The #7 Robert Morris Colonials defeated #3 Holy Cross 5-1 to sweep the Crusaders and move on to the semifinals in Rochester. The Colonials dominated from the opening puck drop, just like they did the day before, and outscored their quarterfinal opponent 9-2 in the overall series.
Just like on Friday, the Colonials were able to grab the first lead of the night. This one wouldn’t come till the 13:02 mark and it would be scored by Matthew Graham and assisted by Luke Lynch. That 1-0 lead would also give Robert Morris the lead for good as they would go on to score the next three goals in the game. Also in the first, Francis Marotte would make seven saves which would set up another strong game in the net.
In the second period, Robert Morris would be out shot 16-8, but they would outscore Holy Cross 2-0 in the middle period. Those two goals were both scored by Timmy Moore and were both assisted by Brady Ferguson. Robert Powers also assisted the first one while Luke Lynch assisted the second one. The second one was also a power play goal after a Tommy Murate hooking call with less than two minutes left in the period.
The third period went similar to the other two, except that Holy Cross would finally get on the board. Just thirty seconds into the final period, T.J Moore would get the Crusaders on the board and make the score 3-1.
That comeback would not have a chance to catch fire after a Peter Crinella interference call would give Robert Morris a power play. The Colonials would score on that power play, with Luke Lynch being the one to put the puck in the net for Robert Morris, making the score 4-1. Luke Lynch would get one more in the period to make the score 5-1 and that’s how it would stand as the game ended.
The Colonials got phenomenal performances out of multiple guys in this entire series. In game two, Timmy Moore finished the day with two goals and two assists. Also having two goals was Luke Lynch, who finished with an assist himself. Brady Ferguson would be the third Colonial with multiple points in the game as he tacked on two assists. It was a strong and clutch performance for the Colonial’s star players.
Perhaps the best performance today, and really this entire weekend, would come from the man between the pipes Francis Marotte. Marotte had 37 saves on Saturday, giving him a grand total of 76 saves and just two goals allowed on the weekend. Marotte was the main reason that the team won by as much as they did. It’s safe to say that if the Colonials want to win in Rochester, they’ll need him to play as well as he did this weekend.
The Colonials will now be traveling to Rochester to play in a semifinal game on Friday night, March 16th. That will not be a series and the winner of that will head to the championship game the next night. It is not yet known who the Colonials will play in the next round as the only other team that has punched their ticket is Mercyhurst, who swept Sacred Heart this weekend.