by Nicklas Grifhorst
The Rochester College men’s hockey team’s season came to an end on Friday with a loss to rival, Oakland University, 2-1, giving OU a 3-2 series lead and the jug.
Warriors Finish with Best Season in School History
The Warriors finished with the best season in school history, amassing a record of 14-19-1, and ended the year ranked 28th in the country.
Majority of Roster Returns
RC will return with the majority of their roster next year, only losing senior Brock Malatches, who was second in points for the Warriors with 9 goals and 19 assists on the year. Matt Kadolph led the team in points with 38 total, 17 goals and 21 assists.
Rochester was a well-rounded team throughout the year that focused more on teamwork then individual stats.
“We had positive contributions from players up and down our line-up. Those positive contributions don't always show up on the score sheet but they certainly have an impact on the game,” Head Coach Scott Cagnet said.
With all the young talent on the team many see a promising future for a RC team that was ranked as high as 16th in the country.
Potential to Surpass This Season's Goals
“We have a very competitive and talented team that is capable of winning hockey games,” Jacob Burford, freshman defenseman said about the team’s future.
“What I will take away from this season is that we have a lot of potential within our locker room moving forward towards next year. With this group of guys we believe that we are able to reach and exceed our goals that we had from this past season,” said forward, Matt Kadolph.
The future looks bright for the RC hockey program and seems like it will only continue to get brighter after a successful run under first-year Head Coach, Scott Cagnet. With a well-rounded core RC already has set their sights on next season as they attempt to make the programs first attempt to compete in the national tournament, building off of this years success.