BUFFALO – Junior David Parrottino and freshman Nick Hutchison tallied two goals each to spark Canisius to a 6-1 victory over RIT in Atlantic Hockey Conference action Saturday at KeyBank Rink in HARBORCENTER.
Juniors Mike Sabatini and Ryan Schmelzer also scored for the Griffs (10-10-5, 9-4-4 AHC) while sophomore Felix Chamberland dished out three assist to give Canisius a sweep of the home-and-home series with the Tigers (10-14-1, 10-9-0 AHC).
Sabatini opened the scoring at the 17:43 mark of the first period when he stuffed home a goalmouth feed from senior Geoff Fortman in the dying seconds of a Canisius power play to give the Griffs a 1-0 lead.
Canisius struck twice in the opening 2:20 of the second to expand its margin to 3-0. Schmelzer beat RIT keeper Christian Short from close range less than a minute into the middle frame for the Griffs second power play goal of the contest before Hutchison jammed home a rebound 1:40 later for his first of the evening.
Myles Powell got the Tigers on the board midway through the second as he capped an end-to-end rush by sliding the puck between the legs of Canisius senior goaltender Charles Williams and into the cage to make it a 3-1 contest.
Parrottino restored Canisius’ three-goal margin with less than two minutes remaining in the second period when he beat Short with a wrist shot from the slot on a feed from sophomore Dylan McLaughlin.
Hutchison and Parrottino both notched their second goals of the contest during the third period to close out the scoring. Hutchison wired a wrist shot from the left faceoff circle past Short at the 8:51 mark while Parrottino tallied Canisius’ third man-advantage marker of the game with 12:47 elapsed in the frame.
Williams recorded 20 saves in goal for Canisius. Short turned aside 19 shots between the pipes for the Tigers.
Head Coach Dave Smith’s Postgame Comments
“We knew RIT was a good team. They lead the league in power play goals; they lead the league in goals scored. We knew we were going to get a great effort from them. To get that win tonight, we had to have our attention very high.”
“I thought our guys were prepared tonight. There’s a fine balance between fear and respect and I think when you have those things in the right framework you can reach your highest level. We’re not afraid of RIT, but we absolutely respect them. I think that’s why we came out with the energy to play well at home and get the win tonight.”
- With the win, Canisius finishes the regular season with a sweep of its series against RIT for the second time in five seasons. The Griffs took all three regular-season meetings from the Tigers during the 2012-13 campaign.
- The sweep also moves Canisius to 14-21-2 against RIT during the Division I era of the series.
- The Griffs matched their season high for goals with their six-goal effort on Saturday (Oct. 21 vs. Robert Morris). Canisius also scored three or more power play goals in a game for the second time this season (Oct. 21 vs. Robert Morris).
- Canisius improved to 8-0-0 this season in Atlantic Hockey competition when scoring the first goal of the game.
- The Griffs are now 8-0-0 in 2016-17 when leading after 40 minutes and 7-0-2 when scoring three or more goals in a game.
- With his 20 saves tonight, senior Charles Williams finished the four-game series against the Tigers with a .980 save percentage, stopping 149 of 152 shots he faced from RIT.
- Freshman Nick Hutchison scored multiple goals in a game for the second time this season (Nov. 12 at Army West Point).
- Junior David Parrottino posted the first multiple goal game of his career with his two-goal effort against the Tigers.
- Sophomore Felix Chamberland recorded multiple assists in a game for the first time in his career with his three-assist effort. Chamberland also matched his career high in points (Oct. 22 against Robert Morris).
- Junior Jack Stander picked up his first point of the season with an assist on Parrottino’s third-period tally.
- Junior Mike Sabatini tallied multiple points in a game for the first time this season and second time in his career with his goal and an assist. (Feb. 20, 2016 vs. Sacred Heart).
- Canisius renews acquaintances with longtime rival Niagara when the two teams met Jan. 24 in a 7:35 p.m. contest at KeyBank Rink in HARBORCENTER.
- The matchup, part of the Battle of the Bridge rivalry, is the first of four meetings between the Griffs and Purple Eagles over the final five weeks of the regular season.