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RIT earns 3-2 OT comeback win over Niagara; clinches Atlantic Hockey top-4 seed

RIT senior defenseman Adam Brubacher (Elmira, Ontario/Powell River Kings) tied the game with 47 seconds left in regulation and won the game 1:06 into overtime as the Tigers defeated visiting Niagara, 3-2, in Atlantic Hockey action, Saturday.

The victory clinched no lower than the fourth seed for next month’s Atlantic Hockey Tournament. The top four seeds earn a first-round bye and a home quarterfinal series (March 13-15). for the tournament.

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RIT opened the scoring with 10:12 left in the first period. Freshman forward Andrew Rinaldi (Pierrefonds, Quebec/Wellington Dukes) took a long Brubacher outlet down the left boards and ripped a slap shot off Niagara freshman goalie Chad Veltri’s pads that deflected to a charging sophomore forward Jake Joffe (Toronto, Ontario/Toronto Jr. Canadiens) on the right wing. Joffe scored on a tough-angle, one-timer inside the right post.

Niagara scored the lone goals of the second period to take a 2-1 lead. Senior forward Ben Sokay took a drop pass and scored on a wrist shot in the slot with 18:45 on the clock before freshman forward Ryan Naumovski turned a Tiger turnover into a goal with 6:28 on the clock.

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