RIT Tops Army In Wild Affair At Ritter Arena

Junior goalie Rob Tadazak turned away an RIT penalty shot in the second period.

Junior goalie Rob Tadazak turned away an RIT penalty shot in the second period.

Jan. 17, 2014

Final Stats

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – RIT collected a 6-0 win over visiting Army in a wild Atlantic Hockey Association clash Friday night at Frank Ritter Arena. The Tigers scored twice in the opening two minutes of play, took a penalty shot and survived a major penalty midway through the second as junior goaltender Jordan Ruby picked up the home shutout.

A physical game from the opening faceoff, the Black Knights outshot the Tigers 35-34 but could not make that effort show on the scoreboard. The teams joust again tomorrow night at Ritter Arena, a shortened rink that features an 85-foot by 185-foot playing surface, at 7:05 p.m.

RIT senior Mike Colavecchia scored twice, while three other Tigers scored single goals. Ruby finished with 35 saves to earn the victory.

Junior goaltender Rob Tadazak made 28 saves, including one during the second-period RIT penalty shot, for the Black Knights.

The teams combined for 19 penalties for 41 minutes in the box with Army taking 11 penalties for 22 minutes. The Black Knights went 0-for-5 on the power play, while RIT scored twice with an extra-man opportunity.

RIT came out like gang busters, netting the first two goals over the opening 1:41 to put Army in a 2-0 hole early. The Black Knights leaned on Tadazak the rest of the way as the Lapeer, Mich., native turned away 12 shots over the final 18 minutes to preserve the 2-0 score at the first intermission.

The Black Knights regrouped to outshoot RIT 18-8 during a productive middle period for the visitors. Once again, however, the effort did not pay off in the form of goals. A thrilling second period did entertain an RIT penalty shot and a 5:00 power play chance for the Black Knights through. The scoreboard did not change with either situation as Tadazak made a huge save on the penalty shot at 11:46 and Army could not make the Tigers pay for a 5:00 major midway through.

Not long after RIT exhausted the major penalty for charging Tadazak, the home team took a 3-0 lead into the locker room with a goal at 18:32 of the second.

Facing an uphill climb to start the third period, the Black Knights surrendered three more goals, including both power play scores, over the final 20 minutes to put the game out of reach.

This weekend, which continues with tomorrow night’s 7:05 p.m. contest, marks the start of six-straight road games for the Black Knights. Saturday night’s game will air live on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel (channel 461 in the Hudson Valley), as well as be shown online via America ONE Sports. Fans can also listen to the Army call on Knight Vision through www.goARMYsports.com. Subscription fees apply for both online offerings. For those fans living in the Hudson Valley, the games will be aired live on 1340 WALL-AM and 1380 WEOK-AM. Scoring updates will be available on Twitter by following @Army_Hockey.

Game Notes: RIT now leads the all-time series 12-2-5 … the Black Knights donned their road black sweaters … the starting lineup remained the same for the third-straight game, featuring Brian Schultz, Shane Hearn, Willie Faust, Christian Pomarico, Garret Peterson and Rob Tadazak in goal … defensemen Connor Costello and Luke Jenkins made up two-thirds of Army’s fourth line and played up front for the first time … the last time an Army opponent to take a penalty shot was Penn State on Oct. 26, 2012 … team athletic trainer Alex Ambrose celebrated his birthday Friday night.

ARMY                0-0-0 – 0
RIT                  2-1-3 – 6

First Period:
RIT – Colavecchia (Mitchell, McGowan), 1:10
RIT – Descoteaux (Smith, Thompson), 1:41

Second Period:
RIT – Smith (Kuqali, Thompson), 18:32  

Third Period:
RIT – Colavecchia (Noyes, Descoteaux), 6:29 PP
RIT – Kuqali (Thompson, Smith), 12:04
RIT – Mitchell (Skirving, McGowan), 18:51 PP

Shots: Army 35 (11-18-6); RIT 34 (14-8-12)
RIT 35 (Ruby, 60:00, 11-18-6); Army 28 (Tadazak, 59:50, 12-7-9; empty net, 0:10)
Power Plays:
RIT, 2-5; Army, 0-5
RIT, 8-19; Army, 11-22

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