2003-04 Archives

July 30, 2004
WEST POINT, N.Y. ? After 18 years as head coach of Army?s hockey program, Rob Riley announced his retirement from college coaching today, ending a coaching career that spanned more than three decades. Director of Athletics Rick Greenspan named Brian Riley, associate head coach of the Black Knights for the past five years, to succeed his older brother at the helm of the Black Knights? program. Rob Riley, who won his 300th career game last January, stood 14th among active head coaches on the NCAA all-time wins list following this past winter?s campaign. Only eight other current head coaches in the nation have been with the same school longer than Riley. He leaves the coaching profession to pursue an opportunity with Legg Mason Inc. in Boston, Mass. He concludes his coaching career at Army with a 257-288-33 (.473) mark and an overall ledger of 306-302-34 (.503). Riley and his father, legendary Hall of Famer Jack Riley, are the all-time winningest father-son combination in college hockey history with 848 victories between them...

May 25, 2004
Quinnipiac's Rand Pecknold Signs Four-Year Contract Extension
Quinnipiac University men's ice hockey coach Rand Pecknold has agreed to a four-year contract extension that will run through the 2007-2008 season, as it was announced today by Director of Athletics and Recreation Jack McDonald. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. In Pecknold's 10 seasons at Quinnipiac, he has become the all-time winningest coach in Quinnipiac hockey history, won two MAAC regular season titles, one MAAC tournament title and guided the team to its first-ever NCAA berth in program history. A 2002 finalist for the Spencer Penrose Award, given to college hockey's national Division I Coach of the Year, Pecknold has amassed a 181-105-28 career record. Included in that overall mark is an astounding ledger of 107-31-19 in conference play at the Division I level. "Rand Pecknold represents all that is good about college ice hockey and intercollegiate athletics," said Quinnipiac Director of Athletics and Recreation Jack McDonald. "In addition to his very successful winning seasons, his student-athletes are very active in the community and excel in the classroom."

May 13, 2004
Mercyhurst Hockey Teams Name 2004 Captains
The Mercyhurst College men?s and women?s varsity hockey teams have named their team captains for the 2004-05 season. The men selected forward Scott Reynolds as captain and forward Rich Hansen and defenseman T.J. Kemp as assistants. Reynolds will be a junior next season while Hansen and Kemp will be seniors. The Lakers finished the 2003-04 season with a 20-14-2 mark, a 16-7-1 conference slate (second), and made the conference playoffs? final four. The team owned non-conference wins over Ohio State, Western Michigan, and RPI and played Cornell to a 3-3 stalemate. Reynolds played in all 36 games; nine multiple-point games; only multiple-goal game came against Holy Cross (11-15-04); had seven game scoring streak from early November to early December; tied for fourth in power play goals with four; tied for second in shorthanded goals with two; second in the conference in shorthanded points with three and tied for first in shorthanded goals with two.

April 26, 2004
Quinnipiac's Justin Eddy Signs NHL Contract with Washington Capitals

March 25, 2004
NHL.com Previews 16-team NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Field

March 22, 2004
Holy Cross to Face North Dakota in NCAA

March 20, 2004
WEST POINT, N.Y. ? Andrew McKay scored two goals and goaltender Tony Quesada made 28 saves to record his second shutout of the 2004 Atlantic Hockey Championships as Holy Cross cruised to a 4-0 victory over Sacred Heart to claim the league?s inaugural title in front of 1,428 fans at Tate Rink on the campus of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. Saturday night. With the win, Holy Cross (22-9-4) earns the league?s automatic bid to the 2004 Men?s Ice Hockey NCAA Tournament. It marks the first trip to the national tournament in school history. Holy Cross will find out who it plays and where it will play Sunday night when the NCAA announces the field of 16. Sacred Heart finishes its season 14-17-5.

March 20, 2004
2004 Atlantic Hockey Championship Game - Postgame Quotes

March 19, 2004
Atlantic Hockey Update Through March 14
Wakefield, Mass. - - This week's Player of the Week helped his team to a spot in the Atlantic Hockey Championship Game, Saturday, March 20. Greg Kealey (Sr., F, Nepean, ONT) had four goals and two assists as Holy Cross skated to a 5-0 win over American International and a 4-1 win over Canisius in the quartefinal and semifinals respectively of the Atlantic Hockey Tournament. In addition, Crusaders' goaltender Tony Quesada (So., G, South Freeport, ME)was selected as the Atlantic Hockey Co-Goaltender of the week. Quesada stoped 52 of 53 shots for the weekend allowing just one goal. His save percentage was .981. Quesada will go head-to-head against the other Atlantic Goaltender of the week in the Atlantic Hockey Championship game on Saturday. Kevin LaPointe (Jr., G, Quebec, QC) of Sacred Heart put up equally impressive numbers with wins over Connecticut, 3-0 and Mercyhurst 3-2. LaPointe made 48 saves for the weekend and had a save percentage of .958. LaPointe's teammate Pierre-Luc O'Brien (Fr., F, Nicolet, QC) earned the Atlantic Hockey Freshman of the Week accolades scoring two goals, including the game-winner while shorthanded against Mercyhurst.

