Good morning Fredonia, Jon Carlson here on the blog for the last time of
the season. Would just like to thank all our fans out there that have
been with us all year. This is the last week of classes then exams next week.
Looking forward to getting home and seeing my family and friends. That
being said I'm going to miss my roommates, Hunter Long, Marcus Ortiz, and
Frankie Hart as they are graduating in 10 days or so.
As always, enjoy your day and better yet your summer.
Nick Harper here checking in
with unfortunately my last blog post of the year. Thank you for everyone
who has been following our blog this year, all of the fellas here
I've been having not the best
luck recently when it comes to the professional sports world. Granted
the Ducks had a nice first round series sweet against the flames which
was nice. However they lost a tough battle against the Edmonton Oilers Wednesday
night game 1. Hoping for a nice bounce back tonight for game 2. For my
baseball team the Mets, saying they are struggling would be an
understatement. Just 1-9 in there last 10 games with some key players
battling injuries. Gotta stay positive here though, good thing they play
162 games so plenty of time to bounce back.
That time of
year, one week left of classes and then exam week following that. If
anyone needs to reach me I'll be typing papers in the library probably
everyday until I get to go home.
Thanks again everyone who has been reading and I'll talk to you in the fall!
I hope everyone is enjoying
there week so far! I know I sure am as it was about 68-70 degrees here
in Fredonia and its about time were are getting some nice weather. It is
definitely started to feel like spring time around here and just a
touch of summer.
As the days go by, I have
really taken some time and reflected on my time here in Fredonia. It
feels like just yesterday I arrived on campus my freshmen year bringing
all my stuff up to the third floor dorms. lets just say it was very hot
out that day and a t-shirt change was a must after that haul. the time
really does fly by when you having fun with a great group of guys which
turned into family for me. I just want to take this time to thank
everyone that made my experience here in Fredonia a one I will never
forget. Also to all the boys who I played with over my career here, you
will never be forgotten.
Lastly I just want to say that I can't believe in 17 days
I'm going to be graduating, and I must say I'm very excited but also
very nervous for what the future holds. nervous in a good way of course.
Jamie Young checking in once again for todays edition of the blog.
always, the end of the semester is coming fast and all the boys are
working hard to stay on top of their work in the classroom as well as
the gym. Its been a great spring in a number of ways. All the guys have
been working especially hard in the gym this spring already setting our
sights on the ultimate prize for next year. I am excited to see how this
hard work translates over to the summer and continues until the fall
when everyone returns to campus.
It is crazy
to think that this will be my last summer before hitting the full-time
workforce - really makes you appreciate the luxuries we experience here
at school. I am excited for what the world hold for me, but man will I
miss playing with 25 of my closest friends day in and day out. In the
mean time though, I am going to enjoy every last second I have - bleed
every drop of fun!!
Hello hockey fans, summer is approaching and we only have 3 more weeks
left of school. The weather is shaping up and the sun has made some more
sporadic appearances allowing for the boys to hit the links and also
spend some more time outside. We also have the pleasure to have a former
Blue Devil among us until next Monday.
Damien Kulynych was finally able to come make the trip from Calgary,
Alberta. Damo was an incoming freshman the same year as me so it is
really nice for me and the other Juniors to see him again.
Sadly a big final paper is calling my name so I better get to work on that. Until next time !
all! Dunner back on the blog, and boy is time winding down on my
freshman year. With the end of school near my mind has shifted to school
mode and concentrating on my grades. Trying to tune then up in the last
month. With the season over and school coming to a close, I can't thank
my teammates and coaches enough for making this year unbelievable and
unforgettable. Well not much else to say folks. That's all for now.
Good afternoon Fredonia, this is Jon Carlson back on the blog. I was able
to watch Auston Matthews make history last night in Buffalo. Myself
along with 5 other Devils went up to Buffalo to catch the Sabres vs
Leafs game. Toronto ended up winning 4-2, which made a big Leafs fan
(Jacob Haynes) night worth while. As I mentioned earlier we were able to
watch the leafs 2016 1st overall pick, Auston Matthews, set/break
scoring records by an American born rookie forward. In other news, only
about another month left of classes before exams so final projects and
exams are soon approaching. Thanks for reading, hopefully this rain will
leave us alone for a few days.
It's been awhile since the boys been on the ice together. Off season
workouts have started and we are all chipping away towards the start of
next season. We set a solid bar this season reaching the playoffs, but
our eyes are set on that championship. We have gained the experience and
expectations of what we need to follow through on and the boys are
getting after it. - Tommy D
Hey everyone! Freshman, forward, Thomas Dunn here for another blog. Not much going on here lately in Fredonia, things are pretty boring and slow without hockey season. Most days consist of heading to class, doing team lifts, and just hanging around the dorms with the fellas. It's definitely a little weird having all this free time on our hands now.
I'm glad the weather is finally getting a little warmer and can't wait to break out the shorts and flops.
Bogs reporting in here on this fine spring afternoon from the comfort of my back yard! The suns out and the boys are taking full advantage of it, we got tunes playing and the bbq fired up to kick off the beautiful weather. It is about time we had weather like this we were staring to go a little stir crazy being couped up due to cold weather.
The first week after the season ends is usually pretty bitter because everyone thinks that we should still be playing and what not. The following couple weeks are often strange, but enjoyable because all the free time that just got opened up in the daily schedule. Right about now is when I start really missing just going to the rink and seeing all the boys, going to battle with all the boys week in and week out, and just flat out being on the ice. This week especially I've been thinking about and missing being in-season.
Can't wait to see what next season holds for our Fredonia family.
Luke Rivera on the blog here just checking in and informing everyone how the boys are doing and what we are up to after the season.
After the season ended in a brutal way, it wasn't long until we regrouped and started working for next year. About ten of us took the time to drive to Florida for spring break where we got to rest up a little bit, relax and enjoy the sun for a week. After, we started working again. We had the ice for about a week when we got back until it was removed and our workout groups started up again. In reality, in hockey, there really is no such thing as an off season. As hard as it is to maintain and increase our strengths for the next upcoming season, it gets to also be time well spent with our team. Even though we are usually unable to breathe during workouts, we still have a good time laughin it up and enjoying the time spent together.
