Niagara Gazette — The teams came out of the first 20 minutes tied at one apiece with a pair of goals scored in the final three minutes of play in the period.
RIT saw the better of the opportunities despite the shot count being close. The Tigers broke the scoreless tie with 2:51 on the clock off the stick of Brad McGowan for his sixth goal of the season. Nolan Descoteaux took a shot from the point that was redirected by the skate of McGowan behind Chubak.
The lead was short-lived though as Lochner and Rashid combined for the game-tying tally less than a minute later. Lochner started the rush up center ice, finding Rashid to the right of Watson. The left winger roofed a shot that went wide, but picked up his own rebound before stuffing it into the back of the net.
With 8:50 gone by in the second period, it was Zanette that gave the Purple Eagles their first lead of the contest while on the man-advantage. Patrick Divjak snapped a shot on net, that went off the stick of an RIT defender before trickling to the right of Watson. Zanette was waiting on the doorstep, whacking the puck behind the RIT goaltender for his fifth goal of the season.
RIT finished the game with a 36-32 shot advantage. The Tigers ran into solid goaltending as NU goaltender Carsen Chubak stopped 33 shots RIT put on net.
Niagara wraps up its home-and-home series with the Tigers at 7 p.m. tonight at Dwyer Arena. The families of the NU's players are dedicating the game to Saneel Ram, a 15-year-old freshman at St. Joe's who is battling a lethal form of Muscular Dystrophy.