March 14, 2004
Sacred Heart Holds Off Mercyhurst 3-2: Pioneers Advance to Atlantic Hockey Championship Game
West Point, New York - - Streaks are made to be broken in the month of March as tournament time and NCAA berths are on the line in college hockey. Mercyhurst College came into tonight?s semifinal with a four-game win streak and Sacred Heart University came into the game having beat Mercyhurst in their last three meetings. Tournament time also means that the student-athletes are playing for more than a win; they are playing for tomorrow and a chance to extend their season one more day. In the second semifinal of the day, Sacred Heart defeated Mercyhurst 3-2 and brought the Lakers win streak to an end. The Pioneers? win makes them a perfect 4-0 against Mercyhurst this year and advances them to the Atlantic Hockey Tournament Championship Game for the first time in team history. Mercyhurst drops to 20-14-2.

March 14, 2004
Holy Cross Advances to Atlantic Hockey Tournament Finals with 4-1 Win over Canisius
West Point, New York - - Top seed the College of the Holy Cross (21-9-4) defeated Canisius College (10-15-8) 4-1 in the 2004 Atlantic Hockey Championship Tournament semifinal and will advance to the championship game on Saturday, March 20. Their opponent will be the winner of the Sacred Heart University versus Mercyhurst College semifinal played at 7:45 tonight at Tate Rink. Canisius and Holy Cross met three times in the regular season. The Crusaders won the head-to-head series 1-0-2. Closely matched up in all three meetings, Holy Cross looked to get off to a quick start and that is exactly what they did scoring less than :30 into the first period. Jeff Dams (Sr., F, Manotick, Ontario) beat Canisius goaltender Brian Worosz (Jr., G, Brantford, Ontario) assisted by Marc Bianchi (So., D, Ithaca, NY) and Greg Kealey (Sr., F, Nepean, Ontartio). The period ended with Holy Cross up 1-0.

March 13, 2004
Top Seed Holy Cross Moves on with 5-0 Win Over AIC.
West Point, New York - - Top seed and Atlantic Hockey Regular Season Champions the College of the Holy Cross took to the ice in their first action of the post-season. Their opponent, #9 American International College, is coming off of a big win against tournament host U.S. Military Academy Friday night. The Crusaders dominated AIC in the regular season beating them in their three head-to-head meetings but came into the quarterfinal having dropped their last two regular season games. An obviously fresher team, Holy Cross, ended American International?s season with a 5-0 win in their Atlantic Hockey quarterfinal today and advanced to tomorrow?s semifinal round. The Crusaders improved to 20-9-4 for the season and will play in the 4:30 p.m. semifinal tomorrow against the lowest remaining seed. Tony Quesada (So., G, South Freeport, ME) was solid in goal for the Crusaders shutting down the Yellow Jackets who scored four goals against the U.S. Military Academy the night before. Quesada made 28 saves on the night.

March 13, 2004
Second Seed Mercyhurst Comes From Behind to Beat Bentley, 5-4
West Point, New York - - Rounding out the 2004 Atlantic Hockey Quarterfinals on Saturday, March 13, was #7 Bentley College playing #2 Mercyhurst College. Mercyhurst and Bentley met three times this year and the Lakers swept the season series 3-0. Mercyhurst came from behind to beat Bentley, 5-4 after the Falcons dictated play for the majority of the game. The Lakers improved to 20-13-2 as they advanced to the semifinals and will face #4 Sacred Heart University tomorrow at 7:45 p.m. Bentley finishes their season at 9-19-4. A fast paced game kept the fans at Tate Rink on the edge of their seats as goal after goal changed the momentum of the game. The non-stop action was highlighted by Bentley?s Brendan McCartin (So., F, Camp Hill, PA) who scored a hat trick in the loosing effort. In addition to his three goals, McCartin assisted on the Falcons first goal of the night giving him three goals and an assist for the night.

March 13, 2004
Sacred Heart Shuts Out Connecticut 3-0 and Move onto Semifinals
West Point, New York - - The puck dropped at 10 a.m. as the 2004 Atlantic Hockey Championship Tournament Quarterfinals began with #5 University of Connecticut playing #4 Sacred Heart University. After an incredibly competitive Play-In Friday night between American International College and the U.S. Military Academy, where the Yellow Jackets moved onto the quarterfinals, the Pioneers and Huskies would not disappoint the fans at Tate Arena. Sacred Heart would prove to be too much for the Huskies winning 3-0 advancing to the Atlantic Hockey Semifinals tomorrow. Power plays and goaltending would be the story of this inter-state match up as the Pioneers improved to 13-16-5 overall with the win and the Huskies conclude their season 12-16-7.

March 13, 2004
Canisius Upsets Quinnipiac 1-0 In Overtime
West Point, New York - - The second Atlantic Hockey Quarterfinal pitted #6 Canisius College versus #3 Quinnipiac University. In their three prior meetings during the 2003-04 Atlantic Hockey Regular Season, Canisius held the edge over the Bobcats with a 2-1 record. A quick paced physical game ended in overtime as Canisius upset Quinnipiac, 1-0. As the score indicated, the game was dominated by remarkable goaltending. The Griffins improved to 10-15-8 overall while the Bobcats end their season with a 15-14-6 mark. It just took 1:37 into the overtime period as Canisius? Justin Carre (Jr., F, Azilda, ONT) came up big for the Griffins finding a way past the stoic Quinnipiac goalie Jamie Holden (Jr., G, Telkwa, B.C.) Carre?s goal was unassisted and perhaps his biggest of the season. Bryan Worosz (Jr., G, Brantford, ONT) was between the pipes for Canisius. He turned away 27 saves for Griffins in 61:37 of play. In addition, Worosz was able to stymie the Bobcat attack and power play throughout the game.

