As of this Friday RIT hockey is officially back and it feels great!
Both the men’s and women’s teams are back in action – the men’s team travels to face Colgate while the women’s team is at home against Vermont.
- 10/5/2019 – Colgate – Hamilton, NY
Colgate is a non-conference opponent so there is no Pucks and Probabilities prediction.
The previous meeting between these two teams resulted in a blowout, with RIT cruising to a 6 to 1 win in the 2018 Brick City Homecoming Game. Here are a few things to pay of importance heading into the first game of the season.
- Scoring depth. Will returning forwards be able to generate more production with increased ice time now that Brown, Girduckis, and Valenzuela have graduated; and will any of the freshmen forwards be effective out of the gate?
- Defense. With 2020 being a huge year for graduating defenders it will be incredibly important that non-Senior defenders see increased utilization.
- Goaltending. Logan Drackett had an above-conference-average season last year. RIT will likely need this to continue if they are going to compete for a top spot in Atlantic Hockey.
- 10/4/2019- Vermont – Rochester, NY
- 10/5/2019 – Vermont – Rochester, NY
Vermont is a non-conference opponent so there is no Pucks and Probabilities prediction.
It’s been a couple years since the women’s team has faced UVM so it would be unfair to make any sort of assumptions based on previous outcomes.
Though there is one thing that hasn’t changed – the RIT Women’s team is going to be heavily relying on Terra Lanteigne to keep them in games. Following the Summer where RIT has seen over a third of their point production (38% of all points scored) graduate, the women’s team is likely going to fallback on Lanteigne and fellow goaltenders more than previous seasons.
Heading into the opening weekend I only have two questions:
- Can Lanteigne keep stopping pucks at the absurd rate she was last season?
- Who on the team is going to be able to fill the void and increase offensive production?