Men's Ice Hockey Dominates RIT Scoring Nine Goals in Game One Victory of Atlantic Hockey Quarterfinals

Men's Ice Hockey Dominates RIT Scoring Nine Goals in Game One Victory of Atlantic Hockey Quarterfinals

BRIDGEPORT, Conn.- The Sacred Heart University Men's Ice Hockey team (16-15-4, 15-11-3 AHA) defeated RIT (15-16-4, 13-11-4 AHA) 9-4 to take game one of the Atlantic Hockey Quarterfinals. The Pioneers will look to take the series tomorrow night when SHU hosts RIT for a 7:05 p.m. puck-drop at Webster Bank Arena.

 

First Period

  • Sophomore Jordan Kaplan would kick off the scoring for the Pioneers as we would tally his first goal of the night at 3:59 off a pair of assists by Ruslan Rakhmatov and senior Mike Crocock to put the Pioneers ahead 1-0.
  • Then just two minutes later junior Vito Bavaro would tally his eighth goal of the year off a duo of assists by freshman Nick Boyagian and Ryan Steele at 5:06 to put SHU up 2-0.
  • The Pioneers would score one more goal in the period courtesy of Alex Bates at 15:11 off assists by sophomore Jason Cotton and Crocock to put the Pioneers ahead 3-2 heading into the second period.

 

Second Period

  • The second period would be all about the Pioneers as they would tally a total of four goals in the period while only taking seven shots on goal in the period.
  • The first would come at 9:01 in the period as Kaplan again would score for the Pioneers this time coming off assists by freshman Austin Magera and sophomore Alex Bates to put the Pioneers ahead 4-2.
  • The just a couple of minutes later at 11:48 Magera would switch from giving assists to scoring goals as he would find the back of the net at 11:48 off assists by Rahkmatov and sophomore Marc Johnstone to put the Pioneers ahead 5-2.
  • Five minutes later in the period sophomore Matt Tugnutt would find the back of the net for the first time of the night at 16:13 as he nailed an unassisted goal to push the Pioneers ahead 6-2.
  • First-year Ryan Steele would close out the period with a goal off assists by junior Vito Bavaro and first-year Nick Boyagian to put the Pioneers up 7-2 heading into the third period.

 

Third Period

  • SHU would be able to tack on a pair of goals in the final period as they held RIT to just eight shots on goal while the Pioneers took nine.
  • The first in the period would come off the stick of sophomore Marc Johnstone at :19 seconds in the period off assists by sophomore Jordan Kaplan and Ruslan Rakhmatov to put the Pioneers up 8-2.
  • Then Tugnutt would tally his second goal of the night at 13:13 on a shorthanded goal to score the Pioneers ninth goal of the game and to eventually walk away with the 9-4 victory.

Up Next 

  • The Pioneers will aim to take the best-of-three series away from RIT tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. as SHU looks to advance to the Atlantic Hockey Semifinals up in Buffalo, N.Y. for the first time since the 2009-10 season.
  • The nine goals the Pioneers scored tonight was the most they have scored this season as well as the largest margin of victory SHU has won by this season.