PRESIDENTS WIN BIG AGAINST THE THUNDERING HERD
SATURDAY, JAN. 26, 2013 -- MEMORIAL ICE ARENA -- The Presidents traveled to South Charleston, WV and quickly jumped out to a big lead against the Thundering Herd of Marshall University and never looked back. The Presidents' 14-1 victory was highlighted by the scoring efforts of Bill Austin (14,15,16,17,18) and Chris Barron (3,4,5,6,7) who each lit the red lamp five times.
W&J goaltender John Borne was solid in net as he picked up his 2nd win of the season. Borne allowed just one goal and made some key saves early in the game to limit the Thundering Herd's offense.
John Hunter (1), Brad Marshall (4), Dylan North (1), and Alex Figuly (2) also scored single goals for the Red & Black. North's and Hunter's goals were the first of their ACHA collegiate hockey careers.
PRESIDENTS SPLIT WEEKEND SERIES VS. YOUNGSTOWN STATE
SUNDAY, JAN. 13, 2013 -- ICEOPLEX AT SOUTHPOINTE -- Washington & Jefferson College bounced back from Friday night's 11-6 loss at Youngstown State by avenging the loss at home on Saturday night with a thrilling 10-9 victory at the Iceoplex at Southpointe.
Bill Austin (10, 11, 12, 13) scored 4 goals and added an assist for his second consecutive 5 point game while freshman sensation CJ Murray (7, 8, 9) netted the hat trick and an assist for a 4 point night. Murray now leads the team with 19 points in 7 games this season. Sophomore Chris Barron (2) scored and added 4 assists which totaled a career high 5 point night.
W&J held a 3-2 lead at the end of the first period and then proceeded to outscore the visiting Penguins 5-2 in the second frame. Despite the 8-4 deficit entering the third period, Youngstown State continued to battle and pulled the game to within 9-7 with just under 10 minutes remaining. However, Austin scored his 4th (and eventual game winner with 6:34 left to go.
Despite Austin's 4th goal, the furious third period rally for YSU continued. The Penguins scored twice in the final 4:30 to pull within one at 10-9. However, W&J buckled in and survived the final minute to hold on for the win. Freshman Grant Chidester (3) scored for the second consecutive game while Alex Figuly (1) scored a goal and added an assist in his return to the Presidents' lineup.
Despite the tough loss on Friday, W&J got a great individual effort from junior Bill Austin (7th, 8, 9) who netted a hat trick and dished out two assists for a career best 5 point night. Freshman Grant Chidester (1st, 2) also scored the first two goals of his ACHA career.
ICEOPLEX AT SOUTHPOINTE -- Washington & Jefferson College Ice Hockey Head Coach Lou Biancaniello was recently interviewed by Inside High School Hockey's Matt Popchock of the PIHL Network. Biancaniello discussed the recruiting process of the ACHA Division I team. He also stated how players can improve their skills and focus on improving their chance of playing hockey at the collegiate level.
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PRESIDENTS FALL TO ITHACA BUT FRESHMAN CJ MURRAY IMPRESSES IN HOCKEY DEBUT
FRIDAY, SEPT. 29, 2012 -- ICEOPLEX AT SOUTHPOINTE -- Washington & Jefferson College Ice Hockey (0-1-0) had a rough start to its 2012-13 season with a 10-3 loss to visiting Ithaca College (1-1-0) on Friday night at the Iceoplex at Southpointe.
Despite the loss, the Presidents have much to look forward to as freshman forward CJ Murray (Michigan Warriors - NAHL) didn't disappoint and showed his capability to dominate play as he generated several scoring chances. Murray scored twice and assisted on another goal for a three point college hockey debut. W&J also got a boost from freshman forward Brad Marshall (University School - GCHSHL) who scored in the second period, off a rebound, in the slot for his first ACHA collegiate goal.
The Presidents found themselves quickly trailing 4-0 after a furious Ithaca first period and seemingly couldn't recover. W&J found some offensive momentum on the power play but wasn't able to find twine on a 5 on 3 opportunity early in the 2nd period. The Presidents also had a setback as forward Jordan Ford (Kittanning - PIHL) was unable to play tonight due to injury.
The Presidents will next play on Saturday vs. Ithaca for game 2 of the weekend series a the Iceoplex at Southpointe. The puck will drop at 8:30 PM.
GOALTENDING COACH - SEAN MOLONEY - TO BE PUBLISHED!
"Modern Goaltending Modern Game" is the first book by W&J Goaltending Coach Sean Moloney. The book is not only an in-depth technical manual, but includes advice for Coaches and parents, and EXCLUSIVE interviews with Goaltenders at all levels and some of today's best Goaltending Coaches. Plus proceeds from every book sold will be donated to the Stevens-Johnson Syndrome foundation.
