Vermont 51, Robert Morris 27,
      Michigan Tech 26, Western Michigan 14, Dartmouth 13, Bowling
      Green 11, Michigan State 8, Nebraska-Omaha 8, Rensselaer 5,
      Alaska 4, Harvard 4, Air Force 3, Brown 3, Clarkson 2, Maine
      2, Massachusetts 2, Niagara 1, St. Lawrence 1.

       

      USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Preseason Poll

       

       

       

      Rk

      TEAM (First-Place Votes)

      POINTS

      1

      Minnesota (32)

      505

      2

      North Dakota (1)

      449

      3

      Providence

      431

      4

      Boston College

      375

      5

      Colgate

      315

      6

      St. Cloud State

      272

      7

      Michigan

      252

      8

      Union (1)

      237

      9

      Miami

      236

      T-10

      Ferris State

      175

      T-10

      Notre Dame

      175

      12

      Wisconsin

      159

      13

      Minnesota State

      136

      14

      Cornell

      99

      15

      Denver

      54

       

       

       

      Others receiving votes: Northeastern, 51; UMass Lowell, 42; 
      Boston University, 34; Minnesota Duluth, 16; Yale, 14; 
      New Hampshire, 12; Quinnipiac, 10; Michigan Tech, 9; Mercyhurst, 6; 
      Michigan State, 6; Ohio State, 4; Robert Morris, 4.

       

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      From: "Paul Capobianco"
      To: "Paul Capobianco"
      Sent: Monday, September 29, 2014 5:59:27 PM
      Subject: UW MHKY: Preseason polls rank UW at No. 10/12 in the country

      Contact: Paul Capobianco – 608-263-1983

      Sept. 29, 2014

       

      Wisconsin men's hockey opens season at No. 10 and 12 in the country
      Badgers ranked in preseason for 11th consecutive season

       

      http://www.uwbadgers.com/sports/m-hockey/spec-rel/092914aab.html

      MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin men’s hockey program will open the 2014-15 season ranked No. 10 in the USCHO.com Preseason Poll and No. 12 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Preseason Poll.

      The Badgers, who finished the 2013-14 season ranked No. 7 in the nation in both polls, garnered 497 points for their No. 10 ranking in the USCHO.com Poll and 159 points to rank No 12 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll. The ranking marks the 11th consecutive time the Badgers open a season ranked in the USCHO.com Preseason Poll, including the fifth time during that stretch ranked in the top 10. The last time UW began a season unranked was the start of the 2003-04 campaign. 

      UW sits as one of three Big Ten teams ranked among the top-10 schools in the USCHO.com Poll with No. 1 Minnesota and No. 8 Michigan also highly thought of as the season approaches.

      Five teams on UW’s schedule are ranked in the USCHO.com Preseason Poll, while four more opponents are listed among the teams receiving votes. 

      In addition to top-ranked Minnesota and No. 8 Michigan, the Badgers will play host to No. 2 North Dakota (Nov. 7-8), No. 9 Ferris State (Nov. 28-29) and No. 20 Boston University (Jan. 9-10) at the Kohl Center.

      UW also faces Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan Tech at home and each is receiving votes, while the Badgers open their season on Oct. 10 against Alaska, who is also receiving votes, at the Kendall Hockey Classic in Anchorage, Alaska.

      Wisconsin holds its first official practice of the season on Saturday in De Pere at Cornerstone Community Center. The 1 p.m. practice concludes with the Badgers’ Red-White Scrimmage.

      The Badgers welcome 11 freshmen to the team and will have 13 of their 26 players on the roster who have yet to play in a collegiate game for UW. They do return senior Hobey Baker Memorial Award finalist Joel Rumpel in goal, along with double-digit goal scorer in senior forward Joseph LaBate. Both were on the Big Ten preseason Players to Watch list.

      USCHO.com Division I Preseason Poll

       

       

       

      Rk

      TEAM (First-Place Votes)

      POINTS

      1

      Minnesota (36)

      978

      2

      North Dakota (2)

      874

      3

      Providence (2)

      839

      4

      Boston College

      831

      5

      Union (9)

      737

      6

      Colgate (1)

      652

      7

      St. Cloud State

      596

      8

      Michigan

      569

      9

      Ferris State

      532

      10

      Wisconsin

      497

      11

      Miami

      491

      12

      Notre Dame

      433

      13

      Minnesota State

      411

      14

      Cornell

      284

      15

      Quinnipiac

      282

      16

      Northeastern

      270

      17

      UMass Lowell

      247

      18

      Denver

      225

      19

      New Hampshire

      97

      20

      Boston University

      88

       

       

       

      Others receiving votes: Minnesota-Duluth 87, Ohio State 76,
      Yale 57, Mercyhurst 54, Vermont 51, Robert Morris 27,
      Michigan Tech 26, Western Michigan 14, Dartmouth 13, Bowling
      Green 11, Michigan State 8, Nebraska-Omaha 8, Rensselaer 5,
      Alaska 4, Harvard 4, Air Force 3, Brown 3, Clarkson 2, Maine
      2, Massachusetts 2, Niagara 1, St. Lawrence 1.

       

      USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Preseason Poll

       

       

       

      Rk

      TEAM (First-Place Votes)

      POINTS

      1

      Minnesota (32)

      505

      2

      North Dakota (1)

      449

      3

      Providence

      431

      4

      Boston College

      375

      5

      Colgate

      315

      6

      St. Cloud State

      272

      7

      Michigan

      252

      8

      Union (1)

      237

      9

      Miami

      236

      T-10

      Ferris State

      175

      T-10

      Notre Dame

      175

      12

      Wisconsin

      159

      13

      Minnesota State

      136

      14

      Cornell

      99

      15

      Denver

      54

       

       

       

      Others receiving votes: Northeastern, 51; UMass Lowell, 42; 
      Boston University, 34; Minnesota Duluth, 16; Yale, 14; 
      New Hampshire, 12; Quinnipiac, 10; Michigan Tech, 9; Mercyhurst, 6; 
      Michigan State, 6; Ohio State, 4; Robert Morris, 4.

       

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      From: "A.J. Harrison"
      Sent: Thursday, October 2, 2014 7:51:45 PM
      Subject: UW WHKY: Four Badgers named to U.S. Four Nations Cup roster

      Four Badgers named to U.S. Four Nations Cup roster
      Decker, Knight, Pankowski and Rigsby will represent United States

      Oct. 2, 2014

      MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin women’s hockey freshman Annie Pankowski, along with former Badger stars Brianna Decker, Hilary Knight and Alex Rigsby, were each named to the U.S. Women's National Team that will compete in the Four Nations Cup, Nov. 4-8, in Kamloops, British Columbia.

      It marks the second-straight year that Decker, Knight and Pankowski will compete in the tournament, after the trio helped the U.S. earn bronze at last year’s tournament. Rigsby is no stranger to the tournament either, as she participated in the 2012 Four Nations Cup and helped Team USA win gold. Decker, Knight, and former standouts Meghan Duggan and Jessie Vetter were also a part of the 2012 gold medal squad.

      Pankowski, the reigning WCHA Rookie of the Week, was a member of the U.S. National Team last fall as the group prepared for the 2014 Winter Olympics. At last year’s Four Nations Cup, Pankowski tallied an assist for the U.S.

