Men’s Hockey heads to Air Force for Atlantic Hockey set

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The RIT males’s hockey groups heads to Colorado for an Atlantic Hockey doubleheader at Air Force, Thursday (9:05 PM EST) and Friday (9:05 PM EST). The Tigers glance to prolong their three-game profitable streak following an 8-5 win over Union final Saturday in the once a year Brick City recreation performed at Blue Cross Arena in downtown Rochester, whilst Air Force cut up two video games at Lindenwood final Friday and Saturday.
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Friday’s recreation at Air Force might be broadcast on Altitude Sports, the tv community of the NBA’s Denver Nuggets and NHL’s Colorado Avalanche. Altitude is to be had on DIRECTV, DIRECTV Stream and more than one native cable suppliers all the way through a 10-state area that incorporates, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, South Dakota, Wyoming and Utah.
RIT first-year ahead Tyler Mahan logged 3 objectives – all his first in a Tiger uniform – in final Saturday’s 8-5 victory over Union. Mahan’s first collegiate target opened the scoring with 10:17 left within the first duration earlier than sophomore ahead Tanner Andrew made it a 2-0 RIT lead with 5:30 left within the duration. The Tigers opened a 4-0 lead on a power-play target by way of sophomore ahead Carter Wilkie 50 seconds into the second one duration adopted by way of Mahan’s moment target 1:20 later. Union made it a 4-2 recreation simply over 4 mins later with two objectives in a 32-second span, however Tiger senior defenseman Gianfranco Cassaro and first-year ahead Simon Isabelle later tallied in a 27-second  span to push RIT again to a 6-2 lead with 5:40 left within the perod. Union made it a 6-4 recreation with a power-play target with 2:57 left within the duration and and an even-strenght tally with 13:40 left within the 1/3, however an empty-net target by way of Mahan with 3:34 at the clock and a power-play target by way of senior ahead Caleb Moretz with 1:49 final put the sport out of succeed in. Sophomore goaltender Tommy Scarfone made 27 saves to keep the win.
First-year ahead Tyler Mahan used to be named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week after logging the primary RIT hat-trick since Will Calverley scored 3 objectives in a 6-4 victory over visiting Mercyhurst on Jan. 28, 2021. He additionally registered the primary three-goal efficiency by way of an RIT first-year participant since Andrew Rinaldi netted 3 in a 7-4 win over visiting Holy Cross on Nov. 1, 2019.
RIT’S 8-5 win over Union used to be its absolute best scoring output since incomes an 8-5 victory over No. 9 Clarkson on the Gene Polisseni Center on Nov. 27, 2020.
RIT earned its first Division I-era win over Union with final Saturday’s 8-5 victory after going 0-7-1 of their first 8 conferences, together with a 4-3 highway setback on Oct. 1 to open this season.
Through 4 video games, 15 RIT gamers have scored no less than one level, together with 12 with mutliple issues. Additionally, 11 of the 15 gamers had been credited with no less than one blocked shot.
RIT recently ranks fourth nationally and primary in Atlantic Hockey with 4.50 objectives in line with recreation. The Tigers also are fourth/first with a .333 power-play proportion, changing 4 of 12 extra-man alternatives.
RIT has scored 18 objectives thru its first 4 video games this season – the absolute best four-game overall to get started a marketing campaign all through the Division I period. The Tigers totaled 17 objectives over its first 4 video games of the 2020-21 season.
Junior defenseman Aiden Hansen-Bukata completed the Union recreation with a career-high 3 issues – all assists. Last week’s Atlantic Hockey Defensive Player of the Week recently leads the Tigers with six issues after additionally notching a game-winning target and two assists all through RIT’s Army sweep two weekends in the past. He additionally leads RIT with 10 blocked photographs.
Junior ahead Cody Laskosky has scored some extent in all 4 video games to get started the season, scoring a target within the Union loss and including an help in all 3 video games since.
Senior defenseman Gianfranco Cassaro notched his moment target in as many video games within the Union win after additionally scoring within the 4-1 win over Army (Oct. 8). Also credited with an help in Saturday’s win, in addition to within the 3-2 win over Army (Oct. 7), he’s tied for first for the Tigers with 4 issues on two objectives and two assists.
Senior defenseman Ryan Nicholson completed with two assists within the Union win for his fourth-career multi-point recreation and primary since a two-assist time out in a 5-1 win over visiting Sacred Heart on Feb. 1, 2022.
