RIT Falls To St. Lawrence

Despite a season-high three points by freshman forward Todd Skirving (Thunder Bay, Ontario/St. Patrick Catholic), the RIT men's hockey team (1-7-2) fell to St. Lawrence University (7-4-2) in front of 1,980 fans at Ritter Arena on Friday evening.

Skirving scored just 58 seconds into the contest and added two assists. He now has six points (2-4-6) over his last three games. Greg Noyes (Lucan, Ontario/Salmon Arm Silverbacks) scored a goal and added an assist, while Dan Schuler (Webster, NY/Powell River Kings) scored a third period power-play goal.

Five different players scored for the Saints. Patrick Doherty scored a goal and added an assist, while Jeremy Wick, Alex Dahl, Brian Ward, and Gavin Bayreuther also scored. Justin Baker added two assists.  Freshman forward Trevor Hills, the son of RIT Associate Head Coach Brian Hills, recorded is first collegiate assist in the third period.

Both teams fired 25 shots on goal. St. Lawrence was 3-for-6 with the man-advantage, while RIT was 2-for-6.

In goal, St. Lawrence's Tyler Parks made 22 saves to improve to 2-0. RIT goaltender Jordan Ruby (Tavistock, Ontario/Wellington Dukes) stopped 20 shots in defeat.

RIT Head Coach Wayne Wilson knows his team needs to be better for 60 minutes.

"We are playing well at times, but not well enough when the game is on the line in critical situations," said Wilson. "We have to work on our mental toughness in clutch situations. Overall I can't complain about our effort level in all but the Colgate and Canisius games. We have to get better as a team."

Both teams scored once in the opening period, where RIT out-shot St. Lawrence, 9-6.

Skirving got RIT on the board just 58 seconds into the game, as Skirving blocked a shot at his own line, outraced a St. Lawrence player for the puck and fired a shot past Parks in on a partial breakaway for his second goal of the season.

Patrick Doherty just missed tying the game moments later, as he redirected a pass on the rush past Ruby off the crossbar and out.

The Saints got on the board at the 7:34 mark, on the power-play, as Wick deflected a shot past Ruby for his fourth goal of the season. Justin Baker fed a pass to Matt Carey at the point. Carey's shot went off the body of Wick at the side of the net.

RIT had more than 30 seconds of a 6-on-4 power-play and 14 seconds of a 5-on-3 power-play, but could not convert.

The Saints scored a pair of power-play tallies sandwiched around a power-play goal of RIT's to lead 3-2 after 40 minutes of play.

At the 1:09 mark, Ward wristed a shot from the right face-off circle on the rush past Ruby for his fourth goal of the season. Patrick Doherty carried the puck into the zone and fed Ward with a nice drop pass. Ward caught Ruby going side to side and beat him going against the grain to the far side.

Noyes scored his second goal of the season at the 9:50 mark, firing a shot through traffic in front. Mike Colavecchia (Maple, Ontario/Lindsay Muskies) dug the puck out to Skirving, who fed Noyes at the point. Noyes' shot went through a Colavecchia screen and past Parks.

St. Lawrence would grab its lead back exactly three minutes later on a 5-on-3 power-play, as Bayruether ripped a blast from the slot off the crossbar and past Ruby.

Doherty and Patrick Raley played a perfect give-and-go to make it 4-2 Saints just 1:12 into the third period. Doherty was able to tip the pass in from in tight for his fifth goal of the season.

Hills caused a turnover in the RIT zone and fed Dahl in front, who ripped a shot past Ruby at the 8:18 mark to make it 5-2 Saints.

Schuler redirected a pass from Skirving with his skate in front on the power-play with 1:11 left in regulation to complete the scoring. Schuler had a power-play goal disallowed by video replay moments earlier for kicking the puck into the net on a scramble.

St. Lawrence freshman forward Trevor Hills is the son of RIT Associate Head Coach Brian Hills.

The Saints lead the all-time series between the two schools, 9-3-0 and hold a 6-3-0 against RIT since the Tigers moved to Division I in 2005. Last season, the Tigers and Saints split a pair of one-goal games at St. Lawrence, with both games ending 4-3. On Oct. 28, 2005, former RIT goaltender Jocelyn Guimond (Quebec City, PQ/Williams Lake) set a  Division I single-game record for saves in a regulation game with 66, as the Tigers knocked off nationally-ranked St. Lawrence, 3-2. Two years ago, Adam Mitchell (Crofton, MD/Baystate Breakers) scored 14 seconds into overtime to give the Tigers a wild 6-5 win over Saints at Blue Cross Arena.

The Tigers and Saints wrap up their season series on Saturday evening at 7:05 p.m.

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