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
20th season, 346–235–63 (.586)
Captain(s) Chase Norrish
Brady Norrish
Myles Powell
Arena Gene Polisseni Center
Capacity: 4,300
Surface: 200' x 85'
Location Henrietta, New York
Student section RIT Corner Crew
Colors Orange and Brown[1]
NCAA Tournament championships
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, 2015, 2016
Conference Tournament championships
Division III: (ECAC West): 1984, 1986, 1989, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
Division I: (Atlantic Hockey): 2010, 2015, 2016
Conference regular season championships
Division III: (ECAC West): 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
Division I: (Atlantic Hockey): 2006–07, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11
Current uniform

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.


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 (2005–2006) in the Atlantic Hockey Association, the Tigers won the regular-season title, and went on to win two more in the next three years. They were ineligible to compete in the playoffs until the 2007–2008 season. In the 2007–2008 season, the Tigers played in the Mariucci classic in which they stunned the number 12 ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers 4-3[4] but fell to number 14-ranked Boston College 6-0.[5] During the playoffs, they swept Holy Cross but were shut out in the first round of the AHA Tournament 5-0 by the Air Force Falcons, who were without their Hobey Baker finalist Eric Ehn.[6] In the 2008–2009 season, the Tigers played some of their best regular-season hockey (notably an 11-game win streak from December 6 to January 25). They met Holy Cross again in the playoffs and won the series 2–1 but fell in the AHA Tournament to the Mercyhurst Lakers 5-4 in overtime. Highlights of the game include Mercyhurst overcoming a 3-1 deficit and the Tigers tying the game with under a minute left. In the 2009-10 season, their most successful season to date, the Tigers made a historic run all the way to the 2010 NCAA Frozen Four, sweeping Connecticut in the first round and winning the AHA Tournament by beating the Canisius Golden Griffins as well as the Sacred Heart Pioneers to advance to the NCAA tournament as the conference's autobid. The Tigers stunned the Denver Pioneers 2–1 and then finished off the University of New Hampshire Wildcats 6–2 in the east regional in Albany, New York, where they advanced to the Frozen Four. The team's run came to an end in the national semifinals, where they fell to the University of Wisconsin Badgers, 8–1.[7]

In the 2010–2011 season, the Tigers played in the Maverick stampede but lost both their games against number 4-ranked St. Cloud State and the University of Nebraska-Omaha. 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 by a score of 1-0. Air Force goaltender Jason Torf made 40 saves in the contest.[8] In the 2011–2012 season, the Tigers struggled early on, but bounced back in the second half of the season, eliminating the Bentley Falcons after falling behind 1-0 in the first round series of the Atlantic Hockey playoffs, but prevailing in their next two games. They advanced again to the AHA championship game where they eliminated Niagara in overtime but fell, yet again, to the Air Force Falcons, getting shut out 4-0.[9] The Tigers struggled over the next two seasons, as they finished 2012–2013 with a record of 15–18–5, their first losing record since joining Atlantic Hockey.[10] This was also the first time they were unable to advance to the Atlantic Hockey semifinals at Blue Cross Arena, as they defeated American International College in the first round, but were swept by the Niagara Purple Eagles in the second round, losing in overtime in the second game.[11] The following year (2013-2014), 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.[12] 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.[13] The Tigers took on their AHA rivals, the Niagara University Purple Eagles on December 14. The teams skated to a 2–2 tie in a snow storm and 16 degree temperatures.[14] In their final game at Ritter Arena, the Tigers defeated their long time AHA rival, the Canisius College Golden Griffins 3–1.[15]In the playoffs, the Tigers won the first game in overtime against Holy Cross before getting blown away in game two by a score of 5-1. In the deciding game, The Tigers led 2-0 but Holy Cross came from behind to tie the game in the second period, forcing overtime where they completed the comeback.[16]

The Tigers moved into the 4,300-seat Gene Polisseni Center for the 2014–15 season.[17] Their first season in the Polisseni Center saw the Tigers finish with a 20–15–5 overall record. They played in the Mariucci classic, losing both games against number 9-ranked Massachusetts-Lowell and number 8-ranked Minnesota. In the playoffs, they swept the Air Force Falcons in the second round after receiving a bye in the first round. The Tigers went on to defeat Canisius in the semifinals of the AHA Tournament by a score of 2-1 and the Meryhurst Lakers in the championship game by a score of 5–1 to win the Atlantic Hockey championship and advance to the NCAA Division I tournament for the second time in program history. The Tigers knocked off the Minnesota State Mavericks in the first round of the NCAA tournament 2-1, becoming the first #16 seed to defeat the top overall seed since the 16-team format was implemented in 2003.[18] There would be no repeat, however, of the 2009-2010 run to the Frozen Four as the Tigers fell to the University of Nebraska Omaha Mavericks in the following round by a score of 4–0, ending their playoff run.[19] In the 2015–16 season, the Tigers lost home ice in the first round to Mercyhurst as they were swept in their last two games of the regular season on home ice, however the Tigers returned the favor in the postseason by sweeping the Lakers on the road. The Tigers once again were in the AHA tournament and faced the Air Force Falcons once again. The Tigers trailed 1-0 heading into the third and it would appear that they were headed to another shutout loss, but Andrew Miller scored with under 3 minutes left in the third to even the score. In overtime, the Tigers completed their comeback winning 2-1. The Tigers would then claim the Atlantic Hockey championship once again, convincingly defeating the Robert Morris Colonials by a score of 7–4, to advance to the NCAA Division 1 tournament for the second consecutive season.[20] The team's playoff run ended in the first round of the east regional in Albany, NY by the #1 rankedQuinnipiac Bobcats by a score of 4–0.[21]. The 2016-2017 season was a down year for the Tigers as they flirted with the .500 mark within their conference and were unable to defeat any non-conference teams. They faced Niagara in the first round of the playoffs losing a close one 5-4 in game 1 but shutting them out 5-0 in game 2 setting the stage for the deciding game 3. They were unable to complete the comeback as the Purple Eagles ended the Tigers season winning 4-1.

