WEST POINT – Brett Riley was very cautious when requested about making his NCAA Division I teaching debut on Saturday with the brand new Lengthy Island College males’s ice hockey group, towards his uncle Brian’s Military group.
“It’s going to be particular,’’ Brett stated. “I don’t need to say an excessive amount of extra simply because we’re lucky to go day-to-day right here. You see how rapidly issues can change when it comes to scheduling.’’
His prescient considerations got here true on Friday when West Level administration needed to postpone the LIU-Military recreation as a result of what the U.S. Army Academy is looking “a small variety of COVID-19 instances and subsequent contact tracing.’’ The Nov. 20 Holy Cross at Military contest can be postponed, although the Nov. 22 return recreation in Worcester, Mass., remains to be on.
It was not made clear if the West Level instances are tied to gamers, coaches or rink employees.
“The well being and security of our group, Corps of Cadets and West Level group is at all times most necessary,” stated Military coach Brian Riley. “We’re upset with the postponements, however will proceed to mitigate the unfold and look ahead to get again out on the ice quickly.”
West Level public relations employees confirmed final week that not less than 110 cadets had COVID or have been quarantined by contract tracing. Military soccer coach Jeff Monken stated an unspecified variety of his gamers additionally had COVID or have been quarantined by tracing – his group departed for New Orleans on Friday to face Tulane on Saturday. Additionally, a tri-meet cross nation Veterans Day occasion on Wednesday between Military, Navy and Air Pressure – three army academies which are all coping with COVID – was canceled.
A make-up contest with LIU shouldn’t be an issue, because of the shut proximity of the colleges and accessible weeknight dates. Military can be scheduled to host LIU on Feb. 26-27.
By the top of the calendar yr, Military is ready to play Sacred Coronary heart on Nov. 27 (street) and 28 (dwelling), Bentley on Dec. 4 (dwelling) and 5 (away) and play at American Worldwide on Dec. 15.
The school hockey season was scheduled for a short begin this weekend. Notre Dame is internet hosting Wisconsin on Friday and Saturday, Arizona State is visiting Michigan on Saturday and Sunday and Bowling Inexperienced was internet hosting lower-division Adrian on Friday. Fuller schedules are set for subsequent week, beginning Thursday and as much as Thanksgiving Eve.
Lengthy Island is subsequent scheduled to play on Nov. 25 at Quinnipiac and towards American Worldwide on Dec. 4 (away) and 5 (dwelling, on the Islanders coaching rink, the Northwell Well being Ice Heart in East Meadow).