Men’s hockey seniors leave their mark on the record books

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Brooke Smith, Sports Editor

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With their Game One win against American International College, the RMU NCAA men’s hockey team class of 2012 became the winningest class in program history.

“It feels awesome, it’s starting to sink in now that the season is over,” said senior captain, Trevor Lewis. “It’s a huge accomplishment and something that myself and the other seniors are all really proud of.”

While the class has had many favorite moments, all ten pointed to their sweep against number one ranked Miami-Ohio during their sophomore year.

“It’s tough to just pick one moment that really sticks out, but I’d definitely have to go with the sweep against Miami of Ohio,” said senior forward Tommy Brooks.  “Not a lot of people thought that we could beat them once let alone twice, so it was great to beat them here and in their arena.”

“The weekend against Miami is something that is tough to put into words,” said senior goaltender, Brooks Ostergard.

“It was our first game at Mellon Arena in front of a lot of our family and friends,” said senior defenseman, James Lyle. “It was pretty special and I don’t think I will ever forget that series.”

“The sweep over Miami of Ohio was probably the most fun I’ve ever had,” added senior forward, Cody Crichton.  “Every game is big in college hockey and every game is important, but that win definitely sticks out as my favorite.”

They also enjoyed all of the different places that they got to go to over the past four years.

“We got to go to Alaska, North Dakota, New York City, and a lot of other great places,” said senior defenseman, Josh Jones.

The seniors also noted that they will miss the bond that they have formed with each other.

“We’ve such a close knit group of guys over my four years here,” said senior forward, Brandon Blandina. “Leaving the team and the guys is going to be pretty tough.”

“These are my best friends over the past four years,” said senior forward, Furman South.

“We all came up together and did a lot of growing up together, so I’m definitely going to miss the guys,” added Lyle.

“It’s going to be weird not coming here every day and seeing the guys,” said senior forward, Nick Chiavetta.  “Our senior class is the closest group of guys I’ve ever been with.”

“It was such a big class coming in, so we’ve really bonded into good relationships,” said senior forward, Ron Cramer.

“Being a senior in a class of ten graduating players is something that is uncommon in college hockey,” said Ostergard. “It’s something that I will remember for the rest of my life.”

 

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