RIT downs Mercyhurst with seven goals in two periods

Photo: EAKIN HOWARD/RIT Athletic Communications


Using a seven-goal outburst, the Rochester Institute of Technology Tigers downed the Mercyhurst University Lakers for a comeback home victory. Down 1-0 after the first period, three players registered two goals apiece to snap RIT’s losing skid at two games.

Just over a minute after Mercyhurst’s second tally, Andrew Rinaldi got the Tigers started with a sharp wrist shot that dinged the post on its way in. Will Calverley tied the game on the powerplay with a quick shot following an offensive zone faceoff won by Caleb Moretz. RIT’s powerplay unit grabbed the lead with 10 seconds remaining in the second when Alden Dupuis finished off a cross from Jake Hamacher.



The same trio completed their pairs in the third period to build prevent any chance of a comeback. Leading scorer for Mercyhurst, Steven Ipri, slid one underneath Drackett on a breakaway to cut the score to 5-3. Darren Brady sealed the game with an empty-net goal with just under a minute left in the game.



Mercyhurst obtained the lead on the powerplay with three minutes left in the first period. Perched in front of the net, Dalton Hunter followed up a rebounded wrist-shot from Owen Norton for the first goal of the game. Tiger goaltender Logan Drackett made the initial save but was unable to gain position in the crowded crease.



Early in the game, things got worse before they got better for the Tigers. Stemming from an interception in their defensive end, the Lakers converted on a 3-on-1 opportunity to take a 2-0 lead. On the rush, Jonathan Bendorf drove it to the net and Khristian Acosta flicked it past the sprawling Drackett.

Drackett made 16 saves while opposing goaltender, Stefano Cantali, was forced to make 27. RIT had not scored a powerplay goal in their past four games but tallied three in the winning effort.

The two teams will battle again at the Gene Polisseni Center on Friday, Dec. 7th at 7:05 P.M.

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