Senior ahead Elijah Gonsalves totaled two assists for his moment multi-point recreation of the season after additionally logging a target and an help within the 3-2 win over Army (Oct. 7).
Tiger sophomore Evan Miller used to be named the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week on Oct. 3 after notching his first collegiate target and multi-point recreation within the Union opener. Miller neglected all however two video games final season due to damage, notching an help in his collegiate debut all through RIT’s season-opening 5-2 loss at Colgate (Oct. 2) and likewise performed within the Tigers’ 3-2 dissatisfied at Notre Dame (Oct. 21).
Before the hole loss to Union, RIT hadn’t misplaced a recreation when main after two sessions since falling to Holy Cross on Jan. 31, 2020, letting a 3-2 lead after 40 mins slip away in a 4-3 setback. The Tigers additionally hadn’t misplaced a recreation when main by way of two or extra objectives since giving up a 2-0 lead to Long Island University in a 4-3 loss on Dec. 11, 2020. RIT completed 10-0-1 final season when retaining a lead after two sessions and used to be additionally 12-1-1 when scoring first.
RIT is taking part in the sixtieth males’s hockey season in program historical past. After beginning as an unofficial membership for two years, the workforce used to be given the cheap of $1,113.20 for the 1961-62 season and named James E. Musker the primary head trainer. RIT performed a 14-game season (all on house ice on the former Rochester War Memorial) with a workforce at the start created from over 45 contributors and, with the brand new NCAA laws, used to be required to acquire helmets for the workforce at a value of $62.50. Men’s hockey later become an intercollegiate recreation at RIT in 1964.
Atlantic Hockey could also be celebrating its twentieth season in 2022-23. Entering its seventeenth season within the league, RIT is within the hunt for its fourth convention name and primary since profitable back-to-back crowns in 2015 and 2016. The Tigers received their first AHA Championship in 2010, earlier than turning into the league’s first (and nonetheless simplest) member to advance to the NCAA Frozen Four. RIT completed atop the 2006-07 steady season standings all through its first season within the AHA, however used to be no longer eligible for postseason play.
Head Coach Wayne Wilson become the forty ninth NCAA males’s hockey trainer to hit the 400-win plateau with the 1-0 OT win at Princeton (Nov. 27) final season. Wilson recently ranks 9th amongst lively coaches with a 412-291-77 list the final 24 seasons – all at the Tiger bench. The simplest trainer in NCAA historical past to win the Spencer Penrose (D1 National COY, 2001) and the Sid Watson (D3 National COY, 2010), he totaled a 116-31-12 mark in six Division III campaigns (1999-2005) and owns a 296-260-65 list all through 18 Division-I seasons.
Sophomore ahead Carter Wilkie used to be named the Atlantic Hockey Co-Preseason Player of the Year and a member of the Preseason All-Atlantic Hockey Team. Wilkie returns after main the Tigers with 30 issues and 17 assists, whilst completing moment with 13 objectives all through his first season in Orange and Black. He additionally tied for moment within the country with six game-winning objectives, and become simply the 5th Division I participant in over 10 years to notch 3 time beyond regulation game-winning tallies. The 2022 Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Year and an AHA All-Rookie Team honoree, Wilkie landed seven convention Rookie of the Week honors a season in the past, and used to be additionally named the league’s Rookie of the Month on 3 events.
Sophomore goaltender Tommy Scarfone joined Wilkie at the AHA All-Rookie Team final wintry weather. He completed fourth within the convention with a 2.46 objectives in opposition to moderate in addition to a .919 save proportion en course to an 8-9-1 list. Starting the overall 11 video games of the season, he tied a profession excessive with 39 saves within the Tigers’ 1-0 shutout of Sacred Heart within the opening recreation of the AHA Quarterfinals for his 8th 30-plus save time out of the season. He additionally logged 33 saves on 3 different events all through the run, together with the 4-4 tie with AIC (Feb. 5) in addition to within the 4-2 win at Niagara (Feb. 18) en course to Atlantic Hockey Goaltender of the Week honors. Scarfone closed the steady season with 33 saves within the Tigers’ 1-0 OT setback at Air power (Feb. 26).