March 12, 2004
AIC Beats Army 4-3 In Play-In Round
West Point, N.Y. - - The Atlantic Hockey Championship Tournament had an exciting start tonight in the Play-In round. Army and American International faced off at 7 p.m. at Tate Rink and it was non-stop action until the end of the game. The Yellow Jackets scored first at the 5:47 mark of the first period. Senior defenseman # 27 Troy Johnston beat Army goalie Brad Roberts and was assisted by Andy Walbert and Jeff Valdes. Less than a minute later, Army tied it up as #6 Jon Boyle got past AIC netminder Frank Novello at the 6:40 mark. Boyle was assisted by #10 Michael Picone. Army took its only lead of the night as Chris Casey scored at the 8:41 mark. He was assisted by Chad Mayfield and Ryan Cruthers. The Black Knights held onto that lead until the 13:28 mark of the first when AIC's Jay Fennessy evened it up on an unassisted goal.

March 12, 2004
2003-04 Atlantic Hockey All-Star Teams and Regular Season Awards Announced
Wakefield, Mass. - - University of Connecticut junior forward Tim Olsen has been selected as the inaugural Atlantic Hockey Player of the Year. The Atlantic Hockey Awards were voted upon by the league?s nine head coaches. The Vadnais Heights, Minnesota native led Atlantic Hockey in scoring finishing the year with 19 goals, 18 assists for 38 points in conference play. His 19 goals was a league best while his 18 assists ranked him second amongst his peers. Olsen?s 38 points also gives him the Atlantic Hockey Regular Season Scoring Trophy. During the regular season, Olsen was named Atlantic Hockey Player of the Year four times. Sacred Heart University?s Pierre Luc-O?Brien garnered this year?s Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Year honors. The freshman forward, who hails from Nicolet, Quebec, tallied nine goals, 12 assists for 21 points for the Pioneers this season.

March 10, 2004
Qunnipiac's Jamie Holden Named National Defensive Player of the Week

March 8, 2004
Atlantic Hockey Update Through March 7
Wakefield, Mass. - - Outstanding individual performances marked the final weekend of the 2003-04 Atlantic Hockey Season. Leading the way was this week's Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week, Tim Olsen. The junior forward hailing from Vadnais Heights, Minnesota had a seven point weekend for the Huskies. Olsen scored twice and added an assist in UConn's 6-1 defeat of AIC, and scored three goals and tallied another assist in a 9-6 win at Army. The hat trick was Olsen?s second of the season, and third of his two-year career at UConn. Olsen is joined by a pair of netminders who were stoic in goal this weekend, each garnering Atlantic Hockey Goaltender of the week accolades. Simon St. Pierre of Bentley (Jr., G, Montreal, QUE) stopped 62 of a possible 63 shots as the Falcons skated to a pair of wins against Army and Holy Cross. Jamie Holden of Quinnipiac (Jr., G, Telkwa, B.C.) had an equally impressive performance stopping 86 of 89 shots for the Bobcats who had wins over Sacred Heart and Holy Cross. Rounding out this week's awards was the Atlantic Hockey Freshman of the Week. Bentley's Carmen Posteraro (Fr., F, Pittsburgh, PA) tallied one goal and three assists for the Falcons this weekend.

March 7, 2004
2004 Atlantic Hockey Championship Tournament Seeds and Parings Announced
Wakefield, Mass. - - Commissioner Bob DeGregorio announced the seeds and pairings for the 2004 Atlantic Hockey Championship Tournament on Sunday, March 7. The tournament is single elimination, featuring all nine Atlantic Hockey member institutions. Play begins on Friday, March 12 at 7 p.m. with the Play-In round. The United States Military Academy's Tate Rink will host this year?s tournament. After finishing the regular season with a 17-4-3 record, the College of the Holy Cross has earned the top seed for the upcoming Atlantic Hockey Tournament. The Play-In round between #9 seed American International College (3-17-4) and #8 seed United States Military Academy (6-15-3) will determine the Crusaders' quarterfinal opponent.

March 3, 2004
Atlantic Hockey Online Spotlight: The Young Face of UConn Hockey
It is an unusual situation for a roster of 26 to include 15 freshmen, but that is the reality for the 2003-04 University of Connecticut men?s hockey team. Of the 28 men on the Huskies? roster last season, only 10 returned this year. The result was head coach Bruce Marshall?s largest recruiting class in his 16 years at the helm of the program. The freshmen hail from eight states across the northern half of the country. Massachusetts is the home state of four freshmen, while groups of three call New York and Minnesota home. Two pairs of freshmen played for the same team prior to coming to UConn. James Martin and Matt Scherer both played for the Tri-City Storm in the USHL, while J.R. Corkery and Nick Marean were both members of the Danville Wings in the NAHL.

March 1, 2004
Atlantic Hockey Update Through February 29
Wakefield, Mass. - - Todd Bowler, Canisius (Jr., F, Branford, ONT) led the Griffs with five points in two wins over American International this weekend. Canisius won by scores of 4-2 and 6-3. Bowler highlighted his weekend by scoring three assists in the 6-3 victory Saturday Night. On Friday, Bowler scored the game-winning goal and assisted on another. Bowler has turned up his offensive production in the month of February, recording 11 points (3-8-11) in the Griff's eight games. With this performance, Bowler was named Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week. He joined by Bill Moss, Army (Sr. G, Reading, MA) who posted 68 saves on 73 shots and Justin Eddy, Quinnipiac (Sr. G, Apple Valley, MN) who had an equally impressive weekend stopping 60 of 64 shots. Eddy and Moss were named Atlantic Hockey Co-Goaltenders of the Week. Not to out shown, freshman Jamie Hunt of Mercyhurst tallied a goal and four assists en route to his second Atlantic Hockey Freshman of the Week Award.

