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Gophers’ three crowd stat chart
By Bruce Brothers, Pioneer Press, 11/30/04

UW women’s hockey: Burish, Macy lead No. 5 UW past Harvard
By David Lynch, Capital Times, 11/27/04

Distance relatives
By Christa Lawler, Duluth News Tribune, 11/25/04
The Scoop:Julianne Vasichek’s parents drive miles and miles from Montana to see their daughter play.
Quote of Note: “Sometimes when I’m on the goal line I look up to see if they’re there. I sometimes glance just to know that they got there okay. If they’re not there, I know they’re going to be there. It’s good to see familiar faces.” – Vasichek

Big Green women’s hockey trounces rivals Colgate, Cornell
By Tony Hao, The Dartmouth, 11/22/04
The Scoop: Dartmouth squeaks out a win over Colgate and blows away Cornell
Quote of Note: “I don’t see having a short bench as being adverse, in fact I think it helps us. Having less people on the bench allows more people to get into the game and step up and play a larger role. I think the team has dealt with the short bench great and I actually think it has turned into a big positive for us.” – junior forward Tiffany Hagge

Tie with Duluth is year?s first blemish
By Bridget Haeg, Minnesota Daily, 11/22/04
The Scoop: Minnesota recovers well from its first deficit of the season.
Quote of Note: “She was stopping the puck for us. I don?t know how they didn?t go in, honestly.” – Co-captain Krissy Wendell in praise of goaltender Jody Horak

W. Hockey Rebounds, Sweeps ECAC Foes
By Gabriel M. Velez, Harvard Crimson, 11/22/04
The Scoop: The Crimson sweeps St. Lawrence and Clarkson with balanced play.
Quote of Note: “We haven?t had the continuity until now because of all the things that happened at the beginning of the season, but we certainly have three very solid lines. If we keep the game simple, we are going to be a very good team.” – Harvard coach Katey Stone

W. HOCKEY NOTEBOOK: Corriero Eclipses 100 Goals
By John R. Hein, Harvard Crimson, 11/22/04
The Scoop: Harvard looks ahead to the matchups with Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Quote of Note: “Everyone wants to step up and play a full three periods. Last year we played two against [Minnesota].” – Harvard tri-captain Julie Chu

The Soul Of Witt

By Elliot Olshansky, CollegeSports.com, 11/21/04
The Scoop: Yale reaps the benefits of coach Hillary Witt, who is only a few years removed from being a student-athlete herself.
Quote of Note: Hilary still has her skills from college. It is nice to see a coach demonstrate a drill, maybe a 1-on-1 drill and burn the defenseman, or make a great shot to beat a goaltender. It just gives her ideas and philosophies more credibility when she is trying to get it across to the team.” – Yale captain Erin Duggan

U can’t finish Duluth sweep
By Chris Matt, Pioneer Press, 11/21/03
The Scoop: Minnesota can’t hold on in a 2-2 tie against UMD.
Quote of Note: “We didn’t want to give up any good chances to Duluth, but we were also playing aggressively to go for the win,” – Minnesota coach Laura Halldorson

UMD women tie top-ranked Gophers
By Christa Lawler, Duluth News Tribune, 11/21/04
The Scoop: UMD’s faces show signs of a win after a tie against the No. 1 Gophers.
Quote of Note: “We came in as the underdog. I don’t think people expected us to stay with them. They’ve killed everyone. It’s huge for our confidence.” – UMD senior Caroline Ouellette

Hourihan finally getting her shot in goal
By Paul Harber, Boston Globe, 11/21/04
The Scoop: Northeatern goaltender Marisa Hourihan speaks about her struggles under former coach Joy Woog.
Quote of Note: “It’s history. I’m looking forward to this season. This year is totally different. Coach Woog was a good coach, but she was a tough coach who played mind games. It was very difficult to play for her.” – Hourihan

Early lead disappears for Bulldogs
By Christa Lawler, Duluth News Tribune, 11/20/04
The Scoop: UMD goes up early, but the Gophers overwhelm the Bulldogs down the stretch.
Quote of Note: “We took too many penalties. Our penalty kill didn’t do that bad of a job, but playing that much takes a lot out of you.” – UMD senior Nora Tallus

U rallies against rival
By Chris Matt, Pioneer Press, 11/20/04
The Scoop: The Gophers respond to adversity in a 4-2 win over UMD.
Quote of Note: “It’s a huge win for us. Our first period wasn’t our best of the season, but we responded well, and I thought our second period was really key.” – Minnesota coach Laura Halldorson

UMD ready for first big test
By Christa Lawler, Duluth News Tribune, 11/19/04
The Scoop: UMD’s defense thinks it can handle the Gophers.
Quote of Note: “We don’t have the depth. The whole country knows that. But we have a young team that works really hard that can play over their heads.” – UMD coach Shannon Miller

Honed at home
By Chris Matt, Pioneer Press, 11/19/04
The Scoop: The Gophers are ranked No. 1 in the nation with a roster that includes 16 Minnesotans.
Quote of Note: “I think there are a lot more opportunities, and Minnesota is kind of known as the hockey state. I think as far as opportunities for kids to get playing when they’re younger and in high school, they have just come so far even in the last five or six years. It gives kids more of a chance to develop more than in other states.” – Minnesota co-captain Krissy Wendell

Unbeaten Bulldogs come to town for intensifying rivalry
By Bridget Haeg, Minnesota Daily, 11/19/04
The Scoop: The Minnesota defense must prepare to be pressured for the first time this season against UMD.
Quote of Note: “The defense has been working a lot more, concentrating on breakouts and making sure we will be able to get the puck out of our zone with a better forecheck.” – junior defenseman Allie Sanchez

Bulldogs will provide big test for ‘U’ women
By Dean Spiros, Star Tribune, 11/19/04
The Scoop: Minnesota faces its first real challenge of the year against Minnesota-Duluth.
Quote of Note: “It’s what you play for. I’m excited because it should test our team and see what kind of character we have.” – Gophers senior forward Kelly Stephens

