Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a part of an athletic program that has recently moved from Division III to Division I? RIT’s hockey program is in their second season of Division I, which does not leave them eligible for the post season until next year when they finish their probationary period. However, this does not mean that they can’t try to win their division. Jim Mandelaro of the Democrat and Chronicle went behind the scenes at a recent win against UConn to describe what it is like throughout the day of the program.

The Tigers are the surprise of the Atlantic Hockey Association, but this is a weekend on the brink. Friday’s stunning defeat concerns Wilson. Immediately after that loss, Wilson and his assistants watched the game on tape until 11:30 p.m. “He wouldn’t have done that if they had won,” says sports information director Steve Jaynes. “It really bothered him.”

Wilson calls it “the most frustrating loss of the season.”

“We have to turn it around tonight,” he says.

I have only gotten to one RIT hockey game since I graduated, and that was a women’s game up here in Maine. I am planning on getting down to Boston for the last game of the season (possible for the last two games) and to watch a track meet that is also happening that weekend. I recommend taking a look at the article (linked below) if you are interested in seeing the pictures or reading the hour by hour summary of the day.

(Source: D & C » An inside look at the Tigers in their second year as a Division I hockey team)