The RIT Men’s Hockey team will be on the road this weekend for a pair of contests against Atlantic Hockey foe Holy Cross on January 26-27.
The Friday and Saturday match-ups from the Hart Center will get underway at 7:05 p.m.
With a little more than a month remaining in the regular season, only seven points separate the top eight teams in the Atlantic Hockey standings. The Tigers are currently in eighth place with 17 points, despite playing the fewest amount of league games to date. The Crusaders from Holy Cross are tied for first with 24 points.
RIT (9-12-2, 8-8-1 AHC) enters the weekend looking to build off of a 2-0 win over Canisius last Saturday night. Erik Brown added to his stellar season, as he picked up both goals for the Tigers. Meanwhile, goaltender Ian Andriano denied all 12 shots he faced for his first collegiate victory and shutout. It was just the second start of Andriano’s collegiate career, with the first coming the night before against Canisius which ended in a 5-4 overtime loss.
Brown is tied for fifth nationally with 16 goals and is tied with Myles Powell for the team lead in points with 23. Powell and Gabe Valenzuela are tied for the team lead in assists with 15 each.
Holy Cross comes into the weekend with a 10-9-7 record, including a 9-5-6 mark in conference play. Last weekend, the Crusaders split a pair of Atlantic Hockey contests against the Niagara Purple Eagles, winning 3-1 on Friday but losing 6-0 on Saturday. Scott Pooley is second among all Division I players with 18 goals, and has 13 assists to give him 28 points on the year. Between the pipes, Paul Berrafato has played in all 26 games and is 10-9-7 with a 2.50 GAA and a .921 save percentage to go along with three shutouts.
The Tigers are leading the all-time series between the two programs with a 26-14-7 record. This includes a 22-9-7 edge since moving to Division I in 2005. Earlier this season on December 1-2, the two teams split a pair of games at Gene Polisseni Center. The Crusaders won game one by a score of 4-2, but the Tigers countered with a 5-3 victory the following night.
Photo Credit Kelsie Redburn – RIT Athletic Communications