      A native of Laguna Hills, California, Pankowski’s four assists for the Badgers are the most by a newcomer in the NCAA this season.

      Decker, the 2012 Patty Kazmaier Award winner, tallied two goals and four assists during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, to help Team USA win silver. At the 2013 IIHF World Championships, she was named to the media all-star team and was voted one of Team USA's top-three players of the tournament after scoring six goals. While at Wisconsin, Decker helped the Badgers win the 2011 NCAA title and ended her UW career as the Badgers' second-leading point scorer with 244.

      A native of Sun Valley, Idaho, Knight tied for the U.S. scoring lead with six points and was named to the media all-star team at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, helping Team USA capture silver. While at Wisconsin, Knight was a part of two NCAA championship teams and left Wisconsin as the school's all-time points leader with 262 points

      Rigsby captained the Badgers to their seventh NCAA Frozen Four during the 2013-14 season and became the 13th player in program history to earn first-team All-America honors. A native of Delafield, Rigsby's 100 career wins are tied for the second-most in NCAA history and are the most in school history.

      Team USA opens the tournament against Finland on Nov. 4, then faces Canada on Nov. 5. Sweden awaits the U.S. on Nov. 7 before the tournament wraps up Nov. 8 with bronze and gold medal games.

      --#Badgers--

      --

      AJ Harrison

      Athletic Communications Assistant | University of Wisconsin

      Office - 608-262-2255 | Cell - 608-279-8641

       

       

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      From: "Ashley Albertson"
      Sent: Friday, October 3, 2014 8:25:55 AM
      Subject: WHKY: Buckeyes Open Campaign with Home Series vs. UNH

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

      Ohio State women’s hockey contact:

      Ashley Albertson / albertson.29@osu.edu   / 740-502-1468

       

      WHKY: Buckeyes Open Campaign with Home Series vs. UNH

      Ohio State returns 17 letterwinners from last season, including nine of its Top 10 point earners

       

      RELATED INFO

       

      COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s hockey team officially opens its 2014-15 campaign with a home series against New Hampshire. The teams will meet Friday (6:07 p.m.) and Saturday (2:07 p.m.) at the OSU Ice Rink in Columbus, Ohio.

       

      FOLLOW ALONG

      Can’t make it to the rink? Fans can follow along with scoring updates on the team’s official Twitter account, @OhioState_WHKY. Also, be sure to check out the squad’s other social media accounts for an inside peek at what it’s like to #LiveIt like a Buckeye - Facebook and Instagram.  

       

      BONHOMME INDUCTED INTO OHIO STATE ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME

      Tessa Bonhomme, a four-letterwinner for the Buckeye defense, was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame Sept. 26. Following the induction ceremony dinner, Bonhomme joined 12 of her fellow Buckeye inductees for a public recognition at halftime of the Ohio State football game vs. Cincinnati.

       

      Bonhomme is Ohio State’s only ACHA First Team All-American. She was a Second Team All-American in 2007 and a two-time finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, which is given annually to the top women’s collegiate hockey player. A three-time All-WCHA selection, Bonhomme was voted the WCHA Player of the Year as a senior in 2008, when she was also recognized as a First Team All-American. Her 128 career points are most all-time at OSU for defensemen scoring.

       

      A Sudbury, Ontario, native, Bonhomme competed with the Canadian National Team throughout her time at OSU and redshirted the 2005-06 season to centralize with Team Canada. She was one of the last cuts for the 2006 Olympic squad before playing a vital role in Canada’s gold-medal winning run at the 2010 Vancouver Games.

       

      Bonhomme represents the women’s hockey program as its second inductee in the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame, joining Buckeye great Emma Laaksonen.

       

      PRESEASON PREP

      Ohio State welcomed the Western Ontario Mustangs for an exhibition matchup last weekend at the OSU Ice Rink. The game ended in a 2-2 overtime draw; however, Buckeye junior Kendall Curtis found the back of the net, helping the Scarlet and Gray to victory in the shootout, 1-0, in three rounds.

       

      Ohio State dressed all three goalies, with freshman Kassidy Sauve earning the starting nod. Sauve was credited with seven saves in the net. Freshman Alex LaMere took over the reigns in the second, with five saves earned, while veteran Stacy Danczak combined for seven stops in the third period and overtime.

       

      SCOUTING THE WILDCATS

      New Hampshire is led by first-year head coach Hilary Witt, who served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s Hockey Olympic Team. The squad returns a total of 16 letterwinners from a season ago. UNH lost its top two point producers to graduation, but returns eight double-digit point scorers. 

       

      The Wildcats opened their season with a 2-1 loss to the University of Maine last Saturday. Margo Lund scored New Hampshire’s lone goal, while goaltender Vilma Vaattovaara recorded 35 saves.

       

      “We expect them to play fast, play with tempo and play with skill,” Ohio State head coach Nate Handrahan said. “Coming in from Hockey East, they will be a quality opponent for us to face.”

       

      OH CAPTAIN(S), MY CAPTAIN(S)

      Senior Sara Schmitt will don the captain’s “C” for the Scarlet and Gray during the 2014-15 season, while fellow seniors Kari Schmitt and Kara Gust will be recognized as the team’s assistant captains. The leadership unit, announced by head coach Nate Handrahan, exhibits excellence on and off the ice as backbones of the Buckeye defense and Ohio State Scholar-Athletes.

       

      “I believe they are very capable and responsible to lead our team to where we want to be,” Handrahan said. “Sara is an excellent person who has been an unrecognized leader in her time as a Buckeye. She has shown to be well rounded in all areas of her life and will be able to interact with all team members in a positive, constructive way. I trust her and her abilities to lead us effectively."

       

      BEHIND THE BENCH

      Handrahan is entering his fourth season at the helm of the Ohio State women’s hockey program. In his first three seasons as a Buckeye, Handrahan has compiled an overall record of 50-48-12. He is the second women’s hockey coach in the 12-year history of the program. Handrahan, a graduate of Niagara University, is joined by second-year assistant coaches Carson Duggan and Keith Maurice.

       

      Handrahan has high expectations for the 2014-15 Buckeyes following a fifth-place WCHA run last season.

       

      “I thought from Thanksgiving moving forward, especially into the second half of the season, we were one of the hottest teams in the country,” Handrahan said. “If the second half of last year was any indication, I’m pretty excited about the group as they come back.”

       

      MEET THE BUCKEYES

      Ohio State returns 17 letterwinners from a season ago, including nine forwards, seven defensemen and one goaltender. Eight will be welcomed into the Buckeye family as newcomers, four of which will suit up as forwards, two on defense and two in goal.

       

      On offense, the Buckeyes will be led by nine of the Top 10 point earners from the 2013-14 campaign. With a line of 7-21-28, senior captain Sara Schmitt ranks as Ohio State’s top returning point producer, while sophomore standout Claudia Kepler led the Buckeyes with 12 goals last season. After losing both goaltenders to graduation, the Buckeyes will look to Danczak or newcomers LaMere and Sauve to fill the role.

       

      BUCKEYES FIFTH IN WCHA PRESEASON POLL

      Ohio State was projected to finish fifth in the 2014-15 WCHA Head Coaches’ Preseason Poll. The Minnesota Gophers are the preseason favorite after advancing to the NCAA championship game in each of the last three seasons. 