A suggestion used to be handed final January on the NCAA Convention all through the Division III Business assembly which is able to permit RIT to be offering scholarships to its Division I males’s and ladies’s hockey student-athletes. Multi-divisional intercollegiate athletic methods like RIT, which sponsors 22 Division III groups at the side of two Division I hockey groups, had been up to now no longer allowed to follow all Division I regulation to its Division I groups, together with the shortcoming to award athletic grant-in-aid to its gamers in keeping with a 2004 bylaw. However, with the vote overwhelmingly passing by way of a 388-18-39 margin, the Tigers might be at the identical footing as the remainder of its friends around the nation with a complete 18 scholarships to be had to every hockey workforce.
RIT graduated 3 of final season’s top-five scorers, together with Will Calverley, Dan Willett and Jake Hamacher. A Hobey Baker nominee and 2021 second-team All-American, Calverley led the Tigers with 15 objectives and used to be moment with 27 issues en course to his second-straight First-Team All-Atlantic Hockey award. Hamacher used to be 1/3 with 21 issues (9 objectives, 12 assists) and tied for tenth in D1-era historical past with 106 issues (43 objectives, 63 assists). Willett completed moment with 13 assists and 5th with 18 issues whilst rating fourth nationally with 91 blocked photographs. Willett and Hamacher additionally completed first and moment in program historical past with 166 and 165 video games performed, respectively.
Fifth-year Kobe Walker returns after completing moment for the 2021-22 Tigers with 11 objectives, together with 3 power-play tallies, two game-winners and two short-handed ratings. In 29 appearances, the top-line proper winger’s 19 issues ranked fourth at the squad, whilst his 8 assists tied for the sixth-highest overall at the workforce. A 3-time Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team member, Walker entered the season with 111 appearances in an RIT sweater at the side of 56 profession issues on 28 objectives and 28 assists.
Fifth-year Spencer Berry is again for his ultimate season after completing 2021-22 as one in every of 3 Tiger defenseman who seemed in all 38 video games all through the season, completing moment at the workforce with 52 blocked photographs to move at the side of 3 assists. A four-time Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team honoree, he returned this season with 88 video games performed and 10 profession issues (all assists).
Fifth-year Andrew Petrucci performed 35 video games final season, notching a target and an help. The hard-nosed fourth-line centerman entered the season with 104 video games all through his RIT profession, compiling 15 issues on 8 objectives and 7 assists. He could also be a four-time Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team honoree.
Senior Elijah Gonsalves returned with 70 profession video games and 52 issues on 20 objectives and 32 assists. The 2019-20 Atlantic Hockey All-Rookie Team honoree scored higher than 20 issues his first two seasons and appears to jump again after having his season reduce brief due to damage after 15 appearances final 12 months. Gonsalves is a two-time Atlantic All-Academic Team honoree and used to be an AHCA All-American Scholar in 2020-21.
Senior Caleb Moretz entered the season with 40 issues in 89 profession appearances the final 3 seasons, together with a target and 5 assists taking part in all 38 video games final wintry weather. He used to be 1/3 at the workforce with 244 face-off wins and moment with a 52.7 face-off win proportion. A 3-time AHCA All-American Scholar and Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team member, Moretz additionally completed moment amongst forwards at the workforce with 24 blocked photographs.
Atlantic Hockey followed a brand new structure for its 2022-23 postseason match — simplest the top-eight of the league’s 10 groups within the ultimate regular-season standings will qualify for the playoffs and all 3 rounds might be hosted on campus websites. The top-seed will host the 8th seed, the second-seed will host the 7th seed, and so on. within the best-of-three quarterfinals (Mar. 3-5), earlier than the 2 absolute best final seeds host the 2 lowest final seeds within the best-of-three semifinals (Mar. 10-12). The absolute best final seed will then host the championship recreation (Mar. 18) with the winner incomes an automated bid to the NCAA Tournament.
RIT completed the 2021-22 season with a 6-1-4 list in 11 time beyond regulation video games, together with a 1-0 win over Sacred Heart within the Atlantic Hockey Tournament Semifinal opener.
RIT’s used to be 16-4-3 a season in the past when retaining warring parties to 3 objectives or much less, together with an 14-3-1 mark when retaining warring parties underneath 3 objectives.

