Men’s hockey receives Sacred Heart in a rescheduled competition on Tuesday

NOTE: Fans attending the game on Tuesday will be reminded of RIT’s updated spectator guidelines

ROCHESTER, NY – The RIT men’s hockey team steps on the ice for the first time in 30 days, hosting Sacred Heart in a street game on Tuesday that was postponed from Jan. 1 due to COVID protocol. The Tigers open in 2022 after playing two home games against the Army in 2021, 6-0 and 4-3, on May 11th-12th. December, while the pioneers are closed on Friday (L, 5-4 OT) and Saturday (W, 2-1).

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RIT had a four-game winning streak during its only games in December that resulted in consecutive losses to the Army. The Tigers gave up individual goals in the first and second periods before a third period with four goals led the Black Knights to a 6-0 win in the opener. On the following day, RIT kept a 3-2 in the last 10 minutes of the rules with two goals from the senior striker Will Calverley and a second forward Cody Laskoskybut Army leveled the game with 7:27 remaining in regulation and netted the game winner with 1:20 remaining to complete the comeback.

After RIT had only scored one power play goal in the first eight games of the 2021/22 season, RIT has scored at least one power play goal in nine of the last 12 games, including a season high three in the 5-4 win at Princeton (26. November). Four of the senior strikers will CalverleyThe team-leading 11 goals were scored in the power play.

Senior striker Jake Hamacher had a three-game goal scoring streak against the Army. His OT game winner in the 1-0 win at Princeton (November 27) was his 92nd career point in Atlantic Hockey. He also ranks second for the Tigers with 38 career goals (behind Calverley’s 41) while his 54 assists rank only behind the senior defender Dan Willettis 69.

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Novice forward Carter Wilkie was voted Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Month in both November and December. Named league rookie of the week five times this season, including three in November, Wilkie currently ranks 19th in Atlantic Hockey with 13 points and 10th with six goals. His three game-winning goals were the seventh highest total in the nation to start the week while he was also 15th among the nation’s newcomers in terms of goals and 16th Wilkie was credited with the game-winning goal in overtime and supported that Match-binding goal in RIT’s 3-2 win at AIC (November 7th). . 19). He also scored the goal to win over overtime in the Tigers’ 3-2 win over Notre Dame (October 21).

Head coach Wayne Wilson became the 49th NCAA hockey coach to hit the 400-victory plateau with the 1-0 OT win at Princeton last month. Wilson ranks 16th among active coaches with a record of 400-279-75 for the past 23 seasons – all on the tiger bench. As the only coach in NCAA history to win the Spencer Penrose (D1 National COY, 2001) and Sid Watson (D3 National COY, 2010), he achieved a 116- in six Division III campaigns (1999-2005) The 31-12 mark owns a record of 284-246-63 in 17 Division-I seasons.

RIT will be closely monitoring the NCAA convention this January. Division III members will vote on a proposal to allow cross-cutting sports programs to award sports scholarships. Ten Division III programs currently sponsor at least one Division I sport, but RIT is one in five incapable of enforcing all Division I laws, including Statute 15 (Grant), which dates back to a 2004 derogation that persisted in the existing programs. RIT, Union (men’s and women’s hockey), Hobart (men’s lacrosse), Franklin & Marshall (wrestling), and MIT (rowing) are likely to offer scholarships to their student-athletes if the proposal is accepted. The legislation is already supported by the Division III Presidential Council, the National Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and the Faculty Athletic Rep (FAR) Advisory Group.

Senior striker Will Calverley is 20th nationwide and first in Atlantic Hockey with 11 goals. The Atlantic Hockey-West Co-Player of the Year and Best Defensive Forward finished the season fourth in the nation and first in Atlantic Hockey with 1.39 points per game while he was first in the league and with 25 points 12 goals took second place. Calverley was named the preseason All-Atlantic hockey pick that year and currently has 80 career points on 43 goals and 37 assists in 105 career games.

Senior Dan Willett was named Atlantic Hockey Defensive Player of the Week on November 29, after engaging in RIT’s Princeton Sweep. Willet was also named Atlantic Hockey Defensive Player of the Month for October and currently ranks fourth in the nation with 47 saved shots. He beat a season high seven in the Tigers 2-1 win over St. Lawrence (Oct. 16) before three consecutive four-block appearances, including the Tigers 3-2 TDC street disorder of No. 13 Notre Dame (Oct 21). Willett was honored at all first-team conferences last season after leading RIT and finishing 12th in Atlantic Hockey with 30 blocked shots. With 14 assists he also took first place in the team and was fourth with 18 points. The 2021-22 preseason All-Atlantic Hockey Honors currently tops all Tiger returnees with 69 career assists, while finishing second with 79 career points in 146 games over the past five seasons.

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