RIT Tigers men's ice hockey

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RIT Tigers
RIT Tigers athletic logo

University Rochester Institute of Technology
Conference AHA
Head coach Wayne Wilson
16th year, 282–165–49
Arena Gene Polisseni Center
Capacity: 4,300
Location Henrietta, New York
Student section RIT Corner Crew
Colors Orange and Brown

             

NCAA Tournament Champions
Division II: 1983
Division III: 1985
NCAA Tournament Frozen Four
Division II: 1983
Division III: 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1996, 1999, 2001
Division I: 2010
NCAA Tournament Appearances
Division II: 1983
Division III: 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
Division I: 2010
Conference Tournament Champions
Division III: (ECAC West): 1984, 1986, 1989, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
Division I: (Atlantic Hockey): 2010
Conference Regular Season Champions
Division III: (ECAC West): 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
Division I: (Atlantic Hockey): 2006–07, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11
Current uniform
AHA-Uniform-RIT.png

The RIT Tigers men's ice hockey team is one of two hockey teams representing Rochester Institute of Technology in suburban Rochester, New York. The school's men's team competes in the Division I Atlantic Hockey conference. The team has won two national championships, one each at the Division II and Division III levels. It lost in the semifinals of the Division I "Frozen Four" in 2010. The men's head coach is former Bowling Green University player and assistant coach Wayne Wilson.[1]

History[edit]

Founding, Division II and Division III[edit]

In the fall of 1957, RIT student Jack Trickey founded the Monroe County Amateur Hockey (MCAHA) Association. A group of RIT students made up the majority of one of the teams. In 1958, the RIT Hockey Club was founded, and competed in the MCAHA until the league folded in 1960. The RIT hockey team continued to play against junior varsity and club teams. The RIT student council and athletic committee recommended that hockey be added to the athletic program, and men's hockey later became a varsity sport.[2] The team competed at the Division II and III level for several years, winning a national championship in Division II (1983) and another in Division III (1985), before moving up to Division I in 2005-2006.[3]

NCAA Division I[edit]

In their first year in the Atlantic Hockey Association, the Tigers won the regular season title, and went on to win 2 more in the next 3 years. In 2010, the Tigers made a historic run all the way to the 2010 NCAA Frozen Four, defeating the Denver Pioneers 2-1 and the University of New Hampshire Wildcats 6-2 in the east regional in Albany, NY. The team's run came to an end in the national semifinals, where they fell to the University of Wisconsin Badgers 8-1.[4] The next season, the Tigers won yet another regular season title and made it all the way to the AHA championship game where they fell to the Air Force Falcons. In the 2011-2012 campaign, the Tigers struggled early on, but bounced back in the second half of the season, advancing again to the AHA championship game where they fell yet again to the Air Force Falcons. The next two seasons brought frustration for the Tigers, as they finished the 2012-2013 season at 15-18-5, their first losing record since joining Atlantic Hockey.[5] The following year, the Tigers played their final season at their home ice rink, Frank Ritter Memorial Ice Arena. The Tigers only won 6 out of 16 games at their home arena.[6] Although they struggled that season, the Tigers participated in the "Frozen Frontier," a 10 day hockey festival at Rochester's Frontier Field outdoor baseball stadium.[7] The Tigers took on their AHA rivals, the Niagara University Purple Eagles on December 14. The teams skated to a 2-2 tie in the snow storm and 16 degree temperatures.[8] In their final game at Ritter Arena, the Tigers defeated their long time AHA rival, the Canisius College Golden Griffins 3-1. The Tigers moved into the 4,000 seat Gene Polisseni Center in the fall of 2014 for their 2014-15 season.[9]

Season-by-season results[edit]

Division I[edit]

Season GP W L T Finish Playoffs Notes
2013–14 37 12 20 5 9th, AHA Lost in AHA Tournament first round, 3–2 (OT), 1–5, 2–3 (OT) (Holy Cross) Participated in Frozen Frontier
Last season at Ritter Arena
2012–13 38 15 18 5 T-7th, AHA Lost in AHA Tournament quarterfinal, 2–3, 1–2 (OT) (Niagara)
2011–12 39 20 13 6 3rd, AHA Lost in AHA Tournament final, 0–4 (Air Force) Won Catamount Cup
2010–11 38 19 11 8 1st, AHA Lost in AHA Tournament final, 0–1 (Air Force)
2009–10 41 28 12 1 1st, AHA Won AHA Tournament
Won NCAA East Regional
Lost in NCAA Frozen Four, 1–8 (Wisconsin)
Coach Wayne Wilson won Spencer Penrose Award
2008–09 38 23 13 2 T-1st, AHA Lost in AHA Tournament semifinal, 4–5 (OT) (Mercyhurst)
2007–08 37 19 12 6 2nd, AHA Lost in AHA Tournament semifinal, 0–5 (Air Force) Forward Simon Lambert finalist for Hobey Baker Award
2006–07 34 21 11 2 1st, AHA Ineligible (transition year)
2005–06 33 9 22 2 N/A Ineligible (transition year) First D-I season

