ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The Tigers of RIT came out with a high level of intensity right from the opening faceoff against the Hobart Statesmen. Junior David Bagley scored just 41 seconds into the game, on the way to a 7-1 victory.
The Tigers (18-2) dominated territorially throughout most of the game, especially in the opening ten minutes of the contest. It was 8:41 in before Hobart got its first shot on goal.
“I’ve seen our guys play like this numerous times in the past,” said RIT coach Wayne Wilson. “The players set the bar high for themselves. This was a complete game for us tonight.”
Bagley’s goal gave RIT the 1-0 lead early. Even though Hobart (7-13) was outshot 19-5 in the first period, its strong defense was able to stymie the Tigers from getting their second goal until the 16:35 mark of the first.
On the power play, Jerry Galway sent a slapshot from the top of the slot on to the Hobart net. Statesman goaltender John Czaplinski stopped the shot, but Mike Tarantino was there to slap home the rebound for the score.
That was the first of several special-teams tallies for RIT in the contest. The potent Tiger power-play unit went three for six on the power play as they rolled towards the win.
Hobart came out stronger in the third period, and was able to get pressure on the RIT net early in the period. The Statesmen took advantage of a lucky bounce at the 4:50 mark to get on the board.
Kevin Coakley carried the puck into the Tiger zone, and wristed a shot in on RIT goaltender Tyler Euverman. Euverman made the save, but the rebound popped out into the slot. The puck got tied up in the skates of three players backchecking, and carried into the net for the goal
RIT co-captain Jerry Galway added a Tiger goal 9:30 into the period for his third point of the game.
RIT built on its lead throughout the second period, tallying four goals. Bagley tallied his second of the game eight minutes into the period on a wraparound for RIT’s second power-play goal of the night. Lanner Fayad slid in a puck on the doorstep a minute and a half later.
Ryan Fairbarn put a slapshot from the point into the back of the net at the 16:50 mark. And Sam Hill poked in a bouncing puck for the power-play goal 18:53 into the period to stake RIT to a 6-0 lead after two periods.
Shots on goal were indicative of the territorial advantage, as the Tigers outshot Hobart 41-8 through two stanzas.
The victory assured RIT a spot in the ECAC West playoffs.