Second-ranked RIT rolls to victory
McCrea tallies hat trick to power Tigers past Pioneers 8-1
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Second-ranked RIT (4-0-0, 2-0-0 ECAC West) won its fourth consecutive game to start the season, by defeating visiting Utica (2-2-0, 0-2-0 ECAC West) 8-1 at Ritter Arena on Sunday afternoon.
Kolbee McCrea recorded her second career hat-trick and added an assist. Marissa Maugeri and Melissa Bromley scored their first collegiate goals, while Tenecia Hiller, Kourtney Kunichika, and Julie Hall also scored for the Tigers.
Kuncihika added a pair of assists, giving her a trio of three point games this season. McCrea’s four points is a career-high. RIT dominated play throughout, outshooting the Pioneers 59-11. The Tigers were 2-for-5 with the man-advantage, while Utica was 1-for-2.
RIT freshman goaltender Ali Binnington made her collegiate debut and recorded her first win, as she stopped 10 shots on the afternoon.
Vanessa Maines scored Utica’s lone goal. Marissa Hotaling started in goal for the Pioneers, stopping seven shots in just over eight minutes of play before being replaced by Marissa McNamara. McNamara made 44 saves on 50 shots.
RIT got off to a great start, scoring twice in the first 6:57, out-shooting Utica 19-6 to go up 2-0 after one period of play.
McCrea scored on a power-play just 46 seconds in to give RIT a 1-0 lead. Kunichika fed McCrea, who found Hiller at the right side of the net. McCrea came around the other side and tipped Hiller’s shot in for her third goal in the last two games.
Kunichika fired in a shot from the right face-off circle after she won the draw. Ariane Yokoyama and Celeste Brown dug out the puck off the draw and Kunichika was there to pick it up and beat Hotaling high to give the Tigers a 2-0 advantage.
Maugeri extended RIT's lead to 3-0 as she took a feed from Erin Zach in the neutral zone and sped away on a breakaway. She made a great deke on McNamara, going forehand-backhand-forehand for the goal.
Hiller made it 4-0 Tigers just 47 seconds later, after taking a feed from McCrea at the side of the net and jamming the puck home for her fourth tally of the season. McCrea tipped a point shot from Jamie Parhar past McNamara for her second tally of the season to propel RIT to a 5-0 lead.
Bromley deftly tipped a point shot from Emilee Bulleid just inside the left post as she was standing alone in front to put RIT up 6-0.
Maines got Utica on the board in the final seconds of the second period, converting her own rebound after Binnington made a great save in front to cut the deficit to 6-1.
Hall got her second goal in two games, getting a feed from behind the net, coming out in front and slipping a shot home to regain the six-goal advantage for the Tigers at 7-1.
McCrea completed the hat-trick, and scoring on the day, by one-timing a pass from Kunichika in the slot.
RIT is 14-2-0 all-time against the Pioneers and has won 10 consecutive games in the series dating back to Feb. 2, 2008.