The #7 Robert Morris Colonials kicked off round two of the AHC playoffs by defeating the #3 Holy Cross Crusaders by the score of 4-1. The Colonials dominated the entire game, grabbing the lead early in the first period and never being passed in the game.
It would take no more than 25 seconds for Robert Morris to score the first goal of the game. That goal, scored by Matthew Graham, gave the Colonials a 1-0 lead. In the first, Francis Marotte would also come up big as he would have 12 saves including a breakaway save on Bret Mulcahy. The two teams combined for 27 shots in the first period which set up an action packed second.
The second period would start with a Holy Cross goal within the first minute to tie things up. That goal, scored on a power play by Michael Laffin, made the score 1-1. About six minutes later though, Kevin Darrar was called for a tripping penalty giving Robert Morris a power play of their own. The Colonials would need thirty seconds to take back the lead during the power play as Brady Ferguson would score for the Colonials to make things 2-1. Robert Morris would tack on one more goal in the period by Nick Prkusic to make the lead 3-1 heading into the final period.
After making a combined 26 saves in the first two periods, Robert Morris goaltender Francis Marotte would control the third period. Marotte would end up making 13 saves in the third period while also not giving up a goal to Holy Cross. Marotte would end up with 39 in the entire contest.
Robert Morris would tack on one more goal with four seconds to go in the game on an empty netter by Alex Tongue. The Colonial junior now has 97 points in his career, just three away from that elusive 100. His goal would also make the score 4-1, which is where it would sit as time expired.
The #7 Colonials are now up 1-0 on #3 Holy Cross. More importantly though, they now sit just one win away from heading back to Rochester, New York for the semifinals and finals. The next game against Holy Cross will be on Saturday at 7:05pm.