Syracuse ice hockey’s Allie Munroe develops quick shot after time with Team Canada

first_imgAllie Munroe donned a red and white sweater this past summer. From Aug. 17-21, Munroe skated at the visually stunning Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary, Alberta. Those replaced her orange Syracuse jersey and Tennity Ice Pavilion, respectively.Munroe, joined by 84 elite young Canadian ice hockey players, participated in Team Canada’s National Development Summer Showcase. “We got to dress in the Team Canada dressing room. You got treated like a professional there.” Munroe said. “Walking into the dressing room for the first time I was like, ‘Wow. This is where I want to be.’” For years, Munroe had started her shot with the puck on her side, using a dragging motion. Troy Ryan, an associate coach for the Canadian National Team, instead challenged her to start her shot with the puck in front of her body. This allowed Munroe to drive the puck forward with greater velocity. By using the flexibility of her stick as opposed to winding up, Munroe was able to get her shot off quicker than ever. This season with the Orange (0-3-1), Munroe has utilized her new shooting style to get more shots off. Munroe is currently tied for fifth on the team with seven shots in four games and has used her new shooting style to build on a promising freshman season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I was a sponge there,” Munroe said. “Taking things from different coaches and different players and applying them to my game here (at SU). Playing against the best players from Canada, that gives me a lot of experience.” Last year, Munroe recorded four goals and six assists. Her season culminated with being named to the All-College Hockey America Tournament team. Just more than a month after she was voted onto the team, Munroe was selected for Team Canada’s strength and conditioning camp. On July 21, Munroe started playing with the team. “Allie’s case represents that if you play hard here, you get a chance,” SU head coach Paul Flanagan said. Ryan worked close with Munroe during her time with the team. He said Munroe has a will to improve herself not seen in other players. In addition to making great strides in her strength and conditioning, Ryan specifically helped Munroe develop her new shooting technique. As Munroe began to feel comfortable with her new shot, she laughed. She was surprised no one had taught her that before. Flanagan attended the Summer Showcase and witnessed how far Munroe had come since joining the Orange last season. “A year ago Allie was saying ‘What am I doing here? This is all new,’” Flanagan said. “For her to get invited and do well, (she) understands she needs to take the next step both personally and for her team.”Flanagan personally singled out Munroe’s increased confidence in the early part of the season and has noticed her improvement. Syracuse has scored just three goals this season and needs Munroe’s improved shot to work. If her improved shot pans out, it’ll help SU recover from its poor start to the season and possibly land Munroe back at the Markin Macphail Centre. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 17, 2016 at 10:41 pm Contact Nick: nialvare@syr.edu | @nick_a_alvarezlast_img read more

Hearts progress, Inter Allies leak goals: The key stats from NC Special Week 12

first_imgHearts of Oak became the first side through to the semis of the Normalisation Committee Special Competition after week 12.Once again seven games were played across Wednesday and Thursday with none of the games ending in a draw for the second straight matchweek.One major change in this round of games, however, was the performance of the away teams, with less wins from the home sides than those playing away from familiar settings.Liberty, Elmina Sharks, Bechem United and Dreams FC’s wins away from home contributed to the most successful matchweek for away sides since the competition began.Only Ashanti Gold, Kotoko and Hearts of Oak managed to keep home fans happy by earning all three points.Goals galore17 goals were scored this matchweek with eight goals being scored by the home sides and nine going in for thehome teams.For the first time in the competition, a player scored more than two goals in a game (for the same side) and more than three in a game.Ashantigold’s Shafiu Mumuni was extremely prolific on Wednesday at both ends of the pitch.He ended the game with a hat-trick for his side while also netting an own goal in their 4-1 win over Aduana.Mumuni was the only player to score more than one goal meaning there were 14 different scorers.Despite not scoring on Wednesday, Karela’s Diawisie Taylor remains the top scorer with eight goals, one more than Kotoko’s Fatawu Safiu who also drew a blank.Karela and Hearts of Oak remain the tournament’s top goalscorers with the Phobians’ solitary strike over Karela levelling Karela’s 17-goal tally.Inter Allies have had a hard time keeping the ball out of their net in this campaign. Having let in 19 goals so far, they’ve now conceded two times the number of goals let in by Medeama.They are also one goal away from having conceded five times as many goals as Kumasi Asante Kotoko. Yeesh!The pacesettersHearts’ 1-0 win over Karela put them on 25 points which means they can’t now be caught by Liberty Professionals in third place with 19 points, with two games to play for both sides.Karela are now just two points clear of Liberty and three clear of Elmina Sharks and WAFA.Kotoko (18 points) are now just one point behind Medeama who didn’t play this week but have played the same number of games as the Kumasi club. Ashgold are a point behind Kotoko in third.MATCHDAY 12 ResultsAshantiGold 4-1 Aduana [ S. Mumuni (x3), A. Nkrumah – Shafiu Mumuni (OG) ]Inter Allies 0-2 Liberty [ G. Ansong – F. Owusu ]WAFA 0-1 Elmina Sharks [G. Amonoo ]Kotoko 1-0 Eleven Wonders [A. Ganiu]Berekum Chelsea 1-3 Bechem United [ F. Twene – K. Owusu C. Mensah, H. Avayevu]Ebusua Dwarfs 1-2 Dreams FC [S. Borquaye – S. Larbi, R. Addae]Hearts of Oak 1-0 Karela United [ C. Bonney]last_img read more