Quick Hits: Millersville @ Maryland 9/23

-Andrew Mossbrooks (September 2016)
Quick Hits: Millersville @ Maryland Terps, 9/23/16 8pm @ Laurel Ice Gardens
After falling to 0-2 on the season, the Marauders take their ship on the road in search for their first win of the 2016-17 campaign, as their month long non-league games continue against the Maryland Terps. Here’s what you need to know about this exciting non-league matchup before the puck drops:
By the numbers
This will be the first and only meeting of the season between these hockey clubs. The last meeting in Maryland they had was November 21st, 2014, when the Terps stopped a complete comeback by the Marauders with an overtime win. MU lost that game 4-3 and only one of their players who scored that night is still with Millersville (Troy Potts). Overall, there are 10 players who played that night for Millersville that are on this season’s roster. One of those players is Marc Daouphars, who started that night and finished the game with 52 saves. Daouphars was opposed by Sean Rankin of Maryland. Both goalies are still part of their respective teams. Daouphars is 12-14-2 in his ACHA career, while Rankin is 10-4-1 with 18 games played. Last year when these teams played at Lancaster Ice Rink, Maryland won 5-2 on Halloween night. Daouphars was also in net for that game, while Tanner Macphee was between the pipes for Maryland. In that game, Millersville was still outshot, but closed the margin by a 34-21 shot total, compared to the 20plus shot differential the year prior.
Last week
Both Millersville and Maryland were in action once last week. The Maryland Terps kicked off their season with a 4-2 win over the University of Virginia, while the Marauders fell to the Delaware Blue Hens. Both Zach Arden of Maryland and Millersville senior Josh Feehan scored twice in their games. Feehan has 3 goals on this young season. He set a career high with 8 markers in 28 contests last season. As the team’s first line center, #5 in gold has created numerous quality chances for his team and has 3 of the teams 5 goals on the year. That is a positive. On the negative side, MU has 10 goals against, with 3 of them coming on the penalty kill. They allowed Delaware’s Nathan Marks to score a powerplay goal on his way to a natural hat trick and were struck twice with PP goals from the opposition against Montclair the week prior.
Focusing points: Discipline & #21
With 3 of their 10 goals against coming while being shorthanded, it’s clear that Millersville will be looking to keep things 5-on-5 or at least have 5 guys on their side of the faceoff circle. Last year, Maryland scored 67 goals in 21 games. 49 of those came while on their home ice, posting a 3.5 average of goals per game while at home. Millersville averaged 3.6 goals per game on the road last season. If they can stay out of the box, this game could be the big win the guys in gold need to turn things around. Another point of focus will be number #21, Avery Clair. The Glastonbury, CT. native scored 29 points last season to lead the team in scoring. While he wasn’t on the scoreboard in Maryland’s season opener, he’s averaged over a point per game pace throughout his ACHA career, with 54 pts. In 42 games. 34 of those points are goals. The defense will have to zone in on Clair to limit his chances. Also, if the Marauders are to go on the penalty kill during this game, you can expect to see #21 in red on the ice.

Stay tuned to twitter for updates and news regarding Friday’s matchup and don’t forget to check out Ustream for full audio coverage of the Marauder’s first road game of the season!

Game Recap: Millersville vs. Delaware 9/16

-Mike Wisienski (September 2016) 
On September 16th, 2016 Millersville hosted Delaware for what was a great game from start to finish. With all the new changes to the roster Millersville now had a new outlook on the future and for games against non-league opponents. In the beginning the Marauders looked very hot especially against a team they have struggled with in the past. Josh Feehan was able to increase his goal streak to two games by scoring. The Blue Hens had remarkable talent coming from #9 Nathan Marks who was the lone goal scorer in the first for the Blue Hens. But that would not be the last the Marauders saw of him. After the first period every fan was left on the edge of their seat wondering who will come back in the second poised to take the lead as it was tied 1-1. Throughout the second period the Marauders fought hard but the Blue Hens did a better job of maintaining possession of the puck in the Marauders zone. The goaltender for the Marauders was Jeff Pelkowski. He was making his first start for the Marauders in two years. The first period was very rewarding for Jeff. He saw a lot of shots and only let one get passed him. Unfortunately for Jeff about six minutes into the second period he had let two goals go past him both by Nathan Marks within the span of eight seconds giving him a hat trick in just a period and a half. Jeff was pulled after letting in the third goal with just under fourteen minutes left in the second period. He saw twenty five shots and saved twenty two. Marc Daouphars replaced him and finished the rest of the game. At the start of the third period the Marauders had to start the tone early since they were down by two and the Blue Hens had all the momentum going their way. Josh Feehan finds the back of the net for his second on the night giving him three goals in just two games. Shortly after, Chris King gets his first goal as a Marauder as he helps them tie the game 3-3. The Blue Hens later answer to take the lead again thanks to Stephen Bryson making it a 4-3 hockey game. With just minutes left the Marauders call a timeout in hopes to draw up a play that would enable them to tie the game back up. This would lead to Marc getting pulled with just over a minute left in the game. During the man advantage the Marauders had good shots on net and really tested the Blue Hens net minder. Adam Richards from Delaware finds the puck on his stick and shoots it into the empty net sealing the deal for Delaware giving them a 5-3 victory over Millersville. One thing is for sure is that the Marauders competed at a new level with Delaware and the next matchup between these two teams in February will be one not to miss.    

