RIT became the first 16th overall seed to defeat a #1 overall seed with a 2-1 upset victory over Minnesota State in the first round of the Midwest Regional at the Compton Family Ice Arena.
RIT got on the board first when Alex Kuqali brought the puck out of the left corner to the front of the net where he backhanded a shot past Minnesota State goalie Stephon Williams for the goal at 4:30 of the first period. Minnesota State would apply heavy pressure after that, including drawing three power plays, but could not get a puck past RIT goalie Jordan Ruby.
Minnesota State tied the game in the second period on a power play after RIT was whistled for a too many men on the ice penalty. Teddy Blueger blasted a one-timer from the top of the right circle that beat Ruby low to the blocker side.
That set up a third period that Minnesota State controlled, but could not get a puck past Ruby. RIT caught a break when Minnesota State defenseman Zach Palmquist was pushed into his own goalie, knocking down Williams and creating a wide open net for RIT's Josh Mitchell. That goal at 14:09 of the third period was the difference as Minnesota State could not get a clean look at Ruby for the equalizer.
RIT advances to tomorrow night's regional final to face the winner of Nebraska-Omaha and Harvard, which starts in about 45 minutes.