Men’s hockey heads to AIC for Atlantic hockey weekend

ROCHESTER, NY – RIT appears to remain undefeated in Atlantic hockey with a two-game AIC game this Saturday and Sunday. The Tigers scored five points against visiting Mercyhurst last week with a 3-1 win on Saturday after a 3-3 draw on Friday. The Yellowjackets return to conference after a 2-2 draw and 2-1 overtime loss in a two-way series with Quinnipiac, fifth in the standings, last weekend.

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RIT won five of six points in last week’s two home games against Mercyhurst. junior goalie Kolby Matthews totaled 29 saves as three RIT scorers pushed the Tigers to Saturday’s 3-1 victory. First-year student Carter Wilkie scored with 13:10 left in the first half before the second-year forward Cody laskosky put RIT, 2-0, with 6:16 left in the second. The Lakers recovered one in the dying minute of the second, but the Tigers regained a two-goal lead over the senior forward Jacques Joffé8:23 goal to go in the third. RIT let slip a 3-1 third-period lead in Friday’s 3-3 draw, but Matthews’ 22 saves helped preserve the tie. He also saved two penalty shots as the Tigers took the extra point in the conference standings with a 2-0 shootout victory.

Senior Dan Willett was named Atlantic Hockey Defensive Player of the Month on Tuesday. He currently leads the country with 28 blocked shots, including seven, a season-high, in the Tigres’ 2-1 win over Saint-Laurent (Oct. 16), followed by three consecutive four-block performances, including the 3- 2 of the Tigers. Upheaval of the OT route of n ° 13 Notre Dame (Oct. 21). Willett won all-conference first-team honors last season after leading the RIT and finishing tied for 12th in Atlantic hockey with 30 blocked shots. He also finished tied for first on the team with 14 assists and fourth with 18 points. The 2021-2022 All-Atlantic Hockey preseason recipient leads all returns for the Tigers with 62 career assists while also placing second with 71 career points in 136 games played over the five last seasons.

first year striker Carter Wilkie was named Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Month on Tuesday. Named Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week in the third of the first five weeks of the season, he has four goals and two assists in the Tigers’ first eight games. He scored the road-winning overtime goal in the Notre Dame upset and scored a goal and an assist in the Tigers’ draw against Mercyhurst last week. He’s also won 76 of 141 face-offs, including a high of 20 of 24 in the Mercyhurst draw. Wilkie started the week tied for second among the nation’s freshmen with four goals and tied for 10th with six points.

Senior winger Will calverley is tied for 14th nationally and second in Atlantic hockey with five goals. Picking up where he left off last year after being named only the fourth U.S. star in Division I (AHCA second team) program history, the co-player of the year for the ‘Atlantic Hockey-West and top defensive forward finished the season fourth in the nation and first in Atlantic hockey 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 for All-Atlantic hockey, Calverley currently has 70 career points on 37 goals and 33 assists in 95 career appearances.

Junior Kolby Matthews clinched his second goalie of the week in Atlantic hockey on Monday following his efforts against Mercyhurst. Matthews started the week 12th nationally and second in Atlantic hockey with a .938 save percentage, while being 18th nationally and second in the league with a 1.94 goals against average. He was also named Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week (Oct. 11) following his two Army starts, totaling 25 saves in the first 4-3 win before compiling a career-high 40. saves to maintain a 2-2 tie on the following day with the highest save total by a Tiger since Logan drackett stopped 41 shots in a 4-1 win over Robert Morris (February 8, 2020) two seasons ago. He also eclipsed his previous record of 31 saves in a 2-1 win over Mercyhurst last winter (February 5).

RIT’s penalty is tied for 13th nationally (and 10th among teams that have played at least five games) at 90.0%. The Tigers killed off the first 16 power plays they faced before allowing Notre Dame to convert a 4-on-3 opportunity in the third period in their 3-2 overtime win (Oct. 21). RIT has scored just three power-play goals on 33 occasions, two 4-on-3 and one 5-on-4.

RIT received votes in the poll for the third week in a row. The Tigers landed 15 votes after receiving four last week and one on October 18.

Senior winger Will CalverlyRIT’s second-period goal in Friday’s draw with Mercyhurst was RIT’s first power-play goal of the season after starting the season 0-2.

RIT took 36 shots, a season-high, in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Mercyhurst, eclipsing the 35 it took against the Lakers the day before. The Tigers had had no more than 27 shots (against St Lawrence) at the start of the weekend.

Senior winger Will calverley came into the week tied for ninth nationally and first in Atlantic hockey with 91 game wins. He won a season-high 16 three times, including 16 of 26 performances in the 4-4 draw at Army (October 9) and the 3-2 victory over St. Lawrence (October 16). first year striker Carter Wilkie is second on the team with 76 wins as RIT leads Atlantic hockey with 50.3 percent of its faceoffs.

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