RIT senior forward Jake Hamacher notched a goal and an assist but it was host Canisius earning a 5-2 victory over the Tigers in Atlantic Hockey action, Friday, at the LECOM Harborcenter.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The first six goals of the game were all power-play tallies, while Canisius tacked on a short-handed tally to close the night.
Canisius opened the scoring with 14:55 left in the first period before RIT responded with a pair of goals in the next 10 minutes.
Hamacher set up junior forward Elijah Gonsalves for his first of the season with 7:53 on the clock before notching his first of the year off an assist from senior forward Will Calverley with 5:36 remaining in the period.
Canisius scored 19 seconds into the second period and again nine minutes later to take a 3-2 lead it would carry into the third.
Jackson Decker scored his second goal of the game 1:15 into the third period to push the Golden Griffins to a 4-2 lead before Keaton Mastrodonato closed the scoring with 1:18 left in regulation.
Canisius finished the night 4-for-6 on the power play, while RIT converted 2-of-7 attempts.
The RIT penalty kill entered the night ranked 14th nationally (87.2), killing 34 of 39 man-down opportunities this season.
RIT hadn’t allowed four power play goals in a game since visiting Robert Morris went 4-for-6 in a 6-5 victory on Oct. 8, 2016.
RIT junior goaltender Kolby Matthews finished with 20 saves, while RIT out-shot Canisius, 26-25.
RIT faces Canisius on the back end of a weekend series on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 4:05 p.m. in Buffalo.