Carving it up: Bison ice hockey team has strong start

Lauren Whelan and Annie Collett, Sports Co-Editors and Staff Writer

Despite their categorization as a club team on campus, the men’s ice hockey team has trained for a highly competitive season and has started their campaign strong. Their roster, boasting young talent, brings new energy to their 2016-2017 season. With only two juniors and one senior on the roster, the team is heavily composed of underclassmen, a testament to the dedication of the younger athletes.

On their opening weekend, the team had a successful run and were able to record three wins and only one loss facing their non-conference opponents. They have also found success in their league play, as their record stands at 5-3 moving into the holidays. Tim Johnson ’17 is serving as team captain, and veterans AJ Albanese ’19, Owen Klinger ’19, and Nick Cummings ’19 have significantly contributed to the team’s success so far. Greg Ward ’20 and Tim Patwell ’20 have been key in the Bison victories as well. The team also boasts three talented goalies.

The ice hockey team has had an impact on more than just the rink.

“The highlight of the season so far was our first annual ‘Pink in the Rink’ game. The team had special pink jerseys made for the game and raised over $3,200 that was donated to a local breast cancer awareness charity,” Albanese said.

With their talented roster, the Bison are moving forward in hopes that they can continue their success into the new year.

“The team is looking forward to a strong second semester and a successful playoff run,” Albanese said.

The next game for the Orange and Blue will take place on Dec. 3 at the Sunbury Ice Rink as they face Franklin & Marshall.

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