The RIT men’s hockey team will play their last two away games of the 2017-18 season against Atlantic Hockey opponent Sacred Heart.
The first of two contests will get underway Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. from Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport. While Sunday’s matchup will take place at Ingalls Rink on the campus of Yale University, with face-off scheduled for 3:05 p.m.
The Atlantic Hockey standings could almost not be closer at this point of the season. As just 10 points separate all 11 teams in the conference. The Tigers are currently ranked fifth with 25 points, while the Pioneers are 11th with 20 points. Both teams have four games remaining.
RIT enters the weekend on a three-game winning streak. The Tigers swept rival Robert Morris in a back-to-back last weekend, winning by a score of 4-3 on Friday and 6-2 on Saturday. Additionally, the Tigers knocked off the Mercyhurst Lakers on Monday night, in a 6-5 overtime thriller.
In Monday’s contest, Alden Dupuis scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime for the Tigers. Erik Brown recorded his first collegiate hat-trick in what has been a season to remember for the junior forward. Jordan Peacock added three points of his own, which turned out to be a new career-high, as he picked up a goal and two assists.
Christian Short earned victories in all three games between the pipes, including a 29 save performance in Monday’s victory.
Brown leads the Tigers and is tied for third nationally with 20 goals. He is the sixth Tiger at the Division I level to reach 20 goals in a season. He also leads the team with 30 points.
Sacred Heart is enjoying their own three game win streak coming into the weekend. The Pioneers got the best of Atlantic Hockey foe, the Niagara Purple Eagles, with scores of 7-1 and 5-3 last Friday and Saturday respectively. This past Tuesday, Matt Tugnutt scored 2:54 into an overtime period to lift the Pioneers to a 2-1 victory over Air Force.
This weekend marks the only two regular season meetings between the two schools. RIT leads the all-time series, posting a record of 22-6-2. The last time both schools met, they split a pair of games on January 6-7, 2017 at Gene Polisseni Center. The Tigers came away with a 3-1 win on the first night, while Sacred Heart earned a 5-1 victory the following night.
Photo Credit Kelsie Redburn – RIT Athletic Communications