The RIT Tigers men’s hockey team takes on the Army Black Knights in a pair of Atlantic Hockey contests this Friday and Saturday nights in Ritter Arena.
RIT (2-5-0, 2-2-0 AHA) looks to extend its winning streak to three games after earning its first two wins of the season, 6-2 and 7-0, over Connecticut last weekend. Fifteen different Tigers recorded at least a point over the weekend.
Senior defensemen Alan Mazur and Dan Ringwald recorded hat tricks on back-to-back nights. Mazur tallied a team-record three power-play goals on Friday, while Ringwald became the first Tiger at the Division I level to score three consecutive goals and three goals in one period on Saturday. They are the first two Tiger defensemen to score hat tricks this year and the fourth and fifth hat tricks overall in five seasons of Division I play.
Ringwald recorded six points in the two weekend games and is just three points shy of 100 for his career. He was named the Atlantic Hockey Association and Inside College Hockey National Player of the Week. Freshman defenseman Chris Tanev was named the AHA Rookie of the Week after scoring three goals in the two wins over Connecticut.
Andrew Favot leads the Tigers in scoring with 10 points in seven games.
Army (1-4-2, 0-1-1 AHA) comes into this weekend’s contests on a roll, having tied Colgate, 4-4 on Friday and securing its first win of the year, 2-1 at RPI on Saturday. Cody Omilusik leads the team in scoring with four goals and four assists for eight points in seven games this season. Jay Clark has seen most of the time in net this season for Army. He is 1-3-1 with a 3.78 goals against average and .892 save percentage in five contests.
RIT went 2-1-1 against the Black Knights last season and leads the all-time series between the two schools 3-2-3. RIT is 1-1-2 against Army at Ritter Arena. Last season, Army won 5-3 on Nov. 14, while the Tigers responded with a 6-3 victory the following night. At West Point, RIT defeated the Black Knights 3-2 on Feb. 20, while the two teams skated to a 1-1 tie the following evening.
Tickets are available for this weekend’s games at the Gordon Field House and Activities Center Box Office or by phone at 585-475-4121. Fans can also purchase tickets via ticketmaster.com. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for RIT faculty, staff and alumni, and $5 for students with ID. Reserved seats, in section 100, cost $12 for adults, $10 for RIT faculty, staff and alumni, and $7 for students.
Both games will be aired live on Time Warner Cable Sports channel 26, with Gene Battaglia and John Ditullio calling the action. Games also can be heard on WITR-FM (89.7). WITR will host tailgating parties prior to each game, 3:30–6:45 p.m., in D Lot.
M & T Bank is sponsoring Friday’s contest, while Salvatore’s Pizza will sponsor Saturday’s game.