It's already playoff time for women's college hockey while the men are rolling full steam into the postseason. With that we offer a quick look at a few Western New Yorkers having solid campaigns this season:
It's been quite a sophomore season for the Eden native. He shares the team scoring lead with 25 points (eight goals and 17 assists) besting his frsshman year performance when he finished with 22 points. Of thos 25 points this season, 20 have come in Bulldogs' wins. Iafallo, on the initial ballot for the Hobey Baker Award, was also voted program's fan favorite.
The Bulldogs have been nationally-ranked all season and are 19-12-3 overall and 11-8-3 in NCHC play. They end the regular season Mach 6-7 at Western Michigan before beginning the NCHC Playoffs. All teams make the best-of-three quarterfinal round played on campus sites with winners advancing to the Frozen Faceoff in Minneapolis, March 20-21.
She may be the best defensman to come out of Buffalo regardless of gender, at least in recent years. The senior from Getzville and an alum of Nichols, Pfalzer became the first defender for Boston College to reach 100 career points. She hit the mark on Saturday with a power play goal in an 8-0 win over Providence in the Hockey East quarterfinals. Pfalzer added an assist on the final goal to give her 101 career points heading into the Hockey East semifinals.
It's been nearly a dream senior season for Pfalzer. Her BC Eagles are ranked No. 1 in the country and have the inside track to getting to the program's first national championship game. In that run, she was named to the final roster for Team USA for the Women's World Championships later this month in Sweden.
The sophomore forward, a West Seneca native and sixth-round draft choice of the Sabres in 2013, has struggled with injury this year. He missed the first 10 games with an undisclosed injury and suffered another injury during the season. He has played just 13 of Harvard's 29 games, but he's a force when he's in the lineup with six goals and seven assists for 13 points in 13 games. The Crimson are 15-11-3 overall and finished 11-8-2 in the ECAC. With the sixth seed they host Brown in the best-of-three first-round series March 6-8.
It's been a difficult season for the defending national champion Union Dutchmen, and it's taken the freshman half a season to find his footing in college hockey. DeSimone, an East Amherst native and Buffalo Jr. Sabres alum, has seven of his nine points in 2015 including a pair of multi-point games. He scored his first collegiate goal Jan. 24 against Rensselaer. At 16-16-2 overeall, Union enters the first round of the ECAC playoffs as the 10th seed palying at Cornell March 6-8.
The freshman has worked his way into the Buckeyes lineup, playing in 27 games. The East Amherst native has 14 points (two goals, 12 assists) in his rookie campaign. Ohio State is 6-10-0 in Big Ten play and 11-17-2 overall.