As well as the workouts, we have been doing our groups on bullet points for the upcoming season. We get together to discuss our strengths, weaknesses and goals that we are setting for next year. Doesn't take long after the season to start thinking about the shiny trophy we are working so hard to get for the next one. We were also informed from Coach Meredith on how well our team did with midterms. It's always weights being lifted off shoulders when you know you're in a good position.
Last but not least, the Stroke Awareness jerseys have been purchased and should be here around April where we will get to show them off for next years game that is scheduled for December 1, 2017 against the one and only Potsdam again. Been working and planning that game as well. Well hope everyone is enjoying not being as cold as it once was a couple weeks ago.
Junior Nick Harper here checking in for another blog post this year, currently on the third floor in the library doing some homework. (I think I was in the library last time for my blog post too) So my mom should be proud.
Next week is one of my favorite weeks when it comes to sports. In the beginning of the week, it's opening night and opening day for the Major League Baseball. As some of you may know I'm a huge New York Mets fan so I'm very excited for the year to start. As I've been saying every spring since about '99, I think this is there year to get a ring! Let's see if they can get the first win of the year however against NL East rival the Atlanta Braves.
This is a big week for NHL hockey as well as only a few weeks remain for the regular season. Many teams could come out of next week sitting pretty, or on their heels hoping for a miracle push and other teams to fade. My Anaheim Ducks however are one of those sitting pretty (as of right now) as they slipped by the San Jose Sharks for the first place spot in the Pacific Division. So you could say I'm excited to see how things shape up.
The most famous golf tournament is also taking place next week, The Masters in Augusta, Georgia. Pretty bold prediction but I think Phil Mickelson is going to come out of there winning the Green Jacket! (sorry Younger)
On top of all of that, my birthday is Friday April 7th so that's something always to look forward to.
One last thing before I leave ya, as I was writing this I just found out that I'm going to be playing in a summer hockey league on the same team as ex-Fredonia hockey player James Muscatello. James won a SUNYAC Championship here in '07 so hopefully he can show me how it's done!
Hey there everyone, it's senior, forward, Mackenzie McAvoy tuning into today's blog!
I hope everyone had a great first spring weekend as today is starting to get a little warmer! Last night I attended the Buffalo vs Toronto hockey game and my oh my what a sight to see as Matthews and Eichel both scored for their teams. It was awesome to watch the kids play and even better yet score! So it was a very exciting game to watch and I was happy to see the Sabres win as it helps my favorite team Ottawa out in the standings. Other than that my weekend wasn't to exciting, just relaxed and hung out and too an easy and just taking in retirement from hockey. I must say I do miss hockey a lot and I know next year once I'm in the "real working world" I will most definitely miss playing hockey and being around the guys! But for now we have 6 weeks left of school and I'm in the final stretch here so I'm have to buckle down and get the job done!
Anyways I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend and this warm Sunday! Till next time!
Well it's been a couple weeks since the season ended and sufficient time to let the events of the season settle in and reflect on how everything went. Now that spring break has ended, it's time to get the returning players back together and set our sights on a 2018 SUNYAC championship and beyond.
I want to give a big congratulations to Oskar Gerhardson and Sammy Wilbur for being announced the two assistant captains for next season. There's are two individuals who embody the essence of Fredonia Blue Devil hockey. Two gentlemen who are hardworking, honorable, and determined. I'm excited to see the way these two will lead our team into battle in the fall.
Hello everyone, we have now been out of season and had some time to reflect on our year. It feels weird having so much extra time on your hand but it is also nice since it helps a lot with getting more time for school work.
The boys are also getting back in the gym to prepare for next season. It's fun to be in there with these guys and see everybody working hard. Here you got a nice picture of Jimmy S'mores working the split squats!
This week starts the first week back at school after a much needed spring break. 9 guys on the team and headed to Florida together to enjoy the warm weather and beaches that differ so much from the Fredonia weather. It was a week of leisure, fun, and more importantly a great bonding experience between the teammates. It made me realize how lucky we all are to be a part of a team where the friendships are so strong. I'm very excited to be with this group of Guys for another two years !!
The destination was set. The car was loaded. The task was daunting. But the boys. The boys were ready.
McAvoy, Morgan, Ross, and Freeman were road warriors on that fateful day.
The last week of school seemed to drag on forever, but as soon as we were done, we hit the road. Seventeen tedious hours from Fred-town to Panama City Beach, Florida, and we were determined to do it all in one leg. The first six hours passed effortlessly; filled with conversation, music and laughter. But as soon as the clock hit midnight, our first sign of trouble hit: food shortage. We had eaten all the snacks and were 22 miles from the next exit. Those miles crawled by, but soon the stockpile was replenished with Pringles and Kit-Kats, and the mood was back to celebratory.
Problem 2 showed its ugly face at near 4 A.M. Ross had to use the lavatory, and we stopped for gas not but one hour ago. It was a tough decision that was not made without much deliberation, but we decided we had to cut a man loose. Ross broke the only rule: Not a single second of fun is to be wasted.
The third and final problem arose at a crucial part in the trip, the drive through Alabama. It was a torrential downpour outside and the drivers side windshield wiper flew clear off of its moorings! I was in the drivers seat, and the decision was made. The final three hours of the trip would be driven with my head outside the window. No. Fun. Wasted.
Alas, we arrived at the pale blue water and the soft pillowy sand of Panama City Beach, where dreams are made, hearts are mended, and friendships strengthened.
The boys made it and had an absolute blast. We caught a little sun, and had a lot of fun.
Brandon Spognardi here checking in for yet another blog. Today, is the last day before break! I'm really excited to get back for a little time off from school and relax with the family. Just have to get by one more day of classes and then I'm on route to Philadelphia.
School is a lot different without hockey. It's only been two weeks since the season ended and I'm already anxious for next year's season!
