R.I.T. has record-setting day in win
Defeats Adrian College 10-1 in first round action
Senior forward Katie Stack broke the RIT career record for goals, scoring a natural hat-trick in a span of 3:58 in the second period, as the No. 1 RIT women’s hockey team (25-1-2) won its first NCAA Tournament game in program history, defeating No. 9 Adrian College (19-8-3), 10-1 in first round action at Ritter Arena on Saturday afternoon.
The Tigers advance to the National Semifinals for the first time in program history. RIT will play the winner of Manhattanville vs. Middlebury on Friday, March 18 at a place to be determined.
RIT set NCAA Tournament single game records for most goals and largest margin of victory. RIT scored 10 times for the third time this season.
Stack now has 81 goals, snapping the mark of 79, held by Alysia Park (Dallas, TX/Aspen Avalanche), who played at RIT from 2001-05. Stack set a NCAA Tournament record for fastest hat-trick, and tied a single-game mark with three goals. She moved into third place all-time at RIT with 137 career points.
Freshman Kourtney Kunchika set a NCAA Tournament record with six points, on three goals and three assists. She tied the mark of three goals along with Stack. It was RIT’s best single-game performance in four years.
“Katie (Stack) and Kourtney (Kunichika) were special players today,” said RIT Head Coach Scott McDonald. “Kourtney has been great all season, and Katie showed what type of scorer she has been for four years.”
Kolbee McCrea (Wawa, Ontario/Burlington Barracudas) scored a pair of goals. Erin Zach (Elmira, Ontario/Cambridge Fury) and Tenecia Hiller (Brampton, Ontario/Brampton Thunder) also scored for RIT. Hiller added two assists, while senior defenseman Traci Galbraith (Oakville, Ontario/Burlington Jr. Barracudas) dished out three assists. Ariane Yokoyama (Van Nuys, CA/LA Selects), Danielle Read (Brantford, Ontario/Hamilton Hawks), and Sarah Dagg (St. George, Ontario/Hamilton Hawks) dished out two assists apiece for the Tigers.
Dagg moved into a tie with Park for the all-time scoring lead at RIT, with 153 points on 63 goals and 90 assists.
The Tigers jumped all over Adrian, scoring four goals in each of the first two periods to put the game away.
RIT goaltender Laura Chamberlain (Norco, CA/LA Selects) stopped 33 shots to improve to 17-1-2 on the season. She made some big saves early on to keep RIT in the lead.
Lauren Turner scored the lone goal for Adrian, who had its five-game winning streak snapped. Emily Michelin started for the Bulldogs and stopped 14 of 21 shots before being pulled, 6:20 into the second period. Ashley Drop played the final 33:40, stopping 20 of 23 shots.
RIT was 3-for-8 with the man-advantage, while holding Adrian scoreless on eight power-play attempts. RIT out-shot Adrian, 44-34, and added its national-best 10th shorthanded goal of the season.
“Top to bottom, our team was flying today,” said McDonald. “Our team speed overwhelmed them from the first goal and did not stop. The special teams were the huge difference. Our power-play was outstanding, and Erin Zach’s shorthanded goal deflated them quite a bit.”
Kunichika made it 1-0 for the Tigers just 4:11 in, tipping a point shot from Melissa Bromley (Aurora, Ontario/Aurora Panthers) past Michelin for her 11th goal of the season. Ali Hills (Honeoye Falls, NY/Berkshire School) also assisted on the goal, as she fed Bromley at the right point.
Zach gave RIT a 2-0 lead at the 8:43 mark, scoring a shorthanded goal. RIT won a face-off in the defensive zone. Traci Galbraith (Oakville, Ontario/Burlington Jr. Barracudas) fed Kunichika in the zone, who fired a pass up to Zach. Zach made a nice move to deke a defenseman, but shot wide. The rebound caromed off the boards right back to Zach who surprised Michelin for her 12th tally of the season.
McCrea gave RIT a 3-0 lead at 10:58 of the period, her 18th of the year, and first of the afternoon, converting a rebound off a shot by Read.
Hiller pounded home a rebound off a shot by Stack after she was robbed in close by Michelin after taking a point-blank feed from Kunichika. The goal was Hiller’s 10th of the year.
RIT continued the onslaught in the second period, as Stack scored on the power-play at the 2:22 mark, and scored back-to-back even strength goals 23 seconds apart to make it 7-0 Tigers. The goals were Stack’s 18th, 19th, and 20th of the season.
The seventh goal chased Michelin , who struggled throughout, stopping just 14 of 21 shots.
Kunichika gave RIT an 8-0 lead at the 8:55 mark of the period, before Turner scooped in a rebound after Chamberlain robbed Brooke Zaleski on a breakaway after a Tiger giveaway in the neutral zone.
McCrea and Kunichika added third period goals.
RIT finished 3-0-0 against the Bulldogs this season, and are 5-0-0 all-time. On Jan. 7-8, RIT traveled to Adrian and defeated the Bulldogs, 4-2, and 8-0. Last season, RIT defeated Adrian, 4-1, and 6-0 at Ritter Arena.
The Tigers have now out-scored opponents, 145-24 this season. They have allowed just seven power-play goals in 168 chances (95.8 percent).
Adrian finishes 19-7-3, setting a program record for wins in a season.