Puppy Bowl taps UM’s turnover chain for inspiration

The University of Miami’s popular turnover chain was spotlighted in a promotional video for February’s annual Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet. Well, sort of. The Animal Planet tweeted a 43-second … Click to Continue »

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Talk of possible Kelly Bryant transfer to Miami stirring negative feedback from Canes

The evidence was glaring. On Monday night, Miami true freshman running back Lorenzo Lingard posted on Twitter a message clearly defending the Hurricanes’ young quarterbacks in light of news that … Click to Continue »

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Lauren Bellefontaine off to fast start in college hockey career

Syracuse’s Lauren Bellefontaine created a mini-breakaway as she crossed the blue line with just under three minutes left in the second period against Clarkson on Oct. 27. The beaten Clarkson defender reached Bellefontaine as she slowed to make a move on Clarkson’s goalie but was only able to hook the freshman down to the ice.

The referee’s arm immediately shot into the air to signal a penalty, and after a short discussion with his fellow officials, he awarded Syracuse a penalty shot. Bellefontaine skated to center ice and again came into the zone with speed at the start of the penalty shot. After a slight hesitation to freeze the goalie, she snapped home a wrist shot, high glove-side, to tie the game at one goal apiece.

After a power-play goal put Clarkson back ahead, Bellefontaine was once again involved in the Syracuse equalizer. With under two minutes to go in the game, senior Allie Munroe received a pass from Bellefontaine in Syracuse’s defensive zone and turned up-ice. As she reached the hash marks in the offensive zone, Munroe flipped a backhand past Kassidy Sauve, giving Bellefontaine her second point of the game.

It was the freshman’s third and latest multi-point game this season, a large part of why she shares the Syracuse scoring lead with nine points through 12 games. Bellefontaine’s tally of four goals and five assists has helped Syracuse (4-7-1, 4-2-0 College Hockey America) to a strong start in conference play and ties her for the fourth most points in the CHA.  

“Everyone’s so much bigger, stronger and faster,” Bellefontaine said of college hockey, “but I just have to hold my own and work my hardest.”

In addition to leading Syracuse in scoring, Bellefontaine has proven to be a two-way forward and has blocked 23 shots, second highest on the team, providing her ice time in a variety of different scenarios.

Against Princeton on Oct. 10, head coach Paul Flanagan sent Bellefontaine onto the ice for part of a 5-on-3 penalty kill with under five minutes remaining in a tie game. Her unit held the Tigers scoreless, and Syracuse’s successful penalty kill forced the game into overtime.

“It’s an honor to get out there on a 5-on-3,” she said after that game. “It’s good to know that (Flanagan) has trust in me, and that I can follow through with that.”

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Coming from Kemptville, Ontario, a small town in Canada with a population just under 4,000, Bellefontaine said Syracuse still feels “surreal” even though she’s been here for most of a semester. But she’s also adjusted well off the ice, and she attributed part of that to playing with some former teammates.

Two other freshmen on SU, Shelby Calof and Abby Moloughney, played with Bellefontaine on the Nepean Wildcats, a junior team part of the Provincial Women’s Hockey League in Ontario. Lindsay Eastwood, a redshirt junior, also played for Nepean.

“It was amazing coming here with them [Calof and Moloughney] because I knew people, so we helped each other adjust to the change,” Bellefontaine said.

Syracuse’s veterans and coaching staff have also smoothened her transition. Bellefontaine said they’ve all been extremely supportive, and the staff was one of the main reasons she chose Syracuse.

Her decision has benefitted the Orange locker room so far with her being what Flanagan described as a “real positive, high-energy type of kid.” Bellefontaine’s “unflappable” personality, where nothing seems to bother her, has also helped her near-seamless transition, Flanagan said.

For Bellefontaine, Syracuse has gained a valuable two-way player. For Syracuse, Bellefontaine has found a home.

“I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else,” Bellefontaine said.

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Pitt stretches unbeaten streak to 3 in victory against Troy

Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review<br/>Pitt’s Au’Diese Toney fights for the ball with Troy’s Javan Johnson in the first half Monday, Nov. 12, 2018 at Petersen Events Center.
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Offensive line paves way for Pitt’s explosive run game

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Clemson’s 665-pound ‘fridge’ package has gone from fun to a force

Clemson’s “jumbo package” or “fridge package” has evolved throughout the 2018 season and has turned into an effective short-yardage weapon for the Tigers. Early in the season, defensive tackles Christian … Click to Continue »

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He overcame health scare, graduated college, came home to finish hoops career at UM

Zach Johnson is known for his fashion sense, and always has been since he led Miami Norland High to back-to-back 6A state titles in 2013-14. But there was one shirt … Click to Continue »

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Honeymoon? Over! How collapsing seasons have Dolphins’ Gase and Canes’ Richt feeling heat

Let’s fire everybody! And while we’re at it let’s fire the people who hired the people we just fired! Somewhere between the out-of-patience hysteria represented above and a blinders-on “all … Click to Continue »

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This prominent veteran grad transfer quarterback is set to visit with the Hurricanes

The University of Miami’s interest in Clemson grad transfer quarterback Kelly Bryant apparently is mutual. Bryant has set up his fifth and final official visit to UM on Nov. 23 … Click to Continue »

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UM coach Mark Richt keeps getting asked the same question, but he isn’t budging — yet

University of Miami coach Mark Richt, whose Hurricanes are in the midst of a four-game losing streak and still haven’t qualified for a bowl game, has been asked the same … Click to Continue »

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