RIT senior forward Will Calverley notched two goals, both assisted by junior defenseman Gianfranco Cassaro and senior defenseman Dan Willett, to lead the Tigers to a 3-2 victory over visiting Holy Cross in Atlantic Hockey action, Friday.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Holy Cross didn’t register its first shot on goal until the 8:11 mark of the first period, but opened the scoring 32 second later on its second. Alex Cicero and Mike Higgins brought a puck out of the Tiger zone for an odd-man rush finished by Higgins with 7:39 left in the first.
RIT evened the score with 2:25 on the clock after Calverley cleaned up a short rebound on the crease after a shot by Cassaro from the top of the left face-off circle deflected down off Crusader goalie Matt Radomsky’s pads.
Calverley got open in the low slot and scored the lone goal of the second period off a Cassaro feed from the right half boards with 1:22 on the clock.
RIT took a 3-2 lead with 3:22 left in the third after freshman forward Carter Wilkie took a drop pass from freshman forward Grady Hobbs in the left face-off circle and snapped a wrist shot inside the far post.
Holy Cross got one back in the final minute of regulation after RIT was saddled with a holding the stick penalty with 37 second on the clock, scoring four seconds after the ensuing face-off.
Playing his 100th career game in a Tiger sweater, Calverley’s second tally was his 40th career goal and 75th career point.
Willett leads all RIT players with 66 career assists while his second of the night was also his 75th career point.
Cassaro’s assists were his first points in an RIT uniform. He also scored a goal and two assists during two seasons at UMass.
Wilkie logged his sixth goal of the season.
Junior goaltender Kolby Matthews made 24 saves to improve to 6-3-2 this season.
RIT hosts Holy Cross again on Saturday (Nov. 20) at 5:05 p.m.