The SUNY Morrisville men’s hockey team have waited over 18 months to return to the ice for competition, and after a long anxious wait, they will do so today as they open the 2021-22 slate on the road for the first time since February 2020, as it heads south to take on the host of the Valley of Lebanon in a 4pm battle.
After last season’s cancellation, head coach Kevin Krogol and coaching staff are excited to return to the ice to see what the combined subclass, who has yet to play a hockey game, varsity, can do for the team this season.
âWe are delighted to be back in the game,â Krogol said. âWith a combined freshman and sophomore class of 21 players, we’ve got a great group of guys making their college debut this weekend. We have learned and grown a lot during the preseason, and while there is still more to do, we are excited and optimistic that the program is heading in the right direction this season.
Krogol is looking for a trio of upper-class students to lead the team this season with Senior Captain Ben Sprague (Norfolk, NY) as well as assistants Jesse Anderson (Wasaga Beach, Ont.) And James Boisvert. (Mansfield, TX), who enter the season with a significant amount of on-ice playing experience for the Mustangs over the course of their careers.
Despite the number of new faces taking to the ice for the Mustangs this season, Morrisville sacks four of his top five scorers for the 2019-20 season, including Eric Melso (Philadelphia, Pa) and Jestin Somero (New Ipswich, NH) with Boisvert and Sprague.
Morrisville will have the only conference game against Lebanon Valley to prepare for a rigid schedule for the New York University Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) which opens on Wednesday. But with two quality shows already under their belt, the Mustangs are ready to hit the ice quickly.
âOutside of the conference we will see new faces this season as we have added new opponents to our schedule,â said Krogol.
“In conference, we have the privilege of continuing to compete in the strongest conference in the country from top to bottom.”
This top league competition opens with SUNY Geneseo, preseason favorite on Wednesday on the Mustangs ice and follows with three more championship games, as Morrisville heads to Brockport on November 6, followed by Buffalo State on November 10. November returning home on the 13th against Fredonia.
Double heads against Rivier University on the 19th and 20th on the Mustangs rink, and a fight against the Kings on the 26th and 27th will bring Morrisville back to SUNYAC in December for four straight games to conclude the first half of action.
Morrisville will have a three-game skid on the road, with the first stop at Cortland on the 1st, followed by Oswego on the 4th. They head to Potsdam on the 8th before facing Plattsburgh on the Mustangs rink on the 11th in the first half final.
After a short winter break, Morrisville will resume action on January 5 against Arcadia, before heading to Albertus Magnus College for a second non-conference battle on January 11. A stint at Post University on the 12th will be a final tune-up for a four-game conference roster that kicks off with Brockport on Jan. 19 on the Mustangs rink.
Morrisville will travel to Geneseo on the 21st, followed by Fredonia on the 25th, before meeting the Buffalo State Bengals on their own rink on the 29th.
A non-conference final game against Canton on February 4 will take Morrisville to the home stretch of their schedule, as they host Oswego on February 9 at home, followed by Cortland on February 12.
Morrisville hits the road Feb. 16 in Plattsburgh and returns home on the 19th for the regular season finale.
âWith a number of new faces and a strong returning squad, we are excited about the possibilities of the season and look forward to working day in and day out to continue on the path to success,â said Krogol.
Full roster and schedule information, as well as live coverage of Mustang home events, can be found on the college track and field website at www.morrisvillemustangs.com.