Courtesy of RITAthletics.com
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Sophomore forward Carter Wilkie notched two goals and an assist in No. 20 RIT’s 5-3 victory over visiting Princeton, Friday.
RIT opened the scoring with 16:26 left in the first period. Senior forward Andrew Petrucci won a draw in the right faceoff circle back to graduate student Matt Kellenberger, who back pedaled to the point and scored on a wrist shot under Princeton goaltender Aidan Porter’s stick.
The Tigers took a 2-0 lead with 14:54 on the clock after sophomore forward Tanner Andrew checked a puck off a Princeton player on the left half boards for Wilkie, who skated the loose puck into the slot and scored on a stick-side wrist shot.
Princeton got on the board with a power play goal with 9:53 on the clock after Liam Gorman tipped a shot from the point past a screened Scarfone.
RIT scored a power play tally of their own with 3:09 left in the period after junior defenseman Aiden Hansen-Bukata sent a perfect pass from the top of the left faceoff circle to graduate student forward Kobe Walker in front for a short finish between Porter’s pads.
Princeton made it a one-goal game early in the second period. RIT sophomore goaltender Tommy Scarfone padded down a shot from the left face-off circle by Noah de la Durantaye, but Jack Cronin slipped the short rebound inside the right post with 16:36 on the clock.
RIT took a 4-2 lead with 4:14 left in the second after junior forward Calvon Boots got open on the crease and scored off a feed from Wilkie for his first career goal.
Princeton pulled back within one with 11:17 left in the third after Kevin Anderson stole a puck in the right corner and fed Matt Hayami for a one-timer in the slot.
RIT held the visiting Tigers scoreless the rest of the way as Wilkie tacked on an empty-netter with 6.1 remaining in regulation.
RIT hosts Princeton on Saturday (Nov. 26) at 5:05 p.m.