Women’s hockey: U coach finds recruit is ring-rat
By Dean Spiros, Star Tribune, 11/18/04
The Scoop: Minnesota recruit Dagney Willey’s boxing experience wowed Coach Laura Halldorson.
Quote of Note: “One of the things I’ve learned through boxing is controlling my emotions. I was a little feisty on the ice when I was younger. I’ve cooled down quite a bit. I’m still a physical player but it takes a lot for me to snap.” – Willey

U.S. Women Still a Bit Short
By David De Remer, New England Hockey Journal, 11/17/04
The Scoop: The U.S. women will have to wait five months to have another shot at beating Canada.
Quote of Note: “It was kind of sad in the locker room, thinking this is the biggest game I?ll play in until April. It?s definitely a bit more of a challenge (to stay in game shape) for the players who are out of college, but we know what we have to do.” – U.S. defenseman Angela Ruggiero

Vacker’s return gives UMD a break
By Christa Lawler, Duluth News Tribune, 11/17/04
The Scoop: Suvi Vacker’s return helps an injury-plagued UMD defense, who has now lost Rachel Bertram for the season.
Quote of Note: “Backwards skating is still a lot of work, but it’s getting better. Turning, there’s some pain. But it’s OK.” – UMD defenseman Suvi Vacker

Women’s Hockey Comes From Behind To Beat Brown
By John Hein, Harvard Crimson, 11/17/04
The Scoop: Harvard scores seven unanswered goals in a 7-3 win over Brown.
Quote of Note: “When they scored one of the power play goals, I was like, ‘Wow, that was just like the old days. We have a lot of offensive threats which is awesome. We need to take care of our own end first and work our way up the ice.” – Harvard coach Katey Stone

Penalty-calling changes benefit potent Gophers power play
By Bridget Haeg, Minnesota Daily, 11/17/04
The Scoop: The new officiating emphasis has aided the Gophers’ fast start this season.
Quote of Note: “I feel good about getting into a special-teams war. Personally, I think other teams should try to work on staying out of the box because of the numbers we?ve put up.” – Minnesota coach Laura Halldorson

Love ’06 wins accolades for fierce play as goalie
By Jess Notebaert, Yale Daily News, 11/17/04
The Scoop: Goaltender Sarah Love earns ECAC and USCHO honors.
Quote of Note: “Sarah is really focused. She cares a lot about the team and about playing for the team. She’s a huge competitor and she plays to win. She plays great in big games and she came up big for us this weekend against Harvard. I think that’s why she gets all the awards she does – she brings so much to the team.” – sophomore Jenna Spring

Learning about homelessness
By Rona K. Johnson, Grand Forks Herald, 11/17/04
The Scoop: The UND women’s hockey team works a homeless shelter.
Quote of Note: “Our goal was to have a symbolic presence letting people know that there is a homeless situation out there.” – Northlands Rescue Mission director Dave Sena

Canada wins Four Nations Cup
By Donna Spencer, Canadian Press, 11/15/04
The Scoop: Canada limits the U.S. to 1-for-12 on the power play in a huge Four Nations Cup win.
Quote of Note: “It seemed like we were oh-for-a-thousand today.” – U.S. coach Ben Smith

US lacks golden touch
By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell, Boston Globe, 11/15/04
The Scoop: The United States can’t get the puck past Charline Labonte.
Quote of Note: “Charline played a great game on Thursday night [in a 1-1 tie with the US in round-robin play] and she earned the opportunity to face the US again and see if she could get the win. It was a tough decision [to play her instead of Sami Jo Small], but Charline earned it.” – Canada coach Melody Davidson

W. hockey starts weekend strong, fizzles vs. Harvard
By Clarke Smith, Princetonian Senior Writer, 11/15/04
The Scoop: After a solid win over No. 8 Brown, Princeton once against can’t get the job done the second day.
Quote of Note: “We really came into the game complacent, while Harvard was really ready after losing a game they shouldn’t have. We need to remember this feeling for when we play them again.” – sophomore defenseman Dina McCumber

UVM suffers 27th straight loss to short-handed Dartmouth
By Tony Hao, The Dartmouth, 11/15/04
The Scoop: Led by Cherie Piper on its shorthanded roster, Dartmouth sweeps Vermont.
Quote of Note: “I think Cherie has consistently contributed both offensively and defensively. Missing some of our other players this weekend though, meant others had to step up in some areas – Cherie was one of them.” – Dartmouth coach Mark Hudak

W. hockey ends 20-year skid
By Kate Crandall, Yale Daily News, 11/15/04
The Scoop: Yale upsets Harvard but can’t get by Brown the next day.
Quote of Note: “We made mistakes in both games this weekend; the only difference was that Brown was able to capitalize on our mistakes. Brown is a good team; it wasn’t fatigue that cost us, it just that we weren’t able to put the puck in the net.” ? Yale goaltender Sarah Love

W. Hockey Suffers Historic Loss to Bulldogs
By Abigail M. Baird, The Crimson, 11/15/04
The Scoop: Harvard loses to Yale for first time in two decades but bounces back with a win over Princeton.
Quote of Note: “We could have gotten really dejected and lost faith in ourselves and rolled over and died. But we showed a lot of resiliency and heart. It was so awesome to see how we responded to adversity.” ? said tri-captain Nicole Corriero

Women’s Hockey Wins Two

By Scott Reich, Cornell Daily Sun, 11/15/04
The Scoop: Cornell sweeps Union despite the absence of Coach Melody Davidson to the Canadian national team.
Quote of Note: “It was great that we were able to give [Davidson] a call Saturday night saying we got four points.” ? freshman Brianne Schmidt

Canadian women’s hockey team to face U.S.
By Donna Spencer, Canadian Press, 11/13/04
The Scoop: The U.S. will look to stifle the Canadians breakout in the gold medal final.
Quote of Note: “Now that we know what to expect and with a lot more ice, if we move the puck quick and we support each other, with the bigger ice we should be able to get the puck out. Their pressure comes and it comes fast. One small chip or a reverse (pass) and we can beat their forecheck.” ? Canadian captain and Northeastern alum Vicky Sunohara

