Hi everybody, hope you all enjoyed the weekend as much as I did.
Yesterday it was sunny and 63 degrees here in Fredonia. After taking
most of last week off from physical activities I found myself back in
the gym this morning. The preparation for next season starts now and our
physical status can be a great advantage going into the season if we
use our time wisely.
I'm also done with my first
midterms for the semester. We are now entering the second third of the
semester and as hockey has come to an end we got some more time on our
hands to focus on schoolwork.
Well last time a I talked with y'all winter was here, but now it seems like spring is making a come back. With the higher temps and shining sun, I'm hoping the golf courses dry up and open soon so I can tune up my swing before the big April tournament in Augusta...
This has been a special year. As my second season of college hockey comes to a close I can't help but to look back and reflect on how far we have come as a squad. It was far from the end result that we wanted, but I was proud to battle next to the 27 other brothers I had this year. Each and every single one of those guys made it a pleasure to come to the rink with everyday (even during our late season bag skate). A big thank you to the seniors on their way out - you guys have taught me well over the past two seasons and I can't wait to keep growing the legacy that you've put in place. Cheers to your futures, I know you'll make us all proud!!
Officially just finished the first week of school as a normal student. Since the season just ended and there’s no practice to look forward to after classes anymore. It’s a weird feeling going from seeing the guys every day to now seeing everyone sporadically throughout the week. Lucky we have grown so close to one another over these past months, we are still able to make some time to see everyone. It goes to show how tight of a locker room we had and I can’t wait for next season to start. With the season ending I expected a lot of free time but instead going to the library after practice, all that’s changed is I get there three hours earlier and am there just as late.
Well it's all over, the season has now ended and I have completed my first year of college hockey. There were a lot of ups and downs and plenty of good times and new friends and bonds made. Unfortunately we didn't get the end results we wanted, just felt we couldn't get a bounce to go our way. Now it's time to shift my focus to next year. As for the graduating seniors on the team this year it was an absolute pleasure and honor getting to know and playing with each and every one of you, could not have asked for a better group of guys to share the locker room with!
Frankie Hart here again, hard to believe it's almost March already! Well this past weekend was a hard one for the team as the season has come to an end. It was especially hard to have our last games with our seniors who will be greatly missed. Mitch, Taylor (Tyler), Slick, Flags, Whitey, and Daniel have been great role models. Their leadership has been instrumental to turning our team around for the better. I've had the pleasure of knowing these guys for 3 years and I wish them nothing but the best in the future.
On another note, this spring semester is flying by, in a few short weeks it will be spring break. I am looking forward to heading home to ice fish with my family while some of my pals on the team are heading to much warmer weather!
Marcus Ortiz back for another blog. Well its a sad time around the rink for us right now as reflections on missed opportunities and personal strife throughout the season lingers in the mind and the reality has sunk in.
On a positive note, the boys are all excited and getting geared up for tonight's home playoff game for women's basketball. we hope to cheer them on to a first round victory tonight and let them know that we are behind them 100%.
We are at a time of year when we see more of the boys in the library and the gym than ever before. Lots of resting and recovering from a long season is occurring right now, as we all wish we were gearing up for a playoff game Friday... Well, its almost game time around here, gotta go paint my face!
Hey everyone its Shawn Geary back on the blog. First Monday in a long
time that we won't be practicing as our season ended this past Saturday.
Missing playoffs was a disappointment but I wouldn't have wanted to go
through the season with anyone else, the seniors will be greatly missed next
year. With the season now over its also a good time for us to enjoy time
away from the rink for a while like our intramural basketball, 0-2
looking for our first win tomorrow night! Also looking forward to the
upcoming goose and turkey season! Hope everyone enjoys their spring
semester and have a great day ! ...... Summers almost here hang in there
and till next time !
Hello everyone, its Rich Demarco back on the blog today. The
season has come to an end this past Saturday with a loss to Oswego. We may not
have made the playoffs this year but I wouldn’t consider this season as a
failure. We ended playing some of our best hockey with two heat breaking overtime
losses to Geneseo and Brockport. The way we ended makes me look forward to the
future with positivity about what could come. I couldn’t have asked for a
better senior class to share the ice with and to learn from. They truly were
the heart and soul of the team and you could feel that in the locker room. It’s
because of those guys that the team got back on track and back in the win
column. They deserved a better fate but I just would like to thank them all for
everything they’ve done for me and the team this year. That’s it for my time
here on the blog, have a good week.
