In her three seasons as head coach for the Buffalo State women's hockey team, Candice Moxley has transformed the program. The ECAC Women's West conference recognized as much when they named her Coach of the Year.
Buffalo State shattered the school record for wins, finishing the regular season at 18-7-0 and taking the No. 4 seed in the ECAC West playoffs with a 12-6-0 conference mark. The previous best for wins in a season? Eleven back in 2000-01. Consider also that when Moxley took over the program, it won just 13 games combined in the previous two seasons. Now, the Bengals are making their third straight playoff appearance.
The players who helped achieve the turnaround are getting conference nods as well. Sophomore goaltender Justine Silva was named second team and Co-Defensive Player of the Year while sophomore forward Erin Gehen earned honorable mention.
Silva set a school record with 16 wins and is on pace to set season-best program marks in goals against average (1.57) and save percentage (.945).
Gehen, a native of West Seneca, leads the Bengals in scoring with 17 goals and 27 points. Her five short-handed goals are tops in the nation. In two seasons with Buffalo State she already ranks sixth in school history with 48 points (24 goals, 24 assists) in 50 career games.
The Bengals have another historic moment on Saturday when they host a playoff game for the first time. They will face No. 5 Oswego at 3 p.m. in the Buffalo State Ice Arena.