WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Seton Hall Prep ice hockey team will begin the season Friday, Nov. 29, against Don Bosco Prep at the Ice Vault in Wayne at 7 p.m.
SHP fifth-year head coach Mike Atkinson is really looking forward to this season.
“Our team will be built on speed and size,” he said. “We plan to be a fast-paced, rush-oriented offense, while our defense and goaltending has another season to mature. We are very excited with our schedule as we moved up to the Gordon Conference-American Division and look forward to the test and improve on last year’s record of 14-9-3.”
Returning forwards are junior Ryan Rodrigues (6 goals, 4 assists last year) senior Alex Kuhtik (5 g, 7 a) sophomore Patrick Zincone (6 g, 3 a), sophomore Aidan D’Urso (2 g, 7 a) junior Brendan Waivada (3 g, 3 a) and senior Sal Micciche (2 g, 2 a).
The returning defensemen are juniors Oliver Grinken (2 g), Harrison Rocheville (4 g and 2 a), Sam Rojas (2 a) and Benjamin Colucci, and seniors Kyle Bishop and Tim O’Connell (2 a).
The returning goalies are sophomore Jake Schunke (10-9-3 record, 2.83 goals-against average, 3 shutouts) and junior Patrick Ackerman (4-0-0, 1.00 GAA).
Following the season opener, the Pirates will host Portledge School on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Codey Arena at 4:15 p.m.
Nov. 29, Don Bosco Prep, at Ice Vault (Wayne), 7 p.m.
Dec. 4, Portledge School, at Codey Arena, 4:15 p.m.
Dec. 16, Manasquan HS, at Codey Arena, 4:15 p.m.
Dec. 17, St. Peter’s Prep, at Barnabas H.H.H., 4:30 p.m.
Dec. 20, Christian Brothers Academy, at Codey Arena, 6:45 p.m.
Dec. 23, Gloucester Catholic, at Hollydell Ice Arena, 3:30 p.m.
TBA, Pepsi Classic, at Ice Vault (Wayne)
Jan. 3, St. Augustine Prep, at Codey Arena, 6:45 p.m.
Jan. 8, Bergen Catholic, at Ice House (Hackensack), 2:30 p.m.
Jan. 10, Hun School, at Ice Land, 4 p.m.
Jan. 13, Delbarton, at Aspen Ice, 4:45 p.m.
Jan. 15, Christian Brothers Academy, at Jersey Shore Ice Arena, 5 p.m.
Jan. 21, Delbarton, at Aspen Ice, 4:45 p.m.
Jan. 22, Don Bosco Prep, at Codey Arena, 6:15 p.m.
Jan. 27, Gloucester Catholic, at Codey Arena, 6:15 p.m.
Jan. 30, Northern Highlands, at Sport-O-Rama, 5:20 p.m.
Jan. 31, Princeton Day, at Lisa McGraw Ice Rink, 4 p.m.
Feb. 3, Bergen Catholic, at Codey Arena, 4:15 p.m.
Feb. 5, Pope John, at Skylands Ice World, 4:30 p.m.
Feb. 14, Gordon Cup first round
Feb. 17, Gordon Cup quarterfinals
Feb. 19, Gordon Cup semifinals
Feb. 21, Gordon Cup final, at Codey Arena, 8 p.m.