NOTE: Fans attending Tuesday’s game are reminded of the updated RIT spectator guidelines
ROCHESTER, NY – The RIT men’s hockey team hits the ice for the first time in 30 days, hosting the Sacred Heart on Tuesday in a road game postponed from January 1 due to COVID protocol. The Tigers open 2022 after closing 2021 with a pair of home losses to the Army, 6-0, 4-3, on December 11-12, while the Pioneers shared a pair of Atlantic hockey games in Niagara Friday (L, 5- 4 OT) and Saturday (F, 2-1).
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RIT has enjoyed a four-game winning streak of straight losses to the Army in its only games in December. The Tigers conceded singles goals in the first and second periods before a four-goal third period pushed the Black Knights to a 6-0 victory in Game 1. RIT held a 3-2 in the final 10 minutes of settlement the next day on two goals by the senior striker Will calverley and another in second year Cody laskosky, but Army tied the game with 7:27 left in regulation and scored the game winner with 1:20 remaining to complete the return.
WE HAVE THE POWER
After scoring just one power-play goal in his first eight outings of the 2021-22 season, RIT has scored at least one power-play goal in nine of his last 12 games, including three a high of the season, in the 5-4 victory at Princeton (November 26). Four of the senior forwards Will be CalverleyAll 11 team leader goals were scored on the power play.
GREEN EGGS AND HAMACHER
Senior winger Jake hamacher a three-game streak was interrupted against Army. His overtime winner in a 1-0 victory at Princeton (Nov. 27) was his 92nd career point at the top of Atlantic hockey. He also ranks second for the Tigers with 38 career goals (behind Calverley’s 41), while his 54 assists only rank behind the senior defenseman. Dan Willett‘s 69.
first year striker Carter Wilkie was named Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Month in November and December. Named league rookie of the week five times this season, including three in November, Wilkie is currently tied for 19th in Atlantic hockey with 13 points and tied for 10th with six goals. His three game-winning goals were tied for the seventh highest total in the country at the start of the week, while he was also tied for 15th among the country’s freshmen for goals and tied for 16th for dots. Wilkie was credited with the overtime-winning goal and assisted the tying goal in RIT’s 3-2 win at AIC (Nov. 7) and recorded the game winner in the Tigers’ 3-2 win over the visit of Holy Cross (November 19). He also scored the winning goal in overtime in the Tigers’ 3-2 overturn to Notre Dame (Oct. 21).
THE WORLD OF WAYNE
The Head Coach Wayne wilson became the 49th NCAA men’s hockey coach to reach the 400-game mark with a 1-0 overtime victory at Princeton last month. Wilson ranks 16th among active coaches with a 400-279-75 record over the past 23 seasons – all on the bench for the Tigers. The only coach in NCAA history to win the Spencer Penrose (D1 National COY, 2001) and Sid Watson (D3 National COY, 2010), he totaled a 116-31-12 mark in six Division campaigns. III (1999-2005) and is 284-246-63 in 17 Division-I seasons.
RIT will be keeping a close watch on the NCAA January convention. A proposal will be voted on by the members of Division III which would grant multi-divisional sports programs the possibility of awarding sports scholarships. Ten Division III programs currently sponsor at least one Division I sport, but RIT is one of five unable to enforce all Division I laws, including Regulation 15 (financial aid) dating from a waiver of 2004 which applied to existing programs. RIT, Union (men’s and women’s hockey), Hobart (men’s lacrosse), Franklin & Marshall (wrestling) and MIT (rowing) would all be allowed to offer scholarships to their student-athletes if the proposal is accepted. The legislation already has the support of the Division III Presidents Council, the National Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and the Faculty Sports Representatives Advisory Group (FAR).
WHERE THERE IS A WILL …
Senior winger Will calverley is tied for 20th nationally and first in Atlantic hockey with 11 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 this year, Calverley currently has 80 career points on 43 goals and 37 assists in 105 career appearances.
PAIN IS JUST WEAKNESS LEAVING THE BODY
Senior Dan Willett was named Atlantic Hockey Defensive Player of the Week on Nov. 29 following his efforts during RIT’s sweep of Princeton. Also named Atlantic Hockey’s Defensive Player of the Month for October, Willet currently ranks fourth in the country with 47 blocked shots. He broke seven season records in the Tigers 2-1 win over St. Lawrence (Oct. 16) before three consecutive four-block performances, including the Tigers’ 3-2 overtime upset against Notre Dame No 13 (October 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 currently leads all returns for the Tigers with 69 career assists, while also placing second with 79 career points in 146 games played over the course of of the last five seasons.