       

      WHAT’S UP IN THE WCHA?

      Ohio State recently extended a warm welcome to newly instated WCHA commissioner Aaron Kemp. As a part of his “goodwill tour” to all eight WCHA institutions, Kemp was introduced to the Buckeye student-athletes, coaches and media during his time in Columbus.

       

      "I had the opportunity to meet with the team, which I thought was spectacular," Kemp said. "To be able to really talk to the student-athletes and tell them what my vision is, show them who I am and give them an idea of what we are looking at for the future. I also try to solicit some feedback from them and see what they want. Ultimately that's why we're here, to provide a good experience for the student-athletes."

       

      Under the direction of Kemp, the WCHA is committed to increasing brand exposure and awareness through a variety of venues. One of the most prominent is via social media. The conference’s new handles for the women’s WCHA are as follows: Twitter (@wcha_whockey) and Facebook (WCHA Women’s Hockey).

       

      ON TO THE NEXT ONE

      Ohio State will open conference play on the road against the high-powered Wisconsin Badgers on Friday, Oct. 10. Puck drop is scheduled for 8:07 p.m. (ET) in Madison, Wis. The series will continue Saturday, with an afternoon contest at 2:07 p.m. (ET).

       

      #GOBUCKS

       

       

      ASHLEY ALBERTSON

      Communications Associate| Ohio State Athletics

      M.S. Candidate | Ohio State Sport Management

      Fawcett Center 6th floor | 2400 Olentangy River Rd. | Columbus, OH 43210

       

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      From: "Ryan Zimmerman"
      Sent: Friday, October 3, 2014 11:00:30 PM
      Subject: WHKY: Buckeyes Top Wildcats, 1-0, Behind Sauve and Kepler

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

      Ohio State women’s hockey contact:

      Ashley Albertson / albertson.29@osu.edu   / 740-502-1468

       

      WHKY: Buckeyes Top Wildcats, 1-0, Behind Sauve and Kepler

      Freshman goalie Kassidy Sauve starts strong with a shutout

       

      RELATED INFO

       

      COLUMBUS, Ohio – Claudia Kepler’s second-period goal lifted the Ohio State women’s hockey team to a 1-0 season-opening win over New Hampshire Friday evening at the OSU Ice Rink. In the first contest of her Buckeye career, freshman goalie Kassidy Sauve recorded 24 saves for the shutout.

       

      The Buckeyes, now 1-0-0 on the year, and the Wildcats (0-2-0, 0-1-0 WHEA) will close out the series at 2:07 p.m. Saturday in Columbus.

       

      The teams were scoreless after the first. Sauve had nine saves in the period, as the Buckeyes were outshot, 9-7. Both squads had one power play chance in the stanza.

       

      In the second, Kepler, a sophomore from Verona, Wis., beat UNH goalie Vilma Vaattovaara in front of the net off of a rebounded shot by Kendall Curtis. Bryanna Neuwald picked up the second assist. Ohio State’s penalty kill unit held strong through two UNH power play opportunities. Shots were 8-7 in favor of the Wildcats, as Sauve was credited with eight saves.

      New Hampshire had an opportunity on the power play late but the Buckeye defense held strong.

       

      Ohio State outshot New Hampshire for the game 25-24. Neither team scored on the power play. Ohio State was 0-for-3 and New Hampshire was 0-for-4.

       

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      SUBJECT:  University of Delaware's Coveleski Nets Game-Winner in 6-5 Double Overtime Field Hockey Victory at James Madison

       

      DATE:  October 3, 2014

       

      HARRISONBURG, Va. – The University of Delaware field hockey squad continued its Colonial Athletic Association winning streak in exciting fashion Friday evening as the Blue Hens defeated James Madison University, 6-5, in double overtime to open conference play.

       

      With the win, the reigning CAA champion Hens have tallied nine straight league victories dating to last season.

       

      Tied, 5-5, in the 98th minute, junior Jacki Coveleski (Lewes, Del./Cape Henlopen) registered the game-winning goal after receiving a pass from freshman Taylor Lister (Hummelstown, Pa/Lower Dauphin) three meters inside the circle.

       

      The two teams exchanged goals throughout the first half before junior Michaela Patzner (Rosenheim, Germany/Karolinen Gymnasium) gave Delaware (6-5, 1-0 CAA) the 3-2 halftime advantage.

       

      The Blue Hens started the second half strong as sophomore Meghan Winesett (Centreville, Va./Westfield) collected her third goal of the year to go up, 4-2, in the 39th minute.

       

      Delaware held a 5-3 lead with less than three minutes remaining in regulation before the Dukes (6-3, 0-1 CAA) forced overtime with back-to-back goals from Danni Wilson and Adrienne le Vatte.

       

      UD and JMU combined for six shots and five saves in both overtime periods before Coveleski snapped a 28-minute-plus scoring drought with her victorious goal.

       

      Sophomore Esmée Peet (Zeewolde, The Netherlands/RSG Slingerbos) led the Blue Hens with two goals while classmate Marjelle Scheffers (Amersfoort, The Netherlands/Stedelijk Gymnasium Johan van Oldenbarneveld) and Patzner added one goal and one assist apiece for Delaware.

       

      Redshirt freshman Fran Orella (Whitehouse Station, N.J./Hunterdon Central Regional) made her second consecutive start and recorded two saves in 97:38 minutes of action. 

       

      Junior Taylor West tallied one goal and two assists in the loss for the Dukes.  Hannah George started the game between the pipes for JMU and allowed five goals with four saves.  Despite making four saves in nearly 34 minutes of play, Sara Kraeutler was credited with the loss after giving up the goal to Coveleski.

       

      POST-GAME QUOTES

      Head Coach Rolf van de Kerkhof

      “I am happy for our team to pull out the win tonight, but we made it much more difficult for ourselves than necessary. I am proud that we played to win all during regulation and the two overtimes to total 97 minutes of competing, believing and not giving up. Tonight we have taken another step forward in our team growth. We now also have the opportunity to revisit some areas that we further have to improve on in order to make our performances better and our lives easier on the turf.”

       

      HEN SCRATCHINGS

      ·      Delaware’s last double overtime game came over four years ago on Sept. 24, 2010 as the Blue Hens lost, 2-1, to r/v VCU, also in the CAA season opener.

      ·      The last time UD won in double overtime was on Oct. 21, 2000 as the Hens defeated Drexel, 2-1, at Penn’s Franklin Field.

      ·      The Blue Hens have won two straight against the Dukes.

      ·      UD outshot JMU, 19-10.

      ·      Delaware is 46-46 (.500) all-time in CAA play.

      • Michaela Patzner leads the Hens with 16 points on six goals and four assists. She continues to climb in the Delaware record books and has 73 career points (29g, 15a), which is good for 13th UD history.  With Friday’s performance, Patzner bypassed Lauren Baugher (1992-95) and Katie Evans (2003-06) on the career leaders list.

       

      UPCOMING SCHEDULE

      ·      Sunday, October 5 – Delaware at William & Mary* – 1 p.m. – Busch Field (Williamsburg, Va.)

      ·      Friday, October 10 – Delaware at Princeton – 6 p.m. – Bedford Field (Princeton, N.J.)

      ·      Sunday, October 12 – Delaware at Towson* - 1 p.m. – Johnny Unitas Stadium (Towson, Md.)