Shift leaves US’s Chu on the defensive
By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell, Boston Globe, 11/13/04
The Scoop: Julie Chu makes the transition to the blue line on the U.S. national team.
Quote of Note: “In a lot of ways, I’m excited to go out there and actually play in a competitive situation. I feel that vision on the ice is one of my strengths. Just being back on [defense], I feel like I’ll have a little bit more time to be able to handle the puck and see the ice.” ? Chu

Canada, U.S. tie at Four Nations

By Donna Spencer, Canadian Press, 11/12/04
The Scoop: Charline Labonte and Canada tie the U.S. despite a last second bid for a goal by UMD alum Jenny Potter.
Quote of Note: “I was just swinging on anything. I never saw [the puck].” ? Potter on the final shot

Four Nations Cup
By Ted Ryan, Burlington Free Press, 11/12/04
The Scoop: U.S. and Canada tied in a game full of intensity but lacking execution.
Quote of Note: “I wouldn’t say that either team is completely sharp but I think you can see the intensity these two teams bring at each other is what makes this series such a good rivalry.” ? U.S. coach Ben Smith

Women’s Icers Looking for Lynah Luck
By Ted Nyman, Cornell Daily Sun, 11/12/04
The Scoop: Cornell hopes for better luck at home against Union than it had on the road at Brown and Harvard last weekend.
Quote of Note: “Both Union and Cornell have the same goal in mind, and that is a four-point weekend. We expect Union to be better than last year, especially with some key players and new coaching staff. Our goal is to come out victorious, and that means to outwork them every shift.” ? junior forward Jen Munhofen

Women’s Hockey Ties Ranked Providence
By Stewart H. Hauser, The Crimson, 11/12/04
The Scoop: Harvard loses a late lead to Providence on a 6-on-5 goal.
Quote of Note: “Six-on-five is really hard to play against. We haven?t done too many reps of that in practice yet, so I?m sure that?s something we?ll work on.” ? sophomore defenseman Caitlin Cahow

Big win for Providence sets the stage for more
By Pat Brown, The Cowl, 11/11/04
The Scoop: Providence overcomes a disappointing win over Clarkson with a blowout upset of St. Lawrence.
Quote of Note: “Going into the weekend we were pretty overconfident, for the Clarkson game especially. We should’ve won that game but we ended up tying. The next game we came back and realized we had to play hard the entire 60 minutes, and it was the first time we put together a full game. It showed us that we can actually be a great team if we play that way all the time.” ? Providence junior Karen Thatcher

Kid line of women’s hockey team making its mark
By Donna Spencer, Canadian Press, 11/11/04
The Scoop: The ‘kid line’ of Katie Weatherston, Meghan Agosta, and Gina Kingsbury has been fun to watch.
Quote of Note: “I had no idea who this kid was. The speed that we generated between us, it was a lot of fun. Our first exhibition game we played together and we connected that game and they never separated us after that.” ? Weatherston on Agosta

Goyette scores winner for Canada
By Donna Spencer, Canadian Press, 11/11/04
The Scoop: Canada’s veterans lead them to an ugly 3-2 win over Sweden in the Four Nations Cup.
Quote of Note: “I felt like in the first period we had a chance to take control of the game and we didn’t finish. We hit a couple of goalposts and missed nets and that can come back to bite you later on. It did in this case.” ? Cornell and Canada coach Melody Davidson

MSU coach is all smiles
By Pam Schimd, Star Tribune, 11/11/04
The Scoop: Three players from Minnesota high school power South St. Paul sign with Minnesota State.
Quote of Note: “I think we’ve been going in the right direction for a few years. We’ve already signed some multiple all-state players. This is just another example of the same. Some big-time players going down to MSU versus staying in their back yard.” ? Jeff Vizenor

Young players look to help
By Joshua Fox, University Chronicle, 11/11/04
The Scoop: St. Cloud’s young team is far from throwing its season.
Quote of Note: “It is disappointing that we are not winning. But we are still working hard to try to win. It is not like we are just going to give up when we start losing. We still have to go hard.” ? freshman Laura Fast

W. hockey to host two ranked teams
By Sofia Mata-Leclerc and Ashley Wolf, Daily Princetonian, 11/11/04
The Scoop: Princeton hosts Brown and Harvard.
Quote of Note: “We know that every time we play Brown it’s going to be a gritty game so we’re going to need to match them.” ? junior goalie Roxanne Gaudiel

Dufour adds second threat in UW net
By Robert Panger, Badger Herald, 11/11/04
The Scoop: Wisconsin sophomore Christine Dufour has thrived as the backup goalie for Wisconsin.
Quote of Note: “Just having her here is naturally going to push both of us no matter what. We see one of us play in a game playing really well, and we have to play up to that.” ? starting goaltender Meghan Horras

Thatcher Makes the Full Adjustment
By David De Remer, New England Hockey Journal, 11/10/04
The Scoop: Junior Karen Thatcher is coming into her own in her second season at Providence after transferring from Brown.
Quote of Note: “It was a new environment for me, a new team last year. It took me a while to find a place on the team. This year I feel a lot more comfortable on the ice, and my teammates are helping me out a lot.” ? Thatcher

Dynamic Ivy Duo Debuts At Four Nations Cup
By Elliot Olshansky, CollegeSports.com, 11/10/04
The Scoop: Dartmouth’s Tiffany Hagge and Princeton’s Liz Keady make their Team USA debuts.
Quote of Note: “She absolutely flies out there. She’s like the Energizer Bunny.” ? Princeton coach Jeff Kampersal on Keady

Time off should pay off
By Christa Lawler, Duluth News Tribune, 11/10/04
The Scoop: Caroline Ouellette will miss the Four Nations Cup due to a broken pinky, but she should be back in time for the Minnesota series.
Quote of Note: “That’s what sucks. I’m missing a tournament with the national team for the first time.” ? Ouellette

Improving game alters U.S. plans
By Bonnie DeSimone, USA Today, 11/10/04
The Scoop: The U.S. Olympic team no longer needs two years of residency because of improvements in the college game.
Quote of Note: “This year, it’s really up to the individual. The older players know what they have to take care of. You’ve got to be on the ice, you’ve got to be in the gym, you’ve got to take care of your body. It’s just a matter of fitting it into your lifestyle.” ? recent Harvard graduate Angela Ruggiero

