- August 22, 2017
The 2017-2018 UMBC Retrievers Ice Hockey season is upon us. The Dawgs are excited to take back to the ice, with some big changes. And not just some sweet new sweaters, but they've got those coming too!
The first big change for the upcoming season is the men behind the bench. Brandon Fritz is coming on board to be the new Head Coach for UMBC Ice Hockey. Coach Fritz served as Associate Head Coach last season, after playing 4 seasons with the Dawgs from 2010-2014. Growing up playing hockey in Michigan, Fritz came to UMBC with one of the strongest work ethics of any player, and made three trips to the ACHA National Tournament during his time wearing the black and gold. He plans to bring this grit and work ethic to the Dawgs bench.
Alongside Coach Fritz will be new Assistant Coach, Justin Milo. Coach Milo is new to the Baltimore-area, and was quickly discovered by Coach Fritz. Justin played high school hockey at the elite Shattuck St. Mary's School in Minnesot... Read More »
- February 27, 2017
This past weekend was the end for the 2016-2017 UMBC ice hockey season. A very successful season despite posting a 12-15-1 record. The Retrievers reached the ACHA post season for the first time since the 2013-2014 season when they reached the Frozen Four at ACHA D2 Nationals in Boston.
According to coach Pelus, "It felt great to get back to the ACHA post season. This senior class, who was around for Boston, fought through a ton of adversity and injuries to key players over the last few years. This was a testament of their dedication to this program as they never gave up during the difficult times."
On Friday night, UMBC took on the United States Military Academy Army Black Knights. Army jumped out to an early lead and that was the only time the Retrievers would trail as freshman defenseman Brennan Johnsson tied up the game 18 seconds later. UMBC would take a 4-2 lead into the first intermission as they also received goals from senior Jean-Luc Durantaye, f... Read More »
- February 20, 2017
On Friday night at 9pm, the #10 seed UMBC Retrievers will face off against the #11 seed Army Black Knights at LaHaye Ice Center in Lynchburg, VA in the first round of ACHA Regionals.... Read More »
UMBC and Army did not play each other this season. In the 2015-2016 season UMBC defeated Army in both matchups, 2-1 and 4-1.
If UMBC defeats Army, they will play Saturday, against either Toledo at 12 noon or Miami of Ohio at 3pm.
The Regional Finals will take place on Sunday at 12 noon and 3pm. Matchups will be determined after Saturday&rsquos full complement of games. The two winners from Sunday will earn a berth to the ACHA Nationals in Columbus, OH from March 15-19.
- February 19, 2017
Three UMBC ice hockey players earn MACH regular season awards, one earns MACH playoff awards.
MACH regular season awards were handed out for coach of the year, freshman of the year, second team honors (3 forwards, 2 defensemen, 1 goalie), first team honors (3 forwards, 2 defensemen, 1 goalie) and most valuable player.
Freshman defenseman Brennan Johnsson won MACH Freshman of the year and received MACH First Team honors.
Junior forward Colin Edwards received MACH First Team honors.
Senior captain Ryan Atkinson received MACH First Team honors and won the Most Valuable Player award.
Senior assistant captain and forward Jean-Luc Durantaye received votes for MACH Second Team.
Junior assistant captain and goaltender Dylan Knox received votes for MACH Second Team.
MACH playoff awards were handed out for All Tournament Team and playoff most valuable player. Senior assistant captain and forward Jean Luc Durantaye was named to t... Read More »
- February 14, 2017
After two seasons of key player injuries and missing out on the ACHA postseason, UMBC is back in the ACHA Regional playoffs! Rankings have just been released and UMBC came in at #10 in the Southeast rankings. As long as no unranked team wins the MACH or the TSCHL (Tri-State Collegiate Hockey League) playoffs next weekend, UMBC will head to Regionals in Lynchburg, VA. If UMBC wins the MACH playoffs, they will guarantee their regional spot.
According to Coach Pelus, "we are thrilled to get back to Regionals, these guys worked hard all season and definitely deserve it." He added, "Despite having a losing record, we were able to maintain a top 10 ranking based on our strength of schedule which was the fourth toughest in the Southeast."
When UMBC faces off against Maryland on Friday, the Retrievers can help their Regional bid by knocking off the Terps, ending their season and ensuring Maryland cannot win the MACH and take the Retriever&rsquos spot in t... Read More »
- February 12, 2017
The Retrievers ended the 2016-2017 season with a hard fought victory over rival Maryland University. The Retrievers topped the Terps 4-3 in the consolation game of the Crab Pot. UMBC goal scorers were senior captain Ryan Atkinson (2) and fellow senior Joe Parsons (2). Parsons scored the game winner while the Retrievers were short-handed. Goaltender Dylan Knox was strong in net surrendering 3 goals on 39 shots.... Read More »
"It was a great way to end the regular season, especially after we lost to them the prior weekend" said Coach Pelus.
UMBC finished the regular season with a record of 10-14 but they were 6-3 in their final nine games.
The Retrievers will face off against Maryland in the first round of the MACH playoffs on Friday February 17th at 11:30am at Fred Rust Arena located on the University of Delaware campus.
- November 22, 2016
This past weekend the Retrievers, on the road for both matchups, went 1-1 with a 5-2 loss to University of Delaware and a come from behind 8-5 victory vs University of Maryland College Park.
