The RIT Tigers men’s hockey team had two in conference games at Holy Cross last weekend. Ken MacLean, freshman goalie, got the start Friday night. At this point in time RIT might as well try anything to get them some type of jumpstart or momentum. Unfortunately, it did not go so well for MacLean in his first collegiate start for RIT. The Tigers lost 7-3 Friday night at Holy Cross. Josh Watson got the start in goal on Saturday night, as the Tigers skated to a 3-3 tie.
RIT is 2-7-2 overall this season and 1-4-2 in the Atlantic Hockey Association. At this point in time we are over 10 games into the season, pretty much a third through the schedule and the Tigers are in 8th place in the conference standings. It is officially a down season. Honestly, it was a matter of time before the team had one of these seasons. It is very important for the guys to keep giving maximum effort every second of every game. The Tigers need to keep playing hard for the whole season and do the work to make improvements each and every practice and game.
Once the playoffs begin anything can happen. The team that makes the run in the conference tournament is usually the team that rides a hot goalie through the tournament. I am not sure if that is a positive for RIT based on our defense and goalie play this year, but anything can happen in a short playoff series or in an elimination game. RIT will likely play their first conference series away from the Ritter this year. I don’t see them being able to get to the top four in the conference this season.
RIT will host Clarkson University at the Ritter this weekend for a Friday night game. The Tigers are 0-4 at home this year, which is very surprising. The Rochester community has shown their support for this team as the game was a sell out early in the week. That is some serious fan support considering the students are on break and traditionally the games on this weekend are not sell outs. Clarkson University has seen some down years as of late, but they are more competitive this season despite their 2-5-4 record. I expect this game to be a tightly contested battle. RIT played with more desire last weekend, despite only getting one point at Holy Cross. I believe RIT wants this win more and posts their first home win of the season tonight.
LAST WEEK’S PREDICTION RECORD: 1-0-1 (1.000)
THIS WEEK’S PREDICTION:
RIT over Clarkson at Ritter Arena
SEASON PREDICTION RECORD: 3-4-2 (.429)