The William Smith College ice hockey team continues the program’s historic first season with the home opener against Utica on Saturday, Nov. 8 at The Cooler.
“The team has a lot of pride in starting this program off on the right foot,” Head Coach Jaime Totten says. “They really want to build a solid foundation for years to come. I can see that in the competitive level that they bring to practice every day. One thing I am looking to see this year is that they carry that ambition with them from start to finish each night and I have no doubt in my mind that this team will compete to the very end.”
Saturday’s game will be preceded by a pregame ceremony honoring the current team, former William Smith club hockey players and the Heron Society. Festivities are scheduled to begin at 3:45 p.m. with an on ice ceremony and a ceremonial puck drop. Fans will receive free admission along with an inaugural season puck. Herons nest hats will also be given away to students in attendance. Faceoff between the Herons and the Pioneers is scheduled for 4 p.m.
William Smith (0-2-0) opened the season last weekend with two contests against Massachusetts-Boston. After collecting a goal and an assist in Saturday’s game, Lizzy Weingast ’18 leads the team with two points. Morgan Bayreuther ’18 scored the first goal in program history when she beat the Beacons goalie in the third period of Friday’s game. Hedi Droste ’18 has also scored for the Herons. Maggie Salmon ’18 and Megan Messuri ’18 have each played a game in goal for William Smith.
Utica has not played a game yet this season. The Pioneers finished last season in fourth place in the ECAC West with a 17-9-1 overall record.
Fans who cannot be in attendance for Saturday’s game can follow along with Live Stats and All-Access Video. The game will also be broadcast live on WHWS-FM (105.7 in Geneva).
The season will continue with a game against defending national champion and preseason No. 1 Plattsburgh who will make a trip to Geneva Jan. 16-17; 2013 national champion Elmira on Feb. 13-14; and against Cortland on Feb. 21-22.
In all, William Smith will play six games against teams in the USCHO and D3hockey.com polls preseason poll this season.