Tigers Make Rink Pink, Then Make Grifs Lose

The RIT men's hockey team (17-10-3, 14-6-3 AHA) picked up the weekend sweep, defeating Canisius College (9-17-4, 9-11-3 AHA) 5-3 in front of a sellout crowd at Ritter Arena on Saturday evening. RIT wore special pink jerseys to "Make the Rink Pink."

Greg Noyes (Lucan, Ontario) scored a pair of goals, while Matt Garbowsky (St. George, Ontario/St. John's Collegiate) scored a goal and added two assists. Brad McGowan (Langley, British Columbia/Walnut Grove) scored a goal and added an assist, while Adam Hartley (West Vancouver, British Columbia) also scored for the Tigers. Cameron Burt (Detroit, MI) and Mike Colavecchia (Maple, Ontario) dished out a pair of assists each. Burt now has 128 career points, four away from the all-time RIT Division I record, held by Simon Lambert (Ste.-Therese, Quebec/Cumberland Grads).

RIT is now in second place in the AHA standings, one point behind Air Force and one ahead of Mercyhurst. Five points separates the top seven teams in league play.

Shane Madolora (Salinas, CA) stopped 29 shots to earn his 15th victory of the season, as the Tigers are now 8-0-3 at home this season against AHA foes and 33-2-7 since the 2009-10 season.  

Scott Moser, Kyle Gibbons, and Carl Larsson scored for the Golden Griffins. In net, Tony Capobianco made 37 saves.
RIT out-shot Canisius, 42-32. RIT was 2-for-6 with the man-advantage and scored a shorthanded goal, while Canisius went 1-for-5.

RIT Head Coach Wayne Wilson was relieved to get the weekend sweep.

"That was a much needed four points this weekend," said Wilson. "We had to work hard tonight, as I thought we gave up too many shots and were not as strong defensively. I thought our power-play clicked very well and our penalty killing was effective, getting a big shorthanded goal. We want to win the league and still have four games left."

Two nights after mustering just 16 shots on goal for the entire game, Canisius came out and fired 13 shots over the first 20 minutes, but RIT led on the scoreboard, 1-0.

RIT's Scott Knowles (Riverside, Ontario) had a great chance on a 3-on-2 break midway through the period, but whistled a shot off the right post from the right wing.

Hartley got RIT on the board with 4:41 left in the period, on the power-play, as he swatted home a rebound from in front after Colavecchia was stopped by Capobianco for his seventh goal of the season. Burt corralled the puck at the right point and fired a pass down to Colavecchia down low. Colavecchia came out and put on a shot that was stopped by Capobianco, but Hartley was right there to clean up the rebound.

Madolora was busy in the period, but made a myriad of saves on a 3-on-2 rush with three minutes left in the period. Ben Parker fired a shot from the wing that Madolora stopped, but the rebound came to Preston Shupe in tight, who had his shot stopped. The second rebound caromed to Torrey Lindsay, who thought he had a sure goal from the side of the net, but Madolora lifted his right pad just high enough to deflect the shot off the post and back between his pads.

Both teams scored twice in a physical, helter-skelter second period.

Garbowsky gave RIT a 2-0 lead 1:18 into the period, as he took a feed from Brad McGowan (Langley, British Columbia/Walnut Grove) behind the net and beat Capobianco on a wrap-around attempt for his seventh tally of the year. The goal came moments after the end of a Canisius power-play.

RIT ran into penalty problems and Canisius capitalized on an odd play, as Moser collected a rebound off a shot from Parker, swatted the puck down with his glove and to his stick, in tight, where he slid the puck past Madolora for his third goal of the season. RIT argued that it should have been a hand pass, but to no avail.

The Tigers then received 30 seconds of a two-man advantage, but could not convert, with Chris Haltigin (Oakville, Ontario) firing a shot through a screen off the left post.

Canisius tied the game at 2-2 with 4:55 left in the period, as Gibbons converted a shot off a rebound from Cody Freeman and fired a shot past Madolora from the slot for his 11th goal of the season.

RIT got the lead right back a minute later, once again on the power-play, as Noyes was the recipient of a perfect back-door feed from Colavecchia for his fourth tally of the season. Burt had the puck at the right half wall and fed Colavecchia down low. He found a streaking Noyes and fed a perfect cross-ice feed that Noyes was able to fire past Capobianco.

The Tigers put the game away with two third period goals.

McGowan got his ninth goal of the season, just 15 seconds into the period after Garbowsky caused a turnover in the neutral zone and tipped a pass to Taylor McReynolds (Sherwood Park, Alberta). McReynolds found McGowan open in the slot and the freshman winger fired a hard wrist shot over the shoulder of Capobianco.

Noyes tallied his second goal of the game, shorthanded with 7:40 left, as Garbowsky forced a turnover at the RIT blueline and tipped a pass to Noyes, who got behind the Canisius defense. Noyes came in alone on a breakaway, made a move and slipped a shot between the legs of Capobianco.

Carl Larsson completed the scoring with 2:58 left, firing a wrister past Madolora from the right wing.

Tonight was the third and final regular season meeting between the two schools this season. Canisius won the first meeting between the two teams in Buffalo on Oct. 20, 3-1, snapping RIT's eight-game winning streak against the Golden Griffins dating back to the 2008-09 season.  On Thursday, the Tigers defeated Canisius 3-1 behind a goal and an assist from McReynolds and two assists from (Vancouver, British Columbia/Handsworth)Ben Lynch#.

RIT is 55-15-1 all-time against Canisius and 16-5-0 since moving to Division I in 2005-06.

Tonight, the Tigers wore special pink jerseys that are currently being auctioned off online with bidding ending at 12 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13.

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