ROCHESTER – After giving up two goals in the last 57 seconds, including a short-handed game-winner on Friday night, the RIT Tigers came back with a vengeance Saturday in Game Two of their first-round Atlantic Hockey Conference playoff series with Niagara.
RIT scored three times in the first period and did not let the game get away this time, defeating the Purple Eagles, 5-0, before 2,027 at the Poliseni Center to square the best of three series at 1-1.
Myles Powell, Ryan Kruper and Daren Brady scored first-period goals for the Tigers. Niagara had four power-play opportunities in the first two periods but it was still a 3-0 game entering the third. RIT added goals by Danny Smith and Matt Abt to finish off the Eagles.
Niagara was outshot by a wide margin, 39-19. Starting goalie Jackson Teichroeb yielded four goals on 31 shots before he was replaced by Joe O’Brien with 10:02 left in the game.
Mike Rotolo needed only 19 saves for his shutout. He faced only two shots in the opening period. Rotolo gave up five goals on 22 shots in the loss on Friday.
Game Three will be at the same venue tonight at 7:05 p.m. The loss dropped Niagara to 4-29-3 for the season, RIT is 14-21-1.
Mercyhurst closed out AIC, 5-0, and Bentley squared its series against Sacred Heart with a 5-2 victory in Saturday night’s other Atlantic Hockey playoff action. No. 1 seed Canisius will face the lowest surviving seed once the first round is completed today.