Previewing the Marauders 2016-2017 Season

-Andrew Mossbrooks (September 2016)
    As the summer begins to wind down, thousands of students are preparing themselves for the inevitable return to Millersville, where they will continue their studies that they hope leads them to their future career. While many students will be hitting the books night after night, a select few will also be hitting the ice multiple times a week, as well as the gym, while balancing everything else on their shoulders in the hopes that they will be rewarded with some hardware at the end of February. Those select few are the players who represent the D2 Millersville Ice Hockey team and in the 3rd season of the CSCHC, they will be looking for their first league championship. We are just a few weeks away from the beginning of another 29 game grinding schedule that will task the Marauders with attempting to clinch a playoff berth, which from there would require them to win 3 games in as many days to secure their first CSCHC championship. With that being said, let’s take a look at what to anticipate for the Marauders this season:
1) Last season, MU finished the regular season with an overall record of 13-14-1-1 (including non-league games). This number was slightly down from their previous season, which saw them finish at 17-11-1-2, earning the regular season division title for that year. This year Millersville will look to get back to form with a few new faces and attempt to reclaim that regular season title.
2) This year will be the most challenging yet in the CSCHC for the men in gold. The CSCHC has expanded once again, now featuring the newest additions of both Scranton and Rutgers to the mix. The CSCHC an impactful and vital part of the ACHA during its short run, however this will require Millersville to push even more now as playoff spots become harder to acquire. Each team within the league will have 2 games against the Marauders with one being played at each team’s home rink. The remaining 11 games for Millersville will be played against non-league opponents.
3) When it comes to non-league games, just about any player that suits up for MU at the Lancaster Ice Rink will tell you they are just as important as a league game. Former club president and net minder Eric Hench wanted this team to get nationally ranked and while that has not happened just yet, this team has made strides of progress. The story will be the same this year, as Millersville will try to not only regain their divisional title from 2 seasons ago, but also look to grab a few more W’s in the non-league column, hoping it will gain the university its first nationally ranked ice hockey team.
4) Another interesting topic that will be worth keeping an eye on as this season long campaign begins will be the new crop of leadership roles that have been given out on this squad. While a new president was announced late last season as junior classman Matt Iehle will lead the helm, it remains to be seen how the Marauders will perform without the guidance of Eric Hench. Leaving with Hench were veterans such as Andrew Quintos and Sean Walsh, along with others who played an integral role on this team’s success over the last several years. While these players might feel irreplaceable, their shoes will have to be filled by players still on this team. Leadership is key for winning championships at any level of hockey, including the professional tier. The Marauders will need to establish that early on in the season to help their chances.
5) Many questions require answers for the Marauders hockey club. Those answers will begin to show on Saturday, September 10th, when the Marauders will hoist the colors and begin another season. A hockey season is filled with guarantees. It promises wins and losses. It will feel both mentally and physically painful at times. It will have its highs and carry the burden of its lows. What this coming hockey season does not guarantee however, is a championship for the Millersville Marauders. 9 other teams will pursue the coveted CSCHC championship, including the defending champions known as the Princeton Tigers. The name Marauders has yet to be featured on the CSCHC’s championship plaque. This year they look to rectify that. See you in September.

Millersville Releases 2016-2017 Schedule

- Matt Iehle (June 2016)
Millersville Ice Hockey has released their schedule for the 2016-2017 season. The schedule consists of
29 games. 13 of those games will be played on the road and 16 of those games will be played at home
at Lancaster Ice Rink. Due to CSCHC expansion this summer, Millersville will play 18 league games, 9 
home and 9 away. Shaping up the rest of their schedule is non-league games against teams such as 
Virginia Tech, Army, Delaware and Rowan. Millersville opens up their season at home as they face 
Montclair State on Saturday, September 10th at 5:30PM. 

