By Jake Serrano
After falling brief in regionals to Ohio State remaining season, Rider membership ice hockey appears to be like to select up the place they left off.
Head trainer Sean Levin stated, “I think we have a lot to prove to ourselves, to the Mid Atlantic and the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) as a whole. Rider’s ‘MO’ has always been good but never great, it’s always been they can get to that last hurdle but never over it. We’ve been close for very long.”
With key management returning to the Broncs, senior defenseman Eddie Coyne is worked up to get again within the rink.
“We have a lot to prove to ourselves,” stated Coyne. “We have the team built for nationals, it’s just about showing up every night.”
A end up it yr
With expectations prime, everybody feels they’ve one thing to end up this yr after bobbing up brief remaining season.
For junior ahead Dominick Cerceo, it’s about improving his recreation to make the staff higher. The junior is concerned with taking his management position and protection to the following degree.
In remaining yr’s common season, Cerceo led the Broncs in objectives with 21 throughout 26 video games.
Senior ahead DJ Sucher talked in regards to the staff side and the way everyone seems to be concerned with staying constant all the recreation via 3 sessions. “I have a very sour taste from our regional loss to Ohio State last year, and I think a lot of guys do, and this year we don’t want to accept anything other than winning,” Sucher stated.
Sucher totaled 22 issues in 26 contests remaining season, together with the game-winner towards Rowan that despatched the Broncs to the MAAC playoff finals.
With the remaining two weeks devoted to coaching camp, the Broncs equipped for his or her Sept. 16 scrimmage towards the Mercer Chiefs, however had been defeated 5-2.
Sucher mentioned staying comfy whilst conserving it easy. “We are hoping to build positives for next week,” Sucher stated.
Late within the second length freshman ahead Alex Blaszak scored, in addition to junior ahead CJ Perkins, to lend a hand put Rider at the board.
In the 3rd length, the scrimmage were given clear of the Broncs, who had been outscored 2-0. During the timeout, Perkins attempted to set the staff to focal point within the ultimate mins of the scrimmage. Yet, more than one consequences disrupted Rider’s technique to shut the distance.
“We have to play better, and we have to play disciplined … we’re going to learn from this,” Levin stated.
Even with the loss, Levin appreciated what he noticed. “I love our goaltending,” he stated, citing freshman goaltender Shawn Mika and junior goaltender Justin Wellman and their play all the way through the sport.
The Broncs needed to shake off the rust, however their undertaking stays the similar this season: win.
“It starts with the seniors and with myself as a grad student,” stated graduate pupil ahead TJ Evan after the scrimmage.
Evan was once an assistant captain for remaining yr’s staff and led Rider in issues with 33 in 26 video games.
Levin units a same old
Levin spoke in regards to the prime same old that he has for the staff this upcoming season. “Expectations for us this year are extremely high. We are holding ourselves accountable to get to the MACH (Mid Atlantic Collegiate Hockey) championship and win it. We expect to make it back to regionals and win that first game and beyond. Anything short of those two goals, the season is a failure … a national berth is our ultimate goal.”
With that being stated, Levin sees the promise of this staff and why they must achieve their objectives. Levin is inspired with all of the inexperienced persons so far and is worked up to peer them out at the ice.
“Offensively we have seen some great things from Alex Blaszak. Alex is a player coming to Rider after playing some Junior hockey, so he’s mature, and he approaches the game a little differently from the other players,” Levin stated.
Levin stressed out the significance of psychological preparation for this upcoming season and no longer overlooking video games at the time table. Most gamers stated to stay it easy, and that’s what Levin preaches.
“It’s a mindset when we play teams on paper that we should beat; we don’t take them lightly,” stated Levin. He mentioned how the staff must means each and every recreation love it is a playoff or regional recreation. “We have to play a complete game; we have to play structured, and we have to play selfless hockey.”
With a lot to end up this yr, the Broncs hope to have prime depth and focal point main into each and every recreation. But play apart, the staff needs the group to come back out and reinforce the squad this season.
“We have a bunch of event games this year. Last year we had pink in the rink and military night. This year we’re expanding; we have Greek night, Rider faculty and staff night, Rider hockey alumni night and we’re also having a Mercer Chiefs night … I just think the atmosphere is going to be different than the past,” Coyne stated.
Levin discussed the Broncs may also be giving again to the group with many occasions for school and scholars this yr. “Not for nothing, but we play better when we have a big crowd,” Levin stated.
The Broncs now start making ready for his or her first two video games of the season. Rider will probably be at house towards Montclair State on Sept. 23 and away towards Villanova Sept. 24.
Carolo Pascale, sports activities editor of The Rider News, works carefully with the hockey staff and had no phase within the enhancing or writing of this tale.