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Atlantic Hockey: RIT downs Mercyhurst, punches ticket to NCAA Tournament

RIT is making its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2010 when it advanced to the Frozen Four.
RIT is making its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2010 when it advanced to the Frozen Four.
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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.

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Jeff Cox covers college, junior, high school and prep hockey, NCAA recruiting and NHL Draft prospects. Follow him on Twitter @JeffCoxSports.