2017 Recruit Skate Is Set For April 1st

-Matt Iehle (February 2017)
Millersville Ice Hockey is pleased to announce that the 2017 Recruit Skate is set for Saturday, April 1st! The day will consist of a informational meeting about our club on the campus of Millersville University followed by a tour of our campus. After the tour, players will be able to skate with the team at Lancaster Ice Rink. Prospective players and families will get to meet coaches Travis Duffey and Joey Shirk along with players of the Millersville Ice Hockey team. Players who interested in attending Milllersville in the years of 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 are invited to attend. If you are interested in attending the skate or have any questions about the event, please contact Head Recruiter, Eric Hench, at muicehockeyrecruiter@gmail.com. 

Recap: January 2017 

-Andrew Mossbrooks (February 2017)  
​Following a month long winter break, the Marauder hockey club began the final stretch run towards the CSCHC playoffs with a brief, 4 game schedule in the month of January. This month would be crucial, as Millersville’s 4 games were all slated against league opponents. It would be fair to say that January could’ve been a make or break month for the Marauders season and playoff chances. Fortunately for them, it was the former.
The black & gold head into the final month of the regular season having won 3 straight and earned 7 out of a possible 8 points in the CSCHC standings in January. Their last game in January, they defeated the NJIT Highlanders by a score of 4-1, officially clinching the Marauders a playoff berth in the process. MU has now qualified for the CSCHC postseason in all 3 years of the league’s existence. Where they finish in the top 6 is a question that still remains. Millersville has 5 regular season games left, but only 2 of which are league contests. (TCNJ & U-Penn). Interestingly enough, those 2 teams are 2 of the 3 teams in front of the Marauders in the standings headed into February. These teams have all played 16 league games so far, so with each team still having an opportunity to grab 4 points, the standings are far from confirmed. Princeton is still sitting atop the standings with 26 points. They have a single game remaining within league play, so based on that outcome, in combination with TCNJ & U-Penn’s games, there is still a chance the Tigers won’t lock up the top seed. Unfortunately, Millersville has been mathematically eliminated from the conversation of finishing in first, although there is still a very good chance they could lock up the 2nd seed, which would give them a bye for the first round of games.
How they got here
Millersville locked up a playoff spot because of their well-rounded team effort. Both Marc Daouphars and Jeff Pelkowski held the net well in their respective starts in January. It seems Daouphars is the clear #1 in the crease, but Pelkowski certainly has him covered if need be and can provide good goaltending in-between the pipes. The Marauders also were led by veterans, specifically #19 James McNally, who scored 3 goals in the 4 league games in January. Overall he had 6 points in those contests, having him tied for the team lead in points with 25 on the season. Another reason this team has been playing so well is because of their scoring depth. Who would’ve thought that the player McNally would be competing with for team lead in points would be freshman Bobby Tibbs? The freshman out of Maryland struggled early in the season but since scoring his first ACHA goal against West Chester at homecoming, this kid has been electric. Tibbs had a 7 game point streak snapped against NJIT last week, but saying that alone should tell you just how valuable he is to this team. The Marauders have 8 players in double digits with points this season. 4 of those players have at least 20 points. (McNally, Tibbs, King & Milosek). To put that into perspective, Princeton is 1st overall in the league as it stands and they have only 3 players in the 20 point club.
Looking ahead
We have officially hit the final month of Millersville hockey in the 2016-17 season. The Marauders have 5 games in the final 2 weekends of the regular season, with a possible 4 points that can still be earned in the standings. Playoffs occur the following weekend on February 17-19th at Loucks Ice Rink. The Marauders are happy to have made the playoffs in the CSCHC for a third consecutive year, but they know that they’re looking for more than just a playoff berth. The last 2 seasons, MU was knocked out in the 1st & 2nd round respectively. This year they hope to make it one round deeper and with a W next to their name. Time will tell, but one thing is for certain: the march to the CSCHC playoffs has begun.

Alumni Game Set

-Matt Iehle (January 2017)
We are pleased to announce that our annual alumni game will take place on Saturday, March 25th at Lancaster Ice Rink. The alumni game is a great way for players to reconnect with old teammates and friends and to enjoy the day back on the ice in a Millersville uniform. We are hoping for a great turnout and hope to see many of our alumni there. If you plan on attending, please email Club President, Matt Iehle, at villehockeypres@gmail.com to reserve your spot. Please tell all of your teammates and we hope to see all of our alumni there! 
Also, we have created a Facebook page to reconnect our alumni and keep them up to date with the current Millersville team. It is called Millersville Ice Hockey Alumni. Please feel free to join and tell any other alumni about the page.

