If you were in attendance at the RIT men’s hockey game against Canisius on Saturday evening, something happened that has not occured at the Ritter in years. People who were there saw the melee and many were shocked. It’s not every day you see an opposing player come out of the penalty box to join a scrum, and it is not a common occurance to see both goalies duking it out as was the case with 7:27 left in the final period. How it started, why it happened, that’s left to those on the ice. From a fan’s perspective, you were probably either mortified, or giddy.
RIT (14-11-4, 12-8-4 Atlantic Hockey Association) split the weekend series against Canisius, winning 4-1 after the 251 penalty minutes were handed out on Saturday and losing 5-4 on Sunday. Senior Matt Smith became the 45th player in the history of the RIT men’s hockey program to hit the 100-point plateau, with three goals and an assist on the weekend. Smith leads RIT with 19 goals and is third in the nation with 11 power-play goals. Sophomore defenseman Dan Ringwald had six points over the weekend, on a goal and four assists. He became the first Tiger to record four assists in a game this season on Sunday. Ringwald leads RIT with 25 assists and is the national leader in assists by a defenseman.
The Tigers are back in action on Saturday against the Niagara University Purple Eagles at Ritter Arena on Saturday, February 16 at 7:05 p.m. It is the lone match-up of the season between the non-conference rivals.
RIT’s women’s hockey team (15-6-0, 9-3-0 ECAC West), fifth in the nation, fired 156 shots on goal in the two weekend wins at Chatham. The 156 shots are a team record for shots in consecutive games, while the 81 shots on Sunday are a team record, as well as 34 shots on goal in the second period. The Tigers have four games remaining, all in ECAC West play. This weekend, the Tigers host SUNY Cortland. On Saturday, RIT will honor seniors Isabelle Richard and Sarah Wilson. Richard needs three points to pass three-time AHCA All-American and current RIT assistant coach Jen Gorczynski for third place on the all-time point scoring list at RIT. Richard needs six assists for second.
RIT’s men’s basketball team (12-9, 6-6 Empire 8) had a 2-0 week, winning at Alfred, and celebrating senior day with an 81-66 win over Utica. This week, the Tigers have conference home games against St. John Fisher and Hartwick. The game on Tuesday is huge, as St. John Fisher stands in RIT’s way on the way to an Empire 8 postseason berth.
On the women’s side, the Tigers (9-11, 4-8 Empire 8) won both of their games this weekend to have a slight chance at making the Empire 8 playoffs. Brianna O’Dell was named the RIT Female Athlete and Empire 8 Rookie of the Week for her efforts in the wins over Alfred and Utica.
On Tuesday, the RIT Student Athlete Advisory Committee will present a $4,000 check to Camp Good Days and Special Times at halftime of the men’s basketball game. It should be a fun-filled night, with several other great reasons to be in attendance at both the men’s and women’s contests.
Both the men’s and women’s track and field teams placed second at the 2008 Empire 8 indoor Track and Field Championships hosted at the Gordon Field House. On the women’s side, LaKeisha Perez and Jamie Morey garnered Empire 8 Track and Field Athletes of the meet, respectively. The men had a solid overall performance.
Junior Luke Baum of the wrestling squad is one win shy of becoming the third wrestler in the history of the RIT wrestling program to reach 100 wins. He currently has a 99-35 record and is 31-9 in 2007-08. Baum has the school record for wins in a season, with 38 in 2005-06. He wrestles at 141 lbs. Senior Nate Bachmann (157) has 97 career wins and is 29-9 this season. Sophomore Mike McInally is 27-3 at 125 lbs. this season. The Tigers are back in action on Saturday, at the Case Western Duals in Cleveland.
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