       

      FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please contact Maggie Hayon | mhayon@udel.edu | O: 302-831-6389 | C: 920-912-6635

       

       

       

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      From: "U of Iowa Athletics Sports Information"
      To: "Benjamin D Schmitz"
      Sent: Saturday, October 4, 2014 12:15:24 AM
      Subject: Iowa Field Hockey: No. 7 Hawkeyes Post 8-0 Win Over Ball State

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      Iowa Field Hockey

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      No. 7 Hawkeyes Post 8-0 Win Over Ball State

      Norlander and Hemeon both score hat tricks

       

      IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The seventh-ranked University of Iowa field hockey team (8-2, 2-0 Big Ten) posted an 8-0 win over Ball State (3-7, 0-1 MAC) Friday night at Grant Field. Dani Hemeon and Stephanie Norlander paced the Hawkeye offense each scoring hat tricks.

       

      “We were clicking on all cylinders tonight,” said UI head coach Lisa Cellucci. “Our passing game was on and we were really efficient. We’ve been working on our individual defense all week in preparation for Northwestern and we proved tonight we’re pretty dominant in that area. With our offense tonight, a win like this gives us a lot of confidence; we know we have a lot of people that can score and step up to the plate. It’s great to have that confidence heading into Northwestern as we continue Big Ten play.”

       

      Thirteen minutes was all it took for the Hawkeye offense to take a 3-0 lead over the visitors. Hemeon accounted for two of those goals with her final score coming in the 25th minute -- which completed the hat trick and put Iowa on top, 4-0.

       

      “I’ve been struggling a bit with my shooting so tonight I was able to put that away and have a confidence boost,” said Hemeon. “It was my first time playing under the lights at Grant Field so it was a special night all around.”

       

      A pair of goals from Sara Watro and Norlander stretched Iowa’s lead to 6-0 as both teams went into the half.

       

      Sophie Plasteras knocked in her second goal on the season in the 48th minute to put the Hawkeyes on top, 7-0. Norlander capped Iowa’s scoring seconds later netting her third and final goal to complete the hat trick. The score marked the North Vancouver, Canada, native’s eighth in a three-game span, and her second consecutive hat trick.  

       

      “My teammates have been great at setting me up lately,” Norlander said. “Our offense has been playing really well. It builds a lot of confidence for us knowing we can get a lot of shots on goal, and score on those opportunities like we did tonight.”

       

      Defensively the Hawkeyes were in control throughout the night outshooting the Cardinals, 32-0, and holding the edge on penalty corners, 18-0. Alexandra Pecora improved to 7-2 on the season after playing 57 minutes. Newcomer Katie Jones relieved Pecora in the second period and finished the game.

       

      The Hawkeyes return to action on Sunday hosting No. 11 Northwestern (8-3, 3-0 Big Ten) at noon on Grant Field.

       

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      From: "Delaware State University Volleyball"
      To: dawvoice@comcast.net
      Sent: Friday, October 3, 2014 11:55:03 PM
      Subject: Article: HORNETS SHUT OUT BY HIGHLANDERS IN NON-CONFERENCE MATCH

       

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      Junior setter Natalia Mendieta
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      Junior setter Natalia Mendieta

      HORNETS SHUT OUT BY HIGHLANDERS IN NON-CONFERENCE MATCH

      Courtesy DSU Athletic Media Relations
      Fri, October 03, 2014

      Dover, Del. (Oct. 3, 2014) --- New Jersey Tech posted a .415 hitting percentage in a 3-0 win over Delaware State in a non-conference match in Memorial Hall this evening.

      The scores were 25-22, 25-21 and 25-17.

      The first set featured 10 ties. The score was 16-16 when the Hornets scored three straight points, two on combined blocks by Ariana Stevens (so.; Los Angeles, Cal) and Jenessa Helu (so.; Danville, Cal.), to open up a 19-16 lead. The Highlanders battled back to force a 21-21 tie.

      NJIT scored the last three points of the set to claim the win.

      Delaware State scored the first two points of the second set before falling behind 9-5. The Hornets trailed 20-14 in set two, but used a 4-0 run to pull to within two points. The Highlanders had 16 kills and just two errors on 22 attempts in the second set (.636). The Hornets were plagued by nine errors in set two.

      In the third set, NJIT scored the first five points; and opened up a 15-3 lead on a DSU error. The Hornets pulled to within 20-16, but the Highlanders scored five of the last six points to close out the set and the match.    

      NJIT (5-13) collected 42 kills and eight errors on 82 attacks in the contest.  The Hornets (0-12) tallied 27 kills and 15 errors on 78 attacks for a .154 hitting percentage.

      NJIT’s Nina Vukotic led all players with 11 kills, while her sister Danica posted 10 winners. Alyssa Armada assisted on 34 of the Highlanders’ 42 kills.

      Jasmine Jackson (jr.; So. Riding, Va.) and Nevershi Ellis (fr.; Chicago, Ill.) led Delaware State with seven kills each.  Natalia Mendieta (jr.; Aurora, Ill.) had a team-high 13 assists, while Ayanna Lee (fr.; Washington, D.C.) led all players with 10 digs for the Hornets. Lee has reached double-figures in digs in two of the last three matches.

      The Hornets will remain at home for their next contest, a MEAC match against Morgan State on Sunday (Oct. 5). Start time is 1 p.m. in Memorial Hall.

       

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      From: "William & Mary Field Hockey"
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      Sent: Saturday, October 4, 2014 12:29:41 AM
      Subject: Article: Field Hockey Tames Tigers, 4-0, in CAA Opener

       

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      Field Hockey Tames Tigers, 4-0, in CAA Opener

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      WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Freshman Emma MacLeod scored twice and senior Emma Clifton equaled the Tribe school record for assists as the William and Mary field hockey team controlled every facet of play in downing Towson 4-0 in the CAA opener on Friday night. Junior Pippin Saunders and Clifton, who picked up her record-tying 21st career assist, also added goals for the Tribe, who shutout its second straight opponent. The Green and Gold pushed its win streak to three matches, improving to 4-7 overall and 1-0 in league play, while the Tigers fell to 2-7.

      W&M wasted little time setting the tone for the night with a shot on frame just 38 seconds into the match. Under two minutes later, the Tribe took a lead in would not relinquish on Saunders' fifth goal of the year. Redshirt senior Navneet Singh darted a pass to Saunders on the right side of the area, and she unleashed a shot into the top netting of the goal. It was the 20th tally in Saunders' career.

      The Tribe just missed a chance to extend its lead in the 30th minute. Clifton fed a racing Saunders toward the left end line. Saunders pushed her shot past the Tiger goalkeeper, but Towson’s Heather Jenney cleared it off of the goal line for a defensive save.

      W&M led in every statistical category in the first half, including outshooting the Tigers, 17-2. Eight different Tribe players fired a shot in the first half, including three players that outshot the entire Towson team in the half.

      Much like the first half, W&M wasted little time getting on the scoreboard in the second. Clifton cruised into the circle from 25 yards out with a full head of steam and unleashed a rocket that found the top left corner of the cage. Her second marker of the season moved the Green and Gold’s lead to 2-0 in the 39th minute.