Tonight was a special night for our team and the seniors. It was an honor to play with all the seniors and the rest of my Fredonia family in our last game of the season. Every one of them will be life long friends of mine, I wish them all the best in their future endeavors. Tonight was the first time I ever teared up after a season ender in my career, and the only reason I did was because I will dearly miss skating, playing, and just hanging out with this group of boys. I love you all and thank you for all that you have done for me. Cheers fellas.
PS. Oswego and every other team in this league is gonna get what they got coming to them. MARK. MY. WORDS.
Hello everyone its Mackenzie McAvoy tuning into todays blog. I just wanted to say I am so glad its Friday, the weekend is finally here after a long week of study and presentations for me.
last time I was on the blog I talk about how I broke my hand and
unfortunately my season was over. Well just to update everyone, I have
had my cast off for about a week now, doing therapy on my hand and it
getting better each day. I have one more week left till I am officially
able to lift weights or play any physical sport. So for me I am very
excited to be able to use my right hand once again especially
to write with and do school work.
So now to talk about a little hockey here, we have our to last games of the regular season tonight and tomorrow
which we play against Cortland and Oswego. The guys have been
practicing all week gearing up for our seniors last weekend playing
together. The feeling for myself has not sunk in yet that these guys
will be leaving at the end of the year, in which I am grateful to have
great friendships with. For everyone out there that doesn't really know
our team too well, we have a very close group of guys, and its always
hard having guys leave and having in their last weekend of hockey.
Our Senior Night will be held Saturday
to honor our seniors for the 4 years or less that they have been for.
For myself I want to thank the seniors who are also my closest friends
like everyone, on the team, for these past 3 years I have been here.
They would t been the same without you guys and you will be missed but
never forgotten that is for sure!
the team we have, these last two games will most definitely be selling
out for the seniors, because they deserve that sort or character from
the boys and I know no doubt the guys will do that for them.
It is finally sunny again here at SUNY Fredonia. This
weekend is going to be my last two games in my collegiate career and I cannot
say anything else than it has been the best time of my life and I am ready to
finish with a bang. As a freshman I could not wait to get my degree and start
making money but now when I am just a few months away…. I am wishing that I am
a freshman all over again. The time has flown by so fast that I am afraid that
when I wake up tomorrow I will be 50.
I hope that everybody is coming to watch us play this
weekend at 7 in Steele hall, tomorrow against Cortland and Saturday against Oswego
on our senior night!
Yet another cold one here
in Fredonia for us all. Personally, I love everything about the cold,
even though I come from California. I love being able to bundle up, wear
sweats and drink a nice hot cup of Joe or hot chocolate, whatever you
Unfortunately we are in our last week
of the season with our last few practices this week. The boys and I are
just looking to go out with a bang to end this year on a high note and
to get a few more wins for our seniors. But trust me, we WILL be back.
Well this is a bittersweet blog entry. The season is coming to an
end with just two games left but unfortunately playoffs aren't in our
future. These two games this weekend will be the last time I ever step
on the ice for a college game and it's not a very good feeling to say
the least. It seems like just yesterday I was writing my first blog.
It is crazy to think that I have almost been here for 3 years now.
This weekend we finish with Cortland and Oswego and boy would it be
nice this weekend to go out with two wins. This year was a year I will
never forget much like the other two and I wouldn't have changed it for
anything. Stay safe in this snow and hope my blog readings weren't too
was a war of a weekend with two overtime losses, there was never any
quit and we were a resilient group but unfortunately with the way things
are, next weekend will be the final weekend of my college hockey
career. Reflecting back I still remember getting here meeting my new
best friends Day 1. The seniors that first year tell you just how fast
it goes by and to take advantage while you're here. I think Mitch, Ryan
and myself did just that and have had a great 4 years filled with more
memories and experiences than we can count. I know that the
relationships that I have developed here will be with me for life. It is
also special that the three of us who have been together for 4 years
are all from Alberta, who would have thought 5 years ago when we were
playing against each other in the AJHL we would become more than
teammates. Looking back I have definitely grown as a player and a person
throughout my time here and have learned a lot along the way. I have
had the pleasure of having the opportunity to play in a program with the
best teammates, and I can't say enough about the guys that have been in
the locker room throughout the years. I wish the best to all the
players that have been here and will be here in the future, I know I
won't soon forget Fredonia.
there everyone just checking in for my final installment on the blog.
