MARSHFIELD, Mass. – Endicott College was selected to finish first in the Colonial Hockey Conference (CHC) for the upcoming 2016-17 season. Votes were compiled based on rankings submitted by league coaches. The Gulls received four first-place votes, edging out Stevenson University and Morrisville State College who finished second and third respectively.
The season kicks off next weekend with six of the league's seven teams in nonconference action. The Morrisville Mustangs have the honor of starting the league's season with their 2:00 p.m. puck drop vs. Nichols College on Friday, October 28.
2016-17 Colonial Hockey Conference Coaches' Preseason Poll
|1. Endicott College (4)||45|
|2. Stevenson University (2)||43|
|3. Morrisville State College (1)||37|
|4. SUNY Canton||27|
|5. Becker College||20|
|6. Johnson & Wales University||16|
|7. Salem State University||8|
*First place votes in parentheses
Endicott: The Gulls return Rookie of the Year in goaltender Vendela Jonsson (Linkoping, Sweden) who posted eight shutouts and 1.36 goals against average in her freshman campaign. The team begins their season with a nonconference tilt at University of Southern Maine before opening league play against Johnson & Wales with a home-and-home series.
Stevenson: The CHC defending champions are back for their fifth season as a varsity program and aim to build on the most successful season in program history. The Mustangs return CHC Player of the Year in Chelsea Blackburn (Westland, Mich.) who led the conference in scoring. Her conference point total (23), goals (12) and assists (11) were league bests.
Morrisville State: The Mustangs open the season at the Buffalo State Tournament as they take on Nichols College and Plymouth State University on opening weekend. The team will look to build on their impressive scoring offense, which ranked second in the league last season at 3.93 points per game.
SUNY Canton: The Roos aim to continue improving as they begin their fourth season with a varsity hockey program. They begin the year taking on University of New England in two nonconference tilts before opening their CHC schedule against in-state conference rival, Morrisville.
Becker: The Ice Hawks will aim to build on their CHC postseason win against SUNY Canton as they open the 2016-17 campaign against Post University and Franklin Pierce University. A CHC quarterfinals rematch against the Roos is scheduled for the first weekend in February.
Johnson and Wales: Johnson & Wales welcomes back CHC Goaltender of the Year in Kami Weiner who led the CHC in saves last season with 1,154. Summer Britton also returns after leading the Wildcats with 15 points (9 goals, 6 assists).
Salem State: The Vikings kick off the 2016-17 campaign with conference contests against Morrisville State the first weekend in November. They will also host a Military Appreciation night on Saturday, November 19 during their game against SUNY Canton.