Dunner back on the blog again this week! The week is winding down as we roll into Spring Break. This next week off will be nice to get home and see my parents and siblings, as well as going to see my grandparents and other extended family. Its been a hectic second half and it's a perfect time to have a nice little break. Well that's all for now
Todd Schauss here checking in before break; Spring break is right around the corner and speaking for the majority us students, we cannot wait! The boys have are headed south to Florida for a week for some much needed beach time and relaxation. A few of us are planning on bringing the golf clubs as well. It will be nice to get out early in the morning to head out for a round of 9 holes to get the day started. With break only a few days away, everyone has been cramming and putting most of their time into their studies for some last minute exams and assignments. One week from now we will be sitting on the beach catching some rays!
Hello everyone, freshman forward Jacob Haynes here for another blog post. The countdown to spring break is down to 5 and I cannot wait. Even though I'm not going somewhere where it will be sunny and in the 80's, it'll still be good to have a break. It is weird having so much free time now that the season is over with so much free time. But this time next year we won't have this problem as we will be gearing up for NCAA Tournament. Until next time,
Well the worst part of the year has been going on for a couple weeks now. These last few weeks have been strange because you don't see the boys every day. Usually you won't see every one throughout the week. The days drag on along with the weeks. Knowing this feeling I think its safe to say the boys will still want to be playing come next year at this time.
After a great first year of college hockey, I couldn't have asked for anything more. The memories made with the guys through the wins and losses will never be forgotten, and neither will the faces of the seniors who will be leaving us for better things to come. The off season is in full swing and its time to get back into the gym and train for next season. The goal for next year: Nothing short of a SUNYAC Championship. - Tommy
Good afternoon Fredonia. Jon Carlson back on the blog. Missing that 72 degree weather from last weekend. Myself and team captain Hunter Long got out golfing last week, however that was a tease as the cold front has come back. Another week of classes until spring break. Looking forward to be able to relax for a week and not have to worry about classes. As always enjoy the rest of your day and stay warm.
Hey everyone! Freshman, Thomas Dunn here for another blog. The post season depression is in full effect, as there isn’t much going on here in Fredonia without hockey. As of now my days consist of just going to class and then heading to the gym. I’m excited to head home for Spring Break in about a week and a half; it’ll definitely be nice to see all my friends and family again. Hopefully some nice weather is headed our way up here.
Eric Bogart back here taking the reigns of the ol blog chariot here today. Not much to report since the season is over. I went home for the weekend to unwind and get some of momma's cooking. Now that I'm back, time to hit the books running and enjoy some nice weather in the meantime. Hopefully the really warm weather hits here soon, we need it.
Harper here checking in for another blog post this year, this time
coming from the third floor quiet study area in the library. School work
is really starting to pile up so just trying to stay as organized as I
I have had the privilege to play with
seniors Hunter Long, Marcus Ortiz, Mac McAvoy, and Frankie Hart for the
past three seasons and fellow goaltender Chris Paulin for one season.
It was a very heartbreaking loss Wednesday
when we fought a tough playoff matchup against rival Buff State. I have
learned so much from you seniors both on and off the ice and I cannot
thank you enough for all the memories and lessons you've taught me here
so far. Coming in freshman year I was welcomed with open arms by you
four and felt immediately a part of your family. I wish you all the best
of luck in the future and I know I'll be keeping in touch with you all.
would also like to congratulate junior forward Sam Wilbur and sophomore
goaltender Eric Bogart on their All Conference honors. You boys earned
Frankie Hart here from Danbury, Connecticut. I've recently been given the opportunity to play minor pro hockey with the Danbury Titans. It's been a great experience thus far, very welcoming group of men and it didn't hurt to have old linemate/ buddy, Taylor Bourne here to make me feel at home.
Now for some special words from the man, myth, and legend himself. Taylor Bourne: "Its been great to have Mr. Frankie Hart join me in Danbury Connecticut, he was thrown into the fire joining us before our first set of 4 games in 4 days and definitely stepped up to the plate. He chipped in a couple points this weekend and fit in with the newly formed college kids line perfectly. It's always fun to get the opportunity to play with another Fredonia alum and good friend. Frank definitely brought his A game, his tenacity and unrelenting work ethic and I couldn't be happier to have him on my team."
It has been a little change of pass from college hockey in terms of practice vs games. College hockey has many, many, many practices with at most two games a weekend. I arrived here last Wednesday for practice, which launched us into a home game on Thursday and games the next three days straight on the road. We traveled to Berlin, New Hamshire for the Friday and Saturday game. Then proceeeded to drive 6 hours to Cornwall, Ontario for the last of the 4 games in 4 days. We came out on top with a 3 wins and one loss which was cruical to maintaining a playoff spot.
Hope everyone in Fred is doing well, miss you all!
Hello everyone it's senior Mac McAvoy tuning into today's fredonia men's ice hockey blog. I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend as Friday was beautiful out and almost 80 degrees and it's not even march yet!
I must say it's a little weird not playing hockey on the weekends as our season ended Wednesday with a loss to Buffalo State in the playoffs. Another thing to add to that it's very weird that this was my last year and there is no more next year for me. I think that's biggest reality that is starting to set in and hit me hard. We worked so hard this year and had a great hard working team and I'm proud of every guy in that room for making this year a successful one and to leave the program on a high note for them to take over and keep moving forward.
I just want to thank the coaching staff for a tremendous 4 years I had here and giving me the opportunity to play and be a part of a great family and culture! Also to all the teammates and friends I play with over the 4 years in which on consider them brothers to me. The best thing about Fredonia is that is had such a great family feel to it and there's no other place I would like to end my hockey career!
The last thing I want to add to my blog is that I want to mention that not only have I grown as a hockey player over the past 4 years, but I have grown as person to where I am more mature than I was when I came in and I can't thank Fredonia enough for that.
Hope everyone enjoys the weekend and hope the warm weather and sunshine are around the corner!
Well it's been 3 days since our playoff loss on Wednesday and it hasn't quite fully settled in that our season is truly over. The past two seasons have ended on slightly different terms than it did this year making playoffs for the first time in my career. That being said, I wouldn't have wanted to experience it with any other group of guys that we have in our locker room. Family has been our team's motto since last spring and that's exactly what we developed - a group of guys that I will always refer to as my brothers. Through all the good times, bad times, ups, and downs the group of 20 plus guys we had sitting around the logo in the locker room were as close as anyone could get. We supported each other, laughed with each other, and bled with each other, it was a pleasure to be apart of what we created this year and will continue to move forward with.