Gophers seek help behind dominant line
By Bridget Haeg, Minnesota Daily, 11/10/04
The Scoop: Minnesota seeks scoring aside from its power play and top line.
Quote of Note: “One line went out and probably had the puck for the whole 30-second shift and never scored. [The offense is] really coming from everywhere. It?s just not showing up on the (stat) sheet.” ? Minnesota freshman Bobbi Ross

Holmes returns to women’s team

By Donna Spencer, Canadian Press, 11/9/04
The Scoop: UNH alum Samantha Holmes ’00 sees her hard work pay off with her first Canadian national team roster spot in four years.
Quote of Note: “Whenever you put your whole heart into something and you don’t achieve it, there’s a disappointment, but there’s also a realization that there were a lot of things that I needed to improve on. I thought ‘I can either work harder or I can give up’ and I definitely wasn’t going to give up.” ? Holmes

Buckeyes are the latest victims
By Bridget Haeg, Minnesota Daily, 11/8/04
The Scoop: Minnesota sweeps Ohio State and wins the so-called close second game by a 5-1 margin.
Quote of Note: “I said before the third period, ‘We need this, we need to be in close games where it tests our character and our work ethic.’ I thought we passed the test today.” ? Minnesota coach Laura Halldorson

W. Hockey Takes Two on Regular Season’s Opening Weekend
By Jonathan Lehman, Harvard Crimson, 11/8/04
The Scoop: Harvard’s depth shines in the season-opening weekend.
Quote of Note: “We want some balance on our lines and explosiveness throughout.” ? Harvard coach Katey Stone

Penalties Dominate W. Hockey Season’s Start
By Gabriel M. Velez, Harvard Crimson, 11/8/04
The Scoop: ECAC coaches voice their complaints about the new officiating emphasis.
Quote of Note: “The hard ones are the sort of ticky-tack ones, where nobody knows what the call is until she goes to the box and points to one side of the box or another.” ? Colgate coach Scott Wiley

W. hockey splits a pair on home ice
By Winston Hsaio, Yale Daily News, 11/8/04
The Scoop: Yale is disappointed with its weekend after crushing blowout against Dartmouth.
Quote of Note: “I felt we came out pretty flat in both games. I think it was a good wake up call to let us know that we have to come out and work hard every night. Games won’t be handed to us….I think our team has improved too much to only beat them [Vermont] 2-1” ? Yale captain Erin Duggan

Big Happenings for Harvard’s Vaillancourt
By David De Remer, New England Hockey Journal, 11/7/04
The Scoop: Harvard’s Sarah Vaillancourt makes her collegiate debut a week before heading to Canada for the Four Nations Cup.
Quote of Note: “There are reasons why it was so important to me to see this come to fruition ? not just because [Vaillancourt] can put the puck in the net, but because of all the things that become contagious when people are around her. When you can get national team players, they just raise the level in practice.” ? Harvard coach Katey Stone

UMD sweeps Wisconsin
By Christa Lawler, Duluth News Tribune, 11/7/04
The Scoop: UMD completes a sweep of Wisconsin on the strength of goalie Ritta Schaublin and the team’s improved conditioning.
Quote of Note: “The ‘d’ blocked [shots] very well. They attempted a lot more shots than it showed. I was happy with the whole team. Last year we would have lost that game.” ? Schaublin

Central’s Mattila makes commitment to UMD
By Christa Lawler, Duluth News Tribune, 11/7/04
The Scoop: Duluth native Tawni Mattila decides to stay close to home when picking her college.
Quote of Note: “One of Tawni’s biggest assets is that she outworks her opponents. If you looked at all of her tools, she may not be the fastest or have the best hands, but she never quits offensively or defensively. She’s an incredible team leader and is positive to anyone and everyone.” ? former UMD coach Shawna Davidson

Mercyhurst finishes off Niagara
By Amy Moritz, Buffalo News, 11/7/04
The Scoop: Mercyhurst tops Niagara 1-0 in a defensive struggle.
Quote of Note: “They did a really good job of backing out and trapping us. We didn’t do a good job of finding space and finding sticks to be able to move the puck up…. Our passes weren’t on, weren’t clicking, but they did a very good job of clogging up the middle, reading off our passes, jumping on loose pucks, so you have to give a lot of credit to them.” ? Niagara coach Margot Page

Burdy helps lift Sioux past Bemidji State
By Nathan Aamodt, Grand Forks Herald, 11/7/04
The Scoop: UND tops Bemidji State after a strong performance by Jenna Burdy, one of three goalies on the roster.
Quote of Note: “We’re always competing and pushing one another. I wanted to do well. This was my chance.” ? Burdy

Power-play persistence pays off for Bulldogs
By Christa Lawler, Duluth News Tribune, 11/6/04
The Scoop: UMD beats Wisconsin on Caroline Ouellette’s goal in the final minutes.
Quote of Note: “We didn’t have depth [last season]. We’re a year older and now we’re able to cross the finish line.” ? UMD coach Shannon Miller

The New Freshman Sextet
By Jonathan Lehman, Harvard Crimson, 11/5/04
The Scoop: Quebec native Sarah Vaillancourt highlights the Harvard freshman class.
Quote of Note: “Sarah will get plenty of accolades just because she?s so talented. She’s tough as nails, she’s smart, and she has better hands than any kid I’ve coached.” ? Harvard coach Katey Stone

Ambassadors of the Game
By Carrie H. Petri, Harvard Crimson, 11/5/04
The Scoop: Harvard’s Kat Sweet and Caitlin Cahow see what women’s hockey is like in Kazakhstan over the summer.
Quote of Note: “They play with these huge wooden sticks that probably haven?t come out in 15 years. This one girl was playing, and the blade of her stick was completely broken?there was a hole. And she played a whole game with it, like that?s her stick. She couldn?t afford anything else.” ? Sweet

