Seawolves falter in weekend series against formidable foe

This past weekend the Seawolves flew out to Oklahoma to face #7 ranked, University of Central Oklahoma Broncos (UCO). This is the first meeting between the two teams since last year where Stony Brook split the weekend series at home. During Friday night’s game, Stony Brook and the Broncos were scoreless mid-way through the game until Seawolves Freshman; Chris Molnar scored his first of the season to put Stony Brook up 1-0. However shortly after, the sloppy, undisciplined play the Seawolves allowed the Broncos to take a 2-1 lead going into the third period. With Stony Brook’s backs against the wall late in the game they were forced to take chances they wouldn’t normally take and gave up a breakaway where the Broncos tallied their third goal making the final score 3-1, UCO.

Going into Saturday’s game Stony Brook was without junior forward Matt Crockett, who suffered an upper body injury the night before. The Seawolves knew what to do but they just needed to execute better, especially their power-play which has been struggling recently. Early in the first period the Stony Brook gave up a goal after a breakdown in the defensive zone. A few minutes later it was again Molnar who found the back of the net to tie the game at one. Heading into the second period the Seawolves hoped for better puck luck as they dominated the first but could not quite capitalize. Unfortunately the second period was all Broncos as they scored three goals to pull away 4-1. Heading into the third period Stony Brook had a greater sense of urgency than the previous two periods and were able to cut the Broncos lead, 4-3, goals coming from freshman Kevin Murphy and Sophomore Frank Coscia. UCO was able to hold on to the lead despite the heavy offensive onslaught coming from the Seawolves.

Next weekend the Seawolves face off against divisional opponent, Rutgers University on Friday February 3rd at 9pm and Saturday February 4th at 8:30pm. Friday night’s game is Stony Brook Alumni Night as well as the Chris Panatier/Anthony Fronzoni fundraiser. The Seawolves alumni will play at 7:00pm on Friday night before the game against Rutgers. So, make sure you come down early and see your favorite players from previous years and current in addition to supporting the Panatier and Fronzoni family! Saturday night is rock the red night so come down in your Seawolf red! Reminder all home games are played at the Rinx in Hauppauge, NY 660 terry road.

Seawolves roast the Blue Hens in convincing weekend sweep!

This past weekend the Seawolves faced off against division rival the University of Delaware Blue Hens. This weekend’s games were extremely important considering Delaware sits in first place and the Seawolves right behind them in second in their league standings. Stony Brook came out to a quick start when captain, JT hall, buried the rebound off assistant captain Frank Sherding’s shot from the point. Right after Hall’s goal it was Brendan Callelo finishing off a great feed from Chris Stemke. However the Seawolves took a shift off and Delaware scored two goals in less than a minute to tie the game heading into the second period. That was enough to ignite the Seawolves offense for what would end up being a final score of 9 to 3. Goals came from Palmieri, Riccardi, Murphy, Boser, another one from Hall, and two more from Stemke to complete the hatrick! Once the Seawolves went up by a large margin the dirty play of the Blue Hens increased. There were several fights and scrums to end the game and caused tensions to carry over into Sunday’s matchup.

Going in to Sunday’s game the Seawolves knew they had to put back to back wins together if they hoped to make up ground on the Blue Hens, and that’s just what they did. Early in the first period forward, Devon Palmieri deflected in a shot from defenseman, Alex Miller to give the Seawolves an early 1-0 lead. Shortly after forward, Brendan Calello found the back of the net off a rebound in front of the net. The Seawolves knew this game they had to keep their foot on the gas to crush the spirits of the Blue Hens. Before the period ended the Seawolves tacked on two more goals coming from assistant captain Frank Sherding and forward Brad Riccardi, making it 4-0 after the first period. Going into the second period the physical play picked up and tempers were flaring. The Seawolves scored two more goals from Stemke and forward Eddie Osowski. Before heading into the locker room, the Bluehens goalie charged after Stemke causing chaos to ensue. In between periods the Seawolves were instructed by head coach, Chris Garofalo, to skate away as he saw the importance of not having any suspensions. The Seawolves did just that and walked away with a final score of 7-3 and the weekend sweep! Next weekend the Seawolves travel to Central Oklahoma to face off against the Broncos!
The Seawolves next home game will be Friday February 3rd at 9:00pm and Saturday the 4th at 8:30pm against Rutgers University. All home games are played at the Rinx in Hauppauge, 660 Terry Rd. Friday night will be alumni night and Saturday night is Rock the Red Night. Come down to cheer on the Seawolves and rock your Seawolf RED!

Seawolves finish the season sweep against West Chester University!

The Seawolves traveled to West Chester, PA this past weekend to face divisional opponent, the West Chester Golden Rams. After coming out to a sluggish start it was not until late in the first period when junior defenseman, Frank Sherding found the back of the net to put the Seawolves ahead 1-0. The second period the Stony Brook was held scoreless and the Golden Rams were able to tie the game at 1. Finding their gear in the third period, the Seawolves were able to score two goals in 3 minutes. First it was forward Eddie Osowski and then it was the Captain, JT Hall to find the back of the net. To put the final nail in the coffin Chris Stemke buried a great feed from Hall to make it a final score of 4-1. The “Hard Hat” player of the game went to defenseman, Frank Sherding who continued his point streak to 7 games.
The next day Stony Brook focused on having a better start to their game and that’s exactly what they did. It was an offensive explosion during the first period with goals coming from Sherding, Stemke, Hall, and new comer to the Seawolves freshman, Kevin Murphy getting his first goal as a Seawolf. StonyBrook kept up the pressure in the second period spending the majority of the time in the Golden Rams zone. They were able to add two more goals in the second period by freshman Devon Palmieri and Murphy with his second of the game. Stony Brook ended with a final score of 7-0 with the last one coming from Hall after a great feed from Osowski who had 3 assists on the day. The “hard hat” player of the game was awarded to freshman, Kevin Murphy with two goals. Next weekend the Seawolves face another division rival, the University of Delaware Blue Hens at home at 8:30pm Saturday night and 3:30pm on Sunday. Saturday night’s game is to support K-9 companions and Sunday’s game is to honor the League of Yes. Reminder all games are played at the Rinx in Hauppauge NY, 660 terry road. Go Seawolves!

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.