To all our seniors who will be graduating I just wanted to express my gratitude for everything you've done for myself and the team as a whole. Wether you were here to greet me my first day on campus my freshmen year or came in this year, your support, hard work, commitment, and friendship will never be forgotten. I hope to set the same kind of example for classes behind me as you instilled into our program. No doubt in my mind you guys left the program in a better place than you found it, so thank you!!
On Wednesday night our season came to a quick end after a tough loss at Buffalo State in the SUNYAC quarterfinal. The boys battled hard all game but it wasn't enough this time. It is always an empty feeling that creeps up on you when the season is over. Everyday for the last 4 months we have been practicing and focusing on the game so it is big change in the everyday life. Already can't wait to come back for my senior year and try to take it even further next year.
Fredonia Senior, forward, Marcus Ortiz
checking in for this edition of the Fredonia hockey blog spot. Well this
will be my last blog and as we look back on this Thursday it was a day
filled with reflection on the season and last night's playoff loss. It
really stunk to sit in my stall in the locker room today and look around
and think about the memories from my last 4 years here. So many great
things are ahead for this program and I am excited to see it all unfold.
for me It was a busy day filled with travel as I begin to pursue my
lifelong dream of playing professional hockey and further represent the
Blue Devil name. I spent the day on 3 different planes with one more to
go before I hit my final destination in Rapid City, South Dakota. I
cannot thank the Blue Devil staff and my teammates for giving me the
best college hockey experience possible. One last time this is Marcus
Ortiz signing off!
Long signing in with the newest blog. Well, it hasn't really hit me yet
that the season is over. I am humbled to say that I played with a great
group of guys my senior year and wouldn't have it any other way. After
the final buzzer hit, I sat in the locker room looking around at
everyone in disbelief that it was over. There were different emotions
that were lingering in the room. The first thing I thought about was the
first time I ever laced up the old Bauer skates that were from play it
again sports. It was in Lexington Kentucky, and I was just learning how
to skate. I thought about those uncomfortable skates and the sweatpants I
wore over my used, over sized shin pads that looked like goalie pads on
me at the time. I didn't get emotional like my other teammates did in
that locker room. I still don't know why, but I think I was so proud of
everyone in that locker room and I was at peace with myself because I
knew I didn't have any regrets for the time that I spent here in
fredonia playing hockey. I knew whatever I did, whether is was on ice or
after a Saturday
night game, I did everything at 100%. I want to take this time to thank
my teammates and more importantly my folks back home for supporting. 22
years of my career they have been there for me and I am very blessed.
Every night during the national anthem I always prayed and thanked the
big man for letting me have the opportunity to stand on the blue line
for another game and to lead a team full of great guys that made it
easier on me as a captain to do what I did. Fredonia has always been a
big brotherhood and family, but this year we took that meaning to the
next level. I am thankful for my time here and I'm looking forward to
what the future brings.
We are a FRED family, and family is a strong bond that can never be broke no matter what.
Last week I received a gift from home. I was given a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle for me and the boys in the house to try and conquer. It started out with me and Todd starting it out putting in an hour a day into it, slowly more and more guys on the team would add some pieces when stopping over at the house. With a lot of patience and help from multiple guys on the team, while preparing for playoffs, the puzzle has been completed within a weeks time. It shows that guys with a common goal working together can get things done quick.
hockey is my favorite thing on this planet. I believe there is no truer
grounds in which the determination, focus, and sheer willpower of a
group can be tested. More simply put, there is nowhere to hide in the
playoffs. If you have a weakness in your game, the other team is going
to do everything they can to exploit it. Similarly, it is your job to
find and maintain every advantage possible over your opponent. There is
no detail to small to be overlooked in the playoffs because everything
has the potential to matter, and matter a lot. Whether its the lack of
focus on a face-off, a puck that should have been put deep in the
opponents defensive zone, or a shot that needed to be a quarter inch to
the right to avoid the post and hit the twine, every detail of the game
is amplified. And I absolutely love it.
group has a lot going for us. Confidence and camaraderie are both sky
high. Our goal scorers are scoring, our body bangers are banging bodies,
and our goalies are keeping pucks out of the cage. More important than
entering the playoffs in a high seed is peaking at the right time, and I
feel that is what our group is doing. Since our return from Christmas
break, our record is looking pretty good, and I know every one of the
boys shares the mindset that the success has to, and will continue.
Above all else, they boys are having fun with the game, and that, to me,
is the most crucial aspect. The game was meant to be fun, and I believe
it is the team that is having the most fun that will see the most
success. Couple this with our "one-day-at-a-time" mentality, and we have
a chance to achieve something as a unit.
It will be fun to be a part of and I hope it will be fun to watch for all of you out there in Blogland.
Hey Blue Devil fans, #19, Ben Casale checking in. It is a huge week here for the team as we prepare for Buff State Wednesday for the SUNYAC Quarterfinals. We couldn't have asked for a better first round match-up than against our rivals 45 minutes down the road. It should be a fast paced great game. This is the best time of the year, playoff hockey! And the weather is getting warmer! That’s all for me folks, come support us at 7 pmWednesday night at Buff State.
The last weekend before playoffs on Wednesday
and we came up short against Oswego last night. A strong third period
from the boys, and that period we take with us in to today's game
against Cortland. We as a group want to finish up the regular season on a
good note going into playoffs coming up in a few days. Let's leave no
points behind and get ready for a real battle, and take revenge from
last time we squared up against Cortland. The boys are fired up, leas go
and hunt #bluedevilpride
Freshman Defenseman Max Blitz here. This past weekend was one of the best weekends of hockey I have been apart of. We had a huge win Friday, 5-1, against Geneseo and then a great road win Saturday in Brockport which is where we clinched a playoff spot. This is the first time since 2014 the Blue Devils will make a playoff appearance. Coming into the season it was one of our goals to make the playoffs. There is really cool feeling around the locker room and I think everyone is finally seeing that we are going to be a team that is going to be a contender to win the SUNYAC this year. We always knew we could do it but I think we showed ourselves this past weekend that we have what it takes to accomplish the biggest goal of them all. Stay warm and hope to see you all next Wednesday for the first round of playoffs.
