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League-leading Rochester Institute of Technology scored a power play goal in the second period and then added two quick scores in the final period on the way to a 3-0 win over Army, Friday night in an Atlantic Hockey Association contest at Tate Rink.
The Tigers improved to 17-11-1 overall and 17-5-1 in league games after holding a 36-25 advantage in shots on goal in front of an announced crowd of 2,139.
The Black Knights, who limited RIT to one power play goal in nine chances, fell to 10-14-5 overall and 9-10-4 in AHA games.
Army goalie Jay Clark made 33 saves, including 18 in the second period while RIT keeper Jared DeMichiel was credited with 25 stops in picking up the shutout.
Each team had a pair of power play chances in the first period. Army held an 11-7 advantage in shots on goal, including seven with a man advantage, but the game was scoreless after the first 20 minutes.
The Tigers, who entered the contest with a 20 percent success rate on the power play, finally broke through in the second period on the fourth of their six power plays, two of them the 5-on-3 variety. Dan Ringwald scored the goal for RIT off of assists from Tyler Brenner and Andrew Favot midway through the second period.
"Obviously it's hard to beat a team when you don't score," said Army head coach Brian Riley. "RIT is a very good team and we didn't make it easy on ourselves. "
Army's penalty kill unit, seemingly on the ice the whole period and the stellar play of Clark, kept the game 1-0 after two periods despite RIT racking up 19 shots on goal during the session with six power play opportunities.
"I told the guys, the referees don't have to adjust to us, we have to adjust to them," said Riley. "Our penalty kill did a very good job and Clark made some great saves for us."
The Black Knights had three power play chances early in the third period but were unable to tie the score.
The Tigers put the game out of reach in the third period with goals 29 seconds apart. Mike Janda netted his second goal of the season at the 13:53 mark, followed by Favot's 10th tally just seconds later.