Millersville Announces Recruit Visit Days

- Matt Iehle (June 2016)
Millersville Ice Hockey has announced four dates for recruits to come spend the day with the team
and learn about our club. The four dates are: October 1st, October 29th, November 19th and January 28th.
The day will start with a informational meeting about our club and our university on the campus of
Millersville. Following the meeting, players and families will receive a tour of our campus by members of
our team. After the tour, players will be able to attend a Millersville game at Lancaster Ice Rink and meet
our coaches, Brent Burgard and Travis Duffey, meet members of our team and look inside our private
lockeroom. If interested in attending, recruits should contact Head Recruiter, Eric Hench, at

Quintois named Academic All-American

   -Matt Iehle (May 2016)
Senior Forward Andrew Quintois was the first ever Millersville Ice Hockey player ever to be named ACHA
Division 2 Academic All-American. Quintois, who has played for Millersville for 4 years, has excelled not only 
on the ice but also in the classroom. In his senior season, Quintois played in 27 games and had 6 goals and
6 assists for 12 points while maintaining a 3.27 GPA in all of his classes. Andrew is an Economics major with
a Business Management minor and is graduating in the fall of 2016. 

CSCHC Adds Two More Teams

   -Matt Iehle (March 2016)
This offseason, the Colonial States Collegiate Hockey Conference has expanded for the second year
in a row. The two year old league has let two new teams in, Scranton University and Rutgers University. 
Both teams come from the GNCHC and both finished in first and second place respectively. Rutgers
finished 16-0-0 in the GNCHC winning the title over Scranton by a score of 3-2 in the championship
game. The addition of the two universities will bring the CSCHC up to 10 teams. Every team will still 
play each other twice and the playoff format will stay the same. 

The Month That Was: September 2015

     -Andrew Mossbroks (October 2015)
            After a long offseason, it was finally time to drop the puck on the Marauders 2015-16 campaign in the pursuit of winning a championship. To start, they would need to begin their season with a brief month of 5 games in September, featuring all non-league opponents. The Marauders posted a record of 2-3-0 through their first month, defeating both the Army Black Knights and the Georgetown Hoyas. Though the first month had its fair share of ups and downs, let’s look at 5 things the Marauders can look at to motivate them heading into the month of October, which will feature multiple league games in the CSCHC:

1. Rookies
Many were concerned heading into the offseason if the Marauders would still be able to compete with tops teams without the likes of a Bohan, Mullarkey, or Henderson in the lineup, however, a number of new players in black and gold have had impressive starts. Kyle Riddle has spent the majority of his first few games on the top line with McNally and Iehle, and the freshmen winger seems to be a presence on this unit, already potting a couple of goals in the early goings of this season. Another player to look at is #44 Ethan Waddell. Waddell is currently recovering from an injury he sustained at the end of the month, but look out for this kid to be a big piece to the defense core here at MU. Ethan is the only current Marauder defensemen to come out of AAA hockey, playing for the Pittsburgh Selects. He’s a jack of all trades, possessing a big shot, along with a big body and hockey IQ off the charts. This is just the beginning to both of these young players’ hockey careers here at Millersville, and there are many other rookies beginning their path to success as well.

2. Matty Iehle!!
If you’ve been listening to MU hockey on Ustream so far this season, then you’ve probably heard this name too many times to count. After a strong rookie year, Matt Iehle has been getting ready for Halloween early, as he has been an absolute monster in the opening month, posting points in each game in September. #10 has been using his stick as a wand, creating magic with both goals and assists to average over a point per game in the opening month. He wears the “A” for this team now, but look for that letter to get an upgrade somewhere down the line if he continues playing at this level.

3. #31/#29
It’s hard to believe that one year ago, Marc Daouphars was a 3rd string emergency goaltender for the Marauders. Since then, he has earned the majority of starts for the Marauders and hasn’t looked back. Daouphars was a core part of last year’s group that turned around their early season woes into an impressive run heading into the playoffs and now with a healthy Eric Hench in-between the pipes, this goaltending tandem is expected to be one of the best in the CSCHC.

4. Well Balanced
If you want to win championships in hockey, you need scoring up and down the lineup and early on this season, Millersville looks like they’ve got that touch, as already just 5 games into the season, somebody from each line has scored once. This Marauder hockey club features a lot of depth, featuring many players that are capable of achieving that secondary scoring this team will need in clutch situations and despite a number of players from last year gone, there are still many veterans around, such as Josh Feehan, Rob Weinberger and defensemen Sean Walsh to help guide the young Marauder group to the promised land.

5. No Rust, No Excuses
Although every game is important, the CSCHC games have the most value. Last year, the Marauders crushed their division, only to be shockingly eliminated in the opening round of playoffs. This year, they have started the season with a long stretch of non-league opponents, each seeming to be more difficult than the last. These games should have shaken off any rust that could potentially have been weighing down some of the players, and as of the looks of it, everybody seems ready to go for this month here in October. The Marauders are a proud hockey club, filled with pieces that can be difference makers on any given night and if they utilize this, then perhaps the CSCHC Cup will take a trip down George Street this coming February.