February 29, 2004
Army Falls to Sacred Heart, 3-2

February 28, 2004
Mercyhurst Routes Bentley, 7-1

February 28, 2004
Canisius Doubles Up AIC 6-3

February 27, 2004
Quinnipiac Holds Off Bentley For 2-1 Win

February 27, 2004
Canisius Hockey Wins Third Straight

February 25, 2004
Quinnipiac and Connecticut Skate for More Than Just a Win - Heroes Hat

February 25, 2004
Atlantic Hockey Online Spotlight: Persick Works To Make Canisius and Buffalo A Better Place
BUFFALO, N.Y. ? A tough guy mentality is commonly associated with hockey players. Grit, determination and physical toughness are all traits that describe how the public traditionally views hockey players. Every so often, a student-athlete comes around that shows another side of the ?typical? hockey player -- the compassionate, caring individual that is honored by his brethren for helping others and making his community a better place to live. Canisius College junior defenseman Mark Persick, a finalist for the 2003-04 Hockey Humanitarian Award, is one of those student-athletes. Persick?s accomplishments have earned him the honor of being one of the five student-athletes throughout all of college hockey to be considered for the ninth annual award,...

February 24, 2004
Sacred Heart Skates to 4-4 Tie With Connecticut

February 23, 2004
Atlantic Hockey Update for February 22, 2004
Wakefield, Mass. - - With two weeks left in the Atlantic Hockey regular season, teams continue to jockey within the conference standings fighting for the regular season crown and top seeding in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament. Connecticut is currently tied for fifth in Atlantic Hockey with Canisius with 18 points and a 7-9-4 league record. Huskies' forward Tim Olsen is leading his team's resurgence. The Vadnais Heights, MN native, continued his hot streak over the weekend, scoring two goals and recording one assist in two games. He scored the tying and game-winning goals for UConn in their 3-2 win over Army at home to extend the Huskies' winning streak to five games. In UConn's 2-2 tie at Quinnipiac the following night, Olsen recorded an assist, marking the seventh straight game in which he has scored a point for UConn. This marks Olsen's thrid consecutive Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week Award. During this stretch Olsen has tallied seven goals, six assists for 13 points and the Huskies have gone 5-0-1.

February 21, 2004
Irish-Baker Scores OT Winner in Canisius 3-2 Victory over Sacred Heart

February 20, 2004
Canisius Snaps Winless Streak with 4-1 Win Over Bentley

February 20, 2004
Bentley Heads to Canisius for Key Atlantic Hockey Tilt

February 20, 2004
Sacred Heart Edges Mercyhurst 3-2 in Overtime

February 18, 2004
Atlantic Hockey Online Spotlight: "A Pearl of Wisdom"
Coach Paul Pearl and the men's ice hockey team are off to the program's best start since 1979-1980. The Crusaders started the season with a six-game winning streak that was snapped by a 2-1 loss to Sacred Heart at the end of November. Holy Cross has bounced back to continue to play strong and show improvement every time out. If you ask the assistant coaches and the players, much of this success can be attributed to the coaching of Paul Pearl. Pearl is a 1989 graduate of Holy Cross, and was a four year letter winner for the Crusaders before starting his coaching career. During his HC hockey career, Pearl appeared in 125 games and posted 77 points (14 goals and 63 assists). He also was a member of the baseball team for four years, registering a .301 career batting average...

February 17, 2004
Atlantic Hockey Update for February 15, 2004
Wakefield, Mass. - - Tim Olsen of Connecticut and Andrew McKay are Atlantic Hockey's Co-Player of the Week for outstanding performances leading up through the weekend. Olsen, a junior forward hailing from Vadnais Heights, MN, had a one goal and four assists weekend as the Huskies beat conference rival Canisius 4-1 on Friday and 8-3 on Saturday. McKay a junior forward from Bellefeuille, Quebec scored two goals and tallied four assists in the Crusaders 8-4 win versus Air Force on Friday. Andy Franck from Mercyhurst was honored as the Atlantic Hockey Goaltender of the Week picking up his 12th and 13th wins by stopping 68 of 73 shots (.932) in a weekend sweep at Army. Franck's teammate Scott Champagne was tagged as the Atlantic Hockey Freshmen of the Week with three goals and an assit for the Lakers.

February 16, 2004
Bentley Skates With Local Middle School

February 14, 2004
Mercyhurst Downs Army Hockey, 6-3

February 14, 2004
Wiebler Lifts Bentley to Sweep of Quinnipiac, 3-2

February 14, 2004
Sacred Heart Sweeps Third Consecutive Series After Defeating AIC 8-1

February 13, 2004
Sacred Heart Blanks AIC Hockey 4-0

February 13, 2004
Army Hockey Falls to Mercyhurst. 5-2

February 13, 2004
Posteraro's Three Points Lead Bentley to 3-2 Win Over Quinnipiac

February 12, 2004
Army Versus Holy Cross to be Televised by YES Network

February 10, 2004
Atlantic Hockey Online Spotlight: Seeing Double at Bentley
Twin brothers are rare in society and twin brothers playing Division I hockey is even more rare, in fact, just three schools boast a set of twin brothers on their rosters this season. The Methven brothers, Bill and Bryce play for Bemidji State. Cam and Chris Abbott skate for powerhouse Cornell University and Josh and Jeremy Chase lace 'em up here in Waltham, Mass. for the Bentley College Falcons. The two five-foot seven-inch, Korean-born twins hail from Big Rapids, Mich. and if it weren't for some different hair dye and different positions on the ice, you would have some trouble deciphering Josh from Jeremy. Josh has frosted ends on his longer, spiked hair, wears number seven and is a defenseman. Jeremy has shorter dark hair and wears his number 17 sweater as a forward. But both skate with reckless abandon and handle the puck with tremendous precision and skill and have Bentley skating competitively night in and night out in the Atlantic Hockey Association.

