February 7, 2009

SHU Comeback Falls Short As RIT Hangs On For 5-3 Victory

Feb. 7, 2009

Final Stats

Rochester, NY - Brennan Sarazin had a goal and two assists as five different Tigers scored goals as RIT scored four power-play goals to hold off a feisty Sacred Heart team, 5-3, in men's ice hockey action Saturday night at Ritter Arena. Senior Bear Trapp (Regina, SK) had a goal and two assists to lead the Sacred Heart offense. SHU and RIT split their weekend series.

In a game filled with special teams both teams were whistled for 13 penalties resulting in 11 power-plays in the game. The difference in game became the fact that the Tigers scored four goals with man advantage while the Pioneers scored just once with the extra skater.

RIT dominated the first period as the Pioneers could not stay out of the penalty box. The Tigers grabbed an early lead 4:13 into the game on Cameron Burt's eighth goal of the season. He and Brennan Sarazin worked the give-and-go to perfection and Burt fired a low wrist shot that beat Stefan Drew (Oakbank, MB) to the far side.

Drew kept the score at 1-0 with several big saves. He robbed Anton Kharin midway through the period when he and Jesse Newman broke in off a Sacred Heart turnover. Sacred Heart' best chance came six minutes in when Ryan Miniaci (Monroe, CT) ripped a slap shot from the point that beat Menard through the legs, but the shot hit off the post and Menard bounced on the round.

Andrew Favot made it 2-0 RIT two minutes into the second period. He circled around the net off a shot from Brent Alexin and fired a wrist shot that beat Drew over his glove-hand shoulder. Anton Kharin tallied his fifth goal of the season, giving the Tigers a 3-0 lead. He was parked on the side of the net and back-handed the loose puck home with RIT on the power play.

Freshman Matt Gingera (Winnipeg, MB) got the Pioneers on the board with a power play goal at the 8:47 mark of the second period. He was left unmarked and Dave Jarman (Toronto, ON) found him with a cross-crease pass that Gingera one-timed home.

Sacred Heart was given a golden opportunity to continue their comeback with two 5-on-3 power-plays midway through the second period. However, RIT killed off 1:44 of 5-on-3 power play time, without the Pioneers getting many good scoring chances.

The Tigers made it 4-1 with a power play goal when Tyler Brenner poked home a shot home with one second remaining on the clock. Time appeared to have expired but the officials ruled the puck had crossed the goal-line before the clock ran out.

Trapp cut RIT's lead to 4-2 with an even strength goal at 4:37 of the third period. He broke in on a long break out pass and roofed a shot over Menard's shoulder with a RIT defender draped all over him. Sophomore Ryan Warsofsky had an assist on the goal to tally his first collegiate point.

Brennan Sarazin put the game out of reach at 11:26 of the third with RIT's fourth power play goal of the game. Dan Ringwald ripped a slap shot from the point the Tyler Brenner deflected. The rebound came back to Sarazon, who was parked at the side of the net, who poked it home for his second goal of the game.

Eric Giosa (Northville, MI) added a late goal for Sacred Heart, making it 5-3. Giosa picked up a loose puck off a shot by Gingera and snapped a shot from the slot into the top of the goal for his team leading 11th goal of the year.

RIT finished the game with a 37-30 advantage in shots on goal. Menard held strong in the final minutes of the Pioneers attempted comeback, making 27 saves for the victory. Drew stopped 32 saves in a losing effort.

Sacred Heart returns home Friday night to open a series with Army at the Milford Ice Pavilion. Face-off is set for 7:05 pm.