Millerville’s next game is October 23, 2015, against CSCHC reigning champions, West Chester Golden Rams. 

Millersville Hires New Assistant Coach

     -Eric Hench (August 2015)
The Millersville Ice Hockey Club welcomes new assistant coach Travis Duffey! Travis, a Lancaster native, is a 2014 Millersville University graduate and a Millersville Ice Hockey Club alumni. He grew up playing ​ for the Lancaster Firebirds, Hershey Jr. Bears, Central Penn Panthers (Jr. B), Walpole Express (Jr. A), and Laconia Leafs (Jr. A), along with one and a half semesters of Millersville Ice Hockey (2010, 2012-2013). Coach Duffey hopes to make an immediate impact on Millersville's young defensive core. 
Travis Duffy 2010

The Flag Waves On​
(A look back at the 2014-15 Millersville Marauders)

     -Andrew Mossbrooks
          Well, it certainly was a season worth remembering. In conjunction with 6 other teams, the Millersville Marauders competed in the inaugural CSCHC season and to their pleasure, were able to win the regular season title with an astonishing record. That Banner now resides in the University Student Memorial Center. Although this success is worth noting, the Black and Gold were hoping to add to their collection of awards with something they had come so close to getting the last 3 years and that is a league championship.
          At the conclusion of the regular season, the Marauders headed east to the state of New Jersey, home to many of the MU hockey players. The stage was set as the Marauders took the ice and began their 2015 playoffs. What would soon transpire felt unbelievable to many…
          The Marauders got stunned in overtime by the Seton Hall Pirates in their first post season game, sending the best regular season team back to Millersville. The Pirates would not go much farther as the West Chester Golden Rams were able to secure the first CSCHC championship. (A team that Millersville beat twice I might add).
          Despite the unfortunate loss, The Marauders have a lot to be proud of this past season. Many Marauders made their way into the All-Star Game, they had the best CSCHC regular season record by going undefeated, and because of that, now, and more than ever, Millersville is close to becoming a ranked team. For now, let’s take a look back at the top 5 most memorable games of the season for your 2014-2015 Millersville Marauders:
#5: Inaugural CSCHC Game: Princeton @ Millersville
                        Though the game ended in a blowout in favor of MU, to see the official beginning of a new era in Millersville Hockey was a unique event. The CSCHC could go on to be a launching pad for ACHA players to further develop, and as for the Marauders, it was the beginning to one heck of a season.
#4: Homecoming: Kutztown @ Millersville
                        It just doesn’t feel right having these teams play each other only once a year.  It was homecoming not only for current Marauders, but alumni as well, as former players filled the stands. Even former voice of Millersville hockey, Jordan Khuns was present, who gladly assisted in commentary that night. The Marauders laid a beating not only on the scoreboard, but on the ice as well, as both teams (including fans) kept jousting at one another throughout the entire evening. It was crazy to see everything unfold the way it did, but it was great to watch, and this game ultimately was the beginning of a turning point in the season, as Millersville was struggling a bit before playing Kutztown and after defeating the Golden Bears, they never looked back.
#3 Millersville @ Maryland
                        MU visited the Maryland Terps at the Herbert Walls Arena, which was currently under construction, leaving part of the building open. The Marauders fought through the extremely cold environment and took a team that was nationally ranked to overtime. With less than a minute to play in the extra frame, the Terps buried one past Daouphars to win the game, but this may have been the true beginning to possibly getting Millersville closer and closer to being ranked than it ever has before. On top of that, it was a great hockey game!
#2 IUP @ Millersville
                        Speaking of great hockey games, this one had it all. Edgy play, great saves, fast pace, and a magical finish. Hard to believe that this was the opening weekend of the Marauders season and even though it was against a non-league opponent, it was quite a show. The night before, MU kicked off the year with a 2-0 shutout win over the Crimson Hawks, and less than 24 hours later they came back with a vengeance. The Marauders would yet again establish a 2 goal lead, but fail to maintain it not once, but twice in the game, leading into the first overtime game of the season, where Lancaster’s own Jimmy McNally sinked one in OT for the dramatic finish. It was the first Millersville hockey game for goaltender Jeff Pelkowski, and it was quite the memorable one for him. Over the course of time here, McNally has been expected to be called upon in big time situations and this one just goes to show why he at times has been the back bone of the Marauders’ offense.
#1 Seton Hall @ Millersville
                        Camo Jerseys for Military night. Parents and photos for Senior night. A regular season champion crowned. This night couldn’t have been better. A mix of emotions loomed over Lancaster Ice Rink for Military night to honor those who have fought for our country over the years. Many Veterans attended that evening’s game and were treated to an entertaining contest. In support, The Marauders wore special camouflage jerseys to honor this special occasion, while at the same time paying respects to the players who have helped Millersville Hockey be extremely successful over the last few years. These players dedicated a number of hours daily to prepare both on and off the ice, while at the same time trying to maintain grades in college and pursue careers of their own that they can take with them when they leave. All the hours spent on the both doing work before and after games, while at the same time making sure they could dedicate themselves 100% to the sport they love. The Senior hockey players were joined on the ice by their parents, who spent countless hours driving their sons to and from practice, games, and tournaments, and an exponential amount of money for yearly registration, on top of new sticks and equipment on a yearly basis.  These parents cared endlessly for the passion that their kids had and for those kids, now men, they can pass this tradition and love of the game onto their future kids. The game of hockey has been recognized at Millersville. This team has endless potential and a championship will come soon. These seniors have played their final game and have passed the torch on to many new, young faces, and these are faces who will take that torch and run with it until the ultimate goal has been accomplished.
A championship will come to Millersville and it all begins September 2015.
2015 Seniors 
(L to R): #39 Mack Sapia, #91 Garth Bolin, #15 Read Bohon, #18 Nick Mullarkey, #24 Ryan Henderson, #6 Brian Monteith

