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FGCU DII hockey team picks up a win in its home opener

In a physical, high-scoring battle, the FGCU DII men’s hockey team overpowered Merrimack College in a 7-1 victory, led by forward No. 19 Nathan Pelligra with a four-point night. All of this offense was accompanied by an outstanding performance in net with 33 saves by No. 30 Tyler Tracy. FGCU won its first game of the season and handed the Warriors (5-2) their second loss on the season. The first period was a gritty one, with heavy forechecking by FGCU to start the game. A center ice hit by Steven Cariglio set the tempo early. FGCU was plagued with...

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Harrison Browne and the LGBT sports community breaks its silence

With recent executive orders banning discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, one would think this would propel equality in the sports profession. Well, think again — not all leagues and teams are as equal as we think. There will always be differing opinions on this issue. One side believes professional sports have helped advance understanding, acceptance and equality while others think that professional sports continue to lag. The LGBT community has become such a well-known aspect of today’s society that it is hard to not take notice. Sports have been propagated in American history for decades, and...

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NHL looks to improve on World Cup of Hockey concept

When one hears “world cup,” the first thing that comes to mind is likely soccer, but the National Hockey League is hoping to shift that mindset in the near future. The World Cup of Hockey will take place from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1 at the Air Canada Centre, home of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Though the name may be new to many, this isn’t the first hockey world cup. The World Cup of Hockey has occurred twice on an irregular basis since 1996. This year’s will be the third installment, and it will recur every four years from...

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How hockey went from a Canada-dominated sport to one south of the border

For the first time in a long time, Canada was shut out of the NHL playoffs. And, you read that right; this has happened before. In the 1969-70 NHL season, two years before Hall of Famer Jaromir Jagr was born, the Montreal Canadiens failed to defend their prior year’s title, or even get the chance to do so, losing to Chicago 10-2 and thus their potential spot in the playoffs. That year, the only other Canadian team at the time, the Toronto Maple Leafs, also failed to clinch a playoff berth. Now, with seven of the 30 teams in...

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FGCU Division II hockey blows by Liberty to claim 2016 ACHA D2 National Championship

With a chance to win the ACHA Division II National Championship for the first time since 2012, the FGCU DII hockey team faced Liberty in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Tuesday at noon. The Eagles claimed their second DII National Championship behind a dominating 4-1 victory over the Flames. Coming off of a thrilling 2-1 overtime victory against Miami, Liberty was on a mission to capture its first-ever national championship and defeat FGCU. Coming into the matchup, the Eagles led the tournament in goal differential, with a plus 20 advantage. After Liberty won the faceoff to begin the contest, the game remained...

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FGCU DII hockey advances in national championship after Keene State blowout

The FGCU DII hockey team defeated the Keene State Owls, 11-1, Friday afternoon during the first round of the American Collegiate Hockey Association Division II Championships in West Chester, Pennsylvania. The Owls made it 1-0 with a goal from Kurt Mitchell, two minutes into the first period. “The other team came out pretty hard; they had a pretty good first period,” FGCU defenseman Jack Emmer said. “It’s tough when you haven’t played in a month, which is always our weakness going into the championships, but the score, I feel, is a testament to the hard work we’ve put in...

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D-III hockey earns bid to national tournament

Last weekend, the FGCU Division III hockey team defeated the University of Tampa, 3-1, to win the Southern Collegiate Hockey Conference Championship for the second year in a row. This victory has earned the club team a bid to the national tournament. The Eagles will carry their 25-1-2 regular season record to Grand Rapids, Michigan in March for the four-day tournament. “To repeat something is always a good feeling,” head coach Kevin Mixon said. “It’s nice to prove a point and get to play them again and to finish on a high note before we head to nationals.” Last...

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The Florida Panthers win, Jagr is 4th all-time, and Cats keep scratching toward playoffs

On Sunday, the Florida Panthers defeated the Vancouver Canucks during a home game that filled the BB&T Center with more Panthers leaping off of fans’ sweaters than I have seen at a home game in quite some time. A few more things: Jaromir Jagr, 43, scored the first goal for the Panthers, allowing him to assume the title of 4th all-time in goals scored at the NHL level, and he already held the title of 4th all-time in points. To make it even sweeter, Aleksander Barkov, 20, continued his success and the team’s dominance in the shootout, scoring the...

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Eagles sweep Northern Illinois, Tracy extends shutout streak to 150 minutes

The Eagles DII hockey team faced off against Northern Illinois over the weekend. During Friday night’s game, the Eagles came out strong and scored two goals within the first 10 minutes of the game, one by Dillon Duprey and another by Nate Pelligra. Duprey netted his second goal off of a breakaway, and then, minutes later, CJ Cruz added another one to end the first period at 4-0. The Eagles second period saw half as many goals, as they scored twice on goals by Colton Bailey and Mike Chemello. The third period saw the pace pick up again, as...

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Make your predictions for the 2015 NHL playoffs

It’s that wonderful, bittersweet time of the year again. It’s NHL playoff time. Families and friends will gather around decked out in their favorite teams’ gear to watch the games, compare predictions, drink, eat and enjoy each other’s company. For dedicated hockey fans, like me, it’s a season that definitely holds a candle to Christmas. As part of tradition, here are my predictions for the first round. Eastern Conference No. 1 Montreal Canadiens versus No. 4 Ottawa Senators Montreal may have home-ice advantage and Carey Price, but Ottawa is a serious threat. In the last two months, the Senators...

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