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    Just Wow, way to go AIC.

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    Reminds me of a few years ago sitting in the then Pepsi Center (I think that’s what it was called then) watching you guys knock off UNH & Denver. THAT was a great weekend of hockey.
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    Good for AIC, Hope they take the next one too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by turk181 View Post
    Reminds me of a few years ago sitting in the then Pepsi Center (I think thatís what it was called then) watching you guys knock off UNH & Denver. THAT was a great weekend of hockey.
    More than a few years ago unfortunately. Iím looking forward to the year that both RIT and RPI are in the tournament. Yesterday was a tough day for the ECAC, hoping for better results today with QPAC and Cornell.

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    Not sure why everyone seems shocked about AIC. Atlantic Hockey's rep has only lost one first-round game in the last five years.


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    Quote Originally Posted by LtPowers View Post
    Not sure why everyone seems shocked about AIC. Atlantic Hockey's rep has only lost one first-round game in the last five years.


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    Probably something to do with the fact the program hasn't had a winning season since 1993 and has never ever finished above 8th in the worst conference in D1 hockey prior to this year. Air Force and RIT stealing wins off #1 seeds isn't as shocking given their pedigrees, but AIC...I think most of us are still a little shocked they won AHC let alone just beat the #1 overall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RIT Winters View Post
    Probably something to do with the fact the program hasn't had a winning season since 1993 and has never ever finished above 8th in the worst conference in D1 hockey prior to this year. Air Force and RIT stealing wins off #1 seeds isn't as shocking given their pedigrees, but AIC...I think most of us are still a little shocked they won AHC let alone just beat the #1 overall.
    This is exactly the reason. I think RIT and Air Force have earned respect in the NCAA tournament due to their success. AIC has been such an afterthought in conference let alone in the national spotlight. People still think of them as a doormat instead of the contender they seem to be.
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    Hard to win two nights in a row in a shell like AIC played. They were able to get the famous win last night (probably the biggest upset in NCAA tourney history, considering where they've been for the large majority of their D-1 life) with an early goal and overall shaky goaltending from the opposition (as well as outstanding defending and goaltending themselves), but Denver looked much more composed and was always the more likely team to break through the longer the game went.

    Congrats to AIC for a fantastic season. They took care of the mediocre Atlantic Hockey competition in a way we did not. (They were 22-6-1 against Atlantic Hockey teams not named RIT if you include the playoffs, we were 11-13-4 against the same pool of teams).

    At this point, there has to be something to the pressure a #1 seed feels in their opening game. Just in the last 5 years the AH AQ is 4-1-0 in the first round of the NCAA's (3-1 vs. #1 overall seeds) and those same teams were 9-20-4 in non-conference games throughout the regular season (6-17-2 if you take out the Air Force team that was a #3 seed in the tourney and hence didn't face a #1).

    But RIT remains the only Atlantic Hockey team to win a regional, and if you remember while the first game probably fits the mold of keeping it tight and allowing the other team to control the majority of the puck while they held on to an early goal, in the 2nd game they flipped the script and absolutely dominated New Hampshire and controlled the majority of the play while the game was in doubt. Like I opened my post with, if you want to make a frozen four, it's really hard to win 2 games in a row when the opponent dominates the puck and shot attempts.
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    I think people calling AIC's win against Saint Cloud, "probably the biggest upset in NCAA tourney history" are wrong and missing what's going on in College Hockey.

    Now, all with all due respect to AIC who made me eat my own words when I thought they were very overrated in the preseason coaches poll. I don't think this upset, nor the ones RIT and Air Force pulled were anything near the upset of Holy Cross over Minnesota. That AIC team had by far more talent than Holy Cross did and Minnesota had at least as much talent if not more than Saint Cloud. I don't want to sound like I am talking down that Holy Cross team, but no one gave them a chance to even be close to Minnesota. Anyone who followed the AHA knows that as remarkable as the AIC turnaround was, this team was the big deal. It's not like the league took a big step backwards and AIC stole a title. They had the talent and will be a force to deal with next year and probably for years to come.

    I believe we are in an age similar to College Basketball where teams are going to need to balance players who will be "One and Done" and good college hockey players who will spend 4 quality years in College. Off the top of my head I can not name a player in the AHA who was an 18 year old Freshman in the AHA. I think this has been another great equalizer in what already was becoming a very close talent pool in men's college hockey. It has created the parity we talk so often about in Atlantic Hockey. As much as we comment about the faults of this league, and there are plenty, one thing we do have to acknowledge is it has successfully moved from a cost containment league to a league where all teams can compete against any team in division one hockey. The next step will be finding away to produce more than one team going to the tournament. Also teams that have a better than average chance to win a National Championship. Right now they can do damage, but it's hard to see one achieving more than RIT did in 2010.
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    Catching up with the news that Abbott and Erik have now signed pro contracts I went to read the recap of the Toledo Walleye game that Abbott played in, a 2-1 win over the Cincinnati Cyclones. After going down 1-0, Abbott got the equalizer before the Walleye won in the extra frame. Abbott got the third start of the game. Oh, the player who scored the Cyclones goal? Myles Powell. Tigers making their mark.. I hope Erik makes an immediate impact too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Downstate_RIT_Fan View Post
    I hope Erik makes an immediate impact too.
    Yes I'm happy for him, but he had to sign with the Marlies. Blech!
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    I think Tyler Brenner signed his first deal with the Marlies as well back in the day.
    Still very disappointing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TigerFan86-87 View Post
    Yes I'm happy for him, but he had to sign with the Marlies. Blech!
    Not a Rochester hockey fan favorite by any means.
    I think Tyler Brenner signed his first deal with the Marlies as well back in the day.
    Still very disappointing.
    Yup you are correct, Tyler did sign with the Marlies. Anyway I guess we can follow the Walleyes in the ECHL and the Marlies in the AHL for the rest of their seasons to see how the boys do.

