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CNU Club Hockey Makes it Nine in a Row
With back-to-back victories against Loyola (Md.) and Salisbury this past weekend, Christopher Newport University’s club hockey team improved their record to an impressive 14-1. The success of the club hockey team has warranted as much attention to their club as CNUs football team.
“We always have people coming up to us and telling us how awesome it is to go to (our) hockey games. They wish we had more,” said sophomore forward Kyle Jahn. The Captains have played most of their season on the road, which has brought the team closer together. “The road trips are a lot of fun. We all bond and go out to team dinners where we have a little fun with the boys by doing shoe checks and making the person stand up in front of everyone at the restaurant and sing a song,” said Jahn. The bonding on the road off the ice has allowed the team to thrive on it, as the team is currently on a nine game winning streak.
“With every win we grow more as a team, whether it is playing better with your line mates or learning a new part of the system. We are getting better each game with not taking penalties. if we stay out of the box and play solid defense we will win every game we play,” said Jahn.
Sophomore defensemen Brad Kostrzebski believes the team’s discipline has been the reason for their winning streak and overall success, “Within the game we just play with intensity and always stick to our systems. Our success comes from our strong play as a team. We do not have a lot of individual talent, we play together as one unit,” said Kostrzebski. Jahn has bought into the team method and understands his role on the team, “ I am just trying to do my job. I am trying to keep everyone on the bench fired up and positive. The more positive we are the better we play,” said Jahn.
With such a hot start to the season, there is reason to believe this Captains team can beat anyone they face. ”We expect to win every game that we play, no matter who it is against. There is no division three team in the country that we can’t compete with,” said Kostrzebski. CNU club hockey has created a winning culture this year, with expectations of winning the Blue Ridge Hockey conference for the third year in the row and possibly making CNU club hockey history. ”We have goals to win the BRHC championship, and ultimately making it to nationals for the first time in school history. We have the team that can do it and with positive attitudes and hard work, I think we can accomplish anything we set our minds to,” said Jahn. With the way the team has played so far, it is hard to disagree."
-Captain's Log, newspaper of Christopher Newport University
New Schedule Announced
The Captains have finalized their schedule for the 2013-14 season. In the first outing of the season last weekend, the Captains traveled to Laurel, MD to play in the first BRHC / CBHL showcase. The Captains dominated the Tri-City Eagles in the first game winning 6-1. On Sunday, the Captains came out strong again beating the Ashburn Xtreme 7-2.
The Captains have their first pair of home games of the season this Friday and Saturday at 10pm at the Hampton Roads Iceplex against the South Carolina Gamecocks. Come on out and show your support!
Recruit Weekend Announced
CNU hockey's annual recruit weekend is going to be this Saturday, April 20, 2013. It is a great time for players, parents and other family members to look at the university as well as getting an inside look at the hockey program.
Prospective players will get the chance to meet the coaches, an admissions officer and the members of the team. A presentation of the school and team will be given once players get to campus, followed by a tour of the university. After the tour, the team will provide a lunch for players and families where they will also get to sit and eat with the team. This provides an opportunity to ask questions and discuss the hockey program along with the academics. Following lunch everyone will meet at the rink, Hampton Roads Iceplex, where recruits and current members of the team will hop on the ice for a scrimmage. All recruits are encouraged to stay the night with members of the team to see what it is like to live in our beautiful residence halls.
Any parents or other family members, who wish to stay overnight, or need accommodations, please don't hesitate to contact us as we can set you up with a hotel in the area.
There will be a small fee of $40 to attend this weekend.
If you are interested please contact us as soon as possible. You can get in touch with our recruiters or coach:
Tyler Bemis: Tbemis17@yahoo.com or (603)724-4585
Brad Kostrzebski: Bradley.firstname.lastname@example.org
Head Coach Ed Shulman: email@example.com
The team will also have representatives at the Washington Capitals College fair this coming Saturday, April 13th, 2013. If you wish to register you can do it at the following link: http://capitals.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=42932
We hope to see you all there!