      W&M added its third goal in the 47th minute. Clifton drove down the middle of the field into the area and dished a pass to her left. With a full-out, head-first drive, MacLeod got a stick to the pass, deflecting off the goalkeeper's pads and into the boards to extend the Tribe advantage to 3-0. The assist was the 21st of Clifton’s career, which moved her into a tie for the Tribe’s school record with Victoria Saunders, who played at W&M from 1994-97.

      W&M added the exclamation point just before the end of regulation in the 70th minute. Sophomore Mary Flick dished a pass from the right side of the field that found MacLeod in the middle of the circle. The Tribe rookie uncorked a shot into the right side of the boards for the final 4-0 margin. It marked MacLeod’s second goal of the game and third of the season.

      Offensively, the Tribe dominated the stat sheet, outshooting the Tigers, 38-2. The 38 shots were the eighth most in program history. In total, the Green and Gold put 24 shots on a goal and added a season-high 11 penalty corners. Seven Tribe players equaled or bettered the Tigers’ total of two shots in the match.

      Junior goalkeeper Meredith Savage recorded a pair of saves in the first half on the way to her second straight shutout. Savage and company has not allowed a goal in the last 143 minutes of action. Towson’s goalkeeper duo of Megan Boyle and Emilee Woodall recorded a total of 19 saves, while playing a half apiece. Boyle made six stops in the opening half, while Woodall had an impressive 13 in the second 35 minutes.

      The Tribe continues its CAA opening weekend when it welcomes Delaware to Busch Field on Sunday. The match between the Tribe and Blue Hens starts at noon.
       
       

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      From: "Paul Capobianco"
      To: "Paul Capobianco"
      Sent: Saturday, October 4, 2014 10:27:20 AM
      Subject: UW MHKY: Season starts today in Green Bay area with Red-White Scrimmage

      Contact: Paul Capobianco – 608-219-6278

      Oct. 4, 2014

       

      Men's hockey set for Red-White Scrimmage at St. Norbert College's rink

      First official practice of 2014-15 to take place in Green Bay area this afternoon

       

      ****The event is open to the media. Head Coach Mike Eaves and student-athletes will be available following the scrimmage.****

      MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin men's hockey team officially opens practice on Saturday, Oct. 4, and for the second consecutive season, the Badgers are taking it on the road.

      Wisconsin will practice beginning at 1 p.m. at Cornerstone Community Center in De Pere, the home rink for the defending NCAA Division III national-champion St. Norbert Green Knights. Following a short practice, the Badgers will hold their Red-White scrimmage.

      Both Wisconsin and St. Norbert student-athletes are expected to be available for autographs following the event.

      Tickets for the event cost $5 and are available at the door. All proceeds benefit the Green Bay Area Youth Hockey Association. 

      The Badgers opened the 2013-14 season with practice and Red-White Scrimmage at Hobbs Ice Arena in Eau Claire.

       

       

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      From: "Ashley Albertson"
      Sent: Saturday, October 4, 2014 7:15:10 PM
      Subject: WHKY: Buckeyes Compete Sweep with 4-3 Win Over Wildcats

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      Ohio State women’s hockey contact:

      Ashley Albertson / albertson.29@osu.edu   / 740-502-1468

       

      WHKY: Buckeyes Compete Sweep with 4-3 Win Over Wildcats

      Sophomore Claudia Kepler strikes in game-winner advance Ohio State to 2-0-0 on the season

       

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      COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s hockey team downed New Hampshire, 4-3, Sunday afternoon at the OSU Ice Rink for a series sweep of the Wildcats. Ohio State (2-0-0, 0-0-0 WCHA) defeated New Hampshire (0-3-0, 0-1-0 Hockey East) Friday in the series opener.

       

      Senior forward Danielle Gagne started the Buckeyes off on a strong note, with a goal at the 12:16-mark in the first period. Sophomore Katie Matheny and junior Melani Moylan assisted on the play. Ohio State continued to build momentum on the offensive end, with back-to-back scores from senior Kayla Sullivan and sophomore Alexa Ranahan. With a 3-0 lead, the Buckeyes concluded the period with an 11-7 advantage in shots. Freshman goalie Kassidy Sauve, earning her second career start, recorded seven saves for the stanza.

       

      The Wildcats rebounded in the second, with a goal from Cassandra Vilgrain halfway through the period. New Hampshire continued putting pressure on the Buckeye defensive unit with a short-handed goal at 15:49. Unable to counter the attack, Ohio State saw their previous three-goal lead dwindle to 3-2 at the end of second period.

       

      Moving on to the third, New Hampshire tied the game, 3-3, with an unassisted goal from Amy Boucher. With overtime looming, the Buckeyes answered off a gritty play from sophomore Claudia Kepler. Set up by teammates Julia McKinnon and Kendall Curtis, Kepler scored the game-winner with 32 seconds remaining on the clock.

       

      For the game, Ohio State outshot New Hampshire 30-25. Sauve was credited for 22 saves in the contest.

       

      The Buckeyes will travel to Madison, Wis. to open conference play Oct. 10. Puck drop is scheduled for 8:07 p.m. (ET). The series with the Badgers will continue Sunday with a 2:07 p.m. (ET), once again a road contest for the Scarlet and Gray.

       

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      From: "A.J. Harrison"
      To: "A.J. Harrison"
      Sent: Saturday, October 4, 2014 11:26:41 PM
      Subject: RE: UW WHKY: No.2 Badgers blitz No. 10 Bulldogs, 6-2

      No. 2 Badgers blitz No. 10 Bulldogs, 6-2

      UW scores five unanswered goals to complete sweep of Minnesota Duluth

       

      Oct. 4, 2014

       

      DULUTH, Minn. -- After trailing for the first time all season, the No. 2 Wisconsin women’s hockey team rallied, scoring four goals in a 6 minute, 58 second span, to defeat No. 10 Minnesota Duluth, 6-2 on Saturday night at AMSOIL Arena.

       

      Senior captain Blayre Turnbull and sophomore Sarah Nurse each tallied two goals to help the Badgers (4-0-0, 2-0-0 WCHA) complete the sweep of the Bulldogs (1-2-1, 0-2-0 WCHA).

       

      “They’re good players,” UW head coach Mark Johnson said about Turnbull and Nurse. “They work hard and it's nice to see them get rewarded by their efforts. I think if you can spread the scoring around and different people become threats and become a much more difficult team to play against so it was nice to get those kids on the board tonight and certainly will help with their confidence.”

       

      Senior Karley Sylvester and sophomore Mellissa Channell also scored to help the Badgers complete only their third-ever sweep of the Bulldogs in Duluth.

       

      “It's a huge weekend for us,” Turnbull said. “It was the first weekend with our full team together and it's always a battle coming up here in Duluth, no matter how good their team is or how good our team is, they always give us two really, really hard games. They did the same thing this weekend, despite the scores they still played us hard and played well I think, but it's great to sweep no matter where you are.”

       

      During the series, UW outscored UMD 10-3 and outshot the Bulldogs 77-39.

       

      “We had six good periods,” Johnson said. “Obviously the second period tonight opened up the door for us, the power play was able to capitalize and I thought our depth helped us out tonight.

       

      “It was a good weekend. You know it's early in the season and after four games, and having everybody back for this weekend you know we start going.”

       

      UMD’s Zoe Hickel opened the game’s scoring, beating UW goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens on a one-timer with under seven minutes left in the first.