The Good Times and the Bad
By Gabriel M. Velez, Harvard Crimson, 11/5/04
The Scoop: Harvard is still hungry for an NCAA title after two straight national championship game defeats.
Quote of Note: “To be so close to achieving your goal, and lose?two years in a row for some of us?only makes you hungrier to do it the next year. We know what we want, and we know we are capable of getting it.” ? Harvard tri-captain Nicole Corriero

The Canadian Invasion
By Abigail M. Baired, Harvard Crimson, 11/5/04
The Scoop: Mass. native and Harvard grad Jamie Hagerman returns from the NWHL to be an assistant coach at her alma mater.
Quote of Note: “It was perfect timing, but unexpected. It was one of the best things to happen to me so far.” ? Hagerman

Women’s Hockey Starts a New Campaign

By Samuel C. Scott, Harvard Crimson, 11/5/04
The Scoop: Harvard opens its season against Colgate and Cornell.
Quote of Note: “If we get caught watching them play, it?s going to be a long night. It?s not always the best team that wins?it?s the team that plays best. We have to dictate the plays the best we can and capitalize on the opportunities we?re given.” ? Colgate coach Scott Wiley

Team Preview: Harvard Women?s Hockey
By Gabriel M. Velez, Harvard Crimson, 11/5/04
The Scoop: After struggling against Dartmouth in a preseason opener, Harvard will stack its top line with Julie Chu, Nicole Corriero and Sarah Vaillancourt.
Quote of Note: “Either split them all up and make three even lines or you just go for it, and I think we?re just going to go for it now and see how it works. They have only been together for [a few] days and it’s pretty fun to watch.” ? Harvard coach Katey Stone

A Look Around the W. Hockey ECAC
By Gabriel M. Velez, Harvard Crimson, 11/5/04
The Scoop: Harvard expects tougher challenges across the ECAC this season.
Quote of Note: “Colgate is going to be good. They are going to give us a huge show next Friday night. That’s going to be a tough game to open up with. Particularly, because any time you play your first game, there are just nerves?and that’s a tough thing for us to start out with. They have good goaltending, and they compete hard.” ? Harvard coach Katey Stone

Gophers look to perfect nationally prominent special teams vs. Buckeyes
By Bridget Haeg, Minnesota Daily, 11/5/04
The Scoop: Minnesota looks to improve its power play as opponents have scouted it.
Quote of Note: “Slowly, it is looking like teams are checking their video. They?re taking a lot more away from us than at the beginning.” ? freshman forward Bobbi Ross

Badgers look to chain Bulldogs
By Robert Panger, Badger Herald, 11/5/04
The Scoop: No. 5 Wisconsin faces challenges at No. 4 Minnesota-Duluth.
Quote of Note: “Anytime your goalie is playing well is gives you confidence and allows you to play a more aggressive game. When you know they?re going to stop the puck, you play a little more confidently and it benefits the whole team.” ? Wisconsin captain Carla MacLeod

Two biggest wins
Grand Forks Herald, 11/5/04
The Scoop: UND coach Shantel Rivard says last weekend’s win over Ohio State was not quite the biggest win in school history.
Quote of Note: “We’re not coming out with the intensity at the start of a game that we need throughout the game. I’m still waiting for our team to put two good games together.” ? Rivard

Cards have national aspirations
By John Coryer, Press Republican, 11/4/04
The Scoop: Plattsburgh aims for the D-III NCAA title this year.
Quote of Note: “We have a lot of experience back ? and hopefully the players are hungry. You could see the disappointment of the players last year when we lost to Middlebury. They were hurt and disappointed. But, that?s a good thing because it bothered them.” ? Plattsburgh coach Kevin Houle

Women’s Hockey draws one, drops one
By Pat Brown, The Cowl, 11/4/04
The Scoop: Battered Providence takes just one of four points from Princeton.
Quote of Note: “I was very happy with the performance because we lost some players. And the players we had left gave it everything they had. It’s a wonderful learning experience for us. It was a moral victory because of all the adversity we faced that day. That situation may leave us unfulfilled at the beginning of the year, but will leave us very fulfilled later on in the year.” ? Providence coach Bob Deraney

Still perfect: UNH shuts out Northeastern
By Phil Kincade, Foster’s Daily Democrat, 11/4/04
The Scoop: UNH clicks in an 8-0 win over Northeastern.
Quote of Note: “Our power play is getting amazing. We?ve had so many opportunities during games to work on it I feel like it?s coming together better and better.” ? UNH’s Jackie Wedster

No. 8 w. hockey poised to top last year’s success
By Sarah Newhall, Daily Princetonian, 11/4/04
The Scoop: Princeton looks to fill the gaps left by the graduation of the Class of 2004.
Quote of Note: “Our team has a lot of depth. Even though last year we lost three solid forwards, a top defenseman and a starting goalie, I feel like our team has worked together to fill these holes.” ? Princeton junior forward Sarah Butsch

Psyched to save: Horak gets mind right
By Bridget Haeg, Minnesota Daily, 11/4/04
The Scoop: Minnesota goaltender Jody Horak discusses how a sports psychologist helped her overcome a bout of inconsistency.
Quote of Note: “I see a lot more (of) what?s going on. I can tell what?s going through people?s minds. I feel like I can read people?s minds.” ? Horak

U women not short on hockey goals
By Dean Spiros, Star Tribune, 11/4/04
The Scoop: Minnesota is already on the verge of breaking the WCHA season record for shorthanded goals.
Quote of Note: “I know when we’re on the power play I hate when other team pressures us. That’s the last thing a team on the power play wants to see.” ? Minnesota junior Natalie Darwitz

A saving grace
By Christa Lawler, Duluth News Tribune, 11/4/04
The Scoop: Riita Schaublin has emerged as a solid No. 1 goaltender for UMD.
Quote of Note: “She’s (Riitta’s) our number one goalie right now. That’s who I’m going with. Everybody has been given the opportunity to play and succeed and at this point with four very difficult series, the people who have proven themselves are going to be playing in those games.” ? UMD coach Shannon Miller

