Here are photos of the college hockey game between the Cornell University Big Red and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Engineers from February 4, 2017 at Houston Field House in Troy, NY.


Big Red goalie Mitch Gillam (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Here photos of the college hockey game between the Harvard University Crimson and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Engineers on January 13, 2017 at Houston Field House in Troy, NY.

Chase Perry played the game of his career stopping all 41 shots he faced and Jacob Hayhurst, Brady Wiffen, Jesper Ohrvall, and Jared Wilson all chipped in with a goal a piece as the Engineers stunned the #2 ranked Harvard Crimson 4-0 on Friday night.

Viktor Liljegren plays the puck against the boards (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
by Corey Mansfield 

I preface this post with my undying gratitude for the men and women who serve our country every day. These people unselfishly sacrifice their lives for our freedoms. The students at the United States Military Academy are some of the best student-athletes in the country and have chosen to serve their country. They are true role models and the future leaders of America. 

Thank you. 
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This past weekend I got a chance to head down to the United State Military Academy and watch the Army Black Knights take on Brown University at Tate Rink. 

Tate Rink at West Point (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
I've always wanted to attend a game at West Point but never got around to it. A couple weeks ago I decided to make the journey down to watch a game. I contacted Ally Keirn who is the athletic communication director for the men's hockey program about getting media credentials for the game. She emailed me back and let me know that I would have media credentials and she even offered to give me a tour of the facility. This was pretty awesome! 

Like always, I left a little earlier to go to the game because I have a tendency to get lost when I go to a new venue. Make sure if you are using a GPS that you put in the address for the Holleder Center and use the Stoney Lonesome Access Road (Some GPS apps will direct you to the military entrance on the other side of campus if you put Tate Rink). 

The drive down was pretty easy as you can see from the map below. One of the cool parts of the trip is going over Bear Mountain which gives you an incredible view of the Hudson River snaking through the mountains with U.S. Military Academy in the valley below. 

A view of the field from Google (photo credit: Google)

Once you get to the entrance of West Point you'll go through two check points and be required to show your ID to get on to get on campus. 

The Holleder Center is located right behind the Miche Stadium. There was parking around the Holleder Center but most people parked on the road between the two (it gave me a chance to practice my parallel parking). 

After parking my car I noticed a big marble stone engraved with an "A" in front of the Holleder Center. On the back of it was an interesting quote from General Douglas MacArthur. 

The marble stone in front of the Holleder Center (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
On of the back side of the marble read the following quote from General Douglas MacAruther (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
The Holleder Center is home of the schools hockey arena, Tate Rink and basketball arena, Christl Arena. It was named in honor of Maj. Donald W. Holleder ('56) who was killed in action in Vietnam in 1967. Holleder was an All-American football and basketball player while at West Point. There is trophy case inside the arena dedicated to Maj. Holleder which has many artifacts from his life and athletic career. 

The Holleder Center (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
Upon entering the Holleder Center you'll see the ticket office immediately in front of you, with athletic offices, and the entrances to both the rink and basketball court. There are also stairs which lead you up to concourse level of the Holleder Center. 

Ticket prices to Army hockey games vary depending on whether you want to sit in a chairback or bleacher seat and who the opponent is. Most of the tickets range between $9-$20, which is what most college teams charge. You can click on the following link to see the tickets pricing. 

The entrance to Tate Rink  

There are a couple ways to enter Tate Rink. You can enter through main entrance pictured above or through the concourse level. One of the great features about Tate Rink is that the concourse level wraps around all the seating areas and gives you easy access to get concessions or to use the bathroom. 

Another great feature about the Holleder Center is that the concessions and pro shop are located on the concourse level between Tate Rink and Christl Arena and services both during game days. There was a great atmosphere on the concourse level as people were lining up to buy "Army" apparel and many people were just hanging out having a good time.  

Stairs leading up to the concourse level of the Holleder Center (photo credit: Corey Mansfield) 
Concourse level of the Holleder Center (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
I was really blown away when I entered the rink. It was very nice, professional looking, and very very clean. It was pretty awesome! Check out the video below of the rink.

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A view from center ice (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
After walking around the arena for a little while I met up with Ally Keirn who gave me a tour of the facility.  It was cool to see the in's and out's of the arena. I really appreciated her taking the time to show me around.