       

      The Badgers came back fast and furious, scoring two goals at the end of the first and two more early on in the second period to distance themselves from the Bulldogs.

       

      Turnbull tallied her first goal of the year, beating UMD netminder Kayla Black off a scramble to tie the game at 1 with under two minutes remaining in the first. Nurse capitalized on a beautiful pass from Sydney McKibbon as she beat Black from the point to give UW a 2-1 lead with just 30 seconds remaining in the first.

       

      Nurse wasn’t done, scoring her second of the game on a Badger power play to give UW a 3-1 advantage four minutes into the second period. A minute later, Sylvester recorded her third goal of the season to cap off an impressive stretch of hockey for Wisconsin.

       

      Channell also scored late in the second on a UW power play to give the Badgers a 5-1 lead.

       

      After an early UMD goal in the third, Turnbull scored her second of the game to propel Wisconsin to a 6-2 win.

       

      Desbiens saved 22 of the 24 shots she faced to earn her second win of the season.

       

      UW has won seven of the past eight meetings between the two teams as the Badgers now lead the overall series 33-29-11.

       

      Tonight marked Nurse’s first career multi-goal game at UW, after scoring 11 goals during her freshman season at Wisconsin

       

      “Obviously it’s a great feeling to get some points under your belt,” Nurse said. “But I think it's a better feeling to come home with the sweep and look forward to next weekend.”

       

      Wisconsin hosts Ohio State next weekend at LaBahn Arena. Faceoff on Friday is set for 7 p.m., while Sunday’s game is scheduled for 1 p.m.

       

      “Every weekend we want to improve so we've made some strides from Lindenwood to this weekend,” Johnson said. “Now we have to make some more strides as we get ready for the Buckeyes.”

       

      --#Badgers--

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       Michigan Hockey Earns 7-4 Win In Exhibition Against U.S. NTDP U-18 Team

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      Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Yost Ice Arena)
      Score: #8/9 Michigan 7, NTDP 4 (ex.)
      Attendance: 4,329
      Next U-M Event: Thursday, Oct. 9 -- vs. Wilfrid Laurier (ex.) (Ann Arbor, Mich.), 7:35 p.m.

       

      ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Offense was the story on Monday night (Oct. 6), as the University of Michigan ice hockey team (No. 9 USA Today, No. 8 USCHO) defeated the U.S. National Team Development Program Under-18 Team, 7-4, in exhibition play at Yost Ice Arena.

       

      Tyler Motte (St. Clair, Mich.) and Dylan Larkin (Waterford, Mich.) scored two goals apiece for the Wolverines, and Zach Hyman (Toronto, Ontario) had three assists in the tune-up game, which saw U-M net at least two goals in each period.

       

      The U.S. NTDP took a 1-0 lead when Matthew Tkachuk got loose in front of the net and beat Zach Nagelvoort (Holland, Mich.) just over a minute into the game, but it would be Team USA's only lead of the night. The Wolverines responded with a goal a few minutes later, as Alex Kile (Troy, Mich.) pumped one home off a feed from Larkin to tie the score at 1-1. Michigan scored again just 62 seconds after that, as Motte tapped one in from the backside post off a wraparound feed from Kevin Lohan (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.).

       

      The Wolverines scored once more before the period ended, as Boo Nieves (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) won a faceoff cleanly back to JT Compher (Northbrook, Ill.), who ripped it past U.S. NTDP goalie Luke Opilka to give the Maize and Blue a 3-1 edge heading into the first intermission.

       

      Michigan added to its lead at the 14:23 mark of the second period. Compher won the battle for a puck along the short wall and fed Sam Piazza (Darien, Ill.) at the point, whose shot was deflected in by Motte. The U.S. NTDP answered seconds later, as Colin White buried a shot from out front to make the score 4-2 with 13:38 remaining in the frame.

       

      Team USA scored again to cut the deficit to one goal, as Jordan Greenway carried the puck wide into Michigan's zone and found Tage Thompson high in the slot, who beat Nagelvoort low to his glove-side. Thompson's marker brought the score to 4-3 with 7:40 remaining in the second. With 1:45 left in the period, Larkin powered puck into the front of the net, giving the Wolverines a 5-3 advantage going into the second intermission.

       

      At the intermission, Nagelvoort gave way to Steve Racine (Williamsville, N.Y.), who would finish the game in net. The U.S. NTDP would need just 16 seconds to score, as Auston Matthews' unassisted wraparound goal cut the Michigan lead to 5-4. Once again, the Wolverines answered, when Justin Selman found a rebound in the crease and scored on a wide-open goal, giving U-M the 6-4 advantage with 17:54 remaining in the game.

       

      The scoring did not end there, however, as Larkin netted his second goal of the contest after Hyman found him wide open at the top of the crease, extending the Wolverine lead to three goals with 10:43 to play. That would turn out to be the final goal of the gaming, giving the Maize and Blue the 7-4 victory at home.

       

      Michigan outshot Team USA 41-18 on the night. Opilka finished the game with 34 saves, while Nagelvoort turned away nine shots and Racine saved five.

       

      The Wolverines return to action this Thursday (Oct. 9) to take on Wilfrid Laurier in the final exhibition game of the season inside Yost Ice Arena. The puck is set to drop at 7:35 p.m.

       

      Contact: Jeff Weinstein (734) 763-4423


      ###USA (7-2-0) vs. MICH (0-1-0) Date: Oct 06, 2014 Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan Arena: Yost Ice Arena Attendance:4329 Start time:7:35 End time:9:45 Total time:2:10 Goals by Period 1 2 3 Tot ---------------------------------- USA................. 1 2 1 - 4 MICH................ 3 2 2 - 7 1st period - 1, USA, Matthew Tkachuk/9 (Jeremy Bracco/11) 1:14. 2, MICH, Alex Kile (Dylan Larkin, Zach Hyman) 5:00. 3, MICH, Tyler Motte (Kevin Lohan, Cristoval Nieves) 6:02. 4, MICH, JT Compher (Cristoval Nieves) 19:30. Penalties - Luke Opilka, USA (interference) 7:53; Jack Raslovic, USA (hooking) 13:09; Zach Werenski, MICH (interference) 14:08. 2nd period - 5, MICH, Tyler Motte (Sam Piazza, JT Compher) 5:37 (pp). 6, USA, Colin White/5 (Matthew Tkachuk/4) 6:23. 7, USA, Tage Thompson/3 (Jordan Greenway/5) 12:20. 8, MICH, Dylan Larkin (Zach Hyman, Alex Kile) 18:15 (pp). Penalties - Nolan De Jong, MICH (slashing) 1:44; Matthew Tkachuk, USA (cth elbowing) 4:00; Charles McAvoy, USA (holding) 7:06; Grant Gabriele, USA (hooking) 9:53; Andrew Sinelli, MICH (interference) 12:38; Joseph Masonius, USA (holding) 16:35. 3rd period - 9, USA, Auston Matthews/4 :16. 10, MICH, Justin Selman (Cutler Martin, Max Shuart) 2:06. 11, MICH, Dylan Larkin (Zach Hyman, Sam Piazza) 9:17. Penalties - Tyler Motte, MICH (tripping) 2:58; Charles McAvoy, USA (slashing) 9:17; Cristoval Nieves, MICH (holding) 12:14; Matthew Tkachuk, USA (charging) 16:26; Jeremy Bracco, USA (roughing atw) 16:26; Nolan De Jong, MICH (roughing atw) 16:26; Colin White, USA (holding the stick) 18:36; Dylan Larkin, MICH (slashing) 18:36. Shots on goal - USA 7-5-6 18; MICH 8-10-23 41. Power plays - USA 0 of 5; MICH 2 of 8. Penalties - USA 10 (20 min); MICH 7 (14 min). Goalies - USA, Luke Opilka 5-1-0 (60:00 minutes, 41 shots-34 saves); MICH, Steve Racine (20:00, 6-5) , Zach Nagelvoort 0-0-0 (40:00, 12-9). Penalty shots - None. A-4329 T-2:10 Three stars: 1. Dylan Larkin 2. Matthew Tkachuk 3. Zach Hyman Ref: Stephen McInchak; Josh Lupinek Line: Brett DesRosiers; Nick Huff Win-Zach Nagelvoort (0-0-0). Loss-Luke Opilka (5-1-0).
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      From: "Ashley Albertson"
      Sent: Friday, October 10, 2014 11:48:15 PM
      Subject: WHKY: Buckeyes Fall to Badgers, 6-0