Coming off a heartbreaking overtime defeat in the first round of regionals against the University of Arkansas the Captains rebounded just as they did last year to win the BRHC championship. But this year they did it in a much more impressive way. As the fourth seed of the playoffs the Captains had to win three games to capture the trophy.
First up was rival Salisbury. The captains finally began to play with a head on their shoulders as the gulls tried to get under the skin of the captains, but it didn't phase them. As three gulls players, all team captains, were ejected. CNU took advantage of this by putting four in the back of the Salisbury net, two in which were powerplay goals, completing the first round with a 4-2 victory. After the win the captains had to wait for who they would play next. In a major upset, University of Richmond defeated the offensive powerhouse UNC-Wilmington, 9-2. Making the Richmond Spiders having to play Loyola, the team the Captains beat last year in the championship game, who also had gone to nationals two out of the last three years. With that the captains had to face Charlotte.
In a defensive battle the Captains again kept a head on their shoulders, not allowing the 49ers to get into their heads. Eric Dumas played outstanding as he snubbed all the shots coming his way. The Captains took an early 1-0 lead through two periods. Then in the third Kyle Jahn burried the puck on a breakaway. The 49ers would respond though on a quick one timer. But CNU responded again giving them a 3-1 lead and again frustrated the 49ers in not giving in to cheap shots. The score would remain the same, sending CNU to their second consecutive BRHC championship game. The game prior to the Charlotte one, Richmond again surprised everyone by defeating #1 Loyola in overtime. Setting up a Richmond, CNU final.
The Captains earlier this year for the first time swept the season series against the spiders, a first in CNU hockey history. From the start of the game the Captains controlled the entire play. Going up 3-0 in the first, they would not look back. Playing a team game and shutting down individual play all of playoffs the Captains were able to repeat as BRHC champions winning 6-2 over the Spiders. The captains played a defensive game and knew they had to overcome a lot to get where they needed to be, which was BRHC champions once again. Goalie Eric Dumas was named tournament MVP as he allowed just five goals in three games.
Coach Ed Shulman was named Coach of the year. In his first year he guided the captains to a 20-8-3-1 record, a birth in regionals where they almost upset #2 seed Arkansas, and a BRHC colonial championship. Also, recieving awards was Matt Scott as he earned a 2nd team all colonial award.
We want to thank everyone who supported the captains as it was an amazing season, with many firsts for the organization, and we know we couldn't have done it without the support from parents, fans, and the university.
We Thank You!
Captains Tie NC State; Looking Towards an Important Weekend at Liberty Showcase
Saturday the Captains travelled to NC State. CNU fell down by one early when a bouncing puck was batted out of the air and slipped past Eric Dumas. But the Captains struck back when Matt Scott took a booming slap shot and found the back of the net. Then Dustin Ward-Dahl found a puck sitting in the slot where he buried it low past the Wolfpack netminder.
But a costly penalty and game misconduct from Kyle Jahn for running into the goalie gave the Wolfpack a five minute powerplay, and they took advantage of it, by scoring two power play goals. The first when a NC State forward walked out of the corner and back handed the puck top corner past Dumas. Then on a funny play, a player took a shot where it hit a CNU defender's stick in the slot and slowly and awkwardly hit Dumas's pad and then post and rolled into the net.
The Captains stood tall though as they continued to pressure the Wolfpack by pouring on the shots. Then in the third period down 3-2 a D to D pass made its way up to Max Horner where he fed a nice pass to Brandon Finch who split the D and made a nice move and backhanded a goal to tie the game. In overtime the Captains continued to pressure, as did the Wolfpack, but at the end of overtime neither found the back of the net. According to ACHA Division II rules the referee has the "OPTION" to allow for a shootout, and in this situation for some reason the referee did not want to see a shootout and ended the game.
Though no winner came out of the game the Captains took nothing but positive from the game as it was preparation for this weekend's showcase at Liberty University. The Captains will play #12 Division II Delaware on Friday at 5:00PM then on Saturday the biggest game of the season the Captains will take on #2 Kennesaw State who is 17-0 and the Captains are looking to change that and springboard higher in rankings. The weekend's finale will have CNU facing off against #8 Division II Liberty University, who is also coached by former CNU Assistant Coach Josh Tucker. If you want to tune in for a live broadcast on Sunday here is the link below and there will twitter updates as well!