Saratoga Springs native skating her way into hockey history
By Thomas Dimopoulos, The Saratogian, 11/4/2004
The Scoop: Brown alum Kathleen Kauth reflects on her life.
Quote of Note: “Since I’ve gotten older, I realize how precious my time is.” ? Kauth

Kauth in region to appear at show
By Mark Singelais, Albany Times Union, 11/4/04
The Scoop: Brown alum Kathleen Kauth returns to her hometown of Saratoga Springs ? but on rehab.
Quote of Note: “I think the fact I was that close (in 2002) isn’t any more or less motivating. I realize how close I was, but how much better I needed to get. I think any hockey player that takes this seriously, (the Olympics) is probably their goal. It’s my dream.” ? Kauth

Defense’s health becomes a concern
By Christa Lawler, Duluth News Tribune, 11/3/04
The Scoop: An injury to Rachel Bertram will leave UMD with just four of its original defensemen for the next several weeks.
Quote of Note: “I want to be playing. I just want to be skating.” ? Bertram

Coaching simplicity

By Mike Scandura, USAHockey.com, 11/2/04
The Scoop: Princeton’s Jeff Kampersal credits his work at USA Hockey Festivals for his coaching development.
Quote of Note: “I think of [U.S.] coach Ben Smith and how I was brought up. Ultimately for me it comes down to repetition and doing things over and over – catching passes, shooting with your head up and skating. We still focus a lot on skating in practice. Obviously, the best players in the league are the better skaters.” ? Kampersal

Women’s Hockey Shuffles Goalies in Weekened Split
By Helen Luryi, Brown Daily Herald, 11/2/04
The Scoop: Brown’s goalies perform well in their season-opening weekend.
Quote of Note: “We really do have three excellent goalies. [Stacy] Silverman was outstanding in the UNH game, but unfortunately we couldn’t come up with enough offense.” ? Brown coach Digit Murphy

Women’s Hockey Coaches Differ Over Rules Enforcement
By Elliot Olshanksy, CollegeSports.com, 11/1/04
The Scoop: Women’s coaches disagree on the benefits of the obstruction crackdown.
Quote of Note: “This will be a system where the better players should thrive. Talent should prevail most often, which hasn’t always been the case, because people have been slowed down or obstructed.” ? Harvard coach Katey Stone.

Sweep of Mavericks keeps Minnesota unbeaten, untested
By Bridget Haeg, Minnesota Daily, 11/1/04
The Scoop: Minnesota continues its dominance against Minnesota State.
Quote of Note: “We knew coming in that it was going to be a character check. Are we going to fall apart, or are we going to rise to the occasion?” ? junior Natalie Darwitz

Wisconsin outscores St. Cloud State 14-1 at Kohl Center
By Dave McGrath, The Badger Herald, 11/1/04
The Scoop: Wisconsin coasts to victory against St. Cloud State.
Quote of Note: “Today they came out and threw a little twist in their game plan and it took us a little while to adjust to it, but after the first period we made a few adjustments and were able to respond real well. We were able to get two goals and really start to take over the game.” ? Wisconsin coach Mark Johnson

W. hockey opens with a split
By Winston Hsiao, Yale Daily News, 11/1/04
The Scoop: The Bulldogs are stymied by UConn’s Shannon Murphy after opening the season with a win over Quinnipiac.
Quote of Note: “Our scoring chances and shots on goal were a positive for us, but we need to concentrate harder on defense and not make those small mistakes that can cost us the game.” ? senior Nicole Symington

Funk sparks Sioux
By Kevin Fee, Herald Staff Writer, 10/30/04
The Scoop: Liz Funk’s hat trick lifts North Dakota to a 5-4 overtime win over Ohio State.
Quote of Note: “I’m sure it’s not going to sit well.” ? UND coach Shantel Rivard on Ohio State’s feelings after the defeat.

W. icers could dominate ECAC if goaltending answer can be found
By Kathy Babcock, Brown Daily Herald, 10/29/04
The Scoop: Brown’s biggest question mark is in net for the 2004-05 season.
Quote of Note: “We have everyone coming back. We’re pretty much looking at a veteran lineup. You lose a little of the leadership, but I think these next two classes, the junior and senior classes, have been really in an impact position since their freshman year.” ? Brown coach Digit Murphy

UMD goes with new line combo
By Christa Lawler, Duluth News Tribune, 10/29/04
The Scoop: UMD’s Ashleigh Schols jumps to the Bulldogs’ first line while Noemie Marin plays with the Canadian national softball team.
Quote of Note: “It’s a great opportunity for a freshman. She sees the ice very well, and moves the puck and moves to get open. You’ll notice her more when she plays with more experienced players. … She works very hard, just like everyone else, but she does have a gift.” ? UMD coach Shannon Miller

Bulldogs seek in-state success

By Jess Notebaery, Yale Daily News, 10/29/04
The Scoop: Yale opens its season against Quinnipiac and UConn in the Nutmeg classic.
Quote of Note: “Our goaltender is outstanding. Our defense is stronger than it has been in the past. Our offense isn’t new — they should be more comfortable with putting the puck in the goal. Overall, we’re just a much better team than we were last year.” ? Yale coach Hillary Witt

Ryan Stone returning home
By Larry Mahoney, Bangor Daily News, 10/29/04
The Scoop: Brown assistant Ryan Stone of Orono makes his homecoming when the Bears play Maine.
Quote of Note: “I love it at Brown. There’s no NHL for these women, a few may play for the Olympic team, so we’re also teaching them life lessons to help them create lives for themselves after college.” ? Stone

High expectations for second-ranked women’s hockey
By Tony Hao, The Dartmouth, 10/29/04
The Scoop: Dartmouth beats up on Harvard in an informal scrimmage leading up to its opener against Boston College.
Quote of Note: “We were up on Harvard a little bit today. There’s the nervousness, and people are trying to figure out the system and get used to the new lines. This was Harvard’s first game; so they are at where we were a few days ago.” ? Dartmouth coach Mark Hudak