Sophomore forward Kyle Jelinski here, it's been a pretty emotional last weekend hockey wise. We honored our seniors Friday
night at our last home game of the regular season. It has truly been a
pleasure to play for and with these guys, they've done so much for this
program to build it in to what is now. Not only did we win the senior
night game 5-1 but we swept the weekend clinching a spot in this years SUNYAC playoffs. It's pretty exciting time around here and the boys are
looking do something special to close out the year.
Hello all it is Senior forward Marcus Ortiz checking in on the Fredonia
Men's Ice Hockey blog spot. It is a well deserved relaxing Monday
here as we rest and recover after a monumental sweep this past weekend
including a big upset of Geneseo. The boys are all in good spirits and
anxious for what lies ahead for this group heading into playoffs. The
reality has sunk into the hearts of all of us seniors that we are in our
final stretch here and the opportunity to do something special is upon
us. We feel as if we have found our groove and are moving in the right
direction at the right time of the season. As we catch up on school work
we have a nice pool day to look forward to today in recovering from a
physically demanding weekend. Well time to go hop into the pool!
Spognardi here clocking in for yet another blog! It was such a big
weekend for the boys and we are on a roll. First, lets start of with the
5-1 win against #6 Geneseo! Then, to top it of we completed the sweep
with a 3-2 win against Brockport. Can you say…PLAYOFFS!
day after the playoff clinch, Dunner, Deef, Haynes, and I decided we
would go to Cleveland to watch the Monsters game. It was my first time
in Cleveland and I loved it. We got our moneys worth with the game going
into overtime and then a shootout, but sadly the Monsters lost with an
end score of 2-1. It was a really fun time to spend the day off the
Now, it’s time to prepare for another two big games this weekend! Go Blue Devils!
The season is starting to wind down and the boys have been on absolute fire as of late. We are 8-1 in our last 9 games, and after a huge win against Geneseo last night during Senior Night, we're looking to capitalize on a huge chance to clinch a playoff spot on the road in Brockport today. A lot of hard work has been going into the last couple weeks on and off the ice, and its really beginning to show.
Also, I would like to give a huge shoutout to all the seniors, Ortiz, Mac, Frankie, Paulie, and Hunts. Being a freshman, it's been really nice to have them behind us all year showing us the ropes and keeping us focused and motivated throughout the season and I wish them all the best going forward after they graduate.
being Senior Night, I would like to take a moment to recognize one of
my fellow seniors, Frankie Hart. Frank has been an unbelievably
hardworking and dedicated player his whole career at Fredonia. I have
been blessed to play along side with him this season and have seen first
hand how great of an impact he's made on our team. Frank has not played
a ton this year, but you would NEVER be able to tell based on his
attitude, work ethic, and his high level of performance each day in
practice. He has mentored many of the freshman and has shown them how to
go about each day like a true professional.
Wooden has coined his definition of success as, "Peace of mind that is a
direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to
become the best you are capable of becoming." By this definition of
success, by any definition of success, Frankie Hart is one of the most
successful hockey players I have ever had the privilege of playing
Sammy here on the blog and what a weekend of Fredonia Blue Devil hockey! The boys had two big syntax match ups against General and Brockport! We brought the brooms and swept 'em clinching a playoff spot! The boys are more focused than ever and are preparing for this upcoming weekend games against Oswego and Cortland.
Hello again hockey fans freshman forward Ryan Dunn back on the blog for this wonderful Wednesday! This past Sunday
my favorite sports team and icon won its fifth Super Bowl total as well
as the fifth in the TB12 era. Being a Patriots fan has had its upside
the last two decades or so. But on another note on Friday
night we take on SUNYAC opponent Geneseo for senior night. This night
will be special as we honor some of the guys who have taught the nine
new comers the rope and made the transition into college so easy for all
of us! I want to thank Mac, Hunts, Marcus, Frank, and Pauly for
everything they have done for us this year! Now lets go out and get that
Hey Blue Devil fans hope everyone had a great Super Bowl Sunday!
#7 Todd Schauss here for another blog.
a great time to be a Blue Devil and a Blue Devil fan with the season
getting down to the last few match ups. The boys rolled over Canton this
past weekend taking home a sweep in their own barn. With momentum the
boys begin for a great week of practice to prepare for a playoff game
against Geneseo in Steele Hall Friday
night. Earlier in the year the Knights held us to no goals beating us
3-0 on their home ice. This time we take them is in our territory where
our Seniors will be recognized in their very last tilt in Steele Hall.
We owe so much to our Seniors they have been an unbelievable group of
guys to go to war with every day. I would like to specially thank Hunter
Long, Marcus Ortiz, Franky Heart, and Mac McAvoy for leading us through
the worst times and the greatest. We still have some work to do this
season. With playoffs on the line we need to lay everything everyone has
out there these next two weekends.
What a crazy Superbowl!! Unfortunately I wanted the Falcons to win but never bet against Tom Brady and the Pats, they are simply just too good.
We had a fantastic weekend up in SUNY Canton. The boys played unreal winning a tight game Friday night, 5-4, and a beat them Saturday 5-3. Shout out to Lenny Furtado on his first college goal which turned out to be the game winner. Well deserved buddy. We have 4 games left of the regular season so every point matters as it is very tight in the standings separating a handful of teams by 1 or 2 points. We have our last regular season home game Friday night at Steele Hall against Geneseo. Hope to see everyone there.
P.S. My hairline isn’t receding Bogart doesn’t know nice lettuce when he see’s some.
Ryan Dunn here for another blog post in 2017! The teams has done a lot of great things in the past weeks and looking to build on it. With the sweep this weekend on Canton, the team will look ahead the next two weeks on all SUNYAC play. With four tough games in hand the focus is on Geneseo who we owe big time from the earlier loss this year. With four games left the playoff push is on and all 28 guys are on the bus and ready to roll. Go Blue Devils!
