RIT Tigers Pick Up Their First 2 NCAA Division I Wins

Mark StaffieriContributor IIOctober 11, 2012

Team captain Kim Schlattman (Photo by Ken Huih)
Team captain Kim Schlattman (Photo by Ken Huih)

The sweep of the Sacred Heart Pioneers on October 5 and 6 saw the Rochester Institute of Technology Tigers pick up their first two NCAA Division I wins in women's hockey.

The wins versus Sacred Heart were both lopsided, as they prevailed by an 8-0 tally in the first win and a 7-2 score in the second contest. Over the two games, the Tigers outshot the Pioneers by an astounding 63-9 margin.

Several milestones were reached in the shutout win.

Tigers backstop Ali Binnington recorded the Tigers' first Division I shutout. The Mississauga, Ontario, native only needed to block nine Pioneers shots for the third shutout of her career.

Freshman Carly Payerl scored her second NCAA career goal, added two assists in the shutout win and was plus-four in Friday’s 8-0 win over Sacred Heart on Friday. Both of her assists came on markers by Tenecia Hiller.

Casidhe Kunichika logged her first two NCAA goals in the October 6 whitewash. Her sister, Kourtney Kunichika, logged four assists in the weekend sweep.

Kim Schlattman was also very active in the game as she logged two special teams goals, one on the power play and the other shorthanded. The shorthanded marker was the first in Tigers Division I history.

In the series, Schlattman accumulated four goals and one assist for a five-point performance that makes her the leading scorer among all Tigers skaters. She is the Tigers team captain for the second consecutive season and needs six points to record 100 in her Tigers career (she played three seasons with the Tigers at the Division III level).