Marauder Hockey: A Month in Review (November)

     -Andrew Mossbrooks
                  Following the month of October, Millersville found themselves in the midst of a 4 game winning streak, back to the .500 mark, and still undefeated in the CSCHC. There was plenty to be happy about, but the coaching staff here at Millersville was sure to remind the players of the challenges ahead. Amongst those challenges was a 7 game month in November, with 4 of them being league games. Millersville started out the month on the road, as they battled the Montclair Red Hawks, who would go on to snap the 4 game win streak of the Marauders. Fortunately for Millersville, this was a non-league game, but with that being said, there was a different feel to this loss than previous losses. The team stayed together, something that was an issue at times in previous games in which the Marauders would fall short of a W. This team has truly characterized themselves as a unit. There may be 20 players lacing up their skates to dawn the yellow and white jerseys, but it’s not the number on the jersey they play for... it’s the name on the front. This team continues to represent Millersville with the upmost pride and character, as they give it their all on the ice. They knew when they were defeated that they would get back up and not let things slip away like they once did before. Following the loss to Montclair, Millersville was set to begin a 3 game home stand, all of which being league games. When looking at the season thus far, it was easily the most important stretch of games in the season, and whenever it seems to be clutch time, the Marauders buckle down and keep the pedal to the metal! They took out TCNJ, crushed U-Penn and shut out the NJIT Highlanders to earn 3 consecutive wins and remain dominant in their league. The Marauders would drop their next game to a very difficult Rowan hockey club, but would still be able to look on the positive side of things with things such as the return of Rob Weinberger into the lineup, who was out for over a month due to injury. Weinberger would go on to score against Rowan, as it didn’t take long for the speedy forward to get his hands going again and light the lamp once more.
To close out the month, the Marauders would have one final weekend road trip. Their first stop: a non-league game in the freezing Herbert Wells Arena to clash with Maryland University. Being that they’re a ranked team, Maryland seemed to convincingly be favored over Millersville. Many would write off the Marauders, thinking they wouldn’t even stand a chance. Well, Millersville certainly did, as fans were treated to a cold, yet exciting Friday night of hockey. With Nick Mullarkey and Brian Monteith out for the game, it would be secondary scoring that would go on to help Millersville, as step up players like veteran winger Garth Bolin, along with The Millersville giant, Jonnie Collins, and the rookie blue liner Troy Potts would contribute with goals that would send the game into overtime after Millersville overcame a 3-1 deficit in the 3rd period. The Marauders would be heartbroken by a last minute goal in overtime, but this game embodied the character of a group of guys who demonstrate a never say die attitude. The Marauders truly challenged a ranked team and pushed them to their limit, which is something that shouldn’t go unrecognized. The next night, it was a league game in a much warmer atmosphere, as the Seton Hall Pirates hosted the Millersville Marauders. Statistically speaking, these are the top 2 teams in the CSCHC. With that being said, it’s hard to believe what transpired at Richard Codey Arena. Millersville would decimate Seton Hall by a score of 11-1. Attached to the stick of Cyle Knopf was a flame thrower, as he burned through the goaltender to earn his first hat trick of the season, along with some assists to go with it. The Marauders closed the month of November on a winning note, and now get set to head into their final game of the 2014 calendar year.
Player of the Month
Remember that Marc Daouphars guy who just randomly got put on the team? I’m sure you do, since he’s the guy who’s given Millersville a chance to win every single night. Marc started every game in November, including the 7-0 win against the Highlanders that gave Daouphars his first college level shutout. Marc has been poised throughout the games here for the Marauders, and has done a marvelous job of handling the workload with both of his fellow net minders out of commission. He does a good job of controlling the puck, preventing rebound opportunities for the opposition, and even helps the rush with long stretch passes up to neutral ice territory. He’s been square to practically every shot he’s faced, and has had highlight reel saves. A number of player on this team had a great month, but the man in between the pipes deserves some love too!
                  The Marauders earned their turkey this Thanksgiving, along with their holiday break. Coming up is their final game in 2014 against the U-Penn Quakers, who will look to avenge their 5-1 loss at the hands of Millersville last month. This game will be played on the road for Millersville, who hasn’t had as much success as they have at home, although the good news is that Jeff Pelkowski is expected to be back in net after being injured for over a month. The Marauders have one game of hockey left in them for 2014 before they go their separate ways for a month and regroup in January. The Marauders will look to stay undefeated in the CSCHC when they collide with the U-Penn Quakers. Millersville looks to get their Christmas present early, as they’ll attempt to wrap up the 2014 calendar year with another impressive league win that would bring them one step closer to clinching the top seed in their division.