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

      Ohio State women’s hockey contact:

      Ashley Albertson / albertson.29@osu.edu   / 740-502-1468

       

      WHKY: Buckeyes Fall to Badgers, 6-0

      The teams will return to the ice Sunday in Madison


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      COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s hockey team (2-1-0, 0-1-0 WCHA) dropped a 6-0 contest to the second-ranked Wisconsin Badgers (5-0-0, 3-0-0 WCHA) Friday evening in Madison, Wis. Held at LaBahn Arena, the game was the first of a two-game series between the squads. Action will resume Sunday, with the faceoff scheduled for 1:07 p.m. (CT).

       

      In the eighth minute of play, Wisconsin’s Karley Sylvester beat the Buckeye penalty kill unit to put the Badgers on the board, 1-0. UW scored their second of the period with less than five minutes remaining in the stanza. Freshman goaltender Kassidy Sauve withstood nine shots from Wisconsin, while Ohio State countered the high-powered Badger offense with three shots-on-goal.

       

      Wisconsin had their second power play opportunity early in the second. The Buckeyes, however, were able to withstand the pressure, limiting the Badgers to no shots during the serving time. Ohio State’s special teams killed three penalties for the period. With two goals added, Wisconsin extended its lead to 4-0. Ohio State was able create more offensive opportunities with 10 shots-on-goal. Sauve held strong with 10 saves recorded.

       

      The Buckeye power play contingent had five opportunities in the third period, but was unable to convert. The Badgers, however, continued to showcase why they are considered to be one of the best all-around offenses in the nation. With two more goals in the third, six different Wisconsin players were credited with a goal for the game. Ohio State contributed 15 shots for the stanza.

       

      Overall, Sauve totaled 18 saves in goal for the Buckeyes. Ohio State put up 28 shots, while Wisconsin countered with 29.

       

      #GOBUCKS

       

       

      ASHLEY ALBERTSON

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      From: "A.J. Harrison"
      To: "A.J. Harrison"
      Sent: Saturday, October 11, 2014 12:25:00 AM
      Subject: UW WHKY: No. 2 Badgers blank Buckeyes, 6-0

      No. 2 Badgers blank Buckeyes, 6-0
      Six different Badgers score in shutout of Ohio State

      Oct. 10, 2014

      MADISON, Wis. -- Led by a balanced offense and spectacular goaltending, the No. 2 Wisconsin women’s hockey team blanked Ohio State, 6-0, on Friday night in its home opener at LaBahn Arena.

      A variety of Badgers (5-0-0, 3-0-0-0 WCHA) contributed to the offense, and a total of six different players recorded goals in the UW victory over Ohio State (2-1-0, 0-1-0-0 WCHA).

       “It’s a good situation to be in where you have a lot of kids that are on the score sheet, it obviously helps you win hockey games, but more importantly it gives confidence to those players,” UW head coach Mark Johnson said. “It was good having a victory, and it was a good way to start the season at home.”

      Ann-Renee Desbiens earned her fourth-career shutout, stopping all 28 shots she faced to earn her third triumph of the year. The sophomore goaltender now has a 14-1 career record and a career save percentage of .956.

      Leading the way for the Badger offense with four points was senior captain Blayre Turnbull. Turnbull netted one goal and tallied three assists in the win over the Buckeyes.

      “It’s a great feeling, it gives us a lot of confidence up front knowing that any of our four lines can go out on the ice and score a goal,” Turnbull said. “It gives us forwards a lot of confidence, you know it’s not just one line that has to go on the ice when we need a goal. We can throw anyone out there and expect a goal from them.”

      Senior Karley Sylvester opened the scoring for Wisconsin midway through the first by netting a power-play goal with assists from Turnbull and freshman Annie Pankowski.

      Freshman Baylee Wellhausen then added to the Wisconsin lead by tallying her first collegiate goal with just under five minutes to play in the first period. Sophomores Jenny Ryan and Sarah Nurse were credited with the assists.

      Just six minutes into the second period, redshirt senior Brittany Ammerman extended the UW advantage to 3-0 on the power play with help from Pankowski and Turnbull.

      Wisconsin added to its lead, as Emily Clark tallied her third goal of the season thanks to an assist from Sylvester.

      Pankowski fired a wrister from the right circle early in the third period to score her first collegiate goal to go along with nine assists this season.

      “She’s had a couple of chances,” Johnson said. “Usually that first one is the toughest one to get so, you know, she’s played well, and hopefully she’s got the monkey off the back early, and she can relax and continue to play better.”

      Turnbull rounded out the Wisconsin scoring, tallying a short-handed goal to propel Wisconsin to a 6-0 triumph. Turnbull’s short-handed goal marked her eighth-career short-handed goal, tying her for the most in school history.

      “It just boils down to executing our penalty kill,” Turnbull said. “We try to trigger it off the draw to get puck possession, and when we do that, we end up being successful, even in the offensive zone. Obviously the objective of the penalty kill isn’t to score, but when we execute it as well as we have been doing it, we sometimes get lucky and get a goal.”

      The Badgers killed all nine of their penalties tonight, while converting on two of their power-play chances.

      “You don’t want to take that many penalties and power plays for the other team,” Johnson said. “Most teams have pretty good power plays, and you give them a chance to score, so we have to do a better job of staying out of the box.”

      The two teams wrap up their series on Sunday at 1 p.m. as the Badgers look to match their best start to a season since the 2010-11 season, when Wisconsin began the season 8-0-0.

      “The big thing I’ve told the group is that every game we have to get better,” Johnson said. “We have to make strides, so that’s what I’m looking for in Sunday’s game - to play better than we did tonight.”

      --#Badgers--

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      AJ Harrison

      Athletic Communications Assistant | University of Wisconsin

      Office - 608-262-2255 | Cell - 608-279-8641

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      From: "A.J. Harrison"
      To: "A.J. Harrison"
      Sent: Saturday, October 11, 2014 12:25:00 AM
      Subject: UW WHKY: No. 2 Badgers blank Buckeyes, 6-0

      No. 2 Badgers blank Buckeyes, 6-0
      Six different Badgers score in shutout of Ohio State

      Oct. 10, 2014

      MADISON, Wis. -- Led by a balanced offense and spectacular goaltending, the No. 2 Wisconsin women’s hockey team blanked Ohio State, 6-0, on Friday night in its home opener at LaBahn Arena.