Gophers recall Mavericks? ambush win
By Bridget Haeg, Minnesota Daily, 10/29/04
The Scoop: Minnesota looks to avenge last season’s loss to Minnesota State.
Quote of Note: “They come out to play hard because they are playing Minnesota. A lot of their kids would have liked to come here. So I think that?s becoming a kind of rivalry within the state.” ? Minnesota senior goaltender Jody Horak

Lady Friars sweep visiting Catamounts
By Pat Brown, The Cowl, 10/28/04
The Scoop: Sonny Watrous and Karen Thatcher shine in a Providence sweep of Vermont.
Quote of Note: “I’m more impressed by our systematic execution than by the number of shots and number of goals. You can see us really starting to come together and to really play a very fundamentally sound brand of hockey – a very intense, aggressive, in-your-face type of hockey which is the way we play best.” ? Providence coach Bob Deraney

Lost half season and missed national title run are motivation enough for Wall
By Bridget Haeg, Minnesota Daily, 10/28/04
The Scoop: Lyndsay Wall looks forward to her first full season with the Gophers as a sophomore after missing the second half of last year for academic reasons.
Quote of Note: “None of our defense had played at that level, and so they were able to learn from her just how elite our defense can play. And it benefited us down the stretch.” ? Minnesota assistant coach Brad Frost

UMD freshman Drazan walks off leg injury
By Christa Lawler, Duluth News Tribune, 10/28/04
The Scoop: Rachel Drazan battles through the first threat of injury in her college career.
Quote of Note: “I was more worried I wouldn’t get to play. I thought ‘I’ll have to miss a couple of weeks.’ Missing practices and missing games… that’s the only thing that went through my mind.” ? Drazan

Women’s hockey shuts out Quinnipiac, 3-0
By Gayle Simone, Northeastern News, 10/27/04
The Scoop: Northeastern rebounds against Quinnipiac after getting destroyed by Niagara.
Quote of Note: “I think [UNH] is going to underestimate us. I think we are going to surprise them and a lot of other teams.” ? Northeastern’s Lori DiGiacomo

The old-school approach
By Barbara Matson, Boston Globe, 10/26/04
The Scoop: Northeastern alum Laura Schuler makes the transition from UMass-Boston to her alma mater.
Quote of Note: “I was finding the [UMass-Boston] kids housing at Harbor Point. They’re in an adult situation. They have to pay rent. Some of them have full-time jobs and go to school and play hockey.” ? Schuler

In season prelude, w. hockey shows strength
By Zack O’Malley Greenburg, Yale Daily News, 10/25/04
The Scoop: Yale beats McGill and ties Princeton in scrimmages.
Quote of Note: “We’re looking to bring a winning tradition to Yale women’s ice hockey by continuing on the precedents set last year – a tough style of defensive play and effective special teams – and adding a much-needed multiple goal-scoring component, because, truthfully, it will take more than one or two goals to defeat the majority of our opponents this year.” ? Yale sophomore Regan Gilbride

Buckeyes upset No. 4 Wisconsin, split series
By Adam Jardy, The Lantern, 10/25/04
The Scoop: Ohio State earns first home win over Wisconsin in school history.
Quote of Note: “This was a very important win for our program. I’m really proud of our girls and the effort they gave.” ? Ohio State coach Jackie Barto

Hungry Beavers can?t slow rolling Gophers
By Bridget Haeg, Minnesota Daily, 10/25/04
The Scoop: The Gophers sweep again, despite a tougher-than-expected challenge from Bemidji State.
Quote of Note: “I thought Bemidji State played real well this weekend. It?s the best I?ve seen them play.” ? Minnesota coach Laura Halldorson

Next up for Perron: boosting women’s team
By Jenn Menendez, Portland Press Herald, 10/24/04
The Scoop: New Maine coach Guy Perron hopes to build women’s hockey in Maine at the grassroots level.
Quote of Note: “Like in basketball when Cindy Blodgett showed up, we want to build hockey in state, to have another Derek Damon and Greg Moore.” ? Perron

Niagara women sweep Northeastern
By Amy Moritz, Buffalo News, 10/24/04
The Scoop: Niagara blows away Northeastern in the Purple Eagles’ first-ever sweep of the Huskies.
Quote of Note: “We’re playing well without the puck. It’s hard work when you don’t have the puck. You tend to relax and we’re doing a good job of working hard and getting to open spaces.” ? Niagara coach Margot Page

Bulldogs’ dominance results only in a tie
By Jim Rueda, Dultuh News Tribune, 10/24/04
The Scoop: UMD struggles to finish at Mankato in a 3-3 tie.
Quote of Note: “You can’t be satisfied with a tie. It’s unacceptable for them to outplay us on the penalty kill. But we will learn from this game and improve.” ? UMD captain Caroline Ouellette

Bulldogs ride stingy defense, drop Mavericks
By Jim Rueda, Duluth News Tribune, 10/23/04
The Scoop: UMD tops Minnesota State on the strength of its improved defense.
Quote of Note: “It’s going to be important for us to play well on the penalty kill because the way the refs are calling things so tight this year, the special teams are going to have a lot to say about the outcome of games.” ? UMD defender Julianne Vasichek

Injuries force veterans off Canadian women’s hockey team for Four Nations
By Donna Spencer, Canadian Press, 10/22/04
The Scoop: Injuries open up spots for OSU’s Tessa Bonhomme, Dartmouth’s Katie Weatherston and Harvard’s Sarah Vaillancourt on the Canadian national team.
Quote of Note: “If they are, then they’re creating that themselves.” ? Cornell/Canada coach Melody Davidson, on whether Dartmouth’s Cherie Piper and other Canadians have lost their spot on the roster

Minnesota looks to continue historical dominance of Beavers this weekend
By Bridget Haeg, Minnesota Daily, 10/22/04
The Scoop: Minnesota looks to continue its historical dominance of Bemidji State.
Quote of Note: ?We?re not going to chase them around in their end, because we?re just wasting our time. We?re going to give them the Bemidji sag: Get them in our end and keep them there.? ? Bemidji State coach Bruce Olson

High hopes for women’s hockey
By Jess Jochims, Iowa State Daily, 10/22/04
The Scoop: Iowa State club hockey looks to build on its No. 10 ACHA ranking from last year.
Quote of Note: “Playing hockey is a great stress reliever. Where else can I constantly pummel my goalie roommate without getting yelled at too much?” ? club president Amanda Reverts

