by Tim Rosenthal/Staff Writer
Head Coach: Wayne Wilson
2006-07 Record: 21-11-2 (20-7-1 Atlantic Hockey)
Key Returnees: Brent Patry D SR., Stephen Burns D SR., Simon Lambert F SR., Darrell Draper F SR., Matt Smith F SR., Ricky Walton F SR., Louis Menard G JR., Justin Hofstetter D JR., Bobby Raymond D JR., Brennan Sarazin F JR., Anton Kharin F SO., Matt Crowell F SO., Steven Matic F SO., Dan Ringwald D SO., Al Mazur D SO.
Key Losses: Jocelyn Guimond, Tristan Fairbarn, Brad Harris, Rob Tarantino, Steve Pinizzotto
In their second year of being a Division I program (first year as a member of Atlantic Hockey), the RIT Tigers won 21 games. Though the team was not yet eligible for postseason play, RIT still made a lot of noise for this upcoming year, punctuated by a first-place finish in the AHA regular season.
"It was an exciting year," said head coach Wayne Wilson. "I thought all along we would compete, but not this way."
It also means expectations are sky high for this year.
Though the team played .500 hockey in October and November (5-5-2), the Tigers stormed in the second half with a 16-6 record. In those 16 games, RIT scored five or more goals 11 times and went 10-1 in those games.
This year the Tigers will have tri-captains. Brent Patry, Simon Lambert (a captain last year) and Ricky Walton, all seniors, will lead the team in 2007-08.
This is a comfortable situation not just for these three players, but for the rest of the senior class. This class of 2008 has had success in both the Division III and Division I.
RIT did suffer a blow when goalie Jocelyn Guimond decided to skip his senior year and sign professionally to play in Finland. The Tigers were left with a capable junior, however, in Louis Menard.
"Both of them (Guimond and Menard) were very good," said Wilson about the one-two punch between the pipes.
Overall Wilson was very pleased with his team last year, and is very pleased about the future at RIT. Wilson also was pleased about Atlantic Hockey.
"It is very competitive," said Wilson about the 10-team league. "Looking at it over the past couple of years, the league was gaining momentum. Air Force almost knocked off Minnesota last year and the year before Holy Cross defeated the Gophers. This year the standings could go in reverse. Anything can happen."
About this season, Wilson had a couple of goals in mind.
"The biggest thing this year is not being content, but being motivated. Our goal is to move forward," Wilson said.