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January 25, 2013

No. 17 NU ties RIT

Niagara Gazette — Ryan Rashid pocketed a pair of goals for No. 17 Niagara men's hockey enroute to a 3-3 draw against the RIT Tigers on Friday evening in front of a sellout crowd at Ritter Arena.

For the sixth time in seven meetings and second time this year, the Purple Eagles (14-4-5, 13-1-2 AHA) and Tigers (8-10-5, 6-6-4) battled into extra time after a back-and-forth final frame. The Purps held the shot advantage, 5-3, and killed off a 37 second penalty during overtime to come out with the draw.

The two goals scored by Rashid tied his single-game career high, while Marc Zanette accounted for the other Purple Eagle goal. Chris Lochner also had a two-point night with two assists.

After RIT evened the game, 2-2 with 15:04 on the clock, Rashid and Dan Kolenda connected on a two-on-one opportunity to regain the one-goal lead at the 12:27 mark. Kolenda picked up the puck along the right boards and streaked in on RIT goaltender Josh Watson with Rashid. Kolenda hit the brakes on the RIT defender before slipping a feed to Rashid who slapped it upstairs for his sixth of the season and second of the evening.

RIT continued to pepper Chubak after going down for the second time in the contest, and saw its efforts pay off at the 5:42 mark of the final frame. A faceoff win by Brad McGowam slipped back to Brad Shumway who beat Chubak with a rising slap shot.

Rashid came inches away from earning his third goal of the game, but saw his wrister just outside the crease ring off the inside of the right post with three minutes left to play.

“RIT carried the play after 20 minutes, but we played really well in the last 40 minutes,” NU coach Dave Burkholder said. “You hope you can hold on to two one-goal leads, but it’s a tough environment to play in and I thought we had a team full of warriors. We’re back at it tomorrow and we have to get a win on home ice.”

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