Friday night's matchup vs Delaware was on an Olympic sized ice sheet (wider ice surface) which offers a lot more time and space. UMBC had a couple early powerplay opportunities that they could not capitalize on. The Retrievers were unable to get out of their own way during the loss. Delaware would get on the board first after a bad pinch by a Retriever defenseman and the Delaware player slid the puck five hole on goaltender Dylan Knox on a two on one break. Delaware would strike again in the first minute of the second period off a UMBC turnover. After each Retriever goal pulled them back in the game, they let up and allowed Delaware to answer back. UMBC would fall to Delaware 5-2 despite outshooting them 34-27.
On Saturday night the Retrievers traveled south to take on th... Read More »
- November 11, 2016
Coming off their highest scoring win of the season where the Retrievers handily defeated St Joseph's University by a score of 15-2, they welcomed the #4 ranked Toledo University Rockets.
On Saturday, Toledo won by a final score of 7-4. Every time UMBC gained momentum and pulled the game close, the Rockets answered with a goal. The Retrievers had a great start to the game and senior captain Ryan Atkinson got the game's first goal. Toledo answered back with two goals in the first period and took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission. The second period saw a flurry of six goals, Toledo with four and UMBC with two (Atkinson and Johnsson) and Toledo had a 6-3 lead going into the third period. UMBC would pull within two off a goal by senior Jean-Luc Durantaye but Toledo answered back to make it 7-4 which would end up as the final. The Rockets outshot the Retrievers 50-41 for the game.
Sunday would be a different story. UMBC scored two power play markers (A... Read More »
- October 13, 2016
The Louis J. Cantori Club Sport Award is presented annually to a UMBC student who participates in club sports and is an outstanding scholar-athlete.
This year's recipient, Ryan Atkinson, is a senior biochemistry major who is maintaining a 4.00 grade-point average. The presidential scholar conducts research in the Immunology Lab on campus, while competing for the UMBC ice hockey team. The forward has led the Retrievers in scoring in each of his first three seasons. He debuted by earning Mid-Atlantic Hockey Association Rookie of the Year and First Team national tournament honors in 2013-14. Ryan led the National Championship Tournament in points through pool play as he helped lead the Retrievers to the Frozen Four. Last season, the native of Vacaville, California received Second team league honors and he will again serve as team captain in his senior year.
After graduation this spring, he plans to attend medical school by way of the US Air Force Health Pro... Read More »
- October 12, 2016
After a disappointing three game set with losses to Ohio and Louisville, UMBC notched two wins this past weekend. The Retrievers beat Towson (ACHA D1) 5-4 on Friday and MACH South rival Virginia Tech 4-2 on Saturday.
In Friday night's game against Towson, at approximately the four minute mark into the first period, team captain Ryan Atkinson tallied the first Retriever goal with assists from Colin Edwards and Jean-Luc Durantaye. he scoring went back and forth until midway through the third period when Ryan Atkinson scored his second of the night to give the Retrievers their first two goal lead of the game. UMBC would not relinquish their lead as goaltender Dylan Knox remained strong all night while seeing a healthy dose of rubber as the Retrievers were outshot 54-29 for the game. UMBC never trailed in the game and Towson scored a late powerplay goal with 12 seconds remaining to pull within one.
In Saturday's matinee game against MACH South rival Virginia ... Read More »
- October 11, 2016
The UMBC Ice Hockey team is excited to announce David Stearns from Cross Ice Feed will be back to broadcast a select number of games for the 2016-2017 season! David was the long time broadcaster for the Retrievers but had to step away for a few seasons as he and his wife expanded their family.... Read More »
Cross Ice Feed will broadcast the following games:
October 22 vs Liberty University D2 (4:30pm)
November 5 vs Toledo University (2:15pm)
November 12 vs Penn State University (4:30pm)
January 28 vs University of Delaware D2 (6:15pm)
February 4 vs Maryland College Park (4:30pm)
- September 23, 2016
UMBC Ice Hockey has released their schedule for the upcoming 2016-2017 season. The season kicks off on September 24th on the road against Montclair State University. Games against new opponents include a three game road trip to Ohio and Kentucky to play University of Ohio D2 for two games and an early Sunday matchup against University of Louisville. UMBC will also host NYU for the first time since the 2012-2013 season. The schedule will also see the Retrievers host University of Toledo and Penn State University for two games each in November. Of course, UMBC will continue their MACH South conference play with home and home series against University of Delaware D2, Liberty University D2, Virginia Tech University and University of Maryland College Park. The regular season will be capped off with the Crab Pot hosted by the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.
The first home game of the season will be Saturday October 8th at 4:15pm against MACH South rival Virginia ... Read More »
- September 21, 2016
Two things have become synonymous with the start of September: school and training camp for the UMBC Ice Hockey team. On September 2, the tradition continued and has ushered in the start of the college hockey season. After a disappointing second half to last year's season, the team came into training camp with something to prove and hungry for a chance to right the ship. It certainly didn't take long for them to get started. The returners and newcomers immediately got to work, hitting the ice for power skating and a few hours of intense battle drills. With a physical first ice session accompanied with the yearly team dodgeball tournament and a grueling core workout circuit, it was safe to say that the guys crawled home and immediately went to bed, ready to take on Day Two of training camp bright and early.
Day Two of camp started out with more intense on-ice sessions focused around hitting and forechecking (after all, nothing jolts you out of summer vacation ... Read More »