#31 Marc Daouphars

Millersville Marauders @ Seton Hall Pirates

     -Andrew Mossbrooks
CSCHC Preview:
Millersville Marauders @ Seton Hall Pirates
Saturday, November 22nd, 2014
Richard Codey Arena
The Marauders will look to remain undefeated in the newly formed Colonial State Collegiate Hockey Conference (CSCHC) when they take on the Seton Hall Pirates. This will be the Marauders first league game to take place on the road this season. Heading into the weekend, Millersville has just 1 win on the road, which is something they will obviously hope to improve on this weekend. Seton Hall is 2-4-0-1 at home heading into the weekend. If the Marauders win this game they will improve to 6-0-0 in the CSCHC, and will have defeated every team in their league. 
Lately in Millersville…
         When talking about MU ice hockey, it’s been hard to keep words like successful, dominant, and great out of the same sentence. It’s hard to believe at one point in the season, Millersville had a record of 3-7-0. My how far they have come. Millersville went on to have a dominant month in October and have remained over the .500 mark thus far in November. The freshman have come around and the veterans have stepped up and together the team looks to be in full sync when they’re out on the ice. They’ve also received a handful of help in between the pipes, most recently from Marc Daouphars, who has back stopped the Marauders in their last half dozen games, due to injury to Jeff Pelkowski, the originally intended starter to take over for Eric Hench, who suffered a season ending injury earlier in the year. The team has seemed to develop tough skin, as nothing bothers or discourages this team from their goal of playing a full 60 minutes and doing everything it takes to get the W by the end of the night.

Lately in Seton Hall…
         On the other hand, the Seton Hall Pirates have not been able to be in high spirits like their opposition. Seton Hall has experienced issues in net through inconsistent goaltending. Their blue liners have also experienced some setbacks and often struggle getting the back out of their own end cleanly. This is a team that tends to give a lot of space to the opposition to create opportunities and it’s something the Pirates will look to correct against an ever so dangerous squad, decked out in black and yellow. Secondary scoring has been another issue that has hindered the Pirates. Seton Hall has just 3 players in double digits for points, one of them being a defenseman. It’s easy to tell that with just 2 out of 12 forwards having at least 10 points, the Pirates will struggle against a team with the quality of depth that Millersville has.

Player to watch from Millersville:
#19 Jimmy McNally
Not that you should have to be told to watch McNally, in fact, you probably wouldn’t be able to help yourself. The Millersville center fits the role to a T because he has been the center of attention whenever he is out on the ice. McNally leads the Marauders in points, but his positional play, along to go with his defensive aspects of the game make Jimmy a great all-around player. He possesses qualities of a playmaker, sniper, and two way forward, and talent like that isn’t easy to find. Look for a big night from #19

Player to watch from Seton Hall:
#17 Charlie Mule
Following an injury that kept him out of the first few games of the season, Charlie Mule has been a beast for the Pirates, mule is a playmaker, who cycles the puck very well and can score and pass with the best of them. Mule has 11 goals and 9 assists in just 9 games played, averaging over 2 points per game. Luckily for Millersville, Mule creates a bulk majority of Seton Hall’s offense, and if Millersville can neutralize him like they have done against recent team’s top players, it will take a huge chunk out of Seton Hall’s capabilities.

