COMO, Lombardy – After nearly straight 24 hours of traveling, members of the Dartmouth men’s hockey finally reached Lake Como and the first stop on their 11-day trip through Italy and Switzerland.
Leaving the Thompson Arena parking lot at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning, players, staff and family members made their way to Boston’s Logan Airport for a short 40-minute flight to New York and JFK Airport. A three-hour layover soon turned to an aborted takeoff and a nearly three-hour delay as the plane taxied back to the gate for repairs on a door sensor.More...

Adrian College Hockey Team Wins the Swiss Challenge Cup Series and Tours Italy 

This past August, the Adrian Bulldogs Hockey Team embarked on this summers much anticipated European trip. Our first stop on the trip took us to Como, Italy as the team was able to take in the sights of this lakefront town. The team set up camp in Como for what would be the next three days as they geared up for back to back games against GDC Bellinzona (Swiss League). After a brief tour of downtown Como and nearby Cernobbio, the Bulldogs were ready for action and everything Italy and Switzerland had to offer.. More...

QU Men's Ice Hockey Concludes Tour of Italy With Trip Through Rome On Aug. 19-20, 2013

The Quinnipiac men's ice hockey team wrapped-up its 11-day tour of Italy in Rome on Aug. 19-20, 2013. The Bobcats walked the ancient and historical city, viewing such worldly monuments as the Capital, The Pantheon, The Trevi Fountain, The Coliseum and The Vatican. . More...

Women's Hockey Returns From European Tour 3-0

ARDEN HILLS, Minn. – The Bethel University women's hockey team spent eight days over the Holiday break touring Italy and Switzerland and rang in the New Year in Como, Italy. The Royals played three games on the trip, two against teams from Switzerland and one from Italy and were victorious in all three by a combined score of 11-1. The team stayed a couple miles outside of the city on beautiful Lake Como. More...

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Blog Entry #10: Invaluable Experience Comes to an End

Unfortunately, today was our last full day in this beautiful country. It was an open day for us, so we all got a chance to go back to some sights or to find new attractions. I’ve found that this city is so expansive that it would be hard to take everything in even if you lived here. My parents made the trip, so this morning, they were sure to wake my brother and I up for church. The Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore was right around the corner from our hotel. This mass was a bit different compared to the Newman Community service in the chapel with Mark Shiner. Sure, I missed the pizza and wings afterwards, but the mosaics, statues, and architecture were more than enough to hold me over. More...

Team USA

In cooperation with the Minnesota AAA Hockey League, a team of 1994 players from the Twin Cities metro area traveled to Italy and Switzerland late last month to play a few warm up games and participate in a local tournament against several European youth hockey clubs.

The first game, shortly after arrival, pitted Team USA against the Milan Vipers. Suffering from severe jet lag, the USA boys couldn't match the size and speed of the Vipers, whose players ranged from 1991 to 1994 birth years. Despite falling quickly behind by four goals in the first four minutes of play, the USA club showed excellent resolve, matching the effort of the much larger and faster Milan players as the game progressed. The sixty minutes of play proved to be too much for Team USA, with the Vipers scoring several goals in the closing minutes to close out a 10-1 win. The lone goal coming off a wicked wrist shot from Derek Frawley at the top of the right circle in the second period, with assists going to TJ Lyons and Paul Hillen.

The second warm up game came against the Varese Bulldogs, another local club with players ranging in age from 1992 to 1995 birth years (some European hockey clubs use a U16 designation for their teams). Once again, Team USA found themselves outmanned by larger and faster skaters. Before the end of the first 30-minute half, the Bulldogs were comfortably on top by a 7-1 score. However, Coach Tim Hawkinson from Showcase Hockey, got the boys fired up in the locker room and they came out flying in the second half of the game. Seeming to score at will, and with stellar goaltending from Nolan Johnson, Team USA battled back to within one goal. After pulling Johnson in the last minute of the game, Team USA unleashed a fusillade of shots on the Bulldog goalie, but was unable to gain the tying goal. Despite losing 8-7, Team USA skated off the ice with head held high, realizing they could skate with the talented Europeans.

After four off-ice days of fun, Team USA was primed to leave Europe on a high yodel. In a round robin format, Team USA once again faced the host team Verese Bulldogs in the first game of the Verese Cup tournament. Team USA didn't waste any time scoring on the first shift on a quick wrister by Eric Miller. The Varese club responded quickly thereafter with four unanswered goals, as Team USA fell behind 4-1. With about three minutes remaining in the first half, Carter Lyons scored a breakaway goal with a nifty pass from Colin Kraut. A last minute goal by the Varese Bulldogs put the USA boys down 5-2 heading into the locker room. Once again, Team USA exploded early in the second half, scoring six unanswered goals to go up 8-5, with goals coming from Colin Kraut, TJ Payzant, Derek Frawley (2), Carter Lyons, Kenzi Vold and Kyle VanTassel. The Bulldogs scored two very quick late goals, but USA held on for a 8-7 win.

With about a 90-minute rest, Team USA faced off against Lugano in the championship game. Team USA struck first with TJ Payzant cashing in a rebound after a top of the circle shot by Dalton Frawley. Lugago scored eight minutes later to knot the contest at 1-1. Both teams kept the game tight with solid goaltending and physical play on both ends of the rink. It wasn't until late in the game when Derek Frawley of Team USA make some nifty center ice moves after taking a pass from TJ Lyons, breaking away from two defenders and hitting a top corner seam on a snap shot just inside the circle, putting USA up 2-1. Derek scored again with two minutes remaining, once more fed by TJ Lyons, to seal the victory and the Varese Cup Championship by a 3-1 score.

Team USA included Derek Frawley, Carter Lyons, Kenzi Vold, Kyle VanTassel, Eric Miller and TJ Payzant at the forward positions. On defense was Dalton Frawley, TJ Lyons, Paul Hillen and Colin Kraut. Manning the pipes was Nolan Johnson. The team was coached by Tim Hawkinson.

The trip of a lifetime encompassed not only a little hockey, but included 700 year old castle and cathedral tours, hiking and biking down the Swiss Alps, white water rafting a Swiss Alp mountain river, boating on beautiful Lake Como and capped off with a Swiss chocolate factory visit (yes, you could eat as much free chocolate as you wanted). Many thanks to Tim Hawkinson at Showcase Hockey™ and Brad Doshan for a well organized, top of the line hockey vacation