ROCHESTER, N.Y. (January 20, 2007) — RIT scored three unanswered goals over the final two periods to break a 1-1 tie en route to a 4-2 victory over the University of Connecticut men's hockey team Saturday evening at Ritter Arena.
RIT (14-8-2, 13-4-1 AHA) scored the game's first goal midway through the first period when Jesse Newman converted for his first goal of the season. Brent Patry picked up the assist on the play as his initial shot above the left faceoff circle was deflected into the Husky net by Newman.
UConn (9-15-0, 9-9-0 AHA) opened play in the second period with a one-man advantage as the Tigers were called for a penalty in the final minute of the first period. The Huskies took advantage of the power-play opportunity 42 seconds into play as senior Cole Koidahl (Minneapolis, Minn.) netted his ninth goal of the season. B.J. Crum (Hampden, Mass.) started the attack by skating down the left side of the ice before delivering cross ice pass to Matt Scherer (Seattle, Wash.). Scherer passed the puck to Trevor Stewart (Elk River, Minn.) who then set up Koidahl for the goal.
Minutes later, however, the Tigers quickly answered at the 3:05 mark and regained the lead with a power-play goal from Matt Smith. From behind and to the right of the Husky goal, Steve Pinizzotto passed the puck to center ice where Smith fired a one-timer into the Husky net.
The Tigers extended their lead to 3-1 less than three minutes into the final period as RIT scored its second consecutive power-play goal. Following a pass from Smith, Dan Ringwald fired a shot towards the Husky net where Simon Lambert redirected the puck into the net with his skate as he skated in front of the goal.
Smith picked up his second goal of the evening to put the Tigers out in front 4-1 midway through the third period. Newman, who controlled the puck in the left corner of the ice, fed Smith to the right of the Husky goal for his third point of the night.
Scherer cut the Tiger deficit in half, 4-2, with less than 30 seconds left to play for his 14th goal of the season and second of the weekend. Sophomore Chris Myhro (Eden Prairie, Minn.) fed Scherer with a pass just in front of the crease for UConn's second goal of the game.
Although keeping the Huskies within striking distance by making a countless number of fantastic saves, freshman goaltender Beau Erickson (Hinton, Iowa) suffered the loss. He finished the evening with a total of 25 saves.
UConn returns to the ice Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. when the Huskies travel to West Point, N.Y. to begin a weekend series with Army.