In the 2017-2018 season, the Tigers started the season with their first game at Blue Cross Arena for Brick City weekend against the Number 14th ranked Northeastern University. It was the first meeting between these two schools. RIT jumped out to a 3-0 lead only to see Northeastern comeback and tie it. The Tigers performed well during the first half of the season but slumped during the second half. The Tigers finished with an overall record of 14-18-2 and a 13-14-1 for 27 Points within their conference. Junior Erik Brown set a new school record with 28 goals during the season (including exhibition games) and also led the entire Atlantic Hockey Conference. His 28 goals was also 2nd overall in Division 1 hockey. In the playoffs, the Tigers faced the Sacred Heart Pioneers. Both teams split the first two games with both games heading to overtime. The Tigers prevailed in Game 1 scoring quickly in overtime to take a 1-0 series lead. The Pioneers prevailed in Game 2 after tying the game late in the third and finally ending it during triple overtime (the longest game in program history). In the deciding game, the Pioneers jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the first and held the fort the rest of the way to clinch the series concluding the Tiger's season.

Season-by-season results[edit]

Division I[edit]

Season GP W L T Finish Playoffs Notes
2016–17 37 14 22 1 6th, AHA Lost in AHA Tournament first round, 4-5, 5-0, 1–4 (Niagara)
2015–16 39 18 15 6 5th, AHA Won AHC Tournament
Lost in NCAA East Regional semifinal, 0–4 (Quinnipiac)
2014–15 40 20 15 5 T-3rd, AHA Won AHC Tournament
Lost in NCAA Midwest Regional final, 0–4 (Omaha)
First season at Gene Polisseni Center
Forward Matt Garbowsky finalist for Hobey Baker Award

Became first ever NCAA Tournament #16 seed to defeat the #1 overall seed

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

NCAA Tournament appearances[edit]

Year Bracket Location Opponent Result
2010 East Regional Times Union Center Denver W 2–1
New Hampshire W 6–2
Frozen Four Ford Field Wisconsin L 1–8
2015 Midwest Regional Compton Family Ice Arena Minnesota State W 2–1
Omaha L 0–4
2016 East Regional Times Union Center Quinnipiac L 0–4


Current roster[edit]

As of July 27, 2017.[22]