February 9, 2004
Atlantic Hockey Update Through February 8, 2004
Wakefield, Mass. - - University of Connecticut snapped a seven-game winless streak this weekend with back-to-back wins over conference rival Bentley. Tim Olsen led the Huskies with a five point weekend. Olsen completed a hat trick including the game-winner, in the Huskies 5-3 win at Bentley on Feb. 7. He also tallied an assist in the contest. The Vadnais Heights, Minnesota native also scored a goal in the Feb. 6 win at Bentley. Olsen, a junior forward, now leads the team in both points and assists on the season, with 10 goals and 13 assists for a team-high 23 points. He also ranks high in a tie for seventh in the Atlantic Hockey in points scored, is tied for sixth in goals scored and is tied for 10th in assists. With this performance, Olsen was named Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week.

February 7, 2004
Solid Team Effort Propels Pioneers in Weekend Sweep Over Mercyhurst

February 7, 2004
Olsen's Hat Trick Lifts Connecticut to 5-3 Win Over Bentley

February 6, 2004
Marean's Third Period Score Edges Connecticut over Bentley, 3-2

February 6, 2004
Sacred Heart Defeats Mercyhurst 5-2

February 5, 2004
Larson Receives National Award - Named USCHO Offensive Player of the Week

February 5, 2004
NHL.com Spotlights Holy Cross

February 4, 2004
Atlantic Hockey Online Spotlight: Mercyhurst's Rise to Division I
The Mercyhurst men's hockey program has grown by leaps and bounds since its inception as a varsity sport in 1987. With head coach, Rick Gotkin, at the helm, the team has not only moved from Division III to Division II to Division I, but has been quite successful along the way, bringing national recognition to a private, liberal arts institution in Erie, Pennsylvania. The Lakers wasted little time achieving both regional and national attention. In only its third season as a varsity sport, the men's team climbed to #9 among Division III programs. Later that same year, they made it to the NCAA Division III tournament and won their first NCAA playoff game over Elmira College 5-4.

February 2, 2004
Atlantic Hockey Update Through February 1, 2004
Wakefield, Mass. - - Garrett Larson, Sacred Heart broke out of a scoring draught with a big weekend against UConn. The junior forward scored two goals, including the game-winner; in a 4-2 Pioneers win on Friday night. The Rycroft, AB native followed that performance by recording his first hat-trick of the season, which included two power play goals. Larson had five goals and one assist on the weekend, with three of his goals scored on the power play. He is now tied for third in the team in scoring with nine goals and five assists for 14 points. With this performance, Larson garners the Atlanitc Hockey Player of the Week...

January 30, 2004
Army Tops Canisius 4-3

January 30, 2004
Dams Nets Hat Trick to Lead Holy Cross to 6-4 Win Over Bentley

January 30, 2004
Hannah Gets 100th Win As Pioneers Defeat Connecticut 4-2

January 23, 2004

January 21, 2004
Mercyhurst Visits UConn Friday and Saturday

January 21, 2004
Atlantic Hockey Online Spotlight: Eddy and Holden - Quinnipiac's Tandem Netminders
The play of Quinnipiac goaltenders Justin Eddy and Jamie Holden has been self-explanatory over the course of the past three seasons. Considered the backbone of the men's ice hockey team, the tandem has played a pivotal role on a club that will look to return to the NCAA tournament for the second time in three seasons later this spring. However, Bobcats coach Rand Pecknold did a fine job of not only bringing in two quality netminders, but also quality individuals to play the demanding position between the pipes. Off the ice, both volunteer their time to read to local school children. Each has also created his niche in other areas, as well. Holden is a Biology major and honors student...

January 19, 2004
Atlantic Hockey Weekly Update Through January 18, 2004
Wakefield, Mass. - - Dave Borrelli from Mercyhurst was named this weeks Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week. The sophomore forward scored three goals on seven shots and finished +2 as the Lakers swept AIC by identical 4-3 scores Friday and Saturday at the Ice Center. The Sault Ste. Marie, Ontatio native had the Lakers' second goal early in the second period Friday to give his team a 2-0 lead, but saved the best for last. He scored the final two Mercyhurst goals in Saturday's win. He gave the Lakers a 3-2 lead on a power play goal at 14:00 of the third and then scored the game-winner at 16:50 after the Yellow Jackets had tied the contest at 3-3. It was his first game-winner of the season. Borrelli is now tied for the team lead in goals with eleven and is tied for fifth in points with 15. He has a five-game scoring streak.