Team benches (photo credit: Corey Mansfield) 
There was just so much to take in at the Holleder Center including the history of West Point. One of the great features is the "Wall of Captains," which has the all the team captains in history of West Point.

The Wall of Captains (photo credit: Corey Mansfield) 
Another unique feature about Tate Rink is the jumbo screen in the arena. It shows highlights, information, and interesting graphics through out the game. It definitely adds to the great atmosphere of the arena. 

The jumbo screen (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
The in game experience was pretty nice, after the first period the athletic department did their annual "Teddy Bear Toss." However, a side from that their wasn't much entertainment in between periods. 


Overall,  the experience was pretty cool. The arena was a great place to watch a hockey game and there was a great atmosphere. I really enjoyed walking around and looking at all the historical pieces around the arena. I highly recommend making the trip to West Point to watch a game. 

Here are some more photos I took during my visit to West Point. Also, check out my photos from the game. 

Another view of the ice (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
Fans got a chance to pick up some pocket schedules and a schedule poster (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

A photo looking at the jumbo screen (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
Another view of the jumbo screen (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
Ice level prior to the game (photo credit: Corey Mansfield) 
The scoreboard (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

A view of the rink looking at the entrance (photo credit: Corey Mansfield) 
Here are photos of the college hockey game between The Ohio State University Buckeyes and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Engineers on November 19, 2016 at Houston Field House in Troy, NY.

Tanner Laczynski scored at 9:56 of the third period to help Ohio State escape with a 3-2 victory over RPI. The Buckeyes were in control for most of the game but were hurt by penalties that set up two power play goals to keep the Engineers in the game.  Chase Perry had 37 saves in a losing effort for RPI. 

Matt Tomkins warms up (photo credit: Corey Mansfield) 

Here are photos of the college hockey game between the Yale University Bulldogs and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Engineers on November 5, 2016 at Houston Field House in Troy, NY.

The Engineers had a commanding 2-0 as time was winding down in the game. However, the Bulldogs stormed back and scored two late goals to send the game into overtime. In overtime, John Hayden put one past Chase Perry to give Yale the 3-2 victory.

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Patrick Spano (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

by Corey Mansfield

On October 22, 2016,  I got a chance to visit Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field the home of the University of Connecticut Huskies football team as the took on the University of Central Florida Knights.

A photo of scoreboard prior to the game against Central Florida (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
I had emailed the athletic department prior the game and was given media credentials for the game so I didn't need to buy tickets. However, tickets are affordably priced with most tickets between $32-$60 depending on the seats.  You can click on the following link to purchase tickets.

Here are photos of the college hockey game between the Union College Dutchmen and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Engineers on October 28, 2016 at Houston Field House in Troy, NY.

The Dutchmen dominated the Engineers in route to 4-1 victory in the first ECAC game of the season.

Mike Vecchione scored his NCAA (Divison 1) leading 9th goal of the season and added an assist. Alex Sakellaropoulos posted 32 saves with his only blemish coming on Jimmy DeVito goal with 6:16 remaining.

The Dutchmen move to 4-1-1 on the season while the Enginners drop to 1-4. The two teams will square off again tonight in Schenectady, NY at Mess rink.

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Alex Sakellaropoulos (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Here are photos of the college hockey game between the Rochester Institute of Technology Tigers and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Engineers on October 22, 2016 at Houston Field House in Troy, NY.

The Engineers earned their first victory of the season with a 6-3 win over RIT on Saturday night at Houston Field House. The Engineers had a commanding 3-1 lead in the second period but allowed RIT to tie the game up. RPI settled down and rolled off three unanswered goals in route to victory. The RPI special teams were outstanding scoring two power-play goals and along with a short-handed goal. Captain Riley Bourbonnais lead the way for the Engineers with two goals and an assist.

Cam Hackett looks for the puck after making a save (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

Here are the game photos of the college football game between the University of Central Florida Knights and the University of Connecticut Huskies on October 22, 2016 at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, CT.

In a back and forth battle, UCF pulled out a huge 24-16 victory over UConn. Freshman quarterback McKenzie Milton spoiled the UConn homecoming by completing 29 of 45 passes for 317 yards and three touchdowns for the Knights. Milton was able to avoid the UConn pressure and complete some big passes down the field.