Good morning Fredonia, sophomore Jon Carlson on the blog. The team is in
Canton this weekend for an out of conference two game series. Last
night the Blue Devils pulled out with a 5-4 victory with junior Oskar
Gerhardson scoring the winning goal with 1.5 seconds left in the third
period. Today's game is at 3pm and the Devils have nothing but a weekend sweep on our minds. Enjoy your Saturday.
Big weekend for the boys picking up the sweep against Canton. Playoffs are approaching and every game is a must win. Geneseo comes into our barn on Friday and a huge two points are on the line. Good week of practice starts on Monday. Roll Blue Devils
Hey everyone! Freshman, forward, Thomas Dunn here for another blog. Well, we are officially in the full swing of things this semester, as I’m constantly busy every day with practice and classes. So far all of my classes have been pretty interesting, which is definitely a big relief. This weekend the boys are headed up to Canton for two non- conference games, which definitely won’t disappoint. It has been a good week of practice and preparation with everyone ready to go to battle.
Bogs back piloting the blog jet today! Classes are in full swing now so the boys are all super busy! I'm sitting here in the library with a few of the boys trying to get some review work done; rivs in guzzling his grande mocha latte supreme with extra whip cream even tho he's "dieting," deef is crushing some finger paints across the table there...not to sure what class that's for but he's really into it. Blitzy just sat down and took his hat off, revealing a extremely receded hairline, to work on some math poems. After a long road trip up north which I'm sure one of the boys that blogged before me told you already, we're headed back up the same way for a few non-conference games against Canton. The boys are lookin to bounce back and claw onto some momentum before heading back into conference play!
Anyways that's all I got for you today! I have to go back to pretending I know what's going on in my Chem notes!
Today is a cold one in Fredonia. Nothing too
out of the ordinary here, but I sure wouldn't mind a nice sunny day with
no snow on the ground. We are now into the second full week of the
semester and so far all is well. I enjoy my classes and think that this
semester will turn out to be a good one. The boys are in a playoff
positions but the upcoming weeks will be a huge test and we need to
prove to everyone we have what it takes. That's all for now I hope you
all enjoy the day!
This past weekend we split
games to extend our win streak and end it at 5 games. It's good feeling
when you start stringing wins together like that and it's time to start
a new streak and get rolling for playoffs right around the corner.
previous weekend was our annual Pink the Rink game. I was lucky enough
to have my parents and grandparents in attendance. As I showed up to the
rink and walked in the locker room, I immediately checked out my jersey
to see the name on the back to see who I'd be playing for that night.
It read "Almquist". My parents surprised me and put my great grandma on
the back of my jersey. My grandma's (who was in attendance) mother. She
passed away a few years back after a long hard fought battle with breast
cancer. Without a doubt it was the most memorable game of my hockey
career and I was lucky enough to score a few goals for my grandma. An
emotional yet meaningful game and night that I will remember for the
rest of my life.
Hope all is well and staying warm after this weekend. Luckily it's a gorgeous Sunday out right now after a gnarly snow fall last couple of days. This weekend was a very important weekend. Not just on the standings but to also really put a lot of us to the test. We came out strong and did what we needed to do against a fast and physical Potsdam team and got a great team win. The next day against Platty didn't go as planned but all we can do is learn from our mistakes and fix them for the next upcoming games. Besides on the ice, it's always a great time being on the road with these guys. It never gets old hanging out with them. Now, time to prepare to sweep canton this upcoming weekend.
Nick Harper here up in North Country with this weekend's blog post. The boys had a huge 3-1 win last night in a hard fought SUNYAC matchup against Potsdam. Eric Bogart played a very good game between the pipes only allowing one goal. Forwards Marcus Ortiz, Jacob Haynes, and Bobby Polacheck each had a goal in our victory. That's five in a row now for the Blue Devils! We look to continue our streak and solid play against Plattsburgh this afternoon. This is a huge weekend for us as we look to keep climbing up in the SUNYAC standings on our quest to a SUNYAC championship.
This past weekend was one that was very special to me and was one I'll remember for the rest of my life. I was very fortunate to start in my first NCAA game again Post University. My teammates played very well in front of me as we beat them 14-0. It was great to play at home in front of many family members and friends! The following day was our "Pink the Rink" game which is a great cause and has been a part of Fredonia hockey history for a while. We played Post again and settled for another win for our second weekend sweep in a row.
After a stretch of non-conference games, it was great to get back into SUNYAC play and to get a win and a big two points against Potsdam. Big one at 4pm today as we take the trip to Plattsburgh and hopefully pick up another 2 points!
That's all I have for you today hope you all enjoy your weekend!
Hello everyone this is senior forward Mackenzie McAvoy tuning into the blog. Hope everyone had a great weekend. For my blog I just want to reflect on how fast my 4 years at fredinia has gone by. 4 years seems like a long time when you first come in, but now with only 6 regular season games left and us pushing for a playoff spot, it really sinks in how fast it goes by. I had a question the other day about how does it feel to be almost done my hockey career, and I haven't thought much about it because I try to make every day count because like I have been told before the sand is coming out of the hour glass, and it's a reality check that's for sure. So for everyone reading this, whatever you do in life make sure you always give 100 everyday and do the best and be the best you can everyday. Just a little something I have picked up my entire life and also with the season winding down into our last games. However the exciting part starts for us as we have a huge playoff push and that's what we are preparing for!
Senior forward Frankie Hart here saying a hello from Potsdam NY! Hope everyone is doing well and excited for some great SUNYAC action tonight.
The road trip passed fairly quickly thanks to 3 movies and a pit stop. Huge weekend here in north country for our second half, playoff push! The boys are ready and there is nothing else to do but come away with 2 big points tonight.
On a school note, spring semester has started and all is sailing smoothly!
Jamie young checking in for my first blog post of 2017.
