ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The Rochester Institute of Technology, in need of an Atlantic Hockey home victory this weekend, is 4-3-1 this season against AHA foes at home (0-2-1 on current home stand) and had the lead the majority of Friday’s game.
However, red-hot Robert Morris (seven-game unbeaten streak (6-0-1) and an 8-1-1 mark over the last 10 games entering Friday) kept its unbeaten streak alive by scoring late in the third and salvaged a 2-2 tie.
Robert Morris’ Cody Wydo, who leads the AHA with 20 goals, was the one to force overtime when he scored with 3:05 left in the third. Wydo, who just became part of the 30-30 club at Robert Morris last week, now has 54 career goals and 31 assists.
RIT’s Mike Colavecchia, the sixth Tiger in RIT’s Division I era to reach 100 points for his career, was the beneficiary of the first goal scored Friday night. Colavecchia entered Friday tied for second all-time at RIT in the Division I level with 25 power-play goals.
Sophomore forward Josh Mitchell was the only other Tiger to put the puck in the net when he scored early in the third period to give RIT the lead.
Even though the Colonials tied, they seemed to control the puck significantly and their 50-34 faceoff dominance can attest to this. Robert Morris’ Greg Gibson, who also scored in the second period, led all players with 16 faceoff victories on Friday.
While faceoffs were clearly controlled by the Colonials, RIT and Robert Morris were very similar in other aspects of the game on Friday. Both squads had exactly 42 shots on goal and both teams did not score on any power-play opportunities. The Colonials were 0-for-6 (five shots) and the Tigers were 0-for-5 (three shots) on man-advantage chances.
“I thought it was fitting that the game ended in a tie, both teams played hard and deserved the point,” said RIT coach Wayne Wilson. “I thought our penalty killers were really good tonight.”
“There were a lot of shots [tonight], but not a lot of second opportunity shots,” Robert Morris coach Derek Schooley added. “Both teams did a good job of keeping the other team out of their rhythm.”