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RIT Men's Hockey Weekend

Matt Garver on Friday, 01 February 2013. Posted in Athletics

RIT Hockey had a good weekend against Niagara last weekend. The game Friday night ended in a tie, with RIT challenging 17th ranked Niagara to the very end of the overtime. Saturday night was a different story with Niagara scoring plenty of goals on RIT goalie Josh Watson, who was pulled for Jordan Ruby. Niagara won the game at Dwyer Arena.

My picks were dead on last weekend. I don’t usually predict ties because the chances of getting it right are much less but I had a vibe that RIT would get a tie and a loss. There have been several tie games in the series against Niagara so I gave it a shot and hit it right on. After getting both picks correct last weekend I am back over .500 on my picks this year at 10-8-4.

This weekend is another important weekend for the Tigers as UCONN comes to the Ritter for two games. The two teams are neck and neck in the conference standings; UCONN is up one point and one win on the Tigers in Atlantic Hockey. RIT has to sweep this weekend if they want to stay in the hunt for a home playoff series come postseason. Robert Morris is right behind RIT and they have two against Sacred Heart. I am going to go out on a limb and say that Robert Morris sweeps that weekend series. Sacred Heart is winless on the season.

UCONN has gone through a coaching retirement this season and also has a goalie battle between the pipes. This is not an easy task for an interim coach, especially when both goalies are seniors. Matt Grogan has the better numbers in goal for UCONN so I expect him to start tonight in both teams most pivotal game of the season to date. RIT has a goalie situation too, they are not very good. Watson seems to have some confidence issues when things are not going his way. Ruby has simply not panned out for RIT. I am curious who the coaching staff will call on tonight in net for RIT. Regardless, RIT needs to win both of these games no matter who is in goal. I have the Tigers in a sweep against UCONN.