The Marauder will win if…
They stick to the system and stay discipline. The Marauders can be credited for having a superb penalty killing unit, however it still isn’t a good habit of making routine trips to the box. Millersville also wants to be careful against a positional team like Seton Hall. This is a team that will look for holes in a team’s position and MU has to protect those areas. Speed is on Millersville’s side, so that’s something they’ll want to take advantage of from the get-go. MU’s dump and chase system should work very well against the Pirates. The Marauders know they’ve been hot lately, and they have to remember what it’s taken to get where they are. They have to remember the things that have kept them undefeated in the CSCHC and if they do this, you can expect to see Millersville sailing away from Richard Codey Arena with a 6-0 undefeated record in their league, bringing them one step closer to locking up that coveted top seed in the CSCHC.

Marauder Hockey: A Month in Review (October 2014)

     -Andrew Mossbrooks
                  Following the opening month of the season, the Marauders were looking to come back strong in the month of October. The 2nd month of the season was a tad friendlier than their first month, as the Marauders only had to play 6 games this month. The month hadn’t started out the way Millersville would’ve preferred it, as they lost their first 2 games in the opening weekend of October. This would push MU down to 3-7-0, and with a record like that, any team could easily be discouraged. However, the Millersville Marauders are not just any team, and they proved that as they would go on to win 4 straight and finish the month of October with a 4-2-0 record, getting their overall record back to the .500 mark for the first time in several weeks.
When a team is winning, it’s easy to relax and focus on having a good time. The Marauders locker room is filled with players who have showed an overwhelming amount of passion, both on and off the ice, and one of those players is Andrew Quintois, who due to serious injury was forced to hang his jersey up for good. Quintois is still showing his Marauder pride by being at a number of the home games, continuing to support the team in every way he can. He was the kind of player that put a smile on his face, and he knew he could make any of his teammates reflect that. He carried himself with a lot of character, and it’s a character that are few and far between to find and he has been and will continue to be missed on the ice by his fellow Marauders. Unfortunately, this was not the only case of serious injuries dealt to the MU squad, as veteran Marauder net minder and team President Eric Hench, who was forced to end his season in order to recover from surgery. With that, freshman Jeff Pelkowski was called upon to be the starting goaltender for the foreseeable future, but after suffering a lower body injury, he too would be forced to sit. With both goalies out of commission, it seemed that the Marauders were getting ready for a downward spiral. Enter, sophomore Marc Daouphurs, the newest Marauder, who has given the Marauders the motivation they need, winning his first start of the season on Halloween Night. Pelkowski’s injury seems to be minor, so he will be back soon, but with Daouphurs emerging on to the scene, it seems that a solid goaltending tandem is being built for the black and yellow.
One trend that has caught on with Millersville as of late has been the defensive contributions. The Marauders who have been assigned with defending the blue line have now been the ones who have been lighting the lamp. Austin Baty, Ben, Flocken, Sean Walsh, David Owsiany, and Troy Potts have all scored at least once in the month of October, and while other d-man like Cam Trump, Connor Derricks, and Mac Sapia haven’t gotten the goals, they’ve done a great job in their own end, preventing the opposition from quality scoring chances.
                  Some great players who make their way to Millersville come from all areas. MU has drawn in a lot of players from New Jersey, and Big cities throughout the state of Pennsylvania, but they didn’t have to look far too find one of their most gifted players when Lancaster’s own Jimmy McNally came onto the scene. McNally has taken it upon himself in pressure situations to strap the game on his back and skate with it. He’s been a magician with the puck, causing it to disappear right before the goalies eyes and reappear in the back of the net. He’s been an overtime hero, when he scored the game winner early into the season in OT vs the Crimson Hawks and he has been a constant contributor to this team, leading the way in points so far this season.
                  Lastly, a star of the month has to be named and that star has shined bright on #24 Ryan Henderson. Though Henderson maybe known as the human sparkplug to this team, he’s been using that energy boost in different ways, by putting up 4 goals in the Month of October, 3 of which were in consecutive games! With that, Henderson has been rewarded with more ice time and more responsibility, as he has shown the leadership qualities that are looked for from the veterans on this team. While everybody may have had a good month, it’s Henderson’s passion, character, and energy that have earned him the star of the month.
                  The Marauders now face one more full month of hockey before their abbreviated December schedule due to the winter break, and there are important games heading their way, including a set of 3 straight CSCHC match-ups in the early going of the month. They will play 7 games in the month of November, with 4 of those games being league games, as opposed to just one league game in each of the first 2 months of the season. The Marauders will be accompanied shortly by Rob Weinberger, who will be returning from a foot injury suffered over a month ago, along with Jeff Pelkowski and even though Eric Hench will be unable to play, I’m sure his passion for the Millersville Marauders will be evident as it always has been. It’s Movember time, and despite Thanksgiving not being until the end of the month, you can expect these Marauders to feast all month long on anybody who stands in their way!
#24 Ryan Henderson