Spring Semester Update

-Matt Iehle (January 2017)
With the holidays past us and the spring semester approaching, here is an update on events upcoming in the near future. 
Millersville opens their Spring Training Camp on Friday, January 13th with an off ice tryout in the Student Memorial Center on the campus of Millersville University at 4:00PM. The rest of the training camp schedule is posted under the important events tab. Players interested in trying out for the team in the spring semester should contact villehockeypres@gmail.com. 
The home game on Friday, January 20th vs. Georgetown has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled. In replacement of this game, Millersville will travel to Philadelphia and finish the suspended game vs. Penn at 7:00PM at Class of '23 Arena on the 20th. 
The game on Sunday, February 5th vs. Liberty has been set. The puck will drop at 12:10PM at Lancaster Ice Rink. 
CSCHC playoffs have been moved. The tournament was supposed to originally take place at Hobey Baker Arena on the campus of Princeton University but will now be held at Loucks Ice Rink in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. The CSCHC playoffs are set for February 17th, 18th and 19th. 
The schedule and results tab has been updated. 
Be ready when Millersville hits the ice in the spring for a wild second half of the season! 

19 Down, 10 to Go

-Andrew Mossbrooks (December 2016)
The fall 2016 semester at Millersville University is officially in the books. Students will return home, having earned a well rest which will take place over the course of the next 5 weeks. The Marauders hockey club ended the fall semester in rather unusual fashion. Following the first period of play in which MU trailed 1-0 on the road against U-Penn, a Zamboni malfunction on the ice caused the game to be postponed and so the players hopped on the bus back to Millersville after playing just a 20 minute hockey game. An update regarding the rescheduled date of the game is expected in the coming weeks. Including that game, Millersville is set to play its final 10 games of the regular season in marathon style. There will not be a weekend where the Marauders will play less than twice. Of the remaining games, 6 will be against league opponents. That’s a possible 12 points up for grabs for a Millersville hockey club that is looking at a more difficult attempt at a playoff berth than years past.
The Playoff Situation
    With the CSCHC expanding to 10 teams in the offseason, the playoff format has changed. Only 6 teams will get in, with the top 2 seeded clubs getting a first round bye. The #3 will play #6 and the #4 will go against the #5 ranked team in the opening round. Millersville is currently seated 4th with 14 points, which is tied with the 5th ranked team, Monmouth (Millersville has two games fewer played, therefore they are seated higher.) While that doesn’t sound terrible, what is concerning is that the 6th & 7th placed teams are tied with 13 points (TCNJ & Scranton). The Marauders already finished their season series with Monmouth and Scranton and they have one home game left against TCNJ, so look for that game to be huge in terms of standings. It’s also important to note that the only team Millersville hasn’t completed a league game with yet this season is the U-Penn Quakers, who are currently seated 2nd, as they have had one of their best seasons in years thus far. As good as the Quakers are, the Princeton Tigers have been playing on a whole level above the other teams, as they are separated by 7 points with the 2nd place Quakers, sitting atop the league standings with 25 points. NJIT has 10 points at the 8th seed with 13 games played, so they aren’t out of it yet, while West Chester sits at 9th with 8 points, and Seton Hall (who have already been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention) are last with 3 points.
Down The Stretch
    When the calendar turns to 2017 and hockey returns to Millersville, the black & gold will have to find a way to be consistent. There longest winning streak of the season has been 3, set in the beginning of November. Since then, MU has won just one of their last 5 games, all of which were against league opponents. They will start out January with a non-league game against Georgetown, followed by finishing the month with 3 straight league matchups. Following that in the first weekend of February, Millersville will play 3 games in 3 nights (Friday-Sunday). 2 of those games are non-league, with TCNJ being the only league opponent sandwiched in between the other games that weekend.
Staying Positive    Perhaps it is appropriate that the semester break came at this time. With Millersville not playing their best hockey as of late, it might be the right time to step away from the game for a few weeks. Surely, many of the players will be getting on the ice in some form over the winter break, but maybe getting on for pick-up games or other forms of recreational hockey is what they need. It’s a competitive sport, but coaches will always say one of the most important things to do out there is have fun. The Marauders have to get back to that. It also helps to look at the positives. Freshman have contributed across the board in the successes this team has had so far, including Chris King and Bobby Tibbs, who are among the top 3 in scoring on the club. Lastly, regardless of the point margin, the Marauders are still in playoff position. They control their destiny when the spring semester begins and they will have to treat every game like a must win game if they want to be on the ice at Hobey Baker come February 17th. But for now, happy holidays everyone and we hope to see you in January!

