The UR men’s club ice hockey team ended their season on Feb. 10 with a match-up against RIT. With about 50 fans cheering them on, the team scored four goals on RIT, though they eventually lost 8-4.
The game was back and forth; both teams capitalized on chances to score. Senior forward Nicholas Fedorka scored two goals, both of them coming in 2-on-1 situations., while sophomore defenseman Brian Doherty made his only goal this season. Senior Ryan Sigurdson started in goal for the Yellowjackets, stopping 46 of RIT’s 54 shots on net.
Friday’s loss to RIT, the third this season, dropped UR to 2-17.
UR’s first win of the season came on Dec. 10 in a 7-5 win over Binghamton University. Fedorka scored the game-winning goal, his second that night. Freshmen defenseman James McMullen and forward Nick Carrothers each put two points on the board.
On Feb. 4, UR defeated Ithaca College 14-6. Junior forw ards James Wood and Luke Severski combined for eight goals. Sophomore forward Tim Felong contributed one goal in each of the team’s wins.
UR’s Dec. 9 match-up against St. Bonaventure University and Jan. 20 contest against Canisius College both went into overtime, giving UR two overtime losses to complement their two wins.
The men’s hockey team has had “a few bumps and bruises” over the course of the year, but did not lose any players due to injury, according to Sigurdson. However, junior forward Ryan Williamson, who had 26 goals, 23 assists and three game-winning goals last year, is not currently enrolled at UR.
With Williamson gone, new talent was discovered in freshman Carrothers, who scored 13 goals and racked up 12 assists. However, Fedorka was the leader in scoring and points, with 15 goals and 12 assists, giving him 27 points in total. Sophomore goalie Tim Kuznetsov played in 15 of the team’s games, saving 533 of 607 shots, putting his save percentage at 88. He played in both of UR’s wins.
With six seniors on the team, next year seasoned sophomores and juniors will get their chance to take to the ice in search of victory.