PRESIDENTS TO HOST FIRST ANNUAL JEFF COBB MEMORIAL - PUTT THE PUCK MINI GOLF OUTING
Friday, October 12th the Presidents Hockey team will honor their late team mate Jeff Cobb with their first annual Putt the Puck Mini Golf Outting. The outing will be held at the Red Carpet Golf & Recreation Center in Washington, PA. Early bird registration (recieved by October 11th) is only $8, cost at the door is $10.
What's so different about this event? Plenty! We'll be using hockey sticks in place of golf clubs and taking slap shots off the driving range. There will be food, prizes, and family fun for all who attend!
Can't make it to the Putt the Puck? You can still help sponsor the event!
PRESIDENTS ANNOUNCE TRY-OUT SCHEDULE
Try-outs/Practices this week will be held at the Iceoplex on the following schedule.
Tuesday, September 4th 10pm (On Ice)
Wednesday, September 5th 10:15pm (Dry training)
Thursday, September 6th 10:10pm (On Ice)
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
PRESIDENTS HOST ALUMNI EVENT
We would like to invite former players and Alumni who are hockey fans to our Alumni social during our final home game of the season. This is a great opportunity for everyone to reunite and build the foundation for the future of hockey and a hockey tradition at W&J. Appetizers will be provided by Morascyzk and Polochak Attorneys at Law along with the W&J Alumni Staff. Alumni and fans can RSVP to by February 8th email@example.com
Where: Jay's Sports Bar and Restaurant
When: Sunday, February 12th 2:30pm (Puck drops at 3:00pm)
PRESIDENTS FEEL THE LOSS OF ONE OF THEIR OWN.
It is with great sadness that the Red & Black has lost one of the greatest members of its family. Jeff Cobb passed away unexpectedly on Friday, January 20, 2012 in Gainesville, FL. He was 28.
A 2007 W&J graduate and team captain, Cobb was a team leader on and off the ice. A member of the 2007 W&J ACHA Division I National Tournament Team, Cobb was the epitome of a total team player. He was a great fore-checker and often frustrated the opposing team's breakout from the defensive zone. Jeff was also a player with great skill who played with an immense edge and energy and had the ability to put the puck in the net.
Upon graduation from W&J, Cobb was employed by Gleim, Inc., an accounting company located in Gainesville, Florida. Cobb also was the head coach for the University of Florida's ice hockey team during the 2010-11 season.
SEAN MOLONEY TO BE W&J'S NEW GOALTENDERS COACH
The W&J Hockey program is proud to announce the addition of World-renowned Goaltending Coach Sean Moloney to the Coaching staff. Coach Moloney comes to W&J after spending the 2010-11 season at IUP. Prior to his season at IUP, he spent 5 very successful years at Robert Morris, during which 2 of his Goaltenders were invited to join RMU's NCAA team, and he coached Goaltender Jonathan Hoffmann to 2007-08 ACHA All-American honours. Originally from St. Catharines, Ontario Coach Moloney has been developing Goaltenders throughout the US and more extensively Canada for over 15 years. His students can currently be found at all levels of Junior, College, and Professional Hockey in North America and Europe. He is also currently the director of Building Blocks Goaltending summer Goaltending school. Coach Moloneywill join the Presidents' staff on a part-time basis effective when the schedule resumes after the Holiday break. In addition to Coaching the Goaltenders, he will also be heavily involved in recruiting and promotions.
"When I first was hired to lead the W&J hockey program, Coach Moloney was one of the first people I thought of. When he became available, it was a no brainer to bring him on board. His knowledge of the goaltending position is unparalleled in this area. Also, his dedication and love of the game will be a huge asset to the program. We are fortunate to have Coach Moloney, and I personally look forward to working with him in our quest to be a national contender." Coach Biancaniello.
The entire program is pleased to welcome a Coach and individual of Coach Moloney's calibre to the W&J Hockey community. "I'm truly grateful to Coach Biancanello for this opportunity." Moloney said. "To have the chance to work with a Coach and Man I respect and admire so highly is a real honour. I'm looking forward to working with him, the rest of the staff, and the players as we build great things for this program and the University."
FRESHMEN FORD AND BARRON HELPING LEAD THE WAY
Despite the W&J Presidents' struggles during the 2011-12 season, the team has a positive outlook for the future as two freshmen are helping pave the way.
Freshmen forwards Jordan Ford (11 points) and Chris Barron (8 points) have made an instant impact for the Red & Black.
Ford (pictured above), a freshman from Kittanning, has scored 6 goals and notched 5 assists for 11 total points in 13 games. He has also provided a spark for the penalty killing units and has 2 short-handed goals.
Barron (pictured below), a freshman from Washington DC, has scored 4 goals along with 4 assists for 8 points in 10 games played. Barron has brought a physical presence to the W&J lineup having amassed a team lead 49 penalty minutes.