UMD women vividly recall Mankato losses
By Christa Lawler, Duluth News Tribune, 10/22/04
The Scoop: UMD reflects on its losses to Mankato that opened the 2003-04 season.
Quote of Note: “The bus ride home was quiet and solemn.” ? UMD defender Julianne Vasichek

You think you know hockey but you have no idea
By Michael Terry, the New Hampshire, 10/22/04
The Scoop: UNH coaches express concern over the increase in penalties.
Quote of Note: “It’s a well intentioned directive but twenty penalties a game is not the norm. It puts tremendous pressure on our athletes, especially special teams. We’ve seen more five-on-three situations in the last three games than in the last two years combined. Quite simply, I believe it takes away from the game. The philosophy is there but putting it into affect is a different story.” ? UNH coach Brian McCloskey

Lady Ice Badgers begin road schedule
By Dave McGrath, Badger Herald, 10/22/04
The Scoop: Wisconsin prepares for the difficulty of playing at Ohio State.
Quote of Note: ?That is their coach?s [Jackie Barto] motto is that they are going to compete and they are going to play hard. We just need to match their intensity.” ? Wisconsin coach Mark Johnson

Lady Friars split season-opening series
By Pat Brown, The Cowl, 10/21/04
The Scoop: Colgate upsets Providence to start the season.
Quote of Note: “As much as you commend people for wanting to be the difference, when you do that you can’t get away from your philosophy of playing as a team. Early in the season you’re still trying to balance that.” ? Providence coach Bob Deraney

Sophomore forward stands out
By Robert Panger, Badger Herald, 10/21/04
The Scoop: Wisconsin’s Lindsay Macy seeks self-improvement.
Quote of Note: ?I?m working more on my conditioning now. I realized I wasn?t in the best shape. Also, staying positive was another thing that I needed to work on. They pretty much showed me out there that I needed to stay positive at all times because sometimes I was so hard on myself and my teammates.? ? Macy

Women’s Coaches Disturbed by Officiating Changes
By David De Remer, New England Hockey Journal, 10/21/04
The Scoop: UConn coach Heather Linstad and St. Lawrence’s Paul Flanagan are concerned about the inconsistency and frequency of penalties after their first weekend of play.
Quote of Note: “I think we just turned the game into women?s lacrosse ? a soft game where you?re supposed to let the guy come to you and give them an opportunity to score, and when you get the possession of the puck, you get the opportunity. I can understand in the men?s game you have the opportunity to check and knock the other guy off the puck. We don?t have that.” ? Linstad

Lady icers flood box scores with goals
By Adam Putter, Daily Cardinal, 10/21/04
The Scoop: Wisconsin faces a tougher defense against Ohio State this upcoming weekend.
Quote of Note: “We go into a smaller barn next week. Ohio State’s got the smallest rink, dimension-wise, of all the rinks in the league. So, we’ll do some things in practice to help that. We need to work on our penalty-kill and continue to work on our power play.” ? Wisconsin coach Mark Johnson

Picked to finish last, women’s hockey look to surprise opponents
By Gayle Simone, Northeastern News, 10/20/04
The Scoop: Northeastern women’s hockey hopes for the best with a new head coach and a number of key losses to transfers.
Quote of Note: “We hope to take some teams by surprise. There is new energy and new enthusiasm with this team. The girls are really positive and ready to go. If they had it their way they would be playing today.” ? Northeastern coach Laura Schuler

Vasichek’s newfound quickness evident in UMD’s opening series
By Christa Lawler, Duluth News Tribune, 10/20/04
The Scoop: UMD defender Julianne Vasichek discusses her absence from the U.S. Four Nations roster.
Quote of Note: “Sometimes I try to find a pass two or three layers up. I make it tougher than it needs to be. … Those are my main things. I have to just continue getting faster. I felt I worked hard on that this summer.” ? Vasichek

RMU women to start play next year
By Karen Price, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, 10/17/04
The Scoop: Robert Morris coach Kevin McGonagle discusses starting the new women’s program for 2005-06.
Quote of Note: “Women’s hockey is not as well-developed, although it’s coming along in this area. What we’d really like is to be able to give girls and young women the sense that there is this level of hockey and something they could aspire to. Do I anticipate exactly the same response (as to the men’s team)? No. But we do think we’ll get a good response.” ? Robert Morris AD Susan Hofacre

A fresh start
By Christa Lawler, Duluth News Tribune, 10/15/04
The Scoop: The UMD defense is boosted by Northeastern transfers Ashley Waggoner and Rachel Bertram.
Quote of Note: “I didn’t like my coach at Northeastern and I didn’t like the level of the game. I wanted better competition. And Boston is a cool city, but I couldn’t see myself being happy living there for five years.” ? Waggoner

Jones leads UNH women?s quest for Frozen Four
By Phil Kincade, Foster’s Daily Democrat, 10/14/04
The Scoop: UNH captain Steph Jones had to battle to earn coach Brian McCloskey’s respect.
Quote of Note: “I think Steph has been labeled at times as not being a hustler, but Steph plays a different style and it took me a while longer to appreciate that. She?s a thinking man?s player.” ? McCloskey

Women?s hockey season is awash in questions
By Phil Kincade, Foster’s Daily Democrat, 10/12/04
The Scoop: UNH faces question marks with one of its youngest rosters ever.
Quote of Note: “It?s hard to have a lot of confidence that I can accurately predict how this club is going to turn out, except that I can say we have a lot of skill. But we?re so young. We?ve lost so many kids in the past two years that were bread and butter kids that we?re going to have a lot of question marks this year.” ? UNH coach Brian McCloskey

Finding space to skate
Daily Free Press, 10/5/04
The Scoop: Many of BU’s club players will be left in the cold when the team goes varsity.
Quote of Note: “I am feeling with the amount of people we have that [a cut] is going to happen. You never want to see anyone cut ’cause you become friends with these people, but that is kind of how it goes.” ? club secretary Theresa Spisak