Seawolves Captain, JT Hall and team USA go for Gold in Kazakhstan!

The 22-man roster for the U.S. Men’s National University Team that will compete in the 2017 Winter World University Games from Jan. 28-Feb. 8 in Almaty, Kazakhstan, was revealed by USA Hockey this past week. It is with great pleasure to announce Seawolves Captain; JT Hall has been selected to represent the United States in the World University games! Since joining the Seawolves back in 2012, Hall has had a tremendous impact on the success of our program. Stated by Head Coach, Chris Garofalo “JT is one of those guys who had to work for everything he has. He never complains about anything, and is ready to battle every game.” With that being said it was a no brainer for the Seawolves to select Hall assistant captain in his sophomore year where he helped lead the Seawolves into the final game of the national tournament. The following year Hall was unanimously selected Captain by his teammates and coaches where he led Stony Brook back to the final four in the National Tournament. Senior defenseman Michael Cartwright said “I’ve had the pleasure of playing with JT since he was 8 years old. It is unbelievable to watch him grow in to the player he is and even a better teammate. There is nobody more deserving for this opportunity than JT.” Last season JT was not only selected team MVP but also player of the year for the ACHA. JT has a career total of 147 points in 84 games. The Seawolves want to wish Hall and the rest of the USA Team good luck and safe travels as they head to Kazakhstan at the end of January to play for Gold!

Seawolves put out Flames in weekend sweep!

After having three weeks off for the holiday season, the Seawolves entered the New Year facing off against division rivals the University of Liberty Flames. Despite the cold weather and snow on Saturday night the Seawolves looked on fire in the first period scoring four unanswered goals. Goals were scored by captain JT Hall, Chris Stemke, Devon Palmieri, and a new face for the Seawolves, Brad Riccardi. The Seawolves kept up the pressure as they poured on three more goals by forwards Stemke, Hall and Callelo. The Seawolves won 7-1 to take the first win of the second semester. The hard hat of the game went to goaltender, Payne Yoder, who stopped 27 of 28 shots.

Despite the score on Saturday night’s game the Seawolves knew the Flames were going to come out with a vengeance. Stony Brook struggled all season to find a way to sweep a weekend series but that looks like it was left in 2016. In Sunday afternoons game the Seawolves were able to capitalize on an early first period goal coming from Junior defenseman Frank Sherding who scored a top shelf beauty to make the score 1-0. However in the second period the Seawolves ran into penalty trouble spending the majority of the period shorthanded. With the help of a strong penalty kill by players like Matt Crockett, Alex Miller, Parker Bishop, Mike Cartwright and of course Payne Yoder, the Seawolves held the Flames scoreless through two periods. Late in the third period Chris Stemke made a great cross the crease pass where Brendan Calello put Stony Brook up 2-0. The Seawolves sealed up the weekend series vs. the Flames when forward Brad Ricardi iced the games with an empty net goal with just under a minute to go. The Seawolves won 3-0 giving Yoder his first career shutout since joining Stony Brook, making him the hard hat player of the game yet again.
Next weekend the Seawolves travel south to take on another division opponent, the West Chester University Rams. Stony Brook’s next home games will be Saturday January 21st and Suday January 22nd against the University of Delaware. Saturday the Seawolves will be supporting the K-9 companions and Sunday they will be supporting the League of Yes. Come down to support the Seawolves and support two great causes. All home games are played at the Rinx in Hauppauge, 660 Terry road. Go Seawolves!!!!!

Seawolves take on Liberty to start the second half of the year.

Happy New Year Seawolf fans! Stony Brook comes into the second semester ranked 14th in the country. The Seawolves first game back will be this upcoming weekend against 17th ranked, Liberty University. Game times are Saturday night at 8:30pm and Sunday afternoon at 3:30pm at the Rinx, located at 660 Terry Road, Hauppauge, NY. Along with the games this weekend the Seawolves will be raising awareness and support for the NYPD & FDNY during Saturday night’s game. Sunday’s game the Seawolves will be raising money for Angela’s House. Come down and support your Seawolves and support two great causes. Go Seawolves!!

