The Pittsburgh Panthers ACHA Division II team has folded for the remainder of the season, citing a lack of players, the team announced via twitter Wednesday morning.
Due to a lack of players this season, we unfortunately are being forced to fold the rest of our 2019-2020 season..
We apologize to the teams that we had on our schedule for the inconvenience & to everyone for the sad news.
We will make a bigger statement later this week..
— Pitt Men’s Club Hockey (@D2PittHockey) November 6, 2019
A more in depth statement is planned for later this week, though the team account did respond to a direct message on twitter and further cited “lack of players and our budget according to our new GM.”
Division 1 head coach Stu Rulnick is currently filling the role of General Manager after longtime GM Dean Lakios resigned in October.
With a record of 4-7-1, which includes a 0-0 tie against Kutztown on Oct. 12, the Panthers struggled early in the season. The team opened the season at home against Penn State with two losses before sweeping Dayton the following weekend. The Panthers then went 0-5-1 before a weekend sweep at Mercyhurst last weekend where they defeated the Lakers 4-2 and 10-1. The Panthers were playing an independent schedule after leaving the Tri State Collegiate Hockey League at the end of the 2018-19 season.
The Panthers’ Division I team is currently 11-1 overall (1-1 CHMA) and is ranked No. 24 in the nation.