Marauder Hockey: A Month in Review (September 2014)

     -Andrew Mossbrooks
                  With the summer having had its final sunset in 2014, the Marauders sailed back to their homes here in Millersville to embark on a journey through the first season of Marauder hockey in the Colonial State Collegiate Hockey Conference (CSCHC). Accompanying old friends, are some new ones, as a new age of Marauders arrived, trying to continue the goal that Millersville brings with them each year and that goal is to win a championship. This year is no different, and these players are well aware of that, but everyone knows it takes hard work to get to the top of the mountain, and that starts now. Every great story has a beginning. We ask you to buckle up and set sail with the Marauders during the 2014-2015 season
                  Growing pains:
With a new season, there tends to also be new players, and that is true for the black and yellow, who practically have an entire make-up of freshman defenseman, combining for over half their blue line. These young men will represent the future and bring pride to Millersville, but for now there are lessons to be learned. Having a new coach, a new system, along with being on a new team can be overwhelming for a freshman, especially when a number of them are defending the blue line. Responsibilities can take their toll, as for a freshman like Ben Flocken, who has received large chunks of ice time, and spent most of the season on the top pairing with veteran Millersville defenseman Sean Walsh. Doing this not only gives Flocken an opportunity to flourish and become more confident with his role on the team, but also gives him more responsibility. Along with Flocken comes another group of freshman defenseman, who are also chomping at the bit to get an opportunity to showcase their skill and talents, and although they might be questioning their roles on this team, they should not worry as they will be the group that will glue together over the course of the next four years to form a formidable foe for anyone who crosses center ice in the opposing jerseys. Along with the blue line comes more freshman up front, including freshman Asher Michelbacher and Matt Iehle, who opened up this season with the first goal of the year, and the first of his collegiate hockey career. These two have enjoyed success thus far as individuals, but as a team it has been somewhat struggling. Ask rookie back-up goaltender Jeff Pelkeowski, who has had a very unfortunate start to the season, scored on through odd man rushes, screens, tip ins and deflections. And at times discombobulated defense has played in front of Jeff, leaving him out to dry for a number of goals. Despite some unlucky goals Pelkeowski has been solid for the Marauders, mostly splitting time with junior goalie Eric Hench. The two have been strong between the pipes facing a total of 335 shots only allowing 35 goals.
                  Attitude Adjustment:
The season is a mere 8 games through, and already we have seen a number of controversial events both on and off the ice. Millersville has went from a 2-0 start via a weekend sweep of the IUP Crimson Hawks, to losing their last game of the month to the Broncs, their 5th loss in their last 6 games, putting their record to 3-5-0 to end the month of September, and to add to the controversy, Millersville Assistant Coach Pat McKenna has reportedly stepped down from his position on the coaching staff. With that, things are in need of change. Head coach Brent Burgard may consider some line shuffling as he has done so already. Tim DiRugeris has moved from defense to forward, which now helps due to the foot injury to forward Rob Weinberger, leaving him sidelined indefinitely. Burgard may also consider giving players more ice time and more games started such as freshman Cam Trump, or forward Andrew Quintos, who was a healthy scratch for the last 2 games of the month. There is also a need for improvement even from the experienced veterans on this team. The men that have been lacing their skates with the Marauders for some time now will be called upon to pull together, pick up the pieces and find what they know they already have and that is the capabilities of a championship team.
                  Shaking off the Rust:
So here we are, 8 games into what has been an up and down start to hockey here in Millersville. The Marauders have shown at times why they have made it to the championship game 3 years in a row. Marauders don’t quit. They will do everything they can to persevere through the tough times in a season. Millersville opens the month of October on the road, playing two non-league games against Georgetown, followed by a trip to Penn State. Even though Millersville has only had one league game in the CSCHC so far, they still need to care about the rest of the games. With a sweep over the weekend, MU can get back to the .500 mark for the first time since September 19th. They will need to come together and be the team they are capable of being in order to do so. The first month of the season is finished, but October is right around the corner. With that in mind, there is only one question left to ask…. Marauder Ice Hockey Club, Are you ready?

Millersville Joins CSCHC

     -Eric Hench
Millersville University Ice Hockey is excited to announce they have joined the newly formed Colonial States College Hockey Conference, the CSCHC.  The new league will begin play in the 2014-2015 season in the ACHA Men’s Division 2.  Other teams that are in the league are New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Princeton University, Seton Hall University, The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), University of Pennsylvania (UPenn), and West Chester University.  Millersville Ice Hockey is proud to be a part of this new league.  We will be playing each team twice with a home and away game.  There will also be a league playoff and all-star game at the end of the season.  Schedules are still being finalized at this time. Please check back for final schedules and league information.  The new season should be a fun and exciting one.