2nd Period Surge Helps RIT Remain Perfect, Win D4 TitleECRHA March 5th, 2017 at 10:54PM March 6th, 2017 4:54AM
The RIT Tigers and Syracuse Orange were our last match of the weekend, but they were definitely ready to put on a show for those who remained at the Sportsplex in Feasterville, with the winner taking home the ECRHA Division Four Championship.
As the game started, we saw Syracuse control play to begin the game, the Orange’s offense had been on fire throughout the weekend, but through 4 minutes they could not get one past RIT’s Orcutt. However, at 5:02 Kenneth O’Brien was able to pick up where he left off in the semi-final matchup, giving Syracuse a 1-0 lead. Play continued, and as it did, you could slowly tell that RIT was getting their feet under them. It wasn’t new for this Tiger’s team to see themselves down early, as throughout the weekend, RIT did not score the first goal in the game a single time in any of their games. But, that did not have RIT worried, because at the 10:29 mark of the first period it was Christopher Ramsingh who found the back of the net to tie the game at 1, as it would stay through the end of the first.
You could tell the RIT Tigers were rejuvenated by the Ramsingh goal, with an emotional talk during the first intermission, the Tigers came out flying in the second period. And because of the emotion and aggressiveness, it was Samuel Murray 1:12 into the second period putting his name on the scoresheet for the first time of the night to give RIT a 2-1 lead. Play seemed to slow down after the second RIT goal, but the Tigers would maintain control of the puck, and the game, continuing to throw shots Syracuse’s way, but the score remained the same. Then, with 2 minutes left in the period, Nathaniel May found himself on the receiving end of a Murray pass, and put it behind Jacob’s to make it 3-1. The pair remained on the rink for the resulting faceoff, and boy did it pay off. As Murray would take the puck off the draw, and down the rink in 14 seconds to add a fourth goal to the RIT total. 4-1 Tigers at the end of two.
As the second period came to a close, RIT’s Cameron Marsh was sent to the box for roughing, giving Syracuse a chance to climb back into the game, and they took advantage. Alex Rosenbaum was the one with the powerplay goal 40 seconds into the third period to make it a two goal game. Syracuse was starting to build momentum in the third period, but it felt as if they were just exhausted from their run earlier in the day. At 5:05 of the third, Nathaniel May of RIT would score his second of the night, assisted by Murray for his fifth point on the night. Bellman would add a second for the Orange but they would fall short, as RIT, led by Murray’s two goals and three assists, would defeat Cuse, and finish their perfect season, and claim the ECRHA Division Four Championship by a final score of 5-3.