      A variety of Badgers (5-0-0, 3-0-0-0 WCHA) contributed to the offense, and a total of six different players recorded goals in the UW victory over Ohio State (2-1-0, 0-1-0-0 WCHA).

       “It’s a good situation to be in where you have a lot of kids that are on the score sheet, it obviously helps you win hockey games, but more importantly it gives confidence to those players,” UW head coach Mark Johnson said. “It was good having a victory, and it was a good way to start the season at home.”

      Ann-Renee Desbiens earned her fourth-career shutout, stopping all 28 shots she faced to earn her third triumph of the year. The sophomore goaltender now has a 14-1 career record and a career save percentage of .956.

      Leading the way for the Badger offense with four points was senior captain Blayre Turnbull. Turnbull netted one goal and tallied three assists in the win over the Buckeyes.

      “It’s a great feeling, it gives us a lot of confidence up front knowing that any of our four lines can go out on the ice and score a goal,” Turnbull said. “It gives us forwards a lot of confidence, you know it’s not just one line that has to go on the ice when we need a goal. We can throw anyone out there and expect a goal from them.”

      Senior Karley Sylvester opened the scoring for Wisconsin midway through the first by netting a power-play goal with assists from Turnbull and freshman Annie Pankowski.

      Freshman Baylee Wellhausen then added to the Wisconsin lead by tallying her first collegiate goal with just under five minutes to play in the first period. Sophomores Jenny Ryan and Sarah Nurse were credited with the assists.

      Just six minutes into the second period, redshirt senior Brittany Ammerman extended the UW advantage to 3-0 on the power play with help from Pankowski and Turnbull.

      Wisconsin added to its lead, as Emily Clark tallied her third goal of the season thanks to an assist from Sylvester.

      Pankowski fired a wrister from the right circle early in the third period to score her first collegiate goal to go along with nine assists this season.

      “She’s had a couple of chances,” Johnson said. “Usually that first one is the toughest one to get so, you know, she’s played well, and hopefully she’s got the monkey off the back early, and she can relax and continue to play better.”

      Turnbull rounded out the Wisconsin scoring, tallying a short-handed goal to propel Wisconsin to a 6-0 triumph. Turnbull’s short-handed goal marked her eighth-career short-handed goal, tying her for the most in school history.

      “It just boils down to executing our penalty kill,” Turnbull said. “We try to trigger it off the draw to get puck possession, and when we do that, we end up being successful, even in the offensive zone. Obviously the objective of the penalty kill isn’t to score, but when we execute it as well as we have been doing it, we sometimes get lucky and get a goal.”

      The Badgers killed all nine of their penalties tonight, while converting on two of their power-play chances.

      “You don’t want to take that many penalties and power plays for the other team,” Johnson said. “Most teams have pretty good power plays, and you give them a chance to score, so we have to do a better job of staying out of the box.”

      The two teams wrap up their series on Sunday at 1 p.m. as the Badgers look to match their best start to a season since the 2010-11 season, when Wisconsin began the season 8-0-0.

      “The big thing I’ve told the group is that every game we have to get better,” Johnson said. “We have to make strides, so that’s what I’m looking for in Sunday’s game - to play better than we did tonight.”

      --#Badgers--

      --

      AJ Harrison

      Athletic Communications Assistant | University of Wisconsin

      Office - 608-262-2255 | Cell - 608-279-8641

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      From: "Leann Parker"
      Sent: Friday, October 10, 2014 11:32:48 PM
      Subject: MHKY: Buckeyes Top No. 3/4 Providence in Overtime, 5-4

      Oct. 10, 2014

       

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

      Ohio State men’s hockey contact:

      Leann Parker / parker.387@osu.edu  / 614-266-4309

       

      MHKY: Buckeyes Top No. 3/4 Providence in Overtime, 5-4

      Greco notches hat trick, including OT winner; Fritz has two goals and two assists as Buckeyes come from a goal down four times

       

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      COLUMBUS, Ohio – 
      In its season opener vs. No. 3/4-ranked Providence in Value City Arena, the Ohio State men’s hockey came from a goal down four times to force overtime. Just 28 seconds into the extra session, junior Anthony Greco gave the Buckeyes the win, scoring his third goal – and the Buckeyes’ third power play tally – of the game. The Buckeyes recorded the game’s final two goals, with senior Tanner Fritz, who had two goals and two assists, tying the game at four at 12:10 of the third period.

       

      The Buckeyes and Friars will close the two-game series at 7 p.m. Saturday in Value City Arena. The games are part of the Big Ten/Hockey East Challenge. Following the game Saturday, the 2014-15 Buckeye squad will hold a meet and greet on the concourse level by the team shop.

       

      Greco’s hat trick was the first for the Buckeyes’ since Ryan Dzingel scored three times vs. Michigan State Jan. 10. It was the first multiple goal outing of Greco’s career and his first three point game. Fritz posted his third four-point day and first since Nov. 8, 2013 vs. Niagara, while it was his third career two-goal night. Freshman Matthew Weis had three assists (on the last three goals) in the win and junior Sam Jardine had his third career two-assist night. The Buckeyes were 3-for-7 on the power play, converting three of their last four chances, while the penalty kill was 4-for-4 on the night. Ohio State blocked 20 Friar shot attempts in the game and sophomore goalie Christian Frey had 26 saves.

       

      The Friars got on the board at 13:44 of the first period when Nick Saracino scored, but the Buckeyes answered right back, tying the game at one just 19 seconds later. Senior Al McLean passed out of the Buckeye zone to Fritz and he and Greco skated in 2-on-1, with Greco scoring on the fly at 14:03. Providence again took the lead when Brian Pinho scored with 1:33 left in the period, carrying a 2-1 advantage into the first intermission. Shots were 11-10 in favor of the Buckeyes in the period.

       

      Greco scored his second goal of the game at 6:48 of the second period, shortly after coming out of the penalty box, to deadlock the score at two. His tally was assisted by senior Matt Johnson and Jardine. The Friars had another late goal, when Trevor Mingoia’s scored at 18:39. Providence, which outshot the Buckeyes 12-3 in the stanza, had three power play chances in the period but was unable to convert.

       

      In the third, Fritz put in the rebound of a Jardine power play shot at 3:15 to tie the game for a third time. Weis picked up the assist, his first collegiate point. The Friars again went ahead when Tom Parisi scored at 8:18, but Fritz answered at 12:10 to tie the game at four, scoring on the fly on the power play, assisted by Weis and sophomore Drew Brevig. Ohio State outshot Providence, 10-8, in the period.

       

      A late Providence penalty in the third period carried to overtime and the Buckeyes were able to take advantage. Weis found Brevig in the high slot and his shot got through traffic and in for the winner. IT was the only shot of overtime.

       

      The Buckeyes were outshot, 30-25, in the game. Sophomore Christian Frey had 26 saves for the Buckeyes, while Jon Gillies had 20 stops for the Friars. Senior Justin DaSilva had five blocked shots to lead the Buckeyes, while classmate Clark Cristofoli had three blocks.

       

       

      LEANN PARKER

      Athletics Communications Director | Ohio State Athletics

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