January 18, 2004
Martin's OT Goal Lifts Canisius over Sacred Heart

January 17, 2004
Air Force Downs Army, 3-0

January 17, 2004
Quinnipiac Host Alumni and Defeat 1st Place Holy Cross

January 17, 2004
Sacred Heart Hockey Falls to Canisius In OT 5-4

January 16, 2004

January 16, 2004
Canisius Rallies For Tie With Sacred Heart

January 16, 2004
Sacred Heart and Canisius Skate to 2-2 Tie

January 14, 2004
AIC Hockey Looks To Strong Second Half
After the first 10 games this season things didn?t look very good for the American International College hockey team. Following a 7-4 loss at Connecticut on November 15, the Yellow Jackets were 0-9-1, the lone tie coming the night before at home against the Huskies. Since then, things have gotten better for veteran coach Gary Wright's club, going 3-4-1 over the last eight games, including a 3-2 win over 2003 NCAA tournament participant Wayne State on December 12. Wright is cautiously optimistic about the way things are headed for the Yellow Jackets as the second half of the season begins. "Clearly we have experienced more success of late," said Wright, now in his 20th season. "In particular, our goaltending has stabilized, our specialty teams are more productive and our overall play reflects a skill upgrade."

January 12, 2004
Atlantic Hockey Weekly Update Through January 11, 2004
Wakefield, Mass. - - Seth Beamer, Army (So., F, Merrimack, N.H.)was selected as this weeks Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week. Beamer had a five point weekend (one goal, four assists) registering a career-high four points in Army's 5-2 win over American International College Friday at Tate Rink. The second-line center scored one goal and recorded three assists, two coming directly off faceoffs in the second period to lead Army in scoring. Beamer finished off the weekend with an assist in the Black Knights' 2-2 overtime tie at AIC the next night, giving him five points for the weekend. In addition, Beamer won 15 of 23 draws in Friday's win and was a plus-4 for the game. His lone assists on Saturday came on the game-tying goal with 5:24 left in the contest.

January 10, 2004
Mercyhurst Survives Late Bentley Run for 3-2 Win

January 10, 2004
Mercyhurst Holds on to Edge Bentley, 3-2

January 9, 2004
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Tickets to the 2004 Atlantic Hockey Championships go on sale Friday morning at 8:30 a.m. The postseason tournament will be held at Tate Rink, inside Holleder Center, at West Point March 12-14 with the championship game slated for March 19 or 20, depending on television coverage. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Army Ticket Office at (877) TIX-ARMY or by logging on to the Army Athletic Association?s official Web site at www.goARMYsports.com. Army?s ticket office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Tickets will also be available during all Army hockey home games at the Holleder Center Box Office in the main lobby. All nine members of Atlantic Hockey qualify for the postseason tournament. The single-elimination competition begins with a play-in game Friday, March 12 between the No. 8 and No. 9 seeds. Seeding is determined by order of finish in the regular-season standings. Four quarterfinal matches follow on Saturday, March 13 with the first game facing off at 10 a.m. The semifinals are scheduled for Sunday, March 14 with the first game slated for a 4:30 p.m. start and the second game to follow at approximately 7:45 p.m. Championship game date and time is still to be announced, pending possible television coverage. All-Session passes are $25 each. Individual session prices are $10 for adults and $5 for youth or students. Session 1 is the play-in game Friday night. Session 2 will be the two morning quarterfinal matches the following day with Session 3 being the evening quarterfinal matches. Session 4 includes the two semifinal contests on Sunday, and Session 5 is the championship game the following weekend.

January 9, 2004
Army Defeats AIC 5-2

January 9, 2004
Mercyhurst Edges Bentley 2-1

January 8, 2004
NHL.com Features Midseason Review

January 7, 2004
Mercyhurst Hockey Hosts Bentley Friday and Saturday

January 7, 2004
Pioneer Hockey Building Community On And Off The Ice
Sacred Heart University, like most other colleges and universities, has a major commitment to community service and the betterment of the area that supports it. This part of the student-athlete experience is also greatly instilled in the men's ice hockey team by head coach Shaun Hannah. The University requires each student organization, which includes its 32 athletic teams, to participate in one community service program per academic year. The Pioneer men's ice hockey team typically performs three to four of these programs each year. "The surrounding community gives us a great deal of support, so we try to repay their generosity when we get the chance,"says Hannah. In fact the team philosophy states: "Pioneer hockey...striving for excellence on the ice, in the classroom and in the community!"

January 6, 2004
Plattner's Third Period Goal Lifts Falcons Over Sacred Heart, 3-2

January 6, 2004
Sacred Heart Falls to Bentley 3-2

January 5, 2004
Atlantic Hockey Weekly Update Through January 4, 2004
Wakefield, Mass. - - Bentley, Connecticut, and Holy Cross players honored as first 2004 Atlantic Hockey Player, Goalie and Freshman of the Week recipients. Andrew McKay, Holy Cross (Jr., F, Bellefeuille, QUE) garnered Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week with two goals and two assists in two games for the Crusaders. Holy Cross beat Alabama-Huntsville 5-4 Saturday, January 3 and skated to a tie 2-2 on Sunday, January 4. Scott Tomes, Connecticut (Fr. G, Windham, NH) and Tony Quesada, Holy Cross (So., G, Freeport, ME) shared the Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week Award. Tomes shut out Air Force in the UConn Hockey Classic Championship Game with 32 saves en route to a 1-0 victory. He was named Tournament MVP. Quesada stopped 71-of-77 shots for the Crusaders with a weekend save percentage of .922. Carmen Posteraro, Bentley (Fr., F, Pittsburgh, PA) netted a pair of goals including the game-winning-goal for the Falcons snapping a 12-game winless streak by defeatiing Sacred Heart 3-2 on Monday, December 29. With this performance, Posteraro was named Atlantic Hockey Freshman of the Week.

