Monday, December 7, 2015

Robert Morris Series

Game 1 Highlights - No Goals For

Game 2 Highlights
Hello Sports Fans,

Myles Powell tips home a Matt Abt shot Saturday night.
     Your RIT Tigers had a big weekend split against the league leading Robert Morris Colonials. During this busy time of year, with exams just around the corner, there was not much time to put this blog post together. I was personally fortunate to have my parents in town who I love so much for this weekends game so I tried to spend as much time as possible with them. The next blog post will be similar as exams for your Tigers continue throughout the next several days and semester long assignments come to an end. Sorry for the inconvenience.

     The Tigers will have a home and home series this upcoming weekend against their conference rival, the Niagara Purple Eagles. Friday’s game will be at the Gene Polisseni Center and the next night in Niagara at the Dywer Arena.


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Sunday, November 29, 2015

RIT vs. No. 2 Boston College


Hello Sports Fans,

     Your RIT Tigers fell by a score of 6 to 2 against the No. 2 Boston College Eagles in non-conference play.

Mike Rotolo makes a save in Saturday's game.
     In the first period, it was the Tigers who would get on the board first. A quick start against a very good Boston College team was needed in order to put RIT in a good position to win. It was Abbott Girduckis who would split the defenseman and shoot one past the net minder Demko to put the Tigers out front midway through the first. Less then two minutes later Eric Brown would score his second of the year putting the puck towards the net that went off the defenders stick and up and over the goaltender to put the Tigers up by two. The quick start for the Tigers was short lived. It was only 10 seconds later when Boston College would respond on a two on one play to cut the lead in half. Less than two minutes later the Eagles would tie it up to erase the two-goal deficit. Just under five minutes later the Eagles would take the lead for the first time in the game converting off the faceoff, while sending the Tigers into the intermission down by one.

     In the second period, the Eagles continued their strong play and converted on a nice passing play in front to give BC some cushion with the 4 to 2 lead. Later in the period, Boston College would convert on the powerplay with a rocket blast from the point. BC dominated this period outshooting the Tigers 14 to 3.

     In the third period, the Tigers came out flying. An early powerplay for the Tigers created momentum for the team, but were unable to find the back of the net. Boston College would seal the deal late on the powerplay to give the Eagles a commanding 6 to 2 lead.

     Overall, there were many things to take away from this game. It was definitely hard to come up short in this game after losing a weekend series two weeks ago to Bentley at home. It was a good test for the Tigers to see where they stand at this point in the season because Boston College will be a team down the stretch that will be a contender for the tournament. Too many penalties for the Tigers let Boston College control the game for many minutes at a time. RIT cannot afford to take so many against a team of that caliber because they will make you pay and that is what exactly they did. Two powerplay goals for Boston College allowed too much room on the ice for such a skilled team. To play them will only help the Tigers get better as they can now focus on their final 22 games, which will all be conference games. If the Tigers will want another crack at the Eagles down the stretch they will have to play strong conference games in hopes of another Atlantic Hockey Championship to get a bid in the tournament. However, there is a lot of season left, along with many tough games against conference opponents. The road to Tampa Bay will not be easy, but the only way is up from here for the Tigers.

     The Tigers return home for next weekend for a very big conference clash against the Robert Morris Colonials, a team RIT is chasing in the standings.


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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Bye Week

Hello Sports Fans,

     This week your Tigers had a “Bye Week” and took advantage to rest up and to recover from any bumps and bruises from the season thus far. Your Tigers hold a 3-6-1 record overall and a 3-2-1 conference record after two tough losses to Bentley last weekend. After Week 8 your Tigers sit in 6th place in Atlantic Hockey, while having two games in hand on four on those five teams ahead of them. The Atlantic Hockey standing is as follows:

1.     Mercyhurst
2.     Robert Morris
3.     Sacred Heart
4.     Air Force
5.     Bentley
6.     RIT
7.     Canisius
8.     Holy Cross
9.     American International
10.  Army
11.  Niagara

For a list of full Atlantic Hockey standings visit the USCHO website Atlantic Hockey Standings for more details.

     Your Tigers head on the road this weekend for a Thanksgiving clash against the power house Boston College Eagles before heading home to the Gene to face the Robert Morris Colonials.

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Bentley Series

GAME 1 

GAME 2



Hello Sports Fans,

     Your RIT Tigers were stunned in overtime back-to-back nights falling to the Bentley Falcons by a score of 3 to 2 both nights.

Myles Powell looks for a rebound Friday night.
     In the first game, Mike Rotolo would get the start for the Tigers. It was the Falcons who opened up the scoring early on with a lucky bounce to the back door side for an easy tap in. RIT would respond just less than two minutes later on a goal by Brady Norrish that beat the Bentley net minder five hole. Just 11 seconds later, the Falcons came down on a broken rush and snapped on past Rotolo to take a 2 to 1 lead heading into the first intermission.

     In the second period, Brady Norrish would strike again throwing a puck towards the net that went off a few skates and found the back of the net. This would send both teams into the intermission tied at two a piece.

     In the third period, there was end to end play with many chances for the Tigers to put the game away. However, the game would remain tied at the end of the period sending the game into overtime.

     In the overtime period, it was Bentley who would come out on top. A two on one rush saw the puck deflected off the Falcons player shin pad into the back of the net to seal the deal.

Brady Norrish scoops up the puck Saturday night.
     In the second game, Christian Short would get the start hoping to propel the Tigers to victory. It was the Tigers who would strike first when Greg Amlong recorded his team best 5th goal of the season when he fired it at the open cage. The Bentley defender pushed Danny Smith on top of their goalie giving Amlong the open net.

     In the second period, there was an exchange of goals. Bentley came out swarming and struck just over two minutes into the period to tie the game. Midway through the second, Mark Golberg looked to feed Skirving back door on a two versus one play, but struck the defenders stick and went up and over the goalie to give the Tigers the lead heading into the second intermission.

     In the third period, the Tigers looked to finish it off creating many scoring chances, but nothing to show for it. Bentley would strike late in the period to tie the game and once again send this game into overtime.

     In the overtime period, Bentley did not wait long scoring just 46 seconds into the frame to beat the Tigers once again in overtime.

     For the Tigers, it was a tough weekend. The game on Friday night they were able to throw over 50 shots at the Bentley net, but could not find a way to score. As for the Saturday night game they were able to put up over 30 shots and could not find the back of the net once again. The Tigers did a lot of good things this weekend to build on to, but at the end of the day we need to find a way to win these close games especially at home.

     The Tigers have an off week before they head to Boston College for a non-conference showdown and will be back at the Gene to take on Robert Morris in three weeks time.


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