Ice hockey opens season against Rival

The ice hockey team will face off at Mid-Atlantic Collegiate
Hockey rival Maryland tomorrow to start off their 2013-14 campaign.
The puck drops at 2:40 p.m..

Maryland knocked the Owls out of playoff contention last year, and
finished one place ahead of Temple to take the final playoff spot in
the MACH standings, ultimately leading to a run into nationals for the
Terrapins from Maryland.

“We want to get back at them for taking our spot in regionals,” senior
goaltender Chris Mullen said. “And they ultimately got to nationals,
which is our goal. They’re definitely a good team but there’s no
reason why we can’t skate with them.”

Sophomore forward Greg Malinowski didn’t hold back.

“I hate them,” Malinowski said. “They’re not really a skilled team,
they’re just a real chippy team.”

Saturday’s game will also mark the beginning of the Ryan Frain era as
head coach of Temple Ice Hockey. Frain previously served as an
assistant under former head coach Jerry Roberts, and is looking forward
to the opportunity to be head coach.

“Just a lot of excitement [heading into the season],” Frain said.
“Being assistant coach for the last few years I think I’ve gotten the
feel for what it’s going to take to be head coach. It’s really
exciting to have the opportunity to be the head coach, it’s going to
be pretty awesome to be a head coach at the age I am.”

What better way would there be to start a coaching career with a win
over a MACH rival?