Men’s hockey | 01/10/2021 13:30:00
ROCHESTER, NY – The RIT men’s hockey teams are scheduled to open the 60th season (17th in Q1) in program history on Saturday by hosting Colgate at 7:05 pm. The Tigers are looking to bounce back from a pandemic-shortened 2020-21 campaign that ended in a 9-9-2 record, including a two-game sweep by Canisius in the Atlantic hockey quarterfinals.
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Senior winger Will Calverley (Scarborough, Ontario /) was named only the fourth All-American in Division I program history last winter after earning AHCA second-team honors. Also named West Atlantic Hockey co-player of the year and top defensive forward, the first-team pick of all conferences finished the season fourth in the country and first in hockey. Atlantic with 1.39 points per game while tied for first in the league with 25 points and second with 12 goals. Voted a preseason pick in All-Atlantic hockey, Calverley comes back with 64 career points on 32 goals and 32 assists in 87 career appearances over the past three seasons.
DAN THE MAN
Senior Defender Dan Willett (Bayville, NY /) is back after winning first-team West Atlantic Conference honors last season. He led the RIT and was tied for 12th in Atlantic hockey with 30 blocked shots and also tied for first for RIT with 14 assists and was fourth with 18 points. The 2021-2022 Atlantic hockey preseason recipient leads all returns for the Tigers with 61 career assists while also placing second with 70 career points in 128 games played over the years. last four seasons.
RIT finished the 2020-21 season 13th nationally with 3.40 goals per game, while Power Tiger placed 11th with a 23.3% conversion rate. Eight of the team’s top 10 scorers are back, led by the senior striker Will Calverley (Scarborough, Ontario /) (12G, 13A), junior forward Elijah Gonsalves (Scarborough, Ontario /) (9G, 13) and senior striker Jake Hamacher (Corona, CA /) (7G, 14A) are back for the 2021-22 campaign. Hamacher (34G, 51A, 85P), Calverley (32G, 32A, 64P) and senior defenseman Dan Willett (Bayville, NY /) (9G, 61A, 70P) are also the top three career return scorers in all of Atlantic hockey.
… AND COUNTERPOINTS
RIT finished last season in the bottom third of the nation in defensive scorers (38th, 3.50 goals per game against) and shorthanded midfield (24th, 80.8 percent). However, all members except one (senior Regan Seiferling (Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan /)) from last year’s blueline youth squad returns this season with another year of experience under their jerseys.
THE PIPES CALL
The RIT Goalkeeper Depth Table will have a vacancy to fill at the top after graduation from Logan Drackett (Calgary, Alberta /), who rewrote much of the Tiger’s book of records before his departure. Drackett finished as the career leader of the Division I program with 99 appearances, 98 starts, 2,468 saves and 42 wins. Senior Ian Andriano (Barrie, Ontario /) (24 career GP), junior Kolby Matthews (Coquitlam, BC /) (4 GP), second year Daniel Chenard (Waterloo, Ontario /) and first year student Tommy Scarfone (Montreal, Quebec /) will be in the net-minding mix this winter.
GREEN EGGS AND HAMACHER
Senior winger Jake Hamacher (Corona, CA /) is Atlantic hockey’s leading returning scorer with 85 career points. He also leads the Tigers’ 34 career goals, while his 51 assists only rank behind Willett. He finished tied for first on the 2020-21 team with 14 assists while finishing third with 21 points and seven goals. He and Willett have also played the team’s best 128 games over the past four seasons.
Senior winger Nick Bruce (Fall River, Nova Scotia /) was the Tigers’ fifth-leading scorer in the 2020-21 season, tied for third with 12 assists and four goals for 16 points. Appearing in 18 games in his fourth season in a RIT jersey, the forward will return with 79 career games played with 40 career points on 10 goals and 30 assists. He is also one of four Tigers returning for a fifth year with the program, joining Willett, Hamacher and the senior goalkeeper. Ian Andriano (Barrie, Ontario /) to use the additional year of eligibility granted by the NCAA due to the COVID-19 pandemic.