Rochester Institute of Technology is headed back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010 after capturing the Atlantic Hockey Tournament crown with a 5-1 win over Mercyhurst at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester.
Matt Abt and Josh Mitchell scored second period goals to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes.
Stephen Hrehoriak gave Mercyhurst life when he scored his first goal of the season 2:55 into the final period, but RIT held off the rally. Andrew Miller gave the Tigers a 3-1 lead with 5:15 to go in the game. Brad McGowan added two empty net goals in garbage time for a 5-1 final.
Jordan Ruby made 27 saves for the Tigers who will make the program's second NCAA Tournament appearance since jumping to Division I in 2005. Head coach Wayne Wilson guided RIT to the 2010 Frozen Four in Detroit before being bounced by Wisconsin.