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RIT Men's Hockey

Matt Garver on Friday, 30 January 2009. Posted in Athletics

During this time of year I have a crazy amount of applications to read, spring travel planning, amongst other responsibilities.  However, I always have some time to get everyone up to date on the RIT Men’s Hockey team.  There is quite a bit going on right now, like a seriously long winning streak, two new additions to the Atlantic Hockey Association next year, and Hobey Baker updates.  Let’s get started!


I began my blog year in pretty bold fashion; claiming that the hockey team would win at least 20 games and make their first NCAA appearance.  I have to admit, after a 5-9-1 start to the season I was beginning to wonder if I even knew anything about hockey anymore!  Thankfully, I do apparently know what I am talking about when it comes to pucks, skates, and ice.  The RIT Men’s Hockey Team has rattled off 11 straight wins to push their record to 16-9-1.  They are 15-4-1 in league play, putting them on top of the conference, and are ranked 23rd in the nation.  Air Force does have one less loss and two games in hand on the Tigers though.  The good news; Air Force has to come out to the Ritter Arena for the last two conference games of the season.  Another bold prediction, that weekend will decide the conference regular season title.  The Tigers will try to push their win streak to 12 games tonight when they face off against the US Under 18 Team at Blue Cross Arena.


In other news, the Atlantic Hockey Association will add two teams to the conference in Niagara University and Robert Morris.  They will be affiliate members next year and will become full time members beginning in the 2010-2011 season.  I think it would be safe to say that we will have quite a rivalry with Niagara considering the proximity of the two schools.  Niagara and Robert Morris are joining the AHA from the 4 team CHA conference.  The WCHA has lifted their moratorium, paving the way for Bemidji State to apply to join the conference.  That leaves Alabama-Huntsville from the CHA without a conference.  They could apply to the WCHA as well, they could dissolve.  At this point I have not heard word on the future of that program. 

RIT forward Jesse Newman and defenseman Dan Ringwald are on the fan’s ballot for the 2009 Hobey Baker Award.  The fan vote will account for 1% of the total ballot.  The fan vote will conclude on March 20th; here is the link to place your vote Click here for fan balloting information.  

After losing a Hobey Baker Finalist from last season in Simon Lambert and the teams leading goal scorer in Matt Smith, the team has progressed greatly since early season.  Coach Wayne Wilson has the guys clicking at just the right time, further proving that he has an uncanny ability to put a group of guys together that are going to work as a team, while putting aside personal aspirations for the good of the whole program.  Those folks reading this within the Rochester area; go check out the game tonight, puck drops at 7:05 at the Blue Cross Arena.