CORTLAND, N.Y. — No. 1 RIT (22-1-1, 15-1-1 ECAC West) tied the program record for most regular-season wins in a season with 22, blanking SUNY Cortland (5-15-1, 3-13-1 ECAC West) 7-0 on Friday.
With a win in the regular-season finale on Saturday, RIT will be the 2011-12 ECAC West regular-season champions and host the ECAC West Tournament on March 3-4.
Erin Zach recorded a career-high four points on two goals and two assists for the Tigers. Kim Schlattman, Kourtney Kunichika, Marissa Maugeri, Danielle Read, and Celeste Brown also scored for the Tigers. Read added a pair of assists for a three-point effort, while defensive partner Kristina Moss dished out three assists.
Tiger goaltender Laura Chamberlain stopped all seven shots she faced in the first 40 minutes of the contest. Carley King stopped all four shots she faced in the third period to combine on the shutout, RIT’s seventh of the season.
The Tigers outshot Cortland, 58-11. Katie Double stopped 51 shots for the Red Dragons.
RIT was 3-for-5 with the power play and held Cortland scoreless in a pair of attempts with the man advantage. RIT now has 38 power-play goals in 24 games this season. Overall, RIT is outscoring opponents 120-24.
The Tigers jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one period of play, outshooting Cortland 20-3.
Schlattman opened the scoring 6:49 into the game, as she took a feed from Kolbee McCrea in front and slid a shot past Double for her 11th tally of the year.
Just 30 seconds later, Kunichika skated out from the left wing boards on the power play and rifled a wrist shot over the shoulder of Double for her 15th goal of the year.
At the 11:33 mark, Maugeri poked in a rebound for her third tally of the season.
Zach made it 4-0 Tigers just 3:13 into the second period, as her centering pass went off a Cortland defender and into the goal.
In the third period, Zach netted her second of the game and fifth of the year on the power play four minutes into the third period to make it 5-0.
While playing 4-on-4, Read fired a shot from the point through a screen and past Double with 2:01 left.
Brown netted a power play goal with 25 seconds left, converting on a rebound after Double made two big saves on Ali Hills and Zach in tight.
RIT has now won 18 consecutive against the Red Dragons and leads the all-time series between the two schools 18-8. RIT has outscored the Red Dragons 126-14 during the streak.