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Mitchell’s OT goal for RIT ends Robert Morris’ perfect start

— Adam Mitchell’s overtime goal lifted Rochester Institute of Technology to a 3-2 victory over Robert Morris on Friday.

Rochester Institute of Technology's Adam Mitchell celebrates his overtime goal with Adam Hartley (photo: Dylan Heuer).

The Tigers won at home in the first conference game of the season. It also was the first time RIT has beaten Robert Morris; it was 0-1-1 against the Colonials entering the game.

Robert Morris lost for the first time this season.

Mitchell scooped up a loose puck after Adam Hartley won a faceoff in RIT’s zone. He beat the Colonials defense, and the puck slowly found its way to the net 3:41 into the extra session.

“He has played hard and deserves to be rewarded,” RIT coach Wayne Wilson said.

The Colonials (4-1, 3-1 Atlantic Hockey) outshot RIT in the first period 14-8 allowing for several scoring chances. Shane Madolora kept the Tigers (1-4-1, 1-0) in the game despite being outshot 36-28 overall.

“It was a good, even game,” Robert Morris coach Derek Schooley said. “Each team controlled certain parts of play.”

Robert Morris was first on the board 11:24 into the first period when Nick Chiavetta scored off a rebound from Furman South, who was previously stopped on two shots.

Minutes later, RIT answered with a goal from Nolan Descoteaux. Cameron Burt fed the puck in front of the net from the blue line for Descoteaux, who one-timed it into the top right corner over Brooks Ostergard’s shoulder.

RIT took the lead with the only goal of the second period. With 6:58 remaining, Michael Janda took a wrist shot from the top of the circle that trickled past Ostergard for a 2-1 lead.

Madolora came up with some huge saves in the third period and stopped 34 shots overall.

Tyler Brenner and Andrew Favot had consecutive 2-on-1 opportunities early in the third period but could not make it to the net.

RIT freshman defenseman Nolan Descoteaux skates in the second period. He scored RIT's first goal Friday (photo: Dylan Heuer).

Robert Morris’s Adam Brace had a chance to put the puck away with a backhand at the post, but Madolora’s leg stopped the shot.

Halfway through the power-play, Robert Morris’s Nathan Longpre tied the game at 2-2.

The Tigers return to play Saturday night at No. 14 Cornell for a non-conference game.

“We have a young team and they still need to find themselves,” Wilson said. “There will be trials and tribulations, and come Christmas we’ll know where we stand.”

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