Long Awaited Update
CNU hockey wants to apologize for failure to update the site. Since the last time people tuned in CNU has played rival ECU, The Showcase, and Salisbury.
The Captains traveled to rival ECU Nov. 2nd where of course they found themselves in a chippy game, and questionable refereeing. But the captains were able to over come a 2-1 deficit to prevail 6-3, the second straight victory and only second overall against rival ECU. Goal scorers for CNU were Shane Kehl, Phil Bussjaeger, Alex Howell, Brandon Finch, Patrick Sheehan and TJ Corvetti. Matt Scott, and Kyle Jahn led the way with two assists and Shane Kehl also added two helpers on top of his goal. Eric Dumas was stellar in net with a 32 save victory.
The following weekend the Captains traveled to Philadelphia, PA for the Classic that invites the best teams from the BRHC and the Atlantic Region. The Captains were up for the test this weekend but came out sluggish the first game against Pitt-Johnstown. Falling behind 2-0 in the first the captains stormed back to build a two goal lead in the third, but UPJ came back to defeat the Captains 7-6
The next day the Captains came out looking to prove themselves to everyone that they were better than what they displayed the previous night. And that is exactly what they did as they beat Richard Stockton 5-0, completely controlling the game on the scoreboard and physically.
The next day didn't get easier as CNU played University of Albany. This game was much more physical then any game they had played before but he Captains stood strong. Going up early 1-0 in the first the Danes of Albany came back with a powerplay goal. But again, the captains rebounded and put away their second of the night. On a costly penalty the Danes capitalized on the powerplay again. This would be the last goal of regulation and overtime as both teams went to a shootout.
In the shootout, first up was Sheehan where he was stopped glove side by the Danes goalie. Dumas got his pad just out in time to stone the first Albany shooter. Kyle Jahn though helped move the Captains closer to victory as he beat the goalie to put the captains up 1-0 in the shootout. Shane Kehl was robbed on his attempt and it was now down to Dumas, and he came up big as he has all year by stopping the last Albany shooter and giving the Captains the 3-2 victory.
For stats of The Classic you can navigate the website here: http://www.pointstreak.com/prostats/scoreboard.html?leagueid=891&seasonid=9684&month=11&date=11/16/12
he captains built an early 2-0 lead in the first with goals from Langlais and Capranica. They captains were just short of putting Salisbury away but a goal was disallowed. The captains didn't do anything after that as Salisbury scored two in the first then two in the second, which proved to be enough.
The captains will host rival ECU as they look to rebound after the Salisbury loss. Gametime is Friday December 7th at 10:00PM. Tickets are only $1 as ticket prices will be going back down from their original $3 so come out to the game!
For stat updates check out the ACHA website: http://achahockey.org/player_roster.php?team_id=13019&league_id=1063
Another Weekend Sweep for The Captains
The Captains came into this weekend knowing it was one of the most important weekends to date, as the first ranking period was coming to an end on November 4th. They were also aware at the teams coming to town as well; two difficult opponents who have come out strong to start the season, so the Captains knew that these were must win games.
Friday night University of Richmond came into town. Coming off a tough weekend against two of the top teams in the Atlantic Region (Cal U and Robert Morris) and losing to both, CNU knew they wanted to bounce back. But they never got the chance from the drop of the puck to sound of the final buzzer. Out shooting the Spiders 32-20, the Spiders loan goal was off a wrist shot from the point on a rush that hit the defenseman's stick and trickled into the net. Other than that the CNU defense blocked tons of shots and Eric Dumas stood tall in net.
Offensively, the captains shined early as they jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the first, with scoring spread out; goals from Langlais, Horner, Velosky and Jahn. The offense died down a little in the second but picked up again in the third as they dictated play by moving the puck and firing pucks on net. The Captains finished the game strong and defeated the Spiders 5-1.