Seawolves take two from Drexel before break.

This past weekend your 14th ranked Seawolves competed in a home and home series against the unranked Drexel University Dragons. Friday night the scoring started early after a goal scored by Junior forward Mathew Crockett after banging in the rebound off of a slap shot from Frank Sherding. Sluggish play from the Seawolves through two periods had the game tied 2-2 with the second goal coming from Senior defenseman Michael Cartwright. The Seawolves found their second gear in the third period by scoring three unanswered goals to win 5-2. The “Hard-Hat” player of the game was awarded to Sophomore Forward Eli Lynn who scored a goal and played a solid two way game to help the Seawolves to victory.
Saturday night the Seawolves faced off against Drexel University again but this time at home. It was not until half way through the game when the Seawolves found their game. Stony Brook scored six goals all coming from Stemke, Benyamini, Coscia, Linker, Osowski, and Sherding. That was the last game of the semester before the Seawolves depart for the holiday season. On behalf of all of us we wish everyone a great holiday and a Happy New Year! We look forward to seeing you at our next home game on Saturday, January 7th at 8:30pm and Sunday January 8th at 3:30pm against division rival, the Liberty University Flames. All home games are played at The Rinx located at 660 Terry road, Hauppauge, NY.

Seawolves drop two, by one.

After a great Thanksgiving break your 13th ranked Seawolves hit the road to play division rival the 17th ranked Delaware Blue Hens. Coming out to a slow start in the first period the Seawolves found themselves behind 1-0 after giving up a power play goal halfway through the period. However, after regrouping in between periods the Seawolves found their second gear to spark the offense. Goals came from Callelo, Stemke and Benyamini. After the period the Seawolves led 3-2 having one of the best periods as a team thus far in the season. Unfortunately the Seawolves lost the lead giving up two goals, blowing another third period lead falling to Delaware 4-3.
Coming into the second game the Seawolves had to battle through adversity from the start with the absence of their first line forwards, junior Ori Benyamini and Captain J.T. Hall who suffered injuries in Friday night’s game. Early into the first period Delaware scored to take the lead. A few minutes later, after a very questionable call, the Seawolves top defenseman, Frank Sherding was ejected after receiving a five minute major and a game misconduct. After the first period the Seawolves were down 3-1 with a goal coming from Senior forward Chris Stemke. Luckily for the Seawolves the second period has been known to be their best and they cut the lead to 4-3 with goals coming from Brendan Callelo and Mike Kowicki. After blowing the third period lead Friday night the Seawolves hoped to get revenge on the Blue Hens. The third period got off to a great start with an early goal coming from Stemke, the Seawolves were tied. Delaware was quick to strike back scoring two goals which was enough to hold on to the win. The Seawolves fell again to the Blue Hens 6-5. Stony Brook hopes to get back on the winning track as they take on a home- and-home this weekend against the unranked Drexell University Dragons. The Seawolves are home Saturday December 12th at 8:30pm. All games are played at the Rinx in Hauppauge, 660 Terry road.

Seawolves split with UC Boulder in the Rockies.

