Thursday, May 1, 2014

Four Represent UVa at DVCHC All-Star Games

On Saturday, April 19th, four players from the Women's Ice Hockey Club at UVa traveled to Hershey, Pennsylvania to participate in the 2014 DVCHC All-Star Games.  The players skated on pro ice at the Giant Center, home of the Hershey Bears.

UVa rookies Tasy Novopachennaia and Hannah Latham skated AGAINST one another in the New Stars GameNovopachennaia scored two goals in the 8-1 win over their opponents.

UVa defensive pair Allie Griswold and Erin Lyons played in the DVCHC All-Star Game later that afternoon.  Lyons assisted on two goals in the 4-4 tie. 

Players participated in the awards ceremony after the games and were invited to attend the AHL match-up between the Hershey Bears and the Adirondack Phantoms later that evening.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Interest Meeting April 22nd @8PM in Clark 156

Interested in playing or managing ice hockey? Come to the UVa Women’s Club Ice Hockey interest meeting on April 22nd at 8pm in Clark 156. Find out more about the program and meet the current players! Food will be available. For more information email Allie Griswold ( Go Hoos!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Ladys Cavs Defeat Flames in OT

The University of Virginia Women's Hockey Club defeated the Liberty University Flames 4-3 in overtime on Saturday night to give UVa its first win of the season. Despite tough defensive play, the Lady Cavs found themselves down 2-0 halfway through the first period. In the closing minutes of the period, UVa's second line, consisting of Carly Buckholz, Tasy Novopachennaia, and Hannah Shaps, crashed the net in search of a rebound from LU's goalie Leanne Niemi. Niemi did a great job down low against the initial shots, but the puck squirted loose to the open side where Shaps was waiting to tuck the puck home. The period ended 2-1 in the Flames' favor.

The Cavs came out buzzing in the second. Centers Carly Buckholz and Jen Morgan were dominating face-offs for their lines. Time-of-possession was easily in UVa's favor as they rang up 21 shots on goal in the period to Liberty's 4. On the PP, UVa's Adria Penatzer fought through a scrum in front of LU's net and snapped in a goal at 7:29 of the second to tie the game at 2. Penatzer was assisted by Morgan and blueliner Erin Lyons. Five minutes later, UVa's defenseman Allie Griswold pinched in and camped out on the far side of Niemi's net. Buckholz drew two defenders and slid a crisp pass to an open Griswold who punched home the loose puck to put the Cavs up by one.

Despite dominating TOP and SOGs, the Cavaliers could not get one past Niemi in the third. LU scored late in the third to tie the game and send it to a sudden death overtime period.

Due to a late regulation tripping penalty by LU's Tea Gaudet De Lestard, the Cavs had a 4-3 man advantage for 1:45 in OT. For 70 seconds, UVa pressured LU in the OZ and peppered Niemi with shots. At 1:10 in OT, UVa's captain Morgan stashed away the game-winner off a feed from Buckholz to end the game 4-3. The Cavaliers outshot the Flames 58-16 in the contest.  

UVa takes on Towson this weekend at 9PM Saturday night and again at 10AM Sunday morning. Both games are at the MSA in Charlottesville, VA.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Wildcats Claw Cavs

The UVa Women's Ice Hockey Club were defeated by the Villanova Lady Wildcats 7-4 on Sunday morning at the MSA in Charlottesville.

UVa's Carly Buckholz got the first goal for the Orange and Blue on a power-play when she streaked up the right side of the OZ and wristed a 30-footer that sailed past VU's goalie Rebecca Brown at 12:26 in the first.  Three minutes later, UVa's Jennifer Morgan scored from the slot with a quick wrister that beat Brown blocker-side at 15:56.  Morgan was assisted by Hoo rookie Sanchita Gupta.

Morgan only needed 34 seconds in the second period to continue her scoring touch.  She pushed the face-off drop into the Cats' OZ, won the race to the puck in the corner, went around the back of the VU net, and slid a shot past Brown, tying the game at 3.  The remainder of the second period saw defensive lapses by the Cavs in their zone as the Wildcats scored 3 unanswered goals.

Morgan would score again late in the third period, capping off her first hat-trick of the season, but it wasn't enough to contain the Cats.  SOGs were even at 20.  UVa was 1/2 on the PP.

"The score isn't indicative of how evenly-matched that game was," UVa's coach Ford said after the game.  "We out-hustled them in the first.  Our TOP in the first was outstanding and our PP looked solid.  We had defensive breakdowns in our zone in the second - wingers not covering the points, defensemen going after the same mark, skaters not lifting sticks in close - that led to quite a few quality shots for them.  All these are things we can work on and learn from.  We'll get them next time."

UVa plays Villanova again on Sunday, November 17th at the Oaks Ice Center in Oaks, PA.

Terps Shell Cavs

The University of Maryland Lady Terrapins hockey club visited Charlottesville last weekend for a double-header weekend versus the University of Virginia Lady Cavaliers.  The Cavs dropped both contests.  The Hoos lost 7-4 on Saturday night and 8-4 Sunday morning.

In both games, the UMD Terps outshot the Orange and Blue at least 2-to-1.  On Saturday night, the Terps rained down 46 SOGs to the Cavs 16.  UVa's speedster Carly Buckholz scored in the first period with a feed from rookie winger Taisiya Novopachennaia

Hoo captain Jen Morgan scored late in the second period with wicked wrister that went top-shelf on Terp netminder Amelia Stephens.  Defenseman Erin Lyons got the helper.

In the third period, veteran Cav blueliner Allie Griswold carried the puck end-to-end, through heavy traffic, and shot a pretty backhander that beat Stephens blocker-side.  Buckholz tallied again at 11:28 in the third (unassisted) to cap the scoring 7-4.  Cavs were 0/2 on the PP and 1/2 on the PK.

On Sunday morning, the Cavs again found themselves pinned-in their own zone and out-gunned as the Terps shelled Hoo netminder Hannah Latham 16-8 in the first period.  UVa center Carly Buckholz scored at 9:33 in the first with a pretty wrister that squeaked in short-side against Terp goalie Amelia Stephens.  The Hoos PP unit came alive late in the first as captain Jen Morgan tallied with an assist from forward Adria Penatzer.

UVa's special teams continued to show strong play in the second frame as defenseman Alexandra Griswold potted the third UVa tally of the game.  Griswold was assisted by rookie winger Hanna Shaps and captain Morgan.  Three and a half minutes later, Morgan tallied again with helpers from teammates Erin Lyons and Taisiya Novopachennaia.  UVa's special teams were 2/6 on the PP and 3/5 on the PK.  UVa was outshot in the contest 37-19.

UVa's coach Dalton Ford had this to say about the game:

"We're not controlling the puck.  We had too many NZ turnovers - blind passes, throws up the wall into traffic.  Our execution was off.  Special teams looked OK, but we had too many bad penalties in this [game]. With such a short bench, we've got to be disciplined, get conditioned, and execute an uncomplicated game-plan. It starts with winning face-offs and making good decisions with the puck, which this team is more than capable of doing."