RIT used to be credited with the quickest consecutive objectives by way of the similar workforce in over 24 years on the finish of its 4-2 win at Niagara (Feb. 18) final season. Carter Wilkie broke a 2-2 tie with 10.4 seconds left in legislation earlier than Will Calverley used to be credited with a target with 6.9 at the clock after the Purple Eagles received the following draw at once again into their very own empty web. According to the NCAA list e book, RIT tied the fourth-fastest pair of objectives ever scored by way of the similar workforce, matching UMass-Lowell’s Randy LeBrasseur and Bill Dohaney’s feat in opposition to Minnesota on Jan. 3, 1987. The Tiger objectives had been additionally the fastest since Nebraska-Omaha’s Andrew Tortorella and Jason Cupp scored in a three-second span reverse Denver on Nov. 15, 1997. New Hampshire’s John Gray scored two times in a three-second span as opposed to Colgate on Feb. 6, 1971 for the quickest consecutive objectives scored by way of the similar participant, whilst Colorado College’s Tony Frasca and Omer Brandt hang the all time list with objectives in a two-second span in opposition to Michigan Tech on Feb. 1, 1962.
Former Tigers standout Shane Madolora is again for his moment season with this system as Volunteer Goalie Coach. The 2012 graduate stays the Division I-era program chief with a .932 save proportion, which is tied for tenth in NCAA historical past. He could also be tops with a 1.97 objectives in opposition to moderate, which stays tied for twentieth within the NCAA list e book. Madolora established single-season program information as a junior which nonetheless stand, main the country with a .935 save proportion to move at the side of a stingy 1.93. GAA on his manner to Inside College Hockey Second-Team All-America honors and Atlantic Hockey Goaltender of the Year popularity. The following 12 months, he tied his personal list with a 1.93 GAA to move at the side of a .931 save proportion whilst tying for first nationally with a program-record seven shutouts. Madolora stays first in Tiger historical past (and tied for twenty first in NCAA historical past) with 13 profession shutouts, in addition to fourth with 1,727 saves, 5th with 36 wins, and tied for 5th with 65 appearances. His 18-9-5 list all through the 2011-12 marketing campaign tied for the second-highest single-season win overall by way of a Tiger, finishing his RIT profession with a 36-14-2 list.
Five gamers are skating with letters on their sweaters all through the 2022-23 season. Fifth-years Kobe Walker and Andrew Petrucci had been increased to co-captains after serving as change captains a season in the past, whilst seniors Spencer Berry, Elijah Gonsalves and Caleb Moretz had been named change captains.
Former RIT standout defenseman Chris Tanev enters his 14th season within the NHL, spending his first 11 with the Vancouver Canucks earlier than signing a unfastened agent contract with the Calgary Flames prior to the 2020-21 season. Voted the 2010 AHA Rookie of the Year, Tanev made his NHL debut on Jan. 18, 2011, turning into the primary RIT participant to seem in an NHL contest. Entering the 2022-23 season, he has performed in 652 NHL video games with 30 objectives and 128 assists for 158 profession issues. He received a gold medal with Team Canada on the 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships and used to be named a finalist for the NHL’s Masterson Trophy for perseverance, sportsmanship and determination to hockey. Tanev tallied 28 issues (10-18-28) and used to be plus-33 in 41 video games for RIT in 2009-10. He and every other former Tiger, Steve Pinizzotto (2005-07), had been teammates with Vancouver in 2012-13. Pinizzotto tallied 57 issues (20-37-57) in 54 profession video games for the Tigers and seemed in 36 NHL video games with two objectives and 4 assists.
RIT has made 16 NCAA Tournament appearances since 1983. RIT received the 1983 Division II National Championship earlier than profitable the Division III National Championship in 1985. The Tigers additionally completed as Division III runner-up in 1989, 1996 and 2001 whilst making semifinal appearances in 1984, 1986, 1999, and 2010. Overall, RIT used to be 26-15-4 in NCAA contests on the DII/III stage and is 3-2 in 5 Division I match showings. The Tigers made the NCAA Tournament in 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2010, 2015, and 2016.
RIT used to be the primary workforce in NCAA historical past to succeed in the Frozen Four in its first postseason look in 2010 and used to be additionally the primary Atlantic Hockey workforce to succeed in the nationwide semifinals. RIT used to be one win clear of duplicating that feat in 2014-15 after provoking general top-seed Minnesota State, 1-0, within the Midwest Region Semifinals.
RIT completed the non-conference portion of the 2021-22 agenda with a 4-4-0 list, tying the absolute best single-season win overall within the Division-I period. It used to be additionally the Tigers’ third-consecutive season completing with a .500 list in non-league video games after completing 2-2-1 in 2020-21 and 4-4-0 in 2019-20.

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