Burgard Steps Down, Duffey Takes Over, Shirk Joins Staff

-Matt Iehle (November 2016)
Brent Burgard has spent four years as part of the Millersville coaching staff; one year as an Assistant Coach and the past three years as the Head Coach. In recent news, Coach Burgard has received a promotion with his company, Manheim Auctions, and will be taking over as Assistant General Manager in their location in Atlanta, Georgia. Coach Burgard's move has made him make a tough decision and step down as Head Coach of the Millersville Ice Hockey club. Over the past four years, Coach Burgard has been selected to the GNCHC All-Star coaching staff once and the CSCHC All-Star coaching staff twice. He also was a part of the CSCHC all-star challenge coaching staff at the 2015 ACHA All-Star Challenge. Coach Burgard will be missed by all the players and coaches and he will always be a part of the Ville Hockey family. 
Millersville Ice Hockey club announced that Assistant Coach Travis Duffey will take over the Head Coaching role effective immediately. This is Coach Duffey's second year with the team and he is a 2014 graduate from Millersville University. Coach Duffey has played locally for the Lancaster Firebirds and the Hershey Jr. Bears and also has junior hockey experience with clubs such as the Central Penn Panthers (Jr. B), Walpole Express (Jr. A) and Laconia Leafs (Jr. A). He also played 3 semesters with the Millersville Ice Hockey club. Coach Duffey hopes to take his playing experience and hockey mind to lead Millersville throughout the rest of the season.
In addition to the appointing of Coach Duffey, Millersville Ice Hockey club has hired 2014 Millersville graduate Joey Shirk as new assistant coach. Coach Shirk spent 4 years playing with the Millersville Ice Hockey club. He also currently coaches the Lancaster Firebirds Bantam AA team in the DVHL. Coach Shirk hopes to make an immediate impact and help out the team in anyway he can. 

Treated by Monmouth; Tricked by Seton Hall

-Andrew Mossbrooks (October 2016)
​​ For the first time this season, Millersville hosted back-to-back home games on a weekend at the LIR. The Marauders were hoping they’d leave Halloween weekend with four points in the bag, but an unexpected event left them half satisfied, as two points slipped out of their hands against the Seton Hall Pirates, who earned their first victory of the season after limping out of the starting gates at 0-8. It was a big win for SHU, but a crushing defeat for Millersville.
The weekend started Friday with a late night home game against the Monmouth Hawks. Despite Monmouth being the ones with the long travel to the rink, it was Millersville who seemed jet lagged at the start, as they surrendered two opening period goals from the Hawks’ Mike Termine. Termine’s goals came by way of being parked in the slot and his second came via a cross crease pass. What looked to be a rocky start would ultimately fuel the fire for the black and gold to comeback, as they erased the deficit heading into the third period tied up at two. Then, MU would open the floodgates, scoring three additional goals in the first 11 minutes of the final frame in regulation to take the W. It was a character building game for the Marauders, who faced adversity and emerged through it as the winners.
While Monmouth was a team that Millersville had a tough time defeating in years past, their following opponent was anything but. Over the last three seasons, Millersville has defeated Seton Hall in all five of their regular season meetings. Not only have they defeated the Pirates, but they have also had a pretty easy time doing it. In the last five regular season contests between these two teams, Millersville has outscored SHU by a whopping score of 42-8. Safe to say, most MU fans may not have been too worried about this one.
Millersville allowed the first goal of the contest to SHU’s leading scorer, Charlie Mule. Towards the latter stages of the period, Millersville would strike back by way of a Cyle Knopf goal. Knopf would score one more later in the game. He has had terrific numbers against the Pirates in his ACHA career. #14 leads Millersville I points with 12 on this season. Unfortunately, that would not be enough. Both teams exchanged goals back and forth until Millersville was unable to find the answer on a bounce that went the Pirates way, allowing Seton Hall to skate away with a 4-3 victory. Millersville’s effort was not for the faint of heart, as they outshot their opposition 44-17, but Austin Francois would turn out to be the game changer in this game as he stood on his head against the Marauders relentless attack. The loss puts MU at 3-2 in league action thus far this season.
Coming up…
    The Marauders play another set of games this coming weekend, as they kick off the month of November by returning to non-league action with a match up against the Georgetown Hoyas Friday night at Laurel Ice Gardens. The following evening they will travel back home to conclude their regular season series with the new CSCHC team, the Scranton Royals. Scranton beat Millersville a few weeks back on a late third period goal, so MU will be looking to even the score. Don’t forget to catch the action live, or follow the coverage on Ustream!

