A Defensive Showdown Goes The Way of the Tigers; Syracuse Falls 1-0 at RIT
By David Zachary Edelstein
CitrusTV Ice Hockey Reporter
Syracuse Ice Hockey (8-19-2, 8-6-1 College Hockey America) goalie Ady Cohen played another impressive game in net. However, her strong performance was overshadowed by her counterpart, as the Orange were shut out by RIT (11-14-4, 7-8) on Friday night 1-0 in regulation.
The Orange led the Tigers 40-26 in shots on goal and 79-41 in total shots, but none found the back of the net. Tiger’s goalie Terra Lantiegne was a big reason why, making 40 saves in the game. RIT also blocked 29 of Syracuse’s shots. The Tigers ended up blocking more shots than they had shots on goal themselves.
SU had four power plays in the game, including two early on in the first period, but could not get anything going. Lantiegne made six saves in the first two power plays alone.
Cohen turned in a great performance in net as well with 25 saves on 26 shots faced. The junior recorded her highest single-game save percentage this season Friday night.
Mallory Rushton scored the only goal of the game 49 seconds into the second period, giving RIT a permanent 1-0 lead. Rushton’s goal helped RIT win its third game in three tries against the Orange this season.
Syracuse had two more power play opportunities after that but SU was unable to find the back of the net either time. Syracuse had a total of 14 shots during its power plays while holding RIT to five total shots while on the penalty kill.
On a positive note, assistant captain and defenseman Lindsay Eastwood returned to the ice after missing the last five games due to illness. The junior recorded two penalty minutes in her return to action.
Syracuse returns home tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. to complete the home-and-home series against RIT.