Unbeaten RIT holds off Trinity
McCrea breaks game open with 12th goal of the season
HARTFORD, CT -- No. 1 RIT (11-0-0) stayed unbeaten after beating Trinity (1-6-0) 3-2 on Saturday afternoon. Kolbee McCrea broke a 2-2 tie with a 10:14 left in regulation.
McCrea picked up a loose puck behind the Trinity net and put a wrap-around past Alexa Pujol for her team-best 12th goal of the season.
The Bantams gave RIT trouble in the neutral zone for a good portion of the game, despite RIT out-shooting Trinity 33-11. RIT goaltender Ali Binnington improved to 4-0-0, stopping nine shots.
Marissa Maugeri and Erin Zach also scored for the Tigers. Ariane Yokoyama and Kourtney Kunichika recorded an assist apiece on Zach's shorthanded goal, extending their season-long point-scoring streak to 11 games. Dating back to last season, Yokoyama has a point in 20 consecutive games, while Kunichika has a 17-game point-scoring streak.
Hillary McNamara and Emily Kleidon scored for the Bantams. In net, Pujol stopped 30 shots.
McNamara gave Trinity the 1-0 lead 11:39 into the contest, as she tipped a shot from Samantha Edelson in the slot past Binnington.
Maugeri tied the game for RIT just over six minutes later, as she jammed in a loose puck from in close past Pujol for her second goal of the year. Tenecia Hiller (Brampton, Ontario) and Emilee Bulleid assisted on the goal.
Zach tallied her second shorthanded goal in the last two games at the 14:17 mark of the second period, as good work by Kunichika and Yokoyama in the neutral zone sent Zach in and the sophomore forward made a nifty move to beat Pujol.
Kleidon tied the game at 2-2 just 1:13 into the third period, as she came in on a break and beat Binnington from in close.
RIT has outscored its opponents 75-12 this season.