January 5, 2004

January 3, 2004
Army Head Coach Rob Riley Collects Win No. 300
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Michael Picone's first career goal proved to be the game-winner and Chad Mayfield assisted on all three of Army's goals to lead the Black Knights to a 3-1 victory over visiting St. Clair Friday night in front of 2,028 spectators at Tate Rink. Head coach Rob Riley picked up his 300th career win behind the bench as Army snapped St. Clair's 11-game win streak. Coming off a 28-day break, Justin Fagan got the Black Knights (6-7-2) off to a quick start when he scored on the power play just 41 seconds into the contest. With St. Clair's Pavel Shtefan off for slashing, Fagan didn't wait long to get the home crowd involved, tallying six seconds into Army's man advantage.

January 2, 2004
Sacred Heart Comes Up Short Against St. Clair

January 1, 2004
Mercyhurst Visits Clarkson Friday and Saturday to End Lengthy Road Trip

December 29, 2003
Atlantic Hockey Update For Games Through December 28, 2003
Wakefield, Mass. - - In a weekend full of Holiday Tournaments, two players stood out in Atlantic Hockey play. Brendan McCartin a junior forward from Bentley College led the Falcons tallying one goal and two assists in a 4-4 tie against Connecticut at the UConn Hockey Classic on December 28. In an equally impressive performance, Mercyhurst's David Wrigley scored two goals on four shots in Mercyhurst's come-from-behind 3-2 win over Rensselaer Sunday night at the Rensselaer/HSBC Holiday Hockey Tournament. Wrigley a junior forward from Washago, ONT, scored both of his back-to-back goals in the second period. Mercyhurst's win was its first ever in four tries against the Engineers. Both McCartin and Wrigley were named Atlantic Hockey Co-Players of the Week.

December 27, 2003
Merchyhurst Playes RPI Sunday at Rensselaer/HSBC Tournament

December 22, 2003
Atlantic Hockey Update for Games Through December 21, 2003

December 22, 2003
Preview of Inaugural Atlantic Hockey Championship Hosted by Army
Wakefield Mass. - - Army's Tate Rink will make history this year as it has been selected to host the inaugural Atlantic Hockey Championship. The single elimination tournament begins on Friday, March 12 with the play-in game followed by the quarterfinals on Saturday, March 13 and the semifinals on Sunday, March 14. The pairings for the tournament are determined by regular season standings. The first Atlantic Hockey Champion will be crowned on either Friday, March 19 or Saturday, March 20. Game time for the championship is still to be determined. The Atlantic Hockey Tournament champion will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA's.

December 15, 2003
Atlantic Hockey Update for Games Through December 14, 2003
Wakefield, Mass. - - American International receives Atlantic Hockey Player and Goalie of the Week Awards. In a weekend match-up against Wayne State, the Yellow Jackets came away with a split, winning 5-3 on Friday, December 12 and losing 3-2 on Saturday, December 13. The Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week, Chad Davis (Jr, G, Allen Park, MI) made 42 -of-45 saves in Friday night's win. On Saturday Davis, tallied 32 saves in a losing effort. The Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week, Guillaume Caron (Sr, F, Saint Nicolas, Quebec) scored three goals and chipped in on two assists for the weekend. He currently leads the Yellow Jackets and Atlantic Hockey in points with 19 (eight goals and 11 assists).

December 13, 2003
St. Lawrence Erupts Late to Stop Mercyhurst 5-2

December 12, 2003
Sacred Heart Dominated By Colgate in 7-2 Loss

December 10, 2003
Mercyhurst Continues Lengthy Road Trip at St. Lawrence

December 9, 2003
Bentley Sacred Heart Rescheduled

December 8, 2003
Atlantic Hockey Update for Games Through December 7, 2003
Player of the Week: Matt Craig, Quinnipiac, (Jr., F, London, ONT) garners second consecutive Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week Award. In a shortened weekend of play due to the winter weather in the Northeast, the Preseason Atlantic Hockey Player of the Year put together another fine weekend in the 5-2 win over Meryhurst on Friday, December 5. Craig got the Bobcats rolling with a pair of goals within the first 9:03 of the contest, and Quinnipiac never looked back. It was the second straight multiple-goal game for Craig, the third of the season and the seventh of his career. He leads the team in goals (9) and points (14) this season.

December 6, 2003
Atlantic Hockey Games Cancelled/Postponed

December 6, 2003
Mercyhurst Tops AIC 9-0

December 5, 2003
AIC's Win Streak Comes to End Versus Canisius

December 5, 2003
HCA Selects November National Player and Rookie Accolades

December 4, 2003
PrestoSports' Summers to Assist Atlantic Hockey with Public Relations

December 2, 2003
Mercyhurst Resumes Conference Play at Qunnipiac Friday

December 1, 2003
Atlantic Hockey Update for Games Through November 30, 2003
Two streaks came to an end on November 28 as Qunnipiac defeated Hockey East foe Merrimack, 3-2. Matt Craig, this week's Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week, netted two goals and an assist ending his four-game scoreless streak. The junior forward who hails from London, Ontario, leads the club in both goals (7) and points (12). Craig is currently tied for first in the league in goals and third in points. Qunnipiac's win over Merrimack ended Atlantic Hockey's winless streak against Hockey East opponents.

