RIT, Canisius coaches have BG ties

By October 16, 2015Notebooks

Bowling Green will see plenty of familiar faces during its trip to the Rochester (N.Y.) Institute of Technology and Canisius this weekend.

Former Falcon assistant coach and player Wayne Wilson is in his 17th season as the head coach at RIT. His associate head coach is Brian Hills, who also is a former player and assistant coach at BG. Hills is in his 11th season at RIT.

RIT is 302-180-54 under Wilson, who received a seven-year contract extension earlier this year. The extension runs through the 2021-22 season.

Last season, RIT finished 20-15-3 overall and 14-9-5 in Atlantic Hockey. The Tigers tied for third in the league, but won the Atlantic Hockey Association playoff title to advance to the NCAA playoffs.

The Tigers then beat Western Collegiate Hockey Association member Minnesota State in the first round of the NCAAs.

Wilson was a co-captain and senior defenseman on BG’s national championship team in 1984.

Hills remains the second-leading scorer in Falcon history, totaling 270 points in 156 games from 1979-83. The center had 116 goals and 154 assists.

Former BG assistant coach Dave Smith is in his 11th season as the head coach at Canisius. The Golden Griffins were 18-12-7 overall and 15-7-6 in Atlantic Hockey last season, advancing to the league semifinals.

The Falcons, ranked 10th nationally, will attempt to bounce back from a poor performance Tuesday in a 4-1 loss at Western Michigan.

After this weekend, BG is off until Oct. 31-Nov. 1 when it visits Alaska-Anchorage to open the WCHA portion of its schedule.

RIT is 0-2, losing 6-0 at Clarkson and 5-1 at St. Lawrence last weekend.

Canisius dropped its opener last weekend at home to Penn State by a 6-1 score.

RIT was second and Canisius was fourth in the coaches poll for the 11-team league.

The RIT game is being played at Blue Cross Arena, home of the American Hockey League’s Rochester Americans.

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