2006-07: Pinizzotto became the first player from RIT to sign with an NHL team when he signed with the Capitals in March. The Mississauga, ON native led the Tigers in scoring with 44 points (13 goals, 31 assists) playing all 34 games and helped RIT claim the Atlantic Hockey Regular Season title. His 31 assists and 76 penalty minutes also led the team. Where Pinizzotto was particularly dangerous was on the power play, where he accumulated 25 (8 goals, 17 assists) of his 44 points.
2007-08: Pinizzotto played 23 games for Hershey (AHL) and 40 for South Carolina (ECHL) in his first season as a pro, He finished ninth in scoring at South Carolina despite playing just 40 games. He had seven multi-point games. He began the year with the Stingrays and scored his first professional goal in his second game on Oct. 21 at Augusta. He scored goals in six straight games (7g from 11/28 – 12/9). He was recalled to Hershey on Dec. 29 and played his first game of the year for the Bears that night. He recorded four assists with Hershey. He played five games in the AHL playoffs and 10 in the ECHL playoffs.