NEW HAVEN, Conn. – History was made for Albertus Magnus College in 2019-20, as the newly-started men's ice hockey team set off on its first varsity campaign over the winter season. The Falcons opened its program with a 4-18-2 overall record in a memorable season.
The Falcons opened the 2019-20 campaign on the road with a pair of games against Division II foe St. Michael's College. Albertus dropped the opener after the Purple Knights netted the game-winner with 15 seconds left in the contest to steal a 2-1 win. Freshman Harley Michaels (Kirkland, Quebec) tallied the first goal in program history for the Falcons. The second game of the twin bill was just as close as the first, with the two teams battling to a 2-2 draw.
It's Falcon Gameday ��!!!— Albertus Falcons (@AMCAthletics) November 1, 2019
For the first time ever, it's Falcon Gameday for @Albertus_MIH, as it plays at St. Michael's tonight at 7 PM!. Track the action from home with live video and stats! #FearlessFalcons #FalconA
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Albertus continued to make history on November 8, when it christened the newly-renovated Ralph Walker Skating Rink with its first home game against Anna Maria College. For the second straight contest, the Falcons skated to a draw, 1-1, with both teams scoring goals in the second period. Alexander Lazier (Pointe-Claire, Quebec) netted the program's first goal on their new home ice at Ralph Walker.
We are a day away from @Albertus_MIH's first-ever home game at Ralph Walker Skating Rink!!! Fans that are unable to attend can track all of the action from home with live stats!— Albertus Falcons (@AMCAthletics) November 7, 2019
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The Falcons continued to try and find their footing for the remainder of the 2019 portion of their schedule. Albertus dropped eight straight games to end the year. The Falcons posted multiple goals twice during the rough stretch, both coming against challenging NESCAC foes Connecticut College (5 goals) and Colby College (3 goals).
The turn of the calendar came was just what the Falcons needed, as the team picked up the first two wins in program history in the first week of 2020. Albertus' first victory was a thrilling 3-2 overtime triumph over Fitchburg State in the consolation game of the Codfish Bowl Tournament, hosted by UMass Boston. Lazier netted two of the Falcons' three goals, including the game-winner just 14 seconds into overtime.
MIH: FINAL (OT) - @AMCAthletics 3 | Fitchburg St. 2 ... Alexander Lazier nets the game-winner just 14 second into OT to seal the first win in the Falcons' young history!!! Lazier scored twice for Albertus today, while Sebastien Laquerre scored once! #thisisFalconawesome #d3hky pic.twitter.com/mOLyzNhkqO— Albertus Falcons (@AMCAthletics) January 4, 2020
Albertus rode that momentum into a 4-2 victory over Western New England University for its first-ever home win on January 7. The Falcons exploded for three goals in the second period, with Robert Eichelberger (Odessa, Fla.), Jack Hannan (Kent, Conn.), and Matthew Capisciolto (Russell, Ontario) all finding the back of the net. Cameron Weitzman (Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec) iced the game in the third period with an empty-netter.
MIH: FINAL - @AMCAthletics 4 | WNE 2 ... Two in a row for the Falcons, as Albertus defeats the Golden Bears for its first home win as a program!!! Eichelberger, Hannan, Capisciolto and Weitzman all tallied goals for for the Falcons! #thisisFalconawesome #d3hky pic.twitter.com/KUzXzms1wn— Albertus Falcons (@AMCAthletics) January 8, 2020
The Falcons' win streak was halted with a home split against King's (Pa.) College. After falling to the Monarchs in the first game, 4-1, Albertus bounced back with a 5-2 victory on January 11. The Falcons again caught fire in the second period, lighting the lamp four times in the frame to take the win.
MIH: FINAL - @AMCAthletics 5 | King's 2 ... The Falcons score four times in the second period to pick up its third win in its last four games! Weitzman, Lazier, Hannan, Capisciolto and Forgione all scored for Albertus. #thisisFalconAwesome #d3hky pic.twitter.com/QI0wNfBFsa— Albertus Falcons (@AMCAthletics) January 12, 2020
Albertus posted one more win before the end of the season, defeating SUNY Canton by a 4-1 final score on January 24 in Canton, N.Y. The Roos were one of two teams that the Falcons beat this season that owned double-digit wins, as they owned a 13-9-3 overall record. The other Albertus win over a team with 10-plus victories was Fitchburg State with a 14-8-4 mark.
MIH: FINAL - @AMCAthletics 4 | SUNY Canton 1 ... Matthew Capisciolto ices the win for @Albertus_MIH with an empty-net goal! The Falcons pick up their fourth victory of the season, their first on the road! #thisisFalconAwesome #d3hky pic.twitter.com/TbgOLTC7Ig— Albertus Falcons (@AMCAthletics) January 24, 2020
In their first varsity season, the Falcons' offense was spread across multiple players, as six different skaters tallied at least seven points on the year. Leading the group was Weitzman with 18 points on 11 goals and seven assists. The rookie forward scored goals in eight games, including the program's first hat trick against Post University on January 28.
Second on the team in points was Lazier with 12 points on four goals and a team-best eight assists. The product of Pointe-Claire, Quebec, recorded one two-goal performance on the year against Fitchburg State, in addition to spreading his eight assists across eight contests.
Defenders Charles Risk (Medicine Hat, Alberta) and Michaels were also key components of the Falcons' offense with nine and eight points, respectively. Both players tallied seven assists on the season, with Risk netting two goals and Michaels scoring one.
Rounding out the Falcons with at least seven points were Owen Allan (Ancaster, Ontario) and Jon Olson (Merrick, N.Y.) with seven points each. Allan finished the year with five goals and two assists, while Olson tallied two goals and five assists.
In the classroom, Albertus men's ice hockey had 23 players make the 2019 Fall Dean's List for maintaining a grade-point average of 3.50 or higher during an academic semester or a grade-point average with no grade below a B during the semester (STORY).