Nov. 21, 2009
Rochester, NY - Matt Gingera (Winnipeg, MB) lit the lamp twice in a 55 second span in the first period but the RIT Tigers upended Sacred Heart 5-3 Saturday night to complete a sweep of the Pioneers. Sacred Heart and RIT were even after two periods but the Tigers scored twice in the final frame and killed off nine minutes of SHU power play time. Tommy Castonguay (Rimouski, QC) gave Sacred Heart a 3-2 lead in the second period with his first collegiate goal.
Sacred Heart (3-6-2, 2-4-1 AHA) found itself in an early hole as RIT scored a power play goal 2:07 into the game off the stick of Tyler Mazzei. Gingera took matters into his own hands and led the comeback charge posting back to back goals midway through the period. The sophomore forward got his first goal after an Alex Stuart (Sauk Rapids, MN) slap shot sailed high and bounced forward off the glass in front of the cage. Gingera swung and knocked the puck out of mid air and past goaltender Shane Madolora for his third goal of the season. Gingera struck 55 seconds later as he took the puck off the stick of Madolora and used a back-handed wrap around to put SHU ahead in 2-1. The Pioneer lead would quickly be erased as RIT scored just under three minutes later to send the game into the first intermission even at 2-2.
RIT (8-5-0, 8-2-0 AHA) nearly took the lead in the opening moments of the middle stanza on a short handed opportunity as Brent Alexin rang a shot off the left post. The Pioneers would recover as Castonguay found the back off the net, banging home a rebound, on the power play for his first career marker. The Tigers would again respond with a game tying goal later in the period, as Mazzei scored his second goal of the game at the 11:19 mark. The Pioneres would battle through the end of the period as the penalty killing unit came up big wasting three minutes of RIT power play, including one minute with the Tigers up two men.
The Pioneers had multiple opportunities to take the lead in the third period as they earned nine minutes of power play time. The bulk of that time came after a five minute major penalty to Tyler McReynolds who delivered a vicious high elbow to Paul Ferraro (Pleasantville, NY) behind the SHU net. Ferraro, a leader on the power play unit, was able to skate off on his own power but was forced to leave the game. After the Tigers successfully killed off the major penalty they found themselves on the kill again just two minutes later. Sacred Heart appeared as though they would get to go on a five-on-three power play as Corey Laurysen (Ottawa, ON) was hooked from behind in front of his own net. However, the senior captain was called for an embellishment penalty that kept SHU up just one skater.
AFter killing off the last of the Sacred Heart power plays Tyler Brenner delivered the dagger for RIT with a hard wrist shot that beat goaltender Steven Legatto (Kelowna, BC) high over the glove side with just 3:37 remaining. The Tigers would add an empty net goal to bring the final tally to 5-3. Legatto finished the game with 21 saves for the Pioneers while Malodora stopped 24 shots and picked up his frist career win.
The Pioneers return to action this Tuesday as they face head coach C.J. Marottolo's former squad and instate rival #9 Yale. Game time is set for 7:00 pm in New Haven, CT.