Sacred Heart Downed by RIT, 6-1

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Sacred Heart University men's ice hockey team dropped an Atlantic Hockey road contest at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Friday night.  The game went the way of the Tigers by a familiar 6-1 score.

The last time these two teams met was in the AHA title game, which was won by RIT 6-1.  The Tigers improved to 5-6-1 overall and 4-2-0 in league play, while the Pioneers fell to 1-9-3 and 1-5-3.

RIT got its first goal of the game 5:23 into the first from senior Sean Murphy and added a quick second score 17 seconds later when sophomore Jeff Smith skated on to the puck, after the face-off win, and found the back of the net.

The Sacred Heart penalty kill continued to struggle as the Tigers put three more goals, two of which were on the man advantage, before the first intermission.

The Pioneers started the second period on the power play, but were unable to get on the board.  Just seconds later, with both teams at full strength, junior Anthony Yelovich (Little Falls, N.J.) posted his first score of the season on an assist from senior defenseman Chris Brown (Sherrills Fords, N.C.).

RIT cancelled out the SHU goal with a shorthanded score at the 9:27 mark.  Sophomore Eric Delong (Oakville, Man.) tried to clear the puck along the boards, but junior Scott Knowles caused the turnover and classmate Mark Cornacchia fired a one-timer shot at the Pioneer goal for the sixth Tiger score of the night.

Junior goaltender Olivier St. Onge (Wickham, Que.) came on in relief of sophomore starter Steven Legatto (Kelowna, B.C.) 15:40 into the first period.  St. Onge posted a season-high 30 saves and gave up a pair of goals, while Legatto picked up 12 saves and let in the first four.  For RIT, sophomore Shane Madolora registered 22 saves to record the victory.

The Pioneers and Tigers go at it again tomorrow night at 7:05 pm.