Tiger hockey advances to NCAA Division I tournaments

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Bryan Bennett

Junior forward Josh Mitchell hoists the Atlantic Hockey Championship trophy after RIT’s 5-1 victory March 21 over Mercyhurst.

For the first time in RIT history, the men’s and women’s hockey teams advanced to the NCAA Division I tournament in the same season. The women’s team made history by winning the College Hockey America Championship on March 7 for the second consecutive season, earning their first trip to the NCAA Tournament since moving to Division I in 2012. The Tigers lost in the national quarterfinals to the University of Minnesota, who would eventually capture the national championship.

The men’s team advanced to their second NCAA Tournament as a Division I program, earning an automatic berth after winning the Atlantic Hockey Championship on March 21. The Tigers played at University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., for the NCAA Midwest Regional, where at press time, they were scheduled to play top-seeded Minnesota State University on March 28. Other teams in the regional finals included University of Nebraska Omaha and Harvard University. The Midwest Regional winner advanced to the NCAA Frozen Four April 9 and 11 at TD Garden in Boston.