Score: Holy Cross 4, Rochester Institute of Technology 0
Records: Holy Cross (13-10-6, 10-7-6 AHC); RIT (11-18-1, 11-13-0 AHC)
Location: Rochester, N.Y.
Date: Friday, February 10, 2017
Time: 7:05 p.m.
The Lead: Junior goalie Paul Berrafato recorded a shutout and sophomore defenseman Johnny Coughlin scored the game winner as the Holy Cross men’s hockey team defeated the Rochester Institute of Technology, 4-0, on Friday evening at the Gene Polisseni Center. The Crusaders have won three straight games and are 7-2-3 over their last 12 contests.
UNITED STATES MARINES THREE STARS:
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Coughlin gave the Crusaders a 1-0 lead with just 32 seconds left in the first period when he controlled a deflection off a shot by junior forward Danny Lopez, and then blasted a slap shot from the right face-off circle to the back of the net for the power play goal. Freshman defenseman Charlie Barrow also had an assist.
The Crusaders took five shots and went 1-1 on the power play, while the Tigers posted seven shots and went 0-1.
The second period went scoreless as Holy Cross outshot RIT, 11-9, while the Crusaders went 0-1 on the man-advantage.
At 4:41 of the third period, junior forward Scott Pooley gave the Crusaders a 2-0 lead when he found the back of the net when he fired a one-timer from the right face-off circle. Freshman forward Kevin Darrar and junior assistant captain Tommy Muratore each tallied an assist on the goal.
Just 18 seconds later, junior captain Brett Mulcahy knocked in the puck past the glove side of RIT goalie Mike Rotolo to increase the lead to 3-0. Sophomore forward Mitch Collett and junior forward Ryan Ferrill each recorded an assist on the goal.
Then at 9:18, senior assistant captain Mike Barrett netted the last goal of the contest for the 4-0 final score. Sophomore defenseman Spencer Trapp and Barrow each posted an assist on the goal.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
RIT outshot Holy Cross, 27-26.
The Crusaders went 1-4 on the power play, while RIT went 0-2.
Berrafato made 27 saves to earn the win to improve to 13-10-6 on the season, while Rotolo recorded 22.
The Crusaders won 20 face-offs, while the Tigers secured 30.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
Coughlin now has two game winners this season. Four of his six career goals are game winners.
Berrafato now has three shutouts this season which are tied for second all-time for a season in the program’s Division I history. His six career shutouts are also tied for second all-time.
Lopez has now posted at least one point in 24 of the 29 games this season. He leads the team with 31 points.
Barrett now has 95 career points with 40 goals and 55 assists.
Holy Cross is 7-2-3 over its last 12 games.
The Crusaders are 9-0-1 when they score the first goal of the game.
With the win, Holy Cross is now tied for third place in the Atlantic Hockey standings with 26 points. The top five teams earn a first round bye in the Atlantic Hockey Tournament.
The Crusaders are 6-2-3 versus RIT over last 11 games and are 2-0-3 over the last five in Rochester.
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, Feb. 11 when they conclude their two-game series at RIT at 7:05 p.m.
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