Courtesy of RITAthletics.com
TOLEDO, OHIO — The RIT (2-1-0) men’s hockey team was defeated by No. 12 Ohio State University (2-0-0), 3-1 in the championship game of the 2019 Ice Breaker Tournament at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio.
“We hung right in there with two very good teams this weekend,” said RIT head coach Wayne Wilson. “I was happy with the way we played.”
Shots were 34-25 in favor of Ohio State. The Tigers went 1-for-3 on the power play, while the Buckeyes went 2-for-7 with the man advantage. Alden Dupuis (Edmonton, Alberta/Bonnyville Pontiacs) scored the RIT goal, while Shawn Cameron (Sherbrooke, Quebec/Cumberland Grads) and Jake Hamacher (Corona, CA/Dubuque Fighting Saints) each had an assist. Junior goaltender, Logan Drackett (Calgary, Alberta/Calgary Canucks)finished with 31 saves.
Ronnie Hein scored twice for Ohio State and Tate Singleton added a goal. Tommy Napier got the win in net for the Buckeyes, making 24 saves.
The Tigers struck first on a power play goal from Dupuis at 17:15 of the first period. Hamacher got the puck to Cameron who fed a wide open Dupuis in the slot. He fired a one-timer that beat Napier between the pads to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.
Ohio State tied the game on Hein’s first goal of the game at 9:37 of the second period. Quinn Preston fed Hein with a pass and he beat Drackett for the goal.
RIT was called for a five-minute major with three minutes to play in the second period. The Tigers got through the end of the second period unscathed, but Hein tallied his second of the game 1:58 into the third period to give the Buckeyes a 2-1 lead.
The Tigers kept battling in the third period, generating some good chances. Jake Joffe (Toronto, Ontario/Toronto Jr. Canadiens) had a chance with 5:24 to play on a shot from in between the face-off dots that Napier snagged. Adam Brubacher (Elmira, Ontario/Powell River Kings) had a chance with 3:36 to play on a shot from the point. He waited for the Ohio State defender to slide by while attempting to block his shot, and fired a wrist shot through traffic that Napier saved.
Singleton made it 3-1 Ohio State on his goal with 3:18 to play in the third period. He dug the puck out along the boards and broke in 1-on-1 on Drackett, beating him with a well-placed shot over Drackett’s shoulder.
RIT had a late power play, and generated some good chances skating 6-on-4, but could not break through.
“I was happy how we played in the first and third periods,” said Wilson. “We got kind of penned in in the second period, but I thought we did a pretty good job overall.”
RIT returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 19 when the Tigers play Merrimack College at the Blue Cross Arena in downtown Rochester for the annual Brick City Homecoming and Family Weekend game. Tickets are still available at the Blue Cross Arena. Go to rittickets.com to reserve your seats.