Roller hockey is back! Opening weekend for the ECRHA happened October 9th and 10th in Feasterville, PA where the RIT Roller hockey team met for the first time as a full team. With 6 new skaters, there were some growing pains as everyone got used to the ECRHA. We had 1 win and 3 losses over the weekend as we beat Boston University and lost to Temple and Quinnipiac twice. New faces and tired legs lead to breakdowns, but some shining moments from everyone left a positive feeling in the locker room as we headed home Sunday. Newcomer Riley Redmon notched 5 goals over the weekend, and rookie defenseman Mike Pennington netted the first goal of his roller hockey career. Veteran returner Pat Gulledge had two goals while seeing heavy defense played on him up and down the court, and veteran Defenseman Martin Hoffnagle had a goal and 7 helpers as he quarterbacked the breakout all weekend. Honorary rookie Ben Bellantoni slapped in 2 goals on the power play against Temple for the first goals of his career as well. Goalie Colby Benway saw 111 shots letting in 21 goals in 4 games this weekend – the most shots against and saves of any D3 goalie at the tournament.
We will be gearing up for the next tournament, our first regular season one, November 6th and 7th in Old Bethpage.