2019-2020 season preview

-TJ Fasnacht (August 2019)

It’s that time of year ladies and gents.  Ville hockey is almost back or as I like to call it, Christmas in September!  Millersville is looking to build off of a year that had it’s ups and downs but far more ups than downs.  The Marauders unfortunately fell in the first round of the CSCHC playoffs to Rutgers last season, but the Marauders definitely made it a very interesting contest as they clawed their way back to force an overtime period.  They couldn’t get it done in the extra period as Rutgers scored to end the 2018-2019 season for the Marauders on a heartbreaking note.  That brutal loss has only fueled the guys to work even harder than normal this off season.

New Coaching Staff
The Marauders have a new look this season as new players aren’t the only new thing this season. Over the summer, the marauders have hired a new coaching staff that is looking to start off on the right note and take the Marauders all the way to their first CSCHC title. The new bench boss is Scott McGillivray.  Scott was the head coach for the Hempfield Black Knights and during his own collegiate career helped Oakland University to an ACHA D2 National Championship in 2006. He is hoping with his coaching this year that the Marauders can become a championship squad themselves.  The second piece of the new look behind the bench is Ryan Bechtold. He and Coach Scott also have experience working together as a staff; as they coached together in the Hempfield program. Another new addition behind the marauder bench is Eric Hench. Eric currently the head recruiter for the marauders but will also be taking over the goaltending coach duties for the 2019-2020 season.

Schedule Preview
The quest for the CSCHC trophy begins on September 7th as the Marauders first game is away at the University of Delaware.  The home opener is September 14th as the Marauders square off against the St. Joe's Hawks. The Marauders have a full schedule for the rest of the 2019-2020 season. At the end of September, Millersville travels to the Philadelphia City 6 Showcase, where they will face Drexel on Friday the 27th, and from there will hope to keep their hopes alive and play though Sunday against potential ACHA D1 foes, Villanova and Temple. In October, the Marauders will begin a long home stand as all 5 of their games in October will be played at home. On October 18th and 19th the Marauders will be sporting special uniforms and hosting an Autism Awareness weekend, with all funds raised going towards Autism Speaks. The following weekend on October 25th the Marauders will be hosting a white out for their annual Homecoming game at 7:15PM vs league rival West Chester. The month of November is extremely long for the Marauders, as they see a total of nine games throughout the month. Five of those contests will be away, while the other four fall at home. In addition, the month of November sees two additional special event nights. On November 2nd vs NJIT, Millersville will be hosting a Youth Hockey Night at 5:00PM. At the end of the month on the 23rd at 5:00PM vs TCNJ, the Marauders will be hosting their 1st annual Greek Night! They will be inviting all of the greek life on Millersville’s campus out to the game to raise money for the Make-a-wish Foundation. The Fall semester is wrapped up in the first week of December as the Marauders are on the road for 2 away contests vs Rutgers University and the University of Scranton.

The Spring 2020 semester will start off with a bang for the Marauders. The team will be traveling to Kentucky to take on the University of Louisville for one contest on January 16th and then the University of Kentucky for two games on the 17th and 18th. Both of the University of Kentucky contests will start at midnight, as part of their midnight madness tradition. The Marauders will return home just in time for the official start of the spring semester and round out their January schedule vs non league opponents Rider and Delaware at home and then make the trip up to Seton Hall for their first league contest of the spring semester. In February, the Marauders will see another busy month as they host Fan Appreciation Night on the 1st vs Rutgers at 5:00PM. The following week the Marauders will travel to West Chester on the 7th and the following night host the Monmouth Hawks at 5:00PM for Senior Night. When Valentine's Day Weekend hits, the Marauders will be traveling to Loucks Ice Rink in Lawrenceville, NJ for the CSCHC Playoffs, hoping to redeem themselves from last seasons disappointment. The Marauders season hopes to continue as they push on their journey towards nationals with a stop at the Southeast Regionals in Lawrenceville, NJ on the weekend of February 28th through March 1st. If the Marauders were to advance any further they would play in the ACHA D2 National Championships right outside of Dallas, Texas in the mid March. This season will bring a lot of changes to Millersville Ice Hockey and I’m looking forward to getting started!