The Hobart and William Smith ice hockey teams have begun conference play and are heading into the Thanksgiving break with impressive records. The Herons are off to their best start in program history with a 5-0-1 record. The Statesmen are ranked No. 11 by D3hockey.com and No. 13 by USCHO.com and have a 4-2-2 overall record.
Over the weekend, the William Smith ice hockey team swept Chatham University at the Cooler, maintaining their undefeated status and improving their record to 3-0-1 in the United Collegiate Hockey Conference. The Herons’ six-game unbeaten streak is currently the third longest in Division III. William Smith ranks fourth in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 5.67 goals per game.
Senior Krista Federow leads the team and ranks second in the UCHC with 14 points. She is tied for third in the nation in points per game (2.33), and her eight assists are tied for first in the conference. The UCHC Player of the Week, sophomore Gina Scibetta, is right behind her with five goals and six assists this season. Scibetta posted six points on four goals and two assists in the Herons’ wins over Chatham. Senior Maggie Salmon has started all six games in goal and is sporting a 1.15 goals against average and a .952 save percentage this season.
Entering Thanksgiving break, the Herons are second in the UCHC. William Smith will be back in action Dec. 1-2 when the team travels to Aston, Pa., for a pair of games against Neumann.
The Hobart ice hockey team is playing its inaugural season as a member of the New England Hockey Conference. The Statesmen are 3-1-2 in conference play after falling to then No. 15 UMass-Boston 2-1 on Friday and tying Babson 3-3 on Saturday.
Sophomore Jonas Toupal and first-year Mike Faulkner share the team lead with nine points. Toupal has five goals and four assists, while Faulkner has two goals and a team-high seven assists. Faulkner is tied for third in the nation in points per game by a first-year and tied for fifth in points per game by a defenseman (1.50). Sophomore Alexander Connal and senior Frank Oplinger have split time in goal. Connal has a 1.72 goals against average, a .927 save percentage and a 2-1-1 record, and Oplinger is sporting a 1.94 goals against average, a .902 save percentage and a 2-1-1 record.
The Statesmen rank 12th in Division III on the power play (26.5%) and are 15th in the nation in scoring defense (1.88 ga/gm).
Hobart is currently fourth in NEHC as it heads into the break. The Statesmen are back in action on Friday Dec. 1, when they play an NEHC game at Skidmore at 7 p.m., before hosting the Thoroughbreds on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m.