SRU Good News for Feb. 11, 2008
Inline Hockey Club at SRU earns top 20 national ranking
The Inline Hockey Club at Slippery Rock University is ranked 19th in the nation for Division II and has clinched a playoff berth for the first time.
"We put together a really strong team this year," said Eric Viletto, a marketing major from Wexford and club president. "Inline hockey has really arrived at SRU. We're playing in the best inline hockey league in the country, except professional."
The sport resembles ice hockey, except players wear inline skates rather than blades. The club team at SRU has 45 members and played 18 games from September through February. The team practices at Neville Island near Pittsburgh and plays many of its games in Harrisburg and Philadelphia, Viletto said.
The team, incorporated six years ago, competes in the Eastern Collegiate Roller Hockey Association, which includes Shippensburg, Millersville, Drexel and other teams from the northeast. The playoffs will be staged Feb. 20-22. The team's opponent has not yet been determined.
While inline skating was invented to help ice hockey players stay in shape during the off-season, Viletto said inline is faster-paced than ice hockey.
"I like it more than ice hockey for a couple different reasons," he said. "It's four-on-four instead of five-on-five, which really opens the rink a lot more. There is no off side or icing, so that really allows the play to develop a lot more quickly."
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