July 23, 2014
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Busy holiday weekend in store for RIT Athletics Sports

While most people in the area will be standing in lines amongst thousands of strangers, trying to get that flat-screen TV for $10 less than you could online, the RIT hockey teams will be on the ice, preparing for a very busy weekend.

The men host Atlantic Hockey rival Sacred Heart on Friday and Saturday, while the women face their stiffest test of the season to date, with a pair of games against two-time defending national champion, No. 1 Amherst on Saturday and Sunday. If that’s not enough action, the RIT women’s hoops squad hosts Penn State Behrend at Clark Gym at 2 p.m Saturday afternoon.

The most intriguing part of the weekend will be how the women’s skaters fare against the Lord Jeffs of Amherst. The Tigers are off to a tremendous 8-0-0 start, out-scoring their opponents, 51-7. They already have a quality win over 2010 National Runner-up, No. 4 Norwich, which is already one more win than they had last season against ranked opponents. Head Coach Scott McDonald is receiving big contributions from his top-three forward lines, as each unit has combined for at least 30 points. Five Tigers already have at least 10 points, while four more are averaging at least a point per game. The stingy Tiger defense has allowed just 15.4 shots per game, and only seven goals. In net, freshman Laura Chamberlain already has three shutouts in six games.

On the men’s side, the Tigers face a reeling Sacred Heart team, who just eight months ago, was a win away from the NCAA Tournament (which was ended by RIT). This season, the Pioneers are 1-8-3, and have allowed 61 goals. RIT has a nine-game winning streak at Ritter Arena dating back to last season. In addition, it is RIT’s Youth Hockey weekend. Any youth hockey player in eighth grade or below who wears his or her jersey to the games, will get in for free.

Saturday is a Tiger sport’s fan’s dream, with women’s hockey and women’s basketball underway at 2 p.m., and men’s hockey right after at 7:05 p.m. Come on out and escape the madness of the holiday shopping season with what looks to be an exciting weekend at RIT.

 

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