The 2018-2019 season was a historic one for the AIC men’s ice hockey program. After a mere three years under the leadership of head coach Eric Lang ’98, ms ’08, the ice men of American International College achieved unprecedented victories, awards and accolades, gaining national acclaim and elevating the program to new heights.
With an overtime goal off the stick of junior center Hugo Reinhardt, the AIC Men’s Ice Hockey Team topped Niagara 3-2 in the conference tournament final on March 23, 2019, to claim its first-ever Atlantic Hockey Conference title.
With the dramatic victory, the Yellow Jackets punched their ticket to their first-ever NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship Tournament where they pulled off an upset for the ages. AIC shocked the college hockey world, taking down top-ranked St. Cloud State 2-1 in the West Regional in Fargo, North Dakota, on March 29, 2019. It was the team’s first tournament win at the sport’s highest level. AIC fell the following night to No. 6 Denver 3-0 in a hard-fought game to bring the historic season and an immensely successful postseason run to an end.
It was a season of firsts for the Yellow Jackets. In the postseason, the Yellow Jackets earned their first national tournament appearance and victory and first Atlantic Hockey championship. In addition, AIC captured its first regular season title and earned a national ranking for the first time as a Division I program, breaking into the USCHO.com Division I Men’s Hockey Poll and ultimately ranking at No. 16 at the season’s end. As a team, the Yellow Jackets set new Division 1-era records for wins in a season (23) and goals in a season (129).
2018-2019: A SEASON OF FIRSTS
|FIRST NCAA NATIONAL TOURNAMENT APPEARANCE, DEFEATING #1 OVERALL SEED ST. CLOUD STATE|
|2019 ATLANTIC HOCKEY CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS|
|2019 ATLANTIC HOCKEY REGULAR SEASON CHAMPIONS|
|RANKED 16TH IN THE FINAL USCHO D-I MEN’S POLL|
|MOST WINS IN AIC HOCKEY D-I PROGRAM HISTORY|
|ERIC LANG NAMED CHN, AHC, AND NEHJ AHC COACH OF THE YEAR,
RUNNER UP FOR THE 2019 SPENCER PENROSE AWARD
|BLAKE CHRISTENSEN HONORED AS CCM/AHCA HOCKEY ALL-AMERICAN EAST SECOND TEAM, NAMED NEHJ AHC PLAYER OF THE YEAR AND NAMED TO THE NEW ENGLAND HOCKEY WRITERS ASSOCIATION MEN’S D-I ALL-STAR TEAM AND ALL-USCHO THIRD TEAM|
|BLAKE CHRISTENSEN AND BRENNAN KAPCHECK NAMED FIRST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE
AND NOMINEES FOR HOBEY BAKER AWARD
|BRENNAN KAPCHECK AND JOEL KOCUR NAMED TO NCAA TOURNAMENT All-WEST REGIONAL TEAM|
|ZACKARIAS SKOG NAMED AHC TOURNAMENT MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER|
|BLAKE CHRISTENSEN, JANIS JAKS, RYAN POLIN, HUGO REINHARDT, AND ZACKARIAS SKOG NAMED TO AHC ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM|
|RECEIVED A CONGRATULATORY VIDEO FROM MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR CHARLIE BAKER|
|SPRINGFIELD MAYOR DOMENIC SARNO PROCLAIMED MARCH 15, 2019, AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE MEN’S ICE HOCKEY TEAM DAY|
THE ICE MEN WILL RETURN FALL 2019
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