As the season is coming to an end it is as good of a time as any to look
back on my college career. It has been an amazing four years that has
just flown by, these have been the best years of my life. I have met so
many great people over the years here and played with so many great
teammates that I will never forget. It feels like just a few weeks ago
that my parents were helping me move into the dorms and I was meeting my
new roommate and future best friend Taylor Bourne. Along with Taylor
and fellow senior Mitch Kaufmann we have been through some highs and
lows and gained not only friends, but brothers. This season maybe has not
gone quite like we had hoped for our final year but it has been a great
one and a year that has pushed us and made us grow as players and
people. However as I look back it's not always the hockey that sticks
out but the relationships that I have made. As I said earlier I have had
so many great teammates over the years but the special bond that I have
formed with Mitch and Taylor, being together since day one, is not one
that will be broken soon. I would like to thank my brothers for sticking
with me through everything and hope that we can stick together for many
years to come. Signing out #25 Ryan Wilkinson
Tough loss last night to Brockport as they edged us 4-3 in overtime
putting a 5 point spread between us and them. With our last away game of
the regular season today the boys are on the road to Geneseo looking to
steal 2 points from the Knights; it’s going to take a full effort from
FREDONIA, N.Y. - If Fredonia men's hockey coach Jeff Meredith has one regret in his 28 seasons behind the Blue Devil bench, it's this: He has missed most of his son Matt's college hockey games.
"That is the saddest thing to me," the elder Meredith said. "I haven't gotten to see him play a lot."
The Merediths will have a mini-reunion Friday when Matt and his Brockport teammates come to Fredonia to play his dad's team. Game time is 7 p.m.
Matt Meredith, a sophomore winger, was in the lineup against Fredonia two other times - both times in Brockport. That makes Friday's game his first time back on the Steele Hall, where Jeff Meredith has coached since 1997.
There's a lot on the line Friday, especially for the Blue Devils, who trail the Golden Eagles by three points for the sixth and final SUNYAC playoff berth.
A Brockport win or a tie would be damaging to Fredonia's chances.
It is the third straight weekend blood has run thicker than Steele's frozen water. When Potsdam was here Jan. 30, it was a rematch of the Rivera brothers from Pacific Palisades, Calif. - freshman Luke of Fredonia vs. senior Jake of Potsdam. They also met earlier this season in Potsdam.
Last weekend, the Casales from Lewiston, N.Y. were on opposite sides - Benjamin, the Fredonia freshman, against Joe, a senior for SUNY Canton - both Friday and Saturday nights.
Fredonia and Potsdam split their two games. So did Fredonia and SUNY Canton. Having lost at Brockport 4-3 last Nov. 20, Jeff Meredith will be happy with a split against his son's team - a game which leaves his wife, Joanne, in an unenviable place.
"She told me she wants Matt to do well, she wants him to score a goal," Jeff said. "But she wants us to win. After all, she has to live with me."
Updated Pink The Rink dollar totals are in. The sale of game-worn pink Blue Devil jerseys, officials shirts, and other donations netted $7,461, bringing the total since 2008 to $67,529.16. Collections made in 2007 - the first year of Pink The Rink - are not included.All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society of Western New York ... After playing at home Friday, the Blue Devils are on the road Saturday when they travel to Geneseo.
I'd like to start out by saying happy
birthday to my youngest brother, turning the big 18 today. On another
note, the boys are all anxious for tomorrow as we fight Brockport for a
playoff spot here at home. We've been battling hard in practice this
week and can't wait to hit the ice tomorrow night.
Mike Freeman coming at you guys with another blog!
Well, it's do-or-die time for your Blue Devils as we face an absolute must win game this Friday at home against Brockport. So here's the lay of the land: Brockport sits in the spot directly ahead of us, which is sixth place. That also happens to be the last playoff spot. If we beat them this Friday, we will creep to just one point in the standings behind them with the same amount of games remaining. So as I said, do-or-die.
All technical stuff aside, the boys know we just need to simply come out and play as well and as hard as we possibly can, and that is exactly what we have been talking about all week in practice. We do still have a good deal of control over our own destiny, meaning if we win the remainder of our games, we will set ourselves up for the best possible scenario. The confidence in our room right now is very high as everybody trusts the guys to their right and left.
