RIT Faces Early Test At Army West Point

Following a sweep by Sacred Heart over the weekend, RIT has slipped down the conference standings and will need to bounce back to prevent another drop against Atlantic Hockey rivals.

The Tigers were defending a seven-game undefeated streak on home ice, but ultimately fell in consecutive contests against Sacred Heart, which came away with decisive 9-5 and 3-1 victories as all but one player recorded at least a point in the series for the Pioneers.

It was a weekend of catch-up hockey for the Tigers after surrendering a quick 4-0 lead on Friday, followed by a 3-0 lead on Saturday. Playing from behind is not only draining, but it’s becoming an ugly trend for a team that scored first in six of eight games to open the season.

Now, that catch-up hockey has dragged the Tigers to a 1-2-1 record over their past four having surrendered the first goal in each game. For a conference whose sole national championship representative has been dependent on the conference winner in each of the past six years, points are dire and the Tigers are letting them slip away with slow starts.

Having gone 5-1 away from home, they’ll likely be welcoming the next four games on the road at Army West Point and American International. They’ll host Mercyhurst on Dec. 6-7 prior to the fast-approaching semester break.

Sacred Heart’s sweep propelled them past RIT and into second place in the conference; another shaky series and the Tigers will be in danger of watching another team — or two — jump them.

With the upcoming series set at Army, the Tigers will be facing a team that has claimed three of its last four with a stingy defense backed by junior netminder Trevin Kozlowski’s strong 1.96 goals against average and .919 save percentage. With the nation’s top penalty kill with a 97.5-percent success rate (39/40), the Tigers’ 14.6-percent power play (7/48) likely won’t come to life despite having the 17th-most powerplay chances among DI teams.

That’s why the Tigers’ rediscovering their early-season committee will be of even more importance against Army before the standings start to look better upside down.


Have a question or a comment for Jacob Messing? You can find him on Twitter @Jacob_Messing.

Ryan Sandelin Celebrates Family Thanksgiving As Mavericks Top Bulldogs

For Minnesota State freshman Ryan Sandelin, playing Division I hockey is a game of musical chairs. 

North Dakota Is Back: No. 3 Fighting Hawks' Unbeaten Streak Hits 11

After a two-year hiatus at the NCAA Tournament, the North Dakota Fighting Hawks are showing they’re ready to start a new postseason streak.

WCHA Conference Powers Minnesota State & Bowling Green Make Statements

This past weekend was a show of force by the WCHA’s iron, a pair of two-game sweeps by league heavyweights Minnesota State and Bowling Green over national contenders.

Atlantic Hockey Watch Guide: Week Of December 2

Check out college hockey action in the Atlantic Hockey conference in the week of December 2.

WCHA Watch Guide: Week Of December 2

Check out college hockey action in the WCHA in the week of December 2.

Niagara Freshman Ryan Naumovski Sparks The Purple Eagles

On Nov. 16, the Niagara Purple Eagles defeated Canisius 5-3 for their first win of the season, and freshman Ryan Naumovski was in the middle of it all.

Boston University's Farrance Is The Latest Nashville Predators Discovery

David Farrance is breaking out on the backend for Boston University and is another testament to the Nashville Predators’ ability to find hidden defensive gems.

Air Force Offense Takes Flight As Falcons Climb Atlantic Hockey Standings

Following a seven-game losing streak to start the season, the Air Force Falcons’ offense has come to life during a five-game undefeated streak.

WCHA RinkRap: Michigan Tech Turns Season Around With UP Sweeps

In this Thanksgiving edition of RinkRap, Michigan Tech’s sophomore class leads a team turnaround, new names help Ferris State upset Alaska, and a familiar face returns to Mankato.

WCHA Watch Guide: Week Of November 25

Check out college hockey action in the WCHA in the week of November 25.