Detroit -- The RIT Tigers' run in their first NCAA Hockey Tournament came to an end with an 8-1 loss to Wisconsin Thursday night at the Frozen Four in Detroit. The Wisconsin Badgers, ranked number 2 in the nation, proved to be too talented for the Tigers. RIT trailed 2-0 after one period, then spent the bulk of the second period shorthanded and Wisconsin took advantage on the power play.
Derek Stepan posted two goals and two assists for the Badgers . Justin Schultz and Blake Geoffrion scored a goal and had one assist each for the Badgers (28-10-4), who beat Vermont and St. Cloud State to make the final four for the first time since winning the title in 2006.
Scott Gudmandson stopped 12-of-13 shots for Wisconsin, which will face the winner of Boston College/Miami-Ohio in the national final on Saturday.
Tyler Brenner provided the lone goal for the Tigers (28-12-1), the Atlantic Hockey champions who had upset national powers Denver and New Hampshire to reach the semifinals for the first time in school history.