This past weekend the #12 ranked Seawolves embarked on a journey across the country to face off against, #10 ranked University of Colorado Boulder Buffalos. Early in the first period of Friday night’s game senior forward Chris Stemke started the scoring for the Seawolves after netting a beautiful backhand goal on a breakaway. This goal was Stemke’s first of his four goals of the game. However it was not until the second period where Stony Brook’s rally came alive after a blast from the point by defenseman Frank Sherding. The Seawolves power play proved to be the deciding factor by producing five goals which led the way for the win, earning freshman goaltender Brandon Rathwell his second win of the season stopping 29 of 31 shots. Goals also came from Senior forward, Joe Bochichio and Senior forward Mike Cartwright to help the Seawolves in an 8-2 win. The star of the game went to Chris Stemke who had a total of 5 points.
Saturday night’s game the Seawolves came in a little assumptive and were not focused from the beginning. In fact the very first shift of the game the Buffalo’s scored first, which set the tone for the game. With Stony Brook missing their star of the game from the night before, Chris Stemke, they needed to find scoring from someone else. The Seawolves were able to get goals again from Bochichio and Sherding but not enough to outscore the Buffalos as they fell 3-2 and split the weekend series. The Seawolves are off this weekend for Thanksgiving break but face off against division rival the University of Delaware Blue Hens on December 2nd and 3rd in Delaware. On behalf of the Seawolves we wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving and hope to see you at our next home game against Drexel University on Saturday December 12th at 8:30pm. The Seawolves will also be collecting toys for the Stony Brook Children’s Hospital to deliver toys to the kids around the holidays. All home games are played at the Rinx in Hauppauge located at 660 terry road.

Seawolves sweep divisional opponent, West Chester University.

The Seawolves welcomed divisional opponent West Chester University this past weekend and swept the two game series in a convincing fashion. In Saturday night’s game, the Seawolves netted twelve goals as they cruised past the Rams 12-2. The star of Saturday’s game went to senior forward Brian Boser, for his exceptional penalty killing along with two goals and an assist.
Sunday’s game was filled with special teams play and the Seawolves capitalized early as they scored on their first three power plays. Stony Brook would control the rest of the game netting another power play goal and two even strength goals as the Seawolves beat the Rams 6-1. Sunday’s star of the game went to assistant captain Frank Sherding with two assists.
The 14th ranked Seawolves will travel to the mid-west this weekend as they take on the 12th ranked University of Colorado both Friday and Saturday. Stony Brook’s next home game will be Saturday December 10th against Draxel University at 8:30pm; that game the Seawolves will be collecting toys to bring to the Stony Brook Children’s Hospital during the holidays.

Seawolves take on the Rams this weekend!

This weekend the Seawolves welcome another division opponent, West Chester University on Saturday at 8:30pm and Sunday afternoon at 3:30 pm. All home games are played at The Rinx in Hauppauge, 660 Terry Rd. Saturday night will be the Seawolves annual food drive and Sunday Stony Brook will be raising money for the Russ Housman Fundraiser. Come down and cheer on your Seawolves and support two great causes!

Seawolves split the weekend series on unfamiliar ice

Playoff-level intensity was in the air Friday night at the LaHaye Ice Center in Lynchburg, VA. as the 17th ranked Seawolves took on the 12th ranked University of Liberty Flames in a game decided in the most dramatic fashion possible — the second shootout of the season for Stony Brook.
After a scoreless five-minute overtime period, Flames sophomore goalie Blake Scott snuffed the No. 17 Seawolves on their three chances and sophomore forward Owen Harris netted the only goal of the three-round shootout with a backhander through the five hole to lift Liberty to a 3-2 win.
The Seawolves struck first in the opening minute of the second period when forward J.T. Hall, the reigning ACHA DI player of the year, stole the puck in the slot and snuck his shot through traffic in front of the goal and through the five hole into the back of the net.
The score remained 1-0 Stony Brook until the Flames netted the equalizer with 12:36 left in the third with a shot from the point. It took just 47 seconds for Stony Brook to reclaim the lead. Seawolves defenseman Frank Sherding skated around two Liberty defenders in the high slot before veering toward the right corner and crossing the puck into the right crease, where Hall finished past the Liberty goalie for a 2-1 advantage with 11:49 remaining in regulation. The Flames responded nearly as quickly to re-tie the contest only 53 seconds later when senior forward Grant Garvin tipped the puck past Stony Brook goalie, Brendan Rathwell. Stony Brook netted a go-ahead goal with 2:52 to go in the third, but an official “blew his whistle” on the play, overruling the puck crossing the goal line prior to the whistle. However it was clear as day on the jumbo tron at Lahaye Ice Center that the puck crossed the goal line before the official blew his whistle but the play was not reviewable and the call stood.