In the second game of the weekend, was Charlotte. A team that has been hot to start the year and was strong all last season. Coming with a record of 7-1, this was the most important game so far. Yet again, the Captains were up for the challenge. The started the scoring off in the first with a tap in goal from Jahn. The 49ers would come back with one of their own, but CNU would strike again going into the second 2-1. In the second the flood gates opened up as the Captains controlled the second and the third period, on the scoreboard and physically. After two the score was 5-1. The Captains would bang in three more as the 49ers could only put one more away. The captains prevailed with a final score of 8-2. Freshmen Kyle Jahn finished his birthday celebration with 5 goals and 2 assists at the end of the night. Next on tap in ECU as CNU travels Friday to Greenville to take on the pirates at 7:30PM.
In addition to the outstanding weekend the Captains would also like to announce that they will be participating in the Liberty Showcase January 18, 19, and 20. CNU will take on Liberty DII, Delaware DII and Kennesaw State DIII.
Captains Bounce Back and Sweep Weekend
After a heart breaking loss to Loyola in overtime last weekend the Captains bounced back as they swept the weekend with a convincing 10-1 victory over VCU and a outstanding performance on Saturday against Salisbury 3-1.
From the get go the Captains were flying, putting six in the back of the net in just the first period. Alex Howell led the way with five points (2G, 3A). Brandon Finch had two goals, and Tyler Bemis had three assists. Eric Dumas stopped all but one on 25 shots.
The next day the Captains travelled to Salisbury for a meeting with an emotional Salisbury University. Defense being the key word this season the Captains had been working hard all week in keeping pucks out of the back of the net, and that is what they did. Even though Salisbury came out flying and emotional the Captains kept their composure, even when Salisbury scored on a high shot that somehow bounced into the back of the net giving them an early 1-0 lead.
Going into the second period the Captains put a lot of pressure on the Gulls, cycling and moving the puck effectively. The Captains would get on the board early when Kyle Jahn blocked a shot where he skated down on a two on one with Brandon Finch, patiently, he passed the puck to Finch who found the back of the net. Just a few minutes later the Captains took a three on two charge and capitalized as Finch dropped a pass off too Patrick Sheehan who ripped it past the goalie. A tic tac toe play by Danny Langlais and Shane Kehl found the Captains going into the third period with a 3-1 lead.
With defense in mind the Captains controlled the play and the clock with moving the puck very efficiently. Strong goaltending and penalty killing helped solidify the victory over the Gulls.
This coming weekend the Captains take on two difficult opponents in Richmond and Charlotte. Game time Friday vs Richmond is 10:00PM and Saturday at 5:30PM, both games at the Hampton Roads Iceplex.
Come out and support the Captains, they need it!
Captains Accept Invitation to Classic
This past week the Captains were invited to the Classic Showcase in Pennsylvania November 16th, 17th, and 18th. It showcases the best teams in the Atlantic of the conferences DVCHC, Empire, and CHE as well as the BRHC. The top four teams from each conference are selected to come and play. It is a high intensity weekend and the the Captains are excited to accept the offer.
In years past teams that participate in the showcase more often then not make it to regionals if not nationals. Four of the teams from the Atlantic as well as Loyola from the BRHC all made it to nationals last year, and will be playing in this years showcase. Teams that will be participating will include:
Southern Connecticut State
University of Pitt. Johnstown
University of Richmond
The Captains will start there weekend off against University of Pitt-Johnstown Friday at 5:45PM, Saturday against Richard Stockton at 10AM, and finally against University of Albany Sunday at 1:30PM.
Another Split for the Captains
CNU traveled too UNCW this past weekend for two games. The Captains split this weekends games with the Seahawks, losing 5-1 on Friday then winning 5-4 in overtime on Saturday.
Friday, CNU came out flat at the start of the game and was never able to rebound after that. UNCW, a much improved team this year who is likely to make a lot of noise in the ACHA this season jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first after a rebound jumped out to the corner and a UNCW player one-timed it in. CNU fell to a 2-0 hole going into the third but responded with a goal early in the third. Then costly mistakes and penalties proved to hurt them, as they lost 5-1. Eric Dumas played amazing again all night, making 35 of 40 saves.
The next night proved to be a better one, as right from the start the Captains were flying. Shane Kehl started the scoring with a nice spin around shot in front of the net past the UNCW goaltender. UNCW would respond with a goal, then Andrew Wickliffe took a nice low shot where it went passed a screened UNCW goaltender to give CNU the 2-1 lead.
