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RIT men’s hockey takes down Robert Morris, 6-1

RIT senior goalie Ian Andriano (Barrie, Ontario/Ottawa Jr. Senators) made a career-high 39 saves while junior forward Will Calverley (Scarborough, Ontario) notched a goal and an assist to lead six Tiger goal scorerers in a 6-1 victory over visiting Robert Morris, Saturday.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The teams played a scoreless first period, including 17 saves by Andriano.

Robert Morris got on the board 59 seconds into the second period after freshman forward Randy Hernandez cleaned up a short rebound inside the left post following a rush off a Tiger turnover.

Calverley jammed his own rebound inside the right post four minutes later during a Tiger power play to start a string of six-unanswered RIT goals.

Senior forward Alden Dupuis (Edmonton, Alberta) took a nice up-ice feed from junior forward Jake Joffe (Toronto, Ontario) and scored on a blast from the top of the left face-off circle with with 10:43 on the clock.

RIT built a 3-1 lead just over a minute later after junior Kobe Walker (Lloydminster, Alberta) stuffed a short-handed goal inside the left post off a Calverley feed to finish a rush with 9:37 left in the period.

The Tigers took a 4-1 lead with 14:25 left in the third period after freshman defenseman Aidan Hansen-Bukata took a left-wing feed from senior forward Jake Hamacher (Corona, Calif.) in the RMU zone and hit sophomore forward Elijah Gonsalves (Scarborough, Ontario) for a short finish inside the right post.

Freshman defenseman Diarmad DiMurro (Highland Mills, N.Y.) scored his first collegiate goal on a long shot from the right point with 11:35 on the clock for a 5-1 RIT edge.

Sophomore forward Caleb Moretz (Fairbanks, Alaska) cleaned up a rebound in front off a blast by senior defenseman Dan Willett (Bayville, N.Y.) from the left point with 10:00 minutes left in regulation to close the scoring.

GAME NOTES

Hamacher was credited with two assist to move into the team lead with 12 this winter.

Andriano eclipsed the 33 saves he made in a 4-2 win over visiting Army on Jan. 26, 2019. His 17 first-period saves were the highest single-period total this season, while the 39 stops were also the most by a Tiger goalie this year.

Calverley notched his 60th career point and has totaled 31 goals and 30 assists over the last three seasons.

RIT notched short-handed, power-play and even-strength goals in a game for the second time this season. Calverley notched all three in the Tigers’ 6-4 win over Mercyhurst on Jan. 28.

WHAT’S NEXT

The teams will square off again on Sunday (Feb. 21) at 5:05 p.m. at the Polisseni Center.

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