For the second straight night, Stony Brook struck first, with 5:52 left in the first period, when forward Joe Bochichio, stationed in the right crease, put away a put back of a shot from the high slot blocked by sophomore goalie Blake Scott, who made his second straight start between the pipes. With 1:52 left in the period, freshman forward Basil Reymonds netted the equalizer by launching a shot from the right blue line that jetted through traffic into the upper netting, assisted by sophomore forward Marshal King.
However, after a penalty was assessed to freshman forward Josh Bergen on a solid check along the left boards, Stony Brook capitalized quickly to seize a 2-1 lead in the final 20 seconds of the first period.
Seawolves forward Matthew Crockett won a faceoff in Liberty’s defensive zone before pouncing on the rebound of a shot from the left circle by defenseman Mike Cartwright and punching his second putback past Scott. With 15:25 left in the second period, defenseman Frank Sherding received a pass and fired a shot from the high slot that deflected off the goalie’s stick and in, stretching Stony Brook’s advantage to 3-1. Moments after taking a hard hit against the defensive boards, freshman defenseman Matt Cruickshank pulled the Flames back within 3-2 with 3:23 left in the second stanza after taking a short pass from King and faking a shot in front of a sliding Stony Brook defenseman near the high point, uncorking a shot from the top of the left circle that beat Stony Brook goalie Tyler Huberty.
Given the reprieve, Stony Brook reopened its two-goal advantage by capitalizing on a power play with just over a minute remaining in the period when Brendan Calello slid home the rebound of a shot from the top of the right circle that Scott blocked and stretched to clear out of the crease.

Seconds after gaining a man advantage in the third period, sophomore defenseman Zane Schartz received a pass along the blue line from senior defenseman Ben Hughes and one-timed a slap shot past Huberty into the top right corner of the cage, trimming the deficit back to one goal with 15:46 remaining in regulation. Once again, however, Stony Brook extended its lead to two goals when Calello dug the puck out along the back boards to Bochichio, who flicked a backhanded pass to fellow forward Christ Stemke cutting into the left crease for an easy finish and a 5-3 edge

With 3:49 remaining in regulation, Liberty sophomore forward Colt Steele scored on a chip shot in the right crease off an assist from Garvin in the right corner, though Huberty appeared to block the puck near the right post. That drew the Flames back within 5-4 one night after Stony Brook had a potentially game-winning score disallowed by a whistle in the third period.

Stony Brook outshot Liberty by a 40-30 margin for the contest and Scott made 35 saves in his second setback. Stony Brook outshot Liberty by a 40-30 margin for the contest and Scott made 35 saves in his second setback.

The Seawolves welcome another division opponent, West Chester University on Saturday at 8:30pm and Sunday afternoon at 3:30 pm. All home games are played at The Rinx in Hauppauge, 660 Terry Rd. Saturday night will be the Seawolves annual food drive and Sunday Stony Brook will be raising money for the Russ Housman Fundraiser. Come down and cheer on your Seawolves and support two great causes!

Seawolves split the season series with the Syracuse Orangemen.

The past weekend your 9th ranked Seawolves split their season series with the 13th ranked Syracuse Orangemen one game apiece. In Saturday night’s game Stony Brook scored five unanswered goals in the first two periods and never looked back, as the Seawolves rolled past the Orangemen 5-1. Sunday afternoon’s game, Stony Brook led the Orangemen 3-2 going into the third period but a sloppy third period for the Seawolves led to three unanswered goals for Syracuse and Stony Brook losing the game 5-3.
The Seawolves travel to Virginia this weekend to take on division rival, the 16th ranked Liberty University Flames on Friday and Saturday night. Stony Brook’s next home games will be Saturday, November 12th at 8:30pm and Sunday, November 13th at 3:30pm against West Chester University. All home games are played at the Rinx in Hauppauge, 660 Terry Rd. Saturday night the Seawolves will also be collecting canned food for their annual food drive. Sunday afternoon’s game Stony Brook will be raising money for the Hearts for Russ Housman Fundraiser.