No. 8/9 Rutgers routs St. John’s 20-6
On Tuesday afternoon, No. 8/9 Rutgers hosted St. John’s and led 8-5 at the half. Just three days after delivering a signature win over then No. 5/6 Loyola, the Scarlet Knights needed to continue to build momentum. They did just that with a dominant second half in which they outscored the Johnnies 12-1 resulting in a 20-6 victory. RU is now 4-1 this season.
Nine different players scored in the win and fourteen players registered a point. Rutgers outshot St. John’s 47-28 and held a 33-17 advantage with shots on goal.
The Scarlet Knights offensive attack was led by Ross Scott, who finished with 5 goals and 2 assists. He leads RU with 16 goals this season along with a team high 20 points. Brian Cameron had a career high six point performance with 2 goals and 4 assists. He is second on the team this season in goals (13), assists (6) and points (19).
Jack Aimone continues to be a major contributor in scoring a career high 4 goals on Tuesday. Dante Kulas played well again with 2 goals and 2 assists. Aimone and Kulas are tied for third on the team with 12 goals apiece. Freshman Shane Murphy registered a hat trick in scoring the first three goals of his collegiate career. Logan Peters, Eric Civetti, Nick Teresky and Mitch Baker each scored once in the victory. Shane Knobloch had 2 assists and leads the team with 7 helpers this season.
Rutgers had a season low 10 turnovers while forcing 17 from the Johnnies. RU won 19 of 27 faceoffs with Jonathan Dugenio winning 14 of 19 his attempts. Jack Stachanczyk led the team with a career high 6 ground balls. Goalkeeper Kyle Mullin made 9 saves and allowed just 6 goals in 53 minutes of action. Backup Anthony Palma made 2 saves in relief.
With eight games remaining in the regular season, Rutgers will face seven opponents that are either ranked or receiving votes in the national polls. The Scarlet Knights will host RV Utah on Saturday, March 4 at 1 p.m. ET at SHI Stadium.
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March 1, 2023 at 7:42 pm
I like the fact that Rutgers seems to be much improved in the faceoff category. If that can be maintained it could be the difference maker in the kind of games where they came up short last year.
March 1, 2023 at 9:25 pm
Yes, RU did a very good job on face-offs against SJU. They also dominated in shots, shots on goal, turnovers, and ground balls, and went 2-2 on EMOs while holding SJU to 2-6 on EMOs.