Players[edit]

2014-2015 roster[edit]

As of October 5, 2014[10]

# S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team NHL rights
3 Pennsylvania Kuqali, AlexanderAlexander Kuqali (A) Junior D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Pittsburgh, PA Sioux City Musketeers
5 Colorado Shumway, BradBrad Shumway Junior D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Lafayette, CO Chicago Steel
6 Alberta Fostvelt, DustinDustin Fostvelt Sophomore D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Edmonton, Alberta Spruce Grove Saints
7 British Columbia McGowan, BradBrad McGowan (A) Senior F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Langley, British Columbia Surrey Eagles
8 Saskatchewan Norrish, ChaseChase Norrish Freshman D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Strongfield, Saskatchewan Yorkton Terriers
9 Ontario Garbowsky, MattMatt Garbowsky (C) Senior F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 190 lb (86 kg) St. George, Ontario Powell River Kings
10 Saskatchewan Norrish, BradyBrady Norrish Freshman D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Strongfield, Saskatchewan Yorkton Terriers
11 Illinois Miller, AndrewAndrew Miller (A) Junior F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) West Dundee, IL Chicago Steel
12 Missouri Amlong, GregGreg Amlong Junior D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 210 lb (95 kg) O'Fallon, MO UMass Lowell
14 Alberta Smith, DannyDanny Smith Sophomore F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Edmonton, Alberta Sherwood Park Crusaders
15 New York Mikowski, MaxMax Mikowski Freshman F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Cheekotwaga, NY Buffalo Jr. Sabres
16 British Columbia Reid, BradBrad Reid Senior F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Delta, British Columbia Coquitlam Express
17 Ontario Skirving, ToddTodd Skirving Sophomore F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Thunder Bay, Ontario Sioux Falls Stampede
18 Alberta Abt, MattMatt Abt Freshman D 6' 4" (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Leduc, Alberta Whitecourt Wolverines
19 British Columbia Powell, MylesMyles Powell Freshman F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Courtenay, British Columbia Cowichan Valley Capitals
20 Ontario Golberg, MarkMark Golberg Freshman F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Ottawa, Ontario Cumberland Grads
21 Massachusetts Holland, MichaelMichael Holland Sophomore D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Cambridge, MA Chicago Steel
22 New York McMullen, GarrettGarrett McMullen Sophomore F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Churchville, NY Trail Smoke Eaters
23 New York Schuler, DanDan Schuler Junior F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Webster, NY Powell River Kings
25 British Columbia Mitchell, JoshJosh Mitchell Junior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Osoyoos, British Columbia Alberni Valley Bulldogs
26 Ontario Cameron, CalebCaleb Cameron Sophomore F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Sunridge, Ontario Listowel Cyclones
27 Quebec Perron-Fontaine, AlexAlex Perron-Fontaine Sophomore D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 185 lb (84 kg) St. Mathieu de Beloeil, Quebec Chilliwack Chiefs
28 British Columbia Thompson, BrandonBrandon Thompson Senior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Vancouver, British Columbia Langley Chiefs
30 New York Rotolo, MikeMike Rotolo Sophomore G 6' 1" (1.85 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Rochester, NY Cedar Rapids Roughriders
33 Massachusetts MacLean, KenKen MacLean Junior G 6' 2" (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Concord, MA Kalamazoo Wings
40 Ontario Ruby, JordanJordan Ruby Senior G 6' 1" (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Tavistock, Ontario Wellington Dukes

Alumni[edit]

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School records[edit]

Active players in bold.

Career[edit]

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See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  • Venniro, Joe; Jaynes, Steve (2008). 2008-09 Men's Ice Hockey Media Guide (PDF). Rochester, New York: RIT Sports Information Office and University News. Retrieved 2009-05-09. 
  • "School Colors". Identity Manual. RIT. p. 6. Retrieved 27 September 2010. : In the 2000s, school colors changed from Orange and Burnt Umber to Orange and Brown.

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