Game Recap: Millersville vs. West Chester 10/21/16

- Mike Wisienski (October 2016)
The Marauders hosted the Golden Rams for their homecoming game this past Friday. In a very fan filled Lancaster Ice Rink the two teams faced off for the first of two meetings this season. The Marauders took an early lead with two goals in the first scored by Chris King and Bobby Tibbs. Throughout the second period the Marauders were relentless on the Golden Rams net minder Mike Amoroso as James McNally (increases his point streak to 3 games) and Ethan Waddell found the back of the net and increased the Marauders lead to 4-0 going into the third period. Nick Capasso scored on an empty net goal in the closing moments of the game making that his third point on the night. Not only giving Millersville a 5-0 victory over West Chester but also giving Marc Daouphars his first shutout on the season.

2 Down, 16 to Go 

-Andrew Mossbrooks (October 2016)
The Marauders kicked off their 3rd CSCHC season with 2 back-to-back league games on the road against Seton Hall & Scranton. Their hope: to win both games and get 4 points in the standings. The result: they ended up with 2.
Millersville beat Seton Hall 8-3, but failed to seal up a win late against Scranton (more on that in a bit). Regarding Seton Hall, Millersville continued their dominance over them. They are 5-0 against the Pirates in CSCHC regular season games. The Pirates would get to within 2 goals of Millersville in the 3rd, before Rob Weinberger sealed their fate with a one timer past Austin Francois to re-establish a 3 goal lead that would eventually turn into 5 before the final buzzer sounded. Millersville did score 2 shorthanded goals in the game from both Nick Capasso and James McNally, who scored later in the game as well. Ultimately, it was the same old song and dance between MU & SHU.
The more interesting game came the following night, when Ville traveled to play the Scranton Royals, who are one of the 2 newly added teams to the CSCHC.
Millersville opened the scoring early with Cyle Knopf banging one home to get his 3rd point over the weekend. MU controlled the pace throughout the 1st, rarely allowing Scranton’s offense to enter the zone. When the second began, something had changed. Given that the Marauders played on the road less than 20 hours prior, fatigue began to settle in. Scranton would score 2 in the middle period to take a lead into the 3rd. Then, in a 3rd period that had a playoff like atmosphere, both teams battled back and forth and exchanged leads before #26 Mike Vaynshteyn would seal the deal with the go ahead goal with under 3 minutes left to play. That goal would prove to be too much for Millersville, who lost by a score of 4-3.
Loose Pucks
McNally missed the Scranton game. Just past the 5 minute mark of the 1st, Ben Flocken went down with an injury to his right ankle and did not return. The length of the injury is uncertain, but the black & gold hope it’s nothing serious, as Flocken plays top line minutes on the blue line and is a huge part of the core. Roughly an hour prior to the start of Saturday’s game, Daouphars felt some stiffness in his knee that had apparently bothered him for some time. Pelkowski made just his 2nd start of the season, but played fairly well given his lack of time in net and time to prepare for what was a spot start.
Coming up…
Millersville University will celebrate its homecoming weekend October 21-23. On 10/21, Millersville hockey returns to Lancaster Ice Rink, where they will play the rest of their games in October. It starts with the homecoming pink out game against the West Chester Golden Rams. The last time these teams met was in last year’s playoffs, where Millersville eliminated WCU in the opening round at their own rink. Game time is set for 7p.m. and can be seen at the LIR or you can follow along with live coverage on Ustream.    

