The miracle run of Cents alum Alan Mazur and RIT came to a crashing halt this afternoon after the Tigers were dominated 6-1 by number-three seed Wisconsin. Here’s the recap from NCAA.com:
No more NCAA tournament upsets for RIT Tigers, as Wisconsin Badgers advance to NCAA title game with 6-1 win
By Elliot Olshansky
DETROIT – The Wisconsin Badgers made it clear on the eve of their National Semifinal against the Rochester Institute of Technology that they had nothing but respect for the upstart Tigers.
When the puck dropped on Thursday at Ford Field, the Badgers made it even clearer, not taking any chances or wasting any time as they steamrolled RIT en route to a 6-1 win and a berth in Saturday night’s NCAA Championship game.
The Badgers showed none of the tentative play that hurt Denver and New Hampshire early on at the East Regional, attacking from the get-go and taking an early 1-0 lead at 1:27 on the eighth goal of the season by senior forward John Mitchell, who potted a Cody Goloubef rebound for the first goal of the game. Against a Tiger team that’s 22-3-1 this season when scoring the first goal, getting the first goal was a key step in getting to the title game.
The Badgers got another big boost when they made it 2-0 at 9:38, as sophomore forward Derek Stepan deflected a shot from the point by junior defenseman Ryan McDonagh, as Badger traffic in front of the net continued to trouble the Tigers and senior goaltender Jared DeMichiel. RIT was able to get out of the period without allowing another goal, but as the teams headed to the locker room at the end of the first period, Wisconsin had established its advantage.
Wisconsin kept the pressure on as the second period began, and grew their lead to 3-0 just 2:18 into the middle frame, as sophomore Jordy Murray cleaned up a loose puck after senior Aaron Bendickson stickhandled into the slot. The Badgers then made it 4-0 at 4:26, as Justin Schultz squeezed a puck shortside past DeMichiel, on a goal that needed video review.
After a pair of penalties to the Tigers – including a five-minute major and game misconduct against sophomore forward Mark Cornacchia – the Badgers made it 5-0 at 11:15 as senior forward Michael Davies fired the puck into a gaping net after tic-tac-toe passing by Hobey Baker finalists Blake Geoffrion and Brandon Smith. Another penalty set up another 5-on-3 goal for Wisconsin, as Geoffrion scored his 28th goal on a Smith rebound at 13:24.
The Tigers got on the baord at 19:32 of the second period, as Tyler Brenner scored his 11th goal of the year on a power play, beating Scott Gudmanson from just off the left-wing post. The goal elicited a loud cheer from the Tigers’ fans, including a student section that remained standing throughout the game, supporting their Tigers to the bitter end.
The “R-I-T” chants continued through the third period, and the Tigers continued to give Wisconsin everything they had, but the Badgers wouldn’t let RIT back into the game, and made it 7-1 at 17:28 of the final period on the eighth goal of the season, then made it 8-1 at when Stepan potted his own rebound for his second tally of the game and 12th of the season.
In the final minute, the RIT student section started one more chant, saluting their team’s inspiring run in the tournament until the final buzzer ended the Tigers’ season at 28-12-1.
The Badgers (28-10-4) will now face either Boston College or Miami University in Saturday night’s NCAA Championship game at 7 p.m. at Ford Field.