The Holy Cross men’s team was the picture of resiliency this weekend in its Atlantic Hockey first-round series against RIT.
After dropping the first game of the best-of-three series Friday, the Crusaders bounced back to even the series Saturday.
In the deciding game on Sunday in Worcester, Holy Cross again displayed its toughness, earning a 3-2 overtime victory against the Tigers (12-20-5).
The Crusaders (14-20-3) trailed, 2-0, early in the second period before mounting their comeback.
Adam Schmidt and Tommy Dwyer scored 4:25 apart in the second period to tie the game.
After a scoreless third period, Mike Barrett won the game 38 seconds into the extra session, getting a goal off an assist from Schmidt.
Holy Cross travels to face top-seeded Mercyhurst in a best-of-three quarterfinals series that starts Friday.
In another Atlantic Hockey first-round series, host Robert Morris beat Army, 3-1, behind goals from Greg Gibson, David Friedmann, and Andrew Blazek.
The Colonials (15-17-5) won the series, 2-1.
In the other quarterfinal series, Bentley hosts Canisius, Air Force hosts Niagara, and UConn hosts Robert Morris. The first game in each series will be Friday.
ECAC first round — Visiting Dartmouth (10-18-4) scored three times in the third period to defeat Rensselaer, 5-4, and win the best-of-three series, 2-1. Eric Neiley, Brandon McNally, and Brad Schierhorn scored in the final frame, with Schierhorn’s tally coming with just 2:14 remaining. Neiley and McNally also had two assists each, and Tim O’Brien and Rick Pinkston also scored for Dartmouth. Charles Grant added 35 saves for the Big Green, who will travel to face top-seeded Union in a best-of-three quarterfinal series that begins Friday. . . Will Frederick’s goal at 12:49 of the third lifted host Clarkson to a 3-2 win over Princeton. The Golden Knights (20-15-4) won the series, 2-1, and will visit Cornell in the quarterfinals. The other quarterfinal series are Yale at Quinnipiac and St. Lawrence at Colgate. All series begin Friday.
NESCAC final — John McGinnis’s goal 22 seconds into the second overtime lifted Bowdoin (17-8-2) to a 3-2 victory over Amherst in Hartford. Max Fenkell turned aside 41 shots for the Polar Bears, who earned a trip to the NCAA Division 3 tournament with the win. Brian Safstrom had a goal and an assist for the Lord Jeffs (16-8-3).
ECAC final — Cassandra Poudrier scored at 14:27 of the first period, Lauren Slebodnick stopped 26 shots, and fifth-ranked Cornell edged third-ranked Clarkson, 1-0, in Potsdam, N.Y. It is the fourth time in five years that the Big Red won the ECAC title. Cornell (24-5-4) also earned a spot in the NCAA Division 1 tournament and will host a first-round contest March 15.
NESCAC final — Cristina Bravi had a goal and two assists, Emily Krueger added three helpers, and host Williams defeated Bowdoin, 4-1, to earn a spot in the NCAA Division 3 tournament. Chloe Billadeau stopped 28 shots for the Ephs (15-9-3). Ariana Bourque scored for the Polar Bears (13-11-1).