And So It Begins: A look ahead to the start of CSCHC action for the Marauders

-Andrew Mossbrooks (October 2016)
The Marauders began their season on September 10th and yet they still have not seen league action. That finally changes on October 14th, when Millersville travels to New Jersey to begin their CSCHC season with the first of two league games on back to back nights. Both games will be on the road as we take a closer look at both teams the Marauders face off with in just a few short days.
A tale of 2 teams
Over the weekend, the Marauders will face 2 different teams heading in opposite directions. The first of which will be Friday night against the winless Seton Hall Pirates. Afterwards, they travel to Scranton, Pa. to faceoff with the 5-1 Scranton Royals, who are on of 2 new teams to the CSCHC. The Royals and Pirates have faced off against each other in both of their scheduled league games already this season,  with the Royals skating away victorious both times by a combined score of 15-5. Overall, Seton Hall is 0-4 on their season, with only one of those 4 losses coming via non-league action. To add insult to injury, that loss was against a D3 Ramapo College squad. Given the Marauders are 1-5 so far this year with all of their games being non-league, this is just the kind of team Millersville should want to kick off their league game schedule against.
Scouting the Pirates
Both Millersville & Seton Hall have had trouble putting pucks in the back of the net early on. Millersville has 14 goals through 6 games, while the Pirates have 10 in 4 games played. 5 of those 10 goals have come off the stick of Charlie Mule, who leads the team in goals and points (6). Mule is one of many familiar faces from the Pirates squad, who are composed of a majority of returning players from last season. Guys like Defenseman Bryan Nagy, Beuk Forrest and PJ Carfagno are still core pieces on this team, and even though they haven’t done too much early on, they’ll come around. The Marauders just have to hope it’s not against them. Millersville will also be looking for their 1st road win of the season over the weekend. They have played very well the last few years against Seton Hall, specifically at Richard Codey Arena. The last 2 seasons Millersville played Seton Hall on the road, they one last year 6-1 and the previous year 11-1. Cyle Knopf has combined for 7 points in those two games, including a hat trick in their 11-1 win 2 seasons ago. Last year’s 6-1 Millersville win featured 2 alumni goaltenders for both squads, so this year’s game will feature 2 different goaltenders between the pipes. Seton Hall Sophomore Austin Francois has started all of their games so far this season, including one weekend set of back to backs, so despite having a game against the reigning CSCHC champion Princeton Tigers the following night, it’s still likely he’ll get the nod for Friday evening’s game against Millersville.
Scouting the Royals
Well they’ve certainly lived up to their name. At 5-1 on the season, the Scranton Royals are poised to make an immediate impact in their 1st season in the CSCHC. The Marauders will have to keep their focus Friday against the Pirates, but when squaring up their two opponents for this weekend, it seems almost certain that their tougher of the two contests will come Saturday. Scranton’s only loss of the season came against Princeton. Since then, they’ve won 3 straight and with no game on Friday for the Royals, look for them to be 100% for Saturday’s game. Millersville will have to have fresh legs and be well rested for Saturday’s game. Unfortunately for the Marauders, their game against Seton Hall is the night before at 9:45pm. They’ll have less than 24 hours before their game against Scranton, so fatigue could become a factor. Scranton is also 4-0 this year at the Revolution Ice Center. Through 6 games, the Marauders have 2 players tied with the team lead in points with 5. Scranton’s top scorer, Ross Kleinschmidt has 16 points in 6 games. 11 of those are goals. Scary stuff. Including him, the Royals have 8 players with more than 5 points this year, so the black & gold will have to play strong defense and protect the slot because Scranton has the ability to put one up on the scoreboard at any given moment.
Things to consider
Despite Millersville going 1-5 thus far, they have played non-league games only. 3 of those 6 games came against teams who were nationally ranked last season, so there’s a silver lining to their record. The Marauders also have done some damage through the first 2 years of the CSCHC. They finished 3rd overall last year and won the division title in the inaugural 2014-15 season. They will play both Scranton and Seton Hall again this year at LIR. Both rematches come up shortly after this weekend’s games, with the home game against Seton Hall on the 29th of this month and the Scranton game that following weekend.
Don’t forget that puck drop is set for 9:45p.m. Friday & 4p.m. Saturday. With both games being on the road, feel free to tune into Ustream for full live coverage of both games.

