RIT Puts Up First D-1 10-Spot

For the first time in the Division I era, the RIT (11-8-2, 8-4-2 AHA) men's hockey team scored 10 goals in a game, shutting out Sacred Heart (1-19-1, 0-12-1 AHA) 10-0 in Atlantic Hockey Association action from Webster Bank Arena on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Mike Colavecchia (Maple, Ontario) scored his first career hat-trick, tallying all three of his goals in the third period.

The 10 goals scored by the Tigers, is the first time RIT hit double-digits in a game since Feb. 18, 2005 when they beat Lebanon Valley, 12-2 as a Div. III program.

Eight different Tigers scored goals led by Colavecchia's three. He finished with four points on three goals and an assist. Greg Noyes (Lucan, Ontario) tallied two goals and had a pair of assists for RIT, all in the first two periods. Cameron Burt (Detroit, MI) had a goal and two assists, while Scott Knowles (Riverside, Ontario), Brad McGowan (Langley, British Columbia/Walnut Grove) and Eliot Raibl (Vancouver, British Columbia) each had a goal and an assist. Jeff Smith and (Spokane, WA)Chris Haltigin each had a pair of assists. 

Raibl's goal was the first of his collegiate career.  Freshmen
(Vancouver, British Columbia/Handsworth)
Stuart Brownell and Brad Reid tallied their first career assists in the contest. Brownell played in his first collegiate game.

(Vancouver, British Columbia/Handsworth)
Shane Madolora# picked up his fourth shutout of the season and the 10th of his career, making 20 saves. He improves his record to 9-4-1 on the season.

RIT outshot Sacred Heart 48-20 and were a season-best 4-of-7 on the power play. The Tigers held the Pioneers scoreless in six power play attempts.  It was the first time RIT scored four power-play goals in a game since Oct. 30, 2009 against Connecticut.

Knowles got RIT on the board at 3:25 of the first off assists from Noyes and Trevor Eckenswiller (Lions Head, Ontario). Knowles took a pass from Noyes, fired a shot and tapped home the rebound off his own shot to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead. It was his second goal of the season.

McGowan made it 2-0 at 19:40 of the first off assists from Brad Reid (Delta, British Columbia/South Delta) and Haltigin. For Reid, the assist was the first point of his college career. McGowan and Reid worked the nice one-two play behind the Sacred Heart net with McGowan one-timing a shot past Steven Legatto for his fifth goal of the season.

Noyes scored the first of three RIT goals in the second period at 6:06 off assists from Burt and Colavecchia. Noyes took a pass from Burt in the high slot and fired a perfectly placed wrist shot over Legatto's shoulder for his first goal of the season.

Burt scored a power play goal at 10:19 of the second off assist from Noyes and Colavecchia. Noyes spotted Burt at the side of the Sacred Heart net and snapped a pass that Burt tapped home for his fifth goal of the season. Noyes capped off the scoring at 13:39 of the second with his second of the period off an assist from Knowles.

RIT exploded for a Division I record tying five goals in the third period.

Taylor McReynolds (Sherwood Park, Alberta) got the scoring started at 2:29 of the third on an assist from McGowan. McGowan through the puck to the front of the Pioneers net where McReynolds was and jammed home his first of the season.

Colavecchia scored two straight power play goals at 9:50 and 13:00 to make it 8-0 RIT. Adam Hartley (West Vancouver, British Columbia) and Haltigin had the assists on the first goal, while Smith and Raibl had the helpers on the second.

Raibl tallied his first career goal at 16:01 of the third on a wrist shot from the point off assists from Brownell and Matt Garbowsky (St. George, Ontario/St. John's Collegiate).

Colavecchia completed the natural hat trick with a goal at 17:35 of the third off an assist from Burt. The hat trick by Colavecchia was the sixth for the Tigers in the Div. I era.

In all, 14 different Tigers scored points on Saturday, while eight different players scored two or more points.

RIT is 3-3 on its nine-game road swing. They return home on Jan. 27-28 against Mercyhurst.  The Tigers lead the all-time series between the two schools, 11-4-2. Burt now has 25 points (5-20-25) in 12 career games against the Pioneers

These two teams will complete their regular season series on Sunday at 12 p.m. at Webster Bank Arena in downtown Bridgeport.

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