    I did a quick check of all the rosters of the ECHL and we still have a few players in the ECHL, along with Girduckis names like Kuquali,Skirving, Ruby, Norrish and Powell are some of the names I see on ECHL rosters.

    Iím sure Iím missing a few more but the Tigers are well represented in the ECHL.

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    Bowling Green's coach is leaving the team to go to Miami. RIT has a couple coaches closely affiliated with Bowling Green....could be some folks on the troll boards here might get some good news this spring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RIT Winters View Post
    Bowling Green's coach is leaving the team to go to Miami. RIT has a couple coaches closely affiliated with Bowling Green....could be some folks on the troll boards here might get some good news this spring.

    https://www.collegehockeynews.com/ne...ling-Green.php
    Very interesting. Going back to his alma mater according to the article. Hope it doesnít impact our Tigers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Downstate_RIT_Fan View Post
    Very interesting. Going back to his alma mater according to the article. Hope it doesn’t impact our Tigers.
    How does this affect RIT? Wayne has a cush job at RIT and a beautiful home in Pittsford... I doubt he would jeopardize that for Bowling Green...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rochester View Post
    How does this affect RIT? Wayne has a cush job at RIT and a beautiful home in Pittsford... I doubt he would jeopardize that for Bowling Green...
    Iím with you mein Freund, I hope the changes at BG have zero impact at RIT.

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    How does this affect RIT? Wayne has a cush job at RIT and a beautiful home in Pittsford... I doubt he would jeopardize that for Bowling Green...
    It's Wilson's alma matar, where he won a national championship as a skater. He also was an assistant coach there for 11 years prior to coming to RIT. After 20 years at RIT, maybe he fancies a change of scenery. Maybe the new direction of the Institute and its support of sports isn't how he wants to ride out his career. Maybe he wants scholarships. He's got a nice house, but rumor has it you can buy houses in Ohio too! Or maybe he loves RIT and would never leave. But you know there's at least a conversation being had behind the scenes now.

    I'm sure there's some text messages being sent testing the waters to see if Wilson or Hillsy are interested. For Hills, the allure is clear - chance for him to get a head coaching gig after being an assistant for decades.
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    To me, the only allure for Wilson to go to BG is that it is his alma mater. The WCHA is pretty close to being the AHA of the west where it's hard to get an at large. Yes they got it this year, but it's hard to do. It's scholarships, but really - that job is only a slightly step up and there will likely be more pressure for him to win there. Coach can pretty much call his shot at RIT for what he has done with 3 NCAA appearances and a frozen four appearance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by komey1 View Post
    To me, the only allure for Wilson to go to BG is that it is his alma mater. The WCHA is pretty close to being the AHA of the west where it's hard to get an at large. Yes they got it this year, but it's hard to do. It's scholarships, but really - that job is only a slightly step up and there will likely be more pressure for him to win there. Coach can pretty much call his shot at RIT for what he has done with 3 NCAA appearances and a frozen four appearance.
    I agree with you Komey with one small difference...there's a National Championship banner hanging in BG's barn, and Wilson was part of that.

    Why did Dave Smith leave Canisius and go to RPI, RPI hasn't sniffed the NCAA in many years, and they are only slightly better than their AHA counterparts, but they have two banners hanging in the HFH. There's a history there, and an alumni that asks a little more from Coach Smith than he would get asked at Canisius. Coach Smith is up to the challenge of trying to turn around that program instead of riding out a career at Cansius. I hope he returns RPI to glory and if he doesn't at least he can say he gave it a try instead of turning them down.

    Another thought, if Adam Oates could coach any D1 program (and he wanted to), do you think his alma mater (RPI), where he won a National Championship, would be high on his list? I would think so.

    It's all speculation but it does make a great 'hot stove' topic. I mean do you think Jerry York and BC and later on BG would of come to our Brick City weekends without the link to Coach Wilson?

    I know down in my neck of the woods, you all know that Coach K of Duke basketball fame was a cadet at West Point. Even to this day there remains a pretty good cross pollination of athletic folks (coaches, trainers, etc.) at both Duke and West Point who have worked at both schools. When the two schools play against each other, at least in my town, you hear about old friends and families getting together to catch up with each other, folks who have moved out of the northeast and now live in North Carolina and are up for a weekend when Duke plays Army in football. I would imagine the coaching community is smaller and tighter than most of us know.

    So like I said before I hope the changes at BG have zero impact at RIT, but the ties between the two schools, as Winters pointed out, are indisputable, and if RIT lost any coaches to BG I wouldn't be surprised.
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