Game Preview: Millersville vs Army 10/7/16

-Mike Wisienski (October 2016)
By the numbers: 
This will be the first and only meeting between Millersville and Army. Millersville’s record is not what they would like it to be at 1-4. But they have faced off against very talented teams. On the other side Army has gotten off to a great start on their season coming into tomorrow’s game with a record of 4-0. Millersville has let in 25 goals so far this season, and they have only scored 13 goals. Millersville is going to need another spectacular game from whoever is in net. Not only will Millersville be relying on a great net minder but also from their veterans. Josh Feehan and James McNally are tied for point’s leader with five. They will be looked upon a lot throughout the game to produce goals and try to get another win. Army has only let in 16 goals in four games. What is even more impressive is that they have scored 26 goals. The last time these two teams met was the first two games of the 2015-2016 season for the Marauders. They ended up splitting the games 1-1. Army won the first won 5-2. Then the next game Millersville won 5-4. These two teams will sure bring every ounce of physicality to the rink and leave it all out there on the ice from start to finish.
Last week: 
    It was a very up and down weekend for the Marauders last week. On Friday September 30th they traveled to Rowan only to lose 8-1. Not even twenty four hours later Millersville had to play another strong nonleague game against Virginia Tech. They played at the top of their level going toe to toe against a highly ranked Virginia Tech team and won 6-4. They were able to boost their confidence and start October out the right way with their first win. 
Focusing Points: Positioning & Discipline 
    If the Marauders can focus on these two key factors during tomorrow’s game then they have a great chance at winning it. Throughout the past few games the Marauders have been letting to many offensive players get past them which leads to the opposition scoring. The defense needs to buckle down and make sure they cover a man. So they do not over commit and allow the opposition to get a breakaway. That is how the Marauders were able to beat VT because they always kept the puck in VT’s zone. As far as discipline goes the Marauders have been penalized for a total of 91mins in just five games. If the Marauders can focus on the keeping their discipline up and not taking any penalties then they can really make this game interesting and hopefully come away with their second win on the season.     

MU hangs on to beat V-Tech, Earns 1st win of the season 

-Andrew Mossbrooks (October 2016)
The Marauders exorcized their demons on the 1st of October to get their 1st win of the season by defeating last year’s #10 ranked team in the South-East region, the Virginia Tech Hokies, by a final score of 6-4.
VT stormed back from a 5 goal deficit in the last period to get to within 2, but the MU defense and Marc Daouphars were able to hold on. Daouphars finished the evening with 50 saves on 54 shots (the most shots against Millersville in a game this season). Cyle Knopf also scored his first 2 goals of the season, along with a number of other Marauders who helped give #31 a cushion in net. Tanner Jones was pulled for V-Tech early in the 2nd after Millersville put up 4 goals on 20 shots. Christian Ciraco finished out the game in net for the Hokies.
    While this was another non-league game for Millersville, this felt like a must win situation. Following a blowout loss to the Rowan Profs the previous night, they fell to 0-4 on the season, marking their worst start to a season under head coach Brent Burgard. Before the bus left New Jersey, coach had a message for his troops. There were going to be some line changes and things needed to change. One thing that left a lasting impression on the players was both coach Burgard and Club President, Matt Iehle telling everybody on the bus that they were going to win the next one. While the bus ride home was quiet, it felt like the message had gotten through. The players held themselves accountable and realized they were better than what they had been showing. Less than 24 hours later, they put that message into motion.
    Millersville’s 6 goals against Virginia Tech fell one short of their cumulative goal total of 7 through the first 4 games. It was a playoff like atmosphere at Lancaster Ice Rink, as the Marauders played a physical brand of hockey, while also being able to keep pressure on the Hokies and create grade A scoring chances that led to pucks in the back of the net. It was a feel good moment for the guys and they will hope that their momentum from the win will continue into the rest of this month, where they will play 4 of their remaining 6 games in October at home. October will also mark the beginning of the 3rd CSCHC season. Millersville’s first league game will be on the road at Seton Hall, where they have been very successful at the Richard Codey Arena. Prior to Saturday’s game, the V-Tech Hokies actually beat a league rival of Millersville, the West Chester Golden Rams by a score of 7-2. Millersville plays West Chester on 10/21.
Coming up next..
The Millersville Marauders host Army on Friday, October 7th @8:45pm. This will also be the Marauder’s Military Night event for this season so make sure you catch the game live, or follow along at home with full game coverage on Ustream!

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. 

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 Duffey 2010

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.