Speaking as a Freshman on this team, I personally want to win for the Seniors on our team that have undoubtedly been the driving force behind this seasons successes. The least we can do as a team is totally empty the tank this Friday and Saturday nights just to try and give those guys a shot at a playoff push. Hopefully we can come together as a group and achieve something special.
Stay posted Devils Faithful and know we appreciate you!
Good morning Fredonia, #4 Jon Carlson here on the blog. The Devils would
like to again thank everyone for coming out to our Pink the Rink game
this previous weekend. Was an exciting weekend for myself personally as I
had some family in attendance for there first ever Blue Devil hockey
experience. Looking forward to this weekend, as we host Brockport on
Friday in a huge conference tilt. The Devils currently sit with 8
conference points behind Brockport with 11. Thanks for reading, and I
hope everyone enjoys the rest of the day.
Hello Blue devil fans, Ben Casale here checking in for another blog.
What a weekend with Pink the Rink and the Superbowl mixed with physics homework! I want to thank all the fans who came out and supported us Saturday night. Even though we didn’t get the win it was an amazing experience and one I will remember forever. Not only because it was sold out and for a great cause, but also because it was the first time I have ever played against my older brother. My father had to buy 45 tickets for family and friends that wanted to come watch the game. Needless to say this weekend was very special for me and my family.
Thank you fans for making it even more special.
Until next time!
Ben Casale #19
Sunday's are usually a day of rest. After a couple non conference games against canton this weekend, the boys are relaxing on the final day of the weekend watching the Super Bowl. There is nothing better than some pizza and wings on an off day before a very important week coming ahead. Let's go Panthers.
The Blue Devils are ready for a huge weekend defending Steel Hall
After a great week in practice us Devils are just waiting to hit the ice tonight against Canton at 7 pm. I have always been a big fan of getting up the day of a game and getting a good sweet on and shoot a bucket of pucks. A few of the boys went out for a nice morning skate to get the hands and legs ready for tonight.
Tomorrow is one of the biggest games of the year at Steele Hall as we take on Pink the Rink. I was lucky enough to attend this event last year where the Blue Devils took on Potsdam. Although we did not come out on top it was and still is such a great event to participate in. We are all extremely excited to play in such a beneficial game to raise awareness for Breast Cancer.
Hope to see all our family and friends there for the support for not only us but Breast Cancer awareness!
Hey everyone Luke Rivera back on the blog here.
What a weekend it was
against two very competitive teams. Almost had 4 out of 4 points but
ended up with 2 out of 4 which is definitely progress. Now we got a
weekend we've all been waiting for. Pink The Rink! Really looking
forward to going to battle another weekend with the guys. Everyone has
been in a great mood and having fun playing the game. Looking forward to
getting these 4 points this weekend against Canton..
#15 Zach Pease checking in for my first blog of the new year. I wish everyone success and a good start to the spring semester.
This weekend is all about Pink the Rink. Game time is 7:00pmon Saturday
evening. The opponent for both games this weekend are the SUNY Canton
Roos. I get the chance to see a few old teammates from my time in
Kirkland Lake. Two big wins will help to propel us and prepare us for
the last four conference games. Those conference games will be must wins
as we make a push for the SUNYAC playoffs. Things are looking up as we
can go far if we get hot at the right time.
Have a great weekend and make sure to come out to Pink in the Rink this Saturday at 7:00pm.
Sammy here again on the blog, and I have to say it feels good to be able to write about a hard earned win this past weekend against Potsdam! We are building already for a great pair of games this upcoming weekend which happens to be our Pink the Rink night for Saturday. We are ready and hungry for a great battle and a great attitude for the rest of the season! Come out and support. Until next time!
After a hard fought battle against league leading Plattsburgh (4) the boys stayed together and brought home the victory Saturday night against Potsdam.
I was fortunate enough this weekend to see some old buddies I had a chance to play Jr's with over the past few years. It was good to catch up with Plattsburghs top defensemen Rich Botting as well as Nick Belger. Unfortunately they got the better of us coming out on top with a 4-3 in a hard fought battle. Although a tough Friday night the boys came together and strung together a HUGE victory against Potsdam. There was no better feeling than beating up on some old buddies that I played with in Hartford!
The boys look forward to a great intense week of practice and then a huge weekend that includes two games vs. Canton which include our Pink The Rink game Saturday night at 7:00!