RIT freshman forward Carter Wilkie notched his notched his seventh goal of the season, but it was visiting Arizona State earning a 2-1 victory, Friday night.
After a scoreless first period, Arizona State scored twice in a 10-second span to build a 2-0 lead with 18:31 on the second-period clock. Johnny Walker jammed a short rebound under Tiger freshman goalie Tommy Scarfone’s pads before Michael Mancinelli won a face-off to the right of Scarfone to Ryan O’Reilly in the slot for a short wrist shot.
RIT got one back with 2:45 left in the period. Senior forward Jake Hamacher grabbed a loose puck at the top of the Tiger zone and sped down the left-wing boards to drop a pass to freshman forward Grady Hobbs at the top of the left face-off circle. Hobbs fired a shot off the Ben Kraws’ pads before Wilkie collected a short deflection outside the left post and slid a short shot inside the left post.
Hamacher notched his Atlantic Hockey-leading 95th career point and his third-consecutive game with an assist.
Wilkie logged a point for the third-consecutive game. He entered the week ranked 15th in goals and 16 in points among the nation’s first-year players.
Hobbs logged a point for the second-straight game after notching a goal and an assist in Tuesday’s 3-2 victory over Sacred Heart.
Scarfone totaled 26 saves in his fifth appearance in a Tiger sweater.
RIT held the Arizona State power play to an 0-for-2 showing. The Sun Devils entered the weekend with the nation’s 20th-ranked power play (21.4%).
The Tiger defense held down an Arizona State scoring offense ranked 13th nationally with 3.52 goals per game.
RIT hosts Arizona State in a rematch on Saturday Jan. 15 at 5:05 p.m.
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