Men’s hockey returns to the country to welcome Holy Cross


ROCHESTER, NY – The RIT men’s hockey team hosts Holy Cross this Friday and Saturday in its only home games of the month. The Tigers are looking to get things going after a 1-3 month start, including a pair of losses to Canisius last weekend, while the Crusaders recovered a 5-4 overtime win over Mercyhurst on Saturday to stop a four game slide.


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RIT lost back-to-back games to Canisius last week, falling to a 5-2 decision on Friday before missing 4-1 on Saturday. Senior winger Jake hamacher and junior striker Elie Gonsalves each scored a goal and an assist to take the Tigers to 2-1 after the first period of Friday’s game, but the Griffs finished with four unanswered goals in a night that saw the teams combine for six goals. in power play. Canisius scored on the shorthand eight minutes into the second period of Saturday’s game and opened the scoring with three goals in the third before Gonsalves ruined the shutout with a power-play goal with 22.5 seconds left. . Junior goalkeeper Tiger Kolby Matthews suffered both losses, totaling 20 and 29 saves respectively.


After scoring just one power-play goal in their first eight outings of the 2021-22 season, RIT has scored at least one in their last four games, including two in a 5- 2 Friday evening in Canisius. Two of the senior forwards Will Calverley’s the team’s six goals this season are power play, while the two junior forwards Elie Gonsalves’ the scores this year are extra-men goals.


first year striker Carter Wilkie was named rookie of the Atlantic hockey moth in October, while also being named rookie of the week four times in the first six weeks of the season. Wilkie entered the week tied for third in the country’s early years with five goals and tied for 14th with eight points. He scored the road-winning overtime goal in the Notre Dame upset and scored one goal and one assist in the Tigers’ 3-3 draw against Mercyhurst (Oct. 29). He’s also tied for 29th nationally (4th in Atlantic hockey) with 95 wins in the game, including a season-high 20 of 24 in the Mercyhurst draw.


Senior Dan Willett was named the October Defensive Player of the Month in Atlantic Hockey. He currently sits second in the country with 33 blocked shots, including seven, a season-high, in the Tigres’ 2-1 win over Saint-Laurent (October 16), followed by three consecutive four-block performances, including the 3 of the Tigers. -2 OT disruption of the road n ° 13 Notre Dame (21 oct.). 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 64 career assists while also placing second with 73 career points in 140 games played over the five last seasons.


Senior winger Will calverley is tied for 21st nationally and tied for second in Atlantic hockey with six goals. Picking up where he left off last year after being named only the fourth American 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 73 career points on 38 goals and 35 assists in 99 career appearances.


Junior Kolby Matthews has been named Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week twice this season. He earned his first career honor after compiling a career-high 40 saves to preserve a 2-2 tie in the Army (Oct. 9), scoring 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 won the award following the Mercyhurst Series (November 1) after stopping 22 shots and two shootout attempts in the 3-3 shootout win, followed by 29 saves in the 3 win. -1 the next day.


Senior winger Will calverley entered the week ranked 10th nationally and first in Atlantic hockey with 140 game wins. He won a season-high 16 three times, including 16 of 26 in the 4-4 draw against Army (Oct. 9 ) and the 3-2 victory over St. Lawrence (October 16). first year striker Carter Wilkie is third in Atlantic hockey with 112 wins while RIT leads Atlantic hockey with 50.4 percent of its faceoffs.


RIT received votes in the poll for the fifth consecutive week. The Tigers landed a vote after receiving 12 last week and 15 the week before, a season-high.


Holy Cross split a two-game streak with Mercyhurst last week, falling in Friday’s game, 3-2, before rebounding on Saturday to a 5-4 win over game winner from junior forward Grayson Constable after 24 seconds of overtime. Senior Ryan Leibold leads the Crusaders with 11 points on four goals and seven assists, including one in each game against Mercyhurst as well as two assists in Saturday’s win. Junior goaltender Matt Radomsky totaled 24 saves for his first win of the season while junior defenseman Nick Hale was named Atlantic Hockey’s Defensive Player of the Week after scoring a three-point weekend. Holy Cross is second in Atlantic hockey with 172 blocked shots this season, including 18 a high for second-year defenseman Jake Higgins’ side. Holy Cross lost two games at the 17th Notre Dame, 5-2 and 4-1 (Nov. 4, 5) after failing at the 5th Quinnipiac, 5-2 (Oct. 26). The Crusaders also split a home and away streak with Bentley, scoring a 3-2 road victory (October 23) after losing 4-2 at home (October 21). Holy Cross also started the championship with a 4-4 tie and a 5-2 loss to Mercyhurst (October 15-16).


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