St. Lawrence took over the national lead in power play production among all Division I teams with three in Friday's series opening 5-3 win over the Tigers and ranked second nationally in offense with 50 goals and 135 points in 13 games. RIT went into Saturday's rematch with a team goals against average which ranks 53rd among the 59 Division I teams.
RIT won just its second of the season and is 2-7-2 overall. The Saints, who saw a five game road unbeaten streak come to an end, fall to 7-5-2 heading into a series at North Dakota next weekend while
The first period was far from an offensive circus as the two teams combined for just eight shots on goal despite having two power plays apiece and the one puck which ended up in the net came off a shot which was wide of the net. RIT junior Brad McGowan was fighting for position on the post when the puck bounced off the boards and ended up resting in the crease. McGowan brushed the puck in from inches outside the goal line.
The wheels came off for St. Lawrence in the second period as two defensive zone giveaways led to the fastest two goals in RIT Division I history. Danny Smith scored his first collegiate goal by poking home the rebound of a Mike Colavecchia shot. Off the following faceoff, McGowan stole a Saints pass and found Colavecchia to make it 3-0.
An errant Saint shot rolled around the boards and set up a breakaway which resulted in junior Brandon Thompson's first career goal in his 49th game and a 4-0 Tigers lead.
The Saints got one back when Greg Carey scored his ninth of the year on a Saint power play at 11:35, but RIT answered that when Dan Schuler scored his fourth of the year on a breakaway, tucking the puck between the pads of Saint backup goalie Kyle MacDonald at 12:12.
Justin Baker made it a 5-2 game after two periods when he scored his fourth of the year with 27 seconds to play in the period.
The Saints made it interesting in the third, but the rally came a little too late to pull the game out.
Jeremy Wick scored his second power play goal of the game, taking a pass from Pat Doherty and converting from the rim of the right faceoff circle. Just 27 seconds later, sophomore defenseman Ross McMullen scored his first collegiate goal on a bomb which beat RIT goalie and Greece native Mike Rotolo over the shoulder to make it a 5-4 game. Rotolo was making his first start for the Tigers.
SLU pulled MacDonald for an extra attacker in the final minute, but couldn't get anything rolling in the offensive end and RIT iced it with Schuler's second of the game into the empty net with 10.1 seconds left.
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