Albertus Magnus ice hockey season opener postponed due to COVID-19 case

Friday’s home opener for the Albertus Magnus men’s ice hockey team was postponed “due to COVID-19 related protocols and contract tracing among Tier 1 members of the Albertus men's ice hockey program,” the school announced in a release on Friday.

The Falcons were also scheduled to play at Castleton on Saturday. Head coach Kyle Wallack said he found out about the positive case after practice Thursday and spoke with his team via zoom Friday morning.

“The guys are down in the dumps,” Wallack said. “My message to them was, ‘We don’t grow when things are easy. We grow when there is a challenge in front of us and this is a challenge right now.’”

Wallack said school policy is a 14-day quarantine for the team, which would indicate that the home-and-home series with Babson could get postponed as well. The hockey team opened practice on Jan. 30, just days after Albertus announced a return to “limited intercollegiate competition.”

The Great Northeast Athletic Conference — which Albertus resides in — canceled its season on Nov. 2 while the New England Hockey Conference did the same thing on Nov. 23.

Albertus’ women’s basketball team is scheduled to open on Feb. 23 against Fisher while the men’s team opens Feb. 24 against Mitchell.

Albertus Magnus hockey

Albertus Magnus hockey

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Men’s basketball coach Mitch Oliver said this has been “the first time in 11 months that the full team has practiced together. It’s something we are all passionate about every single day. It’s great to be back out there (practicing.)”

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