UNCW wouldn't let up though as they responded back with 2 quick goals, giving them the 3-2 lead. Again, the Captains didn't let up as continuous pressure all night proved to benefit CNU. A scramble in front of the UNCW net left a free puck but a UNCW player covered it giving the Captains a penalty shot, and Freshmen Patrick Sheehan would burry it top glove to tie the game. Kyle Jahn just a few minutes later would carry the puck on an outlet pass down the left side and would fire a shot top corner to give the Captains the lead. Yet again, UNCW would respond late sending the game into overtime. Just a couple minutes into overtime, Brad Kostrzebski would give Danny Langlais a pass in the defensive zone where he would dance around a couple guys carry and carry it into the zone. As he attempted to make a pass on the two on one it was deflected up into the air where he would take a swing at it and pop it into the back of the net giving CNU the win.
"A good win, against a really good team" Coach Ed Shulman told the boys in the locker room. UNCW is sure to be a contender not only in the Colonial but in the ACHA South. The weekend helped shed light onto the team that the season is just beginning to heat up.
CNU travels to George Mason Friday night and Loyola on Saturday.
Rough But Good Weekend For Captains
"A win is a win" Coach Shulman stated after this weekends defeat of NC State DII. The weekend proved to be a bumpy ride for the Captains. On Friday cross water rival ODU came to town and it proved to be another good one as always. This year's ODU team had a lot more new talent then in years past and it showed throughout the game. Just two minutes into the contest Will Bock for ODU took a slap shot on a three on two rush from the tops of the circles on the powerplay that slipped under CNU goaltender Harrison Jenkins. ODU ran into penalty trouble all night as they had 48 penalty minutes in the first period alone with two game misconducts. Plenty of powerplay opportunities for the Captains didn't really help as they could only muster one goal in the first when Shane Kehl circled to the top of the slot where he took a slap shot and it went high glove beating the ODU netminder.
In the second period, the Captains took control of the game. Pouring the shots on net the ODU goaltender stood tall but on a delayed penalty, a shot from Brandon Finch on net left a rebound for Matt Scott to fly in and poke in the go-ahead goal. ODU would respond back when a one on two occurred and the ODU player took a shot that missed high over the net and quickly ricocheted back in front where the player shot it into the open net. CNU pressed on as a broken play in the defensive zone gave the Captains an odd man rush where a drop pass to Patrick Sheehan let him fire a wrist shot high blocker side giving the captains the 3-2 lead going into the third.
The third period proved to be the best period for the Captains as they went on an offensive explosion. Raining shots from everywhere on the ODU net and ultimately finding the back of the net five times. ODU was able to put in to more goals but wasn't enough as the defense for CNU was outstanding blocking shots, but it was the offense that carried the game. The constant pressure in the ODU zone and ample powerplay time proved effective. The Captains dumped 47 shots on ODU and allowed only 12 for the ODU offense.
NC State Division II was up next for the Captains, a team CNU had never played before. The first period was just about flawless for the Captains as again they poured the shots on net and scoring four times in the first, and again with stellar defense, limiting the Wolfpack too just 5 shots. The second period started well as a new NC State goaltender came in but Dustin Ward-Dahl found the back of the net early in the frame giving the Captains a 5-0 lead. Penalty issues started to become an issue as the Wolfpack scored on a powerplay as a loose puck was being hit at then trickled in past Eric Dumas. Dumas played extremely well in net, even making a tremendous stop on a penalty shot. (see photo)
Going into the third period the captains had a strong 5-1 lead and were dictating the play of the game but in the third, the Captains came out flat and it showed through out the last period. CNU gave up three more goals and luckily squeaked out with a 5-4 victory. The captains outshot NC State 43 to 27 with.
Also, the CNU coaching staff announced the 2012-2013 Captains: Tyler Bemis has been named captain and Matt Scott and Kenny Zamborksy were named assistant captains
October 4th and 5th the Captains will be traveling to UNCW for their first league games. Follow us on twitter for live updates.
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