Men’s Skidmore hockey set to open 2021-22 season
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – After 616 days, the stage is set for the Skidmore College men’s ice hockey team to take to the ice for an official game. The Thoroughbreds are scheduled to open the 2021-22 season at home on Saturday, October 30 at 3 p.m. against Wentworth Institute of Technology for the senior day.
“We are certainly looking forward to coming back after almost 20 months without an official game and very excited to see what our two first and second year groups bring to the table,” said the head coach. Rob hutchison.
The 2019-2020 team finished 11-11-4 and 7-9-2 at the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC), one of the most competitive hockey conferences in all of Division III. Skidmore retired from the NEHC quarterfinals to go on to place fifth nationally and runner-up in the Hobart Conference. A year ago, the Thoroughbreds played two exhibition games, both against the Statesmen.
The Thoroughbreds bring back 16 players from last season’s roster and welcome 15 new faces for the season ahead. Among the ghosts, five are seniors: captain Austin rook, deputy captain Reid russell, Kyle delmaestro, Mike gelatt, and Callahan johnson. “Our senior class has a bit of it all: talent, competition, leadership and a strong desire to keep pushing the program forward,” said Hutchison. “We’re very happy to see these guys leading us this year.”
The juniors are also back in the team Matt Rutigliano, Matthew Monk, and Nick stuckless. The junior class also welcomes Joe biddle, a transfer from Southern New Hampshire University. Devon mussio is the only thoroughbred sophomore with official NCAA gaming experience after spending the 2020-21 season at Mercyhurst University. The rest of the second year class includes Troy daniels, Everett Wardle, Gunnar smith, Michel Ardagna, Freddie macciocchi, Nick cozzi, mason Beecher, Thomas fink, and Tate brandon.
Skidmore’s 12 freshmen are Danny magnuson, Zach Frisk, Stephane Perez, Freddie ilias, Jack strauss, Kevin urquhart, Jaden York, Patrick kaeden, Ethan Heidepriem, Will Dow-Kenny, Blaine moore, and Zach Lindewirth.
After the start of two non-conference games, the NEHC schedule is kicking off when Norwich, the nation’s top-ranked team according to the latest USCHO poll, arrives in town on Friday, November 12. Thoroughbreds will play five more matches. conference games before the new year.
“The NEHC is a fantastic top-down conference,” added coach Hutchison. “There are no free nights. Each team is talented, deep and well-trained. We expect this year to be no different despite the game interruption.”
The Skidmore Invitational will take place on November 27-28. Thoroughbreds will also compete in the Oswego Hockey Classic, which kicks off on New Years Day. The regular season ends February 12 and the first round of the NEHC tournament is scheduled for February 19.