Jan. 13, 2007
Milford, CT - Sophomore Steve Pinizzotto had a goal and three assists and six different Tigers scored goals as RIT used three third period goals to vault to a 6-3 win over Sacred in men's ice hockey action Saturday night at the Milford Ice Pavilion. The Tigers completed a weekend sweep of SHU with the victory.
The win moved RIT into first place in the Atlantic Hockey standings, one point ahead of the Pioneers. It was the first time the Pioneers had been beaten swept at home in a weekend series since December 4&5,1998 against Canisius.
The game was a series of momentum shifts. The Tigers jumped on the board right away when Steven Matic lit the lamp 1:51 into the contest. However, the Pioneers answered on a goal by senior Louis Gentile (Beverly, MA) at the 8:02 mark of the first. Gentile picked up a rebound off a shot by Matt Gordon (Lynnfield, MA) and put the puck in the net for his first goal of the year.
For the second straight night, the game was marred by a large amount of penalty calls, 30 in all on both teams. As a result both sides had multiple chances on the power play. The Tigers took a 2-1 lead into the dressing room after Matt Smith scored with the man advantage with 6:20 left.
The Pioneers scored a power play goal of their own midway in the second period when Alexandre Parent (Boisbriand, QC) batted home a loose rebound after a shot by Bear Trapp (Regina, SK) at the 8:40 mark. The goal broke an 0 for 14 slump on the power play for SHU.
Matt Crowell gave RIT the lead again with a snapshot with 4:47 left in the second. However, the Pioneers answered right back, as Trapp scored just 38 seconds later to tie the game at 3-3, and the teams would remain tied after two periods.
The Tigers' big third period was marked by two more power play goals. Junior Simon Lambert scored the eventual game winning goal 4:42 into the third off a feed from Pinizzotto. Then Brent Patry wound up and blasted a shot that beat Jason Smith (St. Lambert, QC) at the 7:57 mark of the third to make it 5-3. Pinizzotto scored with 6:26 left to ice the game for the Tigers.
Sacred Heart finished the game 2-10 on the power play while RIT scored three times in nine chances with the man advantage. Jocelyn Guimond was solid in goal for the second straight night, stopping 32 Pioneer shots. Smith made 24 saves in a losing effort for the Pioneers.
The Pioneers are back in action Saturday night when they travel to Dartmouth in their final non-conference game of the year. Face-off at Thompson Arena is set for 7:00 pm and coverage can be heard on WICC 600 AM.