November 29, 2003
Mercyhurst Ties #13 Cornell, 3-3
Ithaca, NY) Sophomore forward Scott Reynolds scored his sixth goal of the season with six seconds left in regulation as Mercyhurst skated to a 3-3 tie at #13 Cornell Saturday night, November 29. It was the first-ever meeting between the two teams. The Lakers improved to 5-4-1, while the Big Red dropped to 3-2-4.

November 26, 2003
Sacred Heart Defeats Holy Cross 2-1 and Wins Third Straight At Home
MILFORD, CT (November 25, 2003) The Sacred Heart University men's ice hockey team won their thid straight home game and their fourth win out of five games after defeating Atlantic Hockey leading Holy Cross 2-1 in the final game of the regular season between these two teams.

November 25, 2003
AIC's McConnell Nets Game Winner in Overtime
Sophomore C.J. McConnell scored two goals including the game-winner just 1:37 into overtime lifting American International College to a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Bentley College this evening in an Atlantic Hockey Association contest. The win improves the Yellow Jackets, who have won two straight, to 2-9-1 overall and 2-3-1 in the league, while Bentley slips to 1-9-2 and 0-4-2 in conference.

November 25, 2003
Mercyhurst Continues Road Trip to Cornell

November 24, 2003
Atlantic Hockey Update For Games Through November 23, 2003
Holy Cross' Greg Kealey (Nepean, ONT) collected a goal and two assists in a 4-2 win over Connecticut Friday night. Kealey's one goal came on a power play in the second period which put the Crusader's up for the first time in the game, 2-1. In the Crusaders, 6-5 OT win over Sacred Heart on Saturday, the senior forward added four assists including an assist on the game winning goal with 2:34 left in overtime en route to being named this weeks Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week. The Crusaders are 8-0-1 in League play...

November 22, 2003
Mercyhurst Scores Five in the Second to Defeat Western Michigan
Mercyhurst scored five second period goals to erase a 2-1 deficit and went on from there to defeat Western Michigan 7-4 Saturday night, November 22, before 2414 fans at the Lawson Arena. The win gave the Lakers a split in the weekend series, snapped a three-game losing streak, and improved their overall record to 5-4-0. The Broncos fell to 5-7-2.

November 22, 2003
Sacred Heart Win Third Straight
MILFORD, CT (November 21, 2003) ? The Sacred Heart University men?s ice hockey team defeated Bentley 3-2 in a hard fought game at the Milford Ice Pavilion. Sophomore Peter Giatrelis (Wallingford, CT) scored the game-winning goal for the Pioneers at 9:02 of the third period.

November 21, 2003
Army Skates to 2-2 Tie with Quinnipiac
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Quinnipiac's Jack Devaney scored with 2:45 left in regulation lifting the visiting Bobcats to a 2-2 overtime tie with host Army in front of 2,019 fans at Tate Rink Friday evening. The Black Knights move to 5-4-2 overall and 2-3-2 in Atlantic Hockey, while the Bobcats stand at 5-4-1 and 3-0-1 in the AHA.

November 21, 2003
Western Michigan Tops Mercyhurst 4-2
Mercyhurst stepped out of the Atlantic Hockey Association Friday, November 21, and dropped a 4-2 decision to Western Michigan in the first-ever meeting between the two schools. The Lakers dropped to 4-4 on the season in losing for the third straight time. The Broncos improved to 5-6-2.

October 29, 2003
PrestoSports Named Atlantic Hockey Official Web Developer

October 16, 2003
NHL.com: Atlantic Hockey charts independent course

September 30, 2003
2003-04 Atlantic Hockey Season Preview

September 29, 2003
Mercyhurst Top of the Heap in Atlantic Hockey Poll
Mercyhurst was named the overwhelming favorite in the inaugural Atlantic Hockey preseason coaches' poll, receiving eight of a possible nine first-place votes. Atlantic Hockey begins play this season under a new banner, as the conference was formed after its nine schools decided to leave the MAAC in June. The league has a new commissioner, former Merrimack athletic director and Hockey East commissioner Bob DeGregorio, and a new makeup after the announcements by Fairfield and Iona that they would drop hockey after 2002-03. But according to league coaches, the Lakers will still be the team to beat. Mercyhurst comes off a season in which it went 22-13-2 and claimed both the MAAC regular season and postseason titles. The Lakers return 18 players, including eight forwards who had 17 points or better last year.

September 29, 2003
Army Welcomes Philadelphia Flyers To West Point

September 24, 2003
Army-RMC Rivalry Recognized By Insidecollegehockey.com

September 23, 2003
Ferhi in First NHL Training Camp with Anaheim

August 19, 2003
Bentley: Tolan Named Assistant Hockey Coach

July 11, 2003
Canisius and Niagara To Host Annual Xerox Punch Imlach College Hockey Showcase

July 2, 2003
Holy Cross: Coach Paul Pearl Recommits

July 1, 2003
Mercyhurst: Gotkin's Contract Extended Four Years

June 30, 2003
Former Members of MAAC Realign to Form Atlantic Hockey
The nine former members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Hockey League voted today to sever ties with the conference and form their own Division I men's ice hockey league it was announced by Quinnipiac University Director of Athletics and Recreation Jack McDonald. The newly formed Atlantic Hockey begins play immediately with the 2003-04 season. In addition to the creation of the new alignment, former Merrimack College athletic director, Robert M. DeGregorio, Jr., was introduced as Atlantic Hockey's first commissioner. He will oversee the nine charter members of the new league to include, American International College, Army, Bentley College, Canisius College, University of Connecticut, Holy Cross, Mercyhurst College, Quinnipiac and Sacred Heart University.