RIT Handles Canisius 3-0

Cameron Burt (Detroit, MI) became the fourth RIT player in the Division I era to record his 100th career point, as the RIT men?s hockey team (15-8-7, 14-3-6 AHA) defeated conference rival Canisius (9-14-6, 8-9-5 AHA), 3-0 in front of a sellout crowd at Ritter Arena on Friday evening. The Tigers now have a 10-game unbeaten streak (5-0-5).

Burt now has 35 goals and 65 assists in 101 career games. He joins Andrew Favot (King City, Ontario), Dan Ringwald (Oakville, Ontario), and Simon Lambert (Ste.-Therese, Quebec/Cumberland Grads) as 100-point members at RIT since moving to Division I in 2005.

Burt, Andrew Favot (King City, Ontario), and Tyler Brenner (Linwood, Ontario) scored for the Tigers. Brenner?s goal was the 50th of his career. He is the third RIT player in the Division I era to reach that milestone.

RIT?s defense bottled up Canisius all evening, allowing just 18 shots, including three on seven Golden Griffins power-play attempts. The defensive unit of Daniel Spivak (Thornhill, Ontario), Nolan Descoteaux (Dallas, TX), Chris Haltigin (Oakville, Ontario), Trevor Eckenswiller (Lions Head, Ontario), Chris Saracino (St. Louis, MO), and Greg Noyes (Lucan, Ontario) kept the Golden Griffins off balance. Spivak was named the game?s first star.

Shane Madolora (Salinas, CA) made 18 saves to record his fourth shutout of the season. He lowered his goals against average to 1.91 and upped his save percentage to .935. He remains unbeaten on the year at 13-0-6.  Madolora is the lone unbeaten goaltender in Division I.

RIT out-shot Canisius, 33-18. They have out-shot the Golden Griffins 83-37 in two games this season.
Canisius was 0-for-7 with the man-advantage, while RIT was 1-for-2.

Dan Morrison made 21 saves in two periods to take the loss. He was replaced by Tony Capobianco in the third period, who made nine saves.

In addition to its 10-game unbeaten streak, RIT now has a 14-game unbeaten streak in AHA play (9-0-5). RIT also has an 18-game unbeaten streak at Ritter Arena against AHA foes (14-0-4), dating back to last season.

The Tigers hold a six-point lead in the AHA standings with four games to play. The Tigers need four more points to guarantee its fourth AHA Regular Season title in five seasons.

RIT Head Coach Wayne Wilson was pleased with his team?s effort tonight.

?We just seemed to have great jump defensively and on the penalty kill tonight,? said Wilson. ?The defensive unit seemed in control all night long, just a great effort. Our proven goal scorers got the big goals for us as well.?

RIT scored the game?s only goal over the opening 20 minutes of play, out-shooting the Golden Griffins, 14-7.

Burt got the Tigers on the board 9:45 into the game, as he tapped in a loose puck that was on the goal line just before the net was knocked off its moorings. Adam Hartley (West Vancouver, British Columbia) fed Adam Mitchell (Crofton, MD) behind the net, with Mitchell attempting a wraparound that was stopped by Morrison. The puck sat in the crease at the goal line, before Burt crashed the net and slid the puck in for his sixth goal of the season.

Canisius had a handful of good chances, but Madolora was up to the task for RIT.

RIT upped its lead to 3-0 after 40 minutes of play with a pair of second period tallies.

Brenner gave RIT a 2-0 lead on a power-play at the 12:05 mark, as he slid a loose puck in front past Morrison for his 21st goal of the season. Greg Noyes (Lucan, Ontario) attempted a cross-ice pass that pin-balled off a Canisius defenseman and Ben Lynch (Blaine, MN) right to Brenner in front, who was all alone to poke the puck in.

Just 3:36 later, Favot tallied his 12th goal of the season, taking a pass from Eckenswiller who kept the puck in at the blueline, whirling around and whipping a low shot through the legs of Morrison.

RIT?s penalty killing was sensational in that period, killing off four Canisius power-play attempts, including part of a 5-on-3 and 4-on-3.

Brenner and Haltigin each played in their 100th career games tonight.

Tonight?s game was the second of three regular season meetings between the two schools who are located just 65 miles apart this season. On Dec. 17, RIT scored four times in the third period to erase a 1-0 deficit and win 4-1. Favot and Brenner recorded three points apiece in the win.

RIT is 52-14-1 all-time against the Golden Griffins and has won seven straight, dating back to the 2008-09 season. RIT is 13-4-0 against the Golden Griffins since the 2005-06 season.

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