The Rink was this past weekend and I want to thank everyone that came
out and made the night so special for the boys and everyone else
involved in the event. The boys really love playing in front of great
crowds like the one we had on Saturday night so make sure everyone makes it back out for senior night in a couple of weekends!!
being said, were on the road to the North Country this weekend for our
second half match ups against Potsdam and Plattsburgh. These are two
good teams and great atmospheres to play in, but the boys are fired up
for a fun roadie and aren't coming back without 4 points.
only 8 games left in this season and only one more season left in my
hockey career, I've had a little bit of time to reflect on my hockey
career as a whole and everyone who has helped me reach this point. To
all my family, friends, coaches, teammates, trainers, doctors, and fans,
the ride is far from over but it's never too early to say thank you for
everything you have done to support me - I couldn't do it without all
Well time to study and get ahead of some work for the weekend, until next time hockey fans,
Hello everyone, after a nice Christmas break and a few out of conference
games we are getting ready for the games that really matters and this
is when the fun starts. Six more games to make sure we lock down a SUNYAC playoff spot and we have it all in our own hands. It's going to
take a lot out of each and one of us but I know that we have the right
group here to get it done. First, up are the Potsdam bears on Friday
night and that's where all our focus is right now. I would not wanna be
on their side of the ice when the blue devils come to town.
Senior forward Marcus Ortiz here on this
installment of the Fredonia Hockey Blogspot. As we step into a new week
and heading back into a hunt for playoffs we say goodbye to our parents
as they depart from this past weekend and Pink The Rink. It was very
nice as a player to see just how close all the parents became this
weekend. It s very often overlooked how team chemistry can translate off
the ice and it showed this weekend through our elders. We laughed at
some parents and were amazed by others.
the page, we have hit a critical point in our season now as we head
back to conference play with just 6 conference games remaining. Every
game counts and the boys all know this too well. The hard part is trying
to remain calm and collected and focused on one game at a time and not
the ultimate big picture. We have come a long way this season and it is
time to show it in the North Country this weekend. Until next time ladies
Coming off our
second sweep in a row and it feels good. Excited to get back into
conference play and make a run at playoffs. Every game is going to be a
big one for us because every point will matter when it's all said and
done. Had the folks in town this past weekend for pink the rink and I
had a great time seeing them and the rest of my relatives. Happy I was
able to be apart of it for my fourth year in a row. Big week of practice
and preparation to try and sweep the North country for our third
weekend in a row. What a test it will be for this hockey team. This is
always the time of the season where everything gets more and more
serious everyday. Going to take every moment in and leave no regrets.
Yesterday marked the annual "Pink the Rink" game here at Fredonia. This year was a little different for me as I didn't participate in the actual game but got to experience the game as a spectator due to injury. The energy in the crowd was electric. All people from Fredonia gathered to pack the rink like a sea of pink and support the hockey team and the greater cause of breast cancer awareness. Although I missed being out there with my teammates on the ice, it was nice talking to different people in the stands, and understanding the importance of what this game represents to everyone. Everyone on Earth is in some way affected by this disease and the awareness and money we brought in makes all of us proud to be a part of it.
Mike Freeman here coming at you with another blog entry!
favorite thing about being a part of the Fredonia men's hockey team is
being able to play the game I love with the friends I love. Every now
and then, a reminder comes that hockey has the uncanny ability to be
greater than just a game. After last night's victory again Post
University, some family I had in town asked me to pose for a quick
picture with Kyle Jelinski and Jacob Haynes, both of whom I played
junior hockey with in Fresno, California. None of the three of us
anticipated that we would be coming to the same college team to continue
our careers, and quite honestly, I often forget of how far we've come
together. While in the middle of the daily grind, you tend to forget the
nuances and take a lot of things for granted. Seeing this picture and
actually taking a good hard look at it, I am reminded of all the growth
we've undergone together, both as individuals and as members of a team
(even though Haynes still looks like the fifteen year old kid I first
met). I am also reminded of how much not only these two mean to me, but
every single man on our squad. It is so special to be able to be a
part of something that's bigger than any individual, and to have the
opportunity to face adversity together. Adversity that can only be
overcome by one cohesive unit composed of individuals all pulling in the
same direction. I know that everybody on our team, to the man, feels
the same way about our group. Though Jelinksi, Haynes and I have evolved
a great deal together, we still have a few more years left in us to try
and achieve something special with our new family in our new home here
Hello blue devil fans, Ben Casale here for my first blog of the new semester! Big weekend coming up as the boys gear up for Post University and the pink the rink game Saturday night. It is truly one of the best nights of the year and all of you blue devil crazies better be as rowdy as possible. As for me right now I am trying to buy all my textbooks which are overly expensive and are going to put a dent in my bank account. I'm going to get back to the search, but I will see you this weekend!
is the start of classes, and everyone is adjusting from J-Term
schedules in to their class schedule. Spring is going to go by fast so
hockey practice is more important then ever, no time to slack on or off
upcoming weekend is our Pink the Rink weekend, a weekend that's going
to be filled with emotions from all players family and friends in the
stands. Going to be nice to being a part of my first Pink the Rink.
Let's not forget that we are still playing for the win.
another J-term has come and gone. It was nice to have a lot of down
time and just kind of hang out with the boys and just focus on hockey.
In my down time I played a lot of rainbow 6 siege with jimmy, bobby, and
todd. As far as hockey we also did well coming off our first sweep of
the year against western New England and Johnson and wales. Looking
forward to getting back to SUNYAC hockey and making a strong playoff
push in the upcoming second semester.
On Saturday we completed our first weekend sweep of the year. It was a huge boost for our team as many guys stepped up and contributed. A huge congratulations shoutout to one of my goalie partners, Eric Bogart as he notched his first ever college shut out!
The previous weekend we were down in Maryland playing two games against Stevenson. After four and a half seasons spread over two teams, I was able to start my first ever NCAA game. I was extremely blessed for the opportunity and was overwhelmed by the support I got from my teammates (past and present), family, and friends. I probably had about 30 texts on the day of the game from people wishing me well.
After such a long wait, the game obviously meant a great deal to me and it was a very emotional day. I felt so blessed to have my teammates play so hard in front of me. Their support was unbelievable and it speaks to the great unity we have as a group.
Unfortunately, the game did not go as planned as we suffered a very tough overtime loss. Although the result of the game still does not sit well with me, I am very grateful for the opportunity. I felt more and more comfortable as the game went on and I gained quite a bit of experience that will make my next opportunity that much easier!