Arkeel Newsome had a solid game for the Huskies, rushing for 101 yards on 21 carries in the loss.

Central Florida improved their record to 4-3 and is now within two wins of becoming bowl eligible. The Huskies drop to 3-5 on the season.

Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
Here are photos of the college hockey game between the Rochester Institute of Technology Tigers and the Union College Dutchmen from October 21, 2016 at Messa Rink in Schenectady, NY.

The Dutchmen defeated the Tigers 5-2 in their home opener, behind Mike Vecchione who lead the way with two goals and an assist. Alex Sakellaropoulos was solid in net for the Dutchmen, allowing only two goals and making 16 saves.

Mike Rotolo makes a save (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
Face-off (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

(photo credit: UConn Athletics)
by: Corey Mansfield

For the longest time, I've wanted to attend a "big time" college football game. However, my options are pretty limited since I pay for all the travel expenses myself and couldn't afford to attend a game at like Alabama or Michigan. Many people told me I should go to Syracuse and attend a game, but I've already been there.

After looking at a map I realized that the University of Connecticut (UConn) is only two hours away from where I live (closer than Syracuse). It would be a perfect opportunity to attend a "big time" college football game.

After chatting with one of their athletic communication directors I was given media credentials to their October 22nd game against the University of Central Florida, which is their homecoming game.

It's going to be really awesome to experience UConn football; especially the stadium, atmosphere, and tradition. Every college and university are different and I want to see what separates UConn from the rest.

The game itself should be unbelievable also as both UConn and Central Florida have three wins on the season and are fighting to get to six wins to become bowl eligible. Last week the Huskies lost to the University of South Florida 42- 27 to drop their record of 3-4 on the year. While Central Florida lost a heartbreaker in the final seconds to Temple 26-25 to drop to 3-3 on the season. 

The Knights and the Huskies both like to throw the ball. A big difference in this game could be whether the UConn defense can rattle UCF's freshman quarterback McKenzie Milton and cause him to make mistakes. Also, both teams have been susceptible to the run on the season and this game may come down to who can control the line of scrimmage. It should be a fun game to watch.

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Here are photos of the college football game between the Hobart College Statesmen and the RPI Engineers on October 8, 2016 at East Campus Field in Troy, NY.

The Statesmen and Engineers traded blows in the fourth quarter. However,  a pass inference call gave RPI first and goal with under a minute left in the game. A couple plays later Ed Trimpert scampered in from 5-yards out to give the Engineers 21-17 lead with only 20 seconds left. The RPI defense held off Hobart in the final seconds to secure the upset victory.

National Anthem (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
Coin toss (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

by Corey Mansfield 

The New York Mets season ended Wednesday night with a crushing defeat to the San Fransisco Giants in the National League Wild Card game.

Curtis Granderson (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)

There were some very questionable decisions made by Mets manager Terry Collins  in the game.
 
The first was in the bottom of the 5th inning when TJ Rivera led off with a double (the first hit off Madison Bumgarner). Collins elected to have Jay Bruce swing away instead of sacrificing (bunt) Rivera to third. Since runs were going to be at a premium this would have have put a runner on third base with two cracks at driving the run in. Instead Bruce didn't advance the runner and nothing materialized.  Some would say that Jay Bruce is a power hitter and shouldn't be bunting because of his intentional to hit a home run. However, Bruce is hitting below .200 in his career versus Bumgarner.

The second and I think most devastating mistake was Terry Collins not intentionally walking Conor Gillaspie in the top of the ninth inning. Bruce Bouchy had already put a pinch hitter on-deck for Bumgarner.  If Collins would have walked Gillaspie then the Mets would have gotten a chance to face the Giants very shaky bullpen with Bumgarner out the game. However, Collins decided to pitch to Gillaspie who then hit a three-run dinger giving the Giants a commanding lead. It also allowed Bumgarner to stay in the game and he eventually sat down the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom of the 9th inning. Even if the Mets walked Gillaspie and the Giants sent up Bumgarner instead of the pinch hitter, then you are facing a pitcher not a seasoned hitter.

Ultimately, the players still play the game. But I felt Terry Collins did a poor job managing the game which led to the loss.


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