No. S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team NHL rights
1 Ontario Christian Short Junior G 6' 4" (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1995-10-12 Vaughan, Ontario Surrey (BCHL)
2 Ontario Adam Brubacher Sophomore D 6' 4" (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1995-12-13 Elmira, Ontario Powell River (BCHL)
4 Alberta Brody Valette Sophomore D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1995-11-03 High River, Alberta Whitecourt (AJHL)
5 New York (state) Dan Willett Freshman D 5' 6" (1.68 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1996-02-23 Bayville, New York Bloomington (USHL)
6 Ontario Gabe Valenzuela Junior F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1994-12-13 Brampton, Ontario North York (OJHL)
7 Ontario Abbott Girduckis Junior F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1995-06-28 Belleville, Ontario Wellington (OJHL)
8 Saskatchewan Chase Norrish (C) Senior D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1993-04-06 Strongfield, Saskatchewan Yorkton (SJHL)
9 Ontario Liam Kerins Junior F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1994-11-20 Caledon, Ontario North York (OJHL)
10 Saskatchewan Brady Norrish (C) Senior D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1993-04-06 Strongfield, Saskatchewan Yorkton (SJHL)
11 Quebec Shawn Cameron Junior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1995-08-30 Sherbrooke, Quebec Cumberland (CCHL)
12 Alberta Ryan Kruper Sophomore F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1995-01-19 Sherwood Park, Alberta Sherwood Park (AJHL)
14 California Jake Hamacher Freshman F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1997-04-20 Corona, California Dubuque (USHL)
15 New York (state) Max Mikowski Senior F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1993-07-14 Cheektowaga, New York Buffalo (OJHL)
16 Ontario Erik Brown Junior F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1995-09-30 Keene, Ontario Kemptville (CCHL)
17 Alberta Bryson Traptow Freshman F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1997-04-17 Calgary, Alberta Camrose (AJHL)
18 Alberta Matt Abt (C) Senior D 6' 4" (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1993-07-25 Leduc, Alberta Whitecourt (AJHL)
19 British Columbia Myles Powell (C) Senior F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1994-07-24 Courtenay, British Columbia Cowichan Valley (BCHL)
20 Saskatchewan Reed Delainey Freshman F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1996-07-23 Edam, Saskatchewan Battlefords (SJHL)
21 Alberta Alden Dupuis Freshman F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 1996-11-06 Edmonton, Alberta Bonnyville (AJHL)
22 Saskatchewan Regan Seiferling Freshman D 6' 2" (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1997-03-09 Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan Yorkton (SJHL)
23 Michigan Darren Brady Sophomore D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1996-04-05 Lake Orion, Michigan New Jersey (NAHL)
24 Alberta Chris McKay Sophomore D 6' 5" (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1996-04-17 Edmonton, Alberta Sherwood Park (AJHL)
25 Ontario Jordan Peacock Sophomore F 6' 6" (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1995-03-30 Burlington, Ontario Burlington (OJHL)
26 Nova Scotia Nick Bruce Freshman F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1996-09-02 Fall River, Nova Scotia Johnstown (NAHL)
28 Alberta Mark Logan Junior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1995-04-14 Calgary, Alberta Brooks (AJHL)
30 Alberta Logan Drackett Freshman G 6' 0" (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1998-10-01 Calgary, Alberta Calgary Canucks (NAHL)
33 Pennsylvania Gavin Lewis Junior G 6' 0" (1.83 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 1997-08-20 Mountain Top, Pennsylvania Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (MetJHL)
40 Ontario Ian Andriano Freshman G 6' 0" (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1996-08-11 Barrie, Ontario Ottawa (CCHL)


  • Head Coach: Wayne Wilson
  • Associate Head Coach: Brian Hills
  • Assistant Coach: Dave Insalaco
  • Volunteer Assistant Coach: Mike Germain
  • Hockey Operations Director: Bethany Schlegel
  • Equipment Manager: Stephen Henchen
  • Student Manager: Ryan Stadtlander
  • Strength Coach: Nate VanKouwenberg


Award winners[edit]


Atlantic Hockey Association[edit]

Defenseman of the Year[edit]

  • 2016 Chase Norrish

Rookie of the Year[edit]

  • 2017 Adam Brubacher

Tournament MVP[edit]

School records[edit]

See also[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" (PDF). Identity Manual. RIT. p. 6. Retrieved 27 September 2010. : In the 2000s, school colors changed from Orange and Burnt Umber to Orange and Brown.
  1. ^ RIT Identity Manual (PDF). Retrieved August 2, 2016. 
  2. ^ Matthews, Bob (2010-04-11). "Buffalo Bills face tough question: QB or not QB". Democrat and Chronicle. Gannett Company. Archived from the original on 2010-12-02. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  3. ^ "Men's Hockey Going Division I". 
  4. ^ "Men's Hockey Defeats #12 Minnesota". 
  5. ^ "Men's Hockey Loses to Boston College in Finals of Dodge Holiday Classic". 
  6. ^ "Men's Hockey Falls to Air Force in AHA Semifinal". 
  7. ^ "Men's hockey has storybook season end in the Frozen Four by falling to Wisconsin". 
  8. ^ "Air Force wins fourth AHA Championship in last five years with 1-0 win over RIT". 
  9. ^ "Air Force wins AHA Championship with 4-0 win over RIT". 
  10. ^ "RIT - Cumulative Season Statistics". 
  11. ^ "Men's hockey has 2012-13 season come to a close with heartbreaking overtime loss at Niagara". 
  12. ^ "RIT - Cumulative Season Statistics". 
  13. ^ "Tigers play 'Frozen Frontier' Dec. 14". 
  14. ^ "RIT, Niagara tie at wintry Frozen Frontier". 
  15. ^ "Men's hockey closes out historic Ritter Arena by winning third straight contest, 3-1 over Canisius". 
  16. ^ "Men's Hockey Advances To Quarterfinals After 3-2 OT Victory Over RIT". 
  17. ^ "About the Gene Polisseni Center - University Arenas - RIT". 
  18. ^ "Men's hockey advances to 2015 NCAA Midwest Regional Final after defeating No. 1 Minnesota State". 
  19. ^ "Men's hockey enjoys tremendous 2014-15 season; Tigers make second appearance in NCAA Division I Tournament". 
  20. ^ http://www.uscho.com/recaps/2016/03/19/powell-rit-topple-robert-morris-for-second-straight-atlantic-hockey-title/
  21. ^ http://www.uscho.com/recaps/2016/03/26/quinnipiac-gets-three-third-period-goals-garteig-shutout-to-advance-past-rit/
  22. ^ "2017–18 RIT Men's Hockey Roster". RIT Athletics. 2017. Retrieved July 27, 2017. 

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