The boys are very excited for our games this weekend which include our very special "Pink the Rink" night on Saturday!
Hey everyone freshman forward Jacob Haynes here for my fourth blog post of the year.
everyone knows pink the rink is coming up this weekend and I'm looking
very forward to participating in the event for my first time. This years
game though may be the one that means the most to as one of my best
friends mom was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer in early November.
It has been a very tough and stressful time for the Russo family, early
December Carlee had the tumor removed and she is currently going through
chemotherapy right now will and hopefully be officially cancer free,
free soon. It is the Russo last name that will be on the back of my
jersey on Saturday
night and Carlee's husband, Jason will be in attendance to participate
in this special night. I cannot wait for the game and it should be a
night to remember.
It's about the end of J-Term and it's a bitter sweet feeling for myself as I look forward to graduating in the spring, but I'm also wanting to time slow down at the at the same time so I can enjoy every ounce of this Fredonia family. We start back to school on Wednesday and FridaySaturday my family and friends will be coming in for my last Pink the Rink game. I am excited to play in front of my family, cousins and uncles that have not seen me play in a very long time, so I'm looking forward to that. Just hanging out here on this sunny but chilly Sunday. Boys are watching Planet Earth, I'm a huge monkey fan, but one just got snatched up by a tiger on a sneak attack. Monkeys are still the best.
Hey, Forward Gavin Nickerson here. This is my first blog since winter
break and all the guys are back in town and working hard in the rink
during j-term. Winter break was a much needed couple weeks of rest and
relaxation with friends and family. It was also nice to be able to watch
my younger brother continue to grow as a high school hockey player in
Wisconsin. We had a tough weekend at Stevenson last weekend, but we are
looking to rebound win a big way this weekend starting with Western New
England on Friday. Hope everyone had a great holiday season!
Spognardi here for another blog post. J-Term has been on its way and we
have been working hard as a team. It is a very nice time to be on
campus with all of the boys and not have to worry about school work. We
are all having a good time together, while working very hard on and off
the ice. We have a big weekend we have been preparing for and it is just
ONE day away, which is always exciting! Cannot wait till puck drop tomorrow evening, it’s going to be one heck of a battle! That’s all I have for today, go Blue Devils!
Defenseman, Max Blitz back on the blog. Its been great to be back, the
boys have been putting in productive hours at the rink. I'm glad to say I
got my first two college games under my belt this past weekend. We look
forward to 4 home games these next two weekends with pink the rink
being next Saturday. It's been really cold so stay warm and hope to see you guys these next two weekends.
Hey everyone, Sammy here on the blog! Hope everyone has enjoyed their
weekend so far. The boys just got back late last night from a road trip.
Two tough games but can't wait to get after it Monday. Hope everyone enjoys the rest of this Sunday! Watch a little football and share a couple laughs. Until next time #11
Hey everyone! Freshman forward Thomas Dunn back here for my first blog on the road. The boys are excited for a big weekend here in Maryland, after a long bus ride of about 7 hours. I personally love road trips to get off campus and have some fun with the guys. It’s always a good time on the bus and in hotels with getting to room with some guys that you normally don’t get to. We have two big games against Stevenson University, and I know the boys are going to come out flying looking for two wins.
Hey Blue Devil fans it's #7 Todd Schauss checking in here with you on
the first Saturday of the new year! I hope all enjoyed they're holiday
as I certainly did. Some much needed time home with the family was very
well enjoyed. Bringing in the new year the boys headed down to Maryland
for a couple of out of conference match ups against Stevenson
University. Road trips is always a great way for the team to get out of
the home routine that we have had the luxury of having. Along with
getting out of town for some change in scenery it is a great team
bonding experience. From movies on the bus to team meals the boys get a
chance to spend a lot of time together. I always look forward to these
times with the boys. Unfortunately we did not come up with a W over the
weekend but for the first weekend after the new year we have a lot of
opportunity to build and move along in our road to a championship.
That's all I have for you this week!
#7 Todd Schauss
I hope all our followers
had a great holiday break! It is always good to get little break from
every day life and spent time with family and enjoy everything that
matters the most. But now its back to work here in Fredonia. We are
underway on the second half and have been getting ready for a big couple
of games this weekend. The boys are taking off this afternoon to head
down to Maryland to take on Stevenson University, and I think this goes
for everyone in the locker room that we are more than ready. With six
non-league games over the next few weeks its will be a good way to just
get ready for a big SUNYAC push at the end of the month and into
February! Can't wait to toss on the sweater this weekend and work hard
for a few W's! That's is all for now every one. Hope to see you all at
Steele Hall in the coming weeks as our home schedule winds down. GO
Good afternoon Fredonia, sophomore, number 4 Jon Carlson back on the
blog for my first of the new year. Hope everyone had a safe and happy
holidays. With school on hold until January 18th
the team has been busy with 2 days since the January 1st. This weekend
the team will be traveling to Maryland in a 2 game weekend series with
the out of conference Stevenson. The boys are itching to get back into
game action and expect nothing but 2 wins. Thanks for reading and enjoy
During J term it's much different. Nothing to worry about except hockey
and taking care of our bodies. There is a lot of time on our hands and
during this fist week I've spent most of the free time resting up. Two
big games this weekend on the road. The boys are looking for a four
point weekend down in Maryland - Tommy
Hey everyone! Freshman forward Thomas Dunn back here for my first blog since winter break. It was nice to get home for two and a half weeks to see all of my friends and family again. But, I’m very excited to be back here at Fredonia. Being here for J-term is bringing me back to my time in junior hockey, with only having to be concerned with hockey and not about school work. The boys are off to a great start so far with practice and we’re going to be building off of it every day this week until we hit the ice against Stevenson on Friday. Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!!
Happy new year! Bogs back here on the stern of the 'ol blog canoe! Hope everyone had a safe and relaxing holiday! I sure did, it was nice to have a little break from the hectic school and hockey schedule here at Fredonia... somehow I managed to stay off the naughty list this year because I was definitely spoiled when the big guy came on the 25th! It's great to be back in Fredonia with all the boys and getting back to work!
The boys will be flying this second half it's do or die and every game is a must win!